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  • 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)
  • Nooner Conversations (Scott Lay): GOP political consultant Mike Madrid on the state of the presidential race in California [Apple Podcasts | Simplecast] (2019-12-16)



  • 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.


  • Filings
  • Party changes
  • Rocky III
  • High speed choo-choo
  • Newsom and housing
  • Porch pirates
  • Feeling crabby?
  • Cakeday and classifieds

The Nooner for Sunday, December 22, 2019, presented by SYASL Partners

Happy Sunday! No normal routine today for me as my holiday expedition continues. I was up late watching TV with my mom and slept until 7am. I didn't even think to record Meet the Press on her DVR and was a bit verklempt without Chuck until I learned that it's on at 9am (rather than Sacramento's 6am) here. And no farmers market and the Sunday Mexican food scene has me in disarray. Actually, I rarely get time with family and am having a great time, catching up on sleep, football, and of course, plentiful political conversations with the extended fam.

How 'bout them Niners? Two 3rd-and-16 completions on the final drive to kick a FG for the win at clock expiration.

I know, I know. I grew up a Rams fan before Georgia took them to St. Louis. I would like to see them in the playoffs. I'd like that for all California NFL teams except the Las Vegas Raiders of Oakland.

FILINGS: The Secretary of State's Office has posted the initial list of candidates, who can make corrections until the final list is published on 12/26. This is also the remaining window for candidates to challenge their competitors' ballot designations. Of course, the early primary makes the timing of this activity a royal pain for those of us who follow this constantly as well as try to enjoy the holidays. It also means that the remaining time to challenge a competitor's ballot designation is essentially tomorrow and Tuesday before the superior courts are closed on Wednesday.

Here are the filing lists, which I have also posted on each district page. I'll continue to update pages this week in between eating more carbs than I will in the entire month of January.

PARTY CHANGES: Also posted by the Secretary of State is the 10-year party preference history for each candidate under Elections Code §8121. Thirty-eight candidates reported on their declaration of candidacy forms having changed party in the last year, which seems high to me. That said, pursuant to the statute, they are only required to post the information through the final election canvassing for the race, so I can't compare it to previous years.

The list is interesting in partisan fluidity. Some are explainable. I'm not going to criticize somebody for going from American Independent Party to No Party Preference, as they likely truly thought they were "independent" and not "white nationalist" until asked by a county elections official during the nominations process. Now, Republican to American Independent Party is either a failed attempt to project independence or a full-on embrace of Stephen Miller.

Explain Rep->Dem->Green change from 2017-2019. I have friends who have switched parties over time, but that's like trying to find the right lane on the 405 at rush hour. Scratch that--more like the 405 at any time of the day or night.

We also now know that former Castaic USD trustee Susan Christopher will be on the ballot for the open AD38 as a Democrat. She announced shortly after filing that she was ending her campaign following outcry from both Democratic and Republican Party activists over her Dem->Rep->Dem party preference changes this year. While the public can check on party registration history of candidates, I doubt most candidates no this list is published. Christopher appeared to be the designated successor for Asm. Christy Smith (D), who is running for the open CA25, but now the district is in disarray.

  • CA01: Gregory Cheadle: Rep->NPP
  • CA02: Melissa Bradley: Dem->Grn (Rep in 2017)
  • CA04: Robert Lawton: Dem->NPP
  • CA05: Jason Kishineff: Grn->Dem
  • CA05: Scott Giblin: Lib->Rep
  • CA07: Buzz Patterson: NPP->Rep
  • CA08: James Ellars: AIP->Dem
  • CA10: Ryan Blevins: NPP->Dem
  • CA11: Nisha Sharma: Dem->Rep
  • CA22: Eric Garcia: AIP->NPP
  • CA24: Kenneth Young: Dem->NPP
  • CA25: Aníbal Valdéz-Ortega: NPP->Dem
  • CA25: Otis Lee Cooper: Rep->NPP
  • CA26: Enrique Petris: Rem->Dem
  • CA27: Christian Daly: AIP->NPP
  • CA28: Ara Khachig Manoogian: NPP->Dem
  • CA33: Albert Maxwell Goldberg: NPP->Dem
  • CA33: Kenneth W. Wright: Rep->NPP
  • CA33: Sarah Sun Liew: NPP->Rep
  • CA37: Larry Thompson: Rep->NPP
  • CA40: C Antonio Delgado: NPP->Rep
  • CA40: Michael Donnell Graham Jr.: Rep->AIP
  • CA45: Rhonda Furin: Dem->Rep
  • CA50: Henry Alan Ota: Rep->NPP
  • CA53: Fernando Garcia: Dem->NPP
  • SD05: Kathleen A Garcia: Dem->Rep
  • SD15: Ken Del Valle: Dem->Rep
  • SD19: Anastasia Stone: Rep->NPP
  • SD19: Gary J. Michaels: Rep->NPP
  • AD04: Matthew L. Nelson: NPP->Rep
  • AD15: Sara Brink: Dem->NPP
  • AD28: Carlos Rafael Cruz: NPP->Rep
  • AD36: Eric Andrew Ohlsen: NPP->Dem
  • AD37: Charles W. Cole: NPP->Rep
  • AD38: Kelvin Driscoll: NPP->Dem
  • AD38: Susan M. Christopher: Dem->Rep->Dem
  • AD42: Chad Mayes: Rep->NPP
  • AD72: Bijan Mohseni: NPP->Dem (Rep in 2016)
  • AD77: Brian Maienschein: Rep->Dem

These do not include out-of-state folks who registered in California in 2019, such as George Papadopoulos in CA25, Tuan Phan in CA15, or Chris Stoddard in CA53

ROCQUE III: Even those of us who follow these filings closely, er obsessively, are still catching things (largely because many counties haven't been posting/updating their candidate lists). I wrote last Wednesday about the candidacies of Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente (R) and son Rocque "Ricardo" De La Fuente (D) in CA21, which could upset the top-two in the rematch of Rep. TJ Cox (D) and David Valadao (R), who Cox beat in 2018.

Well, we are talking the Roque franchise, so we need at least three, right?

In addition to running for CA21 and a congressional seat in Texas, Rocky (dad) is running for the presidential nominations of both the Republican and American Independent parties. President Trump did the same thing in 2016 but only filed in California for the Republican Party in 2020.

There's nothing wrong for running for President and a legislative office, because you're technically running for delegates for conventions and, if on the General Election ballot, for Electors. They're not the "same election," like running for Congress and State Assembly.

As an aside, Asm. Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) could have filed for both re-election to AD67 and the SD28 special election, as the Senate seat isn't subject to a regular election in 2020. She chose to just file for the State Senate special. Filing doesn't close for the special until January 9. Currently, there are three Republicans and one Democrat in a district that was Trump+1.8 in 2016 and Cox+5 over Newsom in 2018, so it's likely to have a D-R special general. It's a district trending away from being safe Republican, but a likely low-turnout May 12 special general likely keeps the seat in the GOP hands until at least 2022.

Back to the Roque Horror Picture Show. "Rocky's" other son Rocque De La Fuente III also filed for the presidential nomination--of the Democratic Party.

The family of millionaires own a diverse array of businesses in the greater San Diego area and are clearly bored. At least they don't have to show their tax returns to run for President. Dad Rocky had his own suit against SB 27 ("Trump tax returns") that was part of the federal injunction against the law.

Okay, even I am confused reading over this, so I made a chart.

De La Fuente tree

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

HIGH SPEED CHOO-CHOO: For the LAT, Steve Lopez writes on the response from California High Speed Rail Authority executive director Brian Kelly to Lopez's Wednesday column suggesting that Central Valley high-speed rail money should be shifted to improve existing commuter rail in the Bay Area and Southern California.

Kelly said he worries that the federal government, which wants the project to begin in the center of the state, will try to claw back federal money if the project doesn’t move forward and meet federally imposed deadlines.

Kelly rejected the idea by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) and Assemblyman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) to move high speed funding out of the San Joaquin Valley and spend it on needed upgrades for existing rail in the state’s population centers. One study suggested that with such a shift ridership between Burbank and Anaheim could double, traffic could be relieved and air quality improved with upgrades funded by high speed rail money.

NEWSOM AND HOUSING: For CalMatters, Dan Walters writes that the ball is in Governor Gavin Newsom's court on the top issue on the minds of Californians--housing:

This year, the Legislature and Newsom took a few baby steps toward overcoming the resistance to affordable housing, such as authorizing more auxiliary housing, known as “granny flats” or “casitas,” on single-family lots.

However, they also passed a rent control law that, if anything, will discourage the increased private investment that’s vital if housing production is to significantly increase.

Meanwhile, a new report by a team of attorneys at two University of California law schools postulates that under-the-radar laws, including several passed this year, collectively give Newsom’s Department of Housing and Community Development some serious new powers to force communities to accept more housing, overcoming “not-in-my-backyard” sentiments.

PORCH PIRATES: The LAT's Juila Barajas reports that three of the top ten metro areas in the country for porch package thefts:

The San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area came in first, SafeWise found. Los Angeles and the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto area came in at ninth and 10th place, respectively. In these areas, the rate of theft was determined to be consistent throughout the year.

Other regions in the top 10 list were Salt Lake City; Portland, Ore.; Baltimore; Seattle-Tacoma; Chicago; Austin, Texas; and Denver.

FEELING CRABBY? In the LAT, Robin Abcarian reports on the dilemma facing Californians craving Dungeness crab in their holiday meals--a shorter season to protect whales (migrating south later, apparently because of climate change) as precluded their presence on Thanksgiving tables or have the risk of whales getting caught in lines.

The Bay Area season was delayed from November 15 until last week due to the late migration. The North Coast season was delayed because the crabs were underweight. Here in Oregon, it  the December 1 open was delayed also because of underweight but is now scheduled to open December 31.

This was literally a dinner table conversation last night at my aunt's house. I can't wait to get back to Sac later this week and get some of that Bay Area Dungeness to make a crab and chanterelle cheesy risotto or cioppino with toasted bread. If crab season is delayed to save the whales, so can Whole30, right?

Probolsky Research


CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Michelle Bertinelli and Ross Sevy!


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