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FIRES: The number of people missing in the Camp Fire now stands at 993, which is "good" news. That's a drop of nearly 300 with only one added to the toll of lives lost. The number of structures destroyed continues to surge in both fires.

However, the destruction report got much worse this morning, surging by 1,421 structures. The Camp Fire is now more than twice as destructive as the #2 wildfire in California recorded history, last October's Tubbs Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties.

  • Camp Fire: 77 fatalities, 11,713 single-family residences, 277 multi-family residences, 472 commercial destroyed; 14,500 structures threatened; 151,000 acres; 66% contained
  • Woolsey Fire: 3 fatalities, 1,500 structures destroyed; 96,949 acres; 94% contained 


#1 Camp Fire (Butte): 77 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 11/19/18) 


#1 Camp Fire (Butte): 12,462 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 Woosley Fire (Los Angeles/Ventura): 1,452 structures destroyed (November 2018) - active fire
#9 Nuns Fire (Sonoma): 1,353 structures destroyed (October 2017)
#10 Thomas Fire (Ventura/Santa Barbara): 1,063 structures destroyed (December 2017)
#14 Atlas Fire (Napa/Solano): 783 structures destroyed (October 2017)
#20 Redwood Valley Fire (Mendocino): 546 structures destroyed (October 2017)

(source: CALFIRE plus Camp Fire incident update; as of 11/19/18)

THIRTEEN MONTH TALLY (only from top 20):

  • Fatalities: 114
  • Structures: 13,929 structures destroyed (excluding "minor structures" i.e. guest houses/"granny" units, barns)


THE SECOND START: There has been talk about a mysterious second fire that began around the time of the "main" ignition beneath PG&E high voltage equipment, and now PG&E has notified regulators that it did have another power distribution line failure around 15 minutes after the first fire broke out, reports Matthias Gafni in the MercNews. 

THE HUMAN TRAGEDY: The LA Times team reports on the fluctuating number of missing persons in the Carr Fire and what the uncertainty is means to the survivors. 

THE CAPITOL IMPACT: In the Times, George Skelton looks at the challenges facing lawmakers, who thought they'd have a reprieve after the SB 901 vote. "Hopefully lawmakers will show up with creative ideas. But by then it could be flood season. Attention spans are short."



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Well, happy Monday to you. Yes, there may be truth to the rumor that I escaped politics and fires for a few hours yesterday, blasted holiday songs and cooked and cleaned. Don't judge...I wasn't doing so in Rudolph tightie-reddies--yet.

Regardless of how you feel about John Oliver, President Trump, or Jerry Brown, last night's opening comments about the President's "Paradise/Pleasure" mix-up and Brown's face was pretty damn funny. As someone posted, there needs to be a version of that video with thought bubbles over the governor's head. The only problem is that they would be in Latin.

If you took Nooner days off over the weekend, I don't blame you. Here are a few items you might have missed:


  • Nooner Election Contest Top 25 current standings
  • Joel Anderson's consolation prize?
  • The Assembly GOP's A-B-C loss and the impact on the caucus


  • Camp Fire: The PG&E questions and the story of its spread
  • Orange County: Was the congressional catastrophe because of voter drop-off, cross-over, or simple abstention?
  • Understanding the long and winding ballot count: It makes total sense and no, the changes in leads were not provisional ballots or those from polling place conditional registrants. Those can't and mostly haven't been counted until after VBMs are tallied. Simply put, that's the only process to ensure that voters don't cast two ballots.

    Why is that not an issue in most other states? In most states, if grandma shows up to her old polling place and it has changed, she's out of luck if she can't find the correct one or the county office. In California, she can vote "provisional" at any polling place within the county. However, her provisional ballot can't be counted until all polling place and vote-by-mail ballots are counted.

    It's simple. It is not voter fraud. As GOP consultants I talk to concede that Democrats just played the game better and had far more volunteers to do the ballot chase.


BALLOT UPDATE as of November 16, 2018

  • Vote-by-mail: 1,003,793
  • Provisional: 958,541
  • Conditional Voter Registration Provisional: 55,764
  • Other (i.e. damaged): 56,057
  • Total: 2,074,155


(as of 11/18/18)
  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
60 Democrats
20 Republicans
28 Democrats
12 Republicans 


ELECTIONS: Tonight's update from Orange County could be key in SD34, where Senator Janet Nguyen  has a 1,179-vote lead over former assemblymember Tom Umberg (D). Nguyen leads in OC by a narrowing 50.9%-49.1%, but trails 45.5%-54.5% in Los Angeles County. LA is about 20% of the voters, so only a small narrowing in OC could be fatal for Nguyen. Simply put, Nguyen can't have another report like Friday's, which in OC broke 45%-55% against the GOP senator. LA next reports tomorrow.



  • CA21 (Kings): *David Valadao (R) 51,175 (51.1%), TJ Cox (D) 48,997 (49.1%)
  • SD34 (Westminster-Santa Ana): Janet Nguyen (R) 121,940 (50.2%), Tom Umberg (D) 120,761 (49.8%)
  • AD77 (North San Diego): *Brian Maienschein (R) 86,595 (51.0%), Sunday Gover (D) 83,304 (49.0%) 

Over the next couple of days, I'll look at the polling and projections of congressional races. These are data I was tracking for Nooner Premium before the election.

Let's start today with CA10 (Stanislaus), CA21 (Kings), CA22 (Tulare) and CA25 (Santa Clarita-Palmdale). 

CA10 (Stanislaus): *Jeff Denham (R) v. Josh Harder (D)


POLLING IN CA10 (Stanislaus)



Berkeley IGS


Result as of 11/18






*Jeff Denham (R)





Josh Harder (D)











ATC/Nooner Cook UVA/Sabato Roll Call/
Inside Elections
FiveThirtyEight CNN Result
Leans Dem Toss Up Toss Up Toss Up Likely Dem Toss Up Dem pick up


CA21 (Kings): TJ Cox (D) v. *David Valadao (R)

No recent public polls. 


ATC/Nooner Cook UVA/Sabato Roll Call/
Inside Elections
FiveThirtyEight CNN Result
Leans Rep Rep Likely Rep Likely Rep Likely Dem Likely Dem Close Race


CA22 (Tulare):  Andrew Janz (D) v. *Devin Nunes (R)



Berkeley IGS

Result as of 11/18




Andrew Janz (D)



*Devin Nunes (R)







ATC/Nooner Cook UVA/Sabato Roll Call/
Inside Elections
FiveThirtyEight CNN Result
Likely Rep Likely Rep Likely Rep Safe Rep Likely Rep Likely Rep Rep 


CA25 (Santa Clarita-Palmdale): Katie Hill (D) v. *Steve Knight (R)




Berkeley IGS


Result as of 11/18






Katie Hill (D)





*Steve Knight (R)











ATC/Nooner Cook UVA/Sabato Roll Call/
Inside Elections
FiveThirtyEight CNN Result
Toss-up Toss-up Toss-up Toss-up Leans Dem Toss-up Dem pick up 



MONEY CAN'T BUY ME LOVE (SORT OF): In the Bee, Sophia Bollag writes that while supporters of charter schools spent millions this year, they lost big with Antonio Villaraigosa in June and Marshall Tuck in November. Of course, there was plenty of money working against their dough.

WAITING TO EXHALE: While ballots are still being counted for 2018, the 2020 campaign is underway. For CALmatters, Dan Walters looks at what's ahead.

THE OC: For Voice of OC, Norberto Santana, Jr. writes "While the national Blue Wave fueled by President Trump was a key factor in the lopsided election results favoring Democrats here in Orange County, a deeper reading of the results points much more to energy than ideology." Santana continues:

"Candidates and activists who got out there and engaged – from our four new members of Congress, to our new District Attorney-elect Todd Spitzer, to the new council majorities in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, to the wage initiative in Anaheim – they all won.

Incumbents that opted for the same, old, tired approach to campaigning here in Orange County – ie: avoiding any public debates or discussions and solely talking to their base through campaign mail – lost."

Dem political consultant Andrew Acosta tweets "4 years ago Orange County had just 640,000 voters show up in the elections.  That was 32% turnout.  Governor Brown lost by 11%. As of today - turnout was over 64%. Over 1 million voters.  Cox is beating Newsom by LESS than 10,000 votes. Still can't put my finger on it."

In the NY Times, Adam Nagourney and Jill Cowan write that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (D-Bakersfield) focus on the gas tax and pushing for vulnerable members to vote for the President's tax bill may have led to the Orange County losses.


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CALIFORNIA, IRRELEVANT AS USUAL: While there was lots of talk in advance of the election about California's importance in Democrats' hope to retake the House, Capitol Weekly's John Howard reports that at the end of the day, the 6 seats Dems flipped in the Golden State were just gravy. After all, 

Of course, that gravy might just push Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) over the line to reclaim the title of Speaker.

HIGH HOPES: For the Bee, Alexei Koseff writes that, while governor-elect Gavin Newsom has pledged to reform the state's volatile tax structure, it is no easy task, which is why it hasn't been tackled by previous occupants of the corner office. 

"Newsom has not indicated what direction he would like to see a tax redesign go. He told reporters that “all of that needs to be brought to the table.” But any plan, which would need the approval of two-thirds of the Legislature, will require an enormous expenditure of his political capital."



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