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Happy humpday! Stay cool, Sacramento. We're now looking at 107 today.

Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention starts today at 1:30pm PDT, and Jerry Brown will get a chance at the podium this afternoon. Also on the schedule for tonight are Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Tim Kaine. Last night, Bernie Sanders's brother Larry--a delegate from Democrats Abroad--gave a teary eyed introduction before casting the five votes of the delegation. Definitely worth a watch.

I've been trying to find things to criticize following my critique of the GOP Convention last week. However, aside from the email scandal and resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, it's been a pretty drama free convention. And, they need it. The LAT/USC Dornsife poll out today has Trump with a 7-point lead. Clearly, that's convention bounce and it will likely even out after this week.

The one criticism is aimed at newspapers--including the Sacramento Bee--that had front page photos of Bill Clinton. The Washington Post initially did a run with Bill on it, and then changed it to a photo of the video screen from which Hillary addressed delegates after formally capturing the nomination. The problem is that newspapers generally don't use stock photo when referring to an event (as opposed to a background story). Hillary will certainly be on front pages on Friday.

DOUBLE-X FACTOR: California's legislature has fewer women than a decade ago [Kate Morrissey @ SDUT] - “As Democrats launch Hillary Clinton as the party's official presidential nominee, DataWatch counts down to the state that has lost the most women in its its statehouse.”

The number of women in the California Legislature has declined by 5%.

Energy funded PAC accused of inserting 'racially divisive' ad into state San Bernardino Assembly race [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - “A political committee funded by oil companies has launched ads on the Internet attacking state Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino for opposing the reelection of Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown of San Bernardino, a fellow Democrat, and questioning Levya’s party loyalty.”

This is one of the nastiest races in the state.

ACTING GOV: Tom Torlakson gets his first task as acting governor: Responding to fires [John Myers @ LAT] - “Less than a day after starting his first stint as California's acting governor, state Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson declared states of emergency on Tuesday in two counties dealt a huge blow by devastating wildfires.”

TAKING SIDES: California officials take sides on November ballot initiatives [Rachel Cohrs @ SacBee] - “On Tuesday, the California Secretary of State released its preliminary voter guide that will ultimately be mailed to all voting households. It included signed statements from each side of the 17 initiatives that are slated to appear on the ballot on Nov. 8.” 

WATER WARS: Hearings Begin On California Governor Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnel Project [Amy Quinton @ CapPubRad] - “The public hearings that began Tuesday at the State Water Resources Control Board are supposed to be narrow in focus – the board must determine whether building three new water intakes on the Sacramento River would harm other water users or the environment.”

ARROGANCE: Will California Public Utilities Commission get the reform message? [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “The PUC, like the State Bar, has become arrogantly insular, riven by scandal and too cozy with the huge utility monopolies it is supposed to regulate.”

MADAM LEADER: Nancy Pelosi wants the speaker’s gavel back. And she needs Hillary Clinton’s help to do it. [Kelsey Snell @ WaPo] - “In interviews for a project on “Women in Power,” The Washington Post talked to Pelosi about the sources of her strength and her leadership style. She dismissed questions about whether being a woman — the first to become House minority whip (2001), then minority leader (2003) and finally speaker of the House (2007) — helped or hindered her ambitions. Her short answer: neither.”

THE 415: San Francisco could let noncitizens vote in school elections [AP] - “San Francisco officials are taking another try at giving noncitizens the right to vote in local school board elections. The ballot measure approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Tuesday would allow parents and caregivers of city public school students to vote in local school elections. The measure will be on the November ballot.”

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Assemblyman David Chiu's Elena Lee and Matt Reed!



  • 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
  • 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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California Officials Take Sides On November Ballot Initiatives | The Sacramento Bee
Rachel Cohrs @
Prominent California political figures including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took sides on ballot initiatives by signing arguments to be included in the California Secretary of State’s voter guide.

L.A. County Supervisors Pull Marijuana Tax Measure From November Ballot
L.A. County supervisors voted Tuesday to drop a proposed November ballot initiative to tax marijuana businesses to pay for homeless services.

Remedy Or Boondoggle? Hearings Launch On Delta Tunnels Proposal | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build twin tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta effectively went on trial Tuesday, as a key state agency began months of hearings on details of the $15.5 billion proposal.

Oil Companies Weigh In On Political Feud Between Two Democratic Lawmakers
A political committee funded by oil companies has launched ads on the Internet attacking state Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino for opposing ...

Lafayette: Sales Tax Measure Heading To November Ballot -
The unanimous decision Monday to put the 1 percent general transactions and use tax on the upcoming ballot caps months of discussion about a possible measure. If approved, the levy would increase Lafayette's sales tax to 9.75 percent, and could generate $3 million annually for 29 years.

Will California Public Utilities Commission Get The Reform Message? | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
The California Assembly makes rare moves for institutional reform, targeting the State Bar and Public Utilities Commission, but one effort was stymied and it’s unclear whether the PUC has gotten the message that change is needed.

Federal, State Leaders Pitch For California Water Tunnels - The Orange County Register
FRESNO – Representatives of California Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration began making their pitch for approval Tuesday to build a pair of massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

California Gov. Jerry Brown says he likes running for president

California Gov. Jerry Brown is slated to speak Wednesday evening at the Democratic National Convention. He said Tuesday in an interview with The Post's James Hohmann, that he plans to speak about climate change. He also discussed his role as governor, his past presidential campaigns and his thoughts on Sen. Bernie Sanders' run for president.

Embattled Antioch special-needs school closes for good
An Antioch school for students with special needs permanently closed its doors Tuesday following a series of controversies that included a teacher’s aide striking a 9-year-old boy in an episode caught on a cell phone video earlier this year. The school’s executive director, Judy Weber, announced the closure July 6 in a letter to parents that blamed “false and misleading media attacks” for prompting Antioch and Oakland school districts to pull out students, and thus funding, from the Tobinworld II campus. Tobinworld, a private institution that receives funding from public districts, teaches students ages 5 to 22 with autism or severe emotional or developmental disabilities. An investigation by state education officials last year concluded that Tobinworld failed to comply with special-education codes that ensure the health and safety of students. The review found that Weber’s husband, Matthew Israel, an advocate of shock therapy, had been working for the school to design “behavior interventions” without the proper licenses, credentials, tuberculosis test or background check. The state Department of Education suspended the school’s certification in August 2015, preventing it from enrolling students until it took several “corrective actions,” which it did, said Peter Tira, a spokesman for the department. The incident mirrored other allegations of abuse the school had weathered: A 2014 lawsuit accused school officials of restraining another 9-year-old boy and telling him he couldn’t eat snacks or use the restroom. According to AUSD Superintendent Stephanie Anello, Tobinworld officials in March held a meeting with parents of students in the satellite campuses in an attempt to convince them to send their children to Tobinworld II.

Volkswagen's $15-billion Settlement Over Emissions Cheating Gets Preliminary Ok
A federal judge in San Francisco has granted preliminary approval to a $15-billion settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer ruled Tuesday on the

Berkeley City Council Approves Resolution To Divest From Private Prisons | The Daily Californian
Campus senior Anthony Williams, editor-in-chief of the ABC, said the ABC ultimately supports the divestment of all prisons. He added that the city of Berkeley needs to continue putting pressure on companies that hold investments in private prisons.

U.S. Teachers Have Middling Literacy And Numeracy Skills: Report - Teacher Beat - Education Week
Emmanuel Felton @
When compared to both their peers internationally and fellow American college graduates, U.S. teachers have middling math and literacy skills, finds a group of international researchers, who conclude that boosting salaries would be one way to attract higher-skilled individuals into teaching.

How To Solve California's Housing Shortage? Build 'granny Flats' In Homeowners' Backyards
Because of a court ruling, no one in Los Angeles is allowed to build second units on their properties. As the city determines a plan, three bills in the Legislature aim to make the process easier

SF supervisor factions make nice, OK ballot measures
Perhaps chagrined by the acerbic public display of animosity at last week’s board meeting, San Francisco’s supervisors played nice on Tuesday, and announced they had reached agreements on several proposed ballot measures that were in jeopardy because the progressive and moderate blocs were too mad at each other to compromise. There was a little nudging along the way, as board President London Breed started the meeting by admonishing her colleagues that they were prohibited from acting in a manner “unworthy or unbecoming” of a supervisor. While hard feelings linger privately, the supervisors were able to reach consensus on several proposed November ballot measures, including requiring the city to take responsibility for street trees to establishing an office of public advocate. Key to the goodwill was a last-minute deal on the measure that sparked last week’s meltdown — Supervisor Malia Cohen’s proposal to create a Department of Police Accountability, which would have the authority to audit Police Department policies. Last week, the progressives refused to put it on the ballot as a stand-alone measure and, over Cohen’s objections, folded it into Supervisor David Campos’ proposed ballot measure to create a public advocate office, which Cohen and the other moderates oppose. Cohen angrily accused the progressives of playing politics with the lives of black and brown people simply out of political retribution because, over their objections, she had sought to amend the public advocate proposal to require elected officials to sit out one term — four years — before running for the office. On Tuesday, Campos proposed allowing Cohen’s measure to go on the ballot by itself, with the caveat that the public advocate would appoint the department’s director. The moderates and progressives also reached an agreement on a measure to return tree maintenance to the city — it’s now the responsibility of property owners. [...] none of those proposals won out.

Tim Kaine's Wife Resigns State Education Post Ahead Of Formal Nomination - Politico
Clinton's campaign is seeking a part for Sanders in the roll call vote as a show of unity.

Madera County Supervisors Want Public Safety Tax On March Ballot | Fresno Bee
Marc Benjamin @
By Marc Benjamin

Bernie Sanders Tells California Democrats To Back Clinton | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared at the California delegation’s daily breakfast on Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. He urged California Democrats to support Hillary Clinton.

Oakland police commission plan hits turbulence with council
A proposed ballot measure for an independent Oakland police commission stoked a fight at City Hall Tuesday, when two City Council members challenged Mayor Libby Schaaf’s right to appoint three of the commission’s seven members. Proposed by Councilmen Dan Kalb and Noel Gallo, the measure initially had broad support from the City Council, whose members say the city’s police department needs stronger oversight in light of a recent string of off-duty disciplinary cases. The two councilwomen agreed with several activists who spoke at the meeting, arguing that the commission could not be truly independent — or insulated from the Oakland Police Officers’ Association — if any of its members owed his or her position to a government official. Though the commission would have similar duties it would be more powerful, entrusted to form a Community Police Review Agency to probe misconduct complaints, and authorized to fire the chief for cause, if five of its members vote to do so.

Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys And Elizabeth Banks Among Host Of Stars At Democratic Convention | The Sacramento Bee
Lisa Gutierrez @
Donald Trump promised not to throw a “boring” political convention like ones he’d seen in the past

Hillary Clinton announced as Democratic nominee for president

After the roll call vote, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) announced that Hillary Clinton is officially the Democratic nominee for president. Clinton is the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party.

L.A. County Will Try To House 100 Homeless Youths In 100 Days
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority announced a goal to find housing for 100 of the city's young people

Audio: Should La Spend $37 Million On A Fire Fighting Airplane? | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Canadair Super Scooper releasing its payload of water in a demonstration at the Van Nuys Airport 9-4-2012. It can also drop fire-retardant foam. Jerry Gorin

Hillary Makes History, Bubba Plays First Spouse « Calbuzz
Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday became the first woman ever nominated for president by a major political party.