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E-105 - Tuesday, November 19, 2019, presented by SYASLPartners

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  • PG& without E
  • Poll position
  • beJUULed
  • Cakeday and new Classifieds 

It's Tuesday and we can all use some tacos today. After a few great hours of sleep, I'm back at it and of course contemplating tacos at this early hour.

Of course, let's hope it is quieter day than yesterday. Thank you for your patience last night with my numerous messages. I know it would be better if I segmented The Nooner list into subject-matter categories, but we'll just add that to the big old "to do list," which has far bigger fish to fry.

I'll be back on the microphone with a great guest this evening. Make sure you're signed up to hear from a Golden Bear Awards winner!

PG& WITHOUT E: Things are literally changing each hour and I have re-written this item four times since 5am. I give up and it's a mix of Mother Nature and politics. Here is the latest that I have and stay tuned on Twitter for the latest.

POLL POSITION: With apologies for too many emails last night, here are the links that matter for the new statewide poll from the Public Policy Institute of California.

beJUULed: Yesterday, Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit in Alameda state court against JUUL Labs, alleging the maker of vaping devices and pods of multiple violations of law.

I don't need to dive into this topic again in general today as we've talked a lot about it. I'll just look at the fifth and seventh causes of action, both of which I think could create liability for retailers. Yesterday, I went in to a couple of stores that sell tobacco including the favorite fro-yo spot across from the Capitol. They all continue to sell JUUL and other vaping products, despite the State Department of Public Health's advisory that consumers do not use any such products.

Is continuing to sell amidst the public airing of these issues knowingly contributing to the "public nuisance" (allegation count 5) or unlawful, unfair, and fraudulent business practices" (allegation count seven)? I don't know the law in those areas, but if I were their lawyer, I would say pull that ish and return to sender/distributor for credit immediately. It will likely be bankrupt soon.

Cigarettes may be provided immunity by both a federal and state umbrella as inherently dangerous products, but thus far, vaping products are not. That state immunity was part of the infamous "napkin deal" with MICRA capping medical malpractice damages, something that very well could be on the ballot again next November.

Seriously, if I was a retailer, I would pull all vaping products off the shelf today as they are very likely not covered by the federal and state product liability protections and there is way too much public suspicion (evidence?) to continue to sell. Note that I say that about only vaping and not cigarettes, which clearly are pre-empted from liability. It's no policy passion for me, but rather a very interesting legal and policy issue.

CAKEDAY and NEW CLASSIFIEDS after the jumpity jump...


Probolsky Research

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Nelson Goins and Senate Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg!


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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.

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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.

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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:

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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).

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