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E-204 - Monday, August 12, 2019

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  • SacTownTalks by The Nooner (Gibran Maciel and Scott Lay): "What a Week!" (2019-08-11) [YouTubeSimplecast | iTunes
  • CAP:Impact Podcast (McGeorge School of Law): Chris Micheli - "Is the California Legislature a Bill Factory?" (2019-08-08)
  • SacTownTalks by The Nooner (Gibran Maciel and Scott Lay): "What a Week!" (2019-08-05) [YouTube | Simplecast | iTunes
  • KQED'S Political Breakdown Podcast (Marisa Lagos and Guy Marzorati): Congressman Ro Khanna (D-Fremont) (2019-08-01)
  • Look West Podcast (Assembly Democratic Caucus): Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath and Carlsbad City Councilmember and 3x Women’s World Longboard Surfing Champion, Cori Schumacher, discuss equal pay for equal play, and why gender pay inequity is still an issue in the world of sports (2019-07-23] [Look West | iTunes | Google Podcasts]
  • Force of Law Podcast (Laurel Rosenhall @ CalMatters): episode four - "at the risks officers face on the job and why many in law enforcement say the final version of a bill to curb police shootings no longer puts them in greater danger" (2019-07-20)


  • AD25 (Fremont-Santa Clara): added medical research director Roman Reed (D) - safe Dem - open seat (K. Chu)

UPDATED: Lawsuit information page for SB 27 (McGuire and Wiener): Primary elections: ballot access: tax returns.


  • AB 5 (Gonzalez)
  • Cannabis
  • Me Too
  • From the Desk of the Dean - guns
  • Covered California
  • Seven Bills in Seven Days - recap
  • A few other bills
  • Cakeday   
  • New classifieds!

SacTown Talks by The Nooner

Happy Monday! Welcome back for the home stretch. The Legislature is in session until September 13 to complete its work for the first year of the biennial legislative session.

Note above that the federal Trump tax returns cases have been reassigned to one judge with a September 17 hearing. The San Diego federal case has been set for September 15. The State Supreme Court has not acted on the writ of mandate.

Tomorrow, the California Truckers Guild plans on encircling the Capitol between 11:30am and 1pm, with a 12:30 press conference on the South Steps to highlight concerns about the effects on independent owner-operator truck drivers of AB 5 (Gonzalez), the Dynamex bill relating to independent contractors.

The bill is scheduled to be heard by Senate Appropriations this morning and is likely to be on the Suspense File by the time you read this. It will be interesting to watch if there are indications today of amendments that bring the opponents a little closer to neutral on the bill. From reading the Twitter feed of AB 5 author Lorena Gonzalez, who is the powerful chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, it doesn't appear that much progress has been made in negotiations over the summer recess.

AB 5 (Gonzalez): Worker status: employees and independent contractors. In the WSJ, Sebastian Herrera and Abigail Summerville report on the Legislature's consideration of the Dynamex bill, which allegedly would hurt some of California's most prized recent home-grown companies.

CANNABIS: In the LAT, Anita Chabria and Patrick McGreevy drew the lucky full compostable straws and got to to the Outside Lands music and arts festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to write on how the legal cannabis sales worked. They report:

"The license to sell cannabis at the festival is part of a pilot program authorized by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors earlier this year that made it possible for seven large events in the city to apply. Started in 2008, Outside Lands has grown over the years to become one of the nation’s largest music festivals, in the same league at Coachella and Lollapalooza in Chicago. The name refers to the fact that Golden Gate Park once belonged to Mexico, which transferred it to the United States by signing the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

Events previously known for illegal cannabis consumption were targeted for the pilot permits, with the idea that legal sales could help regulate behavior that was already taking place. State leaders said California, by issuing a permit with restrictions, is simply regulating the use of a drug that has been ubiquitous at rock concerts since before Woodstock, which took place 50 years ago this week.

“Let’s be clear — this is not the first time in history that cannabis will be consumed at a music festival,” said Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco)."

#METOO: In the Times, Soumya Karlamangla writes on the rise in sexual misconduct claims against physicians since national attention has brought wrongful activity into the sunlight.

"Since fall of 2017, the number of complaints against physicians for sexual misconduct has risen 62%, a jump that coincides with the beginning of the #MeToo movement, according to a Times analysis of California medical board data.

During that same time, medical boards across the country also noticed a surge in sexual misconduct complaints, according to Joe Knickrehm, spokesman for the nonprofit Federation of State Medical Boards, though figures were not available.

Many experts link the increase to societal shifts spurred by the #MeToo movement, which encouraged victims to speak out, as well as noteworthy abuse cases involving medical professionals."

AB 1482 (Chiu): Tenancy: rent caps. Joel Fox writes that Governor Newsom is likely to sign Assemblyman David Chiu's (D-San Francisco) bill to impose a temporary prohibition on rent "gouging" and opponents of the bill will have to decide if they seek a referendum on the measure on next November's ballot. If they do, they may be running a campaign to oppose another rent control initiative sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN - GUNS: The LAT's George Skelton reports that San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott has implemented a widespread "red flag" system to keep guns out of the hands of wrongdoers.

"Under California’s red flag law, enacted in 2014, a law enforcement official or immediate family member can ask a judge to issue a Gun Violence Restraining Order if a gun owner is feared to be a danger to himself or others. If the order is issued — and it almost always is — the gun owner’s weapons will be seized by law enforcement for up to a year. After a year, the restraining order can be renewed.

Elliott was the first to create a restraining order program. So far, she has obtained roughly 300 orders and 400 firearms have been seized, including roughly 40 assault weapons."

COVERED CALIFORNIA: Steven Findlay reports for Kaiser Health News that, with the state's increased subsidies for premiums under the state's health care exchange and a new, state-level universal mandate to replace the cancel federal one, additional insurers are interested in participating in the pool. Findlay writes:

"California’s ACA exchange is not the only one benefiting from the renewed interest of insurance companies. Other states are expected to see more insurers enter or re-enter their marketplaces next year. That’s a critical signal, experts said, that the state-based marketplaces, which cover about 11 million people nationally, are becoming more robust and less risky for insurers — despite ongoing political and legal battles over the ACA.

“It’s taken longer than expected, due in part to the political rancor, but things seem poised to go well for next year,” said Katherine Hempstead, a senior policy adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “The ACA market is becoming a better place for insurers and consumers.”

HEY, IT'S OMAR! I'm working on my long-form piece on perennial MAGA-candidate Omar Navarro, who is again in the race against Maxine Waters (D-CA43). So, for today, I'll just leave this one here.


Probolsky Research

7 Bills in 7 Days

Over the last week, we've looked at bills that involve some legislative intrigue in the final month of the legislative session. Here are the bills covered over the week:

  • Monday, August 5: AB 719 (Blanca Rubio): Endangered wildlife: crocodiles and alligators.
  • Tuesday, August 6: SB 276 (Pan): Immunizations: medical exemptions.
  • Wednesday, August 7: AB 1505 (O'Donnell, McCarty, Bonta, and Smith): Charter schools: petitions.
  • Thursday, August 8: AB 1482 (Chiu): Tenancy: rent caps.
  • Friday, August 9: AB 290 (Wood): Health care service plans and health insurance: third-party payments. 
  • Saturday, August 10: AB 5 (Gonzalez): Worker status: employees and independent contractors.
  • Sunday, August 11: AB 1639 (Gray): Tobacco products.

Here are some others that were in the mix that I didn't include for many reasons. Some aren't controversial and some were just too damn complicated to pull together. The others include:

  • AB 539 (Limón): California Financing Law: consumer loans: charges. - Has a breakthrough on "payday" lenders been achieved?
  • AB 1080 (Gonzalez, Calderon, Friedman, and Ting): California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act.  - Do unto plastics as done on emissions
  • SB 1 (Atkins, Portantino, and Stern): California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2019. - The "Trump administration defense bill"
  • SB 5 (Beall, McGuire, and Portantino): Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Program. - Successor of redevelopment
  • SB 54 (Allen, Skinner, Stern, and Wiener): California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. - Do unto plastics as done on emissions

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Art Pedroza and Senator Nancy Skinner (jumped the gun yesterday)!


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Digital Organizers, SEIU-UHW (Los Angeles and Oakland)

We are looking for a dynamic and effective Digital Organizers to help us build our online community and support our online-to-offline lead-generation efforts. In this position it is all about using new media and digital tools to organize, advocate on our issues, and increase member and community engagement with also providing personal one-on-one communications with people who are engaging SEIU-UHW. It is a public-facing position involving direct communication with our members, supporters, and the public via multiple online platforms. The ideal candidate has organizing or customer service experience, is already personally active on social media, and is passionate about things like ladders of engagement and moving people from online to offline activism (and vice versa). SEIU-UHW offers a competitive salary range of $56k - $102k to commensurate with experience and a generous benefit package. For more information and to apply please visit our candidate portal at

Paid Internship with Meridian Pacific, Inc.

Internship re: campaigns for Republican candidates, statewide initiatives and issue advocacy. At Meridian Pacific, Inc. we have diverse opportunities for the interns that work with us. This internship has the opportunity to work with Republican candidates, statewide initiatives, issue advocacy, local and statewide ballot measures, grassroots activation, public affairs campaigns, political campaigns for local, state and federal candidates, as well as event planning.

Interns will write press releases and other materials, assist with mailings and print production, complete research projects, perform data entry, learn the basics of office functions, work on surveys, compile contact lists, attend/work political functions, etc.

Applicants who have previously held a job/internship and exemplify strong writing, research and communications skills, preferred. Compensation is $12.00 per hour. The hours for this position are flexible. Email cover letter & resume to:

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

Director of Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy, California Housing Partnership (Sacramento)

The Director of Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy works in close coordination with California Housing Partnership’s CEO and senior leadership team to advance California state legislation and regulations and to a lesser extent, federal housing legislation and funding in Washington, D.C., that further our mission. The position provides a focal point for legislative and regulatory policy work internally and also coordinates positions and efforts with our external allies in California and D.C. This is a full time, exempt position located in Sacramento, and reports to the CEO.

To apply: Send Cover Letter and Resume to Amanda Isbell ( with the subject line “Application for Director of Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy – [YOUR LAST NAME]” by Thursday, August 29, 2019.

Planned Parenthood; President & CEO (Sacramento)
The President and CEO is responsible for directing the statewide public policy efforts in partnership with the seven Planned Parenthood affiliates throughout California. Develops, implements and manages state and federal legislative, lobbying, advocacy, fundraising, organizing and electoral strategies and programs that advance the mission of California Affiliates. Requirements: BA/BS in public policy/government relations or related area and 7 years demonstrated leadership experience in public policy environment. Master’s Degree in law or public health desired. Frequent travel required. Email resume to
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