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THE Nooner for January 22, 2017




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Well, the focus of the news cycles continue to be on DC and the rallies that followed, and there is little CA political news. Most California legislators enjoyed the rare downtime, regardless of whether or not they are happy with the change in party in the 202.

Unfortunately, the news in California is primarily about the ongoing impact of the series of storms pounding the state. Here in Sac, we should start drying out beginning on Tuesday for several days.

On Saturday, committee membership in the Assembly was released. While your email box, like mine, was likely filled with emails from members proclaiming a chair or vice-chair position, it was drowned out by the inauguration and Women's March messages.

MONEY MATTERS: Local governments grapple with increasing pension costs before higher tab comes in 2018 [Brad Branan @ SacBee] - "Local government officials are bracing for even higher costs following a decision in December by the state’s retirement system to forecast lower investment returns, forcing governments and some employees to increase their pension contributions. Officials are still estimating how much the change will cost when it takes effect in July 2018 for local governments, but expect them to exceed the increases of recent years."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Suzy Costa!



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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  • California Teacher Shortage Legislative Briefing: Thurs., Jan. 26, 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Capitol Room 2040. The California School Boards Association and the Learning Policy Institute invite members of the Legislature and staff to an in-depth briefing and discussion on California’s teacher shortage. CSBA, LPI and elected school board leaders will present real-time data collected from more than 200 California school districts and will answer questions on the teacher shortage. The CSBA/LPI brief on the teacher shortage is available to download. While a formal response is not required, members and staff may RSVP online.
  • 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.

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


Political Road Map: Voters Have Placed A Lot Of California's Budget Choices On Autopilot
John Myers @
California's state budgeting rules get more complex every year. Case in point: The new budget deficit must be solved even though there's actually money to spare.

Local Governments In California Grapple With Increasing Pension Costs Before Higher Tab Comes In 2018 | The Sacramento Bee
Brad Branan @
By Brad Branan

Donald Trump's Executive Order On Obamacare Will Cripple The Health Insurance Market
Michael Hiltzik @
Trump's executive order on Obamacare is about to cause chaos in health insurance.

Women's March In Sacramento Draws Thousands -
Amy Quinton @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Huffman Is The Kaepernick Of California Politics - San Francisco Chronicle
Jared Huffman, the Democratic congressman from San Rafael, is smart, principled and dedicated to public service. Years ago, despite our many ideological differences, we worked together on a package of political and government reforms, and I learned that he has the potential to be one of the state’s most impressive and influential public sector leaders.

Measles Outbreak Grows In L.A.'s Orthodox Jewish Community Despite California's Strict New Vaccination Law
Soumya Karlamangla @
A measles outbreak erupted in Southern California that has infected 20 people over the past seven weeks, health officials say.

Thousands Of People Expected For Women's March On Sacramento Saturday Jan. 21, 2017 | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff, Nashelly Chavez and Ed Fletcher @
By Alexei Koseff, Nashelly Chavez and Ed Fletcher

Human Rights Extolled At San Diego Women's March - The San Diego Union-tribune
Phil Diehl @
 <h1>Storm unleashes violent winds in parts of count</h1>

Kamala Harris: The Women's March Is 'absolutely Personal To Me'
Annie Z. Yu @
Update on 'Women's marches live updates: Huge crowd marching in Los Angeles while massive Washington march continues'

Wikileaks Calls Out Trump For Refusing To Release Tax Returns - Politico
Calls for Trump to disclose his tax returns have continued since his election. | AP Photo

Women's March Draws Mothers And Daughters From Fresno And Other California Cities | The Sacramento Bee
Michael Doyle and Stuart Leavenworth @
By Michael Doyle and Stuart Leavenworth

As Trump Pushes For U.S. Manufacturing, 'made In America' Is Losing Its Luster In The Fashion World
David Pierson @
Donald Trump won the presidency thanks in part to his promise to bring back American manufacturing, but his polarizing campaign has raised concern among Made in the USA clothiers.

Women's March Draws Thousands To Santa Rosa In Stand Against Trump | The Press Democrat
Carrying signs and chanting slogans, demonstrators in the largest city on the politically liberal North Coast voiced grave concerns about the future of the nation under a leader whose stated objectives represent an assault on values they hold dear.

McCain says he will support Tillerson for secretary of state

President Trump's nominee for secretary of state lands a much-needed supporter in the Senate.

Massive Women's March In Downtown L.A. Said To Be Largest In Over A Decade
Cindy Chang, Ruben Vives, Dakota Smith, Richard Winton, Christine Zhang @
Thousands converge on downtown Los Angeles to march for women's rights

Defiant Women To Trump: Your Agenda Won't Go Unchallenged | The Sacramento Bee
In a global exclamation of defiance and solidarity, more than 1 million people rallied at women's marches in the nation's capital and cities around the world Saturday to send President Donald Trump an emphatic message on his first full day in office that they won't let his agenda go unchallenged.

Slideshow: Metro Trains Reach Capacity, Stranding Some Women's March Attendees | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
As thousands of people gathered in Downtown L.A. for the Women's March of Los Angeles, thousands more were left standing on Metro platforms and at bus stops as packed trains and buses rolled past.

Mcconnell Predicts Senate Will Confirm Trump's Entire Cabinet - Politico
"What's been unfortunate is that all I asked of my colleague Sen. Schumer was to treat President Trump the same we treated President Obama," McConnell said. | Getty

Huge Bay Area Crowds Turn Out For Women's March
In Oakland, 100,000 join Women's March, with at least 25,000 in San Jose, 50,000 in San Francisco and at least 5,000 in Walnut Creek.

Obama Official: Daca Students Will Soon Be Deported Under Trump | The Sacramento Bee
[READ MORE: This is what Donald Trump is doing, starting on Day One]