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THE Nooner for July 13, 2016

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Good morning, California! I have yet to catch on to this Pokemon Go meme.

Another short day, as I need to get over to the Capitol for some meetings. Fortunately, it's July, so its shorts and flip-flop times!

AD47 (Rialto): Senate leader wades into bitter fight over Assembly seat (Christine Mai-Duc and Melanie Mason @ LAT) - "In a document obtained by The Times, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) endorsed Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) in her bitter fight against fellow Democrat Eloise Reyes in San Bernardino County."

This is one of the string of races between African-Americans and Latinos, usually seen in the 405-corridor races.


California’s big pension fund sees flat earnings for a second year
[Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "CalPERS’ investment portfolio barely eked out a profit during the 2014-15 fiscal year and it performed even more poorly during the 2015-16 cycle that ended June 30, declining by $8 billion (2.6 percent) to $293.7 billion."



California's key climate change program aims for new life [Liam Dillon @ LAT] - "The California Air Resources Board, which is controlled by the governor, released a plan that would continue the state’s cap-and-trade program to cut carbon emissions beyond 2020, the date when the program currently expires."

Residents of D.C. will get a vote on statehood [AP] - "A ballot referendum to split the nation's capital into a new state for its residents and a smaller, federal district for government buildings and monuments is headed to District of Columbia voters in November."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Catherine Campisii




  • 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:

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County Marijuana Tax For Homeless Services To Appear On November's Ballot
Los Angeles County supervisors may vote Tuesday to place a tax on marijuana businesses on the November ballot to pay for services to reduce homelessness.

Sales Tax Proposal For Mendocino County Psychiatric Care Facility Qualifies For Ballot | The Press Democrat
The half-cent sales tax proposal now heads to the Board of Supervisors, which will decide whether to place it on an upcoming ballot or ask for further studies on the impacts of the measure.

Initiative To Raise Hotel Tax For Tourism, Convention Center On Nov. Ballot |
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Questions surround UC Berkeley chancellor and personal trainer
Even as UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks has been put on the defensive over his household budget and handling of sexual harassment claims against professors and other campus employees, he has being dogged by an unusual investigation involving the personal trainer he and his wife befriended at the university. The case stems from a whistle-blower complaint against Devin Wicks, a trainer at the Cal Recreational Sports Facility who has regularly worked out with Dirks and his wife, history Associate Professor Janaki Bakhle. Dirks also received an annual membership at the Cal Recreational Sports Facility valued at $420 from Wicks’ boss — though after questions were raised about the perk, the chancellor paid for his use of the rec center. Dianne Klein, spokeswoman for UC President Janet Napolitano, declined to comment on why Wicks was on leave, saying the university could not talk about ongoing investigations. The complaint raised questions about the personal trainer’s relationship with the chancellor and his wife, including whether all the time he spent working out with them and traveling with her to India was on the campus’ dime. According to Dirks, Bakhle invited Wicks along on the trip because she was allowed to bring a guest and he was swamped with work. Mike Weinberger, who retired as the director of recreational sports at UC Berkeley in February, called Wicks an “incredibly valuable person committed to serving the university, and an incredible fitness director.” Weinberger said it had been his decision to give Dirks a free club membership and to allow Wicks to train with him, “spending as much time as he needed, as reasonably requested by the chancellor.” There’s the string of sexual harassment cases, which prompted a stern warning from Napolitano that the campus do better.

Mostly False Claim That California Gun Control Measure Will 'criminalize' The Sharing Of Bullets | Politifact California
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Proposition 63, a gun and ammunition control initiative on California’s November ballot, would require instant background checks for the sale of ammunition statewide.

A Back Door Way To Tax Business :: Fox&hounds
A parcel tax for parks and perhaps another for relieving homelessness is coming to a head in Los Angeles County with efforts to tax property parcels on a square footage basis. This is an obvious attempt to collect more tax revenue from business property owners.

Kamala Harris Praises Dallas Chief, Calls For Confronting Profiling | The Sacramento Bee
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Harris says David Brown has been an ‘incredible leader in this time’

Supes ban foam and add another homeless tent camp proposal
Legislation by Supervisor London Breed that passed unanimously Tuesday will bar the product, widely used in food packaging, packing peanuts and ice chests, beginning Jan. 1. Though inexpensive and lightweight, polystyrene foam has long been controversial because it takes centuries to decompose, contaminating the ecosystem and clogging landfills. Grocers will get a six-month waiver to phase out foam meat trays, and companies that ship medicines in temperature-controlled containers will likely continue using it for at least a few more years. Under Kim’s measure, homeless people would receive notice seven days before a sweep of an encampment, and the city would be required to offer services and shelter to its occupants for at least 90 days. Kim’s proposal contrasts with Farrell’s ballot measure, under which camps would be banned and the city could place their residents into shelters within 24 hours of notifying its residents of a sweep. The bonus would allow affordable projects to add extra floors to buildings along commercial corridors, exempting them from zoning code height limits. The supervisors also considered for-profit housing Tuesday when, by a 6-5 vote, progressive members passed a resolution opposing a state “by right housing approval” measure introduced by Gov. Jerry Brown that would streamline the environmental review process for proposed housing projects that are consistent with local zoning. While proponents say it would add much-needed housing to a rapidly growing city, opponents claim it would harm San Francisco’s approval process.

Dianne Feinstein Officially Opposes Pot Legalization In California | The Sacramento Bee
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She cites lack of safeguards for children and motorists

Senate Leader Wades Into Bitter Fight Over Assembly Seat
In a surprising move, the leader of the state Senate endorsed a Democratic assemblywoman Tuesday whose reelection is opposed by some of...

Energy Grid Operators Say Expansion Would Save $1.5b |
California power grid operators released a nearly 700-page report Tuesday that said expanding the transmission system into a regional asset would save consumers up to $1.5 billion, create thousands of new jobs and promote the development of renewable energy.

Black Lives Matter Activists Take Fight To Sacramento County Supervisors Meeting | The Sacramento Bee
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At least 30 Black Lives Matter supporters appeared at Tuesday’s meeting

Group signals recall attempt against S.F. Mayor Lee
In listing reasons Lee should be recalled, the San Francisco group cited recent Police Department scandals, tax breaks for corporations, the worsening homeless crisis and the city’s hosting of “frivolous revelries” such as the America’s Cup and Super Bowl. Organizers of the recall effort include Francisco Herrera, a candidate for supervisor in District 11 and a 2015 candidate for mayor. There’s not enough time for the group to make the November ballot, so any recall would go before voters in a special election. “There’s always an impulse to start,” he said, but they never seem to make it through. Since 2002 there have been three or four, and nothing has made the ballot. Arntz said the last special election in the city was in April 2008, to elect a replacement for Rep. Tom Lantos, who died in office.

Local Law Enforcement Comes Together To Raise Money For Slain Dallas Police Officer
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Oakland Police Recall Deadliest Day, Say Dallas Force Faces Long Road To Healing | News Fix | Kqed News
As Dallas prepares to bury five police officers killed by a sniper last week, the attack is stirring up difficult memories for Oakland police.

Focus: Scott Peters And Congressional Pals Swap Donations |
San Diego Rep. Scott Peters and his family have been involved in a series of donation exchanges with the families of other congressional candidates, apparently legal trade-offs that allowed more money to flow to each campaign than might be allowed under contribution limits.

Obama Mourns Slain Dallas Officers: They 'shared A Commitment To Something Larger Than Themselves'
As President Obama a prepares to eulogize five slain police officers in Dallas on Tuesday, he is coming to the conclusion that he will not be the one who heals

Bay Area groups get $725,000 from The Hearst Foundations
The Hearst Foundations awarded $725,000 worth of grants to nine Bay Area organizations this summer for their work spanning a wide gamut from mentoring programs for children in low-income communities to aiding the construction of an experimental learning ship. A grant of $100,000 was given to Education Outside in San Francisco to support hands-on garden science education to students in kindergarten through the fifth grade. A grant of $50,000 was given to Call of the Sea in Sausalito to help construct the Matthew Turner tall ship, a tool used in educating students on the marine environment. Coaching Corps received funding to support the first year of a three-year, country-wide feasibility assessment; CuriOdyssey to support the $35 million Serious Science Playground Renovation campaign; Sterne School to integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programming into its core curriculum and Young Men’s Christian Association to enhance and expand STEM Academy programs. Additionally, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation continues to administer and fund the United States Senate Youth Program for high school juniors and seniors and the Journalism Awards Program for undergraduates at accredited schools of journalism.

Senators Rally Behind Clinton College Tuition Plan Inspired by Sanders
Democratic Senate candidates are uniting around a proposal that Mrs. Clinton rolled out last week, suggesting that easing student debt will be central to the party’s argument for a Senate majority.

Leader Fuller Responds to Reported Illegal Action to Extend Cap-and-Trade Tax Program
In April 2016, the nonpartisan and independent Office of Legislative Counsel issued a 10-page opinion responding to questions relating to the authority of the governor and ARB to set new emissions caps and extend the cap-and-trade tax program without legislative action. They concluded that the Governor and the ARB could not set new emissions caps or extend cap-and-trade beyond 2020 without further authorization from the Legislature. Media can access the opinion from the legislative counsel

Education Secretary King: 'no Special Treatment' For Obama Insiders Buying College - Politico
New swing-state polls show Trump leading Clinton in Florida and Pennsylvania.