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THE Nooner for January 19, 2017




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Well, that was a fun night. I didn't lose power, but I know many of you did, and I had my candles lit just in case. As I write, SMUD reports 261 continuing power outages affecting 9,149 customers, including some Nooner readers. The largest gust was 63mph at Sacramento International Airport and there were sustained winds of 40mph. 

Meanwhile, the Raiders filed the paperwork to turn off the lights in Oakland. The move to Las Vegas still has to be approved by NFL owners.

Before the peak winds, the Senate Rules Committee approved the nomination of Xavier Becerra as attorney general. A vote by the full State Senate is expected on Monday. That will set off the official campaign for CA34 (Los Angeles).

THE LEFT COAST: California Strikes a Bold Pose as Vanguard of the Resistance [Adam Nagourney @ NYT] - "In the months since the election of Donald J. Trump, California has turned into a laboratory of resistance — championing legal, legislative and political strategies to counter Republican policies while pressing the kind of new Democratic policies that presumably will not be coming out of Washington anytime soon."

Confirmation hearings today include Treasury nominee Steve Mnuchin and Energy nominee Rick Perry. Things are already testy in Senate Finance, which is considering Mnuchin, in which this morning's hearing began with Pat Roberts (R-KS) offering Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) a Valium before Wyden asked questions.

The Great Exception: California vs. Trump. Part One. [Andy Kroll @ Sunday Magazine]:

  • “We don’t want a fight. We’re not looking for a fight. But we’re ready to defend this state and its people.” –Kevin de León, President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate
  • “It is up to us to pass policies that would firewall Californians — and what we believe — from the cynical, shortsighted, and reactionary agenda that is rising in the wake of the election.” –Anthony Rendon, Speaker of the California State Assembly


BACKING OFF: Fearing Trump, California drops undocumented health insurance request [Jim Miller @ SacBee]:

California has withdrawn its request to the federal government for permission to allow undocumented people to obtain health insurance from the state exchange, with a lawmaker linking the decision to concerns about the incoming Trump administration.

State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, called the action “the first California casualty of the Trump presidency.” Lara, who carried the bill seeking the change and requested Wednesday’s move, said in a statement that he doesn’t “trust the Trump administration to do what’s best for California and to implement the waiver in a way that protects people’s privacy and health.”

MAKING GOOD ON PROMISES: As soon as he is inaugurated, Trump will move to clamp down on immigration [Brian Bennett @ LAT]:

Aides are clearing the way for President-elect Donald Trump to take the first steps toward transforming the immigration system as soon as he takes office Friday, fulfilling a major campaign pledge while deepening the fears of immigration advocates about what’s to come.

Gone will be the temporary protections of the final Obama years for people in the country illegally. In their place, expect to see images on the evening news of workplace raids as Trump sends a message that he is wasting no time on his promised crackdown.
He may also limit who can come into the country as a security measure, making good on a sweeping vow to stop immigrants “from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism.”

READY TO FIGHT: Matsui sees familiar fears behind Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric [Hamed Aleaziz @ SFChron] - "Rep. Doris Matsui of Sacramento was born in the desert of southern Arizona, in an internment camp that was so big and isolated, its conditions so extreme, that its three subdivisions were nicknamed Roastin’, Toastin’ and Dustin’ by its Japanese American residents....“During different times in our history, different groups of people have been marginalized,” she said. “Because of my history and background, I know I have a duty to speak up in this moment. Future generations are listening.”"

US SENATE: Feinstein signals she’ll run for re-election in 2018 [Carolyn Lochhead @ SFChron]:

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein strongly suggested Wednesday that she will run for re-election in 2018.

Although she said she has not yet made up her mind, Feinstein told KQED-FM that “as long as I feel I can get things done, and I can, then I think I benefit the people of my state as opposed to someone new coming in.”

When reporter Scott Shafer responded that she sounded as if she were running, Feinstein said, “Well, that’s sort of true.”


Dianne Feinstein hints at re-election bid: ‘Well, that’s sort of true’ [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein gave her standard answer Wednesday when asked whether she planned to seek re-election when her term comes up in two years: If she can produce for the people of California, “then I will continue to produce,” she said. “If I believe I can’t, either by health or any other way, I won’t,” she added." 


Will Sen. Dianne Feinstein run for re-election in 2018? [Tracy Seipel @ MercNews] - "Whether or not U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein intends to seek a fifth term seemed to move closer to a “yes” than a “no” on Wednesday after a Bay Area reporter who interviewed her in Washington, D.C., tweeted out that it appears she will be running again. But a Feinstein spokesman quickly claimed her words were taken out of context."

OOPS: $1.9 billion error adds to California deficit projection [Jonathan J. Cooper @ AP] - "Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration miscalculated costs for the state Medi-Cal program by $1.9 billion last year, an oversight that contributed to Brown’s projection of a deficit in the upcoming budget, officials acknowledged this week. . . . “There’s no other way to describe this other than a straight up error in accounting, which we deeply regret,” said H.D. Palmer, a spokesman for the Department of Finance."

PROP 64: California’s pot czar on upcoming marijuana regulation: ‘We will not fail’ [Peter Hecht @ SacBee] - "In a coming together that once seemed highly unlikely, California state regulators Wednesday greeted a hotel ballroom filled with marijuana growers, promising that a licensing program to bring thousands of pot producers out of the shadows will be operational in the state by Jan. 1, 2018."

This is setting up a showdown with federal Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions, assuming he is confirmd.

ICE, ICE BABY: California has the snow. It just needs to keep it frozen [Rong-Gong Lin II @ LAT] - "Warm winter storms can also provide water storage if rain falls on top of a thick snowpack and refreezes as it drips below. But warm storms can cause other problems, triggering floods when rain hits snow-clogged storm drains in Lake Tahoe towns and delivering clumpy, heavy, wet snow that can pile on trees, causing them to fall and bring power lines down with them."

CONSEQUENCES: Legislature curbs free speech for 'worthy' aims—then come the lawsuits [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters] - AB 1687, which prohibits sites like IMDB from displaying ages Of actors, " now being challenged in federal court with a lawsuit that says it amounts to unconstitutional censorship. It’s one of a handful of policies to come out of the Democratic-controlled Legislature that limit unfettered speech—some of them prompted by pressure from liberal allies such as the actors’ labor union and Planned Parenthood."

EYE CANDY: How America’s Thinking Changed Under Obama [FiveThirtyEight]

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Pablo Espinoza and Ted Green!

#FAREWELL: Former State Senator Lucy Killea (I-San Diego) (1922-2017)



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?<

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  • The 2017 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. Join Irvine and state policymakers in recognizing Californians advancing innovative solutions in after-school programming, autism services, education, entrepreneurship, homelessness, and legal justice. February 9 12:00-1:30 p.m., Sheraton Grand, complimentary lunch. Tamara Torlakson: 916-508-2142
  • 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: (
  • SACRAMENTO-BASED THRILLER wins national honors for Best First Novel, Best Political Thriller & Best Female PI/Sleuth. "Entertaining whodunnit told with humor and intellect" ONE MURDER MORE by Kris Calvin features a woman lobbyist as the amateur sleuth, while the cast of suspects includes two CA Governors (one past, one present) & a Senate Fellow! Order now from Amazon or your favorite bookstore at $13.99 trade paper $4.99 ebook!
  • 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:

  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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 La: Taxing Business To Publically Finance Political Campaigns? :: Fox&hounds
A Los Angeles City Councilman wants to get rid of private money in politics by approving a public financing scheme potentially funded by taxing members of the business community.

California Withdraws Immigrant Health Care Request | The Sacramento Bee
California officials on Wednesday withdrew their request to sell unsubsidized insurance policies to people who can't prove they're legally in the United States after learning the decision would fall to President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

Senator Wilk Responds to Governor Brown&#039;s Proposed Budget
Senator Scott Wilk, R-Antelope Valley, issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown's 2017-18 Budget Proposal:

Gov. Jerry Brown Hands Out A Plum And Diminishes His Legacy In California | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer

Abel Maldonado Comes Up Short In Agriculture Secretary Bid
But Trump, whose hard-line politics on immigration factored prominently in his campaign, planned to fill the last of his Cabinet positions without a Hispanic, marking the latest in a string of setbacks for Maldonado.

Gov. Jerry Brown Touts Partnerships With China Amid Warnings About The Future
Chris Megerian @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Becerra gets confirmation hearing in state Senate, Gov. Brown's budget team admits to math mistake'

Rep. Tom Price's first hearing, in less than 3 minutes

Rep. Tom Price, President-elect Trump's nominee for secretary of health and human services, attended a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, on Jan. 18 at the Capitol. Price will attend a second hearing, in front of the Senate Finance Committee, which will formally vote on his nomination.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein Just Gave An Extremely Heavy Hint About Her 2018 Plans
Sarah D. Wire @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Becerra gets confirmation hearing in state Senate, Gov. Brown's budget team admits to math mistake'

Education Department Withdraws Proposed Title I Spending Rule - Politico
GOP lawmakers had threatened to kill the rule if the Department of Education moved forward.

Becerra Wins Confirmation In Senate Rules Committee | The Sacramento Bee
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Trump Voters Harbor Mixed Feelings Ahead Of Inauguration - Wsj
Janet Hook @
President-elect Donald Trump owes his election in 2016 in part to voters like Deborah Forster, an independent in Michigan who had deeply mixed feelings about the Republican nominee.

Obama On Voter Fraud Claims: ‘this Is Fake News’ - Politico
Obama, addressing reporters in the White House briefing room, got animated when discussing voting rights, warning that more recent restrictions on ballot access, like voter ID laws that critics charge are racist because they disproportionately affect minorities and young people, have their roots in the era of Jim Crow.

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.

Old Media Continue To Dominate As A Source Of Campaign News, Survey Shows
David Lauter @
Update on 'Trump's Cabinet: Senate hearings continue'

Bay Area events related to Donald Trumpâ
Bay Area events centered on President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday. 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, 415 Geary St. All proceeds go to Planned Parenthood, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, La Raza Centro Legal and Earthjustice. Demonstrators plan to gather at 7 a.m. outside the Ronald Dellums Federal Building, 1301 Clay St. Teach-ins and workshops start at 9 a.m. at Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th Street and Broadway. At noon, a labor-themed rally and march will be held at Latham Square, Broadway and Telegraph Avenue. Participants will form a human chain across the Golden Gate Bridge in a “peaceful demonstration and performance art piece” beginning at 10 a.m. Marchers will gather at 1 p.m. at Creek Park at the Hub in San Anselmo and at Pickleweed Park in San Rafael, then join up for 3 p.m. rallies at San Rafael City Hall and the B Street Community Theater, 618 B St. : An afternoon of sitting and walking meditations will be hosted from 1 to 5:15 p.m. by the San Francisco Zen Center, 300 Page St. Screening of ‘You’ve Been Trumped Too’: Presented by the San Francisco Green Film Festival as part of its First 100 Days series, the film follows a Scottish family whose home water supply was cut off during construction of the president-elect’s golf course. Sidewalk protests: A protest will be held from noon to 1 p.m. along El Camino Real in Peninsula and South Bay cities through which it passes. In keeping with the Latin American tradition of Cacerolazo, residents throughout the Bay Area are being encouraged to step outside their homes from 6 to 6:05 p.m. and bang on pots and pans in protest. 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., Santa Rosa. Speakers, poetry readings, live music and a dance party at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. The Blue Ball: A fundraiser for reproductive rights, environmental protection, racial justice and immigrant and LGBTQ rights, 8 p.m. at Home on Treasure Island, an event space, Avenue D and 12th Street on Treasure Island. Rep. Anna Eshoo and singer-activist Joan Baez headline a rally for the environment, education, health care and other causes, at 11 a.m. at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway. In San Jose, a march will begin at 10 a.m. at City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St. In Walnut Creek, marchers will gather at 10:30 a.m. at Civic Park, 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, Third and Main streets. : A pancake brunch with music, dancing and talks about taking local action, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Natoma Cabana, 90 Natoma St., San Francisco.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Calls For 'dreamers' To Be Protected At Mayors Meeting In Washington
Sarah D. Wire @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Becerra gets confirmation hearing in state Senate, Gov. Brown's budget team admits to math mistake'

Would Pompeo resume waterboarding if ordered by President-elect Donald Trump?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), the nominee to be the next director of the CIA, whether he would comply if ordered by President-elect Donald Trump to resume the use of waterboarding and other methods on terrorism suspects.

Oracle Paid White Men More Than Women, Blacks, Asians: Labor Department Lawsuit
Oracle, women, men, white, Caucasian, Asian, black, African American, discrimination, Department of Labor, labor department