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THE Nooner for July 29, 2016

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Whew, the conventions are over and the Legislature returns on Monday. While I dreaded that for far too many years, now it means California news for a month. It's been all crickets for the last month. What the heck is a NoonerChief to do?

BORN IN EAST LA: How George Takei's East L.A. boyhood made him take on Donald Trump — in Spanish [Alexia Fernandez @ LAT] - “With these words, the actor and sometime activist George Takei compares the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II to “las palabras y los planes” — the word and plans — of Donald Trump. Takei posted the four-minute video on his Facebook page July 20 and it’s already been viewed nearly 12 million times.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Los Rios CCD trustee Pam Haynes, Assemblymember Roger Hernandez, Cerell's Jason Levin, and longtime education legislative advocate Dolores Sanchez!



  • 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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Bernie Sanders Delegates Accuse Clinton Organizers Of Trying To Shut Them Out | The Sacramento Bee
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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

After Fatal Drug Overdoses At Rave, Parents Of Dead 19-year-old File Lawsuit
The parents of a 19-year-old college student who fatally overdosed on drugs at a rave at the Los Angeles County fairgrounds last August have filed a lawsuit

New Crop Of California Democrats Courts National Attention | The Sacramento Bee
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Clinton Has One Big Edge On Trump: Her Supporting Cast Is Stronger
After a day that demonstrated weaknesses in both presidential candidates, a series of high-powered surrogates for Hillary Clinton impugned Donald Trump from the Democratic convention stage Wednesday

CalSTRS Steps Up Pressure In Volkswagen Diesel Scandal | The Sacramento Bee
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By Dale Kasler

Decked with flower beds, trees, a storm water drain system and a century-old fountain that spouts water for the first time in 75 years, the triangular piece of land is four times its original size. “This is a magical space,” Mayor Libby Schaaf said at a news conference Thursday, where she unveiled the $7 million redevelopment project alongside Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Public Works Director Brooke Levin, and area merchant Ari Takata-Vasquez. Schaaf went on to tout the project as a public investment that enhances other improvements to the neighborhood, among them the restoration of Latham Square building and the former Roos Brothers department store at 1500 Broadway. Funded with a $1.4 million state Proposition 1C grant for transportation infrastructure, $3.8 million from Alameda County’s Measure B sales tax, and a mix of other redevelopment project funds, the renovation added new traffic signals at four intersections, to make the area safer for pedestrians. Designed in 1913, Latham Square was originally a small patch of land bearing the ornate Latham Memorial Fountain, which at that time had drinking fountains alongside water troughs, so that people could drink companionably with their horses.

Jill Stein: Green Party is 'not some irrelevant footnote'

Speaking at a temporary campaign office in Philadelphia during the week of the Democratic National Convention, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein refuted the notion that 2016 voters must choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Democrats Erupt As Republican Doug Elmets Bashes Trump | The Sacramento Bee
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Court Strikes Down North Carolina Voter Id Law - Politico
A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina's voter identification law, holding that it was 'passed with racially discriminatory intent.'

Lake Tahoe: Warmest Water Temperatures Ever Recorded Threaten Famed Clarity, New Study Shows - Mercury News
In a report released Thursday by UC Davis, scientists said that the lake's waters in the past four years have been warming at 15 times their historic average.

Virginia still has laws banning gay marriage. Should that matter?

More than a year after Supreme Court decision authorized same-sex unions across the land, old laws linger in 30 states.

State Tightens Rules On Which Finance Companies May Handle Bond Sales | The California Report | Kqed News
Often voter approval is required to issue bonds — and Deputy Treasurer of Public Finance Tim Schaefer says a troubling pattern has emerged in bond elections.

How George Takei's East L.A. Boyhood Made Him Take On Donald Trump — In Spanish
George Takei posted on Facebook a video likening Trump's plans to the Japanese-American internment. It's had 11 million views so far, and it's in Spanish.

Exclusive: Dem Super Pac Launching New $10m Campaign -- Welcome To The General Election -- Dccc Hacked -- Clinton World Parties At The Logan - Politico
"There's no way she can establish that she's the change. She is the establishment," Paul Manafort says.

Federal Agency Calls For New Rules On Debt Collectors During Sacramento Hearing | The Sacramento Bee
Loretta Kalb @
By Loretta Kalb

Family Of Mentally Disabled Man Killed By Long Beach Police Files Federal Lawsuit
The family of a disabled man killed by Long Beach Police filed a federal lawsuit against the department.

Local Black Lives Matter Group Endorses Republican Portman In Ohio Senate Bid - Politico
A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina's voter identification law, holding that it was 'passed with racially discriminatory intent.'

Trump Says Democrats Ignore Terrorism, Crime And Illegal Immigration
Trump responds to Democrats' attacks by citing terrorism, immigration, crime, depleted military and U.S. jobs going to Mexico.

Hrc President: ‘trump Struggled To Read The Letters L-g-b-t-q’ - Politico
Chad Griffin blasted the Republican presidential nominee for claiming to be a champion for gay rights for political gain.

Airbnb Sues Anaheim Over Law That Makes The Rental Site Liable For Hosts Who Violate City Law
The short-term rental site files suit against Anaheim, saying Airbnb should not be liable if hosts fail to meet the city regulations.