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I write today with dedication to the journalists who have given the ultimate sacrifice to bring us our freedoms.  

Newseum - Journalists Memorial


Yesterday was Induction Day, when our heroes are formally admitted to the United States Navy from the Academy in Annapolis. Instead, we are heartbroken.

People ask me what I consider my occupation. Am I a journalist, an aggregator, an analyst, or something else? I don't know. I write original content as well as try to find the most important stories written by others. Of course, the only thing that matters is that I give you a Nooner each day worth reading.

I spend my life in the world of news. I rely on reporting of journalists daily, and I'm vice-president of the board of Open California, which publishes Capitol Weekly (now all online and "weekly" is not accurate, but that name has been around for a long time) and provides great events throughout the year, and count many reporters as friends. I work hard to observe journalistic ethics. 

Whatever my status, My heart broke with the murder of the five victims of the Capital Gazette newsroom shooting yesterday--five more for the Newseum Journalists Memorial (definitely visit if you are in DC). The murders were allegedly committed by a known antagonist of the paper and its journalists. Indeed, hate speech to the most extreme.

A photojournalist also gave us this photo from Tiananmen Square.

The victims, from a sales representative to veteran journalists are:

  • Gerald Fischman
  • Rob Hiaasen
  • John McNamara
  • Rebecca Smith
  • Wendi Winters

The suspect has spend the decade as an antagonist of the paper and had filed a defamation lawsuit in 2012 after it had published a story about him. This is hate speech from a coward that isn't much different than what we have seen over the last few years.

Journalists from the paper didn't let the tragedy stop the news--they brought laptops to work in the parking garage. The Capital has profiles of each of the victims. Annapolis is a city of heroes, many of whom get on ships to defend all of us. The journalists and people who make sure we get the news are also conveyors of liberty to us. 

Every time I'm in DC, I go to the Newseum to pay respects to those who have given their lives for the cause of truth. Warriors carry guns, but they also carry cameras and pens. Two photos arguably changed the trajectory of the Vietnam War--the photo of Phan Thi Kim Phúc running away naked from a napalm drop on her village and Viet Cong general summarily execution of Nguyễn Văn Lém.

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YEA! You made it to Friday and what a couple of weeks it has been. No World Cup matches today as the teams leave their group stage cities, some going home and some to a new city for the Round of 16. Meanwhile, the Dodgers host the Rockies in Chavez Ravine (7:10), the Giants are in Phoenix (6:40), the A's welcome Cleveland (7:05), the Angels are in Baltimore (4:05), and the Padres have the Pirates ship pulling into the harbor (7:10).



SCOTUS: While much has been talked about on the 5-4 decisions on abortion and gay rights on which Anthony Kennedy provided a decisive vote, there's another big one for California. Justice Kennedy also authored the 5-4 2010 decision in Brown v. Plata (563 U.S. 493) on the California prison overcrowding case, joined by the four "liberals." Of the thirteen 5-4 decisions this term holding for the conservative side, Kennedy voted with the majority in every case. 

THE NOVEMBER BALLOT: Well, the deadline has passed and we now have twelve measures on which to vote on November 6. Yes, you'll be voting on whether to permit the Legislaure to eliminate daylight savings time two days after "falling back" one hour. The measure also requires a change in federal law.

Legislatively placed measures:

  • SB 3 (Chapter 365, Statutes of 2017), Beall. Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018.
  • AB 1827 (Chapter 41, Statutes of 2018), Committee on Budget. No Place Like Home Act of 2018.
  • AB 807 (Chapter 60, Statutes of 2018), Chu. Daylight saving time.

Initiative measures:

  • Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage. Initiative Statute.

  • Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer Their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

  • Authorizes State Regulation of Kidney Dialysis Clinics. Limits Charges for Patient Care. Initiative Statute. 

  • Division of California into Three States. Initiative Statute.
  • Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Certain Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Certain Non-Complying Products. Initiative Statute. 
  • 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. 
  • Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. Initiative Statute.
  • Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain on Call During Work Breaks. Changes Other Conditions of Employment. Initiative Statute.
  • Authorizes Bonds Funding Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care. Initiative Statute.

Language of all of the measures can be found here

LEAD PAINT: The two paint companies that had collected sufficient signatures for an initiative to shift the cost of lead pain abatement to the state withdrew their initiative before last night's deadline, reports Liam Dillon for the Times. In exchange, three legislative bills that would have imposed additional costs on the companies--Sherwin Williams and ConAgra--were shelved.

PRIVACY: The other initiative withdrawn after a legislative compromise dealing with consumer privacy sponsored by a San Francisco real estate developer, which was strongly opposed Silicon Valley. AB 375 (Chau) is the compromise legislation, which the governor signed yesterday. While the compromise bill was opposed by most business groups, it passed the State Senate 36-0 and the Assembly 73-0. Check out the legislative gymnastics that occurred with the bill on the ballot measure deadline day:

06/28/18 Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 55, Statutes of 2018.
06/28/18 Approved by the Governor.
06/28/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 1:30 p.m.
06/28/18 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.
06/28/18 Assembly Rule 63 suspended.
06/28/18 Assembly Rule 77 suspended.
06/28/18 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after June 30 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
06/28/18 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly.
06/28/18 From committee: That the measure be returned to Senate Floor for consideration. (Ayes 6. Noes 1.) (June 28)

The tech community wants to continue working on the new law, which takes effect January 1, 2020. 

For the LA Times, John Myers writes about the strange machinitions leading up to the ballot measure deadline last night.

THE OTHER CAPITOL: Politico's Elena Schor looks at the divide in strategy among Democratic senators for the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation battle between the more moderate members of the caucus and those who have other career ambitions:

“As far as possible, I don’t know how you define that,” Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) told reporters when asked how far she’d go to stop Trump’s nominee.

Presented with one example — boycotting confirmation hearings — Harris said only that “we’ll see.”

Harris, alongside Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey, joined a Thursday rally on the Supreme Court steps to encourage the party’s base to keep mobilizing, despite their long odds of stopping Trump from a confirmation that could reshape the court for decades. 

The White House has indicated that it hopes for a Kennedy successor to be named before President Trump heads to Brussels for the NATO summit on July 9.


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)
  • NEW: Job: California Welfare Directors Association
  • 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: 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   



  • Vote-by-mail: 82,852
  • Provisional: 19,992
  • Conditional voter registration: 956
  • Damaged: 4,041
  • Total: 107,841



Probolsky Research


Enjoy the rest of the day, which will be a toasty one here in SacTown. I'm heading over for a tour of the California State Library this afternoon, thanks to the heads up by our amazing legislative historian Alex Vassar.


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Matthew Dobler, Megan Kerr, and Larry Salinas!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Talking about retired Justice David Souter yesterday, I had two factual errors (one of which was fixed for the main distribution). He was 69 when he retired from the Court, and he moved to a Cape Cod-style house, but still in New Hampshire.




Add your classified of up to 100 words by emailing for $40/week.
  • The County Welfare Directors Association is hiring a Human Services Policy Analyst focusing on county-run programs serving children and adults. The Analyst supports the advocacy work CWDA is engaged in, at the direction of senior staff, including but not limited to legislative and budget efforts and implementation of policy changes enacted at the state and federal level. Competitive salary, excellent benefit package. Open until 8/1. Details:

    SERNA CENTER Sacramento City USD 5735 47th Ave. Sac, CA 95824
    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.
    Contact: Monica Garland
  • 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 Voters Will Weigh These 12 Propositions On November's Ballot
John Myers @
The measures were certified for the Nov. 6 ballot on Thursday. While the list is shorter than the 17 propositions on the fall ballot in 2016, it still presents Californians with some complicated choices.

Steyer Boosts Gillum’s Struggling Campaign With $1 Million

In a move that could dramatically change the race for Florida governor, California billionaire Tom Steyer threw $1 million in organizational and advertising support to the struggling campaign of progressive candidate Andrew Gillum.

Under Trump, America's Influence In The Western Pacific May Be On The Decline
Barbara Demick, Tracy Wilkinson @
The traditional U.S. role in the western Pacific, a mainstay of American foreign policy since the end of World War II, is under threat as China gains growing military and economic power and as President Trump appears to scale back U.S. commitments.

The Health 202: These are the five senators to watch in the Supreme Court nomination fight

Two Republicans and three Democrats make up the Senate's swing vote.

U.S. Allows Nestle To Keep Taking Water From Southern California Forest
Associated Press @
U.S. officials offered Nestle, the maker of Arrowhead bottled water, a three-year permit to keep taking millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino National Forest, but with new restrictions designed to keep a creek flowing for other uses.

POLITICO Playbook: Inside Senate Democratsâ

And the latest on the tragedy at the Capital Gazette.