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THE NOONER for July 24, 2014

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POLL POSITION: PPIC is out with results of its monthly survey, which is focused on environmental issues.


  • Jerry Brown (D): 52%
  • Neel Kashkari (R): 33%
  • Would not vote for governor: 4%
  • Don't know: 11%

Existing $11.1 billion water bond:

  • Yes: 61%
  • No: 22% (with 8% willing to consider a smaller bond)

Job approvals:

  • Jerry Brown: 53% (-5% since January)
  • Legislature: 38% (-4% since January)
  • President Obama: 50% (-3% since January)
  • U.S. Congress: 22% (-4% since January)

CRAZY TRAIN: The Twitter face of the Yes on Proposition 46 campaign took umbrage at my suggestion yesterday that a flyer comparing medical malpractice deaths to plane crashes was probably not the best to use given recent events. Did I go too far?

MORE SHRIMP BOY PLEASE: As Rumors Of New Indictment Swirl, Lawyer Demands Documents Connecting SF Officials To Leland Yee Case [Max A. Cherney @ SFAppeal] - "Amidst rumors of a superseding indictment in the state Senator Leland Yee corruption case — within 24 hours, according to sources, and likely including RICO charges — a notoriously disruptive Southern California lawyer has demanded government documents connecting San Francisco elected officials and the trial."

PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION: Former Councilman Richard Alarcon, wife guilty of voter fraud, perjury [Soumya Karlamangla @ LAT] - "Alarcon, 60, was convicted of three voter-fraud charges and one perjury charge, but acquitted on 12 other counts. His wife, Flora Montes de Oca, was convicted of two voting charges and one perjury count."

POTUSIZED: Video: Woman in Labor 'Not Allowed' to Cross Street to Hospital Over Obama's Impending Motorcade [Oliver Darcy @ The Blaze] - "A pregnant woman in labor Wednesday afternoon was not allowed to cross the street to get to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by authorities in Los Angeles because President Barack Obama's motorcade was going to come through the area. 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Ling-Ling Chang, David Craeger, Justin Matheson, Julie Sandino-Arieas, and Ray Tretheway





  • 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.
  • 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!


Majority Of Voters In New Poll Pick Brown For Another Term | Kqed News Fix
The newest poll in the 2014 race for governor finds a bit of new political history being made by Gov. Jerry Brown: the first chief executive in California in almost three decades to have a majority of voter support going in to a reelection campaign season.

Ccsf Still In Bad Shape, Accrediting Commission Says - Sfgate
Accreditation won't be revoked on that date, however, because a judge delayed the deadline until an October trial can determine if the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges properly conducted its 2012 evaluation of City College. In a letter to college officials on Monday, commission President Barbara Beno cited eight broad areas that still pose problems at the college: how its administration is organized, although the leadership has been entirely replaced and augmented; financial resources; the quality of the college's technology; its physical state; libraries; student support; instructional programs; and overall "institutional effectiveness." Former Academic Senate President Karen Saginor paraphrased its decision this way: "Why can't they just die, already?" Besides pinning its hopes on the lawsuit - which could trigger a completely new evaluation - the college has one more option, made possible in June when the U.S. Department of Education firmly explained to the reluctant commission that it had the power to extend the revocation deadline.

Antonio Villaraigosa: Why Are Teachers Unions So Opposed To Change? - Wsj
Antonio Villaraigosa @
PresidentJohn F. Kennedy said, "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." This message has apparently been lost on some people in our teachers unions who used their recent national conventions in Los Angeles and Denver to argue against desperately needed changes in our public schools.

U.S. judge in Colorado rules same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Eligible California Immigrants Not Receiving Healthcare, Pan Says
Jeremy B. White @
Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, speaks about immigrant health care in Sacramento on July 23, 2014.

California Inmates Win Class-action Status Over Race-based Treatment
A federal judge in Sacramento on Wednesday awarded class-action status to California prison inmates who allege that their rights are violated by what they say are widespread instances of race-based punishment.

E.J. Dionne: Ideological justice blind on health law
E.J. Dionne Jr. @
Conservative federal judges use any argument they can to kill health care reform law.

Poll Says Gov. Brown Has Nearly 20-point Lead Over Challenger Kashkari
Gov. Jerry Brown has a nearly 20-point advantage over GOP challenger Neel Kashkari , according to a poll released Wednesday, which also found strong support among Californians for the state's landmark global warming law.

Concord To Eliminate Retirement Benefits, Limit Lifetime Health Coverage For Future Elected Officials
Lisa P. White @
Under the proposal, the city would create a new employee group for future elected officials who would not receive retirement benefits through the California Public Employees Retirement System, known as CalPERS. Members of the group also would have to serve at least 30 consecutive years in office with the city and retire at age 65 or older to be eligible for lifetime medical benefits.

Court Ruling on Health Care Subsidies Risks Loss of Coverage
A federal court ruling barring some subsidies under the health care law raised the possibility that many of the 4.5 million people who were found eligible for them would drop their coverage.

White House Pool Report: “you’re Chronicling The Slow Deterioration Of Barack Obama” - Politics Blog
" Note: As one of two local print pool reporters covering the President's visit to Los Altos Hills today, we filed raw reports to the White House press pool about the Obama remarks at the Democrati...

FBI tried to ensnare Mayor Ed Lee in corruption case, sources say
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @
One big donor to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's mayoral campaign in 2011 turns out to have been the FBI - which apparently had undercover agents working on a Bay Area corruption investigation contribute $20,000 to the mayor, sources tell us.

Ten states join Indiana appeal of rulings allowing same-sex marriage
Ten states have filed an amicus brief in support of Indiana's challenge of a lower court ruling claiming bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, arguing that states, not federal courts, have legal authority to define marriage, according to court filings.

Gov. Jerry Brown Resists Unzipping School Construction Wallet
George Skelton @
Who can be against building, modernizing or repairing schools? It's good for children and creates jobs.

Poll: Californians Support Global Warming Rules - Unless Gas Prices Rise
Dan Smith @
Thomas Barnes of Sacramento fills up his tank at Bonfare Market in November 2008.

Boulder, Colo., Judge Again Refuses To Stop Same-sex Marriage Licenses
A district court judge in Boulder, Colo., turned down the state’s bid to halt same-sex marriages in the county, allowing the county clerk there to continue marrying same-sex couples, according to the state's ruling.

Brown Praises Judicial Nominee's Credentials, Background
Isabelle Taft @
Explaining his nomination of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to the California Supreme Court at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Jerry Brown emphasized Cuéllar’s academic credentials and noted that he was “not unaware” of California’s diversity as he decided whom to appoint.

Obama Visit To L.A. Brings Protest By Artists, More Traffic Complaints
President Obama landed at Los Angeles International Airport around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday amid protests from both commuters and street artists.

Gilead Hepatitis C Pill Reaches $3.48 Billion In Quarterly Sales
Stephanie M. Lee @
Despite criticism from insurers and lawmakers, Gilead Sciences said Wednesday its $1,000-a-day hepatitis C pill had improved on its record-setting debut as it reached $3.48 billion in sales last quarter.

Court Ruling 0n Health Care Subsidies Risks Loss of Coverage
A federal court ruling barring some subsidies under the health care law raised the possibility that many of the 4.5 million people who were found eligible for them would drop their coverage.

Signs Of Donor Fatigue At Obama's Bay Area Fundraisers
Carla Marinucci @
President Obama hit the Bay Area for a fast cash-and-grab fundraising drive Wednesday, but there were signs that even in one of the nation's most reliable Democratic ATMs, donor fatigue is setting in.