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THE Nooner for June 20, 2016

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Happy Brexit week! Not only is the week home to the referendum on whether the United Kingdom should stay in the EU, but Brexit is what the Warriors did last night. Bolt Right the f* for the EXIT.

The Dalai Lama will speak to a joint session of the Legislature today at 1pm. While it's closed to the public, you can get your dharma on by watching it on CalChannel.

Today is also the beginning of the Summer Solstice, which arrives at 3:34pm. Thus, today is the longest daytime of the year. I'm told that it will be the Solstice with the Mostice.

It will be a particularly long day for Trump's now-former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who got the campaign shake-up ax today. Somehow, I don't believe Steve Schmidt will be answering his phone. Steve is great, but Woody Harrellson playing Steve is even better.

And, today is the monthly filing deadline for presidential campaigns and most PACs. It will be interesting to see Trump's filing. Republican insiders are concerned that high-finance funders are resisting supporting him for his pledge of self-funding, while also calling donors.

Also in national politics, Mike Allen is turning over the baton on July 11 to Jake Sherman to write the daily Politico Playbook, the nation's "must read" on DC politics and policy.

unSMOKIN': California tobacco tax measure targets an industry under pressure [Taryn Luna @ SacBee]:

In a series of quick votes, the Assembly passed six smoking bills, the most significant of which raised the age to buy tobacco products to 21 and regulated e-cigarettes like tobacco products. The Senate followed the next week. Gov. Jerry Brown signed all but one of the bills – a bid to allow local communities to determine their own tobacco taxes – into law.

The move marked the start of a new war on tobacco. Now a broad coalition of environmentalists, labor unions and health advocates who helped shepherd the bills through the Legislature is gearing for another battle with the industry in November.

AMERICA ONLINE! Tribune Publishing’s New Name, ‘tronc,’ Puzzles Marketing Experts [Martha C. White @ NYT] - "On Monday, Tribune Publishing — the company behind The Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and nine other major daily newspapers — will become tronc Inc. (with a lowercase 't'), an abbreviation of 'Tribune online content.'"

"tronc" . . . really? There wasn't another name available? Imagine going to the bank to deposit your paycheck (okay, that's so 1990) and the teller thinking what the heck "tronc" is.

It's Christmastime for Supreme Court geeks. There are thirteen cases left to be decided in the term, which ends next Thursday, including affirmative action, Texas's abortion laws. SCOTUSblog has a roundup of the cases.



The LAT's Seema Mehta writes up the conflict between supporters Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at this weekend's Executive Board meeting of the CA Democratic Party. "Party chairman John Burton harked back to his heartbreak after Eugene McCarthy’s loss at the Democratic National Convention in 1968. He and other McCarthy supporters didn’t truly help Democratic nominee Hubert Humphrey, and the result, Burton said, was the election of President Nixon. He warned Sanders supporters not to make the same mistake."

During my morning walk, which takes me past the John L. Burton F*ng Democratic Headquarters, the party didn't seem too divided. Unfortunately, the awesome Shawnda Westly was not out front, but the letters on the building have been striaghtened out.

TRAFFIC JAM: Taxicabs collide in Capitol with Uber and Lyft over legislation [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "There are at least 50,000 Uber drivers in California – up from zero just a few years ago – and they represent a serious competitive threat to the traditional taxi industry, which both state agencies and local governments regulate."

HOLSTERED: Trump clarifies stance on guns after NRA criticism [Louis Nelson @ Politico] - "The NRA later tried to clarify [NRA President Wayne] LaPierre’s statement on Twitter, writing on his behalf that it’s fine to carry a gun in a restaurant or bar serving alcohol as long as you do not plan to drink."

Meanwhile, students, you don't need to bring protection if you're going to a bar and "don't plan" to take someone back to the dorm.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senator Wolk's consultant Theo Cline, BOE member Diane HarkeyFrancesca Raitano, and Rialto mayor Deborah Robertson!




  • 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
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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.

  • 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.
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  • 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 (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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Taxicabs Collide In Capitol With Uber And Lyft Over Legislation | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Senator with ties to taxi industry bottles up ride-sharing bills

California Democratic Party Convention: Detailed Coverage From Our Political Team
The California Democratic Party convention was held Feb. 26-28 in San Jose. Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris overwhelmingly won the party endorsement for the U.S. SenateDelegates heard from Vice President Biden, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich and retiring Sen. Barbara BoxerLocal activists debated...

Should California Limit The Number Of Small, New Water Systems?
e Ayesha @
Large urban areas, from the Bay Area to Los Angeles, asked residents to conserve, raised rates to buy water from other places and generally have gotten by without much inconvenience, other than brown lawns and shorter showers.

Taxing Dodgers Tickets Would Be A Fiscal Win For The State
George Skelton on tax reform in California

Senate heads for gun control showdown likely to go nowhere

The Senate will vote on four gun control proposals Monday, but the vote may set the parties up for the election more than they offer a solution.

Why One Lifelong Hunter Is Leading The Charge For Stricter Gun Control
Essential Politics

California drought bummer: Sierra water runoff coming up short
[...] after the flurries stopped and the seasons changed, the melt-off from the high country has been swift and disappointingly scant, according to new water supply estimates from the state. The Department of Water Resources now projects that the mountains will produce about three quarters of normal runoff during the months of heaviest snowmelt, shorting the rivers and reservoirs that typically provide a third of California’s water — and cementing a fifth year of historic drought for the Golden State. [...] they come as cities and towns face a crucial deadline for deciding how much water to ask consumers to save in the coming year as part of the state’s broader conservation effort. The lackluster runoff prompted the U.S. Drought Monitor, a partnership of federal and university experts tracking water problems, to lift all of California into the category of “abnormally dry” last week, after nearly a year of slightly wetter conditions. “With the rapid snowmelt this year, water supply may be a concern later this summer,” the experts wrote in their weekly update. Allowing the suppliers to set their own goals represents a significant easing of the government’s rationing measures, which until recently involved mandatory caps set by the state. [...] runoff tracks differently than snowpack, depending on factors like the temperature and storm frequency, how dry the earth is and how much water is used by plants. “Returning the conservation targets to local control is going to have negative consequences,” said Sara Aminzadeh, executive director of the conservation advocacy group California Coastkeeper Alliance. Several water agencies, in anticipation of this week’s deadline, have said they don’t need to conserve any water to ensure they have a three-year reserve supply, including the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. “Because we had an above-average precipitation year at Hetch Hetchy, we were able to fill the reservoir and refill our water bank a substantial amount,” said Charles Sheehan, an agency spokesman. The climate event, which is characterized by cooler-than-normal water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific, tends to drive weather that’s distinctly opposite of that of its sibling El Niño.

The Daily 202: Senate will vote down new gun laws today because of an intensity gap that favors the NRA

But there is evidence that the political dynamics are shifting

Restaurants Yank Popular Wine Over Environmental Controversy | The Sacramento Bee
Lindsey Holden @
Big Sky Cafe, Pappy McGregor’s Pub and Grill, Thomas Hill Organics and Fish Gaucho remove Justin wines from menus

Kerry: Trump Refugee Rhetoric Deviates From Presidential Norm - Politico
Stopping Donald Trump from getting elected president is important, according to nearly six in 10 registered voters.

Democrats Back Pot Legalization, Repeal Of Death Penalty
The California Democratic Party on Sunday stayed true to its left-leaning political ideals, voting to support ballot initiatives to leg...

Groundwater Sales Initiative Gathers Over 2,000 Signatures In Ballot Bid

Maywood Residents Worry About Health Hazards Posed By Nearby Industries
Yesenia Jaramillo, her husband and their three children were delighted when they moved into the house on East 52nd Street in Maywood in 2009.

California Power Grid Urges Energy Conservation On Monday Due To Heat Wave | Reuters
Reuters Editorial @
The ISO urged consumers to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use and warned that natural gas, used as fuel for many power generators in the Los Angeles area, may be tight because of limited operations at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility.

Obama To Announce L.A.-based Hub To Create Factory Sensors
Los Angeles will become the headquarters for a federally funded institute devoted to developing sensors that make manufacturing more efficient.

More young people voted for Bernie Sanders than Trump and Clinton combined - by a lot

He had 29 percent more votes, in fact.

National Poll: Clinton Leads Trump By 7 - Politico
Stopping Donald Trump from getting elected president is important, according to nearly six in 10 registered voters.

Bicycle Coalition names new director after long public fight
Bicycle Coalition names new director after long public fight The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has named Brian Wiedenmeier as executive director, after a year of internal turmoil and the abrupt departure of its previous director. [...] the coalition has gone through a rocky year, some of which has played out in the media A proposal in July to eliminate elections for its board of directors spurred accusations that the move was undemocratic and antithetical to the organization’s principles. Backers of the proposal countered that it was meant to protect members’ privacy, because under California law, nonprofits that have a member-elected board must turn over their membership lists to any members who request them for legitimate purposes. A 10-year resident of the city, he previously worked at the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center, ODC Dance Company and the Performing Arts Workshop. Jeremy Pollock, a member of the bike coalition who helped spearhead opposition to the proposal to eliminate the member-elected board, said Wiedenmeier seems “sharp and motivated.”