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THE Nooner for December 14, 2016



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CA34 (Los Angeles): Continuing his endorsement prowess that will likely keep any other significant candidates out of the race, Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez earned the endorsement of Attorney General and Senator-elect Kamala Harris yesterday.

An additional candidate for CA34 is William Rodriguez Morrison, the only Republican in the race thus far.

Who's in and who's out in the race to replace Rep. Xavier Becerra in Congress [Christine Mai-Duc @ LAT] - "The names of nearly a dozen potential candidates to replace Becerra in Los Angeles’ 34th Congressional District have been floated since Dec. 1, when Gov. Jerry Brown named him as the chosen successor to Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, California’s newest U.S. senator."

I did some back of the virtual envelope calculations this morning, and it's likely that the primary would be March 7 or March 14, with the general 7 weeks later. It's important to remember that the "top two" primary does not apply to special elections, so if a candidate gets 50%+1 in the primary, that's it. Otherwise, there would be a runoff of the top two candidates in the general.

Kamala Harris doesn't plan to leave the position of AG until she's sworn in to the Senate (January 2), and one would assume Becerra won't resign until that date, which begins the 14-day processs for the governor to call the general election for the vacancy between 126 and 140 days after that. Then the primary would be 7 weeks prior to the general.

AD51 (Los Angeles): Some of the names sent to me by readers about possible candidates should Jimmy Gomez win the congressional seat include:

  • LACCD trustee Mike Fong
  • A few neighborhood councilmembers

None of these possible candidates have publicly said they are interested as to not to offend/jynx Gomez.

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Two large inland cities have new mayors, seek new paths [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "Darrell Steinberg was sworn in as Sacramento’s latest mayor on Tuesday and in Fresno, 170 miles down Highway 99, Lee Brand will join the mayoral ranks in a few weeks. As inland California’s two largest cities undergo executive changes, both seek redefinition and respect in a state dominated, politically and economically, by coastal megalopolises whose leaders tend to look down on those not blessed with saltwater vistas." 

THE 916: Until Darrell Steinberg has the one key perk denied Kevin Johnson, Sacramento loses [Marcos Breton @ SacBee] - "Now that Kevin Johnson has left City Hall, it’s time to revisit the “strong mayor” concept for Sacramento. Other major California cities long ago decided that the mayor would be the chief city executive because it made sense to connect budget and managerial authority to the person elected citywide by voters. But doing so in Sacramento became all but impossible when Johnson was around because discussions about efficiency and accountability in city government eventually ended up being about Johnson himself."

THIRD PARTY? Here’s what California might look like when Republicans fall behind independents [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Steve Schmidt, the Republican strategist who advised John McCain’s presidential bid and helped elect Arnold Schwarzenegger governor of California, imagines a not-too-distant future where the GOP here ceases to wield the influence of a major party and instead becomes the state’s largest interest group."

. . . Struggling state Republican party faces deep divide [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "Many say the party needs to soften its posture on undocumented immigrants and social issues to attract more Latino, Asian and young voters. Others, particularly in the GOP’s traditional voter base, counter that Trump’s victory nationwide is proof that a stronger stance is called for. At stake is the very relevance of the Republican Party in California."

GLASS HOUSES: California Democrats, Like Trump, Love To Throw Money at Companies That Don’t Need It [Joe Mathews @ Fox&Hounds] - "California’s leading Democrats and the president-elect of the United States may be headed for conflict on immigration, healthcare and climate change, but there’s at least one issue where they are closely aligned. They both love to make unnecessary payoffs to corporations."

TIME CLOCK: Jerry Brown wants Obama to permanently ban oil and gas drilling off California coast [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Gov. Jerry Brown called Tuesday on President Barack Obama to permanently ban new offshore oil and gas drilling off California’s coast, and renewed his promise to confront the threat of climate change regardless of what direction Republican Donald Trump takes as incoming president."

SMOKIN'! California’s giant pension fund kicked the tobacco habit. Now it’s reconsidering [Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - "The staff of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, after an eight-month study, is recommending that the nation’s largest public pension fund drop its ban on investing in tobacco stocks. CalPERS’ investment committee is expected to vote on the recommendation next Monday."

SCARY: Rick Perry has never seen eye to eye with California. As Trump's pick for Energy secretary, that's unlikely to change [Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "If he were confirmed by the U.S. Senate, much of Perry’s responsibilities would involve ensuring the security of the country’s aging nuclear weapons stockpile and figuring out how to safely dispose of radioactive waste. But there are other areas where he could have an effect on California, which has pledged to push forward with stringent environmental programs no matter what happens in Washington."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Alex HilkePatrick McCallum!




  • 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
  • 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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Criticism Is Fierce Over An Effort To Cancel California Pension Fund Investments In Tobacco
John Myers @
Update on 'Essential Politics: The backstory to California's new water deal in Congress, another candidate joins the race to replace Re...

Mcmullin: GOP Ignored Russian Meddling In Presidential Election - Politico
Congressional Republicans knew about Russian attempts to meddle in the U.S. presidential election as those efforts were ongoing and chose to do nothing about them for fear of hurting the electoral chances of President-elect Donald Trump, former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin said Wednesday.

Audit: Backlog Of Complaints Over California Nurses Threatens Care | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Rick Perry Has Never Seen Eye To Eye With California. That's Unlikely To Change If He Becomes Energy Secretary
Chris Megerian @
Rick Perry is well known for starting flame wars with California when he was Texas governor. Now he could affect the state's policies as Donald Trump's energy secretary.

Geophysical Union Scientists Protest Trump Appointments - San Francisco Chronicle
Protesters listen to a speaker urging people to stand up for science during a climate change protest in San Francisco on Dec. 13, 2016.

Tech Meets Trump: Silicon Valley's First Conversation With The President Elect
Donald Trump, Tech meeting, Silicon valley

On-scene Operations At Site Of Oakland Warehouse Fire Conclude | The Daily Californian
Oakland Fire Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have concluded their on-scene investigation of the Oakland warehouse fire that killed two UC Berkeley students, according to a city of Oakland press release issued Tuesday.

Mandated Ipads Ignite Furor In Cupertino Schools
Apple, K 12 Education, Personal Tech, Technology

Police Kill Unarmed Man, 73, Who They Thought Had Gun | The Sacramento Bee
An unarmed 73-year-old man refused to take his hand out of his pocket and stop walking toward officers who believed he had a gun when they fatally shot him, the incoming police chief of Bakersfield, California, said Tuesday.

Former UC Berkeley Journalism Professor Bernard Taper Dies At 98 | The Daily Californian
Former UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism professor Bernard Taper, who previously worked at The New Yorker and as one of the Monuments Men after World War II, died Oct. 17 of a bacterial infection. He was 98.

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Lake Davis To Fill Again Nearly 10 Years After Northern Pike Were Poisoned | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Sabalow @
By Ryan Sabalow

Oakland Raiders Stadium Plan Clears Hurdles - Sfgate
Filipa A. Ioannou @
Fans and business interests pushing to keep the Raiders in Oakland cleared a hurdle Tuesday when two legislative bodies — the Oakland City Council and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors —approved a nonbinding term sheet for a $1.3 billion stadium plan.

Poll: Trump’s Transition Has Lowest Approval Rating Since 1992 - Politico
Trump has made a spectacle of his transition. The billionaire has taken dozens of meetings inside Trump Tower with government officials, business leaders and celebrities, including rapper Kanye West and former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, as reporters have staked out in the lobby taking note of notable figures who come in and out.

City Council Approves 45 Day Moratorium On Recreational Marijuana | Kpbs
City News Service @
The City Council slapped a 45-day moratorium on recreational marijuana activities in San Diego Tuesday afternoon, such as commercial cultivation or sales.