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THE NOONER for February 10, 2016

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Gents, if you haven't ordered something for your Valentine, you're running out of time. For the rest of us, Bill Maher will be in town Sunday night. Be mine, Bill.

It's another glorious day in Sactown. We're looking at a high of 72 again today, while our colleagues in that other capital are looking at highs in the 20s this weekend.

Bernie Sanders has now had two backdrop faintings. One of the first things we were taught in junior high school chorus was to not lock our knees when on stage. Apparently, advance staff aren't ready to be junior high school teachers.

WRECKING BALL: Wrecking ball for part of California Capitol on the table [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "Gov. Jerry Brown’s downtown renovation plan includes the possible tear-down of part of the state Capitol, officials said Tuesday, as the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst raised concerns with the administration’s overall building proposal."

Wow. When the budget was released, there was talk of remodeling of the Capitol's annex, which houses most legislators' offices and committee hearing rooms. Nobody was thinking about a tear down and rebuild, but it may be the best solution.

What about the fourth-floor phone booths next to Senate committee room 4203, even if they no longer house phones? Can we request movie theatre seats with drink holders? Can we make the tiny penalty office a padded cell?

Oh, bathroom replacements would be glorious. But, where would Bacteria Bear hibernate during a reconstruction?

Logistically, though, it's a huge task. Where do you place the legislators, governor, lieutenant governor and others who would lose their office space? There simply isn't enough local office space to place them all. Meanwhile, there are the two large hearing rooms—4202 and 4203—that house the large Budget and Appropriations Committee hearings.

GUBER: California has 5 would-be governors [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "Five Democrats – all middle-aged men, interestingly – are emitting varying levels of vibration about running."

US SENATE: Rocky Chávez: What might have been [Editorial @ SDUT] - "While we welcome his decision, it would have been an interesting real-life experiment had Chávez’s candidacy gone forward. Republicans have only won statewide office in California this century in unusual circumstances. The first was in 2003, when mega-celebrity Arnold Schwarzenegger defeated Gov. Gray Davis in a statewide recall election; Davis was so unpopular that a prominent fellow Democrat, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, also ran to replace him in the recall. In 2006, Bustamante lost to GOP technocrat Steve Poizner in the insurance commissioner’s race, which saw Bustamante abandoned by scores of Democrats over his disloyalty. Schwarzenegger won reelection in 2006 partly by championing Democratic causes."

It was not going to happen for Rocky. While I like him, he needed the Democrats to elect a socialist, but, uh, wrong office.

COASTAL CLUSTERF***: Big turnout is expected at a showdown over the Coastal Commission chief's future [Dan Weikely and Tony Barboza] - "Lester is the target of a group of commissioners, including appointees of Gov. Jerry Brown, who have questioned the director's management and leadership abilities. But their efforts to focus the discussion on job performance have been met with a torrent of outrage. Environmental groups, elected officials and members of the public up and down the coast have registered vociferous opposition, arguing that the commission's real motive is to shift the agency more toward development interests."

LET THERE BE, RUH ROH! UC Berkeley preparing to ‘reinvent’ to address financial challenges [Alexei Kosoff @ SacBee] - "Berkeley faces a structural deficit of about $150 million, or 6 percent of its operating budget, according to a financial document provided by the university. It pointed to diminished support from the state; a higher dependency on tuition, which is in the midst of an extended freeze for resident students, than other UC campuses; growing pension and health care costs; and debt obligations from capital projects."

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for CYD's Courtney Baxter and David Howard!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Yes, I know how to spell "rumor." Somedays I just play around and say "Beetlejuice" three times to see what happens. It's pretty cool that your fingers can just take a life of their own.


  • California Life Sciences Association (formerly CHI) seeks Senior Director—State Government Relations. The position, reporting to the Vice President—State Government Affairs, will conduct strategic lobbying activities in Sacramento on behalf of the biomedical industry and CLSA. The Senior Director functions both as a lobbyist to secure legislation and regulation to advance the interest of CLSA’s members, and as an organizer to engage legislators and staff to support CLSA’s advocacy goals. Excellent lobbying skills desired, association or capitol experience, superior communication skills, B.A./B.S. required, salary DOE, bonus and competitive benefits. For full job description visit ( Submit resumes with salary history to HR and Administration, Cheryl St. Cyr, via

  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West seeks Political Capacity Organizer (Oakland or Sacramento).  85,000 member California healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive, motivated Political Capacity Organizer – to grow the union’s activist base and political action fund; proven track record in fundraising a must.  Excellent salary, benefits, career ladder. Resume, letter, references to:
  • The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) is currently seeking an Executive Director of Western States Legislative Affairs: This position has overall responsibility for the functioning of the Western Regional Office.  S/he works in developing and advancing HACU's legislative agenda with respect to state government issues in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. S/he will coordinate activities for legislative relations, and track state policy in operation or under development.  Go to job opportunities for complete position description.  Salary DOE (Located in Sacramento, CA) EOE.

  • The James Irvine Foundation 2016 Leadership Awards Luncheon. Join Irvine and state policymakers in honoring California leaders and their innovative solutions to critical state issues. Meet the leaders. Hear their solutions. February 18, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Sheraton Grand, complimentary lunch. Contact 916-288-2245.

    Children Now – Senior Policy Associate, responsible for developing, directing and implementing a portion of Children Now’s education policy plan for California. More information. Details here

  • CalDesal, a 501(c)6 nonprofit corporation, wishes to contract with an individual or firm for the position of Executive Director. CalDesal is seeking an Executive Director who will continue the success of the organization. The ideal candidate will have strong public outreach, communication, and administrative skills to successfully implement and manage the organization. The Executive Director will be the externally identifiable staff person in charge of the organization and will arrange the staff functions and advocacy support necessary to fulfill the organization's goals.

    For more information go to

    Proposals due by Monday, February 29, 2016 at 5:00 P.M.

  • California Partnership to End Domestic Violence seeks experienced Prevention & Education Policy Specialist. College degree required. Responsible for leading and implementing the Partnership’s Adolescent Dating Abuse Policy Project and related strategies. Please send resume and cover letter to
  • Thinking about Graduate School?  Sacramento State’s master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration is the region’s most affordable program, offering a rigorous education in both public policy and administration, nested in the political context. More than 400 alumni work in California state and local government as well as private and non-profit organizations. Applications are due March 1, 

  • TBW Media/TBWB Strategies is interviewing experienced campaign managers and campaign staffers at all levels for potential campaign positions with our client campaigns this year throughout California. If interested please send a cover letter, resume, salary history, writing sample and 3 references to Barry Barnes ( No phone calls please.
  • Capital Fellows Program - There is only a bit over a week left to apply for the Capital Fellows program. The deadline is February 6, and I strongly encourage you to consider it if you are looking at work in the Capitol or as a bridge between undergrad and grad school, as some of the best legislative staff (and even legislators) started as fellows. Get more info here.
  • Fiona Hutton & Associates, one of California’s largest independent public affairs agencies, is seeking an Account Supervisor to join the firm’s growing Los Angeles office. FHA is an established leader in managing high-profile and controversial issues for a diverse client base. We’re looking for the best of the best. The candidate that thrives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, working on high stakes situations, and demonstrates a commitment to excellence. The Account Supervisor is responsible for tactical implementation of client programs and plans, oversight of communications materials, ensuring quality control and managing a team.

    Please see link for additional details and how to apply:

  • Subscribe to the Capitol Morning Report and closely follow who’s doing what each day in California government and politics. We list news conferences, legislative hearings, state board meetings and other events. Plus we add in community news and announcements from political campaigns. More info at

  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West Regional Political Organizers (Los Angeles and Bay Area). 85,000 member California healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive, motivated political organizers, 3-5 yrs political/union experience. Competitive salary and benefits package. Resume, letter, 3 references:

  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of CA seeks two experienced Senior Campaign Organizers to work with the seven California Planned Parenthood affiliates  on campus  and electoral organizing through the November 2016. Three to five years and two election cycles experience as full time campaign staff required. Prior management experience preferred. Excellent salary (DOE) and cellphone/laptop stipend and reimbursement of healthcare up to a cap. Positions located in the south and north. Details here.



Exit Of California Senate Candidate Could Help Ailing GOP | The Sacramento Bee
The sudden withdrawal of one of the Republican candidates in California's U.S. Senate race could help a party that's been battered in recent statewide elections, although Democrats remain favorites to hold the seat now occupied by Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Pot Tax For Kids Programs Idea Going To Sacramento Voters -
Bob Moffitt @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Wrecking Ball For Part Of California Capitol On The Table | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Capitol Annex could be replaced and demolished

In New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton Sounds Both Tone Deaf And Human: 'this Is Hard For Me'
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets voters outside a polling station at Fairgrounds Junior High School on Tuesday in Nashua, N.H.

Sacramento Levee Repairs Are In President's Proposed Budget -
Bob Moffitt @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Political Power Struggle Over PUC Reforms :: Fox&hounds
Clearly, the agency has failed that mission in the aforementioned high profile cases. At least now, a question has been raised about the ability of the PUC to oversee infrastructure deficiencies and whether the agency is equipped to deal with utilities in this day and age.

Obama Official: Iranian Law Won't Dictate New Visa Rules - Politico
They all agree that Obama's budget proposal is out.

CalPERS Makes Huge New York Real Estate Deal | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
Almost fully leased, building represents conservative strategy

Experts Tell Panel Why Gas Is So Expensive In California - The Orange County Register
SACRAMENTO – Gouging by oil companies could be one reason California drivers pay about 76 cents more for a gallon of regular gas than motorists elsewhere in the nation, a state government panel was told Monday.

Mysterious Ship Helped Keep California Gas Prices High, Consumer Advocate Says
There's an unusual new entry to the long list of reasons why Californians spent the last year paying significantly more for gasoline than other U.S. drivers: a mystery ship.

Obama Arrives In Bay Area Wednesday For Two Democratic Fundraisers
Matthew Artz @
Steve Westly, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist and possible 2018 candidate for California governor, will host Obama at his Atherton home Thursday morning to raise money for the Democratic National Committee. Obama that day also will be attending a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.