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The Nooner for Friday, October 16, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • The vote
  • Ballot boxes
  • Money matters
  • DART!
  • COVID-19
  • Fires
  • PG&E power shutoffs
  • Prop. 14
  • Prop. 20
  • Prop. 22
  • State pay
  • Schwarzenegger
  • DiFi
  • Cakeday and classifieds

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Happy Friday! You made it! Through the town halls, I mean...

Anyway, as expected, The West Wing special episode recreation on HBO Max was fantastic for fans of the show. They reenact "Hartsfield Landing" (Season 3, Episode 14), reportedly because it involved the most members of the original cast. The stage reading was recorded at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles and show creator and lead writer for the first four seasons Aaron Sorkin was present. They also emphasized (and showed) that they were taking COVID-19 precautions. This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown played the role of the Leo McGarry, originally played by the late John Spencer.

Introducing the settings between the acts is Emily Proctor ("Ainslee Hayes") and present to play the opening on his guitar and backed by strings is W.G. "Snuffy" Walden. Fun fact, Walden, who has scored lots of television music, composes entirely on guitar and plays it for others to turn it into a full orchestral score. He won the Emmy for The West Wing score and has won or been nominated for many other compositions that we would find familiar (The Wonder Years!)

Lots of folks (including me, my sister, and friends) were confused about HBO Max and signed up for a free seven-day trial (because the home page directs you toward the free trial with no explanation of signing in with an existing subscription), after which it is $14.99/month. It replaces HBO Go (for cable subscribers) and HBO Now (for non-cable subscribers). For most cable and satellite subscribers of HBO it is free and this is the page you go to.

The show was to benefit the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization When We All Vote. Of course, it has a West Wing-style liberal bent, with guests on the reunion show including Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. However, the message in between the acts were all about voting and not who to vote for.

That said, I have plenty of Republican friends who love The West Wing and I'm sure they'll enjoy this performance as well.

Thank you for allowing me a break in between reading campaign finance reports. I had to -- Cal-Access was down yet again. As I wrote this, I had the original "Hartsfield Landing" playing. It's amazing how spot-on the reenactment 18 years later was.

We're just getting started...

THE VOTE: Here is the latest from Political Data's ballot tracker. Topline is 21,508,716 ballots were mailed, with a breakdown of Dem: 43.4%, Rep: 24.2%, and NPP/other: 29.4%. Thus far, 2,382,531 have been returned (11%).

Partisan breakdown of returned ballots is:

  • Democratic: 1,362,421 (14% of mailed)
  • Republican: 529,372 (8% of mailed)
  • NPP/other: 490,738 (9% of mailed)

The PDI site has breakdowns by congressional and state legislative districts (click "Select for Filters") and a list of the top 25 districts searched.

BALLOT BOXES: Last night on CNN after the California Republican Party clearly stated that it had no intention of removing its private ballot collection boxes, Attorney General Xavier Becerra would not show his cards as to the next steps that would be taken by the state. Now that the deadline under the cease-and-desist order has passed, I wouldn't be surprised to see a Superior Court order today that includes a temporary restraining order.


Independent expenditures

  • SD11 (San Francisco): $2,052 for newspaper ad to SUPPORT Scott Wiener (D-D race) by Alice B. Toklas Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club PAC
  • SD11 (San Francisco): $187,333 for mail, digital ads to SUPPORT Scott Wiener (D-D race) by Equality California (Cumulative total: $488,708)
  • SD11 (San Francisco): $62,500 for digital ads to SUPPORT Scott Wiener (D-D race) by California Association of Realtors (Cumiulative total: $250,128)
  • SD11 (San Francisco): $125,763 for TV to OPPOSE Scott Wiener (D-D race) by California Indians Supporting Jackie Fielder for Senate 2020, sponsored by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
  • SD15 (San José): $112,436 for mail to SUPPORT Dave Cortese (D-D race) by Firefighters, Realtors, and Neighbors for a Stronger California
  • SD15 (San José): $40,526 for mail to OPPOSE Dave Cortese (D-D race) by Silicon Valley JobsPAC, Sponsored by the California Chamber of Commerce (Cumulative total: $831,343)
  • SD29 (Diamond Bar-Fullerton): $53,206 for mail to SUPPORT Ling Ling Chang (R) by California Alliance for Progress and Education, an alliance of business organizations (Cumulative total: $627,548)
  • SD29 (Diamond-Fullerton): $57,854 for mail to OPPOSE Ling Ling Chang (R) by Opportunity PAC (labor) (Cumulative total: $533,330)
  • SD37 (Anaheim Hills-Irvine-OC beach cities): $81,535 for mail to OPPOSE John M.W. Moorlach (R) by Opportunity PAC (labor) (Cumulative total: $589,504)
  • SD37 (Anaheim Hills-Irvine-OC beach cities): $6,880 for mail to SUPPORT Dave Min (D) by California Professional Firefighters (Cumulative total: $20,640)
  • AD13 (Stockton): $2,192 for digital ads to SUPPORT Carlos Villapudua (D-D race) by Coalition to Restore California's Middle Class, Including Energy Companies who Produce Gas, Oil, Jobs and Pay Taxes (Cumulative total: $1,423,668)
  • AD13 (Stockton): $2,192 for digital ads to OPPOSE Kathy Miller (D-D race) by Coalition to Restore California's Middle Class, Including Energy Companies who Produce Gas, Oil, Jobs and Pay Taxes (Cumulative total: $596,752)
  • AD38 (Santa Clarita): $20,631 for mail to SUPPORT Suzette Valladeras (R-R race) by California Correctional Peace Officers Association (Cumulative total: $301,652)
  • AD42 (Cathedral City, Twenty-Nine Palms, Yucaipa): $36,712 for mail to SUPPORT Chad Mayes (NPP) by Californians for High Quality and Affordable Health Care Political Action Committee, sponsored by California health plans (Cumulative total: $44,712)
  • AD42 (Cathedral City, Twenty-Nine Palms, Yucaipa): $19,966 for mail to OPPOSE Andrew Kotyuk (R) by California Alliance for Progress and Education, an alliance of business organizations (Cumulative total: $50,074)
  • AD59 (South Los Angeles): $2,947 for mail to SUPPORT Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-D race) by Communidades Con Reggie Jones-Sawyer for State Assembly 2020, Sponsored by Laborers' International Union of North America, Local 300 (Cumulative total: $30,368)
  • AD59 (South Los Angeles): $39,114 for mail to SUPPORT Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-D race) by Firefighters, Realtors, and Neighbors for a Stronger California (Cumulative total: $73,239)

Large ballot measure contributions - cash only excluding in-kind contributions

  • Yes on 15 (split roll): $891,000 from nine donors, including $175k from the Liberty Hill Foundation, and $100k each from AFSCME and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • No on 15 (split roll): $386,000 from five donors, including $100,000 from Auerbach Realty Holdings
  • No on 21 (rent control): $6,463,750 from nine donors, including $2.5m from Essex Property Trust, $1.4m from AvalonBay Communities, and $1m from Prometheus Real Estate Group
  • No on 22 (transportation network companies): $25,000 from IBEW
  • No on 23 (dialysis): $776,194.13 from US Renal Care, Inc. 
  • No on 25 (bail - repeals SB 10): $58,127 from AIA Holdings

Doing the Laundry 
If you're new to this game, this is how special interests can far exceed the $4,700 contribution limit for the November general. I explained the process on 9/15. After passing max $38,800 contributions through party committees, those committees can pass the money along far in excess of the $4,700. It's "washed" as long as the original donor doesn't "direct" the money. Of course, we all know the competitive races. I list them for ATCpro subscribers.


  • Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters: $38,000 sent to Fresno County Democratic Central Committee
  • Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters: $38,000 sent to Tehama County Democratic Central Committee


  • Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee United Democratic Campaign: $30,000 sent to Reggie Jones-Sawyer (AD59 - Los Angeles County)
  • Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee: $40,000 sent to Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen (AD72 - Orange County)
  • Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee: $30,000 sent to Cottie Petrie-Norris (AD74 - Orange County)
  • Tehama County Democratic Central Committee: $40,000 sent to Josh Newman (SD29 - LA/OC)

These don't include state party money. It's just "fun" to watch the flow if you like reading hundreds of campaign finance reports each day. The Republican Party doesn't have much of this activity which would be a good panel discussion to explore why. I have my thoughts. Of course, California's GOP has far less money to go around these days, although there's lots of business-side money found in independent expenditures.

All in the game, yo'.

DART! While we're on the topic of campaign finance, a big report came across yesterday. Dart Container Corporation is not a household name but can be found in most households. They make those red "beer pong" SOLO cups that used to end up in my garden when I lived in downtown Davis. They also make a lot of the polystyrene containers your take-out or delivered food has come in the last seven months. They are also a big league campaign donor. But they have stayed quiet since February, when they played in a handful of primaries with independent expenditures.

But radio silence since then. Why? Well, they were fighting a huge battle against SB 54 (Allen) and AB 1080 (Gonzalez), identical bills to reduce single-use plastics in California and increase recycling. Those bills died on the last night of session, despite the belief that there were majorities in both houses given the Democrats' supermajorities. Assembly member Buffy Wicks cites the bills in a New York Times interview as one of the reasons she drove up with her newborn after being told she could not vote by proxy, while most Senate Republicans were participating remotely.

In the end, SB 54 died in the Assembly on a 37-18 vote, with 24 members not voting. Four votes short and time ran out at midnight for non-urgency bills.

Yesterday, Dart sent out thank you cards with $122,500 in contributions. $25,000 went to the Democratic Party, $10,000 went to the Republican Party, and the rest went to 41 legislators and challengers.

The bills will be back and a measure is in circulation for the 2022 ballot. Meanwhile, there will be plenty of lobbying contracts and campaign money to be raised...

COVID-19: California added 80 deaths yesterday for a total of 16,829.

-School daze: For EdSource, Diana Lambert reports on a Hart Research poll commissioned by the California Teachers Association to find the perspective of registered voters about whether, when, and how schools should reopen for in-person instruction in California. Lambert writes:

Most California voters want schools to require safeguards like face masks, proper ventilation and social distancing in classrooms, and Covid-19 testing and tracing before schools return for in-person instruction, according to poll released Thursday by the California Teachers Association.

Sixty percent of those polled said these safeguards and access to a nurse, daily health screenings, smaller class sizes and continued distance learning for students and teachers with medical conditions are all essential to reopening schools. The poll found that 85% of California voters surveyed expect school districts to make “major changes” to prevent the spread of the virus.


Researchers found that 62% of voters would not be comfortable sending their children to school at this time.

Most voters, 63%, support the state’s four-tiered system that allows counties to reopen schools if infection rates in the community are low. Four out of 10 said that schools should not reopen without a vaccine, although most would make an exception for small group instruction for special needs students, according to a summary of the findings.


An EdSource poll released last week found that nearly three-quarters of voters surveyed say schools need additional funding to implement safety practices vital to reopening school campuses. The California Teachers Association poll found that 80% of voters believe more funding is needed.

“We are facing a $12.5 billion deficit next year,” said [CTA President E. Toby] Boyd in reference to California K-12 schools and community colleges. “That’s insurmountable. And it’s nothing like I’ve ever seen in my 26 years of teaching. It is bigger than what happened in 2008.”

While I may agree with the conclusions, I will offer my usual criticism of polls issued via press release, or in this case, a virtual press conference. The poll questions, ordering, and crosstabs are not provided.

-Nursing homes: While we thought skilled nursing facilities had emerged from the worst through massive testing and isolation (strict visitation limits), Catherine Ho and Tatiana Sanchez report in the Chron about an outbreak at a home in Gilroy:

Twelve residents at a Gilroy nursing home have died from COVID-19, and 75 have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials at the home said Thursday.

When the infections and deaths occurred at the Gilroy Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center is unclear. The state only reports the cumulative number of cases since the start of the pandemic and does not specify when those cases happened.


The 134-bed Gilroy center began accepting COVID-19 patients from hospitals in August, treating 32 in a separate ward, according to a KTVU report. A family member of a deceased resident told The Chronicle she was notified of the transfers by a senior member of the facility’s staff via email.

However, center officials did not address the reported transfers Thursday, nor did they say how many residents had contracted the virus since August.

Of the 75 patients infected with the virus at the facility since the pandemic began, all 63 who survived have fully recovered, according to the written statement posted on the website of Covenant Care, the Southern California company that operates the Gilroy facility.

-Kaiser: For CalMatters, Jackie B. Botts and Ana B. Ibarra report that a Kaiser psychiatric facility in Santa Clara has been issued a citation by Cal/OSHA officials for failing to adequately protect staff during the outbreak.

The citation, issued Wednesday by the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health with a proposed fine of $11,200, is the first in an expected wave of citations against Kaiser Permanente facilities statewide for failing to acknowledge that COVID-19 can be transmitted via aerosol particles, according to a source inside Cal/OSHA, who asked not to be identified. Kaiser told CalMatters on Thursday that it plans to appeal.

The agency found that Kaiser systematically failed to comply with California health and safety standards for aerosol transmissible diseases (ATD), the source said, even after early studies showed that the virus could survive in the air. California instructed employers in May to assume that was the case, and most California hospitals complied. After a series of evolving statements, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines last week to say that COVID-19 transmission can be, in fact, airborne. 

Cal/OSHA’s citation thrusts the health care giant into the heart of a national battle over how hospitals and other health care employers should keep workers safe not only from virus particles that can hurl through the air in droplets from a sneeze or cough but also hover in the air after being exhaled by those infected. The nurses union welcomed California’s enforcement action to protect frontline health workers.

-Workers: Also for CalMatters, Jacqueline Garcia looks at the impact of the pandemic on day laborers, while Laurence Du Sault writes that the economic impact of COVID-19 has brought many Californians to the financial breaking point.

-Commercial property: In the LAT, Roger Vincent reports on the impact of COVID-19 on office leasing in Los Angeles.

The impact of COVID-19 reverberated through the Los Angeles County office market in the third quarter as many businesses kept employees at home and managers put off decisions about their future space needs.

Office occupancy fell by 2.7 million square feet, a worsening of conditions in the second quarter when occupancy fell by 1.9 million square feet, real estate brokerage CBRE said.

The weak third-quarter leasing was roughly in line with the drop in occupancy seen in early 2009, the worst quarter for the market in the Great Recession. Overall vacancy climbed to 15% in the third quarter, up from 13.7% in the previous quarter and 12.6% in the same period a year earlier.

Punctuating this was the August cancellation of a lease in an unbuilt office tower in the San Francisco SoMa neighborhood by tech company Pinterest for which it paid a one-time fee of $89.5 million. Many other companies in SF are downsizing and residential rents have dropped by more than 30%.

In Sacramento, as the state reevaluates its real estate usage with a goal of having more employees work from home, private office buildings on Capitol Mall fear losing agency and constitutional officer leases. A couple of blocks from Nooner Global Headquarters, there are three empty single-story privately owned office buildings that were previously occupied by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Water Resources. While all are for lease, the aging nondescript builldings would be better replaced by mixed use and dense housing.


  • August Fire (Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake, Colusa counties) 1,030,182 acres, 78% contained as of 7:14am
    • 54 structures destroyed
  • Creek Fire (Fresno, Madera counties) 344,042 acres, 60% contained as of 7:10am
    • 856 structures destroyed
  • SQF Complex (Tulare County) 167,913 acres, 70% contained as of 7:11am
    • 228 structures destroyed
  • Glass Fire (Napa, Sonoma counties) 67,484 acres, 95% contained as of 10/12 9:16am
    • 1,555 structures destroyed

Yesterday, the Trump Administration rejected the state's request for the federal major disaster, which is usually granted without question by an intern with the autopen. Andrew J. Campa reports for the Times:

The Trump administration has rejected California’s request for disaster relief funds aimed at cleaning up the damage from six recent fires across the state, including Los Angeles County’s Bobcat fire, San Bernardino County’s El Dorado fire, and the Creek fire, one of the largest that continues to burn in Fresno and Madera counties.

The decision came late Wednesday or early Thursday when the administration denied a request from Gov. Gavin Newsom for a major presidential disaster declaration, said Brian Ferguson, deputy director of crisis communication and media relations for the governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

Ferguson could not provide a reason for the federal government’s denial.


A major disaster declaration allows for cost-sharing for damage, cleanup and rebuilding between the state and federal government. It also activates federal programs led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The majority of acreage in these fires are in National Forests. The Bobcat Fire is in the Angeles National Forest, Creek is in the Sierra National Forest, and the Slater Fire was in the Siskiyou National Forest. The request for declaration did not include the August Complex Fire, which continues burning at 78%, and is the largest in state history by a factor of two. Much (most?) of that fire is in the Mendocino, Shasta-Trinity, and Six Rivers National Forests. I think the federal government forgot to rake.

Absolutely unbelievable.

PG&E POWER SHUTOFFS: Most of those whose power was shut off Wednesday night are still in the dark this morning, according to the PG&E map. Dale Kasler reports in The Bee that most without power are expected to be restored today.

About 31,000 homes and business across Northern California remained without power early Friday as the latest PG&E Corp. “public safety power shutoff” entered its third day.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said it restored power to about 10,000 customers late Thursday after Diablo winds subsided in parts of the utility’s service territory. The company said “essentially all others” would have their power restored by late Friday.

more after the jump...

PROP. 14 (stem cell bond): For CalMatters, Barbara Feder Ostrov asks whether voters will still feel that it's affordable to issue bonds to support cutting-edge medical research during COVID-19.

Proposition 14 is essentially a repeat— with a bigger price tag and a few tweaks – of Proposition 71, which California voters approved in 2004 after then-President George W. Bush prohibited, on religious grounds, all federal funding of any stem cell research using human embryos. 

In her article, Ostrov discusses the nuanced evaluation of the institute, which was expected to spurn enough private sector development with the initial bond funding. But, it's complicated.

PROP. 20 (criminal justice):  In the Times, Patrick McGreevy looks at the debate over Proposition 20, which would rollback public safety reforms largely pushed by former Governor Jerry Brown.

As much of the country weighs changes to the criminal justice system, California has had a head start, adopting a series of laws in the last decade that, among other things, helped reduce the state’s prison population by more than one-third, or 50,000 people.

Now a group of prosecutors and law enforcement leaders has placed Proposition 20 on the November statewide ballot, which would expand the list of felonies for which the convicted are ineligible for early parole; increase penalties for repeat shoplifters; and collect DNA samples from adults convicted of some misdemeanors.

Proponents argue that it is needed to fix flaws in past measures that they say are putting the public’s safety at risk, including the early release of potentially violent criminals. But opponents of the measure, who include civil rights leaders, Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Gov. Jerry Brown, say it wrongly rolls back necessary criminal justice reforms as crime has declined in recent years.

PROP. 22 (transportation network companies): Meanwhile, in The Bee, Jeong Park reviews the arguments over Proposition 22, the transportation network companies' (Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, etc.) effort to gain exemptions from AB 5, with some additional guarantees to their drivers.

For weeks, Californians have been bombarded with advertisements for Proposition 22, which would allow gig economy drivers to continue working as independent contractors while providing some of the benefits given to employees.

The initiative has become the most expensive ballot measure in the state’s history. Companies such as Uber and Lyft have spent more than $180 million for the measure, while labor unions have spent more than $10 million fighting against them.

George Skelton writes in the Times about what's at stake for both sides.

California has never seen anything like this. Nor has any state — a record $200 million spent on a single ballot measure.

It’s understandable. The financial stakes are high. This is about new labor-management rules for the 21st century gig economy. Or trying to use the same old rules.

STATE PAY: Now that October 15 has passed without federal assistance to the states, Wes Venteicher and David Lightman look at the impact on state employees:

Details of state workers’ pay cuts vary depending on their work and which union represents them, but most of the agreements start with a pay cut of 9.23%, the equivalent of two days of work per month. Workers receive two unpaid days off in exchange, which they can bank and use later.

The reductions to their pay are softened by a suspension of the contributions workers normally make to their retirement health care, which for most is a few percentage points.

SCHWARZENEGGER: The Politico team writes up Schwarzenegger's appearance on Don Lemon's CNN show last night. It was really something and I saw it between the Biden town hall and Trump town hall, which was time-delayed on KCRA. They write:

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday night that the state Republican Party is "off the rails" and doing a "stupid thing" by placing unauthorized ballot boxes in counties with battleground congressional districts.

Schwarzenegger, the state's last Republican governor, was asked during a CNN interview to respond to the California Republican Party placing unauthorized ballot boxes in at least three counties. Republicans have defended the move as no different than Democrats going door-to-door to collect ballots from sympathetic voters, but state officials have ordered the party to remove the boxes because, they said, only counties are allowed to establish them.

"It's a stupid thing that they're doing right now with those ballot boxes," Schwarzenegger said. "I think it's just Mickey Mouse stuff that, you know, has serious kind of effects. And I think that what they should do, really, is offer people hope and make everyone participate and make everyone be able to vote and those kind of things rather than make those fake ballot boxes."

Arnold just kept talking and Lemon couldn't get a word in edgewise. Here's most of the segment.

DiFi: Eyebrows were raised in the media and plentiful Democrats were angry with California's senior senator yesterday after Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein hugged Chairman Lindsey Graham at the conclusion of the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on SCOTUS nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett. The Politico California Playbook starts out with the story. After introducing the story with a picture of the embrace, Jeremy B. White continued:

THE TWEETS BEGAN: Immediately, tweets from the likes of Jon Lovett and “Pod Save America” host Jon Favreau (“I’m feeling pretty good about my vote for Kevin de Leon in 2018”) began piling up. It became clear many Democrats viewed the hearings as a sham and thought Feinstein’s moves had pulled the rug out from their own arguments against Republicans heading into the election. Never mind that she’d lent a hand to Graham — a focus of their ire and a big Dem target in his reelection bid against Democrat Jaime Harrison.


AND NOW THERE’S THIS: San Francisco officials have proposed stripping the names from 44 schools throughout the city named in honor of people with “connections to slavery, genocide or oppression,” the SF Chronicle’s Jill Tucker reports. Dianne Feinstein Elementary is on the list.

The embrace was all over cable news, not because of the Barrett nomination, but rather because Democrats in South Carolina believe they have the good chance of beating Graham on November 3. Their candidate is former SC Democratic Party chair Jaime Harrison who has emerged as a jaw-dropping fundraiser and is close in polling averages. A picture of Lindsey hugging a California Democrat is the last thing Democrats in The Palmetto State expected to see on national television 19 days before the election.

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