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SPORTS PAGE: Warriors @ Cavs are on at 6pm tonight. Warriors are up 2-0 in the series. 

#METOO: "I still believe that this #MeToo movement is necessary, long overdue, necessary, and should be supported. I'd like to think that we are all getting better." -- Bill Clinton on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night.

Yeah, #WeToo.

Well, that's that. Well, we will have several days before everything is final. That's particularly the case in Los Angeles County, where a printing error left 118,522 voters off the voter rolls. This led to people filing provisional ballots, which have to be manually verified before processing. Further, reportedly several polling places didn't have Spanish-speaking poll workers, creating mass confusion and voters just leaving without voting.

In great irony, one voter omitted from the rolls was Paul Mitchell's Mum. Yes, she is British.

I agreed to a taping of the Capitol Public Radio podcast at 1:30. The Giants are on at 12:45 today. Can I convince my Uber driver to turn on the game?

Antonio Villaraigosa called for the LA County Registrar to allow voting through Friday (which is the day when vote-by-mail ballots postmarked yesterday have to be received to be counted, but there is no indication it would affect the governor's race. Gavin Newsom (32.2%) defeated Antonio Villaragosa (22.5%) by nearly 100,000 votes in the county in votes counted last night. State Treasurer John Chiang, who lives in LA County, came in a very disappointing fourth in the county (12.6%). It wasn't a good night for candidates in the counties they live in, except for Newsom. Delaine Eastin received 7.2% in Yolo County. John Cox did win San Diego County with 33.9%. Gavin of course did very well in San Francisco.

We'll have to wait for the first unprocessed ballots report from the Secretary of State to know what's left to count.  

State results

#1-#2 of the conteted races I was watching. This does not include ones that will be competitive in November, but only had two candidates on the ballot yesterday.

  • US Senate: Dianne Feinstein (D), Kevin de León (D)
  • Governor: Gavin Newsom (D), John Cox (R)
  • Lieutenant Governor: Eleni Kounalakis (D), Ed Hernandez (D)
  • Attorney General: Xavier Becerra (D), Steven Bailey (R)
  • Insurance Commissioner:  Steve Poizner (NPP), Ricardo Lara (D)
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction: Marshall Tuck, Tony Thurmond (non-partisan office)
  • BOE1 (Inland): Tom Hallinan (D), Ted Gaines (R)
  • BOE2 (Northwest): Malia Cohen (D), Mark Burns (R)
  • CA04 (Foothills - McClintock): Tom McClintock (R), Jessica Morse (D)
  • CA10  (Stanislaus): Jeff Denham (R), Josh Horder (D)
  • CA21 (Kings - Valadao): David Valadao (R), T.J. Cox (R)
  • CA22 (Tulare - Nunes): Devin Nunes (R), Andrew Janz (D)
  • CA25 (Santa Clarita/Antelope Valley - Knight): Steve Knight (R), Katie Hill (D) -- close race with Bryan Caforio (D) 1,528 votes behind Hill and the Los Angeles County ballot uncertainty
  • CA39 (Fullerton - open): Young Kim (R), Gil Cisneros (D)
  • CA48 (Huntington Beach - Rohrabacher): Dana Rohrabacher (R), Harley Rouda (D) -- close race, with Hans Keirstead 73 votes behind Rouda
  • CA49 (Oceanside open/Issa): Diane Harkey (R), Mike Levin (D)
  • CA50 (East San Diego - Hunter): Duncan Hunter (R), Ammar Najjar-Campar
  • SD12 (Merced - open/Cannella): Anna Caballero (D), Rob Poythress (R)
  • SD22 (San Gabriel Valley): Mike Eng (D), Susan Rubio (D)
  • SD29 (Fullerton - recall of Josh Newman): Recall - yes, Young Kim (R) elected
  • SD32 (Whittier - open/Mendoza): Rita Topalian (R), Bob Archuleta (D)
  • AD15 (Berkeley - open/Turmond): Buffy Wicks (D), Dan Kalb (D) -- close race, with Jovanka Beckles 182 votes behind Kalb
  • AD39 (East San Fernando Valley - open/Bocanegra): Luz Rivas (D), Ricardo Benitez (R) -- Luz won the special election and takes office immediately
  • AD45 (West San Fernando Valley - open/Dababneh): Jesse Gabriel (D), Justin Clark (R)  -- Jesse won the special election and takes office immediately
  • AD54 (Culver City - Kamlager): Sydney Kamlager (D), Tepring Michelle Piquado (D)
  • AD72 (Seal Beach - open/Allen): Josh Lowenthal (D), Tyler Diep (R)

Outright wins

  • Sacramento County District Attorney and Sheriff: Anne Marie Schubert, Scott Jones
  • San Francisco mayor: too close to call under ranked choice voting - Under raw votes, London Breed was first, Mark Leno was second and Jane Kim was a very close third. However, Kim and Leno had an agreement that they would campaign recommend voters vote 1-2 for each other. Under ranked choice voting in San Francisco, voters can vote for three candidates as 1-2-3. The tally then eliminates the lowest vote getters and adds them to the next highest rank on each ballot in order. It's an outright win--there is no runoff. Who knows what the final result will be?
  • The raw numbers show that Kim and Leno far exceed Breed, who is the business favotite and seen as the successor of Willie Brown and Ed Lee. But, the city has changed. As I wrote, over the last week, the National Parks Service is moving to Vancouver, WA (across the river from Portland) from San Francisco over housing costs. This is literally changing the electorate--from liberal overall to socially liberal. Wealthy and usually young voters have moved to a strange position.

In the challenges against district attorney races in Alameda, Sacramento and San Diego counties supported by George Soros and Laurene Powell Jobs (widow of Steve Jobs) in favor of criminal justice reform, the challengers all lost.

The biggest surprise is that were few surprises yesterday. A small electorate makes a predictable electorate. Assemblyman Dave Jones coming in fourth for attorney general was a surprise, as was Ricardo Lara coming in second place behind former insurance commissioner Steve Poizner. Poizner ran as a No Party Preference candidate rather than his former Republican Party affiliation. I think he's the first NPP to advance to November.

GOV: John Cox says that when Gavin Newsom told Cox last night that when Newsom told him that he was happy with the results instead of running against a fellow Democrat in November, Cox's response was "beware what you wish for," reports Samantha Young for CALmatters. In speaking last night Antonio Villaraigosa conceded and threw his support behind Newsom.

U.S SENATE: Dianne Feinstein is well on her way to winning her sixth term in the Senate (five full terms plus another two years when she won Pete Wilson's seat).

MENTHOL-LESS: In San Francisco, the measure to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco, including menthol, was adopted. I have never been a smoker, but we all know there stereotypes. Are African-Americans being targeted?


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  • Job: Attorney General's Office is seeking a subject matter expert (advocate)
  • Job: Cargill Director of Governmental Relations (Newark-Bay Area)
  • Job: Local Health Plans of California seeks a Program Manager
  • Job: Randle Communications 
  • Job: The California Dental Association seeks full-time Associate Legislative Advocate
  • Job: Probolsky Research - Research Analyst - Public Opinion (Orange County)
  • Job: SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Los Angeles)
  • Job: SEIU-UHW -- Political Capacity Organizer (Oakland or Sacramento)
  • Training: PDI (Political Data Inc.): weekly online trainings of various skill levels   


FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY: For the Capitol Weekly Podcast, John Howard and Tim Foster sit down with political consultant Steve Swatt to talk about the 50th anniversary of the Robert F. Kennedy assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on primary election night. 

SANTA CLARA:  Aaron Pesky, the superior court judge in the Stanford rape case was recalled yesterday for his ruling on the Stanford sexual assault case of Brock Turner. Turner's behavior was abhorrent. That said, I really don't like judicial elections as voters don't have evidence and most don't have legal knowledge. I don't know what to say. Yes, I'm happy that he's off the bench.

AD58 (Downey): In Los Cerritos News, Brian Hews reports that Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia ended the Assembly independent investigation over sexual harassment claims by threatening to out five married Assembly colleagues who she claimed to have sex with. Hews claims multiple corroberating allegations.

The article was posted at 5:45, a couple of hours before Garcia proceeded to face a Republican in November in the very safe Democratic district. The other six Dems simply split the vote.

AD76 (Oceanside): In Rocky Chávez's (R) Assembly seat, it appears that November will see Tasha Boerner Horvath (D) and Elizabeth Warren (D) will face off. That will be a pick-up for Democrats, protecting the supermajority. 

Meanwhile, the supermajority in the State Senate is gone immediately with the recall of Josh Newman, who is being replaced by former Assemblywoman Young Kim (R). The seat will be up again in 2020.


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    The position is responsible for researching and analyzing legislative policy issues. Additionally, the position will be responsible for externally representing the organization in legislative meetings and committees. Lastly, the position will be responsible for advising our board of directors and legislative affairs committee. For more information and to apply, visit
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    California YIMBY is looking for an innovative, resourceful, inspired individual to serve as the Finance & Operations Manager to manage day-to-day finances and operations, act as internal authority on grant requirements, and create and track annual budget. Reports directly to the CEO. $65,000-$85,000/year DOE + benefits. for details.

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    California YIMBY is seeking an innovative, resourceful, inspired individual to serve as the Digital Director to create digital program to tell story of CA's housing crisis. Reports directly to the Chief Advocacy Officer. $75,000-$90,000/year DOE + benefits. for details.

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  • Local Health Plans of California seeks a Program Manager to work across multiple teams providing management, coordination, and support needed to execute programs and initiatives. Ideal candidate is a self-starter, good writer, client service oriented, has an eye for detail, and believes in California’s local health plans’ mission. Salary BOE. Details.
  • Imprenta Communications Group Seeks Account Coordinator to Join Our Sacramento Office. Successful candidate will have 1-3 years previous experience working at a public relations agency, on political campaigns, political staff, or corporate marketing. The ideal candidate is a hard-working, professional, and dedicated individual seeking to empower communities of color. Spanish or Asian language fluency preferred. Full job description can be viewed here. Submit resume and cover letter to Ken Tiratira at for consideration.

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  • SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Los Angeles)
    This position is responsible for a broad range of program objectives to build and strengthen our infrastructure and engage our members to be a powerful force at their worksites, in the legislative process, in the community and at the ballot box. Proven track record is a must. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at
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In The Heart Of The Trump Resistance, So Much Apathy In California
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An unscientific sampling of voters on primary election day in California finds a lot of apathy, Times columnist Steve Lopez writes. Several people couldn't name any candidates running for governor or U.S. Senate.

Schumer To Mcconnell: Let's Spend August On Health Care - Politico

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's move to scrap most of the chamber's August recess promises to rob politically imperiled Democratic incumbents of campaigning time, but Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is embracing the change with a pitch for how to spend it: health care.

Villaraigosa Calls For Extending Election Day Through Friday After More Than 118,000 L.A. County Voters' Names Left Off Rolls
Seema Mehta @
Antonio Villaraigosa called on elections officials Tuesday to extend election day until Friday because of an error that led to the names of more than 118,000 voters not appearing on the rolls in Los Angeles County.

Feinstein To Face De Leon In California Senate Race - Politico

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California had 44 percent of the all-party primary vote when the Associated Press called the primary on Wednesday. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Ca Governor Race: Newsom, Cox Head To November Election | The Sacramento Bee
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Nerdcast: Super Tuesday: Primary Elections Edition - Politico

President Donlad Trump boost's a Senate GOP hopeful. | POLITICO Illustration/Getty Images

Suit Challenges Elk Grove's Expansion South Of Highway 99 | The Sacramento Bee
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By Tony Bizjak

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan breaks with President Trump, says he sees 'no evidence' to claims FBI spied on president's campaign

Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters Wednesday that he agreed with others who have disputed Trump’s assertion that federal law enforcement planted a spy inside his campaign. Specifically, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said on Fox News last week that “the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to […]

Trump Self-pardon Would Hurt Gop, Graham Warns | The Sacramento Bee
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By Christine Condon

Playbook scoop: Senate Democratsâ

After Mitch McConnell canceled much of the Senate’s August recess, Democrats are turning to health care.