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The Nooner for Sunday, January 26, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • SD21( Santa Clarita-Palmdale)
  • AD35 (San Luis Obispo)
  • Schiff
  • PG&E
  • Housing
  • Muni matters
  • Cakeday and classifieds

Just a quick Sunday Nooner...

SD25 (Santa Clarita-Palmdale): The California Republican Party, working paycheck to paycheck sent $28,500 to Scott Wilk for re-election to SD25.

AD35 (San Luis Obispo): There is a new independent expenditure effort to support the re-election of Assembly member Jordan Cunningham (R) in his central coast seat with the coalition's latest contribution by the state's prison guards union of $150,000. Thus, far, the committee has spent $54,167 on digital ads. It's sort of odd timing, as Jordan faces only one challenger--Morro Bay council member Dawn Addis (D)--in March, meaning that the campaign is all about November which is political light years from now.

SCHIFF: Willie Brown jumps on the Adam Schiff for Senate bandwagon, following the Burbank congressman's performance as chair of House Intelligence and now in the impeachment trial. I've said previously in many fora that if there is a Senate vacancy, Gavin has to appoint a Latino with Xavier Becerra and Alex Padilla topping the list. That said, Gavin could now appoint Adam as a no-brainer pick that would remove him from such a political pickle.

PG&E: Does Pacific Gas and Electric Company need Governor Gavin Newsom's approval to exit bankruptcy? Essentially yes, writes James F. Peltz for the Times.

PG&E’s reorganization needs approval not only from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court but also from the California Public Utilities Commission, where Newsom has substantial influence.

Newsom appointed the CPUC’s president, Marybel Batjer, last summer as questions about the utility’s fate loomed large, knowing he needed an official whose approach to the matter would dovetail with his own.

HOUSING: In the Chron, J.K. Dineen reports that San Francisco is eyeing former church sites to locate affordable housing.

Supervisor Gordon Mar, who represents the neighborhood, says his district is home to more than 50 places of worship, many of which have dwindling congregations or are no longer active.

Mar says that taken together the churches represent the Sunset District’s best bet for affordable-housing development. Mar’s office has also been in talks for a project — likely about 50 units — at the defunct United Methodist Church at 1400 Judah St., which is home to the Wah Mei School.

Churches are “by far the largest set of privately owned sites in the Sunset that have development potential,” said Mar.

NIMBY outrage in 3...2...1...

muni matters, cakeday and classifieds after the jump...



Probolsky Research

THE OC: The first case of the coronavirus has been discovered in Orange County with a traveler from Wuhan, report Alex Wigglesworth and Rong-Gong Lin II for the Times.

SANDY EGGO: Yesterday, the Republican Party of San Diego County contributed $20,000 to mayoral candidate Scott Sherman. Within minutes, the party also reported receiving $25,000 from the area's auto dealers and hotel association. The contribution limit to mayor is $1,150, although political parties are exempt. The receipts and contribution came AFTER the party reported only $102,148 on hand as of January 18. Campaign money flows around rules just like water...

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Senator Lena Gonzalez, Eddie Kirby, Scott Lipton, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), and Anita Narayana!



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Capitol Weekly's Conference on Housing: Feb 18
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On Tuesday, January 28, Advocacy.Marketing is hosting an open house and tour of our new podcasting studio at 1127 11th Street, Suite 320. Hours: 11:30am to 2:00pm. The studio may be rented by the hour or by the show and A.M Podcasting Director James Scrivano can produce, post and distribute your show. Snacks will be served! For more information on how A.M can produce your podcast, call James Scrivano at 916 572 5386 or James@Advocacy.Marketing.

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CA Democratic Party - Executive Director

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