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THE Nooner for July 21, 2016

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Good morning, Noonerific people! It's going to be another nice day before you give your air conditioner a bear hug over the weekend.

IGNORED STORY OF THE DAY: Cop shoots caretaker of autistic man playing in the street with toy truck [Charles Rabin @ MiamiHerald] - "When a 23-year-old autistic man carrying a toy truck wandered from a mental health center out into the street Monday, a worker there named Charles Kinsey went to retrieve him. A few minutes later the autistic man was still sitting cross-legged blocking the roadway while playing with the small, rectangular white toy. And Kinsey was prone on the ground next to him — a bullet from an assault rifle fired by a police officer having struck his leg."

You have got to be kidding me. This is why neighborhood policing is so important. The police should have known that that there was a residential facility for developmentally disabled adults there. How could that be ignored?

I have several friends with developmentally disabled children, and this breaks my heart. While it was the caretaker who was shot, every family who has, or who has lost, a child to developmental disabilities was shot on Monday. There are few things that can unite Americans than to a perceived attack or inattention to developmentally disabled children who are shot or whose caregivers are shot. All this Jenny McCarthy autism concerns about vaccines has nothing on this.

RNC DAY 3 takeaways:

  • What should have been a good night after putting plagiarism behind them led to another controversy by a Trump-picked speaker. Ted Cruz made it clear this is not a unified Republican party. He's the GOP's Bernie Sanders, but is not willing to fall in line. The Trump surrogates (principally Chris Christie) immediately jumped on Cruz, who had raised his hand saying that he would endorse the eventual nominee. His explanation is that Trump attacked Cruz's wife Heidi, and that crossed the line and killed the pledge.

  • There is a great irony that the rarely-discussed "pledge" was emphasized to keep Trump in check, and then Cruz is the one the violates it. Technically, the pledge is related to the use of RNC data.

  • Observers noted the coincidence of Trump's entrance into the arena during Cruz's speech (despite being there for six hours) and the positioning of Trump's whips in the middle of Cruz's speech to ensure that nothing went awry.
  • Unfortunately, we have another 24-hour news cycle that is dominated by a not-so-positive story on what was otherwise a good night. The pacing was good, the message was a B-, but Cruz's lack of endorsement will predominate the news until tonight's 4:20pm PDT opening. Okay, we have to make a joke about the fact that they are opening the last two sessions at 4:20 PDT. The West Coast delegates are stepping out of their vans and trying to find their seats at that point. 


  • Session begins at 4:20pm PDT.
  • Keynote Speaker: Donald Trump (presidential nomination speech)
  • Other major speakers: Jerry Falwell, Jr., Ivanka Trump (introducing her father), venture capitalist Peter Thiel, who is the only (I believe) openly gay speaker on the schedule.
  • Strange: The lone Asian-American on the stage this week will be today's appearance by optometrist Lisa Shin from Los Alamos, NM. During a convention in which spouses have frequently come up with the "speakers" (i.e. Calista Gingrich and Rachel Campus-Duffy), former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, would have been far more impactive as an Asian-American leader. Every constituency counts, and finding an optometrist that nobody has heard of doesn't help.



State Senate leader's daughter lands job with his campaign consulting firm [Javier Panzar @ LAT] - "California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León's daughter Lluvia Carrasco has landed a job with Encino-based political firm Shallman Communications, which counts De León and a number of other prominent California Democrats as clients."

Shallman recently lost Dave Jacobson and Mac Wilber, who left to open their own firm.



GROUNDED: Flight delays and cancellations continue after technical glitch causes havoc for Southwest Airlines [Veronica Rochar @ LAT] - "Southwest Airlines passengers could expect another day of delays and cancellations Thursday, even after officials repaired a computer glitch that left hundreds stranded at Los Angeles International Airport and across the U.S. Southwest officials said more than 221 flights were canceled Thursday morning as they positioned aircraft and crew." 

Many of us were watching social media updates from our friends about being stuck, the worst of which might have been at ex-LAX. A 20-minute delay in that terminal is miserable...let alone a couple of hours.

The travel nightmare occured on the eve of the company's earnings, which were pretty good.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to CMA's Nick Birtcil, CNN's Teddy Davis, CDF's Alex Johnson, and the Assembly's Toni Zupan

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Tiffany Trump is not the youngest of Donald Trump's children. He also has Barron Trump, the 10-year-old who is Donald's only child with Melania.



  • 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:

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Gavin Newsom Is Having A Great Republican National Convention | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
California’s Democratic lieutenant governor is firing back at Donald Trump, trending on social media

Why Construction Unions Are Fighting Gov. Jerry Brown’s Plan For More Housing
Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to streamline low-income housing development is facing an intractable fight with construction unions over worker pay

Outcome Of Stadium, Tourism Initiatives Could Rest With State Supreme Court. |
The California Supreme Court could potentially decide whether the Chargers stadium initiative requires the support of two-thirds of voters to pass or just a simple majority. — John Gastaldo

Fountain Valley Latest O.C. City To Put Sales Tax Hike On November Ballot - The Orange County Register
FOUNTAIN VALLEY – As expected, the City Council has decided to join several nearby cities in placing a measure on the November ballot to increase the sales tax by 1 percent.

GOP May Not Like Tech Billionaire’s Convention Speech | Election 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
When the Trump campaign released the list of speakers at this week’s RNC convention in Cleveland, Thiel was among the names that raised eyebrows.

Ballot Of The Bulge: Why A New Law Isn't Shrinking The Ballot Much - Yet
by Laurel Rosenhall

Oakland: Council Approves Measures To Curb Rent Hikes -
The City Council voted unanimously early Wednesday to place the Renters Protection Act measure on the November ballot, one of two proposals approved to strengthen protections for tenants.

San Jose: County Begins Unprecedented Second Recount In District 4 Race - Mercury News
The county's unprecedented second recount follows two earlier tallies that each time narrowed the gap separating the incumbent and challenger from three dozen to a dozen votes. Election staffers have offered explanations for the shifting figures ranging from write-in votes to a box of ballots left out in the first recount.

Lawyer Calls For Trump U Hearing To Be Held On Earth, Not 'bizarro World' |
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump walks to the stage during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016.

Appeals court: Texas voter ID law violates Voting Rights Act
Identification-check law looks likely to be watered down in November.

Carson’s Election Season Begins With Defamation, Sexual Harassment Allegations
Today's high

Residents Demand Police Reform At Community Forum |
Community members challenged San Diego police during a forum Tuesday, demanding more accountability.

When It Comes To His Own Speech, Donald Trump Should Take A Page From His Wife's Book And Lift From The Past
George Skelton on how Donald Trump can turn his wife's speech debacle into a positive thing for his campaign

Gingrich: Cruz Was Like Garden Party Guest Who Poured 'acid On The Petunias' - Politico
Former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin lambasted former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's failure to endorse Republican nominee Donald Trump...

Hillary Clinton: 'The truth about Hillary' | Campaign 2016

The Clinton campaign released a web video poking fun at Republican rival Donald Trump for his past praise of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Miniature Wall Appears Around Trump's Hollywood Star - Sfgate
The same day real estate mogul Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination for president, a miniature wall appeared around his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On Tuesday, tourists in Los Angeles noticed the six-inch gray wall that also featured razor wire and was plastered with "keep out" signs. By Wednesday morning, the tiny wall was removed.

Day 3: Rnc Erupts In Total Trumpster Fire
The episode overshadowed a strong maiden speech by vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, and strong addresses by Trump spawn Eric and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The Challenge Of Covering Donald Trump If You’re A Latino Reporter | Election 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
It’s safe to say there has never been much of a honeymoon phase between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the Spanish-language news media.

Palin Slams 'career-ending' Cruz Speech - Politico
Former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin lambasted former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's failure to endorse Republican nominee Donald Trump...

Fontana, Your Water Bills Are Proposed To Go Way Up
Today's high

Mcconnell: Trump Won't Lose One GOP Senate Seat - Politico
Trump's campaign aggressively jumped into the big money chase on Wednesday.

Refinery Pollution Limits Debated; Vote Delayed -
Meanwhile, the region's air agency announced a half-year delay in bringing the controversial limits to a vote of its board.