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THE Nooner for June 26, 2016

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TWEET DU JOUR: @jakesherman: "It's not yet 830a here in LA and a guy was just rolling a joint in the open outside my hotel. What a country!"

Welcome back to Cali, Cali, Cali.

Speaking of that song, I had a debate with some youngsters (relative to the 43-year-old me) about who first recorded the song. They insisted it was the Notorious BIG, and I said "no, it was LL Cool J." Of course they hadn't heard of the great LL. Google had to solve the debate.

Happy Sunday! It's going to be a hot week ahead in California's capital, and I don't just mean by the fact that Friday is the beginning of the Legislature's month-long summer recess. Friday is the deadline for policy committees to meet and report bills (wink-wink). 

It's another day on the European pitch following the host U.S.'s exit from Copa America last night in the game for the third place spot. Already this morning, host France have showed Ireland the exit. Both Northern Ireland and Ireland have been shown the #BREXIT and #EXIT this week, respectively.

Meanwhile, bad news out of New York.

Billionaire Tom Steyer is spending millions on behalf of Democrats. What will he get out of it? [Cathleen Decker @ LAT] - "Still, don’t be surprised if one of the candidates for governor in two years is a billionaire: Tom Steyer, who would seem an unlikely victor given the winds of anger circulating now. He seems both unconcerned and highly aware of California’s long-standing record of repudiating wealthy candidates."

Jerry Brown’s bucket list doesn’t include vital reform of taxes [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "Were he truly committed to protecting the budget from the kind of disaster that hit California nine years ago, Brown would elevate tax reform to the top of his agenda."



Lawmakers add the needs of veterans, youth homeless to state budget plan [John Myers @ LAT] - "Legislation quietly introduced last Thursday would modify and expand an effort that began with a $2 billion bond package to help those who are homeless and suffer from mental illness." 

Thousands in Dream Act grants being left on the table [Larry Gordon @ EdSource] - "The California Dream Act made them eligible for several kinds of grants to attend community colleges, California State Universities, the University of California and some private campuses. But the euphoria among advocates that accompanied the law’s passage has been dampened by the reality that the state-funded Cal Grant portion of the aid is reaching far fewer undocumented students than originally envisioned, particularly at community colleges."


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to former senator Sam Blakeslee, Assemblymember Mike Gipson, and fundraiser Larry Kaplan!




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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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After Devastating Fire, County Turns To Marijuana For Comeback | The Sacramento Bee
Peter Hecht @
Calaveras adopts rules that allow commercial cannabis farms in region ravaged by Butte Fire

United Airlines Hopes Slim Seats And Exclusive Lounges Will Help Generate $3 Billion
United Airlines is trying to generate an extra $3.1 billion in savings and revenue with new seats.

What Economic Fallout Can You Expect To See In Southern California From Brexit Vote?
Today's high

The road to legalized gay marriage, in photos
One year ago, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide by ruling that the Constitution bars states from denying marriage licenses to gay couples. POLITICO takes a look at the events that led to the historic decision.

Once The Silent Partner, Now She's Taking The Reins Of The Hot Dog Chain - The Orange County Register
For decades, she seemed a minor character in the story of the world’s largest hot dog chain: the pretty sunbather who caught the boss’s eye at the beach; the boss’s new wife; the boss’s ex-wife.

Nicola Sturgeon Says She Won’t Push For England-scotland Border – Politico
According to a BBC report, the Labour leader’s office hoped to ‘water down’ Remain campaign.

Caltech Glassblower's Retirement Has Scientists Sighing
Caltech's glassblower is retiring. Finding a replacement won't be easy, since custom glassblowing for scientific experiments is a dying art.

Judge Might Release Clovis Police Internal Affairs Files In Civil Rights Case | Fresno Bee
Pablo Lopez @
Fresno-based federal judge says court documents ‘presumed to be public record’

For Parents, Brock Turner Case A Teachable Moment About Sexual Assault, Consent
"I'll be really honest: I hadn't thought of talking to my son about rape," said Wilson, an Oakland mother of two. "And now I have. He needs to know about it because he could stop it."

Other failed presidential candidates have thought the Senate would be a good platform for another shot at the presidency. They were wrong.

Bad news lurking in a good poll for Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump supporters are more certain they'll vote

Younger and non-white voters are less likely to say they're certain to vote.

Letter From Washington: Ballot Is Expected to Offer Stark Choice on Economy
Hillary Clinton shows that most of her initiatives are paid for, while Donald J. Trump, in defiance of Republican orthodoxy, seems unfazed by debt.

Mitch Mcconnnell Hedges On Whether Donald Trump Is Qualified - Politico
The Senate majority leader also says he expects the GOP platform won't differ much from 2012's.

A big chunk of Donald Trump's supporters were just waiting for a candidate like him

Looking at where immigration concerns pre-dated the likely Republican nominee.

Ad of the Week: A Young Cancer Survivor Scolds Donald Trump
A new digital ad campaign from a “super PAC” supporting Hillary Clinton equates fighting hatred with stopping the presidential candidacy of Donald J. Trump.

Here's a close look at how immigrant voters could affect the 2016 U.S. election

They're getting more Democratic. That could matter especially in 3 swing states.

What to Do About Guns? John Lewis Revives Civil Rights Tactic
The Georgia representative and other House Democrats borrowed from an old playbook when they staged a sit-in to try to force a vote on gun legislation.