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THE NOONER for March 14, 2016

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  • AD38 (Santa Clarita): added reserve police officer Tyler Izen (R)

Happy Pi Day. And we start another week. No rain and mid-70s by the end of the week!

WOULD-BE GUBERS: California's next governor: Who's running, who's on the fence? [Phil Willon @ LAT] - “Welcome to your guide to the 2018 California governor’s race. The election may be far away, but listening tours are already underway, political consultants are doling out advice and pundits are handicapping favorites and wildcards.”

Great piece, ranking those on the likelihood of running. I would agree that Newsom, Villaraigosa, and Chiang are most likely to run.

US SENATE: Sanchez Bid For Senate Seat Could Hinge On Voter Turnout [Mary Plummer @ KPCC/CapPubRad] - “[V]oter turnout could have a major impact on [Loretta] Sanchez’ campaign. Although Southern California has a larger population, voters in Northern California where [Kamala] Harris has her base cast their ballots at higher rates.”

This is an interesting phenomenon. Loretta should be cheering on a Trump primary victory, which could turn out more SoCal Latinos. 

AD39 (E. San Fernando Valley): Accidental politician faces test [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “[Patty] Lopez upset the clique two years ago by defeating Raul Bocanegra, who had taken his re-election to a second term for granted and devoted his time and money to other politicians’ campaigns in hopes of moving up in the Assembly’s leadership.” 

REVAMP! This morning, Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Senator Bob Hertzberg formally unveiled SB 1349 (Hertzberg)--currently a spot bill, which would fund the revamp of CAL-ACCESS, the state's awful campaign finance database.

THE DEAN SPEAKETH: Tobacco tragedy prompts support of anti-smoking legislation [George Skelton @ LAT] - “There are many numbing statistics about smoking deaths. But virtually everyone has seen a close friend, a relative or loved one die early — often miserably — because of nicotine.

Nat King Cole, a heavy smoker, was only 45 when he succumbed. His signature song was “Unforgettable.” That’s certainly what his death was for one Republican lawmaker.”

MUCHAS GRACIAS EL NINO: California's biggest reservoir, Shasta, rises to key milestone [Paul Rogers @ MercNews] - “Shasta Lake, the largest reservoir in California and a critical source of water for Central Valley farms and cities from the Bay Area to Bakersfield, reached 100 percent of its historic average Sunday as billions of gallons continued to pour in from drenching downpours.”

SHHHH: California lawmakers benefit from public records carve-outs [Jonathan J. Cooper @ AP] - “Californians are entitled to view a wide variety of emails, memos and other records created by their state and local governments. Ask to see who your state lawmaker is emailing, however, and they’ll get a two-page canned response that says, in essence, “no way.””

FPPC: California watchdog considers rule narrowing secret lobbying [Alison Noon @ AP] - “The Fair Political Practices Commission plans to vote Thursday on narrowing a regulation that allows people to avoid identifying themselves as lobbyists by attending Capitol meetings as experts. They comply with current rules by working alongside lobbyists who are properly registered.”

THE WAITING GAME: Students continue occupation of UC Davis chancellor's office [Sam Stanton @ SacBee] - “The protest began at noon Friday, when about 50 students began marching around campus shouting for Katehi's resignation. About 35 of them marched up to the fifth floor of the administration building and asked to speak with the chancellor, but after being told she was not available they began their sit-in.”

THE OC: Development battles, rising ocean roil Newport Beach [David Whiting @ OCR] - “The biggest threat to Newport Beach is nothing less than climate change. City engineers warn that rising oceans could flood large areas of seafront property. The looming question is who pays?”

As someone who grew up going to Balboa Island and Newport Beach, this saddens me.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to CRP's Jordan Gurnett, Assemblymember Muratsuchi field rep Brian Mineghino, and the South Bay Labor Council's David Urhausen!


  • 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:
  • 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).

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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.
  • 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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California's Next Governor: Who's Running, Who's On The Fence?
Welcome to your guide to the 2018 California governor's race. The election may be far away, but listening tours are already underway, political consultants are doling out advice and pundits are handicapping favorites and wildcards.

Accidental Politician Faces Test | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Patty Lopez upset an incumbent assemblyman, a fellow Democrat

For Donald Trump, Protests Create A Short-term Benefit And A Long-term Threat
A flammable brew of populist anger, a candidate's provocative remarks and disruptive protesters found a fuse, and the result, at what was to be a Donald Trump event in Chicago this weekend, was an explosion that continued to reverberate through the presidential campaign Saturday. In a contest that...

Volunteers Wanted: California Will Study Pay-by-mile Road Fee | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
Tony Bizjak writes about traffic and travel in the Sacramento region

Parents Alarmed About School District Letters On Personal Information - The Orange County Register
Many parents of children with special needs say local and state leaders are unjustly scaring families over a federal lawsuit that seeks personal information to help determine whether California public schools properly educate those with learning disabilities.

Cruz Is Scary, Trump Is Dangerous
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, points at Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump during a Republican presidential primary debate on Feb. 6, 2016. 

Cruz blasts Trump for donating thousands to Blago
Ted Cruz lambasted Donald Trump on Monday for donating thousands of dollars to disgraced and imprisoned former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's gubernatorial campaign.

John Kasich Boasts of Ohio Recovery, but Reality is More Nuanced
s budget shortfall in part by cutting aid to local governments, forcing some of them to raise taxes or cut services.

Ap News: The Orange County Register

Catching Storm Runoff Could Ease Droughts, But It’s No Quick Fix | Drought Watch | Kqed Science
Listen to the Story:

Rubio: My campaign would be over if my manager grabbed a reporter
Marco Rubio said Monday that his presidential run would be over if his campaign manager forcibly grabbed a reporter.

Oc Supervisors To Consider Who Gets Reward For Jail Escapees' Capture | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas speaks on the capture of three escaped inmates news conference in Santa Ana, Calif., on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. Nick Ut/AP

California Primary May Yet Count - San Francisco Chronicle
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California Watchdog Considers Rule That Would Curb Secret Lobbying At State Capitol - The Orange County Register
SACRAMENTO – California regulators are considering a plan to curb secret lobbying at the state Capitol.

In Yosemite, Native Americans Ask, ‘whose Names Are They, Anyway?’ | The California Report | Kqed News
A young Native American mother carries her child in a cradleboard in Yosemite Valley.

First Draft: House Faces Tangled Calculus in Budget Push
The House is back from its break this week, and the Republican leadership seems ready to make one last push to get a 2017 spending plan through the Budget Committee. But it must first mollify both conservatives and Democrats.

Digital First Media Named Top Early Bidder For The Orange County Register
Digital First Media, owner of the Los Angeles Daily News, was selected Sunday as the bidder to beat in an auction for the assets of Freedom Communications, the bankrupt owner of the Orange County Register.

At California Campuses, A Test For Free Speech, Privacy And Cybersecurity | The California Report | Kqed News
A controversy over a secretly installed data monitoring system is simmering at university campuses across California.

Hiring Boom: O.C. Real Estate Bosses Add The Most Workers In A Decade - The Orange County Register
It’s not just Orange County home prices or office towers shooting toward the heavens these days. Local real estate bosses were in a hiring mood last year, adding the most workers to their payrolls in a decade.

Playback: Best Of Snl - Politico
Marco Rubio said Monday that his presidential run would be over if his campaign manager forcibly grabbed a reporter.

In Towns With Most Polluted Air, Fear That Smog Fight Will Slow Down At Aqmd
When Mira Loma resident Stephen Anderson drives through his community he's surrounded by warehouses. The sprawling complexes housing the world's goods sit next to schools and parks, neighborhoods and shopping centers, bringing a stream of diesel trucks that pollute the air with their exhaust.