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Happy Saturday! The Nooner is not affected by the federal government shutdown. The good news is that the national parks remain open. The bad news is that the bathrooms aren't. That's a crappy situation.

I'm told by the Nooner Hamster Crew that today is Super Saturday, when everybody goes shopping. I think it's a perfect day to be Souper Saturday with a nice soup. My birthday this week was particularly wonderful with a tom yum hot pot made by a longtime friend and Noonerite. Thank you, KimChi.

Yesterday, the Commission on Judicial Appointments gave the A-OKAY to the appointment by Jerry Brown of Joshua Groban to the Supreme Court of California. The commission is made up with the chief justice of the Supreme Court of California, the Attorney General, and the most presiding justice of the Courts of Appeal.

No, Josh is not the guy who sings... But he's a great guy. 

THE TRANSITION: Governor-elect Gavin Newsom is keeping Keely Bosler as Director of the Department of Finance reports Phil Willon in the Times. Bosler assumed the role in August when Michael Cohen left.

A NEW YEAR, A NEW WAGE: In the Bee, Andrew Sheeler reports on the increase in California's minimum wage that takes effect January 1.

"In the new year, employers with 25 or fewer employees will be required to pay a minimum of $11 an hour, while employers who have 26 or more employees must pay $12 an hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25, which the state supersedes because it is higher.

This marks the third step in a five-year plan to gradually increase the minimum rate of pay statewide; the increases began in January 2017 and will end in January 2023. California’s adoption of a phased-in $15 hourly wage was hailed as a triumph by the Fight For 15 movement, which advocates for a higher minimum wage at both the state and federal levels."

23 California cities have higher minimum wages, with Emeryville the highest--$15.69 for companies with 56 or more employees.

CDP: The California Democratic Party's Compliance Review Committee has ordered the regional director over the AD02 caucus meeting in January to add a second location. I wrote about the issue on December 11. The district spans from Santa Rosa to the Oregon border, and the initial plan was to have one caucus on January 12 at 10am in Santa Rosa, or about 5 hours from the north part of the district. After many complaints, regional director Debra Broner has added one the same day in Crescent City. Of course, the Humboldt County folks aren't happy as there are far more registered Democrats in Eureka than Del Norte County and they had a planned location.

DMV: As if the Department of Motor Vehicles already had a horrible year, it has been told by the federal Department of Homeland Security that the millions of REAL ID-compliant new drivers licenses aren't considered valid as the agency was only requiring one form of residence verification. The Bee's Sophia Bollag reports "The development means Californians who got those Real IDs will need to provide a second form of documentation to prove their residency when their ID comes up for renewal. DMV spokesman Armando Botello said the federal government told the DMV during phone conversations about the issue that it would still accept IDs that didn’t meet the requirement in the meantime."



More and #CAKEDAY after the jump...

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  • Education: Pepperdine Masters of Public Policy (GRE waived for legislative staffers)
  • Education: UOP/McGeorge School of Law: MPP/MPA (full-time or part-time, 3 miles from the Capitol)
  • Education: Wharton School of Business: Executive MBA Informational Reception: Thursday, December 6
  • Job: Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation: full-time program manager (Los Angeles)
  • Job: California Hospital Association: legislative advocate
  • Job: Equality California: legislative manager
  • Job: NorCal Cannabis: Legislative and Regulatory Strategist to Public Policy Strategist
  • Job: Pruitt Consulting LLC: fundraising associate
  • Job: SEIU-UHW: Regional Political Organizer (Fresno)
  • Job: SEIU-UHW: Regional Political Organizer (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Job: The University of California Office of the President: Associate Director of Strategy, Planning & Operations in its (Sacramento). 
  • Office Space: Class A Office Space Available on L Street, across from Capitol
  • Training: Lobbying Seminars with veteran Ray LeBov: Next dates: February 7-8, April 4-5
  • Training: PDI (Political Data Inc.): weekly online trainings of various skill levels 


LA-LA LAND: In the LAT, Howard Blume writes up the push by United Teachers of Los Angeles to cap the number of charter schools authorized by LA Unified. "In its 69 pages of demands to the school district, the union representing Los Angeles teachers barely touches on charter schools. But as they prepare for an announced strike on Jan. 10, union leaders are making the growth of these schools a focus to rally members and raise public awareness of what they see as an existential threat."


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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Ross Sevy!



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  • Voices for Progress (V4P) -- Advocacy Assistant (Santa Monica, CA)
    V4P is looking for a passionate individual with an interest in progressive advocacy and public policy to join the V4P team in Santa Monica. V4P is a community of hundreds of business owners, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other prominent leaders who are dedicated to advocating to protect our climate; ensure equality and expand opportunity; and strengthen representative democracy. This full time position will work to engage V4P members in advocacy with CA state and federal elected officials and assist in enlisting new members and raising needed funds. More details/can apply here.

  • Disability Rights California
    We are seeking a Senior or Experienced Legislative Advocate for an aggressive disability rights organization. Join a lobbying team to advocate on issues that impact Californians with disabilities. Experience in special education and housing accessibility issues a plus. Salary based on experience. Apply here. Deadline is 12/31/2018.

  • SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Fresno, CA)
    The Political/Community Regional Organizer is responsible for a broad range of program objectives to build and strengthen our infrastructure and engage our members to be a powerful force at their worksites, in the legislative process, in the community and at the ballot box. Proven track record is a must. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at
  • SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Phoenix, AZ)
    This position is a 6-month assignment to start and is responsible for a broad range of program objectives to build and strengthen our infrastructure, engage our members and workers to be a powerful force at their worksites while participating in the legislative process, in the community and at the ballot box. Proven track record and experience with Arizona politics/legislation is a must. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at
  • Class A Office Space Available on L Street, across from Capitol.  One well-furnished executive office & assistant station.  Great views of Capitol.  Use of in-suite 10-person conference room, kitchen, closet, & color printer/copier.  $1,250/mo.  Contact Michael Daft @ 916.448.3075 or
  • Pruitt Consulting LLC, seeks a part-time Fundraising Associate in Sacramento.
    Pruitt Consulting is a consulting firm that specializes in fundraising for Democratic members of the California State Legislature, Constitutional officers, nonprofits, and political action committees.The Political Fundraising Associate assists the Political Fundraising Director and Chief Executive Officers in identifying donors, planning and attending fundraising events, and other business operations. This position requires analyzing political contributions, improving fundraising database, and assisting in various office duties.
    Email your resume to Gabriel Castellanos Jr, or call at 916-400-4044.
  • Equality California, California's statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, is seeking a full-time Legislative Manager. The Legislative Manager will have the opportunity to spearhead Equality California’s legislative advocacy both substantively and administratively, as well as participate in electoral work for pro-LGBTQ candidates and community engagement throughout California. For more information and to apply, visit
  • Looking to make a real difference?  The California Hospital Association is seeking a full-time Legislative Advocate.  This position will be responsible for representing and advocating the interests, policies and issues of CHA on state legislation, including high priority and complex state legislation. For more information and to apply, visit
  • Learn how you can earn the top ranked Wharton MBA right here on the West Coast, without putting your career on hold. Join Admissions Director Barbara Craft for an Information Reception on Thursday, December 6and learn what it takes to earn the Wharton MBA while continuing to live and work in Sacramento. Barbara will be joined by local students and alumni who will share their perspectives on why Wharton is worth the commute. This event will provide an overview of the admissions process and discuss what makes the Wharton program unique, followed by time to network and ask additional questions while enjoying light refreshments. Register for the event here.

    NorCal Cannabis has been developing and shaping the legal cannabis industry since 2016. We are looking for spirited and motivated individual who will ensure NorCal Cannabis Company is engaged and strategic in its current regulations and future legislative changes affecting the company at the state and local level.


    • Legislative and regulatory tracking and strategy for California cannabis opportunities on a local and state level.
    • Support government relations and public affairs at the local and state level.
    • Follow and examine the legislation and regulations and provide detailed reports about how the legislation will influence the organization's activities.

      Please go to our website for the complete posting at or email with your resume and cover letter. 
  • WHY DOES CAPITOL SEMINARS DRAW PARTICIPANTS FROM ALL OVER CALIFORNIA? Because we offer comprehensive, cost-effective advocacy training you can put to immediate use. Our moderator, 43-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov, and guest faculty are current practitioners in governmental advocacy or state government, and provide unique inside insights you won't find anywhere else. We're the No.1 advocacy training resource for nonprofits and private sector organizations, lobbying firms, government entities and trade associations. Professionals in government relations, public affairs, public policy, public administration and allied fields know that our training helps advocates, support staff, and execs who hire and manage lobbyists work together more effectively. Book now for February 7-8 or April 4-5 dates (December 13-14 are sold out). Learn more / register at or 916-442-5009.
  • The University of California Office of the President is looking for an Associate Director of Strategy, Planning & Operations in its Sacramento Office. The position serves as a key member of the office’s management team, facilitates issue management across legislative, budgetary and advocacy portfolios, produces briefings, memos, reports and presentations on a variety of matters affecting the University, and directs special projects. Job requires strong knowledge of UC, the executive and legislative branches of California government and higher education policy. Bachelor’s or advanced degree in public policy-related fields and 7 years of related experience is preferred. Salary commensurate with experience.
    To apply, visit:
  • Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation seeks a full-time program manager in Los Angeles. The program manager will reach out to, educate, and involve key constituencies, including state and local elected officials, leaders of community groups, and their respective constituencies. A full job description can be found at Email cover letter and resume to
  • Director of Communications & Public Affairs – California Medical Association (Sacramento)
    Reporting directly to the VP of Strategic Communications, this position will develop/execute earned media and public affairs strategies in support of physician-focused health care advocacy. Seeking an assertive and tactful self-starter with the ability to effectively generate and shape media coverage. Must be driven with the ability to adapt to evolving priorities and deadlines. On-the-record experience required; health care or political experience strongly desired. Great culture and amazing benefits with 401k match. $85-100k DOE. View the full description and apply at:

  • The Council of State Governments is seeking a Policy Committees and Programs Coordinator in Sacramento, CA.
    Position contributes to the organization's policy objectives and engagement with regional policy-makers and other stakeholders. This includes coordinating and providing policy committee and program support.

    • Provides administrative, logistical and communications support to policy committees and programs staff.
    • Conducts entry-level policy research, follow-up activities, and provides information to members.
    • Maintains communication, conducts outreach and establishes rapport with committee staff, legislators, representatives of the private sector, and with federal, state and local government officials.

    View full posting at CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled)

  • 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
  • GRE waived for qualifying government & legislative staffers to apply to the Pepperdine School of Public Policy’s Master of Public Policy program, considered the most unique policy graduate program in the country. Specialization tracks, including State & Local Policy, allow students to personalize their policy studies. Current State & Local Policy courses include, “Advanced Topics in Politics and Budgeting,” “Public Policy for Criminal Justice, Cannabis, and other Drugs,” “Permissions Development and the Environment,” and “Leadership through Public Engagement.” Find out more about this Top 10 in the West/Top 5 in California MPP program located in Malibu:
Live Briefing: Updates on the Looming Government Shutdown: Deadline Dealmaking on Capitol Hill

If lawmakers are unable to reach a deal by midnight, the government will partly shut down for the third time this year.

As Shutdown Begins, Lawmakers Grasp for a Way Out

Senate Democrats said they would never accede to President Trump’s demand for $5 billion for a border wall, and the White House offered no early indication that the president would accept less.

Politico Playbook: Shutdown: Day One - Politico

Vice President Mike Pence, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and incoming White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney depart Capitol Hill on Friday night without a bill that would pay for President Donald Trump's border wall and avert a partial government shutdown. | Alex Brandon/AP Photo

On Capitol Hill, a Fittingly Chaotic End to a Tumultuous Year

On Wednesday, lawmakers thought they would get out of town by the end of the week with the government funded until February. President Trump changed their plans.

Should I run for president? And please pour some eggnog.

Would-be presidential candidates say they will ponder their decisions with their families over the holidays, as announcements loom in the new year.

Trump breaks with predecessors, rallies conservatives for government shutdown
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“A government shutdown should not be part of the budget negotiation any more than chemical warfare should be a part of war,” says veteran GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Trump Hints Shutdown Could Be A 'long Stay' - Politico

President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: "Will be having lunch in White House residence with large group concerning Border Security." | Tasos Katopodis-Pool via Getty Images

Government shutdown set to drag on with no deal in sight

Hill aides in both parties are pessimistic that congressional leaders and the White House would broker a deal over the weekend to reopen the government.

Facebook suspends five accounts, including social media researcher, for misleading tactics in Alabama election

Facebook has suspended Jonathon Morgan, the chief executive of a top social-media research firm, after reports that he and others engaged in an operation to spread disinformation during the special election in Alabama last year.

Violence Against Women Act to expire with government shutdown
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The landmark 1994 law and funding for programs to help victims of sexual assault, domestic abuse and stalking had received several short-term extensions.

Reliable Allies Refuse to Defend a President Content With Chaos

Buffeted by a drop in the markets, fallout over his troop pullout and a looming shutdown, the president is forced to test the idea that he is his own best spokesman.

The odds are still very small that the Senate would remove Trump from office
the time he resigned, only about a quarter of the country approved of his job performance. While half of Republicans still di @

Opinions of Trump among Republicans haven't budged -- nor has control of the Senate.

Supreme Court Rejects Trump Plea To Enforce Asylum Ban - Politico

The court's order Friday leaves in place lower court rulings that blocked President Donald Trump's proclamation in November automatically denying asylum to people who enter the country from Mexico without going through official border crossings. | Eric Thayer/Getty Images

5 Ways A Partial Government Shutdown Would Inflict Pain - Politico

A shutdown would hit departments including Agriculture, Transportation and HUD and agencies like the EPA, IRS and FDA. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images


Conservative pundits are being credited for Trump's reluctance to sign a funding bill without money for his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Trump silent on Russian efforts to influence African Americans, millennials and other left-leaning groups

President Trump continues to take a soft line on Russian election interference.


The president's posture on illegal immigration has had a chilling effect on legal migrant flows.

Trump Stokes Fears in Pre-Shutdown Video, Declaring â

The president, in an angry message urging Senate Democrats to approve money for border security, says, “We don’t want people coming in that aren’t supposed to be here.”

Trump Policy Gyrations Threaten Fragile Republican Coalition

With his willingness to force a government shutdown and his sudden decision to withdraw troops from Syria, the president is straining links to mainstream G.O.P. governance.

From Parks to Airports, How a Shutdown Would Affect Federal Agencies

Federal bureaucrats have become adept at blunting the effect of shutdowns on federal services, but this month’s bitter and unpredictable fight over a border wall could be different.

Fact Check of the Day: In Tweetstorm, Trump Bends Truth on Foreign Policy and the Border Wall

With a government shutdown looming and after the resignation of his defense secretary, President Trump posted inaccurate and contradictory claims about the border wall, Ronald Reagan, China and Russia and the Islamic State.

The Wall and the Shutdown, Explained

President Trump’s demand that Congress provide money to build a wall along the Southern border threatens to shut down portions of the government. Here’s why.

On Politics: The Biggest Stories of the Week

It’s been a busy week in American politics. Here are some of the stories you might have missed.

What Happens When the Government Shuts Down?

It’s official: The federal government is partially shut down. So how does this happen and who is affected?

A Government Shutdown Would Affect Hundreds of Thousands of Workers, Plus Holiday Travelers. Tell Us Your Story

Help us better understand how a looming federal government shutdown in the United States would affect you, your family and your holiday plans.