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THE Nooner for December 1, 2016



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UNPROCESSED BALLOT STATUS (as of 11/30/16 @ 4:43 p.m.):

  • Vote-by-mail: 122,864
  • Provisional: 443,866
  • Other (damaged, non-machine readable): 32,661
  • Total: 599,391


Well, that's embarrassing. Many of you received a very early draft of yesterday's Nooner. I'll blame it on the hamsters but, more likely, it was my own damn fault (channeling Jimmy Buffett). And when I realized the problem, I was at Sac Nat Foods Co-op and not near my 'puter, and the phone isn't very good.

And, that's that. We have a (yet-to-be-confirmed) attorney general, and it is Congressman Xavier Becerra. Confirmation is a simple majority vote, and Stanford Law alum will easily clear that hurdle and the odds-on favorite to win a full term in 2018.

That leads to two questions--does Dave Jones give up his quest to be attorney general? And, who runs for Becerra's seat?

Becerra's seat in Downtown Los Angeles is solidly Democratic and has been eyed by many for the last twenty-three years that Becerra has occupied it. Former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez lives in the district. Former Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa--who is a cousin of Pérez's--lives in the next door CA28. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also lives in CA34. Garcetti, who has among the highest name recognition among downtown Democrats, is starting to look for his exit after his time at city hall is done. He may run for Senator's Dianne Feinstein's U.S. Senate seat, should the senior senator decide not to seek reelection.

Yes, it's true that he wasn't on my list. My sources tell me that he wouldn't have taken it if Democrats took back the house, as one of Nancy Pelosi's chief lieutenants (Dem Caucus Chair). However, things didn't out so well in November for House Democrats, and the landscape is not looking good for the next couple of cycles.  Meanwhile, Becerra can serve ten years as attorney general and, at 52, would be the favorite to be the state's first Latino governor since Rumualdo Pacheco for ten months in 1875.

KQED Sues Hayward for Public Records Surrounding Police Chief’s Ouster [Alex Emslie and Ted Goldberg @ KQED] - "KQED filed a petition in Alameda County Superior Court Wednesday demanding that the city of Hayward produce public documents potentially related to the sudden and unexplained removal of Police Chief Diane Stuart three months ago."

BUT, WILL WE GET A MEG RYAN MOMENT? New Jewish deli on K Street announces its name. And it’s very Sacramento [Chris Macias @ SacBee] - "The motto for an upcoming Jewish deli coming to the 700 block of K Street should ring familiar to longtime music fans: “No Bagels, No Life.” The slogan’s a riff on the longtime ad campaign for Tower Records –“No Music, No Life” – and one of its former Sacramento stores will find new life as a spot for food and music. Solomon’s Delicatessen will occupy the former Tower Records at 730 K St., and is named in honor of Tower Records founder Russ Solomon. The two story development includes a 3,000 square foot deli on the ground floor, and a 2,000 square foot upstairs space which will be utilized by bands and live performers."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to George Osborn!




  • The Sacramento LGBT Center is searching for an Executive & Finance Assistant, which reports to the Executive Director and provides community engagement and administrative support. This position may be part or full-time and is non-exempt. High school diploma is required; associate’s or bachelor’s degree is preferred & 3 years or more in an executive, finance, or related assistant role. Full description.
  • SEIU-UHW is seeking a Political Capacity Organizer, which is responsible for a range of program objectives to build and strengthen our infrastructure and engage our members to be a powerful force at their worksites, in the legislative process, in the community and at the ballot box. Please submit cover letter, resume and at least 3 references to our candidate portal at

  • SEIU-UHW is seeking a Regional Political Organize, which reports to the Political Director, and is responsible for a broad range of program objectives to build and strengthen our infrastructure and engage our members to be a powerful force at their worksites, in the legislative process, in the community and at the ballot box. Please submit cover letter, resume and at least 3 references to our candidate portal at

  • The Office of Assemblymember Elect Phillip Chen is looking to hire talented and dedicated individuals to join its Capitol and District team in Brea, CA. The following positions are looking to be filled -- District Director, Scheduler, Legislative Assistant, Field Representative/Caseworker. For more information, please visit
  • LOBBYING SUCCESS BEGINS HERE. Capitol veteran Ray LeBov's Lobbying 101 and 201 seminars give you a comprehensive, real-world picture of lobbying in California -- the people, processes and best practices critical to your success. December 8-9, $275 each / $500 for both. Lobbying 101 covers the Legislative process and Legislative advocacy. Lobbying 201 explores the equally critical areas of Budget Advocacy, Regulatory Agency Advocacy, Lobbying the Administration and Media Relations. Essential for lobbying firm principals / staff, organizations / agencies that employ lobbyists, newcomers to the profession. Information / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • Thinking about Graduate School?  Sacramento State’s Department of Public Policy and Administration is now accepting applications for graduate studies in Public Policy & Administration and Urban Land Development. Highly affordable, we offer a rigorous education in a political context with more than 400 alumni working in California State and local government as well as private and non-profit organizations. Priority deadline is December 1; final deadline is March 1 for Fall 2017 admissions.
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California Attorney General Spot Won't Go To Kamala Harris Deputy | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
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John Perez Mulling Run For Dnc Chair
In an interview Tuesday with POLITICO California, Perez said Democrats need a full-time party chair who can focus on countering the GOP's message and confronting the possible threats posed by President-elect Donald Trump's administration, which he says endangers hard-fought LGBT and progressive gains, including same-sex marriage.

Gov. Brown names Xavier Becerra state attorney general
Becerra, 58, a former member of the California Assembly and a deputy attorney general, will replace Kamala Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate last month. “Xavier has been an outstanding public servant - in the State Legislature, the U.S. Congress and as a deputy attorney general,” Brown said. Becerra is the first Latino member of the Committee on Ways and Means, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and the former chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. A graduate of Stanford University and its law school, Becerra is the son of working-class parents.

Jerry Brown Chooses Xavier Becerra As Next California Attorney General | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Senate Votes To Unanimously Extend Iran Sanctions - Politico
The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to extend sanctions on Iran for 10 years as President-elect Donald Trump faces calls not to immediately scrap a nuclear pact with Iran that he labeled "disastrous" on the campaign trail.

California Backers Of Legalized Marijuana Fear Possible Battle With Attorney General Pick Jeff Sessions
Patrick McGreevy @
Activists who won state voter approval of a measure legalizing the recreational use of pot worry that Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick for attorney general, could resume federal enforcement of pot laws.

Marijuana Should Be Treated As Public-health Issue Like Cigarettes Or Alcohol, President Barack Obama Says In Rolling Stone Interview | The Sacramento Bee
Brian Murphy @
By Brian Murphy

UC Won't Assist Federal Agents In Immigration Actions Against Students
Teresa Watanabe @
The University of California announced sweeping actions Wednesday to protect its students who came into the country illegally, saying it would refuse to assist

Darrell Issa Articles, Photos, And Videos - San Diego Union Tribune
The race may be over between Rep. Darrell Issa and challenger Doug Applegate, but one piece of business from the campaign may linger a long time.

Sacramento Welcomes The 2016 California Hall Of Fame Inductees | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
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Graham, Mccain Unveil 'fix' To 9/11 Saudi Law - Politico
Following Lindsey Graham and John McCain's floor speeches, a group advocating for the law issued a statement blasting the two senators' proposed fix. | Getty

Sen. Steve Glazer Alleges Bart Illegally Campaigned For $3.5 Billion Bond
The complaint, obtained by this newspaper, cites email updates BART sent to members of the public who signed up to receive them, including one entitled, “Get informed about Measure RR” and another, “What’s threatening power to the people?” Links in those emails take readers to videos describing the impact of the bond measure and to BART’s website, which has information about the bond.

Rep. Darrell Issa Is Suing Former Opponent Doug Applegate Over Alleged Defamatory Campaign Ads
Update on 'Essential Politics: Pelosi wins another term as Democratic leader, Sanders warns against 'liberal elite''

Catholic Church Prepares To Fight ‘grave Evil’ Of Mass Deportations - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kate Morrissey @
American leadership in the Catholic church laid low during the presidential election but San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy is now making clear that if President-elect Donald Trump makes good on campaign promises of mass deportations of unauthorized immigrants, the church is prepared to take “massive action.”

Take Two | Trump's Immigration Plan Could Vastly Expand Ca's Private Detention | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
The largest is just northeast of L.A., in Adelanto, and holds about 1,900 adult detainees. It's run by a corporation called Geo Group, one of the largest in the country. After Donald Trump was named president-elect, the Geo Group's shares jumped 21 percent. Another big private prison company, CoreCivic Co., which used to be known as Corrections Corporation of America, had shares rise 43 percent on the New York Stock Exchange. And that was the day after the election.

California Might Tighten Water Conservation Standards | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
By Dale Kasler

California's Rising High School Graduation Rates Subject Of Federal Audit - The San Diego Union-tribune
Maureen Magee @
The U.S. Department of Education is auditing the accuracy of high school graduation rates in California and Alabama.

State To Investigate Bart Video Starring Warriors' Draymond Green
Lafayette attorney and political blogger Jason Bezis filed an initial complaint on Oct. 28, alleging BART improperly used district resources by hosting and filming a press conference on June 9 after BART’s governing board voted to place the bond on the ballot. He followed up with a supplemental complaint on Oct. 31 saying Green’s script in a video posted to BART’s website lifted phrases often repeated by both BART and the committee campaigning for the bond.

Bay Area Nail Salons Get Help To Improve Worker Health – The Mercury News
Environment, Health, Small Business

Becerra Appointed California Attorney General - Politico
Becerra served as a deputy attorney general in California from 1987 until 1990. He was then elected to the California assembly for one term before coming to the House.

La City Council Votes To 'ban The Box' Asking About Job Applicants' Criminal Histories | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
File: General view of outreach materials are seen at a press conference for a "ban the box" petition delivery to the White House on Oct. 26, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Larry French/Getty Images for ColorOfChange.o