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FIRES: Yesterday, 7 more deaths were announced in the Camp Fire, while 1 more was in the Woosley Fire. That brings the thirteen-month total to 100. There are still 631 missing in the Camp Fire, a number that caused jaws to drop yesterday when it was announced as the previous number before had been thought to be around 150. 

A gruesome fact hit last night. The Camp Fire has killed as many people as the 1989 disastrous Loma Prieta earthquake that struck the Bay Area just preceding Game 3 of the Bay Bridge World Series game of Giants @ A's.

  • Camp Fire: 63 deaths, 9,700 single-family residences, 144 multi-family residences, 336 commercial destroyed; 15,500 structures threatened; 142,000 acres; 45% contained
  • Woolsey Fire: 3 deaths , 548 structures destroyed; 57,000 structures threatened; : 98,362 acres; 62% 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 11/16/18) 


#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 11/16/18)

THIRTEEN MONTH TALLY (only from top 20):

  • Deaths: 100
  • Structures: 20,120 structures destroyed (excluding "minor structures" i.e. guest houses/"granny" units, barns)



  • Vote-by-mail: 1,528,388
  • Provisional: 1,012,032
  • Conditional Voter Registration Provisional: 55,670
  • Other (i.e. damaged): 62,270
  • Total: 2,658,360


Well, you made it. What a week. I know it's been a crappy seven days here in California--far beyond politics. However, turn that frown upside down (for most of you) as yesterday was the opening of Dungeness crab season which, unlike last year, opened on time. I haven't seen any reports yet of the haul, but expect the crustacean to be in markets this weekend. 

Thank you all for the kind words about my piece yesterday about the impact of the elections on staff to outgoing Republican lawmakers. We are all team California.

On that note, a little birdie with lots of knowledge on the topic wrote yesterday that s/he thought Democrats did a better job protecting their displaced staff after elections like last week's than the GOP does. I agree and that needs to be explored as well by the party. Finding landing spots for great loyal staffers who can be called upon when seats are regained is important. 

In Washington, this is done through the nonprofit thinktanks, of which there are several on both sides. This includes the Hoover Institution (right), Brookings Institution (left), New America Foundation (left), etc. Beyond the normal K Street lobbying jobs, these thinktanks feed out ideas from the political perspective after a loss and provides folks a landing place until the party regains power. You see them every Sunday on the teevee.

Now, Sacramento sure isn't Washington, but the GOP is doing a poor job at marshalling such resources compared to what's happening on the left here. That should be one of the things contemplated as the party rethinks how it is doing things. Unfortunately, it's likely too late for the immediate problem facing Republican staffers.

I try to be sensitive when I write. That said, do you know how many phrases we use that deal with fire, particularly when talking about elections? I've been tempted to write "when the fog clears," but I think that's probably too transparent. I guess "blue wave" is okay from a natural disaster standpoint this month, and let's hope it stays that why.

Speaking of the strange fog, Sacratomatoans were posting pictures about for their friends to see on social media because windows on the north side of the Capitol had a much different view than those on the south side. Taking pictures of smoke has become the NorCal equivalent of "Did you feel it? I felt it. Did you?" in SoCal. A temblor shout-out to the Southland.

The President is coming here tomorrow to visit the fire scene. As I write early this morning, no details have been announced about when or where. It is most likely that he flies in to Beale Air Force Base outside Yuba City, which is about 60 miles from Paradise, CA. Logistically, its a challenge, as the President would obviously take Marine One the 50 or so miles as the crow flies, it will take at least an hour for the traveling press pool to catch up.

Anyway, landing Air Force One at Beale would avoid commercial traffic interruption and, well, protestors. That's smart and the right thing to do. Make the visit somber and I appreciate that he's coming. I might have suggested announcing it for after Thanksgiving as rescue workers are trying to get through a very gruesome task of casualty recovery, with 631 missing people. The importance of getting that work done before the rain anticipated next week is critical and all resources should be dedicated to that (and of course the ongoing firefight).

In the Bee, Sam Stanton and Alexandrya Yoon-Hendricks report on the work being done by the Sacramento County coroner's office to identify remains in a dignified manner.

Announcing the visit for a future date after this would have given the President some breathing room after an awful week without interfering with the time-sensitive recovery. If he is coming to Northern California, the human impact may be the worst since Hurricane Katrina (off the top of my mind). Perhaps he will do an aerial assessment, which would be more advisable than spending time on the ground. Well, we'll see tomorrow.

Feel free to make your "maybe he'll bring rain" jokes...


(as of 11/16/18)
  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 45 Democrats
8 Republicans
59 Democrats
20 Republicans
1 t-up: AD16
- AD16: 80% lkly D
28 Democrats
12 Republicans 


ELECTIONS: Well, it appears we are down to one race still in play--AD16. Contra Costa County has not updated its results since last Friday, and is critical for the Tri-Valley Assembly seat. Uh, former assemblymember Joe Canciamilla, we could use some results. Meanwhile, Los Angeles reports this afternoon which, unless there is a aberration, will finalize the CA39 results.

Meanwhile, the gravesites of Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Richard Nixon and Pat Brown are now likely to be in Democratic districts for the first time. The Reagans are at rest on the grounds of the Reagan library with a bucolic view over the Simi Valley (CA25), while the Nixons are buried on the grounds of his library in Yorba Linda (CA39). I don't write that as a political statement, but rather just an interesting political fact.

The rumors that the John Wayne Airport (CA48) is being renamed the Willie Nelson airport are unconfirmed at press time.

Paul Mitchell dug up an interesting fact yesterday--the last congressional seat that flipped from Dem to Rep was in the old 36th. Steve Kuykendall (R) won the open seat when the incumbent Jane Harman (D) ran for governor in 1998 before Harman came back to beat him in 2000.

Meanwhile, results:

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond (nonpartisan race) 4,248,255 (50.4%), Marshall Tuck (nonpartisan race) 4,172,283 (49.5%)
  • Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara (D) 4,777,874 (51.6%), Steve Poizner (NPP) 4,489,205 (48.4%)
  • Board of Equalization 4 (south state): Mike Schaefer (D) 1,186,315 (50.7%), Joel Anderson (R) 1,155,177 (49.3%)

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, CA45, CA48, and CA49.

In CA39, Gil Cisneros (D) narrowed Young Kim's (R) took the lead by 941 votes. I now have CA39 in the Democrats column, giving Democrats a 6-seat pick-up in the midterm elections.

  • CA04 (Foothills): *Tom McClintock (R) 158,746 (54.9%), Jessica Morse (D) 130,624 (45.1%)
  • CA10 (Stanislaus): Josh Harder (D) 100,717 (51.3%), *Jeff Denham (R) 95,622 (48.7%)
  • CA21 (Kings): *David Valadao (R) 48,439 (51.1%), TJ Cox (D) 46,425 (48.9%)
  • CA22 (Tulare): *Devin Nunes (R) 100,962 (53.9%), Andrew Janz (D) 86,782 (46.1%)
  • CA25 (Santa Clarita-Palmdale): Katie Hill (D) 101,853 (52.6%), *Steve Knight (R) 91,940 (47.4%)
  • CA39 (Fullerton): Gil Cisneros (D) 104,003 (50.2%), Young Kim (R) 103,062 (49.8%)
  • CA45 (Irvine): Katie Porter (D) 135,237 (51.2%), *Mimi Walters (R) 129,034 (48.8%)
  • CA48 (Hunt. Beach): Harley Rouda (D) 132,630 (52.9%), *Dana Rohrabacher (R) 118,317 (47.1%) 
  • CA49 (S. OC/N. SD Coast): Mike Levin (D) 129,988 (55.0%), Diane Harkey (R) 106,292 (45.0%)
  • CA50 (E. SD County): Duncan Hunter (R) 107,396 (52.7%), Ammar Campa-Najjar (D) 96,223 (47.3%)

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) 95,120 (53.3%), Rob Poythress (R) 83,389 (46.7%)
  • SD14 (Fresno-Bakersfield): Melissa Hurtado (D) 64,025 (54.5%), *Andy Vidak (R) 53,463 (45.5%)
  • 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) 113,095 (50.7%), Tom Umberg (D) 110,131 (49.3%)

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) 90,596 (54.7%), Jovanka Beckles (D) 74,977 (45.3%)
  • AD16 (Tri-Valley): *Catharine Baker (R) 87,076 (50.05%), Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D) 86,917 (49.95%)
  • 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) 64,961 (58.5%), Henry Gomez Nickel (R) 45,997 (41.5%)
  • AD60 (Corona): *Sabrina Cervantes (D) 39,923 (50.9%), Bill Essayli (R) 38,507 (48.1%)
  • AD72 (Seal Beach): Tyler Diep (R) 71,709 (52.4%), Josh Lowenthal (D) 65,094 (47.6%)
  • AD74 (Irvine): Cottie Petrie-Norris (D) 89,110 (52.0%), *Matthew Harper (R) 82,160 (48.0%)
  • 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%) 


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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: 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)
  • Lobbying: The California Rental Housing Association: lobbying RFP
  • 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 



Upward Mobility at Cal State LA


CA GOP: For the AP, Michael W. Blood looks at the fight ahead to define the problems of, and propose solutions to, what ails the California Republican Party. Yesterday, outgoing Assemblyman Travis Allen announced his candidacy for chair via Twitter. He definitely has a following, but I didn't see elation from my friends involved with the party from either flank.

From everything I've been reading, which is voluminous, the debate is one reminiscent of a strategic fight on The Walking Dead. It reminds me of something deep in my memory...what is it. Oh, yeah, Democrats.

Because we've watched this blame game before of blood-shedding following losses, I say to GOP folks (who really don't want my advice), don't panic. However, there's a real demographic challenge to the GOP brand.

As I think about the PPIC poll on higher education, I wrote this graf yesterday based on the results:

"Support for a higher education bond is strong among Democrats (78%) and independents (58%), but trails among Republicans, of which the survey found support from only 28% of adults. That said, self-identified “conservatives” responded that they would support a higher education bond at the rate of 56%. This likely reflects the greater number of traditionally moderate Republican voters expressing “no party preference.”

The results were surprising to me and I think are telling. Lots of self-identified "conservatives" are not self-identifying as "Republican." That means either they are NPP or aren't telling the truth (willfully or not) about their party registration. It's likely a combination of the two, but I just found it interesting.

Of course, the solution is not to brand the CA GOP is not to pretend it is "no party preference." That doesn't work, as we now have evidence. Aside from a movie star, you couldn't get a better conservative to run for insurance commissioner than former insurance commissioner Steve Poizner. He shed is GOP brand for NPP and spent around $3 million. His opponent Ricardo Lara, ran a minimal campaign and largely focused on his Democratic base and labor. Poizner is currently trailing by about 300,000 votes, a number that will escalate when Los Angeles updates tonight.

ALL ABOARD! Yesterday, the California High Speed Rail Authority approved the staff's recommended route through the San Fernando Valley, reports Elizabeth Chou in the LA Daily News. "A 38.4-mile portion of the preferred route between Palmdale and Burbank has long been the most contentious, with multiple route options being considered over the years."

Meanwhile, I'm planning on the redecorating of the corner office when I become governor. (Yes, kiddoes, I know it will be the new governor's office after the Annex is replaced.)



Probolsky Research


#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for Carol Chamberlain, Darrow Sprague, and Lauren Steiner!

GOOD LUCK! This evening, examinees of the July 2018 State Bar examination get their results. 




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  • The California Rental Housing Association (fresh off a win on Proposition 10) is looking for a lobbyist. For details please contact Russell Lowery at or call 916-710-2872. CalRHA represents 22,000 people who provide 500,000 homes for families across California. Are you interested in working with the Governor and Legislature on real solutions? Contact us today. [full description]

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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:

  • The Council of State Governments is seeking a Policy Committees and Programs Coordinator in Sacramento, CA.
    Position contributes to the organization's policy objectives and engagement with regional policy-makers and other stakeholders. This includes coordinating and providing policy committee and program support.

    • Provides administrative, logistical and communications support to policy committees and programs staff.
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    View full posting at CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled)

  • Administrative Assistant for Lobby Firm
    Qualifications: Experience working in a governmental affairs office, outstanding communications skills, working knowledge of the legislative process, calendaring and arranging travel, proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word. Salary based on experience.

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  • Communications Director - Climate Resolve (Los Angeles)
    Reporting directly to the Senior Operations Director while working closely with the Executive Director, the Communications Director will lead the communications and media activities for the organization. This position will develop a vision and strategy to support policy, project-based, and funding/development initiatives, as well as maintain day-to-day communications for social media. The Communications Director will generate a workplan that elevates Climate Resolve’s brand in the public sphere and grow the organization’s audience. 4+ years experience desired; Knowledge of environmental and CA policy landscape preferred. 401K, medical benefits, dental/vision stipend. $69-78K DOE. Candidates with sense of humor, please apply here:
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    Reporting to the Senior Operations Director, the Outreach Program Coordinator will assist the programmatic staff to uphold the mission of the organization via public-facing projects. The Outreach Program Coordinator will perform assignments promoting climate solutions related primarily to energy efficiency and water conservation, including online and in-person outreach, public speaking engagements, and media and communications generation while contributing to additional policy work and projects as needed. Willingness to drive for outreach work throughout both LA County and adjacent counties up to [3] days per week + automobile required (Reimbursement provided). 401K, medical benefits, dental/vision stipend. $48-52 DOE.
  • 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.
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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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Republicans Sour On The Election Outcome, Poll Shows, While Trump Claims Illegal Voting
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President Trump claimed after the election that the results represented a victory for Republicans, but his supporters aren't so keen. Democrats and Trump opponents were significantly happier about the results than were Trump voters, a new USC-LA Times poll shows.

On Politics: Florida to Recount Senate Votes; Governorâ

Ron DeSantis appeared to have enough votes to become governor of Florida, but state officials ordered a manual recount in the hotly contested Senate race.

Alleged Member Of White Supremacist Fight Club Signs Plea Agreement
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An alleged member of a Southern California white supremacist group who participated in a violent political rally in Orange County is expected to plead guilty to a federal charge next week. He faces a maximum of five years in prison.

Oprah Pal And Spirituality Guru Plans 2020 Run - Politico

While the 66-year-old Williamson is not a familiar name inside the Beltway, it is not her first time dabbling in national politics. In 2014, she raised $2 million in bid to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman in California, running as an independent. She earned endorsements from high-profile Democrats like former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and former Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Williamson came in fourth out of sixteen candidates with 13 percent of the vote with Rep. Ted Lieu eventually prevailing.