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THE NOONER for October 15, 2014

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FIXED: For those who were trying to renew or start a new annual subscription to The Nooner, the PayPal issue has been fixed. 

I've also launched a series of memos available to subscribers. Today I look at the landscape as Democrats try to hold the supermajority in the State Assembly. Here are two paragraphs from the memo:

If Democrats lose the supermajority, don't make to much out of it. First, the Senate supermajority is going to be even harder to keep (more on that soon), and even with bare supermajorities, there are few controversial issues for which you can be assured of a unified Democratic caucus in both houses.

Further, this isn't a political shift. Democrats hit a high-water mark in the 2012 presidential election, picking up Assembly and Congressional seats that will be difficult through the decade. This is the first off-year election of the new districts, and we're seeing the consequences of lower turnout, amplified by perhaps the least engaged electorate of our lifetimes.

Anyway, on The Nooner subscription page, you can subscribe on that page for a full year ($39.99, ongoing at $3.99/month, or a pre-determined period for $3.99/month. Thus if you want access to additional insights between now and November 15, you can get it for only $3.99! Of course, the cool kids subscribe for a whole year.

More after the jump...

 

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DEADLINES: Today is the report filing deadline for federal candidates for the period of July 1-September 30. Also, today marks the close of the October 1-October 15 filing period, with reports due October 23. Yes, that means that the #FundraiseLikeATwelveYearOld emails filled with emojis, mistruths, and flat out annoyances should come to an end by midnight. Just kidding, these embarassing campaigns are sure to continue. See below.

GENERIC CONGRESSIONAL BALLOT:

HOFF: Campaign 2014: Weekly Update, What's Hot! [Allen Hoffenbloom @ Fox and Hounds]

CD17 (Milpitas): After the release of an internal poll by the Khanna campaign suggesting the race is tied, Mike Honda's shop produced one that shows the congressman is leading 42%-27%.

HAND OF POWER: Fiona Ma and Jason Hodge put out this video to encourage API turnout in the November election. #CareLikeCrazy

PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION: Court sends a message in sentencing ex-L.A. Councilman Richard Alarcon [Soumya Karlamangla @ LAT] - "Superior Court judge sentenced former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon to 120 days in County Jail on Tuesday, sending a signal to politicians that the court does not take residency laws lightly."

FATTY LIVERS: SCOTUS takes a pass on reviewing the Ninth Circuit's decision upholding California's ban on foie gras. 

#AGREE: Jon Stewart takes on campaign fundraising emails. Honestly, can it get any worse? And, these campaigns are collecting and emailing to addresses that are not positive sign-ups. My office e-mail, which I never use for political activity, is now getting fundraising requests from a congressional candidate in Chicago. If a corporation was acting the way federal candidates are this cycle, Congress would be in a tizzy.

DECISION FATIGUE: A reader sends this interesting article from Slate following my suggestion yesterday that the number of primary choices under top-two may actually be dissuading turnout. 

GIANTS: Cards @ Giants, 5:07pm PDT on Fox Sports 1.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Teferi GebreDenyne Micheletti, and Darrell Steinberg!

 

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**CLASSIFIEDS**

  • New Leaders Council Sacramento is accepting applications for their 2015 NLC Institute. New Leaders Council is a premier leadership, and professional development organization for young progressive professionals. Our Institute is an intensive 5 weekend over 5 month program that gives emerging leaders the tools and networks to succeed. Apply at newleaderscouncil.nationbuilder.com/fellows_application_2015. Applications close Nov. 11, 2014.
  • McCallum Group Inc/Collaborative BrainTrust Consulting Firm seeks administrative assistant to support lobbyists and vice presidents of Consulting firm.  Scheduling, travel arrangements; advanced phone and computer skills are desired.  Defined Benefit retirement plan, health stipend. Position starts in January. For more information on both firms, please visit mccallumgroupinc.com and collaborativebraintrust.com
    Resumes to Lori@cbtconsult.com

  • Learn the legislative process and best practices for effective lobbying. Cover the complete spectrum of governmental advocacy in two days. Veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov presents "Lobbying 101" and "Lobbying 201" seminars November 13-14. $250 each. Essential for lobbying firm principals / support staff, organizations that employ lobbyists, public agencies. Complete info / registration: www.capitolseminars.net or 916 442 5009.
  • District Coordinator for the Office of Senator Ricardo Lara, 33rd Senate District:
    Guided by a strategic plan, the District Coordinator will work in collaboration with district staff, legislative staff and the Chief of Staff, to implement outreach strategies that serve the community at large while also expanding the Senator’s base and visibility in his district. The District Coordinator will be responsible for managing district office staff; establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with local elected officials, community leaders, non-profit organizations, business groups in the district, and constituents. Candidates must have knowledge of government and the legislative process, strong management skills and excellent written, verbal, analytical and interpersonal communications skills. A successful candidate will have a flexible schedule that will often require working non-traditional hours, including weekends. District Coordinator will balance their time between Senator's Long Beach and Huntington Park offices.  Please submit resumes to erika.contreras@sen.ca.gov.

  • Special Assistant for the Office of Senator Ricardo Lara, 33rd Senate District:
    Special Assistant will assist the Senator in the daily functions of a legislative office, primarily ensuring the member is on schedule and prepared for district events, meetings and presentations. Will act as primary liaison and final editor for incoming and outgoing communication between the Senator and staff in preparation for legislative activities in the district. Will coordinate with district and event staff to advance events; provide administrative support;  ensure the Senator's transportation to and from events and meetings is taken care of; and keeps the Senator on-time, fully briefed and prepared for meetings, events, presentations, speeches, and trips. Must have knowledge of government and the legislative process and familiarity with the cities within Senate District 33 and Southern California, specifically Southeast Los Angeles and Long Beach. Knowledge of Southern California area freeways and roads and a valid driver's license is required. A successful candidate will have a flexible schedule that will often require working non-traditional hours, including weekends. Position is located in Long Beach/Huntington Park. Please submit resumes to erika.contreras@sen.ca.gov.

  • UC Davis
    CLIENT SERVICES COORDINATOR 
    Salary: $3,652.00 - $6,573.58/MO 
    Final Filing Date: October 14, 2014  
    Responsible for providing the client a positive and productive transition experience to the Capital Region on behalf of the referring employer. View job description and apply at employment.ucdavis.edu Requisition number #03013057. A.A./E.O.E.
  • Nearly 50 candidates and officeholders have taken the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) up on its challenge to "just say no" to Big Tobacco campaign money.  With the recent launch of its www.notobaccomoney.org website, ACS CAN goes public with the names of candidates who have committed to swearing off tobacco campaign cash.  For more info, contact ACS CAN’s Tim Gibbs at tim.gibbs@cancer.org or 916 504-2484.  Paid for by American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.   Not authorized by a candidate or committee controlled by a candidate.

  • League of California Cities - Public Affairs Program Manager. Work on a diverse range of issues and initiatives that impact local government. The position requires knowledge of campaign strategies, local government issues and knowledge of key government and private sector stakeholders Competitive salary/benefits. Information at www.cacities.org/employment.
  • Northern California Power Agency, a Roseville, California based Public Power Agency is hiring a State Government Relations Representative. To view job announcement and apply, please go to www.ncpa.com and click on the HR tab.
  • The non-profit Foster Youth Education Fund announces its annual Fashion Show (1:30 pm, Oct 12, Sac State) and Casino Night Gala (6 pm, Oct 23, Social Nightclub). Sponsorships and tickets are available to help raise funds for scholarships for former foster youth from the Sacramento region. Silent auction and raffle donations also being accepted. For details, sponsor levels, or tickets contact Cathy Senderling-McDonald at csend@cwda.org or 916-799-4471.


 

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 Yes Yes  No  No  No   
California Peace and Freedom Party No No Yes No Yes Yes
Bakersfield Californian     No No No   
LA Daily News     No No    
LA Times Yes Yes  No No  Yes Yes
OC Register Yes Yes  No No  Yes No
Sacramento Bee   Yes No No No  No
San Francisco Chronicle    Yes No No Yes No
SJ MercNews Yes   Yes Yes No Yes No
UT San Diego Yes  Yes  No No No  No 

 

EditorialGovernorLtGovSecOfStateAttGenContTreasInsCommSupPubInstr
Bakersfield Californian         Swearengin Chiang Jones Tuck
LA Daily News   Newsom   Peterson Harris  Swearengin Chiang   Tuck
LA Times   Newsom Peterson Harris  Swearengin Chiang  Jones  Tuck
OC Register     Peterson          
SacBee   Newsom Padilla   Swearengin Chiang Jones Tuck
SF Chron Brown Newsom Peterson Harris Yee Chiang  Jones Tuck
SJ MercNews Brown Newsom  Peterson Harris Swearengin Chiang Jones  Tuck
UT San Diego Kashkari   Nehring Peterson     Swearengin  Chiang   Tuck

 

Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Tony Thurmond (Support) $39,100 10/14/2014 10/14/2014
Bloomfield Jr., William E. Ben Allen (Support) $35,322 10/14/2014 10/14/2014
Building And Protecting A Strong California, A Coalition Of Firefighters, Building Trades, Realtors And Correctional Officers Organizations Eric Linder (Support) $17,265 10/13/2014 10/14/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Madeline Kronenberg (Oppose) $25,483 10/11/2014 10/14/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Valerie Cuevas (Support) $2,388 10/13/2014 10/14/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Elizabeth Block (Support) $2,388 10/13/2014 10/14/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Claudia Tercero (Support) $539 10/13/2014 10/14/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Valerie Cuevas (Support) $1,129 10/12/2014 10/14/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Elizabeth Block (Support) $1,129 10/12/2014 10/14/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Dulce Gonzalez (Support) $539 10/13/2014 10/14/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Hardy Brown Jr. (Support) $13,703 10/13/2014 10/14/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Julie Hover-smoot (Support) $10,798 10/06/2014 10/14/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Prophet Walker (Support) $29,292 10/08/2014 10/14/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Prophet Walker (Support) $17,467 10/13/2014 10/14/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Valerie Cuevas (Support) $45 10/08/2014 10/14/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Elizabeth Block (Support) $45 10/08/2014 10/14/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Julie Hover-smoot (Support) $9,732 10/13/2014 10/14/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Mike Gipson (Oppose) $14,423 10/10/2014 10/14/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Valerie Cuevas (Support) $12 10/10/2014 10/14/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Elizabeth Block (Support) $12 10/10/2014 10/14/2014
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Darcie Green (Support) $539 10/13/2014 10/14/2014
California Dental Association Independent Expenditure Pac Jim Cooper (Support) $45,024 10/14/2014 10/14/2014
California Homeowners Association Cecilia Hupp (Support) $2,100 10/14/2014 10/14/2014
California Homeowners Association Gail Eastman (Oppose) $6,040 10/14/2014 10/14/2014
California Homeowners Association Steve Vargas (Support) $2,100 10/14/2014 10/14/2014
California Homeowners Association Brett Murdock (Oppose) $6,040 10/14/2014 10/14/2014
California Hospitals Committee On Issues, (chci) Sponsored By California Association Of Hospitals And Health Systems (cahhs) Proposition 1 (Support) $411,233 10/06/2014 10/14/2014
California State Council Of Service Employees Political Committee Mike Gipson (Oppose) $24,013 10/14/2014 10/14/2014
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Jim Cooper (Support) $22,638 10/10/2014 10/14/2014
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Catharine Baker (Support) $25,000 10/13/2014 10/14/2014
Keep Ca Strong Mike Gipson (Support) $20,000 10/13/2014 10/14/2014
Keep Ca Strong Jacqui Irwin (Support) $25,000 10/13/2014 10/14/2014
Keeping Californians Working, A Coalition Of Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, Insurance Agents And Employees To Protect Working Californians Jack Mobley (Oppose) $30,000 10/14/2014 10/14/2014
Million More Voters, Sponsored By The California Labor Federation, Afl-cio (Oppose) $15,028 10/13/2014 10/14/2014
Octaxpac, Sponsored By The Orange County Taxpayers Association Jose Moreno (Oppose) $23,416 10/14/2014 10/14/2014
Republican Party Of Orange County (state Account) Recall Councilman Tom Lindsey (Oppose) $641 10/14/2014 10/14/2014
Republican Party Of Orange County (state Account) Recall Of Mayor Craig Young (Oppose) $641 10/14/2014 10/14/2014
Sbranti For Assembly 2014, Sponsored By The California Teachers Association And California State Council Of Service Employees; Californians For Economic Prosperity To Support Tim Tim Sbranti (Support) $467,826 10/07/2014 10/14/2014
Sbranti For Assembly 2014, Sponsored By The California Teachers Association And California State Council Of Service Employees; Californians For Economic Prosperity To Support Tim Tim Sbranti (Support) $102,166 10/10/2014 10/14/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Al Muratsuchi (Oppose) $14,953 10/14/2014 10/14/2014
Spirit Of Democracy California Catharine Baker (Support) $17,336 10/14/2014 10/14/2014

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Airbnb backers invest big on Chiuâ
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @
sfgate.com
A pair of tech investors who stand to gain from the Airbnb bill heading toward passage at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors have pumped nearly $550,000 into a committee helping the law’s author, board President David Chiu, in his state Assembly race by attacking opponent David Campos. Hoffman contributed $500,000 to an independent expenditure committee called San Franciscans to Hold Campos Accountable — Vote No for Campos for State Assembly 2014, campaign spending reports show. San Franciscans to Hold Campos Accountable sent out thousands of mailers before the June primary slamming Supervisor Campos for his vote to reinstate Ross Mirkarimi after the sheriff was convicted of misdemeanor false imprisonment of his wife for an incident on New Year’s Eve 2011. Chiu’s legislation, which passed the board on first reading last week by a 7-4 vote — with Campos in the minority — calls on Airbnb to pay taxes going forward, but not any back taxes. Don’t feel too bad for Campos, by the way: A coalition of nurses, teachers and public employee unions has contributed $239,000 to wage an independent campaign against Chiu and to help Campos, who often carries their water at the board. Clinton was charged with stealing from the housing fund at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, where he was a board member, and spending the money on such things as private school tuition for his children and a golf club membership.

California Assembly candidate Jim Cooper on realignment, taxes and why he’s running
Jeremy B. White @
sacbee.com
Having already served as an undercover narcotics officer, Sacramento County jail commander and first mayor of the newborn Elk Grove, City Councilman Jim Cooper has set his sights on an open seat in the state Assembly, facing fellow Democrat Darrell Fong in the 9th District. Cooper discussed his policy goals and campaign on a visit Tuesday to the Bee Capitol Bureau.

Ted Gullicksen, executive director of S.F. Tenants Union, dies
sfgate.com
Ted Gullicksen, the executive director of the San Francisco Tenants Union and for decades one of the city's biggest advocates for renters, was found dead Tuesday in his bed, friends said. Whether it was running a program to help tenants stave off evictions, defending the city's rent-control protections or amending legislation to protect low-income residents from being priced out during renovations, Mr. Gullicksen was at the center of the action. In a city where almost two-thirds of the residents are renters, housing “was Ted’s passion,” said his longtime friend and former partner, Sheila Sexton. In Massachusetts, Mr. Gullicksen also worked on tenant rights and lead poisoning prevention programs. Mr. Gullicksen recently had been working vigorously for Proposition G, a ballot measure designed to deter real estate speculators from evicting tenants and flipping the property by putting a steep tax on the quick resale of multi-unit buildings.

Texas' Voter Id Law Is Reinstated As November Election Nears
latimes.com
Texas’ voter identification law was back in force Tuesday in time for the November election as a federal appeals court lifted a lower court's injunction.

Kashkari hits Jerry Brown for union ties, but motive unproven
David Siders @
sacbee.com
Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor, is running a TV ad that depicts him saving a drowning child and claims Gov. Jerry Brown “betrayed our kids to protect his donors.”

As Senate Head, Kevin De León Hopes To Wed Agenda With Leadership
latimes.com
As a young activist, Kevin de León helped lead a 1994 rally that flooded downtown Los Angeles streets with protesters opposing a ballot measure to cut off government services to immigrants in the country illegally.

Am Alert: The Kevin De León Era Begins
sacbee.com
In case the campaign fliers inundating your mailbox or this photo didn’t cue you in to a time of transition, this evening’s festivities should: after six years of the Senate running under the auspices of Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, Senate Democrats will officially acquire a new leader.

San Francisco Bay Guardian shuts down
John Wildermuth and Vivian Ho @
sfgate.com
“It is the hardest decision I’ve had to make in my 20-year newspaper career,” said Publisher Glenn Zuehls of the San Francisco Media Co., which has operated the alternative paper since 2012 and also runs the San Francisco Examiner and the SF Weekly. Even before the public announcement was made, the newspaper’s website and Facebook page were shut down. The closure is a blow to the progressive side of San Francisco politics, where the Bay Guardian has been a leading player for decades. The Bay Guardian’s endorsement of Campos over fellow Supervisor David Chiu for Ammiano’s Assembly seat in November shows where the paper put its priorities. While allowing that Chiu “wouldn’t be a bad legislator,” the paper argued that Campos has proved himself as an “effective and trustworthy advocate for renters, workers, consumers and those who need support against powerful economic and political players.” From its early years, the paper had a focus on local politics that other media outlets in the city weren’t willing to match, combined with an unabashed dedication to a progressive point-of-view that mainstream media wouldn’t allow. “Because of their willingness to advocate most strongly for their causes, at their apex they were probably the most influential newspaper in San Francisco,” said Jaye, whose campaigns often found themselves targets of the Bay Guardian’s ire. Like readers of many other newspapers, much of the Bay Guardian’s audience has migrated to online sites and social media for much of its news, including the rundowns of the city’s art, cultural, music and food scenes that joined politics as the paper’s purview. The Bay Guardian leaves a legacy as a forceful advocate for social change that will always be a source of pride for everyone who was part of it or who valued its voice in our community.

Court Sends A Message In Sentencing Ex-L.A. Councilman Richard Alarcon
latimes.com
A Superior Court judge sentenced former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon to 120 days in County Jail on Tuesday, sending a signal to politicians that the court does not take residency laws lightly.

Second Texas Healthcare Worker Tests Positive For Ebola
latimes.com
A second female healthcare worker at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for the Ebola virus, prompting the federal Centers for Disease Control and Protection to send in a team in a bid to halt further spread of the deadly disease.

Women Suffer Disproportionately Under Harsh California Laws
latimes.com
A proposed California law making some felonies misdemeanors would be a boon to women, disproportionately punished for petty crimes

Obama Postpones Campaign Trip To Hold Meeting On Ebola
latimes.com
President Obama postponed a campaign trip Wednesday to New Jersey and Connecticut to hold a meeting with top officials on the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak.

Kathleen Parker: How unpopular is President Obama?
Kathleen Parker @
sacbee.com
A mountain made out of a molehill when Democratic Senate candidate in Kentucky declines to say whether she voted for Obama.

Democrats hold slight edge in ad wars as election nears, report says
latimes.com
As the midterm election nears, Democrats are hanging on to a slim edge in the expensive television ad war for control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new study that says overall ad spending in the races is approaching the $1-billion mark.

CalPERS board member stripped of leadership posts for campaign finance infractions
sacbee.com
CalPERS board member Priya Mathur was removed from board leadership positions today because of her latest campaign-finance disclosure infractions.

AbbVie reconsiders Shire deal after U.S. move to curb tax inversions
latimes.com
Illinois drugmaker AbbVie Inc. said it would reconsider the planned purchase of European rival Shire after the Obama administration recently changed U.S. tax laws to make it less financially appealing for companies to restructure abroad.

Rep. Tom Mcclintock, Art Moore Get Personal In Lone Debate
Christopher Cadelago @
sacbee.com
Rep. Tom McClintock, left, and Art Moore, right, both Republicans, debate in the 4th Congressional District race at Auburn City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 in Auburn, Calif. The one hour debate was sponsored by Auburn Chamber of Commerce.

California Leader Preps For Expensive Swearing-in - Sfgate
DON THOMPSON, Associated Press @
sfgate.com
Previous ceremonies took place at the state Capitol and have been relatively low-key, according to the California State Library's research bureau. The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation, which receives donations from special interests seeking influence in the Legislature, is picking up the estimated $50,000 tab. The party comes during a year when two Democratic state senators were suspended after being charged in separate federal corruption cases, a third resigned after being sentenced to jail for perjury, and a fourth is facing DUI charges after a night of drinking that included late-night revelry with Latino caucus members inside the Capitol. The state attorney general, insurance commissioner and state superintendent of public instruction all plan to watch as de Leon is sworn in by California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

Cd 17: Khanna Says Race Tied; ‘no Way’ Says Honda
calbuzz.com
Even stranger is this: If the Honda survey is correct, not only would Khanna have made no progress since the primary, when he got 28% of the vote, but Honda would have lost 6 percentage points, or 12.5% of the 48% he got in the primary. And this is supposed to show strength by the incumbent? Hmmm.

Covered California Clears Most Of The Consumers Asked To Prove Legal Status
bizjournals.com
Covered California has cleared most of the individuals asked to prove they are lawful residents in order to participate in the state health benefit exchange.