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THE NOONER for March 7, 2016

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Happy Monday. The era of the Anthony Rendon speakership begins today as he is sworn in during the Assembly session. Yesterday, I binge-watched the entire new season of House of Cards. Great season. No spoilers... 

Farewell Peyton. Sundays won't be the same. Will the Broncos take a look at RG3 who was released today by Washington?

AD31 (Fresno): First 2016 campaign duel looms in Fresno [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “This election year’s first California contest will occur next month in the San Joaquin Valley – and may be one of 2016’s most revealing. Democratic Assemblyman Henry Perea unexpectedly resigned to take a drug industry job, and an April 5 special election will begin the process of choosing a successor.”

If a candidate receives 50%+1 (likely with only three candidates), they assume office and then run again in the top-two primary on June 7. If noone receives a majority, there will be a runoff and a regular primary on June 7.

THE DEAN SPEAKETH: Lawmakers show surprising courage against Big Tobacco [George Skelton @ LAT] - “[G]ive our lawmakers credit: They did the next best thing, even if it was a punt to local government. They passed a bill allowing counties to seek voter approval of a local tobacco tax. . . It was a bad day for tobacco interests. The Assembly passed two other bills that could have even greater immediate impact. One, by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), would raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.”

CRABBY: Bill aims to give crab industry $138 million in disaster relief [Kimberly Veklerov] - “California commercial crab fishermen, many struggling to keep their businesses afloat amid an unprecedented season closure caused by a toxic algae bloom, could see more than $130 million in disaster relief under a last-ditch federal proposal to bail them out of financial doom.”

RAINBOWS: The next battleground for LGBT rights [Matt Pearce @ LAT] - “The last great LGBT rights battle was fought over marriage. The next one might be over bathrooms, whether activists like it or not.”

TRUMPED: Stern agency meets unflappable mogul: Donald Trump is refusing to pay coastal panel's $10,000 fee [Victoria Kim @ LAT] - “The flagpole that Trump illegally erected at his Rancho Palos Verdes golf club over a year ago is at the center of a simmering controversy between the billionaire and the California Coastal Commission. The conflict is the latest in a series for Trump, who has long had a do-it-without-permission approach to his real estate holdings.”

REPPED: Tech bus drivers choose Teamsters as their union [Hamed Aleaziz @ SFChron] - “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.”

THE OC: Garden Grove councilman Phat Bui enters race for county supervisor seat [Jordan Graham @ OCR] - “As Friday’s deadline nears to file for candidacy in the upcoming primary election, Garden Grove City Councilman Phat Bui is entering an already-crowded race for the Board of Supervisors’ First District seat, becoming the fifth candidate vying for incumbent Andrew Do’s office.”

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Mercury's Paul Bauer, Eric Linder's Will Martinez, State Parks' Liza McGuirk, and Treasurer Chiang's Najia Rosales!




  • River City Food Bank's, "Empty Bowls" fundraiser is set for March 14th and 15th at the Sacramento Convention Center.  The event is Co-Chaired by Jane Baker, wife of Legislative Advocate Steve Baker; and by Susan Kazanjian, mother of Garen Kazanjian, Staffer for Assemblyman Hernandez.  Proceeds provide healthy food to low-income local families living in the Capitol area and greater Sacramento region.  Tickets are $70 for the Soup Supper which includes wine, hors d'oeuvres, gourmet soups and desserts on March 14th; and $30 for the Soup Luncheons on Tuesday, March 15th which include gourmet soups, breads and cookies - all donated by Sacramento's top restaurants. Visit  to purchase tickets or contact Manny Leon at for more information.

  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West Regional Political Organizers (Los Angeles and Bay Area). 85,000 member California healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive, motivated political organizers, 3-5 yrs political/union experience. Competitive salary and benefits package. Resume, letter, 3 references:

  • 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

  • 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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Lawmakers Show Surprising Courage Against Big Tobacco
The Legislature showed some guts last week in standing up to the tobacco lobby and its political money. It could have shown more, however, by mustering the courage to raise taxes on cigarettes, cigars and chewing crud.

First 2016 Campaign Duel Looms In Fresno | The Sacramento Bee
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On paper, Democrats should hold 31st Assembly District

Rendon Seeks Greater Balance Of Power In Legislature | The California Report | Kqed News
The California Assembly will swear in a new speaker today. Changes to term limit rules mean Los Angeles Democrat Anthony Rendon could be in the job for nearly a decade. And that could shift the balance of power in Sacramento.

Senate GOP To Delay Budget - Politico
The two senators with the most partisan track record also happen to be running for president.

Great Idea: Put Price Tag on Ballot Measures
Would you commit to buy a car, a house or even a jacket without knowing the price? Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do deserves credit for proposing a measure that would require a cost analysis by the county’s Auditor Controller for all county initiatives.

Supreme Court Reverses Alabama Court Decision On Same-sex Adoption - Politico
The two senators with the most partisan track record also happen to be running for president.

Couples Fly In From Japan To Get Married Where The Reagans Tied The Knot In Studio City
The Little Brown Church in the Valley, a diminutive sanctuary in Studio City surrounded by multistory apartment buildings, has hosted more than 23,000 weddings. But it's probably best known as the site of the union between Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis on March 4, 1952.It was the 1,761st marriage...

Sacramento-area Investigators Want Iphones Unlocked | The Sacramento Bee
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Dozens of newer-model phones are sitting in police evidence lockers

How Trump Is Jolting Silicon Valley Politics In Unexpected Ways - San Francisco Chronicle
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For political media in Flint, the water crisis penetrates the campaign bubble
Nothing matters but the safety of the water.

Donald Trump Defiant As GOP Leaders Fight To Stop Him
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walks Saturday through the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he held an evening news conference after winning party contests in Louisiana and Kentucky and losing in Maine and Kansas.

Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz Top List Of Most Partisan Senators - Politico
The two senators with the most partisan track record also happen to be running for president.

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.

In Democratic Debate, Bernie Sanders Pushes Hillary Clinton on Trade and Jobs
The Democratic candidates for president were competing for the support of black, working-class and unionized voters.

New York City Bar Pushes Senate To Consider Scotus Nominee - Politico
Republicans in the House also struggle to come to a consensus on a budget.

First Draft: Candidates React to Nancy Reaganâ
The presidential candidates reacted quickly to the death Sunday of Nancy Reagan, who passed away at age 94.

A Divided GOP Doesn't Have A Prayer
Mitt Romney is interviewed by Neil Cavuto during his "Cavuto Coast to Coast" program on the Fox Business Network on March 4. Romney forcefully denounced Trump's bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Hillary Clinton Calls For Michigan Governor's Resignation - Politico
She said that former President Bill Clinton has said the bill solved problems but created others.

Stay Tuned for Highlights From the Debate
Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders will face-off in Flint, Mich., in a state where voters head to the polls on Tuesday that will prove a crucial test for both candidates.

Mexican president: Trump has hurt relationship with U.S.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto condemned Republican front-runner Donald Trump's rhetoric and accused the brash billionaire of damaging U.S.-Mexico relations.