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THE NOONER for May 25, 2016

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Happy Humpday!

Democratic candidates are scrambling to understand the impact of the report of State Department's Inspector General  of Hillary Clinton's (and previous Secretaries) actions not turning over the contents of her private email server following her departure as Secretary of State, which alleges violations of the Presidential Records Act. Clinton responded that the practice was common among previous Secretaries.

The report (as well as an upcoming one in the investigation by the FBI) could seriously upend the presidential race and cause collateral damage to voter turnout, affecting down-ballot races. I don't write about national races, but rather California races. But, we can't assume the report affects down-ballot races, although there aren't many "toss-ups" in this year's election that will be affected by lower turnout. 

Hillary is holding a rally today in Buena Park, a few miles from Trump's rally at the Anaheim Convention Center. We'll see if she addresses the email issue.

Anti-Trump protestors are rallying in Anaheim with 24 police officers forcing protestors to walk through a TSA-type line to get to slow rally-goers following the violence in Albuquerque. last night. In the rally, he attacked the job performance of the Republican New Mexico governor, who has not endorsed Trump, and who happens to be chair of the Republican Governors Association.

Who turns out if the front runners are totally disliked or not trusted? If I am an Assembly State Senate or Congessional, candidate, I'm concerned about it. 

In particular, the Clinton situation could put Congressman Ami Bera in jeopardy in his challenge by Sacramento sheriff Scott Jones. While Jones has liabailities from his office of sheriff, it wouldn't take much to suppress turnout via the Clinton troubles or swing 2014 voters (Bera won by 1,455-0.8% in 2014). With the revelations of his family's questionable activity (father is pled guilty to federal campaign violations and there are significant questions about other family activities).

Bera has clearly become the most vulnerable Democratic congressman in California , and today's Clinton report may turn the presidential record into a 1974-style election about corruption and misbehavior in politics and office, and Bera's vulnerabilities becoming a bigger liability than it was yesterday. Jones hasn't made it a campaign issue yet, but it would likely be one in November as more Clinton liabilities are unveiled in the media, including the results of the Dept. of Justice/FBI investigation.

REPRESENTIN': The National Association of Asian Pacifics in Politics and Public Affairs (NAAPPPA) is proud to present the 2016 list of the top 40 AAPI political operatives and public affairs professionals under 40. Please send any corrections and recommendations for next year’s NAAPPPA 40 Under 40

With John Chiang announcing a bid for governor while I was gone and other strong members on the Asian-American bench (BOE member Fiona Ma, BOE member, Assemblymember Ling-Ling Chang and State Senator Janet Nguyen, and Assemblymember Young Kim), we're seeing a significant rise in Asian-American politics. All of them are potential congressional candidates when Ed Royce retires, although that is unlikely to happen soon.

Ma is likely to run for treasurer with Chiang running for governor.

BIZ NEWS: The governor's GO-BIZ office of economic development announced today that the City of Vallejo is scheduled to vote May 31 on the first step in locating Faraday Future to the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Faraday focuses on building the electric vehicle industry through easing the conversion through consumers, and is based in California. As an owner of an electric vehicle (Nissan Leaf), this is pretty cool.

#BELATED CAKEDAY: I'm catching up on those belated cakedays. Happy Belated to John Myers, attorney and law school classmate Chad Carlock, and Sac Bureau Chief for the LA Times (yesterday), and campaign superstar Derek Humphrey (May 1).

#CAKEDAY: Like those candles for KimChi Nguyen!

...when the elevator tries to bring you down...punch a higher floor!




  • SEIU CA Job Announcement: Gov’t Relations Advocate (Lobbyist)
    The Gov’t Relations Advocate of SEIU CA is responsible for lobbying on legislative, budget and regulatory matters affecting SEIU Public Sector Locals and members. The position will work closely with the SEIU Local Union leaders and staff on legislative, budget and regulatory advocacy. BA and 2 years political or lobbying experience required.Competitive salary and excellent benefits are provided including comprehensive health insurance, defined benefit pension plan, and car allowance. How to Apply: Email a cover letter, resume and 3 references to Chris Hansen ( by Friday, May 27, 2016.
  • CA Charter Schools Association - Manager, Political Infrastructure Development (Los Angeles or Sacramento).Provides operational, management, and strategic support toward our effort to build out political infrastructure in communities throughout California. Works closely with charter leaders and directly manages local Political Action Committees (PACs) in regions all over the state.
  • NARAL is hiring in CA, NV and DC. The country's most innovative pro-choice advocacy organization is seeking creative, passionate, detail-oriented pro-choice folks to join our committed and talented team. Here are numerous opportunities to help bring true reproductive equality to America. Positions open until we find the right fit.  
  • Immediate Opening for Stellar Support Staff to act as "Assistant to CEO" & Leg Aide for small nonprofit. Reliable, smart, great communication/writing/computer & people skills! 35 hrs/week (Fridays off) $18/hr to start. Great benefits. Near the Capitol, parking paid. Send resume & letter of interest to

  • Finance Assistant for Frontline Congressional Democrat: The Finance Assistant will be responsible for managing low dollar events, staffing Sacramento call time and assisting with the implementation of the fundraising plan, both in district and nationwide, for a top-targeted Frontline Democrat. Send resume and cover letter to
  • Consumer Watchdog is seeking an excellent writer and persuasive communicator to join our Santa Monica office as a Consumer Advocate. Comfort speaking to the public, opinion leaders, policymakers and the media required. Video and graphic skills a plus. Respond if you are passionate about working for justice.

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  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West Regional Political Organizers (Los Angeles and Bay Area). 85,000 member California healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive, motivated political organizers, 3-5 yrs political/union experience. Competitive salary and benefits package. Resume, letter, 3 references:

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Union Support Still Crucial For Democratic Presidential Contenders | Election 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
About 2.5 million union members call California home. With election season upon us, the two Democrats fighting for their party’s presidential nomination see union support as critical to getting out the vote.

Hillary Clinton Accuses Donald Trump Of Rooting For Housing Crisis | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Democratic presidential candidate increasingly turning focus to general election contest

SF supervisor seeks to ease breastfeeding for city employees
Supervisor Katy Tang introduced legislation Tuesday that seeks to make breastfeeding as easy and comfortable as possible for city employees. The legislation would require the Department of Human Resources to develop a city policy regarding breastfeeding in the workplace, as well as a website that includes a list of all lactation facilities available to city employees. The legislation also says that when the city constructs a new building or enters into a new lease, the department managing the construction or renovation must consult with Human Resources to ensure adequate lactation rooms. State and federal law already require private employers to make reasonable efforts to provide a private space other than a bathroom. [...] she added, “This is trying to promote that gold standard in the government buildings.” A mailer sent to San Francisco voters depicts the supervisor’s face behind what looks like a broken window, accompanied in big block letters by the phrases “Broken Trust” and “The Failed Ethics of Supervisor Mark Farrell.” The mailer also says Farrell “cheats to win,” links the supervisor to a donor who also gave money to George Bush and Dick Cheney, and derides him for suing the city “to avoid paying” a $191,000 fine issued by the Ethics Commission for violating campaign finance laws. In April, he filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court alleging he’s the victim of a “witch hunt” by the Ethics Commission in an attempt to erase the $191,000 fine stemming from his 2010 run for supervisor. The commission concluded that Farrell’s campaign consultant worked illegally with an independent expenditure committee that spent $191,000 in the final weeks of the race on Farrell’s behalf. Farrell wants the fine withdrawn and his attorney fees paid, in addition to unspecified “further relief.” Just this month, the group received $5,000 from Supervisor Jane Kim’s state Senate campaign and $20,000 from political consultant Clint Reilly — whose wife lost to Farrell in that 2010 supervisorial campaign. Park program suspended: A pilot program that would allow people to reserve plots of grass at Dolores Park has started a sparring match between City Hall and the Recreation and Park Department. The policy would have “provided certainty about the availability of space for large group picnics and celebrations, while ensuring accountability to taxpayers for any damage and trash,” department spokesman Joey Kahn said in a release.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein Pushes Senate Subcommittee For Water Bill To Address California's Drought
Essential Politics

California Charter Schools Involved In Multiple Political Battles | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Charter school issue a subset of larger education battle

Assemblyman Calderon Backs Proposition 50 Ballot Measure Spurred By His Uncle's Legal Problems
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Legislation Proposed Requiring Presidential Candidates to Show Tax Returns
The bill, introduced by Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat, is seen as a challenge to Donald J. Trump, who has declined to release his tax filings.

O.c., Newport Beach Honor John Wayne After Assembly Voted Against It Over His Controversial Remarks - The Orange County Register
Orange County supervisors and the Newport Beach City Council took a few minutes before their Tuesday meetings to do what the state Assembly recently refused to: honor John Wayne.

Bernie Sanders Chooses Sides In San Francisco Senate Race | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Jane Kim is a supervisor who supports free college

Democratic Senator wants a law forcing presidential candidates to release tax returns

Donald Trump has dragged his feet on releasing his returns, despite calls from Hillary Clinton.

L.A. Councilmen Will Campaign For $1-billion Ballot Measure To House The Homeless
Councilmen Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Jose Huizar, chairmen of the council's homelessness committee, say they have decided to push for a $1 billion bond on this November's ballot to fund homelessness services after a poll they commissioned showed more than two-thirds support for such a measure.

SF supervisors OK compromise sanctuary city legislation
“Last year was a really challenging moment for our sanctuary city policy,” said Supervisor John Avalos, who spearheaded the negotiations with Hennessy on behalf of immigrant rights advocates. [...] those circumstances are more expansive than immigrant rights advocates wanted — and more limiting than Hennessy had sought. Avalos and immigrant rights advocates wanted the legislation to mirror the city’s 2013 law, called Due Process for All, which states that the only time law enforcement officials may hold an inmate with no legal status for federal immigration agents is when the inmate has a violent felony conviction in the past seven years and is facing another violent felony charge. [...] the Department of Homeland Security has changed its policies so that it no longer asks local law enforcement to hold inmates. [...] Hennessy, who was elected sheriff in November, wanted the discretion to notify immigration agents if the inmate had a violent or serious felony conviction in the past seven years or three or more lesser felonies arising from different events in the past five years. What she gave up — and immigrant advocates won — is that before notification a judge has to determine there is probable cause to hold the defendant on the current charge. [...] I thought it was important to the city, particularly with what the city has been going through with the different communities, that we come together on this — a reference to the ouster last week of Police Chief Greg Suhr following an outcry over fatal police shootings of minorities and revelations of racist text messages sent among some officers. Though the federal government wanted to deport Lopez-Sanchez a sixth time, Mirkarimi released him in April because he said the city sanctuary law restricted his office from turning him over to federal authorities. Sarai Hussain, a staff attorney with the Asian Law Caucus, said she and other immigrant rights advocates in the Free SF Coalition support the deal as a political necessity, even though its members disagree with the carve-outs allowing for cooperation with immigration agents.

Ian Calderon Spends For Anti-corruption Measure Inspired By Uncle | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Proposition 50 allows for suspension without pay of lawmakers

'welcome To California Water Wars': State's Congressional Delegation Debates Water Plans On The House Floor
House Republicans are making another push for a bill addressing California's drought, adding the text of a measure by Rep. David Valada...

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Says He Won't Run For California Governor | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Kevin Faulconer said Tuesday that he won't run for governor of California in 2018 if re-elected mayor of San Diego, depriving Republicans of one of its better-known names in a potentially crowded Democratic field.

Bernie Sanders: 'California' | Campaign 2016

In a video posted by his campaign, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders appeals to California voters ahead of the state's June 7 primary.

Playback: Tsa's Head Of Security Expecting Long Unemployment Lines - Politico
Join POLITICO as leading voices in health care, technology and policy discuss tech and patient-centered care.

Bernie Sanders In Orange County: Disney Comes Under Fire During Speech In Anaheim - The Orange County Register
ANAHEIM -- Bernie Sanders referenced Disney as an example of the downside of modern capitalism during his campaign speech Tuesday in Anaheim.

Obama On 2016 Election: This Is Fine - Politico
Former President Jimmy Carter is resigning from his prominent role in the Elders, the international non-governmental organization announced Wednesday.

Just Like Patients, Therapists Also Battle Insurance Red Tape | State Of Mind | State Of Health | Kqed News
Take Michael Klein, a psychologist practicing in San Francisco for more than 20 years. He considers it his spiritual calling to help people calm their social anxiety and to help couples stop fighting and build trust.

Vietnamese Cabbie Kidnapped By Jail Fugitives Sues Orange County
The cab driver kidnapped by three O.C. jail fugitives didn't get a reward though he says he helped lead authorities to their capture. Now, he has filed a lawsuit against Orange County.

Trump accuses New Mexico's Republican governor of not doing her job

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is the nation’s first Latina governor, and New Mexico’s first female governor. She is considered a rising star in the Republican Party and is frequently mentioned as a possible vice-presidential candidate.