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THE NOONER for May 30, 2016

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Memorial Day

“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender or submission.” — John F. Kennedy

 

Good morning. On Thursday, I was in an Uber and the driver asked me "What is Memorial Day for? Whose memorial?" The driver is from Nigeria originally and spent time in Ireland before immigrating to the United States. After explaining it to him and completing my ride, I was thinking that many Americans probably don't know the answer nor would bother to ask the question today.

Each year on Memorial Day, there is a one-minute national moment of silence held at 3 p.m. local time, which was established by Congress in 2000. So, if you're at the A's or Rivercats game today, when the game stops to observe it, you now know the reason.

While informal laying of flowers on the graves of the fallen can be traced to the Civil War. Many local jurisdictions (including the District of Columbia) established days of remembrance (often known as Decoration Day) wasn't made a federal holiday until 1968 in Public Law 90-363, in which Congress formally created the holiday on the last Monday in May via the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Incidentally, the Act also formally observed Columbus Day, similarly recognized by a majority of states, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was later added in 1984 in PL 98-399.

GIVE ME SOMETHING TO (NOT) TALK ABOUT: This was the response to the fourth and final question asked of Arnold Schwarzenegger by Chuck Todd during yesterday's Meet the Press.

CHUCK TODD:

All right, I'm going to ask you one last time. Do you plan on publicly saying whether you'll be for Trump?

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER:

I will make an announcement before the election, you can be sure of that. But I will do it my way. Which is always an unusual way. As you remember that I announced my candidacy for governor on The Tonight Show. So that was very unusual, and I will do exactly the same thing also with the endorsement. So I will study the various different candidates, what they represent, all that stuff, and I will then make up my mind and I would make the endorsement. So I will make an endorsement, but it will not be here, because then that would be the headline.

Schwarzenegger was trying to keep the topic on his international efforts to combat climate change and touting emission-limiting AB 32, not exactly the message the Trump campaign wants on the Sunday shows. It's sort of hard for Schwarzanegger to jump on the bandwagon of a presumptive nominee who tweeted in 2012 "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." He later said this year that it was a joke.

 

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AD04 (Yolo-Napa): Outside money leaves Assembly candidate feeling 'out of control' [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee]:

A torrent of outside money has flowed into the liberal 4th Assembly District, with groups that include education reformers, oil companies and real estate interests spending $1.9 million through Thursday to buoy [Cecilia] Aguiar-Curry.

The cash cascade reprises an increasingly common interest-group strategy of elevating business-friendly Democrats in districts dominated by Democratic voters. Oil industry surrogates are playing in three races this year involving sitting lawmakers. In this case, the lack of an incumbent lawmaker presents a wide-open opportunity to elect a new lawmaker who shares their views. 


AD04 has a five-way race, with four Democrats and one Republican. Interest groups with more of a business bent have chosen Aguiar-Curry as the Democrat they'd like to see in the general election. By spending generously in the primary, they are hoping that frequent Republican candidate Charlie Schaupp takes his normal ~25% of the vote in this solid Democratic district, leaving the four Democrats to split the remaining 75%. By elevating Aguiar-Curry--particularly outside of Davis) and deflating Dan Wolk, they are hoping for a general between Aguiar-Curry and Schaupp, resulting in a race they can generally take a pass on in November.

 

Independent Expenditures in AD04 through 5/29/2016
Committee Candidate Position Total

Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee

Top three donors in 2016:

CECILIA AGUIAR-CURRY

SUPPORT

$685,214

Keep California Golden

Top three donors in 2016:

  • California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee: $250,000
  • Keeping Californians Working, Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy, And Insurance Agents: $100,000
    • Top three donors:
      • Chevron: $1,000,000
      • CA Dental Association IE Cmte: $500,000
      • CA Apartment Association IE Cmte: $250,000
  • Driving California’s Economy Sponsored By California New Car Dealers Association: $50,000

 

CECILIA AGUIAR-CURRY

SUPPORT

$218,229

Keeping Californians Working, Dentists, Housing Providers, Energy, And Insurance Agents

  • Top three donors:
    • Chevron: $1,000,000
    • CA Dental Association IE Cmte: $500,000
    • CA Apartment Association IE Cmte: $250,000

 

DAN WOLK

OPPOSE

$213,176

California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors

CECILIA AGUIAR-CURRY

SUPPORT

$175,995

Keeping Californians Working, Dentists, Housing Providers, Energy, And Insurance Agents

  • Top three donors:
    • Chevron: $1,000,000
    • CA Dental Association IE Cmte: $500,000
    • CA Apartment Association IE Cmte: $250,000

 

CECILIA AGUIAR-CURRY

SUPPORT

$138,472

California Farm Bureau Federation Fund To Protect The Family Farm (FARM PAC)

CECILIA AGUIAR-CURRY

SUPPORT

$109,050

Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee

Top three donors in 2016:

 

DAN WOLK

OPPOSE

$103,608

Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers

Top three donors in 2016:

  • American Beverage Association PAC: $250,000
  • Philip Morris USA: $40,000
  • Four others at $30,000 (Associated General Contractors, Edison, California Trucking Association, and California Restaurant Association)

CECILIA AGUIAR-CURRY

SUPPORT

$53,437

Coalition For A Healthy Community Supporting Wolk And Opposing Aguiar-curry For Assembly 2016 Sponsored By Teachers And Consumer Attorneys Organizations

Top three donors in 2016:

  • Consumer Attorneys of California: $53,500
  • California Nurses Association: $50,000
  • California Federation of Teachers: $25,000

CECILIA AGUIAR-CURRY

OPPOSE

$40,190

Family Farmers Working For A Better California, With Major Support By Western Growers Association

Top three donors in 2016:

  • None reported

CECILIA AGUIAR-CURRY

SUPPORT

$28,796

Fairpac Independent Expenditure Committee, Sponsored By The Civil Justice Association Of California

Top three donors in 2016:

  • Keeping Californians Working Dentists, Realtors, Housing Providers, Energy and Insurance Agents: $30,000
    • Chevron: $1,000,000
    • CA Dental Association IE Cmte: $500,000
    • CA Apartment Association IE Cmte: $250,000
  • California Farm Bureau Fund to Protect the Family Farm (FARMPAC): $20,000

DON SAYLOR

SUPPORT

$28,457

Coalition For A Healthy Community Supporting Wolk And Opposing Aguiar-Curry For Assembly 2016 Sponsored By Teachers And Consumer Attorneys Organizations

Top three donors in 2016:

  • Consumer Attorneys of California: $53,500
  • California Nurses Association: $50,000
  • California Federation of Teachers: $25,000

DAN WOLK

SUPPORT

$20,231

PACE Of California School Employees Association

DAN WOLK

SUPPORT

$17,889

 

WE'VE GOT SPIRIT, YES WE DO! The Spirit of Democracy PAC, which supports moderate Republicans is back this cycle, thus far investing in 19 candidates, most in small contributions. The committee is the main conduit for campaign funding by billionaire Stanford physicist Charles Munger, Jr., whose father is the vice-president of Warren Buffett's $352 billion Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate. Berkshire owns large stakes in lots of companies, and wholly owns several including Geiko, BNSF Railroads, Dairy Queen, and Fruit of the Loom.

Here are the 2016 contributors to Spirit of Democracy:

  • Charles Munger, Jr. $1,650,340
  • Phillips 66: $100,000
  • California Real Estate Political Action Committee: $100,000
  • Boyd C. Smith (investor): $20,000
  • Lincoln Club of Northern California PAC: $20,000
  • California Alliance for Progress and Education: $12,673

 

Spirit of Democracy Independent Expenditures (through 5/29)
Candidate District Position Total

PHILLIP CHEN

AD55

Support

$312,188

DAVID F. HADLEY

AD66

Support

$228,480

BILL HALLDIN

AD06

Support

$152,232

CATHARINE BAKER

AD16

Support

$76,698

KEVIN LINCOLN

AD13

Support

$26,745

ART KIESEL

AD22

Support

$23,005

CLAIRE CHIARA

AD15

Support

$5,648

RICHARD KINNEY

SD09

Support

$5,432

CASEY C. HIGGINS

AD41

Support

$3,021

DAVID J. MILLER

AD11

Support

$2,871

DEBORA ALLEN

AD14

Support

$2,871

LUIS A. WONG

AD20

Support

$2,561

ROSEANN SLONSKY-BREAULT

AD18

Support

$2,561

JOSEPH A. RUBAY

SD07

Support

$2,561

MARK J. MACCarley

AD43

Support

$1,645

KENNETH J. LOO

SD11

Support

$1,001

RICHARD CIARDELLA

SD13

Support

$1,001

PETER I. OHTAKI

AD24

Support

$1,001

CARLOS TAYLOR

AD19

Support

$1,001

 

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THE DOWNTOWN GRID(LOCK)? Clock ticking, Sacramento rushes to prepare for arena crowds downtown [Tony Bizkak @ SacBee] - "A team of police officers, traffic managers, and parking and transit officials has been working for the last year on a game plan for getting 17,000 people in and out of a tightly confined area smoothly. Time is short. Opening night starts with a bang: a sold-out Paul McCartney concert, Oct. 4. And the logistical questions are daunting. The biggest among them may be how to keep fans from creating gridlock by driving directly to the arena for Sacramento Kings games and concerts in search of a close parking spot."

HOT, HOT, HOT: It's supposed to be 108 this week and cooking is going to suck. What to do? While writing the The Nooner, it's time to slow cook (in the awesome Instant Pot slow cooker/pressure cooker) a Bledsoe pork shoulder over Bledsoe bacon for 8 hours and then braise some greens. All farmers' market delights. Of course, I had to save and freeze the pork fat trimmings for some future use (incl. carnitas using the cooked pork shoulder).

WELL PLAYED: Last night's Veep on HBO had a great focus group scene for those who have ever had to participate in or design a focus group.

SPORTS PAGE: It's game 7 in the Western Conference Finals, with the Golden State Warriors facing off against the Oklahoma City Thunder at 6pm in Oakland. The game is on TNT.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Thurmond Leg. Dir. Bridget Kolokosky, DHBK Leg. Asst. Bridget Luebbers, and CDP Exec. Dir. Shawnda Westly!

 


 

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

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
Govern For California Action Committee Madison Nguyen (Support) $31,520 05/28/2016 05/29/2016
Govern For California Action Committee Ash Kalra (Oppose) $58,560 05/28/2016 05/29/2016
African American Voter Registration, Education And Participation Project Mike Gipson (Support) $98 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
African American Voter Registration, Education And Participation Project Mark Ridley-thomas (Support) $98 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
African American Voter Registration, Education And Participation Project Kathryn Barger (Support) $98 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
African American Voter Registration, Education And Participation Project Janice Hahn (Support) $1,077 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
African American Voter Registration, Education And Participation Project Autumn Burke (Support) $98 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
Bayliss For Ca State Senate 2016; Committee In Support Of Shawn Shawn Bayliss (Support) $40,172 05/24/2016 05/28/2016
Bayliss For Ca State Senate 2016; Committee In Support Of Shawn Shawn Bayliss (Support) $39,332 05/25/2016 05/28/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Tom Lackey (Support) $22,319 05/10/2016 05/28/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Raul Bocanegra (Support) $20,719 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Matt Dababneh (Support) $13,043 05/24/2016 05/28/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Ardy Kassakhian (Support) $1,292 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Tom Lackey (Support) $15,095 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Scott Wilk (Support) $23,314 05/10/2016 05/28/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Scott Wilk (Support) $25,913 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Tom Lackey (Support) $1,003 05/19/2016 05/28/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Matt Dababneh (Support) $12,498 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Bill Dodd (Support) $37,421 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Cecilia Aguiar-curry (Support) $32,425 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Tim Grayson (Support) $32,940 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Marc Berman (Support) $30,963 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Dan Wolk (Oppose) $43,833 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
Fairpac Independent Expenditure Committee, Sponsored By The Civil Justice Association Of California Van Le (Support) $17,422 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
Million More Voters, Sponsored By The California Labor Federation, Afl-cio Henry Stern (Support) $53,936 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members, School Employees, And Public And Private Employee Associations Tim Grayson (Oppose) $86,585 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members, School Employees, And Public And Private Employee Associations Tim Grayson (Oppose) $8,662 05/28/2016 05/28/2016
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members, School Employees, And Public And Private Employee Associations Mae Torlakson (Support) $43,308 05/28/2016 05/28/2016
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members, School Employees, And Public And Private Employee Associations Ash Kalra (Support) $57,022 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County Action Fund Laura Friedman (i) (Support) $7,504 05/28/2016 05/28/2016
Progress San Francisco Phil Ting (Support) $1,982 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Arnold Schwarzenegger Not Ready To Endorse Trump, Warns Of Extremes
George Skelton @
latimes.com
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he is not ready yet to endorse Donald Trump for president. “I will make an announcement before the election, you can be sure of that. But I will do it my way. Which is always an unusual way,” he said on NBC’s "Meet the Press."

Names Of Three Vietnam War Veterans Added To California Memorial
Stephen Magagnini @
sacbee.com
Framed by red, pink, yellow and white roses, several hundred veterans and their friends and families gathered in Capitol Park on Sunday for the reciting of each of the 5,660 names on the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial – including three new names etched into history.

Duf Sundheim Resists The Moderate Label
latimes.com
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, smiles with Duf Sundheim, right, former chairman of the California Republican Party, at Schwarzenegger's campaign office in Mountain View, Calif. on July 13, 2006. 

Giants Ask SF For Tax Break On AT&T Park, Say Value Has Fallen
Matier and Ross @
sfchronicle.com
The Giants are asking the city for millions of dollars in property tax refunds, claiming that the value of AT&T Park has dropped well below the $200 million that the team paid to build it 16 years ago — even as home prices in San Francisco have more than doubled during that time.

Hillary Clinton Campaign Office Opens In Colton
Ryan Hagen @
dailybulletin.com
One of the few California Democrats in Congress who didn’t endorse Hillary Clinton for president earlier this year, Rep. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, threw her support behind the former secretary of state Sunday as she helped open the Inland Empire’s first campaign office.

LAWA Deputy General Manager Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI Also Had October Accident
Dakota Smith @
dailynews.com
A Los Angeles World Airports deputy general manager arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence was involved in another car accident last fall.

The Central Valley Brings Out The Sarcasm In Bernie Sanders -- Directed Toward Donald Trump
Cathleen Decker @
latimes.com
For the second straight day, Bernie Sanders found a reason to poke at Donald Trump, the man he would like to face off against in the fall.

I.R.S. Ruling Is Obstacle to Health Care Networks Promoted by Obama
Robert Pear @
nytimes.com
A ruling by the Internal Revenue Service creates a significant obstacle to a new type of health care network that the Obama administration has promoted as a way to provide better care at lower cost, industry lawyers and providers say.

Nevada City Kid Wins Indianapolis 500
Bob Moffitt @
capradio.org
Rossi is 24 and has been successful at every level of racing since he was 10 and racing out of Nevada City. He was born in Auburn.

Libertarians Pick Gary Johnson As Presidential Nominee - Politico
politico.com
VP pick William Weld, who is under attack for his beliefs, is to be voted on later Sunday.

Memorial Day -- Illinois Man Finds Solace With O.C. Family Of Fallen Comrade - The Orange County Register
DAVID WHITING @
ocregister.com
For Steve Agee and thousands of veterans, every day is Memorial Day.

Charters Are Bleeding Students From Traditional Public Schools | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org
A state Supreme Court ruling favors charter schools in its dispute with Los Angeles Unified School District over sharing campus space. SAMUEL KUBANI/AFP/Getty Images

$20,000 Home Loans For Sf Teachers Find Few Takers - San Francisco Chronicle
sfchronicle.com
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Non-Partisan Republicans Offer No Hope To GOP
calbuzz.com
We have no idea who will be California’s next governor after Jerry Brown rides into the sunset at the end of 2018 but we know this: all the hype around San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who last week said he will not run, represented a lot of magical thinking by Republicans.

A Quiet Day Of Remembrance At Riverside National Cemetery
latimes.com
On the Sunday before Memorial Day, families gather to remember loved ones at Riverside National Cemetery, the third-largest national cemetery in the country.

Success of Jerry Brown, and California, Offers Lesson to National Democrats
Adam Nagourney @
nytimes.com
Blending elements of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, the governor has forged a style of leadership that has brought legislative focus and party unity.

Vietnam Veterans Honored Posthumously For Their Ultimate Wartime Sacrifice
dailynews.com
Today's high

Britain’s Recurring Nightmare – Politico
politico.com
Warsaw warns it could challenge the Brussels rule of law probe in the EU’s highest court.

24-hour Memorial Day Vigil Honors Latino Veterans In Boyle Heights | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org
Families honor the contributions of Mexican American soldiers from World War Two to the present at the Cinco Puntos intersection and war memorial. Molly Peterson / KPCC

Bernie Sanders did something special for this California farm town. He showed up.

Visalia has long been overlooked by presidential candidates.