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THE Nooner for December 25, 2016



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Capitol Christmas



Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Nick Caston, Chris Robson, Susan Rubio and Veronica Villalobos!



  • STATE SENATOR HOLLY MITCHELL (D - Los Angeles) discusses her legislative priorities in this exclusive interview:
  • 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. (
  • 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


After 24 Years Working Together, Feinstein And Boxer Say Goodbye To Their 'thelma And Louise' Partnership
Sarah D. Wire @
Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer pitched themselves to California voters as the dynamic duo, as “Thelma and Louise,” as “Cagney and Lacey.” Now they're saying goodbye.

California's New Laws In 2017: From Guns To Gender-neutral Bathrooms
A sampling of new California laws that take effect in January 2017

Cal Fire Firefighter Contract Boosts Pay | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Growth Of Asian Population In Irvine Not Reflected In City Council Election Results - The Orange County Register
It looked to be a benchmark year of Asian political ascendancy in Irvine.

Feds Had A Win Streak In L.A. Jails Scandal. Then They Took On The Former Boss
Joel Rubin, Victoria Kim @
The team of federal prosecutors was on a roll.

Is California Splitting Away? Group Believes California Should Form Its Own Nation
Today's high

The Hunt For Dollars To Build The $64-billion Bullet Train
Ralph Vartabedian @
The state quietly sought a $15-billion loan from federal officials last summer, part of a never-ending struggle to fund the massive bullet train project.

Future Trials For Ex-sheriff Lee Baca Still Up In The Air
Today's high

Trump Pick Backs Out Of White House Job After Affair Allegations - Politico
Jason Miller told POLITICO on Christmas Eve that he was stepping down because the White House job would be too demanding. | AP Photo

New York Lawmakers Wonâ
Legislative leaders had considered convening before year’s end to act on a potential salary increase for their members as well as allowing companies like Uber to expand upstate.

Gingrich Endorses Trump's Nuclear Arms Buildup - Politico

Season of Sharing fund daily donor list, Dec. 25
Season of Sharing fund daily donor list, Dec. 25 Aavarks Heating and Air Conditioning; Nancy Abel, in honor of Graham Brownlee; Jan Abrams, in memory of Jim Doherty; Richard & Nancy Abruzzo, $50, in memory of Mario Minolli; Nancy Achorn; Susane & Miles Adler, $100, in honor of our grandchildren; Jan Andreasen & Gail Whitaker, $100, in memory of Jack Adams and Michael Higgins; Leslie Barron Johnson, $500, in memory of Charlene Barron; Elizabeth Bernhardt, in honor of Art & Harriet Bernhardt; Sue & Pete Bowser; J. S. Brandenburger, $400; Nan Butterworth, $35, in honor of Alan Yasser; Patricia Carberry-Harris, in memory of Edward Carberry & Florence Carberry; Eunice Chee, $400; Margaret Chen & Clinton Young, $1,000, in honor of the Eisenhardts; Eleanor Cohen, $25; Nancy & Sid Cohen; John Coleman, $100, in memory of Violet, Neil, and Doug; Steven Condiotti & Maria Mendoza, $100; Ralph & Denise Cooper, in memory of Dennis Wurm, Glenn Cooper, and Michael Harrington; Lyle & Sally Cowen, $500; Gary & Sharon Cummings, $200; Lois de Banzie, in memory of Elizabeth Berryhill and Bob Cowell; Mike de la Rocha, in honor of Mercedes (Mom) de la Rocha; Laurie Dornbrand; Bob & Judy Esola, in honor of Nolan & Sherill Bradley; T. Evans; J. Garrett, $100; Shirley Genins, $100; Terrence E. Gentle, $50; Richard Gilardi, $1,000; Cameron Gregory, $25; Narvelle Handy; Jim & Liz Hendrick; Roger & Zoe Hill, $50; Dennis & Barbara Hyland, $300, in memory of Leo Hughes; the Isaacs; Laura Jacoby, in memory of David Simon; Judy Janec, $250, in memory of Irving & Gloria Schlossberg; Lori Jedda, in honor of Max Jedda; Bill W. Jones, $100, in memory of Aaron H. Jones; Jeffrey Jones, in memory of Judson J. Jones; Daniel & Violeta Jordan, $350; Robert Kanes, $100; Susan & Charles Lakatos; Steve Larsen, $100, in memory of the Ashmau Family; David Latulippe, $250; Katherine & David Longacre, in honor of June Jobin; Joan Ludlum, $300; Rosie & Jim Macho, $500, in memory of Maeve, Phillip, and Marianne O'Reilly; Stephen & Linda Mayne; Patrick & Cathleen McKinney; Jenny Niec; Barbara & John Quinn, $100, in honor of our family; John & Kathy Saville, $200; Anne & Scot Scanlan-Rohrer, in honor of Barack & Michelle Obama; Dirk & Patsi Schenkkan; Gary Schoofs & Susan Bracker, $250, in memory of Grace Kenmotsu; John & Reva Segall, $1,000; Bill & Jeanne Shore, $100; Stacy Family, $100, in memory of Mary Beth Grace Kelley; Donna Steger, $50; Judy Taylor; Tzaddi Thompson; Jim Twomey, $200; Jean Veit, $1,000, in memory of Dee Yanni.

Killer robots await Trumpâ
The new president will have to decide how aggressively the U.S. pursues military technology that could let machines make life-or-death decisions.

Jason Miller Backs Out of White House Communications Job Under Trump
Mr. Miller, who was named as White House communications director by Donald J. Trump two days ago, has told the president-elect that he will not take the job.

Trump to dissolve his foundation
"To avoid even the appearance of any conflict with my role as President, I have decided to continue to pursue my strong interest in philanthropy in other ways.”

In Pearl Harbor Visit, a Symbol of Reconciliation in Japan
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make a trip that, because of domestic political opposition, has been all but impossible for Japanese leaders until now.

Gift helps Pacifica woman keep home of nearly 50 years
Clarice Patterson answers her door in a bright red embroidered dress and red leggings. The interior of her small living room has been decorated top to bottom for the holidays, as festively as possible. Along the bannister and above the window hang stockings for each of her 13 grandchildren, even though they are all adults now. Inside the walls, she has had her share of joy — raising five children and caring for grandchildren and great grandchildren — and also sorrow. Patterson never heard from the man again, but one day she came home to find foreclosure papers attached to her front door. During that time, Patterson had a knee replacement, which caused her to incur additional bills. [...] it is eating up all but $200 of her Social Security income and is taking big bites out of her late husband’s retirement savings. Melissa Moss, a caseworker at the center, applied for help for Patterson from The Chronicle’s Season of Sharing Fund, which provides one-time funds to people facing unexpected crises. Wade worked for Hills Bros., roasting coffee beans on Folsom Street. According to a published report in The Chronicle, his niece called 911 but police arrived first, found Gregory unarmed but uncooperative. Ann Killion is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. For the past 30 years, the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund has helped more than 100,000 Bay Area individuals and families facing an unexpected life crisis. Fund, in 1986. [...] the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund has distributed $113 million to help those living in the Bay Area. Each year, the fund provides temporary assistance to approximately 4,500 families, allocating most of its grants for housing needs, as well as paying for other critical necessities such as essential furniture for families recovering from a fire in their home or helping to purchase a wheelchair. Grants are paid directly to the supplier of services, such as a landlord. Individuals do not receive direct grants from the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund.

Let’s hope he’s better at running the global economy.