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  • CA52 (San Diego): Rep. Scott Peters just announced he is running for re-election and not for San Diego mayor. Assemblymember Todd Gloria and councilmember Barbara Bry are running for mayor in the March 2020 election.
  • SPECIAL ELECTIONS: Yesterday, Governor Newsom called the special elections for SD01 (Northeast) and SD33 (Long Beach) to fill the vacancies created by the respective resignations for higher office of Ted Gaines and Ricardo Lara. Both are safe for the Republicans and Democrats respectively. The special primary will be March 26 and, if no candidate receives 50%+1, a June 4 special general will be held.

    Now that the elections have been called, candidates can file statements of intent and open committees for the special. The names that are on the above-linked district pages are based on who had filed a statement of intent for the district for 2020. As of now, the following have active campaigns:
  • SD01 (Northeast): 
    • Brian Dahle (R) - Member, State Assembly
    • Theodore Dziuba (R) - Entrepreneur
    • Beth Gaines (R) - Former Member, State Assembly
    • Rex Hime (R) - Taxpayer Advocate
    • Kevin Kiley (R) - Member, State Assembly
  • SD33 (Long Beach): 
    • Al Austin (D) - Councilmember, Long Beach
    • Denise Diaz (D) - Councilmember, South Gate
    • Lena Gonzalez (D) - Councilmember, Long Beach
    • Leticia Vasquez-Wilson (D) - Member, Central Valley Water District
  • Others who filed are listed on the district pages, although now that we have dates, truth will be told. I am also working on the district pages for 2020. Obviously, Google Maps changed their provisioning of user-generated maps, so that's a challenge I'm working out. For now, I have put the county percentages in that spot.



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DAVIS MEMORIAL FOR NATALIE CORONA: Friday's memorial service for fallen Davis Police Department officer Natalie Corona at 11am at the UC Davis Activities and Recretion Center is expected do draw thousands, including public safety officials from around Northern California. Many streets will be closed and parking structures limited to people with disabilities. The campus/city bus service Unitrans will offer free service all day, so remote parking or transit such as Amtrak's Capitol Corridor or YoloBus is encouraged. The city of Davis will not be enforcing meters, or time limits and permit requirements in residential areas or downtown. The university's TAPS also will not be charging for parking, although campus will be operating as usual and lots do fill up on normal days.

Here is the campus advisory.   


¡Feliz mediadía mis amigos! "Don't worry, I won't hurt you. I only want you to have some fun." Start of what album? No Googling. Alexa: "Hmmm...I'm sorry, I don't know that."

If you believe the weatherpeople, tonight's storm in Sacramento will be make last Sunday's look tame. Batten down the hatches, light your candles, charge your phones, get your popcorn or kale chips for those doing #whole30, and watch Gordon Ramsey go to Hell and Back and that crazy-ass Masked Singer show. C'mon, I know you are watching...

As a side-note, the National Weather Services is part of the group of federal employees deemed essential who are on the job and not getting paid.

Here are some more pictures of Monday night's Meatless Monday event at Golden 1. Yes, I'm finally learning how to use Instagram--sort of. 

HOUSING: Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom found the way to San Jose to push his plan for housing affordability. In the LA Times, Liam Dillon writes that the governor is asking tech companies to match the $500 million proposed in the state budget for development of middle-income housing by providing low-interest loans for developers. Dillon quotes the guv:

"The workforce housing issues have been exacerbated by the success of a lot of these companies," Newsom said when presenting the budget last week. "I do not begrudge other people's success. But that success is creating burdens and stress."

Here is the governor's press release on his housing executive order and his plans on working with the Legislature to address the issues of rent increases.

Governor Gavin Newsom today issued proclamations declaring special elections for the 1st and 33rd Senate Districts of the State of California on June 4, 2019. The primary for these special elections will be held on March 26, 2019. 

Shannon Grove

THE GOP: Yesterday, the Senate Republican Caucus replaced Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) with Shannon Grove as Republican Leader. The move came as a surprise to many around the Capitol who thought Bates was secure in the position. The vote was "unanimous" although that's usually the case when someone has the majority of votes, which is not difficult to discern in a caucus of 11. The changeover takes effect March 1.

In the caucus release, Grove said:

"Our state is the fifth largest economy in the world, yet   it holds the title of having the highest poverty rate in the nation. For the  sake of the millions of forgotten Californians, our Caucus will work to  navigate government with pragmatism and compassion and negotiate with  fearlessness."

Bates had a close re-election to SD36 in south Orange and northern San Diego, while watching the overlapping CA49 flip to Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) and an all-Democrat general in AD76, leading to the election of Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas). 

Some point to the fact that Grove can serve in the leadership position for two cycles, 2020 and during her own likely re-election in 2022, whereas Bates is termed out in 2022. Others put it on the fight for the tenor of the California GOP. Both have endorsed Jessica Patterson against former Assemblyman Travis Allen in next month's race for chair of the California Republican Party. However, Grove is known for a much more aggressive social conservative agenda.

Within a couple of hours of the announcement of the Senate change, New Way California sent out an email message pushing its effort for a more socially moderate while fiscally conservative GOP. The organization's board includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cassandra Pye, and former Assembly Republican Leader and Stanislaus supervisor Kristin Olsen.

"New Way California is committed to problem solving and civility. These may seem like simple objectives - yet each week brings more evidence of how absent they are from government - proving that the old way isn't working.

Whether it is standing up for DREAMers and families separated at the border or holding the federal government accountable for FEMA funds to aid wildfire recovery, we must continue fighting to put people over politics."

The message linked to a column by GOP analyst Tony Quinn on Fox & Hounds. Quinn writes " The party’s national committeeman Shawn Steel blames Democratic money, organization, mobilization, demographics, registration, but specifically “not President Trump.” But an actual look at the final results shows that this disaster was Trump, all Trump and nothing but Trump."

In the Senate, the situation for the GOP does not look good in 2020. 

BATHING IN DOUGH: For CALmatters, Judy Lin looks at how Gavin Newsom proposes spending the state's budget surplus, while Dan Walters asks whether Governor Newsom wants tax reform or tax increases.

THE END OF THE LINE IS AROUND THE CORNER: In the Chico Enterprise-Record, Risa Johnson reports that Butte County is the latest plaintiff to file a lawsuit against PG&E over the Camp Fire:

"The county seeks to recover damages and lost taxpayer resources. This comes as news broke on Monday that the utility company intends to file for bankruptcy due to wildfire lawsuits.

In its suit, Butte County alleges that the Camp Fire began when PG&E’s own electrical infrastructure failed, causing a spark that ignited the blaze, and that the company was aware of the risk of the high-voltage power line alleged to have caused the fire.

The complaint also alleges that PG&E planned to de-energize power lines as a precautionary measure against fire ignition but canceled those plans."


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

  • Job: Aaron Reed and Associates: Administrative Assistant
  • Job: Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation: full-time program manager (Los Angeles)
  • Job: Attorney General's Office: External Affairs Associate
  • Job: County Welfare Directors Association of California: senior-level Executive Assistant
  • 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 (San Francisco, CA)
  • 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
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LA-LAND SHUTDOWN: The strike by teachers in Los Angeles Unified continues today and the parties have not yet returned to the same room. The LAT's Howard Blume and Doug Smith note that while the strike has become cause celebré among liberal politicians, the pressure is beginning to mount:

"As the strike enters its third day — and a likely fourth and fifth — there will be increasing pressure for the union to settle as teachers lose salary, L.A. Unified loses money and the thrill wears thinner for families worried about lost learning time and how to balance childcare with work, politics with pragmatism.

A long strike could take a devastating toll on the finances and reputation of an already troubled district, which could make it more difficult for teachers to achieve their goals.

The outlines of a possible deal are painstakingly taking shape behind the scenes, but huge hurdles remain, including — as of Tuesday night — getting the parties to meet face-to-face for the first time since last week.

New elements that could be part of a deal include funding for a type of campus called a “community school,” a concept that both sides could support, said L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is trying to bring the two sides together. Such schools feature an array of social services, recreation programs, a rich curriculum and meaningful involvement by parents and teachers. An agreement also could include adding green space to campuses, a commitment for new mental health services and some measure — at some level of government — to impose more oversight over charter schools and possibly limit their growth.

“In broad terms, this is about much more than pay,” Garcetti said. “This is about the soul of our schools and the way L.A. does or does not build a culture to collectively invest in our future.”

In other words, it's likely okay to begin a four-day weekend if you are an Angeleno with kids in LAUSD. The cheapest tickets to see the Rams face off in the Superdome on Sunday (12:05 PST) will set you back over $1,000 for a family of four and the weather is supposed to be crappy in The Big Easy this weekend. Odds are Saints -3.5, although Vegas will be cooler than LA.

FEDERAL SHUTDOWN: This morning, Speaker Nancy Pelosi put it in writing--either a deal to end the shutdown soon or no televised State of the Union on January 29 in the House chamber. 

While Article III, Section 2 provides that the President shall "from time-to-time" give a "state of the Union," January in the House Chamber is really just a tradition. Pelosi notes that before Woodrow Wilson, they were given in writing. 

Yes, I purposely linked to the National Archives page with the Constitution. There are lots of sites, but I couldn't resist sending you to one with the warning that, because of the shutdown, the page has not been updated. While Twitter may have you thinking otherwise, I don't think the Constitution has yet been amended by any side that believes they know what it means.

As The West Wing aficionados know, the President can't just walk in to the House chamber and walk up to the podium and take over. That would be a true constitutional crisis. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could invite him to the upper chamber, but that would lead to a filibuster that would put Strom Thurmond's 24 hour and 18 minute-filibuster on the Civil Rights Act of 1957 to shame.

So, the wait on a federal deal continues with an out not apparent (although they rarely are). Meanwhile, the competition among those in the line of succession to draw the shortest straw and get to stay behind as the designated survivor will continue.


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

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

  • The Attorney General's Office is seeking an External Affairs Associate with experience in community outreach and public relations, who will act as the representative for the Attorney General by attending events and meetings on his behalf. The External Affairs Associate will also, identify community and business partners and build lasting partnerships to promote the work and mission of the Attorney General's office. The job can be viewed here.
  • SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (San Francisco, 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

  • 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)

  • 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.
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