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E-191 - Sunday, August 25, 2019

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  • CA08 (High Desert): moved from Safe Republican to Likely Republican


  • CD08 (High Desert)
  • Redevelopment
  • Cakeday 
  • Classifieds

SacTown Talks by The Nooner

Happy Sunday! Just a couple of items today as it's one of those busy Sundays. Of course, farmers market and food at Our Lady of Guadalupe. But, today is the Spanish-language church's annual festival--Kérmes Anual. So, the food options will be greater and there will be live music and dancers.

CA08 (High Desert): The buzz has been around for a few days and the pieces seem to be coming together. Congressman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) is strongly considering not running for re-election and instead running for San Bernardino County supervisor. I didn't write about it since Cook doesn't live in the supe district opening up, but as the LAT's Christine Mai-Duc tweeted yesterday, Cook is exploring the move from his Yucca Valley home north to retiring San Bernardino county supervisor Robert Lovingood's district 1.

Cook has been on the retirement watch short list since after the 2018 election. He is the oldest members of the Republican delegation from California. He turns 77 on the day of the March 3, 2020 primary election. While that has him junior to Grace Napolitano, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, it's a lot harder to stretch out a congressional career when your party is in the minority. (Eyes are still on Napolitano, but we've said that for a couple of cycles). Few independent analysts believe the GOP has a serious shot of retaking the house in 2020 and with the next hope likely being 2022, after redistricting.

After you've tasted the majority, it's hard to wait around in the minority long when you are also making retirement plans.

If Cook indeed decides on a supervisorial run, several names are in the mix for CA08. Most likely to make a run is Assemblymember Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake). Also mulling a bid is Chad Mayes (R-Yucaipa) and former Assemblymember Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks).

This is a GOP district, with Republican John Cox receiving 9.6% more votes than Gavin Newsom in 2018, and Trump beat H. Clinton here by 15.1% in 2016.

Of course, we're talking the world of a top-two primary, which adds to the complexity and we'll talk about more in the upcoming months as the field becomes more clear. One thing is sure, if the three above--Donnelly, Mayes, and Obernolte--the race would be the three flavors of the Republican Party.

There will be the return fight by many in the GOP for "anybody but Donnelly," that could be a challenge if all three are in the race. Donnelly is a firebrand on immigration, guns, and such issues as vaccinations (against). Obernolte doesn't rock the boat much and is a businessman and video game developer who casts votes almost always on party lines. He's the most like Congressman Cook. Meanwhile, Mayes is part of the "New Way" Republicans that include former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that is calling for the California Republican Party to remake itself as California voters move toward the middle with dropping numbers of GOP registrations.

Democrats have largely gotten behind Chris Bubser, a Mammoth Lakes engineer and environmentalist. Bubser has built a successful online fundraising campaign, borrowing from the successes of other 2018 flips for Democrats, particularly Katie Hill and Katie Porter who found a national audience. I wrote above that this is a GOP seat, and it is. However, Donnelly wins the top-two along with Bubser, look for this district to become a battleground.

For now, I'm moving CA08 from Safe Republican to Likely Republican.

REDEVELOPMENT: For Calmatters, Dan Walters looks at SB 5 (Beall), which would re-establish redevelopment for local governments. The fate of the bill like so many others will likely be known Friday, when the Assembly Appropriations Suspense File is acted on.

CAKEDAY and CLASSIFIEDS after the jump...

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dana Dean, Congresswoman Katie Hill, Eddie Kurtz, Ben Lubbon, Lanz Nalagan, and Alison Ramey!


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You’re invited: A night with your local Planned Parenthood affiliate (Sacramento)

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte – your local Planned Parenthood affiliate and the largest in the nation – invites you to the Capital Dinner fundraiser on Thursday, September 26 from 7-9pm in Sacramento.

The event will honor California Senate pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins and Crystal Harding-Jenkins, our 2019 Ally of the Year Award winners. Entertainment will be provided by the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus.

With reproductive health care under constant attack, it is your support that keeps our doors open. Every cent raised helps tens of thousands of people across California and Northern Nevada, including 45,000 right here in the Sacramento area. Please join us in protecting and expanding health care for anyone who needs it – no matter what.

For tickets, sponsorships and more information, please visit You can also contact us directly at 916-325-1705 or

SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Fresno, 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

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: