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THE NOONER for August 3, 2015

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Happy Monday. I hope you had a great weekend. If you're like me, you were reviewing the campaign finance reports that were due Friday. There isn't much to be surprised, particularly near a year before the primary.

SUCCESSORS: I missed a few in Friday's list. Here's the updated list:


Incumbent Endorsements
District Incumbent Endorsee
CA24 Lois Capps Salud Carbajal
CA44 Janice Hahn Isadore Hall, III
SD03 Lois Wolk Bill Dodd
SD11 Mark Leno Scott Wiener
SD27 Fran Pavley Henry Stern
SD29 Bob Huff Ling-Ling Chang
SD35 Isadore Hall, III Steven 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
AD48 Roger Hernandez Blanca Rubio
AD71 Brian Jones Randy Voepel
AD78 Toni Atkins Todd Gloria

AURAL PLEASURE: The California Politics podcast is sans Anthony this week, but John and Marisa still do a great job tickling our ears



SD25 (Pasadena): Michael Antonovich (R) filed, while finance reports were turn in by Make Gatto ($1.9 million), Katherine Perez-Estolano ($15k), Anthony Portantino ($933k), and Phlunte' Riddle ($92k).


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to political consultant Phil Giarrizzo!




  • 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


Clinton's Presidential Campaign Raises Profile With Tv Ads | The Sacramento Bee
Facing increased competition from within her own party, Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending $2 million airing the first television ads of her presidential race in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Drought Pushes California Hospitals To Get Serious About Water Savings |
William Cordray of Water Saver Solutions examines a sterilizer at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside. The company found a total of six sterilizers at the hospital that could be retrofitted to save millions of gallons of water each year. — Don Boomer

Even With O.C. Resources Strained, Cost-of-living Increases Are Boosting The Pay Of Pensioners - The Orange County Register
The number of retired Orange County workers making more than $100,000 in annual pensions has more than doubled in the past five years, even as debate rages about the financial health of the county’s and other pensions.

The Money Race Is On For The L.A. County Board Of Supervisors 2016 Primary
The primary election is 10 months away, but candidates for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ 5th District are raising hundreds of thousands of dollars as they jockey to pull ahead in a crowded field. 

Lake County Couple Helpless As Rocky Fire Reduces | The Press Democrat
The debate about curbing gun violence ought to be driven by evidence of what has proved to be effective.

Leak Complaints Flow From Older Areas |
San Diego city crews have responded to more than 10,000 calls about water leaks and related problems in the past 12 months, amid the worsening drought.

Trickle-down Politics: Drought Could Force Real Change Among City, State Leaders
It's something of a relief, if a mixed one, that the drought has surged into the role of the latest scourge to freak out California.

Rocky Fire General Information
State of California @
Rocky Fire Incident Information: Last Updated: August 3, 2015 6:30 am   Date/Time Started: July 29, 2015 3:29 pm   Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit  County: Lake, Yolo & Colusa Counties   Location: near Morgan Valley Road and Rocky Creek Road, east of Lower Lake   Acres Burned - Containment: 60,000 acres - 12% contained   Estimated - Containment: August 10, 2015   Structures Threatened: 6,301  Structures Destroyed:24 residences and 26 outbuildings destroyed; 3 structures damaged.   Evacuations: NEW - A Mandatory Evacuation order has been implemented for all residents on Ogulin Canyon Road. Law enforcement is currently in the area and informing residents of the mandatory evacuation. All of Ogulin Canyon road will be closed to traffic. A Mandatory Evacuation order is in effect for all of Spring Valley. Law enforcement is currently advising Spring Valley residents of the mandatory evacuation. The Highway 20 corridor will be closed from New Long Valley Road to Highway 53. The Mandatory Evacuation includes Paradise Canyon, New Long Valley Road, Old Long Valley Road, Salt Canyon, Indian Hill Road, Flaming Hills Lane, Benmore Canyon, Red Rock Road, Red Rock Court, Round Mountain Road, North West of Highway 22, Fern Way, Juniper Way, Holly Way, Golden Red Way, Shasta Road, Cougar Road, Jeep Trail, Smith Lane, Pueblo Trail, Quail Trail, Ogulin Canyon Road, Meadow Creek Road, Cache Creek Road, Wolf Creek Road, Spring Valley Road, Riverview Road, Rocky Ridge, Chalk Mountain Road, Lakeview Campground, Cache Creek Winery, Noggle Winery, Elm Way, Dogwood, Cedar, Blue Berry, Acacia Way, Acacia Street, Doe Trail, Madrone Way, Peach Way, Quince Way, Redwood Way, Sequoia Way, Tamarack Way, Weeping Willow Way, Yucca Way, Coyote Way, Elk Way and Fox Way. An Advisory Evacuation is in effect from Highway 53 west to Sulphur Bank Road along Highway 20.

GOP Seeks End To Planned Parenthood Money As Both Sides Play To Their Base
Republican senators, including several running for their party's nomination for president, will begin to test whether voter attitudes toward Planned Parenthood have changed with a Senate vote Monday on a bill that would cut off federal money to the nation's large provider of family planning services.

Man Interrupts Marriage Proposal To Stop Restaurant Robbery

Man Plans Marriage Proposal, Gets Sidetracked Stopping Robbery - Fox Carolina 21
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Nick Anderson had hoped Tuesday night would be an evening to remember. He just didn't realize how memorable it would be. 

Restaurant Robbery Disrupts Marriage Proposal |
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Obama's New Emissions Rules Likely To Help Shape White House Race
With Monday's release of landmark rules to combat global warming, President Obama is putting into place what probably will be the last piece of his ambitious second-term agenda – one that highlights deep divisions in the country and helps shape the race to succeed him.

Hillary Clinton Makes A Big Ad Buy Targeting Voters -- And Maybe Joe Biden
As Vice President Joe Biden mulls a primary challenge to her, liberal Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders gains on her, and contenders on the GOP side build their campaigns around attacking her, Hillary Rodham Clinton is about to make a show of force.

Bay Area Anti-trafficking Activists Use Super Bowl 50 To Galvanize Prevention Efforts - California Health Report
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Fueled By Dry Brush And Heat, Wildfire Chars 20,000 Acres In 5 Hours
It was a stubborn, quick wildfire, but nothing particularly unusual.

GOP Debate Advance: Trump! Trump! Trump!
Alas, the strategist passed on the offer with a thanks-but-no-thanks, losing an historic opportunity to scuttle the Obama presidency in one swell foop.

Donald Trump Attacks as Republican Rivals Court Donors at Koch Retreat
The billionaire brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch hosted a conference in California, and Mr. Trump questioned whether the five presidential candidates in attendance were “puppets.”

Still Searching: Job Vacancies And Stem Skills | Brookings Institution
These job openings data provide new evidence that, post-recession, STEM skills, particularly those associated with high levels of educational attainment, are in high demand among employers. Meanwhile, job seekers possessing neither STEM knowledge nor higher education face extraordinary levels of competition for a scarce number of jobs. Governments at all levels, educators, training organizations, and civic leaders can utilize job vacancy data to better understand the opportunities available to workers and the specific skills required of them. Improving educational and training opportunities to acquire STEM knowledge should be part of any strategy to help unemployed or low-wage workers improve their earnings and employability.

Sale Of Lottery Tickets At Gas Pumps Fuels Concerns Over Gambling - San Francisco Chronicle
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Oakland: Bart Transbay Tube On Schedule To Reopen As Repairs Continue
The biggest factor in the relatively smooth conjunction of bus bridges and shuttles between the two cities this weekend appears to have been successful outreach to residents, BART spokesman Taylor Huckaby said.