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Happy UC Davis Picnic Day for the Nooner AGS and Cal Day for the Nooner Bears!

This has been a difficult Nooner to write. I've had the Barbara Bush service on in the background, and at many times have had too many tears in my eyes to see my writing interface clearly. I'm not joking to appease my conservative readers who see me as a liberal. I recognize great work and lives of all great people, and they don't get much better than Barbara.

She lived up to the spirit (and now doctrine) of the Episcopal Church and became a supporter of LGBT rights, including in the military. The church also generally sanctions same-sex marriage, although leaves it to bishops based on local law. I don't think it has been addressed again since it's now constitutionally decided across the country. She didn't hug an AIDS patient for political reasons when his own mother wouldn't; she did it to send a message of humanity at a time desperately needed.

My late Granddaddy, who lived outside of Houston, was a big supporter of George H.W. Bush, and thus today's service brings up so many emotions.

SPORTS PAGE: Giants @ Angels at 6:07pm. The struggling Giants surprised folks last night with a win over the strong Angels. Don't worry, we've evacuated all the homeless away from the Santa Ana River bed as we try to find a place for them. 

AURAL PLEASURE: Because I didn't give you enough podcasts to listen to this weekend yesterday, this week's LA Times California Political Podcast is out. John Myers, Melanie Mason, and Seema Mehta discuss the governor's race, the Brown/Trump feud over the National Guard border issue, and the lightning round.

HOMELESS IN OC: Thanks for lots of great feedback to my write-up yesterday on the proposal to "move" Orange County's homeless into the foothills, out of sight, and away from services. A grade school friend who still lives in Placentia asked what my solution was. I don't know what it is, but it's going to be costly. I just call on proponents of the Silverado Canyon proposal to provide a comprehensive plan for access to food, transportation to the 1,000+ foot elevation location, and medical, substance abuse, mental health, and social services.

Last year, was the second deadliest on record for the homeless in Orange County, with at least 193 deaths, reports Jordan Graham in the Register. 2016 saw 203 such deaths. Graham writes:

While the Orange County’s homeless population grew by around 13 percent between 2013 and 2017, the number of homeless deaths increased by 64 percent during that same time frame. In all, 1,447 homeless people have died in the county over the past 12 years, with nearly half of those deaths occurring in just the last four years.

. . .

[T]he number of homeless deaths in the county has increased by at least 60 percent since 2013 even when discounting for overdose fatalities.

Please don't take my comments on this issue as giving the homeless a free ride. Many have panhandled to get enough cash to score drugs (mostly meth and fake but more deadly Fentanyl), but we can't sweep the problem away by telling them that the only place they can live is uphill and without services.

I don't know the solutions, but want to hear your ideas, and I'll make sure they get through to lawmakers. This needs to be a Sacramento (which has a huge budget surplus) issue, and not just a county issue.

POLL POSITION: I stand corrected, in a small footnote at the end of that poll summary conducted for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation/Choose Children 2018 and released yesterday did list the ballot designations used in the respondent interviews and they reflected the official ballot designations.

Sorry to the non-polling geeks for such a focus on this today, but I also know that that there is a lot of interest among Nooner readers and I want to be as fair to all the major candidates who have been polled.  (As I wrote yesterday, Amanda Renteria has not been included in any released poll.) As always, Jack Kavanaugh has a great list of political and policy stories on Rough&Tumble.

Here are the updated tables, which may be best read online after about 12:15pm (it posts after the hamsters get out the 8500 emails).

 

Polling: Race for Governor

top two primary, regardless of party

  USC Dornsife / LA Times  10/27-11/6/17 Public Policy Institute of CA 
11/10-11/19/17
Davis Research for Berkeley IGS
12/7-12/16/17
Tulchin for USC Rossier School
1/21-28/18
David Binder for
Gavin Newsom   1/31-2/4/18
Public Policy Institute of CA
1/21-1/30/18
Global Strategies for John Chiang
1/27-2/1/18

Public Policy Institute of CA
3/25-4/3/18

Wallin/Tulchin for Silicon Valley Community Foundation/Choose Childen 2018
3/30-4/4/18
Travis Allen (R) 15.0% 6%  9% 7% 4% 8% 7%  10% 8.9%
John Chiang (D) 4.1% 9%  5% 8% 11% 9% 10%  7% 9.0%
John Cox (R) 11.4% 6%  9% 9% 7% 7% 10%  15% 16.4%
Delaine Eastin (D) 4.1% 3%  5% 5% 4% 4%  5% 6% 5.1%
Gavin Newsom (D) 31.1% 23%  26% 25% 30% 23% 28%  26% 25.6%
Antonio Villaraigosa (D) 20.7% 18% 17% 10% 11% 21% 14%  13% 6.6%
Someone else (specified) n/a 1%  1% 4%  n/a 1%  n/a 1% n/a
Other/Don't Know 5.7% 30%  28% 18% 29% 24% 21%  22% 28.4%

 

Methodology
USC Dornsife/LAT n=1296 RV, 10/27-11/6/17, online, English/Spanish, MOE +/-4%
Davis Research for Berkeley IGS n=672 LV, 12/7-16/17, live interview home/cell, MOE 3.8%
David Binder Research for Gavin Newsom n=800 LV, 1/31-2/4/18, online
Tulchin Research for USC Rossier n=2500, RV, 1/21/28/18, online
Public Policy Institute of California (December) n=1070 LV, 11/10-11/19/18, live interview, English/Spanish, MOE +/- 4.3%
Public Policy Institute of California (February)
n=1042 LV, 1/21-1/30/18, live interview, English/Spanish, MOE +/- 4.3%
Global Strategies for John Chiang

n=400 LV with oversampling of non-Republicans and Asian-Americans, weighted down to likely voters, 01/27-02/01/18, live interview cell/home

Public Policy Institute of California (April)

n=867 LV, 3/25-4/23/18, , live interview, English/Spanish, MOE +/- 4.4%

Wallin/Tulchin for Silicon Valley Community Foundation/Choose Children 2018

n=800 LV (PDI 18P4 model) with oversampling of Los Angeles, live interview cell/home, English/Spanish, MOE +/- 3.7%

 

Obviously, there are a lot of questions as to why Antonio Villaraigosa's number was so low in this poll, as it appears that respondents have shifted to Republican John Cox. PPIC found Cox in a statistically similar position in its April poll at 15%, although had Villaraigosa at double the Wallin/Tulchin poll. PPIC had a significantly lower share of undecided likely voters.Everyone else was basically the same as in other recent polls. Villaraigosa's number is within the margin of error of the Tulchin and Binder polls in late January and early February respectively, so it could just be the turnout models.

As noted, Wallin/Tulchin oversampled Los Angeles to have a big enough universe to weight, and then weighted for likely voters using the respected Political Data 18P4 model. PPIC uses questions in its poll to determine whether voters are likely to turn out. It's an interesting political science debate as to which is better, but aside from the Villaraigosa number, all other candidates are within the margins of error.

While it is clearly a hyperpolitical environment, increased turnout will most likely show up much more in November than June, except in the five big congressional primaries (CA25, CA39, CA48, CA49, and CA50). But, even in those where Democratic challengers are battling it out (getting uglier by the day), those voters who are engaged in those battles are already mostly likely voters, and the fights could actually turn off otherwise likely voters.

The poll was conducted before the independent expenditure campaign by charter school advocates launched, and voters are now seeing a fairly heavy rotation of television ads talking about his experience and highlighting his role as former mayor of Los Angeles. Supporters of Villaraigosa are counting on using advertising to get his background across, in contrast to his official ballot of "Public Policy Advisor."

He needs a large share of the undecideds to get a ticket to the top two, at this point competing for it against John Cox, who has the ballot title of "Businessman/Taxpayer Advocate." The PPIC April crosstabs showed a split of undecideds as 24% Dem, 24% Rep, and 19% NPP/Other.

Chiang and Eastin continue to struggle to move beyond a steady base. Chiang does have significant cash on hand, and his campaign would note that a big share of the large warchest of Newsom can't be used in the primary. (Candidates can raise $29,200 for each the primary and general election from each donor, but must identify which election the maximum is attributed to in reports.)

 

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  • Randle Communications is seeking a highly-motivated communications professional to support the firm’s growing public affairs practice. Ideal candidate has three – five years legislative/campaign experience, strong communication skills, is detail-oriented and a self-starter. Salary BOE.  E-mail resume, references, cover letter: info@randlecommunications.com
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    The Policy Committees and Programs Coordinator contributes to the organization's policy objectives and engagement with regional policy-makers and other stakeholders. This includes coordinating and providing policy committee and program support, as well as providing support of the organization's international engagement efforts, particularly between CSG West members and policy stakeholders in Mexico and Canada. Individual must be bilingual (English/Spanish), with a high proficiency to read, write and speak in both languages. CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled) csg.applicantpro.com/jobs/765554.html

  • LOBBYING SUCCESS IS JUST A COUPLE OF CLICKS AWAY. Capitol Seminars offers you a cost-effective, comprehensive overview of what it takes to be more successful at lobbying in California. Conducted by 43-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov, these invaluable seminars cover the processes, touch points and best practices of Legislative, Budget and Regulatory advocacy, Lobbying the Administration and Media Strategies. You'll learn how state government "really works" from an insider's perspective. Next dates are June 7-8 and July 26-27 at McGeorge School of Law and Policy. Information / registration: www.capitolseminars.net or 916 442 5009. Note: If you tried to register between March 24-30 and could not access our site, please try again. The bug has been squashed.

  • The California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA) is seeking a qualified Executive Director. CAPA was founded in 2004 as a trade organization representing California's theme, amusement and water park industry. The Executive Director is CAPA's sole employee, whose efforts are focused on forming political coalitions, leveraging the legal, political and operational talent of its members, and supporting/opposing relevant legislation and regulation. Minimum 8 years serving on legislative staff, as a Capitol lobbyist, in-house government relations or equivalent experience. Please submit resumes to CAPA Chairperson Kris Reyes at pr@beachboardwalk.com no later than Friday, April 27. View full job description here.
  • 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: publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/masters-6
  • The California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA), was founded in 2004 as a trade organization representing the theme, amusement and water park industry in California. The sole CAPA employee is the Executive Director, whose efforts are focused on forming political coalitions, leveraging the legal, political and operational talent of its members, and supporting or opposing relevant legislation and regulation. Minimum 8 years serving on legislative staff, as a Capitol lobbyist, in-house government relations professional or equivalent experience. Resumes must be submitted to CAPA Chairperson Kris Reyes at pr@beachboardwalk.com no later than Friday, April 27. View full job description here.

  • BREATHE LA is seeking a dynamic, creative and organized Manager of Public Policy and Advocacy to manage the organization’s legislative and government affairs, as well as advocacy campaigns and community outreach.  This position is full-time and based in Los Angeles. Salary DOE. Details here: breathela.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Mgr-of-Pub-Pol-Advocacy-Job-Description.pdf
  • 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 seiuunitedhealthcareworkers.appone.com/.
  • SEIU-UHW – Healthcare Justice Phone & Digital Campaign Coordinator (Oakland or Sacramento)
    This position will develop the union’s technological and human capacity to use the phone bank to contact and build relationships with hundreds of thousands of voters, healthcare workers and patients to win 2018 candidate races, ballot initiatives, political pressure, organizing and bargaining campaigns. Your work will contribute to the growth of our member leadership, our union, and the labor movement. It will transform the resistance into the revolution. The Healthcare Justice Phone and Digital Campaign Coordinator works closely with the political, data, technology and field teams but reports directly to the Healthcare Justice Campaign Director. For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at seiuunitedhealthcareworkers.appone.com/.

  • Aaron Read and Associates
    2+ years of experience working in governmental affairs office; outstanding communication skills, working knowledge of legislative process, calendaring/arranging travel, proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word. Capitol Track knowledge a plus. Salary based on experience. Send resume to: mshetler@aaronread.com

  • Director of Government Relations – Cargill (Newark – Bay Area)
    This position will develop and have primary responsibility for ensuring implementation for a government-relations, corporate responsibility, and communications strategy to support the Cargill Salt and Land Management businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. The position will coordinate the businesses’ government relations, internal communications, external communications, corporate responsibility, and stakeholder outreach. Cargill has over 150 years of experience with 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.

  • LEARN HOW TO LOBBY MORE EFFECTIVELY.  Capitol Seminars offers you a cost-effective, comprehensive overview of what it takes to be more successful at lobbying in California. Conducted by 43-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov, these unique seminars cover the processes, touch points and best practices of Legislative, Budget and Regulatory advocacy, Lobbying the Administration and Media Strategies. Next dates are April 12-13, June 7-8, July 26-27 at McGeorge School of Law and Policy. Information / registration: www.capitolseminars.net or 916 442 5009.

  • 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: publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/masters-6/

  • 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. Just three miles from the Capitol, our focus on the interconnections of law, policy, management, and leadership provides unique competencies for your success. Students gain a foundation knowledge of statutory interpretation and regulatory processes critical to modern governance. Learn more at go.mcgeorge.edu/publicpolicy and sign-up for an information session or webinar, or contact us at publicpolicy@pacific.edu.
  • The California Dental Association, an innovative membership-based organization that’s committed to the success of dental professionals, seeks full-time Associate Legislative Advocate to work in Sacramento office. To learn more about working at CDA, visit www.cda.org/careers

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  • SAC LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER - Resident house manager (Sacramento)
    The Resident House Manager is responsible for all aspects of resident supervision in the transitional living program for LGBTQ youth (18- 24) victims of crime. This includes supervising resident activities, maintaining a safe and supportive atmosphere, ensuring residents adhere to programs rules, and complete their chores. The Resident House Manager lives on site at the house with residents and will be provided with a private room. This position reports to the Youth Programs Manager and works in partnership with other programming staff and stakeholders as well as directly with community members of diverse backgrounds. This position is a live-in position. The working hours will be 6 days a week generally from 6 to 10 p.m with limited on-call status. This is a part-time, non-exempt position.
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    This position is responsible for a 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 seiuunitedhealthcareworkers.appone.com.
  • CA School Boards Association – Public Affairs and Community Engagement Representative (Bay Area)
    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/PublicAffairsCommunityEngagementRepresentative_BayArea.aspx
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    www.csba.org/About/Careers/PublicAffairsCommunityEngagementRepresentative_LANorthEast.aspx
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    Details:www.csba.org/About/Careers/PublicAffairsCommunityEngagementRepresentative_Orange.aspx 
  • CA School Boards Association – Public Affairs and Community Engagement Representative (San Bernardino) 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/PublicAffairsCommunityEngagementRepresentative_SanBernardino.aspx
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Details: www.csba.org/About/Careers/PublicAffairsCommunityEngagementRepresentative_SanJoaquinNorth.aspx

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