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THE Nooner for July 25, 2016

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Good morning! Well, we have another convention on our hands. And, just to ensure the Dems have as much drama as the Reps, the email trove released by WikiLeaks led to the long-awaited ouster of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Sort of fitting with tonight's opening with Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. We also have Michelle Obama tonight. Sorry, Scott Baio was booked.

Here's an interesting read about the lead up to the departure announcement. Donna Brazile will be the interim chair.

Anyway, like last week, most California political reporters are at the convention and writing about how Harry and Sally became delegates. There's very little California political news. Congratulations, Governor Torlakson. Have a great week!

The fire near Santa Clarita continues to burn, now estimated at 30,000 acres. The LA basin is filled with smoke.

BALLOT BLOAT: Ballot of the Bulge: Why a new law isn't shrinking the ballot much - yet [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters] - "Protracted policy questions. Big-money battles. Contradictory proposals that are difficult to discern. It’s shaping up to be an all-too-typical fall election—once again confronting  California voters with an unwieldy ballot."

THE SAGE: Brown's presence at convention will emphasize governance, demographics [Carla Marinucci @ Politico] - "When Gov. Jerry Brown, a former political rival of Bill Clinton, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week, his presence will not only speak to the changing politics of his party, but the emergence of his state as a demographic bellwether and an example of effective governance."

END OF AN ERA: Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.83 billion, marking an end of an era [AP] - "The sale announced Monday marks the second time in two years that Verizon has snapped up the remains of a fallen Internet star as it broadens its digital reach. The nation's largest wireless carrier paid $4.4 billion for AOL last year."

This is sad for me. In the early days of the Interweb, I would browse Yahoo!--literally by going through the directories. Kids today would have no idea what to do! And, to this day, Yahoo! is still where I go for sports news and scores. 

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Assembly Fellows director Pam Chueh!


  • 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:

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Kamala Harris To Loretta Sanchez: Apologize To President Obama | The Sacramento Bee
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Direct Democracy Strategy Questions Raised By Gun Referendums :: Fox&hounds
The power to undo legislative action is a course I never participated in, which brings me to try and understand the strategy to refer to voters the six gun related bills signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

Bill Text - Ab-329 Pupil Instruction: Sexual Health Education.

California Bernie Sanders supporters boo mention of Clinton
PHILADELPHIA — California delegation breakfasts are usually tepid affairs at the national political conventions — a parade of office holders and party officials droning on as the delegates half-listen while slugging down bacon, eggs and gooey rolls. [...] Monday’s breakfast turned angry when delegates for Sen. Bernie Sanders booed nearly every mention of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton’s name and nearly drowned out speakers including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. The outbursts are an early sign of how Sanders’ supporters are going to continue to speak out loudly for him this week, pointing out that he won 45 percent of the vote in the Democratic Party primary. The Vermont senator is scheduled to speak to his delegates in a private meeting Monday afternoon, and will address the full convention in a prime-time speech Monday night. Outside, his supporters plan demonstrations and rallies all week. [...] inside the massive ballroom Monday where the California delegation met, they rained boos on every politician who uttered Clinton’s name — even fellow progressives like Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, and state Controller Betty Yee. [...] they directed their loudest boos at Padilla, who many Sanders supporters blame for not accurately tabulating ballots cast in the June 7 California primary that Clinton won. [...] what is key to keep in mind, she said, are the fundamental differences between Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Gov. Jerry Brown's Best Hope For High-speed Rail? A Donald Trump Presidency
Trump strongly supports high-speed rail so he may be Brown’s best bet for getting his bullet train built. Of course, a lot of Trump supporters in the San Joaquin Valley may not like that.

Madame President? Wide Range Of Feelings Among Women Delegates | The California Report | Kqed News
Ava Kennedy, a Bernie Sanders delegate from the North Bay, isn't ready to stop feeling the Bern quite yet.

California Politics Podcast: A Philadelphia Preview
No state has a larger presence at this week's Democratic National Convention than California. And for the state party's powerhouse poli...

Democrats Descend On Philadelphia Hoping For Party Unity | The California Report | Kqed News
Some Sanders backers are already on board. Rocky Fernandez, a Hayward resident who works for a state senator, said he has seen ups and downs over his 16 years in politics and is happy Sanders made it as far as he did. Fernandez is in Philadelphia as a Sanders delegate as well.

California Drought: Algae In Drinking Water Causes Santa Clara Valley Water Officials To Scramble - Mercury News
But this Sunday, the boats were gone and the boat ramp was padlocked. Although camping and hiking at the county park are still allowed, the lake is closed for the rest of the year.

What Hillary Must Do At The Dnc In Phiadelphia « Calbuzz
And we are here especially for the Bernie Sanders movement that does not want to go back into that dark night, into the Hillary Clinton campaign, that for so many people represents the opposite of what Bernie was building and what they were building.

How Overtime Has Made L.A.'s Port Pilots The City's Best Paid Employees, Averaging $450,000 A Year
The small corps of mariners who guide ships in and out of the Port of Los Angeles are by far the best-paid city employees, averaging nearly $450,000 in salary and bonuses last year.

Live Videos, Small Screens: Campaigns Hope Voters Like What They See
Advances in technology have prompted the campaigns to try to bypass major news networks and speak to voters using Facebook Live, Snapchat and other services.

Hysteria Over Trump Hits California Media :: Fox&hounds
The possibility that Donald Trump might win the presidency has set off high decibels of hysteria among the political establishment, and no more so than in blue California. Despite an historic level of unpopularity in California, it is quite possible Trump could be elected. The media and political establishment are already musing about what it would do if that happened.

Trump Takes Lead Over Clinton As GOP Convention Generates A Bounce For Its Nominee
The Republican convention has generated a modest increase so far in Donald Trump’s poll standing, moving the New York businessman back into a lead over Hillary Clinton.

Clinton, Biden Reschedule Pennsylvania Campaign Date - Politico
Vice President Joe Biden is heading to his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, with Hillary Clinton for a state party event there on Aug. 15.

Pro-bernie Sanders Activists In Philadelphia May Get Beat By The Heat
At the start of the Democratic National Convention, pro-Bernie Sanders activists are suffering in the heat.

Willie Brown: The Inside Man

$60 Million South County Courthouse Now A Virtual Ghost Town - Mercury News
But the first new courthouse they got became infested with toxic black mold and had to be shut down four years after it opened. So the courts were moved from the $7 million ruined building to leaky, cramped portables infested with ants and rats.

Wildfire Ripped Through Like 'freight Train,' Destroying Homes Near Santa Clarita
Aggressive wildfire ripped through like 'freight train,' destroying homes near Santa Clarita

Sand Fire Prompts Waves Of Evacuations In Acton, Santa Clarita Area
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Brown's Presence At Convention Will Emphasize Governance, Demographics
This year's marching season was peaceful, but fears are growing about the future.