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AURAL PLEASURE: On KQED's Political Breakdown Podcast, Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos talk the governor's plan for wildfire liability, the new poverty study by PPIC, and visit with DCCC California spox Drew Godinich

#CARRFIRE: What a sad morning in Northern California as we watched the areas of West Redding and several other areas burn overnight. The City of Redding's population of around 92,000 largely had a sleepless night, along with many other smaller towns, and many of us watching the news. The good news is that it doesn't sound like it entered downtown Redding. Two have died in the battle--a private dozer operator and a Redding Fire Department firefighter and there are lots of burns. Mercy spokesman said that none were serious, but that was earlier today. 

The cause of the Carr Fire is determined to be mechanical vehicle failure.

It will likely be awhile before we get a damage assessment from last night, as it simply hasn't been safe enough for damage assessment teams to make there way through the damaged areas. The latest report is that 65 structures were destroyed and 55 damaged. In the last two CAL FIRE incident reports, containment has unusually dropped from 10% to 6% and now stands at only 3% and has burned 44,450 acres as of 6:33am. That makes it nearly as big as the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County (outside Yosemite), which has been burning for 14 days. The Carr Fire has only been burning four days.

The smell of smoke is certainly in the air this morning in Sacramento.

Governor Brown issued states of emergency for both the Carr Fire (Shasta County), Cranston Fire (Riverside County), and Ferguson Fire (Mariposa County) yesterday, and activated the California National Guard.

Since I grew up in Orange County, I really didn't know Redding other than passing it a couple of times going to Lake Shasta and other areas in the north. Then, in 2013, I had the privilege of being the commencement speaker at Shasta College, which is the main evacuation center in Redding. What wonderful people I met and a beautiful tpwn I visited during a weekend up there. 

It has been a troubling week in media, with the New York Daily News newsroom being cut in half by parent company Tronc and CQ Roll Call being sold by The Economist Group to a private equity firm. Much of the media commentary, particularly with the NYDN news is the decline of local reporting. 

Last night, the news was coming from the Redding Record Searchlight, where reporters were literally working by lanterns after their power was cut off. Local ABC affiliate KRCR stayed on the air until ordered to evacuate.

Local news sources can literally mean life and death for readers/viewers, even as the reporters risk their own lives bringing forth the news. With all the media bashing taking place these days, it's important to keep this in mind. 

FERGUSON FIRE: I was talking yesterday to a college friend who is a wildlife biologist for the United States Forest Service. We discussed that, as long as it stays away from structures, the huge fire could be good for a forest with a huge number of dead trees. Even though they are dead, they still crowd out the ability for seedlings to grow. Studies have shown that fires can lead to significant rejuvenation of dying forests. Again, as long as they are kept away from structures, something that was impossible in the firestorm that his greater Redding communities last night.

PG&E: Yesterday, Pacific Gas & Electric reported a $1 billion loss due to liability claims filed over last year's wildfires, writes Dale Kasler for the Bee. The investor-owned utility also "repeated its demands that the Legislature take steps to reduce the utility’s liability for future fires." The report came out after market close, so it's unclear how investor's will take the news, particularly since many claims haven't been processed yet. Additionally, the legislation proposed by Governor Brown this week does not cover the costliest blaze--the Tubbs Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties. 

This creates the political pickle. The biggest advocates for utility liability were impacted by the Tubbs Fire. They don't like the governor's proposal. PG&E doesn't like the proposal. When the Legislature returns on August 6 and only has until August 31 to reach a deal, if one is to be had. 

Incidentally, on point, the Third District Court of Appeal handed down a decision yesterday in favor of PG&E.

ON THE CLOCK: The Supreme Court of California yesterday ruled unanimously that companies like Starbucks must keep employees on the clock whenever they are conducting a work-related activities, such as setting the alarm, locking up and walking fellow employees to their cars, per store policy. 

PRIVACY: For Capitol Weekly, Lisa Renner looks at the continuing debate over the new consumer privacy bill, which was hastily adopted by the Legislature and signed by the governor to head off a November ballot fight. It was shaping up to be a major fight between a wealthy San Francisco real estate developer and business, particularly technology companies. The new bill takes effect January 1, 2020.

U.S. HOUSE: Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) plans to challenge  Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) for Speaker of the House, reports Sarah D. Wire in the Times. Jordan is one of the founders of the House Freedom Caucus, although has been in the news most recently over question as to whether he knew about sexual abuse in the wrestling program at Ohio State University, where he was an assistant coach.

CARB EXTENSION: The California Air Resources Board yesterday granted 11 or its 14 members terms beyond this year, ensuring the next governor won't be able to appoint a majority through his next term, unless there are mass vacancies, reports Liam Dillon in the Times, and ensuring Mary Nichols can be chair for awhile. Five members will have terms extended until 2020 and six will have terms until 2022.

  

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Who’s Who of LA’s Political Movers and Shakers Honor Freshman Policymakers: Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) together with the BizFed PAC will host its 4th annual Freshman Policymakers Reception on Thursday, August 2 at the Avalon in Hollywood from 5pm – 8pm. Meet more than 100 government officials shaping the future of business in LA County. Tickets available at bizfed.org/freshman

WHAT: Over 100 statewide elected officials, State Assemblymembers, State Senator, Mayors, and City Council members from around Los Angeles County will be the guests at Los Angeles County Business Federation’s (BizFed) annual Freshman Policymakers reception. The event will honor all newly elected office holders from LA County. Over 300 leaders from the LA County business community will be in attendance.
WHERE: AVALON Hollywood, 1735 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
WHEN: Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 5:00 PM PST to 8:00 PM PST
VIPS: Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán
Congressman Jimmy Gomez
State Controller Betty Yee
State Senator Steven Bradford
State Senator Ling Ling Chang
Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel
Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove
Assemblymember Miguel Santiago
LA County Assessor Jeffrey Prang
* More to be announced

 

BAGHDAD BY THE BAY: Joel Fox looks at the two faces of San Francisco--the best of times and the worst of times. Has the divide ever been bigger?

 

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)
  • Event: Capitol Seminars lobbying workshop
  • Job: California Welfare Directors Association
  • Job: Cargill Director of Governmental Relations (Newark-Bay Area)
  • 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   

 

Probolsky Research

 

The season of Orange is the New Black is on Netflix today. So, there goes your weekend. 

 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Torie Osborn, Matt Reed, Elena Lee Reeder, and Maximillian Reyes!

 

CLASSIFIEDS

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  • CA School Boards Assn- Legislative Advocate (West Sacramento) Under supervision of the Assistant Executive Director for Governmental Relations, researches, analyzes, and evaluates proposed and current state and federal legislation, legislative issues, statutes, regulations, and policies; communicates and advocates for the Association’s position to influence opinion in favor of public education; develops, summarizes, and maintains reports and records; fosters cooperative working relationships among Association staff and acts as liaison with various legislative, educational, community, public, and government agencies; and performs related work as required.

    Details here:onepoint.employernet.net/ta/CSBA.jobs?ShowJob=151143621

  • ASSEMBLYMEMBER AUTUMN BURKE (D-Marina del Rey) discusses chairing the powerful Revenue and Taxation committee, and lawmaking in Sacramento, in this exclusive interview: vimeo.com/281300045
  • Attorney General's Office is seeking a Legislative Advocate with subject matter expertise 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.   
  • CA School Boards Assn- 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:
  • https://onepoint.employernet.net/ta/CSBA.jobs?ShowJob=134407117 
  • CA School Boards Assn- Public Affairs and Community Engagement Representative (Orange County)
    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:

    onepoint.employernet.net/ta/CSBA.jobs?ShowJob=134407120
  •  CA School Boards Assn- Public Affairs and Community Engagement Representative (San Joaquin North)

    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:

    https://onepoint.employernet.net/ta/CSBA.jobs?ShowJob=134407122

  • WE CAN HELP MAKE YOUR LOBBYING EFFORTS MORE EFFECTIVE. Numerous nonprofits and private sector organizations, lobbying firms, trade associations and government entities use Capitol Seminars as their No.1 training resource -- for new lobbyists, support staff, executives who hire and manage lobbyists. Conducted by 43-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov, our Lobbying 101 & 201 seminars offer you comprehensive coverage of the Legislative process, along with best practices for Legislative, Budget, and Regulatory Agency advocacy, Lobbying the Administration, and Media Strategies. You’ll refer to the extensive curriculum materials long after the seminars are over. Next dates: August 2-3, October 4-5, December 13-24. More information / registration: www.capitolseminars.net or 916-442-5009.
  • 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: www.cwda.org/job-opportunities
  • CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER (CBO)
    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.
    Apply: www.edjoin.org/Home/Jobs?stateID=24&countyID=34&districtID=583
    Contact: Monica Garland monicaga@scusd.edu
  • 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 go.mcgeorge.edu/publicpolicy or contact us at publicpolicy@pacific.edu
  • 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
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In a letter, Schumer asks Bush to release all the papers from the Supreme Court nominee’s tenure during his administration, including three years as White House staff secretary.