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  • California Nation (Gil Duran @ SacBee): Is Newsom’s gas-powered car ban enough to fight climate change? (2020-09-28)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): California Supreme Court justice Goodwin Liu on the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2020-09-24)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order to phase out the sales of new gasoline- and diesel-powered cars and passenger trucks in California by 2035. (2020-09-23)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer 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: 35 days
  • Ballots mailed to all California registered voters: 6 days (w/in 5 days)
  • RealClearPolitics presidential average: Biden 49.3 Trump: 43.2 (9/15 - 9/28): Biden+6.1
  • RealClearPolitics generic congressional average: Dems+6.0 (9/13 - 9/28) 

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  • CA45 (Anaheim Hills-Tustin-Irvine): moved from Likely Democrat to Safe Democrat (Katie Porter has moved on to fundraising for other House Dem candidates)

The Nooner for Tuesday, September 29, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • COVID-19
  • Wildfires
  • Money matters
  • Postal
  • CA39 (Fullerton)
  • SD11 (San Francisco)
  • Proposition 15
  • Poll position
  • NewsomAtNoon
  • Bills, bills, bills
  • Cakeday and classifieds 

SPORTS PAGE: The A's host the White Sox at Nooner international time in the first game of the best of three wild card series because, well, its 2020. The Padres host the Cards at 2pm tomorrow and Dodgers host the Brewers at 7pm.

¡Buenos dias mis amigos y feliz "Taco Tuesday"! Tacos martes doesn't have much of a ring to it. If you drink, then I guess it can be margaritas martes.

Whew, these are long, sixteen-hour days even though I no longer work on campaigns and even though the Legislature is no longer in session. Campaign finance reports, COVID-19, and wildfires -- oh my!

For ATCpro subscribers, I hope to have a cash-on-hand+ spreadsheet for the most-watched races by the end of the day. I'm also getting some private polling on closely watched races and considering race rating changes.

Meanwhile, the always great NYT The Daily podcast with Michael Barbaro has a fascinating episode today with two of the reporters who reviewed decades of documents related to President Trump's finances. Guests are Russ Buettner and Susanne Craig.

Listen here.

Do I think it was politically timed? Likely. Although, perhaps it was a business decision to release what has clearly been a long period of work by many NYT staffers when it would capture the biggest audience. Anyway, regardless of who you support on November 3, I think you'd find the discussion interesting.

Few media outlets invest in long-form investigative reporting these days, but this Woodward-Bernstein quality work.


-The numbers: 33 more Californians reportedly lost their lives to COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total to 15,638. The usual caveat on uneven weekend reporting apply, as explained in the LA County Public Health release yesterday "However, Public Health cautions the decrease of new deaths and new cases reported today reflects, in part, a reporting lag from over the weekend."

-Reopening: I was wrong yesterday. It is today that the county data is scheduled to be released and several counties are watching with bated breath for Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly's noontime presser. In Orange County, Ian Wheeler looks at what will be allowed to reopen if the county moves to the orange tier. In San Diego, currently in the red tier, there are fears that the outbreak at San Diego State University could push it back into the most restrictive purple tier. 


-The numbers: Currently, 29 fatalities have been tallied and 7,776 structures destroyed or damaged in the Caliifornia fires. Five of the state's 20 largest fires in California history have occurred in 2020, with 3,754,729 acres burned statewide. (The statewide structures and acreage numbers are updated occasionally and not necessarily daily like the individual fires.)

The outlook: The winds have largely died down, but the heat and low humidity continue.

Here are the five biggest currently burning, although SCU and LCU are pretty much contained so the updates are more sparse. The largest August Fire will likely cross 1 million acres soon and will more than double the previous largest fire in California history, the July 2018 Mendocino Complex.

  1. August Complex (Mendocino, Humboldt counties): 938,044 acres, with 48% containment as of 9:05am
    - 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): 308,995 acres with 76% containment as of 8:05am
    - 15 deaths; 2,342 structures destroyed

  5. Creek Fire (Fresno, Madera counties): 305,240 acres, with 44% containment as of 8:44am
    - 855 structures destroyed

-Newsom declares disaster: Yesterday, Governor Newsom declared a disaster in Napa, Sonoma, and Shasta counties and requested that President Trump declare a federal disaster. A federal disaster would provide the state financial assistance for the cost of fighting the fires and FEMA assistance to affected individuals, among other relief. Over the last month, Trump declared a federal disaster in several Northern California counties with large wildfires.

-Glass Fire: Yesterday was a stressful day in Napa and Sonoma counties, two of the most populous counties that have faced wildfires over the last three years. In 2017, it was the devastating Tubbs Fire that destroyed 5,636 structures and took 22 lives, becoming the second most-destructive wildfire in California history behind the 2018 Camp Fire that destroyed Paradise.

As of 8:36am, the fire has consumed 36,236 acres and is 0% contained. 80 structures are reported destroyed in the state report, although numbers as high as 113 structures (by CalFire itself last night) and acreage as high as 42,680 have been reported. The difference in the number of structures may be because a tally of commercial structures was not provided.

While the winds are much quieter today, that also means that the smoke is hovering and not blowing out over the Pacific as it did yesterday. That means that the critical air attacks, particularly in rugged terrain are limited since pilots can see where to make drops or whether there are ground crews that you certainly don't want to drop retardant on.

  • The Press Democrat's Mary Callahan and Julie Johnson report on how the fire that started at 3:50am Sunday grew so quickly. The Napa Valley Register offers a similar report.

  • The Press Democrat's Bill Swindell writes on the losses at the region's premium wineries in what was already a challenging harvest and tourism year with COVID-19 and the 98% contained LNU Lightning Complex that started August 18. The Chron's Esther Mobley also reports on the destruction. The Chron is maintaining a running tally of affected wineries.

  • The famed Meadowood Resort, popular for legislative "policy retreats" mostly funded by special interests, lost its three Michelin star restaurant, tennis and pool shops, and more than half of the guest rooms, Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) said on KQED Forum this morning. The episode was great and should be available around the time The Nooner goes out.

  • Justin Phillips reports in the Chron that Napa County's famed restaurants fear that the second major fire to hit the region could mean no return to normalcy in 2020 after months of limited operations.

    The situation is sparking memories of the 2017 Tubbs Fire that killed 22 people and destroyed more than 5,600 structures, including a number of beloved Wine Country restaurants and bars. But the crisis also brings with it a sobering reality that during a global pandemic they were barely surviving, local business owners could lose everything to wildfires.


    The fire is stretching across Wine Country on the heels of restaurants in Napa County recently being given the green light to allow indoor dining at a limited capacity. It appeared to be a boon to local businesses, especially high-end restaurants, as diners flocked to the region’s fancier spots. Meadowood in St. Helena recently had a Saturday night wait list of 140 people. Meanwhile, the French Laundry in Yountville sold out of its special $850 tasting menu dinners.

  • In the Times, Joseph Serna and Paige St. John look at how the Wine Country and the Redwood Empire became the epicenter for wildfires in California.

  • In the Chron, Kellie Hwang writes that areas that have previously burned recently may be more vulnerable than others, setting up an awful cycle.

    It would make sense to think those burned areas might be safe from future wildfires, at least for some time. But can such areas actually develop some sort of immunity or resistance after a fire?

    In reality, experts say, it's not that simple.

    Once an area has burned, its vulnerability to future wildfires depends on a host of variables. Those include the type of vegetation, the intensity and behavior of the fire, and the overall climate conditions.

    And in fact, experts say that the ecological aftermath of past wildfires may have actually primed areas like Napa and Sonoma to ignite this year — and, in a horrible cycle of destruction, the current fires may be setting the region up for more painful fire seasons to come.

    The experts add that in an era of increasing climate extremes due to global warming, achieving a fire-resistant landscape is not a realistic goal. Rather, they say, Californians should aim to co-exist with wildfires so that the blazes can play their natural role without wreaking exponentially greater devastation each year.

-Zogg Fire: The Shasta County fire west of Redding that started at 2:49 on Saturday continued growing with more destruction yesterday. As of the 6:43am report this morning, the fire had burned 40,317 acres and 0% contained. The report includes deaths, 146 structures had been destroyed with 1,538 remained threatened. From the report "Light winds, high temperatures, and low humidities, and a lack of resources will continue to challenge firefighters today."

In the Redding Searchlight-Record, David Bender and Michele Bender provide updates.

-Bobcat Fire: The Southern California fire burning in the Angeles National Forest is not expected to be contained for a month, reports Ruby Gonzalez in the SGV Tribune.

-"Asbestos" forests: Julie Cart looks at why old growth redwood groves that have long appeared safe from large wildfires have turned into tinderboxes.

Researchers now worry that historic fire cycles are so far off kilter that even California’s “asbestos forests” — its millenia-old, misty coastal forests — have lost their limited immunity.

“This idea that there are places that we can live in California that are safe from fire is a pipe dream,” said Crystal Kolden, a wildfire researcher at UC Merced. “The only places in California that are ‘safe’ from (wild)fire are places with no flammable vegetation — the urban core, the middle of Death Valley. That’s it.”

The North Coast’s trees — redwoods, oaks and sequoias — stand as a metaphor for power and resilience. Novelist John Steinbeck called redwoods “ambassadors from another time.” It’s not hyperbole: Coastal redwoods are the tallest living things on the planet, soaring up to 300 feet and living 1,000 years or more, and only growing in the ridges and valleys facing the Pacific, running from Big Sur in the south to the Oregon border in the north.

Home to mountain lions, bears, salmon and rare spotted owls and seabirds, the dense stands are now under attack from the same menace that stalks much of the state: wildfire.

I don't think I linked to this outstanding LAT story by Anita Chabria from a few days ago here, but it was fascinating. It discusses how legal cannabis growers in the "Emerald Triangle" fear leaving their land (and crops) behind even in the face of wildfire. It's not just about their life savings but also trust with authority and understanding with American legal systems.

Seng Alex Vang, a member of the Hmong community in the Central Valley and a lecturer in the ethnic studies program at Cal State Stanislaus, said some of the Hmong farmers may prefer risking death rather than lose their source of income.

“I believe a lot of them put their life savings into this marijuana grow,” Vang said. If their farms were overrun by fire, “it’s a total loss.”

Many, he said, don’t fully understand legal systems, including the lines between law enforcement and firefighters, or trust authorities — likely contributing to a belief that they are better off handling the situation themselves.

Hmong cannabis farmers are not unique to the area. Across the Emerald Triangle and into neighboring counties, their numbers have grown in recent years.

In nearby Siskiyou County, the sheriff has waged war with Hmong growers whom he has described as being like organized crime cartels. In Trinity County, law enforcement is better known for raiding illegal grows than protecting them.

Vang and others say language is also a barrier.

“We hope they understand what we are saying, but there is not way to confirm that,” acknowledged Trujillo, the sheriff’s deputy.

Hmong started moving to this area about eight years ago, Dobo said, after another fire hit Post Mountain, burning about a third of the land including more than two dozen farms. Many older residents moved out as property values unexpectedly rose when Hmong transplants began snapping up parcels at above-market prices.

Vang said some of them were vegetable farmers from the Central Valley who saw cannabis as an opportunity to escape poverty. Others came from out of state, looking to cash in on the “green rush” as California moved toward legalization. Many are refugees or family of Hmong who helped U.S. troops during the Vietnam War.

Dobo estimates about 80% of locals are now of Hmong descent, though there is little census information for the area. The subdivision, marketed in the 1960s as a hippie getaway, has about 700 occupied lots, she said, ranging from a few acres to a few dozen. The population can shift from a low of about 200 in winter to 5,000 in summer, when workers come for the harvest.

Anyway, I was talking to the Hmong corner market across me last night when I was buying my La Croix (okay, and I admit, Ruffles and onion dip for the football game) and I remember that I don't think I had included it yet. 

-Prevention: At PPIC, Henry McCann looks at investments in California forest health and a new agreement between state and federal officials on how to address the situation that is making California so vulnerable to massive wildfires.

-Watch the Pacific: We need to watch this tropical depression off Mexico's Pacific coast, heading northeast, which is forecast to be a hurricane by Thursday. We don't need to watch it for a threat of a hurricane hitting Northern California, but it was Tropical Storm Fausto in August that triggered the dry lightning storms that account for the fire complexes existing more than a month later. These complexes are now 5 of the 6 largest wildfires in California historyHere's a great article by the LAT's Paul Dugiski that describes what happened starting between August 15th and 18th.

MONEY MATTERS: selected filings from yesterday's campaign finance reports:

  • Yes on 15 (split roll): $644,545 from 12 donors, including $500,000 from Service Employees International Union Local 1000 Issues PAC$200,000 from the East Bay Community Foundation, and $100,000 from Michelle Boyers (Woodside, CA)
  • No on 15 (split roll): $32,500 from 7 donors, including $25,000 from NAIOP Silicon Valley Chapter
  • Yes on 16 (affirmative action): $200,000 from the San Francisco Foundation, $100,000 from East Bay Community Foundation$100,000 from United Nurses Associations of California / Union of Health Care Professionals PAC, and $100,000 from Edison International
  • No on 21 (rent control): $228,475 from donors, including $100,375 from Aukum Group LLC  and $100,000 from Bay Meadows Land Company, LLC
  • No on 22 (transportation-network companies): $864,467 from Service Employees Internation Union Local 1021 and $100,000 from United Nurses Associations of California / Union of Health Care Professionals PAC
  • Yes on 25 (bail referendum - "yes" upholds SB 10): $50,000 from Service Employees International Union Local 1000 Issues PAC
  • Yes on 17 (voting rights for parolees): $100,000 from The Heising-Simons Action Fund and $25,000 from California Federation of Teachers COPE Prop/Ballot Committee
  • SD21 (Santa Clarita-Antelope Valley): $70,895 for billboards, radio IE in support of Scott Wilk (R) from California Labor and Business Alliance (CLAB), sponsored by building trades, correctional peace officers and apartment rental organizations, and energy providers (Cumulative total: $155,723)
  • SD29 (Diamond Bar-Fullerton): $100,000 for web ads IE in support of Ling Ling Chang (R) from California Alliance for Progress and Education, an alliance of business organizations
  • AD42 (Cathedral City, Twenty-Nine Palms, Yucaipa): $19,966 for mail IE in support of Chad Mayes (NPP) from California Dental Association
    • United Nurses Associations of California / Union of Health Care Professionals PAC sent $50,000 to the San Diego Democratic Party
  • SacTown: The National Association of Realtors sent $250,000 to oppose Sacramento's Measure C, which is a stricter rent control ordinance than that hashed out between city leaders and local realtors earlier this year. Backers of the stricter measure unexpectedly moved forward with the ballot measure after the compromise was adopted. 

POSTAL: For Courthouse News, Alexandra Jones reports that a federal judge in Pennsylvania is the latest to issue a nationwide injunction requiring the United States Postal Service to prioritize election mail and forbids policy changes.

U.S. District Judge Gerald McHugh, a Barack Obama appointee, wrote in an 87-page opinion Monday that Congress requires the U.S. Postal Service to seek an advisory opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission before it makes any “significant, nationwide changes” in its operations. The judge found that the agency skipped this step in July when it began pushing to cut workers’ overtime, freeze executive hiring and ban extra mail deliveries.  

DeJoy, a Republican donor and former business executive appointed to head the Postal Service in June, said last month that the operational changes will be put off until after the presidential election.

But Democrat-led states argued in court last week that the postmaster general’s position could shift again without an injunction preventing the changes. Pennsylvania is the lead plaintiff in the federal lawsuit filed against DeJoy and Robert Duncan, chairman of the Postal Service’s board of governors, and is joined by five other states and the District of Columbia. 

McHugh agreed with the blue states in his ruling Monday.

CA39 (Fullerton): In the OCR, Brooke Staggs looks at the rematch between now-Rep. Gil Cisneros (D) and Young Kim (R) in the north Orange County district.

In some ways, this year’s race for the tri-county 39th District feels like a repeat of 2018, with Democrat Gil Cisneros and Republican Young Kim again trading barbs in one of the most competitive House races in California.

But beyond the contenders, the 2020 rematch between Cisneros and Kim is in largely new territory.

Two years ago, when the pair first squared off, CA-39 was open following the retirement of long-time GOP House member Ed Royce. And the economy was growing in 2018, meaning the race was largely about non-pocketbook issues. Cisneros won that round and he now has the advantage of incumbency.

But the circumstances this year are different. The pandemic could drag down turnout, among other things. And the staggering economy could cloud the electorate’s mood.

SD11 (San Francisco): For Capitol Weekly, Scott Soriano looks at the Dem-Dem race between Senator Scott Wiener and Jackie Fielder, and it non unexpectedly comes down to housing.

Media coverage emerged comparing Fielder, a woman in her 20s who has never held elective office, to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive House Democrat from the Bronx who defeated 10-term incumbent Joseph Crowley, a powerful Democrat in New York and in the House.

Some reporting pointed to Wiener’s progressive voting record in the Senate, or to San Francisco’s penchant for pushing candidates to the left of established progressives. The tone of the reporting was: “Wiener supports transgender rights and criminal justice reform. Sure, Fielder is gay but so is Wiener. Why the challenge? Crazy! Only in San Francisco!”

But this challenge is more serious. Why? The answer lies in the issue that Wiener is most closely associated with: housing.

PROPOSITION 15 (split roll): For CalMatters, Ben Christopher looks into whether increased commercial property taxes will be passed on to small businesses if voters approve the split roll property tax measure on the November 3 ballot.

The “Yes on 15” team has marshalled a small army of high-caliber economists, including a Nobel Laureate, to help make its case: politically sympathetic small business owners need not lose sleep over this year’s “split roll” initiative.

But many business owners and commercial real estate experts warn that the hotly contested ballot measure contains a glaring hole — and that many mom-and-pop shops across California are going to fall in.

On this question, the Yes and No camps are “talking past each other,” said Adam Sachs, a business transactions lawyer in the Bay Area. “In the long term, the tax hits landlords. But in the short term, it’s on tenants.”

POLL POSITION: Phil Willon reports in the Times on new Berkeley IGS poll results:

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic helped put him in such good graces with California voters that his approval rating is among the highest of any governor in the past 50 years at the same point in their first term, according to a new poll by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies.

But the poll released Tuesday also shows that Newsom’s popularity is being tempered by intense voter dissatisfaction over the Democratic governor’s handing of homelessness in the state and California’s high housing costs.

In spite of that frustration among voters, the survey demonstrates that Newsom is currently enjoying an extremely strong political standing — even after he was forced to manage a litany of crises during his first two years in office including historic wildfires, rolling blackouts, a pandemic and a whipsawed state economy.

  • Newsom job approval among likely voters: 64% approve, 36% disapprove
  • Newsom's handling of COVID-19: 49% excellent or good, 19% fair, 28% poor or very poor

Willon continues:

Over the past 50 years, the only other California governors with similar job approval numbers after their first two years in office were Republican George Deukmejian in the 1980s and Jerry Brown in the 1970s, [poll director Mark] DiCamillo said, basing that conclusion on Field Polls conducted during those times.

NEWSOMATNOON: During yesterday's NewsomAtNoon focused on COVID-19 and the wildfires, Governor Gavin Newsom took off his outer shirt to expose an olive green CALFIRE shirt and sat down to get a flu shot.

BILLS, BILLS, BILLS: Governor Newsom signed 34 bills yesterday and vetoed 11. Chris Micheli tells me that the governor had 227 bills left on his desk (Nooner Premium edition had a different number), so that should leave 182. This is a good moment to remind you that California does not have a "pocket veto" like the federal government. Instead, any bill not signed or vetoed by September 30 at midnight becomes a statute.

I'm not going to link to all these bills since it's easy to look them up here:

  • AB 838 by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) – Flood management: Mossdale Tract.
  • AB 1731 by Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas) – Unemployment insurance: work sharing plans.
  • AB 1984 by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego) – Courts.
  • AB 2017 by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) – Employee: sick leave: kin care.
  • AB 2043 by Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) – Occupational safety and health: agricultural employers and employees: COVID-19 response.
  • AB 2107 by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) – Local government: securitized limited obligation notes.
  • AB 2151 by Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) – Political Reform Act of 1974: online filing and disclosure system.
  • AB 2165 by Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) – Electronic filing and service of documents.
  • AB 2276 by Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-Grand Terrace) – Childhood lead poisoning: screening and prevention.
  • AB 2325 by Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) – Child support: suspension.
  • AB 2463 by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) – Enforcement of money judgments: execution: homestead.
  • AB 2655 by Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) – Invasion of privacy: first responders.
  • AB 2809 by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) – San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission: Suisun Marsh Preservation Act of 1977.
  • AB 2844 by Assemblymember Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake) – Guardians and conservators: duties: accountings.
  • AB 2920 by Assemblymember Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake) – Hazardous waste: transportation: consolidated manifesting procedure.
  • AB 2967 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) – Public Employees’ Retirement System: contracting agencies: exclusion from membership.
  • AB 2992 by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) – Employment practices: leave time.
  • AB 3073 by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) – CalFresh: preenrollment.
  • AB 3137 by Assemblymember Randy G. Voepel (R-Santee) – Community colleges: California College Promise: members of the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • AB 3369 by the Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media – Entertainment industry: minors: discrimination and harassment prevention training.
  • SB 388 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) – Missing persons: reports: local agencies.
  • SB 587 by Senator William Monning (D-Carmel) – California Sea Otter Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund.
  • SB 592 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) – Jury service. (allows list of all state tax filers for jury pools)
  • SB 852 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) - Health care: prescription drugs. (state manufacturing program)
  • SB 860 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program: postsecondary education financial aid applications.
  • SB 903 by Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) – Grand theft: agricultural equipment.
  • SB 907 by Senator Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Rivera) – Child abuse or neglect investigation: military notification.
  • SB 974 by Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) – California Environmental Quality Act: small disadvantaged community water system: state small water system: exemption.
  • SB 998 by Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) – Local government: investments.
  • SB 1003 by Senator Brian W. Jones (R-Santee) – Skateboard parks: other wheeled recreational devices: safety and liability.
  • SB 1231 by Senator William Monning (D-Carmel) – Endangered species: take: Santa Cruz long-toed salamander.
  • SB 1305 by Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) – Revocable transfer on death deeds.
  • SB 1384 by Senator William Monning (D-Carmel) – Labor Commissioner: financially disabled persons: representation.
  • SB 1386 by Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) – Local government: assessments, fees, and charges: water: hydrants.

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

  • AB 515 by Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) – Medi-Cal: unrecovered payments: interest rate. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1845 by Assemblymember Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) – Homelessness: Office to End Homelessness. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 2040 by Assemblymember Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) – Property tax: revenue allocations: County of Madera. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 2046 by Assemblymember Randy G. Voepel (R-Santee) – Family law: child support. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 2092 by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) – Emergency ambulance employees: subsidized protective gear. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 2405 by Assemblymember Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood) – Right to safe, decent, and affordable housing. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 559 by Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) – Department of Water Resources: federal funding: Friant-Kern Canal. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 912 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – California Fostering Connections to Success Act. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 1102 by Senator William Monning (D-Carmel) – Employers: Labor Commissioner: required disclosures. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 1341 by Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) – CalWORKs. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 1351 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Transportation improvement fee: revenue bonds. A veto message can be found here.

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assembly member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry and Alejandra Duran!


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California School Boards Association - Public Affairs & Community Engagement Representatives

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 positions based in the following locations: Southeast L.A. and North L.A./Ventura. Salary based on experience. Please apply at:

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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