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THE NOONER for March 3, 2016

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WOW: Mitt Romney is speaking this morning against Donald Trump, calling him a "phony," "fraud," and someone who is trying to "pull off the American people as suckers." The GOP is off the tracks this cycle, and I don't say that from a partisan perspective. Trump is going to win the nomination, and the establishment is having a s***fit. The LAT goes all out on him in an editorial today.

THE DEAN SPEAKETH: New Assembly speaker Anthony Rendon can focus on solutions instead of term limits [George Skelton @ LAT] - “A new, hopeful era is beginning in California's Capitol as a debilitating period ends. Enter a new Assembly speaker, Paramount Democrat Anthony Rendon, the first in two decades who will be allowed to occupy the office long enough to completely unpack and explore its potential.” 

Meanwhile, here in Mexico, there is no appetite to by for his YUUGE wall.

DEAD SPACE: Central Valley congressman wants taxpayers to know what empty federal buildings are costing [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - “The federal government spends more than $1.7 billion a year to maintain 770,000 empty buildings while other agencies are leasing or buying new space, and Rep. Jeff Denham is fed up.”

GASSED: At $2 million a day, Porter Ranch residents get to keep their temporary housing [Alice Walton @ LAT] - “The California 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected the gas company's argument that residents should immediately vacate their hotels and other temporary homes now that the gas leak has been fixed.”

NOT NAP TIME: Taxi driver kidnapped by jail escapees files $2 million claim against Orange County [Jordan Graham @ OCR] - “A taxi driver who was kidnapped by three local jail escapees in January and held hostage for seven days has filed a $2 million claim against Orange County, saying the ordeal caused him severe emotional distress, post-traumatic stress and “fear of death due to horrific events.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Susan Eggman and J Street's Ilissa Gold!


  • 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).

     Tickets will go fast! Register here: Questions? Email

  • 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

  • 2016 is the year – and now is the time - to make the California Target Book your election year partner. 63 open and competitive races and initiatives galore. Subscribe to the Target Book and have up to date information instantly on 173 legislative districts; 500 + legislative candidate profiles; profiles of 493 County Supervisors and each of the 296 California supervisorial districts; incumbent ratings; voter registration data from Political Data, Inc.; and campaign contributions and expenditures for candidates, ballot measures and independent expenditures. Subscribe before March 16th for a special one-time-only incentive discount! Subscribe Now

  • 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
  • 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.

  • Subscribe to the Capitol Morning Report and closely follow who’s doing what each day in California government and politics. We list news conferences, legislative hearings, state board meetings and other events. Plus we add in community news and announcements from political campaigns. More info at

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California Politics: Brown And Lawmakers Disclose Income, Rare Tax Vote For Gop
Welcome to Essential Politics, where we track political and policy news in Sacramento and across the Golden State. Some of the latest headlines:Gov. Jerry Brown received $22,000 in gifts last year, one of a number of disclosures being made on annual economic statements that we'll be tracking here.Republicans...

Sponsored Travel For California Lawmakers Topped $600,000 In 2015 | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff and Jeremy B. White @
Senators took about $199,000 worth of travel, while Assembly members took about $413,000

Golfing, Tequila And Spa Treatments: These Are The Gifts Given To California Lawmakers In 2015
State legislators accepted more than $892,000 in gifts last year, including foreign trips, expensive dinners, concert and sports tickets, golf games, spa treatments, Disneyland admissions and bottles of tequila and wine, according to filings released Wednesday. Lawmakers had their expenses covered...

CalPERS State Worker Retirements Fell Slightly In 2015 | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Latest data shows 4 percent decline last year

California Legislature Advances New Gun Control Measures -
Ben Adler @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

San Francisco Supervisors Raise Tobacco Age To 21 | State Of Health | Kqed News
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday to raise the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, joining more than 120 cities across the country, including New York and Boston, in the latest tactic to reduce smoking rates.

New Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon Can Focus On Solutions Instead Of Term Limits
Starting when he assumes the leadership Monday, Rendon will be the only speaker since legendary San Francisco Democrat Willie Brown who won't have to worry about being bounced by term limits anytime soon.

In Rare GOP Stronghold, Demographic Shift Pushing Change In Santa Clarita -
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

UCLA Community Protests Professor's Punishment For Sex Harassment: $3,000 Fine And 11-week Suspension
UCLA students, faculty and alumni are escalating their complaints against the university over its decision to allow a prominent history professor accused of sexual harassment to return to campus with what they regard as inadequate sanctions.

California Could Be Critical To Stopping Donald Trump
And that could easily make delegate-rich California a key battleground -- where residents would be bombarded with political ads and robocalls, à la Iowa and New Hampshire, before the June 7 primary.

A Despicable Health Care Tax Hike Scheme
Senator Andy Vidak @
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Clinton Wins By Easing Democratic Split; Trump Wins By Exploiting GOP Divisions
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump move closer to their nominations, Clinton by easing a party split and Trump by exploiting one.

Trump Inspires Hope, Energy, Anxiety In California GOP - San Francisco Chronicle
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Trump University: Tales From The Legal Vault - Politico
Scores of details are embedded in thousands of pages of documents that comprise lawsuits.

Super Bowl helped generate $8.2 million in city hotel taxes
Super Bowl 50 drew more than football fans to San Francisco — and it also helped bring in more than $8.2 million in hotel taxes. The figure does not include short-term vacation rentals, such as Airbnb. “Our hotels were nearly filled with visitors spending not only on hotel rooms but restaurants, transportation, shopping, entertainment and more,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of San Francisco Travel. An estimated 1.1 million people visited San Francisco for Super Bowl-related events leading up to the game, according to the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.

Charles Grassley Faces Formidable Challenger in Iowa Senate Race
Patty Judge, a former Iowa lieutenant governor and state agriculture secretary, is expected to announce her challenge this weekend to the embattled senator, who is seeking a seventh term.

Anaheim Brawl, Endorsements Of Trump Put Kkk Back In Spotlight | Election 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
Hundreds of people attended a peace vigil in Anaheim the other night. It was in response to a Ku Klux Klan rally over the weekend, one that turned bloody after anti-Klan protesters started throwing punches.

With High Ticket Prices And Tv Blackouts, Big Sports Lose Their Appeal
I once took my sons to a pro football game. This made a lasting impression.

Fed Up With Wait, Santa Clara Sheriff Buys Jail Cameras Herself
The cost for 12 cameras to test: $761.24 -- which Smith put on her personal American Express.

California High Court Opens Door To Wrongful Foreclosure Suits
During the bust that followed last decade's housing boom, hundreds of thousands of Californians lost their homes to foreclosure. It was a process later found to be rife with problems, such as overwhelmed bank employees who sometimes didn't even read the foreclosure documents in front of them. But...

Public Health: Debate Prep: Fact-Checking the G.O.P. Candidates on Health Care
All the candidates want to replace Obamacare but are thin on details.