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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)
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The Nooner Thursday, December 2, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners 

  • Castro
  • A microgrid
  • "Any party"
  • Bail me...
  • The OC
  • Cakeday and new classifieds

Happy Thursday! I'm one day closer to gobbling up a feast from Placentia's El Farolito with my dad and sister. Dad returns from my granddaddy's Texas ranch on Friday. Before you think that it's like the TV show "Dallas," it's brush country and the accommodations are a double-wide and cots as the mice eat mattresses when folks aren't there regularly. It's the "Dobie Ranch" or just "Dobie," as it's the birthplace of Americana writer J. Frank Dobie. I would love to be down there but pulling off Portland and OC is enough for me this holiday season and think fondly of the venison sausage growing up. The family is very big on gun safety and also careful management of the wildlife. The wild hogs, however, are always fair game since they're quite prolific. Not exactly Riverdog Farm pork and you're not going to get a nice pork belly, but oh well.

CASTRO: Well, Julián Castro is now out of the presidential race. However, he'll be on the March 3 Democratic Party ballot in California. So, the two Latino names on the ballot of the 20 candidates for the Dems, Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente III is the one left in the race. Of course, Rocky III, Ricardo, and dad Rocky are in the races for only ego reasons. Ricardo and dad Rocky are both also running for CA21 (Kern-Kings-Fresno) as a Democrat and Republican respectively.

Meanwhile, Loyola law prof Jessica Levinson and Paul Mitchell pen an op-ed for the LA Times about how the ballot-request process for no party preference voters in California is being executed very differently among counties with unclear deadlines.

A MICROGRID: In the WaPo, Scott Wilson writes up the microgrid of the Blue Lake Rancheria and how the hotel stayed open despite PG&E's public safety power shutoff in October.

The Blue Lake Rancheria tribe has constructed a microgrid on its 100-acre reservation, a complex of solar panels, storage batteries and distribution lines that operates as part of the broader utility network or completely independent of it. It is a state-of-the-art system — and an indicator of what might be in California’s future.

This will again be one of the hottest legislative issues when the Legislature returns January 6. Obviously, PG&E doesn't want to lose market share to local generation and storage and there will be a perennial fight over storage technology and NIMBY opposition to the placement thereof.

ANY PARTY: For CalMatters, Dan Walters looks at the California Supreme Court ruling in San Diegans for Open Gov. v. Public Facilities Financing etc., which boils down in bad statutory language in Gov't Code §1092. Does "any party" mean any possible plaintiff or only parties to a contract. SCOCAL decided 6-1 on only the contract parties, while Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye strongly dissented. Obviously, this is a case of the Legislature needing to rewrite the code section one way or another. Honestly, from a plain reading statutory construction approach, I have no idea whether to side with the majority or my fellow King Hall (and community college and UCD) alum Tani.

It depends on what the meaning of "is" is.

BAIL ME: The committee formed to reject the referendum to eliminate money bail in California picked up $500,000 yesterday from two donors. The contributions of $250k each were from Patty Quillin and Lynn Schusterman, who are two liberal benefactors. Quillan is the wife of venture capitalist Reed Hastings and Schusterman comes from oil and gas money.

THE OC: In the LAT, Gustavo Arellano writes up the political dynamics of Orange County and just how far left the electeds can go and retain the dominance created in 2018. Arellano writes:

The new, blue Orange County is a cause celebre among Democratic presidential candidates. Vermont Sen. Sanders has addressed cheering Disneyland Resort employees. Businessman Andrew Yang visited twice last year. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren sent a recorded message to the O.C. Democrats’ annual awards dinner praising their gains. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar addressed a packed town hall in August, later tweeting: “Now I know how you turned the tide from red to blue…. Keep it up!”

Lesser known is the ongoing fight between progressive and moderate Democrats in Orange County for the party’s soul.

To outsiders, the rift is befuddling. After decades in the political wilderness, why risk the Orange County Democrats’ historic wins?

But the divide between moderates (generally wealthier, older and white) and progressives (younger, forged in the social justice battles of the last decade and Latino-led) is real. And it mirrors the debate across the U.S. among Democrats about whether a more centrist or more leftist candidate has the best chance to defeat Trump in 2020.

Cakeday and new Classifieds after the jump... 


Probolsky Research

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Roxanne Gould, OC supe Curt Hagman, Jay Hansen, Assembly member Robert Rivas!


Add your classified now both in The Nooner and online for $50/week or $150/month by emailing, with a headline, a summary of up to 200 words, and what you'd like the end date to be. You can attach a PDF or provide a link for a bigger job description/info to apply. [Other advertising options]

Paid Internship with Meridian Pacific, Inc.

This internship provides the opportunity to work on Republican political campaigns for local, state and federal candidates, statewide initiatives, issue advocacy, local and statewide ballot measures, grassroots activation, corporate public affairs, as well as event planning. We offer diverse opportunities for the interns that work with us.

Interns will help write press releases and other supporting materials, assist with mailings and print production, complete research projects, perform data entry, learn the basics of office functions, work on surveys, compile contact lists, attend/work political functions, etc.

Applicants who have previously held a job/internship and exemplify strong writing, research, and communications skills, preferred. Compensation is $15.00 per hour. Job hours are 24-40 hours per week. Email cover letter & resume to

Fiona Hutton & Associates: Account Supervisor or Director (Los Angeles)

Fiona Hutton & Associates is looking for a highly-driven communications pro to join our Los Angeles-based agency as an Account Supervisor or Director (depending on experience).

The position requires a minimum 5-7 years of experience in public affairs, public relations or politics, with agency experience required. Responsible for managing integrated communications and advocacy programs, creative content, media relations & coalitions. Will oversee operational performance of accounts, serve as day-to-day contact with clients and mentor junior staff.

For full qualifications and responsibilities, read the job description at

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to

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: