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THE Nooner for April 11, 2017

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Good morning and Happy Tuesday to you. It's a another Spring Break quiet news day in California politics. I hope your week has started off better than that of United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz and (now former) Alabama governor Robert Bentley.

Did you see that play during yesterday's Giants home opener which, with bases loaded, pitcher Matt Moore hit a short bouncer about half way to first base? Then with two errors by the D-backs, the Giants managed to score all three runners and Moore ended up on second base. 


  • CA50 (East SD County): added Jamul Dulzura USD trustee Josh Butner (D)

AD51 (East Los Angeles): Former Montebello school board member David Vela (D) will run for Jimmy Gomez's seat if he is elected to Congress, reports the LAT's Christine Mai-Duc.

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Yesterdaty, I wrote that Democrats would be defending Ami Bera and Eric Swalwell next year. Of course, it's not Swalwell but rather Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) that are on the defense list.

MONEY MATTERS: The Merc News's Patrick May writes that Gavin Newsom has received $225,850 from Airbnb employees for his 2018 gubernatorial bid.

In Fox & Hounds, Darry Sragow and Rob Pyers look at the hopes of California Democrats in next year's election.



FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: The LAT's George Skelton asks why California lawmakers are getting relatively high approval ratings. His conclusion? 
They're getting things done.

Also in the Times, Liam Dillon writes that despite many efforts to build football stadiums in California, the Legislature has little to show for many bills intruduced and even passed. The Inglewood stadium under construction for the Rams and Chargers was done without state assistance.

THE 916: Aerojet Rocketdyne is eliminating 1,100 jobs in Rancho Cordova, ending the tenure of the region's largest manufacturer. 

CONGRATULATIONS: Kudos to the East Bay Times for winniing a Pulitzer, announced yesterday, for its coverage of the Oakland "ghosit ship" warehouse fire. 



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Julie Griffiths, Joshua Hoover, Chris Reefe, and Paula Treat!



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  • Emerge California's 5th Annual Sacramento Reception - Together We Persist,  Join Emerge California, Keynote speaker Senator Connie Leyva, and the Freshman Democrat Assemblywomen on April 19th 6:00pm - 9:00pm at the Mix Downtown, 1525 L St. Sacramento, CA 95814. We are celebrating collaboration, unity and solidarity amongst Democratic Women persisting through our current political environment. For tiackets and more information:
  • California Coverage & Health Initiatives (CCHI) - Executive Assistant/Office Manager in Sacramento. CCHI seeking strong candidate to provide administrative and financial support to the CEO and Board of Directors. Responsible for office operations and procedures including payroll, human resources and financial duties. Great salary and generous benefit packet. To review full job description, visit

    Submit resume & cover letter to Mark Diel:

  • Nominate a California Leader Today. The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards recognize Californians in nonprofits, business, or government advancing innovative and effective solutions to critical state issues. Recipients receive $200,000 to advance their work. Nominations are due by April 28. Nominate a leader today:

  • CA School Boards Assn- Political Dir. Responsible for CSBA’s grassroots program; to oversee state and local outreach, establish and coordinate membership training; supervise team of grassroots professionals; supervise grassroots programs and outreach to association members and other partnering industries; assist with Political Action Committee fundraising efforts; coordinate CSBA’s efforts relating to statewide ballot measures including signature gathering and “get out the vote” efforts; develop, summarize, and maintain various reports and records; foster cooperative working relationships among Association staff and act as liaison with various legislative, educational, community, public, and government agencies; and perform related work as required. BOE. Details:
  • Land Use/Environmental/Water Attorney sought by Arnold LaRochelle Mathews VanConas & Zirbel LLC, an established AV rated mid-size Oxnard firm (see Applicant must have at least 3-5 years of California land use, environmental law or water law experience. Representation of public agencies and government entity litigation is a definite plus. Applicant should be capable of independently handling a variety of government general legal counsel matters including Brown Act Open Meetings Law, Political Reform Act, and the Public Records Act. Collegial but busy work environment with opportunity for advancement. Send resume and writing sample to firm’s managing partner John Mathews (

  • LOBBYING SUCCESS BEGINS HERE. [end bold] 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. Our last two seminar dates sold out, so we encourage you to book quickly. 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.
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  • Voices For Progress, a new innovative, progressive grassTOPS advocacy organization seeks California Policy Manager. Develop advocacy priorities and strategies for members (philanthropists, business leaders, campaign donors) to weigh in on issues including: climate change, economic inequality, campaign finance reform, voting, immigration, and healthcare. Minimum 3 years (more preferred) of experience working on California State public policy, either in the government or nongovernmental organizations. Details here.
  • President & CEO Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
    The President/CEO will craft and implement strategic vision for public policy and electoral efforts. Location: Sacramento
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  • The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, in Sacramento offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees to both full-time students and those earning a professional degree while working. Our focus on the interconnections of law, policy, management, and leadership provides unique competencies for your success. Students gain a deep understanding of statutory interpretation and regulatory processes critical to modern governance. Learn more at or contact us at

  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West, Gov’t Relations Coordinator (Sacramento). CA healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive candidate to develop and implement legislation on behalf of our members. Excellent salary and benefits. For more info or to apply go to:

  • Free Tuition for California Students to the UC, CSU and Community College Systems Is Possible Today

    A new policy paper demonstrates that it is entirely possible today to provide the same accessible, low-cost university experience that California successfully offered its students from the 1960s through the 1990s.

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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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Embattled Tax Board To Take On Leadership, Legal Issues | The Sacramento Bee
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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Anti-pot Group Faces Campaign Finance Violations From Its Work Opposing Marijuana Legalization In California
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A national anti-marijuana coalition is facing $6,000 in fines for campaign finance violations in its opposition to Proposition, 64, a N...

Courts Jump On Revenue Raising Bandwagon :: Fox&hounds
Tax and revenue increases are piling up on Californians–passed by voters, approved by legislators, and now the courts are getting into the act.

Campaign Mailer With Photoshopped Images Draws Accusations In L.A. City Council Race For Valley Seat
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A group supporting candidate Monica Rodriguez in the City Council District 7 race accuses her opponent of photoshopping her image.

Political Watchdog Poised To Levy Major Fine In San Diego - The San Diego Union-tribune
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California Tax Collections Proved Better Than Expected In March -
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Prop 61 Analysis | Official Voter Information Guide | California Secretary Of State
State Pays for Prescription Drugs Under Many Different State Programs. Typically, the state pays for prescription drugs under programs that provide health care or health insurance to certain state populations. For example, the state pays for prescription drugs through the health care coverage it provides to the state's low-income residents through the Medi-Cal program and to current and retired state employees. The state also provides and pays for the health care of prison inmates, including their prescription drug costs.

Aerojet To Eliminate 1,100 Local Jobs, Stop Manufacturing In Rancho Cordova | The Sacramento Bee
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By Mark Glover and Dale Kasler

Imperial Immigration Facility Gets More Judges - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Va. governor candidate: 'I'm proud to be next to the Confederate flag'

During the Old South Ball in Danville, Va., Republican gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart said he was proud of Virginia's heritage and would fight to keep Confederate memorials around the state.

Firefighter Drop Payments Hit New Record - The San Diego Union-tribune
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California Likely To Shorten Chinook Salmon Season - San Francisco Chronicle
For the second year in a row, California officials are likely to shorten the chinook salmon season, making the local specialty costly and hard to find throughout the summer and possibly beyond.

State Leaders Respond To The Trump Administration's Admonishment Of California Chief Justice
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California state leaders are asking U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly to identify the state's...

Jarrett Gives Up University Speaking Fee Amid Illinois Budget Feud - Politico
Valerie Jarrett's camp announced she would give a commencement speech for free after facing criticism. | Getty

Southern California Economy Cooling, Fed Indexes Show – Orange County Register
The economies of Southern California’s metropolitan areas grew late last year at their slowest pace since 2010, a series of government indexes show.

President Trump's claim that illegal immigration is down 64 percent because of his administration

President Trump cites Customs and Border Patrol data, but his use of the data point still requires some caveats.

Trump Administration to Pay Health Law Subsidies Disputed by House
The administration’s statement, despite a House Republican lawsuit against the payments, sends a potentially significant signal to insurers, encouraging them to stay in the exchanges.

Suicide Bombers Kill 44 At Palm Sunday Services In Egypt | The Sacramento Bee
Suicide bombers struck hours apart at two Coptic churches in northern Egypt, killing 44 people and turning Palm Sunday services into scenes of horror and outrage at the government that led the president to call for a three-month state of emergency.