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It's Friday! You made it! It's going to be a hot weekend here in SacTown.

The CA GOP is pumping big money into Ling Ling Chang (SD29), Young Kim (AD65), and Marc Steinorth (AD40).

SAFE ZONE: Jerry Brown signs janitor protection bill amid fast [David Siders @ SacBee] - “The labor-backed legislation, Assembly Bill 1978, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, will require janitorial employers to participate in sexual harassment and assault training and prevention programs, among other measures.”

It's been a heck of a week for Lorena Gonzalez, who celebrates her birthday today.

Anger, passion drive debate over more overtime pay for California farmworkers [Jazmine Ulloa @ LAT] - “Gov. Jerry Brown made history on Monday after he signed legislation that will increase overtime pay for hundreds of thousands of California farmworkers who, like Cardenas, have been struggling to earn a living wage. Assembly Bill 1066, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), will gradually reduce the 10-hour-day threshold for farmworker overtime starting in 2019. By 2022, workers should be able to earn overtime pay after eight hours of work in a day or 40 in a week.”

An era of limits: California proposes steering more water to fish, less to farms, cities [Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - “In a move that foreshadows sweeping statewide reductions in the amount of river water available for human needs, California regulators on Thursday proposed a stark set of cutbacks to cities and farms that receive water from the San Joaquin River and its tributaries.”

PROP 62: California voters oppose ending state's death penalty [Jazmine Ulloa @ LAT] - “More than half of voters oppose a November ballot measure that would abolish the California death penalty, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll conducted by SurveyMonkey. . . Jacob Hay, a spokesman for the campaign in favor of the measure, disputed the results, saying internal polling using the full ballot language — including its fiscal impact — showed Prop. 62 in the lead.”



MOVIN' ON UP: Senate committee approves nomination of California judge to 9th Circuit Court of Appeals [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - “The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-7 Thursday to send to the Senate the nomination of U.S. District Judge Lucy Haeran Koh for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.”

Koh is married to California Supreme Court justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar and is widely known for her work on the Apple v. Samsung patent cases as a district court judge.

LET THERE BE BLIGHT: Katehi’s ‘questionable activity’ at UC Davis went unchallenged by close aides, Napolitano says [Diana Lambert and Sam Stanton @ SacBee] - “In a scathing, 15-page letter to members of the University of California Board of Regents last month, UC President Janet Napolitano described a litany of failures by UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi that ultimately led to Katehi’s resignation.” 

Can we please reincarnate Larry Vanderhoef? I miss the university I love.

LAW AND DISORDER: FPPC approves fine for city official who remodeled kitchen with campaign cash [Taryn Luna @ SacBee] - “The Fair Political Practices Commission approved a $55,000 settlement deal Thursday with Tina Baca Del Rio, a Commerce councilwoman who failed to file numerous financial disclosure forms with the state and used her campaign fund to cover expenses for her kitchen remodel.” 

A COUNTRY DIVIDED: Diverse America divided on flag, anthem, other symbols [AP] - “The symbols, people say, inspire skepticism and heartbreak, pride and joy, sometimes all at once in the same person. Some minorities, in particular, have conflicted feelings about symbols honoring a country that has not always treated all people equally.”

Meanwhile . . . She sat down for the Pledge of Allegiance, so her teacher lowered her grades - "On the first day of the school year last month at Lower Lake High School in northern California, Leilani Thomas did what she usually does when her classmates recite the pledge. She stayed seated. Thomas, who is Native American, said she has been sitting out the pledge since she was a second grader, KPIX reported. “It’s the reason, because of the history that happened here on my land, my people’s land,” Thomas told the news station in an interview on campus. “I go by that and I don’t agree with it. So I’m not going to stand for the people who did this to my people. . . When Thomas and her friend got their first grades of the year on Sep. 9, they noticed something different in their reports: two points docked for not participating in the pledge, KPIX reported.”

MEOW: Dead cat asked to register to vote [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - “PiWacket, Phyllis Metcalfe’s Siamese who died last year, was sent a voter registration application this month along with a letter informing him that he did not appear to be registered to vote. Metcalfe took the mail in good humor.”

LOVE JAKE: Jake Tapper calls Trump event a 'political Rick-roll' - “CNN anchor Jake Tapper called Donald Trump’s decision to trot out an array of military medal winners before addressing his long-held questions about President Barack Obama’s birth a ‘political Rick-roll.’”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, Nick Pappas and Sen. McGuire's Chris Rogers!




  • Oakland based public relations, public affairs and Democratic political consulting firm, with a portfolio of high-profile clients seeks an experienced and talented communicator to join our team. Should have at least two years of experience. This is not a campaign job but campaign experience is valued. Resumes, .pdf preferred, to
  • Office Space for Rent: Quiet location two blocks away from Capitol.  Share space with a professional services firm.  Up to three offices in six-office suite (2,300 sqft).  Conference room, copy/printer room, reception, kitchenette, janitorial, parking.  Terms are negotiable. 1510 14th Street, Sacramento. (916) 444-7158.
  • 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

  • The McGeorge Master of Science in Law (MSL) degree is for professionals who seek the benefits of advanced training in legal reasoning without a JD degree. Register for an information session September 21, 5:15 p.m.(State Capitol Room 2040):  The McGeorge Master of Science in Law (MSL) degree is for professionals who seek the benefits of advanced training in legal reasoning without a JD degree. Register for an information session September 21, 5:15 p.m. (State Capitol Room 2040):

  • Emerge California is seeking a new Executive Director.  Are you a fierce advocate for growing the ranks of Democratic women in elected and appointed office? Are you dedicated to changing the face of politics by making our representation look as diverse as California?
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
California Alliance For Progress And Education, An Alliance Of Small Business Organizations Thomas Lackey (Support) $21,451 09/14/2016 09/15/2016
California Future Fund Pac (state) Cannabis Cultivation Tax (Support) $3,643 09/14/2016 09/15/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Tim Grayson (Support) $22,700 09/14/2016 09/15/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Tim Grayson (Support) $18,730 09/07/2016 09/15/2016
Parent Teacher Alliance, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Laura Friedman (Support) $25,185 09/03/2016 09/15/2016
Parent Teacher Alliance, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Laura Friedman (Support) $8,141 08/27/2016 09/15/2016
Parent Teacher Alliance, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Anna Caballero (Support) $19,596 09/14/2016 09/15/2016
Parent Teacher Alliance, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Laura Friedman (Support) $16,281 08/30/2016 09/15/2016
Don't Bring Back The Candy Tax :: Fox&hounds
Voters put a prohibition on taxing food products in the state constitution, adding snack foods, bottled water and candy, following a tax increase on those particular products to help balance the state budget during the early 1990s recession. One year later more than 66% of the voters supported Proposition 163 to remove the tax on snacks and set up a safeguard in the constitution against taxing food.

Gov. Brown Signs Law Inspired By Cases Involving The Rape Of Janitorial Workers
Update on 'Essential Politics: Gov. Brown signs law inspired by Berkeley balcony collapse, California seeks health care coverage for im...

Stadium Plan To Lure Raiders To Las Vegas Passes Major Vote | The Sacramento Bee
A plan to build an NFL stadium in Las Vegas and lure the Raiders from Oakland crossed a major hurdle Thursday when a Nevada oversight committee voted unanimously to recommend $750 million in public funding for the project.

The Run-Up: Why We Expect Health Disclosures From Presidential Candidates
John Dickerson of CBS and Lawrence K. Altman of The Times talk about presidential health and the rich history of medical secrecy.

If Marijuana Is Legalized, Where Would $1 Billion In Pot Money Go? - The Orange County Register
• $10 million, increasing to $50 million annually by 2022, for grants to local health departments and nonprofits that support addiction treatment, job placement, mental health treatment and other services for communities hard-hit by previous drug policies.

Us News And World Report Ranks UC Berkeley Top Public University | The Daily Californian
U.S. News and World Report named UC Berkeley the top-ranked public school among national universities for the 19th consecutive year.

Gov. Brown Approves New Construction Oversight In Response To Fatal 2015 Balcony Collapse In Berkeley
Update on 'Essential Politics: California seeks health care coverage for immigrants in U.S. illegally, Steyer supports death penalty re...

Educational Experts React To Plans To Improve School Accountability At Csulb Forum
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Trump Campaign: 'mr. Trump Believes That President Obama Was Born In The United States' - Politico
Donald Trump "believes that President Obama was born in the United States," according to a statement by a senior campaign aide.

FPPC Approves Fine For City Official Who Remodeled Kitchen With Campaign Cash | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Trump Campaign Offers Conflicting Message on $1 Trillion Tax Cut Plan
After publicly backing away from his proposed tax cut for small businesses, Donald J. Trump’s campaign aides told a small-business group that he still supported the plan.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez Attacks State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris Over Controversial Company Herbalife
Update on 'Essential Politics: Gov. Brown signs law inspired by Berkeley balcony collapse, California seeks health care coverage for im...

Sacramento Median Income Rises To Highest Level In Years | The Sacramento Bee
Phillip Reese and Dale Kasler @
By Phillip Reese and Dale Kasler

He Was Deported 4 Times. His Wife Is Accused Of Helping Him Flee To Mexico. Now, She Faces 10 Years In Prison
Immigration officials have deported Jose Vega-Zuniga four times, but he’s always returned, and usually landed behind bars.

Amazon Books Opens In San Diego - The San Diego Union-tribune
San Diego Union Tribune @
Amazon Books, the e-commerce giant’s seemingly incongruous brick-and-mortar venture, is now open at Westfield UTC mall in University City. The bookstore marks the company’s second formal foray into offline retail.

Hayward Schools Superintendent Stan Dobbs Fired After District Probe - San Francisco Chronicle
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Petition Challenges Anaheim's Deal For 2 Luxury Hotels Near Disneyland - The Orange County Register
ANAHEIM – A group representing union hotel workers and Anaheim residents has submitted a referendum petition with more than 18,000 signatures to the city, challenging the proposed development of two luxury hotels in the Resort District.

Donald Trump's Lead Widens In Usc/L.A. Times Tracking Poll, Which Points To Likely Turnout As Key Shift - La Times
Update on 'Campaign 2016 updates: Hillary Clinton returns to the campaign trail after her pneumonia'

Jerry Brown signs balcony collapse bill to increase oversight
Gov. Jerry Brown signed new legislation Thursday to increase state regulation of construction companies with troubled histories, a year after a deadly balcony collapse killed six students and injured seven others in Berkeley. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland and Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, requires licensed contractors to disclose any convictions or felonies related to their work to the Contractors State License Board within 90 days. “This bill is an important step toward preventing another tragedy,” Brown said in a statement, after signing the bill in a private ceremony with Irish dignitaries and the family of Rohnert Park woman Ashley Donohoe, who fell to her death when the rotted fifth-floor balcony gave way from an apartment building at 2020 Kittredge Street. “It is my fervent hope that this measure brings at least some comfort to the families of the young people killed when this balcony collapsed,” Hancock said in a statement, noting that the bereaved families might find solace knowing that this law will prevent similar catastrophes.

New State Water Plan May Force Tighter Conservation Restrictions - San Francisco Chronicle
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