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TWEET DU JOUR: @austinjwebster: "Probably 100+ people in Capitol Park right now. This is out of hand...

Happy Saturday! It was a nice cool night last night. While it'll hit 92 at The Nooner Global Headquarters today, it's a pleasant 60 degrees as I write. 

FEC FILINGS: Last night was the filng deadline for federal candidates for the period of 5/19-6/30 (called a "quarterly filing" but is shorter because there was a primary deadline). Below are some of the most closly watched races. The totals should be available on the district pages in a few days. It takes a little while for the FEC's hamsters to transfer the filings into downloadable data.


  • * = Incumbent
  • COH = Cash on Hand
  • Debt  can be candidate debt, which can be forgiven, or vendor debt, which can not be.

CA07 (East Sac County]:

  • *Ami Bera (D)
    • Raised 5/19-6/30: $445,484.85
    • COH: $1,641,209.53
    • Debt: $319,800.00
  • Scott Jones (R)
    • Raised 5/19-6/30: $206,242.24
    • COH: $400,375.71
    • Debt: $22,682.83

CA10 (Stanislaus):

  • *Jeff Denham (R)
    • Raised 5/19-6/30: $429,308.65
    • COH: $2,560,746.68
    • Debt: $0
  • Michael Eggman (D)
    • Raised 5/19-6/30: $181,723.48
    • COH: $461,783.86
    • Debt: $0

CA17 (Milpitas): 

  • *Mike Honda (D)
    • Raised 5/19-6/30: $290,989.32
    • COH: $951,674.09
    • Debt: $21,216.19
  • Ro Khanna (D)
    • Raised 5/19-6/30: $210,534.26
    • COH: $1,446,129.55
    • Debt: $64,299.26

CA21 (Kings):

  • *David Valadao (R)
    • Raised 5/19-6/30: $266,920.02
    • COH: $1,303,113.66
    • Debt: $0
  • Daniel Parra (D)
    • Raised 5/19-6/30: $6,348.69
    • COH: $5,949.30
    • Debt: $7,131.72

CA25 (Santa Clarita/Palmdale):

  • Bryan Caforio (D)
    • Raised 5/19-6/30: $196,887.63
    • COH: $137,667.30
    • Debt: $56,593.31
  • *Steve Knight (R)
    • Raised 5/19-6/30: $204,831.19
    • COH: $630,935.70
    • Debt: $12,401.76 

CA31 (San Bernardino)

  • *Pete Aguilar (D)
    • Raised 5/19-6/30: $303,619.46
    • COH: $1,528,178.53
    • Debt: $0
  • Paul Chabot (R)
    • Raised 5/19-6/30: $96,629.76
    • COH: $100,567.20
    • Debt: $90,898.04

CA36 (Coachella):

  • Jeff Stone (R)
    • Raised 5/19-6/30: $80,563.00
    • COH: $110,730.37
    • Debt: $12,749.96
  • *Raul Ruiz (D)
    • Raised 5/19-6/30: $251,066.10
    • COH: $2,031,015.03
    • Debt: $0

CA52 (San Diego):

  • Denise Gitsham (R)
    • Raised 5/19-6/30: $240,945.04
    • COH: $306,567.89
    • Debt: $68,130.81
  • *Scott Peters (D)
    • Raised 5/19-6/30: $342,784.10
    • COH: $1,962,145.03
    • Debt: $250,000.00

Of course, cash on hand of candidates isn't the only factor. We have to also look at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The DCCC had $51,194,552.46 on hand at the close of its last monthly reporting period (5/31), while the NRCC had $56,831,909.08. The DCCC is up on the air trying to tie Republican congressional members with Trump's negatives. There will be plenty of money to aid Democrats and Republicans, beyond what they raise individually.

US SENATE: Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez makes Inland campaign stop [Imran Ghori @ PE] - "Rep. Loretta Sanchez focused on the concerns of small business owners Friday, July 15, during a visit to a Moreno Valley auto shop as part of her U.S. Senate campaign."

CA07 (East Sac County]) The costly bro culture of Sheriff Scott Jones [Editorial @ SacBee] - "Whatever did or didn’t happen between Jones and the deputy from the court files, with every lawsuit and every “boys will be boys” revelation, that culture costs the rest of us just a little bit more."

MUZZLE? Late yesterday, gun rights proponents submitted referenda to the attorney general's office on the gun limitations approved by the Legislature and signed by Governor Brown last month. It's obviously too late for the November 2016 ballot, and it's unclear if the businessman that submitted them has ties to sufficient funding to collect 365,000 signatures for each of the six measures. If qualified, the referenda would stay the laws until November 2018, when the voters would weigh in on them. However, big donors may think it's a waste, as if Gavin Newsom's Proposition 63 passes on the November 2016 ballot, it would make the referenda moot.

POT PUZZLE: What happens to medical marijuana if recreational use becomes legal? [Brooke Edwards Staggs @ OCR] - "When it comes to permitting recreational cannabis use, reaction from the medical marijuana community ranges from enthusiastic advocacy to passionate opposition – with many left somewhere in the middle, confused and torn."

WATER WARS: State Supreme Court sides with Southern California in epic water war over delta islands [Matt Stevens @ LAT] - "The state Supreme Court has cleared the way for Southern California’s powerful Metropolitan Water District to buy five islands at the epicenter of the delta’s water system, officials said Friday."



TAKING A PASS: Why is only one Inland Republican congressman going to the convention? [Jeff Horseman @ PE]:

Locally, Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, is the only member of the Inland congressional delegation who is planning to attend the convention. Calvert, whose district includes Corona, Norco, Menifee, Lake Elsinore and Murrieta, announced his support for Trump in May.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, who represents Temecula, is steering clear of the convention, even though he endorsed Trump early on and was named to Trump’s House leadership committee.

“I think it’s going to be mayhem and riots and hooligans and thugs and police forces. And that’s just the actual convention,” Hunter told the San Diego Union-Tribune last month.

Rep. Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, will not attend. Cook, whose district includes Twentynine Palms, Lake Arrowhead and Yucaipa, has scheduling conflicts, said spokesman Michael Fresquez.

NO GO: Head of the California Democratic Party won't attend the national convention [Phil Willon @ LAT] - "'Nothing is going to happen,' said [John] Burton, a former California congressman and past president pro tem of the state Senate. “The platform has been worked out. Bernie has endorsed Hillary. It’s going to be a lovefest.'"

LET THE SUNSHINE IN: California’s biggest utilities break own record for solar power [Adam Ashton @ SacBee] - "The state’s largest power grid, the California Independent System Operator, or ISO, on Tuesday managed enough solar energy to power 2 million homes. Its 8,030 megawatts recorded at 1:06 p.m. from solar sources stood out as double the network’s best day in 2014. It also was 2,000 megawatts more than its solar peak from last year." 

BAD HERB: Herbalife agrees to pay $200-million settlement and change its business practices [James Puzzanghera and Melody Peterson @ LAT] - "Herbalife Ltd. agreed Friday to pay $200 million and change its business practices to settle federal regulators’ claims that it falsely told people they could quickly get rich by selling its weight-loss shakes, teas and other supplements." 




LAW AND DISORDER: Largest FPPC fine against local California official? Not exactly [Taryn Luna @ SacBee]:

California’s political watchdog proposed a $104,000 fine against a City of Commerce councilwoman earlier this week for allegedly using campaign money to cover personal expenses and a slew of other financial misdeeds.

Some suggested it was the largest Fair Political Practices Commission penalty against a local elected official in California history. As it turns out, that’s not exactly true.

Longtime Sacramentans might remember the curious case of Bill Bryan, a county supervisor who in 1988 agreed to a $290,000 settlement stemming from more than 50 counts of violating the Political Reform Act.

PROPOSITION 54: Scott Wilk: Transparency to the state Capitol - "By approving Prop 54, the people can do what the political elites are unwilling to. Let’s bring openness, honesty and transparency to the state capitol."

NOM NOM: Chando’s Tacos expands into midtown Sacramento with upscale, late-night concept [Blair Anthony Robertson @ SacBee] - "Lisandro “Chando” Madrigal and his burgeoning Chando’s Tacos empire are staking a claim in midtown, where the casual taco eatery will go upscale with a more expansive menu, a full bar and hours as late as 3 a.m. on weekends."


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Many Same-party Runoffs Set For California Fall Ballot | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Final results show 28 candidates of same parties will face off in U.S. Senate, Assembly, state Senate and House races

The Politics Of The Greenhouse Gas Law Extension :: Fox&hounds
The California Air Resources Board set a match to controversy this week suggesting that the board could push the cap-and-trade deadline for funding greenhouse gas reduction programs past its 2020 end date by executive fiat.

A Look At California’s Most Interesting Legislative Races – Daily Journal
The Associated Press @
All 80 seats up for grabs in the California Assembly and half the 40 Senate positions, but the interest is focused most intensely on a handful of races with the potential to alter the balance of power in Capitol.

Almost 48% Of Registered California Voters Cast Ballots In The June Primary
More than 8.5 million ballots were cast and counted in the June 7 statewide primary, a turnout that while better than most presidential...

Facebook Blames Its Lack Of Diversity On America's Lackluster Public Education System - Sfgate
The social media giant's annual diversity report released Thursday revealed the company is still staffed mainly with white men.

Sacramento Mayor Pays For Burial Of Man Killed By City Police | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria @
Dazion Flenaugh was shot and killed by Sacramento police in April

Riverside Woman Files Lawsuit Over Her Corinthian Colleges Debt - The Orange County Register
WASHINGTON – A California mother of two and a former student of the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, seeking damages and an end to daily collection calls over private loans she received to attend the for-profit school.

Largest FPPC Fine Against Local California Official? Not Exactly | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
$104,000 fine against Commerce councilwoman touted as largest against local official

California Eyes Recycling Wastewater For Drinking | Kqed Science
Water Deeply: You are part of the expert panel that has been convened. Who else participates in that and what are you tasked with doing?

Man Arrested For Flying Drone Into Firefighting Zone North Of Sacramento
Placer County man arrested for flying drone into where firefighters were battling the Trailhead Fire northeast of Sacramentozone north of Sacramento

What Happens To Medical Marijuana If Recreational Use Becomes Legal? - The Orange County Register
As she battles symptoms of lupus and depression, Alexandra Rice says she depends on easy access to medical marijuana to control widespread pain and to improve her mood.

Pg&e Kept PUC In The Dark About Pipeline Defects Before San Bruno Explosion -
Calvin Lui, a supervising engineer in pipeline risk management who began working at PG&E in 2008, was the sole witness Friday. Lui was shown internal documents indicating that the utility was aware of wide-ranging threats to its pipeline system before participating in a state Public Utilities Commission audit of the aging network.

'pokemon Go' Players Find Corpse In San Diego Park
Three women hunting for virtual fictional characters while playing “Pokemon Go” found a dead body near a creek bed in a San Diego park, police said.

Rapid Growth Expected For Electric Storage In California -
Ben Bradford @
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Nearly 1 In 4 Students At This L.A. High School Migrated From Central America — Many Without Their Parents
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Donald Trump And House Of Representatives Republicans Differ On High-speed Rail | Fresno Bee
Michael Doyle @
Donald Trump voices support for investing in high-speed rail

Donald Trump the Political Showman, Born on â
On the reality show that Donald Trump began hosting in 2004, he displayed the showmanship and other traits that have come to define his 2016 presidential campaign.

Sanford Chandler, beloved San Francisco speech and debate coach
Sanford Chandler, a longtime San Francisco teacher and indefatigable champion of the fine art of high school speech, has died. In a 40-year career, spent mostly at George Washington High School, Mr. Chandler was a social studies teacher who was willing to do anything to get students interested in the speech and debate team, which meant delivering something closer to a dramatic performance than what politicians do. A lot of people say, “NFL, ha-ha-ha,’” Mr. Chandler told The Chronicle in 1990. The only credit they received were points toward a varsity letter, with the word “speech” embroidered across the block W, and sewn onto a letter jacket with leather sleeves. “They are mental athletes,” said Mr. Chandler, noting that it took more courage to get up and speak in front of a crowd than to return a kickoff. [...] he became the speech coach at Archbishop Riordan High School, where he was known for wearing a shirt that said, “Coach Chandler may be a dinosaur but he can still bite.” When he returned from his morning walk, his mind was still going, so he’d write letters to the editor, banged out on a manual Underwood. After serving in the Army, he attended Columbia University on the GI Bill and graduated from the Columbia Teachers College. In addition to rekindling the speech team, he started an “Alumni Hall of Merit,” to honor outstanding Washington graduates like Ollie Matson, Phil Burton, Johnny Mathis, Lee Meriwether, and Danny Glover. Mr. Chandler would sell them at his classroom door and then come home and work the phones in the evening. Scholarship donations may be made to the Chandler Family Fund at the George Washington High School Alumni Association, 600 32nd Ave., San Francisco, CA 94121.

Clinton Urges Calm, Respect For 'basic Human Rights' In Turkey - Politico
The president pledged to 'support the democratically elected government of Turkey' as Washington gaped at the dramatic events in a key NATO ally.

Mike Pence used campaign funds to pay his mortgage â

Nasty 1990 race was defining moment for Trump’s running mate, and a “landmark” for election law.

Map: La Unified Magnet Schools In Demand, But Slow To Expand | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Richard Ramos, principal of Haddon STEAM Academy, shows off students' model bridge-building projects on display in the hallways of the school in Pacoima. He hopes to create a magnet program at Haddon. Kyle Stokes/KPCC