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THE NOONER for March 4, 2016

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Happy Friday! You made it! Ugh, it also means that it's my last vacation day. And, looking at the weather forecast of rain most of next week in Sacramento (although we need it) is fairly depressing.

Did you watch the GOP debate last night? Were presidential candidates really talking about the size of that in their pants and whose is bigger? Seriously. 

SLOW START: New bullet train plan delays opening of the first leg by three years [Ralph Vartabedian @ LAT] - “California will need to double down on support of the bullet train by digging deeper into the state's wallet and accepting a three-year delay in completing the project's initial leg, a new business plan for the 220-mph system shows.”

NON-SMOKING SECTION: California advances bills to raise smoking age, regulate vaping [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “Sweeping tobacco control bills raising California’s smoking age to 21 and treating electronic cigarettes as tobacco products passed the state Assembly on Thursday and should soon go before Gov. Jerry Brown.”

California’s high housing costs symptom of weak supply [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “High housing costs are the major factor in a Census Bureau calculation that California has the nation’s highest rate of functional poverty, with conflicts between incomes and rents particularly severe in the San Francisco Bay Area and metropolitan Los Angeles and San Diego.”

LET THERE BE LIGHT: UC Davis chancellor received $420,000 on book publisher’s board [Diana Lambert and Dale Kasler @ SacBee] -“UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B Katehi received $420,000 in compensation as a board member for John Wiley & Sons, a leading publisher of science, engineering and math textbooks for universities. Katehi served on the Wiley board from 2012 to 2014, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings. She received $125,000 in pay and stock in 2012, $144,000 in 2013 and $151,000 in 2014.”

She also served on the board of DeVry...widely known as a diploma mill, which is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to former State Senator Richard Polanco!


  • UC Office of the President (Sacramento): Associate Director, Legislative Advocacy & Institutional Relations, State Governmental Relations. Competitive salary and benefits. Visit the UCOP job site to view the job description, qualifications and to apply.

  • 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

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  • 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.

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Gavin Newsom Back To Hitting Donald Trump | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Lieutenant governor criticizes Republican frontrunner in animated video

Campaign To Pass Proposition 30 Has Advantages And Hurdles :: Fox&hounds
The Proposition 30 extension campaign starts off with some clear advantages.

State Assembly Approves Bill To Raise Smoking Age To 21 - Sfgate
In a 46-26 vote, the Assembly sent the bill to the state Senate, which is expected to approve the age increase and send the legislation to Gov.

Health Care Industry Leaves Sensitive Patient Info Vulnerable, California Ag Says | Future Of You | Kqed Future Of You | Kqed Science
Over those years, the number of Californians whose personal records were breached through loss or theft grew from 2.6 million in 2012 to 24 million in 2015, whether at hospitals, insurers, retailers, financial institutions or other places where sensitive data is stores. Health care and insurers played a big role, though: That 24 million includes 10.4 million breached in a hack attack on health insurer Anthem, and 4.5 million in another attack on UCLA Health.

California Voters Could Finally Weigh In On 'citizens United' In November
Legislators move to put an advisory campaign finance measure on November's statewide ballot.

Taxi Driver Kidnapped By Jail Escapees Files $2 Million Claim Against Orange County - The Orange County Register
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.”

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Becomes First In Orange County To Unionize
Orange County's first licensed medical marijuana dispensary now has an additional distinction: first medical cannabis shop in the county to unionize.

New York Attorney General Questions Donald Trump's 'credibility' As A Presidential Candidate - Politico
Trump has come under increased attack for his now-defunct for-profit school.

Charity Accused Of Improper Billing |
The Mental Health Systems Teen Recovery Center in Fallbrook is one of dozens of programs across the county run by the nonprofit organization. [Union-Tribune file]

State Senator Promotes $2b Homeless Plan Funded By Tax On Millionaires
Today's high

A Nasty Silicon Valley Congressional Rematch Heats Up | Election 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
Democrat Ro Khanna isn’t only taking on eight-term congressman Mike Honda for the House seat in the heart of Silicon Valley. He’s roughing up the entire California Democratic Party.

Local Trump University Case Moves Toward Trial | Kpbs
Steve Walsh @
As litigation involving Trump University makes headlines on the presidential campaign trail, a San Diego class-action suit against the school is moving closer to trial.

Kaiser Workers In O.C. Protest 'excessive Salaries' Of Hospital System's Executives - The Orange County Register
DANA POINT – About 100 unionized Kaiser Permanente employees protested what they called excessive salaries and bonuses for executives, Wednesday, at the nonprofit insurer and hospital system’s board meeting at the Ritz-Carlton.

District Settles Lawsuit, Agrees To Share Parcel Tax With Charters | Edsource
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Mitt Romney Blasts Donald Trump As A 'phony,' Says GOP Front-runner's Promises Are 'worthless'
Mitt Romney, the GOP standard-bearer in 2012, delivered one of the loudest warnings to date against the man who may carry the party’s torch in 2016, Donald Trump — using words like “phony” and “fraud” in a speech Thursday intended to rally anti-Trump forces in the party.

Senator Stone opposed the tax hike passed this week by the Legislature
should be used to help fund Medi-Cal services and restore cuts made to services for the Developmentally Disabled community.

1 affordable housing amendment on ballot after Lee pulls measure
1 affordable housing amendment on ballot after Lee pulls measure On Wednesday, after weeks of insisting that he wouldn’t, Lee withdrew his ballot measure that said the city controller and Planning Department should determine the highest percentage of below-market-rate units developers can provide in new projects without jeopardizing the projects and corresponding construction jobs. [...] the only measure that will go on the ballot is Kim and Peskin’s charter amendment that says developers have to sell or rent 25 percent of units in new projects at below-market prices, at least until the Board of Supervisors alters the requirement. [...] to sum it up, Kim and Peskin got what they wanted, and Lee kind of gets what he wants — a resolution passed by the Board of Supervisors that calls for the completion of a feasibility study by May 31, which the board will take into account when it reconsiders the affordable housing requirement. “The mayor has been assured his concerns will be addressed in trailing legislation and therefore his measure is no longer necessary so he pulled it,” mayoral spokeswoman Christine Falvey said.

Clinton to call for tax benefits 'clawback' on outsourcing companies
“The ‘clawback’ concept has emerged out of discussions between Clinton and her economic advisers in recent months.

Special Report: Emails Show Cozy Relationship Between Fresno Unified, Harris Construction | Fresno Bee
Mackenzie Mays @
Emails show school district, Harris officials talked no-bid contracts long before they were approved by school board

Trump Says His Penis Qualifies Him To Be President « Calbuzz
The putz is still the favorite.

Oakland set to OK deal on land where project was killed
Oakland officials are poised to sign a deal with the same developer they picked last year for a controversial high-rise project on East 12th Street — which turned out to violate a state law governing the sale of surplus land and was eventually killed. The meeting drew hundreds of people to Oakland City Hall, many of them pledging support for one of Johnson’s competitors — a People’s Proposal for 133 units of affordable housing, conceived by a group of Oakland residents who’d come together because they were angered by the council’s previous deal with Johnson. Johnson’s previous project — a 24-story market-rate apartment tower — was all but finalized last year when the city abruptly pulled the plug in July, after a memo from the city attorney’s office leaked to the press. Because the parcel is surplus land, the council had a legal obligation to offer it to school districts and government agencies before entering talks with a private developer. By the time Oakland officials killed that project, the council had worked out a deal that required Johnson and his former Colorado-based partner, United Dominion Realty, to pay an $8 million fee for rights to purchase the parcel — for an additional $5.1 million. Johnson, who lives in Oakland’s Adams Point neighborhood, has worked on publicly funded projects in Oakland and the surrounding area for decades. Johnson is also the developer behind San Francisco’s Fillmore Heritage Center, which was supposed to bring 80 housing units, a nonprofit jazz museum, and a new iteration of Yoshi’s jazz club to a historic retail corridor.