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THE NOONER for July 29, 2015

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CONTINUING THE FIGHT: Opponents of SB 277, the vaccinations bill, received the green light to begin collecting signatures to ask voters to recall State Senator Richard Pan. Backers need 35,926 signatures by December 31, which is 20% of the votes cast in the election of Pan in 2014. The last successful recall effort was that of Gray Davis in 2003, and the last one to qualify for the ballot was of Jeff Denham in 2007, when he was a state senator.

The lead proponent of the recall is Katherine Duran, a Sacramento parent who has also had a profile fight with her child's elementary school over Common Core. She and 49 other residents signed the petition that launched the signature gathering effort.

The question now is whether or not backers of the recall effort will be able to raise the money necessary to gather the signatures in Pan's district, which stretches from North Natomas to Elk Grove and West Sacramento to Arden-Arcade.

The fight against SB 277 was both a grassroots effort and a lobbying campaign by the California Chiropractic Association, which reports having paid Governmental Advocates $52,277 for lobbying since January 1. Supporters of SB 277 was a broad coalition of major health and education organizations, who have plenty of resources should a Pan recall actually end up on June 7 ballot.

It's unclear if the chiropractors want to continue the fight by participating in the recall effort. Fighting a bill is very different than fighting a member, and politically, it would be very bad politics to help fund the effort, as it would be taking on a member of the Democratic majority in the State Senate and would have long-term consquences for the chiropractors.

There is a committee currently set up called "SB 277 Recalls," which has not reported any contributions yet. Another state committee is called Doctor Voice for Patients Choice, which was funded by a federal PAC also called "Doctor Voice for Patient Choice." The federal committee, of which only 10 of 68 contributors are from California, transferred $50,034 to the state committee. The "Recalls" committee has a contact phone number in Wisconsin, and the "Doctor Voice" committee is run by a Washington, DC political firm.

There are also high profile celebreties, such as Jim Carrey, who could easily write a check to fund the effort if they want to. It's unclear if there is such a backer yet, but we'll be seeing any contributions of $5,000 or more.

Should the recall qualify and be placed on the June ballot, it won't just be a question of whether voters want to retain Pan or not, but also who would replace him. And, that's why a recall attempt would likely be unsuccessful. I can't see any high-profile Democrat being willing to put their name on the ballot to replace Pan. Only when Democrats in this safe seat both a) disagree with SB 277 and b) see an alternative to Pan they would support, would he be recalled. And, the fact is neither criteria is likely to be met.

Hmmm...without getting into the politics of this particular recall, should recall fundraising be limited to the district in which the elected official from which the official is proposed to be recalled? Perhaps not constitutional, but I'm just asking philisophically.



THE TORCH: L.A., Bay Area look into possible joint bid for 2024 Olympics [Matier & Ross @ SFChron] - "San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer, who spearheaded the Bay Area’s unsuccessful bid to be designated as the U.S. nominee for the Games earlier this year, said Tuesday that he’d received a call from his L.A. Olympics counterpart, Casey Wasserman, floating the idea of going in on a proposal together. "

RED ZONE: Toni Atkins pledges help on Chargers stadium [David Garrick @ SDUT] - "San Diego's pitch to the NFL on Tuesday about a new Chargers stadium included assurances from state Assembly speaker Toni Atkins that she would help expedite any environmental lawsuits filed against the city."

SCOPE OF PRACTICE FUN: Big money, sex and eyeglasses [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "This is a tale about high-powered politics, big money and even sex – a tale, believe it or not, about eyeglasses and contact lenses."

YOUR INSIGHT NEEDED: What legislative bills do you see as the biggest for the last four weeks of session? Email me your thoughts.

 #CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Los Rios CCD and longtime staffer Pam Haynes, Assemblymember Roger Hernández, and Bob Blumenfield Comm Dir Jason Levin!

#CAKEDAYCORRECTION: Monday's birthday greetings were meant for Matt Reed, not Mark Reed!

Stay cool, Sacramentans.



  • CA Fwd and the Independent Voter Project invite you to attend California’s first Nonpartisan Primary Summit on Wednesday, August 19th at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento. Three panel discussions will focus on California’s nonpartisan Top­-Two primary and the future of voting rights. Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Senator Steve Glazer are confirmed special guest speakers. 

    Attendees will be treated to a lunch presentation and three panel discussions comprised of representatives from the California state legislature, voting rights experts, as well as academic and professional elections experts.

    Registration and check-in begins at 9:30am and attendance is free. RSVP online here.
  • Jim Ross Consulting, a political media, public affairs and public relations firm is hiring an account coordinator. The position, located in Oakland, CA, is responsible for supporting accounts on a day-to-day basis, managing outreach and advocate relations, supporting programs and producing plans and reports. Send resumes directly to more information can be found at
  • Harbage Consulting, a health policy consulting firm with expertise in public programs and delivery system reform, is seeking a Communiations Coordinator for its Sacramento office. [more info]
  • Job Announcement: RALLY, an issue advocacy firm, is looking for Account Executives both in our Los Angeles and San Francisco offices. We are an issue advocacy firm that works at the intersection of strategic communications and public policy. We collaborate with inspiring partners to create powerful movements that galvanize the public and leave a positive legacy of change.

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Autism Costs Could Reach $500 Billion By 2025, UC Davis Study Finds | State Of Health | Kqed News
Autism costs to the U.S. as a whole are expected to reach nearly half a trillion dollars annually in the year 2025, according to an analysis from health economists at the UC Davis Medical Center.

Is Caltrans Wasting Millions On Idle Staff?
Andrew Holzman @
As part of their effort to pay for the major transportation overhaul Gov. Jerry Brown has called for without levying new taxes, Assembly Republicans have proposed cutting 3,500 full-time positions from the California Department of Transportation, at a savings to the state of half a billion dollars.

Facebook Expands in Politics, and Campaigns Find Much to Like
The social networking giant has increased its government and politics team, and it has rolled out several products since the last presidential vote to help campaigns.

SF Supes say itâ
The Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously passed legislation Tuesday allowing for the creation of rent-controlled in-law units in Districts 8 and 3, giving Supervisor Julie Christensen a much-needed legislative victory as she faces a contentious election race. It also placed on the November ballot a measure making it city policy to prioritize the use of city owned surplus property for affordable housing and services for the homeless, with the exception of parks. The measure is a compromise deal between Supervisor Jane Kim and Mayor Ed Lee.

L.A.'s Mayor Garcetti Is Mum On Financial Pledge For 2024 Olympics
Peter Jamison @
With Los Angeles' hopes of hosting the 2024 Summer Games unexpectedly revived, Mayor Eric Garcetti must soon decide whether he is willing to accept the sort of financial risks that his counterpart in Boston — the U.S. Olympic Committee's first choice of host city — balked at this week.

State Agencies Discuss Making Freight More Sustainable
Amy Quinton @
California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order that tasked state agencies to come up with a plan to improve the state’s $700 billion dollar freight system while reducing emissions.

Bill Would Close Exemption For Concealed Guns On Campus
Kimberly Beltran @
Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, authored the legislation, which removes from current law an exemption to the gun ban on school grounds for those who hold what is known as a “concealed carry” weapons permit.

L.A. County Supervisors Compromise On Santa Monica Mountains Vineyard Ban
Abby Sewell @
After hearing from grape-growers upset by a drought-inspired ban against new or expanded vineyards in the north Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles County supervisors compromised on Tuesday, voting to extend the ban only four months instead of 10, and let existing permit applications proceed.

Toni Atkins Pledges Help On Chargers Stadium To NFL
David Garrick @
San Diego’s pitch to the NFL on Tuesday about a new Chargers stadium included assurances from state Assembly speaker Toni Atkins that she would help expedite any environmental lawsuits filed against the city.

Video: Vaccine Letter From Drug Company Speaks From The Past | The Sacramento Bee
Andrew Holzman @
Lincoln resident was told she was first in California to get measles shot

Health Care Spending To Accelerate, US Report Says
ABC News @
It's lasted six years. But now welcome relief from rising U.S. health care costs seems to be winding down.

Rehab Work To Start On Crumbling Memorial To Latino Veterans | The Sacramento Bee
Catherine Douglas Moran @
Committee has funding for phase one of rehabilitation

Lawmakers Cancel Spending Plans Made By Former Councilman Tom Labonge
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to roll back plans made by former Councilman Tom LaBonge to spend more than $600,000 in discretionary money, heeding a call by newly seated Councilman David Ryu to reexamine how the funds should be used.

Irvine's Faith Leaders Want City To Revive Living-Wage Law
A group of religious leaders wants Irvine to reinstate its living wage law, saying the city's move to cut wage requirements for some contractors runs "against the precepts of all of our religious traditions."

How Obama Might Keep The Iran Deal Alive If Congress Votes No
In my column on Wednesday, I listed conservatives’ proposed alternatives to President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. Contrary to what some officials have said, options other than war do exist; they’re just not likely to work.

San Jose Mayor Urges County To Revise Policy On Ice Holds
"Contrary to the purposes served by other immigrant-focused initiatives we've supported, any policy that hastens the release of predatory criminals makes us all less safe," Liccardo, a former county prosecutor, wrote in his July 10 letter to Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Dave Cortese. Liccardo asked the board to publicly discuss the policy -- the second attempt since 2011 to revise it.

Donald Trump: I'm For Tom Brady'
Austin Knoblach @
Tom Brady is in the NFL's doghouse, but at least he can count on the support of a presidential candidate. Hours after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected Brady's four-game suspension appeal Tuesday, Donald Trump came to the four-time Super Bowl winner's defense during an interview on CNN.

U.S. Olympic Committee Contacts Los Angeles About 2024 Summer Games
It did not take long for the U.S. Olympic Committee to contact Los Angeles about stepping in as a replacement bidder for the 2024 Summer Games.

How Medicare Fulfilled A President's Half-century-old Promise
Half a century after President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating Medicare and Medicaid with a pledge that seniors no longer would “be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine,” the promise has been largely fulfilled.

Senators probe political motivations for trafficking report
Corker, Cardin question whether the State Dept. was motivated by politics to upgrade Cuba and Malaysia in annual report on human trafficking.