Around The Capitol

If you don't see images in this message, click "Display Images" or the equivalent.

Having trouble viewing this email? Click here

Receive this as a forward? Get the Nooner in your e-mail box

THE Nooner for May 21, 2017

Subscribe to The Nooner | Follow @scottlay

Subscribe to The Nooner for 14 cents/day to access exclusive election analysisn and support independent coverage of California politics and policy. | Follow @scottlay

Advertise in The Nooner

If the subscription price is a bit steep for you and you don't need the election analysis, help support independent coverage of California politics and policy by chipping in whatever you can afford. Thank you for your support!



Good Sunday morning to you all. I'll likely write again later this afternoon after the drama here subsides.

Most of us were not expecting to still be at convention, but the drama has spread to Sunday. This morning is the runoff for the CDP secretary position between Jenny Bach and Carolyn Fowler. The bigger question is what happens in the chair's election, for which we had results last night. Longtime insider Eric Bauman defeated progressive "outsider" Kimberly Ellis by 63 votes out of 2,931 cast in the chair's race. 

Ellis supporters are certainly not accepting defeat. We have heard all sorts of complaints, with the oddest one being that photo ID was not required for voting. That's a bit off message for Democratic Party activists, as the party is strongly against photo ID for voting.

As I write, lawyers are meeting and talking about the vote, although the outcome is unlikely to change, as reported by Phil Willon in the Times. As Willon writes, there is no provision in the party's bylaws for a recount.

I have to say...the best moment of the convention came this morning as I was heading into the convention center. Jenny Bach's father was out with her signs greeting people. A Vietnamese immigrant, he voted for the first time last November, and I've never seen someone so happy about supporting a party officer candidate. Compared to the brutal campaign for party chair, it was refreshing for this observer.



Here are the results from last night. 

Eric Bauman: 1,493 (51%)
Kimberly Ellis: 1,431 (49%)
Lenore Albert-Sheridan: 7

Norma Alcala: 1,289 (45%)
Alex Rooker: 1,584 (55%)

Daraka Larimore-Hall: 2,333 (83%) 
Cullen Tiernan: 378 (13%)
Ronald J. O'Donnell: 38 (1%)
Roger LaPlante: 73 (3%)

Carolyn Fowler: 1,374 (48%)
Alex San Martin: 112 (4%)
Jenny Bach: 1,359 (48%)
-----> to Sunday runoff between Bach and Fowler

Michael Thaller: 1,140 (40%)
Dan Weitzman: 1,707 (60%)



Dan Walters writes that, while Democrats dominate California, they are not exactly unified. "RoseAnn DeMoro, the nurses’ union’s top official, warned in a convention speech – to loud applause: “If you dismiss progressive values and reinforce the status quo, don’t assume activists … are going to stay with the Democratic Party.”

The LAT team of Willon, Mai-Duc, and Mehta look at the jockeying for governor going on at the convention:

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newson vowed not to accept campaign donations from oil companies on Friday and dished out ice cream to delegates on Saturday. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called for early-childhood education in a speech to Latino delegates, and later snapped selfies with his rival gubernatorial candidates and others in the hall.

Newsom, Villaraigosa and rivals state Treasurer John Chiang and former state Supt. of Instruction Delaine Eastin took plenty of shots at Trump, and all laid out political agendas that aligned on issues such as improving public schools and access to college, healthcare for all and protecting immigrant rights.




Add your classified of up to 100 words by emailing for $40/week.

  • FORMER LA COUNTY SUPERVISOR DON KNABE talks Trump, county politics and life after elected office in this exclusive interview:
    Unique space with breathtaking rooftop patio. 1 or 2 offices available - $700 and 900 per mo. Includes utilities, phone/internet, janitorial, use of conference room, kitchen and furnished outdoor space, copier/fax, and one parking space per office. For more information contact Nancy Mooney at 916-737-9325 or
  • House for rent in River Park, $2,200 a month, short or long term lease. 2 beds, 1.5 baths, 1,454 square feet, 4 blocks blocks to Glenn Hall Park and miles of trails, walking distance to Sac State, 5 miles to Capitol. Pets negotiable with deposit. Available June 1. Contact Malcolm at 415 596 3622 or
  • Office Space for Rent
    2230 L Street. 1,200 square feet of available furnished space, including private offices and conference room. Co-located with the California Medical Association Foundation. Rent includes 2 parking spaces and utilities. $2k/month. Contact Veronica at 916-779-6624 for details.
  • 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

    Historic building just steps from the Capitol!
    Approximately 200-1400 square feet available immediately. Fully serviced (gross) lease with on-site management. Conference room available for tenants’ complimentary use.
    For further information, please contact Eleventh and L Properties at (916)443-2496 or

  • California Coverage & Health Initiatives (CCHI) - Executive Assistant/Office Manager in Sacramento. CCHI seeking strong candidate to provide administrative and financial support to the CEO and Board of Directors. Responsible for office operations and procedures including payroll, human resources and financial duties. Great salary and generous benefit packet. To review full job description, visit

    Submit resume & cover letter to Mark Diel:
  • Become a policy leader with a MPP degree from the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. By combining empirical analysis, critical thinking, political philosophy, persuasive communication, and political strategy, our program – taught by policy practitioners and experts – prepares government, private sector, and non-profit policy leaders. Spring 2017 courses include former State Senator Gloria Romero’s “Seminar in Regional Policies: Education, Politics, and Reform” and “Seminar in Economics: Practical Applications of Policy Analysis” taught by RAND’s Marlon Graf. For legislative staffers with 2+ years of experience, we’ll waive your application fee and GRE requirement! Apply now for Fall 2017 enrollment: (

  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West, Gov’t Relations Coordinator (Sacramento). CA healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive candidate to develop and implement legislation on behalf of our members. Excellent salary and benefits. For more info or to apply go to:

  • Put the public back into public policy with a Pepperdine School of Public Policy MPP degree.  Our program – taught by policy practitioners and experts – combines empirical analysis, analytical reasoning, political philosophy, and history preparing our graduates to become policy leaders. Spring 2017 courses include former State Senator Gloria Romero’s “Seminar in Regional Policies: Education, Politics, and Reform” and “Seminar in Economics: Practical Applications of Policy Analysis” taught by RAND’s Marlon Graf. For legislative staffers with 2+ years of experience, we’ll waive your application fee and GRE requirement! Now accepting applications: (
  • Subscribe to the Capitol Morning Report and closely follow who’s doing what each day in California government and politics. We list news conferences, legislative hearings, state board meetings and other events. Plus we add in community news and announcements from political campaigns. More info at

Add your classified of up to 100 words by emailing for $40/week.


Political Road Map: Democrats Not Only Dominate California Elections, The Party Is King Of Campaign Cash
John Myers @
The new leader of the California Democratic Party inherits a enormous legacy of campaign cash. The state party has spent $298 million since the year 2000.

Health care fight lessons could complicate GOP tax push
The health care debate taught some Republicans they could could force leadership to back down if they held out long enough — a strategy that could be replicated on taxes.

Single-payer Healthcare Backers Disrupt California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's Convention Speech
Melanie Mason @
Share this update

Impeach Trump, Say California Democratic Activists | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Bay Area political events: Policing, fake news
Bay Area political events: Policing talk: A conversation on policing reform, led by Ronald Davis, former director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Fake news discussion: A conversation with Joaquin Alvarado, CEO of the Center for Investigative Reporting, on the obligation of the government and media to filter fake news. The event is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the World Affairs Auditorium, 312 Sutter St., Suite 200, in San Francisco. Peace vigil: A stand against confrontational actions that promote war, hosted by Fremont’s Tri-City Interfaith Council. The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity will host a discussion on immigration, followed by postcard writing to support social justice. The event is from 10 a.m. to noon at the Northern Police Station Community Room, 1125 Fillmore St. in San Francisco. Elizabeth Warren event: A conversation with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St. in San Francisco. The discussion is part of an all-day event organized around opposition to President Trump.

Capitol Corridor Officials Push Amtrak To Say Why Train Jolted | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
By Tony Bizjak

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton Curses At Protesters
Democrats, Donald Trump

Democrats Control California, But Torn By Factional Infighting | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Vows To Fight President Trump's Policies: 'the California Bear Don't Scare'
Seema Mehta @
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was the final scheduled speaker Saturday at the California Democratic Party convention after more than ...

What San Diego Might Expect Under Attorney General Sessions' New Prosecution Guidelines - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kristina Davis @
Harsher penalties against drug couriers and immigrant smugglers who cross the border. The scaling back of a diversion program aimed at reforming youthful, first-time offenders. Fewer plea deals and more trials.

Villaraigosa Tells Democrats To Focus Less On People Who Drive Teslas And More On Californians Who Ride The Bus
Phil Willon @
Share this update

Activists Try To Push California Democratic Party To Left
California Democratic Convention, Berniecrats, Bauman, Ellis, election, resistance

Rep. Maxine Waters Was Cut Off While Speaking At The California Democratic Party Convention. Her Audience Wasn't Happy
Update on 'Updates from the California Democratic Convention: Pelosi says GOP is 'stonewalling' investigation into Trump and Russia'

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

For Democats, special elections may be preview of 2018 campaigns

Rather than bring up alleged Trump scandals, they are focusing on policy decisions by the president and congressional Republicans.

Feinstein scalded by anti-Trump fervor
The Senate Democrat is under pressure to take a much harder line against the president.

New Study Looks At Ways To Stop Suicides Off Coronado Bridge - The San Diego Union-tribune
John Wilkens @

Rep. Adam Schiff Calls For Democratic Unity In Speech That Suggests An Ambitious Future For Himself
Cathleen Decker @
Share this update

Outside Washingtonâ

While party leaders in Washington focus on President Trump’s troubles, candidates in the states are trying to devise a message to reach the voters they need to win back.

Delaine Eastin Says She Has The 'brass Backbone' Required To Govern California
Seema Mehta @
Share this update

Tillerson: Turkish Violence 'simply Unacceptable' - Politico
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the State Department had called in the ambassador of Turkey to discuss the incident. | Getty