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THE Nooner for December 31, 2016



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Sutter Brown

Farewell, Sutter.

To the many Nooner readers who are interested in California politics and policy but don't spend much time around the Capitol, you might wonder why there is such interest in a 13-year-old Corgi. Sutter brought a smile to legislators, staffers, lobbyists and other advocates, even on the worst days. He was with us through the tough budget cuts and other difficult days, and greeted Capitol visitors with joy. He always gave a doggie--tongue extended--smile for the camera, and loved to roll on his back asking for a belly rub.

Our condolences to Governor Jerry Brown and Anne Gust Brown for their loss, and thank them for sharing this member of their family with all of us.

MONEY MATTERS: A tax cut for Californians? Yes, really [Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - "Statewide sales tax rates will fall a quarter-point effective Jan. 1 with the expiration of a temporary tax increase approved by voters four years ago. The state rate will fall back to 7.25 percent with the start of the new year. However, many local jurisdictions tack on their own sales taxes, so many Californians actually will pay a rate above 7.25 percent."

Meanwhile, I'm wondering what to buy at the PDX airport where the sales tax is 0%. Although, the potholes here show that they could use a sales tax...

DISARM--OVER TIME: Confused over California’s new gun laws? Here’s when they take effect [Ryan Sabalow and Phillip Reese @ SacBee] - "Between state legislation and voter-approved ballot initiatives, 2016 saw passage of sweeping new gun regulations in California. Taken together, the new laws will add a host of restrictions for California’s more than 6 million gun owners, from where you buy your ammunition to how you store your guns and who can borrow them. Some of the new restrictions take effect at the start of 2017. Others are staggered over the next two years. Here’s your guide to California’s new era of gun ownership."

IN THE RED: California Coastal Commission handicapped by poor billing, audit finds [Adam Ashton @ SacBee] - "A blip in the California Coastal Commission’s $22.8 million budget that forced it to ask for a state loan earlier this year could become a regular occurrence because its leadership does not believe it has enough staffing to collect its bills on time."

Speaking of the Coastal Commission, former legislative staffer Wendy Mitchell resigned her position as a commissioner yesterday. Mitchell had supported the controversial ouster of executive director Charles Lester. Wendy's seat is a gubernatorial appointment, giving Jerry Brown an opportunity to shape the commission.

RIDE unSHARED: Uber, Lyft respond to accusations of discrimination on ride-hailing platforms [Marisa Kendall @ MercNews] - "Two months after a report found African-American passengers were subjected to bias on ride-hailing platforms, Uber and Lyft say they are taking steps to address those concerns."

DANGER ZONE: The secretive world of illegal warehouse concerts gets little scrutiny from L.A. officials [LAT]:

The business of these illicit concerts and music parties has thrived for years in L.A. and elsewhere, despite operating in violation of fire and building ordinances.

The events generated little scrutiny from public officials until earlier this month, when the deadliest fire in modern California history cast a tragic spotlight on the dangers. Flames swept through the Ghost Ship, an illegally converted warehouse in Oakland where a concert was underway. Thirty-six people died.

Los Angeles’ record of cracking down on such concerts has been sporadic and infrequent at best, according to city data and interviews.

BEHIND THE ORANGE CURTAIN: Orange County Democrats to pick a new leader, and it's likely to be a woman [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "County Democratic Party Chairman Henry Vandermeir is stepping down after four years, during which he oversaw the party close Republicans’ voter registration advantage from 10 percentage points to 3.7 points. He also watched the county vote for the Democratic presidential nominee for the first time since 1936. For now, the leading candidates to replace him are Mission Viejo’s Fran Sdao, southern vice chair of the party, and former Westminster City Councilwoman Diana Carey."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Rocky Fernandez and Christian Griffith

If you're headed out tonight, be safe and have a great celebration as we enter 2017! 



  • Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-West Toluca Lake) seeks an organized and detail-oriented scheduler/administrative assistant for his Capitol office.  Key responsibilities include, but are not be limited to, maintaining the Assemblymember’s Capitol and District schedules, coordinating travel arrangements, managing files/related records, and handling correspondence.  Seeking a candidate with strong communication skills, who will integrate well into a tight-knit team. Prior scheduling and Capitol experience are preferred, but not required. Interested candidates should email their resume to indicating “Scheduler” in the subject line.

  • 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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California Proposals Seek National Popular Vote For President | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Sutter Brown, Gov. Jerry Brown's Famous Dog, Has Died
John Myers @
Sutter Brown, the charismatic corgi who seemed to soften the rough edges of Gov. Jerry Brown and in the process became a social media sensation as California’s first dog, died Friday after an illness that sparked a bipartisan outpouring of support.

Prop 30 Sales Tax Sunsets, But In Many Cities, New Taxes Mean Net Increase
Elections, Politics, San Jose Elections, San Jose politics, taxes

Ca Coastal Commission's Slow Billing Slammed In Audit | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

The One California Tax Rate Dropping In 2017 -
Ben Adler @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

North Carolina Judge Temporarily Blocks Laws Curbing Governor's Power - Politico
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory had signed a law that would limit incoming Gov.-elect Roy Cooper's ability to control statewide and county election boards. | AP Photo

La Jolla Property Owners Sue Over New Tax District - The San Diego Union-tribune
Lauryn Schroeder @

Sacramento's Afghan Refugees Suffer Symptoms Of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder | The Sacramento Bee
Stephen Magagnini @
By Stephen Magagnini

Many Will Use Uber, Lyft On New Year’s, But A Regular Taxi Might End Up Being Cheaper
Today's high

On Washington: House Republicans Fret About Winning Their Health Care Suit
The lawsuit, challenging the Obama administration’s spending of billions on subsidies, could have consequences that entangle Republicans and the incoming Trump team.

California's Wet December Drawing To A Close With More Rain | The Sacramento Bee
California's wet December is drawing to a close with even more rain and snow in a welcome respite amid years of drought.

Californians Not Liable For Saving Animals Trapped In Hot Cars -
Amy Quinton @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Ebola Struggle Reaches Milestone With Vaccine - The San Diego Union-tribune
Bradley J. Fikes @

Senate Moves To Condemn U.n. Over Israel - Politico
Sen. Jerry Moran will introduce a "sense of the Senate" resolution next week disapproving of the U.N. Security Council's condemnation of Israeli settlement-building. | Getty

Couple Together 17 Years To Marry On Rose Parade Float | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, photo, Christian Guntert, right, and his girlfriend Susan Brown pose for photos on a Rose Parade float they are getting married on in Irwindale, Calif. The couple of 17 years are getting married Saturday on the float. Jae C. Hong/AP

San Diego Says It Runs No Reports To Track Progress On City Record Requests - The San Diego Union-tribune
Lauryn Schroeder @

Donald Trump Tweets Praise Of Vladimir Putin: ‘i Always Knew He Was Very Smart!’ - Politico
The president-elect has also refused to accept that it was indeed Russia behind the cyberattacks that so often made waves during the 2016 presidential race despite the fact that all 17 federal intelligence agencies have reached that conclusion. Particularly upsetting to Trump has been the assessment of the CIA and FBI that Russian cyberattacks were specifically intended to aid his candidacy and install him as the next president.

Debbie Reynolds And Carrie Fisher Will Have Joint Funeral And Be Buried Together
Associated Press @
Debbie Reynolds' son said Friday his mother and sister, actress Carrie Fisher, will have a joint funeral and will be buried together. Todd Fisher said the actresses will be interred at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, the final resting place of numerous celebrities, including Lucille Ball, Dick Van...

Pg&e Electric Bills To Jump 1.4 Percent In 2017 - San Francisco Chronicle
Electric bills for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. customers are likely to rise 1.4 percent in 2017, the utility announced Friday. Natural gas bills are also expected to rise slightly.

Bought During The Cold War, Russian Mansions Accused Of Housing Spies In The U.s.
Matt Pearce @
A look at two Russian-owned mansions, one in Maryland, one on New York's Long Island, that were ordered shut by President Obama.

Nrc Cites Diablo Canyon For Safety Risk Due To Broken Switch | The Tribune
Kaytlyn Leslie @
By Kaytlyn Leslie

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Member Resigns Rather Than Sing For Trump | Reuters
Reuters Editorial @
A member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has resigned over its plan to sing at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, and more than 22,000 people have signed a petition opposing the choir's participation.