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THE NOONER for June 1, 2016

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#CAKEDAY!  Light the candles for Shannan Velayas Martinez!

Good morning! Today is all about Donald Trump's checks to veterans organizations as the presidential speaks in Davis today. Regardless of your presidential candidate, this s*** is cray-cray. 

This is a special #Cakeday. I have known Sha-Shan for 23 years or so. She is cray-cray, and I love her so much!

When we're in this business, we find long-time friendships and have these weird friendships that somehow come together during our strange lives that lead us to this point.

Along with an amazing crew who you know in the political and political advocacy world, I met Sha-Shan during the world as a community college world. I hesitate to write names as I will miss many high-profile folks, including top lobbyists I met with last week, political constaltants, and several legislators. I'll throw out Mitchell, Madrid, Corcoran, Lewis, Alvarez, and Morrow just as a start. Meanwhille, I have alreae pissed off folks by the act of omission.

HOW DO I GET THESE JOBS? Ex-CalPERS chief will collect part of state pension in prison [Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - Fred "Buenrostro, 66, will continue collecting his state retirement benefits while he serves the 4 1/2 -year prison sentence he received Tuesday. He'll have to have the checks sent to a bank account, as federal regulations prohibit him from actually receiving the money while serving time."

Somewhow, I get the wrong jobs. Nevertheless, starting in community college was a pretty damn good start.




  • 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.
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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
Sacramento Candidate Steinberg Advising Major Southern California Water District | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
Darrell Steinberg is paid adviser to Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Sen. Boxer To Sanders: 'you Can't Just Diss Everybody' Backing Clinton - Politico
"For Bernie to say that Jerry Brown is establishment is kind of the biggest joke of the day," said Boxer

Senate, Assembly Pass Dozens Of Bills In First Day Of Marathon Voting -
Ben Bradford @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Judge Rejects Bernie Sanders Supporter's Voting Lawsuit - The Orange County Register
SAN FRANCISCO – A lawsuit by a Bernie Sanders supporter that argued elections officials in California were robbing unaffiliated voters of the chance to vote in the state’s June 7 Democratic presidential primary was filed too late and did not show evidence that any federal laws were violated, a federal judge said Wednesday.

State Lawmakers Vote To Cap Nonresident Enrollment At UC Schools
Amid outrage over the number of out-of-state students taking spots in the University of California system, the Assembly on Wednesday vo...

Bernie Sanders Hosts Rally In Oakland | The Daily Californian
With a little over one week to go before the California primary election, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke at a rally in Oakland on Monday in an effort to gauge voter support from members of the community and advocate for his platforms, which revolve around universal healthcare and free public college tuition.

Charles Munger Spending Big To Boost Duf Sundheim For Senate | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Nearly $600,000 going to lift moderate GOP candidate

SF budget increase aimed at homeless, safety, quality of life
San Francisco’s budget will grow to $9.6 billion in fiscal year 2016-17, a $700 million increase from this year that will pay for more transportation funding, street cleaning and police officers. Under the budget proposal submitted by Mayor Ed Lee on Tuesday, there are no cuts to city services, and departments large and small, from the Police Department to the Ethics Commission, would see a fiscal boost. [...] the budget allocates money for one-time investments in deferred projects like road paving and new equipment for the Fire Department. Of the $700 million increase, 25 percent will go to the Municipal Transportation Agency, 31 percent to housing, public health and social services, 14 percent to the airport, port and Public Utilities Commission, and 13 percent to public safety departments like police and fire. Lee also proposed a $221 million budget for his newly formed Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing. Should the tax muster the 50 percent support it needs to pass, one-third of the money would be allocated to homeless services and two-thirds would be allocated for transportation and transit services, including street repaving. The increase would partially be offset by a reduction in the state sales tax later this year. In new spending, the Fire Department would see a $14 million one-time boost over the span of the two-year budget, $7 million each year, to purchase new equipment. Lee also proposed an additional $20 million in funding over the next two years for violence prevention programs and police reform efforts. Alluding to the fatal police shootings of suspects who weren’t carrying guns, he said the city should not pay for more classes until the police department shows that it has implemented reforms that emphasize de-escalation tactics and less reliance on lethal force. Avalos also suggested that the Board of Supervisors put $200 million in funding for the police department in reserves and allocate it only when the department shows progress in carrying out the reforms. A long-standing practice is for longtime Budget & Legislative Analyst Harvey Rose to scour the mayor’s proposal to recommend cuts that add up to roughly $10 million to $15 million, which the board then reallocates to specific projects. “I agree with the mayor’s priorities in terms of public safety, neighborhood quality of life and homelessness,” Farrell said.

California Nears Letting Undocumented Immigrants Buy Healthcare | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Bill would petition feds to allow access to state exchange

Bernie Sanders Appeals To Asian-americans In Palo Alto Appearance
To the dismay of some of attendees at Cubberley Community Center, Sanders stuck to his basic campaign themes during a one-hour forum with Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. He blasted free trade deals, calling for universal health coverage and declared that he will impose immigration reform as president if Congress fails to act.

California Assembly Kills Bill Overhauling State Bar | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Critical audit cited backlog of discipline cases

Independents Favor Sanders, But Their Turnout Is Hardly Assured
Polls show Sanders with a big lead among independents, but they can't vote for him unless they request a Democratic ballot. And that's a step that as of last week 85 percent of independents who vote by mail had failed to take, according to Political Data Inc., a Los Angeles County firm that tracks voter activity.

Hillary Clinton To Give National Security Speech In San Diego |
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in San Francisco.

African Americans Are Less Trusting Of Law Enforcement In Los Angeles County, Poll Finds
A new poll conducted by Loyola Marymount University shows mixed reviews of policing in Los Angeles County.

San Francisco Reaches Agreement With Police Union On Body Cameras | News Fix | Kqed News
San Francisco’s long languishing effort to pin cameras on its police officers appeared close to completion Tuesday evening, with statements from the city’s mayor and head of the police officers’ union announcing a compromise.

Why Jerry Brown Decided To Back Hillary Clinton - San Francisco Chronicle
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Unitedhealth To Stop Selling Obamacare Coverage In California
UnitedHealth Group, which sat out California’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act until this year, will not sell health plans on the state’s insurance marketplace in 2017, state and company officials said Tuesday.

Trump campaign defends Trump University in new video as Clinton pounces

The mogul's campaign, under fresh scrutiny, released a new video with three former Trump University students praising the institution.

Children's Asylum Approvals Vary By Us Region | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Youngsters whose applications are handled by the U.S. government's regional offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles are far more likely to win approval from asylum officers than those applying in Chicago or Houston, according to data obtained by The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act request.

O.C. District Attorney And Supervisor Go Another Round In Public Feud
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas is accusing one of his fiercest critics, County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, of impersonating an assistant district attorney in recent robo-calls promoting an upcoming ballot measure.