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E-180 - Thursday, September 5, 2019

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  • CA53 (San Diego): removed congresswoman Susan Davis (D)
  • CA53 (San Diego): added San Diego city councilwoman Georgette Gómez (D)


  • SB 276 (Pan): Immunizations: medical exemptions.
  • AB 5 (Gonzalez): Worker status: employees and independent contractors.
  • SB 206 (Skinner and Bradford): Collegiate athletics: student athlete compensation and representation.
  • CA53 (San Diego) and what's next for Toni, Lorena, and Nathan? And, who is Georgette and why is she on the list?
  • Spreading the lobbying love
  • PG&E Wildfire Recovery Bonds
  • Insurance Commissioner Lara's housing bill - not that kind of a bill
  • Cakeday and classifieds

Happy Thursday. Thank you for your patience yesterday. I'm always afraid of run-on sentences and overly long paragraphs when I write. So, yesterday as I jumped around among topics while writing, I just decided to stop midway through a couple of sentences. I did spell check, which involves copying and pasting my draft into a word processing program to look for squiggly lines. Unfortunately, the squiggly lines don't show up when a sentence drops off at half-time.

For my friends who support this effort through Nooner Premium, I apologize. For everyone else, you know the old adage of you get what you pay for. ;-)

From our There Otter Be a Law files, Potter the Otter showed up in the Governor's Press Room yesterday to announce that daddy signed AB 273 (Gonzalez), which prohibits the trapping of fur-bearing mammals. I'm not sure if that really reflects what Potter looked like, but it did give me warm fuzzy feelings of Mr. Rogers's Daniel the Tiger.

Okay, enough pre-game writing, we have lots to talk about after the jump.

SB 276 (Pan): Immunizations: medical exemptions.: Yes, I want the issue to be over one way or another as much as anyone, but the phrase "it's not over until it's over" seemingly can not be better applied. Let's just bullet point this:

  • Bill passed the State Senate yesterday 28-11-1
    • Party-line, with Richard Roth (D-Riverside) not voting
    • Bill is in engrossing and enrollment, pending a green light from the Governor's Office
  • Technically, the vote of the Senate can be withdrawn, followed by a withdrawal by the Assembly to make amendments through Tuesday. Politically, legislative leaders want to clear the bill from their agenda as there are more than a dozen bigger issues left to tackle before next Friday.
  • Opponents are focused on heavy lobbying of Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom. There is a lot of speculation that First Partner Newsom, who has an official role and staff in the Administration and is close to some Hollywood critics of the bill, is more concerned about the current language than the Governor, who had suggested he was satisfied with the latest language. The Newsoms have four school-aged children.
  • Many legislative Democrats are frustrated with Governor Newsom after he requested the additional amendments after the bill was passed out of Assembly Appropriations. Senator Richard Pan, the author and a pediatrician, was asked about the new requests when he presented the bill and showed such frustration, saying the bill has all amendments he requested before Approps and he'd be willing to consider the new requests next year.
  • Opponents are holding a 3:30 press conference on the North Steps of the State Capitol to call for a federal investigation into the processes used, and in the interests involved in, developing SB 277 (2015) and SB 276. I plan to be there to understand the alleged improprieties (sounds like alleged HIPAA violations), and they could find an audience with a Sharpie-wielding President.
  • Opponents are running ads and flooding social media about a poll of 882 physician offices, claiming they all stated they would not grant a medical exemption. The script if you listen to the advertisement is "Hi, we just flew in from out of state and we want to enroll our child in school and need a medical exemption." Well, physicians refuse new patients all the time and for malpractice and ethical reasons, most don't accept assertions of medical necessity without a medical history of the patient (which could be from a previous physician).
  • There's speculation that many of the twitter accounts opposing the bill are programmed BOTs and/or are not Californians or the professionals they claim to be. Names don't match the voter file and they don't respond when asked clarifying questions. My testing of what many people claims seem to have at least some basis in reality. It's a new phenomenon in legislative advocacy.

AB 5 (Gonzalez): Worker status: employees and independent contractors.: We'll to this one as bullets also. It keeps me from those dangling sentences of yesterday.

  • The newspaper editorial pressure for an exemption of paper carriers continues and author Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) fights back with a series of tweets, including her personal experience as a papergirl. Editorials: SacBee

    I was a paperboy for the Orange County Register and it was a nightmare. I literally had to ask my dad for money to pay the Register for the papers of customers who didn't pay. Obviously, it's a different model today (leading to cars speeding down streets in the early morning and often throwing papers anywhere to complete the route), but she makes good points. I can't even get a physical paper to my porch since I'm through a courtyard and they are stolen if left outside the unlocked gate. No, I do not have a solution. 
  • Politico's Jeremy B. White tweets a thread on the standoff between organized labor and the "gig economy" companies that have already put forth $90 million for a ballot measure.

SB 206 (Skinner and Bradford): Collegiate athletics: student athlete compensation and representation. While he is embroiled in seeking a trademark for "Taco Tuesday," Lakers forward LeBron James weighed in via Twitter this morning on the bill that has the NCAA with their undies in a bunch. He had three tweets:

"Everyone is California- call your politicians and tell them to support SB 206!  This law is a GAME CHANGER.  College athletes can responsibly get paid for what they do and the billions they create."

"California can change the game. This is only right waaaayy overdue. #morethananathlete"

"We started this fight with our doc “Student Athlete” on HBO. Just getting started! 🙏🏾💪🏾"

Get that look of exhaustion off your face, as we still haven't talked about CA52 (San Diego) or Insurance Commissioner Lara yet.

CA53 (San Diego): As noted above and emailed out to Nooner Premium yesterday, nine-term congresswoman Susan Davis (D) announced yesterday that she will not seek re-election next year.

Who NOT to expect to run: Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez

Who to expect to run: San Diego City Council president Georgette Gómez (D)

Why aren't Atkins, Fletcher, or Gonzalez interested? Toni Atkins and her wife Jennifer LaSar are happy in San Diego, where Jen continues to run a consulting practice. Lorena and Nathan, who are married, have school-age kids and Lorena made is clear this morning by tweeting there is "ZERO chance" that she would run.

If not Congress for these three, then where? Lorena is focused on a 2022 bid for Secretary of State. While Toni hasn't formally declared her intentions, there's speculation that there might be a gentlepersons' understanding that Nathan runs for either Assembly (Lorena will be running for SOS) or State Senate (Toni is termed out). Obviously, Nathan would prefer two terms in the State Senate than the two he has left in the State Assembly (he's under the old term limits law).  Toni might be eyeing the Board of Supervisors. Oh, did I mention she and Jen live in Nathan's supe district?

Who is Georgette Gómez? President of the San Diego City Council, Georgette is LGBTQ and Latina. She was born in Barrio Logan, is a graduate of San Diego State in Environmental and Natural Resource Geography and lives in the Azalea Park are of City Heights.

Toni and Lorena, who are not always on the same page, were big supporters of Georgette's council bid in 2016. Georgette supported Nathan's supe bid last year, which was key. Remember Nathan went from Republican to Democrat in the matter of five years. Georgette was an important local endorsement by a solid Democrat for Nathan to validate his credentials as part of a major shift in San Diego politics that has been happening over the last decade.

It's very likely that Toni, Lorena, Nathan, and labor (remember, Lorena was secretary-treasurer of the county labor fed) are all there for Georgette next year and she is able to clear the field of serious Democratic candidates in a safe Dem seat and the clear favorite to serve in the 117th Congress.

As I think I have heard somewhere before, "All in the game, yo'."

Laurel Rosenhall, have you drawn all that out yet in one of your great roadmaps?

If you like the above story that I have doubt you have seen elsewhere, then recognize that I really need Nooner Premium subscribers to keep this up. The seemingly desperate "pleas" to the 91% of you who don't pay aren't to make me wealthy. They literally are to keep this alive or I'll be working at Popeye's making the chicken sandwiches for you. I've worked for hours overnight putting together this story from many sources and really should have put it behind the paywall. But, I love y'all and this is a great story.

As I dive in to more districts, I'll have to put them behind the wall that pays my rent.

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER LARA'S HOUSING BILL: For Politico, Carla Marinucci and Angela Hart report that a review of Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara's travel expenses show that he's been claiming his Sacramento rent as a travel expense, which is somewhat unusual for constitutional officers with offices in town. They write:

"POLITICO examined Lara’s travel expenditures and his reimbursements from the state in his first six months in the office. During those months, Lara charged taxpayers $14,160 in total for his apartment in Sacramento, travel costs and other per diem expenses associated with his position, according to the records.


Entries show monthly reimbursement for “lodging” and “rental” costs ranging from $1,925 to $3,270 from January through June. Billings specified as “railroad fare,’’ ranging from $570 to $700 per month, were also included. Soller said those entries actually “refer to lodging" and were entered in a transportation category because “our accounting department didn’t have a field to enter the lodging reimbursement for this purpose.”

The Department of Insurance spokesperson defended the claims and said they passed review of agency staff. Lara has been criticized for taking contributions from insurance company executives when he said he would not during the campaign. Upon them being pointed out by the media, Lara has returned several such contributions.

I personally like Lara, but as I've said before, this is one of several constitutional officers that I don't believe should be elected and should be cabinet officials of the Governor. Not unlike Superintendent of Public Instruction, few citizens follow day-to-day activities, and contributions are rare--unless they have an interest before the agency. I love Fiona Ma and Betty Yee, but they know I'd add Treasurer (obtains cash) and Controller (pays out cash). I'd elect and strengthen the State Auditor as the external watchdog and move oversight functions from other agencies to the Auditor's office.

I know my friend Bill Leonard still sees the importance of an independent Board of Equalization, which has now been eviscerated after nepotism and other criticisms, but it would be on the chopping block as well. And, I love Eleni, but I think the Lieutenant Governor should be elected on a ticket with the Governor like the President-VP.

Okay, we can adjourn Scott's Constitutional Revision Commission for the day.

CAKEDAY and new CLASSIFIEDS after the jump...


Probolsky Research

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dawn Clover, Valeria Hernandez, and Joshua Emerson Smith!


Add your classified now both in The Nooner and online for $50/week or $150/month by emailing, with a headline, a summary of up to 200 words, and what you'd like the end date to be. You can attach a PDF or provide a link for a bigger job description/info to apply. [Other advertising options]

Alliance for Children's Rights: Policy Assistant (Sacramento)

The Alliance for Children’s Rights seeks to hire a well-organized, energetic and motivated full-time Policy Assistant. The Policy Assistant will provide administrative and organizational support for our Sacramento policy program. The job duties will include administrative and clerical support, coordination of the Alliance’s policy projects and special projects including events management, trainings, bill and grant deliverables tracking, scheduling, and research and analysis of legislative and regulatory proposals.

The Alliance’s Policy Program is based in Sacramento and works with Alliance program staff to identify and track child welfare practices that adversely impact our clients and helps to establish and implement responses to those practices which include legislative and regulatory advocacy, impact litigation and other reform efforts.

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Effective lobbying is never simple but...

A bill's journey through the legislature is rarely simple or easy. Each step can be critical. Ray LeBov, a 45 year Capitol veteran, has been teaching how to successfully navigate the legislative terrain through his Capitol Seminars to high praise for more than a decade. Those interested in learning how things in that arena really work and how to prosper in the complex legislative environment should register here for his next lobbying seminars on October 3-4. For these dates, future dates or curriculum info feel free to call (916)-442-5009.

CalDesal: Executive Director

CalDesal, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the responsible development of groundwater desalination, ocean desalination, and salinity management activities to help meet the State’s water supply challenges, wishes to contract with an individual or firm for Executive Director Services. The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership as well as the marketing, communication, and administrative skills necessary to successfully manage the organization and implement its objectives.

For more information, go to Proposals must be received by Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Sacramento, 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.

This position will be in our government relations program and requires significant experience in legislative lobbying and coalition building.

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

CA Democratic Party: Front Desk Office Manager

Responsible for all receptionist and clerical duties at the front desk. Must be highly organized, personable and have excellent communication skills. Works well under pressure with a natural talent for customer service. Salary DOE: $32k – 35K; full benefits. Details

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

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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