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THE Nooner for September 6, 2016

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Happy Tuesday, y'all! And, happy "election season," with a plurality of Americans wishing for a do-over already. In the upcoming weeks, I'll be looking at down-ballot races and the impact.

It's still a pretty quiet newsday, as lots of reporters got the long weekend off. Heck, the Sac Bee was a charity yesterday, delivering me a physical copy of the paper (boosting circulation?). I subscribe digitally. The only physical newspaper I get is the Sunday NYT."

Additionally, politicians generally just play local civic leaders on Labor Day weekends. Ride in parades, lift up babies and spend time with the police and fire departments. But we have some news...

Nine weeks before election day, here are the 12 California congressional races we're watching [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT]:

  • CA07 (East Sacto County): Ami Bera (D)* v. Scott Jones (R)
  • CA17 (Milpitas): Mike Honda (D)* v. Ro Khanna (D)
  • CA24 (Santa Barbara): Salud Carbajal (D) v. Justin Fareed (R)
  • CA25 (Palmdale): Steve Knight (R)* v. Brian Caforio (D)
  • CA29 (East SanFern Valley): Richard Alarcon (D) v. Tony Cardenas (D)*
  • CA49 (Carlsbad): Doug Applegate (D) v. Darrell Issa (R)

* = incumbent

BONDAGE: Stymied in Legislature, school bond backers go their own way [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "Home builders, school construction companies and others, bypassing the Capitol, spent millions to gather signatures to qualify a $9 billion school bond for the ballot. Eleventh-hour Capitol negotiations to craft a smaller substitute bond in June went nowhere, securing Proposition 51’s fall placement."



THIS WENT WELL: ITT Tech shuts down all its schools; students might get loans forgiven [Jim Puzzanghera @ LAT] - "The company that operates ITT Technical Institutes said Tuesday it was permanently closing all its campuses nationwide, blaming the recent move by the U.S. Education Department to ban the for-profit college operator from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid." 

CRACKED: Fear and hacking on the campaign trail: Will the vote be secure? [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "Experts are warning that in a year of unending political drama, still more might be in store, from Russian hackers to obsolete voting machines prone to breakdowns, all with the potential for causing considerable political chaos."

Don't worry, it takes three different complex passwords to get into The Nooner territory. I wonder what the security was on the DNC's servers. Multiple passwords? No login as root? Different password for entry password and root password? These are all common sense things!

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Alhambra mayor Luis Ayala and former congresswoman Gloria Negrete McLeod!





  • STATE TREASURER JOHN CHIANG discusses his career and run for Governor in this exclusive interview:
  • Research Associate position with EdInsights, through University Enterprises, Inc. on the Sac State Campus
    The Education Insights Center (EdInsights) is an entirely self-supporting unit of the California State University, Sacramento. EdInsights works to inform and improve policymaking and practice for K-12 education, community colleges, and public universities. The Research Associate position is responsible for conducting evaluation research in support of the California Community Colleges Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) evaluation. This will involve qualitative and quantitative data and will require fieldwork, interviews, policy analysis, case studies, advanced statistical analysis of large and small data sets, and other analytical approaches. Apply by 9/2/2016 to be considered.

  • 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.
U.S. Senate Candidates Can't Agree On Debate Schedule | Kpbs
Amita Sharma @
California Attorney General Kamala Harris has signed on to two debates. Her opponent Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez wants four, but the two haven't agreed to the same debates.

Nine Weeks Before Election Day, Here Are The 12 California Congressional Races We're Watching
Just over a month before vote by mail ballots go out, these are the congressional races we are watching.

Slideshow: Pay By The Mile Or At The Pump? A Gas Tax Experiment | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
California faces a $59 billion backlog of deferred maintenance on roads and bridges.

State Lawmakers Pass Bill In Response To Berkeley Balcony Collapse | The Daily Californian
The mother of one the victims, Jackie Donohoe, is trying to gain support for the bill to make sure that the governor signs it into law by Sept. 30.

California Fails To Extend Green Sticker Program For Plug-in Hybrids -
The state Legislature took no action last week on Assembly Bill 1964, which would extend the driving perk beyond 2019 or allow more green stickers above the currently capped 85,000 limit.

California's Prop. 61 Seeks To Lower Drug Prices, Increase Transparency - Mercury News
The California Drug Price Relief Act would require the state to pay no more for prescription drugs than is paid for the same medication by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The federal agency negotiates drug prices with pharmaceutical companies, paying on average one-quarter less for drugs than other government agencies.

The Nuclear Election Booms To An End - Politico
Simon says: The current election has broken the mold for presidential campaigns.

Donald Trump: Pictures, Videos, Breaking News
In the movie "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," a superficially timid Eastern lawyer who finally faces down a notorious gunman who has beaten, bullie...

Trump: 'people Don't Care' About My Tax Returns - Politico
For years, ITT Tech has been the target of government investigations and lawsuits.

Clinton: Trump 'clearly has something to hide' in his tax returns

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attacked Republican nominee Donald Trump for not releasing his tax returns during a question-and-answer session on her campaign plane on Sept. 6.

'open Letter' Anti-trump Super Pac Launching - Politico
Simon says: The current election has broken the mold for presidential campaigns.

Clinton calls Trump Foundation donation to Bondi 'questionable'

Speaking to reporters aboard her plane Sept. 5, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she's "taken aback" by revelations about Donald Trump's foundation's gift to a political group connected to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Rubio Hit For Opposing Abortions For Women With Zika - Politico
Simon says: The current election has broken the mold for presidential campaigns.

Without conservative Supreme Court majority, voter-law challengers make gains

Two of their top targets, Texas and North Carolina, won’t be able to implement their strict ID laws in the fall.

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San Diego Grad Assistants Come Up Short On Pay - San Diego News From Inewsource
Union leaders who represent California student workers say there could be many reasons for the disparity in pay. They say schools in some states could pay more because they have better funding, while other schools may offer benefits instead of higher wages.

Affordability Report Ranks San Diego County Near The Bottom | Kpbs
Susan Murphy @
Affordability Report Ranks San Diego County Near The Bottom

Biden Offers Advice To Clinton: 'open Up' - Politico
For years, ITT Tech has been the target of government investigations and lawsuits.

Congress Returns From Break to a Pre-election Landscape
Republicans who control the House and Senate do not seem inclined to try anything bold in a session that will probably be heavy on political positioning.

Trump denies he talked with Florida attorney general about donation

Pam Bondi was mulling action against Trump University when the GOP candidate’s foundation made the gift.

Shooters turn out at Chabot Gun Club, closing after 52 years
Hundreds of Bay Area gun enthusiasts got their parting shots in on Monday’s final day of operations for the Chabot Gun Club, a fixture at Anthony Chabot Regional Park for more than 52 years. The East Bay Regional Park District’s directors voted unanimously in March to close the 65-acre gun club, saying the range could not afford to pay the costs of meeting stricter environmental standards governing the cleanup of lead contamination from spent bullets. The decision ended a contentious two-year battle between the park district and the club, pitting gun owners against environmentalists concerned about the impact on water and wildlife and nearby residents and hikers, who complained about the sound of gunshots coming from the range. Range officials expected more than 500 people — twice the average for a typical weekend or holiday — to line up at its 176 rifle and pistol shooting positions, which made the club one of the largest in the Bay Area. Park district staff estimated that the cost of complying with the standards set last year and cleaning up lead contamination caused by the bullets could run more than $4 million over the next 10 years. “I don’t know if it’s an anti-gun thing, but what the park did say is we don’t think your activity is a good fit for the park system,” Staats said, adding that while the club has more than 1,000 members, they account for just 10 percent of the club’s 45,000 usages a year, meaning the range draws a broad group of Bay Area users. “I think I’ve taken it for granted since it’s so close to my home,” said Alicia Lim, 31, a social services case worker from Hayward who rarely comes to the outdoor range, opting instead to shoot a handgun in an indoor range in Milpitas. While the Bay Area has other ranges, club officials estimate the Chabot Gun Club accounts for nearly 25 percent of rifle shooting positions in the region.

Ailing South Korean Shipper Hanjin Moves To Resolve Cargo Chaos - The Orange County Register
SEOUL, South Korea – Moving to unsnarl the chaos in its container cargo after it filed for bankruptcy protection, Hanjin Shipping Co. will seek stay orders in dozens of countries, the Financial Services Commission said Monday.

Here's what you need to know about Trump's improper gift

The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold breaks down the controversy over Donald Trump's improper $25,000 donation to a political group connected to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was at the time considering whether to open a fraud investigation against Trump University.

Dhs Secretary Johnson Vows 'no Stone Unturned' On Election Security - Politico
The FBI said last month that foreign hackers were able to penetrate state election systems in Arizona and Illinois.