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  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer and Paul Mitchell on the primary election (2020-02-13)
  • Look West (Assembly Democratic Caucus): Assembly member Buffy Wicks and her husband, Giffords Executive Director Peter Ambler, as they discuss their efforts to prevent gun violence in California and nationwide, and how this work brought them together. (2020-02-13)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (2020-02-11)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer @ KQED): episode five of the eight-part series on Jerry Brown (2020-02-09)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): New Hampshire primary and data guru Paul Mitchell on the California primary (2020-02-06)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Granite State native Steve Maviglio on the New Hampshire primary (2020-02-06)



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    • downloadable spreadsheet of 2016 presidential and 2018 gubernatorial results for each state legislative and congressional district
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The Nooner for Saturay, February 29, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • Coronavirus
  • The primary
  • SD37
  • Cakeday and Classifieds


  • Ballots mailed: 16,044,592
  • Ballots returned: 2,596,905 (16.2% of mailed)
  • Democrats: 1,083,765 (15% of mailed)
  • NPP/Other: 532,219 (11%)
  • Republicans: 980,021 (25%)

Happy Saturday! I am busting my ass on this crazy election. I know I owe it to you, so follow me at

I just returned from my morning walk and it's glorious outside this Leap Day. Of course, I would be happier if it was raining. I have a friend who is a college dean at the Mammoth Lakes campus of Cerro Coso College. She is a big ski bunny. In Mammoth, they are mountain biking instead of skiing. As you likely know, communities like Mammoth and Tahoe rely on the winter ski business and mountain biking and hiking are a side deal in the summer.

CORONAVIRUS: Unless you are Bubble Boy (don't we all wish to be now), you know the coronavirus situation. The health component doesn't have me scared as for most infected folks, it's like the flu. That said, I'm heading to Portland at the end of next month for my grandmother's 100th birthday. That scares me since it for me, my sister, my niece and others, involves planes, light rail, and the like. I can't isolate myself and while Gram is sharp as a tack even though she hasn't had vision for years (macular degeneration) and is the most adept in her assisted living facility house of five residents and cared for by a family.

Health officials were sent to Travis Air Force Base in Vacaville 30 minutes west of SacTown with no protection. They stayed in hotels or went home at night. I was better protected flying back from Mexico City.

The 10% stock market correction (SIX TRILLION DOLLARS) this week after the outbreak is actually more scary to me. For Nooner newbies, as CEO of the Community College League, I oversaw an investment program for retiree health benefits. My retirement is mostly CalPERS. The stock market correction likely means more money has to be set aside by public agencies, including the State of California, meaning huge budget cuts amidst what has been an amazing economy. This will be punctuated in California by many associated things, such as a decline in air travel and the hospitality industry.

By the way, I was asked in Mexico City by two different American Airlines agents if I had traveled to China in the last 14 days, but there was no such question in immigration/customs in Dallas. I get that they know everything about me from my passport, but still...

We're just getting started...

THE PRIMARY: Reporting for LAT, Sarah Parvini reports on the ethnic divide in California's primary.

To come out on top in California’s primary, Democratic contenders must appeal to a patchwork of ethnic constituencies, among them the large Iranian American population that spans San Diego, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. This year’s shift in the state’s primary election calendar from June to next week’s Super Tuesday blitz has incentivized candidates to ramp up their efforts to attract not only liberal voters writ large, but also the diverse pockets that compose much of the state’s electorate.

SD37 (Irvine-Anaheim Hills): The California School Employees Association (classified staff) is spending bigly for UC Irvine law professor Dave Min (D). Min is fighting it out with Costa Mesa mayor Katrina Foley (D) to try to take out Senator John M.W. Moorlach (R) in November in one of the four districts Democrats are looking to pick up.. I know I've written that a lot, but The Nooner community grows daily.

The polls close at 4pm PST (7pm in EST) in California and it's all Joe Biden there. The Democrats have a clusterf... on their hands.

This is the space where I usually include policy issues. I'm lost among the coronavirus news in America and in NorCal. I know viruses well as a kid who spent two years of my life growing up living in hospitals for awful lungs. I went on to working as an EMT for three years at Children's Hospital of Orange County. I'm crying today as are many of you. I hate the political grandstanding.

By the way, it is not OR-A-GONE. It's Ore-a-gin.

cakedays and classifieds after the jump...


Probolsky Research

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Eric Hogue and Aly Schmidt!



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CA Federation of Teachers - Field Representative

The California Federation of Teachers is seeking an experienced Field Representative with a strong commitment to improving education and to the labor movement, a willingness to work long and irregular hours, an ability to communicate effectively with diverse staff and membership, and an organizing approach to the job. A field representative's responsibilities may include work with certificated and classified employees ranging from preschool through post-graduate. ">More information here.

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

In addition to a well-respected JD, the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees. Both full-time students and those earning a professional degree while working succeed in the program. 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

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