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THE Nooner for June 17, 2016

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It's Friday! You made it!

The USA men's soccer team prevailed 2-1 over Ecuador in the quarterfinals of Copa America. The team next plays either Argentina or Venezuela on Tuesday at 6pm. Mexico faces Chile at 7pm tomorrow. Game 7 of the Warriors - Caveliers series will be Sunday at 5pm on ABC.

MONTHLY EMPLOYMENT RELEASE: The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly labor market report on states.

  • California unemployment rate: 5.2% (-0.1% from April; -1.2% May 2015 to May 2016)
  • California employment: 16,407,100 (+440,300 (+2.8%) May 2015 to May 2016)
  • Key sectors (May 2015 to May 2016):
    • Construction: +39,600
    • Manufacturing: -12,100
    • Trade, Transporation and Utilities: +68,200
    • Financial Services: +15,000
    • Business and Professional Services: +85,700
    • Education and Health Services: +102,000
    • Leisure and Hospitality: +59,300
    • Government: +14,900
  • Average number of weekly hours: 41.2 (+0.3 May 2015 to 2016)
  • Average weekly earnings: $905.16 (+$41.76 May 2015 to 2016) 
  • Highest unemployment rate: Imperial: 19.4%
  • Lowest unemployment rate: San Mateo: 2.6%

Yesterday was a quiet day for the vote-counting process, with a few small counties and Santa Clara submitting updates, and a few small counties this morning. Today we will likely see larger updates, including Los Angeles.

Speaking of Los Angeles, two people who will be ciicking refresh on their computers throughout the day. The campaign for second place has businessman and former OMB staff member Darrell Park leading State Senator Bob Huff by 463 votes. The two are looking to a face off with Michael Antonovich's chief deputy supervisor, Kathryn Barger. Barger and Huff are Republicans, while Park is a Democrat.

California's new motor voter law could add 2 million registered voters in its first year, study says [Christine Mai-Duc @ LAT] - "A new study from the Public Policy Institute of California estimates that, if executed successfully, the state's new motor voter law could add more than 2 million new voters to the rolls in its first year of implementation." 

There soon could be a new 'unknown' voter category in California [Christine Mai-Duc @ LAT]

As part of the budget deal expected to be passed by the end of this week, California will create a new category to describe voters, in addition to the eight existing options that exist, including Libertarian, the state's American Independent Party and No Party Preference.

The new category will label voters as having an "Unknown" party preference and would apply mostly to voters registering at the Department of Motor Vehicles, where a new voter registration process recently was implemented.

CA31 (Riverside): Paul Chabot campaign poll shows tight race with Pete Aguilar [Jeff Horseman @ PE]:

The [Paul] Chabot campaign today released a poll showing Chabot, a Republican, tied with Democratic incumbent Pete Aguilar at 43 percent each with 14 percent undecided. The race is a rematch of a November 2014 contest for an open seat won by Aguilar, 52 to 48 percent.

The poll was 1,091 likely voters conducted on June 14 and 15 has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, and the poll was weighted to match turnout demographics for the November general election, according to the polling firm.

As always, polling comes down to the weighting and other methodological factors, which was not released. It's too early to forecast November turnout demographics, after a volatile primary season. Expect a poll back from the Aguilar campaign soon. I still have Aguilar as the likely winner.



California Senate approves measure requiring more transparency [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee]

[Wealthy Republican donor Charles] Munger and former Republican lawmaker Sam Blakeslee last month turned in more than a million signatures to qualify their initiative for the ballot, prompting lawmakers to introduce a similar proposal last week that they said would address ambiguities in the language. They aim to pass SCA 14 and persuade Munger and Blakeslee to pull their version before a June 30 deadline.

But Munger and Blakeslee have been highly critical of the Legislature’s approach, which they argue weakens their intentions by requiring the 72-hour waiting period only for the final vote on a bill, rather than the vote in both houses, and by changing the way the state would pay for the recordings. A companion bill that implements the provisions of SCA 14 could also be changed by a simple majority vote.

New ad for California gun control campaign focuses on deadly Orlando rampage and other mass shootings [Phil Willon @ LAT] - "The video, which is running only online and through social media outlets, includes news footage from shootings in Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech and San Bernardino."

Wife of assemblyman accused of domestic violence testifies she is 'afraid' his election loss will prompt retaliation [Javier Panzar @ LAT] - "Baldwin Park City Councilwoman Susan Rubio said in court Thursday she is fearful her husband, Assemblyman Roger Hernández, will retaliate against her because of his poor showing in the state's primary election."

Have a great weekend!



  • Chariot LLC, GOP campaign firm, seeks experienced account support for campaigns in CA, NV through election day. Excellent writing and data skills. $6k to $10k/mo. San Francisco. Resume and cover to:
  • 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 the State Capitol Museum Theater (Capitol basement).  Telling personal stories of how gun violence affects 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
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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 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.

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    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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Two-thirds Vote Still An Issue For Some Budget Matters :: Fox&hounds
Two-thirds votes are required to extend the quality assurance fee for hospitals and to use the Proposition 63 mental health tax as a revenue source to back bonds to help mentally ill homeless.

California Election Turnout Nearly Half Of Registered Voters | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Smith @
Secretary of State estimates 1.4 million votes left to count

California State Corrections Department To Get Budget Bump | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
There are more than 128,000 inmates in California's 35 prisons, according to a recent department count. That number is down from previous years, in part because of Proposition 47 which relaxed penalties for drug offenders.

California Budget Includes Limit On Medi-cal Estate Recovery | State Of Health | Kqed News
California’s $122 billion general fund budget includes money to dramatically limit a practice advocates had long lobbied against — the seizure of assets, after death, of people who had received health insurance coverage through the state’s Medi-Cal program.

Gavin Newsom Targets NRA; Opponents Feature Transgender Woman
Christopher Cadelago @
Newsom releases new ad targeting NRA

Gov. Jerry Brown Again Refuses To Declare A State Of Emergency On Homelessness
Abby Sewell @
Los Angeles County's latest efforts to prod more action from Sacramento on homelessness appear to have fallen flat, with Gov. Jerry Brown saying he won't declare homelessness to be a state emergency.

First Step In California Groundwater Law Stirs Debate -
Amy Quinton @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Wife Of Assemblyman Accused Of Domestic Violence Testifies She Is "Afraid" His Election Loss Will Prompt Retaliation
Javier Panzar @
Baldwin Park City Councilwoman Susan Rubio said in court Thursday she is fearful her husband, Assemblyman Roger Hernández, will retaliate against her because of his poor showing in the state's primary election.

In Sacramento Region, Gun Dealers As Common As Starbucks Coffee Shops | The Sacramento Bee
The number of guns sold throughout California and the nation has jumped sharply over the last decade - and so has the number of licensed gun dealers. The Sacramento region is no exception.

There Soon Could Be A New 'unknown' Voter Category In California
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Feinstein Wins Support For Watch-list Gun Ban But Victory Is Unlikely | The Sacramento Bee
Sean Cockerham @
By Sean Cockerham

Smugglers Hid Marijuana Inside Landscaping Stones At Mexico Border, Authorities Say
Stoned: Smugglers hid marijuana inside landscaping stones at Mexico border, authorities say

Water Supply A 'concern' This Summer In California -
Ed Joyce @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Clinton To Hold Fundraiser With House And Senate Democrats
Jake Sherman @
The Texas senator waded into Colorado's contested Senate primary on Friday morning, endorsing Darryl Glenn, a candidate beloved by conservative activists.

California Motor Voter Act Could Diversify And Expand Electorate -
Amy Quinton @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

After Orlando Massacre, Gun Debate Roils Bera-jones Race For Congress | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Bera calls on Jones to back away from firm stance on guns

Barry Goldwater 'would be appalled' by Trump raising money in his home, his widow says

Donald Trump's presidential campaign often draws comparisons to the 1964 White House bid of Barry Goldwater — a conservative icon who clashed with the Republican establishment but galvanized grassroots activists to secure the party's nomination, only to suffer a landslide loss in the general election. Trump hopes to bask in the glow of the Goldwater legacy when he [&hellip;]

Possible Vp Candidate Eric Garcetti Says He’s ‘not Looking For A New Job’
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California Senate Approves Measure Requiring More Transparency | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Intended to replace a similar initiative already eligible for November ballot

Senate votes to scale back federal job preferences for veterans

The Senate, led by Arizona Republican John McCain, tackles a sensitive issue in government: how to reward those who served.