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RAIDERS To Vegas? — APPLE’S Winning Streak Over — GOOGLE pressured to dump Trump

04/27/16 09:30 AM EDT

By Carla Marinucci (cmarinucci@politico.com, @cmarinucci) and Andrew Weber (aweber@politico.com)

Buenos dias and good Wednesday morning, Golden State!

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THE BUZZ: Republican Donald Trump’s landslide five-state sweep — cracking the 60 percent mark? — and Hillary Clinton’s key pickup of delegate-rich Pennsylvania, along with Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware in Tuesday’s primaries change the calculations and strategy heading toward California’s June 7 primary.

— THE SILICON VALLEY ANGLE: Trump’s dominant performance means the pressure is ramping up on Google, one of Silicon Valley’s biggest players, to be a disrupter in the 2016 presidential race and to withhold potentially lucrative sponsorships for Republican National Convention events, now that he’s calling himself “the presumptive nominee.”

— WHAT’S AHEAD — A coalition of local activist groups in the San Francisco Bay Area promises Thursday to deliver upwards of 400,000 signatures to Mt. View-based Google, urging the tech firm to take no part in a convention coronation of Trump. The protesters include activists from California groups which have taken center stage in a number of high profile protests — CREDO, ColorOfChange, UltraViolet, vsGoliath, Free Press Action Fund, Daily Kos, Center for Media Justice and the Courage Campaign.

— Along with Thursday’s petitions, a plane will fly over Google headquarters — and later over the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge — with a banner that reads “Google: Don’t be evil. #DumpTrump.” Google won’t be the only corporate target: the groups will expand their appeals to leading firms like Microsoft, Coca-Cola and Walmart “not to provide a platform for Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric.”

— BOTTOM LINE: Reports already suggest leading tech firms like Facebook, Google and Apple, which have had big roles at political events ranging from debates to convention parties, are rightly nervous about being associated, even indirectly, with Trump’s controversial statements and campaign. But there’s marketing, audience, and revenue to consider. Google this: “dilemma.”

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RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE, CALIFORNIA EDITION:

— ‘’Trump backers, critics clash, fire pepper spray outside Anaheim City Hall — Keep your noses out of the national election,’’ by LATimes’ Ahn Do and Matt Hamilton: “ A divided Anaheim City Council voted late Tuesday to take no action on a resolution to formally denounce Donald J. Trump, capping a heated nearly four-hour debate that followed clashes outside City Hall between supporters and opponents of the Republican presidential candidate.” http://lat.ms/1ryrhvX

— “The Biggest California Primary Since Goldwater Beat Rockefeller,” by Eliana Johnson in the National Review: “As in 1964, the race that will culminate in California is also a battle for the ideological soul of the Republican party. Goldwater’s nomination ensured the GOP would be a vessel for conservatism. On June 7, California’s 5 million registered Republicans will decide whether it remains so.” http://bit.ly/1Syyum7

— TRUMP LUNCH SOLD OUT WITH 600 — “Could be most watched CAGOP convention since Ronald Reagan’’ — Flashreport’s Jon Fleischman via Breitbart News sets the table for an explosive state GOP convention this weekend — ”the ‘opening bell’ for the fight for 172 delegates on the Republican side, awarded largely by congressional district on a three-to-a-district, winner-takes-all basis.” http://bit.ly/1NQR9rb

— DIVVY IT UP — GOP attorney Ben Ginsberg on the so-called Kasich-Cruz coordination, tells MSNBC that the Republicans’ could craft a savvy CA strategy: “If they play their cards right, each can specialize in certain districts.’’ Under CA’s winner-take-all by Congressional district June 7 GOP primary, Kasich could stake a claim to Silicon Valley/Bay Area, Cruz to San Diego/Inland Empire, and Trump…well, go figure.

— “Donald Trump brings troublesome relationship with the truth to California,” by Politifact’s Chris Nichols: “PolitiFact, the national and independent fact-checking website, has never met a presidential candidate quite like Trump. The GOP frontrunner has earned more Pants On Fire ratings for claims he’s made than any presidential hopeful PolitiFact has checked since it launched in 2007. Those ratings are reserved for only the most outlandish statements.” http://bit.ly/1SNqdzZ

— TROUBLE AHEAD — “Confusion lurks in the California primary,” by Capitol Weekly’s Paul Mitchell: “One challenge heading into June is that these voters have grown accustomed to seeing all candidates on their ballot with the new open primary. While insiders might understand the subtleties of the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries, our past experience shows that the average voter has not done well adapting to seemingly simple changes in election procedures.” http://bit.ly/1Tv9NJC

— “State’s Democratic superdelegates feel heat from Sanders backers,’’ by SFChronicle’s John Wildermuth: http://bit.ly/1MY1GGj

TOP TALKERS:

— TONEY, AND TONE DEAF — “Upscale NorCal community insists drought’s over, wants residents to water lawns,’’ by LA Times’ Joseph Serna: “We believe that allowing the drought to negatively impact the landscaping at any Blackhawk home does a disservice to property values throughout the community,” the homeowners association announced. ‘We believe there is no longer any reason that all landscaping in the community cannot flourish as it once did. Starting on June 1, any of Blackhawk’s 2,000 homeowners who fail to maintain green lawns or install drought-tolerant landscaping will now risk fines or litigation.” http://lat.ms/1VUS3uB

— RAIDERS TO SIN CITY? — Las Vegas seeks a ‘pledge’ from Raiders owner Mark Davis,’’ by SFChronicle’s Vic Tafur: “While the Raiders close in on their first waiting list for season tickets at the 53,000-seat Oakland Coliseum, owner Mark Davis will be in Las Vegas on Thursday, reportedly set to “pledge” to move the team there.” http://bit.ly/1XVZsHZ

— INVESTIGATIVE THUMBS UP — “Here are all the sports events California state lawmakers attended for free,’’ by LATimes’ Javier Panzar: “Being an elected official in California has its perks. Want proof? Consider all the free tickets to sporting events that members of the Legislature accepted last year as gifts from utilities, unions, law firms and other firms.” With searchable database: http://lat.ms/1SyhDzy

WELCOME to POLITICO’s California Playbook! Got tips, story ideas, events, news releases or birthdays you think we should know about? Contact Carla Marinucci @cmarinucci. Or drop us an email at cmarinucci@politico.com or aweber@politico.com

CALIFORNIA MIXTAPE:

— “Assembly Democrats want more than $1 billion for affordable housing next year,” by LATimes’ Liam Dillon: “The plan provides a mixture of tax credits, development subsidies and grants to spur homebuilding for those with the lowest incomes in the state, including farmworkers and the homeless.” http://lat.ms/1Woorok

— “14 people fatally overdose on ‘painkiller’ in California,’’ via US News World Report: “At least a dozen people in the Sacramento area have fatally overdosed on a pill disguised to look like a popular painkiller — and now the drug has turned up in the San Francisco Bay Area.” http://bit.ly/1SJEcng

–“‘Barbarians’: Report reveals racist texts sent from San Francisco police officer,” by Washington Post’s Lindsey Bever: “Authorities said they have uncovered racist and homophobic text messages sent by and to a former San Francisco police officer who is embroiled in a growing scandal over such messages among law enforcement. Jason Lai has resigned from the San Francisco Police Department following a 2015 investigation that first looked into sexual-assault allegations.” http://wapo.st/1pCJgPR

— “San Francisco police text scandal at odds with diverse image,’’ via AP: “Details of a second batch of racist and homophobic text messages sent by a San Francisco police officer seem at odds with the image of a rainbow-flagged city that prides itself on diversity.” http://apne.ws/1Nyp2ST

— “Beat L.A.: Why S.F.’s economy outperforms its southern neighbor’s,” by San Francisco Business Times’ Riley McDermid: “The San Francisco metro area has done far better than Los Angeles when it comes to creating prosperity for its residents, a new book by urbanist Michael Storper argues, and the Bay Area is a test case in how to advance long-term economic development, he told The Atlantic in an interview this week. ‘Industry differences are essential,’ Storper said. ‘The Bay Area captured key New Economy industries such as information technology and biotechnology, and greater L.A. did not.’” http://bit.ly/1Qz0WBV

— “How UCSF landed a $185 million gift from Wall Street’s Sandy Weill,” by San Francisco Business Times’ Ron Leuty: http://bit.ly/1MX8aF6

— “LA City Council Soapbox Evades its Own Sexual Misconduct Failures,’ by Daniel Guss, Citywatch: http://bit.ly/2404wlq

— “Scientology Leader David Miscavige Threatens to Sue Over Father’s Tell-All,’’ by Hollywood Reporter’s Seth Abramovitch: “Among the ‘malicious, false, misleading and highly defamatory’ assertions made in the book: that Miscavige ‘seized power’ from Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard by ‘outmaneuvering rivals’; that ‘Gold Base’ headquarters in Hemet, Calif., has ‘appalling conditions’ and staff ‘were not permitted to leave’; that church members were ‘subjected to deprivation and violence’ while detained in a prison-like containment center known as ‘the Hole’; and that Miscavige hired private detectives to trail his father.” http://bit.ly/1MYHAM5

— “Top business leaders, 27 governors, urge Congress to boost computer science education,” by the Washington Post’s Emma Brown: “‘Our schools should give all students the opportunity to understand how this technology works, to learn how to be creators, coders, and makers — not just consumers,’ they wrote Tuesday in an open letter to lawmakers. ‘Instead, what is increasingly a basic skill is only available to the lucky few, leaving most students behind, particularly students of color and girls.’” http://wapo.st/1QyYXxx

— “Report casts doubt on SF-area breast cancer ‘cluster,’” on FoxNews.com: “An extensive report in the Pulitzer Prize-winning weekly newspaper Point Reyes Light highlighted how the Bay Area media contributes to the anxiety of white women in Marin County with headlines like ‘Unseen Killer Stalks Marin’ and ‘Breast Cancer Amid Affluence: High Rate in Marin County Appears Tied to Wealth, Education,’ even though evidence shows the disease is no more prevalent there than in other places.” http://fxn.ws/1MX1Bmf

— “Delta battle over water and fish lands in court,” by San Jose Mercury News’ Denis Cuff: “State and federal regulators have failed to protect Delta fish and the environment during the drought by repeatedly relaxing water-quality standards so as to keep water flowing to California cities and farms, three conservation groups argued in a federal lawsuit filed Friday.” http://bayareane.ws/21eDGkr

— “Employment distress affects 2.9 million Californians,’’ by SacBee’s Dan Walters: Officially, 1.1 million Californians are unemployed, half as many as the state had during the depths of the Great Recession. However, a new analysis of employment data by the Legislature’s budget adviser suggests that when the underemployed and labor force dropouts are added to the official number, job distress affects nearly three times as many Californians. http://bit.ly/1VBHmNz

CAMPAIGNS 2016/2018:

— GAVIN TAKES A RISK — BRAVO TV’S “Watch What Happens Live,” a sexy, live show hosted by Andy Cohen, is usually populated with Real Housewives, hard-drinking drag queens, entertainers and even porn stars. But last night, it was California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s turn to hit Cohen’s Clubhouse, alongside actress Bellamy Young — who plays America’s First Lady in the hit show, “Scandal.” Oh, man. Link to website: http://bravo.ly/241uZzi

— Juliet Williams @JWilliams AP: “Ooh, just in time for the eyes of the nation to be on those #CA Congressional districts” — California Center for Jobs and the Economy and the California Business Roundtable issues detailed demographic profiles of all 53 CA Congressional Districts. Link to data: http://bit.ly/1SIQgoK

— “Loretta Sanchez says relaxing species law ‘on the table’ to help state,’’ by SacBee’s Christopher Cadelago: “Democratic U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, campaigning for U.S. Senate, said Tuesday that she would consider amending the federal law governing endangered species to help improve the water supply across the parched state of California. Asked whether the Endangered Species Act should be looked at, Sanchez said yes.” http://bit.ly/1SIP5pA

— Sunlight Foundation’s 25 Biggest Spending House Races in 2016 – CA’s 17th District comes in 22nd with $1.7 million spent: http://bit.ly/1SywyKj

— “Top two: Democrats feel the heat Capitol Weekly,’’ by Ted Andersen, Capitol Weekly: “California’s fledgling top-two voting system, which creates an open primary for statewide and other offices, could prove costly to Democrats in liberal districts while rewarding Republicans who lose.” http://bit.ly/1YSeHBP

— INCOMING! BLISTERING RECAP — “Senate Debate: Kamala Harris Wins By Not Losing,” via CalBuzz Blog: “Tom Del Beccaro attacked Kamala Harris for being a squish on crime. Ron Unz blamed Pete Wilson for wrecking California’s Republican Party. Duf Sundheim seemed precariously close to a James Stockdale moment. Loretta Sanchez sounded like she’d been sucking on a helium balloon moments before the event started.” http://bit.ly/1TvclYc

— AFTER NIXING HOUSE RUN — “Laura Capps to Announce School Board Candidacy,’’ by Jerry Roberts, Santa Barbara Independent: http://bit.ly/24iBI4B

HOLLYWOODLAND:

— “Comcast in Talks to Buy DreamWorks for More Than $3 Billion,’’ via Wall Street Journal: “DreamWorks, based in Glendale, Calif., makes animated movies such as ‘Shrek’ and ‘Kung Fu Panda.’ Comcast, based in Philadelphia, is a cable giant that also owns the Universal Pictures film studio, with which DreamWorks Animation would likely merge. It wasn’t immediately clear what the deal, should it go through, would mean for DreamWorks’ chief executive, veteran Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg.” http://on.wsj.com/241yfus

— 15 years after “Thelma Louise” — “Geena Davis thinks Hollywood needs to ‘get over’ its fear of female characters,” by the Washington Post’s Alyssa Rosenberg: http://wapo.st/26sacUb

— “Oscars: Academy Asks Members for Résumés to Determine Voting Eligibility,” by the Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg: “The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has begun the process of vetting its members to determine whether or not they qualify as ‘active’ under the Academy’s recently approved rules, which will impact whether or not they retain the right to vote for the Oscars.” http://bit.ly/1QyZ2Bb

VALLEYLAND:

— “End of an era: 13 years of continuous quarterly growth ends at Apple,” by New York Times’ Vindu Goel: “The technology giant said on Tuesday that revenue for its second fiscal quarter, which ended in March, fell 13 percent to $50.6 billion as sales of its flagship product, the iPhone, fell, with little else to take its place. Net income fell 22 percent to $10.5 billion, or $1.90 a share.” http://nyti.ms/1SNP2vA

— “Uber picks up a new passenger: The Teamsters,” by San Francisco Business Times’ Riley McDermid: “In the wake of a major legal settlement for Uber drivers that kept them classified as independent contractors but allows them to organize, The Teamsters Joint Council 7 said this week that is still actively involved in trying to form a drivers association with the group.” http://bit.ly/1pCJab4

— “How Uber’s political donations illustrate the divide between management and employees,” in CrowdPac: http://bit.ly/1VABx33

TWEET OF THE DAY — Ted Lieu @tedlieu — “I just completed an entire press interview by text message using #WhatsApp while flying at 35,000 feet. Technology sure can be cool.”

— “Study reveals new vulnerabilities: If you use @Waze, hackers can stalk you,” via Fusion — “Researchers at the University of California-Santa Barbara recently discovered a Waze vulnerability that allowed them to create thousands of ‘ghost drivers’ that can monitor the drivers around them—an exploit that could be used to track Waze users in real-time. They proved it to me by tracking my own movements around San Francisco and Las Vegas over a three-day period.” http://fus.in/1pCBdm5

NEW GIRL IN TOWN — “’She has a name’: Amazon’s Alexa is a sleeper hit, with serious superfans,” by the Guardian’s Nellie Bowles: “Among the more than 35,000 reviews on Amazon, the general consensus is that unlike Apple’s Siri, whose error rate can be frustrating, the Echo responds as soon as it hears the word Alexa and it rarely mishears commands. Meanwhile, developers see a new gold rush as they start building apps (called ‘skills’) for the Echo even before Amazon has opened a proper app store.” http://bit.ly/1YSm4cm

— “LinkedIn moved into a new skyscraper in San Francisco, and the offices are unlike anything else we’ve seen,” by Matt Rosoff: http://read.bi/1YSoWpE

— “25 Geniuses Who are Creating the Future of Business,” in WIRED: http://bit.ly/1Wop15l

DEEP DIVE — “The Rise and Fall of Silk Road: Part 1,” by Joshuah Bearman and Tomer Hanuka in WIRED: http://bit.ly/1Sqng6o

MEDIA MATTERS:

— “Gannett and Tribune bosses get into snit during acquisition talks,” by Poynter’s Benjamin Mullin: “Discussions over the fate of Tribune Publishing are starting to get a little chippy. Since Gannett made its $815 million bid to purchase the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and 9 other major dailies on Monday, executives from both companies have exchanged pointed messages that offer contrasting accounts of the runup to the acquisition offer.” http://bit.ly/1Qz0TG9

MOVING UP:

— San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee has announced the appointment of Ivar C. Satero as Director of the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), following the retirement of Director John L. Martin who held the post for 20 years. Satero is currently the Chief Operating Officer of SFO and formerly held the position of Deputy Director for Design and Construction. His appointment is effective July 18, 2016.

ENDORSEMENTS:

— Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz has endorsed Loretta Sanchez for U.S. Senate. “Mr. Koretz, who represents diverse communities in the Westside of Los Angeles and parts of the San Fernando Valley, cites Loretta’s long-standing support for Israel and the Jewish community as reason for his backing.”

— The California School Employees Association (CSEA) is supporting Joe Dunn for California’s 46th Congressional District, Dunn’s campaign announced Tuesday.

EVENTS:

— GOP’s “DANGEROUS” AGENDA — Release: “United States Senator Barbara Boxer, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra, and DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda will be hosting a press call ahead of the California GOP Convention taking place this weekend, where the three remaining Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to speak. The fact of the matter is that Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich are all completely out-of-touch…Simply put, we cannot afford to give any one of them the keys to the White House.”

Details: April 27th, at 4:15 PM ET/1:15 PST — RSVP: Please email Jenna Price, PriceJ@dnc.org for dial-in information.

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