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THE NOONER for February 11, 2016

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Happy Thursday! Tonight, we have another presidential debate between Hillary and Bernie, moderated by Gwinn Ifell and Judy Woodruff and airing on PBS stations and CNN at 6pm PST. It's another beautiful day today so we'll be short so you can go eat lunch in Capitol Park.

COASTAL CLUSTERF***: Powerful California coastal panel ousts top executive [Michael R. Blood @ AP] - “The powerful agency that manages development on California's coastline fired its executive Wednesday after a lengthy and, at times, emotionally charged meeting that veered from accusations about the influence of developers and lobbyists to discussions on the mundane inner workings of government.”

SMOKE TWO JOINTS IN THE MORNING, SMOKE FIVE JOINTS AT NIGHT: California senator proposes 15 percent medical marijuana sales tax [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - “With the potential for hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue on the table, California lawmakers are pursuing a 15 percent medical marijuana sales tax.

SWEET SIXTEEN: Could California’s 16-year-olds be casting ballots? [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “A bill before the Legislature would amend California’s constitution to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to cast ballots exclusively in school district and community college board elections – the very races, proponents argue, in which Californians under 18 have the most at stake. They still wouldn’t be able to sway congressional or legislative contests or help pick the next president.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senator Joel Anderson, Assemblymember Cheryl Brown and OC Business Council's Lucy Dunn.


  • 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.



California Senator Proposes 15-percent Medical Marijuana Sales Tax | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
15-percent tax mirrors what supporters of legalizing recreational pot have proposed in ballot initiative

Bernie Sanders Blazes A Trail To The Root Of Political Evils
Whether he's your candidate or not, give Bernie Sanders credit: He has made inherently corrupt, high-roller campaign financing a central issue of his presidential bid.

A Doctor Digs Deep In Quest For Ways To Save Lives | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
A 20-year-old congressional action blocks federal funding into gun violence prevention

Farm Worker Education Promotes Government Trespassing, Land Rights Group Says
A proposal by the state¿s farm labor watchdog to gain access to fields so it can educate workers about their rights is running into strong opposition from growers, even before it has been written into regulation.

Uscd Researchers: Voter Id Laws Hurt Dems, Minorities |
Overall, the researchers found, strict ID laws cause a reduction in Democratic turnout by 8.8 percentage points, compared to a reduction of 3.6 percentage points for Republicans.

Al Sharpton 2016 Campaign: Hillary Clinton ‘has To Earn’ Black Votes - Politico
They all agree that Obama's budget proposal is out.

Lafayette To Poll Voters On Potential Sales Tax Hike
Jennifer Modenessi @
The City Council agreed Monday to hire San Mateo-based Godbe Research to conduct a $26,250 phone poll in March to gauge support for a general sales tax measure.

After Five Years Brown Appoints New Consumer Advocacy Director At The CpUC | News Fix | Kqed News
Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Elizabeth Echols on Wednesday to direct the California Public Utilities Commission’s Office of Ratepayer Advocates. The division is dedicated to protecting consumers and has been without a permanent director for more than five years. Interim director Joe Como retired in December.

When It Comes To Saving Water, Southern Californians Are Tapped Out — Or Are They?
After months of responding to calls to save water, Southern Californians say they've hit a wall.

Powerful Casino Tribes Raise Concerns With California Fantasy Sports Bill | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Tribes say daily fantasy sports games are illegal

San Diego Voters Will Decide On A Minimum Wage Increase
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer vetoed a previous minimum wage increase plan. 

New Hampshire's Senate Race Heats Up - Politico
With New Hampshire's presidential primary completed, attention has now been focused back on the state's Senate race.

Head of S.F. police union goes after Gascón in letter
Martin Halloran, president of the San Francisco Police Officers’ Association, sent an angry letter to District Attorney George Gascón refuting his recent public assertion that the union has tried to block such an investigation with “a dizzying array of stonewalling tactics.” Gascón started the squabble on Jan. 28 with a two-page letter to Lee accusing the mayor of failing to support the district attorney’s efforts to look into a wide array of areas concerning police conduct, including use of force, stop-and-search protocols, and internal discipline. Gascón’s effort to investigate the police began in June when he formed a “Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability and Fairness in Law Enforcement,” expecting that it would receive city funding to look into thousands of police reports written by 14 officers accused of trading racist and homophobic text messages. He identified, for example, several lawyer-to-lawyer meetings. [...] he said police had allowed the panel’s lawyers to ride along with some officers, and added that “there have been dozens, if not hundreds, of calls and e-mails back and forth between representatives of the (union) over the last several months.” Hardly a dizzying array of stonewalling tactics,” Halloran concluded, before adding one small footnote that acknowledged “mildly contentious early exchanges with panel representatives.

Carly Fiorina Drops Out of Republican Presidential Race
Ms. Fiorina had poor showings in both New Hampshire and Iowa, as her message of corporate experience failed to win over voters.

As A Long Race Beckons, Tuesday Winners Trump And Sanders Face Challenges
Essential Politics

Legislative Analyst's Office Says State Building Plan Is Short On Details
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Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca To Plead Guilty In Jail Scandal, His Attorney Says
Lee Baca announces his retirement as Los Angeles County sheriff in January 2014. He was to plead guilty Wednesday to making a false statement.