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E-126 - Tuesday, October 29, 2019, presented by SYASLPartners

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  • SacTownTalks by The Nooner (Gibran Maciel and Scott Lay):What a Week: CA25, fires, and electricity (2019-10-28) YouTube | Simplecast | iTunes 
  • Force of Law (Laurel Rosenhall): In the final episode of this outstanding series on the use of deadly force in California, Laurel looks north to the experiences of Seattle with similar incidents and policy debate. (2019-10-26)
  • Nooner Quickie (Scott Lay): GOP political consultant Mike Madrid on power shutoffs, fires, and CA25 (Sta Clarita-Palmdale) (2019-10-25)
  • Political Breakdown (KQED's Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos):Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) on utility reform, leaving the GOP, and his high school cover band (2019-10-24) 
  • Look West Podcast (Assembly Democratic Caucus): Assemblywoman Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) talks with Reverand Shane B. Scott about predatory lending in California and her AB 539, which was recently signed into law. (2019-10-24)
  • Nooner Quickie (Scott Lay): Media, CalChannel, and history bits with Capitol Weekly editor John Howard and Open California executive director Tim Foster (2019-10-22)


  • AD73 (South Coastal OC): added attorney Chris Duncan (D) - likely Rep - challenge to Brough (R)


  • Fires
  • Electricity
  • CA25 (Santa Clarita-Palmdale)
  • Cakeday and New Classifieds

Morning folks. Obviously things are cray-cray at The Nooner Global Headquarters with fires, power outages, and lots of political developments. I'll just update CA25 and some data below and will be turning out things for you throughout the day via Twitter, email, and likely audio. In fact, I'm heading over to record a short pod with Lloyd Levine, who chaired the Utilities and Commerce Committee in the Assembly (and is not representing a client on this). There is a lot of finger pointing out there, but it is very complicated. I'm going to try to get Lloyd to dumb it down to my aptitude.

I will try to keep the latest at, including links to evacuations, fire info including shelters and resources, and other relevant information. Things such as damage assessments are often not updated overnight, as they come from experts other than the firefighters battling the blazes. In short, after putting out a fire on a damaged house, firefighters don't report it on the radio. During daylight, team members drive through to get reported tallies.

Kincade Fire (Sonoma County), as of 10/29 0700: Sit summary "Favorable weather conditions will enhance firefighting efforts in the morning while narrow roads and steep terrain are still making access to the fire areas difficult. Weather predictions show Northeast wind gusts picking up this evening. Firefighters will continue to mitigate structure threats and find opportunities construct more control lines."

  • Acres: 75,415
  • Containment: 15%
  • Structures destroyed: 96 (40 res, 3 comm, 53 other)
  • Structures damaged: 16 (10 res, 1 comm, 5 other)
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Injuries: 0
  • First responder injuries: 2 
  • Engines: 549
  • Hand crews: 86
  • Dozers: 66
  • Helicopters: 27
  • Expected full containment: 11/07/19

Getty Fire (Los Angeles County), as of 10/28 0820: The fire that blew up this morning on the 405 corridor beneath the Getty Center has shifted the attention from the largely controlled Tick Fire to a hard-to-battle area of the world class museum and, while they are no more important than a trailer, let's face it like we did in last year's Woolsey Fire, multi-million dollar homes and art collections.

  • Acres: 656
  • Containment: 15%
  • Structures destroyed: 5 residences
  • Structures damaged: 6 residences
  • Structures threatened: 7,091 in mandatory evac area

Tick Fire (Los Angeles County), as of 10/28 1900: Good news is that overall acreage in the fire in the canyons in northern Los Angeles County has not expanded and containment continues to increase amid a better weather forecast. Winds, however, are expected to pick up again tonight-tomorrow as they spread from NorCal.

  • Acres: 4,615
  • Containment: 82% 
  • Structures destroyed: 29 (24 res, 1 comm, 4 other)
  • Structures damaged: 46 (40 res, 2 comm, 4 other)
  • Residences threatened: 10,000
  • First responder injuries: 4 
  • Personnel: 509
  • Engines: 69
  • Hand crews: 8 


  • Southern California EdisonAs of 10:30am, 385 customers are subject to PSPS and an additional 205,000 customers are under consideration as winds spread from north to south later today.

Like with the fires, it's impossible to convey the most current information in The Nooner, particularly when email delivery times vary by incoming email servers. I'll keep trying to get the latest information on my alerts page.

more after the jump...

CA25, CAKEDAY and CLASSIFIEDS after the jumpity jump...

Probolsky Research

CA25 (Santa Clarita-Palmdale): Yesterday afternoon, I sent the following alert to Nooner Premium. The only update I have, which was included in the pod recorded just after the special email is that there appears to be an effort by the Congressional Black Caucus and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) to persuade Johnathan Ervin, a candidate for AD36 who is African-American, to join the CA25 race. If he does along with the below candidates, that would be three major candidates from both the Dem and Rep parties.

Remember, there will be two distinct elections next spring--the special and the March 3, 2020 primary. It's possible we will have a short-term member of Congress from the district who is different than the one who sits in the 117th Congress commencing January 2021. Then the district is redistricted ahead of 2022. It's definitely a wild situation.

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I now have from three reliable sources that Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D-San Fernando) is strongly considering a bid for CA25, the seat that Rep. Katie Hill (D-Saugus) is expected to resign from on Friday.

Before serving as Secretary of State, Padilla served in the State Senate and on the Los Angeles City Council.

Reportedly, polling is occurring, perhaps my House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) testing the following candidates.

  • Businessman Mike Garcia (R-Santa Clarita)
  • Former congressman Steve Knight (R-Palmdale
  • Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D-San Fernando)
  • Assemblymember Christy Smith (D-Saugus)
  • State Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita)

Wilk is up for re-election to SD21 next year, although it is widely seen as one of three difficult seats for Republicans to hold next year, which may push him toward the congressional race.

We don't know the scheduling yet, but we know there will be two completely different races next spring--a special election to fill the remainder of Hill's term and a primary that will be decided next November for the 117th Congress convening January 2021.

More soon,

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Nathan Barankin, Florencio Briones, Victor Costa, Rob Flanigan, and Coby King!


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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.
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