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The Nooner Saturday, January 4, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners 

  • Split roll and state budget
  • SB 50
  • Bail
  • Prez
  • Oh, Duncan
  • Cakeday and new classifieds

Hey folks! I'll be quick today as I'm heading to Orange County for our delayed Christmas with my dad, sister, and niece. Just one night down there and I'll be back for the return of the Legislature at Monday although I'm still not sure when the State of the State and budget release will be. At least the budget is not the New Year's Eve surprise we had in one of the Arnold years.

It could be a crazy month while everyone also awaits next week's budget release and see where Governor Gavin Newsom is going to propose billions in new spending. The LAO projected a 2020-21 surplus above expenditure commitments of $7 billion, although $3 billion depends on federal approval of the renewed managed care organization tax.

Will Newsom provide a Proposition 98 increase above the statutory minimum in an attempt to pre-empt that slit roll property tax headed to the November ballot. The Legislative Analyst's Office projects increased revenue of $7.5 to $12 billion in most years. After administrative costs paid to counties, the revenue would be split between K-12 and community colleges (40%) and local governments (60%).

It's headed to a $100 million clash on the November ballot along with the similarly high-stakes proposal to lift medical malpractice (MedMal) award limits and sports betting for the tribes and the racetracks, which is opposed by the card clubs. It will be interesting to see how much Gavin tries to force some of the state's biggest interests to avoid the ballot.

Sports betting will be on the ballot as it requires a constitutional amendment and a legislative alternative isn't easily forseeable. In contrast MedMal and funneling additional money to schools and local governments are likely possible. That said, it would take cooperation and banging heads from Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins and Speaker Anthony Rendon, as well as the interests.

SB 50 (Wiener): The LAT's Liam Dillon tweets

NEW: Sen. @Scott_Wiener says he will formally unveil changes to #SB50 — the bill that would increase density around transit and in single-family neighborhoods — on Tuesday in Oakland. The measure faces a Jan. 31 deadline to advance from the state Senate.

This will be Wiener’s third effort to pass a more-density-near-transit bill in as many years. In 2018, advocates for low-income communities of color spearheaded its demise, arguing that it could supercharge gentrification.

Wiener’s press release teases that the new changes will allow for “local flexibility.” It’s likely a bid to undercut a key argument made by opponents: that local governments — not the state — should decide where growth should go in their communities.

CADEM: For the AP, Michael R. Blood writes that the California Democratic Party has settled the harassment cases.

A three-sentence statement released by the party did not acknowledge any specific wrongdoing by [former chair Eric] Bauman but said the party reached “equitable settlements” with several former staffers and an activist.

One case involving three of the plaintiffs, — former party spokesman John Vigna, former operations director Tina McKinnor and activist Spencer Dayton — was settled for over $1 million, said a person with knowledge of the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly about the financial payments.

Rusty Hicks, who heads the state party, said in a statement that “some of the California Democratic Party’s most sacred values are fairness, respect and dignity for all.”

BAIL: The committee formed to fight the referendum on 2018's SB 10 that seeks to end money bail reports receiving $250,000 from Patty Quinlan, the wife of Reed Hastings, and $25,000 from Tom Steyer's NextGen organization.

AD72 (Garden Grove-Westminster): Pat Bates (R) reports maxing out to former State Senator Janet Nguyen (R) for her challenge of Assemblymember Tyler Diep (R).

PREZ: For the SDUT, Michael Smolens looks at the Democratic National Convention delegate breakdown.

The March 3 election no doubt means greater clout for the state than if the primary had been scheduled for early June, its traditional spot. But it’s unlikely any one candidate will clean up in the Golden State because of complex rules on how Democratic delegates are divvied up.

OH, DUNCAN: Elliott Spagat reports for AP that Rep. Duncan Hunter hasn't signaled when he'll resign. He's no longer on any committees and can't vote on the floor but continues to collect a salary. Spagat writes:

“By intentionally delaying his resignation past the deadline for the calling of a special election, Duncan Hunter is silencing the voice of the voters of the 50th District for a full year in Congress,” [CA50 candidate Carl] DeMaio said in a statement. “He should have resigned as soon as he pleaded guilty.”

Members of Congress are paid monthly, on the first day of the month. By waiting until after Jan. 1, Hunter apparently pockets another month of his $174,000 annual salary. Prosecutors have said Hunter and his wife were in financial disarray.

Cakeday and new Classifieds after the jump... 


Probolsky Research

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jose Alvarado, Maria Arias, Phyllis Chow, Alex Franco, Senator Cathleen Galgiani, Steve PoiznerJohn Van Winkle!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Nate Holden was a Los Angeles councilmember, not supe.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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Deadline: January 5, 2020

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