Around The Capitol

If you don't see images in this message, click "Display Images" or the equivalent.
Having trouble viewing this email? Click here

Receive this as a forward? Get the Nooner in your e-mail box.



Become a Nooner Premium subscriber to access exclusive election analysis and back end data. | Follow @scottlay

Advertise in The Nooner to reach over 8,000 readers

REMINDER: My email address is still in DNS hell. (where that other email usually goes anyway) is working just fine.


EAR TICKLER: Yesterday, I sat down with John Howard and Tim Foster to discuss the long ballot count, what it means, and whether it can be improved for the Capitol Weekly Podcast.

Happy Tuesday. Thank goodness I was awake early today as they are now sawing the concrete in the alley right outside my window. It's excruciating. Fortunately, it's about time to put this baby to bed.

MENDOZA: A superior court judge refused to dismiss a retaliation lawsuit against the State Senate by a former employee of former state senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia). The LAT's Taryn Luna reports:

"In a ruling issued Friday, the court rejected the state Senate’s arguments that a signed severance agreement bars the staff member, Adriana Ruelas, from filing a lawsuit and that the institution is immune to defamation claims under government tort law."

Just in case you needed to be reminded that you are on the hook, not Mendoza. Merry Christmas!

CADEMS AND THE STATE OF JEFFERSON: As I've written before, next month the California Democratic Party has caucuses in Assembly districts to elect members of the state central committee. The date, time (within specs), and location(s) of the caucuses within each Assembly district are each selected by conveners chosen by the party's 21 regional directors for the Assembly districts within each region. The caucuses occur during two weekends in January.

Any registered Democrat within that district is eligible to participate, although those running for one of the fourteen delegates to the state central committee and one member must have been registered by October 22, 2018 and file for candidacy a $30 filing fee in by December 27. Same day voter registration is allowed and, as long as the registration is as a Democrat, the individual is eligible to participate.

Being elected doesn't just mean free ice cream and beer at hospitality suites paid for by candidates and interest groups at State Convention, or just voting on who the chair to fill the remainder of Bauman's term will be, but most importantly in the eyes of many among factions, who the party endorses in the 2020 elections.

In 2020, there will be five State Senate seats opening up because of term limits--SD05 (San Joaquin), SD13 (San Mateo), SD15 (San Jose), SD17 (Monterey), and SD19 (Santa Barbara). Of course, the remaining fifteen odd-numbered State Senate, all 80 Assembly, and all 53 congressional districts will be up for endorsement, but likely with an incumbent (we'll see if Rep. Eric Swalwell sticks with his presidential bid).

I won't go through the convoluted endorsement process for you, but the delegates elected in January play a key role in those 2020 endorsements, both in local pre-endorsement caucuses and during state ratification of the results thereof. 

Well, Scott, why do we Noonerites care?

As I mentioned earlier, the locations are selected by the conveners of each Assembly District selected by the elected regional director whose region covers that district. This is frequently a political decision and the regional director selects the sites.

There is one district that I am aware of where some Democrats are particularly unhappy--Assembly District 2 (North Coast). The district is a sprawling one that stretches along the beautiful north coast from Crescent City to Santa Rosa, a distance of 300 miles and a five-hour drive. From Humboldt State University, it's nearly a four-hour drive.

In that district, one caucus location has been convened--Saturday, January 12 at 10am in Santa Rosa. That's far from the residents of Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties to the north.

In contrast, let's look at the neighboring district, AD04, which is Yolo (except West Sac), Napa, and Lake counties. Most of the population is on the southern end and Davis-Napa is a popular bike ride on weekends over highway 128 by Lake Berryessa for many who wear Lycra, definitely not me. In AD04, two caucuses have been convened. They will be Sunday, January 13 in Napa at 10am and the same day in Davis at 10:30am.

Here are the two districts and the convening locations in a map:

AD02 and AD04 

You can tell why people from Crescent City, Arcata, Eureka, Fort Bragg, Mendocino, Willits, Ukiah, etc...are pissed. Wait, for Glenda Corcoran (who I haven't talked to about this) I have to include Ferndale--3:30 away from the convening. Glenda and Shanda grew up in the bucolic town. Glenda and Dustin got married there.

Highway 101 is also notorious for construction delays and dense fog and occasional ice. There is no guarantee that leaving Humboldt State at 6am will get someone to Santa Rosa in time for voting. If it's foggy, give it up, or travel unsafely. It's not like college students and many other residents in many of these north coast communities can pony up to go to Santa Rosa Friday and stay overnight. There is no proxy voting or alternatives to in-person participation.

As you see in the table below, Sonoma has a large majority of registered Democrats in Assembly District 2. However, the northern counties total can't be ignored. Also, based on my experience in my work up there relative to my work with the two community colleges, they are very activist communities. While Santa Rosa reliably votes Democrat, it's not seen to the same activist degree as the north.

Sonoma Democrats  142,401
Humboldt Democrats    34,431
Mendocino Democrats    23,342
Del Norte Democrats      4,314
Northern Counties Total:    62,087

That perception of different types of Democrats allows the northern counties an argument that there is a political motivation to have only one caucus five hours from the furthest Democrats (on a good day), while pointing to the neighboring AD04 that has two caucuses, 1 hour apart. I don't think the concern of northern AD02 is centered around the chair's election or 2020 endorsements. Assemblymember Jim Wood was not challenged in the primary and received 69.6% of the vote. In November, he received 69.4%. Congressmember Jared Huffman had a challenger in the primary, but still won over 70% of the vote both then and in November. There is no State Senate race in 2020, and Mike McGuire was just easily re-elected with 67% of the vote. So, 2020 endorsements aren't really the issue.

AD04 is splitting the delegates between Yolo and Napa/Lake. In AD02, 30.4% of the Democratic voters are from the northern counties. So, it would be fair to allocate 2 of the 7 "self-identified female" and 2 of the 7 "other than self-identified female" delegates to the northern counties for a caucus to occur in Eureka at the same time as the one takes place in Santa Rosa. 

Let me clear that I don't know of any such proposal...I throw it out there as someone in no way involved in party politics.

It's still a long drive from many of the northern Democrats, but it's not 4-5 hours on a good day or an even longer bus ride for older voters who may not drive. I'm sure space can be found at one of the labor halls in Eureka or at College of the Redwoods on a Saturday. We're not talking about 1,000 people.

North coast Democrats feel ignored. Frankly, north state residents from the coast to the Oregon and Nevada borders, from dark blue to deep red, feel ignored. They are finally getting attention because of tragic wildfires, but expect the focus and resources to disappear before long. They will return to feeling as disconnected from the state's wealth and opportunity. 

And, that's why you found the counties names now listed on the most recent proposals for a new state that has evolved over time--the State of Jefferson.

I don't know if things are set in stone. I haveve reached to the regional director and party acting chair, albeit to be fair, around 6 this morning. If I hear back after this goes out, I will convey any response tomorrow.

CAGOP: Former state senator Ray Haynes continues with his opinion piece on FlashReport.

"Republicans will have to go to strange places, talk to people they don’t know, use their title to obtain an audience in nontraditional venues, in order to advance the agenda they believe in. As important, we should expect that of our Republican elected leaders, or find someone who will do what is necessary to win. I don’t want to leave this state. I think it is worth fighting for."

Does this mean that he's on the list of candidates for GOP chair?

ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION: For KQED, Alexandra Hall looks at the confusion about the new laws and insufficient supplies in some cases in some of the contested Central Valley counties.  

PG&EPG&E, facing losses over Camp Fire, vows to step up wildfire safety [Dale Kasler @ SacBee]  - The "expanded" prevention activities sound a lot like the commercials that were all over our teevees before the latest fire.

HIGHER ED: The Public Policy Institute of California is out with a new publication on how access and completion to higher education affects socioeconomic equity in California. I'll be attending a briefing on the topic tomorrow and will likely have more to write following.


More below the jump!

Classifieds below:

  • 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)
  • Education: Wharton School of Business: Executive MBA Informational Reception: Thursday, December 6
  • Job: Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation: full-time program manager (Los Angeles)
  • Job: California Hospital Association: legislative advocate
  • Job: Disability Rights California: senior legislative advocate
  • Job: Equality California: legislative manager
  • Job: NorCal Cannabis: Legislative and Regulatory Strategist to Public Policy Strategist
  • Job: Pruitt Consulting LLC: fundraising associate
  • Job: The University of California Office of the President: Associate Director of Strategy, Planning & Operations in its (Sacramento). 
  • Job: Victor Valley Community College Community College District: Vice President of Human Resources (Victorville)
  • Lobbying: The California Rental Housing Association: lobbying RFP
  • Training: Lobbying Seminars with veteran Ray LeBov: Next dates: February 7-8, April 4-5
  • Training: PDI (Political Data Inc.): weekly online trainings of various skill levels 

GASSY MATTERS: Joel Fox looks at the different reactions to gas tax increases in California and France.

2020: For The Hill, Garry South cautions possible presidential candidates from California that they can't assume that, just because it's called The Golden State, it doesn't always deliver gold.



Probolsky Research



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Tam Ma!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: I've used two different versions of the congressmember-elect from New York. It is Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez.



Add your classified of up to 100 words by emailing for $40/week.

  • Pruitt Consulting LLC, seeks a part-time Fundraising Associate in Sacramento.
    Pruitt Consulting is a consulting firm that specializes in fundraising for Democratic members of the California State Legislature, Constitutional officers, nonprofits, and political action committees.The Political Fundraising Associate assists the Political Fundraising Director and Chief Executive Officers in identifying donors, planning and attending fundraising events, and other business operations. This position requires analyzing political contributions, improving fundraising database, and assisting in various office duties.
    Email your resume to Gabriel Castellanos Jr, or call at 916-400-4044.
  • Equality California, California's statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, is seeking a full-time Legislative Manager. The Legislative Manager will have the opportunity to spearhead Equality California’s legislative advocacy both substantively and administratively, as well as participate in electoral work for pro-LGBTQ candidates and community engagement throughout California. For more information and to apply, visit
  • CCST Expert Briefing on California’s Pathways to Carbon Neutrality: Monday, December 17th, Noon-1:00pm in Capitol Room 126. Join us for a briefing with experts from NASA Ames, DOE’s Joint Bioenergy Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, “Pathways to Carbon Neutrality: Perspectives from California’s Federal Laboratories.” Panelists will discuss emissions monitoring, biomass, and soil carbon capture. To receive a to-go lunch box following the briefing, RSVP by Noon on December 14 to Puneet Bhullar at 
  • Disability Rights California
    We are seeking a Senior or Experienced Legislative Advocate for an aggressive disability rights organization. Join a lobbying team to advocate on issues that impact Californians with disabilities. Experience in special education and housing accessibility issues a plus. Salary based on experience. Apply here. Deadline is 12/7/2018.
  • The Victor Valley Community College District is currently recruiting for the position of Vice President of Human Resources. First date of review is scheduled for December 20, 2018. [full job description and application]

    This positions will plan, organize, direct and supervise a comprehensive human resources program, including recruitment and selection, classification and pay, employee-employer relations, benefits, unemployment and record keeping; may provide general supervision for the district’s campus police and safety program; promote, direct, and implement programs to ensure equal employment opportunity, tolerance, and cultural awareness; assure compliance with applicable district policies and procedures, state and federal laws, codes and regulations; serve as chief negotiator.

  • Looking to make a real difference?  The California Hospital Association is seeking a full-time Legislative Advocate.  This position will be responsible for representing and advocating the interests, policies and issues of CHA on state legislation, including high priority and complex state legislation. For more information and to apply, visit
  • Learn how you can earn the top ranked Wharton MBA right here on the West Coast, without putting your career on hold. Join Admissions Director Barbara Craft for an Information Reception on Thursday, December 6and learn what it takes to earn the Wharton MBA while continuing to live and work in Sacramento. Barbara will be joined by local students and alumni who will share their perspectives on why Wharton is worth the commute. This event will provide an overview of the admissions process and discuss what makes the Wharton program unique, followed by time to network and ask additional questions while enjoying light refreshments. Register for the event here.

    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]

    NorCal Cannabis has been developing and shaping the legal cannabis industry since 2016. We are looking for spirited and motivated individual who will ensure NorCal Cannabis Company is engaged and strategic in its current regulations and future legislative changes affecting the company at the state and local level.


    • Legislative and regulatory tracking and strategy for California cannabis opportunities on a local and state level.
    • Support government relations and public affairs at the local and state level.
    • Follow and examine the legislation and regulations and provide detailed reports about how the legislation will influence the organization's activities.

      Please go to our website for the complete posting at or email with your resume and cover letter. 
  • WHY DOES CAPITOL SEMINARS DRAW PARTICIPANTS FROM ALL OVER CALIFORNIA? Because we offer comprehensive, cost-effective advocacy training you can put to immediate use. Our moderator, 43-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov, and guest faculty are current practitioners in governmental advocacy or state government, and provide unique inside insights you won't find anywhere else. We're the No.1 advocacy training resource for nonprofits and private sector organizations, lobbying firms, government entities and trade associations. Professionals in government relations, public affairs, public policy, public administration and allied fields know that our training helps advocates, support staff, and execs who hire and manage lobbyists work together more effectively. Book now for February 7-8 or April 4-5 dates (December 13-14 are sold out). Learn more / register at or 916-442-5009.
  • The University of California Office of the President is looking for an Associate Director of Strategy, Planning & Operations in its Sacramento Office. The position serves as a key member of the office’s management team, facilitates issue management across legislative, budgetary and advocacy portfolios, produces briefings, memos, reports and presentations on a variety of matters affecting the University, and directs special projects. Job requires strong knowledge of UC, the executive and legislative branches of California government and higher education policy. Bachelor’s or advanced degree in public policy-related fields and 7 years of related experience is preferred. Salary commensurate with experience.
    To apply, visit:
  • Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation seeks a full-time program manager in Los Angeles. The program manager will reach out to, educate, and involve key constituencies, including state and local elected officials, leaders of community groups, and their respective constituencies. A full job description can be found at Email cover letter and resume to
  • Director of Communications & Public Affairs – California Medical Association (Sacramento)
    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.
    • Conducts entry-level policy research, follow-up activities, and provides information to members.
    • Maintains communication, conducts outreach and establishes rapport with committee staff, legislators, representatives of the private sector, and with federal, state and local government officials.

    View full posting at CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled)

  • The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, in Sacramento offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees to both full-time students and those earning a professional degree while working. Our focus on the interconnections of law, policy, management, and leadership provides unique competencies for your success. Students gain a deep understanding of statutory interpretation and regulatory processes critical to modern governance. Learn more at or contact us at
  • GRE waived for qualifying government & legislative staffers to apply to the Pepperdine School of Public Policy’s Master of Public Policy program, considered the most unique policy graduate program in the country. Specialization tracks, including State & Local Policy, allow students to personalize their policy studies. Current State & Local Policy courses include, “Advanced Topics in Politics and Budgeting,” “Public Policy for Criminal Justice, Cannabis, and other Drugs,” “Permissions Development and the Environment,” and “Leadership through Public Engagement.” Find out more about this Top 10 in the West/Top 5 in California MPP program located in Malibu:
Criminal Justice Bill Will Go Up for a Vote, McConnell Says

Senator Mitch McConnell said the Senate would vote on a bill rewriting prison and sentencing laws before the end of the year, a potential bipartisan policy achievement for President Trump.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Senate will vote this month on bill to overhaul criminal justice system

McConnell has said for weeks that there was little time left to act on the bipartisan legislation with higher priorities such as a bill to keep the government open and a farm bill. But on Tuesday, he said that at the request of the president and changes to the legislation, the Senate could consider the […]

Cornyn: Senate To Vote On ‘dark Money’ Resolution - Politico

Senate Republicans can lose only one vote on the Congressional Review Act resolution.

Brady Moves Right In Revised Tax Plan - Politico

He also added controversial language backed by abortion opponents stipulating that "unborn children" may be designated as beneficiaries of 529 education-savings accounts.

McConnell: Senate will take up Trump-backed criminal justice reform

The president had pushed the Senate majority leader to vote on the bill, which has divided Republicans.

POLITICO Playbook PM: Welcome to divided government

And Mitch McConnell says the Senate will take up the criminal justice reform bill this year.

Kamala Harris To Keep Her Spot On Judiciary, Schumer Says - Politico

It had been unclear whether the California Democrat, who is weighing a 2020 run, would be able to keep her spot on the Committee since Republicans picked up several seats in the midterm elections.

Trump Proposes To Roll Back Decades Of Water Protections - Politico

In the arid West, where the majority of streams flow only after rainfall or for part of the year, entire watersheds would be left unprotected from pollution. | Patrick Meinhardt/AFP/Getty Images

McConnell to bring up criminal-justice bill for a Senate vote 

Senators should be prepared to work between Christmas and New Year’s, the majority leader said.

The 2020 presidential election could determine whether Trump faces consequences for alleged crimes

Winning a second term could protect the president against allegations of criminal conduct.

Republican Women Leaders Tell Trump To Chill - Politico

Republican Reps. Mia Love of Utah and Elise Stefanik of New York on Tuesday asked President Donald Trump to cool it with the incendiary comments and tweets, adding that the GOP should focus more on policy and efforts to advance female candidates.

Mia Love is right. The loss of black Republicans in Congress really could hurt the party with black voters.

When a party elects a black official, a significant proportion of black voters shift toward that party.

On Politics: Midwest Republicans Fear Losing a Gerrymandered Advantage

Republicans lost four key governorships in the Midwest. Now conservative lawmakers fear the new Democratic governors will alter their gerrymandered maps.

Trump Prepares to Unveil a Vast Reworking of Clean Water Protections

The proposed new rule would chip away at wetlands safeguards put in place during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

Lawmakers Clash Over Claims Of Google's Anti-GOP Bias - Politico

Alex Wong/Getty Images

Post-prison, ex-Trump aide George Papadopoulos looks to reboot through new docuseries

Now that he has completed his role in the special-counsel investigation, the former Trump campaign adviser and his wife are turning to Hollywood.

Key Democratic lawmaker objects to Redskins stadium on federal land
signing up you agree to our @

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) is set to lead the Appropriations subcommittee directing Interior Department spending and could block a potential land deal in D.C. or Maryland.

Freshman Dem Spanberger Says She Won’t Break Vow To Oppose Pelosi - Politico

Spanberger did not say who she would vote for instead of Pelosi, saying she would support someone who is "representative of what I believe to be the next generation of leadership."

Trump Denies That He's Having Trouble Finding A Chief Of Staff - Politico

President Donald Trump insisted on Tuesday that he's having no trouble finding a new chief of staff, despite having already burned through two such top aides and being turned down by his reported first choice.

Trump Insists Border Wall 'will Get Built' Ahead Of Meeting With Dem Leaders - Politico

President Donald Trump threatened to use the military to build a wall along the southern border if need be, while claiming that much progress has already been made on the structure. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

Fact-checking President Trumpâ

The president's latest tweets mangle the facts on French protests, NATO funding, the cost of the Russia investigation, the hush-money payments to his alleged mistresses, and more.

On Politics With Lisa Lerer: Why Canâ

In the On Politics newsletter, why it’s hard to give away the most coveted job in Washington these days; plus, a look at how much money was spent on the midterms.

Newsbook: President Trump Seeks New Chief of Staff. 3 Books Show Why His Next Pick Matters.

From Nixon’s White House to Obama’s, these books highlight presidential right-hand men and their outsize power.

Treasury Official To Be Nominated To Head Commodity Futures Trading Commission - Politico

Prior to joining the Treasury Department, Heath Tarbert was a partner at the international law firm of Allen & Overy LLP. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images