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THE Nooner for August 25, 2017

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • CA39 (Fullerton): added retired naval officer Gil Cisneros (D) 

Happy Friday! You made it! It's going to hot one here in Sacramento this weekend. It's a beautiful morning at The Nooner's satellite office--Insight Coffee.

Best wishes to my Texas family (including the longhorn cattle and other critters on the ranch) as Hurricane Harvey approaches and which is expected to make landfall tonight.

AD51 (East LA): I have tackled analysis for the October 3 special election for Jimmy Gomez's Assembly seat. The full analysis, including my current four tiers of the thirteen candidates is available to subscribers.

The AD 51 vacancy was created when Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez was elected to fill the congressional seat left vacant when Xavier Becerra was appointed by Jerry Brown to fill the attorney general vacancy.

The district stretches from Eagle Rock in the north to East Los Angeles in the south and west to pick up Chinatown. Latinos dominate the citizen voting age population, followed by Asians. Asian political influence has been rising significantly and a national network of donors has been tapped to fund first-time Asian candidates. The CA34 race had a runoff with Lopez and Latino and Robert Ahn, who is Korean.

Not unexpectedly, the open safe Democrat seat has drawn a broad field of 13 candidates.

There are nine Latinos, eight of which are Democrats. There are two Asians, and two Caucasians. There are three openly gay candidates--De Ocampo, Lopez, and Vela, each of whom have been endorsed by Equality California.

Given that this is a liberal LA district, you can guess that endorsements have more to do with longtime friendships or political connections rather than ideology. Let's look at some of the significant ones from elected officials that have been released by candidates.

CA39 (Fullerton): Gil Cisneros is an interesting candidate. He is a retired naval officer, but he also has big money that can go into his campaign. He and his wife Jackie won a record-breaking $266 million Mega-Millions lottery jackpot. They have engaged in numerious charitable causes but also have been explicit that the want use some of it to support progressiive candidates. (Imagine what the woman in Massachusetts could do with her $758 million Powerball jackpot). 

Of course, Al Checchi and Michael Huffington are responding "money can't buy me love."

GOP UPHEAVAL: Alexei Koseff in the Bee looks at what led to the ouster of Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes. "Many Republicans believe their best bet is to embrace their traditional identity as the party of taxpayers and to emphasize their differences from ruling Democrats, particularly a deeply unpopular gas tax increase approved by Democratic lawmakers and Brown in April."

The more conservative members of the caucus have been vultures waiting for the opportunity to remove Mayes. They have never been really behind him. Cap-and-trade was really just the conduit for the vultures to land on the dying animal. Mayes got concessions for conservative interests--particularly agriculture and the transportation industry--in the negotiations, but nothing he did was going to be enough to keep the vultures at altitude.

I'm going to take this opportunity to piss off liberals as I try to paddle on the left, paddle on the right and go straight down the river. There is a real downside of the supermajorities and Proposition 25's lowering of the threshhold for the budget and trailer bills from two-thirds to a simple majority. The Republican caucuses no longer have an incentive to participate in difficult decisions relating to governance. This is no longer an era of Jim Brulte, Ken Maddy, or Curt Pringle. These former Republican leaders rarely voted for the ultimate product, but they were at the table and were able to convince Democrats, including Democratic governors, that they would be able to deliver the votes. And, they did. It took time, but they delivered.

Now, the state is starting to look like Washington, DC as we lemmings approach the fiscal cliff.

Sure, I'm as happy as anybody that budget meetings no longer last into the wee hours of the morning. I remember eating breakfast at Denny's with Denise Ducheny after an all night conference committee. I remember colleages snoring as there would be a "ten minute break" at 2am that lasted more than an hour. But, at least there were negotiations. Now, leaders, like Chad Mayes, are penalized for negotiating. Could Mayes have extracted more in cap-and-trade negotiations? Maybe. Would thirteen members of the Assembly GOP caucus have ever been happy? Probably not.

I don't personally know either Mayes or Dahle, but there's a flaw here that's just not good for California. 

RECALL JUICE: As Alex Padilla requested that county registrars give voters an extra thirty days to remove their signatures from recall petitions under the new law, target Josh Newman was given the chairmanship of a new subcommittee of Senate Business and Professions of "Professions and Licensure." B&P has long been one of the biggest "juice committees" that provide lucrative fundraising opportunities. There hasn't really been a demonstrated need for the new subcommittee, but it's clearly an assist to Newman. 

On the recall, KQED's Marisa Lagos looks at the state of the fight between supporters and opponents.

HEALTH CARE: While the California Nurses Association plans to walk precincts in Speaker Anthony Rendon's district this weekend, Rendon announced the creation of a select committee to look at options for single-payer health care over the interim, reports Angela Hart in the Bee. The committee will be chaired by Assemblymembers Jim Wood and Joaquin Arambula.

 

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WE CAN'T WRITE ANYMORE: In the Times, John Myers reports on a lawsuit filed claiming that absentee ballots were improperly invalidated because of "penmanship problems." Absentee/VBM ballots--quickly growing in popularity and approaching universality--require elections officials to compare the signature on the outside of the envelope with that scanned in their systems from voter registration cards.

I can relate to this. Before a trip to Vegas a few years ago, I went to the bank to take out cash. The teller said that my signature didn't match that in their system. I told her that I opened the account when I was in high school. I can't provide a uniform signature anymore. I hardly ever write checks and, as you likely know, retailers don't care what your signature looks like on a credit card receipt. The best is on iPads when you're paying by Square. Try to sign your name with your finger.

We need a better solution to this. I can open my iPhone with my thumbprint, but if it required a signature, I'd be locked out forever.

TRAILERS: Joel Fox looks at the Legislature's delayed use of trailer bills to take advantage of Proposition 25's simple majority provision for taxing/fee bills and other bills that would ordinarily require a two-thirds vote. While trailers used to be used within the week of the budget's passage, they are now being used at the end of session. 

MONEY MATTERS: The Bee's Jim Miller writes that school officials are disappointed that the Treasurer's Office is being slow in selling the bonds approved by the vpters last  year. “There really is no excuse for us to find ourselves in the position we’re in today,” said former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo. “At this pace it could take up to 10 years to fully commit Proposition 51 funds. “This is not what the voters intended when they passed Proposition 51,” added Buchanan, saying constructions costs will only increase, reducing the bond’s purchasing power."

POT RULES: In the SDUT, David Garrick reports that the San Diego City Council will be considering a list of rules for marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and testing that will be stricter than the state's rules.

$$$: The LAT's Patrick McGreevy reports that UC's new payroll system is going to cost $200 million more than expected--for a total of of $504 million. According to UC, it will eventually still save a couple of hundred million, mostly from staff reductions.

MONKEY CAGE: For WaPo, my cousin David Lay Williams, a professor at DePaul and expert on Rousseau, looks at the Instagram controversy over the fashion expenses of Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin's wife, Louise Linton, in the political theory context.

Stay cool, my friends!  

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Lanz Nalagan!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Yesterday, I identified the story on the "New California Repubican Party" story as being penned by Tony Quinn. It was written by Joel Fox.

 

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  • Join Sacramento City Unified School District President Jay Hansen for a breakfast reception on Monday, August 28 at 8 a.m. at the old Vallejo's restaurant (4th and S). Sponsorship opportunites at $250/$100/$75/$50/$35. Checks payable to Jay Hansen for School Board or contribute online at rally.org/hansen4boe#! FPPC ID #1357755. Hosted by Sacramento-Sierra Building Trades, AFL-CIO. For more info, contaact Jay at (916) 505-3158 or jch916ca@gmail.com.
  • The 2017 Pride Awards is next Wednesday, August 30, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m., at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria. It's not too late to join us and celebrate our wonderful champions of equality and justice- Eleni Kounalakis, Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, Nic Caballero, Maya Steinhart, and Wayne Panepento. Be sure to buy your tickets and table before they sell out! This year we are going all out with two charismatic co-hosts, Scott Nevins of Bravo TV and Cambi Brown of Good Day Sacramento.  There are many exciting elements planned for the evening, including a VIP reception, an amazing array of live and silent auction items, a delectable 3-course dinner by Hannibal’s Catering, and a well-staffed bar inside the beautiful Tsakopoulos Library Galleria. Tickets and tables for the event can be purchased here
  • County Welfare Directors Association seeks two proactive, dynamic professionals to join our team. 1. Outreach & Communications Coordinator: Lead responsibility for developing communications strategies regarding key policy and budget issues, managing media relations, generating social media content, updating and maintaining association website and blog, other communications and outreach tasks. 2. Senior Policy Analyst, Self Sufficiency: Lead role with respect to policy analysis and program support for family self-sufficiency issues, including public assistance, employment, nutrition and child care programs, as well as broader overarching issues such as poverty, homelessness and housing insecurity. More information, how to apply:  www.cwda.org/job-opportunities

  • Celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the CA LGBT Legislative Caucus: VIP reception benefiting Equality California PAC on Tuesday, September 5from 5-7pm at the Crest Theatre (1013 K St). Join EQCA, members of the LGBT Caucus and other members of the legislature to celebrate the importance of electing LGBT and pro-equality candidates to office. Sponsorship and ticket information can be found at bit.ly/2vHUhGl. The reception will be followed by a free community screening of the documentary Political Animals. For more info, contact Tony Hoang at tony@eqca.org or 323-848-9801.
  • Attorney General’s Office is seeking a subject matter expert in areas such as civil law, criminal law, public rights and law enforcement.  The Advocate represents the Department of Justice on legislative matters before the State Legislature.  The job can be viewed here.
  • Five Corners Strategies, a corporate public affairs firm that specializes in grassroots campaigns, is seeking an experienced Project Director to work on various corporate campaigns in the San Francisco Bay area. The ideal candidate will have 5-7 years’ experience in grassroots organizing, coalition building, corporate communications and project management. Experience working with the City of San Francisco and Bay area community associations and trade associations is preferred.  Interested candidates can apply here: fivecornersstrategies.com/careers/
  • Consultant Position at TBWB Strategies, San Francisco Based Political Consulting Firm — TBWB Strategies is a strategy and communications consulting firm specializing in public finance ballot measures to secure much needed funding for schools, cities, parks, open space, libraries, transportation, healthcare and more. Consultants serve in a project management role on the client services team at TBWB Strategies, reporting directly to partners and providing strategic guidance, maintaining daily client contact, developing messaging, managing staff and overseeing materials production for multiple projects simultaneously. Interested candidates can apply here: TBWBH.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=3

  • Sacramento Area Council of Government (SACOG)
    Policy Manager - Responsible for all aspects of SACOG's state and federal relations
    Monthly Salary: $8,307 - $11,935
    Details, to apply here. www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sacog.

  • Digital Marketing Manager at Save The Bay in Oakland, CA – Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect, restore, and celebrate San Francisco Bay. The Digital Marketing Manager will be responsible for overseeing all online marketing, fundraising campaigns, and advertising. You’ll collaboratively devise strategies that rapidly scale and optimize marketing capabilities to tell our story and inspire action. As a brand guardian, you’ll work across departments to support programmatic communications needs, delivering excellence across all digital touch points and ensure consistent, effective messaging. Interested candidates can send a cover letter and resume to jobs@savesfbay.org  

  • Paid internship involving campaigns for Republican candidates, statewide initiatives & issue advocacy. Those with previous job/internship experience & strong writing/research skills will be given preference. Compensation is hourly & DOE. Please send cover letter & resume to justin@meridianhq.com.

  • Deputy Vice President, State Government Affairs Reporting to Vice President, State Government Affairs. Will be responsible for developing and implementing state legislative strategies in support of PhRMA's priorities in California. Competitive compensation package. Contact Jeff Young, jeffrey.young@kornferry.com.

  • Associate Position at TBWB Strategies, San Francisco Based Political Consulting Firm — TBWB Strategies is a strategy and communications consulting firm specializing in public finance ballot measures to secure much needed funding for schools, cities, parks, open space, libraries, transportation, healthcare and more. Associates are responsible for a combination of direct client service and support for the client services team at TBWB Strategies. Associates are expected to keep projects on track, meet deadlines and prepare materials — including direct mail — for each client. Interested candidates can apply here: bwbh.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=2
  • Chariot Campaigns, Bay Area-based GOP consulting firm, seeks both entry and experienced campaign account support. Excellent writing skills required. $48k-$96k salary. Resume and cover to: jfisfis@chariotcampaigns.com.
  • California Association of Health Facilities is seeking a CEO/President (Sacramento) to lead the largest state association representing long-term care providers. Looking for a candidate with broad and extensive experience managing a complex organization, including advanced skills in administration, executive/senior management, finance and/or government relations. Familiarity in navigating state government, legislative and regulatory processes. Strong financial background; understanding of health care delivery models and provider reimbursement methodologies, state rate-setting processes helpful. Connectivity with state decision makers and policy makers is key. Salary DOE. Send resume/cover letter to rcfujisawa@cahf.org.
  • The University of California Office of the President is seeking an Associate Director of State Budget Relations in Sacramento. The Associate Director (AD) provides expertise, analysis, political strategy and advocacy related to UC's budget on behalf of the University. The ideal candidate has a working knowledge of the functions, organizations, structure and procedures of UC and experience with the executive and legislative branches of California government. Highly competitive salary and benefits. Learn more and apply here apptrkr.com/1028964
  • CA School Boards Assn- Grassroots Field Organizer (San Diego). This position serves as CSBA’s liaison to local school and county boards of education, key decision-makers and the community-at-large, and is responsible for implementing CSBA’s grassroots program, establishing relationships, and facilitating local and regional outreach and activation efforts. Communicates about issues in education that require familiarity with educational laws, regulations and trends.  Executes grassroots strategies designed to build relationships with, train, support and mobilize local school board members and communities to advance CSBA’s legislative and statewide ballot measure advocacy priorities. Coordinates and executes fundraising events. BOE. Details: www.csba.org/About/Careers/GrassrootsFieldOrganizerSanDiego.aspx

  • CA School Boards Assn- Grassroots Field Organizer (Los Angeles). This position serves as CSBA’s liaison to local school and county boards of education, key decision-makers and the community-at-large, and is responsible for implementing CSBA’s grassroots program, establishing relationships, and facilitating local and regional outreach and activation efforts. Communicates about issues in education that require familiarity with educational laws, regulations and trends.  Executes grassroots strategies designed to build relationships with, train, support and mobilize local school board members and communities to advance CSBA’s legislative and statewide ballot measure advocacy priorities. Coordinates and executes fundraising events. BOE. Details: www.csba.org/About/Careers/GrassrootsFieldOrganizerLA.aspx 

  • 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 www.capitolmr.com

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Trump Doubles Down On Call For GOP Senators To Nix Filibuster - Politico
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President Donald Trump has regularly called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow bills to pass with a simple majority instead of the 60-vote threshold currently required for most legislation. | Alex Brandon/AP

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Senate Republican Leader Bates' Statement on Assembly Republican Leadership
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The organizers of the latest rally in Berkeley, billed by right-wing activists as a demonstration against Marxism, have been denied a permit by the city.