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E-113 - Monday, November 11, 2019, presented by SYASLPartners

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  • SD28 (Temecula-Coachella-Blythe): added Riverside County Board of Education trustee Elizabeth Romero (D) - leans Rep - open seat special election - Stone (R)


  • Water
  • Trump Jr. 
  • BART
  • Fire
  • Muni matters
  • Cakeday and classifieds

Thank you to all who have served and continue to serve our country, including my father both in the Navy and later with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, putting his love of amateur radio to work for our nation.

Thank you, Dad.

Dad Coast Card


Yeah, Dad and family are true-red Republicans. We love each other. They just brought us to California.

WATER: Bettina Boxall reports in the LAT that the Westlands Water District is poised to receive a permanent allocation of water from the federal Central Valley Project, although it's unclear whether it will receive the full allocation.

"Westlands is the first in line to permanently lock in its contract for Central Valley Project deliveries under a 2016 law. Other valley farm districts are expected to follow, but as the project’s biggest customer, Westlands arguably has the most to gain.

The deal would entitle Westlands to annual deliveries that are roughly double what the entire city of Los Angeles uses in a year.

There is no guarantee it will get that, since Westlands is low in the federal project’s pecking order and is among the first cut in times of shortage. Since 1990, it has received its full allotment in only four years.

But even partial deliveries result in huge quantities of water flowing from the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to hundreds of thousands of district acres farmed by some of California’s wealthiest growers."

Congressman Jared Huffman posts on Facebook:

"It's not just Rudy's clients in Ukraine and Trump family properties and business interests around the world; this corrupt administration is also lavishing a huge permanent water contract on the world's wealthiest corporate nut growers, the Westlands Water District. It sure pays to be one of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt's former (and future) lobbying clients. Bernhardt is giving Westlands twice the amount of water Los Angeles uses in a year at a fraction of its market value. But don't worry: they say they have "no intention" of re-selling it for a profit. Feel better?"

Oh, damn, do I need to type FACEBOOK now?

During my morning walk, the visiting Canada geese in Southside Park were not happy with the news of further drawdown of the Delta and were honking loudly.

On a similar note, I discovered this morning that Chinatown is free from EPIX this month, one of those channels I didn't know I paid for. Forget that it was a Polanski film. It's Jack and about California's water fights...I'm all in.

TRUMP JR.: Depending on which article you believe, Donald Trump, Jr. was either booed off stage at UCLA yesterday by supporters who wanted him to take Q&A or opponents intent on heckling him. Anyway, here is the LAT story and one with a different characterization of the events from the Guardian. Junior and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle then went to the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, where protestors greeted them.

BART: People are still up in arms over the video recorded arrest of a man for eating a breakfast sandwich on a BART platform at the Pleasant Hill station. Officially, he was arrested for refusing to give the officer his ID so a citation could be written, which reportedly is $250. Yes, BART leases space for stores to sell food outside stations.

Is bringing an ID a requirement for using BART?

I used to ride BART all the time in my community college work. In reviewing BART's Code of Conduct, I can recall violations of every one of them. I saw some amazing performances including from these guys.

Remember, kiddos, watching a YouTube video without headphones is breaking the law so be careful on those clicks. Consuming alcohol on the train is clearly illegal, but is cannabis an "illicit substance" if it's being chowed down in chocolate rather than smoked?

More after the jump...

FIRE: For the Press Democrat, Mary Callahan has this story of how the town of Windsor was saved when the Kincade Fire was an imminent threat earlier this month. She writes:

"But in what became a pivotal juncture in the two-week effort to beat back Sonoma County’s largest wildfire ever, the battle for Windsor spared every single home in the town of 27,000 people and substantially curbed the fire’s spread.


Sonoma County fire officials credit 200 firefighters or more, both local and from outside the area, who jammed into the neighborhood and simply refused to give way to the flames.

They fought house-to-house, confronting the blaze so aggressively they pushed the boundaries of personal safety to the very limit — to the point Sonoma County Fire District Chief Mark Heine said he came close to ordering crews to fall back in a few cases."

For those of us news geeks who spent hours upon hours of listening to scanner traffic, the loss of Windsor and Healdsburg seemed imminent. It was a truly heroic effort by lots of agencies that kept the fire from leaping Highway 101 and burning to the Pacific.

We were very close to losing everything from Santa Rosa to Bodega Bay. Thank you to everyone who helped save the region. Today is a day about celebrating heroes. We have thousands more in California this month.

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

Probolsky Research


SF: In the Chron, Trisha Thadani reports that the election losses last week could have a negative effect on London Breed's role as mayor, even though she easily won re-election for a full term.

Meanwhile, Tony Barboza and Jaclyn Cosgrove write in the LAT that Chesa Boudin learned of his election as SF DA after visiting his father in prison in New York.

"Boudin was just 14 months old when his left-wing activist parents were incarcerated for their role in an armed robbery that killed three men. His close-up view of the criminal justice system shaped his career as a public defender who vowed to make sweeping reforms if elected to serve as the city’s top prosecutor."

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jenny Berg, former Senator Fran Pavley, Senator Richard Roth, Ron Varasteh, and David Wolfe!


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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

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: