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THE Nooner for October 17, 2016


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Greetings...happy Monday. Congrats to the Nooner's Dodgers caucus following last night's 1-0 victory to even the NLCS seven-game series 1-1. Twenty-seven years ago today, many of us were watching the Bay Bridge Series between the A's and Giants as the big one hit. The quake caused 63 deaths and 3,757 injuries. I remember it vivldly, sitting on the couch at my dad's house in Placentia. Five years later, I headed to Northridge to be with my sister whose home and business were seriously affected by that 1994 quake. 

I'm not prepared for three days, as we should all be. Remember that the next time you're at your grocery store of choice. Sure, I have plenty of canned soup, tuna, and chili, but I don't have water. Sacramento is not high up on the seismic risk list, with the closest seismic activity stretching from Napa to Fairfield. However, water doesn't spoil and, while I'm not a proponent of plastic, a couple of cases in your garage wherever you live is probably smart. 


  • CA07 (East Sac County): moved from Toss-up to Leans Democrat

THE AG LIST: The list of possible candidates for attorney general has increased:

  • Anne Gust Brown, lawyer and wife of Jerry Brown
  • Mike Feuer, LA City Attorney
  • Dario Frommer, former assemblymember and my fellow UCD law grad
  • George Gascon, San Francisco DA
  • Joshua Groban, UCLA law lecturer and senior advisor to Jerry Bown, covering legal and judiciary issues
  • Bob Hertzberg, member of the senate, well respected on both sides
  • Dave Jones, insurance commissioner
  • Clark Kelso, professor of law at McGeorge and a Republican nominee appointed to insurance commish in 2000 when the vacancy arose after Chuck Quackenbush was compelled to resign and moved to serve as the state's chief information officer under both Davis and Schwarenegger. Easy confirmation. 
  • Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles DA
  • Nancy McFadden, executive secretary to Jerry Brown, and a key part of his inner circle
  • Bill Monning, State Senator
  • Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County DA
  • Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County DA
  • Adam Schiff, member of Congress and a former prosecutor. Generally lliked by both sides in DC, which is a feat
  • Phillip A. Talbert, US attorney for the Eastern District California


SD11 (San Francisco): Four days after Bernie Sanders appeared with Jane Kim, former congressman Barney Frank is appearing with Scott Wiener in the battle of progressives to succeed Mark Leno.

ED MATTERS: California education officials, politicians battle feds over schools [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "It’s quite evident that a subliminal goal of the state’s new “multiple measures” accountability system for California’s K-12 schools is to avoid any direct consequences for failure. That’s why the state’s education establishment heartily endorses drafts of the system being finalized by the state Board of Education that abolishes the state’s previous system of assigning scores to schools to signal how well their students are improving." 

RIGGED: While Trump warns of ‘rigged’ process, Padilla keeps faith in county officials [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "With Donald Trump’s deepening warnings about a “rigged” presidential campaign, and renewing doubts about the legitimacy of the democratic process, California’s election chief said Sunday that he has great faith in the state’s county election officials and its thousands of volunteer poll workers."

GUNS: When it comes to gun laws, Nevada could be edging closer to California [David Montero @ LAT] - "Joe Leal says he knows the good ones from the bad. He’s been doing this for decades. He trusts that his brown eyes — narrowed beneath a furrowed brow — won’t deceive him. He looks down at the shiny silver handgun under a glass case. Next to it is an all-black one. Criminals don’t want guns like this, he explains. They’re expensive and only the serious enthusiast will lay down more than $2,000 for such a weapon. Even his lower-end guns fetch at least $600."

BREADTH: The DC public affairs consulting firm Prime Strategies is moving into California with a merger with the Golden State firm Urban Associates.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senator Ed Hernandez!






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Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
Antonovich State Senate 2016; Californians In Support Of Mike Mike Antonovich (Support) $7,500 10/15/2016 10/16/2016
California Education Officials, Politicians Battle Feds Over Schools | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Trump, Clinton Agree On One Thing: Health Care Costs Too Much - San Francisco Chronicle
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton actually agree that health care costs are too high, but the two presidential candidates diverge on pretty much everything else when it comes to health.

Proposition 55 Would Extend "temporary" Tax For 12 Years - The Orange County Register
SACRAMENTO – When Gov. Jerry Brown and his allies urged voters to adopt a temporary income tax on the wealthiest Californians and a statewide sales tax on everyone four years ago, the deal was billed as a short-term salve for a state mired in debt and on the verge of insolvency.

Chronicle Recommends: Kamala Harris For U.S. Senate - San Francisco Chronicle
At the end, one candidate was dabbing and the other was laughing at the absurdity, which pretty much summed up their states of composure and the state of the race for the U.S. Senate.

Proposition 60 Raises The Question: Should Californians Be Deputized As Condom Cops?
Skelton on Proposition 60, which would require porn actors to use condoms in their performances.

Two NFL Stadium Measures, Big Decisions Confront Voters - The San Diego Union-tribune
San Diego Union Tribune @
On Nov. 8, voters who live inside the city limits of San Diego face two choices for a downtown Chargers stadium, Measures C and D.

Obama, Holder to lead post-Trump redistricting campaign
The former attorney general heads up a new Democratic effort to challenge the GOP's supremacy in state legislatures and the U.S. House.

Democrats Try To Taint California Opponents With Trump Links | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, a candidate for the California State Senate, has been the target of advertising linking him to Donald Trump. Andres Aguila/KPCC

President Obama Returns To California To Raise Money For Clinton, Democrats
Update on 'Essential Politics: Senate candidates answer our questions, Issa's congressional district goes from 'leans Republican' to 't...

Trump Lashes Out At Republicans For Not Buying Election Rigging Line - Politico
Trump has struggled to connect with Hispanic voters from day one of his presidential campaign.

Newport Seeks To Balance Pension Costs And City Services
Daily Pilot @
With Newport Beach's unfunded employee pension liability expected to soar to to $315 million in 2017, city leaders are walking a tightrope in their efforts t

Sf Voters Get Their Say On Clearing Homeless Camps - San Francisco Chronicle
Steven “Highway” Green doesn’t know much about Proposition Q on San Francisco’s Nov. 8 ballot. He has no intention of voting, and all he’s heard is that the measure is aimed at kicking homeless tent encampments like his off the street in exchange for housing or shelter.

Ohio's Republican Secretary Of State Calls Trump's Rigged Election Claims 'irresponsible' - Politico
The fresh Monmouth University poll released Monday afternoon puts Clinton ahead of Trump, 50 percent to 38 percent.

New California Law To Allow Marijuana ‘honey Oil’ Labs
Today's high

Covered California Rates To Jump Average Of 13 Percent In 2017 - San Francisco Chronicle
After two years of moderate rate increases, Californians who get their coverage through the state health insurance marketplace will see their 2017 premiums increase by an average of

Sacramento Teachers Begin Collaborating On Classroom Strategies | The Sacramento Bee
Loretta Kalb @
By Loretta Kalb

Trump Could Drag The Republican Congress Down With Him - San Francisco Chronicle
Donald Trump’s slide in the polls could be a boon for Democrats trying to take back the Senate and for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s chances of winning back the House.

Poll: Clinton Leads Trump By 50 Points Among Latinos - Politico
Trump has struggled to connect with Hispanic voters from day one of his presidential campaign.

Why 93-year-old World War Ii Veteran Waited 69 Years To Register To Vote
Today's high

Poll: 41 Percent Of Voters Say Election Could Be ‘stolen’ From Trump - Politico
The poll demonstrates that Trump's views have led to a different perspective on relations with Russia.

Ap News: The Orange County Register
The Associated Press @

Donald Trump Intensifies His Claim That Campaign Is â
Mr. Trump sowed doubts about the integrity of the democratic process on Sunday even as his own running mate assured voters the election would be legitimate.