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FIRE RELIEF: The list of Mobile Disaster Recovery Team visits has been updated

The mobile units are a convenience for displaced survivors of the November wildfires who have relocated and are unable to travel to fixed-site Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

MDRCs are jointly operated by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Much like their fixed-site counterparts, mobile DRCs offer information concerning resources available to homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the wildfires.

The six MDRCs will be located at sites in Alameda, Contra Costa, Sacramento, Shasta and Tehama counties

see the release for a list of locations and dates

EAR TICKLER: KCRW's Warren Olney sits down with Mike Madrid, Carla Marinucci, Darry Sragow, and WaPo's Steven Mufson to talk California's 2020 presidential primary.

Happy Tuesday. It's a beautiful morning at The Nooner Global Headquarters. I'm hoping Mother Nature isn't playing a trick on me. Yesterday, it was glorious like right now and then when I headed out for meetings it was overcast and gloomy. With time over around the Capitol this afternoon, I hope the sky is still blue.

THE "TEXT TAX": As you likely know, there was a huge social media uproar over the consideration by the Public Utilities Commission about having some sort of tax on text messaging, whether it be flat rate or by usage. Most familiar with the discussions figured it would have to be flat rate because of the differential in cell phone plans. Anyway, the PUC withdrew the proposal amid the OMG WIGTE (world is going to end) response and intervention by the Federal Communications Commission.

What wasn't discussed in the social media storm was why the tax was even under consideration. Under California law, the state provides free telephone equipment to qualified disabled and elderly customers. This could range from costly TTY/TDD Braille machines to modest large button phones and "memory phones" that use photos for one-touch dialing. They are paid for by a tax on your phone bill, whether it be landline or cell. However, as more people have shifted to cell phone-only, the revenue stream has been reduced. 

I don't care about paying a buck on top of my $126/month Verizon bill to ensure qualified disabled and elderly Californians have access to phone service. But, clearly, that's not going to happen now because of people on social media that had zero idea about, or carelessly didn't explain, the options being weighed and its purpose.

It appears it is now in the Legislature's court, and it should tackle this issue. Yeah, as much as I use social media, I truly hate it when it comes to complex policy issues. Not one damn "text tax" image designed to campaign against it mentioned what the damn thing would pay for. Meanwhile, nobody will raise holy hell when their cell carrier raises their bill by a similar amount or more next year because, well, they can.

Put it on the ballot for what it is--a modest tax for poor disabled and elderly to stay in touch. That's a 60%+ win.


For the Noonerites who have been around for a while, you recall with fondness the California Journal's recognition of legislators. Several years ago, I decided to carry on the tradition with the "editorial board" being Nooner readers. I keep it to three categories--most effective, truest to party, and who'd be fun to hang out casually with. I don't carry on the Journal's old categories or laziest and other negative characterizations. They were fun to read, but just don't fit in to the nature of today's Nooner.

We also recognize both Democrats and Republicans. The Nooner's readership covers the entire political spectrum as many of you regularly remind me. By sheer numbers, I don't need to tell you that Democrats would be at the top if the partisan categories were not separated.

In November, 172 readers voted on legislators from each party and were asked to provide a rationale for their votes. I purposely did it after the election as I didn't want either the votes or rationales given to be used in any manner in campaigns. 

So, here we go!

Most Effective Senate Democrat

  1. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego)
    - "Ushered in a new era in the Senate by breaking barriers!"
    - "Unfortunately she gets her bills through."
    - "Irrespective of her current title, in my experience she is fair, listens to all sides and follows her conscience."
    - "He's not afraid to charge into unchartered territory and bring together unlikely parties."

  2. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)
    - "Worked harder than any other member to pass his legislation."
    - "He got the most bills by far off of suspense. Whether they were criminal justice issues, LGTBQ or Net Neutrality... he was the Suspense file winner."
    - "Wiener takes on the big stuff, builds broad coalitions and while he always doesn't get it sent to the Gov's desk, shakes things up."

  3. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles)
    - "As budget chair, she skillfully balanced the needs across multiple areas of the budget while staying true to her roots - helping the underserved."
    - "Tireless and passionate."
    - "She truly is the 'moral compass' of the Legislature."

Most Effective Senate Republican

  1. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres)
    - "If you don't swing the bat, you're not going to get a hit. Cannella is always willing to suit up for the game to get on base and be at the table."
    - "Cannella was never intoxicated by the idea of being a Forever Elected. This gave him the intellectual and political freedom to be bold."
    - "Effective in the sense that he was able to reach across the aisle at times and get things done for his district."

  2. John Moorlach (R-Irvine)
    - "Consistently a sensible voice surrounding financial issues. His opinions are taken seriously by both sides of the aisle."
    - "Credible and knowledgeable on issues he embraces."
    - "As usual, stood out as the most gregarious Republican Senator"

  3. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita)
    - "You can't but him in a box - pragmatic conservative but willing to work both sides of the aisle."
    - "He is one of the only normal ones. His legislation is thoughtful, substantive and has bipartisan support."
    - "You always know where you stand with him and he takes positions based on where he thinks his district will be."

Truest to Party Senate Democrat

  1. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles)
    - "For constantly being present in her district making herself accessible to all."
    - "Badass working for people of color, women, single moms, etc., in addition to more mainstream Dem planks."
    - "She focuses on people in poverty who do not have much power to fight back against injustice."

  2. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach)
    - "For making "progressive" mainstream, and for carrying the torch on Medicare for All."
    - "No Senator better represents Democrats' ability to bring all groups to the table without compromising our values of inclusion and respect for all."
    - "Socialized healthcare."

  3. Kevin de León (D-E. Los Angeles)
    - "Progressive champion willing to step out of line to run a long shot campaign just to get DiFi to tilt left."
    - "A rising star in the progressive and immigrant movement."
    - "Demonstrated to the world what real California Democratic Values look like."

Truest to Party Senate Republican

  1. Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber)
    - "Sen. Nielsen has provided a consistent and measured conservative voice for decades."
    - "Water storage."
    - "Bless his old-man heart, he's an old-school Republican until his last breath."

  2. John Moorlach (R-Irvine)
    - "Fiscal conservative who is as consistent as they come."
    - "More pragmatic than believed but will not compromise on principles."
    - "Keeps the GOP compass intact, but can still maneuver around the Capitol."

  3. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine)
    - "Pro-business, against raising taxes...follows his beliefs even if they aren't always in his best interest..."
    - "As pro-Trump as you can get."
    - "Can be a surprising vote for bills of the Democrats."

"Who Would You Like to Have a Beer, Tea, or Coffee With?" - Senate Democrat

  1. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica)
    - "He seems rational and fun."
    - "Has a half-hour meet and greet or bill conversation ever really scratched the surface of what lies beneath? Nope. Scott Wiener close second."
    - "In it for all the right reasons, smart, fun, and solid."

  2. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach)
    - "I mean......come on. I think we all secretly wish Lara was our gay best friend."
    - "He'll spill the tea!"
    - "Laugh out loud funny!"

  3. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg)
    - "It would just be so entertaining."
    - "He is a refreshing voice and personality in the normally staid Senate."
    - "He is approachable and eager."

"Who Would You Like to Have a Beer, Tea, or Coffee With?" - Senate Republican

  1. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres)
    - "A good guy who is a fellow Aggie!"  (no, I didn't write this one)
    - "Guy's gonna be missed."
    - "What are his thoughts on the demise of his party?

  2. Andy Vidak (R-Hanford)
    - "Easily the most relatable Senator to "normal" people."
    - "He's just a farmer. The man hasn't changed since he won the special against Leticia when Rubio resigned in '13. Instead of becoming a lobbyist/consult, he'll probably just head back to Hanford and farm. probably drinks bud or an ice cold Coors Banquet."
    - "Can it include a trip to the farm? Fun-loving and smart."

  3. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita)
    - "Smart, interesting and seems like he'd be funny."
    - "Seems like a very reasonable Jeb-Bush-style moderate conservative."
    - "Wilk has a quick wit and is very funny!"

Most Effective Assembly Democrat

  1. Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego)
    - "Wielding the suspense file with a practiced eye at this point, she managed to be a player both in the budget and with bills."
    - "Apropos chairmanship gives her tremendous leverage, enjoys the clear backing of the speaker, shock and awe style particularly with her male colleagues."
    - "Beyonce. Madonna. Cher. Lorena. First name icons of badassness."

  2. Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood)
    - "Held caucus together on single-payer."
    - "Gave the Assembly an identity, particularly on health care."
    - "Anthony is a brilliant strategist and tactician."

  3. Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg)
    - "Works incredibly well with stakeholders and with Administration concerns on issues of healthcare."
    - "It's hard to not respect someone so close to the fire devastation. His very real ongoing work in this tragedy will continue to shape our state's response."
    - "Herding the Assembly cats thru last year's legislative thicket of health care proposals -- and holding off the California Nurses -- is about as effective as you can get. Prominent role in Cal fires and bipartisan accomplishments with Brian Dahle."

Most Effective Assembly Republican 

  1. Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley)
    - "Before being dislodged as minority leader, he was able to maintain a spot at the table for conservatives besides his party not having hard power anywhere."
    - "Chad has the ability to get things done when he really needs to."
    - "Trying to save your own party from its own demise is tough and thankless. Chad's political bravery in the New Way space spills over into productive bi-partisan work."

  2. Catharine Baker (R-Dublin)
    - "Great member who worked hard and was effective across party lines. She will be missed."
    - "Catharine was a model of bipartisanship and of representing the values of her district. Steve Glazer's daughter even took to Twitter to praise Catharine, who had beaten her dad for the Assembly seat. It is not often you see that kind of respect across the aisle."
    - "She got a lot done for her district, most notably getting money allocated to her district in the park bond and was able to work across party lines. She even held bi-partisan town halls with democrat Senator Steve Glazer."

  3. Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego)
    - "His previous relationship sitting with Speaker Atkins on SD council helped give him a rapport/access other reeps didn't have which has carried through his terms even after she moved to the Senate, which the rapport/access continues in."
    - "Actually works to get things done, regardless of party."
    - "Model of a Republican who can work with Democrats."

Truest to Party Assembly Democrat

  1.  Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego)
    - "There's nothing more D in the Assembly than the hard-charging Approps chair."
    - "See rationale for Senator Holly Mitchell."
    - "Lorena carries out the desires of labor groups."

  2. Ian Calderon (D-Whittier)
    - "Strikes a balance between all the tough issues, but can be counted on as a party leader."
    - "Articulate and energetic, he gets it done for the Dems."
    - "He is a true believer...not because of his family roots, but he is a true Democrat to his core."

  3. Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood)
    - "The House really did deliver major votes last session, no matter what the politics, big things happened."
    - "Managed Assembly well in an election year."
    - "Didn't stick vulnerable Democrats with votes that would hurt them in the election."

Truest to Party Assembly Republican

  1. Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach)
    - "Ran as a Trumpian. Especially since Asm is more partisan than the Senate, it makes sense that he models the current partisan iteration of the GOP."
    - "He sings from the Republican Choir book unabashedly."
    - "Like you have to ask?"

  2. James Gallagher (R-Yuba City)
    - "He demonstrates that the interests of people in the rural and urban parts of the state have merit."
    - "Smart and rational."
    - "Hard worker."

  3. Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach)
    - "Hard to pick between Allen and Harper, but Harper is a true libertarian."
    - "Harper is most reflective of being an unrepentant Trumper, even if it means his demise. This is what the GOP expects--Harper wins this trophy! Congrats!"
    - "Another self-explanatory."

"Who Would You Like to Have a Beer, Tea, or Coffee With?" - Assembly Democrat

  1. Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) 
    - "Quite inscrutable in public, curious if he's more revealing in a casual setting."
    - "Accessible power - a great guy who knows how to use his talents."
    - "Would enjoy frank conversation about future of the state."

  2. Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove)
    - "Fun guy with a good, acerbic sense of humor."
    - "He has a good sense of humor."
    - "Stories from the beat."

  3. Autumn Burke (D-Los Angeles)
    - "Cool and down to earth."
    - "She seems like a fun person."
    - "As a member of a legendary political family who has many political years ahead, I'd love to hear where she thinks she's headed."

"Who Would You Like to Have a Beer, Tea, or Coffee With?" - Assembly Republican

  1. Catharine Baker (R-Dublin)
    - "Now that she lost she'll probably spill the beans on what her rep colleagues are like after a few drinks."
    - "After the close election loss it would be interesting to chat with Asm. Baker and see what her plans are for the future. Maybe come back as a Dem?"
    - "I'd like to get her take on the Blue Wave and how she was swept up in it. I believe her loss is a loss for California."

  2. Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley)
    - "He'll shoot it to you straight and doesn't seem like a square or curmudgeon."
    - "Genuine and thoughtful guy."
    - "Assembly is likely his not his last political stop. I'd like to ask 'Where to next?"

  3. Rocky Chávez (R-Oceanside)
    - "Great stories about his days as a Marine."
    - "A pro-immigration Latino Republican? In this day and age? Sign me up!"
    - "I expect he will be back in some does he see it?"

Lots more after the jump...

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  • 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: Equality California: legislative manager
  • Job: NorCal Cannabis: Legislative and Regulatory Strategist to Public Policy Strategist
  • Job: Pruitt Consulting LLC: fundraising associate
  • Job: SEIU-UHW: Regional Political Organizer (Fresno)
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  • Job: The University of California Office of the President: Associate Director of Strategy, Planning & Operations in its (Sacramento). 
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THE NON-LEGACY LEGACY: The team at the Sacramento Bee reviews Jerry Brown's time as governor. Meanwhile, the Bee's Amy Chance recounts some of Brown's most memorable quotes.

UNCLOSING TIME? Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has reintroduced his bill to allow bars in nine cities to stay open until 4am, writes Liam Dillon in the Times. The new bill is SB 58, and it would be a pilot for Cathedral City, Coachella, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Francisco, and West Hollywood. Proponents argue that the cities are large convention cities, where the clock has less meaning particularly for international travelers, and more late night revelers aren't driving. Jerry Brown vetoed Wiener's bill this year, writing "I believe we have enough mischief from midnight to 2 without adding two more hours of mayhem."

Obviously, Governor-elect Gavin Newsom may be more welcoming than Brown was because of his rise in hospitality and current investments therein, but that also means he'll be under much more scrutiny on the topic than Brown was.

FROM OUR UTTERLY SHOCKED FILES: Senate Republican Leader Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) is calling for a repeal of the state's new motor-voter registration system, reports John Myers with the Times.

"Enough is enough,” state Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said in a statement on Monday. “I've been deeply troubled reading the media reports highlighting the failed motor voter program.”

Bates introduced Senate Bill 57, which would return voter registration at DMV offices to a voluntary, “opt-in” process. In April, state officials formally launched the system designed to automatically register those eligible to vote unless they specifically declined.

FIRES: In the SDUT, Jeff McDonald reports that the Public Utilities Commission delayed a statutory requirement passed in 2016 for utilities to file wildfire mitigation plans.

"Under Senate Bill 1028, San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric were supposed to prepare annual wildfire mitigation plans for reducing fire threats and identify who specifically would be responsible for implementing them.

The bill, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2016, also called on the California Public Utilities Commission to review the filings every year, comment on the material and audit the companies to make sure the plans were being followed.

More than two years after the legislation was enacted, state regulators have yet to issue directives for the utilities to write the plans, let alone discuss or examine them for compliance — although SDG&E says its own fire plans comply with the law."

WAR ON WASHINGTON: The AP's Elliot Spagat writes on how some California federal immigration judges are rebuking federal prosecutors attempts to expedite resolution of immigration cases. 

THE CALIFORNIA BELLWETHER: California Republican Party chairman Jim Brulte writes in The Hill "If Republicans elsewhere think California’s dismal electoral results cannot occur in their states, they’re wrong. The demographic changes that swept our state are coming their way sooner than they think."

"What changed [from the era of Earl Warren and Ronald Reagan]? The quick answer is the voting population: Our party and our candidates have yet to figure out how to consistently attract support from Hispanics and Asians.

...Republicans beware: The demographic changes that have turned our state blue are coming to other states’ communities too.

California is not an outlier — we are the future, for better or for worse."

2020: For Politico, Christopher Cadelago looks at the California influence on the 2020 presidential race.

Meanwhile, David Catanese writes for US News that, if Senator Kamala Harris decides over the holidays to run for President, look for her to make a fast jump out of the gate. It's how she's run in the past and will need to given the accelerated 2020 race. 

Few people I talk to expect Harris to take a pass on a run. She could galvanize a movement and vault into the nomination, be a strong pick for a VP candidate, or build up name recognition for a future bid. She's got an Ace political team, so to speak.

The United States Senate is likely to be even more boring next year, and that's saying a lot. With divided government, House Dems will lob over bills that likely won't see floor time in the Senate.

With no floor time on contentious bills and nothing like the Kavanaugh hearing, that means no teevee time. Where will the cameras be? On the trail. She'll see more of her colleagues there than in the Hart Senate Office Building.

That's not to say that Harris is a media hound. She has legitimate policy chops and is great at the dais. Nevertheless, the reality of where the action is in 2019 is what it is.


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Criminal justice bill clears hurdle in the Senate on strong bipartisan vote

The Senate could cast a final vote Tuesday on the Trump-backed legislation that would overhaul the federal prison system to help inmates earn reduced sentences.

On Politics With Lisa Lerer: Republicans Got Their Health Care Wish. It Backfired.

The G.O.P. is forced to reckon with health care, an issue Democrats hammered them on in the midterms; plus, the latest updates on the 2020 race.

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States Ask Judge to Declare Health Law Still in Effect While Ruling Is Appealed

States that support the Affordable Care Act said a ruling striking down the law had created “ambiguity” and “poses a dangerous threat to the health care of millions of Americans.”

Controversial ruling on health care law could face a skeptical Supreme Court â

Even with President Trump’s appointees to the high court, the majority that twice upheld the Affordable Care Act remains in place.

White House signals it will back down on President Trump’s demand for border wall funding and avert a partial government shutdown

The Trump administration wants to avoid a partial government shutdown and has found other ways to get the border wall money it wants, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Tuesday. Sanders’s comments come four days before large portions of the federal government will begin shutting down unless Congress and Trump reach a budget deal. The two sides […]

Arizona governor taps Martha McSally to fill Senate seat once held by McCain
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McSally, who lost a close race for the state’s other Senate seat in November, is expected to run in a 2020 special election.

New ‘draft Beto’ Group Launches To Rally Support For 2020 Bid - Politico

"The comparisons to JFK and even Obama exist for a reason. Beto's ability to inspire and connect with voters is unparalleled, even among such strong field of presidential contenders," Nate Lerner, a Co-Founder of Draft Beto and head of its grassroots team, told POLITICO.

Trump agrees to shut down his charity amid allegations he used it for personal and political benefit

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced Tuesday that the foundation is dissolving and distributing its remaining funds as her office pursues a lawsuit against the charity, President Trump and his three eldest children, who oversaw the Donald J. Trump Foundation. The shuttering of Trump’s charity comes after stories in The Post documented apparent lapses […]

Trump Slams Tech Giants For 'bias' Following Reports Russians Weaponized Them To His Benefit - Politico

President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused major technology and social media platforms of harboring a bias toward Democrats, accusing Twitter of dampening his following on the platform just days after the release of searing reports detailing the Russian government's use of social media to boost the president during and after his 2016 campaign.

Arizona Governor To Appoint Martha Mcsally To Senate - Politico

Ducey and McSally are expected to appear together in Arizona on Tuesday for a joint press conference.

Trump Foundation to Close After Lawsuit by New York Attorney General

The agreement by the Donald J. Trump Foundation follows a court decision that allowed a lawsuit against the foundation to move forward.

Trump Offering Farmers Extra $4.9 Billion In Trade Relief - Politico

President Donald Trump approved the assistance as a way to alleviate low commodity prices amid his trade disputes. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Nebraska Petition Seeks Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure in 2020

With marijuana partially legalized in a growing number of states, advocates in Nebraska are pushing for their state to embrace medicinal cannabis.

When and how we might see President Trumpâ

Democrats have made more than a dozen attempts to obtain President Trump’s tax returns over the past two years. Now back in the majority, they may be poised to finally see them.

Bernie Tops Progressive Straw Poll - Politico

Sen. Bernie Sanders led the field of prospective 2020 presidential candidates with 36 percent support. | Alex Brandon/AP Photo

Top Republicans struggle to persuade Trump not to shut down the government

The president has not informed his GOP allies on Capitol Hill what he might support in the impasse over his desire border wall.

White House Indicates It Wants To Avoid Partial Government Shutdown - Politico

"We have other ways that we can get to that $5 billion," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Trump machine swallows GOP for 2020

Unique structure of the president’s reelection campaign is an expression of his iron grip on the party.

Blaming the Deep State: Officials Accused of Wrongdoing Adopt Trumpâ

A Pentagon official and a government contractor investigated for mishandling classified material say that bureaucrats opposed to President Trump targeted them.

Warren bill would get feds into generic drug manufacturing

The Massachusetts Democrat, who's likely running for president in 2020, joins a recent wave of Senate legislation aimed at the pharmaceutical industry.

How Trump Could Get Away With It

Time is on the president’s side, despite strong evidence that he broke campaign law. But not if Congress and the special counsel decide to act.

Trump Foundation To Shut Down Under Agreement With New York Attorney General - Politico

The agreement requires the Trump Foundation to submit a list of not-for-profit groups that will receive distributions from the remaining assets. | AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Trump Re-establishes U.S. Space Command - Politico

U.S. Space Command will become the 11th combatant command and be led by a four-star general or admiral who will require Senate confirmation. | NASA via Getty Images

Martha McSally Appointed to Arizona Senate Seat Once Held by John McCain

Ms. McSally, a House member, lost her bid for the state’s other Senate post in November. She will replace Jon Kyl, who was filling the seat on a temporary basis.