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December 3, 2018

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NEWS CONFERENCES, BRIEFINGS, AVAILABILITIES, ETC.

OROVILLE — Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Butte County Supt. Tim Taylor and Deputy Supt. Mary Sakuma mark reopening of Butte County schools “less than a month after the worst fire in California history destroyed most of Paradise and Concow,” say all 99 schools in the county were closed due to fire and “87 schools with about 28,032 students are scheduled to return.” 9:30 a.m., Butte County Office of Education, 1859 Bird St. Contact: Bill Ainsworth 530 219 4584.


Asms. David Chiu, Rob Bonta, Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, Jesse Gabriel and others denounce “cruel proposal by Trump administration that would hurt-low income families,” say proposed change to “Public Charge rule,” which immigration officers use to evaluate if an applicant is likely to become dependent on government support, is “a disguise to attack and intimidate immigrant families, whether they have used public benefits or not,” also discuss “legislation being introduced in response” and a “public comment campaign.” 11 a.m., Rm. 1190. Contact: Jerome Parra 916 319 2018.

Livestream here.


Sen. Jim Beall and others say “three out of four Californians with mental health needs do not receive the treatment they require and untreated mental illness remains a persistent factor in homelessness and incarceration,” discuss “proposals for the news session to improve access, the delivery of care and close gaps in services.” 11 a.m., Rm. 112. Contact: Rodney Foo 408 558 1295.

Livestream here.

THE LEGISLATURE

Senate — 2019-2020 Regular Session convenes at Noon.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye administers oath of office.

  • Rules (Toni Atkins, chair), Upon Adjournment of Session, Rm. 3191.

Assembly — Floor session Noon.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra administers oath of office.

California Channel Tentative Programming

  • Midnight

    Capitol Weekly Election Post Mortem Panel 3 (11.8.18)

  • 1 a.m.

    Capitol Weekly Election Post Mortem keynote (11.8.18)

  • 7 a.m.

    Road Trip with Huell Howser

  • 8 a.m.

    Schools on Point

  • 8:30 a.m.

    The Maddy Report Reducing Recidivism: Do Prisoner Rehabilitation Programs Actually Work?

  • 9 a.m.

    Sac Press Club: An End to Child Hunger (8.23.18)

  • Noon

    Children’s Health Conference Keynote (9.13.18)

  • 1 p.m.

    Children’s Health Conference Panel 3 (9.13.18)

  • 2 p.m.

    Children’s Health Conference Panel 4 (9.13.18)

  • 7 p.m.

    Road Trip with Huell Howser

  • 8 p.m.

    Schools on Point

  • 8:30 p.m.

    The Maddy Report Reducing Recidivism: Do Prisoner Rehabilitation Programs Actually Work?

  • 9 p.m.

    Sac Press Club: An End to Child Hunger (8.23.18)

THE GOVERNOR

Nothing public announced as of 5:20 a.m. Contact: 916 445 4571.

KEEPING UP

The office of Asm. Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher reports having hired Samantha Gallegos as communications director and Shubhangi Domokos as a legislative assistant. Gallegos was most recently an associate consultant with the Democratic Office of Communications and Outreach. She previously worked as a digital producer at ABC 10 and a political reporter at Capitol Weekly. Domokos is returning to work for Gonzalez Fletcher. She left the office in April to be a legislative advocate for United Domestic Workers of America. Domokos starts again with Gonzalez Fletcher on Dec. 17. Contact: Evan McLaughlin 916 319 2080.


Capitol staffer George Andrews has returned to Asm. Tom Lackey’s office as chief of staff. Andrews was previously Lackey’s chief of staff from 2014-2017. He worked for the Assembly Republican Caucus in 2018. Prior to working at the Capitol, Andrews was district director for US Rep. David Valadao. He succeeded Tim Townsend, who is now a consultant with KAI Partners. Contact: Andrews, george.andrews@asm.ca.gov.


Pro Tem Toni Atkins has announced Erika Contreras as the nominee to succeed Danny Alvarez, who is retiring as Secretary of the Senate. Contreras has worked at the Capitol for 15 years. Since 2010 she has been Sen. Ricardo Lara’s chief of staff, making her “the top advisor to the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee, Budget Conference Committees, and the California Latino and LGBT Legislative Caucuses.” The Pro Tem’s office also provided a short bit background on the Senate’s newest officer, if she’s confirmed: “Contreras was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Her family was granted legal residency following the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and she later earned her citizenship in 1998. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with degrees in Sociology and Spanish. She lives in Sacramento with her partner, Hector Betancourt, and their two children.” The Senate is expected to vote today on a resolution that would confirm Contreras’ nomination and reconfirm Atkins as the Pro Tem and Jodie Barnett as the Senate’s Chief Sergeant at Arms. Contact: Lizelda Lopez, lizelda.lopez@sen.ca.gov.


The office of Asm. Kevin Kiley has announced some staff changes. Joshua Hoover starts in January as chief of staff. Hoover has been Capitol Director since 2016. He succeeds William Kolkey, who is leaving at the end of the month to be Kiley’s campaign manager for his SD 1 campaign. The office reports Matt Easley starts today as legislative director. Easley most recently served in the same role for former Asm. Dante Acosta. And, Kerida Moates joined the office as a legislative aide/scheduler following her fellowship in the office earlier this year. Moates replaces Ariana Joven, who left to become executive director for the Kern County Farm Bureau. Contact: Hoover, Joshua.Hoover@asm.ca.gov.

RALLIES AND DEMONSTRATIONS

Asms. Autumn Burke, Joaquin Arambula, Kevin McCarty and Laura Friedman urge legislative action on “plan to end deep child poverty in California” released last week by childhood poverty task force created by Burke’s AB 1520, say plan “would reduce overall child poverty in California by 50 percent in four years, helping 1.9 million children suffering the effects of poverty.” 10:15 a.m., North Steps. Contact: Yusef Robb 323 384 1789.

Also listed: Sen. Scott Weiner; Jessica Bartholow, Western Center on Law and Poverty; Conway Collis, GRACE; Reverend Floyd Harris, Fresno Freedom School; Ruth Ibarra, Northern CA Poor People’s Campaign; Sr. Julie Kubasak, Daughters of Charity; Lenny Mendonca, CA Forward; David Rattray, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; Cori Ring-Martinez, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water.

At 11 a.m., speakers join faith and community leaders to hold a public hearing to “lift the voices of the poor and disenfranchised,” Rm. 444.

MISCELLANEOUS

WEST SACRAMENTO — Female financial managers with CalSTRS, CalPERS and State Street welcome high school girls participating in “Rock the Street’s Wall Street” financial literacy program, followed by tour of CalSTRS trading floor, group sessions and a panel discussion with investment managers. 9:40 a.m., CalSTRS, 100 Waterfront Pl. Contact: Michelle Mussuto 916 414 1440.


Latino Legislative Caucus gathers for group photo. 11:30 a.m., South Steps. Contact: Willie Guerrero, willie.guerrero@sen.ca.gov.


SAN DIEGO — Actors from Playwrights Project and inmates perform short, one-act plays written by inmates, part of the “Out of the Yard” playwriting program sponsored by the CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the CA Arts Council. 1:15 p.m., Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, 480 Alta Rd., Yard B Visiting Rm. Contact: Jennifer Davies 619 661 7802.

Similar event at 6:15 p.m., same location.


Asm.-elect Buffy Wicks hosts reception celebrating her swearing-in to the Assembly; RSVP. 1 p.m., Ella, 1131 K St. Contact: hello@buffywicks.com.


Sen.-elect Maria Elena Durazo sponsors reception to celebrate her election to the Senate; RSVP. 2 p.m., Oishii Sushi, 1000 K St. Contact: 916 400 4044.


Asm. Shirley Weber, incoming chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, sponsors reception to celebrate her new role and her election to a fourth term in the Assembly; desserts and refreshments served. 2 p.m. or upon adjournment of Session, Rm. 3123. Contact: Jannell Jackson 916 319 2079.

“Event is scheduled to end at 3 p.m.”


Valley Forward and Kern, Inyo and Mono Counties Central Labor Council sponsor swearing-in celebration for Sens.-elect Melissa Hurtado and Anna Caballero and Asms. Rudy Salas and Joaquin Arambula. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Brasserie Capitale, 1201 K St. Contact: Dan Weitzman, rsvp@danweitzman.net.

Earlier, Hurtado holds meet and greet at 1:45 p.m., Rm. 3082. Contact: info@hurtadoforsenate.com.


Swearing-in celebration for sisters Sen.-elect Susan Rubio and Asm. Blanca Rubio, “food, drinks and festivities.” 4 p.m., 920 11th St. Contact: Leslie Anderson, leslie@leslieandersonconsulting.com.

Hosted by: Pam Woudstra, Lisa Maas, Jim Anderson, Victoria Stewart, Shawnda Deane, Pat Dennis and Josh Pulliam.


California Nations Indian Gaming Assn. celebrates Asm.-elect James Ramos, “first California tribal member to be elected to the Assembly.” 5:30 p.m., Mayahuel Restaurant, 1200 K St. Contact: Lisa Stratton Elliot 916 400 3721.


NAPA — Sen. Bill Dodd attends dinner and auction benefitting Napa Valley Education Foundation and Arts Council, part of his 19th annual Holiday Party and Golf Tournament. 5:30 p.m., Silverado Resort, 1600 Atlas Peak Rd. Contact: 707 253 3563.

Golf tournament starts at 11:30 a.m., more information here.


SAN FRANCISCO — US Rep. Jackie Speier, with ABC 7 reporter Cheryl Jennings, discusses her autobiography, “Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage and Fighting Back,” and “becoming a fearless voice against injustice and inequality,” hosted by Commonwealth Club. $25. 7 p.m., 110 The Embarcadero. Contact: Riki Rafner 415 597 6712.

THIRD HOUSE

Recent filings with Secretary of State.

CLIENT ADDITIONS (Lobbying firm, client name, filing date): Capitol Advocacy, Johnson Controls Ducted Systems, 11/29/18.

CLIENT DELETIONS (Lobbying firm, client name, filing date): Capitol Advocacy, Alliant Insurance Services Inc.; El Monte SS Properties LLC, 11/29/18.

NEW REGISTRATIONS (Lobbyist name, firm name, filing date): Kelli Boehm, CA Medical Assn., 11/28/18… Sarah Boot, California Chamber of Commerce, 11/29/18… Melanie Cuevas, Quintana, Watts & Hartmann, 11/28/18… Caitlin Maple, Quintana, Watts and Hartmann, 11/28/18… Clare Sahin, Information Technology Industry Council, 11/29/18… Cassandra Weinlein, Cox Corporate Services, 11/29/18.

CANDIDATES AND COMMITTEES

Recent filings with Secretary of State.

LEGISLATURE (Candidate’s name, Party, District, Year, “Committee’s name,” Treasurer’s name, address and phone number): Chad Mayes, Republican, AD 42, 2020, “Chad Mayes for Assembly 2020,” Bryan Burch, 1112 I St., Ste. 110, Sacramento, CA 95814, 916 476 6926… Cottie Petrie-Norris, Democratic, AD 74, 2020, “Cottie Petrie-Norris for Assembly 2020,” Shawnda Deane, 1787 Tribute Rd., Ste. K, Sacramento, CA 95815, 916 285 5733… Mark Stone, Democratic, AD 29, 2020, “Friends of Mark Stone for Assembly 2020,” Denise Lewis, 5429 Madison Ave., Sacramento, CA 95841, 916 348 9100.

POLITICAL NOTES

Asm. Kevin Kiley’s campaign for SD 1 reports endorsements from “the entire Lincoln City Council:” Stan Nader, Gabriel Hydrick, Paul Joiner, Dan Karleskint and Peter Gilbert. Release here. Kiley, a Republican, was elected to the Assembly in 2016, and launched the Ose-Kiley Cattle company with business partner, former US Rep. Doug Ose, in early 2018. Contact: Dave Gilliard 916 626 6804.

INITIATIVES

Cleared for circulation by Secty. of State. Contact: 916 653 6575.

REMOVES RESPONSIBILITY AND FUNDING FOR STATE HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE FROM STATE. TRANSFERS SUCH RESPONSIBILITY AND FUNDING TO INDIVIDUAL LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. ENDS STATE HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECT. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Shifts responsibility for constructing and maintaining state highways from the state to local governments. Allocates revenues from state motor vehicle fuel taxes to local governments for road construction and repair by private, non-governmental entities. Allocates revenues from state taxes and fees on vehicles to local governments for road construction and repairs, and mass transit. Terminates funding for state’s high-speed rail project. Requires State Auditor to audit certain transportation projects and Department of Motor Vehicles. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: A shift of roughly $10 billion in outgoing state revenues from state and local nontransportation programs to local transportation programs. Increased ongoing state spending of several billions annually to backfill certain programs affected by this shift. Also, roughly $12 billion in existing ongoing state revenues for transportation would be provided to local governments. A shift of up to hundreds of millions of dollars ongoing from certain state and local programs to the enforcement of traffic and vehicle laws. Potential increased ongoing spending by the state and local governments to backfill programs affected by this shift. Reduced state expenditures on the high-speed rail project in the tens of billions of dollars from stopping the project. Proponent Carl DeMaio, 619 786 8019 or carl@carldemaio.com, needs 585,407 signatures by May 28, 2019.

SAMPLES

From the latest issue of the California Taxpayers Assn. publication CalTaxReports: During the only tax appeal hearing held by the Office of Tax Appeals in November, the dispute was over personal income taxes for tax years that occurred more than 25 years ago. In the Appeal of Harry Taub, the taxpayer argued that the 20-year statute of limitations on the Franchise Tax Board’s collection authority for the 1992 and 1993 tax years expired years ago. The FTB testified that the statute remains open for one of the years because it has been suspended several times. Taub argued that this was “a classic case of why statutes of limitations are important.” He said he is unable to obtain copies of the tax returns he and his then-wife filed in 1992 and 1993, because she has ignored all requests for the information, and the FTB destroyed the returns during one of its periodic purges of old documents. His bank also destroyed records for the years in question, Taub said, leaving him with no documentation to refresh his memory of what happened, or to rebut the FTB’s claims. “Documents to this matter are non-existent,” Taub said. “I don’t know what the income was on the tax returns, or who signed what and when.” The OTA said it will issue a ruling within 100 days. Contact: David Kline, davidk@caltax.org.

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PREVIEW

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

NEWS CONFERENCES, BRIEFINGS, AVAILABILITIES, ETC.

LOS ANGELES — Asm. Miguel Santiago, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and others announce legislation that would “waive fees for the second year of community college,” adding “by doing so, an associates degree in California will effectively become free,” say legislation follows “the implementation of AB 19 (2017), which made the first year of community college free for all first-time, full-time students.” 9 a.m., Los Angeles Trade Technical College, 400 W. Washington Blvd. Contact: Mark Gonzalez 323 828 7561.

Also listed: Pres. Mike Fong, LA Community College District Board of Trustees; Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, LA Community College District.

THE LEGISLATURE

Assembly — Recess.

Reconvenes January 7 2019.


Senate — Recess.

Reconvenes January 7 2019.

  • Joint Legislative Budget Committee Subcommittee on the Selection of the Legislative Analyst (Holly Mitchell, Chair), 8 a.m., Rm. TBD.

California Channel Tentative Programming

  • Midnight

    Assembly Organizational Session (12.3.18)

  • 7 a.m.

    Politics On Tap

  • 7:30 a.m.

    Road to Recovery

  • 8:30 a.m.

    The Maddy Report Fighting Fire with Fire: Rethinking Forest Management

  • 9 a.m.

    Sac Press Club: An End to Child Hunger (8.23.18)

  • 10 a.m.

    Children’s Health Conference Panel 1 (9.13.18)

  • 11 a.m.

    Children’s Health Conference Panel 2 (9.13.18)

  • Noon

    Children’s Health Conference keynote (9.13.18)

  • 1 p.m.

    Children’s Health Conference Panel 3 (9.13.18)

  • 2 p.m.

    Children’s Health Conference Panel 4 (9.13.18)

  • 7 p.m.

    Politics On Tap

  • 7:30 p.m.

    Road to Recovery

  • 8:30 p.m.

    The Maddy Report Fighting Fire with Fire: Rethinking Forest Management

  • 9 p.m.

    Sac Press Club: An End to Child Hunger (8.23.18)

  • 10 p.m.

    Children’s Health Conference Panel 1 (9.13.18)

  • 11 p.m.

    Children’s Health Conference Panel 2 (9.13.18)

THE GOVERNOR

Gov. Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown host the 12th Annual California Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, present the inductees with “Spirit of California” medals for embodying “the state’s spirit of innovation and achievement and have made their mark on history.” 7 p.m., California Museum, 1020 O St. Contact: Brenna Hamilton, bhamilton@californiamuseum.org.

Listed to attend: Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom and wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Secty. of State Alex Padilla and Consulate General of Mexico Liliana Ferrer. Inductees listed to attend: singer Joan Baez, writer Arlene Blum, journalist Belva Davis, restaurateur Thomas Keller, actor Robert Redford and former pitcher Fernando Valenzuela; posthumous inductees: Brown’s Chief of Staff Nancy McFadden and Mayor of San Francisco Ed Lee.

Red carpet arrival at 6 p.m.

THE DAILY BREAD

Tyler Diep for Assembly 2018 (72nd AD debt retirement) or Tyler Diep for Assembly 2020, mid-morning coffee, Sponsor $4400, Ticket $2000, 10 a.m., Ambrosia Cafe, 1030 K St. Contact: 916 498 9223.

STATE BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, ETC.

California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, closed session, discusses personnel matters regarding Kendra Harris, the commission’s new executive director who started the job Nov. 19; other business. 9 a.m., Rm. 115. Contact: Christina Bangoy 916 651 5405.

Agenda here.

Also TELEMEETING locations in Redding and Los Angeles.


Building Standards Commission, first of two days, considers changes to building code provisions recommended by state agencies, including the CA Dept. of Public Health’s proposal to change “no lifeguard” signs at pools and spas to state that “children should not use” them without adult supervision, rather than saying use by children under 14 without supervision is prohibited.; other business. 10 a.m., Victim Compensation Board, 400 R St., 1st Floor. Contact: 916 263 0916.

Second day begins at 9 a.m.

Agenda here.


LOS ANGELES — CA Air Resources Board and CA Transportation Commission, joint public meeting, hear presentation by Maura Twomey of the Assn. of Monterey Bay Area Governments on the region’s Sustainable Community Strategy, a development technique that provides housing, jobs and other services in close proximity to each other to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; other business. 10 a.m., Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board Rm., One Gateway Plaza. Contact: 916 654 4245.

Agenda here.


CA State Board of Food and Agriculture, hears presentation by Raja Ramachandran on Ripe.io, an application that uses blockchain technology to electronically track each step of a product’s path to market in order to create “a radically transparent digital food supply chain” between farmers, distributors and consumers; other business. 10 a.m., 1220 N St. Contact: Joshua Eddy 916 654 0462.

Agenda here.

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS, ETC.

“New Insights into California Arrests: Trends, Disparities, and County Differences,” sponsored by Public Policy Institute of California, PPIC researcher Magnus Lofstrom outlines findings from a recent report on “crime, policing and community relations” and how “little is known about the very first step in the criminal justice process–arrests,” panelists discuss who gets arrested and what for and “what these trends mean for state policy and local communities;” free, lunch served, please RSVP. Noon, Capitol Event Center, 1020 11th St. Contact: Alexia Cortez 916 440 1133.

Other listed speakers: Marisa Arrona, Californians for Safety and Justice; Gabriel Caswell, Senate Public Safety Committee; Deborah Gonzalez and Brandon Martin, PPIC; Chief Daniel Hahn, Sacramento Police Dept.

Details here.


“Cannabis Talks,” one in a series sponsored by CalAsian Chamber of Commerce, Weedmaps and others, participants discuss “what to expect in the California cannabis industry and how to survive this metamorphosis” as the industry “is going through a rapid transformation.” $35, lunch served. 11:30 a.m., SMUD Rubicon Room, 6301 S St. Contact: Ana Alesna 916 446 7883.

Listed speakers: Dir. Nick Maduros, CA Tax and Fee Administration; Joe Devlin, City of Sacramento Office of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement; Exec. Dir. Lindsay Robinson, CA Cannabis Industry Assn.; Frank Louie (moderator), CalAsian Chamber; Dustin McDonald, Weedmaps; Dir. Richard Parrott, CA Dept. of Food and Agriculture CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division.

Details here.

MISCELLANEOUS

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California hosts breakfast to celebrate new session and honor Legislative Women’s Caucus. 9 a.m., Downtown & Vine, 1200 K St #8. Contact: Molly Robson, molly.robson@ppacca.org


League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund and Environmental Defense Fund Action host WEBINAR briefing on research from Global Strategy Group, which includes surveys of voters in California, Montana and New Jersey that show “how environmental messages helped swing tight 2018 races,” participants discuss “how distinct, localized messages on climate change and other environmental issues resonate with voters across demographics” and preview “lessons candidates can take into 2020, as more and more voters will continue to experience impacts from climate change and increased pollution.” 9 a.m. PT, RSVP for webinar access to aroberts@lcv.org. Contact: Alyssa Roberts 202 454 4573.

Listed speakers: Andrew Baumann, Global Strategy Group; Pete Maysmith, LCV Victory Fund; Joe Bonfiglio, EDF Action.


Principal John Jacobs, Capitol Alliance, hosts 2nd annual fundraising luncheon to benefit Jordan’s Guardian’s Angels foundation, lobbyist Joe Lang’s charity to fund a research program to cure the rare genetic mutation afflicting his daughter, Jordan, “along with 71 other children from around the world;” $1500. 11:30 a.m., Morton’s Steakhouse, 621 Capitol Mall. Contact: Jacobs, 916 806 0939.

Invitation here.


Capitol holiday music program continues with performance by the Franklin High School Choir. 11 a.m., Rotunda. Contact: 916 324 0333.

Followed by Golden State Accordion Club at noon.


Capitol Network sponsors holiday luncheon and annual business meeting, members elect 2019 board members and collect donations of children’s toys and winter clothes for St. John’s Program for Real Change “to help provide a happy holiday to more than 270 mothers and children this season.” $45. 11:45 a.m., Press Bistro, 1809 Capitol Ave. Contact: capitolnetworkit@gmail.com.

Details here.


SAN FRANCISCO — Commonwealth Club hosts town hall on “California’s fires and the future,” participants discuss “the new abnormal and the pressing need to better prepare for the future” as well as “how technology is shaping fire prevention and firefighting,” free. Noon, Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero. Contact: Riki Rafner 415 597 6712.

Listed speakers: Chair J. Keith Gilles, CA Board of Forestry and Fire Protection; Thom Porter, CAL FIRE; Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle; Maggi Kelly, UC Berkeley; Greg Dalton (moderator), Climate One.


OAKLAND — Sen. Nancy Skinner, Asm. Rob Bonta and Asm.-elect Buffy Wicks and others host holiday party and toiletry drive, accept donations of new toiletries such as shampoo, razors, feminine products and socks for the Emeryville Community Action Program. 5:30 p.m., Lincoln Families, 1266 14th St. Contact: 510 292 6695.

Also listed: US Rep. Barbara Lee; Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson.