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THE Nooner for June 14, 2016

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Good morning. What a beautiful day it is here in the River City. When you can leave all your windows open and feel the breeze in the middle of June is wonderful, although it may portend for a much hotter July and August.

Yesterday, we saw vote count updates from 13 counties, although the numbers weren't large. There are still 2.3 million votes left to validate and count. We are expecting a significant update from Los Angeles this afternoon.

US SENATE: Kamala Harris strengthened, Loretta Sanchez weak as general election begins, new poll finds [Cathleen Decker @ LAT]:

Loretta Sanchez will need a huge infusion of Republican votes to loft ahead of Kamala Harris in the November election and win a seat in the U.S. Senate. The early signs are not good, according to a new poll of voters who cast ballots in California’s June primary.

. . . The bulk of Republican respondents — almost two-thirds — said they would not cast ballots for the Senate seat in November.

Overall, in the November runoff, Harris leads Sanchez, 47%-22%, with 26% of respondents saying they would not take part in the election. Harris led among almost all voter groups except for Latinos, who went for Sanchez, 45%-30%, the poll found.

IMPACT: With the budget votes scheduled for Thursday, yesterday's Assembly and Senate floor sessions were dominated by the Orlando shootings and the aftermath of the Stanford rape case. Both floors held moments of silence and offered perspectives on gun violence and the impact on the LGBTQ community. A large rainbow flag was hung over the west balcony facing Capitol Mall. For those of you who are not familiar with the Capitol, the west steps are considered the most significant, as they face the direction of hope that brought us or our ancestors to California.

Capitol rainbow


While the Legislature was mourning the loss of 49 victims and sharing thoughts for many more, a Sacramento pastor offered a hateful message hours after the attack.

"Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?" [Roger Jimenez] said in the sermon. "Um no, I think that’s great! I think that helps society. I think Orlando, Florida is a little safer tonight." 

I'm not sure that's any less terrorist-encouraging than online messages from ISIS.

Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of women legislators from both the Assembly had already planned to announce a legislative effort to redefine rape to include not just intercourse but also foreign object penetration, which would trigger higher minimum sentences. The Stanford felon who was sentenced to six months for his assault on an unconscious woman because he "just" used his fingers. AB 701, currently a gaming bill, would change the law to align it with the FBI's definition of rape.

The women read on the floor the moving pre-sentencing letter from the victim in that case.



LEGISLATIVE TRANSPARENCY: Yesterday's Senate Appropriations Committee had an interesting debate over SCA 14 (Wolk) and an initiative likely to qualify to amend the state's constitution to require the Legislature to have bills posted online 72 hours before a vote. 

Appearing at the hearing was Charles Munger, Jr., the benefactor of many Republican candidates and causes. Munger has been working with former Senator Sam Blakeslee to accomplish the transparency effort. Munger's effort would go further than SCA 14, such as allowing any individual to record hearings, which legislators are uncomfortable wiith. SCA 14 would require an official recording available to the public.

Lawmakers fear that unflattering video might be taken and used in attack ads or mail.

Munger suggested he might drop his initiative (by not backing it or even opposing it since it's already going to be on the ballot) if he could extract further concessions from SCA 14. The problem is that SCA 14 is time is running out to get the bill through the Senate and Assembly and, likely, back to the Senate by the official (wink-wink) June 30 deadline.

The discussion of the conflict between SCA 14 and the initiative constitutional amendment highlights a continuing flaw in the state's initiative process. Once validated and certified for the ballot, which happens on June 30, there's no turning back. If a technical flaw is discovered or there is a legislative compromise, the measure is still heading to the ballot. Many states allow withdrawal or amendments after certification, and many reformers have suggested it for California.

THE LENGTHY BALLOT: Yesterday's list of initiatives and a referendum likely to be on the November ballot omitted to ask voters to support all constitutional actions to overturn FEC v. Citizens United. Governor Brown allowed SB 254 (Allen) to become law without his signature.

THE NOONER SOFA DEGREE: Continuing our effort to build the brains who work or want to work in politics and policy, I've added some books based on your feedback after my May 31 email. If your suggestion is not listed (particularly the one about L.A. politics I can't find), please email me again!

END OF AN ERA? Former state Sen. Ron Calderon's guilty plea in corruption case marks blow to political dynasty [Joel Rubin and Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - " Monday brought a crushing blow to the family dynasty as Ron Calderon, a former state senator, pleaded guilty in the case to mail fraud, conceding he accepted tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from undercover FBI agents and a corrupt hospital executive." 

I haven't worked personally with the last remaining Calderon in the state Legislature--Ian Calderon--but I've heard generally good things as he seeks to shake the problems of his father and uncles.




  • Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and the Courage Campaign invite Senate and Assembly members, staff, and the Capitol community to a screening of Brave New Films’ Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 21 in Room 4203. The film tells personal stories of how gun violence affects the lives of everyday Americans.  The film looks at gun tragedies including unintentional shootings, domestic violence, suicides, mass shootings, and trafficking - and what we can do to end to this profit-driven crisis. Watch the trailer at  RSVP to (916) 651-4024 or
  • Sales and Administrative Positions for the General Election Cycle. Applicants should be reliable and have experience in political campaigns. Familiarity or experience with slate cards is helpful.  We are looking for self-starters who are able to work independently and as part of a team in our Long Beach office. Ability to demonstrate a positive attitude, attention to detail, and meeting deadlines is a must! Sales position requires some previous sales experience within the field of politics. Competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Email cover letter and resume to
  • 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 Violence: 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 (<a ""> 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.
  • 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:

  • 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

Sanders Voters In California Look For Concessions From Clinton, But Most Will Support Her — If Reluctantly
Hillary Clinton won California on the strength of women and Democrats; a majority of Sanders voters will back her in the fall, most of them reluctantly as they look for concessions from her.

San Diegans March For A Second Night In Hillcrest |
SAN DIEGO, June 13, 2016 | Hundreds of people march down University Avenue in support of the Orlando mass shooting victims in Hillcrest on Monday. | Photo by Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/Mandatory Credit: HAYNE PALMOUR IV/SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE/ZUMA PRESS San Diego Union-Tribune Photo by Hayne Palmour IV copyright 2016

California's Cap-and-trade Program Faces Daunting Hurdles To Avoid Collapse
One of California's most important climate change initiatives, the cap and trade program, is caught in a web of legal, political and financial uncertainty, imperiling Jerry Brown's agenda in his final term in office.

Controversial Stanford Sexual Assault Case Has A Political Twist | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Swimmer given six-month jail term

No, White House lawyers would not prevent a President Trump from overstepping his constitutional bounds

The problem with relying on White House lawyers to check the president? They work for the president.

After Orlando, California Lawmakers Push For Action On Gun Control
Today's Headlines Newsletter

California Lawmakers Upset By Stanford Case Seek To Redefine Rape - Sfgate
SACRAMENTO — Angered at what they felt was a light sentence in the Stanford sexual-assault case that sparked national outrage, lawmakers said Monday that they have introduced a bill to redefine rape to include unlawful penetration by any object.

Ex-L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy At Center Of Jail Scandal Is Given Six Months In Prison
A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy at the center of the jail scandal that rocked the department and led to the conviction of 21 agency officials, including the former sheriff, was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison.

Sacramento Regional Transit Eliminates Administrative Jobs, Cancels Bus Cuts | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
The bus and rail agency laid off office employees last week to help balance budget

Orlando Massacre Forces Bay Area Lgbt Community To Regroup And Reassess What Comes Next
Bruce Newman, Angela Hill, Hannah Knowles, Staff writers @
"There was just such joy amongst people for that parade," said Rick Welts, who as president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors is one of the highest-ranking officials in professional sports who is also openly gay. As the parade's grand marshal, Welts rode in the back of a convertible, but he never had a moment's fear for his safety.

UC Berkeley Experts, San Francisco Petition For 'smart City' Funding From Department Of Transportation | The Daily Californian
Campus experts have joined with the mayor of San Francisco to attempt to convince the U.S. Department of Transportation that the city is the best place to invest for a 21st-century smart transit city program.

Lawyers fight filing of Trump videos in Trump University suit
Class-action lawyers suing Trump for fraud over the Trump University business attempted last week to file 48 video clips of the real estate mogul at two recent depositions, including segments where he offered prickly responses to what he called "harassment questions."

Trump calls for massive shift in immigration policy

Speaking in Manchester, N.H. June 13, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed to shut down immigration from countries "where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States." Here are key moments from that speech.

Linkedin Co-founder Hoffman Has Deciding Vote In Microsoft Merger - San Francisco Chronicle
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"trailer Bills" Draw Scrutiny From Groups Fearing Major Policy Changes -
Ben Adler @
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Orange County Homeless Want To Use Food Stamps At Restaurants | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Kim Sandoval, 47, uses a small burner to boil water and cook small meals, mostly coffee and Ramen Noodle soup. Orange County homeless people and activists want the county to enroll in a federal program that allows homeless people on foods stamps to use them at restaurants. Erika Aguilar/KPCC

Orlando And Donald Trump :: Fox&hounds
Unless the Democrats are able to show the American people they are willing and able to fight Islamic terrorism, and especially the home grown variety we saw on display in Orlando, they are doomed to lose this election to Donald Trump no matter how outrageous he may seem.

Russian Government Hackers Broke Into Dnc Servers, Stole Trump Oppo - Politico
Russian government hackers got into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee where they were able to access information about Democratic...