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¡Buenos tardes! I won't be writing up much of my travels in The Nooner, but will likely post them at Certainly recommend Mexico City! Thanks to pollster and longtime Nooner supporter, Adam Probolsky hooked me up with MacBook and iPhone cords. Fortunately, the first Apple Store opened here in the fall and a colleague of Adam's ran to the store when it opened this morning and delivered them to the place I'm staying. The convenience stores around here have tons of cigarette lighter chargers, but nothing that would have worked for this laptop, let alone not having a cigarette lighter handy.

Just a few quick items today and will catch up on independent expenditures over the weekend when fewer will be reported. After all, this is my siesta time before the late night eating that is custom here. No idea what my fare will be tonight, but I have been here 24 hours and haven't had a taco yet, so that's likely on the menu with some meats that we don't often see in SacTown. While I started today with tamales y café, tomorrow may very well be the sought after Mexico City churros, likely from the original El Moro.

SD13 (San Mateo): The California Chamber of Commerce reports spending $52,500 to oppose former Assemblymember Sally Lieber in the race to succeed Jerry Hill (D).

AD57 (Whittier): While there was some speculation that the AD57 race between Lisa Calderon (D) and Sylvia Rubio (D) to succeed Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D) would pit tribal casinos against card clubs respectively, on Wednesday, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians reported maxing out to Rubio.

AD72 (Garden Grove-Westminster): The eccentric Vietnamese-American businessman Kieu Hoang continues his spending in the toss-up race (in both March and November) where Assemblyman Tyler Diep (R) facing challenger former state senator Janet Nguyen (R). After yesterday's reported $17,928 for a mailer opposing Diep, Hoang is up to $183,242 in the race supporting Janet Nguyen and opposing Diep. There are two Dems in the race, with Garden Grove councilmember Diedre Nguyen favored to advance to November.

PG&E: In the Times, Sammy Roth and James F. Peltz look at the experience of a public electric utility in Trinity County that suggests a state takeover of Pacific Gas & Electric is not necessarily simple after the county wrestled control from PG&E, although residents do pay much less for their power.

AB 5 (Gonzalez): For the LAT, Margot Roosevelt looks at how businesses are changing to accommodate the new law on independent contractors.

Across California, AB 5 is upending workplaces, prompting lawsuits, furious social media campaigns and a multimillion-dollar ballot initiative, sponsored by Uber, Lyft, Postmates and DoorDash, which are refusing to grant employee status to their tens of thousands of drivers.

But as critics demand exemptions and even a repeal of the statute, many California businesses, large and small, are quietly adopting strategies to comply with the law, which took effect last month. It hasn’t been easy.

Meanwhile, a superior court judge in San Diego has preliminarily ruled that Instacart must reclassify its shopping and delivery workers as employees following a complaint by the San Diego City Attorney, reports Bloomberg. 

Cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jacqui Avila-BellEdwin SaucedoDan Troy, and Angie Wei!



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CA Federation of Teachers - Field Representative

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Department of Water Resources – State Water Project Chief Financial Manager

The State Water Project (SWP) Chief Financial Manager (CFM) works under the direction of the Deputy Director, SWP and provides high-level policy advice to the Department of Water Resources' (DWR) Directorate and SWP senior management on matters affecting the investment of resources to improve and sustain SWP operations. Please visit the CalCareers website for instructions on how to apply:

California School Boards Association - Public Affairs & Community Engagement Rep (4 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. Positions based in the following locations: North LA/Ventura, South San Joaquin, SF Bay Area, and North Coast. Salary based on experience. Please apply at:

Senior Policy Associate (Los Angeles)

The Alliance for Children’s Rights is seeking a Senior Policy Associate to support the organization in the areas of local government advocacy, strategic planning, public education, communications, and media relations. The Senior Policy Associate will be focused primarily on systemic change relevant to children living in foster care and in poverty in Los Angeles County. The Senior Policy Associate engages in legislative and regulatory advocacy, litigation, and communication efforts ensuring successful implementation of statewide reforms in Los Angeles County and assisting in the development and implementation of systemic solutions specific to Los Angeles County. This position is housed in our main office, located in the City of Los Angeles.

The Alliance’s Policy Program is based in Sacramento and works with Alliance program staff to identify and track child welfare practices that adversely impact our clients and helps to establish and implement responses to those practices which include legislative and regulatory advocacy, impact litigation and other reform efforts. A Bachelor of Arts is required, or a Master of Public Policy Administration or J.D. is preferred. For additional information on responsibilities, required experience, abilities, qualifications and application process, please visit our website:

The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

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