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THE Nooner for December 19, 2016



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Capitol Christmas this thing on?

It'll probably a quiet week. Those of you who braved the morning frost are probably "working" at your 'puters. By "working," I mean that you are on Amazon beginning your holiday shopping. Yeah, me too. Thank you all for your amazing birthday wishes. As I posted on Facebook, these days one starts replying to each one before realizing that it's as futile as building a snowman before an avalanche.

Happy Electoral College Day (well, unhappy for about 62% of you here in California). California's 55 electors meet at 2pm in the Assembly chambers to cast all votes for Hillary Clinton.

I'll let you get back to your shopping. I won't tell the boss.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Barbara Inatsugu




  • Assemblymember Tom Daly is seeking a qualified individual to provide high-level policy analysis and policy development in his capitol office. Under the direction of the Assemblymember and his chief of staff (COS), this individual will help the Assemblymember pursue his objectives on housing, transportation, parks and other infrastructure policy. Working with the COS and legislative director, this individual will staff bills, review bill coauthoring opportunities, and meet with constituents, legislative advocates, other legislative offices, and with representatives of the Brown Administration. He/she will also analyze legislation authored by other Members, and offer policy analysis on other issues areas as assigned. Candidates must have the ability to manage multiple projects, thrive under deadlines, and work well in a team environment. Salary dependent upon experience. To apply, email resume and brief statement of interest to the Assemblymember’s chief of staff, Rodney Wilson, at

  • Elevate your public policy impact with a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. Our unique program emphasizes both “P’s” in MPP enabling current policy practitioners to further develop their policy analysis skills in order to become successful leaders in the policy area they care most about. For California Legislative Staffers with 2 or more years of experience, we’ll waive your application fee and GRE requirement! Apply today: February 1 deadline for priority scholarship consideration. Learn more why we “See Public Policy Differently from Here." Learn more. (
  • 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.
  • 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


Unions Given Preference For Jobs On $500 Million Bay Area Wetlands Tax – East Bay Times
Such agreements, which originated in the 1930s with federal dam construction projects, require construction companies that are awarded government jobs to hire workers from a union hiring hall. They also must pay into union pension funds and health care programs, even if their own employees are not union members and the companies already provide their own benefits.

'this Is A Historic Day': California Lawmakers Send Governor Sweeping Gun Control Package
Patrick McGreevy and Jazmine Ulloa @
Spurred by outrage over recent mass shootings, California lawmakers on Thursday are expected to send the governor an unprecedented package of 12 gun-control bills

Congressman Responds To Coverage Of His Personal Spending Of Campaign Funds - The San Diego Union-tribune
Ricky Young @

Sacramento Replaces Old Bridges With New | The Sacramento Bee
Some of the oldest and most picturesque bridges in the Sacramento region are quietly fading away.

Unions Given Preference For Jobs On $500 Million Bay Area Wetlands Tax
San Francisco Bay, project labor agreements, Measure AA, unions, wetlands

Why Our Presidents Are Elected By A Clique Of Elites
Matt Pearce @
An explanation of the tangled history that created the American system of electing presidents.

Education: The Rising Cost Of Not Going To College | Pew Research Center
Numbers, Facts and Trends Shaping Your World

Incoming Governor Says North Carolina Will Repeal Lgbt Law - Politico
Gov.-elect Roy Cooper made the announcement shortly after the Charlotte City Council voted to repeal its own local ordinance enacted in early 2016. It was that ordinance that Republicans blamed for the statewide law.

Gun Retailers Report A Run On Firearms Ahead Of New California Restrictions
Patrick McGreevy @
Governor Jerry Brown’s approval of sweeping gun control legislation in July appears to have triggered a run on firearms, with some stores reporting sales have doubled since then.

More And More Millenials Are Skipping College And Choosing Blue Collar Jobs Instead | The Sacramento Bee
Greg Hadley @
By Greg Hadley

California Tries Again To Thwart Prison Cellphone Smuggling
Today's high

Brexit Leader Farage: It Would Be 'monstrous' If Trump Lost Electoral College Vote - Politico
Right-wing United Kingdom politician Nigel Farage said it would be "monstrous" if Donald Trump lost the electoral college vote. | Getty

'how Much And What Damage?' Senators Call For A Special Committee To Investigate Russian Hacking
David G. Savage @
Senators call for special committee to investigate Russian hacking during the presidential campaign

Trump Pick To Lead $1 Trillion Health Agency Draws Physicians' Ire
But doctors across the country took the unusual step to sign because they say they fear federal programs that have helped people get health care coverage will disappear, or will have impossible restrictions attached.

Tech-addicted Parents To Kids: Don't Do As I Do
children, K 12 Education, Technology, Teens

Chargers Owner 'has No Choice' But To Move Team To Los Angeles
Several NFL owners who were in contact with Chargers ownership at the just-completed NFL meetings said that Dean Spanos is resigned to the fact he must move his team to Los Angeles during next month's window to do so and has every intention of doing just that.

Chargers Fans Outnumbered, Still Hopeful For Stadium Solution - The San Diego Union-tribune
Dennis Lin @

Memorial Service To Be Held For O.C. Homeless Who Died In 2016 - The Orange County Register
Ronald James Tannahill died the 13th day of the year, along the Santa Ana River Trail at Orangewood Avenue and the 57 freeway.

Ireland Says Eu Overstepped In Apple Tax Decision - Wsj
Sam Schechner @
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Judge Orders Unsealing Of Search Warrant In Clinton Email Probe - Politico
In the weeks since Hillary Clinton's unexpected loss, she and her campaign aides have argued that James Comey's initial letter putting her back under suspicion and the later letter effectively clearing her led to a fall-off in support that cost her the election. | Getty