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THE NOONER for May 27, 2016

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Good morning California (and our California ex-pat subscribers)! Happy Suspense Day, where the fate of hundreds of bills will be decided. Oh, and its a per diem Friday, with quick legislative sessions so the stipends continue over the long weekend as Californians bow their heads in memory of those lost in defending the country.

Our friend Yolo Supervisor Matt Rexroad of Meridian Pacific has been posting to Facebook remembrances of those lost over the years. 

BALLOT UPDATE from Paul Mitchell, Political Data Inc.:

  • Ballots returned by 12 days out Primary 2016: 225,448
  • Ballots returned by 12 days out Primary 2014: 117,308
  • 2016 Primary (12 days out) 50% Democratic, 33% Republican, 17% Other
  • 2014 Primary (complete): 44% Democratic, 37% Republican, 20% Other

A GOLDEN STATE DEBATE? Back-to-back appearances by Donald Trump (Wednesday night) and Bernie Sanders (last night) left open the possibility that the two may face off in California before the June 7 primary. If it happens, it would be bad news for Hillary Clinton, as it would elevate Sanders and suck up the news cycle for 48 hours in the waning days of the campaign. 

While voters are casting ballots already, they are mostly ones already decided--the most passionate voters.

I'm watching CNN right now and there is a man behind Trump at a rally yesterday wearing an orange shirt. Advance staff: avoid that, as it highlights the odd color of the candidate's hair. And, try to keep flies from using Trump's hair as a nest.

Our old friend Tamara Keith gives us aural pleasure on Morning Edition with a story suggesting Hillary Clinton supporters are laying low to avoid criticism by their friends who feel the Bern.

YOU'VE GOT OIL: Democratic women are flummexed in the AD04 race to succeed Bill Dodd after a PAC supporting candidate Cecilia Aguiar-Curry mailed to them specifically with a commitment to increase Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. And, what did they send with the STEM mailer to give hope to our young women? Potholders . . . $72,000 worth of them.

The PAC is largely funded by energy companies, specifically Chevron ($2m), Valero ($2m), California Resorces Corporation ($500k), and Tesoro ($1m). The committee has spent just over $2 million this far on behalf of:

  • Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (AD04)
  • Nora Campos (SD15)
  • Scott Wilk (SD21)*
  • Catharine Baker (AD16)*
  • Raul Bocanegra (AD39)*
  • Cheryl Brown (AD47)
  • Jim Cooper (AD09)
  • Blanca Rubio (AD48)
  • * the committee has also spent in opposition to other candidates in the race.

The PAC also reports paying $75,000 for its efforts to Ross Communications and Management, the firm founded by longtime Democratic campaign guru Richie Ross. As noted, the PAC's effort includes IEs for Republicans Catharine Baker (AD16) and Scott Wilk (SD21). Dems are prioritizing taking back AD16 in particular, a seat lost in 2014 after a divisive primary among Democrats Steve Glazer and Tim Sbranti, in which Sbranti went far to the left and couldn't bring moderate Dems and NPP-leaners back in the general.

The Bee's Jim Miller takes a look at where the money is coming from for the independent expenditure campaigns. "As of midweek, more than 50 outside spending groups had pumped more than $19.5 million of TV ads, mailers and other advocacy into almost four dozen Assembly and Senate races on next month’s ballot."

I've added the daily independent expenditure report from ElectionTrack following the classifieds.

CA32 (West Covina): The aftermath of Wednesday's court hearing in which Baldwin Park councilmember Susan Rubio alleged that husband Assemblymember Roger Hernández repeatedly acted violently toward her continued yesterday as Republicans called for Hernández's resignation. Hernández, who is challenging Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, released a statement claiming that the allegations are false and that he has no intention to resign or leave the race for Congress.

Nothing like a good divorce fight in an election year.

AD24 (Palo Alto-Mountain View): Assembly candidate submits murky donor reports [Mark Noack @ Mountain View Voice] - "In recent campaign contribution filings, [Barry] Chang reported dozens of large donations made nearly a year ago that were supposed to be disclosed much earlier. About two weeks ago, his campaign submitted an omnibus late contribution report that listed $289,000 in donations, the bulk of his war chest."

CAP AND TRADE: Dan Walters writes that the state's cap and trade program is falling far short of revenue projections, dashing hopes of special interests who were looking at it as a lobbying buffet bonanza. 

This month’s quarterly auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances, which was supposed to generate more than a half-billion dollars for politicians to spend, brought in a paltry $10 million as the Air Resources Board sold a tiny fraction of the allowances it was offering.

It could be a one-time adjustment, of course, but those who study the complex market believe that the underlying conditions are more systemic than situational, the most prominent being an increasing concern that the program will expire in 2020.

U.S. SENATE: California’s Marquee Senate Race: A Good Omen for Hillary Clinton [Dave Jacobson @ HuffPo] - “Coincidentally, [Kamala] Harris and [Loretta] Sanchez’s base consolidation efforts, along with their money poured into air campaigns on television, online and in mailboxes, plus field operations of door knocking and phone banking, and more, are all providing a crucial game-time assist to one of the contestants at the top of the ticket for President. That candidate is former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.”

SPORTS PAGE: The Golden State Warriors live to fight another day after a 120-111 victory over Oklahoma City last night. Game 6 is tomorrow night at 6pm PDT on TNT. The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Eastern Conference finals last night, and game 1 against the San Jose Sharks is Monday at 5:00pm PDT on NBC.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to political guru Mike Madrid!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Eastvale is in Riverside, not San Bernardino, county.

 


 

CLASSIFIEDS

  • Southern California Democratic Member of Congress seeking full-time finance director. Applicant should be self-starter, able to work
    independently as well as in consultation with senior staff. Responsibilities include planning fundraising events, organizing call
    time, pledge collection and compliance with campaign finance regulations. Must also be available to attend political events and assist local Party
    efforts. Finance director works out of Los Angeles-area political office. Candidate should have at least one year of campaign/government/fundraising experience. Salary commensurate with experience. Email resume to
    sapoliticsla@gmail.com
  • 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 (chansen@seiucal.org) 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. www.ccsa.org/about/careers/manager-political-infrastructure-development.html
  • 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 office@aap-ca.org.

  • 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 DemFrontlineJobs@gmail.com.
  • 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. www.consumerwatchdog.org/job-opportunities.

  • 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: recruiter@seiu-uhw.org

  • 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.
  • Subscribe to the Capitol Morning Report and closely follow who’s doing what each day in California government and politics. We list news conferences, legislative hearings, state board meetings and other events. Plus we add in community news and announcements from political campaigns. More info at www.capitolmr.com

 

Independent Expenditure Reports
Updated Hourly

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
Alliance To Get California Working Political Action Committee Bill Dodd (Support) $30,000 05/26/2016 05/26/2016
Beall For State Senate 2016; Nextgen California Committee To Support Jim Jim Beall (Support) $187,364 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
California Apartment Association Independent Expenditure Committee Bill Dodd (Support) $49,676 05/26/2016 05/26/2016
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Mark Powell (Support) $9,466 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Paulette Donnellon (Support) $18,704 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Mark Wyland (Support) $23,943 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Jerry Rindone (Support) $2,484 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
California Credit Union League Political Action Committee Bill Dodd (Support) $55,180 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Ash Kalra (Oppose) $220,000 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Raul Bocanegra (Support) $20,719 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Ling Ling Chang (Support) $20,586 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
California Teachers Association Independent Expenditure Committee Laura Friedman (Oppose) $23,861 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Californians For High Quality And Affordable Health Care Political Action Committee, Sponsored By California Health Plans Bill Dodd (Support) $36,356 05/26/2016 05/26/2016
Cook-kallio And Bryan Urias For Assembly 2016, Sponsored By Service Employees International Union - United Healthcare Workers West; Working For A Healthier California To Support Cheryl Bryan Urias (Support) $321 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Cook-kallio And Bryan Urias For Assembly 2016, Sponsored By Service Employees International Union - United Healthcare Workers West; Working For A Healthier California To Support Cheryl Cheryl Cook-kallio (Support) $257 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Dart Container Corporation Matthew Dababneh (Support) $5,357 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Dart Container Corporation Tim Grayson (Support) $25,000 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Dart Container Corporation Raul Bocanegra (Support) $5,869 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Bill Dodd (Support) $23,353 05/04/2016 05/26/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Bill Dodd (Support) $57,994 05/03/2016 05/26/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Bill Dodd (Support) $23,500 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Bill Dodd (Support) $17,421 05/17/2016 05/26/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Bill Dodd (Support) $66,932 04/26/2016 05/26/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Marc Berman (Support) $31,376 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Bill Dodd (Support) $27,833 05/18/2016 05/26/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Cecilia Aguiar-curry (Support) $7,331 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Tim Grayson (Support) $14,522 05/18/2016 05/26/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Dante Acosta (Support) $5,000 05/26/2016 05/26/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Tim Grayson (Support) $322,756 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Tim Grayson (Support) $35,402 05/17/2016 05/26/2016
Equality California Political Action Committee Scott Wiener (Support) $53,464 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Equality California Political Action Committee Sharon Quirk-silva (Support) $5,813 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Keep California Golden Cathleen Galgiani (Support) $16,003 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Keep California Golden Cecilia Aguiar-curry (Support) $135,000 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Keeping Californians Working, Dentists, Housing Providers, Energy, And Insurance Agents Blanca Rubio (Support) $20,989 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Mendoza For Assembly District 26; Republicans For Lower Taxes 2016, Supporting Rudy Rudy Mendoza (Support) $32,326 05/26/2016 05/26/2016
Million More Voters, Sponsored By The California Labor Federation, Afl-cio Henry Stern (Support) $53,936 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Million More Voters, Sponsored By The California Labor Federation, Afl-cio Henry Stern (Support) $73,250 05/26/2016 05/26/2016
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members, School Employees, And Public And Private Employee Associations Tim Grayson (Oppose) $42,146 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members, School Employees, And Public And Private Employee Associations Ash Kalra (Support) $36,892 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Orange County Dignity Pac, Sponsored By Orange County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio Sukhee Kang (Support) $3,000 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Orange County Dignity Pac, Sponsored By Orange County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio Sharon Quirk-silva (Support) $415 05/18/2016 05/26/2016
Orange County Dignity Pac, Sponsored By Orange County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio Sharon Quirk-silva (Support) $3,000 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Orange County Dignity Pac, Sponsored By Orange County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio Sukhee Kang (Support) $415 05/18/2016 05/26/2016
Parent Teacher Alliance, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Madison Nguyen (Support) $170,000 05/05/2016 05/26/2016
Parent Teacher Alliance, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Madison Nguyen (Support) $112,334 05/13/2016 05/26/2016
Parent Teacher Alliance, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Madison Nguyen (Support) $51,194 05/19/2016 05/26/2016
Parent Teacher Alliance, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Madison Nguyen (Support) $26,391 05/04/2016 05/26/2016
Parent Teacher Alliance, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Madison Nguyen (Support) $43,755 05/16/2016 05/26/2016
Parent Teacher Alliance, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Anna Caballero (Support) $19,338 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Parent Teacher Alliance, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Madison Nguyen (Support) $6,391 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Parent Teacher Alliance, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Madison Nguyen (Support) $137,063 05/02/2016 05/26/2016
Reyes For Assembly 2016, Sponsored By A Coalition Of Labor Unions And Environmental Justice Organizations; Neighbors United For A Stronger Middle Class To Support Eloise Cheryl Brown (Oppose) $18,596 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Reyes For Assembly 2016, Sponsored By A Coalition Of Labor Unions And Environmental Justice Organizations; Neighbors United For A Stronger Middle Class To Support Eloise Eloise Reyes (Support) $141 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee Scott Wiener (Support) $1,500 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Spirit Of Democracy California Bill Halldin (Support) $28,780 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Spirit Of Democracy California Phillip Chen (Support) $17,498 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Spirit Of Democracy California Kevin Lincoln (Support) $12,332 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Spirit Of Democracy California David F. Hadley (Support) $89,850 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Taxpayers For Quality Leadership Steve Tye (Support) $6,000 05/25/2016 05/26/2016
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Phlunte Riddle (Support) $10,000 05/25/2016 05/25/2016
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