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THE NOONER for May 19, 2014

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OUTLOOK: POLITICO poll shows mounting danger for Dems [Alexander Burns @ Politico]

The poll reveals that voters — even in the more conservative midterm states like Georgia and Arkansas, and tossup House districts in states such as Illinois, West Virginia and California — still lean in a liberal direction on several issues Democrats have championed this year, including immigration reform, pay equity for men and women and background checks for gun purchasers.

But none of those issues comes close to approaching health care as a major concern for midterm voters. Nearly nine in 10 respondents said that the health care law would be important to determining their vote, including 49 percent who said it would be very important.

With two weeks to go, I am seriously reconsidering my turnout projections of 33%--based on previous California elections--may be way too high. I don't know about you, but this seems to be among the least passionate cycles I've ever perceived.

Legislative candidates hope to capitalize on corruption issue [Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason @ LAT]

SD34 (Orange County): Long Beach, west Orange County voters get three candidates for 34th state Senate contest

AD62 (Inglewood): Attorney Simona Farrise gave herself $50,000 as she fights to emerge in the top two against Autumn Burke, who benefits from $366k in independent expenditures.

THE MIND OF JERRY: The Bee publishes excerpts of its endorsement meeting with Jerry Brown.

SCA 5: The LAT's Frank Schyong has a great write-up of the split in the Asian community on affirmative action, which led to SCA 5 being shelved.

The Bee explains why its editorial endorsements are scarce

Really, you don't want to think about politics. You want to play with the Google Rubik's cube, which celebrates that damn thing's 40th birthday.  Click on the image to start playing.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Hannah-Beth Jackson, Aaron Skaggs, and Don Wilcox!





Editorial Board Endorsements
Bakersfield Californian Jerry Brown, Neel Kashkari*   Dan Schnur  Kamala Harris Ashley Swearengin, Betty Yee     Marshall Tuck 
LA Daily News Jerry Brown, Neel Kashkari   Pete Peterson     Ashley Swearengin      
LA Times     Pete Peterson   Ashley Swearengin John Chiang  Dave Jones Marshall Tuck
OC Register                
Sac Bee Jerry Brown, Neel Kashkari*   Dan Schnur, Alex Padilla   Betty Yee, Ashley Swearengin     Marshall Tuck
San Jose Mercury News                
SFChron     Dan Schnur   Betty Yee     Marshall Tuck
UT San Diego Not Tim Donnelly              Marshall Tuck 
* mostly endorsements of Brown re-election, with suggestion that Kashkari is best for the GOP/campaign.



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  • The biggest and best LGBT political party of the year happens Wednesday, May 21, as the Sacramento Stonewall Democratic Club hosts its annual Four Freedoms Gala & Awards dinner at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel starting at 5:30pm with a fabulous social hour! In addition to mingling with Sacramento’s leading lights in the LGBT wing (and allies) of the local Democratic party, you can also choose to bid on a stupendous assortment of Silent Auction items. You’ll also enjoy a scrumptious dinner, see awards presented to leading members of the community who embody the values of Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear and Freedom from Want. A special President's Award will be presented to Sen. Mark Leno. All this for only $125/ticket. Such a deal! Purchase your tickets today at">
  • Voters in Congressional District 42: MEET TIM SHERIDAN (the only candidate in CD 42 endorsed by the California Democratic Party) and taste some special wines. Sunday, May 18, 3 - 5 pm – Wine and Cheese Fundraiser at the home of Diana and Barry Hansen in Lake Elsinore. Details
  • SAVE THE DATE: Capitol Network is hosting its 26th annual charitable golf tournament and wine and olive oil tasting Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Yocha Dehe Golf Club. For more information visit
  • Join the Sacramento Chapter of New Leaders Council at the 5th Annual "Party for Progress" on May 27, 2014 from 5 to 8pm at The Park Ultra Lounge. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while our 2014 Fellows honor Senator Kevin de Leófor his progressive leadership, as well as unveil the winners of the Up-and-Coming Progressive Leader Award. Purchase a place on the guest list or become a sponsor at:

  • California Medical Association seeks experienced Executive Assistant/Scheduler to support the Chief Operating Officer. Strong organizational, communication and technical skills required. Competitive salary/full benefits. More info here:
  • THE BEST WAY FOR YOU TO LEARN THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AND HOW TO LOBBY MORE EFFECTIVELY. Veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov presents his "Lobbying 101" and "Lobbying 201" seminars June 5-6, covering the complete spectrum of governmental advocacy. $250 each. Essential for lobbying firm principals / support staff, organizations that employ lobbyists, public agencies. Complete info / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • FedEx Government Affairs Seeks Administrative Assistant to support the staff and office for the Western Region.
    Candidates with experience in government, public affairs, and or lobbying are preferred. Strong office administration skills, ability to multi-task and interface with executive level management required. For more information and to apply, go to:
  • Zan Media (415-897-8393) provides one stop shopping for campaigns, issues, measures. Media pros with 34 year track record - TV/radio ads, PSA’s and persuasive web videos, video news releases.
    “Working with Zan Media always helps me get the message across. Chris and Don Scioli have fun, creative concepts that they make even better when translated to video. Zan Media’s work really works for me!” 
  • 7th Annual Assembly Veteran of the Year Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, June 25th (Sacramento Convention Center). Corporate & individual sponsorships are available. The event is co-sponsored by Assemblymembers Pérez, Quirk-Silva & Chávez. All Assemblymembers select a veteran to honor from their district. For more information contact: Pete Conaty, 916 492-0550,



Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Steve Glazer (Support) $22,201 05/16/2014 05/18/2014
Cooperative Of American Physicians Independent Expenditure Committee Autumn Burke (Support) $7,491 05/16/2014 05/18/2014
Fairpac Independent Expenditure Committee, Sponsored By The Civil Justice Association Of California Dan Wolk (Oppose) $26,797 05/17/2014 05/18/2014
Fairpac Independent Expenditure Committee, Sponsored By The Civil Justice Association Of California Dan Wolk (Oppose) $95,000 05/12/2014 05/18/2014
Octaxpac, Sponsored By The Orange County Taxpayers Association Frank Ury (Support) $22,000 05/17/2014 05/18/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Prophet Walker (Support) $1,171 05/16/2014 05/17/2014
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Jim Cooper (Support) $14,998 05/16/2014 05/17/2014
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Mike Gipson (Support) $11,325 05/16/2014 05/17/2014
Fairpac Independent Expenditure Committee, Sponsored By The Civil Justice Association Of California Jeff Stone (Oppose) $4,590 05/16/2014 05/17/2014
Hayashi For Senate 2014, Sponsored By Peace Officers, Nurses, Consumer Attorneys And Labor Organizations; Californians For Integrity In Government Opposed To Mary Hayashi (Oppose) $37,430 05/16/2014 05/17/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Gregory Allen (Support) $13,387 05/17/2014 05/17/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Kansen Chu (Oppose) $24,900 05/17/2014 05/17/2014
Los Angeles County Federation Of Labor Afl-cio Council On Political Education Carl Kemp (Support) $6,042 05/16/2014 05/17/2014
Los Angeles County Federation Of Labor Afl-cio Council On Political Education Patrick Odonnell (Support) $45,923 05/16/2014 05/17/2014
Los Angeles County Federation Of Labor Afl-cio Council On Political Education Robert Garcia (Support) $41,895 05/16/2014 05/17/2014
Los Angeles County Federation Of Labor Afl-cio Council On Political Education Lena Gonzalez (Support) $2,014 05/16/2014 05/17/2014
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members, School Employees, And Public And Private Employee Associations Dan Wolk (Support) $35,717 05/16/2014 05/17/2014
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members, School Employees, And Public And Private Employee Associations Armando Gomez (Oppose) $23,085 05/16/2014 05/17/2014
Parents And Teachers For Putting Students First Gregory Allen (Support) $4,230 05/17/2014 05/17/2014
Sbranti For Assembly 2014, Sponsored By The California Teachers Association And California State Council Of Service Employees; Californians For Economic Prosperity To Support Tim Steve Glazer (Oppose) $33,165 05/16/2014 05/17/2014



Governor Hopeful Donnelly Trusts Conservatives Before GOP - Sfgate
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly was in a rush. After a campaign event in Bakersfield and a special Assembly session in Sacramento, the GOP candidate for governor was running way late for a speech at a San Jose restaurant. No problem, though. The 50 or so folks who had been waiting anxiously for Donnelly's hard-core conservative message at 2:30 p.m. were still there three hours later when he hurried into the room. With waiters already starting to clear the remains of the drawn-out lunch, the burly, balding man with the close-cut goatee gave the audience what they wanted to hear.

Gay Marriage Seeps Into Sacramento Da's Race
This undated handout photo provided by the Maggy Krell for Sacramento District Attorney 2014 campaign shows Maggy Krell who is a candidate for Sacramento County District Attorney in the June, 2014 primary. Krell, a deputy attorney general, is opposed by a Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, and former county and federal prosecutor Todd Leras.

Peak-hour tolls have little effect on Bay Bridge congestion
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @
Four years after its implementation, the $6 toll to curb rush-hour traffic on the Bay Bridge appears to be having little, if any, effect on easing the peak-hour backup on the morning commute.

Brown Vs. Board Of Education: Here's What Happened In 1954 Courtroom
AP Member Choice Complete @
E DITOR'S NOTE: On May 17, 1954, a hushed crowd of spectators packed the Supreme Court, awaiting word on Brown vs. Board of Education, a combination of five lawsuits brought by the NAACP 's legal arm to challenge racial segregation in public schools. The high court decided unanimously that "separate but equal" education denied black children their constitutional right to equal protection under the law, effectively removing a cornerstone that propped up Jim Crow, or state-sanctioned segregation of the races.

Stockton Bankruptcy Judge Looks At Pension Cuts
Ed Mendel @
A federal bankruptcy judge, looking at several options, could rule in the Stockton bankruptcy that pensions can be cut, possibly clarifying whether CalPERS has special protection as an arm of state government.

Monday is the deadline to register to vote in June 3 primary
Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the June 3 California primary, which features a host of candidate contests and two state ballot measures. Voters will weigh in on races for governor, secretary of state and other statewide offices, and for all of the state's 53 seats in the...

Developer with plans for port gets ready for Prop. B
The developer filed documents with the city's Elections Department to get its proposal for housing, commercial space, waterfront parks, artist studios, light manufacturing and retail on the November ballot. While final figures on the mix of housing and commercial space are in flux, the plan calls for more than 1 million square feet of commercial space and 400,000 square feet for retail, arts, light manufacturing and cultural uses. The proposal has 9 acres of new waterfront parks, playgrounds and recreation space, including a large waterfront park area that extends inward next to a new two-story building that will be set aside for artist studios and light manufacturing. The $75 million project will save a collection of landmark buildings and create 250,000 square feet of space for businesses, including light industrial, technology, life science, office, artisan/artist studios and showrooms, and restaurant uses. The 66-acre historic district was determined to be nationally significant for its association with the Union Iron Works and later Bethlehem Steel as pioneers in the establishment of the nation's steel hull shipbuilding industry and for the site's industrial architecture representing the period from 1886 to 1945.

Northern California Nigerians Rally At The State Capitol In A Cry For Help For Kidnapped Schoolgirls
Stephen Magagnini @
Zitelu Obodoefuna, 8, center, of Sacramento, holds a sign "No More Kidnapping Please!!," at the State Capitol while protesting the Nigerian kidnapping of girls by Boko Haram extremists on Sunday.

East Side Union Listens, Rethinks, Revises Draft Accountability Plan | Edsource Today
shifting money to pay @
East Side Union’s response highlights the value of a key provision of California’s new school funding law, requiring district officials to seek parent and community reactions to their draft accountability plan and to take suggestions seriously enough to amend it.

Kashkari Does Not Rule Out Additional Contributions To His Campaign
He’s already invested $2 million of his own cash in a bid for the governor’s office, and on Sunday, GOP candidate Neel Kashkari said he wouldn’t rule out future campaign infusions from his own bank account.

Big Money Pours Into California Schools Chief Race As Challenger Gains Steam
Alexei Koseff @
Marshall Tuck

Body found by hiker near Grizzly Peak at UC Berkeley
A hiker came across a body in the woods near Grizzly Peak on University of California at Berkeley property Sunday afternoon, a police lieutenant said. At about 2:20 p.m., a female hiker found the body of a deceased male at the base of a 100-foot cliff near a popular hiking spot. The hiker began giving first aid to the male, but soon realized he was deceased, UC Berkeley police Lt. Eric Tejada said.

Higher Parking Rates Are Central To Sacramento’s Arena Deal – But How Much Higher?
Tony Bizjak, Dale Kasler and Ryan Lillis @
New parking meters near Sacramento's City Hall in Sacramento on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. New parking meters around Cesar Chavez park are accepting credit cards, as well as coins.

Oregon same-sex marriage ruling expected at noon
A federal judge is expected to rule Monday on whether Oregon's same-sex marriage ban is constitutional. The drama will begin at noon, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane announced last week. Gay and lesbian advocates in one of the nation's more liberal-leaning states have faced off with...

Poll: GOP voters back immigration reform
Seventy-one percent of likely voters surveyed say they back sweeping change to immigration laws.

Endorsements: The Sacramento Bee’s endorsements for the June 3 primary election.
the Editorial Board @
Sacramento Bee endorsements for the June 3 primary election.

Gun group to Neel Kashkari: You just don't get gun rights
After Neel Kashkari's debate jab at Tim Donnelly, a leading gun rights group has come to the Tea Party Assemblyman's defense with an open letter, titled "Dear Neel: You Just Don't Get Gun Rights."

Contest For California Schools Chief Heats Up
California voters haven't booted out a state schools chief in 32 years. They're not likely to this year, either. But don't bet the kids' college money on it.

House, Senate Lawmakers Promise Review Of At&t-directv Deal
Congressional lawmakers said Monday they would review AT&T Corp. 's planned purchase of DirecTV Group Inc., with a House committee already promising a hearing "to ensure that consumers’ interests are protected in an increasingly consolidated telecommunications marketplace."

Dem Duels Echo An Old Conflict
Dan Walters @
Dan Walters

Shriver, Kuehl Spar Over Westside Subway Route During Debate
Candidates Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl sparred Sunday over her recent disclosure that she opposes tunneling under Beverly Hills High School to extend the Purple Line subway to Westwood and would be willing to talk with Beverly Hills officials about a so-called "third way."

Political Blotter: Ellen Corbett mailer takes aim at Eric Swalwell
Josh Richman @
State Senator Ellen Corbett, challenging fellow Democrat Eric Swalwell for his House seat, sent out a mailer questioning the freshman congressman's experience and Democratic bona fides.

Glass Ceilings in Statehouses in the Northeast
Male-dominated urban machine politics and unions, along with persistent prejudices, have helped keep women scarce in governorships in the region. But a number of candidates mean to change that.

Mansoor's Open Assembly Seat Creates Opportunity, Excitement - The Orange County Register