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E-136 - Monday, October 21, 2019, presented by SYASLPartners

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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!


  • CA50 (East San Diego County): added psychologist businesswoman Helen Horvath (NPP) - likely Rep - ?challenge? to Hunter (R)


  • Saturday, October 19: Q3 congressional data, PG&E and Edison, unemployment
  • Sunday, October 20: The Supreme Court and California, SCE, cannabis, Santa Anita, CA45 (Irvine), ballot measures, food


  • Electricity
  • The Newsom Era
  • Presidential primary
  • Housing
  • Cannabis
  • Prohibition
  • It's all in the name, yo'
  • Going for the gusto
  • Cakeday and Classifieds

ELECTRICITY: Pacific Gas and Electric is warning residents in 17 counties that a public safety power shutoff could occur Wednesday night through Thursday because of a high wind, low humidity event.

Southern California Edison has not effected shutoffs to 17,283 customers warned over the weekend amid Santa Ana wind conditions. San Diego Gas and Electric has warned 1,032 east county residents of similar possible outages.

Meanwhile, in the Times, George Skelton profiles new PUC president Marybel Batjer as the "new sheriff in town."

THE NEWSOM ERA: Speaking of new sheriffs in town, Chris Micheli looks at the bills that Governor Gavin Newsom signed that Jerry Brown previously rejected. "With the help of all the Assembly and Senate policy committee consultants, as well as the Assembly and Senate Republican Caucus consultants, our collective research found 66 bills (45 ABs and 21 SBs) that Governor Newsom signed after Governor Brown had vetoed earlier versions, while 22 bills (15 ABs and 7 SBs) were vetoed by both governors."

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY: This morning, the Secretary of State notified county elections officials that the following parties have informed the Secretary of State that "no party preference" voters may request a ballot for the respective party's March 3, 2020 presidential primary election pursuant to Elections Code §13102(b):

  • American Independent Party
  • Democratic Party
  • Libertarian Party

This only applies to the presidential primary. The remaining offices are subject to "top two" and all state and congressional ballots will be the same.

HOUSING: In the LAT, Liam Dillon looks at the progress on housing issues in the first year of Newsom's term:

"While Newsom can point to some successes — notably a new statewide cap preventing large rent increases — there are few signs the state is making the kind of progress Newsom had hoped for in addressing its housing issues, and homelessness is now an even more pressing problem than when he took office.

'It seems like a pretty meaningful failure,' said Michael Lens, an associate professor of urban planning and public policy at UCLA. 'Either a failure of commitment or a failure of effort.'

Newsom, however, contends that this year’s work will not only put a dent in the state’s housing problems, but also set up more consequential action going forward. For example, he said new laws that permit more affordable housing to be developed near transit, and prevent cities and counties from passing growth moratoriums lay the groundwork for further state legislation."

CANNABIS: On the California Report, Weedmaps CEO Chris Beals, talks about the issue of the site's listing of unlicensed cannabis dealers. Meanwhile, the team at the Bee looks into the Sacramento dispensary scene and how it ties into the federal Ukranian investigation.

IT'S ALL IN THE NAME, YO': Joel Fox takes up the issue of the very different ballot titles assigned to the split roll property tax measures for education and local government. We talked about that in this space and on the pod Friday.

PROHIBITION: For CalMatters, Dan Walters writes that the Legislature accomplished much this year, in the way of banning products and activities of Californians.

"In signing both the binding arbitration ban and another measure prohibiting smoking on state beaches and in state parks, Newsom departed sharply from his predecessor, Jerry Brown, who had a streak of libertarianism and sometimes rejected bills he saw as going too far down the path of official nannyism.

Newsom is a more conventional liberal, or “progressive” in the preferred nomenclature of those on the left side of the political scale, and generally endorses their latter-day puritanism.

That said, during his first experience with the Legislature’s 11th-hour blizzard of more than 700 bills approved before adjournment in September, Newsom did show a bit of political fortitude.

Clearly worried about a slowing economy, the freshman governor rejected several bills that would have committed the state budget to multi-billion-dollar spending increases backed by influential interest groups."

TRENDSETTER--GOOD OR BAD?!? For the AP, Kathleen Ronayne writes:

"The state, given the virtual irrelevance of its Republican Party, is pushing the boundaries of liberal policy, forcing Democrats to draw their own lines on the role of government, corporate responsibility and social policies.

America's most populous state (nearly 40 million people) and home to the world’s fifth largest economy (about $3 trillion), California has long used its weight to set trends. But that role has crystallized in the Trump era, with the state emerging as the nation’s defense system against rollbacks of environmental and health care laws and the federal crackdown on illegal immigration.

[President Donald] Trump, meanwhile, has pointed to California as a cautionary tale for the rest of the nation, casting it as a failed state of homelessness and intrusive government.

“They have to clean it up. We can’t have our cities going to hell,” Trump told reporters last month after traveling to California to raise money for his re-election campaign.

The leader of the alternative universe is Gov. Gavin Newsom."

CAKEDAY and CLASSIFIEDS after the jumpity jump...

Probolsky Research

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Carina Franck, Lisa Gasperoni, Monica Madrid, and Ryan Trabuco!


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Receptionist Position Open - Office of Senator Monning
Senator Monning is accepting applications for a receptionist in his Capitol Office. The ideal candidate will be able to work in a fast-paced, professional environment; be self- motivated to work as part of a team on behalf of Senator Monning; and be able to work extended hours when necessary. Strong oral and written communication skills are essential. Specific duties include, but are not limited to, answering office telephones; greeting visitors; providing basic legislative information; managing mail, office supplies and equipment; using the LCMS system; and tracking and managing FPPC reports for the Senator. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Senator Monning at: with the subject line: Attn: Chief of Staff.
Executive Director, Cal State Student Association (Long Beach)

The Cal State Student Association is seeking an Executive Director. This position combines senior management of a not-for-profit organization, executive administration of student affairs functions in a higher education institution, and strategic leadership within an advocacy and policy development environment where students and professional staff work closely together. This position requires a Master's degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience. Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by November 8, 2019. To apply for this posting, visit

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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  • Gets the necessary approvals and ensure the quality of product before production begins
  • Works with a diverse team of vendors and client representatives
  • Works with the Financial Department on budgets and timing
  • Works with the Account Representative and Creative Manager on job development and product creation
  • Logs and audits jobs on SalesForce and job folders
  • Makes sure production proceeds smoothly
  • Is responsible for verifying and confirming delivery of products
  • Knowledge of the print production process is a plus


  • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail
  • Positive attitude
  • Enthusiastic team member that is deadline-driven
  • Ability to work well with people in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • MacBook, Adobe Suite, Word, Excel, and SalesForce experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

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

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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