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  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafter and Marisa Lagos): California Secretary of Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot on confronting President Trump over climate change (2020-09-17)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe): Trump and Newsom, Strange Political Bedfellows and a Strange Political World (2020-09-17)
  • Political Breakdown  (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): former Assembly member Mike Gatto on end-of-session fallout, parenting in office and prison realignment (2020-09-11)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Lobbyist Jennifer Fearing (2020-09-11)


  • Election Day: 39 days
  • Ballots mailed to all California registered voters: 10 days (w/in 5 days)
  • RealClearPolitics presidential average: Biden 46.6, Trump: 43.0 (9/19-9/23): Biden+6.6 -- updated today
  • RealClearPolitics generic congressional average: Dems+5.5 (8/28-9/23) -- updated today

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  • Money matters
  • COVID-19
  • Wildfires
  • Census
  • Presidential
  • Bills, bills, bills
  • No running this year
  • Cakeday and classifieds 

SEEN ON TV: Freshman Membe of Congress Katie Porter (D-Irvine) was on The Late Show with Stephen Colber last night.

¡Feliz viernes! Sorry about the last few days. More technical issues and the Apple Store is yet to reopen. Anyway, not much is going on anyway. Well, not much good going on. Of course, paid subscriptions and ads are being extended.

What a morning with RBG's funeral. As a lover of the law, any the death of any Supreme Court justice causes heartbreak, but RBG was something else. It's rare to find any judge a cultural icon, but she became one along with her BFF Nino Scalia.

Yesterday was the filing deadline for state candidates. I'll get something out to paid subscribers soon on the competitive races.

News after the jump...


-The numbers: 89 more Californians reportedly lost their lives to COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total to 15,409.


-The numbers: 26 fatalities have been tallied and 6,546 structures destroyed or damaged in the Caliifornia fires. Five of the state's 20 largest fires in California history have occurred in 2020, with 3,472,947 acres burned. (The acreage number is updated occasionally and not daily like the individual fires.

Here are the five biggest currently burning:

  1. August Complex (Mendocino, Humboldt counties): 867,335 acres, with 38% containment as of 8:08am
    - 1 death, 51 structures destroyed

  2. SCU Lightning Complex (Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus counties): 396,624 acres, with 98% containment as of 09/19 8:42
    - 222 structures destroyed

  3. LNU Lightning Complex (Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo, Solano counties): 363,220 acres, with 98% containment as of 09/22 8:38
    - 5 deaths; 1,491 structures destroyed

  4. North Complex (Plumas, Butte, Yuba counties): 304,492 acres with 78% containment as of 7:54am
    - 15 deaths; 2,248 structures destroyed

  5. Creek Fire (Fresno, Madera counties): 291,426 acres, with 36% containment as of 8:24am
    - 846 structures destroyed

CENSUS: As you've likely heard, a federal judge ruled last night in a preliminary injunction to order the federal census to be collected until Halloween rather than September 30. Obviously, this is big as California prepares to redistrict next year. Here is the very lengthy opinion.

PRESIDENTIAL: In a new Berkeley IGS poll released today, the institute found 67% of respondents in California supporting Joe Biden and 28% supporting President Donald Trump.

BILLS, BILLS, BILLS: Bill actions yesterday:

  • AB 896 by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) – Registered Dispensing Opticians: Dispensing Opticians Fund: Optometry Fund: mobile optometric offices.
  • AB 1082 by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) – Gambling: Gambling Control Act.
  • AB 1710 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) – Pharmacy practice: vaccines.
  • AB 2013 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) – Property taxation: new construction: damaged or destroyed property.
  • AB 2149 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Food delivery platforms.
  • AB 2172 by Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) – State highways: Route 133: relinquishment.
  • AB 2199 by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-North Hollywood) – Healing arts: clinical laboratories.
  • AB 2210 by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) – Contractors: violations: disciplinary actions.
  • AB 3374 by the Committee on Higher Education – Postsecondary education.
  • SB 653 by Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) – Dental hygienists: registered dental hygienist in alternative practice: scope of practice.
  • SB 878 by Senator Brian W. Jones (R-Santee) – Department of Consumer Affairs: license: application: processing timeframes.
  • SB 928 by the Committee on Governance and Finance – Validations.
  • SB 929 by the Committee on Governance and Finance – Validations.
  • SB 930 by the Committee on Governance and Finance – Validations.
  • SB 1307 by Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) – Street lighting systems: City of Rosemead.

The Governor also announced that he has vetoed the following bills:

  • AB 545 by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) – Cannabis: Bureau of Cannabis Control. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1066 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Unemployment compensation: benefits payable: collection. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 3053 by Assemblymember Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) – Labor Commissioner: unpaid wage claim process. A veto message can be found here.

NO RUNNING THIS YEAR: In The Bee, Michael McGoegh reports that the California International Marathon, scheduled for December 4-13, has been canceled because of COVID-19. It's another blow to the Sacramento region's hotel industry.


cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Brian Brokaw, John Casey, Assembly members Devon Mathis and Randy Voepel, former Assembly member John Longville!, and Kevin Trommer!


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Communications Director

The 2020 California Citizens Redistricting Commission, is seeking applications for a Communications Director with at least 7 years’ experience ($11,500-$13,600/mo.). The Communication Director provides executive leadership over the design, development, and execution of the Commission’s strategic communications and public relations strategy. The ideal candidate will have experience doing outreach and building relations with diverse racial and ethnic communities and stakeholder groups and familiarity with the specialized media sources related to these communities. The Commission is charged with drawing the State’s legislative, Congressional, and Board of Equalization electoral lines.

Job Bulletin:

California School Boards Association - Legislative Director

CSBA is seeking a Legislative Director to lead our Governmental Relations team to shape legislative and political strategy for CSBA’s statewide agenda. You will act as a liaison between legislative, educational, and public communities. If you are interested in leading a team of legislative advocates to influence opinion in favor of public education, please apply through our website. Position is located in West Sacramento. Learn more and apply here:

Steinberg Institute is Expanding Our Team

Leading mental health advocacy organization seeks articulate, strategic, and passionate full time advocate. 3+ years' legislative/budget experience required. Knowledge of mental health/substance use issues strongly preferred. Sacramento-based. $75,000 - $90,000, depending on experience, with excellent benefits. Deadline: October 2, 2020. Details.

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.

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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