January 16, 2020

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ESCONDIDO — Republican CD 50 candidate Carl DeMaio releases “Coordinated Law Enforcement Action Now,” a “major initiative” to “combat homelessness which has reached epidemic proportions in California cities,” blames “‘culture of coddling’ homeless for the crisis,” says “law enforcement must be given back powers to force homeless into mental health and substance abuse programs.” 10 a.m., DeMaio for Congress HQ, 1560 S. Escondido Blvd. Contact: Dave McCulloch 760 717 4100.

Followed by town hall in El Cajon, 6 p.m., El Cajon Public Library, 201 E. Douglass Ave.

Asms. Jose Medina, Sharon Quirk-Silva, and Shirley Weber, and others announce “legislation that will increase oversight of public university admission policies,” also discuss “negative impact” of CSU’s quantitative reasoning proposal that will raise “requirements from 15 years of comprehensive college preparatory coursework to 16 years.” 10:30 a.m., Rm. 317. Contact: Kelly Reynolds 916 319 2061.

Also listed: Jessie Ryan, Campaign for College Opportunity; Manny Rodriguez, Education Trust – West.


Senate and Assembly — Check-in.


OAKLAND — Governor Gavin Newsom, with Asm. Rob Bonta and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, discusses “state’s accelerated emergency actions” to address homelessness after touring “first of a series of state-local partnerships to deploy emergency tents, trailers and medical services across California to assist individuals experiencing homelessness.” 1:30 p.m., 633 Hegenberger Road. Contact: 916 445 4571.

Event concludes Governor’s weeklong statewide homelessness tour.


Asm. Steven Choi with ice cream cake

Sweet treats, cards, gifts and time spent with friends. Asm. Steven Choi turned 76 years old yesterday and his staff made sure to make his birthday a special one. A bottle of Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack, a Tennessee whiskey, and a gift card to P.F. Chang’s were among the birthday goodies he received and he happily displayed them on his desk at his Capitol office. For lunch, he and his staff celebrated at Frank Fat’s. Then they went back to the office for ice cream cake. “I am touched and filled with gratitude that my staff recognized my birthday and surprised me with lunch, gifts and a delicious cake for dessert,” Choi said. Contact:

The California Apartment Assn. reports that Tony Bui has been promoted to senior vice president of state public affairs. Bui has been with the association since last February, most recently as vice president of public affairs. He previously worked as director of public affairs for DeBoo Communications and also worked in the offices of Sen. Bob Hertzberg, Asm. Jim Wood and then-Asm. Nancy Skinner. Contact: Bui,

The Judicial Council of California reports that Justice Ming Chin has announced he plans to retire from the Supreme Court of California on August 31. Justice Chin was appointed to the California Supreme Court in 1996 by then-Gov. Pete Wilson. He is the court’s first Chinese-American justice and its longest-serving sitting member. During his tenure, he authored “over 350 majority opinions and more than 100 separate opinions” including “a landmark decision that paved the way for spousal abuse to be used as a defense in murder cases.” Justice Chin is the son of Chinese immigrants and grew up working on his family’s potato farm near Klamath Falls, Oregon. He says he was inspired to become a lawyer while living with the family of a local judge after his private Catholic boarding school stopped providing room and board to its students. Justice Chin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1964 and a Juris Doctor in 1967 from the University of San Francisco, where he later became an adjunct professor. After graduating law school, Justice Chin served two years as a Captain in the US Army and was decorated with the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal for his service in Vietnam. He started his career with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and and first joined the bench as an Alameda County Superior Court judge in 1988. Justice Chin and his wife of 48 years, Carol, have two children: Jennifer Chin, a senior counsel for the University of California’s Office of the President, and Jason Chin, an Alameda County Superior Court judge. Contact: Merrill Balassone 415 865 7740.

Supt. of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has named Elizabeth Dearstyne as director of the School Fiscal Services Division within the CA Dept. of Education. Dearstyne has worked for CDE for 14 years, most recently as associate director of the School Fiscal Services Division. In her new role, she will oversee the division responsible for apportioning funds to local educational agencies, and guiding them “from the state level” on audit resolution, financial reports and fiscal solvency. She succeeds Caryn Moore, who retired last year. Contact: Jonathan Mendick 916 319 0818.

Family of longtime Capitol staffer Bob Sanders, who at age 79 died last month after battling cancer, says a memorial celebration in his honor is scheduled for Friday, January 24. The memorial begins at 1 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave., Sacramento with a reception immediately following the service. Before he retired in 2017, Sanders was a deputy director with the Speaker’s Office of Member Services where he advised five speakers: Fabian Núñez, Karen Bass, John Pérez, Toni Atkins and Anthony Rendon. His family says: “Bob’s extensive institutional knowledge and keen senses of humor and fairness made him a friend and mentor to so many.” Contact: Erica Sanders,


California Catastrophe Response Council, created to administer $21 billion fund to pay for damages from utility caused wildfires, discusses appointment of an administrator to succeed Earthquake Authority, which has been acting as the fund’s administrator on an interim basis; other business. 9 a.m., CA Dept. of Food and Agriculture, Auditorium, 1220 N St. Contact: Tom Welsh 916 661 5527.

Agenda here.

California Sex Offender Management Board, hears presentation from Gordon Jackson, senior policy adviser at Dept. of Education, on protecting children from human sex trafficking and curriculum schools use to raise awareness of middle and high school students; other business. 9:30 a.m., 2590 Venture Oaks Way. Contact: Lea Chankin,

Agenda here.

State Mining and Geology Board, recognizes Pat Perez, outgoing supervisor of the Division of Mine Reclamation, who worked 32 years with Energy Commission, rising to level of deputy director, and after 15-month retirement, joined Dept. of Conservation in 2014; Perez has also served 12 years on Elk Grove Community Services District Board of Directors and the city named a park after him; other business. 10 a.m., Rm. 444. Contact: 916 322 1082.

Agenda here.

State Personnel Board, considers approving request from Dept. of Toxic Substances Control to abolish its eligibility lists as of Jan. 21, 2020 for Engineering Geologist, Senior Engineering Geologist, and Supervising Engineering Geologist, affecting 86 candidates, who would then need to participate in a new on-line exam to re-establish their eligibility; other business. 10 a.m., 801 Capitol Mall, Rm. 150. Contact: 916 653 1028.

Agenda here.

Also available via TELEMEETING in San Francisco at 505 Van Ness Ave, Hearing Rm. E.

Osteopathic Medical Board of CA, considers approving guidelines for prescribing cannabis; other business. 10 a.m., 1747 N. Market Blvd. Contact: Machiko Chong 916 928 7636.

Agenda here.

Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention, first of two days, discusses preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which are stressful or traumatic events experienced before age 18 and may include experiencing violence or abuse or witnessing violence, according to a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the prevention of ACEs may help reduce several health conditions including heart disease, stroke, cancer, as well as depression, unemployment and substance dependence; other business. 10 a.m., Alta California Regional Center, 2241 Harvard St., #100. Contact: 916 654 1590.

Agenda here.

California Lottery Commission, considers proposal to add 11 new positions across four lottery divisions: “one new position is needed in the Finance Division to directly supervise six full-time technical positions responsible for managing the Lottery’s primary billing and collections activities for independent retailers and small chains across California; six new positions are needed in the Human Resources Division to properly manage increased workload and responsibility; two new positions are needed in the Legal Division to address increased workload in providing legal counsel and representation to the Lottery; and two new manager positions are needed for the Operations Division to fully support the reorganization of statewide operational functions;” other business. 10 a.m., State Lottery Commission Headquarters, 700 North 10th St. Contact: Russ Lopez 916 822 8131.

Agenda here.

SAN FRANCISCO — California Public Utilities Commission, considers issuing $5000 fine against Ibrahim Raed Khalil for operating “Comedy Limo” at the San Francisco Airport from 2016 to 2019 without being licensed as a charter-party carrier and without having proper insurance despite having been warned by San Francisco Police Dept. Airport Bureau several times during that time period and despite having the San Mateo County Superior Court order him to stay away; other business. 10 a.m., 505 Van Ness Ave. Contact: 415 703 2074.

Agenda here.

SAN DIEGO — Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, considers adopting safety order to make explicit that employees are entitled to receive, review or copy their employer’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program; other business. 10 a.m., 1600 Pacific Hwy., Rm. 358. Contact: 916 274 5721.

Agenda here.

Covered California, considers update to its conflict-of-interest code which was last approved by the FPPC in 2012 when the health care exchange was first established and has since grown substantially in its numbers of employees and additional departments; other business. 1 p.m. (follows 10 a.m. closed session), Covered California Tahoe Auditorium, 1601 Exposition Blvd. Contact: 800 300 1506.

Agenda here, webcast here.

Also available via TELECONFERENCE, 844 721 7241, Participant Code: 8409640.

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, hears presentation by Rachel Ehlers of the Legislative Analyst’s Office who discusses findings from LAO report, “Preparing for Rising Seas: How the State Can Help Support Local Coastal Adaptation Efforts,” which outlines “key challenges” for local adaptation efforts, how sea-level rise could have “extensive and expensive impacts on public infrastructure, natural resources and private property,” and finds that “many—but not all—coastal jurisdictions across the state have begun planning for sea-level rise including conducting vulnerability assessments and developing adaptation plans;” other business. 1 p.m., Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale St., Yerba Buena Room. Contact: Larry Goldzband 415 352 3653.

Agenda here.

RIVERSIDE — University of California Board of Regents’ Special Committee to Consider the Selection of a President, holds first of four town halls to hear from “students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the public” as it conducts search for a new UC president to succeed Janet Napolitano, who announced her retirement effective Aug. 1 this year. 1 p.m., UC Riverside, Highlander Union Building, Rm. 302. Contact: Anne Shaw,

Includes closed session at 11 a.m.

Meeting notice here.

Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority, Board of Directors, hears update on build out of the Authority’s Sacramento office space at 980 9th St.; other business. 2 p.m., Sacramento Central Library, 828 I St., East Meeting Room. Contact: 916 347 0486.

Agenda here.

OAKLEY — Delta Protection Commission, hears update from its Exec. Dir. Erik Vink on Water Resilience Portfolio released Jan. 3 by Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Agency and Dept. of Food and Agriculture and was developed in response to Governor’s executive order calling for “single-tunnel conveyance project under the the Delta to ensure the state’s long-term water resilience and ecosystem health;” other business. 5:30 p.m., City Council Chamber, 3231 Main St. Contact: 916 375 4800.

Agenda here.


Former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta addresses speaker series event hosted by Public Policy Institute of California, discusses “leading through the critical challenges facing the state and nation.” 11:45 a.m., Sheraton Grand Hotel, Magnolia and Camellia Rooms, 1230 J St. Contact: Kelly Holt 415 291 4498.

Other speakers include: Mark Baldassare, PPIC, and Gaddi Vasquez., former VP of government affairs at Edison International and Southern CA Edison.

Lunch served; registration closed, webcast details here.

UC Irvine Education Professor Greg Duncan addresses luncheon sponsored by UC Center Sacramento, discusses findings from report by National Academy of Sciences on reducing child poverty and “impacts of anti-poverty programs such as food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit” on childhood development. Noon, 1130 K St., Rm. LL3. Contact: Brooke Miller-Jacobs 445 5161.

Lunch served, please RSVP.


California Legislative Black Caucus hosts annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast, speakers include CNN Political Analyst Bakari Sellers. 7:30 a.m., Sacramento Masonic Temple, 1123 J St. Contact: Jannell Jackson 916 319 3868.

Back to Session Reception, sponsored by Capitol Network, members “celebrate the new year and ring in the legislative session;” hosted appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks. 5 to 7 p.m., Café Á Côté, 1201 K St. Contact: Natalie Lenhart,

Back to Session Bash, sponsored by California Tribal Business Alliance, features Kita Wines from Santa Ynez Valley, cigar bar, premium bourbon tasting, premium tequila bar, Korean taco bar, plus much more to satisfy and satiate; also “special musical guests you won’t want to miss.” 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Cafeteria 15L/The Park, 1116 15th St. Contact: Monique Vieira 916 799 3862.

“By invitation only.”

SAN DIEGO — Republican AD 77 candidate June Cutter hosts “Special Happy Hour Reception,” opportunity to meet Cutter “at a private home in beautiful Del Sur.” 5:30 p.m., address provided upon RSVP. Contact: