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E-189 - Tuesday, August 27, 2019

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  • CA08 (High Desert) and PG&E/Bondage
  • Cakeday and Classifieds!

SacTown Talks by The Nooner Happy Tuesday! Yes, I'm paying attention on all the big issues, such as the wildfire recovery bonds and abortion rulings in other circuits. I have 364 other days most years to write on those and will do so.

I'm sorry if you work around Sac State, as apparently The Walking Dead was re-enacted with the start of classes this morning.

Enjoy today. The anti-SB276 (vaccinations) crowd plans to surround the Capitol tomorrow in advance of the bill's expected release from Assembly Appropriations on Friday. So, if you're working or planning on working in the Capitol tomorrow, plan for delays and wear your body condom.

The latter really should be sponsored by someone. That would be a hella stunt, as they say around these parts.

CA08 (High Desert): It definitely appears that Congressman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) will be running for San Bernardino supervisor and not re-election to the House. He'll be running for the San Bernardino County board of supervisors seat held be Robert Lovingood, and will move north to do so.

There has been a scramble on the GOP side and lots of names have been floated. That said, the mindset is two-fold with the top-two primary--ABT and ABC. The party does not want to see former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly carrying the banner in the fall (Anybody But Timmy), for fear that a safe Republican seat would come in to play. Further, there's another crowd that wants to cut off former Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes from higher office. Mayes has been a leader of the "New Way" movement led by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and allies meant to moderate the state GOP (Anybody But Chad).

It's a huge district and, since residence is not required, plentiful names have been floated. One that has clearly said "Thanks, but no thanks" is Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield), who represents much of the congressional in the eastern part of the district, known by most from recent "Ridgecrest" earthquakes.

Obernolte is the clear choice of partisans to stop either a rightward move to Tim Donnelly or a leftward move toward Chad Mayes. That said, I'm hearing from lots of folks that are pointing to the California GOP House caucus as 7 white guys and saying "here's a chance."

Shannon doesn't live near the district and is soundly in McCarthy's Bakersfield-centric seat, where Assemblymember Vince Fong (a former McCarthy staffer) is also waiting in the wings. So, there's a chance of diversifying the California House Republican caucus, but not likely this cycle.

Watch these two, particularly Fong, who can still win a 40 under 40 award this year. Dude, enjoy it while it lasts. Nobody gives awards for 50 under 50, as much as I try to remake my plaque.

Fong has a long political career ahead, even if I confused him with Phillip Chen. Fong does not represent my dad, but Chen does. Apologies to both for the worst faux pas one can make in this business. I guess it could have been worse as I could have suggested he was Fiona Ma or one of the Bay Area liberal men of the Assembly. Anyway, watch Fong...dude has a big future.

Of course, while he is not on the short list, that doesn't mean that Chad Mayes is a nothing-butter. He is in the middle of the biggest bill of the end of session, whether he wants to be or not. Mayes has the vehicle, AB 235, expected to carry the tax-exempt state-issued bonds to smooth the path of PG&E out of bankruptcy. There is no way I can write that sentence without a flurry of calls from either side.

The concept, expected to be amended into Mayes's AB 235, is that the state uses its credit rating to borrow tax-exempt bonds to pay off wildfire victim claims. It sounds simple, but there is no such thing as "simple" in bankruptcy. B-court is like buying a fried chicken sandwich at Popeye's. First-come, first-served, and that's the big fight over the bonds. Do lawyers or victims come first? How do you define the word "is."

Seriously, billions are at stake in which some consider semantics while others consider lifeblood.

I have no answer as lots of folks have been f'd, others will be f'd, and the distribution of f'd-ness will be before the Legislature the next couple of weeks. They will be the Master F-inators...

Of course, The Gavinator likely gets the ultimate decision on f'd-ness, and I don't envy my friend.

CAKEDAY and CLASSIFIEDS after the jump...

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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

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