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 14, 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!



Happy Saturday! Yesterday, in a per diem session, the Assembly approved the appointment of Congressman Xavier Becerra as the state's attorney general. The Senate will likely follow over the next two weeks.

SURPRISE! Jerry Brown’s budget probably understates California revenue, analyst says [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for the year beginning July 1 probably understates California income tax collections by billions of dollars, the Legislature’s non-partisan fiscal analyst said in a report Friday."

Here you go.


The weak growth that the Governor envisions for PIT is possible in 2017–18, but seems inconsistent with parts of the administration’s own economic outlook, which assumes economic and stock price growth for several years after 2016. For example, the administration assumes that the S&P 500 will grow 6.3 percent in 2017. Yet, the administration projects declining total capital gains in 2017. We cannot reconcile these conflicting projections. Currently, we also think that wage growth probably will exceed the administration’s estimates in 2017–18. In conclusion, normal PIT growth may or may not materialize for 2017–18, but based largely on the administration’s own economic outlook, we believe the Governor’s 3.3 percent estimate of PIT growth in 2017–18 is too low.

This is classic Jerry Brown and very smart. As governor, you never are going to be criticized as low-balling revenues (an thus expenditures) in January--give the Legislature flexibility while preservering your priorities.. All the budget geeks (as you know, I am one), we don't consider revenues until April, when we literally watch daily personal income tax receipts. Over-promising in January is not good for the governor. However, the LAO is obligated to give its best estimates based on historical patterns.

It will likely be another solid year for California's budget. However, I've seen a movement of advocates for more spending to being cautious, as the heartbreak of hiring people to then lay them off is heartbreaking. A key part of that is retirement, in which state employees are not vested until five years, even as they put 7.5% of their salaries into the system. Teachers are even worse off, as they are not in Social Security and put in 8%.

LANDING PAD: Ex-senator Isadore Hall loses congressional bid, gets $142,095 appointment [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday appointed the Compton Democrat to the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, which oversees collective bargaining rights for farmworkers in the state. The position on the five-member board, which pays $142,095 annually, requires Senate confirmation."

SAILOR JOHN: Cursing like a sailor, John Burton helped steer California into deep blue waters [Phil Willon @ LAT] - "It was Burton’s charm and razor-sharp political instincts honed over more than a half-century in politics that convinced Democrats to tap the 84-year-old San Francisco power broker, a former congressman and state Senate president, to lead their state party for going on eight years now."

THE OTHER CAPITAL: Trump kicks off Martin Luther King weekend by attacking civil rights legend John Lewis [Cathleen Decker @ LAT] - "In yet another indication of his unwillingness to let criticism pass, Donald Trump has lashed out as “all talk…no action” national icon John Lewis, who was repeatedly beaten and nearly lost his life in the long struggle for civil rights."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jeremy Empol and Reggie Jones-Sawyer

  • 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


Study: Obamacare Repeal To Cost Sonoma County 2,000 Jobs, $200m | The Press Democrat
Guy Kovner @
But it may not stay there much longer. The federal health care law has once again come into the crosshairs of Republican lawmakers, who have long sought to repeal the legislation and now have a qualified endorsement from President-elect Donald Trump.

Jerry Brown Laments Gop-led Repeal Of Obamacare | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Rules For Body Cameras Are Left To Local Police Departments As Lawmakers Struggle To Pass Statewide Regulations
Liam Dillon @
The Legislature has not passed comprehensive laws governing police body cameras, and there’s no word about major legislation coming this year.

Retired San Jose Firefighter Told To Repay $30,000 Pension Overpayment
Pensions, Politics, San Jose politics

La 2024 Committee Says It Has A Plan To Protect Taxpayer Dollars In Hosting The Olympics
David Wharton @
The leader of a private committee bidding to bring the Summer Olympics back to Los Angeles appeared before city officials Friday to once again face questions about whether the multibillion-dollar sporting event might pose a threat to taxpayer dollars. Gene Sykes, chief executive of LA 2024, spent...

National City Mayor Is Up For A 32 Percent Raise - The San Diego Union-tribune
James DeHaven @
It also lands amid high-profile accusations of “pension spiking” lobbed at similarly term-limited San Diego County Supervisors, all but one of whom voted this week to add 12.5 percent to their paychecks — the same checks that will soon be used to calculate those supervisors’ publicly funded retirement benefits.

Ca Scientists Brace For Trump On Climate Change | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Orange Coast College Professor Addresses Her Viral Trump Comments - The Orange County Register
A community college teacher who attracted national attention for describing the election of Donald Trump as “an act of terrorism” said her comments were meant to comfort her students, not ignite political controversy.

House Clears Path for Repeal of Health 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.

SF City College stays open, â
SACRAMENTO — City College of San Francisco will stay in business and its five-year fight to remain accredited is over, college officials learned Friday. The private commission that threatened to revoke the school’s accreditation — stunning the college by declaring it so poorly run that it should be shut down — delighted administrators Friday with news that it had voted to extend the school’s all-important seal of approval for a full term of seven years. City College Chancellor Susan Lamb announced the commission’s decision to students and employees in a triumphant email that capped an exhausting, years-long period of nail-biting in which the threat of closure cost the public millions of dollars in legal fees and state subsidies, led the city into court to defend its namesake college, and sent hundreds of faculty members and students to the picket line in defense of their beloved school. The 19 members of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges made the decision behind closed doors during their semiannual, three-day meeting at a capital hotel this week, as they also considered accreditation questions for 33 other colleges from the region it covers: Relying on an extensive self-evaluation report, Lamb and Mandelman hoped to show that City College has satisfied all 14 accrediting standards and numerous substandards in full — concerning fiscal management, campus decision-making, technology, library services and more. In 2012, City College — considered one of the largest colleges in the country with a reported 90,000 students — received the most severe sanction, “show cause,” requiring it to show why it should remain accredited and not be shut down. Over the years, the commission had argued that City College’s governance and fiscal management problems were so severe that it had no choice but to vote to revoke accreditation. On Thursday, college officials persuaded the commission that City College is now able to accurately forecast and monitor its budgets, a basic yet critical task for running a college. Today, their report promises, City College “annually updates its multi-year financial projections” as required, has rebuilt its financial reserves and has “placed a high priority” on funding long-term obligations like retiree health costs. State college officials initially supported the commission’s crackdown on City College. [...] as the commission revealed that its intention was less about helping the college improve and more about shutting it down, state officials began to share the alarm shown all along by college faculty.

Obama, Who Sought To Ease Partisanship, Saw It Worsen Instead
President Obama first achieved national renown with a speech hailing bipartisanship, and spent much of his presidency singing the praises of cooperation across party lines. But nearly all of his major accomplishments resulted from party-line votes or executive actions.

Bay Area events tied to Trump inauguration
Bay Area events tied to Trump inauguration Bay Area events tied to Trump inauguration House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, will lead a rally aimed at raising support to preserve the Affordable Care Act, which congressional Republicans are moving to repeal. Volunteers and elected officials have organized a fundraiser for progressive organizations, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Devil’s Canyon Brewery, 935 Washington St. in San Carlos. More than 100 theatrical organizations are holding actions in front of theaters and art spaces nationwide to “protect the values of inclusion, participation and compassion.” In San Francisco, a ceremonial illumination of electric candles and mobile phones and a short program with speakers will be held at 5:30 p.m. outside the Geary Theater at 415 Geary St. All proceeds go to Planned Parenthood, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, La Raza Centro Legal and Earthjustice. Bay Area Resist Trump: A rally and march in San Francisco will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. protesting Trump’s policies on “health care, public education, civil liberties and environmental protection.” Participants will form a human chain across the Golden Gate Bridge in a “peaceful demonstration and performance art piece,” beginning at 10 a.m. Inauguration Day sidewalk protests: A sidewalk protest will be held along El Camino Real in all Peninsula and South Bay cities. The Sonoma County Inaugural Ball: A ticketed dinner and dance in celebration of Trump’s inauguration begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Flamingo Conference Center, 2777 Fourth St. in Santa Rosa. The Blue Ball: A fundraiser for reproductive rights, environmental protection, racial justice, and immigrant and LGBTQ rights will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. at Home on Treasure Island, an event space, at Avenue D and 12th Street on Treasure Island. Advertised as a family-friendly event to protest Trump’s inauguration. In Walnut Creek, marchers will gather at 10:30 a.m. at Civic Park at 1375 Civic Drive and walk to the Walnut Creek BART Station. In Napa, marchers will gather at 10 a.m. at the Oxbow Public Market parking lot on First Street and walk to Veterans Memorial Park at Third and Main streets.

Palestinian Leader Meets The Pope And Opens Vatican Embassy – Politico
Lodewijk Asscher also wants to force the UK to get tough on tax avoidance.

Protest forces cancellation of Breitbart editorâ
A raucous protest at UC Davis Friday evening led to the cancellation of a talk by Milo Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart News senior editor and self-styled provocateur. The planned appearance was scuttled as protestors and ticket holders faced off outside the lecture hall where Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak. Yiannopoulos has sparked protests at a number of college campuses, and boasted to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune after one episode that “All of the very worst people in the world get triggered by the mere mention of my name.” The morning of the now-canceled UC Davis event, an editorial in the California Aggie student newspaper declared Make no mistake: Yiannopoulos is a hateful spectacle, not a conservative political theorist ... we support any members of the community who decide to exercise their freedom of assembly and peacefully protest the event.

Chargers' Move Shows California Is Done Spending Public Money On The Nfl
Natalie Kitroeff, Daniel Miller @
The Chargers’ dramatic split from the city of San Diego may be a sign that California is officially done with spending public money on sports franchises.

Protest Shuts Down Event At UC Davis Iwth Yiannopoulos, Shkreli | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago and Hudson Sangree @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Controversial Student Painting Will Come Down From Capitol Walls, Lawmaker Says

A controversial student painting portraying police and protesters as animals will be removed from the U.S. Capitol walls next week, a lawmaker who pushed for its removal said Friday.

Jennifer Holliday Backs Out Of Trump Inauguration Gig - Sfgate
Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down and Lee Greenwood will headline a concert at Donald Trump's inauguration. Lee Greenwood. The concert, which takes place at the Lincoln Memorial on January 19, has been dubbed "The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration." Jennifer Holliday, The Piano Guys and The Frontmen of Country will also perform, while actor Jon Voight will make an appearance. Tom Barrack, committee chairman.

California Orders State Farm To Cut Residential Rates Immediately - San Francisco Chronicle
State Farm Insurance Co. is ignoring part of an order to reduce rates by 7 percent for homeowners and renters in California and must cut rates immediately for more than 260,000 customers, the state’s top insurance regulator said Friday.

A Traffic Map For Blue Whales - The San Diego Union-tribune
Deborah Sullivan Brennan @

Comfort, Dignity, Security; Seniors Extol Virtues Of Low-rent Housing While Thousands Of Others Wait In Long Line
Steve Lopez @
a newly remodeled koreatown senior high rise has lots of happy tenants, and lots more on waiting list

Capitol Officials Rule Ferguson Painting Will Be Removed - Politico
A controversial "Blue Lives Matter" flag hangs above a contested student painting depicting two police officers with animal heads pointing guns at black citizens, | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO