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SPORTS PAGE: With the series tied 1-1, the Lakers seek to avenge Wednesday night's loss to the Kings tonight at 6:30 at Staples Center. The series is tied 1-1, with the final game in the series scheduled in LA for March 24. Meanwhile, the Chargers are at Mile High today at 1:15, Raiders are in Kansas City (1:25), and Niners visit the Rams (1:25).

MUST SEE TEEVEE: Jerry Brown was on Meet the Press, which dedicated its entire hour to the issue of climate change. Paraphrasing Chuck Todd "This is not going to be a political debate...climate change is real." Of course, Jerry had to bring up "raking leaves" to prevent forest fires. Politico's Quint Forgery reports on the appearance.

Happy Sunday! was a cold morning at farmers market and several vendors took the day off. Fortunately, I met some new farmers and discovered some produce that I didn't know was there. (fresh turmeric...mmmm!)

You have around 129,540 seconds to learn the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne. Or, if you're like me, 118,740 seconds to observe EST with the Old Sac fireworks after the New Year's Eve service at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento.

NEW LEGISLATIVE DIRECTORY: I don't know what you did for your Friday and Saturday nights but I was writing around 600 lines of code and updating 575 database entries. For those of you who are geeks like me, it drives us crazy to do things manually, but to turn around Thursday's Assembly committee assignments, it just comes down to that.  

The legislative directory will have a public section and a Nooner Premium section. I'm still totally committed to providing things of value to everyone, but also need to provide more advanced tools for those who need them and/or are willing to support the time that ads don't pay for. Trust me, I am in no means getting rich off the 10% of readers who pay for Nooner Premium. Thank you for your understanding.

Here are my plans and status for this series of features:

  • Public section:
    • Page for each member with:
      • photo (done)
      • Capitol contact address, phone and fax (done)
      • Capitol contact web form (they really don't like email; pending, anticipated by January 2)
      • term limit (done)
      • list of committee membership, with link to the respective committees (Assembly done, Senate committee leadership done, Senate membership not announced)
    •  Page for each committee with:
      • contact information, with link to staff listing/contact page (pending, anticipated today)
      • committee chair and vice-chair (done)
      • committee membership (Assembly done, Senate pending appointments)
      • photo of committee chair (done)
      • photos of committee members (pending, anticipated by 01/02)
    • Optimize for mobile devices (ongoing; aware that photos are unreasonably small on iPhone this morning)
  • Nooner Premium section:
    • Public section materials, plus:
      • Downloadable .csv (Excel/Pages importable) full legislature and committees (pending, anticipated by January 2)
      • Member pages:
      • district office contact information (pending, anticipated by January 7)
      • chief of staff and scheduler contact information (pending, anticipated by January 2) 
      • two-page downloadable PDF profile of each legislator (what I previously shared an example of), with:
        • photo
        • education, previous elected office, short bio, birthday
        • contact information
        • committee membership
        • caucus membership
        • district profile with cities and counties, link to map, voter registration, voter registration trend
        • district significant issues, large employers, and higher education institutions
        • previous elections
        • district previous member
        • key bills (for returning members)
        • key votes (for new members)
          (pending, rolling out beginning with new members by January 2, this is a huge project!)

Anyway, take a look at the public pages and share your feedback and any corrections that need to be made. As I wrote above, this required lots of manual input and all new coding. As it was nearing 10pm last night, I'll admit my eyes were quite bleary and I undoubtedly made mistakes. In addition to the above "to do" list, I'll continually be going through it with fresh eyes. 

Also, offices are as of Friday, but are likely to change to align with new committee leadership positions. I did move Hertzberg into the Senate Majority Leader office and Monning to Hertzberg's office, but the timing of that is uncertain and Monning may move elsewhere.

And we thought all the fun work was over with the election...

More and #CAKEDAY after the jump...

Classifieds below:

  • 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)
  • Job: Aaron Reed and Associates: Administrative Assistant
  • 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 


FOR ALL THE NEWS THAT WE FORGOT (OR HOPED TO): The Bee's Andrew Scheeler reviews the major political stories of 2018

"LASTING IMPACT," NOT LEGACY: KQED's Marisa Lagos looks at the impact  Jerry Brown will leave on the criminal justice system. "Over the past eight years, Brown oversaw a dramatic shift in how California approaches criminal justice, including authoring a law that upended how the state treats nonviolent offenders and writing a ballot measure that rolled back the "lock 'em up" sentencing philosophy he championed in 1976."

WHAT AWAITS? For CALmatters, Dan Walters writes that Gavin Newsom may face a troubled economy, at least at some point. Walters quotes Jerry Brown, "A lot of politics is timing, circumstances and luck."

CAMP FIRE: The team at the Los Angeles Times has a fascinating and very sad story about how the town of Paradise may have been destined to be a fire deathtrap without extraordinary work before it was too late. "The fate of Paradise was cast long before a windstorm last month fueled the deadliest fire in California history. The ridge settlement was doomed by its proximity to a crack in the mighty wall of the Sierra Nevada, a deep canyon that bellowed gale-force winds."

BAIL: Marisa Gerber reports in the Times about how Superior Court judges in Compton have been collaborating with UCLA law students in efforts to reduce or zero-out cash bail for some defendants who meet certain circumstances in what is a test of the efforts to eliminate money bail. Governor Brown signed such a bill statewide, but the new law is likely to be put on hold until voters have their say in November 2020 with the expected qualification of a referendum supported by bail bonds companies and the big financial industry that underwrites the surety bonds.


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Add your classified of up to 100 words by emailing for $40/week.

  • Aaron Reed and Associates: Administrative Assistant
    Experience working in governmental affairs office, working knowledge of the legislative process, calendaring, arranging travel, proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word, outstanding communication skills. Salary BOE. Please send your resume to Joelle (1/15)a

  • 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:
Shutdown Talks 'at A Standoff,' Warns Top Senate Appropriator - Politico

The shutdown began midnight Friday Dec. 21 after President Donald Trump and Democrats in Congress failed to strike a deal over his request for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The administration has publicly requested roughly $5 billion in taxpayer dollars for the project, while Democrats are offering $1.3 billion for a variety of border security measures.

California Governor Says He Didn't Convince Trump on Climate Change
Quint Forgey @

California Gov. Jerry Brown said he was unsuccessful in attempting to explain the perils of climate change to President Donald Trump during his November visit to the state to survey damage from devastating wildfires.

How Sen. Elizabeth Warren is courting black voters and their leaders as her expected 2020 presidential announcement nears

Warren, who has won praise and criticism, and other white presidential candidates may find their efforts complicated by the presence of multiple African American contenders.

Potential 2020 candidates confront the need for campaign cash, and fewer sources of it

Democratic activists are pressuring candidates to turn aside money from some donors.

Jeffries: Trump';s Border Wall Request A Ransom Note'
Quint Forgey @

"We are not willing to pay $2.5 billion or $5 billion and wasting taxpayer dollars on a ransom note," said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

Border Money Would Fund 'Not Just A Dumb Barrier' Says Border Chief
Quint Forgey @

McAleenan also defended the efficacy of the proposal that has plunged the government into a more-than weeklong shutdown and a bitter, partisan funding fight.

Trump politicizes deaths of two immigrant children to score points in border wall fight

The president sought to shift blame away from his administration over the government’s care of the Guatemalan children.

Congress unlikely to stop super PACs from hiding donors

House Democrats eyeing an ethics and campaign-finance overhaul appear focused on voting rights and Trump's taxes rather than on cracking down on super PACs.

Conservative health care experiment leads to thousands losing coverage

'I have pre-existing conditions. But all they could tell me was, 'sorry, you didn't comply,'' said one Arkansan who lost coverage.

McAuliffe Says Democrats Shouldn't 'Give An Inch'
Quint Forgey @

McAuliffe, whose home state of Virginia stands to be one of the hardest hit by the shutdown since it is where so many government workers reside, has long been a vociferous critic of Trump.

9 days in, White House still seeking a shutdown message

President Donald Trump continues trying to blame Democrats, as lawmakers in his own party urge negotiations.

Trump Blames Democrats For Deaths Of Child Migrants In U.S. Border Custody - Politico

"Border Patrol needs the Wall and it will all end," President Donald Trump wrote online. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Graham To Push Trump On Syria - Politico

Graham said exiting Syria would open the way to a revival of ISIS there.

POLITICO Playbook: Who will replace Mattis?

And John Kelly sits down for a lengthy exit interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Border Chief: Agents 'did Everything They Could' To Prevent Child Migrants' Deaths - Politico

Seven-year-old Jakelin Caal crossed the border with her father and a group of migrants on Dec. 6 before surrendering to border patrol personnel near Lordsburg, New Mexico. After she began experiencing seizures, Caal was flown to a hospital in El Paso, Texas, where she died two days later. The Washington Post reported that Caal died of dehydration.

Conway Deflects Questions About Trump’s Response On Migrant Deaths - Politico

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Alexander seeks to stay the course of bipartisanship in his final Senate stretch
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“I’m not going to be changing my tune,” says the Tennessee Republican, who dismissed suggestions that he would become a raging anti-Trump conservative over the next two years.

A year of unprecedented deception: Trump averaged 15 false claims a day in 2018

Trump made nearly three times as many false or misleading claims in 2018 than during his first year as president

Shelby defends Fed chairman, says Trump can't fire him without cause

The Republican senator said Jerome Powell is “doing a good job.” Trump has repeatedly railed against Powell and recently asked advisers whether he has the power to fire him.

Former U.S. commander calls Trump dishonest and immoral

McChrystal also criticized Trump on foreign policy and disputed the president’s claim that ISIS has been defeated.

An 'atheist' empire? Trump aides rally evangelicals in China fight
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Religious freedom is a growing theme of President Donald Trump's confrontation with Beijing, and it's resonating with Christian leaders.

Mike Lee isn't tired of winning under Trump
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The Utah Republican fiercely opposed Trump in 2016. Now he's ready to endorse the president in 2020 after finding success in the Trump era.

Federal government shutdown enters second week with no resolution in sight
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Republican officials try to pin blame on Democrats, but they are not budging as GOP debates what exactly constitutes a border ‘wall.’