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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)



  • The draft candidate lists for Congress, State Senate, and State Assembly are out and updates to the district pages are ongoing (and super time-consuming). The official candidate list will be published by the Secretary of State on December 26.



  • Have yourself a beJUULed little Christmas
  • Money matters
  • Cakeday, farewell, and new classifieds

The Nooner for Wednesday, December 25, 2019, presented by SYASL Partners

Capitol Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Noonerific Holidays to All!

¡Feliz Navidad y Hanukkah! 🎄🕎🎄🕎🎄🕎🎄🕎

Yes, if you're a Capitol denizen, you are correct that the above photo is from a previous holiday scene. I just couldn't bear to use one of my pictures from this year's incarnation, which has the Capitol wrapped in a giant white condom to allow the replaced tile on the balconies to cure.

I'm wrapping up the Portland leg of my holiday travels and it's been a wonderful time with family. After a delicious dinner last night at my aunt's house with three generations represented, my mom and I returned home and watched a few The West Wing Christmas episodes, because that's how we roll. Yes, the dinner table had plenty of political and policy discussions with little disagreement. I can't say that will be the case on my Southern California swing, but that's all in the game, yo'.

I hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday. Just a couple of items and some important Christmas baby Cakedays below in between Noonerific tamales and my last meal with family in Portland before returning to The Golden State.

HAVE YOURSELF A beJUULED LITTLE CHRISTMAS: A few more contributions from embattled San Francisco-based e-cigarette manufacturer JUUL Labs Inc. were reported after I wrote long-form on long-form on December 10 about ones to Assembly members Wendy Carillo and Jose Medina, which were the first since the committee went on contribution hiatus after August 31 while under national scrutiny and a California Department of Public Health (CDPH) warning not to use the products until the cause of severe pulmonary illnesses that garnered national attention can be determined.

Since I called out Carrillo and Medina, it's only fair that I report on those since, including one that appeared the day I wrote in depth. Here are the latest holiday gifts from JUUL as we almost certainly return to the issue when the Legislature returns January 6:

  • Brian Dahle for Senate 2019 - $4,700 (2019-12-10)
  • Chris Holden for Assembly 2020 - $4,000 (2019-12-19)
  • California Republicans Party - $120,000 (2019-12-20) 

During the same window of 08/31-12/25 period last year, the company doled out dollars to:

10/31/18 CALIFORNIA VOTE PROJECT (Assembly Democrats) $15,000.00
9/26/18 CALIFORNIANS FOR JOBS AND A STRONG ECONOMY (Pro-moderate Dems IE committee) $15,000.00

Monday's weekly update from CDPH reports 178 illnesses and 4 deaths--most attributed to illicit THC-containing vapes, although 10% were nicotine-only. Forty-five percent of the reported illnesses have required ICU admission and 28% required mechanical ventilation.

I haven't seen anything illegal with the contributions and believe in informed personal choice. I'm just a storyteller and find it interesting and will continue to tell the political and policy story on this and other subjects. It's interesting that JUUL took a clear hiatus from August 31 through December 5, and then resumed December 6 just in time for the holiday season.

MONEY MATTERS: A noticed this interesting contribution report of $200,000 from California Resources Corporation to a "For A Better Ventura County" county, reportedly given on 12/20. I haven't been able to figure out if it's for a ballot measure or an independent expenditure committee to hide money to support/oppose candidates from the California oil behemoth. Any Ventura folks have any idea?

Cakeday and new Classifieds after the jumpity jump, jump jumpity jump... 

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Nick Caston, Alicia Isaacs, Senator Susan Rubio, Veronica Villalobos, Regina Wilson!


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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.

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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

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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