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E-134 - Wednesday, October 23, 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! 


  • PG&E
  • California State University
  • CA25 (Santa Clarita-Palmdale)
  • My Lorena! 
  • Presidential
  • School funding
  • Bail polling
  • Muni matters
  • Cakeday and Classifieds

Happy humpday! My schedule is a bit wacky this morning with a 9am coffee. So, I apologize in advance if The Nooner isn't complete.

Since Gibran is on vacay, I recorded a Nooner Quickie pod yesterday with John Howard, editor of Capitol Weekly, and Tim Foster, executive director of CW's umbrella, Open California. We talked about their personal backgrounds, the operations and media environment, the apparent demise of the California Channel, and reminisced about the long late California Journal. We didn't get to talking to Tim about his rock n' roll life style, but I think it was a good convo. What wasn't great was the sound quality, as I played audio engineer and didn't bring my headphones. I think I chose the wrong of four settings on the fancy mic Gibran left me to use.

Anyway, a couple of hundred of you have already listened and I've included it on the podcast episode page. I've also provided the link to the California Channel archives. And, my concept of a short ten-minute pod didn't prove true, as that's what happens when old friends reminisce.

PG&E: This morning, Pacific Gas & Electric announced that it would indeed execute its four-stage public safety power shutoff (PSPS) beginning at 2pm today. Here's the announcement with the shutoff areas. "Re-energization" is expected to begin tomorrow although the times on restoration will depend on inspections and damage to the grid in affected areas.

CSU: California State University chancellor Timothy White announced yesterday that he would retire at the end of the year, joining UC President Janet Napolitano among the leaders who see that it's a good time to get out when the budget is good and relations among often contentious groups are relatively good. In an interview with CapRadio's Ben Adler, White said:

"'I don’t see a wholesale shift in what we’re doing or where we're going,' the chancellor said. 'It's not a moment to sort of say, 'Oh my gosh, let’s totally reconsider the CSU.' Because we have focus, we have a north star — and that's student achievement.'

White pointed to increases in the CSU’s graduation rate, enrollment and — thanks in large part to California’s economic recovery after the Great Recession — even state budget funding.

'Everything that should have moved up during the last several years has moved up.' he said."

What goes up must...

Similarly, several high-profile longtime community college CEOs are joining the retiree ranks after the academic year. I'm glad White is leaving with a relatively positive image. When I was the president/CEO of the Community College League, we gave him the Distinguished Alumnus award. During his acceptance, he told several hundred convention attendees of his unique experience within higher education leadership as an immigrant (Argentina) "kid of the California dream"--who attended all three segments.

He did have a great episode of "Undercover Boss" when he was chancellor of UC Riverside.

CA25 (Santa Clarita-Palmdale): Yes, I know about the situation. I'll consider it when I write my analysis of the race for Nooner Premium. Other than that, it's just a messy divorce to me and, without all the facts, seemingly assholish behavior by a jealous soon-to-be ex-husband.

MY LORENA! When is somebody with musical talent going to remake The Knacks' crass "My Sharona" into a song about women's empowerment?

Anyway, Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) was out with a fundraising appeal yesterday for her 2022 Secretary of State bid, citing the pledge of Gerawan Farms to spend six figures on ads against her for her sponsorship of legislation to provide overtime to farmworkers. The Fresno-based, vertically integrated grower and seller of fruit regularly is the most vocal of the individual ag interests and relies heavily on immigrant labor, using the recruitment phone number 1-888-99-TRABAJO.

PRESIDENTIAL: Paul Mitchell tweets what you should do with the recent Survey USA poll on the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in Callifornia:

"Dear any media looking at the latest @surveyusa poll in CA.  Hot tip: When they put the Dem primary electorate at 42% Latino and only 34% white they are wasting your time on a garbage poll.  There has never been an election in CA where there were more Latino than White voters."


SCHOOL FUNDING: The advocates of the treating most commercial and industrial property differently than residential for property tax purposes are rallying that the Capitol as I type at Chicory. A couple of weeks ago for Capitol Weekly, Lisa Renner looked at the dueling ballot measures aimed at the November 2020 ballot to increase funding for schools, among other things.

There's a lot of debate among education groups, including some in labor as to whether to go with split roll or the CSBA-backed corporate/high-income measure, both which would deliver billions for education. We won't have an LAO fiscal analysis of the CSBA measure until next month. After then, real polling can occur among the two measures in time for the Legislature's January 6 return to see if a deal can be worked out to avoid a November 3 showdown in the O.K. Corral.

BAIL POLLING: Probolsky Research is out with a poll to begin testing voters attitudes on the November 2020 referendum to overturn SB 10, the 2018 bill to replace money bail with pretrial risk assessment. Probolsky does not have a client on the matter and provides a general release of the results.

Question: Regardless of guilt, how likely do you think you are to be arrested for a crime in your lifetime?


  • Likely: 7.9%
  • Unlikely: 83%
  • Unsure: 9.1%

[n=900; 270 telephone, 630 online; English/Spanish; MOE +/- 3.3%]

Many of the 83% who think they are unlikely to be arrested are likely among the most likely to feel steel around their wrists.

MUNI MATTERS, CAKEDAY, and CLASSIFIEDS after the jumpity jump...

SACTOWN STEINBERG: For CapRadio, Beth Ruyak interviews Sacramento mayor Darrell Steinberg during which he talked about re-election, homelessness, and Sacramento's entrance into Major League Soccer.

Probolsky Research


CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Nathan Alonzo, Lauren Mercy, Zulma Michaca, and my longtime friend former Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada!


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