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THE NOONER for July 28, 2014

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Today marks 99 days before the November 4 general election. More importantly, dearly beloved, yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the release of the movie Purple Rain. 

THE BEAUTIFUL ONES: Participants of California governor's Mexico trip [AP]

WHEN DOVES CRY: Racketeering charges filed against Leland Yee, Raymond 'Shrimp Boy' Chow [Bob Egelko @ SFChron] - "The new indictment adds to charges the grand jury issued in April against Yee, Chow and 27 others. The racketeering charges carry potential 20-year prison sentences and would require the defendants, upon conviction, to forfeit all ill-gotten gains to the government. Racketeering is defined as a series of criminal acts to promote a corrupt enterprise. For Yee, the indictment said, the purpose of the enterprise was "solicitation of campaign contributions ... in exchange for official action" - in other words, bribery."

BABY, I'M A STAR: Neel Kashkari is running the best campaign that money can't buy [Josh Richman @ MercNews] - How can I not link to a story with a quote by the eminent Ed Costantini?!?

TAKE ME WITH YOU: Where Would the 6 Capitals Be? [Joe Mathews @ Fox & Hounds] 

LET'S GO CRAZY: NYT: Repeal Prohibition, Again - "It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol. The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana."

I WOULD DIE 4 U: Last week's episode of This American Life had a fascinating story about the FBI's investigation into brutality in the Los Angeles County jail system, putting the G-Men at odds with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

COMPUTER BLUE:  FCC should help reach deal to end Dodgers TV standoff, lawmakers say [Joe Flint @ LAT]

. . . After this weekend, do Bay Area lawmakers lobby FCC against Dodgers fans?

DARLING NIKKI: LA Weekly has the story behind a new documentary on L.A.'s Skid Row, told from the perspective of those who live the scene.

PURPLE RAIN: Rolling Stone has a great excerpt of a new book about the making of the movie. The book is scheduled to be released on December 9, and you can pre-order the book here.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jim Battin and Ron Givens!





  • Assistant Press Secretary (California)
    NextGen Climate – San Francisco, CA

    NextGen Climate is seeking a driven, detail-oriented individual to join our organization as an Assistant Press Secretary, focused on California issues. The ideal candidate would have California-specific media experience, including writing press releases and statements, as well as developing relationships with reporters in a campaign environment. This position reports to the NextGen Climate Press Secretary.

    For more details, please see job description If you are interested in applying, please send your cover letter and resume to

  • 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
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  • 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!


Lawsuits Over Valley Fever Pile Up Against California’s Prison System
Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh @
When Jeremy Romo was packed off to prison in 2012 for illegal possession of a firearm, he says he was as healthy as anyone, a construction worker who ran three miles each weekday and five miles on weekends.

Neel Kashkari Is Running The Best Campaign That Money Can't Buy
Josh Richman @
In 2010, billionaire Republican nominee Meg Whitman had sunk almost $91.1 million of her own fortune into her campaign by this point in the year, with another $53.1 million yet to come. Kashkari -- a former U.S. Treasury Department official and asset manager from Laguna Beach -- has taken about $2.1 million out of his own pocket so far. And with other cash just dribbling in, he's striving to get his message out on a shoestring.

S.F. voters to weigh possible $104 million in new spending
Marisa Lagos @
There are three measures on San Francisco's November ballot designed to benefit workers, children and commuters. And they'd also cost more money than any propositions in city history.

Income Taxes Don't Kill Jobs & Tyrion's No AU2HO
You’ll recall that in the fall of 2012, as Jerry Brown campaigned for Prop. 30, his tax-hike plan to balance California’s budget and boost school funding, right-wingers argued vociferously that the measure would be a disaster.

The high toll of needed testing on Bay Bridge rods and bolts
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @
Nothing comes cheap at the new Bay Bridge eastern span - including tests on those suspect rods and bolts, which have clocked in at $20 million - and counting.

California governor to meet with Mexican president
JUDY LIN Associated Press @
Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday and will discuss immigration in separate sit-downs with President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American diplomatic and religious leaders.

Viewpoints: Water bond must recognize Sierra’s importance
Steven Frisch @
Before they left Sacramento for summer recess, legislators said they would work together to hammer out a new water bond bill when they returned in August. This would replace the $11.14 billion proposal currently on the November ballot, which has already been delayed twice.

California Schools Face Lawsuit Over Physical Education Classes
Thousands of elementary school teachers have been asked this summer to hold on to their lesson plans as 37 school districts throughout the state seek to show that they are providing students with required exercise.

VA healthcare: Tentative deal reached in Congress
Congressional negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on legislation to bolster healthcare funding and reforms at the troubled Veterans Administration, salvaging a deal after talks imploded last week.

Detroit-Style Pension Cuts: Could It Happen Here?
Ed Mendel @
Bankrupt Detroit announced last week that current workers and retirees voted overwhelmingly to cut many pensions by 4.5 percent and to trim or eliminate cost-of-living adjustments.

Jerry Brown To Meet In Mexico With Religious Leaders On Immigration Crisis
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown, right, and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena leave a news conference after talking with reporters Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. Brown and Meade attended a luncheon hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce, where they discussed Brown's upcoming visit to Mexico.

FCC Should Help Reach Deal To End Dodgers TV Standoff, Lawmakers Say
Joe Flint @
A group of Southern California lawmakers wants the Federal Communications Commission to broker a deal to end the bitter standoff between Time Warner Cable and other pay-TV providers over distribution of SportsNet LA, the new channel that is home to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Buzz: Pérez campaign led the way in Sacramento-area ad buys
Jim Miller and Alexei Koseff @
The Sacramento TV market’s largest broadcast stations netted more than $623,000 in ad revenue from federal, state and local campaign committees in the weeks before last month’s primary election, public filings show.

Gov. Brown To Avoid Glitz, Stick To Business On Mexico Sojourn - Sfgate
When it comes to official trips to Mexico, Gov. Jerry Brown will have a hard time competing - in glitz, glamour and bragging rights - with those who came before him.

U.S. Sees Profound Cultural Shift On Marijuana Legalization
More than a third of adults have smoked it — including the last three presidents. Dozens of songs and movies have been made about it.

California Lawmakers Look To Update Family Law
Fenit Nirappil @
California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break.

Lawsuits over Valley fever pile up against California’s prison system
Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh @
The latest suit, filed in federal court in Sacramento on behalf of 58 current and former inmates, accuses the state of knowing for years that its Central Valley prisons were incubators for the incurable sickness, but doing nothing to address the problem.

Outside Money Drives a Deluge of Political Ads
s Citizens United decision in 2010, and it has created a nonstop campaign season with a harshly negative tone that risks causing voters to tune out before Election Day.

Scrap California's Dysfunctional Death Penalty Policy
There's no argument: California's death penalty is shamefully inoperative. It's shameful that state politicians won't fix it. Won't even try.