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  • Nooner Conversations (Scott Lay): Lobbyist David Quintana on the 2020 Back-to-Session Bash: Looking at the past and getting ready for 2020 with tunes! Scott promises not to sing. [Apple Podcasts | Simplecast] (2019-12-27)
  • 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)
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The Nooner for Monday, December 30, 2019, presented by SYASL Partners 

  • AD57 (Whittier)
  • AD72 (Garden Grove-Westminster)
  • AB 5 (Gonzalez)
  • DMV
  • Boat safety
  • HIV pharma
  • SoCal
  • The OC
  • Prez politics
  • Cakeday and new classifieds

Happy Monday from San Francisco, where I crashed last night after the Ali Wong comedy performance that was fantastic and a birthday present. No, I'm not eating the $13 avocado toast for breakfast but I'll note that the city also doesn't seem to be nearly the s***hole the President describes it as. Actually, the guy at the table next to me tried to order the avocado toast but was informed they don't have it this morning. Of course, I had an omelette that had avocado in it and it came with four slices of sourdough. Go figure.

Fortunately, there's not too much going on in California politics and policy today, so we'll just get through a few quick items before dim sum and the trip back to Nooner Global HQ.

Meanwhile, Conor Dougherty plays up the "California is a s***hole" story in the NYT. The sub-headline is "Fire, garbage and homelessness increasingly plague the Golden State."

As do beaches, ski resorts, six of the top 20 public universities, and a basically free community college system. But, that's fine. They're just being part of Trump dystopia.

In the crap article unworthy of the New York Times name, the author refers to CalMatters as a "local news website." Uh, CalMatters is the top media outlet in California policy and politics.

Meanwhile, this NYT article is too legit to quit.

AD57 (Whittier): In the face-off between the Calderon and Rubio empires, Assembly Approps chair Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) sides with Lisa Calderon over Sylvia Rubio with a $4,700 max contribution.

AD72 (Garden Grove-Westminster): In the hot race pitting former state senator Janet Nguyen (R) against Assembly member Tyler Diep (R), Democrat Diedre Nguyen reports a max contribution from 2018 candidate Josh Lowenthal who abandoned a run this cycle. She also picked up dough from Assembly member David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and state Controller Betty Yee. The Asian-American political community sees the shot of having the first Democratic Vietnamese-American elected to state office following Republicans Van Tran, Janet Nguyen, and Tyler Diep in a community that has moved from a Republican lock.

AB 5 (Gonzalez): The LAT's John Myers returned to his public radio heritage to get up and talk at 2:15 am PST on Morning Edition about the bill that has everyone wondering what January 1 will bring.

DMV: In the Bee, Bryan Anderson writes that 2020 will be key to determine whether or not Governor Gavin Newsom's actions to reshape the state's motor vehicle agency is successful.

In his first week in office, Gov. Gavin Newsom deployed a so-called “strike team” to improve the department and later called for “re-imagining the DMV” during his first State of the State Address. He hired a new director for the department and demand the DMV begin accepting credit card payments at its offices.

While the DMV has substantially cut its wait times from its highs during the summer of 2018, some fear a return to lengthy delays because millions of additional customers are expected to pour into offices to acquire a Real ID card. The new license will be required by Oct. 1, 2020 to board airplanes or enter other federal facilities without a passport.

We also need a "strike team" to figure out why the Capitol menorah is a night behind.

BOAT SAFETY: A team at the LAT reports that boat operators regularly ignore Coast Guard rules requiring a crew member to be awake and attending to the boat whenever passengers are sleeping.

U.S. Coast Guard safety rules for small boats are clear and unambiguous: Operators must have at least one crew member roving the vessel whenever passengers are in the bunk area, regardless of whether the vessel is docked or at sea.

When 34 people were killed in a fire early Labor Day morning aboard the diving boat Conception, investigators quickly concluded that all six crew members were asleep and that there was no roving watch during those critical hours when passengers were asleep below deck.

But now, there are growing questions about whether the operator of the Conception regularly had roving watches on its boats.

HIV PHARMA: In the Bee, Sac State journalism seniors write up SB 159 (Wiener), which allows pharmacists to prescribe the preventative HIV drugs PrEP and PEP without a physician's order.

SOCAL: The OCR's Jonathan Lansner reports on the low population growth in Southern California. "It’s even meek compared with the rest of the state. The other 51 counties added 92,905 residents in the year, or 0.5% growth."

THE OC: For the Register, Brooke Staggs looks at the 2020 ballots behind the Orange Curtain.

Several House races in Orange County feature five or more candidates. Other races figure to feature intense primary competition, including two state Assembly races where high-profile Republicans are challenging fellow GOP incumbents. And both major political parties are focusing intensely on what are supposed to be nonpartisan county posts, with Democrats hoping to flip more local offices while Republicans aim to hold onto their 70% advantage in local seats.

PREZ POLITICS: In the Washington Examiner, Naomi Lim writes that Bloomberg is betting on California and quotes my friend Nate: “Michael Bloomberg has played quite a bit in California politics with his soda tax measures and his environmental measures, so he has experience on the ground in California,” said Nathan Ballard, a Democratic strategist. “He’s already won the endorsement of an influential mayor, Michael Tubbs of Stockton, and when he was in the state two weeks ago, he had former Gov. Jerry Brown share the stage with him, which is not something that a lot of other candidates can point to. He’s extraordinarily well-connected in California.”

Cakeday and new Classifieds after the jump... 


Probolsky Research

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Mark Dierking and Sarah Jakle!


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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

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

Political Data Inc.
For 30 Years PDI has been California’s premier data vendor. Now, you can get live online trainings on the newest PDI software every week: