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  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) talks about wildfire and climate change on the 2nd anniversary of the disasterous Woolsey Fire (2020-10-20)
  • 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 Sunday, October 25, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • PG&E
  • COVID-19
  • The vote
  • Ballot bucks
  • SD37
  • Cakeday and classifieds 


  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-SF) on State of the Union on CNN

¡Buenos dias! Well, that was a crappy World Series game. Game 5 is at 5:08 tonight. Bad scheduling for the Rams, who host the Bears at 5:15.

The PG&E public safety power shutoffs have been reduced by from the original 466,000 to 386,000 as the weather looks a bit better in the Santa Rosa area although parts of the North Bay are still forecasted to be shut off as early as this morning. Here is the current county/city list and map. It's another weekend of misery for restaurants, wineries, and hotels in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties. Many vineyards were a waste this year as smoke enveloped the berries and there are few visitors.

COVID-19: California lost 26 more persons yesterday for a total of 17,343 and now has more than 900,000 positive cases. The numbers from the last few days are not encouraging so lets hope it is just a data fluke.

COVID cases by day

-Alameda County: In the Chron, Bryan Mena reports on the reopening of restaurants in Alameda County.

Restaurants in Alameda County resumed indoor dining Friday for the first time in more than seven months. It’s the last part of the Bay Area to have maintained such restrictions for so long, and one of only two counties where indoor dining remained off-limits.

For food businesses that have had to get by first on takeout and delivery orders, and later with outdoor dining under strict health-safety rules, it’s a relief.

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,  6,500,191 have been returned (29%).

Partisan breakdown of returned ballots is:

  • Democratic: 3,582,299 (35% of mailed)
  • Republican: 1,397,325 (26% of mailed)
  • NPP/other: 1,520,567 (24% 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 BUCKS: In the Bee, Jeong Park reports on the big dough being spent in favor of Proposition 22.

The latest campaign finance reports filed Thursday, Oct. 22 show that the Yes on Prop. 22 campaign has received nearly $200 million, mostly from five tech companies: Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Postmates and Instacart.

Uber has been the biggest contributor to the campaign, which aims to largely exempt app-based gig economy drivers from a state law that requires companies to provide more employment benefits to their workers. The company spent more than $57 million for the initiative.

Lyft spent nearly $49 million. Instacart put in nearly $32 million, followed by Postmates which contributed more than $13 million.

SD37 (Anaheim Hills-Irvine-OC beach cities): The Register's Brooke Staggs takes a look at the hot contest between Senator John M.W. Moorlach and Dave Min.

cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Angelica Gonzalez!


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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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