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E-175 - Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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


  • CA10 (Stanislaus): removed businessman Charles Dossett (R) - endorsed Bob Elliott in challenge to Josh Harder (D)
  • CA26 (Ventura): added author Robert Salas (D) - likely Dem - challenge to Julia Brownley (D)
  • CA53 (San Diego): note that it is rumored that San Diego mayor Georgette Gómez (D) will announce her candidacy on Saturday. I haven't flat asked Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins or Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, but it's noteworthy that Saturday is the day they'll be back in the district...
  • AD37 (Santa Barbara): removed Assemblywoman Monique Limón - highly likely to be running for SD19
  • AD37 (Santa Barbara): added Santa Barbara CCD trustee Jonathan Abboud (D) - likely to be open seat, assuming Limón runs for SD19
  • AD37 (Santa Barbara): added Santa Barbara mayor Cathy Murillo (D) - likely to be open seat, assuming Limón runs for SD19


  • (I Can't Get No) Vaccination (with a bought exemption)
  • SB 206 (Skinner and Bradford): Collegiate athletics: student athlete compensation and representation.
  • Bill notes (Ed Bonds, AB 290, AB 1482, AB 1561)
  • Cakeday and Classifieds 

Happy Tuesday! Here's what we have left of this legislative year (excluding thirty days for gubernatorial actions), based on your subscriber status:

  • Premium: 3 days, 12 hours, 29 minutes and 59 seconds
  • Regular: 3 days, 11 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds

Yesterday, I failed to mention in this space that it was California's 169th anniversary of admission to the United States of America. Blame it on my head and not my heart. I knew about it because I specifically went to take pictures of the anti-vaccination protestors eating the ice cream and cake being served on the North Steps of the Capitol by the California State Parks Foundation. They had a great brass trio and singer and I posted pictures and video of it to Twitter (or was it Facebook?).

I probably get around to writing in this space about 10% of what I put down on scratchpads around my desk. So, when you feel like your issue/subject matter isn't covered, don't think I'm blowing it off and yes, I do waste time talking about food and linking to music videos or clips from The West Wing or The Wire, but frankly I couldn't get through these 18-hour days without making some fun out of it! I'll get to your issue--eventually!

(I CAN'T GET NO) VACCINATION (with a bought exempton): As I wrote in The Nooner Nightcap last night, we broke the cray-cray-o-meter yesterday in the Capitol with the protests against the vaccination bills. Nobody believes that it ended the debate. I don't want to write much on this today and I'll leave the story to great reporters like CapRadio's Ben Adler and KQED's Katie Orr in a nod to our public radio stations, as I am all vaxxed out as is everybody around the Capitol. While the final vote was indeed on partisan lines, it's no secret that this is one of those votes where many Republicans voting no were not unhappy to see it pass. That's not unusual and we've seen it in many issues over the years.

Let's face it, the easy vote was "no," as Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) did make a commitment in 2015 in the SB 277 debate that medical exemptions would not be affected. That was before the cottage industry of medical exemptions-for-sale emerged, which is what SB 276/SB 714 seeks to curtail. Republicans didn't need to put up the votes for the bills to pass, and also meant that Senators Allen and Roth, and Assemblymembers Boerner Horvath, Cervantes, Cooper, Friedman, Eduardo Garcia, Gray, Kamlager-Dove, Maienschein, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, O'Donnell, and Rubio won't face caucus retribution for taking a summer stroll and not voting.

I've previously explained why I was biased toward the bill and it was intensely personal. I try to write on both sides of issues, as I did with AB 824 (Wood) on "pay for delay" generic drugs Sunday and yesterday. When I'm biased or have a conflict, I make that clear. I have stretched to do so on vaccinations, but have repeatedly talked here and on Twitter about the 2015 "commitment" that you may have seen in the television ads.

Honestly, if I were a GOP chief of staff, I'd tell my member to vote "no" on this year's vaxx bills. Protestors won't show up at the district office or haunt my member in the campaign next year. Similarly, if I were a Dem chief of staff, I would tell my member to fight for exemptions to AB 5 (Gonzalez), the independent contractor bill, but ultimately vote "aye" on that bill for the same reasons. Labor is much more likely to protest a district office or campaign events than individual Uber drivers. I think you all know that I'm not crazy about the bill even with exemptions and Lorena knows it. We treat each other with respect and candor. She kicks butt I wouldn't want to be her foe.

If you've watched Twitter, you know that many of the leading non-elected GOP voices spanning the "reform the party," "party base," and libertarian spectrum have been in favor or the bill and are able to say it. The same is true of GOP members and staff I have talked to privately, but, no, I am not sharing names. I don't do that, which is why I get information to help tell you the story that you may not read elsewhere.

We're just getting started. More after another rent-paying spot...

SB 206 (Skinner and Bradford): Collegiate athletics: student athlete compensation and representation.: Amidst continued opposition by the NCAA, the Assembly resoundingly approved the bill to allow college athletes in California to receive compensation when their images are used for such things as video games. The bill, which had high-profile support from athletes like Lakers forward LeBon James, passed 73-0, with 6 members abstaining. Fresno State alumnus Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) spoke thoughtfully about the bill, fearing that his beloved Bulldogs would have a harder time recruiting athletes over the schools with bigger endorsement options, even if it meant a "kid" might be second string with a shot in the Bay Area or Los Angeles. Totally legit concern and he presented it as the true gentleman that he is.

And, dammit, his comments probably was just enough to give Fresno State alumnus and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr the push to put the smackdown on my Broncos last night. The final score of 24-16 doesn't give justice to the dominance of the black and silver in the first game of the regular season. "It's a long season" I'm thinking this morning, although that has two connotations. After all, the San Francisco Giants are also having a "long season," as in that it can't be over soon enough if it were not for saying goodbye to Boch.

Touché, CFT lobbyist Bryan Ha. You win on that game brother.

BILL RUMORS/NOTES: Here are a few bill rumors that may have been answered by the time you read this:

  • ED BONDS: K-University bond deal for March 2020 ballot is coming together. I'm hearing around $12 billion total with $8b for K-12, $2b for CCC, and $1b each for UC and CSU. Of course, the people who really know the amendments being taken today aren't talking and things remain fluid. I should know in a few hours. Nooner Nightcap...
  • SB 1 (Atkins): California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2019. - Senate President Pro Tem requested the rule waiver to amend her bill on the floor after the deadline. It sounds like there is an amendment to mollify some of the concerns expessed by Central Valley water interests and echoed by Senator Feinstein and Democratic congressmen Costa, Cox, Garamendi, and Harder, with just enough for both sides to feel like they don't walk away a loser.
  • AB 290 (Wood): Health care service plans and health insurance: third-party payments. ("dialysis") - The bill to limit third-party health insurance premium payments that I have talked about repeatedly because of last November's high-profile ballot measure and the ad campaigns this year passed the State Senate yesterday with the bare minimum 21 votes.

    Thirteen senators voted no, with Democrats Galgiani, Glazer, Hill, and Hurtado joining Republicans Bates, Borgeas, Chang, Grove, Jones, Moorlach, Morrell, Nielsen, and Stone. With Democrats Archuleta, Dodd, Hueso, Roth, Rubio, and Umberg all deciding to go to the bathroom at the same time, AB 290 author Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) clearly needed a couple of Republican votes with his 19 Senate Democrats. They were Senators Brian Dahle (R-Bieber) and Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita).

    It's back on the Assembly Floor for concurrence in Senate amendments. When it passed on 5/22/19, it received 46 votes, so Wood can't have six members who voted for it then go to the proverbial bathroom (quack!) at the same time. It is also unclear what Governor Newsom wil do on the bill. 

    From the "Don't Believe Everything You See on TV or the Internet" file relating to this bill, the ads featuring current patients saying it would kick them off dialysis and return to being homeless do not reflect the amendments in print on September 5 at 9:00pm, which clearly provide that patients with third-party payment premium subsidies (such as from the American Kidney Fund) as of October 1, 2019 could continue to receive them.

    I've talked to both sides and neither feels super happy, but that's the way the legislative sausage is made, particularly on a high-stakes measure such as AB 290.
  • AB 1482 (Chiu): Tenant Protection Act of 2019: tenancy: rent caps. - The bill was up and presented by Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego). Upon opening on the bill, the Republicans called a caucus. So, on the Nooner Nightcap list.
  • AB 1561 (B. Rubio and Gray): Endangered wildlife: crocodiles and alligators. - It appears that the bill to extend the remove extent the allowable importation, sale, or possession for sale of crocodile and alligator products beyond the current law expiration January 1, 2020 will remain parked in Senate Rules Committee.

There is far more and I only have two eyes and two ears. Like many of you (other than those who are on the floors), my left ear is listening to the Senate and my right ear is tuned to the Assembly as I type.

Final note on rumors. Don't make assumptions who my source is. I don't put something in here unless I've checked with at least two reliable people or have seem it first hand. I'm not here to spread rumors or to drive the conversation to a specific outcome. There are lobbyists for that, and those days are behind me (perhaps for now).

I know I'm only at around 2000 words after a few days at 2500. That has as much to do with the fact I need to pay attention to these floor sessions and while I'm okay with monitoring two sessions at once, I have yet to master the third skill of listening to both and writing on a third topic at the same time.

Is there a Masterclass for that?

I'll likely have a Nooner Nightcap tonight. Other than looking up those two public radio stories on yesterday's protests, I have yet even had time to look at any newspapers today after six Noonerific hours. To be continued!

CAKEDAY and CLASSIFIEDS after the jump...


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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Cindy Baker, Jennifer Fearing, Josh Gross, and Tom Sheehy!


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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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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.

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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.

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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

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