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THE NOONER for February 28, 2016

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The California Democratic Party's Convention had it's main business conducted yesterday. Attorney General Kamala Harris overwhelmingly (78.1%) won the party's endorsement for United States Senate. After an embarrassing delay by local activists unhappy with his votes on trade, Ami Bera won endorsement for re-election to CA07, and Mike Honda got the endorsement for another term in CA17. Grace Napolitano received the endorsement for re-election to CA32, where she is being challenged by Assemblymember Roger Hernandez.

State Senator Isadore Hall received the nod in the crowded CA44, currently held by Janice Hahn who is running for county supervisor, over his leading competitor, fellow Democrat Nanette Barragan. That south Los Angeles area has featured many high-profile races over the years between African-American and Latino candidates, but the turnout operation in the African-American voters has dominated the Latino majority of voters.

It's Sunday, meaning that lots of people are still in bed from last night's "receptions," or have gotten out of Dodge. The convention hall is thus likely quite empty as the remaining delegates ratify the party's platform, which is largely non-controversial and the lower-profile speakers get a chance at the podium after yesterday's highlights with Joe Biden, Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown.

You can watch videos from speakers at the convention here

TALKING POINTS: Democratic bigwigs confident of victory in November, but some of the rank and file not so sure [Matthew Artz @ MercNews] - “Even as party bigwigs assure the more than 3,000 Democratic activists gathered at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center that the Republican presidential candidates' "food fight" will virtually guarantee that a Democrat stays in the White House, some of the rank-and-file don't seem so sure as they watch the Dem-on-Dem spats on the convention floor.”

CAN I GET AN AMEN? US senator wants government to set airline seat-size rules [Michael Balsamo @ AP] - “U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants to require the Federal Aviation Administration to establish seat-size standards for commercial airlines, which he says now force passengers to sit on planes "like sardines."” 

LAW AND ORDER: Jerry Brown 'hopeful' in California Supreme Court ruling [David Siders @ SacBee] - “Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday that it only took so long to file his ballot initiative to make certain nonviolent felons eligible for early parole because he was consulting with law enforcement groups, saying the “process worked” despite legal uncertainty surrounding the measure.”

NON-SMOKING SECTION: Coalition that helped defeat marijuana legalization in 2010 gears up to oppose Sean Parker's initiative [Brooke Edwards Staggs @ OCR] - “The organization that helped defeat marijuana legalization six years ago has started raising money to oppose the leading initiative headed toward the ballot this November.” 

THE OC: 3 people stabbed, 12 arrested at Klan rally in Anaheim [Sean Emery @ OCR] - “Three people were stabbed, one with a flagpole, and 12 people were arrested during a brawl on Saturday morning between self-described Ku Klux Klan members and counter-protesters at an Anaheim park, police said.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to SEIU's Favel Jens and Clint Weirick


  • 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

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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

  • 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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California Democrats Play Rhetorical Tug-of-war On Economy | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
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Christopher Cadelago @
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U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer Bids Activists Adieu After Nearly 24 Years | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
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As The Costs Of Textbooks Rise, Professors Help Students Find Alternatives - The Orange County Register
Disturbed by the $300 price tag for a textbook required in a large introductory economics course, UC Irvine professor Ami Glazer decided to shop around and put a little pressure on the academic publisher.

Kamala Harris Receives California Democratic Party Endorsement | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
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Rev. Al Sharpton Addresses Crowd In S.d. |
The Rev. Al Sharpton

Apple's Tech Allies Oppose The FBI, But Still Want Your Data | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
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Cruz: Trump Tax Returns May Show Mob Connection - Politico
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The Rev. Al Sharpton Will Deliver A Sermon On Oscars Diversity At First Ame Church
The Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver a sermon in Los Angeles to address the lack of diversity in the Academy Awards.

Democratic Bigwigs Confident Of Victory In November, But Some Of The Rank And File Not So Sure
Matthew Artz @
"Whoever wins in November, it will be a Democrat," Smith, a Daly City delegate holding two pro-Hillary Clinton signs, told Clark McCartney, a retired teacher from Riverside County. "Not if she's indicted first," he barked.

'cockamamie': Kasich Campaign Rejects Talk Of Brokered Convention - Politico
His campaign hopes to end up in a winnable one-on-one duel with Trump.

Under Siege: Santa Ana Gang Violence Jumps To An Average Of A Shooting A Day - The Orange County Register
Children on their way home from school stare as Santa Ana police place yellow cones next to shell casings, the aftermath from the latest shootout in a city whose heart has been torn by gunfire in the last two months.

Trump Criticizes 'hostile' Latino Judge In Lawsuit - Politico
The GOP front-runner also pushes back on attacks by Marco Rubio.