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THE Nooner for July 12, 2016

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Happy Tuesday! Yesterday was a bit of a freaky day at the Capitol, as hundreds of protestors marched to the big white building non-permitted in concert with the national protests. That triggered a large police response, including helicopters, which freaked out a lot of staffers.



'Confusing' California primary ends on sour note [John Myers @ LAT] - "The primary’s sour ending note seems largely due to the asymmetric rules governing the presidential and statewide elections. Unlike the primary for state races – where anyone could vote for any candidate – the presidential contests were governed by a patchwork of rules that differed by political party."



Why lawmakers are trying to make ransomware a crime in California [Jazmine Ulloa @ LAT] - "State legislation to outlaw ransomware is drawing broad support from tech leaders and lawmakers, spurred by an uptick in that type of cybercrime and a series of recent attacks on hospitals in Southern California."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Selina Davis, Tim Hart, and Daniel Parra!




  • Introducing Jacobson & Zilber Strategies. Dave Jacobson and Maclen Zilber just launched a new communications and political consulting firm. For more information, visit
  • 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:

  • Subscribe to the Capitol Morning Report and closely follow who’s doing what each day in California government and politics. We list news conferences, legislative hearings, state board meetings and other events. Plus we add in community news and announcements from political campaigns. More info at


FPPC Proposes Fine Against Controller Betty Yee On Campaign Reports | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
Fair Political Practices Commission is proposing a $2,082 penalty

Priorities USA: 'Education' Campaign 2016

Pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA releases a video attacking Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on what he has said about the Department of Education.

Why Lawmakers Are Trying To Make Ransomware A Crime In California
Legislation in California would make it a crime to infect computers with ransomware. But is it enforceable?

Oakland Company Laundered Campaign Donations To Mayoral, Council Candidates
AB&I Foundry, a subsidiary of McWane Inc., has tentatively agreed to pay more than $114,000 in the settlements reached following a joint investigation between the state Fair Political Practices Commission and Oakland's Public Ethics Commission launched last year. The city's commission already levied $14,400 of the fine on July 5, its largest citation ever, while the state commission will vote to approve its $100,000 portion at its July 21 meeting.

All Of California's Democrats In Congress Now Back Hillary Clinton For President
All 39 Democrats in California’s House delegation now back former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid after the endor...

Growing Marijuana? State Will Now Regulate Water Use For Pot Cultivation | Kqed Science
Within less than a year, as many as 50,000 marijuana growers in California could be required to obtain state permits for the irrigation water they consume. It is an unprecedented step aimed at preventing harm to the environment and other water users resulting from the rapid growth of marijuana cultivation in the state.

GOP Platform Panel Votes Down Bid To Soften Party Opposition To Same-sex Marriage - Politico
The former Indiana senator's surprise reversal gives Democrats a big boost in their bid to recapture the chamber.

Facebook Facing $1 Billion Lawsuit In Wake Of Palestinian Attacks | The California Report | Kqed News
Shurat Hadin, an Israeli legal advocacy group, filed the suit on behalf of the five families in New York federal court late Sunday, alleging that Facebook is violating the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act by providing a service to militant groups that assists them in “recruiting, radicalizing, and instructing terrorists, raising funds, creating fear and carrying out attacks.”

Trump: Sanders 'has Totally Sold Out' With Clinton Endorsement - Politico
Cruz and Obama have long been bitter ideological rivals, with Cruz leading the charge to try to defund Obama's signature health care law and tank his immigration...

State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris Criticizes Federal Blood Donation Ban On Sexually Active Gay Men
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Monday criticized the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s revised policy that bans blood donatio...

Little Consensus On Policing Bills At California Capitol -
Ben Adler @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

1 In 5 UC Students Struggles With Hunger, Study Finds -
These numbers -- along with preliminary findings from an ongoing California State University study revealing widespread student hunger and homelessness -- confirm what student advocates have been saying for years, said Guillermo Rogel, the outgoing board chairman for the UC Student Association.

Watchdog: Another Tough Year For CalPERS As Retirement Fund Loses Billions - The Orange County Register
Public workers are pumping more money into retirement funds. Public agencies are pumping more money into retirement funds.

Dubious Constitutional Effort To Cut Due Process For Top Civil Servants Spreads Across Government

If Congress can get away with the dubious constitutional move of cutting due process rights for senior executives in the Department of Veterans Affairs, why not do the same thing for top civil servants across government?

California Lottery Posts Highest Sales On Record | The Sacramento Bee
Anshu Siripurapu @
Lottery reported preliminary sales of $6.3 billion, up from $5.5 billion last year

Panel Finds Sfpd ‘code Of Silence,’ Outsized Influence Of Police Union | News Fix | Kqed News
A panel appointed to investigate bias in the San Francisco Police Department says it encountered roadblocks throughout its yearlong inquiry, according to a hefty report released Monday.

Arena Artwork Will Be Homage To Former Sacramento Mayor | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
Royal Chicano Air Force will paint large mural inside Golden 1 Center

Cruz Will Fly With Obama To Dallas On Air Force One - Politico
Cruz and Obama have long been bitter ideological rivals, with Cruz leading the charge to try to defund Obama's signature health care law and tank his...

Election 2016: Big Pharma's $70 Million Tops California Campaign Contributions
The money is piling up on behalf of campaigns for 17 statewide ballot measures -- the most since March 2000. And when it comes to big backers, Big Pharma is far and away the towering force.

Obama Calls For Public Option On Health Care - Politico
'I'm going to work like the devil for her, but I'm not looking to be vice president again.'

Obama Offers Ways to Improve His Health Care Law
The president suggested creating a public plan like Medicare to promote competition and criticized pharmaceutical companies for failing to lower drug prices.

Trend Of Ransom Payoffs To Unlock Malware From 'electronic Stickups' Troubles Law Enforcement
When hackers took control of a small Boston-area police department's computer system last year, officials decided to pay $500 to get back control. A sheriff's department in Maine paid a $300 ransom when its system was hijacked. But when it comes to malware ransoms, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical...

Field Poll: Obama Approval Rating At 57 Percent In California | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
Democrats approve of Obama as much as Republicans disapprove

Trump Campaign Chair: Vp Selection Process 'methodical And Professional' - Politico
Tucked into the Democratic Party's draft policy platform is a pledge long promoted by Sen. Elizabeth Warren that could limit Wall Street's influence in...