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THE NOONER for May 24, 2016

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Good morning! I am back after my month off. I slept in for the first time in a month so I'll be a bit quick and will thus be a bit this morning and will ease back in. If you want more Scottisms and in addition to the political world, email me and I'll rant on Scott's Thoughts about where I've been about where IU've been and I've been where I've been and where I've I've been and where I'm going. 

I woke up this morning to the news that Bill Cosby has been ordered to stand trial in a 2004 sexual assualt case.  

Meanwhile,  State Senator Jim Beall is facing a challenge from former Assemblymember Nora Campos in the San Jose-area Senate seat. 

Happy birthday to lobbyist and good friend Jodi Hicks, who I have seen grow amazingly over the last 20 years. I'm still catching up on the #Cakedays I missed over the last 30 days. Big hugs to all those who celebrated 




  • CA Charter Schools Association - Manager, Political Infrastructure Development (Los Angeles or Sacramento).Provides operational, management, and strategic support toward our effort to build out political infrastructure in communities throughout California. Works closely with charter leaders and directly manages local Political Action Committees (PACs) in regions all over the state.
  • NARAL is hiring in CA, NV and DC. The country's most innovative pro-choice advocacy organization is seeking creative, passionate, detail-oriented pro-choice folks to join our committed and talented team. Here are numerous opportunities to help bring true reproductive equality to America. Positions open until we find the right fit.  
  • Immediate Opening for Stellar Support Staff to act as "Assistant to CEO" & Leg Aide for small nonprofit. Reliable, smart, great communication/writing/computer & people skills! 35 hrs/week (Fridays off) $18/hr to start. Great benefits. Near the Capitol, parking paid. Send resume & letter of interest to

  • Finance Assistant for Frontline Congressional Democrat: The Finance Assistant will be responsible for managing low dollar events, staffing Sacramento call time and assisting with the implementation of the fundraising plan, both in district and nationwide, for a top-targeted Frontline Democrat. Send resume and cover letter to
  • Consumer Watchdog is seeking an excellent writer and persuasive communicator to join our Santa Monica office as a Consumer Advocate. Comfort speaking to the public, opinion leaders, policymakers and the media required. Video and graphic skills a plus. Respond if you are passionate about working for justice.

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • Resource Media is seeking a California Program Director*​ with background in communications plus political campaigns or grassroots organizing for our San Francisco office. Advance social justice and harness the power of communications to create change. Competitive salary/benefits. Get details and apply.
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Exclusive: Hollywood Sting | Al Jazeera America
A hefty 56-year-old Democrat with salt-and-pepper hair, Calderon has been a red-carpet star in California politics for more than a decade. As an assemblyman and now a state senator representing suburban Los Angeles, he has established a well-earned reputation for spending campaign money and taxpayer funds on himself.

Former Foes Bill Clinton, Jerry Brown Meet In Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders and Christopher Cadelago @
Clinton and Brown feuded in 1992 presidential campaign

Berkeley Voters Could Face Dueling Robin Hood Tax Measures -
Judith Scherr, Correspondent @
But soon the Robin Hood principle could be enshrined in law: Two competing measures likely on the city's November ballot would tax landlords to fund affordable housing.

Proposition 50: Should Legislature Be Able To Suspend Lawmakers Without Pay? -
Ben Adler @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

California Water Bill Has Three Possible Paths For Passage | The Sacramento Bee
Michael Doyle @
House Republicans adding California water bill to Senate energy legislation

2016 Presidential Election Articles, Photos, And Videos
News, Photos and Information about 2016 Presidential Election

Free Hot Dogs! California Bill Would Allow It | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Law already punishes leaving dogs in hot cars

Sanchez No-show At Ufw Convention Is Missed Opportunity For California's U.S. Senate Race
Essential Politics

Ethics panel lets Christensen serve on agency she helped create
The city Ethics Commission unanimously voted Tuesday to waive conflict-of-interest laws to allow her to take a part-time job with the newly formed Dogpatch and Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefits District. City laws mandating a one-year “cooling off” period to curb the influence of powerful former city employees would have made Christensen ineligible for the position. Christensen asked for three waivers of city codes to allow her to take the job with the benefit district, which collects property taxes and invests the money in improvements. The laws dictate that a former city employee could not communicate with former board members or other city departments for one year after leaving their position, nor get a job from an agency that contracts with the city. In a memo, Ethics Commission Executive Director LeeAnn Pelham recommended denying all but one of the waivers, saying that the restrictions were intended to be “fairly strict.” A longtime community activist, Christensen was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee in January 2015 to represent District Three on the Board of Supervisors to fill out the remainder of the term of David Chiu, when he was elected to the state Assembly. A former product appearance consultant for companies such as Whirlpool and KitchenAid, Christensen closed her design practice to be supervisor. [...] unemployed for six months, Christensen said she is gearing up to redirect her career to focus on the public sector. Only two waiver applications have been granted by the commission, both in 2011, to Doug Shoemaker, formerly the director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing, and Kyri McClellan, a former project manager at the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Jail Death From Excess Water Drinking Raises Questions |
Kelly Davis @
Family photo at Balboa Park of Ruben Nunez, who died in August 2015 at the San Diego Central Jail of a psychiatric condition known as psychogenic water intoxication.

Clinton Campaign Declines Invitation To California Debate | The Sacramento Bee
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton on Monday declined an invitation from Fox News to participate in a debate with rival Bernie Sanders in California before that state's June 7 primary.

Two White-haired Politicians — Bernie Sanders And Bill Clinton — Call A California Truce
Bill Clinton and Bernie Sanders have backed away from open fighting as the California primary nears

How Much Do Charter Schools Cost La Unified? Fact-checking The Teachers Union's Estimate | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
FILE - Maisha Riley, school leader at a Carson charter school, pulls from her trunk a stack of anti-charter signs left by teachers union protesters along the fence of the L.A. Unified campus where they're co-located. Kyle Stokes/KPCC

Economy, Homelessness Among Top Concerns For La County Supervisorial Candidates
Today's high

Strict Texas voter ID law faces federal court test ahead of presidential contest

A federal appeals court set to review the case Tuesday is under pressure from the Supreme Court to decide soon whether it is a responsible approach to combat voter fraud.

Brain-dead Toddler Moved From Kaiser Roseville To Undisclosed Country | The Sacramento Bee
Claudia Buck @
By Claudia Buck

5 Takeaways From Austria’s Presidential Election – Politico
Former Labour prime minister says Leave campaigners want to erode social protections provided by the EU.

Single Mom’s Search For Therapist Foiled By Insurance Companies | State Of Mind | State Of Health | Kqed News
Dunnege puts all her spare money into therapy for Strazh. She says it helps a lot. But Dunnege herself is struggling, feeling depressed and overwhelmed. She decided to look for her own therapist.

Va Secretary Bob Mcdonald Refuses To Apologize For Disneyland Comparison - Politico
The Vermont senator's campaign on Tuesday sent an email to his fundraising list boosting eight statehouse candidates around the country.