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THE NOONER for March 12, 2016

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  • CA29 (E. San Fernando Valley): added former LA Councilmember Richard Alarcon (D)
  • SD21 (Simi-Antelope Valleys): added Assemblymember Scott Wilk (R)

Well, that was interesting in Chicago last night. I can't believe where we have gotten in politics. It was very sad that coverage of the beautiful memorial service for Nancy Reagan was Trumped and bumped from prime-time coverage. 

Analysis Campaign violence and Donald Trump: Hardly surprising, entirely predictable [Cathleen Decker and Michael Finnegan @ LAT] - “Violence splashed across the television screen Friday night like a horrific flashback from the 1960s, as fistfights and shoving broke out among thousands of supporters and opponents at a Donald Trump event in Chicago, drawing memories of police and protesters fighting in the streets of the same city during another political gathering in 1968. Nothing about it was surprising.”

CA08 [SB High Desert]: Tea Party favorite Tim Donnelly aims for Congress, auctions off guns [David Siders] - “Former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a tea party favorite and unsuccessful candidate for governor, said Friday he is running for Congress, bidding to unseat fellow Republican Paul Cook in Southern California’s desert region. His first fundraising event? According to a campaign announcement, Donnelly “will be auctioning off several firearms.””

AD04 (Napa-Yolo): Dems battle one another in AD4 [Nik Bonovich @ CapWeekly] - “In a safe Democratic district, four Democrats and one Republican have filed.  The Democrats all reside in Yolo County and include Winters Mayor Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, biotechnology professional Dr. Elmer Mark Kropp, Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor and Davis Councilmember Dan Wolk.”

AD55 (Diamond Bar): North O.C. Assembly candidate's campaign photos might have violated L.A. sheriff's policy [Joanna Clay @ OCR] - “A candidate running for an Assembly seat representing north Orange County was shown in photos linked to his campaign website wearing his reservist uniform with badge and patch, which can be a violation of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department policy. The photos of Phillip Chen, a longtime reservist who lives in Diamond Bar, were tied to his campaign for District 55, which includes Yorba Linda, Brea and La Habra.”

COMPLAINT: Consumer group files formal complaint of conflict against Gov. Jerry Brown's top aide [Jeff McDonald and Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - “The group, Consumer Watchdog, filed a complaint with the state Fair Political Practices Commission against Nancy McFadden, who left the firm to serve as Brown’s executive secretary two days after he took office in 2011. State disclosure forms show that she owned more than $100,000 in PG&E stock options that first year.”

DEADLINE: Candidates line up to run for Orange County congressional, state races [OCR] - “Friday was the deadline for filing for most races, although that was extended until Wednesday for Sanchez’s seat because of a rule that gives potential candidates extra time to enter a contest when an eligible incumbent doesn’t seek re-election. Sanchez is running for U.S. Senate rather than trying for another House term. Four competitive state Legislative races for Orange County also took shape Friday, although the deadline for one of those was extended as well.”

WATER WARS: As rain falls in California, tensions rise over who gets the water [Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - “Saying too much water is flowing out to sea, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Friday called on operators of the federal and state water projects to pump more water south through the Delta to drought-stricken farms and cities in Central and Southern California.”

THE CANDY-TAX-MAN: California tax on candy proposed by Democratic lawmaker [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia on Friday announced a plan to apply sales taxes on candy in California, an idea that was rejected at the ballot box in 1992. . . Garcia’s measure is a constitutional amendment that would need to win a two-thirds vote in the Legislature and then pass muster with voters. Garcia said she is aiming for the 2018 ballot.”

PAYBACK? California tobacco bills spurred hardball political threats [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “Tobacco industry lobbyists threatened to scuttle unrelated ballot initiatives if California lawmakers passed sweeping anti-smoking measures, health advocates said on Friday.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Tom Lackey!



  • Senator Steve Glazer seeks a Caseworker / Office Assistant for his Walnut Creek District Office.  Duties include tracking and responding to constituent communications and casework via phone, email and mail, acting as a liaison between state departments and constituents and between the office and local constituencies, answering phones, filing, and other duties as required. Successful candidates will have excellent interpersonal abilities, strong communications skills, critical thinking and creative problem solving capability, and be committed to a team approach. Please send cover letter, resume and reference list to (3/31)

  • Office Space for Rent

    Quiet location two blocks away from Capitol.  Share space with a professional services firm.  Up to three offices in six-office suite (2,300 sqft).  Conference room, copy/printer room, reception, kitchenette, janitorial, parking.  Terms are negotiable. 1510 14th Street, Sacramento. (916) 444-7158.

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  • The California Cannabis Industry Association invites you to its 1st Annual Policy Conference on March 29th at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento. This is an opportunity for key stakeholders, industry professionals, elected officials, business owners, and members of the grassroots movement to attend a one-day conference to discuss cannabis policy.
    For tentative agenda, registration and sponsorship information, please visit:
  • 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.

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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.
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A Behind-the-scenes Battle To Divert L.A.'s Storm Water From Going To Waste
The storm had gathered power for days as it crossed the Northern Pacific, and now its outer band was uppercutting the coast. By the time Eric Batman arrived at work at 7 Monday morning, a hard west wind was driving rain and hail sideways against windows. Thunder reverberated across the L.A. Basin....

UC Pension Overhaul Shifts Away From Guaranteed Benefits | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
University of California set to adopt new pension tier at governing board meeting this month

The Big Stumbling Block For A Tobacco Tax Compromise :: Fox&hounds
Then sponsors of a November ballot initiative that would raise the state cigarette tax by $2 per pack might be persuaded to withdraw their measure. That would save the tobacco industry upward of $100 million fighting the initiative.

Business Groups Join Forces To Fight Statewide Minimum Wage Hike Initiatives | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
As two initiatives to raise California's minimum wage inch closer to the November ballot, business groups have formed a coalition to fight them.

Farmers In California Delta Beat Goal For Saving Water - The Orange County Register
FRESNO – A group of California farmers who delighted regulators combating the state’s drought by volunteering last year to use less water on their crops for the growing season has again surprised officials by exceeding an initial conservation target, officials said Friday.

State's 22 Unaccredited Law Schools Will Be Required To Show Dropout Rates In June
California's unaccredited law schools, which collectively have an 85% dropout rate, will soon have to disclose their attrition rates to prospective students. State bar trustees voted Friday to require the schools to publish their dropout rates for the last five years. The 12-to-1 vote came after...

Ex-convict turned Chinatown activist wonâ
Chinatown activist Eddy Zheng, who spent 19 years in prison for a kidnapping and robbery committed when he was 16, has won protection from deportation following his pardon by Gov. Jerry Brown. Zheng and two other teenagers staged an armed takeover of a family’s Chinatown home in January 1986, tied up the children and their father and forced the mother to accompany them to a family-owned store for a robbery. While immigration courts were pondering whether Zheng’s work with troubled youths, both during and since his imprisonment, outweighed the seriousness of his crimes, Brown pardoned him last April. After his release, Zheng spent eight years at the Community Youth Center of San Francisco, working on the streets and in schools to try to prevent gang violence and promote education and conflict resolution. Zheng now has an 18-month fellowship grant from the Soros Foundation and said his goal is to build a national network of Asian-American and Pacific Islander organizations to “raise awareness of the detrimental impact of mass incarceration and mass deportation” on those communities.

La Police Commission Recommendations Emphasize Avoiding The Use Of Deadly Force | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Matthew Johnson is president of the Los Angeles Police Commission. Johnson was elected president of the commission in September 2015. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Court Showdown In Trump University Suit - Politico
As Donald Trump rallied voters in the Midwest Friday for his Republican presidential bid, a legal battle that is developing into a major headache for his...

Campaign Violence And Donald Trump: Hardly Surprising, Entirely Predictable
Violence splashed across the television screen Friday night like a horrific flashback from the 1960s, as fistfights and shoving broke out among thousands of supporters and opponents at a Donald Trump event in Chicago, drawing memories of police and protesters fighting in the streets of the same...

Rubio fans resist calls to vote for Kasich
Their candidate wants them to vote for his opponent in Ohio, but that’s tough pill to swallow after a year of working on the senator’s behalf.

Nancy Reagan Is Eulogized As Tough But Tender And Her Husband's Fiercest Protector
In a service filled with stories of the enduring love between one of the nation's most influential political couples, dignitaries, celebrities and other mourners joined Friday to eulogize Nancy Reagan, recalling a former first lady as tough as she was tender and who was an astute and forceful protector...

Sanders wins: Ohio judge rules 17-year-olds can vote on election day
"It is an outrage that the secretary of state in Ohio is going out of his way to keep young people — significantly African-American young people, Latino young people — from participating,” Sanders said.

Ben Bagdikian, Noted Media Critic, Dies At 96 - Sfgate
Mr. Bagdikian was a major figure in the world of media and journalism. He served in nearly every capacity in journalism from foreign correspondent, to newspaper executive, to educator and as a media critic.

Join Me At The Circus, I Mean, A California Coastal Commission Hearing
Attending a California Coastal Commission is like going to the circus.

Donald Trump Supporters, Protesters Clash In Chicago -
Jeremy Diamond and Theodore Schleifer, CNN @

How The Refineries Came To Own Our Air Pollution Regulators
"Regulatory capture" is the term for what happens when an agency overseeing an industry begins to see things the industry's way. Consider the most recent illustration: the South Coast Air Quality Management District board and the refinery industry. The refineries are among the worst-polluting facilities...