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Upward Mobility at Cal State LA

  

AURAL PLEASURE: In the LAT's  Gimme Shelter Podcast, Liam Dillon sits down with Seattle Times reporter Mike Rosenberg, to look at what the Emerald City is doing to address its housing crisis. Dillon seeks to discover whether California can learn from its northern neighbor. 

I haven't listened to it yet, but look forward to. 

SATURDAY: Like yesterday, I don't feel like starting out with a "Happy," as I wake as the sun starts to come up just to smell the smoke from the Carr Fire to our north mixed with the smoke from the Ferguson to our south. For the SoCal NOONERites, you're getting it from the Cranston Fire in Riverside County.

CARR FIRE (SHASTA COUNTY): As of this morning, the fire has burned a staggering 80,896 acres and is 5% contained. That's a near doubling overnight, even though the weather was more favorable, as the expected winds did not materialize. It spread north, west, and south overnight, and not east into the most densely populated city of Redding. 

The number of structures destroyed stands at 500, with 75 damaged. However, the first morning report doesn't usually change from the previous evening, as surveying doesn't generally happen overnight. It would be amazing if an additional 19,000 acres didn't result in additional structural casualties, but we'll hold out hope. Similarly, the number of structures threatened remains at 4,978.

By structures burned, the Carr Fire is already the 18th most destructive wildfire on record and by today's update is probably ranked much higher.. When adjusted for structure/population density, it could be even more destructive than last October's Tubbs (Napa/Sonoma/Lake). Absolutely devastating to Shasta County (certainly not understating the harm of Tubbs, as many of us have friends who were affected).

Around 37,000 people are under evacuation orders. The two largest evacuation centers--Shasta College and Rolling Hills Casino--are full and not accepting any further evacuees. There are smaller ones in churches, etc., but the problem is that the evacuation area is so large that there are only so many local places to establish centers.

This morning, the Redding Record Searchlight reported that a fire official told a reporter that the integrity of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge spanning Clear Creek in Igo was compromised and that it wasn't safe to cross. Igo-Ono, south of Redding, is the home to the Northern California Veterans Ceremony.

Today is expected to be a continued challenge and has already started out poorly on several fronts and the number of structures destroyed has certainly been added to.

FERGUSON FIRE (YOSEMITE REGION): Yosemite Valley will not reopen tomorrow as originally projected, but rather Friday, August 3 at 4 p.m. The fire is 29% contained and has burned 49,619 acres as of this morning's report

CRANSTON FIRE (RIVERSIDE COUNTY): No morning update. As of last night, ~12,300 acres, with 16% containment. The alleged arsonist was charged with 15 counts and pled not guilty.

The federal government has not responded to Governor Brown's request for a declaration of emergency. I'll try not to get to political, but you know I will. President Trump is golfing and tweeting about a Tuesday rally and "Cryin' Chuck Shumer." At least the Ferguson and Cranston fires are under US Forest Service command since they involve national forests. 

The fire news has largely absorbed the political reporting resources, particularly since the Legislature is out until August 6. Yesterday, the LAT's John Myers and Phil Willon were in Shasta County covering the Carr Fire, as was the Chron's Melody Gutierrez. Many more were covering it remotely.

It makes sense, as one of the biggest issues of the August 6-31 remainder of the legislative session will be wildfires.

While the biggest fight if over the liability of utility companies for damage caused from fires started by transmission lines and their maintenance plan for such lines, of the three major fires, the only one with an unknown cause is Ferguson, burning in the Yosemite region. The U.S. Forest Service doesn't provide structure damage information in its updates, but it has mostly been burning in uninhabited wildlands. 

With the state sitting on a huge budget reserve in the 2018-19 budget, I expect that there will be a clamoring for financial assistance to the communities affected by the fires for any deal on utility liability. This would include assistance to cities/counties who are accruing large overtime liabilities for out-of-town firefighters mutual aid. Fire departments are scrambled all over the state based on when the fires started and when they were called upon. On Thursday night, a Redding firefighter's home was burned as he was fighting the Ferguson fire. Just one example of the scramble. 

Additionally, cities and counties are going to see huge drops in sales, property, and transient occupancy taxes. For the latter (hotel taxes), see the story below the jump. Of course, opening up the wallet is always a slippery-slope. 

 

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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

 

UNBOOKING.COM: A staff person at Booking.com canceled an estimated 700 reservations in Yosemite, but outside of the evacuation area and it's fair to say that hoteliers are pissed, reports Gregory Thomas for the Chron.

The cancellation has affected providers as far afield as Twain Harte, the Black Oak Casino Resort in Tuolumne, Yosemite International Hostel in Groveland and Lake View Lodge in Lee Vining. It came during one of the most important times of the year for Yosemite-area businesses that depend on tourism dollars.

. . .

Booking.com has begun reaching out to lodging providers and tourism representatives in the area to work through the problem — issuing refunds and reinstating reservations where appropriate, tourism officials said. Booking.com account managers declined to comment, and media relations representatives did not immediately return emails Friday. 

 

 

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

 

 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to former Senator Jim Battin, Silvio Ferrari, Sarah Huchel, Matt Rogers, and Voleck Taing!

 

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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