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THE NOONER for September 24, 2014

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POLL POSITION: PPIC is out with its monthly survey:


  • Jerry Brown: 54%
  • Neel Kashkari: 33%
  • Would not vote for governor: 2%
  • Don't know: 11%

Proposition 1 (Water bond):

  • Yes: 58%
  • No: 29%
  • Don't know: 14%

Proposition 2 (Rainy day fund):

  • Yes: 43%
  • No: 33%
  • Don't know: 24% 

Proposition 45 (Health premiums):

  • Yes: 48%
  • No: 38%
  • Don't know: 14% 

Proposition 47 (criminal penalties):

  • Yes: 62%
  • No: 25%
  • Don't know: 13% 

[September 8-15, 2014; live calls; MOE 3.6%]

FOLLOW THE MONEY: "California Alliance for Progress and Education, an Alliance of Small Business Professional Organizations" has launched a big independent campaign against Jose Solorio in SD34. The committee reports spending $204k on billboards, phonebanking and polling.  Funding the effort are the California Dental Association, California Realtors, and--via an intermediary committee--Chevron and Farmers Insurance.

FREEDOM (FROM JOBS): Freedom Communications, the parent of the Orange County Register, yesterday announced that it was shutting down its Los Angeles Register operation and eliminating 29 newsroom jobs.

Meanwhile, the UT San Diego is getting closer to nonprofit ownership.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Steve Cruz, Sharon Hendricks, Mark Leno, Cynthia Leon, Berman Obaldia, and Joanne Wendler! And, a correction to yesterday's shoutout...I should have listed Kara Bush Grossglauser.



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EditorialProp 1: water bondProp 2: rainy day fundProp 45: health ratesProp 46: malpractice & testingProp 47: crim. penaltiesProp 48: gaming referendum
California Democratic Party Yes Yes Yes   Yes Yes
California Republican Party            
Sacramento Bee     No No    No
San Francisco Chronicle     No  No Yes No 
San Jose Mercury News    Yes Yes No    
UT San Diego Yes  Yes  No  No No   


LA Daily News           Chiang    
LA Times     Peterson Harris  Swearengin   Jones  Tuck 
SacBee   Newsom Padilla     Chiang   Tuck
SJ MercNews Brown Newsom  Peterson  Harris   Chiang Jones  Tuck 
UT San Diego               Tuck




  • The Los Angeles City Controller’s Office is hiring a Community Affairs and Engagement Coordinator. This position will work to increase public awareness of the work of the Controller and manage the Office’s interaction, engagement and response to constituents internally and externally. Job Announcement

  • Fiona Hutton & Associates Inc., a Los Angeles-based, issues-focused public relations/public affairs firm representing corporate, non-profit, government, trade association and political clients involved in complex and often controversial policy issues, is immediately hiring a full-time Executive Assistant.  Click on the link to get more information about how to apply.
  • Corporate sponsorships available for the Global War on Terror Traveling Wall at Capitol Park Nov. 7-11. Event sponsored by Assemblyman Cooley. Wall is a memorial to those killed in the Global War on Terror. Contact: Pete Conaty, 916 492-0550,
  • Join the Los Angeles County Young Democrats for our Annual Laurel Awards honoring Democrat of the Year Speaker Toni Atkins and Rising Star Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. More Information and Tickets Available at
  • ACLU of California seeks a Legislative Advocate in its Sacramento office. Salary dependent on experience. To view job announcement and application instructions, visit here.
  • Water District campaign in Santa Clara County seeking hourly paid canvassers to play a critical role in ensuring candidate’s message reaches targeted voters in the District this November. Responsibilities include door to door canvassing and other outreach efforts. Send resume and cover letter indicating availability to For more information go



Role Reversal: Sen. Mark Leno Scolds Jerry Brown On Spending
David Siders @
Pausing in a side room before taking the stage, Gov. Jerry Brown prepares to address revisions to his budget, specifically related to his projected increase in spending on health care and teacher pensions during a news conference at the state Capitol on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.

Number Of 'no Party Preference' Voters Climbs Again
The ranks of voters without political party affiliations continued to grow in California, according to data released Tuesday by Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

Elections workers signing up voters
John Wildermuth @
“By the time the voter registration deadline comes on Oct. 20, we’ll have done more than 100 of these events,” said Ricardo Padilla, outreach coordinator for the department. Other city teams were at the naturalization ceremony for new citizens at the Paramount Theater in Oakland and at City College of San Francisco, where they reminded students that if they want to vote Nov. 4, they have to be properly registered. At U.N. Plaza, the folding table was covered with a flowing blue cloth and stacked high with voting paraphernalia, including multilingual handouts about voting, information about becoming a poll worker and a pamphlet listing what’s on the ballot in November. The workers were wearing red vests with the word “Vote” written in English, Chinese, Spanish and Tagalog, which will become the city’s fourth official ballot language in the November 2015 mayoral election. The public response is the reason the election workers have hit the street, joining the partisan political activists who typically staff election-time registration and get-out-the vote efforts. U.N. Plaza can be a prime spot to sign up new San Francisco voters, since it’s in the heart of the city’s growing tech center, with companies that have brought in thousands of workers from across the country. A few folks came by with questions, others asked about becoming poll workers, and a Belgian tourist stopped to chat and tell the Election Department employees that voter turnout is always good in his country because “there’s a penalty if you don’t vote.”

Dan Walters Daily: Jerry Brown's legacy riding on election
If voters reject Gov. Jerry Brown's rainy-day fund measure in November, he will have failed on one of his fundamental campaign promises, Dan says.

New San Jose Firefighters To See Pensions Cut After Long Union Battle With City
The final arbitration decision, announced this week, will save taxpayers millions of dollars compared to more generous retirement plans previously given to firefighters. It's a victory for Mayor Chuck Reed, the city's chief pension reformer, and his fiscal conservative allies that make up a majority of the City Council, who have seen the public costs for employee retirement skyrocket in the last decade.

No-party California Voters Nearly One-quarter Of Electorate
Sacramento County election clerk, Kaitlin Huber, left, and Katie Hogge, middle, work with other clerks to sort vote-by-mail ballots after the June 2010 election.

Kashkari's Polls Stagnant; He'll Pay Supporters At Rally?
Carla Marinucci @
A new California Public poll shows three term Democratic Governor Jerry Brown holding a commanding 54-33 percent lead among likely voters over Republican Neel Kashkari, whose numbers have stagnated since July.

Jerry Brown Defends Cap-and-trade, Calls For Further Climate Change Action At U.n.
David Siders @
California Gov. Jerry Brown talks about the former Sen. John Vasconcellos during a memorial ceremony at State Capital on Wednesday June 11, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.

Conspiracy Theory! Neel Kashkari criticizes teachers union for "40 year conspiracy" against students
GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari stepped up his criticism of the California Teachers Association on Tuesday, accusing the state's most powerful union of an "ongoing 40 year conspiracy" to "violate the civil rights of California kids."

Poll: Obamacare Support Sliding, Jerry Brown, Water-bond Up Big
Kristy Farrington, a Sacramento State student, looks at a pamphlet with information on Covered California on Thursday, October 16, 2013.

For Attorney General, Kamala Harris
Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris is a veteran prosecutor, a skilled political leader and a promising politician who is sure to figure in California's future. Her opponent on the November ballot, Republican Ron Gold, is a private lawyer who has never held elected office and thus has no record of political achievement. Some endorsements are difficult; this one is not. Harris deserves to be reelected and to continue her work as the state's chief law enforcement officer.

Drought Rallies Support For California Water Projects | Science | Kqed Public Media For Northern Ca
Californians continue to see the ongoing drought as a priority — and that may be driving a willingness to spend billions on securing their future water supplies.

Sacramento Sikhs Split With Bera Over Indian Government’s Role In 1984 Massacre
Representative Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, has called the 1984 killings of Sikh men, women and children a tragedy, but says he’s focused on local Sikh issues rather than denouncing the Indian government.

Six Weeks Out, Jerry Brown Holds Commanding Lead | Kqed News Fix
Perhaps it’s a stretch, but let’s try it anyway: Republican gubernatorial challenger Neel Kashkari appears to be facing his very own California political version of the infamous Kobayashi Maru.

Dina Hidalgo Retires From California Senate After Nepotism Complaints
Laurel Rosenhall @
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, in the Capitol on June 23, 2014.

A Survey Of Likely California Voters Shows Strong Backing For The State's Water Bond And Reduced Criminal Penalties. |
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Transbay Transit Centerâ
An agreement between San Francisco officials and downtown developers over a proposed tax district collapsed this week, throwing into jeopardy the future of the Transbay Transit Center, the extension of Caltrain downtown and the construction of a half-dozen skyscrapers, including one that’s set to be the largest on the West Coast. “Everyone inside City Hall was willing to listen to creative ideas that would ensure the city was made whole on all of the prior financial commitments for the Mello-Roos, but at this point, I don’t see a path forward that doesn’t involve legal action,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell, who was instrumental, along with the mayor’s office, in crafting the now-defunct deal. On the “slim chance” that the developers prevail “in their attempts to delay the Transbay project,” officials would need to seek alternative funding to complete the transit center, said Adam Alberti, a spokesman for the authority. “If not successful, the end result could be a lot of fancy, empty towers looking down at a giant hole in the ground where the Transit Center should have been, potentially jeopardizing the developers’ financing and the ability to attract tenants,” Alberti said. The dispute has its roots in a series of agreements between City Hall and developers that sought to allow the construction of much taller buildings than the area was initially zoned for, in exchange for developers taxing themselves through a Mello-Roos district. Once it was clear that there was political support for increased heights, the city started looking at rezoning the whole area, rather than spot zoning individual parcels — and, said one adviser who has been working with the developers since the beginning, “Everybody understood that the city would ask for more money.” The city “has sound arguments to support its positions” in court and “may ultimately prevail in litigation,” according to a confidential legal memo from Jesse Smith, the chief assistant city attorney, to Mayor Ed Lee and other city officials that was obtained by The Chronicle.

San Francisco Officials On Collision Course With Developers Over Tax | Kqed News Fix
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Mayor Ed Lee appear to be headed toward a showdown with big developers over creation of a special tax district set up to fund construction of new downtown transit infrastructure.

Sacramento Sikhs split with Bera over Indian government’s role in 1984 massacre
Congressman Ami Bera says he is more focused on issues faced by Sikhs here than on past actions by the Indian government.

Where are the peace protests over Syria bombing?
[...] most likely, all of the above are the reasons antiwar protests didn’t erupt throughout the Bay Area, veteran activists say, after U.S. warplanes roared over the Syrian border Tuesday to bomb more than a dozen enclaves of Islamic radical jihadists into rubble. U.S. officials said last week that they planned to strike targets in Syria, so there was plenty of time to plan for big protests before warplanes targeted the Nusra Front, the Khorasan Group and Islamic State, the group that aired videos of the beheadings of two U.S. journalists. The Credo progressive group in San Francisco started a national online petition drive Sunday to demand that Congress vote to end the air war, and two dozen antiwar activists — including several with Bay Area roots, such as Code Pink leader Medea Benjamin — protested outside the White House. “It’s early still, and for the moment this is an air war and not a ground war,” said Credo President Michael Kieschnick, whose petition drive had collected 40,000 signatures by Tuesday evening. [...] a different form of protest will emerge when bombs go awry and hit a wedding party, or when someone calls in a strike labeling someone as ISIS when they’re not. Even the Bay Area’s famously liberal congressional delegation was largely silent, and Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer issued a statement saying, “We cannot stand idly by while barbaric groups threaten America and the entire world.” Stephen Zunis, a political science professor at the University of San Francisco, said the unusually murky nature of alliances and enemies in this latest of many U.S. fights in the Middle East make it tough to muster focused outrage.

Google Pulls Out Of Conservative Group Amid Environmentalist Pressure
Google's effort to build strong alliances with Republican politicians and conservative advocacy groups is paying dividends on Capitol Hill but has created a growing marketing and public-relations headache for the company.

Bin Laden's Son-in-law Is Sentenced In N.y. To Life In Prison
Sulaiman abu Ghaith, a top Al Qaeda leader and Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, was sentenced in New York on Tuesday to life in prison with no possibility of parole, becoming the highest-ranking advisor to the terrorist group to be convicted and now punished in a civilian court in the United States.

San Diego Philanthropist Launches Newspaper Bid
FILE - In this April 16, 2014 file photo, Dorothy Shumrt reads the Los Angeles Register newspaper on the day of it's launch while waiting for a train at Union Station, in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Register, which debuted in April as a challenger to the Los Angeles Times, has ceased publication. Freedom co-owners Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz sent a memo to employees Monday night, Sept. 22, 2014, announcing that the LA Register was closing. In announcing the closure, Freedom Communications Inc. also said it had sold the Santa Ana headquarters for its flagship paper, the Orange County Register, for $27 million to local developer Michael Harrah.