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DISTRICT UPDATES

 

My Current Projections:

  • Congressional delegation: 39 Democrats/10 Republicans/4 Unknown
  • Senate: 26 Democrats/14 Republicans
  • Assembly: 55 Democrats/25 Republicans

 

Happy Sunday! It should be a pleasant day this morning with reasonable temperatures and not too much smoke. Better than last Sunday, so I'll probably be short today as I need to load up at farmers' market. My refrigerator is fairly bare after skipping last Sunday. 

I woke up at 6:45 this morning, which is totally odd, as I naturally wake up before 5 usually. I think it's because I was Rockin' the Paradise (er, uh Crest) last night because I apparently had Too Much Time on My Hands. Nevertheless, I walked away feeling that it was the Best of Times, which was needed after a week of fires and plenty of "ugh" stories.

Yes, I saw Dennis DeYoung, the former co-lead vocalist of Styx last night over on K Street. It was a spur of the moment thing, as I just found out about the concert looking at an event calendar on Friday night. It was a fantastic concert, which began with the songs in order from the Grand Illusion album, which is 41 years old this month. It then continued with most of the band's famous hits.

People had their cell phones out to take video with the great irony that the first commercial cell phone was released in 1983 and of course video wasn't added until decades later. The best shirt last night "I May Be Old But I Saw All the Cool Bands."

Of course, "Lady," was the first hit for Styx, and it was released the year I was born. The band had broken up by the time I was 11. But, like many of you, I have an older sister, so those early years I got lots of exposure to the band's music (on vinyl). When I had my six month and three month hospitalizations in Denver for crappy lungs and immune system, I played tapes of Styx (and The Beatles) over and over and over on my Walkman and boombox.

Last night was a great concert, Dennis DeYoung can move better at 71 than at 30 when Grand Illusion came out. I could keep talking to it, but we have politics and policy to get to, so Come Sail Away with me, Mr. Roboto.

ONE DAY MORE: The Legislature returns tomorrow for the sprint toward the August 31 end of the legislative session. I can't predict much except that it will be cray-cray.

FIRES: In the Washington Post, Scott Wilson writes that the scope of policy changes for the "new normal" of increased wildfires is atop the agenda of policy makers:

"The election-year debate reflects a change in focus, from the long-term to the immediate, for a state that has been at the leading edge of environmental regulation. As wildfires become a year-round threat, California is moving to change long-standing laws to address the emergency of climate change, with the interests of those fighting, suffering from and paying for the fires in the balance.

The question before state lawmakers is whether public utilities should remain “strictly liable” for damage from fires that start because of their equipment, even if the utilities are not negligent. The largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric, faces costs that could reach $12 billion for its role in last year’s deadly Northern California fires. Company officials say they cannot continue to afford the escalating payouts.

Insurance companies are fighting any change, given that costs will be theirs alone if utilities escape future liability for fires caused by their equipment. The Carr Fire, which was sparked by a malfunctioning vehicle, is a case in point. The insurance companies will pay for that damage."

In the Times, John Myers previews the legislative debate on wildfires ahead, while his colleagues Rong-Gong Lin II and Javier Panzar write that experts warn that this hotter weather is no fluke.

Seventeen states have provided mutual aid to California from as far away as Maine.

FERGUSON (Yosemite Area): The Ferguson fire is 35% contained and has consumed 89,833 acres. Ten structures have been destroyed. As of this morning, Yosemite Valley is closed through today, but there has not been an extension yet.

CARR (Shasta/Trinity): With growth in the last 24 hours, the Carr Fire moves from 18th to 15th largest wildfires in recorded California history. The fire, which makes the three top 20 lists of most destructive, largest, and deadliest was caused by a car's flat tire and sparks from the rim. Under bad fire conditions, that's all it takes.

A PG&E lineman apprentice died in a vehicle accident as he worked the fire area yesterday, making it the seventh death in the Carr Fire, bringing the total deaths to 7, the 12th most in California wildfire history.

  • Acreage: 154,524
  • Containment: 41%
  • Deaths: 7 (2 firefighters, 1 PG&E lineman apprentice, 4 civilians)
  • Structures destroyed: 1,604  (1,080 residences, 24 commercial, 500 other)
  • Structures damaged: 278 (190 residences, 26 commercial, 62 other)
  • Structures threatened: 1,229
  • Personnel: 4,674
  • Engines: 386
  • Helicopters: 16
  • Dozers: 123
  • Expected full containment: Unknown 

MENDOCINO COMPLEX (Colusa/Lake/Mendocino): It was a tough afternoon and overnight, with the two fires of the Mendocino Complex growing by 20%, mostly in the Mendocino National Forest burning toward the Colusa/Glenn county lines. It is now the fifth largest wildfire in recorded California history.

  • Acreage: 254,982
  • Containment: 33% 
  • Structures destroyed: 130 (68 residences, 62 other)
  • Structures damaged: 26 (12 residences, 14 other)
  • Stuctures threatened: 15,300
  • Personnel: 3,529
  • Engines: 420
  • Helicopters: 15
  • Dozers: 63
  • Expected full containment: 08/15/18

Stories below . . .

 

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: Attorney General's Office: legislative advocate
  • Job: California School Boards Association: legislative advocate
  • Job: California School Boards Association: regional representatives
  • Job: California Welfare Directors Association: human services policy analyst
  • Job: Cargill Director of Governmental Relations (Newark-Bay Area)
  • Job: Local Health Plans of California seeks a Program Manager
  • Job: OPR Communications Account Executive
  • Job: Serna Center @ Sac City Unified: Chief Business Officer
  • 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   

 

GOV: Phil Willons reports in the Times that gubernatorial candidate John Cox released his tax returns, albeit partially. Willon writes:

"Cox’s disclosure came more than a year after his rival in the governor’s race, Democrat Gavin Newsom, released six years of his federal and state tax returns. The Rancho Santa Fe businessman released only the summary pages of his returns, along with forms outlining his tax deductions and interest and dividend income. He withheld tax information for the string of business partnerships that generate most of his income."

POTUS? For Politico, David Siders looks at Senator Kamala Harris's visit to the progressive "Netroots Nation" shindig in New Orleans, where she blasted the label of "identity politics." She said “Because let’s be clear, when people say that, it’s a pejorative. That phrase is used to divide, and it is used to distract. Its purpose is to minimize and marginalize issues that impact all of us. It is used to try and shut us up.” 

BROWN-OUT: For CALmatters, Dan Walters plays book critic and pans the forthcoming book by former LA Times editor Miriam Pawel on the gubernatorial legacy of the Browns. 

COOL TOOL: The New York Times has added a cool function to its mapping of the 2016 election. You can now type in your address and zoom for exact results for your precinct. Yeah, Southside Park is a bubble. Clinton +66, 88th percentile for Clinton precincts. My dad's house where I lived for several years is Trump +9, and my childhood home is Trump +13. My mom's in Portland is Clinton +59. 

I could play with this all day, but I need to make it to farmers' market. Have a great day and we'll chat tomorrow. Cakedays and more below!

 

Probolsky Research

 #CAKEDAY: Light those candles for former assemblyman Paul Fong and Alyssa Mitchell!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Yesterday, I again screwed up on the correction of Thursday's item on Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, by writing "University of California," when of course it is the University of Southern California.

 

CLASSIFIEDS

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  • Job Openings – Account Executive
    OPR Communications is seeking account executives for its media relations and public affairs teams. As the leading public relations firm in the Inland Empire, the award-winning OPR team specializes in developing and executing public affairs, media relations, public education and community outreach programs on behalf of a wide range of land-use, transportation, healthcare, energy and government agency clients. Salary DOE. Detailed info here
    Apply at aherrera@oprusa.com.

  • Former Compton Board of Education member LYNN DYMALLY discusses what makes Compton politics unique in this exclusive interview: vimeo.com/282368059
  • 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

  • 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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