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THE Nooner for January 2, 2017



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Greetings...I hope you've had a great holiday. For many of you, today marks the end of a lengthy holiday and you're likely need Google Maps to get directions back to your office tomorrow.

CONGRATS! Assemblywoman rings in 2017 with a surprise marriage to a former lawmaker [John Myers @ LAT] - "Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) was married on Sunday to a former Republican member of the Assembly, Nathan Fletcher. The ceremony, attended only by the couple's close family, was officiated by former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez."

So happy for Lorena and Nathan. If you follow the lovebirds on Twitter, you know that the day was none-too-soon.

CALIFORNIA UBER ALLES: Trump presidency puts California Legislature in defense mode [Jonathan J. Cooper @ SFChron] - "As California lawmakers return to Sacramento on Wednesday, liberal dreams of expanding safety-net benefits and providing health coverage to immigrants are giving way to a new vision revolving around a feverish push to protect gains racked up in the past. After years of pushing forward a progressive agenda, legislative Democrats will be pushing back against conservative policies from President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican Congress."

As you know, I am somewhat of a geek when it comes to California history. I don't know if there was ever a gap between the majority of California voters and the themes of Washington. Even during one of the darkest points in California history--Japanese internment--the majority voters supported Executive Order 9066 and the isolation of Japanese-Americans. Governor Earl Warren carried out the orders of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and put Japanese-Americans "in camp." Those were two liberal icons, albeit from different parties. 

Here we are in 2017. California has a pretty darn good health care exchange in Covered California. I buy my insurance from Kaiser through the exchange and have been totally happy. But, the whole exchange could fall apart if the "Repeal and Replace" strategy is pursued without a clearly defined "Replace." I'm not a health care policy expert, but I can't figure out how "ObamaCare" is replaced with "better" and "cheaper" universal health care. We can criticize CEO salaries, but it's a drop in the bucket of overall health care costs.

Yes, single payer is likely cheaper and better, but it simply won't happen. Forget about the interests of middlemen (insurance companies and brokers), but Americans just have in their ethos a value of choice, even if not really used. We like the concept of "possibility." So, we are largely screwed.

MONEY MATTERS: Reality penetrates California’s public employee pension system, but not far enough [Dan Walte rs @ SacBee] - "Rationally, the discount rate should have been lowered by at least another full percentage point. But CalPERS already has increased its mandatory contributions by 50 percent to make up for investment losses during the Great Recession and other factors, and cutting the discount rate to 6 percent would probably mean bankruptcy for a number of local governments, particularly cities."

HAPPY NEW YEAR! New state laws could help some workers catch a few breaks [Margot Roosevelt @ OCR] - "If you are among the Californians who make less than $15 an hour – more than a third of the state’s workforce – you can look forward to a raise. If you are a farmworker toiling long hours in the fields, you finally will become eligible for overtime. If you are a Latino or an African American earning less than a white colleague for doing the same job, you may be entitled to redress."

AND MORE... From Uber to orcas: New California laws going into effect in 2017 [Katie Dowd @ SFChron] - "In the state of the California, 2017 brings with it some 900 new laws. Most won't affect your day-to-day life, but quite a few mark sweeping changes for all residents."

CHECK PLEASE: Restaurants respond to wage hike with dining surcharge [Lori Weisberg @ SDUT] - "Girding for the second minimum wage hike in six months and the fourth in 2-½ years, many of San Diego’s full-service restaurants are introducing for the first time an average surcharge of 3 percent of the meal’s cost to help cover increased labor expenses that some operators say amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars in a single year."

Get over it. I know how tough the business is, but just raise prices and don't segregate it as a surcharge. Restaurants with strong POS systems can do this, but others can not.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Roxanne Gould, Curt Hagman, Jay Hansen, and Adama Iwu!



  • 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
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Assemblywoman Rings In 2017 With A Surprise Marriage To A Former Lawmaker
John Myers @
Update on 'Essential Politics: New state laws take effect on New Year's Day, Brown chooses new energy regulators'

Barbara Boxer Never Hid Her Liberal Views, Leaves On Her Own Terms | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer

High Court To Decide Whether San Jose Or Santa Clara County Win Tax Fight
Politics, San Jose City Council, San Jose politics, taxes

State Court Upholds 2013 Law That Cut Buying Pension Credits - San Francisco Chronicle
A state appeals court has upheld a 2013 California law that eliminated a pension benefit for hundreds of thousands of state and local government employees in an effort to reduce the pension system’s mounting deficits.

New State Laws Could Help Some Workers Catch A Few Breaks - The Orange County Register

How To Legally Grow Pot Cannabis Marijuana Indoors Or Outdoors | The Sacramento Bee
Debbie Arrington @
By Debbie Arrington

Abalone Restoration Efforts In Coastal Waters Could Use The Public’s Help, Say Scientists
Today's high

New Hiring, New Fears In New Year -
Steve Milne @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Trump Rehashes Election Victory - Politico
Donald Trump always knew he was going to win the presidential election, the president-elect wrote on Twitter Monday afternoon, even if nobody else did.

Orange County Democrats To Pick A New Leader, And It's Likely To Be A Woman - The Orange County Register
Orange County didn’t get its way when it voted for Hillary Clinton in November, but there’s a good chance it will get a woman to lead local Democrats when the party picks its next chief on Jan. 9.

Mike Honda Gets Ready For Life After Congress - San Francisco Chronicle
WASHINGTON — As San Jose Rep. Mike Honda sat down to grab a quick lunch at the Washington Hilton last month, he didn’t look like a man nearing the abrupt and unwelcome end to a 35-year political career.

Foundation Goes Broke Celebrating Navy, Marine Corps And Coast Guard - The San Diego Union-tribune
Carl Prine @

Corrections, Jan. 2
Senators have pull on court vacancies, Jan. 1, Bay Area, C1 A secondary headline misidentified California’s U.S. senators who will be considering President-elect Donald Trump’s court appointments. They are Sen. Dianne Feinstein and incoming Sen. Kamala Harris.

Two-year Twins: Babies Born Dec. 31 And Jan. 1 In San Diego
Associated Press @
Twins in San Diego are getting attention because, though born just minutes apart, one has a birthday in 2016 and one in 2017.

'polar Bear Plunge' Kicks Off New Year For Many - The San Diego Union-tribune
David Garrick @
Many had fear and uncertainty written all over...

New Year’s Resolutions For California’s Top Pols « Calbuzz
With that political landscape in mind, here is what we recommend the Golden State’s top political talents adopt as their resolutions for New Year’s 2017.

Car2go Ceases San Diego Operations - The San Diego Union-tribune
David Garrick @

Two Countries, One Economy: A Mexican Town Whose Chief Earners Are In The U.S. Worries What Happens If They're Sent Home
Patrick J. McDonnell @
There is both anxiety and defiance in Oaxaca, one of Mexico's poorest states, that for decades has sent its sons and daughters to the U.S., mainly California, to earn money.

Mosque Members Turn Out To Help Orange County's Homeless - The Orange County Register
GARDEN GROVE – Iqra Mukhlis was helping her friends pack socks, tubes of toothpaste and shampoo bottles in clear plastic bags for Orange County’s homeless Sunday morning at the Islamic Society of Orange County’s mosque.

Amid Crowds And Flora, A Skid Row Mission Makes Rose Parade Debut
Harriet Ryan @
In the winter of 1890, a Pasadena hunt club eager to promote the young city as a temperate winter paradise organized a January sports contest with a parade of

Scores brave frigid waters with New Yearâ
Around 200 people plunged head first into the new year with a dip in the freezing waters of Ocean Beach.

San Bernardino County Deputy Accused Of Having Sex With Teen In Explorer Program
Matt Stevens @
A 14-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has been arrested and booked on suspicion of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a teenage girl participating in the department’s youth Explorer program, authorities said.