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Well, we've made it through both of bit Appropriations agendas, and now we're facing long floor agendas. Hang in there, gentlepeeps!

I hope your rubbernecking to the presidential debates hasn't created permanent damage. What a cluster....

MONEY MATTERS: The Big 5: California’s top political donors [Taryn Luna @ SacBee] - “Two are Republicans, two are Democrats and one is an independent. Four of the five are men, who say they give money to political causes that benefit society or the state’s most marginalized voters. Four live in the Bay Area and one in Southern California. All are white.”

US SENATE: Super PAC raises $1M to boost Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee]:

The PAC, called Standing up for California’s Middle Class, emerged only a few weeks after Harris announced her Senate candidacy in January 2015. It has received six-figure contributions from the Service Employees International Union and SEIU California State Council, as well as the California Professional Firefighters and California School Employees Association, according to Federal Election Commission filings through June 30.

Stephen J. Cloobeck, chief executive of Diamond Resorts International, is the PAC’s largest individual donor, coming in with a $100,000 contribution. Eli Broad, the entrepreneur and philanthropist from Los Angeles, has written a $5,000 check.

Cloobeck is most well known for his appearance on Undercover Boss in 2012. His time-share companies have had some real challenges

OUCH: Roger Hernández isn’t the only one who needs job protected leave [Editorial Board @ SacBee] - “How ironic that Assemblyman Roger Hernández was out sick this week as the Legislature reconvened from its July recess. After refusing to remove a huge obstacle to paid leave for legions of new parents, Hernández took – wait for it – paid leave.”




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  • 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
  • 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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Marijuana Legalization Campaign Sues Over Ballot Arguments | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

San Mateo County: 20-year Measure A Extension Placed On Ballot - Mercury News
Kevin Kelly, Daily News Staff Writer @
Supervisors unanimously voted on July 26 to seek an extension of the half-cent Measure A tax through 2043. It needed a four-fifths majority to be placed on the ballot.

Blue Ribbon Campaign Leader Disavows Allies Who Are Neo-nazis | The Sacramento Bee
Ed Fletcher @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

This Assemblyman Gets $176 A Day To Work In Sacramento — Even Though He Can't Work, Per Doctor's Orders
Embattled Assemblyman Roger Hernandez continues to collect salary and per diem payments, causing political headaches for legislative Democrats

Uncertain Fate For Greenhouse Gas Targets At End Of Legislative Session | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

SF janitors reach contract deal, avoiding strike
A tentative agreement to raise wages was reached Wednesday evening between a union representing thousands of San Francisco janitors and the cleaning companies that employ them, preventing a strike amid tense negotiations, union leaders said. The mayor’s office stepped in to assist negotiations between Local 87 of the Service Employees International Union, which represents 3,500 janitors in the city, and a group of janitorial services that includes ABM Industries, officials said. More than 1,000 janitors waited outside of City Hall holding union banners during talks between the organizations Wednesday evening. The union also wanted to maintain a low co-pay on health care plans and decent dental coverage, which it also received in the new contract, he said. Union representatives said workers also will get an increase in what their employers contribute to their pension funds and a stronger employee grievance process. The contract covers about 85 percent of the union members who clean downtown office buildings, including those of Airbnb, Uber and The Chronicle, union officials said.

See Who Spent The Most Lobbying California Lawmakers This Spring | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

All 10 California Prisoners Granted Clemency By Obama Were Drug Offenders | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
U.S. President Barack Obama holds a news conference in the State Dining Room at the White House in this October 2, 2015 file photo. On Wednesday, the president cut short the sentences of 214 federal prisoners, including 10 from California. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Should Reserve Peace Officers Be Able To Buy Assault Rifles To Use On The Job?
A group of reserve peace officers has sued Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris, contending her office has broken a long standing practice of allowing them to have assault weapons while on duty.

Polls: Clinton Pulling Ahead In Battleground States
Clinton was leading over Trump by an average of 8 points in polls compiled by Real Clear Politics in early July. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet was polling an average of 12 points  ahead of Republican Darryl Glenn. Bennet was once considered vulnerable and offered Republicans a rare chance to flip a Senate seat. The Republican challenge, though, has been hampered by allegations of voter signature fraud and resignations of top party officials.  

Senate Leader Frets Over Plan For Regional Electricity Grid
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Lead Found In Urine Of Northeast Fresno Resident. Is Water To Blame? | Fresno Bee
Tim Sheehan @
By Tim Sheehan

Running As Terror Expert, Sanchez Misses Many Anti-terror Panel Meetings | The Sacramento Bee
Sean Cockerham @
By Sean Cockerham

Trump's Latest Flareup Stirs An Already Sizzling Northern California Congressional Race
The political tumult stirred up by Donald Trump for belittling the Muslim parents of an solider killed in Iraq has spilled over into one of the state's most contentious congressional races.

Defeated San Jose Councilman Files Lawsuit To Challenge Election - Mercury News
But the incumbent councilman, who's been in office a little more than a year, is not giving up. His attorney claims the June 7 primary election was botched by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters and Nguyen should get a second bite at the apple.

Audio: Can Southern Californians Save Water Without Being Told To? | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Southern Californians used more water this June than last June. It was the first month without mandatory water restrictions. Photo by Vinoth Chandar via Flickr Creative Commons

Tpp Would Benefit San Diego's Export Economy, Report Says | Kpbs
City News Service @
Though heavily criticized on the presidential campaign trail, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement would benefit San Diego's export economy by lowering tariffs in other Pacific Rim countries, according to a report released Wednesday.

Melania Trump Statement On Immigration Status Dodges Key Points - Politico
Hillary Clinton holds a six-point lead over Donald Trump in Florida, according to the latest Suffolk University survey of likely voters in the state released...

Texas Agrees to Soften Voter ID Law After Court Order
Under a state deal with civil rights groups and the Justice Department, residents can cast ballots even if they have none of the seven documents that the law recognizes.

San Diego County Says More Kids Heading To Kindergarten Vaccinated | Kpbs
Megan Burks @
San Diego County health officials say the number of kindergarteners entering local classrooms without vaccinations was down last school year. The rate should continue falling under a state law that bans some exemptions.