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THE NOONER for August 21, 2015






AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers and Marisa Lagos caress out ears with the California Politics Podcast. (Yes, I wanted to link caress to Sublime's "Caress Me Down," but then remembered that the lyrics were so NSFW.

SENATE: Rocky Chavez Gets Rocky Response At Coco GOP - "2016 U.S. Senate candidate and Assemblyman Rocky Chavez was in Walnut Creek on Thursday evening to take questions from the Contra Costa County Republican Party – and many in the crowd didn’t like some of his answers. "

CA44 (Carson): Emily's List backs Nanette Barragan, signaling heated House race in L.A. area - "The endorsement, announced Friday morning in Washington, provides another indication that the race to succeed Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) in next year's election is likely to spark a hard-fought brawl between members of the same party that will last right up through the 2016 general election."

Hermosa Beach councilmember Nanette Barragan faces off with Assemblymember Isadore Hall III.

SD28 (Coachella Valley): Vaccine Bill: Opponents trying to recall Jeff Stone [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - "Recall supporters are angry with Stone for his co-authorship of the vaccination bill, which the Legislature passed and Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law earlier this year. The bill came about after a measles outbreak was traced to Disneyland."

TRASH BIN: California Congressional Races Wasted Money on TV, Says Analysis [John Myers @ KQED] - "The premise of “50 States of Waste,” a report from a partnership of Google and digital tech company Targeted Victory, is simple: What happens when viewers in one of the nation’s 2010 television markets get bombarded with campaign ads for a race in which they can’t vote? Their answer: It’s wasted political cash."



NOT TWINS: Top 10 Reasons Why Arnold Is Not Donald [Joe Mathews @ Fox and Hounds] - - "Oh, I know one thing they have in common. They both have orange hair that didn't appear all that natural. Though Schwarzenegger’s was decidedly more credible-looking on TV."

GOLDEN STATE: California added 80,700 non-farm jobs in July, and the unemployment dropped from 6.3% to 6.2%, in data released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's a much better number than June's 22,900 non-farm jobs added in June. In July 2014, the unemployment rate was 7.4%. Since then, the state has added 494,300 jobs. In July, 34 states gained payroll jobs, while 16 loss them.

Most importantly, California beat Texas with a monthly increase in jobs of 0.5%, while the Lone Star State turned in a 0.3% increase.

From the state Employment Development Department report:

Within nonfarm industries, 9 sectors saw month-over job gains and 2 sectors saw a month-over job decline. The sectors with increased employment in July were:

Professional & Business Services (22,300)
Leisure and hospitality (19,100)
Educational and health services (9,900)
Trade, transportation and utilities (8,400)
Financial activities (5,100)
Other services (4,800)
Information (4,700)
Manufacturing (4,700)
Construction (3,000)

Sectors that lost jobs in July were:

Government (1,100)
Mining & Logging (300)

The lowest unemployment rate among California counties in July was 3.6 percent in San Mateo. Seven other counties had rates below 5.0 percent in July: Marin (3.7 percent); San Francisco (3.8 percent); Santa Clara (4.3 percent); Napa (4.4 percent); Sonoma (4.6); Orange (4.7 percent); and San Luis Obispo (4.9 percent). The highest unemployment rate in July was 24.2 percent in Imperial County. The comparable, not seasonally adjusted California rate was 6.5 percent in July. 

The broad number of sectors adding jobs is very good.

Meanwhile, Chris Christie will likely be asked about the loss of 13,600 jobs in New Jersey last month.

LAW AND DISORDER: Political watchdog board approves hefty campaign fines [Juliet Williams @ AP] - "California's political watchdog agency approved large fines Thursday against two state senators and a campaign committee that spent $3.3 million backing Gov. Jerry Brown in 2010."



STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON: Compton officials have been illegally inflating their pay, district attorney says [Angel Jennings @ LAT]- "Compton's mayor and council members have been illegally boosting their salaries for years by paying themselves for commission meetings that sometimes lasted only about a minute, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said. In some cases, officials were paid "whether or not the commission member attended the meeting," the prosecutor’s office said in a July 17 letter to the Compton city attorney. The letter was obtained by The Times on Thursday. Mayor Aja Brown was paid an additional $4,000 a month on top of her authorized salary of $600 a month and the four council members received $3,400 more a month, the district attorney said."

Wow. The highest paid employee in the city is a firefighter who made $277,112 in 2013.

UNTESTED: Assembly approves bill giving students exit-exam reprieve [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "Students who tried this summer to take a required high school exit exam found the test was no longer available because a state contract to administer the test had expired."

Democratic Blues [Jeff Greenfield @ Politico] - "The party's record over the past six years has made clear that when Barack Obama leaves office in January 2017 the Democratic Party will have ceded vast sections of the country to Republicans, and will be left with a weak bench of high-level elected officials. It is, in fact, so bleak a record that even if the Democrats hold the White House and retake the Senate in 2016, the party’s wounds will remain deep and enduring, threatening the enactment of anything like a “progressive” agenda across much of the nation and eliminating nearly a decade’s worth of rising stars who might help strengthen the party in elections ahead."

OBNOXIOUS: Trump calls O'Malley a 'disgusting, little, weak, pathetic baby' [Nick Ross @ Politico] - "Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley apologized "like a disgusting, little, weak, pathetic baby" for his remark that "all lives matter," Donald Trump said in an excerpt of a new interview aired Friday on Fox News."

This comes after the Republican debate when he said "Because our leaders are stupid. Our politicians are stupid."

This is The Apprentice for President campaign.

#CAKEDAY: Weekend birthday greetings to Reggie Jones-Sawyer's leg dir Stephanie Burri (Saturday), League of CA Cities's Bismark Obando (Saturday), labor lobbyist Barry Broad (Sunday), and Paul Krekorian's deputy Karo Torossian (Sunday).

Have a great weekend!




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Political Watchdog Board Approves Hefty Campaign Fines | The Sacramento Bee
California's political watchdog agency approved large fines Thursday against two state senators and a campaign committee that spent $3.3 million backing Gov. Jerry Brown in 2010.

California Senate Acts To Require Adoption Of Research Cats And Dogs
Patrick McGreevy @
University laboratories that use dogs and cats for research in California would be required to offer the healthy animals for adoption before euthanizing them under legislation approved Thursday by the state Senate.

Judge suggests he may side with most of Berkeleyâ
A federal judge suggested Thursday that he would strip Berkeley’s cell-phone ordinance of its most far-reaching language — telling customers the devices may pose radiation dangers for children — but might leave the rest of the city’s warning message intact, over industry objections. The message about risks to children is “controversial” and was not required by the Federal Communications Commission in manufacturers’ product manuals, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen said during a 90-minute hearing in his San Francisco courtroom. [...] he noted that the rest of the information that Berkeley wants retailers to convey to customers, that carrying a switched-on phone in their pockets or bra might exceed federal radiation-safety standards, is taken from FCC findings. CTIA successfully challenged a San Francisco ordinance that would have required cell-phone retailers to tell customers the phones could expose them to dangerous levels of radiation, which the World Health Organization considered possibly cancer-causing. CTIA’s lawyer was Theodore Olson, the former U.S. solicitor general who successfully represented George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election dispute and gay-rights advocates who fought California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard law professor and current Democratic presidential candidate who helped to draft Berkeley’s ordinance, represented the city.

Rocky Chavez Gets Rocky Response At Coco GOP
Josh Richman @
2016 U.S. Senate candidate and Assemblyman Rocky Chavez was in Walnut Creek on Thursday evening to take questions from the Contra Costa County Republican Party – and many in the crowd didn’t like some of his answers.

Community Colleges Could Require Sexual Assault Disclosures
The California Senate has approved legislation requiring community college applicants to disclose if they've been previously expelled for sexual assault.

Oakland blocked from suing to keep Harborside pot dispensary open
Oakland has no right to challenge the government’s attempt to shut down the huge Harborside medical marijuana dispensary even though it would cost the city millions of dollars in tax revenues, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. Harborside, which serves 108,000 patients and is the nation’s largest licensed pot dispensary, is fighting the forfeiture suit in federal court, saying it violates other federal laws and the Obama administration’s stated policy of deferring to state medical marijuana laws. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Thursday that Oakland has interests of its own at stake, but said the federal government has the authority to decide when to seek confiscation of property for alleged legal violations, and neither the city nor any other outsider has the right to intervene. Like a prosecutor’s decision on whether to file criminal charges, the Justice Department’s determination to file a forfeiture suit is “committed to agency discretion” and can’t be challenged by anyone except the property owner, the court said in a 3-0 ruling, upholding a lower-court decision against the city. The court did not mention the city’s arguments that the shutdown conflicted with the Obama administration’s stated policy on medical marijuana or with congressional budget restrictions prohibiting the Justice Department from interfering with a state’s implementation of its medical marijuana law.

Turning Up The Heat: California Politics Podcast | The California Report | Kqed News
It was a hot week in Sacramento, with triple-digit temperatures outside and heated debate and accusations under the state Capitol dome.

Public Pension Shocker: Shutting A Pension Plan Actually Costs Taxpayers Money
What does he get out of this? Billionaire former Enron trader John D. Arnold, a backer of the campaign against public employee pensions, testifies in Washington in 2009.

California State Government Emails Linked To Ashley Madison Site
Patrick McGreevy @
The government email addresses of nearly 50 current and former California state workers were included in a list made public by hackers of users of Ashley Madison, the online dating site for married people.

Common Core Yet To Emerge As Major Issue In Presidential Campaign
Louis Freedberg @
So far, at least, the Common Core has not become a major issue in the early stages of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Larry Lessig's Latest Long Shot: A Presidential Campaign In 2016?
In the dead of night, his eyes fixed on the ceiling, does Larry Lessig really think: "It could be me standing on the steps of the Capitol on a frigid January 20th of 2017, being sworn in as president of the United States"?

California Congressional Races Wasted Money On Tv, Says Analysis | Faultlines | Kqed News
The modern history of political campaigns really begins with the advent of the 30 second television ad and its ability to blast out messages to a wide audience. But a new report suggests it’s missing the mark, and flags two 2014 California contests as among the worst when it comes to wasting cash.

Bergdahl's Lawyer: Trump's Statements Threaten Fair Trial | The Sacramento Bee
The lawyer representing Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who left his infantry post and was held by the Taliban for five years, said Thursday that callous statements Donald Trump is making about his client are threatening the soldier's right to a fair trial.

ACLU Again Accuses Laguna Beach Of Targeting The Homeless
Joseph Serna @
A lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California accuses Laguna Beach of trying to push homeless people, particularly those with disabilities, out of the city.

It's "Taxnado" season in Sacramento
Senator Jeff Stone @
The State has enough money to fix our crumbling highways, increase access to health care and fund programs for the developmentally disabled without reaching, once again, into the wallets of hard-working Californians.

First Draft: Deez Nuts for President? Why Not, Says Iowa Farm Boy
Brady Olson, a sophomore in high school as of next week, registered as a presidential candidate under an assumed name, and that name has become the top trending topic on Twitter.

Bay Area man released by ICE but still faces deportation
Jenna Lyons @
Bay Area man released by ICE but still faces deportation A Bay Area man caught up in a deportation nightmare said Thursday that he was relieved to be released after being locked up for 2½ months in five different detention facilities. [...] Daniel Maher of Hayward said he knows his freedom could be brief because federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are still threatening to boot him from the county over a 1994 robbery that sent him to prison for five years. Maher was detained by ICE under its enforcement policy targeting “aggravated felons.” Going forward, Prasad said he will continue to request that ICE exercise discretion, which would allow Maher to stay in the country, or seek a pardon from Gov. Jerry Brown. Maher made national news for his detention, garnering more than 3,000 signatures on a petition demanding his release and prompting protests. ICE arrested him at his home June 2, citing a deportation order from 2000 that also fell through because of a lack of travel documents. In 1994, Maher, then 20, was involved in an armed robbery at a San Jose auto parts store and convicted of kidnapping, robbery and firearms offenses — all felony crimes.

Ashley Madison Hack Could Bite Clients Who Used Government E-mail
Melody Gutierrez and Emily Green @
The release of hacked data from the self-proclaimed cheater site Ashley Madison could be disastrous for more than just marriages. For some of the thousands of people who used their work e-mail addresses to sign up on the website — including more than a few in government — the fallout could spill over to their professional lives.

First Draft: Marco Rubio Gives Hillary Clinton Staunch Challenge in Bellwether States, Poll Shows
In a Quinnipiac University survey of voters in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania, Marco Rubio beats Hillary Rodham Clinton in a general election matchup by the widest margins of any Republican presidential candidate.

Heartfelt Thanks to Senate Fellow Carolina Garcia
Team Vidak’s Senate Fellow Carolina Garcia was honored with a Senate Resolution for her service in the prestigious Senate program and her commitment to serving the people of Senate District 14 during this year’s Fellowship program.  “Heartfelt thanks to Carolina for her dedication and commitment to service,” said Andy.  “Carolina, who has been an integral part of Team Vidak, was instrumental in helping navigate legislation from introduction into law.” 

Senator Patricia Bates Co-Authors Bill Requiring "Sanctuary" Cities to Alert Feds Before Releasing Illegal Immigrant Felons
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has co-authored legislation by Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside), that would require city and county officials, who are set to release a felon in the country illegally, to first notify the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) about the release and hold that felon for at least 48 hours.

Larry Lessig's Latest Long Shot: A Presidential Campaign In 2016?
Cathleen Decker @
In the dead of night, his eyes fixed on the ceiling, does Larry Lessig really think: "It could be me standing on the steps of the Capitol on a frigid January 20th of 2017, being sworn in as president of the United States"?