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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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  • CA21 (Coalinga-Lemoore-South Bakersfield): moved from Toss-up to Leans Republican (private polling, generic congressional ballot, other factors)

The Nooner for Thursday, October 1, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • COVID-19
    • Equity metrics
    • Tiers for Fears
    • Disneyland
  • Wildfires
  • Money matters
  • Bills, bills, bills
  • Prop. 16 (affirmative action)
  • Oil and gas jobs
  • Cakeday and classifieds 


Yes, September has ended.

Alas, it is still 2020.

I guess the month leading up to Election Day is Monster Mash.

Then, November Rain and A Long December.

May we be singing the Counting Crows at midnight December 31 after Zoomtastic holiday gatherings:

A long December and there's reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last

Hey 2021, the bar is super low.

Lots below...


-The numbers: 108 more Californians reportedly lost their lives to COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total to 15,900.

-Equity matrix: Cathie Anderson reports in The Bee on the newly unveiled equity matrix that will now be considered in whether counties can advance to a less restrictive reopening tier.

The California Department of Public Health is taking two different approaches with the health equity metric, depending on the population of the counties, because data is not as reliable when populations sizes are small.

In counties where there are 106,000 or more residents, officials will have to show that the test positivity rate for their most disadvantaged communities do not significantly fall behind the overall county rate. Starting Oct. 6, each county has to offer a plan that not only defines its disproportionately impacted populations, but also shows specific percentages of COVID-19 cases for these communities and explains how they will disrupt transmission of the disease.

In counties with populations below 106,000 residents, officials will have to show how they plan to educate, support and test individuals who have been disproportionately affected.

Public health officials said they would provide technical assistance to counties to help them use the new health equity metric properly.

-Tiers for Fears: In The Bee, Sophia Bollag writes that the response to the change in the reopening schema for four colored tiers with fewer metrics has drawn mixed reviews.

“We believe this is much more simple, much more transparent, easily monitored by individuals, not just by business representatives, but also by county and state health officers,” Newsom said at a late August press conference. “

Several weeks into the new color-coded system, many are praising it as easier to understand than the previous one, even as businesses say its restrictions on their operations threaten their ability to stay afloat and some evidence indicates it may be contributing to disease spread.

Meanwhile, many businesses see the new tiers as simply “a rebranding of the previous policy,” said Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable.

Overall, the new color-coded system is an improvement because it is more straightforward, said state Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, who has been outspoken about how he thinks Newsom should revise his coronavirus policies.

-Disneyland: In the Times, the team of Karlamangla, Willon, and Lai write that Disney's announced 28,000 theme park layoffs and largely blaming Sacramento's restrictions on reopening adds huge clout to the clamoring among smaller businesses calling for a more accelerated reopening.

Disney’s blunt criticism is putting more pressure on Gov. Gavin Newsom and health officials at a critical moment.

The state’s first attempt at reopening led to a major surge in COVID-19, and Newsom has vowed to move more cautiously this time and listen only to the science. His reopening plan omits theme parks altogether, though officials said guidelines will be released this week.

Bradley Pollock, chairman of the Department of Public Health Sciences at UC Davis, said waiting on the state for guidance is undoubtedly frustrating for theme park operators, but that Newsom and his staff are confronting an extremely difficult calculus in determining the size and pace of reopenings.

Keeping businesses closed deals a major blow to the economy and to large swaths of society that may lose their livelihoods, he said. But any reopenings will increase interactions between people, lead to more cases of the coronavirus, and more deaths, he said.

“It’s not a question of if, but rather, how much?” he said. “The virus hasn’t changed. ... When you have people who can gather physically closer together, you increase the risk. Is it worth it?”


-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): 955,513 acres, with 47% containment as of 7:39am
    - 51 structures destroyed

  2. LNU Lightning Complex (Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo, Solano counties): 363,220 acres, with 98% containment as of 9/30 10:09am
    - 5 deaths; 1,491 structures destroyed

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

  4. Creek Fire (Fresno, Madera counties): 309,033 acres, with 44% containment as of 7:49am
    - 855 structures destroyed

  5. SQF Complex (Tulare County): 151,436 acres, with 61% containment as of 10:20am
    - 232 structures destroyed

-Finalized: SCU Lightning Complex (Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus counties): 396,624 acres, with 100% containment as of 10:29am
                  - 222 structures destroyed

-Glass Fire (Napa, Sonoma counties): As of 7:00am, the fire had burned 56,781 acres and was 5% contained. There are currently 249 reported destroyed structures, including 143 single-family homes and 6 commercial buildings destroyed. The remaining are multi-use res/comm: 1, outbuildings 27, and other minor structures: 98.

  • Today, there is a Red Flag Warning in the area with hot and dry conditions and a northwest wind picking up later in the day. 
  • Cal Fire officials leading the fire crews on the lines in Napa and Sonoma counties say they could use double the resources but the state (and mutual aid from other states) is tapped out, reports Will Schmitt at the Press Democrat.

    Fire authorities said Wednesday they would prefer to have double the force of 2,000 firefighters they now have assembled against the 48,440-acre fire.

    But with more than two dozen other major wildfires burning across California ― and about as many fire starts on Tuesday alone, according to Cal Fire ― not enough manpower exists in the state’s standing army of firefighters and outside crews to reinforce each blaze at ideal levels.

    “With all the amount of the fires we have going on, the resources that we have are limited, and they’re spread very thin,“ said Cal Fire Chief Mark Brunton, who arrived in Sonoma County after stints fighting large wildfires in Mendocino and Santa Cruz counties earlier this year. Statewide, 3.9 million acres have burned in 2020, nearly doubling the previous record from 2018.

    As a result, Cal Fire hasn’t been able to attack the Glass fire as aggressively as it would have with more staffing.

    “We have to draw a bigger box and give up ground that we wouldn’t have otherwise given up,” said Ben Nicholls, the Sonoma County-based division chief for Cal Fire.

  • For the Chron, Kellie Hwang and Dustin Gardiner look into what is known about the origin of the fire. 

    While the cause of the fire remains elusive, Cal Fire officials believe they know where the blaze started: the 200 block of North Fork Crystal Springs Road, a road off Silverado Trail, east of Larkmead.

    Within that site were a blackened hillside with scorched oak trees and a destroyed small garage or mechanic’s shed. Nearby were several downed power poles, and PG&E personnel were there Wednesday afternoon documenting the damage. The remains of caution tape hung at the entrance to a narrow road, leading past vineyards and small wineries. But it was unclear exactly where in the area the fire touched off.

    Determining a wildfire’s cause can take up to a year, Hernandez said. For example, the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County ignited last October, and state authorities announced in mid-July that PG&E equipment triggered the fire. But Cal Fire’s incident page still lists it as “under investigation.

    The deadly Camp Fire started in November 2018, but the official cause wasn’t released until mid-March of 2019. PG&E power lines were determined to have sparked the blaze.

-Zogg Fire (Shasta County): As of 7:00am, the fire has burned 53,303 acres and was 26% contained. There are currently 147 reported destroyed structures and 4 deaths.

  • While containment has picked up, there are continuing concerns that the Zogg Fire could merge with the August Complex to the west. The August Complex is already double the size of the second largest wildfire in California history, the Mendocino Complex in 2018, which burned in many of the same areas.

-CZU Lightning Complex: In the Chron, Mallory Moench writes that Santa Cruz County lost 925 single family homes and three multi-family residences in the CZU Lightning Complex that broke out August 17 and burned 10,000 acres in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.

The fire affected some of the most affordable housing in the county, adding pressure on an already costly and competitive market amid a statewide housing crisis. With the Glass Fire raging in Wine Country, a similar dynamic might play out in the North Bay, where thousands of homes are threatened.

The sudden need for housing was worsened by the pandemic limiting shelter capacity. Complicating it further was that the county had never dealt with a fire on this scale.

Meanwhile, a government-run program booking evacuees free hotel rooms got off to a bumpy start, officials and residents said. In one case, a couple with health issues slept in a friend’s abandoned trailer before they learned about the program. In another, a nurse only got a room when she no longer needed it because the evacuation had lifted.

Most hotel booking issues have been ironed out, but the program is a temporary solution and finding more permanent housing won’t be easy. As of Wednesday, 853 people were still in hotels. After evacuations lift, evacuees can stay longer if their home doesn’t have water or power, which are still out in some areas. And many people don’t have a home to which they can return.

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

- Ballot measures

  • Yes on 14 (stem cell bond): $1,000,000 from Robert Klein
  • Yes on 15 (split roll): $53,000 from two donors, including $50,000 from United Food and Commercial Workers
  • Yes on 15 (split roll) - Million Voter Project: $145,000 from East Bay Community Foundation
  • Yes on 16 (affirmative action): $170,999 from five donors, including $100,000 from Edison International
  • Educators for Equity, Yes on 15 & 16, Sponsored by CTA: $2,500,000 from California Teachers Association
  • Yes on 21 (rent control): $4,000,000 from the AIDS Healthcare Advantage
  • No on 21 (rent control): $268,700 from two donors, including $200,000 from Hanover RS Limited Partnership (Houston, TX)

-Independent expenditures

  • SD15 (San José): $21,744 IE for research, mail to OPPOSE Dave Cortese (D) by Silicon Valley JobsPAC, Sponsored by The California Chamber of Commerce
  • SD23 (Redlands): $71,048 IE for polling, digital ads in SUPPORT of Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R) by Keeping Californians Working, a Coalition of Housing Providers, Energy and Insurance Agents (Cumulative total: $264,735)
  • AD13 (Stockton): $151,889 IE for polling, billboards in SUPPORT of Carlos Villapudua (D) by Coalition to Restore California's Middle Class, Including Energy Companies who Produce Gas, Oil, Jobs and Pay Taxes (first general IE; spent 824,758 in support of Villapudua in the primary)
  • AD35 (San Luis Obispo): $49,989 (filing one | filing two) IE for mail, radio in SUPPORT of Jordan Cunningham (R) by Building a Healthy Future for CA Facilitated by Agricultural Council of CA 
  • AD38 (Santa Clarita): $51,017 IE for mail in SUPPORT of Suzette Valladares (R) by California Correctional Peace Officers Association (Cumulative total: $230,003)
  • AD42 (Cathedral City, Twenty-Nine Palms, Yucaipa): $50,000 for phone calls in SUPPORT of Chad Mayes (NPP) by Building a Healthy Future for CA Facilitated by Agricultural Council of CA
  • AD59 (South Los Angeles): $28,790 IE for mail in SUPPORT of Efren Martinez (D) by California Correctional Peace Officers Association (Cumulative total: $376,756)

BILLS, BILLS, BILLS - THAT'S A WRAP! Governor Newsom completed his work on bills yesterday, marking the unofficial end of the 2019-20 legislative session. Of course, the official end will be at midnight on November 30, when the Legislature automatically adjourns sine die. by operation of Cal. Const. Article IV, Section 3(a).

Some articles on the gubernatorial actions:

The Governor has signed the following two bills (two batches -- sorry, I don't have time this morning to put them in perfect order, as the second batch that came first required a lot of that as well as subject-fetching):

  • AB 323 by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) – Newspapers: state agency advertising: worker status: independent contractors.
  • AB 841 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) – Energy: transportation electrification: energy efficiency programs: School Energy Efficiency Stimulus Program.
  • AB 1185 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) – County board of supervisors: sheriff oversight.
  • AB 1512 by Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) – Security officers: rest periods.
  • AB 1947 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) – Employment violation complaints: requirements: time.
  • AB 1949 by Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas) – Fisheries: California Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program.
  • AB 2231 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) – Public works.
  • AB 2311 by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) – Public contracts: skilled and trained workforce requirement: notice.
  • AB 2399 by the Committee on Insurance – Paid family leave: qualifying exigency.
  • AB 2479 by Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) – Rest periods: petroleum facilities: safety-sensitive positions.
  • AB 2560 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – Water quality: notification levels and response levels: procedures.
  • AB 2588 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) – Educational programs and training: costs: employees and applicants providing direct patient care.
  • AB 2717 by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Arcadia) – Motor vehicles: unattended children: liability.
  • AB 2741 by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) – Children’s advocacy centers.
  • AB 2759 by Assemblymember Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake) – Collateral recovery.
  • AB 2765 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) – Public works: prevailing wages.
  • AB 2805 by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) – Juveniles: reunification.
  • AB 3075 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Wages: enforcement.
  • AB 3163 by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) – Energy: biomethane: procurement.
  • AB 3330 by Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) – Department of Consumer Affairs: boards: licensees: regulatory fees.
  • AB 3362 by the Committee on Judiciary – State Bar: open meetings: discipline: attorneys: foreign legal consultants: annual license fees.
  • SB 522 by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) – Business entities: filings.
  • SB 918 by the Committee on Governmental Organization – Alcoholic beverages: special nonprofit sales license: wine labels.
  • SB 973 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) – Employers: annual report: pay data.
  • SB 1189 by Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) – Contracting business: home improvement: residential property.
  • SB 1192 by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – Firefighters’, police officers’, or peace officers’ benefit and relief associations.
  • SB 1232 by Senator Steven Glazer (D-Orinda) – CalWORKs: postsecondary education.
  • SB 1264 by the Committee on Human Services – Human services.
  • SB 1301 by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) – Tijuana River Valley: watershed action plan.
  • SB 1349 by Senator Steven Glazer (D-Orinda) – Transactions and use taxes: County of Contra Costa.
  • SB 1371 by the Committee on Judiciary – Maintenance of the codes.
  • SB 1473 by the Committee on Governance and Finance – Local Government Omnibus Act of 2020. 
  • AB 646 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) – Elections: voter eligibility.
  • AB 732 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) – County jails: prisons: incarcerated pregnant persons.
  • AB 846 by Assemblymember Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood) and Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) – Public employment: public officers or employees declared by law to be peace officers.
  • AB 901 by Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) - Juveniles.
  • AB 979 by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – Corporations: boards of directors: underrepresented communities.
  • AB 1196 by Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) - Peace officers: use of force.
  • AB 3121 by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) - Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans.
  • AB 1304 by Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) – California MAT Re-Entry Incentive Program. A signing message can be found here.
  • AB 1506 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) - Police use of force.
  • AB 1775 by Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles) – False reports and harassment.
  • AB 1950 by Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles)
  • AB 2321 by Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles) – Juvenile court records: access.
  • AB 2425 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) – Juvenile police records.
  • AB 2512 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) – Death penalty: person with an intellectual disability.
  • AB 2542 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) – Criminal procedure: discrimination.
  • AB 2606 by Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside) – Criminal justice: supervised release file.
  • AB 2762 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance)
  • AB 3043 by Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles) – Corrections: confidential calls.
  • AB 3070 by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) - Juries: peremptory challenges.
  • AB 3121 by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) – Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans.
  • AB 3234 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) – Public Safety. A signing message can be found here.
  • SB 203 by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) - Juveniles: custodial interrogation.
  • SB 312 by Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) - Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act of 2020.
  • SB 480 by Senator Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Rivera) – Law enforcement uniforms.
  • SB 823 by the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review - Juvenile justice realignment: Office of Youth and Community Restoration.
  • SB 1126 by Senator Brian W. Jones (R-Santee) – Juvenile court records.
  • SB 1196 by Senator Thomas Umberg (D-Santa Ana) – Price gouging.
  • SB 1290 by Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) - Juveniles: costs.

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

  • AB 331 by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) – Pupil instruction: high school graduation requirements: ethnic studies. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1161 by Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) – Recreational water use: wave basins. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1299 by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) – Peace officers: employment. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1457 by Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside) – Regional business training center network: pilot project. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1835 by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) – Education finance: local control funding formula: supplemental and concentration grants. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1906 by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) – Pregnant peace officers: duty assignment policy. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1993 by Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) – Unemployment and disability insurance: benefits: in-home supportive services and waiver personal care services. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 2054 by Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) – Emergency services: community response: grant program. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 2342 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) – Parole. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 3216 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) – Unemployment: rehiring and retention: state of emergency. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 182 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) – Local government: planning and zoning: wildfires. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 369 by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) – Prisoners: California Reentry Commission. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 555 by Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) – Jails and juvenile facilities: communications, information, and commissary services: contracts. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 629 by Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) – Public peace: media access. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 1064 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Prisons: confidential informants. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 1220 by Senator Thomas Umberg (D-Santa Ana) – Peace and custodial officers. A veto message can be found here.

PROP. 16 (affirmative action): The California Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Proposition 16, which would reverse Proposition 209 and allow affirmative action in public hiring, contracting, and university admissions. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan has contributed $1.5 million to the "yes" campaign, Pacific Gas & Electric has contributed $250,000, and Edison International, parent of Southern California Edison has contributed $100,000. There are likely more, but those were the biggies off the top of my head.

OIL AND GAS JOBS: For the Bee, Jeong Park looks at what happens to the Californians working in the oil and gas industry as state leaders aim for zeroing out carbon usage, punctuated by Governor Newsom's order to prohibit new emission-emitting vehicle sales beginning in 2035.

“Can we immediately start talking about jobs? We can hate on oil, but the truth is our refinery jobs are really good middle class jobs,” Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, tweeted Sept. 24 after Newsom’s announcement. “Jobs can’t be an afterthought to any climate change legislation.”

Even as the number of clean energy jobs rises in California, the quality of those positions vary wildly, from rooftop solar installers making just above minimum wage to those working in utilities making $50 an hour. Environmental and labor advocates say it’s up to the state to ensure those clean energy jobs are as good as the jobs in the oil and gas industry they will replace.

The oil and gas industry directly employs 152,000 people in California, said Cathy Reheis-Boyd, president of the Western States Petroleum Association, which represents the industry in six western states, including California.

Those workers make $80,500 a year on average. Nearly two-thirds of those workers don’t have a bachelor’s degree, according to a 2019 report from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.

“It’s one of the few industries left in California for people who are not college graduates, or for second chancers who have a criminal record,” said Rock Zierman, CEO of the California Independent Petroleum Association.

Supporters of the efforts of moving to zero-emission vehicles and electricity production argue that the focus needs to be on retraining workers and weeding out the bad apples in clean energy, such as low quality, low cost solar that relies on low-wage workers who may be lacking in skills necessary for a professional job.

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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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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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