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THE NOONER for February 12, 2016

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  • SD07 (Concord): added real estate appraiser Joseph Rubay (R) 
  • SD13 (San Mateo): added software engineer John Webster (L)
  • AD14 (Concord): added accountant Debora Allen (R)
  • AD24 (Palo Alto-Mountain View): added social entrepeneur Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera (N)
  • AD24 (Palo Alto-Mountain View): added Mountain View councilmember John Inks (L)
  • AD31 (West Fresno): added attorney Daniel Tekunoff (N)
  • AD48 (West Covina): added education doctoral candidate Armando Barajas (D)

Happy per diem Friday! Legislators will convene briefly this morning for one of those rare Friday sessions, since Monday is a holiday. In order for per diem payments to continue through the weekend, the Legislature can not be out of session for three consecutive days. 

Today is the Titans of Mavericks surf competition in Half Moon Bay, and you can watch it online as soon as the boss leaves the office (unless you're in the office of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, where it was likely required viewing. "All i need are tasty waves and a cool buzz." - Jeff Spicolli. The waves are tubular this year--18-20 feet, credited to El Niño, who has yet to be deported by Donald Trump. It's a beautiful day in HMB, and semi-finals are starting at this hour.

ANTI-BONDAGE: Gov. Jerry Brown opposes $9-billion school bond measure [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - “Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday came out against a $9-billion school bond measure that will go before voters in November, erecting a political hurdle for advocates of new spending on school construction.”

Also yesterday, the rumors of an alternative $3-$4 billion bond for the June ballot were denied by representatives of both Pro Tem Kevin de León's and Speaker Toni Atkins’ offices.

The $9 billion bond is supported by the California Building Industry Association and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing. In addition to the facilities funding, the ballot measure includes two major policy components—a ban on developer fees (generally, per parcel amounts packaged in with the initial sale of properties) for school funding and a requirement that the state maintain its existing methodology for allocating school facilities funding.

Governor Brown wants an alternative methodology that focuses more on schools serving low-income students. That’s the conflict. New schools are built in developments that rarely serve low-income students, and run-down urban schools are rarely at the top of the priority list. The building industry and many school advocates, however, argue that the state should help construct new schools and renovation and replacement of existing schools should be accomplished through local general obligation bonds funded by property taxes.

Would Jerry Brown actually spend part of his $19.3 million war chest against the school bond? Who knows? However, it’s a strong incentive for the proponents of the $9 billion bond to come to the table.

GOVERNOR: Is state GOP pinning hopes on Faulconer? [Phil Willon @ MercNews] - “San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer appears destined to cruise to a second term, a notable achievement for a Republican politician who took the helm of this Democratic city just two years ago. That means Republicans are looking at Faulconer as someone with a strong political future within a state Republican Party in desperate need of bright spots.”

Meanwhile, Carla Marinucci writes that former Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner may jump in to the race as well. 

EROSION: Coastal Commission fires executive director over objection of hundreds of supporters [Tony Barbaza and Dan Weickel @ LAT] - “The California Coastal Commission fired its executive director Wednesday -- a decision made despite an overwhelming show of public support for the land use agency’s top official. The panel disclosed that it voted 7 to 5 in a private session to dismiss Charles Lester, touching off an emotional scene unique in the agency's 44-year history.”

The Bee calls for replacing commissioners who voted for the ouster.

WE’VE GOT CRABS! Crab warning lifted: Locally caught Dungeness is declared safe [Nanette Asimov @ SFGate] - “It’s safe again to eat Dungeness crab caught off the Bay Area coast, state officials said Thursday in lifting a three-month health warning about the tasty crustaceans. The decision by the California Department of Public Health allows only recreational crab fishing to resume as yet. It will be at least a week before commercial crab boats can head out to sea — and then only if the state Department of Fish and Wildlife approves the plan.”

PRESERVE AND PROTECT: Obama grants Mojave Trails, Castle Mountains, Sand to Snow national monument status [John Rogers @ AP] - “President Barack Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region’s fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and others.”

DOUBLE-X FACTOR: Female lawmakers float package of bills seeking pay equity, child care funding [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - “A package of proposals unveiled Thursday by female lawmakers would help women in California achieve equitable pay and expand family-leave job protections, as well as earmark more state funds for child care and for helping children on welfare. The Democratic members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus said they hoped to build on the success of last year, when they won approval of one of the toughest equal-pay laws in the nation.”

LABOR LAW: Lawsuit alleges union access to farms violates owners' constitutional protections [John Cox @ Bakersfield Californian] - “The suit Pacific Legal Foundation filed against the [California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board] Wednesday says a state regulation giving union organizers limited access to farmworkers on the job violates property owners’ constitutional protections against government-imposed takings and unreasonable intrusions.”

CRUDE: Benicia commission rejects crude oil trains [Tony Bizjak @ SacBee] - “The Benicia city planning commission, voting unanimously, dealt a dramatic setback Thursday to an oil company's plans to ship crude oil via train through Northern California, including downtown Sacramento, to its local refinery.” 

GAS CAP: Road to recovery begins in Porter Ranch as gas leak is halted at last [LAT] - “Nearly four months of environmental contamination and civic disruption in Porter Ranch came close to an end Thursday when work crews pierced the underground casing of the damaged Aliso Canyon gas well and started injecting it with a mud-like compound.”


  • 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.



Gov. Jerry Brown Makes Budget The Latest Battleground On Climate Change
Gov. Jerry Brown is looking to make good on a promise to curb California's petroleum use by shifting away from new legislation and instead tucking his fuel-reduction goal inside the state budget.

Bad Actions In State Workforce Cost Taxpayers Thousands Of Dollars | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Report lacks scintillating details of the past audits

L.A. County Health Officials Want You To Eat Smaller Portions At Restaurants
In another attempt to reduce obesity rates, the Los Angeles County Public Health department is launching an advertising campaign to encourage parents and their kids to choose smaller portions and healthier foods the next time they eat out.

O.C. Deputies Union Files Lawsuit Over Jail Conditions, Saying They Led To Inmate Escapes - The Orange County Register
SANTA ANA – The union that represents Orange County’s sheriff’s deputies sued Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and the department Thursday, alleging that staff reductions, unsafe jail conditions and a series of critical missteps contributed to last month’s escape of three inmates.

Will Get A California-style Makeover? | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
When 28-year-old Charis Hill discovered that the cost of medication to treat her degenerative arthritis had risen to $2,000 a month, she chose to be in pain instead.

Obama does fundraising pass through Silicon Valley
President Obama finished another whirlwind spin through Silicon Valley Thursday, vacuuming up campaign cash for Democratic candidates on his way to Southern California for a TV appearance and a Monday summit with heads of Southeast Asian nations. “The incredible success we have had together” is not an excuse for complacency but a spur to action, the president told a crowd of 300 or so in the backyard of the Atherton home of Steve Westly, former state controller and a possible candidate for governor in 2018. Obama’s first stop Thursday was at a private home in Palo Alto for what was described as a “high-dollar, low-turnout” event for the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee. With fewer than two dozen people in the room at 10:40 a.m., the president spent 45 minutes sitting around a table and talking with the guests, who had paid $33,400 apiece to be there. The event raised about $10,000 less than it might have after Atherton billed Westly for the cost of the security, parking patrols, street closures and the other support the small town was forced to provide for the president’s visit. Since Atherton only has 19 police officers, outside help was needed for Thursday’s presidential event, with officers from Burlingame, Menlo Park, Redwood City, the California Highway Patrol and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department helping with security. Residents near the event were forced to wait for Secret Service bomb dogs to sniff through their cars before they could make their way home, and gardeners and delivery trucks in the neighborhood received police escorts to make sure where they were going. The president will spend the weekend relaxing in the Palm Springs area before hosting the two-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Rancho Mirage on Monday.

State Officials Disagree On Who Will Track Medical Marijuana Plants -
Ben Bradford @
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Senate To Hold Test Vote On Fda Nominee After Recess - Politico
It's part of the campaign's bet that new funds are coming following the governor's strong second-place showing in New Hampshire.

Political Drama Is Nothing New To California Coastal Commission
From its beginning, the California Coastal Commission has been marked by political drama, including this week's ouster of its executive director.

California Rep. Duncan Hunter Blows Smoke At Congressional Hearing | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Hunter says vaping device helped him quit smoking

Prison Realignment Fears Not Borne Out In Orange County - The Orange County Register
Between October 2011 and September 2015, Orange County was charged with supervising 7,996 released inmates who would have been watched by the California parole agents under the previous law.

Feds Charge California Man In 7-state Immigration Scam | The Sacramento Bee
Federal authorities charged a Sacramento man Thursday with running what they called an unusually creative scam that promised U.S. citizenships to hundreds of immigrants across at least seven states in return for fees as high as $10,000.

Obama Interview: 'maybe I Could Have Done ... A Little Better'
Essential Politics

Point Reyes: Lawsuit Challenges Historic Ranching Operations At Iconic Park
Paul Rogers @
Many of the cattle ranches in the iconic park have been operated by the same families since the 1860s. And park service officials say they have no plans to remove them.

Obama In California: 'strange Things' Happen When Voters Are Scared - The Orange County Register
ATHERTON – President Barack Obama said Thursday that “strange things” can happen in politics when voters are scared and that the angst people are feeling across the country is finding voice in both the Republican and Democratic parties.

New Sanders Campaign Ad Features Eric Garner's Daughter - Politico
It's part of the campaign's bet that new funds are coming following the governor's strong second-place showing in New Hampshire.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Provides A Glimmer Of Hope For A Republican Revival In California
San Diego’s mild-mannered mayor, Kevin Faulconer, appears destined to cruise to a second term, a notable achievement for a Republican politician who took the helm of this Democratic city just two years ago. That means Republicans are looking at Faulconer, a former public relations executive and...