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E-173 - Thursday, September 12, 2019

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


  • SD17 (Santa Cruz-SLO): added John M. Neville (D) - safe Dem - open seat - Monning (D)
  • AD09 (Elk Grove/South Sac): added businesswoman/mother Tracie Stafford (D) - challenge to Cooper (D)
  • AD33 (SB High Desert): added Nathan A. Charette (R) - safe Rep - possibly open seat if Rep. Cook runs for CA08 and Asm. Obernolte runs for CA08.


  • Death Penalty
  • SB 1: California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2019.
  • AB 5 (Gonzalez): Worker status: employees and independent contractors. 
  • AB 48: Education finance: school facilities: Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020. 
  • Cakeday and Classifieds  

Thank you for your patience!

I'm trying to tweet interesting votes and developments. I have a pretty good idea of major bills that many of you are following but, of course, with two houses meeting concurrently, running between the two "gates" (where lobbyists watch the votes on monitors and hope to get a final word in to members before a vote) is a skill that nobody has completely mastered. My watch tells me I have walked 2.2 miles today of which 1.2 was inside the Capitol mostly taking stairs, and I watched some lobbyists that certainly exceeded that. Pro tip: unless you have a medical reason, it is considered disrespectful of others to take the elevator for one flight of stairs that are right next to the elevators. Even most lobbyists who regularly wear heels shed them for this week, many lobbyists and staff have tennis shoes coordinated with their suits. For me, it's a "Friends of the Pod tee, shorts, and Adidas today.

Yes, there needs to be better signage directing to the stairs. For me, deadline week is my free gym membership.

As always, when seeing tweets, remember that I have a sardonic legislative sense of humor, particularly this time of year. So when I post that there is a referendum on the vaccinations bills and the link is on my server, that might be a September fool's joke. You have to read the linked "filing," which was from Bacteria Bear, the bronze grizzly in front of the Governor's Office, bought and left by Governor Arnold.

Of course, the joke was on me. Minutes later, the Attorney General's office announced that a real one had been filed by the "Freedom Angels Foundation."

Let's just say that people inside the Capitol (supporters and opponents of SB 276) cheered them on, basically saying "It's over here. Leave. Go stand in front of Walmart and show us that you indeed are the silent majority."

It reminds me of my April Fool's Day Nooner joke in 2013, which led to real news articles. Whoopsie... Hey, if we don't find ways to laugh in weeks like this, we end up in a fetal position in a Capitol stairwell.

Meanwhile, I wrote yesterday's Nooner Nightcap at Su's Garden at 918 S Street. When the server asked what I was working on so intensely and I told him what I do (which is what?), he said they've been getting a lot of delivery orders to the Capitol. For those who know the 'hood, it's the former Gam Lei Sing. It's still the same family, as the chef/owner is Jennifer's brother. Keep up the orders!

lots of business after the jump...

DEATH PENALTY: The California Supreme Court allowed two death penalty cases to move forward despite Governor Gavin Newsom's executive order establishing a moratorium, report Alene Tchekmedyian and Maura Dolan for the Los Angeles Times. It is newsworthy from a newsy sense, but not a legal sense. The death penalty is allowed for certain offenses in the Penal Code. Article I, Section of 17 the state constitution provides that any changes to such statutes be placed on the statewide ballot. Thus, courts must follow the law in the constitution and statute. Article V, Section 8(a) provides the executive to the Governor "to grant a reprieve, pardon, and commutation, after sentence, except in case of impeachment."

QUICK BILL UPDATES: I can't update every bill that a very diverse body of Nooner readers are interested in, but feel free to email me if you'd like me to try to track down the status. The online updates of status and votes are unpredictable, sometimes early and often at the 3am bulk update.

  • SB 1 (Atkins): California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2019. - The bill that seeks to maintain California environmental, public health, and labor standards at levels prior to "Trump-administration" rollbacks continues to await action on the Senate Floor. The final amendments were taken Tuesday, so it's up or down now, and then would have to return to the Senate for concurrence in Assembly amendments (by the author, the Pro Tem of the Senate.

    From what I'm still getting from enviro folks and water interests this morning, the enviros are okay with the amendments taken Tuesday. They preferred the previous version but really want the bill. Water interests are divided after the amendments, with some going neutral and others remained opposed. I have not seen further communications from Senator Feinstein and the four Valley House Democrats who sent a letter last Friday expressing concerns and have not talked to Senators Caballero (D-Salinas) or Hurtado (D-Sanger) yet if they are satisfied. 
  • AB 5 (Gonzalez): Worker status: employees and independent contractors. For CalMatters, Judy Lin looks at who got their ornament on the exemption Christmas tree. Others are hoping for Christmas in summertime next year.

Ed bond after the jump...

  • AB 48 (O'Donnell and Glazer): Education finance: school facilities: Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020. - This morning, Senate Education Committee unanimously approved the recently amended $15 billion bond for the March 3, 2020 statewide election. In support were major education organizations, school districts, and public higher education. 

    The $15 billion, if approved, would be allocated:
    - $9 billion for preschool-12, including:
       - $2.8 billion for new construction.
       - $5.2 billion for modernization.
       - $500 million for charter schools.
       - $500 million for career technical education.
    - $2 billion for California Community Colleges
    - $2 billion for California State University
    - $2 billion for University of California (incl. Hastings)

    Nobody flat-out opposed the bill as they know that ship is sailed. Clients though want to know that their voices were heard (not in the bill is signed and we're still protesting sense as discussed above). As expected, the two areas of concern are:

    (1) the prioritization of facilities funding for K-12 districts with project labor agreements (PLAs) - Western Electrical Contractors Association, but I would expect other non-exclusively union contractor groups have similar concerns but aren't as vigilant to catch Tuesday's amendments and appear at an 8:30am hearing this morning as WECA's Richard Markuson did.

    (2) the suspension of the ability of K-12 districts to impose developer fees through January 1, 2028 and elimination of "the fee, charge, dedication, or other requirements for any multifamily infill housing developments and reduces all other multifamily housing developments by 20 percent." Those concerns were echoed by the Coalition for Adequate School Housing ("CASH") and the Community College Facilities Coalition ("CCFC"), which consists of both public education districts, builders, and similarly interested parties.

    I don't need to explain that labor is very strong in the Legislature, which has 29 Democrats of members of the State Senate and 61 out of 80 in the State Assembly. However, there are a lot of bills on which labor is not going to walk away happy after this year. I also don't have to explain that housing is one of the top (if not the top) issues of California voters. 

    This was considered a must-pass bill--the debate was over the total amount, the divide between the segments, and whether or not to split it between the 2020 and 2022 elections. There hasn't been a higher ed bond since 2006 and there is an $800 million backlog in K-12 facilities, so K-12 districts were willing to swallow things like the PLA piece and the restrictions on developer fees and fees on multi-family housing. 

    The bond bill was not crafted in a legislative vacuum. The Governor's Office the center of the orbit of the discussions at the end. Former Speaker John A. Pérez, who is now chair of the UC Board of Regents was very involved. Political consultants were involved, both in crafting the overall message of how the biggest education bond in the state's history could be sold even after years of Governor Brown talking about the "Wall of Debt." 

    The housing pieces to reduce the cost of building fit with the Govenor's focus on the issue and one of the few things he can easily negotiate to stimulate private sector development. It turns a costly bond into a ballot measure about education AND housing, while also making sure that labor is there for the campaign.

    So, you might have wanted a hot link as I did from the Sunday street cart in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe down the block, but you're going to settle for a Polish Sausage, of course still Mexican-style. As the clock ticks toward midnight tomorrow night, advocates, including those grumbling about provisions feel like they've got a winner and will turn immediately toward a unified campaign for March 3 after the Senate passes AB 48, the Assembly concurs, and Governor Newsom signs it.

As I've written, I expect to be back later today. I'm done with my Darna Mediterranean buffet where many folks from around the Capitol have learned to escape from the Capitol madness and protestors and get back as the houses return to session.

CAKEDAY and CLASSIFIEDS after the jump...

Probolsky Research

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Celinda Vazquez and former congressman Henry Waxman!


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CCST Expert Briefing: Beneficial Uses of Woody Biomass from Wildfire Mitigation Efforts in California

Join the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) in partnership with the Office of Senator Brian Dahle on Thursday, September 19th at noon in Capitol Room 3191 for our latest CCST Expert Briefing: Beneficial Uses of Woody Biomass from Wildfire Mitigation Efforts in California. A panel of experts from CSU Humboldt, the US Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CalFire, and CalEPA will discuss ways to improve the utility woody biomass and its potential contributions to achieving the State’s climate goals. RSVP HERE by 5pm on Tuesday, September 17th for a to-go lunch box.

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.

full description and application info

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

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

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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