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  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): UFCW Western States Council legislative and political adviser Caitlin Vega (2020-10-19)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Maris Lagos @ KQED): The political fight over voting with Dan Schnur (2020-10-15)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): Bob Stern joins to talk about the GOP ballot box issue and some of the ballot measures on the November ballot (2020-10-15)
  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blonien): Assembly member Lisa Calderon Apple Podcasts | YouTube (2020-10-14)


The Nooner for Tuesday, October 20, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • The vote
  • COVID-era voting
  • Money matters
  • House races
  • OC congressional dough
  • Smokin!
  • COVID-19
  • PG&E power shutoffs
  • Prop 17
  • Prop 20
  • Prop 23
  • Senate vacancy?
  • CA53 (San Diego)
  • AB 5
  • Retail
  • Healthcare
  • Homeless students
  • Cakeday and classifieds 

A fortnight hence...

GAME ONE: From Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX and airing on FOX, the Dodgers "host" the Tampa Bay Rays with first pitch at 5:09pm. On the mound for the Dodgers will be Clayton Kershaw, while Tyler Glasnow will take aim for the zone for the Rays.

Happy Taco Tuesday! I'm trying to think what I have in my fridge to stuff in tortillas tonight.

When I wrote about Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA45) yesterday and what might be next for her, I should have mentioned a role as Director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau in a Biden Administration, as some readers pointed out. After all, that was the position her former Harvard Law professor and friend Elizabeth Warren held before being elected as a United States Senator from Massachusetts. I don't know if that is a big enough step up for Porter, who is sitting on $8 million in campaign cash and has taken an Orange County seat flipped in 2018 and made it safe this year.

Beyond that, an appointment to head CFPB would mean a special election in CA45 and a distinct possibility that Republicans could flip it back. It's more likely she sits tight, continues to make a name for herself as a popular cable news guest leading to a national fundraising network, and climb the ladder in the House while a California United States Senate seat opportunity opens up.

Word is that she has aspirations for House Democratic Leadership. If Nancy Pelosi announces her retirement next year to facilitate a transition of the speakership before the 2022 elections, that would leave no Californians in House Leadership. In contrast, from 2013-17, Pelosi was Democratic Leader and now-AG Xavier Becerra was Caucus Chair.

Current Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY08) is considered a strong candidate for Speaker and was in the mix when Pelosi ascended to the post for the second time in 2019.

The California Democratic delegation would likely push hard for one of the five spots in leadership, as the delegation currently accounts for 19.8% of the Democratic Caucus with 46 members.

On to the numbers and news...

THE VOTE: Here is the latest from Political Data's ballot tracker. Top-line is 21,508,716 ballots were mailed, with a breakdown of Dem: 43.4%, Rep: 24.2%, and NPP/other: 29.4%. Thus far, 3,989,304 have been returned (18%).

Partisan breakdown of returned ballots is:

  • Democratic: 2,241,346 (22% of mailed)
  • Republican: 635,577 (16% of mailed)
  • NPP/other: 908,631 (14% 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.

BURN BRAS, NOT BALLOTS! In Baldwin Park, somebody got fire into an official ballot dropbox in front of the public library on Sunday night. Hayley Smith reports for the Times:

As [a passerby who called 9-1-1] filmed, firefighters did everything they could to access the flames inside the tightly sealed metal box, including snaking a hose through the drop slot and, later, cutting the whole thing open with a power saw.

Once open, numerous official election ballots — some charred beyond recognition — could be seen smoldering inside.


On Sunday night, officers with the Baldwin Park Police Department took custody of the seared, soaked ballots, which were set to be transferred to the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder’s office on Monday to see what could be salvaged.

It was not immediately clear how the fire began, but Los Angeles County Fire Department spokeswoman Leslie Lua said arson is being investigated as a possible cause. If confirmed, she said, it would be the first instance of ballot box arson in the county.

In an already contentious election season, officials are hoping it will also be the last.

COVID-ERA VOTING: In the Times, Stephanie Lai reports that no voters will be turned away at polling places for not wearing a mask, but county election officials are planning how to deal with them.

Voters who show up in Los Angeles County without a face mask will be escorted to an outdoor area, where a poll worker will hand them a ballot.

In Orange County, they will be put in a booth away from other voters.

San Bernardino and Riverside counties will offer face shields to the voters around an unmasked person.

Nowhere in California will a voter who refuses to wear a mask be turned away, election officials said.

MONEY MATTERS: Sundays are generally a quiet reporting day and yesterday reflected that.

Independent expenditures

  • AD40 (Redlands)$34,948 for mail to SUPPORT James Ramos (D) by San Manuel Band of Mission Indians 
  • AD42 (Cathedral City, Twenty-Nine Palms, Yucaipa): $19,996 for mail to OPPOSE Andrew Kotyuk (R) by California Alliance for Progress and Education, an alliance of business organizations (Cumulative total: $70,040)
  • AD42 (Cathedral City, Twenty-Nine Palms, Yucaipa): $38,207 for mail to SUPPORT Chad Mayes (NPP) by Keep California Golden (Cumulative total: $318,920)
  • AD59 (South Los Angeles): $30,532 for mail to SUPPORT Efren Martinez (D-D race) by California Correctional Peace Officers Association (Cumulative total: $623,833)
  • AD59 (South Los Angeles): $53,262 for mail to OPPOSE Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-D race) by California Correctional Peace Officers Association (Cumulative total: $307,248)
  • AD64 (Carson): $79,300 for phone calls, data to SUPPORT Mike Gipson (D) by Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy

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

  • Yes on 15 (split roll): $5,394,000 from five donors, including $5.3 million from the California Teachers Association
  • No on 15 (split roll): $745,000 from 24 donors, including $175k from H.G. Fenton Company, $150k from Watson Land Company, and $100k from PS Business Parks.
  • Yes on 16 (affirmative action): $680,150 from eight donors, including $500,000 from Blue Shield of California and $100,000 from Mitchel Kapor (Oakland, CA)
  • Yes on 20 (criminal justice): $40,000 from three donors
  • No on 21 (rent control): $5,645,670 from 14 donors, including $3,667,600 from Equity Residential and $1.4 million from George Marcus and Affiliated Entities
  • No on 22 (transportation network companies): $618,765 from five donors, including $446,460 from SEIU Local 721 and $150,000 from Southern California District Council of Laborers

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.


  • California Teachers Association: $37,300 to the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee
  • California School Employees Association: $25,000 to the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee
  • Morongo Band of Mission Indians: $37,500 to the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee
  • Southwest Regional Council of Carpentars: $38,800 to the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee


  • Democratic Central Committee of Marin: $30,000 sent to Dawn Addis (AD35 - San Luis Obispo County)
  • Napa County Democratic Central Committee: $41,870 sent to Dave Min (SD37 - Orange County)
  • San Diego County Democratic Party: $24,230 sent to Abigail Medina (SD23 - San Bernardino County)
  • Tehama County Democratic Central Committee: $25,000 sent to Josh Newman (SD29 - LA/Orange counties)

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'.

HOUSE RACES: In the Chron, John Wildermuth writes up the big money in the most competitive California House races.

OC CONGRESSIONAL DOUGH: In the Register, Brooke Staggs reports on the huge amount of money being spent on Orange County congressional races as Democrats try to defend seats flipped in 2018 and Republicans seek to reverse those gains.

Candidates have raised a combined $44.9 million and spent $27.5 million so far in the seven House races that touch Orange County, according to the latest campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

That doesn’t include independent expenditures directed at these seats. Outside groups have already spent at least $11.2 million more to support or oppose local candidates, with more than half of that total coming from Democratic groups opposing GOP challenger Michelle Steel in the 48th District race. That brings total expenditures on the seven local House races to nearly $39 million, with two weeks to go until Election Day.

SMOKIN'! R.J. Reynolds reported giving $25,000 to Assembly member Adam Gray's (D-Merced) ballot measure committee yesterday.

COVID-19: California added 22 deaths yesterday for a total of 16,990. The usual caution of the weekend lull in reporting applies, although the trend continues to look good.

-The virus: The AP's Adam Beam writes that the surge in cases in California expected associated with reopening has not occurred.

Near the end of September, with coronavirus cases falling and more schools and businesses reopening, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration urged restraint, citing a statistical model that predicted a startling 89% increase in virus hospitalizations in the next month.

That hasn’t happened. Instead, state data shows hospitalizations have fallen by about 15% since that warning while the weekly average number of new cases continues to decline even as other more populous states like Florida, Ohio and Illinois see increases.

California’s good news isn’t enough to change what Newsom calls his “slow” and “stubborn” approach to reopening the world’s fifth-largest economy. He again cautioned people against “being overly exuberant” about those coronavirus numbers, pointing to a “decline in the rate of decline” of hospitalizations.

While California’s 14-day average of hospitalizations is down, the 7-day average is up ever so slightly to 2,241 patients. The number peaked in July at more than 7,100.

-Vaccine: During yesterday's NewsomAtNoon, the governor announced that he was appointing a scientific panel to review any COVID-19 vaccine that has expedited review by the Food and Drug Administration before distribution by public or private entities in California is allowed. Ana B. Ibarra writes for CalMatters:

While there is no vaccine available yet, California and other states have been gearing up for its eventual distribution. On Friday, California sent a draft of its vaccination plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the draft, state officials said a scientific safety review workgroup, made up of immunization and public health experts from agencies and universities across the state, will help “ensure public confidence in vaccine safety, efficacy, and implementation efforts.”

Other states also have created committees to review any coming vaccine in response to concerns that the Trump administration might rush the regulatory approval process.

“Of course, we don’t take anyone’s word for it,” Newsom said, in a nod to the politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This vaccine plan will move at the speed of trust. You have to have confidence in the efficacy of the vaccine, confidence that we’re not rushing to judgment in terms of its distribution and its accessibility,” Newsom said. 

In response to a reporter’s question, Newsom said the review group process will stand even if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the election.

Here is the press release listing the members of the scientific panel.

-School daze: PPIC's Niu Gao, Julien Lafortune, and Laura Hill have a fantastic new report on which students are losing the most in distance learning. Their top-line conclusions are:

  • Internet and device access remains a formidable challenge. 
  • Live contact with teachers is limited.
  • Parent involvement in learning varied widely.
  • Hardships may interfere with learning.

Meanwhile, in the Chron, Jill Tucker writes that the pressure to return to in-person instruction in San Francisco schools is growing.

District officials have said reopening requires a heavy logistical lift, with each school meeting county and state health requirements, including social distancing, ventilation and regular testing of staff, as well as adequate supplies of soap, hand sanitizer, masks and other equipment. Some of that is ready to go in some schools, but not all, and the district is still working on a testing plan.

In addition, reopening schools means getting teachers back in classrooms, but the district and United Educators of San Francisco are still in labor talks to reach an agreement on what it would take to resume in-person learning.

Superintendent Vincent Matthews is expected to give the school board and the public an update on reopening plans Tuesday, rolling out a metric to show where the district is in terms of each requirement to reopen and negotiations with unions.

The update is not expected to give dates for when some students might get to go back to school.

-Theme parks: Also during yesterday's NewsomAtNoon, the governor announced that theme park reopening guidelines would be released today but not everyone may be happy, reports Brady MacDonald for the Register.

Newsom said during a news conference on Monday, Oct. 19 that amusement parks reopening guidelines will be released by California Health and Human Services secretary Mark Ghaly on Tuesday.

“Tomorrow, let’s look forward to Dr. Ghaly’s presentation and update on tiered status and some new guidelines that will be put out on issues related to theme parks,” Newsom said during the news conference.


Newsom said last week that he anticipated his administration will issue separate reopening guidelines for smaller and larger theme parks in the state.

“I am very mindful, for example — if you have a park, in a city, with a Ferris wheel — that that’s not a ‘theme park’ in the sense so many of us consider,” Newsom said last week. “So one has to distinguish between the two.”

Disney, Universal and other large theme parks in California are not expected to be included in the guidelines for smaller amusement parks.


Reopening plans for larger theme parks could be similar to initial draft guidelines from the state reportedly calling for reopening individual California theme parks at 25% capacity once their county reaches the least-restrictive “minimal” risk level and limiting attendance to residents who live within 120 miles of each park.

PG&E POWER SHUTOFFS: One week after power was shut off for 50,000+ Northern California Pacific Gas & Electric customers, the utility has announced another series of possible public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) to prevent wildfire, beginning tomorrow evening with high winds and dry, warm weather.

The following 19 counties are likely to be impacted: Alameda, Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Napa, Plumas, Santa Clara, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, and Yuba. That is down from 24 last week, with El Dorado, Monterey, Placer, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz not on the current list for this week.

I haven't gone through all the counties, but it appears that the event will be over once again by Friday night. Basically, a repeat of last week. 2020 is starting to feel like a Groundhog Day of misery.

The tradeoff continues. California's arid, warm weather is likely keeping the state from a coronavirus spike and the onset of the flu (although nationally it is still low), but it also increases the wildfire risk. Cold, wet weather may or may not increase virility of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), but such weather pushes more people indoors where spread is demonstrably higher.

more after the jump...

PROP. 17 (voting: parolees): The LAT's Patrick McGreevy takes a look at Proposition 17, the legislative proposed constitutional amendment to allow parolees to vote.

Californians will soon decide whether to allow nearly 50,000 people convicted of felonies who are on parole to vote in future elections in the state, an issue that has divided the state’s leaders along party lines.

California’s Constitution disqualifies people with felony convictions from voting until their incarceration and parole are completed. Proponents of Proposition 17 say the constitutional amendment was proposed to help people who leave prison reintegrate into their communities.

The measure is supported by Democratic leaders including Gov. Gavin Newsom, state Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) and Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic nominee for vice president.


The initiative, which was put on the ballot by the Legislature, is opposed by the California Republican Party, Crime Victims United of California and GOP lawmakers including state Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), who said crime victims will be deprived of justice if felons can vote without completing the parole part of their sentence under supervision.

PROP. 20 (criminal justice): For CalMatters, Byrhonda Lyons looks at a little-noticed provision of Proposition 20, the ballot measure that primarily rolls back voter-approved criminal justice and sentencing reforms. Lyons writes:

A little-noticed provision of Proposition 20 would require law enforcement to bank the DNA of people convicted of a long list of misdemeanors. Currently DNA is collected only from arrested and convicted felons, registered sex offenders and arsonists.

Prop. 20 would roll back some of the effects of criminal justice reforms that voters approved in 2014’s Proposition 47, which downgraded some felonies to misdemeanors and resulted in fewer DNA profiles in the state’s data bank.

The initiative would reclassify certain misdemeanors as “wobblers” — crimes that can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies. It would change criteria for considering parole, make some crimes ineligible for early release, create a three-strikes rule for people who violate their post-release supervision and collect DNA samples from people who are convicted of certain misdemeanors.

The list of misdemeanors includes twelve crimes, mainly theft and drug offenses, as well as domestic abuse and prostitution with a minor. If the proposition wins the support of voters, people convicted of those offenses in California would be forced to supply their DNA to be stored permanently in the state’s database.

PROP. 23 (dialysis): Melody Gutierrez takes a a look at the renewed call for increased regulation of dialysis clinics for the Times:

The measure would require dialysis clinics to employ at least one doctor who is on-site whenever patients are receiving treatment. Backers of the proposition, the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West, say dialysis clinics are favoring profits over patient care by not having a doctor available in the event of complications or an emergency.

The dialysis industry has put more than $100 million into fighting the measure, arguing that doctors’ and nurses’ associations agree that Proposition 23 is unnecessary and that the added cost would lead to dialysis clinics closing, which would put patients at even greater risk.

There are roughly 600 dialysis clinics in California, each treating thousands of residents suffering from kidney failure with machines that remove a patient’s blood and filter it to remove waste and excess fluids before returning the blood to their body. Patients would die without dialysis, which requires a session of about four hours three days a week. Because of the high demand for dialysis, clinic operators say they are typically open six days a week for up to 16 hours a day.

For Politico, Victoria Colliver writes that SEIU-UHW may be using the 2018 and 2020 ballot measures to regulate dialysis clinics strategically even if its leaders know that they will be vastly outspent by the financial behemoths that operate the clinics.

While SEIU-UHW says it is committed to passing Prop 23, political strategists suggest that labor backers may simply be playing the long game by placing an initiative on the ballot every two years challenging the industry. Win or lose, the union is putting pressure on dialysis companies to spend gobs of money each general election.

“The threat of a ballot measure is something UHW has used strategically,” said Brian Brokaw, a Democratic strategist in Sacramento who is not involved in the Prop. 23 campaign. “In order for a threat to actually be credible, sometimes you have to put it on the ballot. But appearing on a ballot and actually running a campaign to support something are two different things.”


John Logan, director of labor employment studies at San Francisco State University, said unions have long used non-traditional tactics like ballot-box campaigns to get companies to the negotiating table.

“They don’t have to invest any of their money to support it, but the other side has to spend tens of millions because it would be a disaster if it were to pass,” he said.

That David-and-Goliath theme is playing out again this time. The industry has amassed more than $104 million so far to defeat the initiative, compared to nearly $9 million on the yes side.

SEIU-UHW knows it's going to be vastly outspent by the industry, but says it is not part of a strategy to get the dialysis companies to bargain with them. Union officials acknowledged they want to organize the clinics, but say it's an uphill battle and that they haven’t spoken with the clinic operators in more than five years. They say they're in this to improve patient care.

SENATE VACANCY: In the Chron, Joe Garofoli writes that California progressives, in the event the Biden/Harris ticket is successful creating a Senate vacancy, are pushing Governor Newsom to, appoint someone who openly opposed the filibuster and will vote to get rid of it when in Washington.

The filibuster is the rule that allows a minority of 40 senators in the 100-member chamber to block a vote on any bill. Its elimination is rapidly moving up the to-do list for Democrats, noting that Sen. Mitch McConnell, who has shown little willingness to reach across the aisle, is likely still to be leading Republicans next year even if they lose the Senate. All it would take is a simple majority of the Senate to kill the filibuster.

“The single most important consideration in making this momentous decision must be whether the person you choose is committed to ... (being) a true champion for a functional, effective Senate,” said a letter written to Newsom on Monday, whose signers included the head of the 2.1 million-member California Labor Federation and the progressive group Courage California, which claims 1.4 million members.

“Senator Harris’ replacement must be as good as she has been on this topic. The filibuster must either be eliminated or reformed to such a degree that it can no longer block the progress our nation so desperately needs,” said the letter, which was shared exclusively with The Chronicle.

CA53 (San Diego): In the SDUT, Andrew Dyer looks at the contest between Georgette Gómez and Sara Jacobs, two Democrats vying for the congressional seat currently held by Susan Davis (D).

Davis has not endorsed either candidate. Gómez is endorsed by the county and state Democratic party as well as prominent progressive politicians such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

Jacobs is endorsed by former Secretary of State John Kerry, state Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis and Rep. Katie Porter, D-Ca., among others.

Gómez and Jacobs aren’t separated much by ideology — both say they support the Green New Deal, Medicare for All and other progressive policy goals.

AB 5 (Gonzalez): Worker status: employees and independent contractors. While everyone is focused on the high-stakes, high-dollar campaign around Proposition 22 and the future of the business model of gig transportation network companies, that's not the only remaining issue with Dynamex/AB 5 implementation. For the Chron, Lily Janiak and Carolyn Said look at the impact on theater.

Already reeling from catastrophic revenue losses due to the pandemic, theaters will face a drastic increase in expenses — at least 30 percent of annual budgets, according to many estimates — when they reopen, as they must turn actors, stagehands, technicians, costume makers and musicians into employees to comply with California’s new gig-work law, AB5.

Many local artists are “absolutely panicked about what that means for their theaters,” said [Becky] Davis, who is now board president at the Altarena [Playhouse, a theater in Alameda].

California’s rich landscape of hundreds of tiny, innovative companies could dwindle to a handful of large, well-financed institutions by next year, arts professionals fear, leaving theatergoers with a paucity of choices, most of them pricey.

Hundreds of theater professionals now are joining forces to seek a way forward, lobbying legislators to give them a phase-in period, exempt the smallest companies, provide funding to help with the transition and provide clear guidelines on how they’re supposed to comply with the law.

RETAIL: I've been meaning to include this Phil Matier article from Sunday's Chron but my head is spinning with so many issues and data. I also didn't want to make it seem like I was promoting a side on Prop. 20 (which I voted against), but the story is just shocking.

After months of seeing its shelves repeatedly cleaned out by brazen shoplifters, the Walgreens at Van Ness and Eddy in San Francisco is getting ready to close.

“The last day is Nov. 11,” Walgreens spokesman Phil Caruso said.

The drugstore, which serves many older people who live in the Opera Plaza area, is the seventh Walgreens to close in the city since 2019.

“All of us knew it was coming. Whenever we go in there, they always have problems with shoplifters, ” said longtime customer Sebastian Luke, who lives a block away and is a frequent customer who has been posting photos of the thefts for months. The other day, Luke photographed a man casually clearing a couple of shelves and placing the goods into a backpack.

“I feel sorry for the clerks, they are regularly being verbally assaulted,” Luke said. “The clerks say there is nothing they can do. They say Walgreens’ policy is to not get involved. They don’t want anyone getting injured or getting sued, so the guys just keep coming in and taking whatever they want.”

For security reasons, Walgreens declined to provide details on their security policies, but Caruso did say that “the safety of our team members and customers is our top concern.”

A recent trip to the store revealed aisle after aisle of empty or near-empty shelves. Beauty supplies appear to be a favored target.

Most of the remaining products were locked behind plastic theft guards, which have become increasingly common at drugstores in recent years.

But at Van Ness Avenue and Eddy Street, even the jug of clothing detergent on display were looped with locked anti-theft cables.

HEALTHCARE: In the LAT, Noam M. Levey reports on the possible impact of the election on access to healthcare for Californians.

Sick patients are getting more help managing diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. Women are giving birth more safely, health records show. And the share of working-age Californians without health coverage tumbled from nearly 1 in 4 to just 1 in 10 before the current economic crisis — one of the steepest declines in the nation.

But the gains — largely made possible by the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare — now hang in the balance of the presidential election.

The Supreme Court, poised to get another justice appointed by President Trump, is weighing whether to scrap the healthcare law. And Trump, who has pledged for four years to dismantle the law, hasn’t indicated how he’d replace its core protections should he win a second term.

HOMELESS STUDENTS: For EdSource, Carolyn Jones a new UCLA report that finds a dramatic increase in the number of homeless K-12 students over the last decade amid California's high cost of living, and the number has likely gotten worse this year during the pandemic.

California’s escalating cost of living has led to a 48% surge in the state’s homeless student population over the past decade, according to new research released today by researchers at UCLA.

Almost 270,000 students in K-12 schools lacked stable housing in 2018-19, numbers that almost certainly have grown since the pandemic and economic downturn began last spring, researchers said.

“We knew the numbers would be up, but we were surprised at the scope and severity of the crisis,” said Joseph Bishop, director of UCLA’s Center for the Transformation of Schools, which compiled the report. “Looking at these numbers was really a ‘wow’ moment.”

cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senator Kamala HarrisCathy McBride, Max Mikalonis, and Victoria Stewart!

Whoops! Belated happy birthday to Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon! His name was hiding yesterday above Controller Betty Yee's name.


Add your classified now both in The Nooner and online for $50/week or $150/month by emailing, with a headline, a summary of up to 200 words, and what you'd like the end date to be. You can attach a PDF or provide a link for a bigger job description/info to apply. [Other advertising options]

CCST Report Release: The Cost of Wildfires in California

How do you put a price on the devastating impacts of wildfire in California? As California endures its most destructive wildfire season to date, a new study from the California Council on Science and Technology assesses what we do and do not know about the societal costs of wildfire impacts. The study’s steering committee chair Michael Wara of Stanford and the lead authors will discuss the report’s findings and recommendations to help the state meet this challenge. Thurs, Oct 29, 12:30-1:30pm REGISTER.

Legislative Analyst – The City of Ontario

The City of Ontario is seeking a Legislative Analyst to play a critical role in navigating the City through the legislative process. This position will keep City officials up to date on pending and proposed legislation and any related issues that may impact City operations. In addition, the Legislative Analyst may assist the Assistant City Manager through attendance at meetings of federal, state, and local agencies, associations, organizations, committees, or other forums. Duties also include preparing statements of support or objection for proposed legislation and working with the City's state and federal lobbyists to craft successful strategies for legislative advocacy. Learn more and apply here:

The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

In addition to a well-respected JD, the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees. Both full-time students and those earning a professional degree while working succeed in the program. Our focus on the interconnections of law, policy, management, and leadership provides unique competencies for your success. Students gain a foundation in statutory interpretation and skills in public policy making and implementation. Learn at a beautiful campus three miles from the State Capitol:

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:

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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