Around The Capitol

If you don't see images in this message, click "Display Images" or the equivalent.

Having trouble viewing this email? Click here

Receive this as a forward? Get the Nooner in your e-mail box

THE Nooner for January 13, 2017




Subscribe to The Nooner to access exclusive election analysis | Follow @scottlay

Advertise in The Nooner

If the subscription price is a bit steep for you and you don't need the election analysis, help support independent coverage of California politics and policy by chipping in whatever you can afford. Thank you to have contributed!



It's Friday! You made it! Of course, those of you in the Capitol had to somewhat dress up today since both chambers are having a "per diem Friday today." The rule is that legislators receive per diem (currently $176/day) for any day, unless the chamber is out of session for three consecutive days. The Assembly will use the rare Friday session to vote on the confirmation of Xavier Becerra as attorney general. The Senate will start its process next Wednesday.

Sandy Eggo sports fans are crushed as the Chargers are moving back to Los Angeles, where the team originated in 1960. The team will eventually share a new stadium in Inglewood with Los Angeles Rams, but play in the LA Galaxy's stadium (soccer) for at least two years. The move to LA-LA land takes effect in 2017.

After resting Wednesday following installation of a pacemaker, Dianne Feinstein was back to work yesterday, casting floor votes and serving as her as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

I'm going to the Kings game tonight against King Lebron James and the Cavaliers. Hopefully it is somewhat competitive.

WOW: California's bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun, a confidential federal report warns [Ralph Vertebadian @ LAT]:

California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more. And that’s just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

A confidential Federal Railroad Administration analysis, obtained by The Times, projects that building bridges, viaducts, trenches and track from Merced to Shafter could cost $9.5 billion to $10 billion, compared with the original budget of $6.4 billion.

. . .

The California High-Speed Rail Authority had originally anticipated completing the Central Valley track by this year, but the federal risk assessment estimates that that won’t happen until 2024, placing the project seven years behind schedule.

US SENATE: California will see scramble if U.S. Senate seat opens up [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "Were [Senator Dianne Feinstein to step down, Jerry Brown would at least give the Senate a thought 36 years after losing to Wilson, and we might see any of the above jump in, as well as Secretary of State Alex Padilla or Burbank Rep. Adam Schiff, who’s clearly trying to raise his profile as a foreign policy/intelligence expert."

MONEY MATTERS: As a deficit looms, here's a look at some of the plans in California's new budget [John Myers @ LAT] - "Gov. Jerry Brown’s newly unveiled state budget calls for spending $179.5 billion in the coming fiscal year, while offering ways to avoid what he believes would otherwise be California’s first deficit in more than three years."

IN THE REDCalifornia revenue is growing. So why the talk of deficits? [Jonathan J. Cooper @ AP] - "The paradoxical budget picture is a result of revenue growing more slowly than economists had predicted after years of rapid increases from a hard-charging economy. While Brown expects revenue to be up 3 percent next year, the governor and lawmakers assumed revenues would be even higher when they planned the current budget, and they spent accordingly. Costs are higher than expected, too."

SOMS SHAKE-UP: Speaker’s office overhauls communications support for Assembly Democrats [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee]: "The office was created four decades ago by then-Speaker Willie Brown to help Democrats maintain their Assembly majority, and has come under criticism over the years for supplementing political efforts by allowing members to use public resources to reach potential voters. Casey said its work has always been “entirely above-the-board.” . . . [Speaker Anthony Rendon]  also denied that employees of the unit, who number “more than 50,” would be forced to reapply for their jobs. Everyone, he said, “is going to be given every opportunity to be a part of this new organization.”

THE MAKEUP: California Legislature shifts but remains largely male, white [Michelle Gilchrist @ SDUT] - "The racial and ethnic diversity of the Assembly increased, although the Legislature remains mostly white and male, which does not mirror California’s diverse population. Demographically speaking, female lawmakers are the most underrepresented when compared to the state’s population. Twenty-six out of 120 legislators are women, or 22 percent."

RELOCATE! Why the Democratic Party Needs to Move Its Headquarters to Detroit [Phil Angelides @ Politico] - "[I]f we say we’re going to rebuild from the ground up, let’s actually do that. I can think of no better way for the DNC’s new chair to signal a fresh start than by setting up the party’s headquarters in Detroit, Michigan—not Washington, D.C.—in the heart of the industrial Midwest, where the now-shattered Big Blue Wall once stood as a symbol of Democratic strength."

BOS (Riverside): Legislators back V. Manuel Perez for Riverside County supervisor pick [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - "The California Senate president, Assembly speaker and four other Assembly members signed a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday urging him to appoint Perez to the Board of Supervisors vacancy created by John Benoit’s death Dec. 26."

The OC: Loretta Sanchez suffers another loss [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - Loretta "Sanchez was one of 15 women vying to represent central Orange County’s Assembly District 68. It could have been a bright moment on her birthday, as Sanchez turned 57 that day. Instead, she finished eighth with 65 votes, eight votes shy of the seventh and final slot."

MED MONEY: California will see scramble if U.S. Senate seat opens up [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "Were Feinstein to step down, Jerry Brown would at least give the Senate a thought 36 years after losing to [Pete] Wilson, and we might see any of the above jump in, as well as Secretary of State Alex Padilla or Burbank Rep. Adam Schiff, who’s clearly trying to raise his profile as a foreign policy/intelligence expert."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Scott Andrew

  • Development Coordinator:
    The Sacramento LGBT Community Center seeks a Development Coordinator. This position plays a key role in the capacity of the Center to create a region where diverse LGBTQ people thrive. Under the direction of the Executive Director, this position is responsible for coordinating a variety of fundraising functions of the agency including annual giving, major gift cultivation, corporate and foundation partnerships, special events, and planned giving. One to three years of experience, excellent communication and marketing skills, and a passion for LGBTQ issues are expected. Full job description and application information are online at Contact:

    Executive & Finance Assistant:
    The Sacramento LGBT Community Center seeks an Executive & Finance Assistant to provide administrative and community engagement support to the Executive Director and leadership team in achieving the Center’s vision to create a region where diverse LGBTQ people thrive. The ideal candidate will be impeccably organized, an excellent writer, comfortable speaking with high level stakeholders, and experienced with Microsoft and Google applications, QuickBooks and constituent/donor databases. This position is non-exempt and may be flexed to part or full-time. One to three years of experience, and a passion for LGBTQ issues are expected. Full job description and application information are online at Contact:

  • Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills) discusses chairing the powerful Assembly Banking and Finance committee in this exclusive interview:
  • Attend a free briefing at the Capitol to learn more about health insurance in California, and how a key contributor to the Legislature's consideration of health insurance-related legislation supports policymakers. All interested parties and the public are invited to the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP)'s annual legislative briefing on 2/2/2017 from 2:00 – 3:15 pm. The briefing will provide information about CHBRP’s methods and our role in providing independent analysis.

    Please RSVP to this free event online – or click here.

  • There are 30 new members or legislative seat changes this session – will you recognize them in the hall or around town? What does Josh Newman look like when he isn’t in a bear suit? CA Political Maps announces our 2017-2018 Legislative Class posters. Posters include headshots of the newly elected 2017-18 class, organized alphabetically and numerically for easy reference. Our double-sided posters display full color Senate and Assembly district maps, and include district numbers, county, city, geographic data, and blowups of LA, Bay Area, SD, and Sacramento regions. They even show how each of Assembly and Senate districts overlap. Visit CA Political Maps  today to place your order! Shipping now!
  • 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, transportationAlex Galla, 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

  • 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


Governor's Budget Gives A Glimpse Into Challenges Ahead For Prison Parole Overhaul In California
Jazmine Ulloa @
Gov. Jerry Brown submits a budget proposal asking lawmakers to set aside $10.6 million to begin implementing Proposition 57, the sweeping overhaul of prison parole that voters approved last fall.

Rendon Reshuffles Ca Assembly Democrat Caucus Communications | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

House Joins Senate in Approving Groundwork to Revoke Health Care Law
The vote on a budget blueprint sets Congress on a course to fulfill a Republican promise to rescind the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature domestic achievement.

California Attorney General Nominee Clears State Assembly | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
The first chamber of the California Legislature has confirmed U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra to be the state's next attorney general.

Ca Gov. Jerry Brown Keeps Tobacco Tax Money Doctors Wanted | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Experts Have Only A Hazy Idea Of Marijuana’s Myriad Health Effects, And Federal Laws Are To Blame
Melissa Healy @
The effects of marijuana on those who use it remain something of a mystery — and the federal government continues to erect major barriers to research that would provide much-needed answers.

California Could See Big Political Scramble If Two Top Offices Open | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Senator Wilk Appointed to Senate Budget Committee
Senator Scott Wilk, R-Antelope Valley, announced today his appointment to the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review.

Two More Candidates Say They're Running For Xavier Becerra's Congressional Seat, Bringing Field To 14
Update on 'Essential Politics: Legislators introduce bill to extend cap-and-trade program, Gov. Brown laments 'political language''

Kamala Harris Asks Cia Nominee Mike Pompeo About Lgbt Employees | The Sacramento Bee
Curtis Tate @
By Curtis Tate

Faulconer Proposes Hotel Tax Hike For Convention Center Expansion, Homeless Programs - The San Diego Union-tribune
David Garrick @

Pt. Pleasant In Southern Sacramento County Under Voluntary Evacauation Order | The Sacramento Bee
Bill Lindelof, Jessica Hice and Cathy Locke @
By Bill Lindelof, Jessica Hice and Cathy Locke

Obamacare Repeal & Replacement: GOP Should Enlist Democratic Votes | National Review
Deroy Murdock @
First, senators and congressmen should vote to let Americans own individual, portable health plans, just as they own their auto- and life-insurance policies. Some Democrats will support such legislation.

Obama Adds Six Sites To California Coastal National Monument
Bettina Boxall @
President Obama adds six sites to the California Coastal National Monument, including some small islands off the coast of Orange County

As Rains Soak California, Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Helen Dahlke, a scientist from the University of California, Davis, stands in an almond orchard outside Modesto that's being deliberately flooded. This experiment is examining how flooding farmland in the winter can help replenish the state's depleted aquifers. Joe Proudman/Joe Proudman / Courtesy of UC Davis

More Density Coming To San Diego's Urban Core - The San Diego Union-tribune
David Garrick @

Trump Aides Respond To Report That Raises Legal Questions About Calls With Russian Ambassador
Michael A. Memoli @
Update on 'Justice Department watchdog to examine FBI's handling of Clinton email probe'

California's Insurance Intervenor Process 30 Years Later | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
By Jim Miller

House To Pass Budget Setting Up Repeal Of Obamacare - Politico
House Republicans are expected to pass a budget on Friday that clears a path for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. | AP Photo

Yiannopoulos appearance at Cal jeopardized by security-fee spat
The scheduled appearance of right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley is in jeopardy because the students who invited him are balking at the $6,372 security fee demanded by the campus. In a letter this week to Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, the Berkeley College Republicans called the fee “arbitrary and excessive,” and said the group “sincerely hopes that this is not a case of obstruction on the part of the university administration, as it would undoubtedly set a precedent for denying student groups their right to invite speakers of all political and ideological persuasions.” Yiannopoulos, a gay conservative and editor for the right-wing opinion site Breitbart News Network, is on a college tour across the country he’s dubbed the “Dangerous Faggot” talks. UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said the security fee is based on a standard formula for the number of attendees and the event’s location. Anti-Yiannopoulos groups are planning demonstrations at his scheduled appearance, with one Facebook page registering more than 600 responses from people who say they’ll attend a protest.

Loretta Sanchez Suffers Another Loss - The Orange County Register
Loretta Sanchez’s rough election year of 2016 is in the rear-view mirror, but 2017 greeted her with another setback.