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THE Nooner for August 28, 2016

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Happy Sunday! Sorry about yesterday's Nooner misfire. Stupid script glitch. Today is the 53rd anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the site of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech. The election is 72 days away. The Legislature has three business days left before adjournment. 

AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers, Marisa Lagos and Anthony York tickle our ears with the California Politics Podcast.

NOBODY WATCHES ANYWAY: The debate debate: How many are enough in U.S. Senate race? [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - “Loretta Sanchez is pushing for more than the two debates agreed to by U.S. Senate opponent Kamala Harris before the November election, but could end up with one or none.”

NO GO: Farmworkers give up day’s pay to see leaders say ‘no se puede’ [Marcus Breton @ SacBee] - “The farmworkers showed up at the Capitol on Thursday, giving up a day’s earnings to witness history made. And then it wasn’t. It was a disgrace.”

BONDAGE LIMITATION: This wealthy farmer is taking on Sacramento: ‘God help you if you disagree with him’ [David Siders @ SacBee] - “The state Capitol, [Dino] Cortopassi said, has been overrun by “porkers feeding at the public trough,” and if long-term debt is not constrained, he said his grandchildren’s generation will bear the cost. He called his November ballot initiative – a proposal to require voter approval before the state issues revenue bonds for public works projects costing more than $2 billion – his “moral obligation.” Proposition 53, into which Cortopassi and his wife, Joan, have poured about $4.5 million, is in one way a referendum on Brown’s $15.5 billion plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south.”

CA31 (San Bernardino): The latest salvos in the Pete Aguilar vs. Paul Chabot race [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - “Inland Rep. Pete Aguilar’s campaign took aim at his GOP opponent’s recordkeeping as the first-term Democratic incumbent went on the attack in the race for a San Bernardino County congressional seat.”

RECALL? Judging the judges: Recalls may become easier, but is that better? [Katherine Seligman @ CALmatters] - “The reaction has been swift, viral and unrelenting. Shortly after Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky sentenced ex-Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to only six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, the victim’s emotional 12-page court statement drew 13 million readers online, and a cyber-petition demanding the judge's removal garnered well over a million signatures. By Thursday the judge himself had been, at his own request, removed from hearing criminal cases altogether.”

MIND THE GAP: California still has a big, and growing, education achievement gap [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “Education reform and civil rights groups have pressed, so far in vain, for a more focused accountability system to guarantee that the extra money meant for “at-risk” students is not squandered. The new test results indicate that they are at ever-greater risk of failure, and that allocating billions of extra dollars for them without strict accountability is not only foolish but downright cruel.”

MEASURING: Why California is struggling to craft a fair, forward-looking way to assess public schools [Beau Yarbrough @ SB Sun] - “Between 1999 and 2013, California’s Academic Performance Index boiled everything about the state’s K-12 public schools down to a single number between 200 and 1000. That’s going away in a new, more nuanced system that’s now under construction.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to campaign consultant William Berry and Richard Pan's COS Crystal Straight!






  • The Center for College and Career Readiness at Calfornia State University, Sacramento is seeking a Student Initiative Coordinator. 

    Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in one of the Behavioral or Social Sciences, Education or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and/or work experience.  Demonstrated experience in advising, education, or a related student services field and working with students in academic and/or career advisement.  Duties:  This position will provide direct support for the Director of Sacramento State's Center for College & Career Readiness (CCR) and the Early Assessment Program (EAP). This will consist of coordinating services for matriculating students via the Transition to Success Program, particularly during their first year on campus.

  • LOBBYING SUCCESS STARTS HERE. Capitol veteran Ray LeBov's Lobbying 101 and 201 seminars give you a comprehensive, real-world picture of lobbying in California -- the people, processes and best practices critical to helping you succeed. Sept. 22-23, $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 Advocacy, Lobbying the Administration and Media Relations. Essential for lobbying firm principals / staff; organizations / agencies that employ lobbyists; newcomers to the profession. Information / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • Berkeley Lab is Bringing Science Solutions to the World, and YOU can be a part of it!: The Electricity Markets and Policy Group at LBNL is recruiting for a research position (job title: Scientific Engineering Associate). The Electricity Markets and Policy Group conducts technical, economic, and policy analysis of energy topics centered on the U.S. electricity sector.  Our current research seeks to inform public and private decision-making on public-interest issues related to energy efficiency and demand response, renewable energy, electricity resource and transmission planning, and electricity reliability.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union of California seeks an outgoing, results-driven, and experienced advocate who is passionate about advancing many of the most important – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil rights and liberties in our State Capitol. Please see job description for details.
  • 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.
Christian Colleges Receive A Baptism By Legislation | The Sacramento Bee
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Trump on November election: 'This chance will never come again.'

While campaigning in Des Moines, Iowa on Aug. 27, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said this election is the last chance voters will ever have to "break up the corruption establishment."

Trump Returns To Bay Area On Monday - Mercury News
Trump is scheduled to attend a $25,000-per-ticket fundraiser at an undisclosed location on the Peninsula, Tim Clark, Trump's California political director, said Saturday. The GOP presidential candidate is also scheduled to appear at a fundraiser in Napa County on Monday, with tickets ranging from $5,000 to $446,700, the Napa County Register reported.

New Wave Of Scientists Join San Diego Universities |
Aerospace engineer Ping Lu joined the faculty at San Diego State University, where he will continue his research on ways to land humans on Mars.

Danville's Bob Pack Nears Victory For California Prescription Drug Law - Mercury News
At every meeting and legislative hearing, the Danville father pulls out two color photos of his smiling children: son Troy, 10, and daughter Alana, 7, as they were in 2003. The school pictures were taken just weeks before the fateful October evening when a drunk and drugged driver, hooked on prescription painkillers, drove into them on a sidewalk, killing both children. The woman had gotten Vicodin prescriptions from six different Kaiser Permanente doctors, all unaware of each other's prescriptions.

Trump calls immigration enforcement a civil rights issue

While campaigning in Des Moines, Iowa on Aug. 27, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called immigration enforcement a civil rights issue. Trump said that when African Americans and Hispanics lose jobs to illegal immigrants "their rights have been totally violated."

How Upland Shut Down 24 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Since 2014
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Proponents Of Signal Hill Medical Pot Ballot Measures Gather Required Signatures
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Trump: 'Hillary Clinton thinks she is entitled to be president.'

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton thinks she is entitled to be president during a campaign stop at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Aug.27. Trump said Clinton is "unfit" to serve in the oval office.

Coastal Commission Staff Calls For Shrinking A Proposed Orange County Beach Development
The staff of the California Coastal Commission has recommended that Newport Banning Ranch developers to scale down their project to protect wildlife habitat.

Northern Spotted Owl Added To Endangered Species List -
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40 Years On, The Internet Transmits Every Aspect Of Our Lives - San Francisco Chronicle
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When LBJ and Goldwater Agreed to Keep Race Out of the Campaign
With Trump flailing amidst accusations of bigotry, here’s a look at a time when a similarly hyperbole-prone GOP nominee fought to keep racism on the sidelines.

Trump, Clinton Are Playing To The Same Crowd - San Francisco Chronicle
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Man Fatally Shot By FBI Agent Serving Search Warrants In Compton
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Conway: Trump Won't Deport All Undocumented Immigrants - Politico
Donald Trump's new campaign manager focuses on "being fair and humane."

La’s Decision To Drop Rent Hikes For Hundreds Of Tenants Draws Praise
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Trump says 'on day one' he is removing 'criminal illegal immigrants'

During a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa on Aug. 27, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed to remove "criminal illegal immigrants" from the U.S. "on day one" if elected president.