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THE NOONER for February 19, 2016

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Happy Friday! It's here. You made it!

I had a great time last night co-moderating the Sacramento mayoral policy forum with my friend Jann Dorothy, sponsored by the Stonewall Democrats, Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and the LGBT center, hosted at the KVIE forum. Compared to the debates we're seeing on the presidential stage, it was great to have all four candidates stick to the issues with no personal attacks. With an overflow audience, I was so proud of our city and candidates.

When I picked up my morning Vitamin water and beef jerky at the market across the street, the cashier "T" (Thao) told me I could take the day off politics. It's tempting, but in this environment, it's akin to telling a driver to not look at the car crash on the freeway. Anyway, Thao, who went to Sac State and has stayed to help run his Hmong family's market, is a great political mind--much better than what we get from CNN.

Today, Justice Scalia is lying in repose in the Supreme Court's building on 1 First Street NE in Washington, DC. He is often despised by those on the left, but has to be remembered for his service. He's also been one of the biggest champions of free speech in the Court's history, whether it means against campaign finance restriction or the right of Americans to burn the nation's flag as political protest. I disagreed more often with him than I agreed, but America's legal system and consistency is the envy of the world. 

If you've never seen an oral argument of the Supreme Court, it's an absolute treasure, even if you're not a law geek. Yes, it frequently requires standing outside (often in the cold) for an hour or two (or longer for controversial cases), but it's an amazing experience. It's an intimate setting that deals with some of the world's biggest legal issues.

Tonight, Congressman John Garamendi is hosting his annual crab feed, with the crustaceans being flown in from Oregon or Washington, since the commercial harvest is still closed in California. While I like my formeer Congressman Garamendi, it would be a great event to have a California sturgeon feed or mussels with pasta or a good old spaghetti feed with beef meatballs from Yolo Land and Cattle.

DEADLINE DAY: Today is the last day to introduce legislative bills for the second year of the legislative session. Of course, we're likely to see lots of "spot" bills--shells of what they eventually be amended into.

Speaking of . . . New bill mandates alcohol training at restaurants, bars [Joshua Stewart @ SDUT] - “Under the bill, establishments that serve alcoholic beverages will have to certify that their employees have completed the training when they apply for a beverage license. Employees have three months to complete training after they are hired, and they must complete the course again every three years. The bill also requires the course to include information on state alcohol laws and the impact of alcohol on the body. It also requires the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to create and publish a list of approved online training courses.”

BANG BANG: Opposition campaign launched against Gavin Newsom's gun control initiative [Phil Willon @ LAT] - “A new campaign opposing Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed ballot initiative to toughen California’s gun laws accuses the Democrat of “shamelessly exploiting” the San Bernardino terrorist attacks to win support for the measure and advance his own campaign for governor. The California Rifle & Pistol Assn. on Friday morning will suggest in an email campaign that Newsom is trying to take away the constitutional rights of gun owners and render millions of legally purchased firearms useless.”

CHATSWORTH: California safety board rejects condom requirement for porn films [AP] - “California officials in charge of workplace safety voted down a proposal Thursday that would have put condoms on porn actors, heeding the call of scores of industry officials who said doing so would force them to make films nobody would watch.”

Of course, an initiative has qualified for the November ballot that would actually go further, which Cal-OSHA wouldn’t be able to block if approved by the voters. And, while Chatsworth is still the porn industry's capital in California, condoms are already required, as Los Angeles County voters have adopted a measure requiring condoms. Of course, tracking where a video is shot is not easy.

HMMM: Try the treated wastewater, California legislator says [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “One of the touchier ideas is called “potable reused water” – in layman’s terms, treated wastewater. Despite scientists’ assurance that it can be safe, the idea still makes people queasy. State water regulations currently prohibit public water systems from offering it to customers.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senator Connie Leyva!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Yesterday was a day where the brain didn't connect with the fingers when I wrote that Bob Wieckowski is an Asssemblymember. Of course, he is a Senator. Those damn synapses.


  • Coro is in Sacramento the week of 2/22!   Kick off the week with us on Monday at our 2016 Sacramento reception.  Meet our current Coro Fellows in Public Affairs and connect with local leaders and Sacramento area Coro alumni. 

    Monday, February 22, 2016
    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Downtown & Vine - 1200 K Street. #8. Sacramento, CA 95814

    Admission is free.  RSVP here:

  • 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.

  • 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:

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Here's What The Assembly GOP Wants In Negotiations For Healthcare-plans Tax
Assembly Republicans are bellying up to the bargaining table over Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax package for healthcare plans, signaling a new phase in the negotiations that have slogged on for more than a year.

Try The Treated Wastewater, California Legislator Says | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Bill would let water agencies offer the water off-site

Valley Farmers, Others Come Out Against Rail-water Initiative | Fresno Bee
Tim Sheehan @
Measure would take money from high-speed rail and water bond

In Post-bankrupt Stockton, A Mayor And Erin Brockovich Team Up To Scare People About Water
Stockton's mayor stoked fears over water safety when he invited Erin Brockovich to a town hall meeting. Is he really worried about the water, or his looming re-election?

Ability To Opt Out Uncertain In Lawsuit Requiring Student Data Release | Edsource
The order came as a result of a 2011 lawsuit by the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association against the California Department of Education alleging that the state is failing to ensure that students are getting the special education services they are legally entitled to receive. The California Department of Education denies the allegations.

L.A. Files $20-million Lawsuit Against Da Vinci Apartments Developer Over Huge Downtown Fire
The Los Angeles city attorney has filed a $20-million lawsuit against the developer of the downtown Da Vinci Apartments project, claiming its negligence was responsible for the damage caused by a massive 2014 fire at the project construction site.

Supreme Court Silent As North Carolina Redistricting Deadline Approaches - Politico
Hillary Clinton's campaign has been on the ground longer. But the Vermont senator's money, momentum and message have evened the score.

Tough New Health Rules For Porn Actors Rejected - Sfgate
After nearly five hours of often emotional testimony from porn stars and others in the adult film industry, state regulators voted Thursday against a controversial set of workplace safety regulations that would have required performers to use condoms.

Water Cheap For Some Sacramento-area Residents, Costly For Others | The Sacramento Bee
Ellen Garrison @
Bee analysis: Average cost more than four times higher in one Placer area than in Galt

Apple Vs. The Federal Government Is Not A Partisan Issue - San Francisco Chronicle
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After Escapes, Sheriff Hutchens Wants To Bump Up Security Funds For Jail - The Orange County Register
SANTA ANA – Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said Thursday she’ll ask the Orange County Board of Supervisors for money to beef up security at the Central Men’s Jail while an ongoing internal investigation continues into last month’s escape of three maximum-security inmates.

First Draft: Battle Over Nominating New Supreme Court Justice Spills Onto Phone Lines
Robocalls targeting Republican senators who have pledged to block hearings or a vote on any candidate President Obama nominates to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia are just a part of the increasing political activity springing up around the fight.

CSU Chancellor Questioned About Money At Cal Poly Pomona Forum
Today's high

Issa Supports Apple In Privacy Fight Over Terrorist's Iphone - Times Of San Diego
Rep. Darrell Issa came out in support of Apple on Thursday, saying forcing the company to open up it’s iPhone for law enforcement “would set a dangerous precedent for our future.”

Bernie Sanders' Brother: Bill Clinton 'a Dreadful President' - Politico
Hillary Clinton's campaign has been on the ground longer. But the Vermont senator's money, momentum and message have evened the score.

Mayor Eric Garcetti Says He Will Back A Ballot Measure To Reform The DWP
Mayor Eric Garcetti, pictured last year at a DWP facility in Arleta, said the city has a "once-in-a-generation chance" to reform its public utility.

'considerable' Long-term Drought In California -
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Bullet Train Battle: Is Main Funding Source A 'fantasy'?
Jessica Calefati and Tracy Seipel @
They said the California High-Speed Rail Authority's new construction scheme left them with new questions and even more doubts about the state's chances of ever completing the $64 billion project.

First Draft: Michael Bloomberg Hints at Reasons for Candidacy, but Doesnâ
The former New York City mayor bemoaned a lack of solutions from the 2016 presidential candidates, the most explicit rationale he has offered for why he is considering a third-party campaign.

Berryhill honors Irvine Foundation Award Winner Peter Weber
Sacramento - Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) today presented Peter Weber, founder of the

FBI Searches Home Of San Bernardino Terror Gunman's Brother
FBI agents executed a federal search warrant at the Corona home of the brother of San Bernardino terror attack gunman Syed Rizwan Farook on Thursday.