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THE Nooner for July 24, 2016

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Happy Sunday. Just a few minutes for a few thoughts before heading to farmers market. After that, the Latino immigrants will invade the neighborhood to go to Our Lady of Guadalupe, bringing with them street tacos, tamales, mangoladas, churros, bacon-wrapped hot dogs and all other kinds of violence.

It's going to be a super hot week here, with the mercury forecasted to hit 106 on Tuesday. I think we can't use the "but it's a dry heat" explanation at that point. At least we're not facing the awful smoke blanketing the Los Angeles basin from the 20,000 acre Sand Fire near Santa Clarita.

Well, it's the last week of the Legislature's summer recess. The one-month sprint to the end of session begins next Monday. No more shorts...time to bring the ties and heels out.

Are you down with TPP? So, both of the presidential candidates oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership and I hear a lot of people echoing that opposition. But, I haven't heard anybody, including the prez candidates, talk about the substance they oppose. It's just a talking point. We deserve more, considering Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan and six other countries have signed off. I am not a TPP evangelist, but how many of the people we're hearing from can name the 12 countries that are signatories? And, how many could find Brunei on a map (hint: Malaysia)?

PROVISIONALLY SPEAKING: Some say it's time California had statewide rules for provisional ballots [John Myers @ LAT]:

Once reserved for emergency situations, provisional ballots were freely handed out across California on June 7 as a Times analysis finds they were used by more than one of every five primary voters who showed up at a polling place.

But the wide use of provisional ballots has not been matched by any broad statewide oversight, with rules changing from one county to the next dictating when they are used and how elections officials decide whether to count them as valid votes.

MONEY MATTERS: Politicians ignore long-term effects as they seek instant payoff [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "CalPERS’ problems stem not only from overly optimistic earnings projections, but a 1999 decision by [Gray] Davis and legislators to sharply increase state pension benefits – retroactively – based on those rosy assumptions, and the subsequent lemminglike decisions by local officials to embrace the state’s pension increases."

WATER WARS: Will the Delta tunnels get built? Plan enters critical make-or-break phase [Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow @ SacBee] - "Crunch time starts Tuesday. The State Water Resources Control Board begins months of grueling public hearings on the details of Brown’s plan to burrow a pair of massive tunnels beneath the heart of the Delta, a grand public works project designed to shore up the reliability of water deliveries to millions of Southern Californians and San Joaquin Valley farmers."

CAP AND TRADE: Cap-and-trade market could raise pressure on dairies, jet makers and refineries [Adam Ashton @ SacBee] - "California companies that refine gas, make cheese and build satellites may face bigger bills in the state’s underperforming cap-and-trade market very soon. But their counterparts that extract oil from the earth, turn wood into paper or produce fertilizer are in line for a longer cap-and-trade honeymoon."

HOPE FROM CORPORATE SCUM? Yosemite in settlement talks to win back historic park names [Kurtis Alexander @ SFChron] - "In a legal briefing submitted in early July, the Park Service and Delaware North jointly wrote that they “believe that, in light of the potential for resolving this matter through mediation, counsel’s time and effort would be better spent on attempting to reach a mediation agreement.” Aramark, which took over the park’s privately run services March 1, is slated to take part in the mediation talks." 

BOO. Disneyland Resort ditching Twilight Zone for Marvel superhero ride [Joseph Pimental and Mark Eades @ OCR] - "Disney California Adventure’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is disappearing into the fifth dimension – forever. A new attraction will move into the building that the Anaheim theme park calls the Hollywood Tower Hotel: Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!"

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang, the CRP's David Craeger, and former Sac councilmember Ray Tretheway!



  • 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.
  • 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

Gavin Newsom Lifts Latest Attack On Trump, Fails To Credit Author | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Newsom gives credit to retired Air Force Col. Tom Moe after after campaign questioned

Women Vote: 'Anthem' | Campaign 2016

Emily’s List Super PAC Women Vote released an ad on July 15 attacking Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Champagne, Tacos And Time Off: How Dollar Shave Club Employees Are Celebrating $1-billion Sale
For employees at Dollar Shave Club, this week is the fulfillment of a dream that many start-ups strive for, but few achieve: a $1 billion payday.

Developers Battle Increased Fees Aimed At Alleviating Overcrowded Schools -
The state agreed. In a precedent-setting act -- after repeated pleas by the Dublin and Fremont school districts -- a state board overseeing school construction declared in May that state funds for new school construction are not available, triggering the highest-level fees on homebuilders that the law allows. But those builders are fighting back, in a battle that could have implications for school funding around the state.

A Locked Office, Getaway Car And Secret Flight: The Final Steps In Picking Clinton's Vice President
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Local Re-entry Program Shows Promise For Inmates |
Inmates at the East Mesa Reentry Facility Job Center take a orientation class with instructors from Second Chance. The program helps inmates prepare for job interviews before their release from jail. — Nelvin C. Cepeda

Judge Questions Private Talks Between Coastal Commissioners And Developer's Consultants
Trial judge questions private ex parte communications between coastal commissioners and the developer of a Laguna Beach housing project.

Democratic Convention: 13 Orange County Delegates Are Sanders' While 9 Back Clinton - The Orange County Register
Bernie Sanders has moved into a support position behind Hillary Clinton, but his legions of backers will be unavoidable at the Democratic National Convention that begins Tuesday.

California State Parks Navigating Uncertain Future | The Press Democrat
Derek Moore @
Richard Charter is a Bodega Bay resident who over four decades has fought to protect the North Coast from offshore drilling and preserve public access. Charter questions why visitors would pay extra at sites that offer few amenities beyond a parking lot and portable restrooms.

For Bay Area Officers, These Are Tense Times - San Francisco Chronicle
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Tim Kaine is a rarity for a vice-presidential pick: He's a Virginian

Mike Pence, though, hails from the second-most popular state for vice presidential candidates.

Oakland Mother Of Slain U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Tells Donald Trump To Stop Using Her Son's Name -
Mary F. Commanday, of Oakland, wrote a letter published by The New York Times on Friday pleading with the Republican presidential nominee to refrain from using her son's name during his campaign.

Man's Body Found In Area Burned By Sand Fire In Santa Clarita Area
Sheriff's homicide detectives were investigating the death of a man whose body was found in the area burned by the Sand fire.

Yosemite In Settlement Talks To Win Back Historic Park Names - San Francisco Chronicle
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Brush Fire Spreads To More Than 11,000 Acres Near Santa Clarita As Ash And Smoke Fill Skies
A fast-growing brush fire has burned nearly 1,500 acres along the 14 Freeway east of Santa Clarita, prompting some evacuations in the area, authorities said.

Democrats, Looking Past Obama, Are a Party Without a Cause
Without the president’s unifying presence, or the singular focus on health care, Democrats are searching for a next great project they can agree on. Infrastructure?

Evacuation Ordered As Fire Consumes Almost 2,000 Acres In Northern Big Sur Area And Threatens Homes
1,000 homes threatened by fast moving fire in the northern Big Sur area.

In Oakland, A Job Where Being A Former Inmate Gets You In The Door | The California Report | Kqed News
With high rates of recidivism among those who enter and exit the criminal justice system, employers willing to hire, train and work with former inmates to clear obstacles in their lives may be a key factor in keeping people out of the system long term.

Clinton Has Advantage At Democratic Convention - San Francisco Chronicle
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Trump on Ailes: 'A lot of people are thinking he's going to run my campaign'
Trump said “a lot of people are thinking he’s going to run my campaign.”

Driverless Shuttles Coming To East Bay To Be Tested -
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority expects the shuttles to arrive this summer at the GoMentum Station, a test track at the former naval weapons station, said Randy Iwasaki, the agency's executive director.