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THE Nooner for December 8, 2016



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Shake, rattle and roll. Thankfully nobody was apparently injured and property damage appears minimal following this morning's 6.5 earthquake and a cluster of aftershocks off the coast of Ferndale. It's a beautiful Victorian town with wonderful people. The temblor was 100 miles offshore, and fortunately there was no tsunami. For for history home gamers, that area of the North Coast is tsunami headquarters based on its offshore geography. Much of Crescent City was destroyed in 1964 following an earthquake in Alaska.

SOMEONE'S GOT SOME SPLAINING TO DO: ‘Californta’ pins welcome back legislators with error [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "“CALIFORNTA STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBER,” read the buttons adorning the outfits of lawmakers who took their oaths of office Monday." 

AND MORE: Ghost Ship leader can’t duck fire questions indefinitely [Daniel Borenstein @ EBTimes] - "“Can I just say I’m sorry? The only reason I’m here is to put my body and my face here in front …” He didn’t complete the sentence. So we never learned what sense of the word sorry he meant."

Almena is an ass. But, there are many more in Oakland government. They knew about this illegal property and did nothing. The state needs to take over the investigation. CNN is reporting this morning that the warehouse wasn't inspected for thirty years, despite numerous complaints over the years. In Davis, I had to have a city permit to install a garbage disposal, even with a licensed plumber. (Plumbing and electrical are separate.)

CONSOLATION PRIZE: Hillary Clinton won California by 4.3 million votes, turnout topped 75 percent [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "A little more than three-quarters of California voters participated in last month’s presidential election, the highest turnout since 2008, according to final results compiled by counties. The 75.3 percent turnout of registered voters in the Nov. 8 election is about three percentage points higher than participation in the Nov. 6, 2012 presidential election, but less than the 79.4 percent turnout in the Nov. 4, 2008 election that sent Democrat Barack Obama to the White House."

FIND YOUR OWN DAMN ISLAND: In diverse California, a young white supremacist seeks to convert fellow college students [Hailey Branson-Potts @ LAT] - "Speaking to a crowd filled with black and Latino students, he wove a country song tale of whites becoming an endangered minority in America and compared their plight to Native Americans — before describing his fantasy for a utopian homeland for whites not unlike Indian reservations." 

Meanwhile, I'm awaiting my taco trucks on every corner.

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Tod Burnett, Hans Johnson, Lance LewisJohn Lovell, Michael David Shaw, and Gary Smith!




  • The California Charter Schools Association welcomes back to session the 2017-2018 class of State Legislators and looks forward to working to ensure all kids have quality educational opportunities.  CCSA will work with the Legislature to block any federal efforts that undermine the rights of students or are fundamentally at odds with values held by the vast majority of Californians.  Read CCSA’s letter to Legislators here.
  • Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is hiring an Organizing Director in their San Francisco office. The E2 Organizing Director will operate in the nexus of advocacy and development. The position’s primary purpose is to grow and maintain E2’s membership and support its nine chapters and 850+ members throughout the U.S. in order to further our policy advocacy. S/he will also co-manage E2’s database with development staff and provide data and targeting services the advocacy team. S/he will also work closely with our Executive Director to cultivate membership donations. This is a mid-to-senior level position with a competitive compensation package. Full description and application instructions are here.
  • 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.
  • Subscribe to the Capitol Morning Report and closely follow who’s doing what each day in California government and politics. We list news conferences, legislative hearings, state board meetings and other events. Plus we add in community news and announcements from political campaigns. More info at


Facing shortfall, Lee could divert funds approved for SF trees
E. If that happens, tree advocates would have to go back to the ballot box and again drum up support for earmarked funding. The budget shortfalls come after the failure of a three-quarter-cent sales tax that would have generated $150 million for transportation projects and homeless services. The city also faces funding uncertainty because of President-elect Donald Trump’s threat to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities and a looming $5 billion pension shortfall. The Board of Supervisors promised voters that money generated from Proposition W, a real estate transfer tax passed in November, would go toward free City College and tree care. Part of the additional funding would go toward hiring more arborists and trimming trees transferred back to the city from residents. “People are outraged that he could be going against 79 percent of the vote,” said Dan Flanagan, director of Friends of the Urban Forest, which helps residents plant and maintain trees in the city. Deirdre Hussey, a spokeswoman for Lee, said the mayor is determined to rebalance the budget and has met with many city agencies and supervisors to determine how that might be done. E say that trees have never fared well during the budget process and that killing the measure would set back momentum already in place. Public Works began relinquishing its care of city trees and adjacent sidewalks to homeowners in 2011 after facing budget cuts. E, Peskin said he would try to pass legislation at the Board of Supervisors to appropriate funding from the transfer tax for tree maintenance.

Watch: California's Barbara Boxer Gives Farewell Senate Speech
Sarah D. Wire @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Effort launched to force state pensions to divest from Dakota Access pipeline, lawmaker proposes 'Blue L...

Biden’s Farewell Gift: Cancer Moonshot Helps Pass $6.3 Billion Research Bill - Politico
The $6.3 billion 21st Century Cures bill was approved by the Senate Wednesday in an overwhelming 94-5 vote and is now headed to the White House as one of the last pieces of legislation to be signed into law by President Barack Obama.

California Sen. Barbara Boxer Leaves U.S. Senate After 24 Years | The Sacramento Bee
Sean Cockerham @
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Attacks On Police Officers Would Be Classified As Hate Crimes Under California Bill
Patrick McGreevy @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Effort launched to force state pensions to divest from Dakota Access pipeline, lawmaker proposes 'Blue L...

Marijuana Grower Eddy Lepp Released From Federal Prison After 10-year Sentence
Eddy Lepp, cannabis, marijuana, NORML

L.A. School Board Won't Vote To Approve Superintendent's Strategic Plan
Howard Blume @
After months of review, haggling and soul-searching, the Los Angeles Board of Education has declined to vote on Supt. King's strategic plan. T

Josh Newman Helps California Senate Democrats Regain Supermajority | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
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The Seven Best Quotes From Harry Reid's Politico Interview - Politico
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has led the Senate Democrats' for a dozen years, through battles with President George W. Bush and Sen. Mitch McConnell to a new health care law and the Senate's passage of immigration reform. But at the end of the year, he's retiring from the Senate after 30 years.

'the Laws Must Be Followed': City Issues Warning To L.A. School Districts Considering Digital Billboards
Howard Blume @
The Los Angeles city attorney has told local school district officials that a proposal to raise revenue through installing billboards would violate city law.

New Bill Would Make Attacks On Cops A Hate Crime - San Francisco Chronicle
SACRAMENTO — Violence against a law enforcement officer or his or her family would be a hate crime in California under a bill introduced Tuesday in the state Legislature.

California's Ballots Have All Been Counted — More Than 14.6 Million And Most Of Them For Hillary Clinton
John Myers @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Barbara Boxer and Lois Capps say goodbye, effort launched to force state pensions to divest from Dakota...

Palmieri Doubles Down On Trump Campaign Criticism - Politico
A top aide to Hillary Clinton on Wednesday doubled down on her criticism of how Donald Trump won the election, saying it's time for the president-elect to acknowledge how his campaign "empowered" the white-nationalist movement.

State Farm Files Lawsuit To Block Historic Rollback In Insurance Rates
Andrew Khouri @
State Farm has filed a lawsuit to block a ruling by the California Insurance Commissioner that would reduce its home insurance rates and require it to issue refunds.

Ca Bill Creates 'safe Zones' To Protect Immigrants From Deportation | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
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When A Door Opened Unexpectedly For Rep. Xavier Becerra, He Walked In And Impressed
George Skelton @
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Water Conservation Rules Could Get A Lot More Complicated Under New Proposal | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
A man looks at a drought-friendly lawn in Santa Rosa, Calif. State water officials want to make conservation "a way of life" in California, not just an emergency response to the drought. A new proposal outlines their vision of how to get there. Eric Risberg/AP

Former UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi Poised To Get Top Job At Feminist Research Institute | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @
By Diana Lambert

Senate Passes Defense Bill Setting Stage For Trump Buildup - Politico
John McCain and other GOP defense hawks have faced withering criticism over the years from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for blocking Pentagon-proposed defense cuts. | AP Photo

William Mandel, KPFA broadcaster, political activist, dies
William Mandel, KPFA broadcaster, political activist, dies William Mandel, who had a long career as a broadcaster on KPFA radio and as a leftist political activist, died at home in Kensington on Thanksgiving Day at the age of 99. Mr. Mandel was an expert on the Soviet Union and noted for his defiance of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee. Mr. Mandel was among those called by the committee for questioning. The committee’s counsel asked him whether he were a member of the Communist Party. Addressing the committee members as “honorable beaters of children and sadists,” Mr. Mandel condemned their actions and motives at length. If you think,” he said, “that I’m going to cooperate with this a collection of Judases, of men who sit there in violation of the United States Constitution, if you think I will cooperate with you in any way, you are insane. In 1953, he appeared before McCarthy, the staunch anticommunist crusader, and accused the Wisconsin senator of book burning and compared him to Hitler. “Pugnacious is the word for William Marx Mandel,” Richard Rapaport wrote in The Chronicle years later. Mr. Mandel wrote eight books on Soviet history, politics and culture, and his autobiography, “Saying No to Power,” published in 1999, earned critical praise. [...] his outspoken manner sometimes caused problems. Carl Nolte is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

Tiffany Trump Tours Harvard Law School - Politico
Tiffany Trump, the 23-year-old daughter of President-elect Donald Trump, toured Harvard Law School on Tuesday, according to multiple on-campus sources.