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THE Nooner for June 22, 2016
Happy Humpday! This morning, Donald Trump went on the offensive this morning against Hillary Clinton, largely including attacks on her raising money for the Clinton Foundation while Secretary of State. I'm not so sure that's a smart move, as thousands of local community groups around the world are beneficiaries of the foundation.
With Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter running away from the presumptive nominee, there is a panic at the GOP's congressional committee, the NRCC. It's very unlikely that Democrats sweep the 30 seats needed to give Nancy Pelosi the gavel again, but there are seats in play that weren't a few months ago.
Nobody expected this conversation in this decade following the 2001 redistricting, but here we are. I've written before that Democrats were unlikely to capture the House until 2022, but that assertion now must be questioned.
However, nobody expected the number of Republican members to be in the low-to-mid 50s after the primary. Money needs to go now to Calvert, Hunter, Knight, Valadao, and Walters. These are mostly safe GOP districts (aside from Knight), but the signals are a debunking the conventional wisdom. And, then there is Issa, who had perhaps the worst showing for what should be a safe Republican seat, but also is the wealthiest member of Congress.
Meanwhile, Dems need to watch out for Aguilar, Bera, Costa, and Ruiz.
I don't really expect any of those seats to flip, but the dominoes game is affected.
Today, Marco Rubio reversed his position that he would "be a private citizen" in January 2017 and announced he was running for re-election. This is after significant pressure from national Republican leaders for him to run again for a seat that could be a deciding factor in Senate control.
Meanwhile, Democrats in the House are holding a "sit in" on the floor to call for votes on gun control measures. Seriously, the cameras have been turned off on C-SPAN. Come on, folks, this is America. Or not. The House cameras are shut off pursuant to the rules.
CA49 (Carlsbad): Democratic poll shows Applegate, Issa tied [Joshua Stewart @ SDUD] - "A survey of 504 likely general election voters has both candidates polling at 43 percent with another 14 percent undecided. The poll was commissioned by Democratic Congressional Committee and conducted on June 15 and 16. There is a 4.36 percent margin of error."
MONEY MATTERS: Incumbents outpace challengers in congressional fundraising [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - "Inland incumbents topped the field in terms of money raised and money left over in the latest reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Leading the pack are Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert and Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands, who raised $2.18 million and $2.21 million, respectively, for their re-election campaigns from Jan. 1 to May 18."
NEXT STEP: Assemblymember Luis Alejo now claims more than 50% (50.02%) in his race for Monterey County supervisor. If the lead holds, he won't face a runoff in November and can focus on his wife's campaign for his Assembly seat.
U.S. SENATE: California tribes give U.S. Senate race the cold shoulder [Phil Willon] - "California’s Native American tribes have doled out millions to political groups and candidates running for every office from county supervisor to president this campaign season. But they have been noticeably absent from fundraising when it comes to the state’s U.S. Senate race."
Meanwhile, Loretta Sanchez's sister, Linda, will be the lone woman suiting up for the congressional softball game tomorrow.
HIGH HOPES: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom calls on cannabis community to campaign for legalization in November [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom warned a conference of cannabis industry members Tuesday that they need to get involved in passing a pot legalization measure on the November ballot or the cause will be set back nationally."
CSU shocker: Up to 57,000 students homeless [Amy Graff @ SFChron] - "California State University is the first public university system to take a close look at these largely underreported issues. Initial research found that among the 474,600 students spread across 23 campuses, 8 to 12 percent are living with unstable housing conditions, while 21 to 24 percent lack reliable access to food."
Faith-based colleges say anti-discrimination bill would infringe on their religious freedom [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Dozens of faith-based colleges in California are objecting to legislation that they say would infringe on religious freedom by allowing lawsuits from gay and transgender students who feel discriminated against because their sexual orientation conflicts with church tenets."
HOLY COW: The Cleveland Park Metro station is imitating Yosemite Falls. "Due to very heavy rain, commuters at the Cleveland Park station were greeted with water cascading down the stairs and onto the platform. Trains continued to arrive and depart, with people wading through the underground pools to get in and out of the station."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymembers Richard Bloom and Susan Bonilla and to the great Alissa Ko!
Union Leader And Lawmaker Mix It Up Over Dead Legislation | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
SEIU Local 1000 tagged Shannon Grove bills as anti-union, unneeded
Newsom warns marijuana legalization in California no sure thing
Leading cannabis activists, including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, warned Tuesday that if California voters donâÂÂt support legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use in November it could set momentum on the issue back at least a decade. With the Adult Use of Marijuana Act expected to qualify for the California ballot in the next week or so, and the possibility of cannabis measures going before voters in eight other states this fall, âÂÂweâÂÂve never had so much at stake in one election night,âÂÂ Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association told those attending the opening of the organizationâÂÂs convention Tuesday in Oakland. If voters in all nine states support cannabis measures, Smith said that means that 1 in 4 Americans will live in a state where recreational adult use marijuana is legal and three of four would live in a state where medicinal use is legal. Newsom, introduced as the highest ranking statewide official to address a major cannabis conference, sounded a similar cautionary note during his 30-minute keynote speech to some of the 3,000 people attending the three-day conference. [...] despite the fact that NewsomâÂÂs friend and Silicon Valley venture capitalist Sean Parker has committed millions toward the ballot measure Newsom said, âÂÂDonâÂÂt think youâÂÂve got one person funding this.âÂÂ On the day after the June 7 California primary, state attorney general Kamala Harris, who is running for U.S. Senate, said âÂÂI am not opposed to legalizing marijuana, but there are some details we need to figure out including how we are going to test impairment when one is under the influence of marijuana.âÂÂ
San Francisco Voters Will Decide On Soda Tax In November | State Of Health | Kqed News
It was a circuitous route, but a ballot measure was submitted to the San Francisco Department of Elections Tuesday afternoon, and voters in November will decide whether to levy a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.
Charter Group Money Flooded Local Election, But Many Donors Live Far Away | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
Political mailers from the 43rd Assembly District, where voters were deluged. Many mailers came not from campaigns but outside groups. Maya Sugarman/KPCC
House Democrats Try To Force Gun Control Votes - Politico
His campaign accused the former secretary of state of funneling government money to Laureate Education.
Riordan, Former L.A. City Council Candidate Fined By Ethics Commission
A former candidate for the Los Angeles City Council must pay nearly $16,000 in fines for accepting a campaign donation that exceeded city limits and other violations.
Infographic: Air Quality Reaches Unhealthy Levels After Multiple Fires Blanket Southern California | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
"We are also advising schools that are in session in smoke- impacted areas to suspend outside physical activities in these areas, including physical education and after-school sports, until conditions improve," L.A. County Interim Health Officer Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser said in a release.
California Lawmakers Headed To Panama For Canal Launch | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Assembly Speaker leads delegation to mark widened canal
UC Berkeley Study Finds Public Health Funding Has High Investment Return | The Daily Californian
Each dollar a county spends on public health programs in California has a return on investment of $67 to $88, according to a study conducted by campus public health professor Timothy Brown.
Fountain Valley Considers A Sales Tax Hike To Overcome Budget Deficit - The Orange County Register
GREG MELLEN @ ocregister.com
FOUNTAIN VALLEY – City staffers at a special study session laid the groundwork for the City Council to consider at its meeting next month putting a sales tax hike measure on the November ballot.
Trump Accusing Hillary Clinton Of Laundering State Dept. Money To Bill - Politico
Trump's campaign accused the former secretary of state of funneling government money to Laureate Education, a for-profit chain of universities that...
Jane Kim takes slight lead over Scott Wiener in state Senate race
Jane Kim takes slight lead over Scott Wiener in state Senate race Supervisor Jane Kim now leads opponent and fellow Supervisor Scott Wiener in the state Senate primary, with some final votes still left to be counted. Kim âÂÂ who many thought would trail Wiener by double digits âÂÂ has closed the gap steadily since election day. Though the primary result has little significance, because both candidates are running far ahead of contender Republican Kenneth Loo, it could be a major boost for KimâÂÂs campaign. âÂÂThese returns continue to show the strength of our campaign and my record fighting to make San Francisco more affordable for working families,âÂÂ Kim said. ... KimâÂÂs profile also grew following the passage of an amendment, which she authored, to the City Charter that doubled the amount of below-market-rate housing developers must rent and sell in new projects.
In Reversal, Marco Rubio to Seek Re-election in Senate
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has decided to seek re-election to the Senate after months of insisting that he would not run again.
Obama's Health Advisors Reject Catholic Challenge To California's Required Abortion Coverage
California's requirement that health insurers cover elective abortions was upheld by the Obama administration Tuesday. 20in
Natomas Office Park Asks Pastor Who Praised Orlando Massacre To Move Out | The Sacramento Bee
Bill Lindelof @ sacbee.com
The Rev. Roger Jimenez told congregants that he wished the shooter had killed more people
La Unified Board Members Approve $7.6 Billion Budget, Some Staff Cuts | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
FILE: Los Angeles Unified Board President Steve Zimmer and other members of the board approved a list of traits that it wants in the next district superintendent. Maya Sugarman/KPCC
Sacramento City Council Rejects Plan To Increase Watering Days | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria @ sacbee.com
Council votes to lower conservation goals
Would Congestion Ease Under Metro's Traffic Improvement Ballot Measure? | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
A test train runs above Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica along the new Expo Line extension on April 27, 2016. A Metro ballot measure would increase a county sales tax to pay for more new rail, bus and highway improvements. Steve Hymon/Los Angeles Metro
Clinton Zings Trump On His Economic Plans: 'alexander Hamilton Would Be Rolling In His Grave'
Just as she did to his national security proposals earlier this month, Hillary Clinton plans to attack Donald Trump's economic views in a speech Tuesday in Ohio. 25 in
Sacramento-area Water Conservation 31 Percent In May - Capradio.org
Ed Joyce @ capradio.org
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City Council Concerns Spur Delay On Vote To Buy LAPD Body Cameras
The L.A. City Council put the brakes on a scheduled vote to purchase thousands of body cameras for police officers.
Oakland Police Scandal: Activists Call For Reforms, Ouster Of Mayor - Eastbaytimes.com
"Our local government has demonstrated that they are incapable of controlling or holding accountable this rogue police department," said Cat Brooks, co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project, adding that the department has, for the past 13 years, been under federal receivership and continues to see alleged criminal conduct by its officers.
Will Water Sector Help Or Hurt On Climate Change? | Kqed Science
California has been diligently trying to reduce use of fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 350, which requires 50 percent of the electricity from utilities to come from renewable sources by 2030.
L.A. City Council May Seek Bigger Bond To House The Homeless
The L.A. City Council may boost the size of a proposed housing bond for the homeless to $1.5 billion.