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THE NOONER for June 4, 2014

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Good morning from Blythe, where I am working on a few hours sleep and Comfort Suites coffee. I'm going to prison this morning, but not in the Orange is the New Black sense, but to applaud inmates graduating with degrees and certificates. This is my third time, and these students become model inmates and the recidivsm rate is 1.526%, whereas 65% of the overall inmate population returns to prison within three years, according to CDCR. Ironwood is a Level III prison, the second highest level of general population, so we're talking about inmates with tough stories.

Actually, this is the same program at Ironwood State Prison that started the rehabilitation story of Prophet La'Omar Walker, who earned a spot in November along with Mike Gipson in AD64 (Carson) last night. Check out this TEDx filmed last month sponsored by the Ford Foundation on the program at Ironwood.

Thanks to our sponsors, panelists, and for the hundreds of folks that joined our little stream of consciousness shindig last night. It was a lot of fun, although some of us (me) are getting too old for this late-night ballot counting. 

Thank you to the Secretary of State's Office for a flawless election stream!

Speaking of stream of consciousness, that's what you get in today's election quick notes after the jump! More thoughtful analysis in the upcoming days.



Of course, here are the results on one page, or you can browse the district pages

We're at 18.3% turnout, setting up for a historic low. Late absentees, provisionals, and damaged ballots may get that to 22-23%, but still a historic low. Top-two is not encouraging voter participation, nor is SB 202's movement of most ballot measures to November.

Riverside County reports 37,200 uncounted ballots, and we should see the report for all counties in the next couple of day. It will likely take at least a week to complete the counting.

  • GOVERNOR: Jerry Brown (D) shows his strength, and there was a collective exhale in the GOP establishment as Neel Kashkari (R) placed in second. 
  • SECRETARY OF STATE: Alex Padilla (D) and Pete Peterson (R) will face off in November. It's got to be heartbreaking for the very legitimate candidates who placed behind Leland Yee, who came in third. And, to Dan Schnur, remember - Are you down with NPP? No, you know me. Even independent voters like knowing the flavor of ice cream they are ordering.
  • CONTROLLER: Question of the night was "Who the hell is David Evans (R)?" and then LA County came in, moving John Pérez (D) into second against Ashley Swearengin (R).
  • SUPERINTENDENT: The very expensive battle between CTA and Charters will continue to the general, with Tom Torlakson and Marshall Tuck meeting in the corral again.
  • CD07 (East Sacto): Ami Bera (D) will meet former congressman Doug Ose (R) in November.
  • CD15 (Hayward-Pleasanton): Eric Swalwell (D) withstood a challenge by state senator Ellen Corbett, and will face Republican Hugh Bussell.
  • CD17 (Milpitas): Mike Honda (D) and Ro Khanna (D) will continue their fight.
  • CA25: Tony Strickland and Steve Knight appear to be facing off in the general. Physician Lee Rogers placed in third.
  • CA31: Paul Chabot (R) and Pete Aguilar (D) are currently in top-two, although the pack is close.
  • CA33 (LA Coast): Ted Lieu (D) seems to have emerged from the jungle, placing in second to Republican Elan Carr.
  • SD06 (Sacramento): Roger Dickinson (D) placed in first, and Richard Pan (D) placed in second.
  • SD10 (Hayward-Santa Clara): Bob Wieckowski easily led the pack, with Republican Peter Kuo edging Mary Hayashi (D).
  • SD28 (Coachella): Jeff Stone (R) easily placed in first, and Glenn Miller (R) leads Bonnie Garcia (R) by 77 votes for second.
  • SD26 (LA Coast): Ben Allen (D) grabs first, and Sandra Fluke (D) places second.
  • AD04: In this solid Dem seat, Charlie Schaupp (R) placed in first, and Bill Dodd (D) in second. Dan Wolk (D) is 628 votes behind Dodd in third place.
  • AD07/AD09: Kevin McCarty (D) and Steve Cohn (D) will face off again in November, as will Darrell Fong (D) and Jim Cooper (D).
  • AD10: First-term Assemblymember Marc Levine (D) escapes Democratic challenges, with Republican Greg Allen placing in second.
  • AD15 (Berkeley): Elizabeth Echols (D) and Tony Thurmond (D) move to November.
  • AD16 (Tri-Valley): Catharine Baker (R) and Tim Sbranti (D) will face off, and this race could be a fight for Dems to hold, after the nasty primary between Sbranti and Steve Glazer.
  • AD32 (Kings): Attempts by the Republican Grow-Elect PAC to support Romeo Agbalog failed, with Pedro Rios (R) earning a second chance against Rudy Salas (D). Look at the numbers here though--56% for Republican candidates and 43% for the Dem. Race to watch.
  • AD33 (SB High Desert): Democrat John Coffee and Republican Jay Obernolte advance in this solid Rep district.
  • AD40 (Redlands): In a district that could be a Democratic pick-up in November, community college trustee Kathleen Henry (D) will face off against Rancho Cucamonga councilman Marc Steinorth (R).
  • AD42 (Yucaipa): Chad Mayes (R) easily places in second to face Karalee Hargrove (D) in November.
  • AD44 (Ventura): Jacqui Irwin (D) places in first, and conservative Rob McCoy (R) edges Mario de la Piedra (R) for second, giving Dems a hope of a pick-up.
  • AD55 (Diamond Bar-Yorba Linda): Ling-Ling Chang (R) will meet Greg Fritchie (D) in this heavily Republican district.
  • AD62 (Inglewood): Autumn Burke (D) coasts, earning a spot with Republican Ted Grose in November.
  • AD64 (Carson): Democrats Mike Gipson and Prophet La'Omar Walker will face off in November.
  • AD70 (Long Beach): Patrick O'Donnell easily places in first and pushes Suja Lowenthal to third.
  • AD73 (Dana Point): This one was a surprise. Bill Brough (R) places in second, and will be the favorite against Wendy Gabriella (D) in November.
  • AD74 (Irvine): Newport councilmember Keith Curry (R) and Huntington Beach councilmember Matther Harper (R) will face off. 
  • LA BOS #3: Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver will face each other in November.
  • OC BOS #2: Michelle Steel and Allan Mansoor will meet again.
  • RIV BOS #4: Incumbent John Benoit exceeds 50% over V. Manuel Perez.
  • SB BOS #2: Gloria Negrete McLeod and Curt Hagman likely will face-off in November, although chance late ballots could push McLeod over 50%.

Here is Michael Coleman's preliminary report on local bond and tax measures that were on the ballot yesterday. 



  • California Craft Brewers Association seeks candidates for Events Coordinator position. The Events Coordinator will be responsible for the creation, planning and follow through of all CCBA meetings and events. Candidate must also have extensive knowledge of traditional and social media channels to administer social media, and email marketing related to events. Business Administration, Event Coordination and Media experience required. This is a full-time, in-office position located in Sacramento, CA. Please contact Scott Marks for a full description of this position.

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  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Government Relations Director, Los Angeles Region. Direct ACS CAN government relations program in Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo Counties. Based in Los Angeles. Manage relationships with local, state & federal elected officials. Build coalitions. Serve as spokesperson. Some fundraising. 5-7 years policy & political experience. Spanish speaker preferred. Min. Salary: $77K. Info & application online:, Job ID: 17114.
  • Attorney or near-attorney interested in lobbying, developing public policies to protect the First Amendment, the public’s right to know and a fair and equitable California business environment.  More fun than a truck o’ monkeys.  Benefits.  EOE. Cover letter and Resume to
  • 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 @ Please contact Sergio Rosas, 626.396.7071, or Reid Milburn at,, 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
  • 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:



Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Richard Shea (Support) $112 05/30/2014 06/02/2014
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Alicia Munoz (Support) $266 05/31/2014 06/02/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Doug Perkins (Support) $1,500 06/02/2014 06/02/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Prophet Walker (Support) $7,500 06/02/2014 06/02/2014
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Steve Glazer (Support) $652 05/21/2014 06/02/2014
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Steve Glazer (Support) $63,000 05/27/2014 06/02/2014
California Senior Advocates League Pac Marshall Tuck (Support) $15,000 06/02/2014 06/02/2014
Chiu For Assembly 2014, San Franciscans For Effective Government To Support David David Chiu (Support) $3,045 06/02/2014 06/02/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Steve Glazer (Support) $4,436 05/29/2014 06/02/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Mario De La Piedra (Support) $9,000 05/30/2014 06/02/2014
Miller For State Senate 2014, Coachella Valley Businesses For Glenn Glenn Miller (Support) $21,422 06/02/2014 06/02/2014
Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber Political Action Committee Rick Jennings (Support) $808 05/28/2014 06/02/2014
Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber Political Action Committee Rick Jennings (Support) $677 06/02/2014 06/02/2014
Service Employees International Union Local 1000, Keeping California Healthy, Safe And Strong John A. Perez (Support) $41,925 05/09/2014 06/02/2014
Service Employees International Union Local 1000, Keeping California Healthy, Safe And Strong Dan Wolk (Support) $20,636 05/16/2014 06/02/2014
Solorio; Honor At Home, A Ballot Measure Committee Chaired By Community College Trustee Jose Veterans Housing & Homeless Prevention Bond Act Of (Support) $1,875 05/31/2014 06/02/2014
Solorio; Honor At Home, A Ballot Measure Committee Chaired By Community College Trustee Jose Veterans Housing & Homeless Prevention Bond Act Of (Support) $2,082 06/02/2014 06/02/2014


Will Jerry Brown fly solo or lift Democrats up?
Under the "me" strategy, Brown would continue his history of running as a party of one, with a campaign centered on the message that he has kept to his promises of fiscal restraint. The "we"-style campaign would have Brown use his money and 5o percent-plus approval rating to stump statewide on such issues as immigration reform, climate change and health care, with the goal of helping to elect more Democrats to shore up the party's near-supermajority in the state Senate and Assembly. Most governors in Brown's position would opt for the "one for all" strategy, using their political capital and war chest to firm up their party's control over the state - and rack up some personal IOUs from grateful lawmakers along the way. Chamberlain would go on to work for the business-friendly SF SOS political action committee, which sent out a campaign blast against then-Supervisor Chris Daly - complete with photos of dog feces and urine. [...] while he wasn't alone in creating it, said one consultant familiar with the incident, "that mailing got hung on Ryan." The No Wall on the Waterfront campaign has filed an ethics complaint against the Democratic County Central Committee's chairwoman, Mary Jung, charging her forces with misleading voters in a last-minute phone blitz against Proposition B. The issue: A $25,000 phone bank run by the committee and paid for by tech investor Ron Conway, which could well have led voters to conclude that the No Wall forces opposed the measure requiring voter approval of high-rises along the waterfront.

Controller 2014: Swearengin top vote getter, Perez expected to make run-off for Controller
Republican Ashley Swearengin is expected to face Democrat Assembly Speaker John Perez in the November run-off for state controller. But, a second GOP candidate, is just 2,500 votes behind Perez.

Honda far ahead in South Bay - Khanna in second
Speaking to dozens of supporters at a hotel in Cupertino, he said he had achieved his first goal - qualifying for the general election among the top two primary candidates, regardless of party label - and intended to "build a coalition of Democrats, independents and Republicans that will emerge victorious in November." The race in the nation's innovation and tech capital turned into a generational referendum pitting the 72-year-old Honda, in politics since 1981, against Khanna, 37, a Silicon Valley attorney whose only previous campaign was an unsuccessful run in another House district in 2004. Along with labor groups such as the AFL-CIO, Honda boasted the support of environmental organizations including the Sierra Club and much of the Democratic establishment, including President Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and California's two U.S. senators. Khanna collected endorsements from tech executives including Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, along with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Differing strategiesWhile the two Democrats agreed on many major issues, including the need for immigration reform and economic growth strategies, the competing campaigns showed stark stylistic differences in messaging, organization and outreach. Knocking on doorsWhile labor supplied its formidable get-out-the-vote force for Honda, Khanna brought on Jeremy Bird, a veteran of President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, to run strategy and relied on a mix of social media and grassroots outreach.

Indicted senator Leland Yee in third place for secretary of state
Charges of corruption and gun-running conspiracy notwithstanding, almost a tenth of California voters Tuesday thought suspended state Sen. Leland Yee should become secretary of state.

Why Did 200,000-plus Californians Vote For Leland Yee? - Politics Blog
One of the odder stats of Election Night: As of 11:23 p.m., 236,614 Californians had cast ballots for indicted state Sen. Leland Yee for Secretary of State. And that was with less than half the pre...

California Legislative Contests
A leadership shuffle in the California State Senate rippled through Sacramento-area legislative races on Tuesday, as the departure of Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, later this year set off a cascade of competitive contests in Democrat-heavy districts.

Jerry Brown Doesn’t Like Ranked-choice Voting - Politics Blog
Gov. Jerry Brown says he finds the ranked-choice voting system used in Oakland and some other cities to be "complicated" and not "a great way to pick candidates." "Well I find the ranked-choice vot...

California State Controller
The fall lineup in the race for state controller remained muddled early Wednesday, with none of the six candidates having a lock on the top-two spots.

Schools chief: It's Torlakson vs. Tuck in November
Tom Torlakson fell just short of the majority he needed for an outright re-election victory Tuesday as state superintendent of public instruction and will face a November rematch with one of his challengers, charter school executive Marshall Tuck. Elsewhere on the ballot, Ashley Swearengin, Fresno's Republican mayor, advanced to the Nov. 4 general election with 24 percent of the vote in the contest to replace John Chiang as state controller. With an undetermined number of mail-in and provisional ballots still to be counted, , Democratic Assemblyman John Pérez, the former Assembly speaker, had 21.7 percent, followed by Republican David Evans, an accountant, at 21.6 percent, and Democrat Betty Yee, a Board of Equalization member from San Francisco, at 21.5 percent.

California State Workers’ Union Rejects Contract Offer From Jerry Brown, OKs Strike
Jon Ortiz @
California State Capitol building

Republicans Leading Key Legislative Races, Early Returns Show
Republicans were the top vote-getters in early election returns for key legislative primary races Tuesday, indicating an uphill battle for Democrats seeking to regain their supermajority in November.

Voters Approve Props. 41 And 42
Becky Bach @
Proposition 41 would finance housing for low-income and homeless veterans. Proposition 42 makes local governments, rather than the state, pay for the cost of holding open meetings and complying with other open-government laws. Proposition 41, the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014, aims to redirect money from a little-used veteran's home loan program to develop multifamily housing units, also for veterans. About 1.9 million veterans live in California, and more than 15,000 are homeless. The measure would allow the state to sell $600 million of bonds, increasing state bond expenses by about $50 million over 15 years.

UC President Napolitano To Create Lgbt Advisory Group - San Francisco Business Times
University of California President Janet Napolitano will create a group to advise her on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.

California Controller Race Too Close To Call; Other Contests Decided
 The hotly contested race for state controller, one of the top financial posts in California, remained too close to call on Tuesday night as primary election results continued to be tallied.

Superintendent: Tuck to challenge Torlakson
Tom Torlakson fell just short of the majority he needed for an outright re-election victory Tuesday as state superintendent of public instruction and will face a November rematch with one of his challengers, charter school executive Marshall Tuck. According to returns posted Wednesday morning, Torlakson, with 47 percent of the vote, was just shy of the 50 percent plus one vote that he needed to ensure another term. No Republican has won a statewide office since 2006, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was re-elected and Steve Poizner was elected insurance commissioner.

California state workers’ union rejects contract offer from Jerry Brown, OKs strike
Jon Ortiz @
California’s state building-machinery operators have rejected a contract offer from Gov. Jerry Brown and authorized a strike against the state, according to the union’s top representative.

Republican Peterson And Democrat Padilla Advance To Secretary Of State Runoff
Republican Pete Peterson and Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla of Pacoima received the most votes in Tuesday's primary election for secretary of state and will face off in the November general election.

Measure ensures access to local public records
ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press @
A ballot measure requiring local governments in California to pay the cost of making their meetings and documents public enjoyed broad support in voter opinion surveys and faced no organized opposition. Yet backers anticipating low turnout fought ahead of Tuesday's election to make sure voters knew what Proposition 42 was about.

Schools: Peninsula, South Bay, Santa Cruz County voters passing bonds and parcel taxes
Keeping with their record of staunchly supporting local school funding, South Bay, Peninsula and Santa Cruz County voters appeared to be passing nearly a dozen school tax measures on the ballot.

It's Official: Sisi Wins Egyptian Presidential Election By Landslide
Abdel Fattah Sisi overwhelmingly won Egypt’s presidential elections, gaining 96.9% of the vote last week over lone challenger Hamdeen Sabahi, the chief of the Presidential Elections Commission announced Tuesday.

First Returns: Kashkari Leads Donnelly For 2nd Place - Politics Blog
The first returns are in from Tuesday's primary election. Here's what we've got, along with a look at what to watch as the night rolls.   Governor: Update: With 8.2 percent of precincts report...

Baker, Sbranti to vie for Assembly - Glazer out
Republican attorney Catharine Baker of Dublin and Tim Sbranti, the Democratic mayor of Dublin, will face off on the November ballot after winning a wild - and wildly expensive - East Bay Assembly primary race, results updated Wednesday morning showed. Elsewhere in the Bay Area, Democrat Mary Hayashi, a former Castro Valley assemblywoman, lost her bid to resurrect her political career after a well-publicized shoplifting conviction. Cortese was backed heavily by labor, including the police and fire unions, who had opposed outgoing mayor Chuck Reed's proposed pension cuts.