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THE NOONER for August 7, 2015

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  • CA42 (Corona): added attorney Tim Sheridan (D)
  • AD24 (Palo Alto-Mountain View): added retired engineer Seelam Reddy (NPP)



Well, that was an interesting night of television. Donald Trump gave a new meaning to the boob tube by defending his gender-based derogatory statements after being questioned by Fox's Megyn Kelly. Meanwhile, Jon Stewart signed off with most of his former correspondents appearing (inc. Steve CarrellStephen Colbert and John Oliver). His final "moment of Zen" was by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Watch it here.

CAN YOU MAKE THIS UP: "I told Hillary Clinton to come to my wedding and she came to my wedding."

Yeah, I might just stick with "I'm honored to have the United States Senator from my state witness my vows."

MONEY MATTERS: Last week, we saw the finance data for not only candidates, but also lobbying firms. Here are the top 20.


KP PUBLIC AFFAIRS (F00409) $3,508,621
CAPITOL ADVOCACY, LLC (F24917) $2,664,896
READ & ASSOCIATES, LLC; AARON (F00610) $2,482,725
PLATINUM ADVISORS, LLC (F24880) $2,204,787
SHAW/YODER/ANTWIH, INC. (F00662) $1,997,506
GONZALEZ, QUINTANA & HUNTER, LLC (1334301) $1,698,478
POLITICAL SOLUTIONS, LLC (1261533) $1,494,475
GONSALVES & SON; JOE A. (F00462) $1,441,369
CALIFORNIA ADVOCATES, INC. (F00729) $1,403,889
MERCURY PUBLIC AFFAIRS (1325943) $1,382,701
CARTER, WETCH & ASSOCIATES (1252406) $1,206,989
MANATT, PHELPS & PHILLIPS, LLP (F24894) $1,175,646
ALCANTAR & KAHL (1322434) $1,174,551


KP's largets client is the Western States Petroleum Association, which spent $768,674 with the firm in the first half on 2015. Other top clients include the City of Los Angeles and Comcast. Capitol Advocacy's biggest clients including the California Association of Health Facilities and the Metropolitan Water District of California. Read's firm's biggest clients include Cal Fire Local 2881, Peace Officers Research Association of California, AT&T, and PG&E.

LA-LA LAND: The Los Angeles Times editorial board gives Eric Garcetti a C for his performance as mayor thus far.




HOW BIZARRE, HOW BAZAAR: This weekend is the annual bazaar at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, one of Sacramento's oldest churches founded in 1899 and the second of the of the Jodo Shinshu sect (out of 60 across of the country now). When I talk about going to services there to get my dharma on, people try to correct me by saying it shouldn't be called a "church," but rather a "temple." The change of name actually happened in the unfortunate chapter of Japanese-American internment during World War II.  Internees were seeking to demonstrate that they were mainstream Americans, and renamed their network of churches accordingly.

The event is Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 8pm, and features Japanese food, games, and cultural performances. Here is the program. The church is located at 11th and X, and free parking with a shuttle is available at W and 7th Streets.

#CAKEDAY: Weekend birthday greetings to Assemblymember Brian Jones (Sunday) and Pacific Crest Trail Association's Lanz Nalagan (Saturday)!




  • You're cordially invited to attend the Sacramento LGBT Community Center's 2nd Annual PRIDE Awards on August 18, 2015 honoring Speaker Toni Atkins and local leaders from the greater Sacramento and Capitol region. Join us in recognizing Speaker Atkins as our Person of the Year and Wells Fargo as our Partner of the Year. Review sponsorship and advertisement opportunities, and purchase tickets by visiting or contact Julia Robinson at (916) 442-0185 Ext. 104.
  • Meridian Pacific, Inc. Paid internship involving campaigns for Republican candidates, statewide initiatives and issue advocacy. Those who exemplify strong writing, research, and communications skills will be given preference.  Send cover letter and resume to:
  • Please Join Capitol Network at its Annual Back to Session Reception on Tuesday August 18th from 4:30-7 pm at Chops. Hosted wine and light appetizers will be provided.

    Questions? Please visit or contact Amanda Levy at

  • 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
  • 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


Assemblyman, California PUC Head Clash Over San Onofre Record | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
$4.7 billion settlement to close plant attracting scrutiny

Hillary Clinton Meets With Healthcare Workers
Hillary Clinton brought her presidential campaign to Los Angeles on Thursday, telling home healthcare workers that she wants to improve their working conditions, training and wages so more people can remain at home as they age. 

GOP Debate: Bay Area Residents Weigh In On Candidates' Stance On Sanctuary Cities
Katie Nelson @
The question, in a Facebook submission by a man identified as Doug Bettencourt, was whether any of the candidates would defund sanctuary cities and how they felt about legislation originally pitched by Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly known as "Kate's Law." That law would require undocumented immigrants who had been deported but returned to the United States to serve a mandatory five-year sentence in federal prison after they were convicted.

Wealthy Brother Of Top Chinese Corruption Suspect Lived Quiet Life In California Suburb
After settling quietly into a $2.5-million, 8,000-square foot home in the Sacramento suburb of Loomis, the man who introduced himself as Jason Wang said nothing to his new neighbors about being connected to the innermost sanctum of Chinese politics and elite business circles. He and his wife, known...

Jerry Brown says â
Governor Jerry Brown steps out from behind the mic after addressing members of the media about the recent Rocky Fire and other fires in California near highway 20 at the "Cowboy Camp" August 6, 2015 in Lake County, Calif. Governor Brown declared that "California is burning" and said this is the "new normal", referring to the effects climate change has had on the state.

Summer Suspense: California Politics Podcast | Faultlines | Kqed News
Who knew one week could offer so much political intrigue, from the cloud of scandal to the potential for a 2016 ballot measure smackdown?

Misleading Bond Issue Fades Away | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
$15 billion in borrowing staved off insolvency

PUC Hit With Fresh Criticisms Over Dealings With Edison
California's scandal-ridden utilities commission was slammed with fresh criticism after a state judge accused Southern California Edison of wrongful dealings with regulators that put customers on the hook for $3.3 billion.

Dueling parties of Rossmoor activists dissect the TV debate
Carla Marinucci @
For Republicans at the Rossmoor retirement community in Walnut Creek, Thursday night’s initial presidential debate was serious business — their first chance to get a look at the top 10 candidates go up against one another.

Amid Backlash, Lawsuits, More Delivery Startups Converting Contractors To Employees
Heather Somerville @
Also Thursday, grocery-delivery company Instacart announced that a large portion of its contract workers in Los Angeles, San Jose and San Francisco can now become employees, a reclassification effort the startup began in February. The San Francisco-based company has converted contractor grocery shoppers to part-time employees in 12 of the 16 cities where it operates.

Bernie Sanders Brings Campaign To West Coast | The Sacramento Bee
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking his presidential bid to the West Coast, with rallies planned in the coming days in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles.

Rep. Xavier Becerra Endorses Hillary Clinton: 'no Leader Comes Better Tested'
Hillary Clinton has earned the backing of Rep. Xavier Becerra, chairman of the House Democratic caucus.

The POLITICO wrongometer
Darren Samuelsohn and POLITICO Pro truth-squad the candidates.

An Issue Potent Enough To Divide Brown And Nader: The Malpractice Damage Cap
Ralph Nader goes way back with Gov. Jerry Brown. Their relationship dates to the 1970s, when both men were eagerly shaking things up from their respective perches on the progressive left.

Walnut Creek Murder-suicide Points To Simmering Questions On 'ghost Guns'
Neither of the handguns Scott Bertics took with him on July 21 -- the morning he shot 19-year-old Clare Orton, then himself -- registered a serial number.

First Draft: Verbatim: Hold Your Nose and Vote
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, commented on his party loyalty.

Undocumented Immigrant's Question For GOP Candidates: What Do You Want To Do With Us?
Of all the immigration-related questions I'd like to hear answered at tonight’s Republican presidential debate, this tops my list: What, exactly, do you want to do with us?

Some Who Fled California Wildfire Find Their Home Destroyed
JANIE HAR and KRISTIN J. BENDER Associated Press @

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Here's How To Avoid Exposure To The Plague
A child contracted the plague while visiting the Stanislaus National Forest and the Crane Flat Campground in Yosemite National Park in mid-July, state public health officials said.

Background Checks For Uber, Taxi Drivers Pose Issue For Legislature
Opponents of Uber, Lyft and other smartphone-powered transportation services have long lobbied for regulators to treat these companies the same way taxi companies are treated, given that they're vying for many of the same customers. Now they're pointing to reports that Uber allowed four people...