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  • Gimme Shelter (Matt Levin and Liam Dillon): Housing storylines to watch in 2020, with former state housing head Ben Metcalf (2019-12-17)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senator Connie Leyva (D-Ontario) and Jessy Morales discuss SB 24, the 'College Student Right to Access Act,'...and Jessy shares her own, impactful abortion story. (2019-12-17)
  • Look West (Assembly Democratic Caucus): Former San Francisco 49er George Visger on youth and football safety (2019-12-17)
  • Nooner Conversations (Scott Lay): GOP political consultant Mike Madrid on the state of the presidential race in California [Apple Podcasts | Simplecast] (2019-12-16)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): former California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George on politicization of the courts and his same-sex marriage decision (2019-12-12)
  • Nooner Conversations (Scott Lay): UC Davis Law professor Carlton F.W. Larson book discussion on constitutional law, impeachment, and other issues at Capital Books [Apple Podcasts | Simplecast] (2019-12-09)
  • SacTownTalks (Gibran Maciel): Ray LeBov on Lobbying 101 [YouTube | iTunes | Simplecast] (2019-12-09) 


  • CA28 (Burbank-Hollywood): new analysis (safe Dem Adam Schiff)
  • CA43 (Inglewood-Torrance): new analysis (safe Dem Maxine Waters)
  • SD25 (Pasadena): new analysis (Likely Dem Anthony Portantino)
  • AD38 (Santa Clarita): changed from Leans Democrat to Toss-up (open seat with Asm. Smith running for CA25.
  • AD38 (Santa Clarita): new analysis
  • recent new analysis: AD55 (Diamond Bar-Yorba Linda), AD63 (South Gate), AD65 (Buena Park-Fullerton), 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. The official candidate list will be published by the Secretary of State on December 26.


  • AD38 (Santa Clarita)
  • PG&E
  • Payday loans
  • AB 5 (Gonzalez)
  • Uber
  • Water
  • Health care
  • Kaiser
  • Housing 
  • From the Desk of the Dean
  • Poll position
  • Sandy Eggo SuperShuttle no more
  • Cakeday and classifieds

Happy Thursday! I'm off to Portland this afternoon and look forward to watching tonight's debate with my Mom.

AD38 (Santa Clarita): Candidate Susan Christopher has dropped out of the race for the open seat currently held by Christy Smith, who is running for CA25. Tammy Murga reports in the Signal that Christopher attributed her decision to focus on her nonprofit work, although was also criticized for changing from the Democratic to the Republican party last spring, only to switch back before filing for the Assembly race. Christopher reported receiving the maximum contribution of $9,400 from Assembly woman Smith.

PG&E: For Bloomberg, Scott Deveau and Mark Chediak report on a tug-of-war over language between Pacific Gas & Electric and Governor Gavin Newsom:

A clause that would allow California to take over bankrupt utility giant PG&E Corp. under certain circumstances has emerged as a big sticking point in negotiations between the company and Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Newsom wants the parent of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to include a provision in its reorganization proposal that would allow the state to take control of its assets if it fails to meet performance and safety metrics. Negotiating such a clause has become one of the biggest challenges in talks between the company and the governor’s office, people familiar with the situation said, asking not to be identified because the information wasn’t public.

PAYDAY LOANS: The Bee's Hannah Wiley writes on how the industry is looking to get around the new cap on interest rates.

State banks aren’t bound by another state’s usury laws, meaning Legislatures have a hard time enforcing their rules over third-party vendors.

Under the strategy, known as a “rent-a-bank” arrangement, banks originate the loan, then sell it to the lender, who can continue charging high interest to the consumer. It’s a legally dubious arrangement that Congress and the courts have tangled with for years.

AB 5 (Gonzalez): In the LAT, Michael Hiltzik writes that the issues around freelance writers and AB 5 is really the fault of the publisher. Hiltzik writes:

The right place to lay blame is with the employers, some of which are citing AB 5 as an excuse to do what comes naturally — underpaying their workers and avoiding their responsibilities as employers to provide them with such benefits as unemployment and workers’ compensation coverage, sick days and family leave, as well as the opportunity for union organizing.

UBER: In the Bee, Wes Venteicher reports on a federal case filed by Uber drivers challenging misclassification and demanding back pay:

The drivers are suing for the pay and benefits back to April 2018, when the California Supreme Court issued its Dynamex ruling setting new rules for when companies must provide employment benefits to workers.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, argues the drivers were improperly classified as contractors and were entitled to benefits they would have received as employees.

WATER: In the Bee, Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow write that Governor Newsom may have wrinkles with the federal water contracts over a separate issue.

The deals, designed to reallocate water from the state’s major rivers, have yet to be finalized a year later.

Now, one of the nation’s most powerful farm irrigation districts says it will back out of the agreements completely if Newsom follows through with a pledge to sue President Donald Trump over a federal plan to pump more water to farmers from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the fragile estuary on Sacramento’s doorstep.

HEALTH CARE: Catherine Ho writes in the Chron that Governor Newsom has convened a new commission to consider options for expanding health coverage, including single-payer.

KAISER: For CalMatters, Jocelyn Wiener reports on the five-day strike of Kaiser mental health clinicians seeking parity with physical health under a state law.

This week, Kaiser mental health clinicians are on a five-day strike, protesting long patient wait times and strenuous working conditions for providers. They say children and adults with serious mental health needs, including schizophrenia, anxiety and severe depression, are often waiting 6 to 8 weeks — sometimes longer — to see a therapist. And they contend that Kaiser’s behavioral health services have in many ways worsened in recent years, despite being under a corrective plan overseen by the state Department of Managed Health Care.

HOUSING: For CapRadio, Chris Nichols reports on a new law going into effect that prohibits landlords from discriminating against would-be tenants because they use a Section 8 voucher.

DOUBLE-X FACTOR: For KQED, Martha Groves looks at how corporate boards headquartered in California are shifting with the law phasing in mandatory female representation on such boards.

A bill signed into law by former Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2018 required public companies with headquarters in California to name at least one female director by the end of 2019. The law further mandates that companies with five-member boards have at least two female directors by the end of 2021; corporations with six or more directors need at least three women. The penalties for failing to comply rise accordingly.

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: George Skelton poo-poos the proposal to change to daylight savings time year-round. Voters approved a measure last year calling for the change, although the Legislature has not yet passed a bill to make the request to Washington.

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

POLL POSITION: John Howard looks at takeaways from the Capitol Weekly presidential tracking poll.

Capitol Weekly CA120 Tracking Poll
California Likely Voters




Change from Nov.

Elizabeth Warren




Bernie Sanders




Joe Biden




Peter Buttigieg



Andrew Yang




Michael Bloomberg




Amy Klobuchar




Tulsi Gabbard




Cory Booker




Julian Castro




Tom Steyer



Marianne Williamson




John Delaney



The poll also tests the candidates likely voters are interested in learning more about and provides crosstabs.

SANDY EGGO SUPERSHUTTLE NO MORE: In the SDUT, Lori Weisberg writes that SuperShuttle is ending it's service from the San Diego International Airport:

Come Dec. 31, travelers heading to the San Diego airport will no longer be able to book a ride on SuperShuttle, a once-popular van service that has fallen victim to the mushrooming appeal of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

A fixture at the San Diego International Airport since at least 2006, SuperShuttle recently informed officials there that it will be ceasing operations by the end of the year. Airports across the country have received similar notifications from the company, which is known for its distinctive blue and yellow vans. And at some airports serving such areas as Sacramento, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., service already has been halted.

CANNABIS: Scott Rodd reports for CapRadio on the rising use of steep fines imposed by local governments for illegal cannabis grows. Sacramento has been criticized of the fines of landlords who didn't know their property was being used to grow pot.

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Barbara Inatsugu!


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Jobs with Expanding Statewide Non-Profit to #EndPoverty

Golden State Opportunity is hiring multiple positions including Field Director, Field Organizers, Operations Assistant, Program Manager, Social Video Producer and part-time mobile organizers.

GSO is a ground breaking non-profit that uses the tools and strategies of political campaigns to reach low-income workers and families to build financial resiliency and security.

Join our growing team and be a part of the most effective anti-poverty organization in the country. Please go to our website for more details.

UDW/AFSCME Local 3930: Communications Consultant

UDW/AFSCME Local 3930, representing 116,000 In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) providers around the state, seeks proposals from an experienced consultant to assist with external communications efforts around our 2020 statewide legislative and local collective bargaining campaigns.

The consultant will work closely with UDW’s Communications Director and staff, and may also work with the Legislative Director and Internal Operations Director.

Consultants may respond to one or both sections of the RFP.

Click here for the full position description and qualifications sought.

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

4 New positions: Serve as CSBA’s liaison to local schools and county boards of education, key decision makers, and the community-at-large. Execute grassroots strategies designed to build relationships with, train, and mobilize local school board members and communities to advance CSBA’s legislative and statewide ballot measure advocacy priorities. Coordinates and executes fundraising events.
Openings in the following locations: North LA/Ventura, South San Joaquin, SF Bay Area, and North Coast. Salary based on experience.
To apply, please visit:

The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

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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