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THE Nooner for December 12, 2016

 

 

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CA34 (Los Angeles): Mayor Eric Garcetti and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León have endorsed Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez for Xavier Becerra's congressional seat. Councilmember David Ryu bowed out this morning.

THE DROUGHT: Will the wet start to the rainy season put dent in California’s drought? [Ellen Garrison @ SacBee] - "October was wet, November dry. And December? The soft but steady rains this weekend were enough to push the Sacramento region to 155 percent of normal precipitation for the season."

PROP 64: Why California’s legal marijuana sales rollout could be delayed [Lisa M. Krieger @ MercNews] - "Right when it seems like “The Great Pot Moment” is upon us, it turns out there are a lot of really tough regulatory issues to resolve first, according to government and industry experts who sketched out all the thorny challenges at the two-day conference, competition and harvest celebration at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds."

SACTOWN: Darrell Steinberg will try transition to executive post – and that’s not easy [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "One of the most difficult transitions for professional politicians is from legislative leadership into an executive position."

SANDY EGGO: San Diego's high-level political pipeline [Michael Smolens @ SDUT] - "The political lineage of the San Diego City Council’s 3rd District is so familiar to the local political world that it’s easy to overlook how remarkable it is."

OBAMACARE: Trump and the GOP are charging forward with Obamacare repeal, but few are eager to follow [Noam N. Levey @ LAT] - "Not a single major organization representing patients, physicians, hospitals or others who work in the nation’s healthcare system backs the GOP’s Obamacare strategy."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Lee Snook!

 

 

CLASSIFIEDS 

  • 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: vimeo.com/130590360
     
  • 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 seiuunitedhealthcareworkers.appone.com/.

  • 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 seiuunitedhealthcareworkers.appone.com/.

  • 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 www.phillipchen.org/jobs-with-phillip
  • 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:  www.capitolseminars.net 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. www.csus.edu/ppa     ppa-01@csus.edu
  • 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 www.capitolmr.com

 

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Congress Sends Major California Water Policy To President Obama, Despite Sen. Barbara Boxer's Objections
Sarah D. Wire, Bettina Boxall @
latimes.com
Despite Boxer's fight, Senate passes landmark water bill

Marijuana mega-fest draws record 30,000 to Wine Country
sfgate.com
A record-breaking estimated 30,000 California medical pot farmers, family, friends and fans swamped Santa Rosa for a gargantuan marijuana festival dubbed “The Emerald Cup” at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds over the weekend. The agricultural competition featured more than 1,100 flowers, extracts, edibles and other formulations — a 50 percent increase from last year — battling it out for the title of best in California. Adults 21 and over can lawfully possess up to an ounce of cannabis flowers, 8 grams of pot extract and grow six plants, regardless of their medical status. High-ranking officials such as the state’s chief pot regulator, Lori Ajax; Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg; and Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma mingled among the throngs at the 13th annual music showcase, expo and competition, which celebrates a billion-dollar bumper crop of medical and recreational pot in the newly legalized state. Hotels were reportedly sold out for 30 miles in every direction and attendees flew, drove and bused in from New Jersey, Michigan, Florida and beyond — gifting the region a weekend economic boon measured in the tens of millions of dollars, organizers estimate. Guests to the medical cannabis competition needed a doctor’s note to buy and consume flower buds and baked goods in the sprawling, crowded, roaring cannabis bazaar. In the “medication area,” California’s leading growers and medical collectives handed out free joints and hash to guests who signed up. Patients resupplied on THC-infused mouth drops and skin rubs, buying for friends with medical conditions, or just Christmas shopping. Sunday was the more mellow day with partly cloudy skies replacing drizzle, and both guests and vendors seemed fully oriented, credentialed and settled in. Farmers spent the day in educational panels, learning marketing and branding tips, and studying up on new state medical and adult-use regulations. Outside the medication area, huge lines snaked out from food trucks all day long, as attendees waited for trays of hot Old Mexico Loco Nachos, Wings & Things, Mission Hill Creamery ice cream and Ultimate Souvlaki. By contrast, the fairgrounds’ beer gardens were barren, and the Santa Rosa Police Department did not list any significant incidents as of Sunday morning. California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s Brian Leahy warned growers during a Saturday panel that a reckoning was coming for the state’s tainted marijuana supply chain. The state isn’t waiting for direction from the incoming Trump administration, because state deadlines mandate the release of license applications and licenses for the industry. The Emerald Cup started as a harvest party and friendly contest on a private lot in Mendocino County in 2003.

'a Dog And Pony Show,' Lawyer In Class-action Suit Says, Recalling Trump University Seminar
Kristina Davis @
latimes.com
The Trump University lawsuit landed at a small downtown San Diego law firm the way so many cases do — with a phone call. 

High-speed Rail: State Seek Prop. 1a Money To Build In The Valley | Fresno Bee
Tim Sheehan @
fresnobee.com
By Tim Sheehan

Darrell Steinberg Will Try Difficult Transition To Sacramento Mayor | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
Observations on California and its politics

It's Time For Legislators To Act, Not Yak, And Fix California's Roads And Highways
George Skelton @
latimes.com
George

Trump Warns Electoral College Lawsuit Could Undermine His Election - Politico
politico.com
Donald Trump is warning that a Colorado lawsuit brought by two Democratic members of the Electoral College could harm his bid to become president.

Khizr Khan Rose To Fame With His Emotional Pleas Against Trump. Now He's Targeting The 'politics Of Fear'
Jaweed Kaleem @
latimes.com
Since the election, Khizr Khan has switched gears to become a man on a mission inspire young Muslims to get involved in politics and combat anti-Muslim violence.

Chp Explanation Of Carpool Lane Rules, Etiquette And Speeds | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
sacbee.com
Tony Bizjak writes about traffic and travel in the Sacramento region

The Field Poll Is Dead: Long Live The Field Poll
calbuzz.com
What this means for political reporting is a loss of the most consistent non-partisan tool available for measuring support for potential contenders, declared candidates, current office holders, ballot measures and public opinion on a range of issues from abortion rights and immigration to offshore oil-drilling and the death penalty.

Marijuana Mega-fest Draws Record 30,000 To Wine Country - San Francisco Chronicle
sfchronicle.com
A record-breaking estimated 30,000 California medical pot farmers, family, friends and fans swamped Santa Rosa for a gargantuan marijuana festival dubbed the Emerald Cup at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds over the weekend.

Why Legal Marijuana Sales Rollout Could Be Delayed – East Bay Times
eastbaytimes.com
Right when it seems like “The Great Pot Moment” is upon us, it turns out there are a lot of really tough regulatory issues to resolve first, according to government and industry experts who sketched out all the thorny challenges at the two-day conference, competition and harvest celebration at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

Mcconnell Backs Congressional Investigation Into Russian Interference - Politico
politico.com
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backed calls for a probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

Will California Resume Executions Under Gov. Jerry Brown? – East Bay Times
eastbaytimes.com
SACRAMENTO — Although he has served as governor longer than anyone else in California history, Jerry Brown has never been forced to make one of the weightiest decisions governors face: whether to spare a convicted criminal from execution.

Metro Red Line Bomb Threat Highlights Vulnerabilities Of Rail Systems To Attack
dailynews.com
Today's high

Trump Claims ‘massive Landslide Victory’; And Now, Some Facts | Election 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
ww2.kqed.org
President-elect Donald Trump doesn’t seem to like suggestions that his victory over Hillary Clinton was anything but HUGE.

Sacramento Region At Above Average Rainfall For Season, But Statewide Drought Persists | The Sacramento Bee
Ellen Garrison @
sacbee.com
By Ellen Garrison

California High Speed Rail Authority - State Of California
State of California @
hsr.ca.gov
This Google™ translation feature is provided for informational purposes only. The California High-Speed Rail Authority is unable to guarantee the accuracy of this translation and is therefore not liable for any inaccurate information resulting from the translation application tool. Please consult with a translator for accuracy if you are relying on the translation or are using this site for official business.

Clinton Campaign Backs Call For Intelligence Briefing Before Electoral College Vote - Politico
politico.com
Podesta's statement is the first public statement from the Clinton campaign raising questions about the legitimacy of Donald Trump's victory.

California Prison Record System Cost Doubles To $386 Million
bigstory.ap.org


McConnell Supports Inquiry of Russian Hacking During Election
nytimes.com
The Senate majority leader said “the Russians are not our friend” but declined to say whether he thought the Russians interfered in the election.

Conway: Trump 'respects The Intelligence Community' - Politico
politico.com
"People are trying to politicize our intelligence because they don't like the election result," Kellyanne Conway said. | AP Photo

C.I.A. Judgment on Russia Built on Swell of Evidence
nytimes.com
American agencies were united in the belief, before the presidential election, that the Russian government had deployed hackers to sow chaos during the campaign.