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  • SD17 (Santa Cruz-SLO): Yesterday, John Laird (D) formerly announced that he is running to succeed Bill Monning in the central coast State Senate district. The former Assemblymember served six years including time as chair of Assembly Budget just concluded serving as Secretary for Natural Resources for the final two terms of Jerry Brown.



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EAR TICKLER: On KQED's Political Breakdown podcast, Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos sit down with freshman Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland).

Happy Friday! You made it and most of you have a three-day weekend ahead.

CADEM: It is official -- Los Angeles County Fed of Labor President Rusty Hicks is in the race for chair of the California Democratic Party. Although I haven't seen it in writing, Kevin de León has told enough people that he is not running and appears to be committed to a 2020 run for Los Angeles City Council, likely as a path to the 2022 mayoral race.

There will not be a February 9 special executive board meeting to elect an "interim" chair before the May 31-June 2 election at convention and first vice-chair Alex Gallardo-Rooker will continue to serve as acting chair until a chair is elected at the convention. The petition for a special required the signatures of 50 executive board members and reportedly only had 27 as of mid-week. A couple of the caucus chairs signing the initial petition backed out, citing the selected location of the Anaheim Hilton is currently on the UNITE HERE list of "Boycotts & Labor Disputes."

HOUSE HUNTERS: Gavin and Jennifer Siebel Newsom have decided on a Fair Oaks residence and not the Governor's Mansion downtown that Jerry Brown returned to in 2015 after a renovation. The last time a governor lived in the mansion was 1967, where Ronald and Nancy Reagan briefly lived. The Bee's Sophia Bollag reports:

California’s new governor and his family plan to move to a $3.7 million, six-bedroom house in Fair Oaks they bought in December, according to property records obtained by The Sacramento Bee.

For now, Gavin and Jennifer Siebel Newsom and their four young children are living in the historic governor’s mansion in downtown Sacramento. The governor’s office confirmed that they plan to move to Fair Oaks, an unincorporated community in Sacramento County, once their new house is renovated.

“They will move their four kids, two dogs and bunny rabbit in a few months and open up the magnificently-renovated historic Governor’s Mansion for public events and state business,” Click said in a statement. “They love being a permanent part of the Sacramento community and are excited about living, working and raising a family here.”

The Newsoms moved in to the historic mansion on H Street on inauguration day, but the date of their move to Fair Oaks has not been confirmed. If they move in by March 26, they can re-register and vote in the SD01 special election to fill Ted Gaines' State Senate safe Republican seat. 

SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN: After the feds sent the state's Employment Development Department that California and other states can not provide unemployment insurance benefits to federal employees during the shutdown, Governor Newsom went to Sacramento International Airport yesterday to reiterate his commitment last week to provide assistance to furloughed federal employees and those required to work for deferred pay, such as TSA employees.

PG&E: There have obviously been lots of stories about the impact of PG&E's impending bankruptcy over the last week, although it doesn't differ much from what I have already written. That said, this graf about collateral damage to an important sector on The Motley Fool is worth thinking about:

"As the icing on the cake, California's solar and wind providers could be clobbered. PG&E's bankruptcy filing will allow the utility to renegotiate contracts with electricity suppliers, which might ultimately force solar and wind providers to accept lower rates. The solar and wind industry is reliant on these higher rates to generate positive cash flow."

In short, the issues before the Legislature go beyond who keeps the lights on and how victims (and insurance companies) are made whole. It goes right to perhaps the biggest legacy of the last two governors--the state's commitment to reducing greenhouse gases. 

LA UNIFIED: As the sun emerges today in SoCal and tomorrow's noontime Los Angeles Rams AFC Championship game approaches, don't be surprised if you see a deal around close of business after today's strike rally and picket lines. Negotiations between LAUSD and United Teachers Los Angeles are close.

It sounds like the win for the district will be compromise on compensation. The win for UTLA appear to be the "community school" pilot and a commitment from Governor Newsom and legislative leaders on legislation for greater charter school oversight. While Mayor Eric Garcetti was criticized by many for going to inaugural events in Sacramento last Monday instead of the planned City Hall negotiations, it was clear that UTLA needed at least a business week of strike for many purposes.

That includes showing union strength in light of the Supreme Court's ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, that effectively ended union "fair share" fees of non-members. A delivery on obtaining greater charter oversight would be a big win beyond the dollars-and-cents fight beween the district and UTLA's members.

Superintendent Austin Beutner was in Sacramento this week lobbying amidst more Democratic lawmakers publicly standing behind the teachers. While a supporter of charters, he can claim that he had a part in any outcomes that come from Sacramento.

As we enter a three-day weekend, look for a deal and for Beutner to try to unite his very divided board, including members who didn't support his hiring. For Garcetti, he gets a win by bringing the parties together for a final deal and can now make a decision over how hard he wants that presidential bid. With Kamala likely to announce on Monday in Oakland, decision time is running out.

The big question for Garcetti of course is just how deep the FBI investigation into City Hall corruption reaches. 

SOFA DEGREE IS BACK! and #CAKEDAY after the jump...

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  • 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 (San Francisco)
  • 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
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Sofa Degree


Well, hello there. There are about 1,000 new Nooner readers since this time last year and the election kept us plenty busy last year. But, many of you are new and have a rainy three-day weekend ahead.

Some will be busy tomorrow watching the Rams and the haters will be looking for other things to keep them busy indoors. Most of us want to watch absolutely nothing on cable news right now. That means that it is a perfect time to revisit The Nooner Sofa Degree.

I introduced the list on March 10, 2013. For some reason, I have the text of that day's Nooner in my database by my archives on the site are missing March 9-10 of that year. Anyway, the concept comes out of a tech and business meme in which lists of books that were suggested that would give someone content that would give much of the content you would get in some of the best university programs. Now, I spent 20 years advocating for higher education and still believe in a on-campus educational experience. That said, many of you didn't study California history and politics before landing in your job.

Thus, the Nooner Sofa Degree was developed beginning with my suggestions and curated through Nooner reader input over the last five-and-a-half years. It's always online at and then I run it occasionally with my revisions and requests for new suggested additions, deletions and the like.

Today's changes include:

I have lifted the "limit" that started at 25 and then became 30. Many readers had already tackled most of them and asked for more. So, I oblige.

You may ask why I don't have Gavin Newsom's Citizenville on the list. Wouldn't that be an easy pander for me? I do have it around here somewhere (besides three bookshelves, I still have six boxes of books after four years living here) and have read it. A new edition is coming out soon and I'll write it up in The Nooner when it comes out. It's more about citizen activism, grassroots organization, and technology, and less about specific policy than the purposes of the Sofa Degree list. Similarly, Kamala Harris's new The Truths We Hold is more an autobiography and discussion of what she wants to see in the nation.

I link to Amazon so you can get them today or tomorrow for weekend reading. Of course, a better bet would be to hop on a flight to Portland and buy them at Powell's City of Books. I'm pretty sure they'll pack your purchases up and ship them to you. Happy reading!

Here's the current list:

Suggest more books


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  • SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Los Angeles)
    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
  • 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. (San Francisco)
  • SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (San Francisco)
    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 (Fresno) 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

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  • 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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