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It's Sunday. It is the day of rest for many people, but for the political world, it's the final stretch. And, today is my rant day.

You've been eating bad pizza and many other nutritional no-nos for a few days and doing whatever your heart or boss tells you to do. You were celebrating National Donut Day because it was all there was to eat in West Fresno, East San Fernando, Ventura County or Pasadena.

Well, since it's Sunday, I get to rant.

"Oh, look at my African-American over here. Look at him," Trump said. "Are you the greatest?"

In fairness to Trump, that is not the full context. But, context doesn't matter at that level of politics.

I've been stewing over this for a few days. Those of you who are Facebook friends know that. My paternal side of the family has been in the United States since the 17th Century.

There was a time when "my black" meant something else entirely. I would never say "my" African-American, as it returns to the ownership of chattel, as we referred to property in law. My gardener is not "my Mexican," my Uber driver is not "my Nigerian," and my Co-op employee is not "my Ukranian." They are Americans and Californians as much as Gregory Cheadle, the African-American who is challenging Doug LaMalfa for Congress and was pointed out by Trump in his rally in Redding.

Yes, as I wrote in the California Aggie in undergrad, my ancestors owned "chattel" who were "blacks" and "yellows" in wills, something I discovered in family geneological documents which I found depressing. This was in the context of the debate over Proposition 209, which banned affirmative action in public universities. Now we no longer have affirmative action for people who can afford our much more expensive public universities, but that's for another medium.

People are not chattel. You don't own them, and you can never refer to them in that way. You own Oriental rugs, but not Asians. If you do, you need to visited by Law and Order.

Trump's ancestors arrived in the 19th century from Germany, after reconstruction. Nevertheless, someone who loves to tout his education credentials (Wharton! where he transferred to from Fordham and received a BS and not the normally touted MBA that my uncle has) should know that referring to ownership of African-Americans is a political "no-no."

This is the thing that leaves staffers lying on the concrete in the fetal position. And, to make it worse, is he claimed the media is skewed because the pictures they show of you only shows white people, ignoring the fact that the backdrop stage is (or should be) carefully created by advance staff.

Donald Trump will win the Republican primary in California since he is the only significant candidate still in the race. That said, leaders, many of whom read this daily scribe need to speak out against this rhetoric and actions, whether it be publicly or privately. This is a train wreck for the GOP.

Democrats aren't much better with the ugliness of this primary. However, this is no McCain vs. Obama or any other presidential election we have seen in my lifetime. Republicans need to get Trump to political boot camp in July leading up to the convention July 18-21 in Cleveland.

I write this not in a political sense, as the Republican primary in California is over and Trump is likely to be competitive in November. My dad (a moderate Republican who still serves his country in the Coast Guard Reserve) can only vote for Trump, Carson, Cruz, Gilmore, or Kasich. That's it. So, there will be plenty of votes for Trump, but for the inevitable and not the man.

That man needs to change for the party's sake.

#FAREWELL: Paul Schapiro, longtime Democratic activist in Yolo and Napa Counties, to a hit-and-run accident on Friday. Both Assemblymember Mariko Yamada and I worked closely with Paul when he led the Woodland Democrats. 




  • California Partnership to End Domestic Vioelence: Full-time Policy Coordinator on Public Policy Team: This Sacramento-based position coordinates public policy & systems change efforts with our statewide membership. Range: starting at $23/hour, DOE. Minimum qualifications: (A) Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Public Administration or related field (or equivalent experience); (B) Two years’ experience advocating for public policy and systems change; (C) Experience advancing policy with membership coalition or professional association desired. Click here for more information about the position and qualifications. Submit cover letter and resume to: Position closes June 20, 2016.
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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:

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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
Hillary Clinton Steers Clear Of Water Controversy In Fresno | The Sacramento Bee
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Democratic presidential candidate vows to “get to work on water,” avoids pumping issue

Sanders And Clinton Duel For Latino Votes In Southern California
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton courted Southern California Latinos at competing immigration forums Saturday, both seeking to turn o...

Sacramento Sewer Contractor Faced Delays, Minority Hiring Violations | The Sacramento Bee
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Dragados USA received $414 million Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District contract

Is Brown About To Condo The Coast? Find Out In The Latest Cali-novela Episode Of 'one Shore, Many Sharks'
Ex-legislator horrified by subversion of bill to clean up coastal agency

Barbara Boxer, In Book, Details Experiences With Clintons - San Francisco Chronicle
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State Says It’s Looking Into Nestle Water Rights In San Bernardino Mountains
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Sanders Campaign Accuses L.A. Councilman Of Blocking Event At Greek Theatre
Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign on Saturday accused a Los Angeles city councilman who backs Hillary Clinton of obstructing his effort to stage a campaign event at the city-owned Greek Theatre

Assisted-suicide Law Legalizes Common But Secretive Practice In California | The Press Democrat
For those who are of sound mind, Van Aelstyn said she points them to online sources for Seconal or pentobarbital. Patients must be able to lift a glass themselves or press a plunger on a device inserted into a feeding tube, she said.

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Los Angeles Mourns Muhammad Ali, The Activist, Entertainer And Icon
Los Angeles mourns Muhammad Ali whose work outside the boxing ring elevated him to a beloved icon

Sanders Is Everywhere, While Clinton Tries To Beat The Buzz - San Francisco Chronicle
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Afd Deputy Leader Says Angela Merkel Is A ‘dictator’ – Politico
Alexander Gauland says the chancellor is trying to ‘replace the German people’ with migrants.

Letter from Washington: Ideas on Reconciling Critics of the Presidential Primary Process
Both parties could have superdelegates and open primaries to all voters to increase participation and enthusiasm.

Muhammad Ali: Political activist, global humanitarian
Inside the ring, Muhammad Ali was a heavyweight champion, a showman, one of the greatest in the boxing world. But outside the ring? It's where Ali's greatness truly shone. While his activism against the Vietnam War and his comments on race relations in the 1960s led to much controversy, his devotion in his later years to humanitarian causes worldwide garnered much respect. Ali's death Friday at the age of 74 came after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's, a disease for which he spent decades raising money and awareness and appealing Congress for research funding. POLITICO takes a look back at Ali's moments in the political spotlight, his activism and his many efforts over the years to promote peace in the world.

Bernie Sanders praises Muhammad Aliâ

The Democratic presidential candidate praised the boxing legend during a campaign stop in California on Saturday.

Navy Reservist Wants A Day In Court, Not Arbitration - The Orange County Register
In November 2012, about 40 employees of BLB Resources, an Irvine real estate firm, gathered in a room festooned with balloons to celebrate a colleague who was deploying to Afghanistan.

Trump: Muslim Judge Might Not Be Fair To Me Either - Politico
But he did reject Trump's conclusion

Trump Gets Cold Shoulder From Silicon Valley | Thehill
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Could a Muslim Judge Be Trump Neutral? Trump Thinks Not
His remarks came amid growing disapproval from fellow Republicans over Mr. Trump’s attacks on a federal judge overseeing a suit against the defunct Trump University.