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FIRES: In some rare good news, the number of missing in the Camp Fire dropped significantly yesterday and now stands at 296, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office. This was mostly from cleaning up of the list. No morning update was issued this morning.

  • Camp Fire: 85 fatalities, 13,672 single-family residences, 282 multi-family residences, 514 commercial destroyed; 153,336 acres; 100% contained


#1 Camp Fire (Butte): 85 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 11/24/18) 


#1 Camp Fire (Butte): 14,500 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): 1,500 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 11/24/18)

THIRTEEN MONTH TALLY (only from top 20):

  • Fatalities: 122
  • Structures: 26,985 structures destroyed (excluding "minor structures" i.e. guest houses/"granny" units, barns) 

Like after the Carr Fire in July, the Small Business Administration is on the ground with the Federal Emergency Management Association to aid individuals and businesses impacted by the Butte County Camp Fire. Here is the information and below are the introductory important grafs:

A Disaster Recovery Center, where survivors can speak face to face with FEMA, SBA and all other city, county, state, federal and nonprofit organizations, is located at the old Sears inside the Chico Mall, 1982 E. 20th Street in Chico. This center is open seven days a week from 9:00am-7:00pm (including Thanksgiving).

It is important that all residents impacted register with FEMA at, by calling (800) 621-FEMA (3362), by downloading the FEMA mobile app or at the Disaster Recovery Center. FEMA provides immediate needs assistance to get survivors into a safe, sanitary and secure environment.

The next step is to apply for [Small Business Association] programs at or at our Disaster Recovery Center.

The SBA Office of Disaster Assistance is the primary source of long-term recovery money for businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofits, homeowners and renters who are uninsured/underinsured following a disaster such as the Camp Fire. Because our name is “SBA,” many people are surprised to learn that more than 90% of our loans are made to homeowners and renters.


Happy Monday. Supposedly, you are all just shopping online today. That big bad store is teasing me with the new Instant Pot with WiFi at 40% off. Tempting, but my IP is usually 20 feet away from me. However, once session starts... Yesterday, my IP had pork shoulder, hard boiled eggs, beets, and squash duty. No, not all at the same time.

For those just rubbing their eyes from their tryptophan coma, you didn't miss anything over the weekend.

Okay, that's not really accurate. The California Democratic Party is in crisis management mode following the release of accusations, albeit not detailed, of sexual harassment and abuse by party chair Eric Bauman. I'm not going to rehash what I have written the last couple of days, so you can read Saturday and Sunday if you missed them. 

Let's just say that the respite of fighting between wings of the party that mostly subsided after the June primary is over. 

BALLOT UPDATE as of November 26, 2018

  • Vote-by-mail: 182,273
  • Provisional: 558,042
  • Conditional Voter Registration Provisional: 34,240
  • Other (i.e. damaged): 29,852
  • Total: 803,497

TURNOUT as of November 24, 2018

  • Eligible to register: 25,200,451
  • Registered voters as of 10/22: 19,696,371
  • Ballots tallied: 11,876,320
  • Turnout of eligible: 47.13%
  • Turnout of registered: 60.30% 
(as of 11/25/18)
  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
7 Republicans
1 Toss-up (CA21)
60 Democrats
19 Republicans
1 Toss-up (AD77)
29 Democrats
11 Republicans 



  • CA21 (Kings): *David Valadao (R) 54,713 (50.2%), TJ Cox (D) 54,266 (49.8%)
  • AD77 (North San Diego): *Brian Maienschein (R)  95,146 (50.6%), Sunday Gover (D) 92,960 (49.4%) 

As I mentioned yesterday, I have updated voter registration data on AroundTheCapitol. Here are the changes between 2012 and 2018 for statewide races and Board of Equalization.


 Change from 10/2012 to 10/2018
  Total Registered Democrats Republicans No Party Preference Other
Statewide 1,450,401 -0.21% -5.32% 6.85% -1.32%
BOE1 452,581 -1.26% -5.61% 6.94% -0.09%
BOE2 353,567 -0.37% -3.71% 5.26% -1.18%
BOE3 442,732 -0.78% -4.88% 9.49% -3.83%
BOE4 201,521 1.29% -7.06% 5.85% -0.09%


Today, let's look at the top ten "best" changes each for Democrats and Republicans among congressional district. The full spreadsheet for all districts is available in the Nooner Premum subscriber section.

Congressional Districts - Best Democratic Registration Performance
  Change from 10/2012 to 10/2018
  Total Registered Democrats Republicans No Party Preference Other
10,199 3.31% -12.13% 8.69% 0.12%
Santa Ana
-19,215 2.66% -8.27% 6.14% -0.52%
-16,213 2.42% -7.31% 5.09% -0.21%
20,555 2.22% -6.72% 4.52% -0.01%
San Diego
28,040 1.58% -6.19% 4.62% -0.01%
-22,054 1.58% -5.84% 5.78% -1.53%
19,765 1.44% -6.81% 5.62% -0.25%
Huntington Bch
-47,662 1.42% -5.46% 4.52% -0.47%
San Francisco
340 1.37% -2.05% 1.87% -1.19%
Santa Clarita/
Antelope Vly
42,412 1.29% -7.04% 8.84% -3.08%

Of these ten, five were flips from Republicans to Democrats this month--CA25, CA39, CA45, CA48, and CA49. The other flip, CA10 (Stanislaus), and the very possible flip CA21 (Kings/Kern/Fresno), lost both Democratic and Republican registration shares to NPP, but they are D+3.52% and D+16.14% respectively. 

This is very good news for Democrats hoping to hold these seats in 2020, with the next shot being the 2022 mid-terms.

Let's look at the top ten for Republicans. 

 Change from 10/2012 to 10/2018
  Total Registered Democrats Republicans No Party Preference Other
San Francisco
340 1.37% -2.05% 1.87% -1.19%
Northeast Cal.
11,106 -1.20% -2.32% 1.37% 2.16%
Culver City
50,412 -3.11% -2.34% 10.16% -4.71%
36,785 0.10% -2.44% 8.27% -5.95%
41,760 -5.32% -2.48% 11.31% -3.50%
26,558 -1.78% -3.02% 5.23% -0.44%
North Coast
10,999 1.01% -3.04% 2.81% -0.76%
43,920 -3.61% -3.46% 10.70% -3.63%
San Mateo
34,404 -1.33% -3.54% 5.25% -0.37%
Downtown LA
66,791 -1.43% -3.64% 10.62% -5.55%

We all know that the California Republican Party has a brand problem and the discussion among GOP leaders is already widespread.

That said, these data are frankly beyond even my belief. Of the top 10 "best districts" among registration, the GOP has done the "least bad" in solid Dem districts in 9 out of 10 cases. They lost the least share in Nancy Pelosi's CA12, but there wasn't much to lose (as in most of these districts). CA12 is R-50.86% now, compared to -47.66% in 2012. In short, Republicans are performing the worst where they need success the most.

In contrast, the "best districts" for Democrats are in competitive districts. But, don't jump to a conclusion that this is a "Trump problem."

Let's look at Congressional District 45, where Katie Porter (D) just defeated Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R). It is typical of the suburban and rapidly diversifying districts the GOP is struggling with. In 2014, it gave a 17-point margin to Neel Kashkari, the Republican challenging Jerry Brown's reelection bid.  In 2016, voters in CA45 voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by 5.4%. We won't know how Gavin Newsom fared in the governor's race for the district for some time, but I'd bet he didn't win it, but by a margin somewhere in between Kashkari's 2014 showing and that of Clinton in 2016.

Some are quick to point to Trump for Mimi Walters's loss, pointing specifically at two big issues--the federal tax bill and pre-existing condition coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Those certainly provided fodder for Porter's campaign to launch toward Walters, but Republicans would be mistaken to blame the loss solely on a couple of issues or the style of the current occupant of The White House. Yes, the loss of share accelerated after he was the clear nominee, but the bleeding had already begun.


Voter Registration for
Congressional District 45 (Irvine)
  Report Registered Dem Share Rep Share NPP/Unknown Other
CD45 2012-05-21 416,111 27.90% 44.77% 23.28% 4.06%
CD45 2012-09-07 415,110 27.82% 44.65% 23.47% 4.06%
CD45 2012-10-22 436,450 28.15% 43.70% 23.86% 4.30%
CD45 2013-02-10 374,771 28.26% 44.34% 23.21% 4.19%
CD45 2013-12-31 375,810 28.24% 43.73% 23.78% 4.25%
CD45 2014-09-05 373,874 28.14% 43.27% 24.27% 4.32%
CD45 2015-02-10 375,780 27.99% 42.86% 24.75% 4.39%
CD45 2016-01-06 379,841 28.06% 42.26% 25.24% 4.45%
CD45 2016-07-07 379,744 30.10% 41.93% 24.03% 3.94%
CD45 2016-10-24 411,163 30.49% 39.88% 25.44% 4.20%
CD45 2017-02-10 412,699 30.40% 39.64% 25.72% 4.24%
CD45 2018-01-02 409,936 30.42% 38.81% 26.49% 4.28%
CD45 2018-05-21 399,617 30.65% 38.27% 26.88% 4.20%
CD45 2018-09-07 402,864 30.31% 37.45% 28.12% 4.12%
CD45 2018-10-22 420,237 30.57% 36.39% 28.95% 4.09%

CA45 is still a GOP-leaning district, but only if the party can court the share of voters it has lost to "no party preference." Right now, Porter is ahead by 3.6% over Walters and, with 51,777 Democratic-leaning ballots left to count in Orange County, will likely win by over 4%.

It's widely known that Democrats executed the ground game in targeted districts better than Republicans. The majority party secured passage in 2016 by the Legislature of a change in law to allow any adult rather than specified relative or household member to pick up and deliver a vote-by-mail (VBM) ballot, and deployed troops to do so. Democrats were showered with a bevy of volunteers, for many of whom was the first time working in politics. Instead of "chasing" VBM ballots by phone bank as in the past, Dems put boots on the ground.

Like the new law or don't (and Republicans don't), it won't be changing anytime soon and the GOP needs to organize accordingly.

Of course, the bigger issue is the loss of NPP voters. Those can be split into a couple of categories. First, younger voters are more likely to eschew a party than their parents were. This has increased because of online and DMV registration. When college students first registered on campus, it was usually done by college activists or youth sent by parties to campus to register. Those signing up were often persuaded to join the party doing the registering. Now, "I'm already registered" is not just the old lie, it's more often reality.

And, I don't need to tell you that these younger NPP voters have a heavy tilt toward the Democrats.

That said, the other segment of NPP voters have little party identity. They are issues and values voters. By values, I don't mean that in the "Values Voter," strong conservative sense. Rather, I include within that style. And, that is where the Trump factor weighs in. Beyond issues, races across the nation show that Trump is losing the suburban independent voters, particularly college-educated women. 

That tide working against California Republicans likely won't end in 2020, but it could ebb in 2022. Ironically, that is most likely if Democrats take over The White House, making that cycle the first midterm of an opposition President. And, we know that that means...

Meanwhile, the Republican Party can focus on how it executes on the ground. In a district like CA45, it still has an edge and now they aren't held responsible for House votes that prove to be a political liability. 

More below the jump... 

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THE BORDER: Yesterday, was a miserable day for all involved at the San Ysidro border crossing where a breakaway group from "the caravan" attempted to breach the border crossing. Customs and Border Patrol officials responded by shutting the border and using rubber bullets and tear gas to dissuade those trying to cross. In the Union-Tribune, the team reports:

"The chaos left pedestrians on both sides of the border stranded, snarled freeway traffic for miles and prompted the closure of a nearby outlet mall on one of the busiest shopping days of the season, all as helicopters circled in the sky.

The confrontations highlighted the escalating tensions along the border as thousands of migrants from Central America poured into Tijuana in recent weeks seeking U.S. asylum. President Trump has pushed to keep any migrants in Mexico as they await the immigration process."

I'll leave the immigration debate to other fora. However, the impact on San Diego is huge to the extent that the already-strained San Ysidro crossing is closed or otherwise impeded. Here is an interesting article from last year on the cross-border daily business traffic. 

"There are an estimated 350 million annual legal crossings on the U.S.-Mexico border, with San Ysidro as the busiest, with an average of 120,000 commuter vehicles, 6,000 trucks, and 63,000 pedestrians crossing daily.

A 2007 joint study by the San Diego Association of Governments and California Department of Transportation found that inefficiencies at entry points like San Ysidro cost $7.2 billion in lost economic output and 62,000 jobs on both sides of the “CaliBaja Binational Mega-Region,” as civic and business leaders have taken to calling the transborder metropolitan area.

The region is the most productive — and populous — along the U.S.-Mexico border, with 6.8 million people residing in CaliBaja, which encompasses San Diego and Imperial Counties and the state of Baja California, and a combined economic output of $220 billion. In comparison, the entire border, from east to west, has a population of 12 million."

It's not all SDSU Aztecs cruising over for a night of underage drinking. 

2020: For the Washington Post, Karoun Demirjian and Seung Min Kim write that the losses by Democrats in the United States Senate this month may put a damper on the presidential hopes of California's Kamala Harris. Specifically, the committee membership of Senate Judiciary is likely to be a reduction of one Democrat, and Harris is the most junior Democrat. Harris supporters hope that either a deal can be struck with Senate Republicans or among the other Democratic members of the committee to save her position.

"In a Senate full of lawyers, Harris is seen as one of Democratic Party’s most talented interrogators — skills she put on display during the committee’s contentious hearing to address sexual assault allegations brought against Brett M. Kavanaugh, who eventually won Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court. She is also one of only two African Americans on the committee — the other being the Democrats’ next-most-junior member, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who also has presidential aspirations.

Shortly after the midterm elections, Harris told Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) that she wanted to stay on the Judiciary panel, according to her spokeswoman, Lily Adams. For Democrats who have repeatedly pointed out that the Republican side of the dais is all male and all white, the prospect of losing Harris is anathema."

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