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THE Nooner for September 15, 2016

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In today's edition of Doing the Laundry, the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee sent $80,000 to Al Muratsuchi for the former Assemblymember's rematch against David Hadley in AD66. Meanwhile, the California Republican Party is spending $102,000 on a TV buy for Catharine Baker in AD16.

US SENATE: Loretta Sanchez, Kamala Harris wrangle over Trump University [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - “The California Democrats running for U.S. Senate delved Wednesday into their records on for-profit colleges, with Loretta Sanchez continuing to tie Attorney General Kamala Harris to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the businessman’s defunct Trump University.”

WRAP THAT RASCAL: Majority of Californians support initiative to require actors in adult films to use condoms [Javier Panzar @ LAT] - “Fifty-five percent said they would back Proposition 60 if the election were held today, the survey found. The measure, which was proposed by Michael Weinstein, the controversial president of the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, is based on a similar initiative in Los Angeles County, Measure B, which voters approved in 2012 with 56% of the vote.”



CAPPED: Jerry Brown signs funding bill amid push to extend cap and trade [David Siders @ SacBee] - “Gov. Jerry Brown, laboring to build support for California’s controversial cap-and-trade program, signed legislation Wednesday authorizing $900 million in spending on climate-related programs, including clean car rebates, parks and public transportation.”

Tax candy, not tampons, say lawmakers who pushed for sales tax exemptions [Liam Dillon @ LAT] - “Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed bills Tuesday that would have repealed the sales tax on diapers and tampons, saying that they would cost the state budget too much money. Now the two legislators who authored the legislation have an idea they say will make that argument irrelevant: Tax candy instead. Democratic Assemblywomen Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego and Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens, who wrote the diaper and tampon bills, respectively, believe the state’s sales tax system needs a broad overhaul.”

California Democrats urge President Obama to OK expanding Covered California to people in country illegally [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - “California will soon be the first state in the nation to ask the federal government to allow immigrants in the country illegally to purchase health insurance through a state exchange. Democrats from the Golden State gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to urge President Obama to approve the request quickly.”


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to congressional candidate Nanette Barragan, UC Center's AG Block, Assembly candidate Blanca Rubio, San Bernardino CCD trustee Don Singer, and fundraiser extraordinaire Dan Weitzman!




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  • The McGeorge Capital Center for Law & Policy presents “Executive Training on Negotiating Legislation & Policy: Skills & Strategy for Success on Friday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to Noon, at McGeorge (3200 Fifth Ave, Sacramento). Instructors: McGeorge Professor Jeffry Proske, and Fredericka McGee, '91, VP of California Government Affairs & Operations, American Beverage Association. Intended audience includes lawyers, and non-lawyers with responsibilities in legislation & policy. Participants will learn negotiation skills through an interactive presentation with simulated real-world exercises. MCLE. Breakfast Buffet at 8:30 a.m.. Cost: $50-General; $25-Gov’t/Alumni. Students and prospective students are free. Register at

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  • 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.

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Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
Building And Protecting A Strong California, A Coalition Of Firefighters, Building Trades, Realtors And Correctional Officers Eric Linder (Support) $30,840 09/13/2016 09/14/2016
Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation Referendum To Overturn Ban On Single-use Plastic B (Support) $500 09/14/2016 09/14/2016
California Alliance For Progress And Education, An Alliance Of Small Business Organizations Catharine Baker (Support) $32,565 09/12/2016 09/13/2016
California Alliance For Progress And Education, An Alliance Of Small Business Organizations Marc Steinorth (Support) $15,273 09/12/2016 09/13/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Tim Grayson (Support) $26,839 09/12/2016 09/13/2016
Equality California Political Action Committee Jane Kim (Oppose) $75,668 09/12/2016 09/13/2016
Masiel For Assembly 2016; Friends Supporting Andrew Andrew Masiel (Support) $2,093 09/13/2016 09/13/2016
Reyes For Assembly 2016, Sponsored By A Coalition Of Labor Unions And Environmental Justice Organizations; Neighbors United For A Stronger Middle Class To Support Eloise Eloise Reyes (Support) $52,568 09/10/2016 09/13/2016
Starpointe Ventures Public School Facility Bonds (Support) $25,000 09/12/2016 09/13/2016
California Tenants Protected From Blacklists With New Law
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Jerry Brown Signs Funding Bill Amid Push To Extend Cap And Trade | The Sacramento Bee
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2 Ballot Measures Could Expand Sf Voter Rolls - San Francisco Chronicle
Two propositions headed to November’s ballot could add new demographics to San Francisco’s electorate — teenagers and immigrant parents.

Fountain Valley Council Backs Tax Hike Measure On Ballot - The Orange County Register
FOUNTAIN VALLEY Less than two months after placing a 1 percent sales tax increase on the November ballot, the City Council formally endorsed the initiative.

Majority Of Californians Support Initiative To Require Actors In Adult Films To Use Condoms
A majority of Californians support an initiative on the November ballot to require performers in adult films to use condoms during sex scenes, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll of registered voters conducted by SurveyMonkey.

UC Debt Climbs To $17 Billion, As Regents Consider New Policy On Borrowing
Higher Education

The San Francisco district attorney’s office is a step closer to becoming the lead investigator in all shootings involving city police officers, a move designed to ease concerns about cops policing themselves. Mayor Ed Lee has approved a final round of funding for a new unit in the district attorney’s office that will take the lead in the shootings, officials said Wednesday. The idea is not only to promote independent probes, officials said, but to help the district attorney’s office clear a backlog of 10 fatal shooting cases dating as far back as 2014 that remain open. [...] some law enforcement experts worry that giving prosecutors rather than homicide detectives the lead role could degrade the quality of investigations. The funding of the new unit, which still must be staffed up, comes amid a growing call for expanded police accountability from civil rights activists and others in the Bay Area and across the nation. The fight over handling these cases has been intense in San Francisco, where officer-involved shootings in the past two years — in particular, the video-recorded killing of Mario Woods in the Bayview neighborhood — prompted a pending U.S. Department of Justice review of the police force. Currently, the district attorney’s office conducts an independent investigation into police shootings in the city before deciding whether to file charges against officers. [...] the Police Department plays the lead role in critical components of the investigation, including interviewing witnesses and handling physical evidence. “When a San Francisco police officer is involved in a shooting, SFPD is currently the lead agency investigating the case,” said district attorney’s office spokesman Max Szabo. The new unit will be in charge of conducting investigations of officer-involved shootings as well as other potential instances of law-enforcement abuse. Officials said a “memorandum of understanding” is in the works that should spell out what, exactly, it will look like to have the district attorney’s office running the show during police shooting investigations — and what role San Francisco police will play moving forward. “To restore faith in law enforcement and ensure there is accountability for misconduct, these investigations must be objective and independent,” Gascón said. The planned shift follows a rash of controversial police shootings in San Francisco, which prompted widespread protests, the Department of Justice review of police practices and the resignation in May of Chief Greg Suhr. While San Francisco police officials did not return requests for comment Wednesday, Sgt. John Crudo of the internal affairs division told The Chronicle in May that the Police Department is the only agency in the city with the expertise to investigate complicated police shootings. The district attorney’s office has struggled to promptly complete its investigations into police shootings, taking an average of 15 months to decide whether or not to file charges. Lee’s deputy chief of staff, said the mayor’s efforts to improve policing in the face of criticism cannot succeed without gaining community trust. Kristin Ford, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Kamala Harris, said Wednesday that Harris “has advocated to the governor, the speaker of the Assembly, and the Senate president pro tem for the necessary resources to create new teams within the attorney general’s office to conduct criminal investigations of officer-involved shootings, including working with San Francisco.”

California Billionaire Tom Steyer Announces Support For November Ballot Measure To Abolish Death Penalty
Update on 'Essential Politics: California ban on orca breeding becomes law, Hillary Clinton tweets support for farmworker overtime'

Former State Insurance Commission Joins Ucsd - The San Diego Union-tribune
San Diego Union Tribune @
Former California Insurance Commission Steve Poizner has joined UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management as its inaugural entrepreneur in residence.

Loretta Sanchez, Kamala Harris Wrangle Over Trump University | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
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On The Death Penalty, California Voters Face Two Stark Choices - San Francisco Chronicle
Four years after California voters decided narrowly to retain the death penalty, they face an even more dramatic choice: abolish executions or try to speed them up by setting tight time limits for state court rulings and limiting appeals.

Trolley Extension Gets $1 Billion From Transportation Department | Kpbs
Andrew Bowen, City News Service @
The San Diego trolley extension to UC San Diego got a $1 billion boost Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Transportation, in what was described as the largest public transit project in the history of the region.

Ryan Suggests Trump Should Release Tax Returns - Politico
Among the 500 likely general election voters surveyed between Monday and Wednesday, 42 percent said they would vote for Donald Trump in a four-way ballot...

Judge Changes Ballot Arguments For Lilac Hills Measure | Kpbs
City News Service @
The Lilac Hills Ranch development in Valley Center that goes before San Diego County voters in November as Measure B had its ballot arguments slightly changed by a Superior Court judge's ruling.

After Half A Dozen Attempts, House Democrats Again Call For A Gun Vote
Update on 'Essential Politics: California ban on orca breeding becomes law, Hillary Clinton tweets support for farmworker overtime'

Bayer Buying Monsanto In Mega-deal That Affects Davis, Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
By Dale Kasler

Rep. Ami Bera's Father Sentenced To Prison For Funneling Money To His Son's Campaigns
A federal judge sentences the father of Sacramento County Rep. Ami Bera after the elder Bera pleaded guilty to secretly paying back relatives and friends for their campaign donations.

Lake Tahoe Protection And Sacramento Flood Control In Senate Bill | The Sacramento Bee
Michael Doyle @
By Michael Doyle

San Diego Housing Officials Fail To Collect Millions In Payments Owed, Auditor Says - The San Diego Union-tribune
San Diego Union Tribune @

Airbnb Preps Ad Blitz As Sf Hikes Host Fees 400 Percent - San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco is poised to increase registration fees for short-term rental hosts fivefold, to $250 every two years, The Chronicle has learned. Coincidentally, Airbnb, the leading vacation rental company, is mounting an ad campaign in its hometown to buttress its frequent contention that most hosts are regular people making ends meet.