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THE Nooner for December 11, 2016



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MONEY MATTERS: Two decisions could make big changes in California’s public pension system [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "Proposed state ballot measures have been starved for funds, local pension reforms have faced ruinous litigation, and the union-controlled California Public Employees’ Retirement System has fiercely opposed pension cuts in bankrupt cities and imposed large penalties on governments attempting to withdraw." 

DELUGE: Get ready for hundreds of extra bills in 2017 [John Myers @ LAT] - "Just minutes after taking the oath of office last week, new and returning members of the California Assembly received an early holiday gift, one that no lawmakers in Sacramento have been given for more than two decades. They’ll be able to write more bills, an extra allotment totaling as many as 800 new pieces of legislation that could circulate through the state Capitol before the next election in 2018."

$$$: California's climate fight could be painful — especially on job and income growth [Ralph Varatabedien @ LAT] - "Californians are likely to pay more for gasoline, electricity, food and new homes — and to feel their lives jolted in myriad other ways — because their state broadly expanded its war on climate change this summer. The ambitious new goals will require complex regulations on an unprecedented scale, but were approved in Sacramento without a study of possible economic repercussions."

THE DEATH TRAP: Amid Ghost Ship’s enchanting disorder lurked danger and the seeds of disaster [LAT] - Just horrifying. Worst structure fire in more than 100 years in California.

CH-CH-CHANGES: Young workers replace down-and-out at residential hotels in downtown Sacramento [Anita Chabria @ SacBee] - "Tales of hardship are common at the Sequoia, just down the block from the new Golden 1 Center. Like other residential hotels in Sacramento, it’s long been a den of “last resort,” said manager and maintenance man Mark Salaber, 59, who has lived there for nine years. That may soon change as Sacramento recently loosened protections for down-and-out residents who want to remain downtown."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Kathryn Gerwig, Thomas Lawson, and Tam Ma!




  • As speculation mounts who will win the Xavier Becerra congressional seat, GLORIA MOLINA -- the first latina elected to the California legislature in an overlapping district -- discusses her trailblazing career in this exclusive interview:
  • 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


Political Road Map: Get Ready For Hundreds Of Extra Bills In 2017
John Myers @
As lawmakers reconvene in Sacramento, members of the Assembly will be allowed to introduce more bills than at any time in more than two decades. Here's why.

California Water Bill Passes Congress, Culminating Long San Joaquin Valley Fight | The Sacramento Bee
Michael Doyle @
By Michael Doyle

Mark Zuckerberg Could Have Political Ambitions, According To Lawsuit Documents | Mcclatchy Dc
Greg Hadley @
By Greg Hadley

California Elector Files Suit, Joins Anti-trump Electoral College Push - Politico
This lawsuit represents the most aggressive move in support of that effort yet, since a victory would effectively free more than one in 10 members of the Electoral College to vote for any candidate. Koller, like Baca and Nemanich, argues that the Founders intended presidential electors to have free choice in casting their votes.

Democrats Unnerved By Trump's Reliance On Generals | Thehill
Rebecca Kheel @
Democrats are growing uneasy with the number of generals President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRepublican wins La. Senate runoff in final 2016 race Corker calls Tillerson 'very impressive' The other face of immigration from Mexico is African MORE has tapped for his administration, citing concerns about the amount of sway the military will have in the government.

Democratic, GOP Senators: Russian Hacking 'cannot Become A Partisan Issue' - Politico
Four high-profile Democratic and Republican senators said Sunday that Russian interference in the election "should alarm every American" and that Congress must investigate further without allowing it to become a partisan issue.

San Jose Drinking Water To Receive Fluoride, Years Behind Other Bay Area Cities
Environment, water

Mccain: Tillerson Relationship With Putin A 'matter Of Concern' - Politico
Sen. John McCain said Saturday that the relationship between Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump's leading candidate for secretary of state, and Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "matter of concern" to him.

Taiwan Is Trending, And L.A.'s Taiwanese Community Has Mixed Feelings About It
Frank Shyong @
The night Donald Trump was elected president, JC Chang, 28, shed tears and called his mother, scared for the direction the country was going.

Trump: China Policy Not Working Well - Politico
Trump said the phone call, initiated by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, was brief and did not represent some premeditated plan to agitate the Chinese government. Still, Trump said he was unconcerned by reports that his communication with his Taiwanese counterpart had angered Beijing.

Why The Ghost Ship 'slipped Through The Cracks' Of Oakland Inspectors Despite Repeated Safety Complaints
Joseph Serna, Richard Winton, Ben Poston, Veronica Rocha @
As investigators probed the cause of a warehouse fire that killed 36 people, Oakland city officials faced more scrutiny over their handling of complaints about

Kennedy Keeps Louisiana Senate Seat In GOP Hands - Politico

Stanford Band Marches Itself Into Suspension - Sfgate
The ever-puckish — or obnoxious, depending on who’s talking — Stanford University marching band has played its last tune for the rest of the school year.

Trump: I Don't Need Daily Briefings - Politico
President-elect Donald Trump said he does not need to receive the presidential intelligence briefing every day, suggesting in an interview aired Sunday that such briefings are repetitive and he is happy to rely on those around him on matters of intelligence and national security.

Ghost Ship Warehouse Owner: A Polite, Hands-off Landlord - San Francisco Chronicle
To her tenants scattered in tiny storefronts throughout Oakland, Chor Ng is the quiet, unobtrusive landlord who shows up once a month in her white Mercedes-Benz to politely collect her rent checks.

Trump likely to tap Tillerson for secretary of state
The president-elect hailed the Exxon CEO as a 'world-class player' on Saturday.