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THE NOONER for May 26, 2016

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NOT GOOD: Assemblyman Roger Hernández faces new accusations of domestic violence in court [Javier Penzar @ LAT]:

"The estranged wife of Assemblyman Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) accused him of assaulting her more than 20 times over the last three years at a divorce court hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Baldwin Park City Councilwoman Susan Rubio, who is seeking a domestic violence restraining order against Hernández, detailed eight episodes of alleged violence during her testimony, including one in which she said Hernández choked her with a belt and another in which she said he "dropped" her on the floor and beat her with a broom." 

Good morning and happy Thursday. The Assembly Budget committee is accepting subcommittee reports today as the Legislature approaches the frenetic budget work leading up to the June 15 deadline. Meanwhile, Assembly Appropriations is tackling its Suspense File of hundreds of bills tomorrow.

POLL POSITION: PPIC is out with its statewide poll on Californians and their government. The poll grabbed national headlines on its release yesterday, finding that the Democratic primary among likely voters is near evenly split, with Clinton garnering 46% and Sanders capturing 44% of the vote. While California is unlikely to change the math that heavily favors Hillary, it would be an embarrasing loss in the country's most populous state.

Trump leads likely voters in the Republican primary with 67% of the vote, with a 10% gap between men and women. 

In the U.S. Senate race, Kamala Harris leads with 27% and Loretta Sanchez has 19%, and the leading Republican is Tom Del Becarro with 8%, meaning a Dem-on-Dem general is very likely.

Likely voters have a 42% favorable rating for the Democratic Party, while 23% give a nod to the Republican Party.

Of California residents, a whopping 83% believe undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay in the country. Let's just say that a huge wall and mass deportation is not a campaign issue here.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has officially clinched the GOP nomination.

Paul Mitchell has a fun new tool looking at absentee voter returns in comparison with 2014. Thirteen days out, absentees (vote-by-mail) are 26,585 (19.3%) over the abysmal 2014 primary turnout. 

THE SPORTS PAGE: The San Jose Sharks won 5-2 Wednesday night, defeating the St. Louis Blues in game 6 and advancing to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in franchise history. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors are back in Oakland for a do-or-die (perhaps with 10 high kicks) in the Western Conference finals. With Oklahoma City up 3 games to 1, the Warriors have to sweep the last three games--games 5 & 7 in Oakland and game 6 in Oklahoma City. Any loss ends their hope of a NBA Finals berth.

E-COMMERCE BOOST: Amazon is adding two new fulfillment centers in California, in Tracy and Eastvale (western San Bernardino County), "creating more than 1,500 new full-time jobs."

Finally, if you're planning that Memorial Day barbecue, the perfect weather is forecasted to be gone, with the mercury reaching 99 on Monday in the state's Capitol. 




  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • Resource Media is seeking a California Program Director*​ with background in communications plus political campaigns or grassroots organizing for our San Francisco office. Advance social justice and harness the power of communications to create change. Competitive salary/benefits. Get details and apply.
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Hearing For California Primary Lawsuit Set For After Voting - The Orange County Register
SACRAMENTO – A federal judge has set an Aug. 18 hearing date in a lawsuit filed by a Bernie Sanders supporter seeking to extend California’s voter registration deadline ahead of the primary election, meaning the plaintiffs likely won’t get a hearing before the state’s June 7 primary.

Poll: California Democrats To Advance To Runoff For U.S. Senate | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez maintain leads

Human Voter Guide: Everything You Need To Know About Crossover Ballots | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
California's primary election is June 7. May 31 is the last day to request vote by mail ballots, including crossover ballots. Benjamin Brayfield/KPCC

Survey: Pot Legalization, Tax Hikes Backed In California | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Marijuana polling at about 60 percent with voters

Elections Officials Now Checking Signatures On 10 Potential Statewide Propositions
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Most Of California Latino Legislative Caucus Endorses Clinton | The Sacramento Bee
Rachel Cohrs @
Nineteen out of the 22 caucus members endorse Clinton ahead of the California primary

Assembly Democrats Push For Increased Funding For Child Care, Welfare -
Ben Bradford @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Human Voter Guide | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
We're introducing KPCC's Human Voter Guide, a series of questions-and-answers about the California elections. Call or text the Human Voter Guide hotline at 323-538-5722 with any questions.

House Rejects Bid To Strip California Water Provision From Appropriations Bill
The House voted 247 to 169 Wednesday to keep to a measure affecting California's drought in an appropriations bill.Rep. Jerry McNerney ...

Emergency Loan Pool Proposed For School Construction Needs :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Kimberly Beltran @
The plan before the State Allocation Board calls for the loan proceeds to be repaid with monies from a new school construction bond headed for the November ballot. If the measure fails, districts could increase the school impact fees they are allowed to collect from housing developers whose projects bring in more students.

La County Supervisors Extend Marijuana Cultivation Ban To June | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
A marijuana bud displayed in Denver. Don't legalize pot, the pediatricians say, but don't lock teenagers up for using it, either. Seth McConnell/The Denver Post/Getty Images

At A Rowdy But Peaceful Rally In Anaheim, Trump Hits Immigration Hard
Trump rallies in Anaheim; demonstrations outside peaceful for the most part

Sanders Nearly Catches Clinton In New California Poll -
Ben Adler @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Baylor Removes Ken Starr As President - Politico
"The unofficial winner of Kentucky's Democratic presidential primary remains Hillary Clinton," Kentucky's secretary of state says.

Ahead Of California Primary, Clinton Focuses On Trump As Sanders Seeks To Prolong 'the Bern'
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are taking two different paths as they approach June 7, with Clinton targeting Donald Trump and Sanders looking to forge a movement