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  • DCCC opens "battle station"
  • Fire
  • Policing the police
  • Housing
  • UC's China problem
  • Boise
  • SF election results
  • Taft
  • Cakeday and classifieds

Happy Sunday Funday! It's looking like a perfect fall day across the state with very little wind. Of course, the place to be is Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara tomorrow night, when the 8-0 49ers host the 7-2 Seahawks. I sure as hell never thought I'd be putting together those words this year.

There is something really weird happening on the LAT-SDUT conglomerate pages today--up to 50 ads are showing up in the middle of articles. While I take advertising and can't practically have a firewall, I don't break up stories with ads. I never decide on ads based on content and use a system where I don't know the advertiser. When I'm writing, all I see is "--adblock--" and "--adblock2--." My advertisers often know that my editorialism is different than there's, but they know the readers. In short, I never write based on advertising. I don't think the LAT/SDUT reporters do either, but when ads surpass writing, it raises a question.

I get it that we're f'd--flummoxed, get your minds out of the gutter--in media. I think that SDUT/LAT had a technical problem this morning, but it made life miserable trying to read stories from outlets that I PAY FOR using your money. Fifty ads in the SDUT article about UCSF and China. I tried to contact several folks at SDUT to no avail.


"BATTLE STATION" IN THE OC: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee yesterday opened a "battle station" in Irvine, reports Brooke Skaggs in the OC Register. While the DCCC is working to defend the four seats the party flipped in 2018, the additional organizing likely will be a boost to the party's efforts to flip Senate District 37, where John M.W. Moorlach will be seeking re-election.

Registration in the district has shifted significantly since 2016.

  • October 24, 2016: 30.95% Democratic, 39.42% Republican, 25.12% no party preference
  • October 1, 2019: 31.96% Democratic, 35.27% Republican, and 27.87% no party preference.

Democrats challenging Moorlach are Costa Mesa mayor Katrina Foley and UC Irvine law professor Dave Min. Min placed in third in 2018 for CA45.

Gavin Newsom won in the district 50.2-49.8% and Katie Porter (D) defeated Mimi Walters in the largely overlapping CA45 by a 52.1-47.9% vote. SD37 has the beach cities in it, which also now have a Democrat in Congress and the State Assembly with Harley Rouda and Cottie Petrie-Norris, respectively.

FIRE: In the LAT, Joseph Serna reports that the prevalence of wild fires is exposing cracks in the state's mutual aid system. Serna writes:

"Chiefs of the state’s biggest fire departments say the connective tissue of mutual aid has become weakened in the last 20 years. The days of sending every available resource to help put out a neighbor’s fire without question has been replaced with hesitation — should some be held back to save money, or in case another fire erupts nearby?


At the same time, the state’s mutual-aid computer program, the Resource Ordering and Status System, or ROSS, is antiquated — better designed for logging pay and hours than rapidly shifting resources across multiple counties.

In a perfect world, ROSS would rapidly identify which fire departments are best positioned to respond to a developing blaze and alert them. But commanders say the system is so outdated it hinders them from getting to the scene of a fire quickly."

POLICING THE POLICE: A network of newsrooms coordinated by UC Berkeley's School of Journalism and the Bay Area News Group dug through newly public information and found 630 California police officers convicted of a crime in the last decade. Nearly one out of five officers in the review are still working or kept their jobs for more than a year after sentencing. They write:

"More than 80 law enforcement officers working today in California are convicted criminals, with rap sheets that include everything from animal cruelty to manslaughter.

They drove drunk, cheated on timecards, brutalized family members, even killed others with their recklessness on the road. But thanks to some of the weakest laws in the country for punishing police misconduct, the Golden State does nothing to stop these officers from enforcing the law.

Those are among the findings of an unprecedented collaboration of newsrooms, including Voice of San Diego, which spent six months examining how California deals with cops who break the law.


All of the criminal cops who are still on the job were convicted of misdemeanors. Convicted felons can’t be cops in California – or in most other states.

However, the review found a third of the convicted officers still working were originally charged with a felony or violent misdemeanor that could have cost them their right to carry a gun. Most managed to plead down to a lesser crime to stay on the job."

And they created a database to search for officers in your community.

Obviously, this article was published today by lots of outlets I subscribe to. I'm linking to a free, non-profit site, which I support. You also have permission to reprinting anything I've written this year.

This was possible because of Senator Nancy Skinner's SB 1241.

HOUSING: For CalMatters, Dan Walters writes about what is--and more importantly what is not--happening to address California's housing crisis.

"True enough, and the high-tech industry’s commitment will help, but only a tiny bit at the margins — and assuming it can overcome other impediments to construction. SB 50 would have been a serious step toward ramping up construction, albeit only one of many needed, but Newsom was noticeably quiet when the state Senate killed the bill without even a vote, and he signed a rent control bill that sends the wrong signal to housing developers."

January is going to be a fascinating month--possibly U.S. Senate impeachment hearings and a huge fight over SB 50 in Sacramento. Meanwhile, a supermajority of voters will be receiving their ballots February 4. Y'all have fun with that.

Of yeah, we're just getting started...

LET THERE BE FLIGHT: In the SDUT, Gary Robbins reports on the drop in Chinese nationals attending UC San Diego, attributed to the tensions between the US and China, which comes with a huge loss in revenue for the campus.

BOISE: In the LAT, Maria L. La Ganga reports that Boise, Idaho is not happy with the number of ex-pat Californians. In other words, the Gem State is waking up to what Portlandia decided on a decade ago. Just for clarification, I have my birth certificate and can return to Portland anytime.

It's 6am and I'm exhausted, but, yes we have more...

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

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BAGHDAD BY THE BAY: Yesterday, Chesa Boudin declared victory in his race to become district attorney of San Francisco. Scott Shafer reports for KQED:

"His extraordinary life story — his parents were both incarcerated for as members of the radical Weather Underground for their role in an armed robbery that left three men dead — led him to a career as a deputy public defender in San Francisco. His father, David Gilbert, remains incarcerated at a maximum security prison in Western New York where Boudin visits him.

Boudin's emphasis on diverting people away from the criminal justice system and toward rehabilitation was an inspiration for supporters of criminal justice reform even as it disturbed some in the law enforcement community who worry he'll give low priority to crimes such as auto break-ins, which plague the city.


With Boudin prevailing, it sends a stunning rebuke to the city's establishment that endorsed Loftus, including Mayor London Breed who appointed Loftus interim D.A. just weeks before the election, as well as U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris and Gov. Gavin Newsom.

In the city's District 5 supervisorial race, challenger Dean Preston declared victory over incumbent Supervisor Vallie Brown as his margin grew to 170 after today's update."

That doesn't look promising for Kamala's California results on March 3. Bernie endorsed Boudin and tweeted last night "Now is the moment to fundamentally transform our racist and broken criminal justice system by ending mass incarceration, the failed war on drugs and the criminalization of poverty. Congratulations @chesaboudin on your historic victory!"

Kamala also has the problem of having a race for Los Angeles district attorney on the same day as the presidential primary. It pits reformer George Gascón against incumbent Jackie Lacey, which naturally highlights Kamala's time as SF DA, likely not in a good way in a broad field in a Democratic primary.

TAFT: In the LAT, Tyrone Beason profiles the Kern County community of Taft, and why it's so pro-Trump in a state when only 35% of California likely voters approve of the President.

Taft is one of California's most well-known "sundown town," where non-white folks are not welcome when the streetlights go on. Well, that's unless they play football. Taft College worked hard to recruit folks from around the world to play football, often in violation of league rules that provide for no recruiting from outside of California.

I know lots of great folks in Taft from my community college days who I don't consider racists, but the town has its history. My "hometown" of Placentia was mostly white as well, with kids leaving school walking in different directions largely by race.

Athletics was one of the hardest parts of my job as CEO of the Community College League. I not only represented the college presidents and trustees, but technically was over the California community college equivalent of the NCAA. Presidents always wanted to crack down on the bad actors until it was one of their own and then they were innocent and "doing what everyone else is doing." The wildest was a college not recruiting in American Samoa, but rather bringing cleats on a humanitarian mission. No, I don't remember which college and if I did, I wouldn't type it.

College presidents and trustees come and go, but the community always remembers the football team.

Finally, why I cry.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Robbie Abelon!


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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

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