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Happy Monday! For the Capitol folks, I won't tell your bosses that you showed up in shorts and flip-flops on this forecasted 98 degree day.  

We only have six more hours of this teevee newsgasm before the debate starts, then we pause for a ninety minute infomercial of how awful this prez cycle is, and then the newsgasm will return for another few days.

Over the weekend, I started reading John Dickerson's Whistlestop. If you don't listen to the podcast of the same name from the host of Face the Nation and regular participant in the popular Slate Political Gabfest, you're missing out.

Anyway, the $17.92 I paid for the hardcover on Amazon was worth it in the first few pages, in which Dickerson lists every presidential election from George Washington to Barack Obama, with all the candidates and their parties. The best are the first few elections when the founding fathers ran against each other. 

The book then moves on to stories that are lore in the political journalism world from presidential campaigns. Dickerson grew up in the political world, with his late mother Nancy being a popular DC-based journalist and socialite, and a pioneer who broke the glass ceiling and even served as an associate producer of Face The Nation. She would be so proud of her son, but she passed in 1997.

Fascinating read. For you legislative staff, I won't tell your boss that you're reading it in your shorts and flip-flops.

THE WAITING GAME: As Jerry Brown shrinks pile of bills, fate of ‘all-gender’ bathrooms still unknown [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Here’s one major bill that remains unsettled ahead of his Sept. 30 bill signing deadline: Assembly Bill 1732 (Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco): Requires single-user bathrooms to be labeled “all-gender.”

THE VETO GAME: Jerry Brown vetoes bill to fully reimburse first responders for San Bernardino attack [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed legislation that would have required the state to fully reimburse first responders for the cost of responding to the mass shooting in San Bernardino, saying the state cannot afford to set such a precedent."

THE CRAPPY GAME: The governor vetoed Lorena Gonzalez's AB 492 to provide a $50/month voucher for diapers to CalWORKs recipients.

THE TAXING GAME: Tax boosts that target the powerless [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "California has seen a steady increase in local tax bites on non-residents of the taxing jurisdictions. One example is the “hotel tax” that’s routinely attached to lodging bills by cities and counties – grabbing money from visitors who are powerless to protest for purposes that usually have nothing to do with their visits. These extra levies typically top 10 percent, and the November ballot will carry proposals in 19 local governments to increase room taxes that the voters themselves will not be paying."

THE TAKE-FOR-GRANTED GAME: CA17 (Milpitas) [Mattghew Artz @ MercNews] Indian-Americans no sure bet to “fall in line” for Khanna - "Khanna, the U.S.-born son of Indian immigrants, is counting on the Indian-American community to come out in force on Nov. 8 to help catapult him into Congress to represent a swath of Silicon Valley stretching from Fremont to Cupertino. But when it comes to politics, Indian-Americans have been far more successful at bankrolling candidates of Indian heritage than galvanizing behind them."

THE CHALLENGER'S GAME: [Javier Panzar @ LAT] This Democrat's legal past both helps and haunts him in California's most competitive congressional race [Javier Panzar @ LAT] - "But an examination of [Brian] Caforio’s [CA25 (Santa Clarita)] six-year tenure at the Century City firm Susman Godfrey suggests his work more often involved being called upon by large corporations and multimillionaires from around the globe in times of legal need."

THE POSER GAME: AD27 (San Jose) [Queenie Wong @ MercNews] Argumentative Madison Nguyen volunteer is impostor, campaign says [A man posing as a campaign volunteer has been visiting San Jose homes and getting into arguments with residents, but there might be more than one person involved, Nguyen’s campaign said. “I want to be very clear that this person or persons is not with our campaign — we expect all our volunteers to treat everyone with respect,” a post on Nguyen’s Facebook page read."

THE ADWAR GAME: AD38 (Santa Clarita) [Javier Panzar @ LAT] Donald Trump takes center stage in a Santa Clarita Assembly race attack ad [Javier Panzar @ LAT] - The race for an open Assembly seat representing Simi Valley and Santa Clarita is getting punchier as Democrat Christy Smith is lobbing new attacks at Republican Dante Acosta's business. [ad]

THE DEAN SPEAKETH GAME: The problems with rushing to legalize marijuana for stoner use in California [George Skelton @ LAT] - "Proposition 64 isn’t quite cooked. But voters seem anxious to bite in anyway."

THE CRYING GAME: Someday soon I'm going to tell the world about The Crying Game. After today's theme, this song will be stuck in my head all day. I might have to watch the movie after the debate's available on Amazon Prime video.

 . . . more after the jump!



SIN AGUA: Farmers say, ‘No apologies,’ as well drilling hits record levels in San Joaquin Valley [Ryan Sabalow, Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese @ SacBee] - "Well water is keeping agriculture alive in Tulare County – and much of the rest of the San Joaquin Valley – through five years of California’s historic drought. Largely cut off from the supplies normally delivered via canals by the federal and state water projects, farmers have been drilling hundreds of feet into the ground to bring up the water they need to turn a profit."

MEAT! Veggie burgers at In-n-Out? 7 other wacky ideas that'll never fly [Jonathan Lansner @ OCR] - "Did the folks at Good Food Institute honestly think In-n-Out would fall prey to an online petition that seeks a nod to vegetarians? This knucklehead group tried to shame the iconic Southern California burger chain into offering a veggie burger. But management has bravely resisted the urge to tweak their simple menu lineup despite decades of product innovation in the fast-food industry."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Ryan AhariKathy Dressler, Sean Wallentine, and Jordan Wright!




  • CJAC Issue Briefing: The Nuisance of Misguided Public Nuisance Litigation - September 28, 2016: Please join the Civil Justice Association of California on September 28 for a complimentary luncheon and panel discussion regarding the effect of nuisance litigation on policy, politics, and local government. The Issue Briefing will be held in the Cafeteria 15L Ultra Room, 1116 15th Street, Sacramento, CA, from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm. FREE MCLE Credit. Details: To RSVP, contact Debbie Edgar at

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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.

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Independent Expenditure Reports

CommitteeCandidate (Support/Oppose)AmountReceived DateReport DateKeep California GoldenCathleen Galgiani (Support)$27,00009/08/201609/25/2016

Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill To Fully Reimburse First Responders For San Bernardino Attack | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Scope Of Trump's Falsehoods Unprecedented For A Modern Presidential Candidate
Never in modern presidential politics has a major candidate made false statements as routinely as Donald Trump has.

Tax Boosts That Target The Powerless | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Prop 64: Walnut Creek Council Opposes Pot Initiative
WALNUT CREEK — Elected officials here have joined the list of California cities opposing the state ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana.

After Plea Deal, Attacker Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Victim - The Orange County Register
SACRAMENTO – As Yee Xiong prepared to leave the sentencing hearing for a man who sexually assaulted her at an off-campus apartment when they were students, she felt ready to finally put the case behind her after four years. Then, she was handed a $4 million defamation lawsuit.

The Problems With Rushing To Legalize Marijuana For Stoner Use In California
Essential Politics

Indo-american Vote Hardly Monolithic As Ro Khanna Tries To Wrest Silicon Valley Congressional District From Mike Honda
Ro Khanna is counting on strong support from his fellow Indo-Americans to defeat Rep. Mike Honda in their rematch for a Silicon Valley congressional seat, but the community is often splintered.

Donald Trump's Plan For America's Schools | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
In speeches and appearances, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for more choice, ending Common Core, and gutting the U.S. Education Department. LA Johnson/NPR

Trump Campaign Worried He Won't Be Treated Fairly Post-debate - Politico
TAXI group sues Baker over UBER law

Presidential Debate: Despite Lead, Clinton Faces Higher Bar - The Orange County Register
The first presidential debate takes place from 6 to 7:30 tonight. NBC News anchor Lester Holt will moderate. TV stations airing it include KABC/7, KCBS/2, KTTV/11, KNBC/4, PBS, C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

The First 30 Minutes In A Presidential Debate - Politico
POLITICO's coverage of the first showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Under Pressure From Union, L.A. County Makes It Easier For Probation Workers With Discipline Problems To Get Promotions
More than 50 employees working inside Los Angeles County’s juvenile lockups received promotions despite a history of disciplinary problems or criminal arrests under a deal quietly cut this year.

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Democratic hopes of winning Senate fade as Trump proves less toxic for Republicans

The significant shift in the Senate battlefield appears to be the result of voters separating Trump from Republicans running on the same ballot with him.

UC Berkeley Seismologists Unearth Insight Into Relationship Between Tectonic Plates | The Daily Californian
Researchers at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory and the campus department of earth and planetary sciences gained new insight into the movement of tectonic plates as a result of the multi-year study published Friday in the journal Science.

Ice Union Endorses Trump - Politico
The race for the White House is essentially tied heading into tonight's presidential debate, yet another national poll released on Monday shows.

'Contraception deserts' are what you get when you cut off this little-known federal program

State politics can restrict reproductive health care in more ways than we may realize.

San Francisco Police Investigating Possible Hate Crime After Two Tourists Pepper-sprayed
San Francisco police said they are investigating a possible hate crime after two tourists from New York were pepper-sprayed Saturday night by a group of assailants yelling homophobic slurs.