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THE Nooner for January 23, 2017




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Happy Monday! I'm probably the only one offering that greeting to you today. 

As we look east, it's not a very happy Monday for many Californians, as President Trump formally withdrew the United States's signature from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Getting past partisan politics, the pact among 12 nations was aimed at reducing the dominance of China over 2/3 of the world's population. As we know, the agreement took seven years to negotiate and the new POTUS is promising a quick replacement.


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Blanca Arellano and Nitasha Sawhney!



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.

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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.
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How Much Money Is Your Vote Worth? Here's What California House Candidates Spent In 2016
Javier Panzar @
If you want to snag one of California’s 53 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, start saving: The average winner in 2016 spent $1.5 million to be a part of the country’s largest congressional delegation. 

California Needs Lots Of New Housing, And Legislative Plans Fall Very Short | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Obamacare Repeal Would Also Affect Your Employer Health Insurance
Soumya Karlamangla @
Essential Politics

Group Plans Suits Over Trump's Foreign-government Profits - Politico
A liberal watchdog group plans to file a lawsuit Monday arguing that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution's ban on officials accepting benefits from foreign governments.

Massive Marches And A Cranky New President. We're Certainly Off To A Colorful Start
Steve Lopez @
on day when half a million protesters march in DC, Trump complains about smaller estimate for his inaugural

President Trump signs executive order for Betsy DeVos's nomination

President Trump signed multiple executive orders on Jan. 20, including formal nominations for his Cabinet, and gave away the pens he used. For Betsy DeVos, his choice for education secretary, he said, “Ah, Betsy. Education, right?” while lawmakers disputed who would take that pen.

The Vanishing San Diego Single-family Home - The San Diego Union-tribune
Phillip Molnar @

Will Trump's Tough Talk On Immigration Cause A Farm Labor Shortage? -
Vanessa Rancano @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Huge Rallies May Signal An Emerging Anti-trump Movement. But Sustaining Unity Could Prove Difficult
Cathleen Decker @
The new lines of conflict in America were drawn Saturday: a newly revived protest movement has risen to greet a president acutely attuned to public opinion.

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Trump To Meet With Auto Industry Executives On Tuesday - Politico
Throughout his campaign and after his election, President Donald Trump took aim at car companies including GM and Ford on Twitter and at rallies. | Getty

Maxine Waters's ridiculous claim that Betsy DeVos 'has never seen the inside of a classroom'

At the Women's March, Rep. Waters disparaged the nominee for Secretary of Education without evidence.

Rock Slides Shut Down Topanga Canyon Boulevard In Malibu
Matt Hamilton @
Update on 'Storm slams Southern California: Roads flooding and warnings issued around the region'

Davis Police Investigate Hate Crime At Mosque | The Sacramento Bee
Jessica Hice @
By Jessica Hice

Only A Third Of California Doctors Are People Of Color, But 60 Percent Of Residents Are - California Health Report
Hannah Guzik @
By Hannah Guzik

An Influx Of Refugees From The Middle East Have Swelled The Ranks Of English-learners In Two Sacramento School Districts | The Sacramento Bee
Loretta Kalb @
By Loretta Kalb

A New Path To Help For Victims Of Domestic Violence - California Health Report
Linda Childers @
By Linda Childers

Scandals, Surprise Squeakers And The 'trump Effect': What Worked And What Flopped In California's Five Most Expensive House Races
Javier Panzar @
California's most expensive House races were mostly partisan affairs fueled by false hopes that Trump would bring down incumbent Republicans. An open seat on the Central Coast also saw big spending

Trump Pledges To Cut Taxes And Regulation 'massively' - Politico
President Donald Trump leads a meeting with invited business leaders and members of his staff in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on January 23. | Getty

Trump, New Supervisors Give Ed Lee Chance To Assert Leadership - San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee beamed triumphantly at last week’s groundbreaking of the new Warriors arena as he watched his “legacy project” come into being. The moment stood in stark contrast to one year ago, when protesters booed him loudly throughout his inauguration ceremony.