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THE Nooner for December 22, 2016



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Happy Thursday! Sorry to interrupt your last minute shopping. I will stick with this week's theme of abbreviated Nooners.

CA34 (Los Angeles): And, we have more candidates for the race to succeed Xavier Becerra--Alejandra Campoverdi. She has degrees from USC and Harvard, and worked in the Obama White House and at the Los Angeles Times. Also joining the race is SEIU organizer Raymond Meza.

Speaking of Becerra: Meet Donald Trump’s newest nemesis: Xavier Becerra, son of immigrants [Sean Cockerham @ SacBee] - "Becerra, though, is well known in Congress, where he has borne the label of perpetual rising star for two decades. He leaves Congress as the fourth-highest-ranking Democrat in the House and the most senior Latino. But his path to the top of the Democratic leadership was blocked when Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and her aging top lieutenants showed no desire to leave. He would have lost his position as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus to term limits at the end of the year."

Yesterday, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León released committee assignments.

He also appointed Reverend Bob Oshita as the new Assembly chaplain. Reverend Bob is the retired head of the Sacramento Buddhist Church, a Jodo Shinshu church, and one of the few oldest churches in Sacramento. Those of you who know me closely know that I'm not a particularly religious person. However, there was no better way to cap a weekend than with a talk by Reverend Bob. Sure, it was often as much about the Sacramento Kings than the teachings of the Buddha, but touched you accordingly.

PARKED: Uber halts S.F. self-driving pilot in showdown with DMV [Trisha Thadini @ SFChron] - "Uber pulled its self-driving Volvos off the roads in San Francisco on Wednesday, a week after they began picking up passengers, as the Department of Motor Vehicles revoked the cars’ registrations."

Pot ads along highways? Lawmakers wrangle over legalization's consequences [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Five state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would bar advertisements for marijuana products and services from all 265 state highways — 15,100 miles of roadway — in an effort to prevent the marketing of pot to minors in the state."

November's presidential election broke records in California [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - "More Californians voted last month than in any election in state history, the secretary of state’s office reported late last week. About 14.6 million Californians – roughly the population of the six states in New England and more than the population of all but four U.S. states as of 2015 – cast ballots in the Nov. 8 presidential election, according to results certified by Secretary of State Alex Padilla."

MONEY MATTERS: CalPERS ratifies lower investment forecast. Higher pension contributions are coming. [Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - "The CalPERS governing board agreed Wednesday to reduce its official investment forecast by a half a percentage point over the next three years. That seemingly innocuous decision will mean substantially higher pension contribution rates for the state, local governments, school districts and at least some public employees."

The LAT's John Myers looks at the impact on the state and local governments of the reduction of anticipated investment returns from 7.5% to 7%. Basically, it's not great budget news for the state. Schools and local governments won't feel the pinch until 2018.

SAFE ZONES: California schools chief wants districts to ignore immigration status as ‘safe havens’ [Kevin Yamamura @ SacBee] - "State education chief Tom Torlakson on Wednesday urged school districts to declare themselves “safe havens” that avoid seeking the immigration status of students and suggested that they follow the lead of the Sacramento City Unified School District."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Ross Sevy!




  • RETIRED LA COUNTY SUPERVISOR ZEV YAROSLAVSKY reflects on life after elected office in this exclusive interview:
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  • 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

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  • 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
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How State And Local Government Budgets Will Be Affected By CalPERS’ Trimmed Investment Expectations
Pension costs for state and local government will begin to rise in 2017 after CalPERS officials voted to throttle back the expectations on profits earned from its $299 billion portfolio.

Jerry Brown Plunges Ahead On Twin Delta Tunnels | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer

Measure S Supporters File Lawsuit Over 'misleading' Voter Guide
Dakota Smith @
Opponents of an initiative that would block some large-scale real estate development in Los Angeles have been accused of submitting inaccurate statements for a city voter guide.

California Water Allocation Improves | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
By Dale Kasler

Soaring Insulin Prices Are A Case In Point: A 'free Market' In Healthcare Is Doomed
David Lazarus @
Insulin makers are desperate to make a show of sensitivity and caring before anyone demands that they appear on Capitol Hill to explain themselves.

Fresno County Health, Education Leaders Meet To Fight Teen Suicide | Fresno Bee
Rory Appleton @
By Rory Appleton

California Treasurer Accuses 2 Public Pension Funds Of 'craven Greed' In Affordable Housing Fight
Doug Smith @
California Treasurer John Chiang on Wednesday slammed two out-of-state public pension funds for what he called a shameful ploy to eliminate 79 affordable housing units in a massive San Fernando Valley housing complex.

November’s Presidential Election Broke Records In California
Today's high

California Budget & Policy Center - Independent Analysis
This Fact Sheet examines the impact of the Affordable Care Act in California and what is at stake if the legislation were to be repealed.

UC Irvine Professor Peter Navarro Lands Newly Created Role In Trump Administration - The Orange County Register
UC Irvine professor Peter Navarro will serve in a newly formed White House National Trade Council as assistant to the president and director of trade and industrial policy, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team announced Thursday.

Los Angeles Sues Boyle Heights Recycling Center After Massive Pile Of Trash Burns For 6 Weeks
Joseph Serna @
A Boyle Heights recycling center is overrun with piles of trash two stories high and poses a health hazard to nearby businesses and the public, the Los Angeles city attorney’s office claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Settlement Reached In San Diego Police Excessive Force Lawsuit - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kristina Davis @

Trump Stops The 'drain The Swamp' Talk As New Alligators Emerge
Evan Halper @
Update on 'How Sen. Harry Reid built a legacy in the Nevada desert'

Democrats Turn Up Heat On Tillerson's Taxes - Politico
"Mr. Tillerson was actively engaged with many foreign governments that could become relevant if confirmed as Secretary of State," Sen. Ben Cardin said. | Getty

S.F. Police Commission Votes To Prohibit Shooting At Moving Vehicles - San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco Police Commission approved a use-of-force policy Wednesday that would prohibit the city’s police officers from shooting at moving vehicles or using carotid restraints.

New Law Requires Comprehensive Background Checks For Uber, Lyft Drivers -
Steve Milne @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

The Latest: Mccrory Blames Left-wing Groups For No Repeal | The Sacramento Bee
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Is Marijuana Legalization In California The Beginning Of The End Of The War On Weed?
Robin Abcarian @
Legalized marijuana in California could herald the beginning of the end of the federal government's misbegotten war on weed

Lewandowski: I Won't ‘become A Swamp Creature’ - Politico
POLITICO reported earlier this week, though, that Lewandowski had options to work for the president-elect in the White House, but not the senior job he wanted. He ran Trump's campaign through the Republican primaries but was fired in June after clashing with others on the team.

Court to hear appeal in case pitting antennas against aesthetics
The state Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to decide whether San Francisco, in the interest of aesthetics, can prevent telephone companies from installing wireless antennas on utility poles. A city ordinance regulating where antennas can be installed was upheld in September by a state appeals court, which said local governments in California have the authority to prohibit installations that could disturb or discomfort the public, for reasons that include their appearance. [...] the state’s high court voted unanimously Wednesday to grant review of an appeal by telecommunications companies, which argued that the ordinance conflicts with state law. Since 2011, San Francisco has required telecoms to obtain a city permit before installing large antennas and related equipment on roadside poles. [...] wireless providers, led by T-Mobile West, argued that San Francisco was exceeding the authority provided by California law, which allows telecoms to install roadside equipment as long as it does not “incommode the public use” of the roads.