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  • CA45 (Irvine): added Christopher John Gonzalez (R) - toss-up - challenge to Porter (D)


  • PG&E
  • CDP convention endorsement fights
  • Presidential pitches
  • Kamala
  • Vehicles: sign of what's ahead?
  • Sac City Unified
  • Cakeday and new Classifieds 

Happy Monday! What a crazy week. I was hoping to go to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors meeting today to listen to updates on a issues. I don't work for anybody, but after 20 years on the topic and with major changes happening within the system, I was looking forward to listening to the presentations and discussion.

However, it's back to electricity this week. At 11am, the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee will hold a hearing on the previous public safety power shutoffs, what we learned, and what can be done better in the future (agenda | background). At the hearing of heavyweights (28 listed speakers!) including special opening comments from Pro Tem Toni Atkins, Pacific Gas and Electric president and CEO Bill Johnson is scheduled to testify.

Johnson is slated to be there next to his San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison counterparts, but all eyes will be on the PG&E exec. Tomorrow is a key bankruptcy hearing to consider various proposals for the utility's exit.

However, as I mentioned yesterday, today may be an announcement of yet another public safety power shutoff as high winds return with low humidity over a critically dry landscape. As of this morning, no announcement had been made, but early projections were that a shutoff for an event beginning Wednesday morning and ending Thursday was that it would affect 264,085 customers. While earlier warnings did not apply to the Bay Area and North Valley, this morning the warning was expanded to include them.

Neither Southern California Edison nor San Diego Gas & Electric have any public safety power shutoffs currently under consideration.

I'll be tweeting from the hearing and any developments relating to the possible Wednesday-Thursday shutoff.

Anyway, to ensure I have a seat in 4203, I'll be a bit short today. Trust me, there will be more today/tonight.

CADEM: For CalMatters, Ben Christopher looks behind the glitz of presidential candidates at the Democratic convention this weekend and looks at the endorsement battles for state legislative and congressional seats. In particular, Ben looks at the fights over two districts--CA22 (Tulare) and SD37 (Irvine).

In CA22, Bobby Bliatout emerged with the endorsement in a surprise over Phil Albarro. Bliatout lost in the top-two primary in 2018 to fellow Dem Andrew Janz for a November showdown with Republican Devin Nunes. Janz is supporting Albarro, who was expected to pick up the endorsement or, at worse, keeping the party out of the primary.

In the SD37 primary fight to take on John M.W. Moorlach, the party will stay on the sidelines as Costa Mesa mayor Katrina Foley battles with UC Irvine law professor Dave Min. Min ran in CA45 in 2018 and fell 2.5% out of the top two to fellow UC Irvine law professor and now congresswoman Katie Porter. While Porter hasn't endorsed in the State Senate race and has her own first re-election to focus on, it is clear that the Senate seat is not a "consolation prize" for Min.

Here is the full list of endorsements.

CapRadio's Scott Rodd talked to attendees about the issues that matter most to them in the 2020 election, and Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine share their account of the weekend.

IF I WAS PRESIDENT... For CalMatters, Ben Chistopher looks at how the presidential wannabes pitched themselves to convention attendees. CapRadio's Ben Adler reports that while California got lots of love from presidential candidates over the weekend, it's still nothing like Iowa.

KAMALA: While a couple of years ago, there was excitement around having a home-state favorite in the presidential race, a woman of color who has won statewide, the weekend was anything but a coronation. As delegates have peeled off to carry the signs and swag of other candidates, the diehard Kamala backers were drowned out by the noise of delegates who span the Democratic ideological and image field with enough candidates for every one to find a lane.

The question now is whether the song for Kamala Harris in California is the juices-flowing "Let's Get It Started" or the somber "The End."

Politico's Carla Marinucci writes:

"[I]n the halls and meeting rooms of the Long Beach Convention Center, many of the battle-scarred Democratic insiders — strategists, elected officials, campaign operatives — had a far more caustic view of her chances, suggesting that Harris’ team has already let slip away her shot at the White House.


With California polls strongly suggesting she might not win, place — or even show — in her home state, many privately expressed the view that Harris should begin seriously considering leaving the race to avoid total embarrassment in the state's early March primary. Her continued weakness in the presidential contest could even have a more damaging effect, several said — encouraging a primary challenger in 2022, when Harris is up for reelection.

'I don't think she can last until California,' says Garry South, a veteran strategist who has advised Newsom and former presidential candidate Joe Lieberman. 'I don't wish her ill, but she’s got a decision to make: you limp in here and get killed in your home state, and it damages your reputation nationally. Or you pull out before the primary like Jerry Brown did in 1980 … and you at least avoid the spectacle of being decisively rejected.'"

The LAT's Seema Mehta tweets "Kamala says she calls herself a "Sangeleno," bc her home was SF but now it's LA."


Isn't she actually an OakFrangeleno?

MORE, CAKEDAY and NEW CLASSIFIEDS after the jumpity jump...


Probolsky Research

VEHICLES: SIGN OF WHAT'S AHEAD? Joel Fox looks at the Newsom Administration's directive that the state will only buy hybrid and electric vehicles (except public safety) and ponders whether a similar mandate for all California lies ahead. "Would the governor and legislature aim a tax increase effort against gas-powered autos, especially those manufactured by companies that sided with the Trump Administration in the battle over tailpipe pollution? Already, Newsom has declared those companies, including General Motors, Fiat, Chrysler, and Toyota, are not permitted to sell cars to the state." 

SACTOWN: Dan Walters writes on the Sac City Unified School District fiscal situation and as expected does not see things positively:

"Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), a prestigious think tank created by California’s major universities, has chosen Sacramento City as a starkly negative example. Its report, issued this month, sees the district’s problems as a warning for other school systems, to wit:

“Unaffordable teacher benefits, however well intentioned, will impact district budgets if not addressed. Tense labor-management relations jeopardize financial stability and public confidence. Additional county or state authority to take corrective action may be needed to address the root causes of fiscal distress. Districts face real and unavoidable cost increases, and although money alone cannot address all the root causes of financial distress, more funding is an important part of the solution.”

“SCUSD’s fiscal crisis cannot be solved overnight,” it concludes. “Even with major fixes now, the district will be paying off liabilities for decades to come. What leaders in SCUSD can do now is stabilize the situation, steer a course toward future sustainability and success, and restore public confidence.”

There is, however, no indication that Sacramento City’s warring adults will heed the advice from FCMAT, Superintendent Gordon and now PACE."

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Mike Burkholder, Rep. Salud Carbajal, Bryan Ha, Carlos Marquez, Dennis Meyers, Susan Naranjo, Martin Radosevich, and Ace Smith!


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Finance Director/Call Time Manager

Manage fundraising operations, including call time for leading Democratic candidate in competitive open Assembly District race. Reports to campaign manager. Must have direct fundraising experience with campaign or non-profit fundraising, ability to manage call time, donor acknowledgement, work with finance committee and major donors, and events. Attention to detail a must. Send resume & at least 2 professional references to – with Finance Director in subject line.

Campaign Coordinator

Manage day-to-day campaign operations for competitive open Assembly District race for leading Democratic candidate; reports to campaign manager. Experience in field, volunteer recruitment, fundraising, campaign management or the equivalent. Knowledge/experience in Santa Barbara and/or Ventura County helpful. Send resume & at least 2 professional references to – with Campaign Coordinator in subject line.

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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

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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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