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THE NOONER for February 29, 2016

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¡Buenos dias! Happy Leap Day! For those having a #CAKEDAY today, you embarass the rest of us for being 4 times your age. 

You know you're in Mexico when CNN is CNN International and there's more coverage of soccer than Donald Trump. Praise the deities!

US SENATE: Kamala Harris builds enthusiasm to win over Democratic Party activists [Christopher Cadelago and David Siders @ SacBee] - “The outpouring of approbation, which exceeded most expectations, deals a potentially harrowing blow to [Loretta] Sanchez and allows the California Democratic Party to spend on [Kamala] Harris’ behalf in traditional ways such as mailers, phone-banking and precinct walks.”

MEANWHILE: Underdog Republican plots a path to the U.S. Senate [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - “Duf Sundheim isn’t acting like a longshot U.S. Senate candidate who registered a tiny blip of 3 percent in last month’s Field Poll. He’s traveling the state, racking up endorsements (including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy), raising money (including the $2,700 maximum from billionaire GOP activist Charles Munger, Jr.), meeting with editorial boards and community leaders – and, especially, working to consolidate the Republican base behind him.”

THE EFFECT: Donald Trump could hurt — and help — key congressional races in California [Cathleen Decker @ LAT] - “The establishment's view is that Trump would not only lose the presidency but also ravage the party down the ballot, in Senate, congressional and legislative races where Republicans would suffer for his presence because many GOP voters would stay home.”

MORE CONCERNS: California Dems raise prospect of Trump candidacy to rally party [John Wildermuth and Joe Garofoli @ SFChron] - “With both the Senate and the House in GOP hands and a Supreme Court spot likely at stake, Democrats worry that businessman Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will get a chance to make good on their increasingly heated conservative rhetoric.”

EXIT INTERVIEW: Atkins on speakership: 'I loved every minute of it -- mostly' [Melanie Mason @ SDUT] - "It was busy," she said. "You have to pay attention. You have your own legislative package, but you have to pay attention to how all the bills are moving through the house. You have to pay attention to the relationship between the legislation coming from the Senate, going to the Senate. It's nonstop. Members ask for help with their bills. The requests from reporters on everything — stuff you would never think of. ... You have to be out there on all kinds of issues that you ordinarily would not have to give too much thought to."

CONVO: Here's what 3,000 California Democrats did this weekend [Christina Bellantoni @ LAT] - Good morning update, but she leaves out the stumbling drunks following the receptions and the awkward morning walks of shame. But, that's not really the province for the print media.

CA Resolution Would Provide Nonpartisan “Public Ballot” Option for Presidential Primaries [Shawn M. Griffiths @ IVN] - “A spokesperson for Assemblymember Kristin Olsen’s office confirmed today that, with the support of the Independent Voter Project (authors of California’s relatively new nonpartisan statewide primary system), a resolution will be filed in the California State Assembly on Friday that urges Secretary of State Alex Padilla to provide, in addition to the ballots issued for the political party primaries, a public presidential ballot that lists all the qualified candidates so that all voters have an opportunity to cast a ballot for the candidate of their choice this election, regardless of the voter or the candidate’s party affiliation.”


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Eric Hogue!


  • Please join Capitol Network for our Spring Luncheon: Women of the Third House on Friday, March 11th at 11:30am at CalChamber (1215 K Street, Suite 1400).

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  • 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
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CA New Car Dealers Association
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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
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Kamala Harris Builds Enthusiasm To Win Over Democratic Party Activists | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago and David Siders @
Harris wins state party endorsement in Senate race by overwhelming margin

Assembly Poised To Take Up Gun Control Measures | The California Report | Kqed News
And NONE of these “feel good measures” will do ANYTHING to stop the violence that plagues our society. But they WILL unduly burden the law abiding citizens and uphold the illusion of safety of a Gun Free Zone.

Are California Ballot Measures Contracts? | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Voters told what will happen if they approve measures

First Draft: Meg Whitman Assails Chris Christie for Backing Donald Trump
Meg Whitman, the Hewlett-Packard executive who was a top supporter of Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential campaign, criticized the former candidate for supporting Donald J. Trump, assailing him for “political opportunism.”

California Ponders Whether Prostitutes Are Criminals Or Victims | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Issue has gained prominence for policymakers, law enforcement

A Threat Ahead: California Democrats Losing The Fight For Younger Voters
The state Democratic Party convention held here over the weekend presented an occasionally jarring contrast: Democrats gathered at what seemed like a 50th college reunion for veteran politicians, and at the same time one of the biggest rounds of applause came at the mention of Bernie Sanders, the presidential candidate few of those politicians support.

The weirdest day on the calendar is here
“Things don’t slow down,” said Esther Casco, longtime executive assistant to the San Francisco Board of Education, who was born on Feb. 29 in, she said, never mind what year. Casco says she celebrates her birthday on Feb. 28 on non-leap years, so as not to miss out on cake and presents and other stuff that is worth having more often than once every 1,461 days. There will also be a meeting of the school board’s Building, Grounds and Services Committee, which might be special but probably not. A lot of other people were born on Feb. 29, although many of them — such as singer Dinah Shore, composer Gioachino Rossini and bandleader Jimmy Dorsey — are no longer in a position to explain what it means to them. Leap days are inserted into the calendar to balance the books. [...] there would still be summer, even if it were to take place in different months than it does now, said astronomer Bing Quock, assistant director of Morrison Planetarium in Golden Gate Park. [...] Quock said, leap days are so important that he’s going to amend the planetarium show and add an explanation about them to the script this week, just because a reporter was asking questions. In the great tradition that predates the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1582, merchants around the world are trying to figure out how to make a buck from leap day. The Marker Hotel, near Union Square, declared that all reservations made for its hotel on Feb. 29 would be 29 percent off. A few weeks ago, JetBlue Airways announced it was offering $29 tickets from San Francisco to New York for flights on Feb. 29. [...] the airline said you have to pay a lot more than $29 in order to leave New York and fly back to good old San Francisco, which stands to reason. The Hard Rock Cafe is offering a meal from its “special menu” (hamburgers, not steaks) to anyone who can prove a Feb. 29 birthday. Krispy Kreme doughnuts will sell a dozen doughnuts for $2.29 to anyone who buys a dozen at the regular price. Among them is a “lace-up halter top” and a “deep plunge T-shirt,” either of which could produce dramatic changes in the universe, too. [...] whatever those things are to be in 2016 isn’t known in advance, a concept every bit as immutable as the path of the third planet around the sun. Steve Rubenstein is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. In some countries, if a woman proposes on Feb. 29 and is rejected, she is entitled to a dozen pairs of gloves from the sweetheart who spurned her, to cover up the missing engagement ring and deflect embarrassing questions.

What A Donald Trump Presidency Might Actually Look Like
President Trump.

Lawmakers Focus On Untested Rape Kits - San Francisco Chronicle
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Kamala Clobbers Loretta: Full Convention Report
Other than that, it was a lovely weekend in San Jose for Loretta.

Murder Charges Against Rehab Center Are A First In California
Gary Benefield was in rough shape when a driver from the substance abuse treatment company A Better Tomorrow met him at the San Diego airport in 2010.

Groups Want Early Ed Block Grant Pulled From This Year’s State Budget | Edsource
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Navigating The Legal Threats Posed By Lcaps :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Tom Chorneau @
Already Los Angeles Unified was sued over its method for calculating the base cost of services to disadvantaged students, and with administrators getting started this spring on the third update of their Local Control Accountability Plans, even more scrutiny from outside groups is expected.

No One Knows What's Behind L.A. County's Rise In Mental Competency Cases
Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey said of the increase in competency cases, "I think it's a sign that we urgently need to embrace the mental health diversion program."

Trump University Fraud Case Affected By Presidential Race - Politico
The last time Thomas asked a question was Feb. 22, 2006, during a case on the death penalty.

5 Kkk Members Released From Jail After Brawl In Anaheim
Five Ku Klux Klan members who were arrested at a violent melee in an Anaheim park were released from jail after a video showed they were acting in self-defense, police said Sunday.

Ap News: The Orange County Register

Congressional Memo: Bernie Sanders Stands Alone as Hillary Clinton Gains Senate Endorsements
About 40 Democratic senators have lined up behind Mrs. Clinton, saying they appreciate Mr. Sanders but see the former secretary of state as more qualified.