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  • The 2019 Legislative Golden Bear Awards
  • The no shows
  • Gubernatorial emissions
  • Pardon me
  • Policing the police
  • Solar
  • Cakeday and classifieds 

Happy Saturday! Ugh, Bill Maher is off for a couple of months. It's the least wonderful time of the year.

As I emailed you earlier today, we recorded a pod last night that includes the winners of the 2019 Legislative Golden Bear Awards. While I finish the full presentation of the awards that includes the nominees (who definitely deserve recognition), I have uploaded a PDF of the slides shown in the YouTube version.

To be reminded of the nominees, here is a (non-working) copy of the original ballot. As a reminder, neither I nor Gibran nominated anyone or cast votes. Each Nooner reader could vote only once, although some may have more than one email address and there's nothing I could do about that.

Below are the top vote recipients in each category. Please note how close some of them are, which obviously depended on the number of nominees per category.

  • Senate Democrat: Holly Mitchell (145 of 511 votes - 28.4%)
  • Senate Republican: Ling Ling Chang (78 of 349 votes - 22.3%)
  • Assembly Democrat: Dr. Shirley Weber (160 of 502 votes - 31.9%)
  • Assembly Republican: Chad Mayes (180 of 371 votes - 48.5%)
  • Senate Democrat Freshman: Maria Elena Durazo (133 of 449 votes - 29.6%)
  • Senate Republican Freshman: Brian Dahle (179 of 353 votes - 50.7%)
  • Assembly Democrat Freshman: Buffy Wicks (123 of 459 votes - 26.8%)
  • Senate Staff Member: Democrat: Nick Hardeman, chief of staff, Sen. Atkins (138 of 404 votes - 34.2%)
  • Assembly Staff Member: Democrat: Harry Ermoian, chief of staff, Asm. Berman (100 of 385 votes - 26.0%)
  • Assembly Staff Member: Republican: Sam Chung, chief of staff, Asm. Vince Fong (133 of 271 votes - 49.1%)
  • Governor's Office Staff Member: Anthony Williams (132 of 402 votes - 32.8%)
  • Business Lobbyist: Paula Treat (118 of 354 votes - 33.3%)
  • Labor Lobbyist: Cesar Diaz, State Building and Construction Trades (155 of 418 votes - 37.1%)
  • Public Interest Lobbyist (Incl. Local Gov't): Jennifer Fearing, Fearless Advocacy (111 of 394 votes - 28.2%)
  • State Agency Legislative Representative: James Schwab, California Secretary of State (122 of 320 votes - 38.1%)
  • Public Affairs/Communications Firm: Lucas Public Affairs (133 of 354 votes - 37.6%)
  • Public Affairs/Communications Professional: Donna Lucas, Lucas Public Affairs (149 of 370 votes - 40.3%)
  • Media Outlet: CalMatters (209 of 504 votes - 41.5%)
  • Print/Online Reporter: John Myers, Los Angeles Times (173 of 466 votes - 37.1%)
  • Radio or TV Broadcast Reporter: Ben Adler, CapRadio (197 of 447 votes - 44.1%)
  • California Politics/Policy Podcast: Gimme Shelter, Matt Levin/Liam Dillon, CalMatters/LATimes (146 of 343 votes - 42.6%)

I'm only showing the top result per category. Every one of the nominees was deserving in some way and in many cases there were very similar nominees in the same category who may have split the vote.

It's all for fun but I'm happy with the work you did in nominations and in voting. I have several friends who were nominees and who I would have voted for who did not win, but I think it's a solid, diverse list. We'll do this again next year but of course wait until after the November election.

As always, I welcome your feedback! 

The California Democratic Convention is underway and believe it or not some delegates are up early posting pictures of presidential candidates speaking at the Women's Caucus, the lone morning caucus following several last night. The feature of the day for most delegates will be the two-hour Univision Presidential Forum at 4pm, which will be aired on television and live streaming and available online.

THE NO SHOWS: For the AP, Kathleen Ronayne and Michael R. Blood report on the frustration of California Democratic Party convention attendees by the decline in invitation to speak by two front-runners, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. They write:

"Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in particular could benefit from Warren's absence as the two battle over the party’s most progressive voters, many of whom were galvanized to become more involved in official party politics after Sanders' 2016 bid. Sanders' campaign has already hired 40 staff members in California, far more than any of his competitors, and is treating the state as comparable to early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire."

GUBERNATORIAL EMISSIONS: Yesterday, the Newsom Administration announced a new policy to prohibit purchasing by state agencies of any sedans solely powered by an internal combustion engine, with exemptions for certain public safety vehicles, favoring hybrid and electric vehicles. A second policy is being developed to limit the purchase of vehicles to only those companies who are siding with the state in the fight with the Trump Administration in the ability of the California Air Resources Board to set higher emissions standards than those of the federal government.

For CalMatters, Rachel Becker writes:

"The decision affects General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and multiple other automakers that sided with the Trump administration in the ongoing battle over tailpipe pollution rules. The policy will hit General Motors particularly hard; California spent more than $27 million on passenger vehicles from GM-owned Chevrolet in 2018."

Becker's article graphically shows the impact of the CARB dispute by manufacture.

PARDON ME: Yesterday, Governor Newsom granted four pardons, including to three individuals for whom past crimes put them at threat of deportation to Southeast Asia, and a fourth who had been convicted of a possession for sale of a controlled substance and sentenced to 36 months of probation. He completed a statutory procedure to obtain and requested a Certificate of Rehabilitation by the OC Superior Court, which was granted.

Here are the gubernatorial clemency certificates.

POLICING THE POLICE: While the Public Records Act release of thousands of records about law enforcement officials who have had their own brushes with the law, the question is what to do about those who have a criminal background and are still on the same force as where they were when committed, or now employed elsewhere. The LA Times editorializes that it's not as simple as "purge all with a record." The board writes:

"It is beyond question that law enforcement officers should be held to a higher standard of conduct than the general public, and it is equally clear that some misdemeanor convictions — domestic violence, for example — show a lack of fitness to serve.

But what about a so-called standard misdemeanor, like being drunk in public while off-duty? An officer may be convicted of that offense yet still be fit to serve after appropriate discipline, counseling and training. First-offense drunk driving is more serious, but perhaps the employment consequences of that crime, too, are best left to the internal police disciplinary system and not automatic dismissal.

Meanwhile, some types of misconduct — falsifying official reports, for example — can be so egregious that they ought to result in automatic firing whether or not district attorneys bring criminal charges.

Drawing a bright line can feel satisfying but is often not the simple fix it appears to be. That’s something lawmakers ought to keep in mind as they read the stories on officer crimes and decide how to proceed."

More after the jump...

SOLAR: In the Bakersfield Californian, John Cox reports that a eight-year, 1,400 acre solar farm in Kern County to serve more than 150,000 homes in the Los Angeles area is bring brought online.

"With a price tag estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars, L.A.-based 8minute Solar Energy's three-phase Springbok project in Cantil has put the area's otherwise underused real estate to use creating some 850 construction and maintenance positions, as well as 1,100 indirect jobs.

Viewed in the context of existing wind farms in the Tehachapi area and a larger solar plant under development nearby by the same company, the project demonstrates the renewable-energy potential of a county that is sometimes overshadowed by its better-known oil and gas portfolio.

The juice is being sold on contract to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the City of Glendale and another large farm nearby is slated to begin construction soon.

CAKEDAY and CLASSIFIEDS after the jumpity jump...


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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Carol Chamberlain, Darrow Sprague, Lauren Steiner, and Rep. Eric Swalwell!


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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.

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

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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