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EAR TICKLERS: Lots of things to listen to this weekend:

  • For CapPubRad's Capitol Chat, Ben Adler talks about what could be ahead for PG&E
  • Kamala Harris's book tour appearance at DC's Politics and Prose ]Slate]
  • On Then There's Calilfornia, Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) discusses how 2019 could be a pivotal year for mental health funding, treatment and services in California 

Happy Saturday! I'm going to be quick today as I have been working on updating the District Pages on Around The Capitol all morning. The 2020 and 2022 races are now listed as well as the special elections in SD01 (Northeast) and SD33 (Long Beach). Please let me know of any errors you come across. I've caught several, but we're talking about 187 districts that I've been working through this morning.

I am building out the largest city/county elections including Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco, and hope to have them live soon. 

I plan to keep the main page with all districts, my projection for the district, the counties represented, incumbent, and candidates who have filed or who are otherwise probable free for everyone. Since the only additional information on the district-specific pages is really the analysis (that requires Premium already), demographics (which will change in 2021), and bench (which I've been weak at keeping up on), I may reserve those for Nooner Premium subscribers but all the information except analysis is pretty much either available in the free districts page or legislative directory.

One of the reasons I'm considering this is that some things that used to be free are no longer so. On the district pages, the most obvious is Google Maps. There is no longer a free service to display district maps, although I would like to bring them back. I'll working to put links on the free main district page to the maps on the legislative websites but more advanced mapping is now going to require me to reach in my pocket. 

I know there's a glitch with the October 22, 2018 voter registration report. I screwed up on the import, which has to be adjusted after each SOS report because 1) parties qualify and unqualify over time, NPP was added to replace DTS, and some counties put DTS in "Unknown" while most put them in NPP. It's a manual data issue each report and I screwed up the import. I hope to fix it this afternoon.

CADEM: As expected, three former employees filed a lawsuit earlier this week against the California Democratic Party, former chair Eric Bauman and up to 50 DOE individuals, as reports Christine Mai-Duc in the Times. Mai-Duc's story has a copy of the lawsuit and writes "The complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges a workplace where drinking during the workday and inappropriate comments went largely unchallenged, and claims that some party leaders retaliated against those who reported allegations of harassment. The plaintiffs are seeking payment for lost wages in addition to punitive damages."

LA UNIFIED: Negotiations continue today and the parties are sticking with their confidentiality vows while a deal appears near. Meanwhile, UTLA president Alex Caputo-Pearl was in the audience of Real Time with Bill Maher last night and drew a standing O from most audience members.

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
  • Job: Pruitt Consulting LLC: fundraising associate
  • Job: SEIU-UHW: Regional Political Organizer (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Fresno, and Phoenix)
  • Job: TrattenPrice Consulting: Office Manager/Admin Assistant
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Sofa Degree


Thank you for the feedback via email and on social media yesterday. Four more books have been suggested and I'm working to get my paws on them for consideration. 

The suggest additions I got yesterday are:

  • California: The Great Exception, Factories in the Field (Carey McWilliams)
  • Southern California Country: An Island on the Land (Carey McWilliams)
  • The Reluctant Metropolis (William Fulton)
  • California: an Interpretive History (James Rawls and Walton Bean)

I welcome your thoughts and if you have other recommendations, send them to me!

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.

The changes in this update 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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