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THE Nooner for June 18, 2016

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Happy Saturday! It should be a beautiful day for the second annual First Festival across the street from The Nooner global headquarters in Southside Park. Of course, we have another 13 episodes of Orange is the New Black to watch, and I'm not referring to the presidential campaign. Don't eat the tomatoes.

With yesterday's tally, there are now 1.2 million ballots left to count. Of those, 488,747 are absentees, 664,099 are provisionals, and 48,549 are other--mostly damaged--ballots. My guesstimate is that the absentees and others are 90% valid ballots and the provisionals are 50% valid.

Yesterday, the measure to ban the death penalty in California qualified for the November ballot.

CA49 (Carlsbad): In 49th, Issa’s future depends on the numbers [Joshua Stewart @ SDUT] - Doug "Applegate, a Democrat and political neophyte, received 45 percent of the vote to [Darrell] Issa’s 51.5 percent, while nonpartisan candidate Ryan Wingo received 3.4 percent. The top two candidates will advance to November’s general election."

SD11 (San Francisco): With 8,523 ballots left to validate and count, Supervisor Jane Kim is now 250 votes behind Supervisor Scott Wiener for the claim of top spot in this safe Democratic seat.

GAME CHANGE? Democrats' turnout paying primary dividends [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "[A]s of Friday evening’s tallies, [Sharon] Quirk-Silva was winning 53 percent to 47 percent [for Young Kim], thanks in fair measure to Democrats casting more Orange County ballots than Republicans for perhaps the time ever."

MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Judge allows a Santa Cruz voter's Bernie Sanders ballot to count, after mistaken registration as an American Independent [John Myers @ LAT] - "A Santa Cruz County judge ruled that a voter could change her registration status and have her ballot be counted in the Democratic presidential primary after she petitioned that she had mistakenly registered with California's American Independent Party."

SHAMU-VE IT ON OUT: Will new California budget ban orca’s captivity? [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "Thursday, the day after passing the main budget legislation, the Assembly approved a natural resources budget “trailer bill” that includes a provision with the new restrictions on the highly intelligent killer whales. The Senate, though, did not take up its version of the resources bill, which lacked the whale provision."



RAINBOW COALITION: Equality California endorses gun bills after Orlando shooting [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "Equality California joined legislative leaders at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday morning to endorse a package of more than a dozen gun control bills currently working their way through the Legislature, including measures implementing background checks for ammunition purchases, banning the possession of large-capacity magazines and requiring the reporting of lost or stolen guns."

MONEY MATTERS: Here's how supervisors plan to close $60.9 million budget gap [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - "In recent budgets, the county has struggled as new expenses outpaced revenue growth. A major cost driver is raises guaranteed to public employee unions in exchange for pension concessions, which save an estimated $100 million annually." 

Not knowing the details of Riverside County's collective bargaining, I do have to scratch my head at that one.

TIME FOR A BAR BREAK? The California State Bar's dismal history shows why it should be broken up [Michael Hitzik @ LAT] - "Let’s put this in terms that even an attorney with peerless loophole-seeking skills would consider straightforward: the California State Bar is a mess. . . [T]he Supreme Court ruling sharpens the argument for splitting the Bar in two — into a trade association with voluntary membership, and a government body controlled by non-lawyers and responsible for professional licensing and discipline, much as medical professional standards are overseen by the Medical Board of California and political advocacy is left to the independent California Medical Association." 

THE OTHER GRASS: San Francisco plan to rent out grassy park space draws furor [Janie Har/AP] - "A proposal to let people reserve grassy plots of picnic lawn at a popular San Francisco park hit a collective nerve when it was unveiled last month: Within hours, thousands of people signed an online petition to kill the plan, a protest was scheduled and city leaders declared the grass wasn't for sale or rent."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to the BOE's Venus Stromberg Bird, former Assemblymember V. Manuel Perez, and Contra Costa labor leader Joe Summers!



  • LEARN HOW TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE AT GOVERNMENTAL ADVOCACY. Capitol veteran Ray LeBov's Lobbying 101 & 201 seminars cover the total picture of lobbying in California and the people, processes and best practices you need to succeed. July 21-22, $275 each / $500 for both. Lobbying 101 covers the Legislative process and Legislative advocacy. Lobbying 201 explores the equally critical areas of Budget Advocacy, Regulatory Agency, Lobbying the Administration and Media Relations. Essential for lobbying firm principals / staff, organizations / agencies that employ lobbyists, newcomers to the profession. Information / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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 (Inland Empire and Silicon Valley). 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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L.A. City Council Set To Seek Voter Approval For $1.1 Billion Bond Or Parcel Tax To Fight Homelessness
The L.A. City Council will vote next week on a bond or parcel tax to fight homelessness.

Rejected At Ballot, Sacramento Pot Tax Supporters Turn To City Council | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria @
City Council may revisit marijuana tax money for youth services

What Got Done In California's New State Budget And What Didn't
A look at what California lawmakers were able to get done in this year's state budget, and which cans they kicked down the road.

After Filibuster, GOP Agrees To Allow Vote On Feinstein Gun Bill - San Francisco Chronicle
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Cap-n-trade, Cigarette Tax And The Tale Of Dwindling Funds :: Fox&hounds
While the legislature considered ways to divvy up the current cache of cap and trade money, tremors were felt through the system when the May cap and trade auction sold only 11% of the permits offered to business and fell far short of the expected revenues.

Should L.A. Roll Back Its 'so-called Boycott' On Arizona?
L.A. is weighing whether to roll back rules that bar employees from traveling to Arizona on city business, which were first adopted in reaction to a controversial law targeting illegal immigration.

Oakland Cop In Trouble: Girlfriend Allegedly Wrote His Reports - Sfgate
A veteran Oakland police detective who has headed up some of the city’s biggest murder cases is under investigation after his girlfriend told authorities she helped him write up some of his reports, two law enforcement sources familiar with the matter said Friday.

Rocks To Oust Homeless Were About Baseball, Not Neighbors |
A woman walks past riprap that the city recently installed on Imperial Avenue below an Interstate 5 overpass to deter homeless encampments on the street. — John Gastaldo

Orange County's Job Engine Humming, Unemployment At 3.6% - The Orange County Register
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Table for Three: Cecile Richards, Barbara Bush and the Sisterhood of Political Progeny
The daughters of two former rivals, George W. Bush and Ann Richards, find common ground in health care and marriage equality.

Hillary Clinton: 'Quiet Moments' | Campaign 2016

The Clinton campaign released an ad on June 15 that discusses Clinton's efforts to increase health care coverage for children.

Ex-L.A. GOP Official Who Poked Fun At Democrats' Sex Scandals Barred From Contacting Juveniles
The former head of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County has been ordered to avoid contact with juveniles for the next 16 months as part of a plea bargain with county prosecutors in a case involving the distribution of pornography, officials said.

Tijuana Shelters Help With Us Immigration Backlog Of Haitians | Kpbs
Jean Guerrero @
Overwhelmed San Ysidro customs officials are relying on Tijuana's migrant shelters for help while they catch up processing a rising tide of mostly Haitian migrants.

Santa Barbara County Declares State Of Emergency After Wildfire Grows To 4,000 Acres Overnight
Essential California Newsletter

Bay Area Still Ripe For Dangerous Summer Fires -
Hannah Knowles and Sophie MattsonStaff writers @
"Even though we had average or above average amounts of rainfall in much of Northern California we might actually see a real early start to the fire season," said Max Moritz, a specialist at UC Berkeley's department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management.

Suspect In Fire That Killed 5 Was Here Illegally, Fought With Another Transient Before Slayings
A Honduran citizen charged with murdering five homeless people in an arson fire in Westlake this week was in the country illegally, but had been released from immigration custody in 2012.