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THE NOONER for February 13, 2016

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Happy GOP Debate Day. It's at 6pm on CBS, with Face The Nation host John Dickerson serving as the lead moderator.

AURAL PLEASURE: There's a new California politics podcast out today with John Myers, Marisa Lagos and Anthony York.

US SENATE: Rocky Chávez endorses Duf Sundheim for U.S. Senate [Taryn Luna @ SacBee] - “After retiring his campaign for U.S. Senate earlier this week, Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chávez endorsed his former GOP challenger Duf Sundheim on Friday. The Oceanside lawmaker suspended his bid and announced plans to run for re-election to the Legislature instead during a radio debate in San Diego, before walking off the stage.”

COASTAL CLUSTER: Coastal chief's ouster prompts bill to require transparency between lobbyists and panel [Dan Weikel and Tony Barboza] - “Reacting to the dismissal of the California Coastal Commission's executive director, Assembly members on Friday said they plan to introduce legislation to require people who lobby the commission to register with the state and disclose their clients with business pending before the powerful land-use agency.”

Coastal Commission all wet on Mavericks women surfers [Editorial @ SDUT] - “The Coastal Commission is swimming in enough controversy without dictating who surfs when. One day, hopefully soon, a woman will surf in the contest, and we’ll be among those cheering her on. But we hope she surfs well that day because she and not the Coastal Commission overreached.”

LAW AND DISORDER: With Porter Ranch-area leak halted, gas company prepares for the legal battles [Corina Knoll and Alice Walton @ LAT] - “As Southern California Gas Co. appears to have sealed the noxious leak that has displaced thousands of Porter Ranch-area residents, its legal battles with various government agencies continue to stack up.”

#SB50: NFL toasts Bay Area Super Bowl; feeling not totally mutual [Matthew Artz @ MercNews] - “he NFL left its heart in San Francisco. But the city isn't quite ready to return the love, a stance that could complicate the Bay Area's prospects to host another Super Bowl, or as a few of its politicians call it -- a "corporate marketing party." And San Francisco isn't the only city where people are squawking. While some downtown merchants there griped that road closures kept customers away, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo has been fielding complaints from downtown bar and restaurant owners upset that the city didn't have enough fan attractions to boost sales.

"Certainly friends have texted and called and said we expected bigger crowds," Liccardo said. "But the NFL decides where the NFL Experience and Super Bowl City go. That is not up to us."”

ARMS FOR [POLITICAL] HOSTAGES: Investigation finds improper lobbying in weapons station developer selection [Lisa P. White @ CCTimes] - “A company competing to develop the former Concord Naval Weapons Station improperly lobbied former Mayor Tim Grayson by orchestrating contributions to his Assembly campaign, an independent investigation determined.”

JOHN DICKERSON: For the Sunday political news show geeks like me, the NYT has a great profile of Face The Nation host John Dickerson, the moderator of tonight's debate. I've been a fan for a long time, and CBS couldn't have made a better choice to succeed Bob Schieffer. If you don't listen to Slate's Political Gabfest (released every Friday) that John is on, you are missing out.

THE 916: Sacramento’s next mayor has a full plate [Editorial @ SacBee] - “After eight years of Kevin Johnson, Sacramento’s next mayor will be a very different politician and personality. Which is fine because what the city requires right now is less celebrity and drama. It needs a steady, intelligent leader to build on Johnson’s accomplishments – and take on new challenges.”

NOM NOM: With West Sacramento move, Chando’s Tacos poised for major expansion [Blair Anthony Robertson @ SacBee] - “Less than six years after opening a modest taco stand that soon became a magnet for foodies, Lisandro “Chando” Madrigal is spending $1 million to open a fourth location – a 9,500-square foot “mothership” he says will position him to launch a major expansion effort.”

EYE CANDY: The Chron has a video of the best moments of the Mavericks surf contest.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to the Senate Republican Caucus's Gary Link!


  • 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.



Top Republicans Stay Quiet On Release Of Their Tax Returns | The Sacramento Bee
Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, offered this year's hopefuls advice about a hard-learned lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. But the top three Republicans leading in national polls don't appear to be listening.

In Debate, A Measured Clinton And An Invigorated Sanders Sharpen Their Pitches To Voters
Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton shake hands after a debate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Thursday.

Analyst Estimates $100 Million More In Prop. 47 Savings Than Brown | The Sacramento Bee
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Hillary Clinton's Two-part Strategy For Derailing Bernie Sanders' Campaign
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to voters at a town hall meeting in Denmark, S.C., a day after her debate with rival candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Clinton is counting on strong support from African American voters in South Carolina.

Jim Gilmore Suspends Campaign - Politico
The Senate approved legislation to rename the area in front of China's embassy in Washington after imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

Staff Cuts At O.C. Jail Made Escape Easier, Deputies' Union Contends
Staff cuts at an Orange County jail removed obstacles that would have otherwise prevented three dangerous inmates from breaking out last month, according to a lawsuit filed by sheriff's deputies.

CpUC Boss And Energy Innovator Were Friendly |
The California Public Utilities Commission is beginning to release records sought by U-T Watchdog, some of them requested almost a year ago.

Anaheim Built Artic -- Now It's Needing High-speed Rail To Arrive In 2029 - The Orange County Register
ANAHEIM – California plans to spend $68 billion on a high-speed rail line, but details are slim on what Gov. Jerry Brown’s so-called bullet train will look like – or how the system will fit into Orange County.

Missing Alameda man owes $113 million in federal judgment
A 73-year-old man who mysteriously vanished Tuesday is facing a $113 million judgment from the Federal Trade Commission over a get-rich-quick infomercial scam. John Nelson Beck of Alameda was the man behind John Beck Amazing Profits LLC, which put out infomercials marketing “John Beck’s Free & Clear Real Estate System.” According to court filings, the infomercials falsely told consumers that they could easily make massive amounts of money by buying homes at government tax sale auctions and immediately flipping or renting them. The “system,” which cost $39.95 plus shipping and handling, consisted of written manuals, DVDs and CDs. Collectively, consumers spent $92 million purchasing the John Beck System and an additional $175 million on personal coaching services for the system, the FTC claimed in its 2009 complaint. In August, the district court appointed a liquidating receiver to seize Beck’s assets, including two houses in Alameda, on Regent Street and Oleander Avenue. Laura Beck described her father as a quiet family man who plays in a paddle sport league and dotes on his four grandchildren. Beck was a former real estate lawyer who may have owned many properties, his daughter said, though she believes none of them have buildings.

Congressional Memo: Ted Cruz Is Appeased, and Norway and Sweden Get Ambassadors
Senate stand-ins for Mr. Cruz, who had been blocking the nominees for ambassador, gave the presidential contender what he wanted and ended a long impasse.

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First Draft: Jim Gilmore Suspends Presidential Campaign
Jim Gilmore suspended his presidential campaign on Friday, ending a bid for the Republican nomination that never managed to gain traction with the American public.

How Crowdfunding Has Made Flipping Houses A Lot Easier
David Berneman isn't developing an app. His company isn't venture backed. In fact, his business is about as low-tech as it gets: He buys houses, fixes them up and flips them.

Sharon Runner Introduces Legislation Requiring Department of Corrections to Obey Jessica's Law
Last year the California Supreme Court held that the restriction preventing registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park could not be upheld in San Diego County because of a severe lack of compliant housing. While the Supreme Court made it abundantly clear that the ruling applied only in San Diego County, CDCR immediately refused to enforce the law in any of the other 57 counties.

Senate Gives State A Break, Confirms A Slew Of Nominees - Politico
Passing on an endorsement for a fellow black caucus lawmaker in a competitive primary is unusual for the CBC PAC.

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'bay Boys' Surfer Gang Cannot Block Access To Upscale Beach, Coastal Commission Says
Visitors have said that a group of locals called the Bay Boys hold forth in this "fort" and discourage outsiders from surfing in Lunada Bay.

Bart Removes Some Seats To Give Passengers More Room - San Francisco Chronicle
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New App Uses Your Cellphone To Detect Earthquakes
An app will test whether smartphones can retrieve earthquake shaking information quickly. Named MyShake, the app is available on Google Android phones

Berkeley Scientists Develop Quake-detection Phone App - San Francisco Chronicle
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Bill Clinton: Hillary A ‘change-maker,’ Obama Not So Much - Politico
Bill Clinton was a visible presence in his wife's 2008 presidential campaign