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  • I've been making lots of updates to the online legislative directory of members, committees, and staff as they come in and undoubtedly have more. For those in and around the Capitol, please keep sending your updates. I created a monster for myself. I do know I haven't re-written all the code to ensure Lena Gonzalez's photo appears and I apologize to the senator! I think the other duplicate surnames are working right.

    I have written tens of thousands of lines of code (without much elegance or structure and then forget where all the changes need to be made when you have something like two "lgonzalez" members. I think I have the Rubio sisters right, but if you catch something, let me know!


  • I'm still trying to figure out this one. The California Republican Party reported receiving $60,345 from Dee Dee Dellos of San Mateo on 10/14. However, all I can find is a that Dee Dee died in 2018. I honestly don't know if it's legal to give posthumously, like in a will. Her widower does appear to be alive in San Mateo.


  • The pod
  • Vaping
  • Refinery fire
  • PG&E
  • Voter reg
  • Housing
  • The vetoes
  • More on the presidential
  • Cakeday and Classifieds

¡Feliz miercoles!

I'll be grabbing lunch before a 1pm joint hearing of the Assembly Governmental Organization, Business and Operations, and Health committees on vaping. Here is the agenda and background paper. You should be able to watch or listen to it here. Rep. Duncan Hunter thinks that the government's moves on e-cigarettes is

Speaking of vaping, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 yesterday for a one-year ban on sales of e-cigarettes in unincorporated areas of the county. Ken Stone reports for the Times of San Diego:

"Along with the ban on devices, the county will also prohibit the sale and distribution of all flavored products for smoking, prohibit smoking in outdoor dining patio areas, and establish a buffer zone outside of outdoor dining patio areas."

In case you give a damn, embattled Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine), who famously used a vape pen in a congressional hearing, dons his physician's coat for the U-T:

“I am vaping,” Hunter told the Union-Tribune when asked if he still uses the products. He said the safety concerns prompting bans nationwide are “massively overblown.”

“It’s because of THC products that are homemade...or using the wrong oils,” Hunter said. “It’s bad for you — that’s what’s happening.”

Say, congressman, I have this itch...

For those keeping score, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who is married to Assembly Approps chair Lorena Gonzalez, voted in favor of the ban. I am not suggesting that they vote in tandem, but rather adding it to the picture.

Last night was the deadline for third quarter reports for federal campaigns. I'll look at the competitive races and have something for you in the next couple of days. I know I was a bit hard on Kamala Harris yesterday, but I'm just reading polls. Last not she performed as expected and is unlikely to yield much changes in polls one way or another.

THE POD: Thank you for the great response to the live podcast recording on California and Constitutional Law, December 9 at Capital Books. It should be a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to a great event and hope it's the first of many to come.

After picking up the pod for the first time, several folks have asked me which were the best episodes. Of course, they are all our children who we love equally. That said, we've made tech improvements with multiple cameras and now have both better audio and video encoding equipment and shouldn't lose one, as we did with Lorena Gonzalez (she'll be back!). I will share with you the top ten (audio rankings only) episodes thus far. In fairness to early guests, the audience has been growing and elevating more recent episodes. We'll hope to have you back on next year!

So, here are the top ten listens, which I will update weekly on the podcast list page. The episodes can then be found in the reverse chronological list of episodes below the top ten on the page.

1 E77 #77 - What a Week (09/06/19)
2 E78 #78 - What a Week (09/16/19)
3 E53 #53 - Paul Mitchell (09/14/19)
4 E71 #71 - Eleni Kounalakis (07/17/19))
5 E68 #68 - Kevin McCarty (06/30/19)
6 E76 #76 - What a Week (09/03/19)
7 E74 #74 - What a Week (08/15/19)
8 E65 #65 - Sac Councilmember Steve Hansen (06/13/19)
9 E72 #72 - What a Week (08/05/19)
10 E67 #67 - What a Week (06/27/19)

VOTER REG: For Capitol Weekly, Paul Mitchell dives into voter registration data in the changing world because he knows he can tickle your fantasy by dazzling us with digits. Paul writes:

"In today's voter data environment, campaigns can actually use this information to target voters. For example, there are identifiers for those who were previous registrants, and whether they registered through an active means (online, filling out a form) or through a passive means (DMV or automatic NCOA registration). This is nerdy, but it is incredibly important for a modern campaign that is trying to most efficiently communicate with the right voters.

When building targeting, campaigns will segment newly registered voters without any prior vote history and treat them like a “Get out the vote” universe. If those voters are demographically, politically or regionally likely to support a candidate or cause, then campaigns will use door-knocking, texting, phone calls and other grassroots efforts to try and mobilize them into participating.

But another group — those who are new registrants but with prior vote history, also known as “re-registrants” — don’t need the additional push to get out the door and vote, or mail back their ballot. These voters are highly likely to vote on their own, and campaigns can focus on the persuasion part of their campaign, using mailers, targeted digital ads, etc…"

REFINERY FIRE: Following a fiery explosion at the NuStar Energy facility in the East Bay community of Rodeo, the team at the Chron report that investigators are looking into whether a 4.5 earthquake in Pleasant Hill Monday night was the cause. The fire was under control and emergency orders were lifted late last night. The fire led to a 7-hour closure of I-80, tying up Bay Area commuter traffic yesterday evening.

There was a 4.8 earthquake in Soledad this morning, part of a series of small-to-moderate temblors this week.

PG&E: Joel Fox encourages Governor Gavin Newsom to be patient and let the PUC investigate last week's Public Shafety Power Shutoff before reaching conclusions. "A current running though the body politic seems to blame first, ask questions later. Due process has been often ignored when accusations fly...While the governor is rightly incensed on behalf of his constituents, he should wait on the PUC investigation into PG&E before he passes judgment."

FRIENDLY CRITICISM OR DEEPER RIFT WITH BLUE-COLLAR LABOR? I noticed the ads on social media the last couple of days--the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California is essentially blaming Governor Gavin Newsom for worker deaths as they try to get the governor to fill a vacancy on the Cal-OSHA board with a labor-friendly appointment. Dan Morain includes the ad campaign in the morning CalMatters briefing.

"Newsom’s spokesman Nathan Click did not say when the position would be filled. Regarding any rift with the blue collar worjers’ union, Click cited a recent news release about Newsom signing “landmark legislation drafted in response to the #MeToo movement.”

Democrats rely on the building trades for campaign money and volunteers. The organization also splits with Democrats, particularly those who view themselves as environmentalists.

Robbie Hunter, the head of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, said he has been asking that the vacancy be filled for months.

Hunter said he got no response from the administration when he sent a note in September about an ironworker, Brien Daunt, who died on the job, leaving behind a daughter."

HOUSING: Joe Mathews writes that the Public Safety Power Shutoffs obscured some "good moves" by Governor Gavin Newsom to address the housing crisis.

"There is a lot of commentary about Newsom moving left. But on housing, he is moving in very different directions, at the same time. That all of the above approach is the right one when it comes to something as expensive as housing.

The governor says he’s just getting started says that he’s just getting started. Let’s hope so."

THE VETOES: In the Bee, Andrew Sheeler looks at Governor Newsom's vetoes that left his usual liberal backers disappointed. Sheeler specifically cites bills on hospital closures, immigration enforcement, full-day kindergarten, and Lorena's bill to increase outreach by county election officers to NPP voters about their ability to request a partisan ballot in the primary for those parties allowing NPP voters to cast ballots in the presidential primary.


Probolsky Research

California Democratic presidential polling by agePRESIDENTIAL: For Capitol Weekly, John Howard writes on the CA120 poll we discussed in this space yesterday and writes "While Warren and Sanders have been seen to be drawing from the same well of progressive voters, there are sharp contrasts in where they are getting their support. As the full crosstabs (available here) show, Warren does well across age groups and income levels, with her weakest support among young people still at a relatively healthy 21%. At the same time, Sanders is very polarized based on age, ranging from 40% among 18-34 year-olds to just a fraction of that among Seniors."

I graphed out the crosstabs of where the candidates polling over 5% in California for the share of voters expressing candidates as their top preference. Note that the percentages are not the poll numbers themselves, but they add up to 100% for each candidate.

This is important. Someone asked yesterday about whether Sanders was losing non-Warren voters to Biden following his health scare. The fact is that Bernie's strongest support has always been among a passionate group of the youngest voters. If Sanders left the race, it's totally unclear where those who haven't already defected to Warren would go.

Kamala's support that totals 8% among California voters in the poll spreads out the most equally among age groups, which are good numbers. A misstep that could disenfranchise one age group of voters is not necessarily fatal, while Mayor Pete can't afford to piss off older voters, and the same can be said about Bernie among younger voters.


CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to former Assembly members Warren Furutani and Sally Havice and Thom O'Shaughnessy!


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Paid Internship with Meridian Pacific, Inc.

Internship re: campaigns for Republican candidates, statewide initiatives and issue advocacy. At Meridian Pacific, Inc. we have diverse opportunities for the interns that work with us. This internship has the opportunity to work with Republican candidates, statewide initiatives, issue advocacy, local and statewide ballot measures, grassroots activation, public affairs campaigns, political campaigns for local, state and federal candidates, as well as event planning.

Interns will write press releases and other materials, assist with mailings and print production, complete research projects, perform data entry, learn the basics of office functions, work on surveys, compile contact lists, attend/work political functions, etc.

Applicants who have previously held a job/internship and exemplify strong writing, research and communication skills, preferred. Compensation is $12.00 per hour. The days for this position are Tuesday and Thursday plus an additional day during the week. Email cover letter & resume to:

Production Coordinator

Meridian is a full-service, strategic political consulting and public affairs firm. We are searching for a highly organized full-time Production Manager. Currently, this position is 6-12 months in duration but may extend longer.

This position requires strong computer, internet and communication skills. It also calls for flexibility, excellent interpersonal skills, project coordination experience, and the ability to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as outside clients and vendors.


  • Oversees, coordinates, and calendars the production process and makes sure products are produced correctly and on time.
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  • Logs and audits jobs on SalesForce and job folders
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  • Knowledge of the print production process is a plus


  • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail
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At Meridian Pacific our most important asset is our people. We offer a competitive wage, excellent benefits package, 401(k), fitness bonus plan and many company perks. Salary DOE. Please send a resume to

Home for rent in River Park area of Sacramento

Home for rent in River Park area of Sacramento. $2,950/mo, 4 bed/2 baths, 2,200 square feet. Contact for photos. Quiet neighborhood made famous by "Ladybird," near East Sac and Sac State. 4 blocks from Glenn Hall Park and river levee. There are few homes of this size around that area. Near Caleb Greenwood, a highly rated elementary school. Recently updated with new floors, completely renovated modern kitchen with skylights. Contact Malcolm for pictures, and more details.

California Alliance for Jobs: Manager of Local Government Affairs (Sacramento)

The position will support local ballot measure campaigns, represent CAJ at stakeholder meetings/events, testify in support of projects and research policy. Ideal candidate has 2+ years of experience in local government, associations and/or political campaigns. Competitive salary and full benefits. Details at

California Alliance for Jobs: Director of Government Affairs (Sacramento)

The position will track, manage and respond to legislative, regulatory and budgetary infrastructure issues. Ideal candidate has 5+ years of experience in the capitol, transportation and/or construction industry. Competitive salary and full benefits. Details at

Homeless and Housing Policy Advisor (San Diego County)
San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is hiring a Policy Advisor for homeless and housing policy. The position will support the Supervisor on the Governor’s Task Force on Homeless and Supportive Housing, San Diego Regional Task Force on Homeless and County housing policy. Position based in San Diego. Competitive Salary. Send resume or questions to
CSU: Director of State Relations (Sacramento)

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Director of State Relations. For details and to apply:

Opinion Research Analyst (Newport Beach, CA)

Probolsky Research is hiring a full time research analyst. We are a market and opinion research company based in Newport Beach, California. We are woman and Latina-owned. We are non-partisan, independent researchers passionate about accuracy, data security, and using storytelling to make data usable.

The Research Analyst is responsible for facilitating market and opinion research projects from instrument design to project fulfillment, final research deliverables and presentation to client.

View job requirements and how to apply here:

Campaign Manager Wanted
Local Central Valley campaign looking for a Campaign Manager to manage day-to-day operations. Position is located in the Central Valley. Prior campaign management or leadership a must. $3,000/month. Please send resume and 2 references 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: