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THE NOONER for July 13, 2015





GTFOOH: Y'all have been reading the articles about Donald Trump, Ross Perot, Rand Paul, or Dennis Kucinich of the prevois cycles. So, I won't cover that story, except to say that he dug his political grave deeper the last few days. When John Boehner totally disagrees with him on Face The Nation, you are far out of the mainstream. 

MANNERS MATTER: Committee chairman's behavior is beyond the pale, even for Capitol {Matthew Harper op-ed @ SacBee] - "During the hearing, [Roger] Hernández, D-Baldwin Park, abruptly cut off a witness testifying in midsentence. Then he moved to quickly call for a vote on the bill, even though many members of the public and other committee members wished to speak."

CRUMBLING: State lets buildings decay [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "At the behest of the Legislature, the state Department of General Services commissioned a major engineering firm, HOK, to analyze 29 state-owned office buildings. HOK found nine of them to be in poor condition and four more to be 'fair.'"



FROM THE INBOX: Kamala Harris Raises $4.1 Million For Campaign To Date, Over $1.6 Million In Second Quarter

Since launching her U.S. Senate campaign, California Attorney General Kamala Harris has raised $4.1 million from more than 10,000 contributions, with over $1.6 million of that coming in during the second financial reporting period of 2015.

Nearly 90% of contributions to the campaign came in amounts of $100 or less -- and more than half of all contributions in amounts of $25 or less. Harris campaign contributors stretch across California - from Del Norte County to Imperial County -- and represent all 50 states. The Harris campaign had $3 million cash-on-hand at the end of the second quarter.

FREEZE:Governor's finance office opposes bill raising minimum wage in California- [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Citing significant new costs to the state and a negative effect on businesses, Gov. Jerry Brown's finance department is opposing a bill that would raise California's $9 minimum wage to $11 an hour on Jan. 1 and boost it again to $13 a year later."

FAREWELL: Judge Lawrence Karlton (1935-2015): the judge with the biggest impact on politics and elections over our lifetimes.



  • Planned Parenthood of Northern California (PPNorCal) is currently seeking a full-time Development/Grant Writer at the Concord Administrative Office.  Responsibilities include developing language for multiple fundraising purposes including grant proposals, stewardship reports, appeal letters, newsletter articles and sponsorship packages. Additional duties include managing proposal submissions and maintaining accurate institutional funder records in Raisers' Edge.   We are also seeking a full-time Development Coordinator who will contribute to the efficiency of the organization’s fundraising activities by providing high level administrative support with an emphasis on coordination of Special Events logistics. Visit us at for job details or submit resumes directly to

  • The California Craft Brewers Association is seeking candidates for the open position of Association Assistant. This positions is a great opportunity to engage with and support the craft beer community. If you’re interested, please contact Scott Marks at

  • Office Space for Rent
    Quiet location two blocks away from Capitol.  Share space with a professional services firm.  Up to three offices in six-office suite (2,300 sqft).  Conference room, copy/printer room, reception, kitchenette, janitorial, parking.  Terms are negotiable. 1510 14th Street, Sacramento. (916) 444-7158.

  • LEARN THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS and BEST PRACTICES FOR EFFECTIVE LOBBYING. Capitol veteran Ray LeBov's "Lobbying 101" / "Lobbying 201" seminars cover Legislative, Budget, Executive Branch and Regulatory Agency advocacy plus Media Relations. July 30-31, $250 each. Essential for lobbying firm principals / staff, organizations / agencies that employ lobbyists, newcomers to the profession. Information / registration: or 916 442 5009.
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Unions Say Initiative Allows Future Pension Cuts | Calpensions
A union coalition contends that a proposed initiative is being falsely portrayed as only a potential cut in pensions for new employees, when in fact it could cut or eliminate pensions earned by current employees for work done in the future.

The New U.S. Ambassador To Vietnam Visits Little Saigon, Says Freedom For The Vietnamese Is Possible - The Orange County Register
WESTMINSTER – A proposed 12-nation trade deal in the Pacific and the potential for increased United States-Vietnam security cooperation against China may compel the Hanoi government to improve its human rights record, said Ted Osius, the U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, during his first visit to Little Saigon on Sunday.

California Regains Control Over Healthcare At Folsom Prison
California’s prison system on Monday regained control over inmate healthcare at a state prison for the first time since a court-appointed federal overseer was put in charge of medical care for the state corrections agency.

Report Shows A Troubling Turn For Latino Politicians And Voters
The dryly titled report released last week — "The Status of Latinos in California" — was either uplifting or unnerving for the Latino political establishment, depending on whether the viewer was looking backward or ahead.

Graham: Trump Is A 'wrecking Ball' For Future Of GOP | The Sacramento Bee
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham says rival Donald Trump is a "wrecking ball" for the future of the GOP with Hispanic voters. Graham is calling on the party to push back.

Immigration News Today: California Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Bill Providing Undocumented Farm Workers A Work Permit : Us News : Latin Post
Latin Post @
Monday, July 13, 2015 | Updated at 3:52 AM ET

Drone Disrupts Water Drops On 35-acre Brush Fire Near Yucaipa
A drone aircraft temporarily disrupted water drops over a 35-acre brush fire Sunday near Yucaipa, in San Bernardino County, authorities said.

Would California Motorcycle Lane-splitting Rules Be Hard To Enforce? | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
Tony Bizjak writes about traffic and travel in the Sacramento region

First Draft: How Much Money Presidential Candidates Have Raised So Far
The first Federal Election Commission filing deadline for presidential candidates is Wednesday, but some organizations have released their totals early.

Opinion: State Lets Buildings Decay | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Report finds many state offices poorly maintained

Venture Capitalist Tim Draper’s Newest Biz: Selling ‘six Californias’ Ties - The Technology Chronicles
There are many questions to ask now that Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper's proposal to split California into six states appears headed for the November 2016 ballot. Like, where can you...

Battles Over Religious Freedom Are Sure To Follow Same-sex Marriage Ruling
For some, the Supreme Court's decision declaring that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry put the free exercise of religion in danger.

Breast cancer survivors, their supporters out in full force for walk
Jenna Lyons @
Breast cancer survivors, their supporters out in full force for walk In a sea of more than 2,000 people in pink, breast cancer survivor Rachel Perez managed to stand out from the crowd in a black cape with a bedazzled pink Superman “S” in the middle. Pink tutus, pink bras, pink kilts and more took over Fort Mason on Sunday afternoon at AVON 39’s Walk to End Breast Cancer as more than 2,500 men and women gathered to celebrate surviving breast cancer, honor those who passed away from the disease and raise money to find a cure. Sunday, walkers went through the last 13 miles, ending again at Fort Mason to cheers, music and pictures from everyone on the sidelines. “We’re really proud that a lot of the money does stay in the Bay Area,” she said, adding a large portion will go to places like San Francisco General Hospital, UC San Francisco and Alameda Health System Foundation. The two-day event celebrated it’s 13th year, and has already become an annual tradition for some Bay Area residents like Jenn Harrison of San Jose, who came out — donning a pink tutu — for her fifth walk in a row. Theresa Harrelson, of Tiburon, planned to participate in the walk since December, a month before she had a breast cancer scare.

San Diego County Agrees To $1-million Settlement In Sheriff's Deputy Beating Case
The county of San Diego has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a man with Down syndrome who was roughed up by an on-duty sheriff's deputy.

First Draft: Advocacy Group for Charter Schools to Hold Presidential Forums
The Seventy Four, a project created by Campbell Brown, a former CNN anchor who who supports overhauling the education system, will hold a Republican candidate forum in New Hampshire in August, and one for Democrats in Iowa in October.

Fight for gay equality shifts to blood donations
On the heels of the Supreme Court victory on marriage equality, supporters of lifting the ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men want blood-donor equality. “We’re getting equality in other areas, but donor equality is still missing,” said Nathan Svoboda, president of the Project More Foundation, a Santa Clara nonprofit that supports outreach, education and advocacy efforts for the LGBT community. An FDA spokeswoman on Friday called the issue a priority for the agency but could not estimate when the new rules could be approved. Many medical and scientific groups, including the American Medical Society, do not support a ban because improvements in testing and safety can prevent the transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Because the ban is still in place, organizers of Friday’s National Gay Blood Drive said only those who meet the current criteria could give blood. [...] they hoped to raise awareness of the issue and encourage eligible donors to give blood in honor of their friends and family members who remain barred from donating.

Restraint Of Inmate Without Food Is Part Of A Troubling Pattern, Sheriff's Watchdog Says
The recent handcuffing of an inmate without food for 32 hours is part of a troubling pattern of similar mistreatment in the Los Angeles County jails since the beginning of last year, the Sheriff's Department's independent civilian watchdog said Sunday.

Walker To Remind Voters Of Union Wins As He Enters 2016 Race - Us News
SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press @
By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

Pier Slaying Reveals Immigrant Justice Depends On Location - San Francisco Chronicle
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CalPERS Misses Its Target Return By A Wide Margin
The California Public Employees' Retirement System said its fund returned just 2.4% on its investments for the year ended June 30, a huge miss from its 7.5% investment target and a worrisome result for California taxpayers who must make up for any shortfalls in funding pensions.

S.F. rent-controlled apartments lost as fast as new ones are built
San Francisco is losing rent-controlled apartments almost as fast as it is producing new affordable units, and even faster in neighborhoods like the Sunset and the Mission, where few low-income developments are being built, according to a new city study. The Housing Balance Report shows the city added 6,559 affordable housing units between 2004 and 2014. [...] during the same period, 5,470 apartments were “removed from protected status” through a variety of “no fault” evictions allowed by state law. On Thursday, the City Planning Commission moved toward imposing interim controls calling for a six-month delay in permits for new market-rate housing, office and retail development in the Mission District. The intent is to provide the city time to put together, “a cohesive strategy to provide more affordable housing and economic stability,” according to a staff report on the proposal, which is expected back before the commission for approval in August. The housing report prepared for the Board of Supervisors suggests San Francisco is essentially running in place on affordable housing in what has become the most expensive housing market in the United States. At least five measures related to affordable housing are headed to the ballot this fall, including a $310 million housing bond, a moratorium on new market-rate housing in the Mission District and a measure that would give affordable housing builders first dibs on surplus public land. By contrast, in District Six, which includes high-rise neighborhoods like Rincon Hill, builders developed 3,307 units of new affordable housing and 9,632 market-rate units, while 641 units were removed from protected status. “Putting more and more obstacles in the way of creating housing is exactly the kind of thinking that got us into this mess in this first place,” said Wiener, who voted against a proposed moratorium on market-rate housing construction in the Mission when it came before the board last month. The interim controls in the Mission are designed to give city officials time “to analyze affordable housing needs, assess sites for affordable housing production and stem the loss of existing income-protected units.” San Francisco’s current housing market — where condos are fetching $1,200 a square foot and modest one-bedroom apartments lease for $3,500, “has gone off the deep end in terms of its irrationality,” said Commissioner Dennis Richards. The interim controls, which are much narrower than the proposed moratorium aimed at the November ballot, were criticized by developers and land-use attorneys, who said it would unfairly change the rules for builders who have invested millions of dollars in land based on the current Eastern Neighborhood zoning, which was passed in 2008. The interim controls are not going to make the neighborhood any less popular with the thousands of technology workers who continue to arrive in San Francisco by the planeload, he added.

Confederate Names Have No Place On California Schools
Most everyone by now agrees the Confederate flag should not be flown on public grounds. Why then is it OK to name a public school after the turncoat general whose army carried that flag in battle?

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Dies At 55
Chicago Tribune @
Satoru Iwata, who led Japanese video game company Nintendo Co. through years of growth with its Pokemon and Super Mario franchises, died on the weekend of a bile duct tumor, the company said Monday. He was 55.