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E-125 - Wednesday, October 30, 2019, presented by SYASLPartners

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  • Nooner Bonus (Scott Lay): Former Assemblymember Lloyd Levine, who chaired Asm Utilies and Commerce, on the electricity situation. (2019-10-29)
  • 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)


  • CA25 (Santa Clarita-Palmdale): added advisor/author George Papadopoulos
  • AD04 (Napa-Solano-Yolo): added author Sophia Racke (D)


  • Fires
  • Electricity
  • Uber/Lyft/DoorDash initiative
  • CA25 (Santa Clarita-Palmdale)
  • Cakeday, Farewell, and Classifieds

Air Force One - FireWally Skalij, Los Angeles Times

Obviously, we're still in emergency mode, although the concerns along with the dry, windy weather have moved from north to south, as expected. While we saw hurricane-force winds in Sonoma County earlier in the week with a Diablo Winds event, we're now seeing them in Ventura and northern Los Angeles counties with a Santa Ana Winds event.

It's another early morning with a few hours of sleep and the new big fire is on the west side of the Simi Valley in southwest Ventura Count. The Easy Fire broke out to the northeast of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and has been burning toward State Route 23 all morning. The highway is closed to non-emergency traffic. 

I forgot if I wrote it here, but the 2019 Legislative Golden Bear Awards will be announced next week. Voting is closed, but I just don't think this is a good week for a fun celebration of great work in Sacramento by lots of good folks. Today's podcast recording will instead focus on the electricity situation with another good guest with more insights.

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.

Easy Fire (Simi Valley - Ventura County):

  • Acres: 976

Kincade Fire (Sonoma County), as of 10/30 0700: Sit summary: "The eastern part of the fire was active overnight, but firefighters continued to make forward progress, as a whole. Access to the northern part of the fire remains challenging because of steep terrain and narrow roads. A Red Flag warning continues through this afternoon. Firefighters will continue to mitigate structure threats and find opportunities construct more control lines."

  • Acres: 76,825
  • Containment: 30%
  • Structures destroyed: 206 (94 res, 7 comm, 105 other)
  • Structures damaged: 49 (27 res, 1 comm, 12 other)
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Injuries: 0
  • First responder injuries: 2 
  • Engines: 592
  • Hand crews: 93
  • Dozers: 67
  • Helicopters: 27
  • Expected full containment: 11/07/19

Getty Fire (Los Angeles County), as of 10/30 0820:

  • Acres: 745
  • Containment: 27%
  • Structures destroyed: 12 residences
  • Structures damaged: 5 residences
  • Structures threatened: 7,091 in mandatory evac area

Tick Fire (Los Angeles County), as of 10/30 0700: Sit report "

  • Acres: 4,615
  • Containment: 94% 
  • 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 


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.

Uber/Lyft/DoorDash initiative, CA25, and more after the jump...

UBER/LYFT/DOORDASH INITIATIVE: As expected, the three tech "gig economy" companies that have set aside $90 million for an initiative campaign to address Dynamex and AB 5 (Gonzalez) submitted an intiative for title and summary yesterday. They've titled it the "Protect App-Based Drivers and Services Act," which of course will not be the official ballot title.

With the fires and power outages, I obviously don't have time to read the initiative today, but our friend and employer-side lobbyist Chris Micheli breaks it down. Art Pulaski, executive secretary-treasurer of the California Labor Federation issued this statement following the announcement.

CA25 (Santa Clarita-Palmdale): Amid fire and power shutoff news, things continued to be abuzz yesterday about the special and regular elections that will be held in the spring for the congressional seat currently held by first-term Rep. Katie Hill.

The biggest news yesterday was that George Papadopoulos (R), who was either a foreign policy advisor or a coffee boy on the Trump 2016 campaign depending on if you believe him or the Trump circle now, I has jumped into the race.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla said this morning that he will not be a candidate after considering it, while State Senator Scott Wilk has said he will not if former congressman Steve Knight makes an expected run. Wilk is up in 2020 for re-election to SD21 and thus needs to make a quick decision.

There are others rumored to be jumping into the race, which I hope to get to tomorrow when the emergency ebbs.

CAKEDAY and CLASSIFIEDS after the jumpity jump...

Probolsky Research

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Monique Limón and Mary Valdamar!

#FAREWELL: Longtime lobbyist John O'Malley (1947-2019)


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Seeking a full-time Deputy Finance Director/Call Time Manager to manage and facilitate fundraising efforts, with a specific focus on call time and individual fundraising. This position will also serve as a political liaison for Congresswoman Julia Brownley at local and state political events. This is a great position for someone ready to step up from Call Time Manager to Finance Director, and beyond. Learn all the nuts and bolts of a top tier Congressional campaign. We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building, are results oriented, a self-starter, highly detail oriented, have strong project management skills, and a deep commitment to Democratic politics and values. The position is based in Ventura County.

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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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