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THE Nooner for June 24, 2016

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Happy Friday! You made it through another week!

Today's advice is to not look at your retirement savings. However, in perspective, the Dow is still 2,000 points above the 52-week low. (as of this writing)

TAKING AIM: Lt. Gov. Newsom's gun control initiative qualifies for the November ballot [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Just days before the Legislature is scheduled to act on a package of gun control measures, state election officials announced Thursday that an initiative by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to restrict firearms has enough signatures to qualify for the November state ballot."

SCOTUS: Supreme Court decision deals blow to health coverage efforts in California [Soumya Karlamangla @ LAT] - "The Supreme Court decision Thursday effectively blocking President Obama’s immigration programs also comes as a blow to California legislators who have been fighting to offer health insurance to people living in the country illegally." 

Bay Area immigrants fearful after Supreme Court deadlocks on Obama's immigration reform [Kaitlyn Lindgraf @ MercNews] - "A deadlocked Supreme Court's ruling on President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration -- effectively killing the plan for the duration of his term -- left Bay Area immigrant families disappointed and fearful of what happens next."

CLIFF? Coastal Commission gets an emergency loan from the state to make its payroll [John Myers @ LAT] - "Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget advisors have approved an emergency loan of $1.45 million to the California Coastal Commission after an agency staffer said it was in danger of not making payroll in July."

BALLOT BALLOON: Hot-button initiatives fill November ballot [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "Pot, the death penalty, condoms, plastic bags, the price of drugs, English only, Citizens United ... There’s a deep pile of hot-button initiatives on the November ballot that even non-voters are likely to have an opinion on."



NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Forgetting the homeless in California debate about homelessness [Joe Mathews @ SFChron] - "Universal housing is just the sort of idea that California should try — if our homeless moment is really about ending homelessness." 

THE OTHER CAPITOL: California House members were the public's eyes during the Democrats' gun control sit-in [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - "For the next 25 hours, the millions of Americans watching on C-SPAN, cable news or on the web as House Democrats occupied the floor of the U.S. House Wednesday and part of Thursday were getting a first-person perspective through the cell phone cameras of California Reps. Eric Swalwell, Scott Peters and Mark Takano and nearly a dozen other Democrats."

COLLATERAL: Democrats didn't get vote but won social media [Alicia Robinson @ PE] - "Social media “was huge. It was the avenue for us to really reach millions of people around the world,” Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands, said Thursday. “To have residents see in real time what we were trying to do was very powerful and the response has been overwhelmingly positive."

:-( Wildfire near Lake Isabella grows to about 5,000 acres; homes lost [Christine L. Peterson @ BakCal] - "A raging wildfire consumed an estimated 5,000 acres in the Lake Isabella area Thursday evening, burning an estimated 80 structures and threatening another 1,500 as it marched toward Onyx, fire officials said."

OUCH: Motivational speaker Robbins' coal walk burns more than 30 [AP] - "More than 30 people who attended an event with motivational speaker Tony Robbins have been treated for burns after Robbins encouraged them to walk on hot coals as a way of conquering their fears, Dallas fire officials said."




  • We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Assistant Director of Government Relations for the California State Student Association (CSSA). This position informs and advises the Executive Director and Board of Directors on state and federal public policy matters that affect CSU students and public postsecondary education. The position is based in the CSSA Office in downtown Sacramento. This position works directly for CSSA but enjoys the full benefits of state employment through the California State University Chancellor's Office. For more job details, please apply
  • 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:
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  • 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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  • 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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Metro Puts Half-cent Sales Tax Increase For Transportation Projects On November Ballot
Metro's board of directors voted Thursday to place a half-cent sales tax increase proposal on the November ballot.

Los Angeles Laboratory For Local Tax Increases :: Fox&hounds
In the primary election this month 89 local taxes and bonds faced voters. The total is expected to increase in November. In some jurisdictions voters likely will face multiple tax increases dedicated for different purposes.

Westminster Voters To Decide If They Want To Add To Sales Tax - The Orange County Register
WESTMINSTER – Voters will decide in November whether a 1cent sales tax will be used to infuse city coffers with much needed additional revenue.

No-tax Stadium Plan Proposal Unveiled |
The Renaissance Toronto Hotel includes some rooms that overlook the Rogers Centre stadium playing field -- a concept proposed in an alternate privately-developed Chargers Stadium plan.

Hot-button Initiatives Fill November Ballot - The Orange County Register
Updated to delete a minimum wage proposal that had qualified but was withdrawn by proponents June 23.

These Students Vowed To Change Immigration Laws A Decade Ago. Where Are They Now?
Young adults from across Southern California recall walking out of schools 10 years ago to protest proposed immigration legislation.

California Virtual Academies' Attendance, Enrollment Records To Be Audited By State Controller -
The audit is the first that Superintendent for Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has asked the state controller's Office to conduct since he took office in 2011. The request comes two months after this newspaper published an investigative series on K12 Inc., the publicly traded Virginia firm that operates the schools and reaps tens of millions of dollars annually in state funding.

La Palma Looking At Cent Sales Tax To Fill Revenue Hole - The Orange County Register
LA PALMA – A 1 cent sales tax increase is the optimal way, city leaders have decided, for La Palma to address its projected $712,000 budget deficit.

California Lawmakers Propose $3 Billion November Parks Bond - San Francisco Chronicle
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Ladder Used To Bypass Foresthill Bridge Suicide Prevention Barrier | The Sacramento Bee
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More than 70 suicides from bridge since it was built

How A Hollywood Startup Became Microsoft's Partner In The Marijuana Industry
Q&A with David Dinenberg, CEO of Kind Financial, a marijuana services firm that just signed a big deal with Microsoft, marking the software giant's entry into the pot market.

Want To Carry A Concealed Weapon? California Could Make It Harder | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Bill would impose tougher statewide ‘good cause’ standard

Minimum Wage Ballot Measure Formally Removed From November's Statewide Ballot
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Sanders Says He Will Vote For Clinton - Politico
Bernie Sanders will vote for Hillary Clinton, the Vermont senator said Thursday.

Hillary Clinton: Trump 'has no business becoming president' | Campaign 2016

With a video showing images of women over sound of remarks rival Donald Trump has made about women in the past, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign tweeted, "A man with this much contempt and disrespect for women has no business becoming president."

Senator Moorlach's Warning On The State Budget | John Moorlach
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Foreign Policy editorial employees vote to unionize
The employees of Foreign Policy magazine have voted to unionize with the Baltimore-Washington D.C. chapter of the News Guild.

Oakland Police Sex Scandal: City Hires Private Investigator To Find Media Leaks -
Matthias Gafni and David DeBolt, Bay Area News Group @
City Administrator Sabrina Landreth released a statement Wednesday announcing that she launched the internal probe to preserve delicate ongoing police misconduct investigations and to abide by state laws requiring confidentiality for police personnel information.