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THE NOONER for July 23, 2014

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Hope you are having a Noonerific week and summer recess. Here are a few articles that caught my eye this morning. 

California Supreme Court nomination a 'statement' to U.S. [Bob Egelko @ SFChron] - "As a boy, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar walked 7 miles each way from his home in Mexico to a school in Texas. On Tuesday, Cuéllar, a Harvard graduate and Stanford law professor, was nominated by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Supreme Court."

Oh...c'mon...tell us he walked through the snow with 100 pounds of books why don't you?!?

Truly, the pick was an inspired choice. Will Brown shift now to a political appointment and give Darrell Steinberg the seat from which Joyce Kennard is stepping down?

Here is our current list:

  • Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Professor, Stanford Law School
  • Michael Fitzgerald, U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • Martin Jenkins, 1st District Court of Appeal
  • Kevin Johnson, Dean, UC Davis School of Law
  • Kimberly Mueller, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • Yvonne Gonzales Rogers, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • Darrell Steinberg, President Pro Tempore, California State Senate
  • Kathleen Sullivan, Partner, Quinn Emanuel; former dean, Stanford Law School 

Dan Walters: California's death penalty dying of old age - "More than likely, therefore, capital punishment is dead in California, more or less due to old age."

Swearengin forgoes November ballot statement [John Hrabe @ CalNewsroom] - "Of all down-ticket candidates, [Ashley] Swearengin’s decision to forgo a ballot statement in the race for state controller might be the most surprising. Considered one of the few competitive GOP statewide candidates, the Fresno mayor's modest fundraising is unlikely to surpass this year's $8.1 million limit. The ballot statement also proved its worth in this year's controller primary."

The spotlight on California’s undemocratic election recount rules may actually lead to a fix for a money-in-politics mess [Kim L. Nader @ the queen's school]

Water bond petition workers caught on home surveillance video [Angela Bailey @ Claremont Courier] - "At around 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, two canvassers—an unidentified male and female—arrived to the Claremont home of Pat O'Malley. His wife, Shelley, had just finished giving their baby a bath when she passed by the family’s home surveillance monitor and witnessed the couple at their front door. After watching the monitor for a moment, Ms. O'Malley couldn’t believe her eyes. The man was groping the woman, right there on the O'Malley's front porch."

Yeah, you gotta watch that video. Precinct walking was never like that for me.

If you think the Julia Brownley fundraising email with the subject line "terrifying" was a bit offensive the day after MH17, you probably also won't be happy with the flyer distributed by the proponents of the initiative to life medical malpractice caps: "two jumbo jets crashing a day."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Joe Barr





  • Oakland ballot measure campaign seeks experienced field staff for high profile role. Position will be responsible for building field program, coordinating coalition activities and implementing an aggressive GOTV program. Qualifications: on the ground electoral campaign experience, experience managing data collection and a positive attitude. Please email resumes to

  • San Diego County Water Authority. Accepting proposals for Legislative Advocacy and Consulting Services Sacramento, CA. Request RFP from Jennifer Graffam at Proposal submittal deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 8/28/2014. Questions deadline: 5:00 p.m. on 8/11/2014. See RFP for further details.

  • Save The Bay is hiring a Political Director to be the top advocate for San Francisco Bay, designing ambitious campaigns to protect and restore the region’s greatest natural treasure.  The Political Director leads a team of professionals and volunteers for the largest organization working on the Bay, with more than 60,000 supporters and 50 years of accomplishments.  Apply at
  • Campaign staffers needed for a variety of roles on Bay Area campaigns for Democratic elected officials and nonpartisan ballot measures. Looking for hard working day-to-day managers, communications, finance directors and staff, field directors and organizers. Send resume and cover letter indicating availability to No Phone Calls.
    Consultant Services for State Advocacy
    The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) invites proposals from qualified consultants to provide State Advocacy Services.
    Proposals are due at or before 2:00 p.m. on August 18, 2014.
    The RFP is available at no cost by downloading at, under "Vendor Portal". A non-mandatory Pre-Proposal Meeting is scheduled for July 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the HYATT Regency Sacramento, 1209 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 in the Golden State Conference Room.
    All questions regarding this RFP shall be directed to Jeffery Hill at
  • The best way to learn the legislative process and best practices for effective governmental advocacy. Veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov presents "Lobbying 101" and "Lobbying 201" seminars July 31-August 1. $250 each. Essential for lobbying firm principals / support staff, organizations that employ lobbyists, public agencies. Complete info / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • Capitol Weekly Top 100 Party
    Tuesday, August 19, 5:30 PM  – 8:30 PM
    The Senator Hotel, 1121 L Street, Sacramento
    Get your tickets here!


Campaign 2014: Swearengin forgoes November ballot statement
Six candidates -- Gov. Jerry Brown, Neel Kashkari, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Ron Nehring, Ashley Swearengin and Attorney General Kamala Harris -- passed on a ballot statement for the general election. Under state law, candidates are entitled to purchase a ballot statement if they agree to abide by voluntary spending limits.

California Supreme Court Nomination A "Statement" To U.S.
Bob Egelko @
The state Senate's leader, President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, called the nomination "an inspired choice ... a timely reminder that our Golden State was forged by disparate immigrant communities who pushed frontiers and who, together, recognized a common strength in diversity.

Property Taxes Could Pay For $25 Billion Delta Tunnels Without Public Vote
Paul Rogers @
Most property tax hikes require a two-thirds vote, as required under California's landmark Proposition 13, which voters passed in 1978. But the water agencies contend they are not bound by that requirement.

Some June Write-in Candidates Made It To The November Ballot
Jean Merl @
The state's relatively new top-two primary election system has helped more than a dozen June write-in candidates earn places on the Nov. 4 ballot -- and without paying filing fees.

Rancho Cordova Asks Voters To Raise The City Sales Tax By A Half Cent
Mozes Zarate @
Rancho Cordova is asking its residents to raise the city’s sales tax by a half a cent to pay for greater police protection, urban redevelopment and other services.

San Francisco lawmakers place 2-cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened drinks on fall ballot
Associated Press @
San Francisco lawmakers place 2-cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened drinks on fall ballot .

UC Enrolling More New Students From Other States And Nations
Larry Gordon @
The number of new UC students from other states and nations will continue to increase this fall, extending a trend that university officials say is financially necessary but critics say is changing the nature of a beloved state institution.

BART to roust sleepers in stations as a safety concern
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @
BART's decision to start enforcing a little-known safety measure and roust people sleeping or lying in its downtown San Francisco stations is aimed at ending the deadlock over what to do about the underground system becoming a de facto homeless shelter.

Cal State Lowers Enrollment Growth, Other Expenditures For Fall
Carla Rivera @
California State University will have to cut planned enrollment growth for the fall term -- from about 20,000 to 10,000 students -- after state funding fell short of expectations.

Delay Likely In Corruption Trial For California Sen. Ron Calderon
Christopher Cadelago @
Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, right, works at his desk at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Calderon was indicted on federal corruption charges earlier in the year.

Obama Arrives In Bay Area For Fundraisers
Andie Waterman @
Air Force One touched down at 9:18 p.m., a little more than six hours after the president landed in Seattle for fundraisers at the homes of Democratic donors Bruce and Ann Blume and Costco CEO Jim Sinegal.

Senate, House on collision course on border money
Associated Press @
Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to any money. The developments pointed to a hardening stalemate over the crisis in South Texas with lawmakers preparing to leave Washington for their annual summer recess at the end of next week.

President Obama Pays Respects To Malaysia Airline Flight 17 Victims With Visit To Netherlands Embassy
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Groundwater Level In California Basin Hits Historic Low
The groundwater level in the San Bernardino Basin area is at its lowest point in recorded history, officials say.

Lawsuit: Citizens United Measure Should Be Tossed Off Ballot
Christopher Cadelago @
Opponents filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to remove from the fall ballot a non-binding question asking whether Congress should overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United campaign finance decision.

Donald Sterling Opens Third Front In Battle Over Clippers Ownership
Donald Sterling opened a third legal front Tuesday in his fight to maintain control of the Clippers , alleging in another lawsuit that he remained the team's rightful owner and demanding that his wife's $2-billion sale of the team to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer be blocked.

Oregon Recreational Pot Initiative Qualifies For November Ballot | Reuters
Sharon Bernstein @
Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:08pm EDT

Economist Who Predicted Busted Housing Bubble Says Another Recession Is Coming
Bernard Condon @
Employers in the U.S. are creating jobs at the fastest pace since the late 1990s and the economy finally looks ready to expand at a healthy rate. But sluggish growth in France, Italy, Russia, Brazil and China suggests that the old truism, "When the U.S. sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold," may need to be flipped.

Drought law says HOAs can't frown on brown lawns
The marketing executive, who lives in the tidy Vineyard Hills development, stopped watering part of his front yard this spring to reduce his water use amid citywide orders to cut back 25 percent because of the drought. [...] Santiago and other residents who belong to homeowner associations across California have one less thing to fear after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation this week prohibiting associations from fining residents who cease watering during a drought. The prohibition on homeowner associations would continue after the governor's emergency sanctions are lifted, if and when a local or statewide drought declaration is in place.

Anti-tax group sues over Citizens United measure
Associated Press @
An anti-tax group is suing state officials in an effort to block an advisory ballot measure that seeks to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United campaign finance decision.