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THE Nooner for January 18, 2017




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Happy Humpday! It's going to be rainy/snowing in almost all of California the next several days. Hope you are staying dry!

As I write, the Senate Rules Committee is considering the nomination of Xavier Becerra as attorney general. A floor vote could occur as early as tomorrow, setting off the process to full the congressionally vacancy.

For attorney general nominee Xavier Becerra, immigration is a personal issue [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "[A]s the Los Angeles congressman is on the verge of becoming California’s first Latino attorney general, he is being asked to draw once again on that background as the state’s top lawyer at a time when President-elect Donald Trump is proposing mass deportations and construction of a border wall. His nomination has been confirmed by the Assembly and is expected to be acted on in coming days by the state Senate after a hearing Wednesday."

THE HISTORIAN SUPREME: Kevin Starr loved California and conveyed that as he chronicled its history [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "Kevin Starr was by no means a household name in California, having nowhere close to the high profiles of the state’s entertainers, sports figures and politicians. However, the outpouring of respect, admiration and genuine affection after Starr’s untimely death Saturday attests to his unparalleled standing among those who appreciate California’s unique evolution from a backwater of the Spanish empire to a society with global economic power and cultural impact." 

PINK: Hundreds rally for Planned Parenthood at state Capitol amid defunding threats [Sammy Caiola @ SacBee] - "Pink scarves, hats and boxing gloves symbolizing opposition to threats to defund Planned Parenthood were the fashion du jour Tuesday outside the state Capitol, where hundreds of people from around Northern California rallied to support the network of health clinics that treat many of the state’s low-income women."

THE GREEN: State Senate bill makes it easier for pot businesses to pay taxes [Melody Gutierrez @ SFChron] - "California lawmakers want to make it easier for marijuana dispensaries to pay their taxes, saying many cash-only businesses are forced to drive long distances with thousands of dollars to make an in-person payment. That’s clearly not safe, said state Sens. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, who introduced a bill Tuesday to increase the number of places where tax and fee payments can be made in California."

GET WELL SOON! UC President Janet Napolitano hospitalized amid cancer treatment [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "University of California President Janet Napolitano is nearly finished with an undisclosed cancer treatment that began more than four months ago, the university announced on Tuesday, a day after “she experienced side effects that required her to be hospitalized.”"

LAW AND DISORDER: Republican activist pleads guilty to embezzling from Rohrabacher's re-election fund [Sean Emery @ OCR] - "A Republican activist and former treasurer for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s re-election committee pleaded guilty Tuesday to two dozen felonies for embezzling more than $300,000. Jack Wenpo Wu faces up to four years, four months in prison after pleading guilty to three felony counts of grand theft by embezzlement and 21 felony counts of forgery, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office."

THE DECISION: Boycott or attend? Local congresswoman faces tough choice over Trump’s inauguration [Marcos Breton @ SacBee] - "More than 50 members of Congress plan to boycott Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, but Doris Matsui won’t be one of them."

LA-LA LAND: In LA: Taxing Business to Publically Finance Political Campaigns? [Joel Fox @ Fox&Hounds] - "Councilman Mike Bonin, reacting to stories that big time developers try to persuade public officials to support their projects with campaign contributions, thinks its time to expand the city’s public financing system. His proposal seeks a full public financing system. Currently, Los Angeles City has a limited public matching fund if candidates meet certain requirements."


  • Save the Date: Tuesday February 21, 2017, State Capitol, a Sacramento Memorial to Celebrate the Life and Contributions of Senator Tom Hayden. The event begins at 2 p.m. with a memorial on the Senate Floor and continues at 3:30 p.m. with a reception, program, and refreshments in the Eureka Room located in the Capitol basement. Members, staffers, and lobbyists are invited to share their comments and reflections on Tom’s work in the Capitol and beyond. For more information or to RSVP (not necessary but appreciated) contact

  • Put the public back into public policy with a Pepperdine School of Public Policy MPP degree.  Our program – taught by policy practitioners and experts – combines empirical analysis, analytical reasoning, political philosophy, and history preparing our graduates to become policy leaders. Spring 2017 courses include former State Senator Gloria Romero’s “Seminar in Regional Policies: Education, Politics, and Reform” and “Seminar in Economics: Practical Applications of Policy Analysis” taught by RAND’s Marlon Graf. For legislative staffers with 2+ years of experience, we’ll waive your application fee and GRE requirement! Now accepting applications: (
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  • Associate Director, Legislative Affairs The University of California Office of the President is seeking an Associate Director of Legislative Affairs. This Associate Director represents the University in a wide variety of meetings and hearings with elected officials, staff and advocates. They also lead and manage a team of Legislative Directors who serve as the University's key advocates in Sacramento, and supervise Legislative Coordinators who monitor legislative developments. Highly competitive salary and benefits. Learn more and apply
  • LOBBYING SUCCESS BEGINS HERE. Capitol veteran Ray LeBov's Lobbying 101 and 201 seminars give you a comprehensive, real-world picture of lobbying in California -- the people, processes and best practices critical to your success. February 2-3, $275 each / $500 for both. Lobbying 101 covers the Legislative process and Legislative advocacy. Lobbying 201 explores the equally critical areas of Budget Advocacy, Regulatory Agency Advocacy, Lobbying the Administration and Media Strategies. Essential for lobbying firm principals / staff, organizations / agencies that employ lobbyists, newcomers to the profession. Information / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • 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.

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  • 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!
  • 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 Organizer, 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.
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In Lawmakers' First Hearing On State Budget, Gov. Jerry Brown's Staff Gets Grilled On A $1.5-billion Mistake
John Myers @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Assembly votes to confirm Becerra as attorney general, more candidates enter the race to replace him in ...

State Senate Bill Makes It Easier For Pot Businesses To Pay Taxes - San Francisco Chronicle
SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers want to make it easier for marijuana dispensaries to pay their taxes, saying many cash-only businesses are forced to drive long distances with thousands of dollars to make an in-person payment.

California's Budget Deficit Is Back, Gov. Jerry Brown Says
John Myers @
California Gov. Jerry Brown unveils his 2017-18 state budget and a projected $1.6-billion deficit.

Key Moments From Price's First Confirmation Hearing - Politico
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee full committee hearing on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to be Health and Human Services secretary in the Trump administration Jan. 18, 2017 in Washington. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

Rohrabacher's Ex-treasurer Pleads Guilty To Embezzling From Campaign Fund
Hannah Fry @
A former volunteer campaign treasurer for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher pleaded guilty Tuesday to two dozen felony c

California Reps Who Voted To Repeal Obamacare Keeping Low Profile | Kpbs
Kenny Goldberg @
Right before the House of Representatives went on recess Friday, 13 members of California's congressional delegation voted in favor of a budget resolution to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Historian Kevin Starr Loved Califrornia And Told Its Unique Story In His Books | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Facing the Senate, HHS nominee Price will defend GOP's health care overhaul

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services Committee, will face members of the Senate Wednesday.

Garcetti Looks To Raise $100k For Re-election Campaign In Trips To Chicago, D.C.
Today's high

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Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary, appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for her confirmation hearing Jan. 17.

Car-theft Victim Handed Over To Immigration Agents Sues Sf - Sfgate
A car-theft victim who sought help from San Francisco police only to end up in federal immigration custody for two months filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the city, the Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department for violating the sanctuary city ordinance.

Dems Demand Sessions Recuse Himself On Confirmation Votes - Politico
But the Alabama senator has said only that he would recuse from voting on his own confirmation as attorney general, prompting Democrats to ramp up pressure on something they believe is a prime conflict-of-interest issue.

These jailed politicians want President Obama to grant them clemency, too. Good luck with that.

History has a very select list of politicos who have received mercy from presidents.

Trump Pledges 'firm' Immigration Plan With 'a Lot Of Heart' - Politico
A more compassionate approach differs greatly from the one Trump proposed during the Republican primary, when he advocated for the deportation of every single undocumented immigrant currently in the U.S. He backed away from that proposal as president-elect, instead generally favoring one that would first prioritize the deportation of undocumented immigrants with criminal records before formulating a plan for what to do with those who remained.

Journalists Can Be Called To Testify In San Bernardino County Corruption Case, Judge Rules
Paloma Esquivel @
Journalists can be called to testify in San Bernardino corruption case, judge rules

Thousands Of Marchers Expected To Descend On Washington, Sacramento And Cities Worldwide Saturday | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton @
By Sam Stanton

Who Is Tom Price? - Politico
Rep. Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to helm the Department of Health and Human Services, is a strong foe of abortion and Planned Parenthood, an Obamacare opponent and a supporter of efforts to privatize Medicare. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

Why Two La Democratic Congressmen Are Attending Trump’s Inauguration
Today's high

Ellison Bags Another Top Union Endorsement In Dnc Chair Race - Politico
Keith Ellison has already been endorsed by the AFL-CIO, AFSCME President Lee Saunders, United Steelworkers, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, among others. | Getty

The GOP's dilemma: As Obamacare repeal nears, government health care is suddenly in vogue

Trump promised “insurance for everybody.” And increasingly, that's what Republicans want, too.