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THE NOONER for March 6, 2016

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FIRED: Power grab topples another defender of California's environment [Steve Lopez @ LAT]  - “The South Coast Air Quality Management District ignored pleas from environmentalists and public health experts and told Barry Wallerstein to get lost.” 

WATER WARS: Orange County faces more competition for drought-strangled Colorado River [Aaron Orlowski @ OCR] - “For the past five years, as drought sucked dry California’s water sources and depleted its reservoirs, Southern California water managers have turned increasingly to the region’s large out-of-state water source: the Colorado River.”

THE LABYRINTH: California’s multiple agencies confusing [Dan Wslters @ SacBee] It’s almost impossible to figure out which state agency is truly commanding California’s crusade against carbon emissions. The Air Resources Board is taking the lead, but the Public Utilities Commission, the Energy Commission and the Department of Transportation also claim pieces of the action, creating a confusing array of impacts on consumers.

INFLUENCE: How Asian Americans climbed the ranks and changed the political landscape [Victoria Kim @ LAT] — “In the 23 years since then, the political landscape has changed. The number of Asian Americans seizing opportunities to work on the staff of elected officials at local, state and federal levels has expanded dramatically. And from the ranks of those who, like Kim, started out working for white or African American politicians, a cadre of Asian American political leaders has emerged”

FAREWELL: Nancy Reagan (1921-2016)


  • 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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Richard Pan Stands By Embattled UC Davis Chief, Calls For Reforms | The Sacramento Bee
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Pan says UC should revisit rule letting chancellors sit on for-profit boards

Drug Lord 'el Chapo' Sneaked Into California Twice After Escape From Prison, His Daughter Says
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican soldiers and marines following his recapture on Jan. 8, 2016, six months after escaping from a maximum-security prison in Mexico.

A New, Older Face Of Medical Marijuana Found In Laguna Woods - The Orange County Register
LAGUNA WOODS – Tony Pierce was 21 when he smoked marijuana for the first time. It was an act of rebellion, recalled Pierce.

How Asian Americans Climbed The Ranks And Changed The Political Landscape
Steve S. Kim had been running a flower shop with his sister across the street from Los Angeles City Hall for a couple years when a customer who bought flowers every week for his wife off-handedly asked a life-changing question. A year earlier, riots had torn through Los Angeles. The new mayor,...

Parents Of Young Man Killed By Citrus Heights Officer Seek Answers | The Sacramento Bee
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Officer said he shot Hunter Todd in the back because he thought Todd was reaching for gun

Fast-aging Homeless Population May Lead To Public Health Crisis - San Francisco Chronicle
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A New Trend In The Trades: Apprenticeships Rise As Construction Booms And Workers Age Out Of Unions - The Orange County Register
Apprenticeship USA: The U.S. Labor Department website has information on starting or offering apprenticeships, success stories, videos, and links to other resources.

Political heat offers few fixes for Flint
The city whose water crisis is playing a key role in the Democrats' 2016 messaging has problems that elude easy political remedies

When It Comes To Trump, GOP Has No Help And No Hope - San Francisco Chronicle
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First Draft: John Kasich Releases Tax Records Showing $5 Million in Income Over Seven Years
John Kasich released partial tax returns Saturday, leaving Donald J. Trump as the only Republican candidate who has not released any returns.

New Twist To Tech Donations: Google Promotes Racial Justice - San Francisco Chronicle
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Tech bus drivers choose Teamsters as their union
A group of more than 100 drivers for a company that buses workers to local tech companies, including Facebook and Google, chose union representation from the Teamsters, representatives of the union said Saturday. “We appreciate that WeDriveU has respected the rights of these drivers to be represented by a union of their choice,” said Rome Aloise, international vice president and principal officer of Teamsters Local 853.

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Sanders: I Understand Real Needs Of Voters - Politico
Cruz won at least 64 delegates Saturday.

Borenstein And Wrenn: The Times -- The East Bay Ones, At Least -- They Are A Changin'
On Tuesday, this organization announced that on April 5 eight daily newspapers, including the Contra Costa Times and the Oakland Tribune, will be merged into the new East Bay Times. And the papers' two websites will be repackaged as

Letter From Washington: Hillary Clinton Is Riding High â
Hillary Clinton appears set for the Democratic presidential nomination, but analysts warn that she ignores a lack of voter enthusiasm at her own peril.

Graham Dislikes Cruz Less Than He Dislikes Trump - Politico
The South Carolina senator says Trump will be the end of the GOP.

First Draft: Club for Growth to Spend $2 Million on Anti-Trump Ads
arm of the influential anti-tax group, is going on television with $2 million in ads against Donald J. Trump in Illinois, where Republicans will hold a primary on March 15