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THE NOONER for February 24, 2016

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  • SD05 (Stockton): added former Assemblymember Alan Nakanishi (R) 


Happy Humpday! I may not publish on Saturday, depending on airplane wifi. Heading to get some vitamin D in Mexico before my Virgin America travel bank expires.

Well, John Kasich is out of the Republican primary this morning, giving Stephen Colbert material for another segment of "The Hungry for Power Games." 

CONVENTION: California Democrats convene in San Jose; endorsements up for grabs [Matthew Artz @ MercNews] - “The biggest question surrounding the three-day California Democratic Party Convention is whether state Attorney General Kamala Harris can snag the party's endorsement to succeed [Barbara] Boxer in the Senate over her rival, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana.”

YEE: Ex-state senator sentenced in racketeering case [Sudhin Thanawala @ AP] - “A federal judge has sentenced former California state senator Leland See to five years in prison after he acknowledged in a plea deal that he accepted thousands of dollars in bribes and discussed helping an undercover FBI agent buy automatic weapons from the Philippines.”

This is sad. Not for Yee, but for the the loyal staff that served him for many years and the institution that was disgraced by his behavior.

SPECIAL SESSION: Tobacco tax push to delay assisted death law [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - “. . . lawmakers aren’t ready to close the special session – which was called by Gov. Jerry Brown last June to deal with a funding shortfall – and start the clock ticking just yet. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León said Tuesday that Democrats will keep it open for at least a few more weeks in pursuit of several measure restricting tobacco.” 

LABOR LAWS: Bills would force unions to open books, ratify representation [Jon Ortz @ SacBee] - “A group of organized-labor dissidents have teamed up with Republican Assemblywoman Shannon Grove to introduce two long-shot measures intended to throw open government-union books and allow members to choose their representation.”

WATER WARS: California water politics could get choppier with new House bill [Michael Doyle @ McClatchy] - “A Sacramento Valley Democrat revealed plans on Tuesday for a big new California water bill that likely will upset some of his colleagues and potentially affect water politics in the U.S. capital. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, said his proposal would provide for new dams, spur water transfers and fund emergency drought aid.”

VERGERA: Landmark teacher tenure fight resumes in California court [Joy Resmovits and Howard Blume @ LAT] - “An appeals court will weigh the ruling by L.A. Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu that sent shockwaves through California and the rest of the country by striking down the tenure and seniority system that had long protected public school teachers. The ruling is on hold pending the appeal.”

POLL POSITION: Probolsky Research has released a private poll on a November pot legalization measure, with 59.9% in favor, 39.7% against, and 3.4% unsure/fefused.

FINGER IN THE WIND: Trump lands his first congressional endorsements - [Nick Gass @ Politico] Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) told POLITICO on Wednesday that he will support Trump for the Republican nomination, making him one of the first members of Congress to express public support for the Manhattan businessman who is the prohibitive front-runner after his victory in Tuesday's Nevada caucuses. . . . “I think you have more Trump supporters in Congress. They just have to come out of the closet, so to speak," he said.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Oracle engineer and CDP activist Steve Chessin!


  • Aerospace Days 2016 will be held on February 29, and March 1, at the State Capitol. Members of the Legislature, staff, and the public are invited to celebrate the California Aerospace Industry’s contributions and accomplishments at the fifth annual Aerospace Days. Exhibits and display booths by Aerojet Rocketdyne, Aerospace Corporation, Lawrence Livermore, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Virgin Galactic and others in the Aerospace industry will be open to the public on Tuesday, March 1, from12-5PM on the west steps of the Capitol. There will also be a series of presentations from the Economic Impact of Aerospace on California to a NASA lead briefing on Unmanned Aircraft Systems from 1-5PM in room 2040 of the Capitol Annex. The Senate Select Committee on Defense and Aerospace and the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace will be holding a joint hearing on Women in Aerospace and Engineering: Exploring Challenges and Opportunities for Women in STEM Fields onFebruary 29, from 3 to 4:30PM in room 4203 of the Capitol Annex. The hearing will include speakers from Boeing, Cal Poly -SLO, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Virgin Galactic.  Discussion will focus on the personal stories of these women as well as what resources, public and private, are available to women pursuing STEM careers. For more information on either of these events, please contact or go to

  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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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New Power To Pull An Initiative Off The Ballot--will It Be Used? :: Fox&hounds
Among the provisions of that law, initiative proponents were given the power to pull an initiative before the Secretary of State had certified it, even though enough qualified voters had signed petitions to get the measure on the ballot.

Tobacco Tax Push To Delay Assisted Death Law | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Lawmakers will try to pass tobacco tax increase, other measures

New court filings in the sentencing of former state Sen. Leland Yee and his political consultant Keith Jackson point to a Colma tombstone carver as the man the two talked about as a potential supplier of weapons for an undercover FBI agent posing as an East Coast Mafioso.

Initiative Would Force California Politicians To Wear Decals Of Their Financial Backers | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Imagine a world where state politicians are required to display the logos of their top funders right on their suit jackets in the fashion of NASCAR drivers.

Sacramento County To Require Candidates To Reveal Donations Online | The Sacramento Bee
Brad Branan @
Board of Supervisors expected to formalize requirement next month

California's Pioneering Paid Family-leave Law May Expand To Help More Low-income Workers
Nearly 15 years ago, California became the first state in the nation to guarantee workers paid time off to care for a new child or an ailing family member. Now, a measure to make the state program more lucrative for workers is on the fast track in the Legislature.

Good Times, Tough Contract Talks | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
State scientists reverse course, accept labor deal

Legislature Revisits Issue Of Police Disciplinary Secrecy |
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In The Fight To Unlock Iphones, The U.S. Government Has More To Lose Than Apple
It is a battle for public opinion almost as much as it is for the law.

Hoping Drought Lessons Stick For Sacramento Water Users Despite Rain | The Sacramento Bee
Debbie Arrington @
How do you get people to keep saving water after a wetter winter?

Even In Sunny L.A., Warming Weather May Be The Next Big Public Health Problem
For years scientists have warned that climate change will cause melting ice caps, rising sea levels and severe droughts and floods. But global warming's effects can also be far more personal, seriously harming human health.

Dispute With Utilities Panel Involves Friend Of Brown | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Attorney wants emails touching on nuclear plant closure

Senate Confirms Obama Nominee - Politico
He says senators like John McCain and Lindsey Graham should press the president for specifics and then assess.

Apple Vs. FBI: Congressman Urges Comey To Drop Demands, 'take A Deep Breath'
Amid the tense standoff between the FBI and Apple, protests are planned across the nation Tuesday supporting the tech giant's refusal to unlock the San Bernardino gunman¿s iPhone.

Ap News: The Orange County Register

L.A. County Spends More Than $233,000 A Year To Hold Each Youth In Juvenile Lockup
Essential California Newsletter

Trump On Witness List In Fraud Case Against Now-defunct Trump University - Politico
The typically deliberative Senate leader stunned Democrats with how quickly and definitively he acted in the hours after news of Scalia's death broke.

SF moves to clear Division Street homeless encampment
Amid a growing sense of crisis over the encampment of homeless people along Division Street, San Francisco health officials moved Tuesday to declare the tent city a health hazard and tell people living on the sidewalk that they have 72 hours to pack up and move. “The notices will say that this area is now in violation of health codes and is not inhabitable,” said Rachael Kagan, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Health. Kagan said health officials had decided to act after inspectors with the department’s environmental health unit visited the camp and observed unsanitary conditions there. Kagan said she didn’t have the exact locations where 72-hour notices would be posted, but confirmed it was in the “the Division Street area” — a stretch of roadway under the remains of the Central Freeway, south of Market Street, where scores of tents have popped up in recent months. The idea was to entice homeless people with security, showers and services, but many of the Division Street dwellers have chosen to remain where they are. Complaints from neighbors and businesses have been increasing, and in some places the sidewalks have become so clogged with tents that pedestrians must walk in the streets. The CHP officers were overheard telling campers to move on, while San Francisco police stood back. Having the health department take the lead on declaring Division Street uninhabitable was intended in part to deflect criticism that Lee’s administration is criminalizing homelessness.

Early Turnout Appears Strong In Carlsbad |
Katherine Morrow and her daughter Faith, 2, arrive to vote on Carlsbad's Measure A at the polling place at Hope Elementary School. — Charlie Neuman