Around The Capitol

If you don't see images in this message, click "Display Images" or the equivalent.
Having trouble viewing this email? Click here

Receive this as a forward? Get the Nooner in your e-mail box.
To be removed from The Nooner list, click here.

Nooner Premium | SacTown Talks by The Nooner podcast
California Legislative Directory| Classifieds | Sofa Degree


E-116 - Thursday, November 8, 2019, presented by SYASLPartners

Become a Nooner Premium subscriber to access enhanced legislative profiles, exclusive election analysis, and downloadable back-end data. | Follow @scottlay

Advertise in The Nooner to reach over 8,000 readers

RECENT AURAL PLEASURE: Have a new pod episode related to California politics and policy that you'd like listed? Email Scott.

  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) on the vaccinations debate (2019-11-06)
  • SacTownTalks by The Nooner (Gibran Maciel and Scott Lay): CalMatters reporter Laurel Rosenhall on media changes, electricity (2019-11-04) [YouTube | Simplecast | iTunes
  • Cap●Impact (McGeorge School of Law): Chris Micheli on the shortcomings of the California Administrative Procedure Act (2019-11-02) [transcript]
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): CA25 and Stanford professor Michael Ware on wildfires and electricity (2019-11-01)
  • Look West (Assembly Democratic Caucus): "Celebrating 100 years of Women's Right to Vote" (2019-11-01)  [Apple Podcasts | Spotify]
  • SacTownTalks by The Nooner (Gibran Maciel and Scott Lay): Russell Lowery on California's electrical system, as well as his time as a top GOP legislative staffer, lobbyist for PG&E, association management, and now running his own firm to help clients tell their message and affect public policy. (2019-10-30) [YouTube | Simplecast | iTunes
  • Gimme Shelter (CalMatters's Matt Levin and LAT's Liam Dillon): Opposites Beverly Hills mayor John Mirisch and Senator Scott Wiener on solving California's housing crisis (2019-10-30)
  • This is California: The Battle of 187 (Gustavo Arellano @ LAT and Futuro Studios): A podcast series on the 25th anniversary of Proposition 187


  • AD35 (San Luis Obispo): added Morro Bay councilmember Dawn Addis (D) - leans Rep - challenge to Cunningham (R)


  • Housing
  • Homelessness
  • Homeless students
  • beJUULed
  • Lending
  • Water
  • High Desert
  • SacTown rent control initiative
  • Cakeday and Classifieds

Happy Friday! You made it! This afternoon, we are recording two podcasts--one with a guest and one announcing the Legislative Golden Bear Awards!

Twenty-five years ago today, California's voters approved Proposition 187 on a 58.93-41.07% to strip state government benefits to residents without legal residency. The measure was halted in federal district court and Governor Gray Davis stopped the appeal to the Ninth Circuit in 1999. We remember the commercials. Of course, we knew how the federal courts would handle at least part of it under Plyler v. Doe.

Gustavo Arellano writes for the LAT that while the measure was sidelined by the courts, it prepared the nascent Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) for political and legal battles across the country.

Four years ago, Donald Trump was elected to serve as the nation's 45th President. Hillary Clinton won 61.7% of the vote in California while losing key Midwest states.

Also in that election, voters approved a K-14 education bond, extended the "temporary" taxes adopted to avoid cuts to education and local government, and cast a "yes" vote of 57.1% to allow the adult use of marijuana.

To go back to 2008, I have no idea about explaining the yes on Obama and big yes on prohibiting gay marriage. Everyone wants to find a reason, and I don't think that, despite lots of accusations, we know anything.

One year ago today, the Camp Fire in Butte County and the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties broke out. Overnight, the town of Paradise was nearly destroyed. With 85 deaths, Camp became the deadliest wild fire and consumed 18,804 structures, making it also the most destructive in California history. Woolsey, at 1,643 structures, ranks seventh most destructive in state history.

Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow report in the Bee on what has and hasn't happened over the last year to reduce the likelihood of fire destruction. CapRadio has had great programming on Paradise this week.

After 130 deaths in 2017-2018, it's truly remarkable that there are zero deaths thus far in 2019. Yes, there was a debate about a death that occurred during a mid-October power shutoff, although the autopsy concluded that it was a natural death. When a million folks don't have power, simply put, deaths will happen by actuarial statistics.

Meanwhile, PG&E reported yesterday a loss of $1.6 billion for the third quarter on $4.43 billion in revenue. The investor-owner utility estimates that this year's liabilities from fire losses to be $6 billion.

HOUSING: In the LAT, Liam Dillon reports that the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) voted yesterday on a housing plan that rests heavily on Los Angeles and Orange County to zone for more housing, rather than an Inland Empire-heavy plan. Dillon writes:

"Under the plan, communities in Los Angeles and Orange counties will have to accommodate more than 1 million new houses — more than triple the amount of both Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Culver City, for example, will have to zone for 3,300 new homes, more than double the number than under an alternative plan, which would have given a much larger responsibility for new housing to the Inland Empire.

'This is a moment of our growing up,' Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said after the vote. 'I understand the fear where people are like: 'No, just keep [housing] out and maybe my traffic won’t get worse.’ Well, we’ve tried that for three decades and it’s failed. This is a new beginning.'"

Speaking of new beginnings, Senator Scott Wiener will have the month of January to push again for his SB 50 to increase housing density near public transportation and job corridors as the NIMBY-YIMBY fight continues. Wiener today had a series of tweets on the SCAG vote.

HOMELESSNESS: Joel Fox looks at the homelessness task force appointed by Gavin Newsom and led by Sacramento mayor Darrell Steinberg and Los Angeles County supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Fox writes "Ridley-Thomas’ and Steinberg’s deductive approach is mission oriented—fix the problem by focusing resources on the end result. Now the focus appears to be on the many remedies offered with no coordinated effort focused on the mission."

HOMELESS STUDENTS: The State Auditor yesterday released a report finding that California's school districts are doing a poor job at identifying and serving homeless students.

beJUULed: As the mysterious pulmonary illnesses continue to be investigated, JUUL Labs yesterday announced that it would halt the sale of its best selling flavor--mint. The flavor accounts for 70% of the company's sales after the company previously stopped selling flavors other than tobacco, mint, and menthol at retail locations. The latest announcement pulls the product from both retailers and the company's online store and comes after a governmental study released Tuesday for the Journal of the American Medical Association. The report's authors write:

"In 2019, the prevalence of self-reported e-cigarette use was high among high school students and middle school students, with many current e-cigarette users reporting frequent use and most of the exclusive e-cigarette users reporting use of flavored e-cigarettes."

Besides losing a huge chunk of revenue, the move by JUUL likely increases the legal exposure for the company by confirming that the products are getting in the hands of youth, although many of the illnesses were associated with illicit use of untested cannabis pods.

LENDING: Byrhonda Lyons for CalMatters reports has a new video on California's new consumer lending law.

WATER: The Westlands Water District is ready to receive the largest award of federal water in perpetuity reports AP's Ellen Knickmeyer, and folks are crying foul. Knickmeyer writes:

"The Interior Department is proposing to award one of the first contracts for federal water in perpetuity to a powerful rural California water district that had long employed Secretary David Bernhardt as a lobbyist.

Conservation groups are demanding fuller disclosure of financial terms and an environmental review of the proposed deal for the California’s Westlands Water District, the nation’s largest agricultural water supplier. The water district serves some of country’s wealthiest and most politically influential corporate farmers.

Bernhardt served as a lobbyist for Westlands until 2016, the year before he joined Interior, initially as deputy secretary."


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

Probolsky Research


HIGH DESERT: In the LAT, Louis Sahagun reports that locals in the high desert want to take over federal lands which the Forest Service is neglecting. Sahagun writes:

"Leaders of the effort say it will take at least two years to both decide on a formal list of projects and securing funds for them, through grants and possibly even local tax measures.

Dozens of projects are under consideration in communities across a 160-mile stretch from Bridgeport down to Olancha.

They include new restrooms at Horseshoe Lake, a scenic area cradled by granite peaks near Mammoth Lakes; maintaining and staffing visitor centers: hiring people to patrol rock climbing hot spots such as the Alabama Hills west of Lone Pine, a community of about 7,000 people at the southern end of the Owens Valley."

SACTOWN: In an editorial, The Bee criticizes housing advocate Michelle Pariset for continuing to pursue a rent control initiative in Sacramento next year after her two co-proponents withdrew their support following a compromise adopted by the city council that took effect in September.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Teresa Acuña, John Franco, Ernesto Medrano, and Chris Townsend!


Add your classified now both in The Nooner and online for $50/week or $150/month by emailing, with a headline, a summary of up to 200 words, and what you'd like the end date to be. You can attach a PDF or provide a link for a bigger job description/info to apply. [Other advertising options]

Veterans Liaison & Constituent Services Representative (San Bernardino)

The Office of Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31) is seeking candidates for the Veterans Liaison & Constituent Services Representative position in our San Bernardino, CA District Office. The individual serving in this position is responsible for managing VA casework, spearheading programs and projects to support the large veteran population in the district and serving as a field representative to several cities in the district.

The successful candidate will be extremely organized, possess excellent writing and oral communication skills, be a self-starter, dependable and someone who is able to work collaboratively as part of a close-knit team.

To submit your application and for additional information, please use this form and email a copy of your resume and cover letter using the directions included in the form. If you have any questions, please call our office at (909) 890-4445.

California Attorney General’s Office; Legislative Policy Advocate

The Attorney General's Office is seeking a Legislative Policy Advocate to join the Office of Legislative Affairs team. This individual will serve as a high-level principal policy advisor to the Attorney General and Chief Deputy in the development and advocacy for new legislation, specifically in the area of healthcare as well as other issue areas as assigned. This job can be viewed here.

Applications must be submitted for this job opportunity by 11/15/2019.

County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) – Receptionist

CWDA seeks experienced Receptionist. Duties include phones, interaction with association members and public, supporting Executive Assistant and staff with office needs and projects as assigned. Full-time, non-exempt. Salary DOE; excellent benefit package. Details:

County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) – Legislative Assistant

CWDA seeks full-time Legislative Assistant to support our legislative and policy team. Bill tracking, advocacy and legislative committee support. Room for growth. Range 40k-50k DOE, excellent benefits, non-exempt. Details, qualifications:

Capitol Seminars December 2019 Sessions

One of the MOST IMPORTANT DATES on a lobbyist's calendar is the day the Legislature reconvenes; in the present case January 6, 2020.

Because each step of the legislative process can be “make or break”, Capitol Seminars offers our final sessions of the year in December to address the complexities of a bill’s journey with specific focus on helping you prepare for the unknown moving forward, finish and optimize unfinished business, and analyze and learn from what has already occurred.

Our December 5-6 sessions conducted by 44-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov, have already reached 75% capacity.

If this MOST IMPORTANT DATE resonates with you, REGISTER HERE or call Ray with questions (916) 442-5009.

SEIU-UHW – Government Relations Advocate/Organizer (Sacramento, CA)

The Government Relations Organizer in the Political Department reports to the Assistant Director for Government Relations and is responsible for a broad range of program objectives to advance SEIU-UHW’s strategic goals through legislative advocacy, coalition building, and regulatory advocacy.

SEIU-UHW offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefit package. For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at

Account Supervisor/Director (Los Angeles) – Fiona Hutton and Associates

Fiona Hutton & Associates is looking for a highly-driven communications pro to join our Los Angeles-based agency as an Account Supervisor or Director (depending on experience).

The position requires a minimum 5-7 years of experience in public affairs, public relations or politics, with agency experience required. Responsible for managing integrated communications and advocacy programs, creative content, media relations & coalitions. Will oversee operational performance of accounts, serve as day-to-day contact with clients and mentor junior staff.

For full qualifications and responsibilities, read the job description at

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to

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.
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:

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: