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E-104 - Wednesday, November 20, 2019, presented by SYASLPartners

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  • Lights out
  • Newsom recall
  • Cakeday and new Classifieds 

Happy humpday! Thank you for the thoughts this week to caution me about burning out (again) with the November news cycle that has gone cray-cray. I appreciate it and actually slept until after 7 this morning. So, I will be short because I have to watch the dumpster fire on the teevee.

Speaking of that, Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) has been masterful, and I don't say that politically at all. Readers know that I was not a fan of impeachment hearings.

For those who lobbied him in his short time in the California Legislature (1996-2000) know that there are few members who study and are prepared for meetings and hearings mor than Adam. Watching these hearings now reminds me of my younger years. That dude is smart and to this day asks questions without referring to notes as many of his colleagues from borth parties read verbatim.

I don't know where this is going, but I'd put my money on Schiff being the next U.S. Senator from California through either appointment or election. While a Latino (Becerra, Padilla) is favored should either seat be opened by resignation, nobody among the Dems would blast a pick by Newsom of Schiff to fill a vacancy. He's the only white guy I'd say that about.

I had a great pod convo with Jennifer Fearing (Chamberlain personally, but Fearing professionally) late yesterday. Because of technical difficulties, it's broken up into chunks and I don't have Final Cut Pro on this laptop, so it will take some time to get it out there. She had to bail for a very important phone call and I think there will be some additions perhaps after TGiving. After her phone call, she returned to find me sleeping on her couch with Lena. I ish you not.

Love fellow Aggie Jen, but I love the dog more. That's similar to the governor preceding Gavin.

PG&E after the jump...

 Well, another public safety power shutoff is underway. At this hour, Noonerific people in the following areas are most likely without juice:

  • North Bay/North Coast Counties: Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, portions of Sonoma, Yolo (7am)
  • Central Sierra Foothills Counties: Amador, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Yuba (7am)
  • North Valley (Northern Area) Counties: Shasta, and portions of Tehama (9am)
  • North Valley (Southern Area) Counties: Glenn  (9am)

Here are the most recent updates I have, which could change between the time you read: press release | situation report.

Meanwhile, the federal bankruptcy court yesterday considered proposals to get the state's largest utility out of bankruptcy, primarily between the equity holders (including the company) and the debt-holders. In both cases, it's a wrestling match between large private equity holders, or in common parlance "hedge funds." Within these categories are plentiful "little guys," including labor unions, pension funds, and the like.

Of course, there is an 800-pound gorilla in the room. Beyond federal court, the state holds the franchise card. The state can turn out the lights on PG&E tomorrow by striking the franchise with the lone issue being about how much to pay a defunct utility's creditors for their infrastructure.

The "takings" issue under the Fifth Amendment likely applies only to existing infrastructure (i.e. grid) and not past promises to employees and perhaps not liabilities to victims (including insurance companies). I don't know if the latter has ever been legally tested, but it's a fascinating legal issue to think about.

I hate to say it, particularly since I have friends in the victims class, but this very well could be the way out... The liabilities could disappear and the state could buy the infrastructure (and partially pay the victims) and everything is "going forward."

I have not talked to anybody in Governor Gavin Newsom's administration about this and don't represent anyone on this (or any other) issue.

NEWSOM RECALL: The latest report in the CA36 candidate Erin Cruz-backed recall effort of Governor Gavin Newsom was released this morning. They currently report 91,008 unvalidated signatures. The effort needs 1,495,709 valid signatures to be submitted by February 13, 2020 (12% of vote for governor in 2018), meaning it's a total waste of paper and ink.

CAKEDAY and NEW CLASSIFIEDS after the jumpity jump...


Probolsky Research

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Andrea Jackson, Clark Lee, Eduardo Martinez, Dave Rosenberg, Robby Sumner, Jennifer Tobkin, and Tim Yaryan!


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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.

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.

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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).

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.

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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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