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Click to enlarge. This was written following the shooting of Alton Sterling. He was a new father.

Montrell Jackson

The key sentence from my perspective is "In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat."
My heart goes out to all African-American police officers that face this dichotomy.



Happy Monday! It's a chilly July morning here in Southside Park. The Pokemon hunters are wearing their parkas and continue searching unabated. Today is the deadline for bids to buy Yahoo!, so if you want to own a dinosaur, get your roughly $40 billion together.

It'll be a somewhat quiet couple of weeks for state political news, as media and electeds will be focusing on Cleveland and Philadelphia. 

NUMBER DU JOUR: 0.61%. Total return for CalPERS in 2015-16. Ouch. S&P 500: 0.98%

If you missed the weekend's Nooner goodness, here are Saturday's and Sunday's. I covered some of the fundraising numbers for the targeted races and a pot pourri of other issues. 

As Acting Governor, Gavin Newsom sent out the press release expressing the state's sorrow for the victims of the Baton Rouge shootings. In the release, he called for increased gun control measures, but stopped short of citing his measure on the November ballot, Proposition 63. Instead, he called on actions by Congress.

CA50 [East SD Cty]: Hunter hires law firm amid campaign review [Morgan Cook @ SDUT] - "After months of questions about personal use of campaign funds, Rep. Duncan Hunter’s campaign committee has hired a law firm that specializes in political law, according to financial reports released Friday. Hunter, R-Alpine, has already reimbursed his campaign account for $12,000 of expenses he identified as personal or mistaken on campaign finance reports, including video games, oral surgery, private school tuition, a garage door and unspecified items at a Coronado surf shop."

CALIIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES: The Board of Governors of the Calilfornia Community Colleges announced this morning that the new Chancellor is Long Beach CCD Superintendent/President Eloy Oakley.



CALM BEFORE THE STORM? Jim Brulte, California Republicans, relax ahead of convention [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee]:

As California delegates meandered into the Kalahari Report on Sunday, their chairman, Jim Brulte, did a little water “meditation” in the shallow pools in preparation for the week-long national convention nearly 60 miles away in Cleveland.

Brulte, also the state GOP chair, spent Sunday morning sprawled out in the small pool after hitting the Tanzanian Twister, which the park advertises as shuttling visitors “into a whirling vortex of fun.”

But the former legislative leader wasn’t able to use the facility’s pools as the site for his much-hyped cannonball contest.

An aide said he worried that the 4-foot to 5-foot outdoor pools would not accommodate the expected considerable displacement of water.

THE SETTLED: California GOP delegation to anti-Trumpers: never [Joe Garafoli @ SFChron] - "The California delegation, despite being bivouacked in the hinterlands, is built as the ultimate army of hard-core Trump faithful. In the unlikely event that there’s one last flailing attempt to derail the Donald’s nomination this week, the California delegation in place to destroy it."

THE COUNTERS: GOP's 'reality show' set to begin in Cleveland [Matthew Artz @ BANG]:

The split in the Republican ranks is evident in California, which will send more than 340 delegates and alternates to Cleveland. While most of them are excited to be part of history, several prominent party members who aren't heading east this week fear that Trump is unqualified to be president and that he risks staining the party's image among Latinos, women and millennials.

"The only thing worse than Donald Trump losing is Donald Trump winning," said Kevin Spillane, a Sacramento-based GOP strategist.

Jon Fleischman, a former executive director of the California Republican Party who writes a popular conservative blog called the FlashReport, is so turned off by Trump that he canceled his plans to travel to Cleveland for the convention and took his family on vacation to Hawaii instead.

"When my party nominated a complete douchebag, I decided I didn't need to go," Fleischman, a supporter of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and a veteran of four Republican National Conventions, said in a telephone interview from Maui.



$$$: California property taxes show sharp gains, especially in Bay Area [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "County property tax assessors are reporting strong upticks in taxable values for the 2016-17 fiscal year that began July 1. The total, when all the data are reported, will be close to the 6.16 percent gain estimated by Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget staff."

While the news is good for local governments and ostensibly schools, only a subset of "basic aid" schools will actually receive more money because of the boom. They are schools that earn enough in property tax revenue that the state need not provide them any General Fund revenue. For the non-basic aid districts, the additional property tax revenue just changes the composition of their revenue--more property tax and less General Fund.

The increased property tax revenue, however, is great for the General Fund and its non-education programs, primarily health and human services. The Proposition 98 guarantee for schools and community colleges is an overall guarantee based on three "tests" that I won't go into. However, the guarantee is a total obligation. Budget-writers then estimate the property tax revenue, and then meet the rest of the obligation with General Fund money. To the extent property tax revenue grows faster than the guarantee, that frees up General Fund money for other programs.

So, the increased property tax revenue shouldn't be seen as simply a win for simply local governments and schools. Of course, Governor Brown is likely to continue to demand savings and one-time expenditures to avoid a budget crisis whenever the next economic slowdown occurs.

LAW AND DISORDER: Judge throws out ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca's plea deal, saying 6 months in prison is not enough [Cindy Chang and Marisa Gerber @ LAT] - "A federal judge rejected a plea agreement Monday under which former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca would have served up to six months in prison for lying to federal authorities, saying the punishment was not severe enough."

LET THERE BE MORE LIGHT: UC regents consider tougher rules on outside pay for top administrators [Diana Lambert @ SacBee] - "The recommendations by UC President Janet Napolitano would reduce the maximum number of outside paid jobs from three to two, add a second layer of approval and require consideration of whether an outside board seat poses a “reputational risk” to the university."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Anu Natarajan!




  • APICA SUSHI SHOWDOWN: It’s back! Join the Asian Pacific Islander Capitol Association (APICA) for its 4th Annual sushi-eating contest, Sushi Showdown. You won’t want to miss out on the food fight of the year on Tuesday, August 2 beginning at 530 PM at Mikuni Midtown at 1530 J Street in Sacramento. The Asian Pacific Islander Capitol Association (APICA) is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of legislative staffers, advocates, and other API professionals in the Capitol community. Sushi Showdown provides the financial support for all of APICA's programs, including our Capitol internship program for college juniors and seniors. For sponsorship opportunities, to register as a competitor, or for more information, please contact
  • The Women's Foundation of California is seeking a five-star writer, experienced project manager and proud feminist to lead our storytelling and digital communications work (email marketing, list building, social media, website, blog, advertising and online engagement). This is an exciting opportunity for a self-starter and digital media expert who is looking to flex their exceptional skills as a writer in the service of positioning the Women’s Foundation of California as a thought leader in women’s economic security and a critical catalyst of social change in our communities. Click here to learn more and apply.
  • 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.

  • 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

How Much Are California's U.S. Senate Candidates Worth?
Both Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez have million-dollar homes and family assets in the millions. Can these Democratic Senate candidates relate to the average Californian?

California Property Taxes Show Sharp Gains, Especially In Bay Area | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Property taxes will top $60 billion this year

UC Berkeley Student Is Confirmed Dead In Nice Terror Attack
A UC Berkeley student missing in Nice since Thursday’s terror attack in France has been confirmed dead, according to university officials.

Berkeley Lab Researchers Receive $20 Million To Study Watershed Impact | The Daily Californian
Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory received $20 million from the Department of Energy last week to lead a three-year research project in the Upper Colorado River Basin, where they will study the processes that influence water availability and water quality as a result of climate change.

10 Ways Trump's Convention Could Revive The GOP - Or Kill It | The Sacramento Bee
David Lightman @
Can Trump seem presidential?

How Turkey's Botched Coup Tried And Failed To Capture The President
In their botched coup attempt against President Recip Tayyip Erdogan, no single calamity quite equals their failure to capture the president. Forces of the would-be junta didn’t even reach the

Meet California Republican Convention Delegates For Donald Trump | The Sacramento Bee
Six of the delegation’s 172 members share their thoughts

As Violence Cuts Into GOP Convention, Trump Under Pressure To Stay On Safety Message
Violence has interrupted the Republican convention, putting more pressure on Donald Trump to come up with a security message for voters

Many Notable California Republicans Staying Away From GOP Convention | The California Report | Kqed News
Katie received her masters degree in political science from San Diego State University and holds a Bachelors degree in broadcast journalism from Arizona State University.

Obama pleads with presidential candidates not to politicize the police shootings

"We don’t need careless accusations thrown around to score political points or to advance an agenda."

After Dallas, Baton Rouge Shootings, Eastvale Vigil Shows Support For Law Enforcement
Today's high

Two San Diego Trump Delegates Say Gays 'can Be Cured'
Essential Politics

Ignoring Donald Trump, Republican Senators Orbit Their Own Worlds
Several senators in tough re-election fights are focusing on local issues, trying to avoid guilt by association with their party’s presumptive presidential nominee.

Marine Corps Veteran Identified As Gunman In Fatal Shooting Of Three Police Officers In Baton Rouge
Three officers have been killed and three others wounded by a gunman in Baton Rouge, La.

Baton Rouge Shootings: Bay Area Police React To Officers' Deaths
Rick Hurd and Kaitlyn Landgraf, Staff writers @
"My first reaction? 'Oh my God, not again!' " said Kelly, a 20-year law enforcement veteran. "Is this becoming the norm?"

Taxis Suffer As Ride-sharing Takes Off At Bay Area Airports -
All were waiting for the intercom to ring out, signaling a few drivers at a time to head to the airport and, hopefully, catch a fare. But since the Port of Oakland, which operates the airport, began allowing ride-booking services, including Uber, Lyft and Wingz, to pick up and drop off passengers last year, those calls have been getting fewer and farther between.

In A Time Of Tumult, Trump And Clinton Compete To Be Seen As The Better Leader
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are competing for the mantle of leader as violence marks the world

Political Art in a Fractious Election Year
As the campaign season enters the nominating stage, no image has emerged that approaches the power of Shepard Fairey’s 2008 “Hope” poster for Barack Obama.