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THE Nooner for January 28, 2017




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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!

Sorry about the last couple of days. Computer server challenges that prohibited saving, but things seem okay now.

FROM JOHN MYERS: "Breaking: @JerryBrownGov to undergo additional treatment for prostate cancer, following treatment a few yrs ago. Will keep his schedule."

CLEAR: The "Calexit" initiative has been cleared for circulation. Ironically, Donald Trump has a phone call with Vladimir Putin today, while the leading proponent, Louis Marinellilives in Russia and may have ulterior motives. He didn't sign the legal filing to launch the initiative, although he is registered to vote in San Diego.

That said, it won't qualify.

THE NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN: Trump vs. California: Is Xavier Becerra about to face a conflict he can't resolve? [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters]:

In the 1970s, an ethnically diverse high school in Sacramento sought to quell tensions by training a mix of specially selected students how to resolve conflicts. Among the chosen was a son of Mexican immigrants named Xavier Becerra—a teenager who excelled academically, spent lunch hours playing poker, and seemed to possess a knack for defusing fights.

Forty years later, an ethnically diverse state—anticipating a new wave of conflict with the federal government—has turned to Becerra as well. This time, the goal isn’t so much to avoid conflicts as to make sure they are resolved in California’s favor.

California bill would make it easier for candidates to live outside district [Jim Miller @  SacBee] - “Recently introduced state legislation would relax voter registration rules, allowing California legislative candidates to live far outside the district they seek to represent.”

I've written on this before, but it should said again: under "prosecutorial discretion," district attorneys have posecuted some, but not others. Los Angeles County has a position of prosecuting most cases, whihle other counties don't. [bill text

GOV: Former State Schools Chief Enters California Governor’s Race [Ben Adler @ CapPubRad] - “A new candidate for California governor has entered the ring. If elected, former state schools chief Delaine Eastin would be the state’s first female governor.”

CONSEQUENCES: Will Taxpayers Come to the Aid of Sanctuary Cities? [Joel Fox @ Fox&Hounds] - “President Donald Trump started the process of denying federal grants to cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration laws. Mayors of many large California cities, but not all, have declared they will resist the order and keep sanctuary status for undocumented immigrants. If the president is eventually successful in denying funds to sanctuary cities will local taxpayers bail out cities with additional tax revenue? That would be the ultimate test of voters’ support or rejection of sanctuary city policy.”

SD16 (Bakersfield): Grove to kick off state Senate campaign [Christine Bedell @ BakCa] - Shannon “Grove is now running to succeed state Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, in the 16th Senate District, which includes much of Bakersfield. That election is in November 2018. Former Assemblywoman Connie Conway, R-Tulare, is also running for the seat, so this could be one of the marquis local contests of this election cycle.”

$CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jesse Melgar and Mike Sharif!

FAREWELL: Energy efficiency pioneer Art Rosenfeld



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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  • Equality California’s 2017 Fair Share for Equality Convening. Join EQCA, Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, members of the LGBT Legislative Caucus, policymakers, and community leaders in discussing the priorities for the LGBT community in light of the new political climate. Panel topics include healthcare, HIV/AIDS, immigration, youth, seniors, family and relationship recognition, transgender rights, criminal justice, and more. Complimentary lunch. February 1. Convening from 9am-5pm. Reception from 5pm-7pm. Sacramento Convention Center. RSVP & more details at
  • 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

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  • 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
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  • 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:

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  • 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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  • 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.
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Will Taxpayers Come To The Aid Of Sanctuary Cities? :: Fox&hounds
We are a long way from that point but it is worth considering. Congress has to approve the reduced revenue to sanctuary cities. Lawsuits will be adjudicated since challenges are bound to be filed claiming the federal government cannot deny funds for local policies. Local government leaders in California also promise to establish funds for individuals to defend themselves against federal immigration deportation actions. These lawsuits and legal defense funds will add to taxpayer costs.

Assemblyman Evan Low's Campaign Website Hacked | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

For California, A Return To Center Stage In The 2020 Presidential Contest
Mark Z. Barabak @
Update on 'Essential Politics: California politicians speak out against Trump's actions on immigration, Gov. Brown delivers State of th...

Sacramento Police Acted Lawfully When They Killed Joseph Mann After First Atempting To Run Him Over With Their Car | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

A Government Wells Fargo Complaint Website Has Vanished. Sen. Elizabeth Warren Wants To Know Why
Jim Puzzanghera @
Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants the acting Labor Secretary to explain why a website for complaints from Wells Fargo & Co. employees disappeared after President Trump took office.

Trump's Immigration Plan Could Hurt The GOP Like Pete Wilson's Did - The Orange County Register
He tapped into anti-illegal immigration sentiment and rode it to victory, only to see the strategy slowly eat away at his party's relevance. Sends Obamacare Enrollment Message After Trump Clamp Down - Politico resumed sending emails this afternoon reminding people to enroll in Obamacare, one day after the Trump administration said it was stopping outreach.

Orange County Locals Fear, Support Trump's Immigration Orders - The Orange County Register
SANTA ANA – Several hundred people gathered Friday to discuss Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration, with many saying his moves to suspend immigration from Muslim countries and build a border wall are un-American, while others saying they’ll make the country more secure.

Fearing Deletion, Tom Steyer Copies Environmental Protection Agency Website On Climate Change
Chris Megerian @
Update on 'Essential Politics: California politicians speak out against Trump's actions on immigration, Gov. Brown delivers State of th...

Rep. Hunter Mixed Personal And Campaign Expenses, Trips - The San Diego Union-tribune
Morgan Cook @

Thousands Of Security Officers Unionize In Silicon Valley - San Francisco Chronicle
Thousands of security officers who work on hundreds of sites in Silicon Valley, including at Facebook, Cisco and Genentech, have unionized to push for higher wages and better benefits, SEIU United Service Workers West, a union that represents California workers, announced Saturday.

California Bill Would Ease Punishment For The Use Of False Immigration Records
Jazmine Ulloa @
Update on 'Essential Politics: California politicians speak out against Trump's actions on immigration, Gov. Brown delivers State of th...

Sunrun Hack Nabs Employee W-2 Tax Forms - San Francisco Chronicle
A hacker impersonating Sunrun CEO Lynn Jurich obtained the W-2 tax forms — including Social Security numbers and salary details — for many employees of the San Francisco solar company, according to an internal memo obtained by The Chronicle.

LAPD Chief Beck Explains Why He Doesn't Want His Officers To Be Immigration Cops
Steve Lopez @
This is a blended city, says LAPD chief, who believes a focus on illegal immigrants won't help anyone

Los Angeles Unified Solved Financial Headache By Changing Computer Codes | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Art Rosenfeld, pioneer in energy efficiency, dies
Arthur H. Rosenfeld, a California energy commissioner whose tireless demands for power plant efficiency made the state a world leader in the fight against global warming and saved Americans billions of dollars in electricity bills, died at his Berkeley home Friday after an illness related to pneumonia. In his long career, his focus on improving the efficiency of electricity production and use — from power plants and factories, to homes and appliances — helped develop today’s federal and state efficiency rules and standards. When the oil embargo’s effects hit home in 1974, as he often recalled, the UC Berkeley nuclear physicist turned off needless lights in his particle physics lab and decided he ought to start exploring new technologies that could save energy and curb America’s dependence on oil — whether foreign or domestic. “After 20 minutes uncovering light switches (and saving 100 gallons for the weekend) I decided that UC Berkeley and its Radiation Laboratory should do something about conservation,” he wrote. In 1994, President Bill Clinton recruited Mr. Rosenfeld to serve as senior adviser on energy efficiency in the Department of Energy, where he worked on issues of climate change and the development of low-carbon technologies. After 10 years on the commission, Mr. Rosenfeld returned to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and to the research group known as the Heat Island, which he founded in 1985 to investigate how cooler surfaces — like white roofs on houses and white-painted roads — could help cool cities and the planet. [...] he retired seven years ago Mr. Rosenfeld traveled internationally and throughout America, sounding his message of energy efficiency to utilities, governments and the public.

Obamacare Repeal Will Affect Millions In California | The Sacramento Bee
Phillip Reese @
By Phillip Reese

Search for 'illegal' 2016 votes extends to a mangled quote and a flawed academic study

A sliced-up version of a quote President Barack Obama gave during an interview has provided fodder for conservatives looking for evidence of voter fraud.