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  • recent new analysis: AD55 (Diamond Bar-Yorba Linda), AD73 (South Orange County), and AD77 (N. San Diego) 
  • top congressional and stage legislative races have been updated


  • Counties continue to update their candidate filing pages (if they've posted them) and updates to district pages are ongoing. 


  • PG&E
  • Impeachment and the CA "flips"
  • Asian-American voters
  • Homeless "right to camp"
  • Crabs!
  • Hasan Minhaj talks Asian-American voters, including OC
  • Purchased education
  • SacTown homeless
  • Cakeday and classifieds

PG&E: Mark Chediak reports for Bloomberg on today's stock decline of Pacific Gas & Electric as the utility scrambles to reshape its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan, which Governor Gavin Newsom came out in opposition to late Friday. The company is on the clock with a June deadline of successful exit from bankruptcy in order to participate in a new wildfire claims fund for the utilities.

IMPEACHMENT AND THE CA FLIPS: There is a lot of talk about how the 31 members of Congress who are Democrats but whose district voted for Trump. Here are the seven races that flipped in California in 2018.

District Incumbent 2018 Election
CA10 Harder Clinton+3.0
CA21 Cox Clinton+15.5
CA25 Hill Clinton+6.7
CA39 Cisneros Clinton+8.2
CA45 Porter Clinton+5.4
CA48 Rouda Clinton+1.7
CA49 Levin Clinton+7.5

The 31 Democrats he is challenging don't include any California seats. Some of the above races might turn on how impeachment plays out and who the Democrats nominate, but the members are aligned with the voters are aligned locally with their choice for President.

ASIAN-AMERICAN VOTERS: I caught the Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Netflix, also free on YouTube) 12/8 episode over the weekend and the discussion of Asian-American voters is fascinating and worth a watch. Including interviews with Andrew Yang and Cory Booker, he points out that Asians don't align with Asian candidates by default and that Asian-Americans span 19 ethnicities and the political spectrum.

Booker says that the Asian-American "sleeping giant has awoken," and Booker has found significant support from the community. In the episode, Minhaj talked about the Chinese Exclusion Act and the 1924 act restricting most Asians from immigrating as well as Japanese-American internment during World War II.

On Asian-American voters, he says "We are one group chat ahead from changing history." This is one of the reason that the cluster of Orange County districts that have large Asian populations but also distinct ethnicities, religion, and experiences within makes districts like AD72 so interesting, where Vietnamese-Americans are split among parties and experience (maybe religion in the Buddhist/Catholic divide).

Minhaj is pretty damn good for a UC Davis political science grad who grew up in town. He's also one of the strongest voices against NIMBYism in housing, which is obviously a big issue, although only the sixth highest priority/concern among likely voters. Obviously, there are few issues that are the most important in many communities and political districts.

HOMELESS "RIGHT TO CAMP": I've written a few times over the last week and talked about the case at the event last Monday, so today was significant because the Supreme Court orders released today from Friday's conference included a denial of certiorari (review) of the Ninth Circuit's decision in City of Boise, Idaho v. Martin.

The case involved several homeless individuals in Boise who were issued $25 citations for sleeping in a public park. They challenged their fines on the grounds that it was cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment when the "state" imposes fines in a generally applicable ordinance without reasonable alternatives, such as shelter beds. During last Monday's book event at Capital Books, Professor Carlton Larson thought that there would be four votes to hear the appeal, although he also thought that the plaintiffs against the ordinance should have pursued a 5th/14th Amendment due process argument of deprivation of the right to "liberty."

As I wrote yesterday, the same issue may be tested soon on the right to feed homeless. On Boise, Professor Larson said in email this morning after the order that SCOTUS may just be waiting for a more definitive circuit split before taking up the issue. Meanwhile, within Ninth Circuit states, the right to sleep or camp is the law unless the government can express a compelling state interest or has provided reasonable alternatives.

In response to the decision to sustain the Ninth Circuit decision, Sacramento mayor Darrell Steinberg, who co-chairs Governor Newsom's homelessness commission tweeted "The Supreme Court’s message is clear: States, counties and cities must act with far greater urgency to get people indoors."

A few more items, Cakeday, and NEW Classifieds after the jump...

SACTOWN HOMELESS: In the Bee, David Lightman reports that even with increased federal funding, more people are sleeping on Sacramento's sidewalks this winter. "Congress wants to spend about $2.8 billion in fiscal 2020, the 12-month period that began Oct. 1, on homeless assistance grants, the major funding source to help the homeless. Final votes are likely sometime this month on what would be about a 6% increase over last year."

The anger around town over fewer beds and no cold-weather shelter is not going over well. The frustration around solid Democrats toward the city council and Mayor Darrell Steinberg is palpable. This includes unaligned activists/officials and business owners I talk to. I don't blame fellow King Hall alum Steinberg, but even with a weak mayor system, the buck lands on his desk rather than councilmembers advancing shelter locations, which downtown's Steve Hansen was fortunate to be the first with the Capitol Plaza SRO "hotel." Most districts are nowhere close--even for next winter.

PURCHASED EDUCATION: In the MercNews, John Woolfolk reports on the other big higher ed scam beyond admissions--bought test-takers of online classes. This comes after the California Community Colleges added a fully online college under pressure from Governor Jerry Brown and legislators. Faculty are not happy with the independent college that is replacing locally developed and run courses and with one-on-one contact, and this article gives credence to their argument.

I try not to weigh in on community college issues in respect of my successors, but the community college

CRABS! In the Chron, Steve Rubenstein and Catherine Ho write that the Bay Area commercial Dungeness crab season opened yesterday after being delayed for migrating whales. Crabbers are scrambling to make a profit after the season was delayed through the important Thanksgiving holiday. The fisheries further up the coast are still closed for the demoic acid levels. It's bad news not only for the crabbers, but associated businesses (restaurants) and community groups that usually have their biggest fundraising event of the year as a crab feed.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Adam Berkowitz, Shelley Henderson, Sandra Chen Lau, and Robert Stewart!


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CTBA Back to Session Bash XV - 5 p.m. - 1:00 a.m

The biggest political event of the year, The Back to Session Bash, returns on Thursday 1/16 to celebrate its 15th year anniversary. Invitees will enjoy cigars, bourbon, Moscow Mule, Whiteclaws, rosé and cupcake bars; food by Cafeteria 15L; and more. You won't want to miss our live musical guests. By invitation only. Questions: Monique Vieira Huestis at

California State University: Legislative Administrative Assistant (Sacramento)

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Legislative Administrative Assistant. Under the general direction of the Director of State Relations the Legislative Administrative Assistant will perform tasks and duties as assigned. Resumes will be accepted until December 20, 2019 or until job posting is removed. For full application instructions and position description, visit EOE/AA

UCOP State Govt. Relations: Executive Assistant

The University of California Office of the President is seeking an Executive Assistant in its State Government Relations (SGR) office in Sacramento. Primary responsibility for managing SGR AVP/Director’s calendar, scheduling legislative visits, making staff travel arrangements, and writing/editing sensitive materials. Job requires demonstrated experience planning and coordinating logistics, strong organizational skills, and excellent written/editorial skills. Bachelor’s degree and 3-4 years of experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience) in executive assistant role in either the Capitol or in large academic or governmental organization preferred. Salary commensurate with experience. Apply HERE.

California Council on Science and Technology: Senior Program Associate

CCST is seeking a Senior Program Associate to focus on partner engagement and enhance long-lasting, meaningful impact in the California academic and research communities by building and deepening the relationships and strategic partnerships necessary to bring important research and ideas directly from the scientific community to California decision makers. The CCST Senior Program Associate will also manage the performance of key CCST programs and projects including but not limited to updating the CCST Federal Labs Impact Report, coordinating CCST’s annual site visit, and developing and engaging with the CCST Advisory Panel. Full job description can be found on our website.

California Council on Science and Technology: Science Fellows Program Manager

CCST is seeking a Science Fellows Program Manager to manage all aspects of the CCST Policy Fellowship Program by establishing program goals and processes; researching, interpreting and applying program and contract guidelines and requirements; formulating strategies; administrating resources; and continually innovating all aspects of the program. The Program Manager will need to use advanced concepts and organization objectives to resolve complex issues and/or rapidly unfolding events and issues in a constantly changing environment. This position reports directly to the Deputy Director of CCST. Full job description can be found on our website.

Sacramento City Unified School District: Chief Communications Officer

The Sacramento City Unified School District is seeking candidates for the position of Chief Communications Officer. The responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership and direction for the district’s public relations and marketing programs, cable television operation, media relations, employee communications, and corporate and governmental relations on a local, state, and national basis. Serve as public relations counsel to the Superintendent, Superintendent’s Cabinet, and Executive Staff, and serve as a liaison between the press/media and the district. Communicate the district’s vision, mission, goals, objectives, results, and challenges to parents and the community.
  • Plan, develop, and maintain effective processes and channels of communication with internal and external audiences. Lead the development and delivery of news to broadcast, print, and online media to create media coverage of the school district on a daily basis. Develop and maintain brand image, positioning, and messaging for SCUSD.

Full description, qualifications, compensation range, and application information:

Deadline: January 5, 2020

OPEN POSITION: Public Affairs & Community Engagement Rep – California School Boards Association

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Openings in the following locations: North LA/Ventura, South San Joaquin, SF Bay Area, and North Coast. Salary based on experience.
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