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THE Nooner for April 12, 2017

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  • BOE3 (LA/Ventura): added Lawndale mayor Robert Pullin-Miles (D)
  • SD06 (Sacramento): added retired engineer Linda Marie Anderson (D) 

Former San Diego councilman and talk radio host Carl DeMaio says that plans are moving forward for a recall campaign against freshman state senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) over his vote in favor for the transportation plan. Newman defeated Republican incumbent Ling-Ling Chang last year.

Yesterday, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that he's on board with SB 568 (Lara), which would move the state's primary elections in presidential years to third Tuesday in March. However, if more states moved theirs before that date, the bill would allow the governor to declare a date before that. The LAT's John Myers reports.

Politico's Burgess Everett and Sarah Ferris report that White House budget director Mick Mulvaney is seeking a rider denying santuary cities federal funding to the must-pass continuing resoluton that must be passed by April 28 in order to avoid a government shutdown. The goal is to avoid an embarrassment the administration faced with the health care bill by garnering the votes of Freedom Caucus members, although the continuing resolution will need 60 votes in the Senate, unless Senate Republicans agree to life the filibuster on policy bills, something for which there doesn't seem to be support.



IN THE MAINSTREAM: The Bee's Jim Miller reports that Ventura goes down as the city that most closely aligned with the statewide vote in last November's election. "Moreover, Ventura’s vote totals differed from the statewide numbers by less than 1.4 percentage points per statewide contest on average."

HMMMM... Joel Fox asks whether a Democrat vs. Democrat general for governor next November would cause some Democratic voters to sit on the sidelines, securing the reelection of congressional Republicans.

MONEY MATTERS: The Bee's Adam Ashton writes that CalPERS officials visited with the Bee's editorial board yesterday with a message that divesting from the Dakota Access Pipeline or border wall, as activists want, would be harmful to taxpayers. 

AGUA: In the Bee, Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow report that Central Valley farmers say that the news that they would be receiving 100% water allocations this year comes too late, as planning decisions for this growing season have already been made.

Speaking of water woes, the LAT's Rong-Gong Lin II and Paige St. John look at why California's drought to deluge cycles are getting worse.

HAMSTERDAM: The Bee's Alexei Koseff writes up AB 186 (Eggman), which would create a pilot project in six counties with high opioid use to create "safe-injection" zones where addicts could bring externally purchased heroin and other opioids to a facility where clean needles and emergency personnel would be available. 

WASTED: The OCR's Laylan Connelly and Teri Sforza give us an update over the legal battle to block the disposal of 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste from the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating station adjacent to the popular surfing beach.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Reed Galen, Senator Henry Stern, and Amy Thoma!



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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

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  • 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
    Competitive salary and generous benefits package. To view the full posting and information on how to apply, visit

  • 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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Political events in the Bay Area: tax march, education discussion
Political events in the Bay Area: tax march, education discussion Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Public Library of Science, 1160 Battery St., San Francisco. The Lamorinda Democratic Club hosts a conversation on how federal funding will affect public education. The event is at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Community Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Blvd. Protesters will march to demand that President Trump release his tax returns. Conversation on land use: A discussion on how local communities can “make the best decisions to meet regional and local needs” when it comes to land use and the production of housing. The League of Women Voters hosts a discussion with Jay Laefer of the American Civil Liberties Union on “safeguarding the rights of our entire community.” Conversation on Trump resistance: A new event series hosted by The Chronicle is called “Chronicle Chats.” Can the Trump Resistance Grow Beyond Protest, will be moderated by columnist David Talbot and will feature a senior advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign and other experts and leaders. The Museum of International Propaganda is hosting a pop-up art & poetry show called Against TRUMPISM: Bay Area and national artists and poets will present their work from April 20 to 29. The opening reception is on April 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. with a poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. at 1000 Fifth Ave. in San Rafael. Hosted by Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, at 10 a.m.√ at the gymnasium of Cañada√ College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd.√ in Woodside. Sexual assault conversation: Loosid Projects, Planned Parenthood and Bay Area Women Against Rape host a discussion called Locker Room Talk: Confronting Sexual Violence in the Age of Trump.

Gas Tax Vote Prompts Recall Campaign Against Southern California Democrat | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago and Jim Miller @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Lawmakers Aim To Move California's Presidential Primary Right Behind Iowa And New Hampshire
John Myers @
California lawmakers and the state's chief elections officer announced a new effort on Tuesday to move the state's 2020 primary up by t...

Trump: I Want To Pass Health Care Before Doing Tax Reform - Politico
President Donald Trump still wants to pass a health care bill before he turns to tax reform.

CalPERS Says Divesting From Border Wall, Dakota Pipeline Could Hurt Taxpayers | The Sacramento Bee
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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Former Navy Seal The Latest To Take On Rep. Hunter - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Josh Butner, a member of the Jamul-Dulzura Union School Board of Education, said he believes representing the 50th Congressional District would help fulfill a commitment to public service that...

Could Gas Tax Hike Leave California With 'highest Fuel Prices In Nation?' | Politifact California
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California’s Democratic leaders want to raise the state’s gas tax by 12 cents per gallon as part of a plan to pay for massive road repair bills.

Audio: 34th Congressional Primary's Final Vote Count Shows Low Turnout For High Cost Election | 89.3 Kpcc
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Democrats Jimmy Gomez, left, and Robert Ahn, right, were the clear front-runners following the special election for the 34th Congressional District on April 4. Courtesy of Jimmy Gomez for Congress and Susanica Tam for KPCC

Alameda County judge admonished for campaign finance violations
The state’s Commission on Judicial Performance on Tuesday publicly admonished Alameda County Superior Court Judge Tara Flanagan for campaign finance violations that occurred during during her successful judgeship bid in 2012. The commission, which serves as the disciplinary watchdog group for the state’s judicial branch, found that Flanagan’s missteps in disclosing the true source of two campaign loans totaling $25,000 violated judicial ethics rules. Later, in a pre-election filing, Flanagan reported that she loaned the money to the campaign herself and made no mention of Pranka, whose $25,000 contribution qualified her as a “major donor” under state election law. Flanagan, who oversees criminal matters, said in a statement sent through her attorney that “I deeply regret the mistakes I made in 2012 when I was a first-time judicial candidate and did not understand how to properly report a personal loan that I used for campaign expenditures.” In a statement Tuesday, the Commission on Judicial Performance said it took into account that Flanagan’s violations were unintentional but “determined that, particularly as an attorney, she should have familiarized herself with the applicable reporting requirements before submitting an official statement and that ignorance of the law is an aggravating factor for a judicial candidate.”

Appeals Court Vindicates San Diego's 2012 Pension Cutbacks - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Senator Patricia Bates Assumes Leadership Role for Senate Republican Caucus
Senator Bates represents the 36th Senate District in the California Legislature, which covers South Orange County, North San Diego County and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

United Passenger Threatened With Handcuffs To Make Room For 'higher-priority' Traveler
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Fearns, 59, is president of TriPacific Capital Advisors, an Irvine investment firm that handles more than half a billion dollars in real estate holdings on behalf of public pension funds. He had to fly to Hawaii last week for a business conference.

La County Leaders Skip Vote On Funding Legal Defense Fund For Undocumented Immigrants
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'shrimp Boy' Gets Life In Prison For Murder, Corruption In San Francisco Case
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Raymond Chow, known as Shrimp Boy, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for a massive corruption case that cost millions in taxpayer dollars and disturbed San Francisco’s political establishment.

Senate Democrats are making bank off President Trump right now

Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2018 posted some eye-popping fundraising numbers for this year so far, just the latest sign of a Democratic base fired-up after Trump's election.

Three County Supervisors Appointed To Lower American River Parkway Conservancy | The Sacramento Bee
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By Walter Ko

Some Bay Area Counties See Decreases In Graduation Rates
SACRAMENTO — California’s graduation rate increased for the seventh year in a row and is now at a record high, the state Department of Education announced Tuesday.

Former Navy Seal's Jog Near Border Fence Ends In Legal War With Border Patrol Agent
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A former Navy SEAL has sued the federal government after a violent confrontation with border agents. One of the agent has, in turn, countersued.

Eaze Brings Pot Delivery To San Jose After Ban Lifted

Trump pedals back on tax reform

President Trump is now saying he has to do health-care reform before "phenomenal tax reform," but he's changed course on the order of those priorities before.

Trump: I Won't Ask For Comey's Resignation - Politico
After essentially exonerating Clinton of criminal culpability in a press conference last July, Comey reinserted himself into the presidential campaign with just days to go, announcing in a letter to Congress that the bureau was examining potentially fresh evidence related to the former secretary of state's email server. Days later, he announced that the FBI's conclusions had not been altered by the new evidence, but the reintroduction of the email scandal had already offered Trump a powerful rhetorical hammer with which to attack his Democratic opponent.

On Ethics, Cuomo Budget Entered Like a Lion and Emerged Like a Lamb
Despite convictions of the Legislature’s leaders, New York lawmakers ignored many of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposals. “It was all rhetoric and no action,” an observer said.

Audio: California Graduation Rates Continue Uptick, As Achievement Gap Narrows | 89.3 Kpcc
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High school graduation rates in California climbed for the seventh year in a row, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, announced Tuesday. The class of 2016 had a record-high graduation rate of 83.2 percent, with significant gains for student populations that have historically lagged behind.