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  • PG&E
  • The Valley
  • Paradise
  • Canciamilla
  • Duncan
  • Muni matters
  • Cakeday and classifieds

¡Feliz sabado! So, I totally hit a wall after writing yesterday and my afternoon nap led me to sleep through our pod recordings. ¡Lo siento! I'll try to catch up on sleep this weekend and back on all cylinders next week!

This is a California politics and policy newsletter, blog, email, posting or whatever you call it. I stay away from national politics and save that for Twitter. That said, I need to include this incredible work by NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith, formerly of KQED, a Cal alum, and a Central Valley native. She rarely toots her own horn, but we certainly can. She fact-checked all of the claims of the whistleblower with primary source and deposition documents in Pulitzer-quality journalism.

Truly amazing journalism. We knew you way back when, Tam!

PG&E: In the Chron, J.D. Morris writes that Pacific Gas & Electric is trying to do in bankruptcy court what it was unable to achieve in the Legislature--get out of inverse condemnation strict liability. Under that theory, if PG&E can show that the company was not negligent with the equipment that started the devastating Camp Fire last year, then it can escape liability. Obviously, survivors groups, local governments, and insurance companies are opposed to the move. Morris writes:

"In court papers filed Oct. 25, PG&E asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali to decide that inverse condemnation is not applicable to the company. A win for PG&E could sharply reduce the amount of money available for people affected by the Camp Fire and the 2017 Wine Country wildfires, though survivors would still be able to pursue negligence claims.

Patrick McCallum, a lobbyist who runs a group called Up from the Ashes that advocates for fire victims, said it’s “unbelievable” to see PG&E take aim at inverse condemnation again.

“You can’t ... have sole monetary control over a large part of the state and at the same time not have the liability rules within it,” McCallum said. “It’s offensive for them to even make this effort at this point, given all the other problems they need to deal with.”

I've been following this story closely and I have zero idea of what emerges from BK court, and I've talked to many smarter people on all sides who also have no predictions. We have survivors, insurance companies, labor, shareholders, and bondholders all fighting it out with state government as an unindicted co-conspirator.

THE VALLEY: At the California Economic Summit in Fresno yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced large investments in the Central Valley, both from the state and nonprofit organizations, reports Manuela Tobias for CalMatters.

“I care deeply about this damn Valley because I care about this state,” Newsom said. “I’m so sick and tired of this notion that somehow we’re living in two different worlds in the state, coastal economy and inland economy.”

Newsom needs to make the overtures, as he is stuck with high-speed rail, which 67% Central Valley likely voters in December said was either a "low priority" or "very low priority."

CANCIAMILLA: We now know why former Assemblyman Joe Canciamilla abruptly resigned as Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder. The FPPC found him dipping in to campaign coffers for personal use, reports Daniel Borenstein for the MercNews.

"The stunning details are included in a proposed settlement released Friday by the state Fair Political Practices Commission, which found Canciamilla more than 30 times violated the very campaign finance laws he was supposed to uphold as Contra Costa’s elected county clerk-recorder.

Under the agreement, which the commission will consider for approval at its Nov. 21 meeting, Canciamilla has reimbursed the misused money to the campaign accounts and paid an unusually high $150,000 penalty. Half of that penalty must come from his personal funds, while the other half may be paid from his campaign accounts."

Here's the stipulation that will be considered at the meeting.

DUNCAN: Speaking of campaign finance wrongdoings, the federal judge handling Rep. Duncan Hunter's trial has amended the conditions of his pre-trial release to allow him to go to Belgium next month as part of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, reports the SDUT's Morgan Cook. The trial on 60 counts is scheduled for January.


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

Probolsky Research


BAGHDAD BY THE BAY: In yesterday's ranked-choice voting update, Chesa Boudin took the lead from appointed district attorney Suzy Loftus by 5,897 votes. If the lead holds, it would be a huge rebuff to Mayor London Breed and the city's political establishment. Boudin works in the San Francisco Public Defender's office and is seen as a criminal justice reformer, with particular work on bail reform.

Clearly, through ranked-choice voting, we're seeing Boudin picking up the second and third choices in the four-person race.

The race for supe district 5 between Vallie Brown and Dean Preston is also very close, with 186 votes for Brown over Preston.

Is Willie's clout waning?

LA-LA LAND: For Politico, Jeremy B. White reports on the emerging race for Los Angeles District Attorney, which pits incumbent Jackie Lacey against George Gascón, who recently resigned from the same post in San Francisco that led to an attempt by the establishment to lock in the race.

"The race is taking place in a receding tough-on-crime era and pits a leading liberal reformer against an incumbent who has been more aligned with traditional prosecutors.

The stakes are high, and not just for California. Once relegated to the realm of down-ballot afterthoughts for many voters, district attorney races have increasingly attracted national attention and money. The focus reflects an ascendant reform movement’s understanding that, of all the elected officials who shape crime and punishment, none wield more power than prosecutors. And it parallels rising bipartisan disillusionment with mass incarceration and public anger at police shootings — often captured on video."

SANDY EGGO: The SDUT's David Garrick reports on the five candidates hoping to replace Barbara Bry on the San Diego City Council in the city's northwest district. Bry is running for mayor. Garrick writes:

"They are Birdrock civil engineer Joe LaCava, La Jolla firefighter Aaron Brennan, Carmel Valley attorney Will Moore, La Jolla attorney James Rudolph and University City business consultant Harid Puentes.

No Republicans have filed papers to run in District 1, where registered Democrats outnumbered registered Republicans 35,300 to 22,200 through Oct. 1. The deadline to file is Dec. 9."

MORE 619: In the SDUT, David Garrick writes up the proposal by San Diego councilman and AD78 candidate Chris Ward to steer the city's investments toward socially responsible companies.

"Critics say the goal should be securing the highest possible investment returns for taxpayers, regardless of what activities or products the companies are involved with.

They also contend divestment from questionable companies would be a complex process, and that many companies’ activities are so diverse it could be hard for city officials to determine if they align with San Diego’s principles."

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Theo Gashaw, Patrick Harbison, and Stephanie McGann-Jantzen!


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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

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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: