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THE NOONER for June 2, 2014

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TWEET DU JOUR: @Political_Data - "Half the ballots cast so far in the CA primary come from people who in elementary school memorized the *48* states." 

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'Twas the night before the election and all through the state, candidates were begging for money, but it was all too late.

We'll be quick this morning, as I'm still trying to tackle some programming for election results tomorrow night, which will be at www.aroundthecapitol.com/results.

Here are the complete list of picks in The Nooner election contest. Some interesting tidbits:

  • For position 2 for governor, 58.2% believe Tim Donnelly will capture the spot, compared to 40.9% for Neel Kashkari. I went with Donnelly, but was wavering until the last moment.
  • For position 2 for controller, 40.8% picked Betty Yee, while 34.8 picked John Pérez.
  • A plurality of contestants think Pete Aguilar will place both in first and second in CA31. That truly is a really hard one to call.
  • Contestants think that Ted Lieu will face Wendy Greuel in November in CA33. Similarly hard to call, although that wasn't my pick.
  • Contestants think Betsy Butler and Sandra Fluke will advance to November in SD26. That would be fun.
  • In AD16, a plurality of contestants chose Steve Glazer and Tim Sbranti for November. That would be expensive.

I should have had a tiebreaker asking when we will know the final results. It could be awhile... 

Dan Walters writes: "It's a pretty strange election when the most interesting contest is between two Republicans vying for the right to be buried in a Jerry Brown landslide."

As a reminder, tomorrow night, I'll be live blogging election results from the metropolis of Blythe. Friends stopping by include Jennifer Fearing, Jon Fleischman, Steve Maviglio, Mike Madrid, Paul Mitchell, and others. It should be a dandy time, and yes, you'll be able to join in on the conversation at www.aroundthecapitol.com/live. The conversation likely will start around 8:30pm when we see the first results, but we can start with unsupported blather up until then.

Here's your latest report from Paul Mitchell of ballots returned by district and PDI demographics, and this is what it looks like as we approach an embarrassingly low turnout election. Paul's blog post is entitled "It Gets Better (just kidding...it doesn't.)"

Returned Ballots as of May 30, 2014
 DemocratsRepublicansOtherTotal
Percent of ballots returned 10.4% 12.7% 7.2% 10.1%
Share of votes cast 44.4% 35.7% 19.9% 100%
Source: Political Data Inc.

 

INTERESTING READS:

  • Next up at the ballot box: Undreaming California [Sarah McBride @ Reuters] - "Tuesday, voters in Del Norte and Tehama Counties will consider a measure calling for separation from California and the formation of a new state. Supporters are hoping to generate momentum for pulling together portions of northern California and southern Oregon into an entity to be called Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson once imagined that part of western North America might develop into a freestanding republic."
  • The trouble with top twos: Why California's primary isn't a preview of November [Darth Jeff @ DailyKos] - "The most important thing to understand at this stage is how little the primary will tell us about November. The district's partisan composition, past electoral history, candidate fundraising, and outside spending are all better indicators of what seats are competitive and which ones aren't than the June top-two results. It's tempting to view the primary as a preview of the general, but 2012 shows us we should resist that temptation."

BUDGET: The Conference Committee on the State Budget is on call of the chair, but is expected to meet and CLOSE OUT BY FRIDAY. Conferees are Senators Mark Leno (co-chair), Loni Hancock, Ricardo Lara, and Jim Nielsen. Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner (co-chair), Richard Bloom, Jeff Gorrell, and Shirley Weber. The two budget bills are AB 1457 and SB 851. Lawmakers need to approve the budget by Sunday, June 15 to avoid having their pay docked.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Katcho Achadjian and Chris Lehane

 

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  • Executive Director - The Sacramento LGBT Community Center is in its 28 year serving the community located in the heart of Sacramento’s Lavender Heights neighborhood. As the chief executive officer, the ED leads the organization and is responsible for the overall administration and management of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center and fulfillment of its mission.  Center’s fiscal, operations, fundraising, marketing, human resource, technology, and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization.
  • The Michelson 20 Million Minds Foundation (20MM) is pleased to invite policy makers, staff, and members of the Capitol Community to a free screening of the Ivory Tower on June 16 at 6:00 PM at the beautiful Crest Theater in downtown Sacramento. This groundbreaking documentary focuses on the issues surrounding higher education affordability in light of rapidly rising tuition and national student debt, which has now surpassed $1.2 trillion. The screening will be followed by an informative discussion with director Andrew Rossi and leading higher education advocates. RSVP @ eventbrite.com/e/screening-of-ivory-tower-with-director-andrew-rossi-tickets-11560215917. Please contact Sergio Rosas Sergio@20mm.org, 626.396.7071, or Reid Milburn at, Reid.Milburn@gmail.com, 916.969.6171, for more information.

  • 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 capitol-network.org.
  • 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: www.cmanet.org/about/careers-with-cma/
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    "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!”"
    — CYNTHIA MURRAY, FORMER MARIN COUNTY SUPERVISOR, PRES.&CEO NORTH BAY LEADERSHIP COUNCI
  • 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, pconaty@sbcglobal.net.

 

THE MONEY KEEPS ON FLOWING

On the independent expenditures chart, please note the Received Date. Some are amended reports, like those from the California Teachers Association and Bill Bloomfield.

Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
Campos For Assembly 2014; San Franciscans To Hold Campos Accountable, Vote No On David Campos (Oppose) $1,660 05/31/2014 06/01/2014
Fairpac Independent Expenditure Committee, Sponsored By The Civil Justice Association Of California Bill Dodd (Support) $17,000 05/31/2014 06/01/2014
Gipson For Assembly 2014, Jobs Creation Council Pac To Support Mike Mike Gipson (Support) $2,520 05/30/2014 06/01/2014
Gipson For Assembly 2014, Jobs Creation Council Pac To Support Mike Mike Gipson (Support) $2,435 06/01/2014 06/01/2014
Gipson For Assembly 2014, Jobs Creation Council Pac To Support Mike Mike Gipson (Support) $675 05/29/2014 06/01/2014
Los Angeles County Democratic Party-issues And Advocacy Committee Jeffrey Prang (Support) $1,359 05/31/2014 06/01/2014
Orange County Dignity Pac, Sponsored By Orange County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio Sharon Quirk-silva (Support) $188 05/31/2014 06/01/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California G. Rick Marshall (Support) $10,105 05/31/2014 06/01/2014
California Senior Advocates League Pac Marshall Tuck (Support) $102,000 05/31/2014 05/31/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Armando Gomez (Support) $8,615 05/30/2014 05/31/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Kansen Chu (Oppose) $8,615 05/30/2014 05/31/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Mario De La Piedra (Support) $12,398 05/30/2014 05/31/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Rob Mccoy (Oppose) $12,398 05/30/2014 05/31/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Steve Glazer (Support) $17,230 05/30/2014 05/31/2014
Kern County Young Republicans Political Action Committee David Valadao (Support) $1,459 05/30/2014 05/31/2014
Kern County Young Republicans Political Action Committee Andy Vidak (Support) $1,459 05/30/2014 05/31/2014
Kern County Young Republicans Political Action Committee Pedro Rios (Support) $1,459 05/30/2014 05/31/2014
Orange County Dignity Pac, Sponsored By Orange County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio Sharon Quirk-silva (Support) $105 05/31/2014 05/31/2014
Orange County Dignity Pac, Sponsored By Orange County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio Steve Neal (Support) $281 05/31/2014 05/31/2014
Sbranti For Assembly 2014, Sponsored By The California Teachers Association And California State Council Of Service Employees; Californians For Economic Prosperity To Support Tim Tim Sbranti (Support) $2,317 05/30/2014 05/31/2014
Service Employees International Union Local 1000, Keeping California Healthy, Safe And Strong Dan Wolk (Support) $3,600 05/30/2014 05/31/2014
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Michael Gipson (Support) $46,104 05/23/2014 05/30/2014
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Autumn Burke (Support) $5,000 05/30/2014 05/30/2014
Building And Protecting A Strong California, A Coalition Of Firefighters, Building Trades And Realtor Organizations Anthony Cannella (Support) $1,680 05/30/2014 05/30/2014
California Alliance, A Coalition Of Consumer Attorneys And Conservationists. Richard Pan (Oppose) $28,327 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Suja Lowenthal (Support) $7,249 05/30/2014 05/30/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Autumn Burke (Support) $5,827 05/30/2014 05/30/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Prophet Walker (Support) $3,326 05/30/2014 05/30/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Steve Glazer (Support) $9,538 05/30/2014 05/30/2014
California Correctional Peace Officers Association Independent Expenditure Committee Bonnie Garcia (Support) $9,806 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
California Correctional Peace Officers Association Independent Expenditure Committee Bonnie Garcia (Support) $10,000 05/30/2014 05/30/2014
California Homeowners Association Rob Mccoy (Support) $2,100 05/30/2014 05/30/2014
California League Of Conservation Voters Independent Expenditure Committee Joe Krovoza (Support) $20,000 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
California League Of Conservation Voters Independent Expenditure Committee Joe Krovoza (Support) $20,000 05/30/2014 05/30/2014
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Jim Cooper (Support) $20,000 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
Californians To Protect Chiropractic Patient Rights, Sponsored By California Chiropractic Association Evan Low (Support) $4,715 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
Campos For Assembly 2014 Sponsored By Labor Organizations; Nurses, Teachers And Working Families United To Support David David Chiu (Oppose) $24,152 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
Cooperative Of American Physicians Independent Expenditure Committee Betsy Butler (Oppose) $32,597 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
Cooperative Of American Physicians Independent Expenditure Committee Betsy Butler (Oppose) $23,530 05/28/2014 05/30/2014
Democratic State Central Committee Of California Jerry Brown (Support) $150 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
Doctors Of Optometry For Better Healthcare Sponsored By The California Optometric Association Pac Evan Low (Support) $4,715 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
Friends Of The Fire Rings, A Project Of Local Liberty Pac - Fieldstead & Company Keith Curry (Oppose) $14,990 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Bob Brunton (Oppose) $4,864 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Steve Glazer (Support) $3,986 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Simona Farrise (Oppose) $13,265 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Autumn Burke (Support) $13,265 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
Los Angeles County Federation Of Labor Afl-cio Council On Political Education Robert Garcia (Support) $6,847 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
Los Angeles County Federation Of Labor Afl-cio Council On Political Education Damon Dunn (Oppose) $6,911 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
Orange County Dignity Pac, Sponsored By Orange County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio Sharon Quirk-silva (Support) $801 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
Parents And Teachers For Putting Students First Gregory Allen (Support) $3,190 05/31/2014 05/30/2014
Parents And Teachers For Putting Students First Patrick Odonnell (Oppose) $70,173 05/21/2014 05/30/2014
Parents And Teachers For Putting Students First Patrick Odonnell (Oppose) $3,000 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
Parents And Teachers For Putting Students First Armando Gomez (Support) $37,857 05/30/2014 05/30/2014
Sbranti For Assembly 2014, Sponsored By The California Teachers Association And California State Council Of Service Employees; Californians For Economic Prosperity To Support Tim Tim Sbranti (Support) $20,932 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
Service Employees International Union Local 1000, Keeping California Healthy, Safe And Strong Dan Wolk (Support) $72,961 05/30/2014 05/30/2014
Service Employees International Union Local 1000, Keeping California Healthy, Safe And Strong Dan Wolk (Support) $16,840 05/03/2014 05/30/2014
Service Employees International Union Local 1000, Keeping California Healthy, Safe And Strong Dan Wolk (Support) $23,981 05/09/2014 05/30/2014
Service Employees International Union Local 1000, Keeping California Healthy, Safe And Strong Dan Wolk (Support) $20,227 05/16/2014 05/30/2014
Service Employees International Union Local 1000, Keeping California Healthy, Safe And Strong John A. Perez (Support) $3,000 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
Service Employees International Union Local 1000, Keeping California Healthy, Safe And Strong Dan Wolk (Support) $29,972 05/23/2014 05/30/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Jay Obernolte (Support) $190,543 05/19/2014 05/30/2014
Torlakson For Superintendent Of Public Instruction 2014 With Major Funding By The California Teachers Association Marshall Tuck (Oppose) $11,950 05/29/2014 05/30/2014
Torlakson For Superintendent Of Public Instruction 2014 With Major Funding By The California Teachers Association Tom Torlakson (Support) $11,950 05/29/2014 05/30/2014

 

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Poll: Jerry Brown Leads, GOP Foes In Dead Heat For No. 2 In Primary
latimes.com
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown holds a commanding lead in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term, but the race among GOP candidates seeking to take him on in November has become a dead heat just days before Tuesday's election, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

New Step To Expose Hidden Retiree Health Debt
Ed Mendel @
calpensions.com
A decade ago new accounting rules directed state and local governments to begin calculating and reporting debt owed for health care promised retirees, which for state workers turned out to be more than the debt owed for pensions. In a new step to expose hidden debt, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board last week proposed that retiree health care debt or “unfunded liability” be reported on the face of government financial statements, not buried inside.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Tim Donnelly Greets Gun Show Enthusiasts
latimes.com
Two days before the June 3 primary, GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly did not dismiss a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll that found that he was no longer the front-runner for the second spot on the fall ballot.

Small Town An Exception To Lack Of Interest In California Voting
David Siders @
sacbee.com
Residents of the tiny mountain town of Downieville will vote on Tuesday as they have religiously – and at uncommonly high rates – for many years.

Next Up At The Ballot Box: Undreaming California
Sarah McBride @
reuters.com
Creating the state of California took a revolt that led to the short-lived Bear Republic, a war with Mexico, and various international treaties. Now, some northern natives hope to take it apart, starting with a couple of ballot initiatives.

Deal In Works To Salvage Sacramento’s Stalled 700 K Street Project
Tony Bizjak @
sacbee.com
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg brokered the deal that may get the downtown project going again.

L.A. County Supervisor Candidates Vie For Votes As Election Nears
latimes.com
In a whirlwind of last-minute stumping, candidates vying to succeed termed-out Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina crisscrossed opposite sides of the county over the weekend, shaking hands, posing for selfies and otherwise trying to scoop up votes before Tuesday's primary election.

Study Finds Medical Pot Farms Draining Streams Dry
sacbee.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Some drought-stricken rivers and streams in Northern California's coastal forests are being polluted and sucked dry by water-guzzling medical marijuana farms, wildlife officials say — an issue that has spurred at least one county to try to outlaw personal grows.

AM Alert
Alexei Koseff @
blogs.sacbee.com
Reform Rabbis and other Jewish leaders from across California convene at the Capitol today to lobby in support of state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg's proposal for cap-and-trade funds.

Group Won’t Seek Referendum On Sacramento Kings Arena Deal
Ryan Lillis @
sacbee.com
The planned downtown sports arena will have five north-facing retractable hangar doors, as illustrated by this image released May 21.

Dan Walters Daily
Alexei Koseff @
blogs.sacbee.com
Expect lots more wheeling and dealing before a final budget deal is reached in two weeks, Dan says.

Ad Watch: Torlakson ad exaggerates facts to undermine opponents
Alexei Koseff @
sacbee.com
Ahead of Tuesday’s primary election, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson launched a television campaign sharply criticizing his two challengers, former charter schools executive Marshall Tuck and schoolteacher Lydia Gutierrez. Following is the text of the 30-second ad and an analysis by Alexei Koseff of The Bee’s Capitol Bureau.

Sacramento Heroin Addiction On The Rise, Affordable Care Act Opens Doors For Recovery
Dave Kempa @
healthycal.org
He is among 7,774 Californians taking advantage of addiction services newly available to them thanks to the expanded coverage and services mandated under the Affordable Care Act. Since the law’s January 1 inception, methadone clinics across the Sacramento region have noted an increase in care provided. And they’re encouraged.

S.F. mayor calls for huge boost in affordable housing funds
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @
sfgate.com
Mayor Ed Lee is proposing funneling $94 million in public money over the next two years into constructing affordable housing in San Francisco as the city grapples with stratospheric rents and increased evictions driven by a booming economy that is also causing a surge in tax revenue.

What's At Stake In This Primary Election?
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
It’s a pretty strange election when the most interesting contest is between two Republicans vying for the right to be buried in a Jerry Brown landslide.

Will California Republican Party Resist Moderation Wave?
Josh Richman @
mercurynews.com
Will it resist this wave of moderation?

Kashkari And Donnelly Offer 2 Paths For California Republican Party
latimes.com
There couldn't be more at stake for California's Republican Party than the results of the otherwise seemingly ho-hum primary election

Ca GOP On Knife Edge; USC Pollsters, Lat Weasel « Calbuzz
calbuzz.com
California Republicans stand at a crossroads: Will they join the ranks of voters in Kentucky, Georgia, Oregon and other states who have chosen Establishment conservatives over Tea Party knuckledraggers? Or will they add California to the roster of states like Nevada, Missouri and Illinois who chose teabaggers who later got skunked by Democrats.

What’s at stake in this primary election?
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
It’s a pretty strange election when the most interesting contest is between two Republicans vying for the right to be buried in a Jerry Brown landslide. The duel between Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, the darling of the Republican right, and Neel Kashkari, a moderate whom the GOP establishment hopes will eke out a win, gets a lot of media attention simply because there’s not much else to stir interest.

Cal State Plans Push To Hire More Full-time Faculty
latimes.com
California State University is embarking on a hiring spree, aiming to add 700 new full-time faculty members next year in an attempt to reverse years of class and staff reductions and improve student success.

SCOTUS to hear redistricting appeal
TARA HAELLE @
politico.com
Alabama Democrats want a Republican-drawn legislative map thrown out.

Resources Help Decipher The New Education Funding Formula
edsource.org
The material ranges from basic explainers to cloud-based software that helps districts craft their draft Local Control Accountability Plans.

Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap stirs sharp debate
mercurynews.com
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl can expect a buoyant homecoming after five years in Taliban hands, but those in the government who worked for his release face mounting questions over the prisoner swap that won his freedom.