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THE NOONER for February 27, 2016

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Happy Saturday from high above America before trying to leap over Trump's wall to Mexico, which is getting higher every day. I'm on Delta in "Economy Comfort," but they don't tell you that you'll have a football player next to you who sleeps the whole flight sharing half of your seat. I'd likely be more comfortable in the lavatory.

Actually, now I'm walking through the Salt Lake City Airport in shorts and flip-flops, and getting some weird looks from parka-donning travelers. It's a beautiful day here, though and the snow-capped mountains are great. But, I prefer my next destination for February.

One of the buzz items at the California Democratic Party's Convention in San Jose is the fading support for Congressman Mike Honda (CA17 - Milpitas). He's been a beloved figure in the Democratic Party since his days in the Assembly, but ethical questions about mixing official work and campaign activities have some significant Dems preferring to stay at arm's-length distance. Reportedly, this includes President Obama, who supported Honda in 2014 but may not be endorsing in this cycle.

If Ro Khanna wins, it would be a sad end to Honda's career. He was in the Camp Amache Japanese-American internment camps during World War II, our nation's second biggest disgrace beyond slavery and the biggest blemishes on Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Earl Warren's political careers. However, there's also time to call it quits in politics, and many fail to recognize it. In particular, Silicon Valley voters are very different now than when Honda was initially elected (in various different roles). Meanwhile, Khanna is using his technology credentials (he was a lawyer serving many high-tech firms) and work in the Obama administration in a district that is much wealthier and younger.

BABY BLUE: It’s a boy! Gavin Newsom and wife welcome fourth child [David Siders @ SacBee] - “Dutch William Siebel Newsom, born Friday in San Francisco, is the fourth child of [Gavin] Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom.”

The LAT Politics team is blogging developments at the California Democratic Party Convention. For the Nooner Early-Bird Subscribers (and I thank a few of you who pointed it out to me), I screwed up yesterday in saying that the CDP would be having its chairmanship election this weekend. It's actually next year.

DATA MATTERS: CA120: Voter registration: GOP death rattle or a missed opportunity for Dems? [Paul Mitchell @ Capitol Weekly] - “With the release of official voter registration numbers this week, the focus has been on the continued decline in Republican registration and growth in Independent voters.  The stories, for the most part, treat these two factors as directly related, like two ends of a see-saw.  As Republicans lose ground, independents grow and common wisdom within California’s political class jumps to the causal link. However, looking closer at the data, there are two significant factors that should temper this quick rush to judgement.”



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Aaron Fisher and Alyssa Selogie


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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, 2016. 

  • 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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Jerry Brown Lets Drunken Driver Out Of Prison, Bans Him From Driving | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Reversed 95 of the 702 parole grants reviewed for lifers serving time for murder

Lawsuits Against Trump University Claim Students Paid Thousands For Nothing
Trump University: Students say Donald Trump's university defrauded them

Expelled For Sexting? California Bill Sets Discipline For Sexy Texts | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Legislation would authorize suspensions, expulsions

Harris Vs. Sanchez Senate Race Tops Weekend Democratic Gathering | Election 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
Forget about Hillary vs. Bernie or Trump vs. Everyone Else. The top billing at this weekend’s California Democratic Party Convention in San Jose is Kamala vs. Loretta. Harris vs. Sanchez, that is.

Trump University Lawsuit Closer To Trial |
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U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano Recovering From Stroke, Will Continue Re-election Campaign
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Planners recommend changes in density bonus housing program
A plan to allow developers to build taller buildings in exchange for creating extra affordable housing should be scaled back to focus initially on vacant parcels such as gas stations and parking lots, the San Francisco Planning Commission has ruled in a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors. After a seven-hour hearing Thurday that featured a parade of residents mostly railing against the affordable housing bonus program — or AHBP — the commission decided the program should start with the 215 “soft sites” where less than 5 percent of the parcel is covered by an existing structure. Most of the soft sites are located along commercial strips like Van Ness Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Geary Boulevard, Irving Street, Balboa Street, Lombard Street, Geneva Avenue and outer Mission Street. [...] planning staff should do a more detailed survey of another 3,500 sites across the city that could be candidates, study potential businesses displacement and consider refining the definition of affordable housing to include more lower income residents, commissioners said. County of Napa, which the court ruled that local governments must follow the state law or offer their own version of a housing bonus plan. The program has sparked widespread fears in older, settled residential neighborhoods from westside areas such as the Sunset and Richmond districts to eastside enclaves like Noe Valley, Bernal Heights, Pacific Heights and Haight-Ashbury. At the Planning Commission meeting Thursday, city staff pitched the program as an effort to reach middle-class households earning between 100 and 140 percent of the area median income — between $71,000 and $99,000 for a single person or between $101,000 and $154,000 for a family of four. While critics paint the proposal as a massive giveaway to developers, some builders say that they would not take advantage of it because any gains from additional height would be negated by the requirements to build more below-market units.

Clean Water Versus The Sucker Fish: Drought Creates A Bizarre Dilemma
The California drought has created many oddities over the last few years but none as bizarre as a scene that unfolds regularly on a tributary of the Santa Ana River.

Hacker Broke Into UC Berkeley System With Info Of 80k UC Berkeley Students, Workers, Alumni - San Francisco Chronicle
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Desperate Towel-snapping As GOP Candidates Try To Take Down Trump
Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz listen to Donald Trump as he answers a question during the CNN debate in Houston on Thursday night.

Senator Moorlach Announces Bill To Make Mental Health Funds More Flexible, Efficient | John Moorlach
SB 1273 clarifies that counties have the flexibility to use mental health services funding for crisis stabilization services for individuals who are experiencing a mental health emergency, particularly for individuals placed on a temporary 5150 mental health hold.  This will help ensure that patients in mental crisis can receive quicker care at proper facilities, rather than the hospital emergency room. 

The Federal Government Is Fighting Apple For Something The Police Want Too
Apple and the FBI are at odds over creating software to unlock an iPhone belonging to San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook.

Trump ‘university’ Becomes Campaign Target - Politico
The bombastic governor endorsed the 2016 front-runner.

Police And Prosecutors Can Try To Keep Their Turf Rebate Details Private, A Judge Says
After a seven-month legal battle, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will be required to release the names and addresses of recipients of turf replacement rebates as soon as Friday with the temporary exception of certain public officials.

First Draft: Donald Trump Might Not Keep Paying for His Campaign Himself, Chris Christie Suggests
The New Jersey governor said he expects Mr. Trump, whom he endorsed earlier on Friday, to start seeking campaign contributions in a general election despite his primary-season boasts that he is funding his own campaign.

As Speakership Ends, Toni Atkins Reflects: 'this Has Been An Incredible Ride'
The rigors of the job

Lawsuit Filed To Stop Eviction Of 97-year-old Burlingame Woman - San Francisco Chronicle
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While It Defies U.S. Government, Apple Abides By China's Orders — And Reaps Big Rewards
China surpassed the U.S. last year as the No. 1 buyer of iPhones and could one day be the largest market for Apple Pay. Above, an Apple store in Beijing.

As Bay Area Economy Booms, The Rich Get Richer, Study Shows - San Francisco Chronicle
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Lawsuit filed to stop eviction of 97-year-old Burlingame woman
Lawyers for a 97-year-old woman threatened with eviction from her Burlingame home of 66 years filed a lawsuit Friday on her behalf, contending she was promised lifetime tenancy in the residence by a succession of landlords, and that the unwritten agreement should be honored. The suit filed for Marie Hatch in San Mateo County Superior Court contends breach of contract, elder abuse and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Kantz told The Chronicle he “felt bad” about having to evict Hatch, and said he has been working on ways for the property sale to be settled so that Hatch either stays put or can peacefully move somewhere else. The lawfirm of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy filed the suit, and lawyer Nancy Fineman called the eviction order “despicable.” Others offered to buy the house and let her live in it, and some have been trying to work out amicable deals with the landlord so that both parties can come away satisfied. Cheryl Graczewski, who lives next door to Hatch and has been helping her and Rothrock resist the eviction order, said she was bringing social workers to the home on Monday. “There are lots of good souls out there,” she said of the outpouring of offers to help her friends. Wait lists for senior housing can be very long, and she will probably need assistance in future years.

Anti-immigration Activists' Heckling, Hostility Taking A Toll On Cities In La's Latino Suburbs | 89.3 Kpcc
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Cudahy city council members say anti-illegal immigration activists hostility forced the council to move the location of its meetings from chambers to a "safer" space. grindall61/ YouTube

The Ku Klux Klan Is Planning To Have A Public Rally In Anaheim On Saturday
Letters purportedly left by the Ku Klux Klan were left in front of Whittier homes Sunday, six months after a local KKK chapter confirmed to KTLA that they had left similar materials in Santa Ana.

Buffett, in Annual Letter, Rejects Candidatesâ
In his annual letter to shareholders, the billionaire investor dismissed the view, popular on the campaign trail, that children in America would not live as well as their parents.