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SPORTS PAGE: We have Mexico v. Sweden hitting the pitch tomorrow at 7:00am. A win or tie assures that they move to the first knockout round of 16. A loss and a win by Germany (and of course Sweden) could threaten that spot if both of the other teams win by more than two goals. I'm guessing Zócalo Midtown will be packed again tomorrow morning, along with several other midtown/downtown spots. Those morning legislative hearings tomorrow should be interesting.

In baseball, Angels in Beantown @ 4:10, A's in Motor City @ 4:10, Padres @ Texas @ 5:05, Dodgers try to repeat yesterday's success against the Rockies @ 7:10, and the Giants host the Rockies @ 7:15.

Oh yeah, The Nooner is supposed to be about California Politics and Policy! On to business . . .


  • ELIGIBLE FOR 11/2018 BALLOT: Eliminates Recently Enacted Road Repair and Transportation Funding by Repealing Revenues Dedicated for those Purposes. Requires any Measure to Enact Certain Vehicle Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees be Submitted to and Approved by the Electorate. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
  • ELIGIBLE FOR 11/2018 BALLOT: Establishes New Consumer Privacy Rights; Expands Liability for Consumer Data Breaches. Initiative Statute.
  • ELIGIBLE FOR CIRCULATION: Requires Use of State and Local Law-Enforcement Resources for Federal Immigration Purposes. Restricts Voter Registration Process. Initiative Statute. (18-0002)

The privacy measure can be withdrawn through Thursday when ballot measures are finalized, and the compromise bill to avoid November passed Senate Judiciary this morning.

The new measure eligible for circulation, among other things, would, among other things, reverse the "sanctuary state law" that took effect January 1. It's not clear who the interests are behind it. The official proponent is a Donald Rosenberg in Los Angeles County, of which there are three. The contact for the measure is lobbyist Ravi Mehta, who has a lobbying firm named Capitol Advocates and is the former chair of the Fair Political Practices Commission. 

The website of Capitol Advocates has a lengthy list of clients, but there hasn't been a lobbying filing with activity since 2015, when it received $12,365 from a company that supplies optometric equipment to independent opticians working in Costcos. The report states that there was no legislative or administrative influence activity associated with the payment. Thus, it's unclear who is behind the initiative.

If qualified, the measure would be on the November 2020 ballot, along with the presidential election. That could get really ugly.

SCOTUS WITH THE MOSTUS: The Supreme Court this morning ruled on California's FACT Act, which requires pregnancy counseling centers that provide services such as ultrasound and pregnancy tests to post that free or low-cost abortions may be available. For those that solely provide counseling, the law requires that a flyer by provided that states that the center does not provide medical services. In NIFLA v. Becerra, the Court held that FACT is likely unconstitutional, the Ninth Circuit is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings. (5-4 decision, authored by Justice Thomas) 

In the case against the Administration's third iteration of the travel ban (Trump v. Hawaii), the Ninth Circuit's invalidation of the travel ban was reversed and the case was remanded for further proceedings. The Court's majority finds that the ban is within the broad executive authority on immigration issues. (5-4, authored by Chief Justice Roberts).

In his concurring opinion with the majority, Justice Kennedy makes it clear that he thinks the ban does violate the First Amendment's freedom of religion, but finds the travel ban non-judiciable and under executive authority.

The remaining cases of this term are the water rights case Florida v. Georgia and, of course, the union dues case Janus v. AFSCME. The Court announced that tomorrow is the last day of the term.

NET NEUTRALITY: SB 822 (Wiener), which was subject of hostile amendments, is up today in Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection at 1:30 in Room 126. Wiener doesn't want to see the bill move. Will he show up for the hearing?




  • Vote-by-mail: 375,018
  • Provisional: 101,634
  • Conditional voter registration: 5,033
  • Damaged: 26,508
  • Total: 508,193

The following counties report that they have completed ballot verification and tabulation: Alameda, Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lassen, Merced, Mono, Orange, Sacramento, San Benito, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Trinity, and Yolo.

SD29 (Fullerton): In the Times, John Myers writes up Ling-Ling Chang's swearing in to the State Senate yesterday. Chang was elected to succeed recalled senator Josh Newman.

CAGOP: While the Newman recall was good for the California Republican Party, there's also news that former Assemblymember Jim Cunneen and two San Jose councilmembers, Dev Davis and Johnny Khamis, have switched from the GOP to No Party Preference. This follows the announcement by longtime GOP strategist Steve Schmidt (played by Woody Harrelson in Game Change) of doing the same. 

THE BORDER: For the Chron, Melody Gutierrez reports that 29 additional members joined Kevin de León via letter to Jerry Brown to request the governor call back the California National Guard troops that were assigned to the border for non-immigration duties. The assignment mostly began before the controversy of family separation.

DRUGAS: The zero-tolerance policy at the border has led to far more arrests for narcotics, reports Greg Moran for the Union-Tribune. "The [San Diego] District Attorney’s Office said the number of border bust drug cases it has filed in local courts more than doubled from the same period last year."

HARASSMENT: The special bicameral committee on sexual harassment approved the new process for handing complaints, reports Melanie Mason for the Times:

The approved recommendations hew closely to the proposal rolled out earlier this month, which includes the creation of a unit within the Office of the Legislative Counsel to investigate and report on complaints. A panel of five subject-matter experts, such as specialists in employment law, would weigh in after a completed investigation to determine if the complaint has been substantiated, and recommend a response.

There were a few tweaks to the draft proposal, such as requesting that the chief justice of the state Supreme Court appoint three of those panelists, while each house appoints one expert. Other additions include referring reports of potential criminal conduct to law enforcement and a requirement to inform the complainant about updates to the investigation process.

If approved by each Rules Committee, the new process begins February 1, or when the Legislative Counsel's office sets up the new unit for investigations.


Classifieds below:

  • Education: Pepperdine Masters of Public Policy (GRE waived for legislative staffers)
  • Education: UOP/McGeorge School of Law: MPP/MPA (full-time or part-time, 3 miles from the Capitol)
  • Events: American Association of Political Consultants Regional Conference (June 25-26 - Sacramento)
  • Job: Cargill Director of Governmental Relations (Newark-Bay Area)
  • Job: The East Bay Community Foundation: VP of Community Investment and Partnerships
  • Job: Local Health Plans of California seeks a Program Manager
  • Job: Randle Communications 
  • Job: Serna Center @ Sac City Unified: Chief Business Officer
  • 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   



$$$: Joel Fox looks at the additional revenue California may see from the Supreme Court's ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, which overturned prior case law and allows states to collect sales tax from out of state retailers selling into the state.

THE OC: In the Register, Jordan Graham and Tony Saavedra review the June 5 election results for Orange County's competitive elections and what it portends for November.


Probolsky Research



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Janet Chin, Tony Gonzalez, and Daniel Okenfuss!



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    Salary Range: $157,252 – $197,031 yrly. Medical, Dental and Vision; $4,800 annual travel stipend
    CBO’s role is to create a structure incorporating the District’s annual budget process with the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) using the SCUSD Guiding Principle and Core Value Statement. The ability to incorporate them into one seamless process could lead to more equitable outcomes for all students.
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  • The East Bay Community Foundation – mobilizer of financial assets and community leadership to transform the lives of people in the East Bay – seeks a collaborative, strategic and mission-driven Vice President of Community Investment and Partnerships (CIP) to lead effective community-centered strategies; stay abreast of community needs and developments; and serve as a connecter between CIP and the Executive Management Team. This position reports to the President & Chief Executive Officer in downtown Oakland. Learn more here. Interested and qualified applicants should apply by emailing a cover letter, resume and list of three references to by Friday, June 22, 2018.
  • The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, in Sacramento offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees to both full-time students and those earning a professional degree while working. Our focus on the interconnections of law, policy, management, and leadership provides unique competencies for your success. Students gain a deep understanding of statutory interpretation and regulatory processes critical to modern governance. Learn more at or contact us at
  • Cal State Student Association seeks Legislative Policy Analyst
    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

  • Finance & Operations Manager
    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.

  • Digital Director
    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.
  • Organizing Director
    California YIMBY is seeking a motivated, tenacious, creative individual to serve as the Organizing Director to conceive large scale organizing strategy and develop, write and implement a comprehensive strategic organizing plan. Reports directly to the Chief Advocacy Officer. $75,000-$90,000/year DOE + benefits. for details.
  • 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
  • GRE waived for qualifying government & legislative staffers to apply to the Pepperdine School of Public Policy’s Master of Public Policy program, considered the most unique policy graduate program in the country. Specialization tracks, including State & Local Policy, allow students to personalize their policy studies. Current State & Local Policy courses include, “Advanced Topics in Politics and Budgeting,” “Public Policy for Criminal Justice, Cannabis, and other Drugs,” “Permissions Development and the Environment,” and “Leadership through Public Engagement.” Find out more about this Top 10 in the West/Top 5 in California MPP program located in Malibu:
  • 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
  • SEIU-UHW – Political Capacity Organizer (Oakland or Sacramento)
    This position is responsible for working in close collaboration with multiple levels of staff and members to develop goals and execute plans for members participation in all areas of the political program and hard dollar fundraising.  Also provides staff support to our Political Action Advisory Committee, in collaboration with representational staff.  Candidate will train and mentor COPE chairs and member activists to help them achieve political goals.  Proven fundraising 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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California Ballot Will Include Gas Tax Repeal In November
Patrick McGreevy @
An initiative to repeal $5.4 billion in annual increases to state gas taxes and vehicle fees has earned a spot on the November ballot, setting the stage for one last, big political battle by Gov. Jerry Brown to preserve part of his legacy before he leaves office.

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California Senate Welcomes New Orange County Republican, Selected After Voters Fired The Democratic Incumbent
John Myers @
Chang was selected by voters in the state’s 29th Senate District to replace Josh Newman, a Fullerton Democrat who was recalled from office in the same election. Newman had narrowly defeated Chang in 2016 and was only two years into his four-year term when voters removed him on June 5.

Supreme Court: Calif. law requiring pregnancy centers to notify women that state might cover abortions is likely unconstitutional

The California law requires centers to notify women that the state provides free or low-cost health care, contraception services and abortion. The clinics said the state was violating free speech rights by requiring them to deliver a message that was in opposition to their very purpose. The state said the law was targeted at centers […]

Three Californias Measure Makes The November Ballot | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Congressional intern suspended after yelling obscenity at President Trump at the Capitol

The intern who shouted an expletive at the president was suspended for one week, according to the office of Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.).