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RECENT PODS:

  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): SF Chron's Joe Garofoli and KQED's Guy Marzorati join Scott and Marisa for a wrap on the year in California political news (2019-12-19)
  • 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)
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IN TODAY'S NOONER:

  • Investor-owned utilities
  • Police records
  • ICE ICE Baby
  • Bail
  • Death penalty
  • AB 5 Dynamex
  • Cannabis
  • CTA greases the wheels
  • CA50 (East San Diego County)
  • Brough
  • SF homeless
  • Caltrain housing
  • LA-LA land - Airbnb
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Cakeday and classifieds

Happy Friday from The Nooner branch office, er, my mom's living room.

INVESTOR-OWNED UTILITIES: Sammy Roth reports in the Times that PG&E, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric were rebuffed in their requests for a higher profit margin to attract investors.

Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric had argued that higher profits were necessary to keep attracting sufficient capital to fund their operations. They pointed to the billions of dollars in wildfire liabilities that prompted PG&E to file for bankruptcy protection, saying that investors may need larger returns to justify funding the companies, which provide electricity to a majority of Californians.

In a unanimous vote, the utilities commission rejected those arguments.

The commission cited Assembly Bill 1054, which could give utility companies access to billions of dollars to help pay for damage from fires ignited by their equipment. That and other “investor supportive policies,” the commission wrote, “have mitigated wildfire exposure faced by California’s utilities.”

However, that doesn't mean that you won't be paying more on your bills in 2020, reports George Avalos for the Merc News.

POLICE RECORDS: Daisy Nguyen reports for AP that the California attorney general's office yesterday argued in state appeals court that it should not be required to release records under SB 1421 of investigations it has conducted of local police officers.

Lawyers for Attorney General Xavier Becerra said a transparency law that took effect this year never intended for his office to commit the extraordinary resources needed to vet so many records. They sought to reverse a lower court’s order to turn over the records to news organizations that sued his office.

Deputy Attorney General Jennifer E. Rosenberg told a three-judge panel that state lawmakers may not have considered imposing “this enormous burden” on Becerra’s office when drafting the bill.

Except that they did. The first paragraph of the Assembly Appopriations Committee analysis states "Costs (GF and special fund) for the Department of Justice to implement the new requirements, handle an increase in PRA requests, and potential increased litigation. Specifically, DOJ reports costs of $263,000 in 2018-19, $437,000 in 2019-20, and $422,000 in 2020-21 and ongoing."

ICE ICE BABY: For KQED, Farida Jhabvala Romero reports that the Immigration and Customs Service is scrambling to sign new contracts with for-profit detention facilities before a new law barring such contracts in California goes into effect on January 1.

BAIL: Marisa Lagos reports for KQED on a new poll on the referendum of the bail reform bill signed by Jerry Brown last year:

Fifty percent of likely California voters say they will support a proposal to end cash bail in the state and replace it with a risk-based system, according to a new poll conducted for KQED by Change Research.

Voters will decide on the question next November.

The online poll of 1,565 likely voters, conducted Dec. 6-10 by Change Research for KQED, is good news for backers of SB 10, which calls for people accused of crimes and awaiting trial to be released from jail based on risk assessments and a judge's discretion instead of money bail.

DEATH PENALTY: After being low-profile on the issue since announcing the death penalty moratorium in March, Governor Gavin Newsom uses an end-of-year fundraising email with the subject line of "ineffective, irreversible, and immoral" to emphasize the theme:

With your help and support, we were able to make real, progressive change in the lives of many Californians -- and set a positive standard for our country. That includes suspending the death penalty.

The death penalty is discriminatory. It is ineffective, irreversible, and immoral. This year I decided that it was time for California to finally put an end to this failed system.

We need to continue to fight for this decision to be made across the entire country because lives are at stake, including innocent ones. The progress we make in California sets a standard for the rest of the nation -- which is why I need your help.

AB 5 DYNAMEX: Assembly member Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) tweets that he's introducing a constitutional amendment for a "Right to Earn a Living" when the Legislature returns next month to undo AB 5 (Gonzalez) and other labor laws. As it requires a two-thirds vote of both houses, it has zero percent chance of passing and being placed on the ballot for voters to consider.

CANNABIS: The AP reports on a new way for customers to verify that their pot shop is licensed by the state.

The Bureau of Cannabis Control on Thursday announced a program encouraging licensed cannabis retailers to post QR codes in their store windows. The checkerboard codes can be scanned by a cellphone camera linking the reader to the bureau’s online license system.

CTA GREASES THE WHEELS: Yesterday, the California Teachers Association was spreading some big time holiday cheer:

California Teachers Association/Issues PAC
CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY $150,000
CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY $150,000
SCHOOLS & COMMUNITIES FIRST (split roll) $2,500,000
CALIFORNIANS FOR SAFE SCHOOLS AND HEALTHY LEARNING (school bond) $500,000
CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY $500,000
CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY $50,000
CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY $150,000
SCHOOLS & COMMUNITIES FIRST (split roll) $500,000

California Teachers Association/Association for Better Citizenship
JESSE GABRIEL FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,650
IRWIN FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,650
LAURA FRIEDMAN FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,650
CHRIS HOLDEN FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,650
RE-ELECT JAMES RAMOS FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $9,300
LUZ RIVAS FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,650
JORDAN CUNNINGHAM FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $2,000
RUDY SALAS FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,650
JOAQUIN ARAMBULA FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,650
FRIENDS OF MARK STONE FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,650
ASH KALRA FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $9,300
KEVIN MULLIN FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $9,300
GRAY FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,650
BILL QUIRK FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,650
PHIL TING FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $9,300
ROB BONTA FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $9,300
DAVID CHIU FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $9,300
REBECCA BAUER-KAHAN FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $9,300
BUFFY WICKS FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,650
ELECT CARLOS VILLAPUDUA FOR 13TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 2020 $2,000
JIM COOPER FO ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,650
KEVIN MC CARTY $9,300
WOOD FOR ASSEMBLY 2020 $4,650

CA50 (East San Diego County): In the least surprising political story of the year, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and the five other Republican members from California endorsed former congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) over Carl DeMaio and State Senator Brian Jones in his bid to succeed Duncan D. Hunter, Alex Riggins reports for the SDUT. Hunter plans to resign after the holidays and is scheduled for sentencing in April after pleading guilty to one count of campaign finance violations.

It's sort of odd that DeMaio had a fundraising event with McCarthy in San Diego last week, or did he?

Issa may not be the most popular among his former colleagues on Capitol Hill, but he's a soldier for President Trump and, more importantly, self-fund his campaign.

BROUGH: Assembly member Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) may have been shunned by the Orange County and state Republican parties amidst harassment allegations, but he's still on the holiday card list of Edison.

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

SF HOMELESS: In the Chron, Kevin Fagan reports that while there are fewer homeless in San Francisco since 2004 after a series of intensive programs, yet you wouldn't know it by the appearance of the city's streets.

CALTRAIN: In the MercNews, Emily DeRuy writes that housing advocates are pushing the Caltrain board on more affordable housing near the rail corridor.

LA-LA LAND - AIRBNB: Emily Alpert Reyes writes in the LAT that Los Angeles is considering revising it ordinance prohibiting short-term rentals among owners of non-primary residence units.

In a divided vote, the planning commission backed a plan that loosened some of those proposed rules, recommending that the city allow around 14,500 vacation rentals across the city and permit each of them to be rented out for as many as 90 days a year. The Los Angeles Vacation Home Rental Alliance called the revised proposal “a good start.”

LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM: Alicia Robinson reports in the Register that on the eve of today's scheduled Anaheim City Council vote on the deal to keep the Angels from leaving town, two local legislators are asking for a delay

State Sen. Tom Umberg and Assemblyman Tom Daly – both represent districts that include the stadium, and Daly is a former Anaheim mayor – sent a letter Thursday, Dec. 19, to the current mayor and City Council asking them to delay a Friday, Dec. 20, vote on selling the 153-acre stadium property to a business partnership that includes Angels owner Arte Moreno.

In the letter, Umberg and Daly asked whether city leaders had considered any other offers for the property, which a city-commissioned appraisal determined could be worth anywhere between $225 million and $475 million, depending on whether the stadium was included in the sale.

In a written response, Anaheim spokesman Mike Lyster said the existence of the stadium and a required 12,500 parking spaces “doesn’t make other bids realistic,” and that everyone will benefit from development in the area, which will generate property and sales taxes to fund city services.

“For lawmakers who may be concerned about the sale price, I would rather see a thriving sports and entertainment district that brings in tens of millions of dollars in new revenue, rather than auctioning off the land to the highest bidder to put in high-rise condos,” Councilman Trevor O’Neil said.

In other words, we're back to the SB 50 fight ahead of January's expected renewed push by Senator Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco). The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) served by Amtrak, MetroLink, and buses is just across the 57 freeway, just 0.3 miles from the stadium and less from much of the parking lots eyed for development.

Probolsky Research

 

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Doug Case and Jay Schenirer!

Classifieds

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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 monique@burtonandthebrains.com.

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: www.aroundthecapitol.com/docs/saccity-communications.pdf

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: www.csba.org/About/Careers

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: go.mcgeorge.edu/publicpolicy or publicpolicy@pacific.edu.

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