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E-200 - Friday, August 16, 2019

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  • Money matters
  • beJUULed
  • Assault weapons
  • Split roll
  • Cal Channel
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TWEET DU JOUR: @madrid_mike - " I’m listening"

In response to @ShaneGoldmacher:

"Pete Buttigieg comes out against the designated hitter “I feel you ought to have to play both parts of the game," he said."

SacTown Talks by The Nooner

It's Friday! You made it and the mercury is in retrograde for the weekend, making outside activities tolerable. Tomorrow night in SacTown is the closing of the Wide Open Walls mural festival.

At this hour 50 years ago, Santana was performing at Woodstock, albeit delayed an hour for a solo by Country Joe McDonald because they weren't ready. Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the performance of Country Joe and The Fish. Of course, most of us didn't know The Fish until he was our public defender in Yolo County.

Give me an F...

My DVR keeps recording "I Do...Until I Don't." I'm all for Ed Helms movies, but Comcast/NBC/Universal/United Nations, what data are you harvesting for such suggestions for me? When you are recording a movie that is showing at 3am, that is beyond last call and you should sleep it off.

Anyway, you now know my morning schedule. If CNN says "Breaking News," I blow it off and look to the late night shows from hours earlier. Occasionally, Comcast likes to throw in something off-kilter.

MONEY MATTERS: Yesterday, "Valley Solutions: Assemblymember Adam Gray's Ballot Measure Committee" reported receiving $5,000 from dialysis powerhouse DaVita. DaVita has already given Gray's candidate committee $4,700 and ballot measure committee, misidentified as "Valley Colutions" in the report, $4,700 this year.

That second contribution was odd, and not just because of the Colutions typo. $4,700 is the limit for contributions for each the primary and general election in 2020. Ballot measure committees have no limits. So, why was $4,700 given to the ballot measure committee? In theory, that belongs in the 2020 general account and not the slush fund that employs Gray's longtime ally consultants. In 2018, JUUL Labs Inc. gave $33,800 to Gray-associated committees, far beyond the $8,800 limit in 2018 for Assembly candidates--through the ballot measure committee that accepted $25,000.

That was a day after Gray's JUUL bill was sent to Jim Wood's Assembly Health Committee and Wood is not particular fond of Gray's measure. Meanwhile, one of Wood's biggest bills, AB 290 on third-party premium subsidies aimed at the dialysis industry, was sent Monday to the Senate Appropriations Suspense File for an uncertain future. Senator Jerry Hill is a key member on Senate Appropriations and no fan of Gray's AB 1639 after his bill to restrict the sales of flavored tobacco met the guillotine. AB 1639 will have to go through Senate Approps and Senate Health, the latter with anti-tobacco Dr. Richard Pan as chair.

Senate Appropriations chair Anthony Portantino doesn't show any JUUL contributions in either his candidate or ballot measure accounts, but he does like the dialysis money.

Why did $5,000 go to a ballot measure account with no ballot measure in development?

Meanwhile, Fresenius gave $10,000 in June to the "California African American PAC," a committee that spent $27,009 in 2018 on a failed campaign to elect Javanka Beckles in AD15 and a trivial donation to buoy Tony Thurmond for SPI who was already aship with the California Democratic Party and unions. One of the key players in the African-American PAC is my friend David Pruitt, who also fundraises for Valley Solutions, or is that Colutions, who received $12,750 for his work. Check dates aren't simply coincidence in August in off-years as much as they are explained to be.

This is the time of the year when the cray-cray factor is dialed up to 11.

I'm not blaming anyone, as I'll lead that to reporters who get a regular paycheck.

beJUULed: AB 1639 (Gray, Cunningham, Robert Rivas, and Kamlager-Dove) has been set for Assembly Health next Tuesday, August 20 at 1:30 in Room 4202. The bill would require technological age verification for tobacco purchases and move flavored e-cigarette products other than menthol, mint, or tobacco to tobacco stores that limit entrance to those 21 and over.

ASSAULT WEAPONS: Yesterday, gun rights advocates filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of California challenging the state's ban on "assault weapons." In the filing, they cite that the same federal district court has enjoined the law banning the possession of large-capacity magazines on Second Amendment grounds.

I wrote about a case challenging the increase to age 21 to purchase long guns that is also in the Southern District. Both cases raise issues not addressed in the Supreme Court's biggest statement on the Second Amendment, District of Columbia v. Heller and very well could end up in the nation's highest court.

In other news,  Leland Yee is scheduled for release from the federal pokey on June 26, 2020. You have to love the sentence from his Wikipedia page: "Yee was a vocal advocate for gun control, both before and while engaged in gun running."

SPLIT ROLL: For CapRadio, Ben Adler looks at the fight ahead in 2020 over property taxes. In short, the goal of legislative negotiations this year to avert the ballot fight have failed as opponents of treating most industrial and commercial property different than residential under Proposition 13 have felt encouraged by polls suggesting the voters will turn it down. Meanwhile, SEIU has reportedly agreed to pony up $8 million for the revised measure.

CAL CHANNEL: For Capitol Weekly, Jessica Hice reports on the October shutdown of the California Channel.

"Cal Channel President John Hancock says the decision to end broadcasting was due in part to the passage of Proposition 54 in 2016, which requires the Legislature to make audio and visual recordings of its legislative proceedings public within 72 hours. The Legislature has its own television and radio services that cover politicians and send stories to their districts."


Probolsky Research

LA-LA LAND: In the LAT, Maya Lau writes that the love affair between new Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and the Los Angeles County Democratic Party appears to be over.

"Alex Villanueva, a Democrat running to unseat a well-established incumbent in the nonpartisan race, was described in the mailers as “the only candidate for sheriff endorsed by the Democratic Party.” The message helped propel Villanueva to an astonishing upset that was widely attributed to the endorsement and his promise to kick federal immigration agents out of jails in this deep-blue county.

But nearly nine months into his term, Villanueva is facing a rare rebuke from the party amid concerns about his reinstatement of fired deputies, testimony by a former Sheriff’s Department official that Villanueva’s former chief of staff pressured her to alter records of misconduct, and his policy allowing inmates to be handed over to federal immigration agents through intermediaries."

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dirk Brazil, Kimberly Cox, Dave Jacobson, Maggy Krell, and Gustavo Medina!


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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
The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees to both full-time students and those earning a professional degree while working. Our focus on the interconnections of law, policy, management, and leadership provides unique competencies for your success. Students gain a foundation in statutory interpretation and regulatory processes critical to governance. Learn at a beautiful campus three miles from the State Capitol: or

Political Data Inc.
For 30 Years PDI has been California’s premier data vendor. Now, you can get live online trainings on the newest PDI software every week: