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  • 2019 Legislative Golden Bear Awards addendum
  • California Democratic Party convention
  • PG&E
  • Policing the police
  • Water
  • Crabby
  • Muni Matters
  • Classifieds 

What a beautiful Sunday morning! Farmers market was glorious and the Satsuma mandarins are in, along with chestnuts, and other citrus varieties, such as the fingerly Buddha's hand.

When I ran the list yesterday of the top vote recipients in the awards, I left off two categories that were included in the podcast presentation. The two categories that were not placed on the ballot were:

  • Assembly Republican Freshman: Tyler Diep (R-Westminster)
  • Senate Republican Staff Member: Kevin Bassett, chief of staff, Senator Pat Bates

In Diep's case, he was the only one Assembly Republican freshman this year, although game on for the battle against Megan Dahle.

In the other case, Kevin Bassett was the only nominee and thus there wasn't an awards ballot category. There are two factors at play. First, Kevin is just known as a super nice guy and one of the hardest workers in the Capitol, often seen frenetically moving through crowded corridors at important deadlines. Second, as the number of Senate Republicans has declined, many long-term GOP staffers have retired or moved on to greener pastures (not referring to the Assembly's green carpet). But, let's stick with the first--Kevin's a good, hard-working guy.

CADEM CONVENTION: Here are some takes:

CADEM ENDORSEMENTS: In yesterday's caucuses to consider endorsements in races that didn't yield a candidate with 70% at October 4-5 pre-endorsement conferences, the following actions were taken. For districts in which a candidate received 50% but not 70% in October, a caucus was held yesterday and if a candidate received 60%, they were added to the floor consent calendar for formal party action today.

Here are the additional actions:

  • CA07 (East Sacramento): Ami Bera 
  • CD22 (Tulare): Bobby Bliatout
  • CA53 (San Diego): Georgette Gómez
  • SD07 (Tri-Valley): no endorsement
  • SD37 (Irvine): no endorsement
  • AD09 (S. Sacramento): Jim Cooper
  • AD33 (SB High Desert): no endorsement
  • AD75 (Escondido): Karen Schwartz-Frates

The full list is on page 10 of the floor packet.

The "newsiest" item from these yesterday was that liberals denied Senator Steve Glazer the party endorsement in SD07. While it is a big win for Marisol Rubio and her supporters, the safe Dem district has often sent more moderate Democrats, such as former Assemblymember Joe Canciamilla to the north (and now Asm. Jim Frazier), and mod Republican former Assemblymember Catharine Baker to the south. The district runs along East Bay suburbs from Walnut Creek-Concord-Antioch to the north to Pleasanton-Livermore to the south.

At this point, no Republicans have filed for the seat, so it could be a two-Dem general next November.

In addition to the legislative endorsements on the consent calendar, the CDP is expected to take positions supporting Proposition 13 (education bond) in March, and "Yes" on the bail referendum (upholding SB 10), and opposing the measure to roll back criminal justice reforms. 

JUMP IN, THE WATER IS WARM: For Politico, David Siders writes that former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick overcame his biggest challenge since joining the presidential campaign, not being booed at the California Democratic Convention as a new entry moderate. Siders writes that Patrick said "... "I'm not talking about a moderate agenda. This is no time for a moderate agenda. I'm talking about being woke, while leaving room for the still-awakening."

It's dark out and I've just started the day...can you send me some of that wokiness?

Meanwhile, the Chron's Joe Garofoli writes that the Patrick reception was just "meh."

More after the jump...

PG&E: Pacific Gas & Electric is monitoring an offshore wind event Wednesday that could lead to public safety power shutoffs, the company warns in a release. "Both the forecast and the scope of the weather event remain very fluid three days ahead of the event. At present, projections reflect a possible weather event similar to previous PSPS events that impacted about 180,000 customers."

POLICING THE POLICE: For KQED and the Bay Area News Group, Sukey Lewis and Thomas Peele report that not all police departments review officer actions in incidents in which a suspect is killed or badly injured, but that will be changing. They write:

"Some sort of review of those incidents is set to become standard practice in California beginning in 2021, thanks to another new state law, but that legislation sets no standards for thoroughness or documentation.

KQED and the Bay Area News Group analyzed records on officers’ use of deadly force released by 122 agencies statewide, and found that 10% failed to internally investigate incidents that occurred between 2014 and 2018. The incidents included 16 fatal shootings, three deaths following fights with officers, and nine nonfatal events.

For departments that did investigate uses of force, documents show a stark range of thoroughness, from a scant single-page checklist to an in-depth analysis of whether officers followed their training, used correct tactics and employed deadly force only as a last resort. Some of the most thorough departments ordered more training and held officers accountable if they failed to follow policy."

WATER: For CalMatters, Dan Walters writes that the new contract between the powerful Westlands Water District and the federal Bureau of Reclamation shakes up the California waterscape, although the win by the district may not be certain. Walters writes:

"The question is whether the critics can scuttle the contracts through political or legal maneuvering.

It could be a race against the calendar. Trump’s first term as president has scarcely a year to go. Were a Democrat to defeat him next year with the contracts still pending or held up in the courts, everything might revert — particularly if Democrats also retain control of the House and win the Senate.

For now, however, California’s waterscape is still shaking."

CRABBY: The Dungeness crab season from Mendocino north to the Oregon border was set to open December 1 but is now being pushed back at least 15 days because of soft shells and poor quality crab issues, writes Lauren Hernández in the Chron. Here is the director's memo on the decision.

The Bay Area region has also been delayed one week to November 22 because of blue and humpback whiles migrating south. Crabbers are hoping to be able to pull their pots to get crabs to the key Thanksgiving market.

MUNI MATTERS and CLASSIFIEDS after the jumpity jump...


Probolsky Research

SONOMA: In the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Austin Murphy reports that some Sonoma County residents are considering relocating a less fire-prone region. The area experienced the disastrous Tubbs Fire in 2017 and the severe Kincade Fire last month.

OAKTOWN: For the Chron, Rachel Swan writes that, while trying to reduce racial bias in policing, the Oakland Police Department is reducing traffic stops and asks whether or not the strategy will work.  

LA-LA LAND: The IBEW local representing LADWP workers is running Twitter ads opposing LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's plan to replace natural gas-fired electricity plans with purchased electricity from solar farms. I had an item on those solar purchases in yesterday's Nooner. One of the promoted tweets states:

"As fires shut off the lights and ravage #LosAngeles communities —

Why is @MayorofLA @EricGarcetti pushing plans that will eliminate sources of energy that keep the lights on in homes and hospitals during emergencies?

It is time to pump the brakes on #EricGarcetti."

It's a good reminder that the Green New Deal is not easy for lots of labor unions.

No cakedays that I am aware of today!


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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.

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