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THE NOONER for August 13, 2016

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Good morning and a happy hot Saturday to you. I like to write on my balcony. My iPhone said "iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it." Never seen that one before! Fortunately, the sun is almost over my roofline.

BALLOT LANGUAGE: Opponents of legal pot can argue kids could be exposed to candy, brownie ads [Taryn Luna @ SacBee] - “A Sacramento Superior Court judge agreed Friday to let opponents of a proposition legalizing marijuana in California warn voters that children could be exposed to ads promoting marijuana gummy candy and brownies.” 

CA07 (East Sacto County): Probation officer: Babulal Bera too old, sick for prison [Denny Walsh @ SacBee] - “Federal prosecutors and attorneys for Babulal Bera clashed late Thursday in court papers arguing the pros and cons of Bera going to prison for election fraud in connection with two of his congressman son's campaigns.”

MONEY MASTER: Tom Steyer's big money boosts Democrats [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - “So far this year, he’s spent $31 million in reportable political contributions, 50 percent more than the nation’s next most generous donor, Republican hedge fund CEO Robert Mercer, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.”

RIGHT TO DIE: Focus: 'I’d Rather Be Free Than Entombed In My Body' [Kelly Davis @ SDUT] - “Thanks to Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, the End of Life Option Act was resurrected in mid-August 2015, passed and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown the following month. Brown is Catholic, and many were unsure whether he’d sign the bill. In a poignant signing message explaining his decision, Brown wrote: “I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn’t deny that right to others.’”

WHOA: Hacker releases cell phone numbers, personal emails of House Democrats [Daniella Diaz @ CNN] - “The hacker who goes by "Guccifer 2.0" is claiming credit for the release of personal cell phone numbers and private email addresses of Democratic House members. The data -- posted to their WordPress blog on Friday night -- also contains the contact information for staff members and campaign aides.”

Complicated passwords folks!

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Mercury's Adam Keigwin and Gonzakez field rep Lucas O'Connor!




  • California Charter Schools Association: The Legal Secretary is responsible for a variety of tasks in support of CCSA’s legal team.  The ideal candidate will have litigation secretary experience. The Legal Secretary will report to the General Counsel/Senior Vice President of Legal Advocacy, along with the three attorneys making up the team.  The Legal Secretary will work in the Sacramento office, but will be assigned to attorneys who work remotely across California. Salary: DOE.

  • Meridian Pacific, Inc. Paid internship involving campaigns for Republican candidates, statewide initiatives and issue advocacy. Those who exemplify strong writing, research, and communications skills will be given preference.  Salary is DOE. Please send cover letter and resume to:
  • 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
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  • 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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Lawsuit Prompts California To Reduce Some Cell Phone Prison Penalties | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has tried for years to keep cellular phones out of inmates’ hands. But an inmate lawsuit has prompted the department to change its interpretation of a 2011 law and to reduce the penalty for inmates caught with cell phone accessories such as chargers.

Prosecutors Say Rep. Ami Bera's Father Should Serve A Year In Prison For Campaign Money Crimes
Update on 'Essential Politics: Hundreds of bills live or die in Sacramento 'suspense file' action'

Banks Are ‘commercial Establishments’ — So An Inmate Is Freed - Crime Scene
It was another case about the meaning of Proposition 47, the 2014 initiative that reduced a number of felony crimes in California to misdemeanors, shortening their sentences considerably. Among them was shoplifting, newly defined as entering an open commercial establishment with the intent to take money or property worth no more than $950.

Tom Steyer's Big Money Boosts Democrats - The Orange County Register
Billionaire Tom Steyer is drawing attention as a possible 2018 gubernatorial candidate, but perhaps more significant are the tens of millions of dollars he’s spending to defeat Donald Trump, back Democratic candidates and promote environmental causes.

California Gun Owners Begin Drive To Repeal Weapon Laws Signed By Gov. Jerry Brown - Mercury News
The newly formed Veto Gunmageddon is circulating its petition at gun stores and firing ranges across the state.

Opponents Of Legal Pot Can Argue Kids Could Be Exposed To Candy, Brownie Ads | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Hacker Releases House Dem Cells, Emails -- Trump Asks For ‘election Observers’ -- Scoop: Kevin Brady Making Calls On Tax Reform – Obama’s Summer Books -- Weekend Reads - Politico
"Help Me Stop Crooked Hillary From Rigging This Election!" the website says.

Squaw Valley Expansion Gets Green Light From Planning Commission | The Sacramento Bee
Brad Branan @
By Brad Branan

California May Beef Up Electric Vehicle Mandate | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
This undated image provided by Ford shows the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept car. California Assemblywoman Autumn Burke says she's introducing legislation to require that 15 percent of all new vehicles sold in the state be emission-free in less than a decade. AP Photo/Ford

Sacramento Police Department Sets Up Safe Space For Online Exchanges -
Melody Stone @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Scores Of Students Without Vaccine Proof Sent Home On First Day Of School | The Sacramento Bee
Loretta Kalb @
By Loretta Kalb

June Osterberg, SF activist and journalist, dies
June Osterberg, SF activist and journalist, dies June Osterberg was one of those activist San Franciscans who fought hard to defend her vision of the city she loved. [...] a few months before her death on Aug. 1 at the age of 87, Ms. Osterberg made a point of attending every public meeting of the city Port Commission or other government body concerned with planning or development. “She was part roving reporter, part neighborhood historian and activist,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who was Ms. Osterberg’s friend for years. “She believed that the waterfront belonged to each and every citizen of San Francisco and California, and not to city bureaucrats and developers,” said Jon Golinger, another friend and activist. Ms. Osterberg not only reported on various public meetings — It was amazing. Last year she received an excellence in journalism award from the University of North Dakota. Carl Nolte is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

What you need to know about Hillary Clinton's tax returns

On Aug. 12, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton released her and husband Bill's 2015 tax returns. Here's what you need to know about them.

Bill Clinton’s Pay At For-profit Education Company Topped $17.5 Million - Politico
Kaine also released 10 years worth of returns.

Shelved California Bill On Dna Testing And Cold Cases Had Personal Meaning For Los Angeles Assemblyman Mike Gatto.
Update on 'Essential Politics: Hundreds of bills live or die in Sacramento 'suspense file' action'

Bill Clinton: Hillary's Emails As National Security Threat 'biggest Load Of Bull' - Politico
Trump warned voters against election fraud once again on Friday.

Trump asks crowd 'who likes the snake?' before reading poem about immigration

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump read a poem about a snake at a rally in Pennsylvania to discuss immigration and terrorism.

Citing Trump Effect, Ray Ellis Pulls Out Of District 1 Council Race - Times Of San Diego
Updated at 9:35 a.m. Aug. 12, 2016

Bill Clinton Defends Hillary Clinton's Honor
Update on 'Donald Trump mocks Hillary Clinton's release of tax returns '

Desecration of holy book outrages Sikh community in Union City
Police in Union City have asked the public for help in tracking down a man who interrupted a meeting of Sikh elders at a park and desecrated a holy book in front of them. The incident happened Tuesday night at the Contempo Park in Union City when the man walked up to the group and began tearing apart the Guru Granth Sahib, a book of Sikh scriptures. “While our legal options are limited to the facts, our intent is to do all we can to promote a feeling of safety and solidarity to our entire Union City community,” an official from the Union City Police Department wrote in a Facebook post about the incident. No witnesses got the license plate number of the man's car or recognized him, officials said. Police officials said they want to speak with the man about the incident “as a matter of due diligence and to confirm there are no other aspects of the incident about which we are unaware.” Despite the act outraging the Sikh community in Union City, police officials said in terms of legality, no laws were broken and that their approach to handling the situation must be consistent with both the facts and the law. “While we understand the man's behavior may be considered disrespectful or repugnant, or even a violation of the laws of other nations, we also recognize that the First Amendment of the United States Constitution allows for free speech and free expression,” police officials wrote in their Facebook post. Singh said the community would submit a formal request to the police department to see what next steps would be taken to make the community once again “feel comfortable and safe in the area.”

Court Strike: Tentative Deal Reached By Santa Clara County Clerks; Courts To End 8-day Walkout - Mercury News
Tracey Kaplan and Mark Gomez, Staff Writers @
Friday was the eighth consecutive work day of a strike by more than 300 clerks and other court workers that has closed clerk's offices and disrupted operations since it began. The walkout brought normal operations at all 11 courthouses to a near standstill, with paperwork problems mounting and all but essential hearings postponed.