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THE NOONER for February 16, 2016

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¡Buenos dias, mis amigos! I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the beautiful California weather. We were basking in 70-90 degree weather and virtually building snowmen watching our friends on the East Coast via Facebook. Don't get me wrong, as fresh snow is beautiful. A couple of days later, it's ugly.

Today is the first day to file for the June 7 election. With the Legislature back from the Presidents' Day weekend (hope you took the time to honor James Buchanan and Richard Nixon), the question of a school construction bond for November continues. Governor Brown is opposed to the $9 billion bond already qualified for the November ballot, as he wants a new methodology for allocating facilities funding that favors schools serving low-income students. While the argument has merit, it's not the case that districts serving low-income students necessarily have fewer staff to file requests for funding. The largest district--Los Angeles Unified--has a $27.5 billion bond program already building buildings.

This week also houses the deadline for introducing legislative bills for the second year of this session. Of course, we'll see many "spot bills," which are shells for future amendments that put the intended content in, but aren't ready for prime time. 

The Tonight Show began its week last night in Los Angeles with a great opening theme--"Going back to Cali, Cali, Cali, for The Tonight Show." If you're old like me, you tuned in to the Grammy's for a few minutes and realized you had no clue who these artists are and moved on to something else. 

SCOTUS: Supreme Court speculation about Kamala Harris shadows Senate bid [Phil Willon @ LAT] - “Speculation that California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris could be on President Obama’s short list of possible nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court has reached a fever pitch — but don't fit her for a robe just yet.”

Tony Quinn looks at the impact on California of the Supreme Court vacancy.

THE STORM: That blockbuster California ballot will be a $452-million battle [John Myers @ LAT] - “In an election year in which Californians, by virtue of the state's relative insignificance in the presidential campaign and a fairly tepid U.S. Senate race, have been spared the brunt of nonstop politicking, political experts say the storm is coming.”

THE UNDERVOTE: When open primary voters tune out [Paul Mitchell @ Capitol Weekly] - “Looking at the 52 legislative and congressional contests since 2012 that have had Democrat-vs.-Democrat, or Republican-vs.-Republican general elections, we find a wide swath of the electorate who are contributing to a new “undervote” phenomenon. Undervote is a term used by election officials to describe a ballot that is cast but does not contain a vote in a particular contest.”

CONSEQUENCES: America’s global standing is at stake in 2016 presidential race [Fabian Nunez  op-ed @ SacBee] - “When it comes to America’s global stature, this election is the most important of my lifetime. So here at home, we, too, must speak up – not only against intolerance and isolationism but for the candidates who promote our principles. We must do so because the world is watching.”

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for retired Department of Finance staffer Kathy Gaither!


  • The Sacramento State Department of Public Policy & Administration invites you to its spring celebration. This event is a great opportunity to network with the graduate program's alums, faculty, students, and supporters. Prospective students are invited to attend.The celebration will showcase two alums, Christina Lokke (MPPA 2007) and Sacramento City Councilmember Eric Guerra (MPPA 2008). 

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    CA New Car Dealers Association
    1517 L Street

    Cost of admission is $10. Sponsorships are available to help support the Dept. of Public Policy & Administration . To RSVP or for more information: 

  • 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.



Supreme Court Speculation About Kamala Harris Shadows Senate Bid
Speculation that California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris could be on President Obama¿s short list of possible nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court has reached a fevered pitch ¿ but don't fit her for a robe just yet.

Sacramento Agencies Ask: Why Release Water From Folsom Lake Amid Drought? | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Sabalow, Phillip Reese and Dale Kasler @
Feds are spilling water downstream based on decades-old regulations

Charter Growth Stirs Trouble |
From High Tech High to Health Sciences High and Middle College to the Classical Academies, San Diego County charters have reinvented public education for thousands of students.

GOP Brawl In South Carolina May Have Repercussions In The General Election
Marco Rubio campaigns in Easley, S.C., on Sunday. Rubio acknowledged that the demeanor of the South Carolina GOP campaign might be a gift to Hillary Clinton were she to become the Democratic nominee.

Lawsuit Claims 'north Of 8' Favoritism At Sdpd |
A former San Diego police officer claims he was told by supervisors to treat citizens who live in the northern parts of the city differently than those who live south of Interstate 8, and when he complained he lost his job.

Could Scalia's Absence Reshape California Politics? -
Ben Adler @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Agency Funds Tent, Puppy, Playstation For Workers |
Fallbrook Public Utility District workers repaired a broken underground water line at the end of Sky Country Court. [U-T file] — Charlie Neuman

Proposal Would Shift Bullet Train Funding For Use On New Water Projects
The state¿s powerful agriculture industry and its political allies are gathering signatures for a November ballot initiative that would grab bond money earmarked for California¿s bullet train and use it instead for new water projects.

Hate crime probed in UC Davis assault
An African American student at UC Davis was assaulted by a group of intoxicated men on campus early Monday morning, leading university police to investigate the case as a hate crime and arrest three suspects. Campus police officers arrested Lonny Doyal, 24, of West Sacramento and Justin Sheppard, 22, of Sacramento on suspicion of public intoxication, assault and committing a hate crime. Police have yet to release details on the incident, including what led officers to believe a hate crime occurred. Recent hate crimes at the school include an Oct. 10 incident where a white male vandalized 11 cars in an on campus parking lot, slashing tires and scrawling “offensive and disparaging religious slurs” with a metal object. In July, graffiti appeared in a men’s restroom on campus with symbols associated with white supremacist groups, police said.

Sacramento District, U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers
Sacramento District @
Vegetation Variance Request for Mitigation for PL 84-99 2005-2006 Repair Sites

That Blockbuster California Ballot Will Be A $452-million Battle
The bottom line: an initiative season in the Golden State that could see total spending of at least $452 million -- and perhaps even hitting half a billion dollars -- by the time the final votes are cast.

Farewell To A Great Man: Hadley Roff, Rip
Far from the self-important consultants, humorless careerist creeps and ass-smooching martinets who litter the landscape of political campaigns and government offices these days, the late Mr. Roff was a throwback: he managed simultaneously to be absolutely loyal to his principal and unfailingly honest with reporters; while street smart and shrewd, he also was a genuinely sweet, compassionate and decent man who loved to laugh; with rare perspective, he saw clearly the utter absurdity of the political game but never forgot the needs, troubles and humanity of the ordinary folks who looked to government for help.

The Different Views Of Accused Immigration Con Man | The Sacramento Bee
Denny Walsh @
Helaman Hansen sees himself as a tireless do-gooder

O.C. Native Named As Possible Nominee To Replace The Late Antonin Scalia On The U.S. Supreme Court - The Orange County Register
Garden Grove-born Paul J. Watford, a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, is being widely mentioned as a possible nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.

GOP Brawls In Primaries Could Hurt Party In November
More from Trail Guide Hillary Clinton receives endorsement from Planned Parenthood Republican debate: Trump and Cruz go from bromance to sparring partners Donald Trump is stuck on Jeb Bush like a dog with a bone, and he's not letting go Chris Christie heads back to New Jersey as blizzard approaches...

2016 Campaign Endorsements: Georgia State Senator Switches Endorsement From Hillary Clinton To Bernie Sanders - Politico
CNN and MSNBC are both hosting dueling town halls this week on the same evenings.

First Draft: Bernie Sanders, Seeking to Court Black Voters, Will Visit South Carolina and Georgia
Though Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has received the endorsement of several black politicians and artists, he still trails Hillary Clinton in South Carolina, where African-Americans are likely to make up more than half of the electorate.

Sacramento State Graduation Czar Hired To Improve Completion Rates | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @
Jim Dragna envisions a customized learning experience

Green Bonds Grow In California
Natalie Jacewicz @
The state already has invested in these "green bonds," created to enable environmentally responsible projects, and issued them on a small scale.

The Supreme Court tumult increases chances of prison for the ex- Va. governor, and could complicate the New Jersey senator’s trial.