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Happy Monday! The Warriors have a chance to win the trophy tonight, home in Oakland. And, they'll have to do it without Draymond Green, who was given a delayed flaygrant foul 2 for hitting LeBron James in the groin on Friday night. The game is at 6pm on ABC.

THE AFTERMATH: The politics of gun control will be a significant issue in the presidential election. It will be in California as well, as a ballot initiative circulated by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will be on the ballot. With 150,845 signatures left to be validated by random sample, the measure should easily qualify without a full count.

"The Safety for All Act of 2016" would:

  • require ammunition vendors who sell more than 500 rounds in a 30-day period to obtain a license from the state DOJ
  • require ammunition buyers to obtain a four-year license from the DOJ
  • require ammunition vendors to submit information to DOJ and to accumulate that information in a database for law enforcement purposes
  • require all ammunition (including Internet and out-of state) purchases be through a licensed ammunition vendor
  • require trial courts that convict an individual of an offense that prohibits the convictee from owning firearms to notify convictee of that prohibition and order the convictee to surrender the firearms within 14 days, after which law enforcement to search and seize those firearms
  • prohibit the manufacture or possession of "large-capacity magazines"

Newsom's connection to high finance is evident on the campaign's fundraising, which has names of well-known venture capitalists and philanthropists.

Obviously, this is going to be a passionate debate toward the November 8 election. It would establish the one of the largest restrictions on gun ownership and ammunition sales in the country. Dianne Feinstein has endorsed it, and I'm guessing we'll be seeing a lot of this video.

The California Rifle and Pistol Association is spearheading the effort against the measure, with support from the National Rifle Association

November is shaping up to be a full ballot, and one packed with hot button, mostly liberal, measures. Some of the items voters will decide are:


  • Referendum on statewide ban on plastic bags
  • Limits the prices paid by state agencies for prescription drugs
  • Requirement of condom use in adult firms
  • Requirement that state revenue bonds over $2b be approved by voters (goal is to block the Delta tunnels water project)
  • $9 billion school bond for K-12 and community colleges

Likely to qualify

  • Repeal of the death penalty
  • Gun and ammunition sales and possession
  • Marijuana legalization and regulation
  • Extension of the income tax on individuals with an income over $250,000 for education, health
  • Requirement that the Legislature post bill text online 72 hours before vote and requirement that video of all legislative proceedings be posted online
  • Prohibit hospitals from paying executives more then the salary of the President of the United States (currently $450,000)
  • Limits on death penalty appeals
  • Increase of the cigarette tax by $2/pack to fund healthcare, tobacco use prevention, and research
  • Redirection of fees for carry-out bags from retailers to the state for environmental programs
  • Expansion of parole and requirement that all juvenile offenders be first heard in juvenile court before being transferred to an adult court

Whew...that's a lot. 

BACKLASH? From Barry Goldwater to Pete Wilson to Donald Trump: Is GOP on verge of losing Latinos for a generation? [Lisa Mascaro @ LAT]:

Republican leaders are openly fearful that Donald Trump’s divisive presidential campaign will drive Latino voters away from the Republican Party for a generation or more, much in the way Barry Goldwater alienated African Americans during the civil rights era.

It was a similar lesson in California in the 1990s, when the state shifted from reliably Republican to bright blue in the aftermath of the heated 1994 anti-illegal immigration campaign led by then-Gov. Pete Wilson. Many believe that episode handed the Golden State over to Democrats.

Trump's call-out puts glare on local lawyers group [Jeff McDonald @ SDUT] - "Trump told CBS News last weekend that [Judge Gonzalo] Curiel 'is a member of a club or society very strongly pro-Mexican, which is all fine. But I say he’s got bias. I want to build a wall.'"



Court date is set for Indiana man found with weapons before L.A. Pride parade [Frank Shyong, Brittny Mejia, Zahira Torres and Richard Winton @ LAT]

An Indiana man who told Santa Monica police he was on his way to the L.A. Pride parade in West Hollywood when he was found with with assault rifles and explosives-making materials in his car is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Tuesday, jail records show.

The arrest of James Wesley Howell, 20, raised alarms hours after a gunman killed 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

Howell was taken into custody after officers found him seated in a car in Santa Monica with three assault rifles, high-capacity magazines, ammunition and a 5-gallon bucket containing chemicals that can be used to make an improvised-explosive device Sunday. Jail records show he is being held on $500,000 bail and is scheduled to be in court Tuesday.

Investigators are still trying to figure out Howell's intentions, but don’t believe there is a connection between the incident and the Orlando massacre.

SMASHING! San Francisco battles epidemic of auto burglaries [Paul Elias @ AP] - "The nearly 26,500 reported burglaries have also become a flashpoint in the debate over Proposition 47, a big portion of Gov. Jerry Brown's prison reform package that reduced some nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. There were 19,871 reported auto burglaries in 2014, almost double from the 10,369 in 2011 -- and not everyone calls the police when they wake up to a burglarized vehicle."

THE OC: Less sales tax from state could leave O.C. $20 million short for law enforcement [Jordan Graham @ OCR] - "Orange County could receive $20 million less than it expected next year to fund law enforcement operations, leaving supervisors to decide whether to cut staffing and program proposals from the Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office, or slash from other departments to bridge the gap."

JUGGLING: Democratic adviser Eric Bauman collects cash to fight drug measure [Matier and Ross @ SFChron] - "Even as the state Democratic Party’s executive committee is being asked to endorse a November ballot measure that would cap prescription drug prices in California, a top party member — who is also on the Assembly speaker’s payroll — is pulling down $12,500 a month from the pharmaceutical industry to help defeat it."

FALLING INTO LINE: Sanders voters in California look for concessions from Clinton, but most will support her — if reluctantly [Cathleen Decker @ LAT] - “More than 6 in 10 Bernie Sanders voters in California already have decided to side with Hillary Clinton in the fall — albeit most of them with reservations — and many of the rest said they might support her if she adopted some of his policies and received his endorsement, according to a new statewide poll.”

$$$: L.A. County putting pressure on Sacramento to impose a 'millionaires' tax' to combat homelessness [Abby Sewell @ LAT] - "With a deadline fast approaching, Los Angeles County officials are turning up the pressure in Sacramento for a change in state law that would allow them to impose a "millionaires' tax" to fund expanded efforts to combat homelessness."

Frontier Communications used Google Trends data to identify the top video streams of 2016. Political events didn't do too well, and Californians leading stream was Coachella.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to the LAT's Seema Mehta, fundraising guru Toni Roberts, and the Sierra Club's Samuel Sukaton





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  • 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)
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  • 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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  • 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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Better tracking, response sought for new homeless agency
A new report bolsters the desire already expressed by nearly every homeless services leader in San Francisco: that the city should emphasize housing over shelters and create a tracking system for homeless people as they make their way through services. The report by the city’s budget and legislative analyst, being released Monday, comes as the city’s new Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing is taking shape, with a $221 million budget, almost 200 workers and a new director, Jeff Kositsky, former executive director of Hamilton Family Services. “With the restructuring of homeless programs under a single department, the city has an opportunity now to re-evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs and identify opportunities for stronger coordination of services,” the report states. Currently, two policies have largely defined the city’s response to homelessness: its 2004-14 10-year plan, which formalized the shift to a “housing first” model, and the 2002 ballot proposition Care Not Cash, which reduced the amount of cash given to homeless adults and instead invested the money in shelters and other services. Sam Dodge, deputy director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, said the department is already on its way to implementing the recommendations included in the report. While the city has a plan to create such a system, the report says the requests for proposals don’t sufficiently outline the technical details to ensure data integration among the various agencies. Without a needs assessment that clearly documents where service weaknesses exist, city officials have a limited ability to understand the dynamic needs of the population and cannot ensure proper policy direction and funding for critical areas, including outreach and housing exits. Compared with permanent supportive housing, which includes on-site case managers and counseling programs, rapid rehousing and rental assistance may be more cost-effective and better suited for these groups, the report finds. The report speculates that many of the homeless adults who left permanent housing had undiagnosed or untreated medical or mental health conditions that impacted their ability to stabilize.

California's Presidential Party Is Over, And Here Are Some Lessons
California's presidential election is over, and here are its lessons for November

Terrorism Again Thrust Into Presidential Politics - Wsj
Adam Entous and Dave Michaels @
Trump Slings Insults After Recent Shows of Greater Restraint

Sacramento Stands With Orlando At Downtown Rally | The Sacramento Bee
Stephen Magagnini and Tyler Foggatt @
More than 1,000 crowd area around Faces nightclub

Preschool suspensions are made worse by racial disparities

An Education Department report released last week says black children account for almost half of the public preschool suspensions, but are less than a fifth of the preschoolers.

Sacramento Ponders After-hours Parking And Higher Rates For Arena Events | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
By Tony Bizjak

Rubio Pressed To Run For Senate Again After Orlando Attack - Politico
Rubio has repeatedly ruled out running for re-election, citing on multiple occasions his support of friend Carlos Lopez-Cantera for the seat.

Orlando Terror Attack Live Updates: 'we Will Not Be Defined By The Act Of A Cowardly Hater,' Mayor Says
Live updates after a mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub leaves 20 dead and more than 40 injured.

Hillary Clinton 'Who We Are' | Campaign 2016

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign released a television ad urging voters to unite behind shared goals.

Victims Of The Orlando Nightclub Massacre: Who They Were
At least 50 people were shot and killed in an attack on a gay night club in Orlando. Here's what we know about the victims.

Orlando Nightclub Shooting: Bay Area Reacts With Shock, Grief, Vigils
Aaron Kinney and Sharon Noguchi, Staff writers @
Leaders of the gay community in San Francisco planned a vigil for 8 p.m. at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro district.

Recall Judge Aaron Persky
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Authorities Considered Canceling L.A. Pride After Orlando Attack, But March And Mourning Go On
Amid heightened security in the aftermath of a shooting in Orlando, Fla., thousands poured into the streets of West Hollywood on Sunday for an L.A. Pride celebration charged with a new resolve.

Isis Takes Credit For Orlando Shooting | Thehill
Jessie Hellmann @
Fifty people were killed and 53 others were injured early Sunday morning when a gunman opened fire inside the Pulse nightclub in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

College Basketball Player Gunned Down In Monterey Park Left Chicago To Escape Violence
Essential California Newsletter

New gun control proposal: No firearms for hate-crime convicts
Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) proposes tightening gun laws after the Orlando massacre.

Inglewood To Pay $4.6 Million To Unarmed Man Shot By Police Officer
Essential California Newsletter

After Orlando shooting, Senate Democrats revive attempt to ban suspected terrorists from buying guns

Had Congress earlier passed legislation to prevent suspected terrorists from buying a gun, Democrats argued, it possibly could have prevented the tragedy in Orlando.

White House: Obama Will Not Call It 'radical Islamism' - Politico
President Barack Obama is "not going to give into them."

President Obama's remarks after meeting with counterterrorism officials on Orlando shooting

President Obama and Vice President Biden met Monday with the heads of the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and National Counterterrorism Center. Read his remarks following that meeting.

Trump: Clinton 'just Broke' On Using 'radical Islamic Terror' - Politico
Trump criticized both Clinton and President Barack Obama on Sunday for not referring to the Orlando, Florida, shooting as an act of "radical Islamic...