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  • AD36 (Palmdale): added Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Johnathan Ervin (D) - 2020 district pages coming soon


  • Public Legislative Directory:
    • Added members of Congress to the directory and county pages. Currently in the database are Washington address, phone, fax, web, and counties represented. Yes, only 33 of the 53 Members of Congress publish their fax numbers, so you would need to call the office to request a fax number. Both congressional and state legislative offices now require ZIP code validation to try to limit contact submissions to constituents. 
    • Made staff updates
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    • above changes with updated CSV and XLS downloadable spreadsheets


  • If you have looked at the respective directories, you've seen that I have chief of staff, legislative director, and scheduler. That's based on spreadsheets that many of us have kept and shared over time but I know it doesn't necessarily work for all offices. I'm thinking of the database structure, exported spreadsheets, and the rendering HTML to try to make it more flexible. Feel free to email me if you have ideas or have other senior staff that I should find a way to work in.

    I would love to include all staff but am trying to manage my already exhausting to-do list for the next couple of weeks and also want to provide users with regularly updated information. I plan updates on member pages and committees on Fridays, unless I get a press release/email before then. 

CONGRESSIONAL/LEGISLATIVE OFFICE SUBSCRIPTIONS: A few existing Premium subscribers have asked what it would cost for a legislative or congressional office (and constitutional, you get the picture) subscription. For any current office, I'm offering $100 for up to five Nooner Premium subscriptions through 01/01/20. It would normally be $249.95. Email to request an invoice.

For other offices with 5 or more would-be Nooner Premium users, email me for a quote. Please don't share passwords, which could avoid a lock-out if there are too many accesses from different IP addresses in a short period of time. I know, like me, use different devices on different networks, so I haven't cracked down on this. But, please respect my time and those who are paying. 

I credit any existing Premium subscription would be credited to a group subscription, be it the public sector ones or private group ones.

Well, that was embarassing. I get a variety of server warnings about various things, including disk space problems. The Nooner's human home may be in Southside Park, the but the hamsters workshop is actually in a dual 500GB server in an IBM farm in San Jose. For the linux geeks the /usr partition filled up with logs as the /var partition frequently does. While there is plenty of physical space, you can't change the partitions without essentially reformatting the drive. I really need to do a full migration to a new server with different partitions, but for now I'll focus on log archive cleanup. Anyway, all was good after yesterday's cleanup and a reboot. Yesterday's Nooner was posted online at noon, but the email did not go out. I'll watch closely today.

I know many of you are having spam folder problems and even I am in gmail (but not in Yahoo! mail--go figure). I am taking the headlines off the bottom again to see if that helps. I will also send out a reminder of the availability of the option of having an email sent to you that tells you when The Nooner is posted online instead of the full Nooner. That happens automatically with the batch of emails that are currently sent. 

The automatic headline feed is still at and I will try to do a better job curating it. Honestly, I wrote most of the scripts literally over the holidays eleven years ago, before the advent of newspaper paywalls and when there was a lot more state government content. While I pay for lots of newspapers for this gig, I haven't figured out how to help my eureka! robot and associated dozen or so scripts to reconcile with the paywall world.

Each newspaper site requires individual assessment and coding, and that's before getting to the two newspaper groups that use the same story in multiple papers. I have "dupekiller.php" but I wrote it for detecting the same headline and byline. However, the LA Daily News and Orange County Register or the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune may run the same story, often on different days, although use different headlines for space or other concerns.

And you wondered what I do for fun on nights and weekends... Here is exclusive video from The Nooner Global Headquarters live cam.

Based on your feedback, I know many of you still like it even as my brain and time has been otherwise occupied, but it's definitely on the list. I need to think about it more and find ways to get more relevant California content in the feed.  

GAVIN'S BIG DAY: Undoubtedly you have read coverage of the inauguration of California's 40th Governor, Gavin Newsom. While it stayed dry outside during the 11am hour when it took place on The West Steps, the ceremony was held under a tent. I'm guessing Jerry and Gavin had a conversation that went something like this:

Jerry: "You need a tent. There is a 15% chance of rain."

Gavin: "C'mon Jerry, that means there is 85% chance of no rain. I want to look west toward the Tower Bridge, like our forefathers looked west and arrived to the give the state its nickname "The Golden State" for the colors of its hills."

Jerry: "Fifteen percent. You've got to be prepared. Think about your hair."

There was a tent. Fortunately, his speechwriter didn't leave a line in the speech about looking across a "magnificent vista" like Sam Seaborn did to President Bartlet on The West Wing. For Nooner newbies, beware of references to farmers market, music, and The West Wing. It comes with the territory.

HEALTH CARE AMBITIONS: While the "leaks" leading up to inauguration day were largely about education and parental leave, yesterday's focus of Governor Newsom was about health care, and it was not just oratorical rhetoric. KQED's Marisa Lagos reports:

"Gov. Gavin Newsom rolled out a package of health care proposals and policies a few hours after his inauguration, including an executive order to create a new California surgeon general, and another that would consolidate the state's prescription drug negotiating power.

Right now, state health care programs like Medi-Cal for low-income Californians, CalPERS for retirees and the prison system all negotiate drug prices separately. Gov. Newsom's order directs state agencies to bargain together, and opens the door for private employers to join them, creating what Newsom's office calls the "biggest single-purchaser system for drugs."

The new governor also wants to expand subsidies to help people buy medical coverage through Covered California — the Affordable Care Act marketplace — by both increasing the amount of financial assistance given to current eligible families and expanding access to middle-income families. Under the proposal, individuals who earn $72,000 a year, and a family of four that earns $150,000 could qualify for subsidies."

Newsom has a Facebook video "oddly sitting at Jerry's Brown desk" explaining his health care proposals and actions, and here is the prescription drug executive order.

THE FOXY TAKE: For Fox&Hounds, Joel Fox gives the take from his business conservative perspective. "In his inaugural address, Governor Gavin Newsom promised his administration would be “prudent stewards of taxpayer dollars.” But he raised challenges to that approach immediately not only in the speech, but also with his first post-inaugural pronouncements on expanding health care programs."

LA-LA LAND REDISTRICTING: On January 2, I wrote about the latest census numbers from both the federal and state governments and what it may portend for the 2020 Census and subsequent 2021 redistricting. In short, it is very possible that California could lose a congressional seat if an "average" job is done by the Census leading to an undercount of California's population that is more difficult to reach because of language, housing, and citizenship status.

While the Constitution requires an actual enumeration of every human, different censuses have had varying performance, as the Public Policy Institute of California has been studying. It is a Big <Frickin'> Deal, as Joe Biden might say. It determines federal and state funding allocations and, of course for our purposes today, the allocation of congressional seats to the state in reapportionment. That number of seats in turn gives the California Citizens Redistricting Commission the challenge of how to draw the lines in redistricting the state's allocation of seats.

If California drops from 53 to 52 seats, the lost seat is most likely in the East Bay or Los Angeles and would likely lead to the loss of a Democratic seat. That's because those areas have had a relatively lower level of population growth from the 2020 Census than other regions because they were already largely built out. Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco is different because of redevelopment and construction of many large condo and apartment buildings (creating different issues). The loss of the seat currently held by a Democrat is also likely because, well, only 7 of the 53 seats are held by Republicans.

Redistricting is unlikely to be nearly as significant in 2021 as it was the decade prior as 2011 switched from a politically drawn to map to one be an independent commission of citizens. While protection of incumbents is still a legitimate consideration it is but one of many factors considered by the commission. The work in 2021 won't be nearly as holistic and mostly about adjusting for population change and, if required, a redraw from 53 to 52 districts.

On January 2, I shared a map of the East Bay seats most likely to be affected. Here is a map of the most likely the be affected in the Los Angeles Area. For those familiar with the citizens' commission work in 2011, it's not a big surprise. As I wrote, a big issue in that redistricting was preservation of three "African-American seats" in the LA area, although one of those three is now held by a Latina, Nanette Barragán (D-San Pedro).

I don't think that lines are likely to change much in the San Fernando Valley, which has three seats of Tony Cardenas (D-San Fernando), Brad Sherman, (D-Canoga Park), and Adam Schiff (D-Burbank). Population will generally be be aligned with statewide growth and there are strong arguments for roughly maintaining the current lines for communities of interest. The same would be true for CA27, a heavily Asian district represented by Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park). To the west of this map is CA33 with Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), which is likely to be generally kept together. To the south are Gil Cisneros (CA39) LOS Correa (CA46), and Alan Lowenthal (CA47). All are unlikely to be significantly affected.

I talk about current members because that's how most of you know the districts rather than the number. Of course there are caveats. First, unlike state legislative office, residency is not required to run for Congress. Congressman Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) was just re-elected from his residence on a man-made lake fifteen miles south of me in Ami Bera's (D-Elk Grove) district, which is about 30 miles from his district border. Voters in CA04 knew Tom's residency and easily re-elected him in the Blue Wave, despite a spirited and well-run campaign by hometown girl Jessica Morse.

Another factor is ambitions and retirement. There is no secret that Ted Lieu and Adam Schiff are among the most ambitious members of Congress. Either would be major candidates for appointment by Governor Gavin Newsom if Kamala Harris became President or Vice President or Dianne Feinstein retired mid-term. There are certainly other folks who would be on Gavin's list, but Lieu and Schiff are well known and have previously been vetted with background checks (Lieu for JAG and Schiff for ranking member of House Intelligence).

In the basket of Los Angeles seven seats that I mapped out, two are most likely to retire. Grace Napolitano turned 82 last month. She almost did not run for reelection this year after the 2017 death of her husband Frank, then ran and told folks "one more term." The other is Maxine Waters, who is 80, but there is something that tells me "kicking and screaming" would be associated to any talk of her retirement.

We have another cycle with the current districts but make no doubt that the 2022 election is already on the mind of these members, all of whom are in "safe seats" until the reapportionment number is known and the citizens commission gets out its sketchbook in 2021.

KAMALA 2020? and #CAKEDAY after the jump...

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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: Aaron Reed and Associates: Administrative Assistant
  • 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)
  • Job: SEIU-UHW: Regional Political Organizer (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Job: The University of California Office of the President: Associate Director of Strategy, Planning & Operations (Sacramento). 
  • Office Space: Class A Office Space Available on L Street, across from Capitol
  • 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 

KAMALA 2020? While junior United States Senator Kamala Harris has staffed up and scouted out campaign offices, she has not announced a presidential bid. However, you're going to be seeing a lot of her over the next couple of weeks as she does a book tour. Her biography "The Truths We Hold" is released today. [Amazon | Powell's | Sac Pub Library wait list] Until now, Harris has kept a low media profile and turned down many Sunday morning and other high-profile requests for this key month.

Christopher Cadelago writes for Politico:

"It’s a chance for Harris to roll out her personal story while previewing the fundamental themes of her prospective campaign, drawn from her time as a career prosecutor and her ideas about reforming the criminal justice system.

Harris will hit the morning news show circuit Tuesday with appearances on “Good Morning America” and “The View,” in addition to a National Public Radio interview. She’ll promote her book Wednesday at a Washington event, then make a stop Thursday at “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Julian Castro essentially announced on Colbert. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced on Leno. I bet Thursday gives us a strong suggestion she is announcing, but my money is still on a formal announcement around the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The national holiday is Monday, January 21 and his actual birthday is a week from today. I would bet she steers clear of the actual holiday, but next Tuesday is an ideal day for the daughter of a Indian-American  (Tamil) mother and African-American (Jamaican) father. It also steers clear of the President's State of the Union address, which will be January 29 and will suck all the air out of the room for a week.

NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben provides a book review titled "Kamala Harris' 'The Truths We Hold' Demonstrates What's Wrong With Campaign Books":

"So is it a great book? No. No, it is not.

But that's not a particularly interesting question, as campaign books are rarely great reads. The question is whether it's an effective book.

On that count, Harris is more successful. In The Truths We Hold, Harris presents herself as a potentially formidable presidential candidate. Which is to say: She efficiently makes her case, like the prosecutor she is.

Harris ticks through her résumé and her policy positions. And this is where one of Harris' biggest strengths becomes clear: anticipating critiques and batting them down."

I'm betting it's better than "The Art of the Deal" that I have around here somewhere. My copy arrives today.

BETO 2020? In this morning's email inbox: "DRAFT BETO CAMPAIGN HIRES STAFF IN CALIFORNIA, EARLY STATES." The Nevada/California is Michael Smoneff, a former Hill staffer and campaign communications advisor. The effort's website is

Yes, for those of you who thought November 8, 2018 and the month of ballot counting that followed brought a respite, I hope you enjoyed your four weeks. In Sacramento, California, and across the country, it's game on, homeboy.



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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Catherine Sebring Coddington and Paula Villescaz!

#CAKEYEAR: Happy 25th to the Public Policy Institute of California!


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  • County Welfare Directors Association of California seeks senior-level Executive Assistant to support CWDA Executive Director and his team. Duties include scheduling, meeting/event planning and logistics, conference planning, member support, contract management. Our office is fast-paced, busy and fun. Competitive salary DOE; excellent benefits. More information here.
  • TrattenPrice Consulting – Office Manager/Admin Assistant
    Government affairs firm seeks an office manager/assistant for two lobbyists. Candidate must have experience working in a lobbying office including scheduling, bill tracking, and administrative support. Candidate will have a min 2-3 years direct experience, be well-organized, a self-starter and flexible. Salary BOE. Submit resumes to Lea-Ann​

  • Cal State Student Association seeks Legislative Policy Analyst
    The position is responsible for researching and analyzing legislative policy issues. Additionally, the position will be responsible for externally representing the organization in legislative meetings and committees. Lastly, the position will be responsible for advising our board of directors and legislative affairs committee. For more information and to apply, visit

  • Aaron Reed and Associates: Administrative Assistant
    Experience working in governmental affairs office, working knowledge of the legislative process, calendaring, arranging travel, proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word, outstanding communication skills. Salary BOE. Please send your resume to Joelle (1/15)

  • Voices for Progress (V4P) -- Advocacy Assistant (Santa Monica, CA)
    V4P is looking for a passionate individual with an interest in progressive advocacy and public policy to join the V4P team in Santa Monica. V4P is a community of hundreds of business owners, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other prominent leaders who are dedicated to advocating to protect our climate; ensure equality and expand opportunity; and strengthen representative democracy. This full time position will work to engage V4P members in advocacy with CA state and federal elected officials and assist in enlisting new members and raising needed funds. More details/can apply here.

  • 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 12/31/2018.

  • SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Fresno, CA)
    The Political/Community Regional Organizer is responsible for a broad range of program objectives to build and strengthen our infrastructure and engage our members to be a powerful force at their worksites, in the legislative process, in the community and at the ballot box. Proven track record is a must. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at
  • SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Phoenix, AZ)
    This position is a 6-month assignment to start and is responsible for a broad range of program objectives to build and strengthen our infrastructure, engage our members and workers to be a powerful force at their worksites while participating in the legislative process, in the community and at the ballot box. Proven track record and experience with Arizona politics/legislation is a must. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at
  • Class A Office Space Available on L Street, across from Capitol.  One well-furnished executive office & assistant station.  Great views of Capitol.  Use of in-suite 10-person conference room, kitchen, closet, & color printer/copier.  $1,250/mo.  Contact Michael Daft @ 916.448.3075 or
  • 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
  • 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.

    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. 

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  • 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:

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