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SEEN ON SUNDAY TEEVEE: Face the Nation: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), State of the Union: Nanette Barragán (D-San Pedro)

Happy three-day weekend humpday! It will be another relatively quiet day from the Nooner front, but I'm getting lots of work done behind the scenes. Of course, I'll probably be cheering on the Rams, the football team of my youth. Another buzzer-beating win by the Kings in Detroit last night, so let's keep the good sports vibes going.

DISTRICT PAGES: The district ratings that are currently posted are based on several factors. These include underlying registration, 2016 election results and margins, and the presidential election. Incumbents are presumed to be running for re-election if able, but of course that could change with special elections. 

SOFA DEGREE: Several more suggestions came in yesterday that I am taking a look at. One was Peter Schrag's Paradise Lost, which if you looked at the picture was right there on my sofa degree bookshelf but was dropped from the list at one point. That may have been when I was limiting the list to twenty-five and cut some "era" books that were less history and more contextual with current times. Schrag's book was published in 1998, which was a very different political time in California. But, it is indeed a great read.

LAUSD: Negotiations continue, with no strike announcement yet for Tuesday.

GAVIN 2020? In the LA Times, Phil Willon reports that eyebrows are being raised as Gavin Newsom ads are popping up in states, some of which are deemed important for a presidential bid. "Democratic political consultant Dan Newman, Newsom’s strategist in his successful 2018 campaign for governor, shot down the idea on Saturday. Newman said the governor has maintained an online presence for years and that the Facebook ads have appeared nationwide, not just in states pivotal to the presidential race."

SPLIT ROLL: John Myers writes that Newsom wants the opposing parties destined for a November 2020 ballot standoff on the property tax treatment of commercial and industrial properties to find a way to negotiate a compromise.

"The deal he has in mind would result in a sweeping overhaul of the state’s tax system. The incentive, he told reporters earlier this month, is a looming ballot measure that would raise commercial property taxes by a total of up to $11 billion a year. The so-called ”split roll” measure removes most businesses from protections created by Proposition 13, the landmark law that limits when property values are assessed and how much tax can be imposed.

“My desire is to use this as an exercise in bringing the parties together to see if we can compromise on a more comprehensive tax package,” Newsom said of the ballot measure."

The parties have until June 5, 2020 to reach agreement. Under the withdrawal law approved in 2014, initiatives and referenda may be withdrawn until the Secretary of State certifies the measures as qualified for the November 3, 2020 ballot. This would also apply to the bail referendum, but there is no indication the opponents of SB 10  with a financial interest will seek negotiations. 

Myers concludes:

To call [large-scale tax reform] ambitious is an understatement. The two sides in the fight over taxation are suspicious of each other’s motives, and Newsom has already outlined a very expansive agenda without such an unprecedented effort. If he’s serious about being a peacemaker in the tax wars, he’ll need to begin his efforts sooner rather than later.

A FULL PLATE: For CALmatters, Dan Walters writes on the two big crises -- LAUSD and PG&E -- that he believes emerged out of a culture of entitlement. "The attitude entices those who run big institutions to make decisions on the implicit assumption that if they backfire, someone will bail them out."

On LAUSD: "It’s very evident in LA Unified, whose unions have consistently demanded and won contracts that the district could not afford, driving it to the brink of insolvency. Its teachers union is now demanding a package that would cost $1 billion more a year even though its superintendent, Austin Beutner, says the district is already on track to spend $24 billion over three years while receiving just $22 billion in revenue."

On PG&E: "If they are too big to be allowed to fail, it’s time to make them smaller and/or more accountable to customers, ratepayers and taxpayers. That broader issue is also a test for Newsom, who professes a commitment to fundamentally reforming how vital services are provided."

From what I have read and heard, even with a strong governor's proposed budget for schools, you can add Sac City Unified to the mix.  

AND THEN THERE WERE BILLS... Our friendly lobbyist Chris Micheli shares this:

"The 2019 Legislative Session began on December 3, when there were 176 bill introductions the first day. This continued through December 19, when the total only increased to 210 bills.

Bill introductions began again on January 3 and the total number reached 392 bills as of yesterday. To be fair, a quarter of those are empty budget trailer bills.

The deadline for bill introductions this year is Friday, February 22 and, if history serves as a guide, we should see about 2,300 total bills introduced for the 2019 Session. So, we have about 1,900 more bills coming over the next 5 weeks (with the vast majority during the last week)."

#CAKEDAY after the jump...

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  • 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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  • 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)
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    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:
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  • Cal State Student Association seeks Legislative Policy Analyst
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