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THE NOONER for August 7, 2014

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Editor’s Note: For those of you that missed yesterday’s edition, Scott has gone Dick Cheney on us, off to recharge his batteries in an undisclosed location for a couple of weeks. In the meantime, he left us the keys to the store – clearly an error in judgment, but it’s too late to do much about that now. 

Over the next couple of weeks, you can expect a Nooner that is a little less election focused, and a little more centered on the end-of-session madness in the Capitol. Where facts are lacking, snark and approximation will serve as proxies. So it goes. Also, he forgot to leave the birthday list so all you Leos and Virgos looking for love in the Nooner are going to have to look elsewhere. Maybe next year, Summer Babes

Barring an alien abduction or freak Sharknado, Scott will return after Labor Day, tanned rested and ready to carry you through the first Tuesday of November. In the meantime, we’re going to try not to break anything too important around here. The usual caveats apply: In the event of a water landing, your seat cushion may be used as a flotation device. Keep your hand and feet inside the ride at all times, and thanks for your patience. – The Management.



Water Bondage: As the unofficial deadline to reach a water bond deal approaches, Republicans are increasingly saying they’d rather take their chances with Proposition 43 than shrink the bond to $6 billion. Brown is proposing about $2 billion for new storage. Republicans want at least $3 billion for new reservoirs and dams in any new bond proposal.

In a statement Wednesday, Senate GOP Leader Bob Huff noted:

“Time is running out to find a realistic alternative … That bipartisan bond meets Democrats’ demands for clean and safe drinking water, water recycling, conservation and habit restoration” and GOP requirements for more water storage. “While it’s not perfect, Proposition 43 would be an acceptable alternative than doing nothing.

The push for more storage was echoed in the Merced Sun-Star editorial pages, with a quote from Sen. Anthony Cannella. R-Ceres. “We have to build two reservoirs,” said Cannella, , “and $2 billion won’t build one. So what’s the point? Why put a bond on the ballot that produces no water?”

“There must be enough money in this bond to build more storage,” the paper wrote. “ Otherwise, it’s just not good enough.”

Clearly, someone sent some new GOP talking points around the room, because Assembly GOP Leader Connie Conway was quoted saying the same thing.

Mixing Business with Business: Looks like there’s a job opening at the Bee Editorial Board. From the editors this morning:

Editorial board member Pia Lopez took a leave of absence earlier this year to help her husband, Jim Read, run for Congress in a Minnesota district where he teaches political science … Since her return to The Bee, however, we learned that in some email conversations with Sacramento-area sources prior to her leave, Lopez discussed Read’s campaign as she conducted editorial board business. Lopez used her board title and company email for other campaign-related communication as well. She also failed to notify her supervisor of potential conflicts of interest between topics addressed by the board and campaign donations and support in the Sacramento area.

The note stated that “Lopez and The Bee have parted ways.” 

 Know When to Fold ‘Em: Internet poker is dead for the year, reports Patrick McGreevy.

Settle Up: GOP Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari writes a $500 check to the homeless shelter that fed him during his undercover operation on the streets of Fresno.

Worth every penny in free publicity…

Money Watch: The Lodi News-Sentinel gives a fundraising update on the Democrat vs. Democrat race to replace Richard Pan. Elk Grove Councilman Jim Cooper holds a 2-1 cash advantage over Darrell Fong. “Cooper’s campaign has $30,926 cash on hand (as of June 30), compared to Fong’s total on $14,186, according to campaign finance reports filed last week.

And that, boys and girls, is your meaningless stat of the day.

Keeping it real: Speaking of fundraising, a fake candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky is chalking up some very real fundraising numbers that would make some real candidates swoon.

Honest Gil Fulbright's “fake candidacy is looking ever more real. Last weekend, he held his first "campaign" event in Kentucky, which Ridley attended with a campaign bus full of signs and supporters, all of it crowdfunded.

With five days to go, his Indiegogo campaign overshot its goal by nearly 400% (at the time of writing, it had raised almost $75,000; the goal was set at $20,000), and is set to bring in enough for Fulbright to put nationally targeted ads on YouTube.

In fact, Fulbright doesn't actually exist at all. He's a fictional candidate played by movie and TV actor Frank Ridley, veteran player of minor roles in shows such as Orange is the New Black and movies such as Inside Llewyn Davis, and he's in Kentucky to make a point about money in politics — in much the same way Stephen Colbert's Super PAC did.



  • Please join the New Leaders Council-Sacramento and our National Chairman Chris Kelly on the evening of Thursday August 7th 6-9 p.m. as we welcome hundreds of young progressive leaders from around the country to Sacramento. Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg will kick-off this free networking happy hour at The Citizen Hotel. Today's the last day to register for the NLC National Leadership Retreat, August 8th & 9th. Come for the panels and discussions highlighting the accomplishments of progressives in the economy, technology and entrepreneurship, and in state and local government. Questions? Contact
  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West Regional Political Organizer (Los Angeles, Bay Area or Sacramento).  150,000 member California healthcare union seeks to fill 3 openings for strategic, progressive, motivated Regional Political Organizers, 5-10 yrs political/union experience.  Excellent benefits, career ladder.  Salary $49k-$91k.  Resume, letter, 3 references:

  • Fiona Hutton & Associates is seeking an Account Executive to join their PR/Public Affairs team. Minimum 1 – 3 years related experience required. Position could be up to Senior AE for those with additional experience. Located in Los Angeles office. Details and additional information can be found here. Competitive salary and benefits package offered.

  • 26th Annual Capitol Network Charitable Golf Tournament on October 16, 2014 at Yocha Dehe Golf Club. Sponsorships available and proceeds benefit women's and children's organizations across the state. Please visit: or contact Co-Chairs Jenny Devine-Smith or Erin Norwood at
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!



S.F. public defender hires 1st immigration-only attorney
Francisco Ugarte, who previously worked at Dolores Street Community Services, joined Adachi's team this week and will advise other attorneys in the office on the mind-bogglingly complicated terrain of immigration law and represent some undocumented clients in federal immigration court. Adachi said his office would handle only cases in which the undocumented children are entangled in the local criminal justice system for some other reason. [...] Adachi is consulting with Supervisor David Campos, who in early September will ask his fellow supervisors to approve an undetermined amount of money to fund legal representation for these kids - including paying nonprofit and private attorneys. The City Council there just earmarked $4.9 million to provide legal representation to every poor undocumented immigrant who faces deportation. Retail fight: A Los Angeles-based AIDS health care organization is challenging part of San Francisco's restrictions on chain stores, suing the city in federal court to get approval to build a large pharmacy in the Castro neighborhood. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation's lawsuit contends the city violated the organization's constitutionally protected free speech, due process and equal protection rights by passing legislation last month that would require the foundation to get special approval, known as a conditional use permit, for the project.

Gov. Jerry Brown Hits Populist Notes In Speech To School Workers Union
In a rallying cry to his base, Gov. Jerry Brown boasted of California's liberal accomplishments during his tenure in a Wednesday address to a school employees union.

Jerry Brown Wades Into Income Inequality
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown meets with The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board on May 15, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.

Gavin Newsom voices support for legal pot in Marin appearance
Richard Halstead, Marin Independent Journal @
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said he is prepared to campaign in 2016 for a state ballot initiative to legalize marijuana, if the referendum is written the way it should be.

Sacramento’s West Nile Death Is The State’s First This Year
Bill Lindelof @
West Nile virus, first detected in birds in Sacramento County a decade ago, is transmitted to humans and animals through a mosquito bite. Bee file photo, 2013.

Target voices corporate support for same-sex marriage
Target is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage, joining other large companies that are taking a stand, just four years after the retailer came under criticism for supporting a strident opponent of same-sex unions.

Editorial: Another chance for governor to veto meaningless legislation
the Editorial Board @
If another ballot advisory vote measure doesn’t stall or get voted down first, the governor should veto it.

Leno’s Kill Switch Legislation Moves Forward - Politics Blog
The bill by San Francisco Democratic Sen. Mark Leno now returns to the state Senate for a vote on new amendments, where, if it passes again, it would head to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration.

Union City sues financial consultant, says errors cost nearly $140,000
Chris De Benedetti @
The lawsuit accuses Willdan Financial Services of failing to properly calculate Union City's sanitation rate increases, resulting in a six-figure loss of tax revenue.

Nominee hopes to take heat off PG&E's state regulators
(08-06) 17:02 PDT SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown's newest nominee for the state Public Utilities Commission promised Wednesday to make the regulatory agency so safety-conscious in the aftermath of the San Bruno pipeline disaster that the public will "quit thinking about us again." Michael Picker has been serving on the commission for six months pending state Senate approval of his nomination. On Wednesday he won unanimous recommendation from the Senate Rules Committee, but not before the panel's chairman, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, questioned him about whether commission officials were too close to one of the utilities they regulate, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

Immigration Reform: A Pathway To Impeachment :: Fox&hounds
The Andrew Johnson precedent clearly illustrates that President Obama can legitimately be impeached for his disagreements with the House majority; high crimes are whatever the House says they are.

Flooding: Gov. Jerry Brown Should Declare State Of Emergency, Assemblyman Says
Today's high

Pro-troop Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants’ Pockets - Propublica
Kim Barker @

Bill To Legalize Internet Poker In California Dropped For 2014
One of two bills that would legalize Internet gambling in California was shelved for the year Wednesday by Democratic state Sen. Lou Correa of Santa Ana, who said there was not enough time left in the legislative session to refine it for a vote.

Nude political candidate campaigns in Times Square
New York City's Naked Cowboy may have met his match.

Lawmakers Poised To Expand Film-industry Tax Credits In California - Vc-star
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National Briefing | Washington: Marijuana Legalization to Be on Ballot
District of Columbia residents will vote in November on whether to legalize marijuana, the Board of Elections said Wednesday.

Kerry Lands In Afghanistan To Push For End To Election Dispute
Secretary of State John F. Kerry landed in Afghanistan on Thursday in an unannounced visit to push for a resolution of the country's disputed presidential election.

Lawmakers defend Citizens United advisory measure
Associated Press @
Attorneys for the Legislature say lawmakers acted within their authority in seeking voters' opinion about the 2010 Citizens United campaign finance ruling.