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  • SD01 (Northeast Cal): I usually don't list candidate endorsements as it would take all my time, but SD01 is an interesting one to watch as two GOP Assemblymembers position themselves against each other for the June 4 runoff. Brian Dahle has gained the support of former competitors Timothy Dziuba and Rex Hime. Kevin Kiley has received the support of former senator Tim Leslie and former assemblymember Roger Niello.
  • AD72 (Seal Beach): added entrepreneur Josh Lowenthal (D)
  • AD72 (Seal Beach): changed from Likely Republican to Leans Republican 

WEEKENDS AT THE NOONER: Is today the end of the weekend or is it tomorrow? I guess it depends whether you are a legislative employee, a state employee, or that of a private employer, all of which seem to treat the César Chávez Birthday holiday differently. Nevertheless, here's what's been in The Nooner the last few days:

  • Friday: Governor Newsom's vs. PG&E's sugar daddies; two CalSupCt justices "join" Newsom on death penalty moratorium
  • Saturday: A deeper look at the PPIC poll question on the death penalty and what it means; ruling by federal judge Benitez blocking Prop. 63's retroactive ban of possession of ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds
  • Sunday: highlights of the latest "What a Week" podcast episode; Dan Walters says Newsom's approval rating is tepid--is he right? (no); pot pourri

What a weekend it was. I think I studied more than for law school. 

No Nooner prank today, as there is too much real stuff going on. But here are two of my favorites from the past:
- 2013: court-ordered "f**king zebra" east-west redistricting
- 2015: second California aqueduct ordered by Jerry Brown to ferry NorCal piss for SoCal drinking water

One actually triggered a news article that took it seriously. ;-)

SANTA ANITA: ENOUGH'S ENOUGH: I am not quick to call for legislation, but dammit, it's time to shut Santa Anita down. As John Cherwa reports in the Los Angeles Times, twenty-three thoroughbreds have been killed ("euthanized" because that sounds more humane) since December 26 at the Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia. 

How is this not much different from cockfighting or dogfighting for wealthier folks? I get that there are jobs involved, but we've expanded gambling-oriented jobs significantly in the region in manners that don't involve the death of animals. Try keeping accreditation as a zoo or aquarium with twenty-three large animal deaths in three months. Look at the scrutiny of Sea World, which has had far fewer similar issues.

Changing it won't be easy. The "Los Angeles Turf Club" that is Santa Anita has the influential lobbying firm of Carter, Wetch & Associates on a $15,000/month retainer and made the following contributions last cycle:


Of course "Valley Solutions, Adam Gray's Ballot Measure Committee" is the political committee beyond candidate contribution limits that largely pays his political consultants to explore issues but rarely gives to actual ballot measures, like last year's water bond that failed closely and that valley farmers largely wanted. Gray is the chair of Assembly Governmental Organization, which oversees horse racing.

That's just from the Los Angeles Turf Clubs. There are other contributors with associations, such as the thoroughbred owners, breeders, and trainers, all of which have separate PACs. There are also labor unions with interests. 

Suggested ballot measure trade-off: eliminate animal racing in California and allow banked games. To allow banked games, a constitutional amendment is required.

After all, no dice were ever euthanized. Twenty-three horses have died at Santa Anita in the last 96 days.

Sorry for the rant. It's Monday and it's a holiday but there is zero foolin' with the above.

FIVE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED MINUTES: One year from today is the official date of the United States Census. While it started as a constitutional provision in Article I, Section 2 to simply apportion the seats of the House of Representatives among the several states. In the Reapportionment Act of 1929, the number was "permanently" set at 435. Technically, the two houses of Congress could change it to 535 tomorrow with a signature of a President, but it would need another office building. After all, the cap placed by the Constitution is not more than one representative per every 30,000, which would be about 11,000 in 2020. 

The question for California in the reapportionment of the 435 is widely believed to be whether we maintain a House delegation of 53 or if we drop one to 52. While it is projected that California has grown by 8% since 2010, there is a mix of other states who have grown faster or slower in the same period. Some states are nearly certain to gain seats while others are likely to lose. California is on the bubble and it depends on the accuracy of the count. The Public Policy Institute of California has done thorough work on the accuracy of the account and its implications and I encourage you to dive in to the great work if the topic interests you.

While the original purpose of the Census was for the apportionment of seats, its modern use is arguably of far greater importance. Through the Voting Rights Act, California Voting Rights Act, and numerous federal and state laws, it is used for drawing every political district within California as well as the distribution of federal, state, and local funds. 

In tomorrow's SacTownTalks by The Nooner podcast, we talk to Paul Mitchell of Political Data Inc. and Redistricting Partners about the upcoming count, how the state is preparing to ensure that communities expected to be underrepresented are being reached out to and who those communities are, and how lines will actually be drawn in 2021 by the state's Citizen's Redistricting Commission will draw the congressional, state legislative, and Board of Equalization seats. Of course that process will concurrently occur by every local government that elects by district areas. This is Paul's second go at it and shares what was learned nearly a decade ago. If you want to be a true political geek with a talk with Paul on reapportionment, redistricting, and more, subscribe on iTunes or your favorite platform to get the episode when it drops sometime tomorrow.

Speaking of the Citizen's Redistricting Commission, which is ending its term as a new body of 14 are selected in 2020 pursuant to Article XXI, Section 2 of the California Constitution, it has named new leadership for the upcoming outreach and recruitment process for new membership. The new chair is Connie Malloy (Oakland) and the new vice chair is Angelo Archeta (San Francisco). Malloy is a Portfolio Director at the James Irvine Foundation where she leads grantmaking portfolios investing in workforce and economic development, as well as voter and civic engagement. Archeta is an attorney in the nonprofit and academic sectors has focused on civil rights, constitutional law, and appellate advocacy. 

Malloy is registered as No Party Preference and Archeta is registered with the Democratic Party.

Pursuant the Constitution, of the new members, 5 will be Democrats, 5 will be Republicans, and 4 will be not registered with the top two political parties. Some would like to see a constitutional amendment to change that now that "no party preference" voters now are the second largest registration bloc. If you add NPP and the "minor" parties, they account for 33.32% of registrants, nearly 10 points higher than Republican registration and almost exactly in between Democratic and Republican party registration. As we talk about on the pod with Paul, proponents of a constitutional change to the commission make-up have a good point, but don't hold your breath.

As we talk about on the pod, the party issue wasn't really a significant one with the 2011 work of the Citizen's Commission and unlikely will be in 2021. The bigger issue is that the "preclearance" requirement of Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act has subsequently been declared unconstitutional on a 5-4 vote in 2013 of the Supreme Court of the United States in Shelby County v. Holder (570 U.S. 529). Preclearance previously required federal Department of Justice approval of state and local changes to election systems and district lines in Kings, Merced, Monterey, and Yuba, so the commission spent an extraordinary amount of time starting with those counties, which had ripple effects in congressional lines throughout the state. The same "start in those counties and work out" mentality won't necessarily bind the Commission in 2021.

Think in particular about Kings, where we just saw a flip in a congressional district from Rep to Dem. Think about Monterey (remember, it's not just the site of the former state Capitol...think east), and its ripple effects. 

Yeah, that's the level of geekery that Gibran and I got in to with Paul on the pod. Red meat for some of you and perhaps a cure for insomnia for others.

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: George Skelton writes that Governor Newsom has misplaced priorities in his planned trip to El Salvador to "learn about the root causes of migration" and should rather be spending his time in California tackling the problems within the state's own borders. "His trip to El Salvador will be the first time a California governor has traveled to a foreign country solely to check on immigration motives. It should be the last."


Charters and #CAKEDAY after the jump! 

Probolsky Research

CHARTER SCHOOLS: For CALmatters, Dan Walters writes that last year's failed multi-million dollar effort by wealther charter school supporters to elect friendly politicians from State Assembly to constituttional officers is now leading to a backlash with legislation cutting back the flexibility under which charters are created and operate. Charter schools are fighting back but, Walters writes, "[i]t appears to be an uphill fight, given the results of last year’s elections. And if charters lose, so will their kids – particularly poor kids – who are just cannon fodder in California’s education wars."

The latest fight is the runoff for district 5 on the Los Angeles Unified School District board. The runoff is between Heather Repenning, who is supported by Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Jackie Goldberg, a teacher, former school board member and Assemblymember, who is strongly backed by labor. The runoff is May 14.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Justin Fanslau, Leslie Smith, and Rick Wathen!





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Deputy Director of Legislation and Regulatory Affairs (CEA-Level A) (Sacramento)

Join the California Gambling Control Commission (CGCC) Executive Team and make a statewide impact as the primary legislative and regulatory advisor. The Deputy Director of Legislation and Regulatory Affairs is responsible for the development and management of the CGCC’s legislative and regulatory program; representing the CGCC before legislators, legislative committees, the Legislative Analyst’s Office, the Governor’s Office, State control agencies, local and Tribal government, and stakeholder groups. The Deputy Director of Legislation and Regulatory Affairs advises the Commissioners and Director on legislative and regulatory matters and is influential in the construction and implementation of CGCC policies and programs.

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Associate Director, Government Relations

Take on a high-profile role in an award-winning health organization. Become a strategic advocate for the healing mission of one of the world’s most respected health systems. Take your professional expertise to the next level. UCan do all this and more at UCLA Health.

As the Associate Director of Government Relations, you will be a key member of the team that is driving strategies designed to influence public policy, promote advocacy and build relationships at the federal, state and local government levels. You will be responsible for evaluating complex issues and implementing initiatives and programs in health policy and advocacy by interacting with elected officials, legislative staff, public agency representatives as well as campus administrators, leadership and faculty. This involves collaborating closely with the UCLA Health Marketing & Communications leadership, the University of California, and relevant trade associations. The position is based on the UCLA Health campus in Los Angeles.

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Policy and Government Affairs Associate/Counsel (Oakland)

The Center for Responsible Lending is seeking a Policy and Government Affairs Associate/Counsel to join our team in Oakland, CA. As part of CRL’s State Policy Team, supporting stakeholders throughout the 50 states, the Policy and Government Affairs Associate/Counsel will work with stakeholders in California and other Western states to develop and advance strategies for legislative and regulatory reform at the state level to prevent predatory lending practices.


This position will have a significant focus on California, with responsibilities in supporting other Western states as well.

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SEIU-UHW – Political Coordinator (Oakland or Sacramento, CA)
This position is responsible for directing the work of multiple staff, contractors and member leaders in support of objectives. The Political Coordinator is responsible for strategic planning, developing programs to build and strengthen our infrastructure, and leading on issue and electoral campaigns within the union that empower our members to be a strong force at their worksites, in the legislative process, in their communities and at the ballot box. Under the supervision of the Director, the coordinator collaborates in the overall development and implementation of the department’s strategic organizational plan. For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at
SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Los Angeles and 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
CCST Expert Briefing: Environmental Impacts of Wildfires in California
Join the California Council on Science and Technology on Thursday, April 4th from 12:30-1:30pm (note time change) in Capitol Room 437 for our latest CCST Expert Briefing: Environmental Impacts of Wildfires in California. A panel of experts from CSU Chico, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and Stanford University School of Medicine will discuss the impacts of wildfires on air and water quality. RSVP to by 5pm on Tuesday, April 2nd to reserve a to-go box lunch.
Women in Solid-Waste & Recycling Networking Event and Panel Discussion April 2nd
Join State Treasurer Fiona Ma, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes-Eggman, and waste and recycling industry experts for a discussion about how policy is shaping the industry’s future. April 2nd from 5-8pm at the Sutter Club, 1220 9th St, Sacramento. Visit to register and stay connected.
A nonprofit leader on why she attended Capitol Seminars:
"I had read all the generic, glossed-over descriptions of the Calfornia legislative process. I wanted to learn about the nuances or the 'behind-the-scenes' way the legislature actually works, from folks who are real practitioners." -- Amy Vierra, Nonprofit / Environmental Policy and Communications Consultant. "Real practitioners" make Capitol Seminars California's No.1 advocacy training resource. Moderator Ray LeBov, a 45-year Capitol veteran, and all our guest subject matter experts are presently active in governmental advocacy or California state government. Anyone tasked with advocacy in a nonprofit, for-profit, trade / professional association, lobbying / public affairs firm, state or local government agency, will benefit immediately from the unique and valuable training we provide. For complete curriculum information, or to register for our April 4-5 seminars or future dates, visit or call (916) 442-5009.
McKinley + Pillows Fundraising: Administrative Assistant
McKinley + Pillows Fundraising seeks a full time, entry-level administrative assistant /scheduler/receptionist, for our fast-paced office. Must be detail-oriented and possess solid computer and phone skills. Wages DOE. Please send cover-letter and resume to
This annual event is co-sponsored by major California veterans’ organizations. Last year over 65 Assemblymembers attended the event with their veteran honoree. This year the event is open to both the Assembly and Senate to participate. This event will be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.


Contact Pete Conaty at 916-768-8940 or, or Dana Nichol at 916-558-1926 or
Pruitt Consulting LLC, seeks a part-time Fundraising Associate in Sacramento.
Pruitt Consulting is a consulting firm that specializes in fundraising for Democratic members of the California State Legislature, Constitutional officers, nonprofits, and political action committees. The Political Fundraising Associate assists the Political Fundraising Director and Chief Executive Officers in identifying donors, planning and attending fundraising events, and other business operations. This position requires analyzing political contributions, improving fundraising database, and assisting in various office duties. Email your resume to Gabriel Castellanos Jr, or call at 916-400-4044.
Digital/Social Media Professional
Office of Senate President pro Tem Toni G. Atkins is looking for a digital/social media professional to lead all aspects of the Senator’s presence online – including website, social, SEM and channel strategy. Candidate must be digitally fluent with an understanding of the complex and fragmented digital media landscape and have strong communications skills. Candidate should be able to bring together a cohesive digital strategy that delivers results. Salary starts at $5,910 per month.
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