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THE Nooner for January 24, 2017




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This morning, Governor Jerry Brown gave his State of the State address, including the swearing in of Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Becerra submitted his resignation to the House this morning.

BOE2: As Fiona Ma runs for state Treasurer, Assemblymember Rich Gordon is running for her seat on the state Board of Equalization. In this safe Dem seat, the question is whether Gordon will face another Dem in the top-two primary. The one name out there is outgoing Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Tick-tock...

JUST KIDDING: Jerry Brown forgives $2.4 million loan to no-on-53 campaign [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "The effort to defeat Proposition 53 last November relied heavily on money from Gov. Jerry Brown, whose re-election committee gave the no-on-53 campaign more than $4.1 million in the weeks leading up to the election, with $2.4 million of that a loan. That loan is now history."

CONCERNS: Undocumented CSUS students fearful of uncertain future under Trump [Diana Lambert @ SacBee] - "Conflicting reports about if and when President Donald Trump will end a program that allows undocumented students to remain in the country while attending school has many Sacramento State students nervous. Staff members and faculty are worried, too."


#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?<

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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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[...] on Tuesday, all six of them will introduce a resolution supporting universal reproductive health care for all women and girls — regardless of possible cuts to federal funding. Other San Francisco female elected officials, including Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu and school board members Emily Murase and Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell, will be at the morning announcement in support. President Trump has long targeted the Affordable Care Act, which among other things requires health insurance companies to cover preventative reproductive services, including birth control, and the new Congress has already begun to chip away at the law. In November, a day after Trump’s election, California state Senate and Assembly leaders released a joint statement that the presidential outcome was “clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California.” “Regardless of who is leading from the White House, our goal must be to respect and improve women's health care and design a system that is always safe, affordable, and leaves critical decisions in the hands of women,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen. Cuts to federal funding, including Title X family planning and Medicaid, could affect clinics across San Francisco, including a Planned Parenthood facility and the Women’s Community Clinic on Fillmore Street. There is money in the city budget to cover the health care funding gap if federal dollars are cut, supervisors said. The city is already facing budget constraints because of the failure of a three-quarter-cent sales tax on November’s ballot and a projected $5 billion pension shortfall.

Senate Panel Narrowly Backs Trump's Choice For Top Diplomat | The Sacramento Bee
Rex Tillerson's bid to be secretary of state narrowly won approval Monday from the Republican-led Foreign Relations Committee, a move that all but assures the full Senate will confirm President Donald Trump's pick for the key Cabinet post.

State Senate Votes For Final Confirmation Of Xavier Becerra As State Attorney General
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Despite Washington-sacramento Split, Legislators Agree On Trickery | The Sacramento Bee
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Observations on California and its politics

Arnold Schwarzenegger No Fan Of Trump's Pick To Lead The Epa
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Update on 'Trump signs orders pulling out of Pacific trade deal, freezing government hires'

Senate Delays Sessions' Confirmation Vote - Politico
Sen. Jeff Sessions' confirmation vote for attorney general in the Senate Judiciary Committee will wait another week.

California Schools May Face Cuts Amid Skyrocketing Pension Costs - San Francisco Chronicle
Public schools around California are bracing for a crisis driven by skyrocketing worker pension costs that are expected to force districts to divert billions of dollars from classrooms into retirement accounts, education officials said.

Judge Blocks Aetna-humana Health Insurance Merger
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The proposed $34-billion merger of Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. to form one of the nation’s largest health insurers was blocked Monday by a federal judge on antitrust grounds.

Legislature OKs Appointment Of Xavier Becerra As Attorney General - San Francisco Chronicle
SACRAMENTO — Rep. Xavier Becerra will be sworn in as California’s first Latino attorney general Tuesday after the state Legislature gave final approval to the veteran Los Angeles lawmaker’s interim appointment.

$1b Soccer Redevelopment Initiative Announced For 'q' Site - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Newsom: It Will Get 'intriguing' If Thiel Runs For Governor
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. | AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Unionization Vote May Resolve Telemundo's Dispute With Sag-aftra
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The long-running dispute between Telemundo and SAG-AFTRA over whether actors for the Spanish language broadcaster can unionize could see a conclusion by March.

Spicer Defends Trump For Claiming Millions Voted Illegally - Politico
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump for continuing to claim that millions of people voted illegally in the November election, despite numerous fact-checks and other studies that have debunked the theory.

McCaskill's full exchange with Price on Trump's health care plan

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) asked Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), President Trump's nominee for Health and Human Services secretary, questions at a Senate Finance Committee hearing, Jan. 24.

A Key Reform Of California’s Landmark Environmental Law Hasn't Kept Its Promises
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How minor reform of the state’s landmark environmental law, CEQA, hasn’t done what it promised to do.

Sacramento Region Cut Water Use 25 Percent In 2016 Despite End Of Mandatory Conservation | The Sacramento Bee
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Former Wrestling Exec Mcmahon Promises To Be A 'defender Of The Little Guy' At Sba - Politico
McMahon, a former professional wrestling executive and twice-failed Senate candidate, said she would be a strong advocate for small businesses, pushing for fewer regulations and a simplified tax code. She walked back her past support for merging the SBA with the Commerce Department, a position she took in her 2012 Senate campaign, easily diffusing any potential problems for her nomination.

Assembly Speaker Taps Former Obama Spokesman For Communications Strategy
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Investor Group Wants To Bring Mls To San Diego | Kpbs
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A group of investors unveiled a proposal Monday for a $1 billion redevelopment of the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley, which would include a privately financed football and soccer stadium, along with a 55- acre park, housing and commercial buildings.

Got Questions On Trump's Aca Executive Order? Here Are Answers | The Sacramento Bee
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Democrats Grill Price On Health Care Investments, Obamacare Order - Politico
Democrats went after Rep. Tom Price, Donald Trump's pick to run the Department of Health and Human services, over ethics concerns. | Getty