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  • Camp Fire: 56 deaths, 8,650 single-family residences, 106 multi-family residences, 260 commercial destroyed; 15,500 structures threatened; 138,000 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): 56 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: 20,001 structures destroyed (excluding "minor structures" i.e. guest houses/"granny" units, barns)


TRIVIA: This one broke out on the Twitterverse last night: Name electeds who served in Congress and then were subsequently elected to the Assembly. I think we've come up with five at this point.

This is what happens in between vote tally submissions...

Well, greetings to Thursday, another day of awful air quality. A quick few bites, then the elections update, and after the jump, be kind to GOP staffers.

WILDFIRE LIABILITY: Jerry Brown signed $1 billion in wildfire prevention—and none of it applies to the fires this year [Laurel Rosenhall and Judy Lin @ CALmatters]

VOTER FRAUD: Republicans Walters and Kim adopt Trump tactic of charging vote fraud with no evidence of wrongdoing [Michael Finnegan @ LAT]

THE TRANSITION: A landslide, supermajorities and now a fat budget surplus: It’s good to be Gavin right now [Dan Morain @ CALmatters] 

...I've been working hard to avoid using disaster-related terms over the last week. Unfortunately, I think "landslide" (mudslides) will be one of the first new disasters Gavin will have to be ready for, like after last December's Thomas fire in Santa Barbara & Ventura counties. Those homes not spared beneath burn zones are highly vulnerable, particularly in the Malibu area.

Meanwhile, Dan Walters writes that the election boosts the arguments of advocates for higher taxes.

SCOCAL: Governor Brown has selected his appointments secretary, Joshua Groban, to be associate justice of the Supreme Court of California. If approved by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, he will succeed retired justice Kathryn Werdegar.

HIGHER ED: The Public Policy Institute of California is out with its monthly poll, which focuses on the attitude of Californians toward higher education. Most of you know that I have spent most of my career as an advocate for community colleges, so I have to say "kudos" to my former peeps:

CCC job approval

I'll be doing a memo on the poll probably by sometime tomorrow focused on community colleges, just because that's still how my brain works...I don't work for anyone. If you'd like to be on the list to receive it, email me.

Meanwhile, because it's a PPIC statewide poll, we have updated job approval numbers:

JOB APPROVAL (all adults):

  • Governor Jerry Brown 
    • approve: 50% (October 2017: 55%; November 2016: 57%; November 2015: 51%)
    • disapprove: 29
    • don't know: 22
  • California Legislature
    • approve: 46% (October 2017: 48%; November 2016: 49%; November 2015: 41%)
    • disapprove: 38
    • don't know: 16
  • Governor Jerry Brown handling of public college and university system
    • approve: 45%
    • disapprove: 30
    • don't know: 25
  • California Legislature handling of public college and university system
    • approve: 42%
    • disapprove: 40
    • don't know: 19

OFF THE RAILS? The California State Auditor is out with a report this morning on the state's high-speed rail project, and let's just say that it's not glowing. Top line: "Conceived as the nation's first bullet train, the California high‑speed rail system promises to transform how Californians travel across the State. However, the California High‑Speed Rail Authority (Authority)—the state agency responsible for planning, building, and operating the system—faces serious challenges."

The State Auditor tweets "The California High-Speed Rail Authority's decision to begin construction on the high-speed rail system before completing proper planning led to significant cost overruns and delays."



  • Vote-by-mail: 1,840,733
  • Provisional: 1,049,732
  • Conditional Voter Registration Provisional: 56,476
  • Other (i.e. damaged): 66,649
  • Total: 3,013,590


(as of 11/15/18)
  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: 60% D
- CA45: 85% D
59 Democrats
20 Republicans
1 t-up: AD16
- AD16: 80% lkly D
28 Democrats
12 Republicans 
Nooner projections, AP calls in House


ELECTIONS: Yesterday, Democrat Mike Schaefer has taken the lead in Board of Equalization district 4. The races in CA21, SD34, and AD77 became eyebrow raising, although Republicans are still favored to precariously hold on to them.

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond (nonpartisan race) 4,169,323 (50.5%), Marshall Tuck (nonpartisan race) 4,094,393 (49.5%)
  • Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara (D) 4,686,703 (51.5%), Steve Poizner (NPP) 4,405,313 (48.5%)
  • Board of Equalization 4 (south state): Mike Schaefer (D) 1,142,916 (50.6%), Joel Anderson (R) 1,116,857 (49.4%)

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. Gil Cisneros (D) narrowed Young Kim's (R) lead to 122 votes with results from San Bernardino last night.

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. 

As of right now, as reflected in the chart above, I give an overwhelming chance for Democrats to pick up CA45 and a substantial chance to do so in CA49. 

  • CA04 (Foothills): *Tom McClintock (R) 158,509 (54.9%), Jessica Morse (D) 130,464 (45.1%)
  • CA10 (Stanislaus): Josh Harder (D) 97,479 (51.3%), *Jeff Denham (R) 92,678 (48.7%)
  • CA21 (Kings): *David Valadao (R) 48,260 (51.0%), TJ Cox (D) 46,27 (49.0%)
  • CA22 (Tulare): *Devin Nunes (R) 97,943 (53.9%), Andrew Janz (D) 83,895 (46.1%)
  • CA25 (Santa Clarita-Palmdale): Katie Hill (D) 101,853 (52.6%), *Steve Knight (R) 91,940 (47.4%)
  • CA39 (Fullerton): Young Kim (R) 99,501 (50.03%), Gil Cisneros (D) 99,379 (49.97%)
  • CA45 (Irvine): Katie Porter (D) 126,574 (50.8%), *Mimi Walters (R) 122,777 (49.2%)
  • CA48 (Hunt. Beach): Harley Rouda (D) 126,536 (52.7%), *Dana Rohrabacher (R) 113,574 (47.3%) 
  • CA49 (S. OC/N. SD Coast): Mike Levin (D) 128,665 (55.1%), Diane Harkey (R) 104,794 (44.9%)
  • CA50 (E. SD County): Duncan Hunter (R) 106,823 (52.8%), Ammar Campa-Najjar (D) 95,682 (47.2%)

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) 94,166 (52.4%), Rob Poythress (R) 81,898 (46.5%)
  • SD14 (Fresno-Bakersfield): Melissa Hurtado (D) 62,650 (54.7%), *Andy Vidak (R) 51,980 (45.3%)
  • 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) 109,192 (51.0%), Tom Umberg (D) 104,766 (49.0%)

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) 88,089 (54.9%), Jovanka Beckles (D) 72,321 (45.1%)
  • AD16 (Tri-Valley): *Catharine Baker (R) 85,495 (50.1%), Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D) 85,290 (49.9%)
  • AD32 (Kings): *Rudy Salas (D) 32,580 (55.4%), Justin Mendes (R) 26,241 (44.6%)
  • AD38 (Santa Clarita): Christy Smith (D) 76,111 (50.6%), *Dante Acosta (R) 74,393 (49.4%)
  • AD40 (Redlands): James Ramos (D) 63,568 (58.5%), Henry Gomez Nickel (R) 45,180 (41.5%)
  • AD60 (Corona): *Sabrina Cervantes (D) 36,011 (50.7%), Bill Essayli (R) 35,066 (49.3%)
  • AD72 (Seal Beach): Tyler Diep (R) 69,500 (52.6%), Josh Lowenthal (D) 62,552 (47.4%)
  • AD74 (Irvine): Cottie Petrie-Norris (D) 83,962 (51.8%), *Matthew Harper (R) 78,156 (48.2%)
  • AD76 (Oceanside): Tasha Boerner Horvath (D) 63,193 (55.6%), Elizabeth Warren (D) 50,372 (44.4%)
  • AD77 (North San Diego): *Brian Maienschein (R) 81,782 (51.2%), Sunday Gover (D) 78,064 (48.8%) 


The GOP impact below the jump...


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  • 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: NorCal Cannabis: Political, Legislative and Regulartory Stategist/Analyst
  • 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
  • Training: PDI (Political Data Inc.): weekly online trainings of various skill levels 



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IMPACT ON GOP STAFFERS: When the 1995-96 legislative session convened, there were nine fewer Democrats elected to the Legislature. Before that, you have to go back to Watergate to see such a large partisan swing. 

In January 2019 when the Legislature convenes, there will be between 4-5 fewer Assembly Republicans and two fewer Senate Republicans. In the other Capitol here will be 4-6 fewer congressional Republicans, with the higher end likely. So, let's take ten fewer California elected Republicans. Unlike some sad cases in the past, I know most of these elected folks and feel that they will land just fine.

Young Democratic staffers are quick to spike the football, as Republicans staffers did in January 1995 (although Paul Horcher's infamous vote for Willie L. Brown, Jr. put a damper on the change). After a hard fought game, the celebration is understood. 

However, ten seats switching has a human tragedy--the staff. Sure, legislators lose, quit, or run for a different office all the time and, well, sometimes go to prison. In my 23 years here, I've seen them all. In an ordinary cycle, there would be a 2-5 seat shift from one party to the other. 

Just in the California Capitol and district offices of both legislators and Members of Congress, we are probably talking about 50 staffers. There is also a leadership change in the office of Assembly Republican Leader. 

It looks like non-leadership Assembly offices of those who lost average around 6 employees between the Capitol and district offices. (Committee staff are technically caucus staff and are excluded). Senate are around 12. So, we are probably talking about 50-60 state legislative staffers who lost last Tuesday along with their bosses. I don't know numbers for federal, since Congress doesn't disclose the staff and salaries, but assume five in-state employees per member and that is 20-30 more. 

The only bright side is that only three of these 6-7 state legislative offices were defeats of incumbents, so staffers already had a certain degree of uncertainty. In the congressional offices, two of the 4-6 were open seats.

Not all legislative staffers are fresh out of college looking for a quick jump across the street to take a lobbying job. Not all can just think in the remnants of the election, "well, I guess I'll go to law school." There are many career legislative staffers on both sides who rightfully wear their employee badge as working for the people. They are professionals with families. 

There's no severance for legislative employees. The Legislature tries to assist with job placement, but with so many seats switching parties, there is a dearth of landing places. In 1995, which was horribly ugly for Democrats, the losing party still had 39 seats in the Assembly and, for a while, control of the spending levers in the Legislature. The impact on staff was muted, at least temporarily. Republicans will have 12 seats in the Senate and perhaps only 20 in the Assembly.

That extends the challenge. There are some great staffers in offices of members who fell. However, lobbying shops are not exactly jumping to hire Republican staffers, given the dynamics of the Legislature. And, there are zero statewide elected Republicans to find ways to bring these folks on board.

I don't write this for Republican staffers. I write this for everyone else, particularly those celebrating a hard-fought win. Be kind. Elected officials lost, but there is a human side of this that is frequently overlooked. 

Many people who enter politics and the Capitol scene see it as binary--them and us. That is fine for campaigns. Nobody loves vigorous campaigns focused on issues more than I do. But, the people who last in Sacramento or on Capitol Hill also know that beyond campaigns, people are human. We attend each other's weddings, mourn divorces and deaths, celebrate birthdays and even congratulate legislative victories that we may not agree with. The same is true in the legal field. 

In short, remember the humans beyond the campaigns. That's the only way to survive this "industry."

Remember the old adage used (I believe) in a Chron editorial during the fall of former Secretary of State Kevin Shelley--"Be nice to people on the way up; you'll need them on the way down."

Yes indeed. 

Probolsky Research




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    Reporting directly to the VP of Strategic Communications, this position will develop/execute earned media and public affairs strategies in support of physician-focused health care advocacy. Seeking an assertive and tactful self-starter with the ability to effectively generate and shape media coverage. Must be driven with the ability to adapt to evolving priorities and deadlines. On-the-record experience required; health care or political experience strongly desired. Great culture and amazing benefits with 401k match. $85-100k DOE. View the full description and apply at:

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