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THE NOONER for July 31, 2015

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Good morning, it's the last Friday in July, in the middle of the Legislature's summer recess. I'm guessing not many eyeballs are on today's Nooner.

Yesterday, I met my twin for the first time. 

DEADLINE DAY: Today is the deadline for state committees to report campaign finance data for the period of January 1 through June 30.

GOLLLLLL! California Water Use Drops 27.3 Percent, Exceeds 25 Percent Mandate For June [State Water Control Board]

CA17 (Milpitas): How ethics probe of Rep. Mike Honda will play in 2016 election [Carla Marinucci @ SFChron] - "Rep. Mike Honda, who has survived eight election campaigns, is facing his toughest political battle yet — a House ethics investigation that includes allegations he maintained a list of top donors called the "1,000 Cranes" who were fast-tracked for VIP treatment on matters like visas and constituent service."

SD25 (Pasadena): LA County Supe Michael Antonovich (R) took the first step in a run to succeed Carol Liu (D). Although the district should be a safe Democratic seat, Antonovich's 30 years representing most of the State Senate district in a nonpartisan office could put the district in play, particularly if the crowded Democratic field turns nasty in the primary. Regardless, it almost ensures that only one Democrat will emerge in June. [more analysis for subscribers]



I'm trying to keep track of open districts in which the incumbent has endorsed a successor. Here is my current list, which is also at and will be maintained at Let me know if you think I'm missing any.


Incumbent Endorsements of Successors
CA24 Lois Capps Salud Carbajal
CA44 Janice Hahn Isadore Hall, III
SD03 Lois Wolk Bill Dodd
SD11Mark LenoScott Wiener
SD27 Fran Pavley Henry Stern
SD29 Bob Huff Ling-Ling Chang
SD35Isadore Hall, IIISteven Bradford
AD06 Beth Gaines Clay Siggs
AD24 Rich Gordon Marc Berman
AD30 Luis Alejo Karina Cervantez Alejo
AD31 Henry Perea Joaquin Arambula
AD37 Das Williams Monique Limon
AD48Roger HernandezBlanca Rubio
AD71 Brian Jones Randy Voepel
AD78 Toni Atkins Todd Gloria


SALINAS: Zócalo Public Square has been running a great series on the agricultural town of Salinas.

U.S. SENATE: A Conservative’s Case for Sanchez in Senate Race [Chris Norby @ Voice of OC] - "Alone of the announced candidates in the 2016 Senate race, Loretta Sanchez actually has a Congressional voting record on federal issues. On just two of her most defining votes, she would have saved every American family (of four) nearly $60,000, had her side prevailed."

MASTER, MASTER... Every Metallica song ranked [Spin]

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 Treasurer John Chiang, BOE member Runner's Mai Harvill, CA Grocers' Dane Hutchings, Senator Jim Nielsen, and education superstar Amy Supinger. Weekend wishes to Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (Saturday), former Sac Councilmember Rob Fong (Saturday), Gipson DO staffer Christopher Wilson (Saturday), Stockton Record reporter Alex Breitler (Sunday), CA Public Strategies Jose Cornejo, and Glendale USD board member Nayiri Nahabedian (Sunday).




  • You're cordially invited to attend the 9th Annual HERO Awards on August 22, 2015 honoring leaders in the LGBT Community. We will be celebrating the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of Marriage Equality! Honorees include: Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Phill Wilson, and Councilman Bill RosendahlPlease click here to RSVP.
  • FedEx Government Affairs Seeks Administrative Assistant to support the staff and office for the Western Region.
    Candidates with experience in government, public affairs, and/or lobbying are preferred.  Strong office administration skills, ability to multi-task, and interface with executive level management required.  Competitive base salary, plus annual bonus opportunity.

    For more information and to apply, go to:

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

    Our Account Executives are responsible for client management. That means they are client-facing, are expected to show strong strategic thinking, and are tasked with the development of campaign plans, messaging frameworks, press plans, etc. Too see the full job description and qualifications, as well as to apply, visit


Newsom Teams With Tech To Seek Water Solutions
By Josh Richman Thursday, July 30th, 2015 at 11:14 am in Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor, Technology in politics, water.

Politicians Foster Circuses | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Sports teams demand new venues

Don't Blame Prop. 13 For California's Decaying Infrastructure
To the editor: UC San Diego political scientist Steven P. Erie blames Proposition 13 for leading this state to ruin. In effect, he supports throwing the elderly out of their homes, along with raising gasoline taxes, vehicle license fees, higher utility bills and other liberal revenue schemes to...

The Uncertain Futures Of Propositions 13 And 30 :: Fox&hounds
The proposal would phase-in full assessment of most commercial property requiring annual reassessments to full market value. In an attempt to quell small business opposition, SCA 5 allows for a $500,000 exemption on personal property taxes used for business purposes such as machines. While small business might be pleased with the latter provision, substituting the exemption for the uncertainty of an annual, subjective, reassessment is no bargain for them.

Report Links Economy To Inequality In San Diego |
Len Hering, left, the former "navy mayor" of San Diego, joins former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders in kicking off a campaign to repeal the Barrio Logan community plan.

Washington's Fight Over The Budget Might Shut Down The Government Again
Despite promises that it wouldn't come to this, Congress and the White House are charging toward another government shutdown.

Edison Wants To Keep San Onofre Judge |
Edison said in a 14-page filing Wednesday that an argument from the Coalition to Decommission San Onofre lacked merit, contains errors and misrepresentations and should be rejected.

How Black Lives Matter Forced Campaigns To Toss Their Strategies On Black Voters
Democrats have never been more confident that their chances of hanging onto the White House hinge on black voters, who tipped key states toward President Obama -- but they have never been less confident, it seems, about how to talk to them.

Agricultural Water Districts Fail Conservation Mandate |
Nursery crops, like these flowers in a Fallbrook nursery, account for the majority of agriculture value in the county — Charlie Neuman

How Ethics Probe Of Rep. Mike Honda Will Play In 2016 Election - San Francisco Chronicle
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L.A.'s General Fund Stands To Gain From Proposed DWP Rate Hikes
Officials have argued that a series of increases in Los Angeles water and power rates are needed to improve the city's crumbling water pipes and aging utility poles and to boost water conservation.

Search For New L.A. Unified Superintendent Takes Initial Step
The Los Angeles Board of Education is taking its first steps toward launching a search for a new superintendent, a process that has been on hold for the past nine months.

Who’s Saving Water In California And Who Isn’t | Drought Watch 2015 | Kqed Science
Almost 40 percent of urban water suppliers cut their water use dramatically, by 30 percent or more.

Central Valley Board Allows Wastewater Disposal To Continue Despite Contamination
Despite a finding that unlined wastewater pits near Kern County's Edison oil field have contaminated groundwater, officials on Thursday delayed shutting down some operations.

Meet The California Family That Has Made Health Policy Its Business : Shots - Health News : Npr

Senator Janet Nguyen and Santa Ana Residents Walk for Wellness
Senator Janet Nguyen joined one hundred eager Santa Ana residents who woke up bright and early to participate in the Wellness Corridor event. With the vision of encouraging healthy lifestyles, the event began in the parking lot of Latino Health Access where residents warmed-up before embarking on a walk through Downtown Santa Ana. As they walked, residents stopped to visit several stations that were situated throughout the route and which featured various physical activities including potato sack races, hula hooping and much more.

California Community College Chancellor Says Access And Success Are Priorities
Today's high

A jury sent a blunt message Thursday to Sinbad’s Restaurant, which has been trying to stave off eviction from the San Francisco waterfront site it has occupied for more than 40 years: It’s time to set sail. The Superior Court jury voted 10-2 in favor of the Port of San Francisco, which sued the restaurant owners after telling them to vacate their site at Pier 2 by March 21 to make room for an expanded ferry terminal and more public access to the shoreline. Jurors also granted the port’s request that Sinbad’s pay more than $71,000 in rent that has accrued since the port filed suit in April. The jury deliberated for a little more than a day after a 2½-day trial.

Monitoring System Locates Dozens Of Shootings In North Sacramento -
The Sacramento Police Department says the first six weeks using a gunfire tracking system called Shot Spotter have been a success.

Uber Rolls Out Xchange, A Pilot Program That Leases Cars Directly To Drivers - San Francisco Business Times
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Obama Seeks Support For Iran Deal By Reminding Allies Of Iraq War
Facing a well-financed opposition and a history of late-summer woes, President Obama and liberal supporters are trying to enlist activists and everyday voters alike in a major campaign behind his landmark nuclear accord with Iran, framing it as the best chance to avoid a new Mideast war.

Clinton campaign complains of 'egregious' New York Times reporting errors
Dylan Byers @
The Hillary Clinton campaign sent a nearly 2,000-word letter to the executive editor of The New York Times this week expressing "grave concern" with a recent controversial report relating to the former Secretary of State's private email account.

Clinton Calls To Lift Cuba Embargo, Takes On Two GOP Rivals In Florida
Welcome to Trail Guide, your daily tour through the wilds of the 2016 presidential campaign. It's Friday, July 31, and this is what we're watching: Clinton will call for the end of the Cuba embargo and take on two GOP rivals on their hometurf The Urban League will host a top-tier lineup of candidates...