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  • Camp Fire: 48 deaths, 7,600 single-family residences, 95 multi-family residences, 260 commercial destroyed; 15,500 structures threatened; 135,000 acres; 35% contained
  • Woolsey Fire: 2 deaths (believed to be related), 483 est. structures destroyed; 57,000 structures threatened; 97,620 acres; 47% contained 


#1 Camp Fire (Butte): 48 deaths (November 2018) - active fire
#4 Tubbs Fire (Napa/Sonoma): 22 deaths (October 2017)
#11 Redwood Valley Fire (Mendocino): 9 deaths (October 2017)
#14 Carr Fire (Shasta/Tehama/Trinity): 7 deaths (July 2018)
#15 Atlas Fire (Napa/Solano): 6 deaths (October 2017)

(source: CALFIRE plus Camp Fire incident update; as of 11/13/18) 


#1 Camp Fire (Butte): 7,955 structures destroyed (November 2018) - active fire
#2 Tubbs Fire (Napa/Sonoma): 5,636 structures destroyed (October 2017)
#7 Carr Fire (Shasta/Tehama/Trinity): 1,604 structures destroyed (July 2018)
#8 Nuns Fire (Sonoma): 1,353 structures destroyed (October 2017)
#9 Thomas Fire (Ventura/Santa Barbara): 1,063 structures destroyed (December 2017)
#13 Atlas Fire (Napa/Solano): 783 structures destroyed (October 2017)
#19 Redwood Valley Fire (Mendocino): 546 structures destroyed (October 2017)

(source: CALFIRE plus Camp Fire incident update; as of 11/13/18)


THIRTEEN MONTH TALLY (only from top 20):

  • Deaths: 92
  • Structures: 18,940 structures destroyed (excluding "minor structures" i.e. guest houses/"granny" units, barns)

I put this in context because the teevee media treats it largely as separate incidents, because that's what they're given in pressers and incident report handouts. Sure, this morning, they are talking about "50 dead" and 8,390 structures from the two big fires. But, as policy leaders, I believe Nooner readers needs to take the last thirteen months in context as a single incident.

I wrote Monday about SB 901's applicability of fires in 2017 and then January 1, 2019 going forward. The fires of 2018 (including the ones that broke out this month) were not done out of malevolence or political expediency. Rather, it was out of recognition that the action or inaction of the Legislature moves markets. 

As I write this graf at 7:09am, PG&E's stock is down 43.5% over the last five days, a market value of about $14 billion. Edison International (parent of Southern California Edison) is down about $5 billion. There is a lot of hate out there for the investment-owned utilities, and much justifiable. However, you, your parents, or your grandparents have likely lost money either through direct ownership of these stocks or through mutual funds or pensions. On the other side, similar investments for retirement are likely in the insurance companies on the other side of the liability debate. 

PG&E has already been sued by victims of the Camp Fire, reports J.D. Morris in the Chron, and has already warned that it has exhausted its revolving credit lines.

"PG&E has a total of $3.46 billion in cash and cash equivalents, and another $1.4 billion in wildfire insurance coverage, according to regulatory filing Tuesday. Damages from the deadly Northern California wildfire may reach as much as $15 billion, Citigroup Inc. analyst Praful Mehta wrote in a research note Wednesday.

In a statement, PG&E said it drew down its credit facility “to provide greater financial flexibility, including to pay down upcoming debt maturities and for general business purposes.

“We think Sacramento will likely step in to protect the utility and its customers,” Citigroup’s Mehta wrote."

Welcome to Sacramento, freshmen class! Paging Senator Dodd and Assemblymember Holden...

I don't own any individual stocks and don't know all the current investments of CalPERS or the mutual funds in my small 457. But, I'm guessing that decisions on wildfire liability will affect those funds--on one side or another. Legislators knew that as well when they acted on August 31. Markets like certainty, which is why 2018 fires were excluded from SB 901

We now have ugly certainty about 2018, or will be the time the Legislature returns to work on January 7. I wouldn't be surprised if the one of the first acts of Governor-elect Gavin Newsom would be a special session on wildfires, and it should be. Ordinarily, bills can't be acted on by committees or the floors until the 31st day in print. With a February 22, 2019 bill introduction deadline, that means that the real legislative work with policy committees doesn't begin until March-April. 

Grandma's retirement fund might not be able to wait.

Meanwhile, Dan Walters writes for CALmatters on the politics of wildfires.


TWEET DU JOUR: @benadler - "Words I have neither seen nor heard from @LAO_CA in all my years covering the California Capitol: “The #cabudget is in remarkably good shape.” [California Fiscal Outlook]

EAR TICKLER: The newest episode of the Then There's California podcast by the California Senate Democratic Caucus features Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), who discusses new laws in California that strengthen the rights of women in the workplace, as well as their representation numbers in California's boardrooms.

Happy humpday! I return to offering happy greetings, even though we continue to mourn those lost and those with significant recovery ahead. I baked some persimmon cookies. I highly advise it (or any fall cookie for that matter) and fill your place with that wonderful smell. They don't advertise it on the television, but it's a hell of an anti-depressant and, taken in moderation, has no side effects.

We all can use that anti-depressant over the last week. 

I found this gem yesterday:

New York Times Crossword:

  • Clue: Representatives Sessions (R-TX) and Aguilar (D-CA), for instance?
  • Answer: H _ _ _ _ P_ _ _ _ 

But, the puzzle is outdated on January 3, 2019, and it's not because of our representative. Archive players are hosed.

¡Felicidades señor Aguilar de Redlands! 



  • Vote-by-mail: 2,789,236
  • Provisional: 1,030,487
  • Conditional Voter Registration Provisional: 56,258
  • Other (i.e. damaged): 69,923
  • Total: 3,945,274


  U.S. House of Representatives State Assembly State Senate
As of 11/06/2018 39 Democrats
14 Republicans
55 Democrats
25 Republicans
26 Democrats
14 Republicans
2019-20 43 Democrats
8 Republicans
2 t-up: CA39, CA45
- CA39: 50% D/R
- CA45: 75% D
58 Democrats
20 Republicans
2 t-up: AD16, AD38
- AD16: 60% lkly D
- AD38: 80% lkly D
28 Democrats
12 Republicans 
Nooner projections, AP calls in House

ELECTIONS: As expected, yesterday was significant in election returns, arguably more so than last Tuesday. CNN treated it like election night, with the desk, music, needless graphics and all. At least there were no holograms. There's a reason I went to bed early on Election Night. If I were a better sleeper, I would have set my clock to wake up last night to begin reading results. That's not a statement about the results themselves; there hasn't been much news over the last week that I have wanted to watch.

Today, I didn't bold the updated races as all but AD40 were updated yesterday. San Berdoo will update today, but won't affect the result in AD40, which is really only on this list because it's a party flip. James Ramos will be the first Native American elected to the Legislature. San Berdoo's results will likely give Young Kim's lead a small bump in CA39. Kim should increase until Friday, when the next Los Angeles County update is expected.

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond (nonpartisan race) 3,993,685 (50.5%), Marshall Tuck (nonpartisan race) 3,918,984 (49.5%)
  • Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara (D) 4,480,114 (51.5%), Steve Poizner (NPP) 4,221,931 (48.5%)
  • Board of Equalization 4 (south state): Joel Anderson (R) 967,367 (50.2%), Mike Schaefer (D) 959,876 (49.8%)

House of Representatives: The current California delegation is 39 Democrats and 14 Republicans. With significant late ballot returns counted, four have been called for the Democrats--CA10, CA25, CA48, and CA49.

The remaining two in play are CA39 and CA45, which predictably with late ballots, are trending toward the Democratic candidates. Thus, the range for Democrats is 43-45, and correspondingly for Republicans it is 8-10. CA39 is more difficult to predict than CA45, as CA45 is pretty much partisan-predictable. CA39 adds ethnic issues that motivate candidate support, possibly in a way that supersedes party.

  • CA04 (Foothills): *Tom McClintock (R) 152,898 (54.7%), Jessica Morse (D) 126,385 (45.3%)
  • CA10 (Stanislaus): Josh Harder (D) 96,320 (51.3%), *Jeff Denham 91,401 (48.7%)
  • CA21 (Kings): *David Valadao (R) 44,326 (51.4%), TJ Cox (D) 41,882 (48.6%)
  • CA22 (Tulare): *Devin Nunes (R) 84,795 (55.1%), Andrew Janz (D) 69,160 (44.9%)
  • CA25 (Santa Clarita-Palmdale): Katie Hill (D) 101,853 (52.6%), *Steve Knight (R) 91,940 (47.4%)
  • CA39 (Fullerton): Young Kim (R) 93,452 (50.2%), Gil Cisneros (D) 92,741 (49.8%)
  • CA45 (Irvine): Katie Porter (D) 116,732 (50.1%), *Mimi Walters (R) 116,471 (49.9%)
  • CA48 (Hunt. Beach): Harley Rouda (D) 113,276 (52.2%), *Dana Rohrabacher (R) 103,804 (47.8%) 
  • CA49 (S. OC/N. SD Coast): Mike Levin (D) 122,652 (55.0%), Diane Harkey (R) 100,291 (45.0%)
  • CA50 (E. SD County): Duncan Hunter (R) 100,554 (53.0%), Ammar Campa-Najjar (D) 89,035 (47.0%)

State Senate: Democrats went in to the cycle with 26, and will pick up two seats for 28. That is supermajority plus one. 

  • SD12 (Salinas-Merced): Anna Caballero (D) 74,609 (52.4%), Rob Poythress (R) 67,726 (47.6%)
  • SD14 (Fresno-Bakersfield): Melissa Hurtado (D) 55,111 (53.5%), *Andy Vidak (R) 47,914 (46.5%)
  • SD22 (San Gabriel Valley): Susan Rubio (D) 79,098 (51.9%), Mike Eng (D) 73,381 (48.1%)
  • SD34 (Westminster-Santa Ana): Janet Nguyen (R) 103,086 (51.7%), Tom Umberg (D) 96,181 (48.3%)

State Assembly: Democrats start the cycle with 55, pick up two in AD40 and AD76, and are likely to pick up AD16, AD38, and AD74. If they hold on to their defensive plays in AD32 and AD60, they will enter the 2019-20 session with 60 votes. 

  • AD15 (Berkeley): Buffy Wicks (D) 79,358 (55.2%), Jovanka Beckles (D) 64,381 (44.8%)
  • AD16 (Tri-Valley): *Catharine Baker (R) 83,813 (50.1%), Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D) 83,474 (49.9%)
  • AD32 (Kings): *Rudy Salas (D) 31,835 (55.6%), Justin Mendes (R) 25,465 (44.4%)
  • AD38 (Santa Clarita): Christy Smith (D) 76,111 (50.6%), *Dante Acosta (R) 74,393 (49.4%)
  • AD40 (Redlands): James Ramos (D) 50,901 (57.9%), Henry Gomez Nickel (R) 37,058 (42.1%)
  • AD60 (Corona): *Sabrina Cervantes (D) 36,011 (50.7%), Bill Essayli (R) 35,066 (49.3%)
  • AD72 (Seal Beach): Tyler Diep (R) 62,363 (53.3%), Josh Lowenthal (D) 54,736 (46.7%)
  • AD74 (Irvine): Cottie Petrie-Norris (D) 73,560 (50.8%), *Matthew Harper (R) 71,305 (49.2%)
  • AD76 (Oceanside): Tasha Boerner Horvath (D) 59,878 (55.6%), Elizabeth Warren (D) 47,851 (44.4%)
  • AD77 (North San Diego): *Brian Maienschein (R) 78,466 (51.4%), Sunday Gover (D) 74,097 (48.6%) 


EVERYBODY NEEDS COMPANY: I noted earlier that San Francisco was the lone county that voted "yes" on Proposition 10 (rent control) and "no" on Proposition 11 (on-call meal times for private ambulance company workers). Well, we can all use company, and now Alameda has joined Baghdad by the Bay.


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  • 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)
  • Job: Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation: full-time program manager (Los Angeles)
  • Job: California Medical Association: Director of Communications & Public Affairs (Sacramento)
  • Job: California School Boards Association: legislative advocate
  • Job: California School Boards Association: regional representatives
  • Job: Climate Resolve: Communications Director (Los Angeles)
  • Job: Climate Resolve: Outreach Program Coordinator (Los Angeles)
  • Job: The Council of State Governments: Policy Committees and Programs Coordinator (Sacramento)
  • Job: Local Health Plans of California seeks a Program Manager
  • Job: OPR Communications Account Executive
  • Job: Reed and Davidson: Associate Attorney (Los Angeles)
  • Job: Southern California Association of Governments: Legislation Analyst (Los Angeles)
  • Job: The University of California Office of the President: Associate Director of Strategy, Planning & Operations in its (Sacramento). 
  • Job: University of California Office of the President: Administrative Services Manager (Sacramento)
  • Training: Lobbying Seminars with veteran Ray LeBov: Next dates: December 13-14, February 7-8, April 4-5
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CA GOP: Yesterday, I quoted former San Diego councilman Carl De Maio's criticisms of the state GOP's actions during the campaign, leading to significant electoral losses. Some see De Maio's public (well, tweeted) statements as a hint that he's running for California Republican Party chair next year. Now, outgoing assemblymember and unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate Travis Allen is considering a bid, reports cable news channel One America Network. 

Also yesterday, former Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen  had an opinion piece for CALmatters. Honestly, I was so in deep that I didn't see it until The Nooner went out.

"The California Republican Party isn’t salvageable at this time. The Grand Old Party is dead – partly because it has failed to separate itself from today’s toxic, national brand of Republican politics.

I’ve spent my entire adult life in Republican politics, so for me to make such a comment wasn’t easy. But it doesn’t make it any less true. I and others have been warning people for years that this day of reckoning was coming if we didn’t do something different.

And as Election Night proved, that day has come. While the rest of the nation saw a mix of Republican and Democrat victories, we in California experienced a blue tsunami. It looks as if Democrats will win nearly every target seat, including some in districts that have been historically considered “safe” for Republicans.


For Republicans, the first step is to acknowledge that we have a serious internal problem. Ignoring the toxicity is not enough, as California’s election results demonstrate. We must call it out and model a different and better way because that’s what our fellow Californians deserve."

I've known Kristin for 23 years since she was a Senate Fellow, er, I mean "Associate," as that was then-Senate Pro Tem Bill Lockyer's preferred term for the eminent program. She's the real deal and is serving the people of Stanislaus on the Board of Supervisors now and part of the New Way California effort led by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

GOV: For Politico, Carla Marinucci looks at the challenge facing Governor-elect Gavin Newsom. Unlike previous governors entering office, it is not Republicans in the Legislature, but rather managing expectations of his own party.

"He must be able to do two things at once: Stay on top of the key issues that have made him a leader of the “State of Resistance” against President Donald Trump, while simultaneously establishing himself as a power broker in Sacramento who can manage a booming economy and $16 billion total in surplus and “rainy day” reserves as hungry Democrats push for new spending and initiatives."

THE OTHER CAPITOL: In Washington, the incoming class members are at orientation and are heading toward leadership votes in a couple of weeks. While a couple of dozen have said that they won't vote for Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) to be Speaker of the House, they are finding that Washington is much different from the campaign trail. Veterans in Washington, many of whom raised significant money for these challengers through the House Majority PAC and other committees, are giving newbies that reminder. 

Pelosi is a master legislative tactician and also an outstanding fundraiser. She is also tough as nails and has lots of tools in her belt. I bet she survives.

Meanwhile, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) easily won the caucus vote 159-43 to be the House Republican Leader, defeating House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan.


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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to former assemblymember David HadleyAmy Thomas Howarth, and Amanda Levy!



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    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: 
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Trump And Brown Stir Up Rhetoric On Wildfires But Overlook Pressing Problems
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Brown talks about climate change, Trump about forest management. But few talk about the big problem: Building homes in hazardous fire zones.

Mcconnell, Schumer Re-elected To Lead Their Parties In The Senate - Politico

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was first elected to the Senate in 1998. | AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite