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THE NOONER for February 22, 2016

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$$$: A tax hike that no one could quibble about [George Skelton @ LAT] - “Gov. Jerry Brown has been advocating the tax on healthcare insurance plans for months. He'll quickly sign it once the Legislature sends him the measure. That should be in a few days.”

I SMOKE TWO JOINTS IN THE MORNING, I SMOKE TWO JOINTS AT NIGHT: Only one of California's pot legalization initiatives has the green that counts [Phil Willon @ LAt] - “Devout cannabis advocates and social justice reformers believe this may finally be the year that California voters legalize all marijuana, and that optimism has led to a mashup of proposed statewide ballot measures -- more than 20 filed so far.”

DEGREE DELAY: Why only 19% of Cal State freshmen graduate on time -- and what lawmakers aim to do about it [Jason Song @ LAT] - “Cal State University campuses are under pressure to boost their four-year graduation rates, which in most cases are far below the national average. A new state Legislature bill set to be introduced Monday could make their task easier.”

WANDERING MAN: 'Bernie journeys' and Clinton travelers: Meet the Californians who made the political pilgrimage to Vegas [Christine Mai-Duc @ CAL] - “'Bernie journeys' and Clinton travelers: Meet the Californians who made the political pilgrimage to Vegas”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to journalist Alexa Haussler Bluth, Health Access' Silvia Flores, lobbyist Lexi Purich Howard, and organizer Trisha Tahmasbi!

  • 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.
  • 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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California Republican Assembly Endorses Ted Cruz For President - Times Of San Diego
Cruz received the required two-thirds majority on the first ballot at the group’s convention in Buena Park, the first time in 20 years a first-ballot endorsement for president has been made, according to California Republican Assembly President Tom Hudson.

A Tax Hike That No One Could Quibble About
Holy Howard Jarvis! California legislators are close to passing a tax increase.

Acts By California Politicians Have Backfired | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Nearly all major political decisions have such effects

A Chargers Initiative May Boost Stadium Funding |
Rendering of proposed Chargers stadium in Mission Valley / Courtesy of Meis Architects

Only One Of California's Pot Legalization Initiatives Has The Green That Counts
Essential Politics

Apple Encryption Case Based On 1789 Law, 1977 Ruling - San Francisco Chronicle
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How Easy Was It For A News Reporter To Get A Medical Marijuana Card? - The Orange County Register
My husband and I didn’t know quite what to expect as a petite woman in neon green scrubs escorted us to a small tent.

Why Only 19% Of Cal State Freshmen Graduate On Time -- And What Lawmakers Aim To Do About It
Groups of students make their way across the Cal State Northridge campus in 2015.

Asian Electorate Is Up For Grabs - The Orange County Register
Orange County could hold the key to Republican success nationwide with the fastest growing slice of the electorate, Asian American voters.

After 10 Years, Neighbors Of A Wilmington Oil Drilling Operation Still Complain Of Health, Environmental Issues
A decade ago, Los Angeles city planners gave an energy company permission to drill up to 540 wells and produce up to 5,000 barrels of oil a day on a Wilmington site next door to a youth baseball field and blocks of homes.

Burlingame woman, 97, evicted after 66 years
The year Marie Hatch moved into the wood-shingled cottage in tony Burlingame that she calls home, Harry Truman was president and “Goodnight Irene” was a radio hit. “They’re trying to take away everything from me here,” Hatch said as she sat in her tidy living room, where fading photos of family gaze down on her collections of tiny ceramic bunnies and kitties. The Kantzes were getting divorced when Pamela Kantz, 55, was killed by her boyfriend, Tony McClung, who is serving an 11-year prison term for voluntary manslaughter. “We have come to this unexpected confluence of events, and I am responsible to do the best I can for the beneficiaries — my sons,” said Kantz, who lives in the Sierra foothills town of Coloma (El Dorado County). The little century-old house that was bought for a few thousand dollars by his wife’s ancestors is currently listed on the Zillow real estate website at $1.2 million. “I didn’t want to say, ‘We’re going to just throw you out,’ but I thought I would give her plenty of notice,” said Kantz, who sent his first letter of eviction intention in early December. Rents have skyrocketed across the Bay Area in the past couple of years, but the problem is particularly acute in wealthy San Mateo County, which has the second-highest rate of income inequality after Marin County, according to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. A recent study by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors shows that rent in the county for a two-bedroom unit has increased by a wallet-busting 51 percent over the past four years. Federal guidelines indicate rent is unaffordable when it exceeds 30 percent of a household’s income — which means that in San Mateo County, a household must earn at least $106,000 to afford the average current monthly rent of $2,648 for a two-bedroom unit, according to the county study. “Marie’s case is one of the most egregious examples of what’s going on in this county with renters,” said Cindy Cornell, 66, who founded the Burlingame Advocates for Renter Protections community group two years ago when her own rent was raised $850 a month at a seniors complex. Seats for the 8:30 p.m. event at St. Bartholomew Auditorium in the city of San Mateo have been booked solid in advance, but the meeting will be streamed live on the congresswoman’s website. [...] Hatch’s neighbor — also being evicted by Kantz, since he owns her home and wants to sell it — has joined with Cornell’s group to help the woman and her roommate fight the eviction. Cheryl Graczewski, a 43-year-old education policy researcher, connected Hatch and Rothrock with a Legal Aid attorney on Friday.

Democrats Move Left, Republicans Move Right, Middle Ground Disappears
Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters in Las Vegas after winning Saturday's Democratic Nevada caucuses.

Democrats Push Gov. Brown For More Anti-poverty Programs | The California Report | Kqed News
Joseph Latichinson works full time as a security guard at a shopping plaza in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood. He makes $12 an hour — $2 more than the newly increased statewide minimum wage.

FBI Director On Apple Clash: 'take A Deep Breath' In Debate Over Privacy And Safety
FBI Director James Comey weighed in on the clash with Apple on Sunday night, saying "awesome new technology" had created tensions between privacy and security, and that it was up to the American people -- and not Apple or the FBI -- to resolve them.

Big Blunder Over Recycling School Lunch Trays In S.F. - San Francisco Chronicle
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Standoff intensifies between Apple and the FBI
The heated rhetoric between Apple and the FBI got a few degrees hotter over the weekend with both sides digging in their heels over whether the government can force the tech giant to create a tool to help bypass security functions on an iPhone used by one of the terrorists responsible for the San Bernardino attacks in December. In a company-wide internal memo from CEO Tim Cook—obtained by BuzzFeed—the company called on the government to rescind its court order, based on the All Writs Act of 1789, and instead let the issue be decided by a commission of experts. “We feel the best way forward would be for the government to withdraw its demands under the All Writs Act and, as some in Congress have proposed, form a commission or other panel of experts on intelligence, technology and civil liberties to discuss the implications for law enforcement, national security, privacy and personal freedoms,” Cook wrote. The tug-of-war between the government and one of the country’s most popular companies comes as investigators continue to try and piece together background information on the two assailants in the Dec. 2 attack, which killed 14 people. The back and forth between Apple and the FBI kicked off last week after a ruling by federal Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym, in which she told the company it would be required to produce specialized software for the feds so they could bypass the auto-erase feature on Farook’s work phone. [...] protesters have taken to the sidewalks in front of Apple stores to voice their support for the company’s stand against the government and Cook said he’s received thousands of emails from customers who were overwhelmingly supportive. [...] he continued, “we feel strongly that if we were to do what the government has asked of us — to create a backdoor to our products — not only is it unlawful, but it puts the vast majority of good and law abiding citizens, who rely on iPhone to protect their most personal and important data, at risk.”

First Draft: Senate Returns to a Rancor Over the Supreme Court That Could Spread
s stated intention to nominate a replacement have injected a volatile new element into the Senate just as Republicans and Democrats were trying to work together to pass bipartisan legislation on criminal justice, energy policy and an escalating drug crisis.

Ap News: The Orange County Register

Long-term Solution Sought To Problem Of Ocean Beach Erosion - San Francisco Chronicle
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Apple Calls On Government To Back Down, Seeks Commission - Politico
The company reject the DOJ's contention that it's resisting the government's demands due to marketing concern.

Murder, Torture, Drugs: Cartel Kingpin's Wife Says That's Not The 'el Chapo' She Knows
Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's wife describes a life in the heart of the Sinaloa drug cartel.