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THE NOONER for March 16, 2016

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Happy Humpday! And, it's a beautiful one. 

AGUA! California’s biggest reservoirs recover, putting water limits in question [SacBee] - “With California’s two largest reservoirs hitting historically average levels following a weekend of heavy storms, the state’s chief water regulator is cautiously optimistic that the drought may finally be relaxing its grip.

If the wet weather continues, she said, the urban conservation mandates that turned lawns brown and have Californians taking shorter showers may be eased in the weeks ahead.”

FOUL! Cursing coastal commissioner offers an accusatory apology [Steve Lopez @ LAT] - “The Venetians were as perplexed as anyone in the room last week when a member of the California Coastal Commission suddenly began speaking in Spanish at a public hearing in Santa Monica.”

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL: Jerry Brown: If Trump wins, California might need a wall of its own [David Siders @ SacBee] - “Gov. Jerry Brown, mocking Donald Trump for his plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, suggested Monday that if the Republican frontrunner wins the election, California might have to take protective measures of its own.

“If Trump were ever elected, we’d have to build a wall around California to defend ourselves from the rest of this country,” Brown told labor organizers at a dinner in Sacramento. “By the way that is a joke. We don’t like walls, we like bridges.”

CA07 (S/E. Sacto): Ami Bera’s Democratic critics say Elk Grove congressman disappoints [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - “The Democratic activists who helped stonewall early party endorsements for Bera insist the unrest reaches beyond organized labor. They warn that if Bera doesn’t heed their calls and become more progressive and take a more active role in their affairs, he’ll lose in November.”

KEEP IT OPEN: California bill bars contracts with companies boycotting Israel [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “Inserting themselves into a bitter dispute about Israeli policy, a group of California lawmakers wants to bar the state from contracting with companies that refuse to do business with Israel.”

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Assemblymember Scott Wilk!



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  • 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)

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  • 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

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  • 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
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Capitol Roundup: Mixed Results For Higher Education Bills -
Ben Adler @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

CalPERS And Other Big Investors Sue Vw For $3.57 Billion
AP Member Choice Complete @
Volkswagen Group's big institutional investors, including California's huge public pension fund, are suing the German automaker for $3.57 billion in damages over its handling of the emissions scandal, which has seen VW's stock price shrivel by a third.

Homelessness soars to No. 1 concern in SF, new poll finds
Despite a booming economy, more than half of San Franciscans believe the city is going in the wrong direction, a significant uptick from last year, according to a new poll from the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Concerns over homelessness are fueling that dissatisfaction, with 51 percent of respondents calling it a major issue facing the city, compared with 35 percent last year and 29 percent in 2014. “Homelessness has always been a big issue, but never like this,” said Jim Lazarus, senior vice president of the business-oriented organization. [...] people have more negative views of the Police Department, believe traffic congestion is worse and say the cost of rent is as worrisome as ever. The numbers are bad news for Mayor Ed Lee, who easily won re-election in November but has since faced criticism on multiple fronts, including his handling of the fatal police shooting of Mario Woods and mushrooming homeless encampments. The poll was done by David Binder Research and is based on a telephone survey of 500 registered voters taken between Feb. 18 and 22. The survey was conducted during peak outrage over the hundreds of homeless people who had set up camp on Division Street under Highway 101. City officials forced them to relocate late last month, although the question of how the city will provide long-term solutions remains unanswered. Seventy-five percent of respondents said they support a $350 million bond on the June ballot that includes $20 million for transforming homeless shelters and $222 million for San Francisco General Hospital. While 64 percent of voters viewed the department favorably and 26 percent unfavorably, the approval rating marked a big drop from last year, when it had a 76 to 16 percent favorability rating. Criticism of the department and demands for reform have made headlines since the fatal police shooting of 26-year-old Woods in December. Lazarus said the chamber always holds back some poll results, releasing those “we think (are) most relevant and important to the public.”

Can Trump Be Stopped? 5 Things To Watch For In The Big Primaries Tuesday
Donald Trump's advance toward winning the Republican presidential nomination hits a crucial milestone Tuesday as voters in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina cast ballots in the first big primaries since violent clashes erupted last week at his campaign rallies. For Hillary Clinton,...

California Pension Debts Revealed | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
New accounting standards require pension debt to be listed

Local Elections Yield Results, But Receive Few Votes -
Ben Bradford @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Troubled waters: California salmon season facing big restrictions
California’s commercial fish industry, already struggling with the devastating loss of the crab season, is likely to see its run of bad luck continue as new and far-reaching restrictions take aim at the state’s salmon opener in May. Federal fishery regulators unveiled plans to limit this year’s Chinook salmon catch as the state’s signature seafood faces growing threats from a warming ocean and drought-parched rivers and creeks. Three proposals offered this week by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, the agency that regulates West Coast fishing, call for reining in the places and times that fishermen can pursue salmon. The proposed regulations follow projections that the number of fall-run Chinook, which make up the bulk of California’s commercial and recreational catch, is significantly down. Fishery officials estimate about 300,000 salmon that spawn in the Sacramento River system — but spend most of their life at sea — are currently swimming off the California coast, about half of what was projected in past years. “To get enough fish back in the river, we have to curtail some of the ocean activity,” said Mike Burner, deputy director of the Pacific Fishery Management Council, who advises a 14-member panel that will vote on the final restrictions. Inland, reduced snowpack and competing demands for water amid the California drought has dried up and warmed the rivers and creeks where the salmon spawn.

'where Are We Going To Go?' L.A. Homeless Sweeps Continue Despite Lawsuit
A day after a lawsuit alleged the city was criminalizing homelessness, L.A. city crews did a sweep on two freeway overpasses.

Senate Primary Election Results 2016: Live Map By State, Real-time Voting Updates - Politico
Here are the numbers from key states.

DWP Unveils A Plan To Punish Water Wasters--but It Could Take Some Time To Implement
Water and electricity rates in Los Angeles will increase each year for five years after a final City Council vote Tuesday.

California Bill Bars Contracts With Companies Boycotting Israel | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Bill would ban state contracts for businesses that refuse to work with Israel

Fired UC Berkeley Assistant Basketball Coach Admits Propositioning Reporter For Sex
The new details emerged Tuesday in investigative reports the university released into the sexual harassment case that cost Hufnagel his job, just days before the Bears tip off in the NCAA basketball tournament.

Court Rejects Jaycee Dugard Lawsuit That Blamed Government For Her Kidnapping, Captivity - The Orange County Register
SAN FRANCISCO – An appeals court says the U.S. government cannot be held responsible for the 1991 abduction of Jaycee Dugard, who was held by a federal parolee for 18 years.

Tobacco Industry's Threats: Provocative, But Legal -
Ben Adler @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Leahy Calls For Supreme Court Vote By Memorial Day - Politico
The president said he had chosen someone with 'an independent mind, unimpeachable credentials, and an unquestionable mastery of law.'

La Residents To Pay Higher Water, Power Bills Starting April 1 | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. Michael Chen/flickr Creative Commons

Senate to Vote on GMO Food Labeling Bill
The senators will consider whether the government should require labeling on foods containing genetically engineered ingredients, an issue that has split the food industry.

Florida county election official dismisses allegation that Trump missing from some ballots
All the Republican candidates’ names appear on all the ballots.

Drug Industry Raises Nearly $50m To Fight Prescription Pricing Ballot Measure | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @

New Bill Would Modernize Outdated Cal-access Website -
Ben Bradford @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Lessons From A Chp Horse Stable | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Plan started as $150,000 facility built on academy grounds

Oakland City Council OKs high-rise despite protests
The Oakland City Council voted Tuesday to sign a deal for a controversial high-rise project on East 12th Street, in a meeting that was brought to a standstill when protesters took over the council chambers. Down the hall, protesters chanted, banged cowbells, and waved a banner with the slogan “No segregated housing on public land.” Within the conference room, council members had their own spirited debate about whether to pick the same developer behind last year’s ill-fated proposal for a 24-story market-rate apartment building on a prime acre of city-owned land by Lake Merritt. The deal was all but made final when the council abruptly scrapped it in July, after a memo leaked from the City Attorney’s Office saying that it violated a state law governing the sale of surplus land. Johnson’s company, UrbanCore, has partnered with the nonprofit East Bay Asian Local Development Corp. to build a 360-unit apartment building in which one-third of the units would be affordable. “If we say no to this project, we’re saying no to $45 million in property tax revenue and an additional $21 million in business tax revenue,” Guillén told his colleagues in the conference room. [...] Councilman Noel Gallo — the lone dissenting vote — said the city should have gone with a competing plan conceived by a group of Oakland residents who were angered by the original East 12th Street deal. The protesters who disrupted Tuesday’s meeting released a statement that night, denouncing the new project as “a luxury development that includes a token amount of affordable housing in a segregated, separate building.”

California Experiencing "miracle March" Says Water Manager -
Amy Quinton @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826