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THE Nooner for January 25, 2017




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Governor Jerry Brown gave his State of the State yesterday, and it demonstrated the gap between California and DC. Set aside partisanship. My friends on the GOP side of the house are as concerned as on the blue side of the house as it pertains to our Golden State. We'll get through the hyperbole. Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy have common interests on immigration.



There are 30 new members or legislative seat changes this session – will you recognize them in the hall or around town?

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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. April 13-14, $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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Jerry Brown Swears In Xavier Becerra As California Attorney General | The Sacramento Bee
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Trump Is A Hot Topic In California's Race For Governor, But Not In A Good Way
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Update on 'Essential Politics: Gov. Brown delivers State of the State address, Xavier Becerra is sworn in as California's new attorney...

State Tax Deduction At Risk In Tax Overhaul Discussion | The Sacramento Bee
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Anti-immigration Groups Are Pushing Trump To Stick To Campaign Pledge To Deport Dreamers
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California Utilities Propose A $1 Billion Electric Vehicle Push - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Transportation accounts for 36 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in California, the largest amount of any sector. 

L.A. City Lawmakers Approve Rick Caruso's 16-story Apartment Tower Near Beverly Center
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The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to approve a 145-unit residential tower near the Beverly Center, ending a nearly three-month back-and-forth over the project at City Hall.

Federal Lawsuit Against San Onofre Deal Survives Motion To Dismiss - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Federal judges on Tuesday declined to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the distribution of costs for the premature closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant, saying state regulators have not shown the case is moot.

Senator Fuller Comments on Congressional Republicans&#039; Health Care Reform Proposal
SACRAMENTO - Today, United States senators Susan Collins (

Senate Confirms Nikki Haley As Trump's Pick For U.n. Ambassador
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Update on 'Trump to reopen Keystone and Dakota Access pipeline negotiations'

Huntington Beach Desalination Plant Is Among Trump Priorities, Leaked Document Shows - The Orange County Register
A document purportedly leaked from the Trump administration indicates that the proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach is among 50 infrastructure projects nationwide that the president has designated as a priority.

The Future Of California's Cap-and-trade Program Remains Uncertain As It Gets Its Day In Court
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Lawyers for state regulators and businesses battle in court over the future of California's premiere climate program, cap and trade.

Trump Expected To Issue Immigration Actions On Wednesday - Politico
President Donald Trump made his hardline stance on immigration from Mexico and from countries with large Muslim populations a centerpiece of his campaign. | Getty

GOP Budget Vice Chair Issues Statement on Governor&#039;s State of the State
Senate Budget Vice-Chair Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) issued the following statement on the State of State address:

California Lawmakers To Weigh Whether Courts Should Allow Younger Children To Testify In Family Cases
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Update on 'Essential Politics: Gov. Brown delivers State of the State address, Xavier Becerra is sworn in as California's new attorney...

Gag Order, Freeze Put On Epa, Other Federal Agencies - San Francisco Chronicle
The Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services are among the agencies reportedly facing at least temporary gag orders.

Placer County Officials Declare Local State Of Emergency Due To Winter Storms | The Sacramento Bee
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By Tony Bizjak

Supervisors put Treasure Island financing on firmer ground
The Board of Supervisors put together the last few puzzle pieces needed to fund affordable housing on Treasure Island Tuesday. Rather than the money flowing into the city’s general fund, one financing district will pay for various public projects and improvements. The vote had stalled for months as Treasure Island Development Authority officials scrambled to find money to cover a $380 million funding gap left by an unexpected surge in construction costs and the addition of extra affordable units. The special financing district will generate some money and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development is contributing $250 million, but the project is still $130 million short. TIDA officials plan to ask the state to increase the lifetime of the financing district from 40 years to 45 years and to explore other state grants. Under an ordinance introduced by Supervisor Mark Farrell, developers won’t be able to play politics with taxpayer dollars. The ordinance would clamp down on affordable housing nonprofits from using government money for campaign purposes.

High Winds And Rain Caused Accidents And Power Outages | The Sacramento Bee
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By Cathy Locke and Hudson Sangree

True: 27 Percent Of Californians 'were Born In A Foreign Land' | Politifact California
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In his State of the State Address, Gov. Jerry Brown vowed to defend the protections California affords all immigrants in the state, documented or not, against the Trump administration.