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THE NOONER for May 31, 2016

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Welcome back! Wow, Warriors. Donald Trump is hanging out in Sacramento tomorrow to hold a rally, while Bernie Sanders will be doing so at Hutchison Intermural Field at UC Davis. Sanders sat next to Danny Glover at the Warriors game last night. Game 1 of the NBA finals is Thursday in Oakland on ABC at 6pm PDT.

According to PDI/Paul Mitchell data, county registrars have reported receiving back 16.3% of vote by mail ballots. Of course, the last two days were not USPS days, so there will be a delay.

The Nooner stayed in town this weekend. In case you took the opportunity to get away (good for you!), here's what's been covered:

  • Saturday, May 28: Hydrologist in Chief Trump and water wars in general
  • Sunday, May 29: SD03 independent expenditure and top 25 independent expenditures
  • Monday, May 30: AD04 (Yolo, Napa) independent expenditures and Spirit of Democracy is back 

You should have received an e-mail this morning with a link to participate in The Nooner's 2016 Primary Election Contest. If you are an email subscriber (paid or unpaid) and didn't receive a link, let me know and I'll get one to you. There's no cost to enter but to limit duplicate entries, participants need to be an email subscriber to receive a unique code. As always, picks are confidential to you and the server hamsters, unless you want your username to be your name, which many people have chosen to do in the past. 

This year's prizes* are:

  • First place: $100 Amazon gift certificate
  • Second place: $50 Amazon gift certificate
  • Third place: $25 gift certificate

*Prizes are not considered gifts to employees under the Political Reform Act, including staff and legislators, as the contest is open to the public. No purchase or necessary. To receive a link to participate and not receive the email version of The Nooner, email

If you notice any candidates missing (or ones showing up who have dropped out), let me know. I was proofing during the Warriors game last night and with 498 candidates in 154 races, it's easy to miss some. I'll send out reminder links a few more times before the deadline. 

Let's have some fun! 

More after the jump . . . 



JERRY'S PICKS: I rarely cover endorsements in The Nooner (as they would fill it up way too much), but it's notable that the Governor Jerry Brown has come out with endorsements of Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris over the last week.

WE'VE GOT SPIRIT (AND LOTS OF STOCK): I wrote yesterday about the return of the Spirit of Democracy PAC in the 2016 cycle. The effort is spearheaded by Charles Munger, Jr. and seeks to establish competitiveness for Republicans across the state. I wrote that Munger had given $1.65 million in support of several candidates, with the largest for Phillip Chen (AD55) and David Hadley (AD66).

Actually, Munger has provided $2.8 million to Spirit of Democracy this year, in the form of stock donations. It's unclear why he did it. Spirit of Democracy is a 527 and is not tax-exempt and Munger must pay taxes on the appreciation from his cost basis of when he bought or otherwise acquired the stock. If it was a 501(c)(4) or 501(c)3, it would be an exempt transaction. However, it does make it exempt from the gift tax, but that shouldn't apply in this situation either. Anyway, it's been a long time since I took Fed Tax in 1999, and my head already hurts from putting together the contest.

I'LL BE BACK: In 2016, Will Arnold Schwarzenegger Bust a Colin Powell of 2008? [Dave Jacobson @ HuffPo] - "In 2008, former Secretary of State and U.S. General Colin Powell bucked his own Republican Party and endorsed Barack Obama for president. The question is, will Schwarzenegger pull a Powell in 2016 by putting people over political party and back a candidate who recognizes global warming and is determined to tackle it head on, rather than a candidate who clearly still denies it." 


Well, during my absence, I finally finished two of the Sofa Degree books--A Disorderly House: The Brown-Unruh Years in Sacramento, King of California (water politics), and reread Willie Brown: A Biography. Is it time to add more? Anyone ready for a quiz and diploma? ;-)

Which Top 25 books would you read to get a university-quality education that would prepare you for a career in California politics or policy? Or, does the number need to be increased beyond 25?

NOONER readers were asked in the past, and this is what we came up with. The list is constantly evolving, as some are added and others are deleted. Feel free to weigh in.


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Brian Cooley, labor leader Kevin Ferreira, and the Bee's Dan Smith!




  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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


Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
Alliance To Get California Working Political Action Committee Bill Dodd (Support) $37,519 05/31/2016 05/31/2016
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) $34,059 05/26/2016 05/30/2016
California Latino Republicans See Prop. 187's Ghost In Trump's Campaign
For Ruben Barrales and a generation of Latino Republicans in California, Donald Trump is not just the presumptive Republican nominee. He's the man who threatens to unravel the repair work they've done for more than 20 years. Trump has staked his presidential campaign on cracking down on illegal immigrants, from the day he announced his candidacy by calling them drug dealers and rapists, to his frequent calls to deport the 11 million people in the nation illegally. All this is causing flashbacks for GOP operatives in California who watched the party's relationship with Latino voters get destroyed by Prop. 187, a 1994 ballot measure to deny taxpayer-funded services to those in the country illegally.

Changes In California Election Rules Downgrade June Primary Vote
Dan Walters @
Incremental changes in California’s electoral system in recent years have had the effect – intended or inadvertent – of making its June primary elections less decisive.

Santa Catalina Island To Vote On Marijuana Dispensary
Louis Sahagun @
A petition drive gathered enough signatures to put an initiative on the ballot that would repeal a current ban on medical marijuana dispensaries and allow at least two facilities in the 3-square-mile resort community of Avalon.

Despite New Law, California Lags In Personal Finance Education | The California Report | Kqed News
But the law did not actually require any basic money management skills to be taught, and three years later, personal finance instruction in California remains a patchwork effort often totally reliant on the efforts of individual schools or teachers.

Unions Seek To Organize New Downtown Sacramento Hotels | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
A new battleground is taking shape in Sacramento’s organized labor movement.

Believing He Can Win California, Bernie Sanders Stumps In Oakland
Matthew Artz, Tom Lochner and Katy Murphy, Bay Area News Group @
Moments before he stepped outside Oakland City Hall to rally more than 11,000 adoring fans, Sanders pointed to the Golden State Warriors as proof that the final buzzer hadn't yet sounded on his presidential campaign.

Hillary Clinton Wants You To Remember The 1990s
David Siders @
[She] sought to remind voters that it was a Clinton who was president during the 1990s, an extended period of economic prosperity. While dispatching her husband, Bill, to campaign for her in Southern California and the Central Valley, Hillary Clinton told an audience in Los Angeles County, “Go back 25 years … people were working. People were investing. People were buying homes.

Gov. Jerry Brown endorses Clinton ahead of California primary
Evan Sernoffsky and Melody Gutierrez @
California Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he will vote for Hillary Clinton in the state’s upcoming primary, explaining she has the best chance of thwarting the "dangerous candidacy" of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Aids Remains A Stubborn Foe In San Diego County | San Diego News From Inewsource
It may seem that HIV disease and AIDS are a thing of the past, because more effective drugs now keep infected people healthy and alive. It also might seem that targeted educational programs prevent transmission now that we’re nearly four decades into the epidemic.

Bernie Sanders Looks For Success In An 'unbelievable' Place: California's Central Valley
The Central Valley is no friend to Democrats in general-election races; the wide swath of farmland and drought victims forms the most Republican part of California. Into the lion’s den this weekend comes Bernie Sanders, trying to energize the voters who gave Fresno County to Barack Obama in his first election in a stunner, and trying to pick up support among those who live in America’s modern-day Dust Bowl.

Democratic Assemblyman Matt Dababneh Faces Criticism From His Party As Election Nears
Today's high

California Considers Huge Tuition Hikes For Out-of-State Students
Katy Murphy @
The Assembly proposal, to be debated in the final weeks of state budget negotiations, calls for a 10 percent cap on out-of-state enrollment, paired with tuition hikes that would push annual nonresident tuition from about $37,000 to $54,000 over six years. The changes would help pay for an undergraduate expansion that is the plan's centerpiece: 30,000 new spaces for California residents by 2022.

White House: Obama Does Not Think Snowden Performed 'public Service' - Politico
The Vermont senator spoke for roughly 10 minutes during what was billed by the campaign a health care press conference.

Initiative For Californians To Vote On Legalizing Recreational Pot On Track, But Opposition Growing
Today's high

How Undecideds Could Reshape U.S. Senate Race « Calbuzz

Clinton And Allies Step Up California Efforts As Primary Draws Near
Seema Mehta @
Hillary Clinton’s campaign had once hoped the California primary could be a coronation for the former secretary of State, the last major stop en route to claiming the Democratic presidential nomination.

Republicans claiming Guantanamo victory under Obama, but eyeing the next president

Senate Republicans are doing what they can to ensure that the prison camp remains open under the next president.

Supreme Court Ruling Means More Clean Water Act Lawsuits Are Likely - Politico
The ruling that Army Corps of Engineers wetland determinations are reviewable by courts also offers hints about the justices' leanings on broader,...

Border Wall A Fact Of Life For San Diego, Tijuana Neighborhoods |
Roxana Popescu @
The newly elevated Avenida Internacional, which runs along the border fence. — John Gibbins

As Charters Grow And Families Flee To Suburbs, Public Schools See Sharp Enrollment Drop - The Orange County Register
LOS ANGELES – Standing before the Los Angeles Unified School Board, Susan Zoller delivered a startling assessment: More than 100,000 students in the nation's second-largest district were now enrolled in charters, draining more than $500 million from the budget in a single academic year.

Subsidized Rent, But Nowhere To Go: Homeless Vouchers Go Unused
With more than 35,000 people sleeping on sidewalks and in alleys, underpasses and riverbeds, the city and county are leaning on rent subsidies for private landlords to bring quick relief to homeless people while elected officials struggle to fund a $1.87 billion construction program for a more long-term solution. But with the county's rental vacancy rate at a scant 2.7%, voucher holders are tripping over each other in fruitless apartment hunts lasting months and even a year.

Donald Trump is splitting the white vote in ways we've never seen before
Scott Clement @

The potential for the 2016 election to widen America's racial voting chasm even further is nothing new. But Washington Post-ABC News polls have also identified a related dynamic: White Americans are splintering along education and gender lines at rates not seen in at least three decades.