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THE NOONER for February 26, 2016

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The was a hell of a GOP debate last night. Donald Trump called Ted Cruz a "basket case" and Marco Rubio a "choke artist," while Rubio called Trump a "con artist." Wolf Blitzer just lost control of the whole debate. Ben Carson begged the others to attack him so he could get more time to talk.

When CNN's closed caption writer just writes "unintelligible yelling," you know that it was crazy.

Trump followed up today with a rally in which he carefully chose a tie to match his face.

CA32 (West Covina): U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano recovering from stroke, will continue reelection campaign [Stephanie K. Baer @ SGVT] - “[Grace] Napolitano, 79, is seeking a 10th term in Congress this year and said that despite the health scare she is continuing her reelection campaign. She faces fellow Democrat and state Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, of West Covina, in the 32nd Congressional District race.”

DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE? What’s going on at the California Democratic convention in San Jose? [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - “It’s that time of year when California Democratic activists hold a convention to celebrate their supremacy and help select their next crop of elected leaders.”

Winning the party endorsement is 'like trying to win an Iowa caucus' ... but in California [Phil Willon @ LAT] - “The high-stakes political battle over the Senate endorsement will play out during the state Democratic Party’s three-day political convention in San Jose, a festive strategy session and pep rally that will feature an address by Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday and a last hurrah for retiring, four-term Sen. Barbara Boxer.”

BOE: California tax board squabbles over chairmanship [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “. . . [Jerome] Horton nominated Republican Diane Harkey to succeed him, but his motion gained support only from Harkey and himself, while [Fiona] Ma, Republican George Runner and Yvette Stowers, the surrogate for Controller Betty Yee, opposed it.”

SMOKIN! Budding marijuana lobby gains influence at California Capitol [Taryn Luna @ SacBee] - “Once taboo, marijuana is in the midst of a renaissance across the country. In Sacramento, cannabis now is a welcome topic in many legislative offices and given rise to a budding micro-economy: marijuana lobbying.”  

GASSED: CA gas prices expected to jump 30 cents by weekend [SDUT] - “The slide in California’s gasoline prices could abruptly end Friday, with prices possibly jumping 30 cents a gallon due to seasonal changes in the state’s refinery operations, a consumer group predicted Thursday.”

SPRAYED: To notify or not to notify? That's the issue being raised about aerial spraying over O.C. [Deepa Bharath @ OCR] - “State Sen. Janet Nguyen has proposed a new law that would force vector control officials to notify residents and businesses seven days before they launch aerial pesticide spraying.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Patrick O'Donnell's field rep Allison Gallagher andErik Swalwell's Comm. Dir. Josh Richman


  • Equality California will honor Assemblymember Rich Gordon, Mario Guerrero of SEIU 1000, Executive Secretary to Governor Brown Nancy McFadden, and Dana Williamson, former cabinet secretary to Governor Brown and principal of Grace Public Affairs, for their steadfast support of the LGBT community. This year’s Sacramento Equality Awards will take place Monday, March 7, 2016 at Cafeteria 15L. The co-chairs of the event are Sen. Ricardo Lara, Asm. Richard Bloom, Joe Gregorich and Deanna Johnston. For tickets and sponsorships, please visit e-mail

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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. 

    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.
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Budding Marijuana Lobby Gains Influence At California Capitol | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
More than two dozen interest groups lobbied marijuana issues in 2015

Like Magic, The Property Tax Initiative Is Gone :: Fox&hounds
What made an initiative measure seemingly on its way to the ballot suddenly disappear?

No Degree, Little Experience? California Has A State Job For You | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Jon Ortiz chronicles civil-service life for California state workers

Obama nominates local judge to federal appeals court in SF
Lucy Koh, a federal judge in San Jose who has refereed Silicon Valley wars over patents and employment, was nominated Thursday by President Obama to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, a nomination with an uncertain future because of a partisan standoff over judicial appointments. Koh, 47, a former federal prosecutor, was nominated to the U.S. District Court by Obama in 2010 and confirmed 90-0 by the Senate. “It doesn’t look very promising,” said Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor and commentator on judicial appointments. Ashley Schapitl, a spokeswoman for Feinstein, said the senator was “hopeful that given Judge Koh’s qualifications and unanimous Senate approval (in 2010) her nomination could move forward in a timely manner.” Koh, the daughter of Korean immigrants, graduated from Harvard Law School, then served as a U.S. Justice Department attorney for three years, a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles for three years and a lawyer with a Silicon Valley firm for six years before becoming a judge in 2008, when Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her to the Santa Clara County Superior Court. On the federal bench, she presided over a lawsuit by thousands of employees that accused seven Silicon Valley companies — Apple, Google, Intel, Lucasfilm, Adobe Systems, Intuit and Pixar — of conspiring to hold salaries down by agreeing not to hire one another’s workers.

No On Measure A Extends Margin |
Election worker Shannon Quailey counts Measure A ballots at the Registrar of Voters on Thursday afternoon in San Diego. — Eduardo Contreras

California Tax Board Squabbles Over Chairmanship | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Jerome Horton leaves chair after five years

Houston Hellfire: Trump Bashing Won’t Matter Much
In the most churlish Republican presidential debate to date, Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz finally got around to bashing, smashing and slashing Donald Trump for being a fraud. Problem is, the attacks by the two Senate backbenchers Thursday night were based in, well, Truth and Reality and, as we’ve seen to date, The Donald’s hard core base of about 30 percent of GOP voters doesn’t care all that much for Actual Facts.

California Drought: San Jose Water Co. Drought Rules Upheld By State Regulators
Paul Rogers @
On Thursday, the state Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 at a meeting in San Francisco to reject appeals to drought regulations that San Jose Water Co. imposed on its residential customers. The vote also allows the rules to continue for as long as Gov. Jerry Brown's statewide emergency conservation mandates remain in place.

Charter School King Pleads Guilty To Felony |
Former Mountain Empire Unified School District Superintendent Steve Van Zant plead guilty in the felony conflict of interest charge filed by the DA stemming from an incident that occured May 12 2010 while he was in Mt. empire. — John Gastaldo / San Diego Union-Tribune

Proposed Rule Closes Lobbying Loophole In California Government -
Ben Bradford @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Apple Court Papers: FBI Is Seeking 'dangerous Power' That Violates Its Constitutional Rights
Apple is battling the U.S. government over creating access to an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists. 

Senator Janet Nguyen Joins Colleagues in Calling for Funding for Victims of Human Trafficking
Senator Janet Nguyen has joined with three of her Senate colleagues in calling for a $15 million budget appropriation for organizations that provide comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking. Funding would serve over 600 victims a year and would include but not be limited to case management, shelter, basic needs, and legal services.

California Gas Prices Expected To Jump Overnight, Possibly 30 Cents By Weekend
Gas prices are displayed at a Chevron gas station in Sacramento on Feb. 8.

Obama Staying Neutral In Honda Vs. Khanna Rematch
By Matt Artz Thursday, February 25th, 2016 at 2:43 pm in Elections, Mike Honda.

How Easy Should It Be To Fire Bad Teachers? A Landmark Case May Decide For California
Vergara vs. California has erupted into a pivotal fight over the competing and complementary rights of students and teachers.

Ap News: The Orange County Register

Clinton Backers Not Looking For A Fight At State Convention - San Francisco Chronicle
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Road Trip! 8 Key Questions Of State Dem Convo « Calbuzz
4-What Will Calbuzz Do? The Saturday night party schedule confronts our vast staff with a classic conundrum: should we opt for entertainment and head for hours of hilarity at Karaoke Night with whacky Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma and DemParty vice-chair Eric Bauman — or do our due diligence reporting at the Legalize Cannabis Hospitality Suite with Brownie Mary Democrats? Hmm.

Judge Orders Gas Company To Give Porter Ranch Residents Longer To Return Home After Leak
Eunice Kim walks back to her home in Porter Ranch on Feb. 18. Kim said that she and her husband had to move out of their home for more than two months because of physical discomfort from the poor air quality. They moved back in after temporarily staying at her brother's home in Westwood.

Donors ask GOP consulting firm to research independent presidential bid
A group of Republicans is moving quickly to research ballot-access requirements for independent candidates in case Trump wraps up the GOP nomination next month.

President Weighs In on Data From Genes
President Obama said the success of his initiative to collect genetic data so scientists can develop drugs and personalized treatments hinged partly on “understanding who owns the data.”