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Happy Friday! It's here! You made it!
What a week. Two big questions today--is it Mueller Friday and who will join Lena Gonzalez in Tuesday's SD33 (Long Beach) special primary?
Aside from that, it's been totally cray-cray from The Nooner Global Headquarters. I have honestly eaten only one piece of the twenty pounds of chocolate I have been putting in mugs. I broke down and had one mini Twix. If I was stuffing mugs with chili-infused chocolate, none would likely make it into the mugs.
Tomorrow night, I'm going to a Kings game with my mentor, David Viar. David hired me as an intern in 1995 and I eventually succeded him after many roles as President/CEO. He's now the superintendent/president of Glendale Community College. We've been Kings fans in good times and bad. Right now is in the middle, but all is looking upward!
We've recorded two pods this week, one with former Assemblymember and Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and one with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Very different politically, but great guys to sit down and talk with. That's our goal in these conversations. We want the interesting folks who can tell a story and are willing to be challenged off talking points. If you or someone you work for fits that bill, let us know. We also like to block a full hour to allow for such a convo. Faulconer was only a half-hour and was squeezed in my normal morning time of writing because of a legit schedule. He, Matt Awbrey, and cool security detail dude who I don't remember the name of, literally went from our "studio" to the airport. Cool security dude stayed outside, likely because Gibran's place is a no-shoes space in respect to his wife's Japanese-American heritage.
We lost the first 20 minutes of the 1 hour+ recording with Laird. Gibran has instituted new redundancies after losing a whole other pod and this week's incident. For those looking around at why there aren't great quality pods--which I think we're doing--understand that it is far beyond a recording device and a guest willing to talk. I joined with Gibran for professional mics, a mixing board, and lots of recording quality/capacity. But still, the ish happens.
However, the most fascinating part from our convo about gay men and the Legislature is on mic and on the aural and video versions. The "tie question," however, made it. Maviglio asked on Twitter "Where does he (Laird) get his ties?"
Here are the shownotes with huge thanks to Gibran for listening to and sign-posting them. I don't know if I would have that patience to listen to myself. I mention my strange but very human connection to AD29/SD17 as we wrap up.
1:02 - John Laird & Mark Leno were the first male LGBT legislators in California
That's a lot of work by Gibran! He does that and teaches self defense at his jiu jitsu studio at 6am and 6pm most days. We're crazy like that with doing this pod.
This afternoon, Gibran and I are back behind the mic for our "What a Week" episode. There has been so much going on that we're going to put the agenda for the show on a Whole30 to keep it at an hour. I have been hoping to watch the Assembly Health hearing on AB 290 (Wood - dialysis) from Tuesday, but Cal Channel hasn't uploaded the video. It was a cray-cray hearing because there was a bill that drew the anti-vaxx crowd, even though the bill wasn't really about that. There was a waiting list of like 100 to get in to 4202 OR the gallery on the fifth floor.
I finally got in to the gallery after the activists with strollers left after their bill but AB 290 didn't come up before I had to leave to record the pod with Laird, as the author is Jim Wood, who chairs the committee and thus had his bills heard at last. It passed 11-2, with 2 abstentions. Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) was the only Rep to vote for it, and two sat it out. I really want to hear the conversation!
WILDFIRE LIABILITY: For the California Report on KQED, Marisa Lagos and Lisa Pickoff-White talk about wildfire liability and public utilities--and we're not just talking PG&E anymore. [h/t to Guy Marzorati, who is great on mic but does a lot of the work off the mic]
Speaking of pods, wildfires, and PG&E, we have Assemblymember Jim Wood--chair of Assembly Health and representing the devastated Santa Rosa--on an upcoming pod as the calendar switches to April. Elected in 2014, the guy has many huge issues in his lap and I can't wait to talk to him.
PULLING IT OUT OF THE "VOTERS" ASS: I am personally liberal. That said, those who know me know that I call BS when I see it regardless of party. I want the Federal Elections Commission to crack down on the BS PACs like "Train Democrats" and "Elect Democratic Women" that have nothing to do with campaigns but spam us for low-dollar donors to pay consultants in off years. Try un-subscribing...it doesn't work.
So, let's return to the Carl DeMaio BS poll. His organization, "Reform California" commissioned a robo-poll on several issues and whether the organization should try to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. The first three questions were issues and they were questions that a first-year political science student would have flunked had he written them to be objective. On Twitter, Carl asked my problem with the poll. I responded with that explanation and the response was crickets.
Is Gavin ahead of the voters on the death penalty? Yes, but the polling question is not as was asked:
"In 2016, Californians voted to keep the death penalty. Despite this, Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced he will permanently suspend the death penalty because he considers it immoral. Do you support or oppose Newsom’s decision?"
Okay kiddos, back to our first year of poli sci classes. That was Orange Coast College before I became an Aggie. A couple of issues:
"In 2018, Californians were told that the gas tax would be guaranteed to go to transportation projects and fairly distributed to all regions of the state. Despite that, Governor Newsom wants to take away gas tax funding from any city that does not comply with his affordable housing mandates. Do you support or oppose this decision by the Governor?"
Seriously, kiddos, identify the four lies in that leading poll question. Okay, I think my point is made.
I have a belief that I share these polls if I get methodology and questions, which DeMaio's "Reform California" has done. So, we have a robo-poll with an overwhelming older and presumedly white electorate. And, the conclusion of the poll is that only 38% of the older, whiter respondents belived that Reform California should spend its time trying to recall Gavin Newsom. So, recall is only at 37%.
Gray and his team knows that I was no fan in 1998 from the community college perspective. He was a dick to community colleges in the first round of budget cuts with not recognizing the "Prop 98 split" of funding to K-12 and community colleges and coming up with his own priorities. That's geek-shit to most of you, but teld a lot. We then had a ballot measure and a GOP governor who went to community college. I can't say more!
That was my professional role and personally I will never forget "I will be death on violent crime." If you were in law school at the time, you know how that poisoned you. Knowing Gray Davis and the team now, I'm guessing it poisoned them as well. I believe that Pete Wilson, governor and former Sandy Eggo mayor, hated going to the right with Prop 187 and against affirmative action. Dude is a good San Diego moderate, like Faulconer. Wilson appointed me to the California Student Aid Commission on recommendation of the University of California Student Association. Davis withdrew my nomination as part of a blanket retraction. I tried to hold on with Senate Ed Chair Dede Alpert, but it just doesn't work--appointments can be withdrawn. Sorry for that, but we like to talk actual politics in this space. And, it's fun to talk about when I can.
OMG...as we approach What a Week, I have so many issues! And, no, I'm not the knee-jerk liberal that some of you want to shoebox me in. I honestly think that I am California and it was never intentional.
And, while I don't know about State Librarian Greg Lucas, John Laird bought his Jerry Garcia ties at Nordstrom Rack. And, we have Wood on the book in early April and we have lots of issues, like dialysis, fire, and water, to talk with him about.
I have around 50 ties from the days I used to look professional. My favorite were two "Save the Children" ties with art from kids. I didn't wear them after I became CEO but did when I was lobbying Laird. It breaks my heart to think that I likely gave them away at some point.
#CAKEDAY after the jump . . .
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Giovanni Hashimoto, Richard Mathews, Trevor O'Neil, Secretary of State Alex Padilla!, and Jim Sanders!
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