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THE NOONER for February 25, 2016

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Buenas tardes! Getting ready to climb over the YUGE wall to Mexico on Saturday. Do I have to bring my own ladder? Quote of the day: "I’m not going to pay for that f***ing wall! He should pay for it. He’s got the money," [former presidente Vicente] Fox said.

You're almost to the weekend, and it's a beautiful Sacramento day. Tonight we get more political candy with another GOP debate, and the fireworks are being prepared. 

OUTDATED? Daylight saving time could end in California [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “Springing forward and falling back would be reserved for gymnasts under a California bill seeking to eliminate daylight saving time.”

That would be awesome, particularly since I haven’t changed my clock radio after the fall back from last year. 

GATHER AND GAB: California Democrats convene in San Jose; endorsements up for grabs [Matthew Artz @ MercNews] - “Thousands of leading Democrats, including Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, will stream into the San Jose McEnery Convention Center this weekend to schmooze, strategize and decide which party members to back in several tight races.”

KUDOS: Lt. Gov and guber candidate Gavin Newsom announced yesterday that he will not be attending the California Democratic Party convention for the first time in ten years. Why, you may ask? His wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom is very pregnant and he doesn't want to be away from her for a political event. 

DOUBLE-X FACTOR: Female lobbying firm thrives in male-dominated Capitol [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters] - “Women have become more prominent in Sacramento’s political scene than they were a generation ago. Two of the last three Assembly speakers are women; the Senate minority leader is a woman for the first time in history; and many women are among the lobbyists who crowd Capitol hallways.”

ORCATICS: SeaWorld admits spying on animal activists [Sandra Peicini @ SDUT] - “SeaWorld employees posed as animal rights activists in an attempt to spy on opponents, Chief Executive Joel Manby acknowledged Thursday morning.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to California Coalition for Youth's Paul Curtis, SEIU Local 1000's Mario Guerrero!

FAREWELL: Former Civil Justice Association of California's President John Sullivan (1942-2016)



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  • 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. 

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    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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    CA New Car Dealers Association
    1517 L Street

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  • 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

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Political Updates: Leland Yee Gets Prison Sentence For Corruption, Trump Nabs Californian's Endorsement
Welcome to Essential Politics, a quick glance at what's happening in Sacramento and across the Golden State. Here's what we're following right now:Former state Sen. Leland Yee will be sentenced today in federal court for his part in a broad corruption investigation.Donald Trump gets his first endorsement...

Plug Pulled On California Property Tax Measure | The Sacramento Bee
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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

California Democrats Convene In San Jose; Endorsements Up For Grabs
Matthew Artz @
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 Boxer in the Senate over her rival, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana.

After Big Nevada Win, Trump Gets First Lawmaker Endorsements | Thehill
Mark Hensch @
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L.A. Officials Ponder Bond Or Tax Measure To Help The Homeless As A Budget Shortfall Looms
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Defendants No Longer Asked To Hand Over Passwords |
San Diego county prosecutors have stopped asking to have defendants in criminal cases sign a controversial waiver of rights form that allowed police to search cellphones, computers and other types of electronics without a warrant.

Brown’s Judicial Appointments Reflect Shift Away From Harsh Sentencing Policies | The California Report | Kqed News
California’s criminal justice system has undergone a host of dramatic changes since Gov. Jerry Brown was elected to his third term in 2010 — many of them engineered or supported by Brown, in large part to ease crowding in the state’s prison system.

UC Davis Students Play Online Game To Reshape University | The Sacramento Bee
Loretta Kalb @
More than 1,300 students, faculty and staff participate in first five hours

Padres Want Chargers To Stay, But Being Neighbors Could Be Tricky |
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John Sullivan, Long-time Capitol Figure, Dies | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Headed the Civil Justice Association of California

In San Francisco, Long-running Political Corruption Probe Not Over Yet
During his swearing-in last month, San Francisco Dist. Atty. George Gascon pledged to "rein in misconduct in the public realm." He cited a San Francisco prosecution a century ago that nearly brought down a mayor.

Daylight-saving Time Could End In California | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Bill would end clock-adjusting practice

Preliminary Election Results Favor Recall Of Carson's Controversial City Clerk
Carson City Clerk Jim Dear at a City Council meeting  on Aug. 19, 2015.

Melania Trump: 'i Followed The Law' As Immigrant - Politico
Justice Department stops automatic transfers of prisoners to localities that don't cooperate on immigration.

Legislative Analyst: Sentencing Reform Saves Dollars |
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Businesses Can't Make Workers Share Tips, Appeals Court Rules
AP Member Choice Complete @
"The premise is the tip is never the employer's," said Reuel Schiller, a labor law professor at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.

Romney: There's A 'bombshell' In Trump's Tax Returns | Thehill
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Confronting Income Inequality: Economic Growth Is The Answer :: Fox&hounds
Income inequality is taking center stage as a high profile issue in both national and California politics this year.

California Increases Water Allocation To Farms, Cities | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
State Water Project doubles the amount of water it expects to deliver this year

Carlsbad Election Too Close To Call |
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Harry Reid Mocks Romney Over Trump's Taxes - Politico
Donald Trump is not taking Mitt Romney's suggestion that he is hiding something in his tax returns lightly.

O.C. Watchdog: Police Agencies Tap Secret Cellphone System - The Orange County Register
The city of Anaheim has taken the local lead in deploying secret technology that can intercept cellphone communications and used the systems to assist investigations involving at least three other Orange County law enforcement agencies, the Register has found.

Sacramento Leaders Oppose Bill By Carol Liu That Would Protect Homeless From Arrest
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