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THE Nooner for December 26, 2016



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Greetings from The Nooner's Portland bureau! It's a pretty slow news day. The Legislature convenes next Wednesday. Kamala Harris will be sworn into U.S. Senate on Tuesday, and we will likely get an election date for Xavier Becerra's seat by the end the week. Ten candidates have declared in filings with the Federal Elections Commission.

New California laws bump up minimum wage, tighten gun rules [Juliette Williams @ AP] - " A higher minimum wage, a ban on using “Redskins” as the name of a school team or mascot, and new restrictions on assault weapons are among the latest California laws taking effect with the new year:"

California’s new laws in 2017: Drivers can’t hold phones, barbers can serve free beer [Katy Murphy @ MercNews] - "On New Year’s Day, Californians will wake up to hundreds of new laws, governing everything from the size of our paychecks to the rights of beauty salons to serve booze as they cultivate our coiffure."

Scandals, surprise squeakers and the 'Trump effect': What worked and what flopped in California's five most expensive House races [Javier Panzar @ LAT] - "California’s most expensive House races included some perennially contested seats as well as sleepy districts that were suddenly thrust into competition based on hopes that having Donald Trump at the top of the GOP ticket would imperil incumbent House Republicans down the ballot."

Should California becomes its own nation? One group says yes [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - "“Yes California,” a pro-secession group, filed paperwork with the state attorney general in November for a proposed 2018 ballot measure to strike language in the state constitution binding California to the United States."

Here are the top 10 O.C. politics stories of 2016 [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "President-elect Donald Trump left his imprint on Orange County even while it becomes ever-less Republican, thanks to shifting demographics. And the county once again shows that even here, government misbehaves."

Where have California’s black college students gone? [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "Across California this month, hundreds of thousands of students are sending in college applications and hoping for letters of acceptance from their dream schools. But fewer of them are African American, like Terry, even as more black students have become eligible to attend the state’s public universities."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jonathan Lyens!

#FAREWELL: Former lieutenant governor Ed Reinecke (1924-2016).



  • 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
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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

  • 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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Ed Reinecke, California Lieutenant Governor Who Resigned After Perjury Conviction, Dies At 92
Cindy Chang @
Ed Reinecke, the California lieutenant governor who resigned after being convicted of perjury in a Watergate-era scandal, died Saturday in Laguna Hills.

African-american College Enrollment Drop In Ca Steep Since 2011 | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
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Netanyahu, Furious Over U.n. Vote On Jewish Settlements, Summons U.S. Ambassador
Joshua Mitnick @
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, still seething over a U.N. vote censuring Israel's settlement policies, summoned the U.S. ambassador for a meeting.

Gov. Jerry Brown Pardons 112 Ahead Of Christmas Holiday | The Sacramento Bee
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Fire Department Emails: Inspections Flawed In Fire-prone Oakland Hills – East Bay Times
In an email sent on the chief’s behalf, she said: “Engine companies are directed to reinspect properties where deficiencies are identified. The Department makes every effort to ensure vegetation management inspections are done properly.”

More Than A Year After The Devastating Valley Fire, A Guarded Optimism Returns To Cobb Mountain | The Sacramento Bee
Cynthia Hubert @
By Cynthia Hubert

Merry Sanfrancismas, Herb Caen, 1985 - San Francisco Chronicle
Herb Caen @
What do you give a city that has everything? Or, to put it more modestly, almost everything, including a deficit. There was a moment there when we had a surplus of millions, but Lady Dianne soon put to a stop THAT foolishness. If you don’t know what to give the city of your dreams for Christmas, mail in a few bucks to the city treasurer, a jolly lady named Mary Callanan. Mary will send you a nice letter in return, suitable for framing. If you would like to help reduce the swelling caused by Mr. Reagan’s trillion-dollar deficit — Mr. Reagan is a fiscal conservative — send your check to the Bureau of Public Debt, Dept. G, 300 13th St. SW, Washington D.C. 20239. Some $1.5 million was sent in voluntarily last year, proving that there are some generous people around looking for a tax deduction.

From Obama, A Final Christmas Tribute To The Troops He's Led | The Sacramento Bee
For eight years, Barack Obama has led a military fighting in multiple theaters overseas, becoming the only president in U.S. history to serve full two terms with the nation at war. On Sunday, he sought to pay tribute to the men and women who sacrificed along the way in battles that will continue even after his presidency comes to a close.

Year In Review: Ocean Changes Upend North Coast Fisheries | The Press Democrat
Warmer than usual water also is believed to have contributed to the collapse of the bull kelp forest off Sonoma and Mendocino counties, along with an explosion of purple urchins that have devoured remaining plant life. The urchins, in turn, are out-competing red abalone, the shellfish that attract thousands of sport divers and pickers each year to the Sonoma and Mendocino coast.

Uber Pulls Self-driving Cars From California Roads | The Sacramento Bee
Uber pulled its self-driving cars from California roads after state regulators moved to revoke their registrations, officials said Wednesday.

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

'brendon Didn’t Have To Die': Family Of Man Fatally Shot By LAPD In Venice Says They're Left Grieving And Wondering
Kate Mather @
The family of Brendon Glenn, who was fatally shot by the LAPD in Venice, describe their desire to see the officer jailed and their frustration that Glenn is largely known as an unarmed homeless man.

Reading L.A.: Carey Mcwilliams And Southern California's 'vast Drama Of Maladjustment' | Culture Monster | Los Angeles Times
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Fire Department Wildfire District | Wildfire District | City Of Oakland | California
In 2003, Oakland voters approved the Wildfire Prevention Assessment District to fund fire prevention activities. Thanks to these benefit fees, the City of Oakland is able to monitor fire risks on more than 25,000 parcels, manage vegetation on public lands, and conduct other activities designed to reduce the threat of damaging wildfires.

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Big-wave Breakthrough: Female Surfer Leads Mavericks Revolution - San Francisco Chronicle
Bianca Valenti found her calling beneath a crashing wave.

California Victims Of Eugenics-based Sterilization Programs Deserve Reparations, Researchers Say
Kate Morrissey @
California should pay reparations to victims of its eugenics-based sterilization programs, which took away the reproductive abilities of about 20,000 people in the first half of the 20th century, researchers said in a new study.

Some Women Worried About Trump Rush To Get Affordable Birth Control | The Sacramento Bee
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By Sammy Caiola