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  • Election Day: 60 days
  • Ballots mailed to all California registered voters: 31 days (w/in 5 days)
  • RealClearPolitics presidential average: Biden 49.6, Trump: 42.4 (8/21-9/1): Biden+7.2 - updated today
  • RealClearPolitics generic congressional average: Dems+6.8 (7/29-9/1) - updated today

MONEY MATTERS: (highlights from daily campaign reports)

I am generally only including main committees. I try to exclude feeder committee that gather money before sending it to a the main committee, which would lead to duplication. However, it's impossible to know. Generally, I am including daily reports at or above $100,000.

  •  No on 21 (rent control): $627,780 from seven donors, including $212,000 from Douglas Emmett Management, the commercial and residential behemoth based in Santa Monica.

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The Nooner for Saturday, September 5, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • COVID-19
  • Wildfires
  • AB 5/AB 2257
  • SacTown
  • Cakeday and classifieds

Happy Saturday! This week, rental bikes and scooters reappered in Sacramento after a COVID hiatus. While I am a supporter of these innovations, this also means that idiot users leave them in the middle of the sidewalk. On my morning walk, I moved a Lime scooter and a Jump bike (now owned by Lime) out of the sidewalk to ensure that those behind me, particularly those in wheelchairs, could proceed. We just can't have nice things.

It's hot has heck out there across the state. It's a long day, living in Reseda, where it's forecast to reach 114 today. If you got that, kudos to your musical acumen.

Some readers have asked about the appointment last week of Kara Kimiko Ueda to the bench of Sacramento Superior Court. I was not involved whatsoever. She was appointed completely on her own accomplishments and, while a law school classmate, she far exceeds me.

The only thing I did was email the governor to say that she is my ex-wife and that I would have nothing more than great joy to vote for her retention if she was appointed. She was appointed along with fourteen other superior court judges. She earned it and will be outstanding on the bench. It was anything but a political appointment. She earned it through her professional and community work and those of you who are fortunate to know her know how hard she has worked. My only involvement was telling the governor that she's the real deal. He (and staff) heard that from everyone. I couldn't be happier. I love my ex-wife dearly, but, that said, he busted her ass to earn this judgeship on her own. Gavin made a smart choice.

I am exhausted after this week and even updating the numbers above and below are tiring (since the local hamsters are apparently sleeping), but let's do what we can do after the jump!


-The numbers: 151 more Californians lost their lives to COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total to 13,646 -- another awful day. The five largest county numbers of deaths Friday were reported by Los Angeles (47), Orange (24), Fresno (22), Riverside (14), and Sacramento (10).

WILDFIRES: Crews continue to make progress on all three fires, although the Labor Day weekend has soaring temperatures forecast in many parts of the state. In each of the fires, additional structures continue to be consumed, although no new fatalities have been reported.

Here are the stats on the biggest fires (source: CalFire).

  • SCU Lightning Complex (Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus): 396,624 acres and 82% contained as of 6:59am
    Structures destroyed: 131
    Deaths: 0
  • LNU Lightning Complex (Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo, Solano): 375,209 acres and 87% contained as of 6:42am
    Structures destroyed: 1,491
    Deaths: 5

    Great news in this fire. We can probably drop it off the list tomorrow. Thank you for all of the state, local, and mutual aid firefighters who made it happen. Among the fires, this threatened the most people and homes.
  • CZU Lightning Complex (Santa Cruz, San Mateo): 86,509 acres and 56% contained as of 7:54am
    Structures destroyed: 1,490
    Deaths: 1 

AB 5/AB 2257: Governor Newsom quickly signed AB 2257 yesterday, which provides additional exemptions to AB 5, which codified the California Supreme Court's decision in Dynamex, which limited the categorization of independent contractors.

SACTOWN AD WILDTOWN: If you can get through ten advertisements IN ONE ARTICLE, Theresa Clift updates us on the Sacramento "strong mayor" ballot measure voters will face in November. Yeah, that's ten advertisments in one article to a paid subscriber. 

cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

Probolsky Research

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dawn Clover, Valeria Hernandez, Scott Plotkin, and Joshua Emerson Smith!


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California Council on Science and Technology briefing

On Monday, September 14th, at 12:00 PM, the California Council on Science and Technology hosts a panel of experts to discuss the role of app-based contact tracing as part of a strategy to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin will moderate. Please register here.

Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA): Legislative Advocate

Represent and advocate for the interests of Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) members and policyholders before the Legislature, Administration, state agencies, industry and trade associations, and related forums. Based in Sacramento. Excellent salary and benefits.

Research Analyst, Full-Time (remote)

Probolsky Research is a market and opinion research company based in Newport Beach, California. We are woman and Latina-owned. We are non-partisan, independent researchers passionate about accuracy, data security, and using storytelling to make data usable.

The Research Analyst is responsible for facilitating market and opinion research projects from instrument design to project fulfillment, final research deliverables and presentation to client.


  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Company-funded medical insurance
  • Paid vacation

Location: We are a virtual company – work from anywhere

California School Boards Association - Public Affairs & Community Engagement Representative (LA North/Ventura)
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. Remote position based in the following location: LA North/Ventura. Salary based on experience. Please apply at:
Between 1-3 unfurnished offices are available for sublease in the Wells Fargo office building, 400 Capital Mall Sacramento, CA 95814. The offices are approximately 12’X10’ each. Internet, gym. 24/7/365 key card access; professional offices. One year lease preferred. $1,500 per office. Contact Tricia Horan at or 415-919-7990 with questions.
Offices available for sublease: Meridian Plaza

Between 1-3 offices are available for sublease in the Meridian Plaza office building, 1415 L Street, two blocks from the Capitol. The offices are approximately 150 SF each. Internet, gym, partially furnished (desk, chair, bookcases) are included. 24/7/365 key card access; floor-ceiling windows facing Sierras; professional offices. One year lease preferred. $1,500 per office. Contact Jane at or (415) 577-9734 with questions.

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