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THE Nooner for July 9, 2016

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I saw an article this morning complaining about the amount of time it took to count some 2 million ballots from the June 7 ballot. A couple of thoughts. First, each absentee and provisional ballot has be to be individually verified. So, you're taking a one-minute process at a polling place and converting into a five minute process at the elections office (registration validation (for provisionals), signature validation, opening the envelope and running it through the counter). Secondly, county election offices are just above highway animal carcass collection in terms of funding.

As someone who re-registered online two years ago, the county has my DMV signature from, what, 12 years ago. I don't know about you, but my signature is much different, mostly because we don't sign many things anymore. (When was the last time you wrote a check?) My bank questioned mine a couple of years ago over that which opened my account more than 20 years ago.

As, voters, sure, we wanted unlimited absentee voting. But, we also created a costly and time-expensive voting method. Studies show that all mail-in ballots (like Oregon are cheaper, but the hybrid of polling places show the expense and time-consuming nature of the method.

US SENATE: Biden expected to endorse in California's U.S. Senate race [Phil Willon @ LAT] - "Vice President Joe Biden is expected to endorse California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, according to a source familiar with his decision."

Many Bernie Sanders delegates are new to the Democratic Party [Seema Mehta & Maloy Moore @ LAT] - "Many of California’s Democratic delegates backing second-place finisher Bernie Sanders share a notable trait with their candidate — they are new converts to the party." 



CAPITOL CLOSURE: Concerns about rally prompt early closure of state Capitol [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "No group has received a permit to rally at the Capitol today. The rally by Black Lives Matter is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. near 10th and L streets, according to posts on Twitter. Attempts to reach rally organizers were unsuccessful."

Legislative staffers--whose bosses are mostly out of town--didn't mind the closure on a Friday.

EXIT PATH: Former Honda advisor running for Santa Clara City Council [Ramona Girawgis @ MercNews] - "Ahmad Rafah, the former deputy communications director and business/tech policy advisor to Congressman Mike Honda, stunned some political insiders by throwing his name into the hat. Some speculated that Rafah is part of a bigger plan — fueled by business interests and possibly the San Francisco 49ers — to overthrow the council majority led by Mayor Lisa Gillmor."



THE 510: Seven arrests in anti-police protest that shut down I-880 [Katrina Cameron and Harry Harris @ BANG] - "A night of protests, in solidarity with nationwide anti-police brutality events, saw thousands march Thursday night in downtown Oakland and onto Interstate 880, shutting down the freeway for four hours." 

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Kimberly Ellis, Dana Ferry, and Mark Rosso!




  • The Sierra Club-San Francisco Bay Chapter is currently seeking candidates for the position of Chapter Director. ( This position oversees conservation, fundraising, and political program work of 12 Chapter staff, including development, conservation, communications, and administrative staff; hires and trains staff; develops and manages Chapter budget and finances; acts as the voice of the Chapter in local advocacy work; and is regularly involved with major donor and fundraising campaign work. The Chapter Director works closely with a volunteer executive committee. For job details, please apply at Sierra Club Careers webpage.
  • STATE SENATOR BEN ALLEN (D - Santa Monica) discusses his controversial child vaccination bill, and legislating in Sacramento in this exclusive video interview:
  • TBW Media/TBWB Strategies is interviewing experienced campaign managers and campaign staffers at all levels for potential campaign positions with our client campaigns this year throughout California. If interested please send a cover letter, resume, salary history, writing sample and 3 references to Barry Barnes ( No phone calls.
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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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Proponents Planning A Redo Of Stalled Water-train Initiative
A postponed ballot initiative is about agricultural water, not so much about the bullet train.

CSU Cries Foul On Research Grants In San Onofre Deal |
California State University is wading into the disputed San Onofre settlement, urging utility regulators to spread some of the $25 million set aside for greenhouse gas research to institutions outside the University of California network.

Group Marches At State Capitol To Protest Police Shootings Of Black Men | The Sacramento Bee
Cathy Locke @
Demonstrators chant “We want justice” and “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

British Government Rejects Petition For Second Eu Vote – Politico
Referendum on Brexit ‘was a once in a generation vote,’ the government statement said.

Report Finds 'dark Money' Dip In California -
Ben Bradford @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Audio: More Delays For California's Voter Registration Database Project | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
FILE: Voter registration and sample pamphlets in multiple languages were available after a naturalization ceremony at the L.A. Convention Center. Benjamin Brayfield/KPCC

For Many Cops In L.A., The Dallas Sniper Attack Was 'worst Nightmare'
The first call of the night: a fight at a Compton apartment complex with a machete, maybe a handgun.

California Attorney General Probe Leads To $168.5 Million Settlement With For-profit Online School Operator
The settlement comes almost three months after the Bay Area News Group published a two-part investigative series on the publicly-traded Virginia company, which runs a network of profitable but low-performing online charter schools serving about 15,000 students across the state.

Police Deaths In Dallas Deepen Debate On Racism, Violence, Law Enforcement
Today's high

Clinton: 'There is something wrong in our country'
She pledges $1 billion in her first budget as president toward research for police training aimed at eliminating bias in law enforcement. She also promises nationwide guidelines for use of force.

Sanders secures promises from Clinton on health care ahead of expected endorsement

The senator from Vermont is likely to voice full support for his Democratic rival on Tuesday.

San Bruno Trial: Pg&e Knew Of Widespread Pipeline Hazards Before Blast, Internal Emails Reveal -
The testimony appeared to bolster federal prosecutors' case that PG&E operated amid a culture that placed profits ahead of safety.

Ap News: The Orange County Register
The Associated Press @

Police Officers Resentful, Afraid And Less Motivated After Dallas Massacre, Gardena Chief Says
For more than two decades now, law enforcement agencies have pushed officers to build bonds with the communities they patrol, shedding the “warrior cop” image in favor of cooperation and collaboration.

Bay Area Comes To Grips With Growing Racial Divide After Dallas Police Shootings -
Matthew Artz and Katy Murphy, Staff writers @
The country, simmering under the heat of a chaotic presidential race and the tension of increasingly volatile race relations, is reeling after a sniper in Dallas struck down five white police officers and police in Louisiana and Minnesota killed two black men -- all in 68 hours.

Some See Peaceful Resolution Of S.F. Standoff As Positive Sign - San Francisco Chronicle
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'we Will Get Justice': Family Pleads For Investigation Into Fatal Police Shooting Of Unarmed Teen
The family of an unarmed 19-year-old Fresno man refuted claims by police that he told them he hated his life before he fatally shot four times by two officers.

California Panel Takes Up Complex Task: End Racial Profiling - The Orange County Register
LOS – ANGELES – A California panel tasked with attempting to eradicate racial profiling by police held its first meeting Friday, with the nation stunned by the police shootings of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana, followed by the Dallas attack that killed five officers.