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THE Nooner for June 11, 2016

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  • CA49 (Carlsbad): moved from Safe Republican to Leans Republican
  • SD05 (San Joaquin): moved from Leans Democrat to Likely Democrat
  • SD29 (Fullerton): moved from Likely Republican to Leans Republican
  • SD31 (Riverside): moved from Leans Democrat to Likely Democrat
  • SD39 (San Diego): moved from Leans Democrat to Likely Democrat
  • AD08 (East Sacto): moved from Leans Democrat to Likely Democrat
  • AD32 (Kings): moved from Likely Democrat to Safe Democrat

(still working on getting through all 153 districts!)

FURRIES Election oddities include man in bear suit defeating former mayor [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "For my money, we could use more candidates dressed up as animals."

Yes, this is Josh Newman, the Dem candidate who came in second in SD29, defeating former Irvine mayor Sukhee Kang (D) and will face off with Assemblymember Ling-Ling Chang (R) in November for the seat held by Bob Huff. The two Democrats combined for 54.6% of the vote, and will be an interesting race to watch in November.


Newman bear 

That reminds me of the gem of former Congressman David Wu (D-Oregon):

David Wu


AURAL PLEASURE: There is a new episode of the California Politics Podcast. I haven't listened it to yet and have idea what they talk about. Okay, now I have listened, and of course they closed talking a heckuva losing "streak" by Paul Mitchell.

OPEN OR CLOSED? There was a lot of communication among voters about why those registered as independents could not vote in the GOP primary for president, but they could for congressional races.

  • Hillary Clinton: 2,128,194 
  • Bernie Sanders: 1,653,416
  • Donald Trump: 1,307,387
  • Other Dem candidates: 36,103
  • Other GOP candidates: 433,910
  • Total Dem presidential votes: 3,817,713
  • Total Rep presidential votes: 1,741,297

Now, let's look at the open congressional races and total votes for all candidates:

  • Total Dem congressional votes: 3,638,681
  • Total Rep congressional votes: 2,015,257

Thus, while numberes will change  (162,724 ballots were counted yesterday, leaving 2,423,607 uncounted ballots), it's still fun to look at. Well, it's Scott Lay Saturday morning geek fun.

  • Dem primary: 179,032 more presidential ballots were cast for Dem presidential candidates than were cast for Dem congressional candidates.
  • Rep primary: 273,960 fewer presidential ballots were cast for Rep presidential candidates than were cast for Rep congressional candidates.

LABoS: Runoff for Antonovich county seat remains up in the air [Abby Sewell @ LAT]:

Antonovich’s chief of staff, Kathryn Barger, remained in the top position by a healthy margin with 30% of the vote, assuring her a spot in November’s runoff.

But the second runoff spot remained in play, with entrepreneur Darrell Park holding a slim lead over state Sen. Bob Huff, each of whom received about 15% of the vote.

SECOND ACT: From politics to reality TV: Abel Maldonado branches out [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "A video compilation that has rocketed around the Internet recently opens with an apparent working title: Meet the Maldonados. In it, the former state legislator and unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial candidate can be seen drinking wine with his daughter, asking his son about having a condom and laughing after his wife informs their daughter that 'we watched porn when you were conceived.'"

Senator Barbara Boxer was on Real Time With Bill Maher last night. Boxer has a new book out, The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life.

FRIENDLY FIRE: California Democrats trying to keep Senate race from becoming awkward [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - "With two Democrats on the ballot for the U.S. Senate for the first time in state history, California’s House Democrats are attempting to minimize the awkwardness that could come with the intra-party fight."

LAW AND DISORDER: State lawmakers want judge in Stanford rape case investigated [Melody Gutierrez @ SFChron] - "But a legal ethics expert cast doubt Friday on the contention that Judge Aaron Persky had violated rules of judicial conduct in sentencing a former Stanford athlete to six months in jail for sexual assault. And an organizer of a campaign to recall Persky said the last word should belong to the voters of Santa Clara County."

DECISION 2016: Thoughts on the primary [Jeff Horseman @ PE]

WATER WARS: Pressure mounting on Nestlé’s water operations in San Bernardino Mountains [Jim Sternberg @ SBSun] - "Environmentalists and other organizations are turning up the heat under international food and beverage provider Nestlé as a legal challenge to the company’s water operations in the San Bernardino National Forest heads toward a long-awaited federal court hearing Monday."

That explains those feel good Arrowhead water ads.

THE 916: Is Sacramento’s ‘city within a city’ ready to rise? [Tony Bizjak @ SacBee] - "Empty now, Sacramento’s downtown railyard someday could be home to as many as 21,000 residents, more than live in Land Park and Curtis Park together. A like number of people would also work there, making the railyard the region’s most densely packed and self-supporting neighborhood."

SB10: Insuring illegal immigrants: California Legislature approves bill allowing families to buy plans through state exchange [Jessica Calefati @ Merc News] - "Senate Bill 10 authorizes the state to apply for a waiver to a federal rule that blocks illegal immigrants from using their own money to obtain coverage through Covered California. It was one of hundreds of pieces of legislation lawmakers debated this week ahead of Friday's deadline to cast floor votes in the chamber where the bills originated."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to PIFC's Jim Anderson, CA Alliance Group's Paul Fickas, and Deputy Controller Nicole Winger!




  • California Housing Consortium is hiring a Communications & Policy Associate. Duties include external communications, social media, event-planning and policy work. Communications background needed, affordable housing knowledge a plus. Full time, salary around 50k DOE, generous benefits. More info here.

  • University of California, Riverside Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental & Community Relations - The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental and Community Relations serves as the chief government and community relations officer as well as the lead campus advocate for the University of California, Riverside, its mission and purpose. Primary emphasis is placed on building and maintaining strong support for the campus at all levels of the federal, state and local government and community through relationships with the supporters and public stakeholders of the University of California, Riverside. While it is expected that the incumbent will keep strong and open communication with other members of the campus' senior leadership team, this position reports directly to the Chancellor. To apply for this position please go to the following: Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental and Community Relations or

  • 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
  • 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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Statement by Senator Moorlach Following Conference Committee Vote on Budget Deal
Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) today issued the following statement regarding the budget deal struck by Governor Brown and legislative Democrats in the conference committee yesterday:

Budget Deal Earmarks $4.4 Million For Cal Fire Investigations Unit | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Money will pay for 14 positions

Chargers Reach Key Stadium Ballot Goal |
In this April file photo, a Chargers fan signs a petition in support of a downtown stadium ballot initiative. — John Gastaldo

Change In California Jury Rules Prompts Testy Budget Exchange | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Language reduces from 10 to six the number of peremptory challenges in misdemeanor cases

Deceased Family Member Of Rep. Peters Listed As Campaign Donor |
Scott Peters and his wife, Lynn Gorguze. [Union-Tribune file]

Coastal Commission Chief Won't Vote On Banning Ranch After He Didn't Disclose Meetings With Developer - The Orange County Register
The chairman of the California Coastal Commission won’t vote on the Banning Ranch project, another episode in a long-running bureaucratic drama that might lead to the last beachfront housing development in Orange County.

A GOP senator might vote for Hillary Clinton. Here's how rare that is.

A quick history lesson on senators defecting in a presidential election

El Dorado Voters Pass One Growth Limit, Reject Another Amid $1 Million In Spending | The Sacramento Bee
Peter Hecht @
Real estate, development interests spent more than $1 million fighting slow-growth measures

Did You Have Trouble Voting Tuesday? Some Poll Workers Say They're Not Surprised
Essential Politics

Gov. Jerry Brown Agrees To Seek Health Insurance For Undocumented Immigrants | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Bill would ask feds to let immigrants use Covered California

Christie denies suggesting that Trump has 'made mistakes' during campaign
The governor also said the presidential candidate has a "shot" in New Jersey.

Pressure Mounting On Nestlé’s Water Operations In San Bernardino Mountains
Today's high

Lawyers in Trump University case seek maximum political pain
Legal fight is escalating over potential release of real estate mogul's deposition videos.

High-profile GOP Donor Meg Whitman Indicates She Is Likely To Support Hillary Clinton, Say Sources
ABC News @

Meg Whitman Likens Donald Trump to Fascists at Republican Retreat
Ms. Whitman is said to have warned the gathering that if the party compromises its principles to win an election, it is entering fraught territory.

Venice Group: Don't Put Homeless Storage In Our Neighborhood | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Some Venice residents are threatening to sue the city of Los Angeles if it goes forward with a proposal to convert a shuttered senior center into a warehouse for the homeless to store belongings.

Ap News: The Orange County Register

Privacy Concerns Halt Ucsd’s Posting Of Patients’ Physician Critiques | San Diego News From Inewsource
Although patients’ names are always scrubbed from their comment postings, “sometimes the patient might write something thinking they were writing a confidential comment about a doctor, but which they never anticipated would be out on the internet,” Savides said.

Muhammad Ali's memorial service in photos
Political heavyweights, journalists and celebrities joined thousands of fans of boxing great Muhammad Ali at a memorial service in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, Friday. Former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Orrin Hatch delivered remarks at the service. The legendary boxer and political activist died on June 3, at age 74.