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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)


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The Nooner for Wednesday, September 30, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • COVID-19
  • Wildfires
  • Money matters
  • Bills, bills, bills
  • California economy
  • EDD
  • Wine industry
  • The Big A
  • Cakeday and classifieds 

Well, that was a "s***show." That was the characterization of the debate all over cable news, social media, and even in the NYT The Daily podcast recap of the debate this morning. I'm just trying to limit my use of profanity in The Nooner, but if The Daily host Michael Barbaro's mom tweets that characterization of the debate to him, I'm guessing there was a widespread use of that word after the debate.

When I talked to my mom on Sunday, she expressed disappointment that she wouldn't be able to watch the debate because she and my aunt were driving up to Crescent Lake to get to cool, clear air. I'm glad she didn't have to watch that.

For those of us in policy and politics, it was a sad night for our profession. The vast majority of folks I know in this business across the spectrum were disgusted with what they saw last night. Our friends outside of the profession are thinking we are part of that dumpster fire and that is how we all behave during moments of disagreement. We know that's not true but getting them to believe it was made that much more difficult last night.

The news after the jump...


-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: Several counties moved to more relaxed restrictions yesterday, announced Secretary of Health and Human Service Dr. Mark Ghaly in a lunchtime presser. Here is a chart by industry about what it means.


    • Butte
    • Contra Costa
    • Fresno
    • Sacramento
    • San Joaquin
    • Santa Barbara
    • Yolo


    • Amador
    • Calaveras
    • San Francisco

Foodies in Sacramento were exuberant to learn that restaurants could open for indoor dining at 25% of capacity. Selland's restaurants sent out messages inviting customers to come to their restaurants for dinner last night. Unfortunately, those who ate early and watched the debate soon lost said dinner.

For restaurants that have outdoor seating, the opening with reduced capacity might work, but for those without, it may not be worthwhile from both a budget and customer experience standpoint. "Welcome, we are at capacity, but we expect these 25% capacity diners to finish in, say, about an hour. Would you like to put your name on the waiting list?"

In The Bee, Benjy Egel writes about this quandary for local restaurant owners. The other fear for owners in reopening only to have to close again as happened earlier this year.

Meanwhile, because of an increase in new cases, Orange County did not move from Red to Orange -- and many are likely red because of it, such as bar owners who were looking forward to serving outside. On the other hand, San Diego stays in Red and doesn't advance to Purple as it feared because of the spike in cases at San Diego State University. Lyndsay Winkley reports for the SDUT:

Parents and children who have spent months passing by shuttered playgrounds can expect to spend time on park swings and slides as early as this week, county officials said Tuesday.

It wasn’t the only piece of welcome news. Officials also announced that San Diego County will not fall to the state’s most restrictive tier due, in part, to an abundance of testing.

Local jurisdictions were informed of the state’s decision to reopen outdoor, publicly accessible parks late Monday, and many cities are still evaluating the new regulations. But the two largest jurisdictions — the county and the city of San Diego — are already making plans to open play spaces back up. County playgrounds could open as soon as Wednesday, while the city of San Diego is shooting for Saturday.

-Higher ed: San Diego State University plans to resume a limited number of in-person courses on October 12, reports Gary Robbins in the SDUT:

The resumption will come about five weeks after President Adela de la Torre put the program on pause as a COVID outbreak began to emerge. The 2,600 students living on campus this fall also were placed under quarantine for 10 days.

More than 90 percent of all classes are being taught online.

At least 1,058 SDSU students have tested positive for COVID-19, the highest number of any college or university in California, according to a national survey conducted by The New York Times.


-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.)

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, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake, Colusa counties): 949,055 acres, with 43% containment as of 7:45am
    - 51 structures destroyed

  2. SCU Lightning Complex (Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus counties): 396,624 acres, with 98% containment as of 10:05am
    - 222 structures destroyed

  3. LNU Lightning Complex (Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo, Solano counties): 363,220 acres, with 98% containment as of 10:09am
    - 5 deaths; 1,491 structures destroyed

  4. North Complex (Plumas, Butte, Yuba counties): 314,043 acres with 76% containment as of 09/29 6:59pm
    - 15 deaths; 2,342 structures destroyed

  5. Creek Fire (Fresno, Madera counties): 307,051 acres, with 44% containment as of 10:19am
    - 855 structures destroyed

-Glass Fire (Napa, Sonoma counties): As of 7:00am, the fire has burned 48,440 acres and was 2% contained. There are currently 97 reported destroyed structures.

  • A team at the Chron reports that there's still a lot that the Glass Fire could burn before it's brought under control.

    Dozens of wineries, vineyards and homes were reduced to ash, and 22,000 structures were threatened as of Wednesday morning. Roughly 80,000 fire-weary residents awaited word on the fate of their neighborhoods.

    The fire, which is 2% contained, burned the green trees and golden grass wedged between the blackened scars left by the 2017 Wine Country fires.

    The fast-moving blaze forced the evacuations of entire communities, including Calistoga, Angwin and Pope Valley as well as the eastern edge of Santa Rosa.

    The damage was nothing short of catastrophic to the valley’s wine industry.

    On Tuesday, some vintners who had evacuated their properties were only just beginning to take stock of the havoc.

  • In the Press Democrat, Julie Johnson and Mary Callahan report that, with a respite late Tuesday and today, firefighters are preparing for an increased battle that could start tomorrow.

    Though the skies remained too smoky for aircraft to fly in Sonoma County, the threat to Santa Rosa had diminished enough that authorities allowed nearly 50,000 people to return home, even to the Skyhawk community where more than a dozen homes were lost in Sunday night’s firefight.

    But the potential for 100-degree temperatures and moderate winds by Thursday meant that fire officials relieved by Tuesday’s progress on the western edge of the fire were also urgently preparing to dig firebreaks to contain reinvigorated flames.

    “We have a lot of fire on the ground still, but there’s a lot that can still burn,” Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner said. “We’re preparing for that and acknowledging the tough circumstances that we have.”

    Tuesday night, the fire’s northern edge west of Calistoga kicked up, causing authorities to order evacuations for residents west of Highway 29 and along Highway 128 to the Napa-Sonoma county line.

  • In the Bee, Michael McGough writes that the Glass Fire burned many areas that crews saved in the 2017 Tubbs Fire.

-Zogg Fire (Shasta County): As of 7:05am, the fire has burned 51,955 acres and was 7% contained. There are currently 146 reported destroyed structures and 3 deaths.

  • In the Record-Searchlight, Damon Arthur writes that PG&E reports that the power was on despite high wings in the town of Igo when the Zogg Fire that has killed three was ignited.

    Even though the wind was blowing in excess of 30 mph in the area where the Zogg Fire started Sunday, it was not included in Pacific Gas and Electric Company's power safety public shutoff zone.

    A PG&E official confirmed Tuesday that the power had not been turned off Sunday on Zogg Mine Road where the fire reportedly started.

    The utility had turned off the electricity "on the opposite side of Shasta County, and not near Zogg Mine Road," PG&E spokesman Matt Nauman said Tuesday.

    Even though the power was on at the time the fire broke out in Igo, nothing is known about how or what started the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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

  • Yes on 14 (stem cell bond): $500,299 in-kind from Franklin "Pitch" Johnson (East Palo Alto, CA)
  • Yes on 15 (spit roll): $110,366 from 6 donors, including $100,000 from the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  • No on 15 (split roll): $2,372,100 from 58 donors, including $500,000 from the California Hospital Association and $450,000 from Nextera Energy
  • Yes on 16 (affirmative action): $111,000 from 5 donors, including $100,000 from East Bay Community Foundation
  • No on 21 (rent control): $538,475 from 33 donors, including $263,300 from Essex Property Trust (San Mateo, CA)
  • Yes on 25 (bail reform - "yes" upholds SB 10): $3,550,000 from two donors, including $3.5 million from John Arnold (Houston, TX)
  • No on 25 (bail reform - "no" repeals SB 10): $34,000 from two donors, including $25,000 from the Bail Agents Association of San Diego
  • SD15 (San José): $114,538 for IE mail to OPPOSE Ann Ravel (D) from Opportunity PAC - A coalition of teachers, health care givers, faculty members, school employees, and public and private employee organizations
  • SD23 (Redlands): $48,367 for IE polling, mail to SUPPORT Rosalie Ochoa Bogh (R) by California Dental Association and $44,833 for IE mail to SUPPORT Bogh from the California Credit Union League
  • SD23 (Redlands): $72,875 for IE digital ads to OPPOSE Abigail Medina (D) by California Correctional Peace Officers Association and $112,795 for IE "media advertisement expense" to OPPOSE Medina by Public Safety & Justice for All 
  • AD42 (Cathedral City, Twenty-Nine Palms, Yucaipa):. $102,845 IE polling, TV in SUPPORT of Chad Mayes (NPP) by California Dental Association (Cumulative total: $122,811)
  • AD59 (South Los Angeles): $28,790 for IE mail in SUPPORT of Efren Martinez (D) by California Correctional Peace Officers Association (Cumulative total: $347,965)
  • AD68 (Anaheim Hills-Tustin-Irvine): $25,525 for IE mail in SUPPORT of Steven Choi (R) from the California Association of Realtors (Cumulative total: $100,682)

DOING THE LAUNDRY: Large contributions sent to county political parties, which in turn can be donated to candidates over the $4,700 limit as long as the donor doesn't "direct" the contributions. Full explanation in the 09/15 Nooner.

  • California State Council of Service Employees sends the max $38,800 to the San Francisco Democratic Central Committee

BILLS, BILLS, BILLS: Governor Newsom signed 63 bills yesterday and vetoed 18. Tonight at midnight is the deadline for Governor Newsom to sign or veto bills sent to him by the Legislature. If he does not act on a bill, it goes into law, but that's very rare.

Chris Micheli gives us the count "Through last night, September 29, the Governor has acted on over 350 bills and has vetoed 11% of them. He has 75 bills left for tonight’s deadline."

There are some big bills left for the Governor's action, including Assemblymember Kevin McCarty's AB 1506 on state investigation of use-of-force deaths of unarmed individuals and AB 2342 on parole reform. Also pending is AB 3216 (Kalra and Gonzalez), which is the bill for recall of hospitality employees laid off during the pandemic, and many more.

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

  • AB 107 by the Committee on Budget – State government.
  • AB 890 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) – Nurse practitioners: scope of practice: practice without standardized procedures.
  • AB 1124 by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego) – Health care service plans: regulations: exemptions.
  • AB 1205 by Assemblymember Monique Limόn (D-Santa Barbara) – California Cut Flower Commission: membership: reconvening commission.
  • AB 1281 by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Arcadia) – Privacy: California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.
  • AB 1458 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – Cannabis testing laboratories.
  • AB 1525 by Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles) – Cannabis: financial institutions. A signing message can be found here.
  • AB 1657 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) – State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission: Blue Ribbon Commission on Lithium Extraction in California: report.
  • AB 1788 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) - Pesticides: use of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides.
  • AB 1927 by Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encintas) - Witness testimony in sexual assault cases: inadmissability in a separate prosecution.
  • AB 1974 by Assemblymembers Adam Gray (D-Merced) and Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) - Horse racing: welfare and safety of racehorses and jockeys
  • AB 1989 by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) – Menstrual Products Right to Know Act of 2020.
  • AB 2014 by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego) - Medical misconduct: misuse of sperm, ova, or embryos: statute of limitations.
  • AB 2061 by Assemblymember Monique Limόn (D-Santa Barbara) – Firearms: inspections.
  • AB 2077 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) – Hypodermic needles and syringes.
  • AB 2101 by the Committee on Public Employment and Retirement – Public employees’ retirement.
  • AB 2104 by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) – Lead-Acid Battery Recycling Act of 2016.
  • AB 2118 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) – Health care service plans and health insurers: reporting requirements.
  • AB 2157 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) – Health care coverage: independent dispute resolution process.
  • AB 2253 by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) – Professional licensure.
  • AB 2273 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) – Physicians and surgeons: foreign medical graduates: special faculty permits.
  • AB 2287 by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) – Solid waste.
  • AB 2288 by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) – Nursing programs: state of emergency.
  • AB 2338 by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) – Courts: contempt orders.
  • AB 2362 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) – Firearms dealers: conduct of business.
  • AB 2416 by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) – Postsecondary education: student financial aid: satisfactory academic progress.
  • AB 2421 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) - Land use: permitting: wireless communications: emergency standby generators.
  • AB 2537 by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) – Personal protective equipment: health care employees.
  • AB 2617 by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) – Firearms: gun violence restraining orders.
  • AB 2644 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) – Skilled nursing facilities: deaths: reporting.
  • AB 2658 by Assemblymember Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood) – Occupational safety and health: hazards.
  • AB 2699 by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) – Firearms: unsafe handguns.
  • AB 2723 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) – Civil actions: entry of judgment: written stipulation.
  • AB 2731 by Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) – California Environmental Quality Act: City of San Diego: Old Town Center redevelopment.
  • AB 2756 by Assemblymembers Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) and Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) - Residential property insurance.
  • AB 2847 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) – Firearms: unsafe handguns.
  • AB 2850 by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) – Public transit employer-employee relations: San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District.
  • AB 2884 by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) – California State Lottery: revenue allocation.
  • AB 3012 by Assemblymembers Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) and Tom Daly (D-Villa Park): Residential property insurance.
  • AB 3074 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) - Fire prevention: wildfire risk: defensible space: ember-resistant zones.
  • AB 3087 by Assemblymember William Brough (R-Dana Point) – Contractors’ State License Law.
  • AB 3092 by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) - Sexual assault and other sexual misconduct: statutes of limitations on civil actions.
  • AB 3220 by the Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials – Hazardous materials: underground storage tanks: pesticides.
  • AB 3372 by the Committee on Revenue and Taxation – Taxation: administration: earnings withholding: water’s edge elections.
  • SB 67 by Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) – Cannabis: marketing: appellations of origin: county, city, or city and county of origin.
  • SB 86 by Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) – Department of Pesticide Regulation: chlorpyrifos: quarterly reports. A signing message can be found here.
  • SB 214 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) – Medi-Cal: California Community Transitions program.
  • SB 275 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Health Care and Essential Workers: personal protective equipment.
  • SB 406 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Health care: omnibus bill. A signing message can be found here.
  • SB 493 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) – Education: sex equity.
  • SB 596 by Senator Henry Stern (D-Calabasas) – In-home supportive services: additional higher energy allowance.
  • SB 702 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) – California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program: procurement.
  • SB 723 by Senator Brian W. Jones (R-Santee) – Firearms: prohibited persons.
  • SB 800 by Senators Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park): Horse racing: veterinary medical records: racehorse fatalities: racehorse drug testing. 
  • SB 865 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) – Excavations: subsurface installations.
  • SB 872 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) - Residential property insurance: state of emergency.
  • SB 1044 by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) – Firefighting equipment and foam: PFAS chemicals.
  • SB 1141 by Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) - Domestic violence: coercive control.
  • SB 1244 by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – Cannabis testing laboratories.
  • SB 1276 by Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) - The Comprehensive Statewide Domestic Violence Program.
  • SB 1380 by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) – Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy: acquisition of real property.
  • SB 1472 by the Committee on Natural Resources and Water – Public resources: school lands.
  • SB 1474 by the Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development – Business and professions.

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

  • AB 826 by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) – Emergency food assistance: COVID-19. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 995 by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) – Hazardous waste. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1138 by Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) – Social media: the Parent’s Accountability and Child Protection Act. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1327 by Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) – Medi-Cal: reimbursement rates. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1470 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – Cannabis testing. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 2100 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) – Medi-Cal: pharmacy benefits. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 2114 by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) – Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act: procedures relating to employee termination or discipline. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 2296 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – State Water Resources Control Board: local primacy delegation: funding stabilization program. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 2483 by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) – County jails: recidivism: reports. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 2746 by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) – Funding accountability: state funding for homelessness. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 3005 by Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) – Leroy Anderson Dam and Reservoir: permitting, environmental review, and public contracting. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 3164 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) – Fire prevention: wildland-urban interface wildfire risk model: model use guidelines. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 68 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) – Hazardous waste: treated wood waste. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 741 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) – Change of gender and sex identifier. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 757 by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) – California Environmental Quality Act: environmental leadership projects: fixed guideway. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 914 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – Firearms. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 972 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Corporation taxes: disclosure. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 1257 by Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) – Employment safety standards: household domestic services. A veto message can be found here.

CALIFORNIA ECONOMY: The LAT's Margot Roosevelt reports that the UCLA Anderson Forecast issued yesterday offers caution of assuming a quick economic recovery from the effects of the pandemic.

California’s economy began to bounce back this summer thanks to an infusion of federal jobless benefits and business loans along with the reopening of some workplaces, but a full recovery from the coronavirus downturn will take more than two years, UCLA economists predict.

The UCLA Anderson quarterly forecast released Wednesday suggested California payrolls will drop 7.2% this year to 16 million jobs, a loss of some 1.5 million since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. They are expected to climb back slowly, by just 1.3% next year and 3.5% in 2022.

The Golden State’s unemployment rate, which was 3.9% in February, will average 10.8% this year, then fall to 8.6% next year and 6.6% in 2022, the forecast calculated.

Nonetheless, “the news is not all bad,” economist Leila Bengali wrote in the report, noting that some industries are faring far better than others. A precipitous drop in travelers has hammered California’s leisure and hospitality sector, where payrolls are projected to fall 25% this year, but “the housing market is an area where we project particular strength and a quick recovery to pre-recession levels.”

EDD: In The Bee, David Lightman and Wes Venteicher write that, while there have been many recommendations over several years to fix problems within EDD's administration of the Unemployment Insurance program, they weren't addressed before the state hired thousand of employees during the pandemic.

WINE INDUSTRY: The LAT's Sarah Parvini and Hayley Smith report on the devastation to California's wine industry on multiple fronts.

[The loss of the farmhouse and most inventory at the tourist-popular Castello di Amorosa winery] was yet another blow for a region that has suffered through several bad fire seasons, starting in 2017. This year, the pandemic closed tasting rooms, wildfire smoke threatened multimillion-dollar vintages, and now raging blazes have created a triple whammy for many who call California’s famed “wine country” home.


The Glass fire ignited just before 4 a.m. Sunday and quickly ballooned to 40,000 acres in the span of just two days. At 0% containment, it straddles Napa and Sonoma counties, which together are home to more than 800 wineries, many family-owned.

It is the fourth major fire to hit the region since the Tubbs fire tore through Santa Rosa in 2017, and many in the area are beginning to grow weary.

“We are all dealing with significant fire fatigue,” said Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick during a news conference Tuesday. “Many people are feeling the effects, and many people are evacuating and have evacuated multiple times.”

But it’s not only the flames and frequent threat of evacuation. Tourism numbers took a significant hit after the Tubbs fire, and some experts now fear that regular ash and smoke will begin to damage the taste of their varietals.

THE BIG A: In the Register, Alicia Robinson reports that after hours of debate the Anaheim City Council voted to approved the terms of the sale of Angel Stadium to its ownership group.

The deal isn’t totally done, but the Anaheim City Council early Wednesday, Sept. 30, approved the terms on which they’ll sell the city’s biggest asset, Angel Stadium, and allow the surrounding property to be developed with thousands of homes, offices, shops and restaurants that are expected to generate millions in revenue.

The council’s vote, which came at the end of a more than seven-hour meeting, was not a surprise – a majority led by Mayor Harry Sidhu in December agreed to the framework of the deal, and their public comments have been supportive of the details that were unveiled earlier this month.

When the sale closes, likely in late 2021, the city will turn over the stadium and the 150 acres on which it sits to SRB Management, Angels owner Arte Moreno’s business partnership, in exchange for $150 million in cash and another $170 million in community benefits that include 466 units of housing for lower income residents and a 7-acre public park that is expected to be a showpiece.

Sidhu, who helped negotiate the deal, said any city council would be happy to make a deal like this, with a projected 30,000 construction jobs and 45,000 permanent jobs, a walkable development with 15% affordable housing, a high-quality urban park and a long-term commitment from a Major League Baseball team to play in town.


Two council members, Denise Barnes and Jose Moreno, have been critical of the deal, which they say grossly undervalues the property and deprives the city of millions of dollars that could be used to fund services and programs that benefit all Anaheim residents. They cast the only two no votes Wednesday.

The development plan is to fill in the vast parking lots from the days of football at "Anaheim Stadium" when the Rams played there with housing and commercial towers as well as a shopping and dining destination.

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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.

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