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  • SAN DIEGO MAYOR: Assemblymember Todd Gloria has announced his candidacy (2020 race)
  • SD37 (Irvine): added law professor Dave Min (D) - 2020 district pages coming soon
  • 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. 
    • Staff updates
  • Nooner Premium: 
    • 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. 

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EAR TICKLER: On the California Politics Podcast of the Los Angeles Times, Melanie Mason makes her last regular appearance with John Myers before returning to the mothership, which is now located in El Segundo. 


Floyd Feeney

Floyd Feeney
Homer G. and Ann Berryhill Professor of Law
University of California, Davis School of Law
September 26, 1933-January 8, 2019


Well, crap. It started out as a beautiful day, but then the news came out of the passing yesterday at 85 of Floyd Feeney, Homer G. and Ann Berryhill Professor of Law for International Legal and Communication Studies at the University of California, Davis School of Law. UC Davis Law dean Kevin Johnson states in a release “Floyd Feeney was the heart and soul of UC Davis School of Law."

That's all that really needs to be said. I know of several Nooner readers who also had Feeney during their time at King Hall. For those who learn about law professors from the movies, throw all those characterizations out. As with man King Hall professors, most alumni loved Floyd deeply, beyond lessons learned, but for who the humans they are.

At 85, he would have been teaching this morning.

Here's what I posted on Facebook this morning:

I love lots of the law professors I had. Many are friends to this day.

Beyond that, there are professors who define your law school experience, particularly those that welcome you in your first year. From criminal procedure in the 2L year to elections law as a 3L, I always looked forward to that 50 minutes of each class with Floyd at the front teaching us the law with his omnipresent Southern drawl.

Thank you, Floyd. Condolences to all who were part of life and may he rest in eternal peace.

THE OTHER CAPITAL: I have no comments by the President or Democratic leaders last night, as that is for other newsletters in your inbox. That said, we knew the outcome of the two-act play, as the "talking points" and "responses" were sent to us before the cameras were turned on. I do have comments for the President who again this morning is threatening to cut off federal disaster funds:

"Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen. Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!"

This follows Gavin Newsom's first full day in office as Governor, spent in Colfax to announce new emergency preparedness and response in the aftermath of devastating fires throughout the state. Newsom also announced that he supports backfilling lost property tax revenues in Lake and Butte Counties, something previously done for the counties affected by the devastating 2017 Tubbs Fire.

As of 11am this morning, the timing of the budget release, due by tomorrow, has not been announced.

HARASSMENT: The State Senate has paid out a $350,000 settlement to an employee who filed a lawsuit that who alleged that the upper house failed to accommodate her emotional disabilities and fired her in retaliation after she claimed that she was sexually assaulted," reports Taryn Luna in the LA Times. Luna writes:

"The settlement agreement, which was obtained by The Times through a public records request, says the Senate agreed in November to pay the former aide $280,000 for lost wages and general damages, an additional $50,000 to cover school loans incurred at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento and $20,000 for medical assistance and career counseling. In exchange, she agreed to drop her claims against the Senate and the individuals named in the lawsuit.

“For the sake of all involved, we want to move forward and focus on the work we need to do for the people of California,” Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins said in a statement about the settlement. “The result was acceptable to both sides and we are glad — for all parties — to move on with the business of the state.”

The alleged rape occurred during a night out with Senate co-workers.

COME AND KNOCK ON MY DOOR: KDH arrived last night in a soggy box next to the vacant neighbor's garage. I'll make it political as the professional UPS, USPS, and FedEx drivers always find my front door (which is off the street through a courtyard), but many of the "independent contractors" just drop boxes off wherever, including leaning against a white garage door facing T Street. Here's the picture that Amazon so helpfully provides in "Track Your Orders":

Amazon order

Brilliant folks, brilliant. There are bushes that I'd rather look in than have packages stand out like that. Two hours earlier, FedEx delivered my package of birthday cards and knocked when they dropped it at my door. Really, it's not that hard.

In the meantime, Amazon, can you use boxes with "adult diapers" printed on the outside?

I don't just write about this as a personal gripe moment, but rather because it is relevant to a major policy issue that will again before the Legislature this year, specifically who is an independent contractor and what rights and obligations do they have.

The Supreme Court of California's Dynamex ruling last year that limited the classification of independent contractors will be back this year. SCOCAL significantly narrowed the classification of persons performing work for companies such as Uber, Lyft, GrubHub, DoorDash, and of course, Dynamex, a document-delivery service that was bought by Canadian firm TFI International in 2010.

Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez has introduced AB 5 to codify the court's decision, while Assemblymember Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore)  has introduced AB 71 to return to the multi-factor "ABC test" used before Dynamex. Because Dynamex was an employment case with a plaintiff action against one company, it only applies to that class. That said, it sets the stage for thousands of "independent contractors" to file suit against many companies, and lots of lawsuits have been filed.

Fortunately, I found the book and Amazon is looking in to what happened.


The Truths We Hold

Anyway, KDH is here. I got through the preface last night but fortunately I have broken the brutal insomnia I had for a couple of months. So, back to it tonight.

And, yes, that's an unsolicited plug for Hint water. Simply infused water, available in still and sparkling, and produced in San Francisco. For those around the Capitol who want to try without ordering a bunch, you can find single bottles at Market 5-ONE-5 at 9th/S. For those looking for a new beverage for the New Year, I highly recommend it. For those doing Whole30 and friends of Bill, it is a lifesaver! 

UTILITY LIABILITY: In case you missed it and were happily disengaged from state policy, I wrote over the weekend on utility wildfire liability and the issues facing Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison. PG&E's stock tanked yesterday after S&P downgraded its bond ratings to junk status and the "B word" (bankruptcy) was widely rumored.

That raises questions as to whether, even if the Public Utilities Commission granted rate approval to service securitized debt for PG&E to meet its likely wildfire liability obligations, it is too late or too much to sell on the markets. PG&E's parent corporation's stock is up as of this pre-dawn writing although it is still off nearly 25% for the week following Friday's after hours sell-off.

On Saturday I wrote about the issues generally, the 2018 SB 901 "donut hole," and with a focus on PG&E, which faces the more dire situation. On Sunday, my focus was on Southern California Edison, which also needs the donut hole fixed. The challenge for PG&E is that because it already is looking for securitization for 2017 fires. Meanwhile, the perhaps more costly 2018 fires have now been added on top.

You can always read Nooners online. They are posted when the emails are sent out, usually around 12:15. If you are one of the many Nooner newbies, on Monday I gave the quick explainer on who I am.

REDISTRICTING: As part of his push to spread California-style redistricting reform across the country, former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will host a summit as part of his Schwarzenegger Institute tomorrow from 10am-1pm at USC. The event will be livestreamed

2020 Updates and #CAKEDAY after the jump...

Classifieds below: all job listings are in Sacramento unless noted (submit at $40/week)

  • 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: County Welfare Directors Association of California: senior-level Executive Assistant
  • Job: Equality California: legislative manager
  • Job: Health Plan of San Joaquin: Government Affairs Representative (French Camp, CA)
  • 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)
  • Job: TrattenPrice Consulting: Office Manager/Admin Assistant
  • Office Space: Class A Office Space Available on L Street, across from Capitol
  • Residential: A quiet, vacant duplex unit, half a mile south of Land Park/ Sacramento Zoo.
  • Training: Lobbying Seminars with veteran Ray LeBov: Next dates: February 7-8, April 4-5, June 6-7
  • Training: PDI (Political Data Inc.): weekly online trainings of various skill levels 

KAMALA: In the Chron, Phil Matier reports on the steps being taken by Senator Kamala Harris leading to an announcement of a presidential bid. "Although Harris will have a strong campaign presence in California, her team wants its national campaign headquarters to be on the East Coast. One reason is that the national cable news outlets, which have become increasingly critical to presidential campaign exposure, all operate on Eastern Time."

The word is that the two main offices would be in Baltimore and Atlanta and there has been discussion about which one would be a better image for a "national headquarters." Both are Eastern time zone, both have significant African-American populations. Baltimore obviously has the asset of being close to DC and three commercial airports, whereas Atlanta has Hartsfield. While a major national hub, Hartsfield can get clobbered by ice storms in critical early caucus and primary states. Baltimore is clearly in a solid Dem state, while Georgia may be competitive in 2020 given the strong race for governor by Stacey Abrams.

Of course, as Josh Lyman told Matthew Santos, presidential candidates don't spend time in campaign headquarters.

STEYER 2020? Billionaire Californian Tom Steyer will announce at 1:30pm PST in Iowa whether or not he is running for President. His impeachment ads that he pulled leading up to the November election are back in a not insignificant rotation. The ad was the first to run in Des Moines, IA after NBC News's coverage of the President's speech from the Oval last night, according to NBC political reporter Ali Vitali. Steyer has been actively tweeting this morning on many national issues.

BETO 2020? I'm repeating this item since I completely mangled Michael's name: "DRAFT BETO CAMPAIGN HIRES STAFF IN CALIFORNIA, EARLY STATES." The Nevada/California is Michael Soneff, a former Hill staffer and campaign communications advisor. The effort's website is  

Probolsky Research


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Mark Orcutt, Rachel Richman, Terry Schanz, Doug Yoakam!

#CAKEYEAR: Happy 25th to the Public Policy Institute of California! Read more about what PPIC is working on.


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

  • LOBBYING SUCCESS BEGINS HERE. And what an "interesting time" to be a lobbyist, with a whole new set of players in Sacramento. So, send us your new lobbyists, support staff, and anyone else who manages or collaborates in the process of advocacy, and they'll come back with invaluable information and inside insights they can put to immediate use. Capitol Seminars is already the No.1 training resource for numerous nonprofits, private sector organizations, lobbying and public affairs firms, trade associations and state and local government entities. Conducted by 45-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov, our seminars cover the processes, points of influence and best practices for success across these key areas of advocacy -- Legislative, Budget, Regulatory, Lobbying the Administration, and Media Strategies. Next dates: February 7-8, April 4-5, June 6-7. Curriculum information and registration: or 916-442-5009.

  • Health Plan of San Joaquin is recruiting a Government Affairs Representative in French Camp, CA. This position is responsible for identifying, researching and evaluating public policy, including state and federal legislation, assisting with proactive and responsive public policy communications to internal and external stakeholders, and representing HPSJ’s interests in various industry associations and public forums. Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Healthcare Administration, Political Science, Communications or similar is required along with at least four years’ experience in healthcare advocacy, public affairs or government relations. Apply with confidence at:
  • FOR RENT: A quiet, vacant duplex unit, half a mile south of Land Park/ Sacramento Zoo.  2 bedrooms/1.5 baths.  New paint and carpet. 2-year lease.  For additional information email
  • 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. 

  • 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:

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