January 29, 2020

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Asms. Miguel Santiago, Mike Gipson, Blanca Rubio, Sen. Henry Stern and others announce “two budget requests and comprehensive legislation that works collectively to ensure trafficking is better prevented in California,” propose “victim-centered approach to preventing human trafficking that focuses on identifying vulnerable populations and enacting measures that stop human trafficking before it starts.” 11:30 a.m., North side. Contact: Danielle Wright 213 201 6887.

Also listed: CEO Kay Buck, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery.


Senate — Session 11 a.m.

Assembly — Check-in.

  • Education (Patrick O’Donnell, Chair), 1:30 p.m., Rm. 4202. Subject — Current Status of K-12 Career Technical Education in California.
    • Listed to testify: Ned Resnikoff, LAO; Pradeep Kotamraju, CA Dept. of Education; Sandra Sanchez, CA Community Colleges; Mariane Doyle, Wm. S. Hart Union High School District; Julie Carriere, San Benito High School District; Supt. Linda Granger, Eden Area Regional Occupational Program; Valerie Vuicich, Office of Fresno County Superintendent of Schools.
  • Select Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (Luz Rivas, Chair), 10 a.m., Rm. 127. Subject — Debugging Computer Science in California: Reclaiming Our Role as National Leader.
    • Listed to testify: Allison Scott, Kapor Center; Corinne Roller, Girls Who Code; Cesar Diaz, State Building & Construction Trades Council of California; Nicole Rice, California Manufacturers and Technology Association; Cameron Demetre, TechNet; Julie Flapan, CSforCA and UCLA CS Equity Project; Pres. Maria Klawe, PhD, Harvey Mudd College; Alexis Harrigan, Code.Org; Elly Garner, Project Lead The Way; Pia VanMeter, High School Teacher, California Teachers Association.
  • Joint legislative Audit (Rudy Salas, Chair), 10 a.m., Rm. 444. K-12 Local Control Funding: The State’s Approach Has Not Ensured That Significant Funding Is Benefiting Students as Intended to Close Achievement Gaps (Report Number 2019–101).
    • Listed to testify: Elaine Howle, California State Auditor, and principal auditors Dale Carlson and Jordan Wright; Elizabeth Esquivel, California Association of School Business Officials; Brian Rivas, Education Trust-West; Debra Brown, Children Now; Stephanie Gregson and Lisa Constancio, California Department of Education; Norm Anderson, Clovis Unified School District; Sondra Aguilera, Oakland Unified School District; Enrique Ruacho, San Diego Unified School District.


Gov. Gavin Newsom addresses Public Policy Institute of California’s (PPIC) speaker series, discusses “energy, wildfires, climate change, and California’s future” with PPIC Pres. and CEO Mark Baldassare; followed by Q&A; lunch provided. 11:15 a.m., Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J St. Contact: Kelly Holt 415 291 4498.

Also listed to participate: Steven Merksamer, Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP.


(Evan) Low for Assembly 2020 (28th AD), lunch reception, Sponsorships $4700, $2500, $1500, Noon, Oishii Sushi, 1000 K St. Contact: 916 400 4044.

Rebecca Bauer-Kahan for Assembly 2020 (16th AD), lunch reception, Very Good Friend $4700, Good Friend $2500, Ticket $1300, Noon, Downtown & Vine, 1200 K St. #8. Contact:

(Freddie) Rodriguez for Assembly 2020 (52nd AD), lunch reception, Sponsorship $4700, $2500, $1300, Noon, Empress Tavern, 1013 K St. Contact: 916 594 9695.

Jordan Cunningham for Assembly 2020 (35th AD), lunch, Sponsor $4700, Ticket $2000, Noon, Cafeteria 15L, 1116 15th St. Contact: 916 498 9223.

Kelvin Driscoll for Assembly 2020 (38th AD), reception, Suggested $4700, 4 p.m., Brasserie Capitale, 1201 K St. Contact: 916 712 8426.

Co-hosts listed: Asms. Jim Cooper, Chris Holden, Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Sydney Kamlager and Sen. Steve Bradford.

Susan Rubio for Senate 2022 (22nd SD), reception, Sponsorships $4700, $2500, $1300, 5 p.m., Pizza Rock, 1020 K St. Contact: 916 594 9695.

Joaquin Arambula for Assembly 2020 (31st AD), reception, Sponsorships $4700, $2500, $1500, 5:30 p.m., Frank Fat’s, 806 L St. Contact: 916 400 4044.

VISTA — (Melanie) Burkholder for Assembly 2020 (76th AD), reception, contributions $10-$4700, 6 p.m., 1932 Alderwood Circle. Contact:


By Governor. Contact: 916 445 4571.

Reappointed chief deputy executive director at the California Infrastructure Economic Development Bank: Nancee Robles, 58, Elk Grove, Democrat, has served since 2014. Does not require Senate confirmation. Salary: $148,524.

By Speaker. Contact: Katie Talbot 916 319 2063.

To the California Transportation Commission: Joseph Lyou, 59, Hawthorne, no party preference, president and CEO of Coalition for Clean Air. Term expires January 1, 2024. Compensation: $100 per day per meeting, not to exceed $800 per month, plus expenses.

To the California High-Speed Rail Authority: Martha Escutia, 63, Whittier, Democrat, vice president of government relation at USC. Pleasure term. Compensation: $100 per diem not to exceed $500 in one calendar month, plus travel expenses.


Southern California Edison reports Catherine Borg started last week as lobbyist advisor, state public affairs. Borg, who is based in Sacramento, spent the past 18 years as a lobbyist for Western Manufactured Housing Communities Assn., representing mobile home park owners throughout the state on issues of property rights, rent control and landlord tenant issues. She is a member of the Institute of Governmental Advocates and participates as a mentor for new members of Capitol Network. Borg and her family love to travel and watch soccer. She also likes cooking and experimenting with new recipes, and as such, “she also enjoys working out, riding her bike and playing on her Bocce team.” She succeeds Jamie Huff, who now works for the Civil Justice Assn. of California. Contact:

The Big Cities Mayor coalition, comprised of mayors from California’s 13 largest cities, reports that San José Mayor Sam Liccardo was unanimously elected chair by its members. Liccardo, who succeeds Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg as chair, was selected during the 2020 U.S. Conference of Mayors held last week in Washington DC. The coalition’s other members are the mayors from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, Oakland, Bakersfield, Anaheim, Riverside and Stockton. The group says in 2020, it will “pursue a robust political agenda to combat the escalating crisis of affordable housing and homelessness” and plans to continue working closely with the Governor’s office and Legislature regarding the “Homelessness Taskforce Recommendations,” calling for public right of action against local governments to allow “the State to ask a court to intervene, should a municipality miss their reduction goals, and potentially redirect money and resources through a constitutional amendment.” Contact: Steve Cruz,

In our item yesterday about Sen. Ben Hueso’s promotion of Aaron Brieno we mistakenly said he was made chief of staff. Brieno is Hueso’s capitol director. Ana Molina-Rodriguez remains chief of staff. Our apologies. Contact:


California Transportation Commission, first of two days, convenes in a “retreat” to discuss in closed session the selection of a new executive director to replace retiring incumbent Susan Branson; other business. 9 a.m., Sheraton Grand, Falor Room, 1230 J St. Contact: Douglas Remedios, 916 654 4245.

Regular business meeting begins at 1 p.m. in Sacramento City Council Chambers, 915 I St. Second day business meeting begins at 9 a.m., same location.

Commission gathers for reception honoring Susan Branson, 5:30 p.m., Cafeteria 15L, 1116 15th St.

Retreat Agenda here. Business meeting Agenda here.

GLENDALE — Board of Pharmacy, first of two days, discusses in its Communication and Public Education Committee an update on a voluntary online registry being developed by the Dept of Consumer Affairs that will help consumers find pharmacies that offer non-prescription health services such as emergency hormonal contraception, naloxone for opioid overdoses, vaccinations, travel medications and nicotine replacement therapy; pharmacies that want to be listed could provide the services they offer and their address and phone number; other business. 3 p.m., Embassy Suites by Hilton Los Angeles-Glendale, 800 North Central Ave. Contact: 916 518 3100

Second day meeting begins at 9 a.m.

Agenda here.


GRANADA HILLS — Secty. of State Alex Padilla addresses Kennedy High School students, discusses “the importance of voting and the role young people can play in shaping the future through civic participation;” also encourages 16-and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote. 8:30 a.m., 11254 Gothic Ave. Contact: Roberto Negrete 213 332 2299.

Also listed to attend: Holly Wolcott, Los Angeles city clerk; Scott Schmerelson, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board member; Austin Beutner, LAUSD superintendent.

At noon, Padilla addresses CSU Northridge students, discusses the upcoming 2020 elections, civic engagement and “the importance of the 2020 Census.” 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge.

Zachary Bleemer, UC Berkeley PhD candidate, addresses UC Sacramento Center speaker series about “Affirmative Action, Percent Plans, and the Value of a Research University Education,” discusses his study of “whether disadvantaged high school graduates benefit by enrolling at highly-selective universities under access-oriented admissions policies,” presents analysis of two “formerly implemented” UC admissions policies: “race-based affirmative action and a ‘percent plan’ which guarantees admission to some percent of each high school’s graduates;” says “these findings justify large-scale access-oriented admissions policies on economic mobility grounds;”  lunch served. Noon, 1130 K St., Rm. LL3. Contact: Brooke Miller-Jacobs 916 445 5161.

Event sponsored by UC Center Sacramento.


Policy Analysis for California Education releases policy brief, “A Leg Up on College: The Scale and Distribution of Community College Participation Among California High School Students,” finds “dual enrollment – a practice in which high school students take college courses while they are still in high school – has multiple benefits for student success in both systems.” Contact: 650 724 2832.


INDIAN WELLS — Superintendents’ Symposium, sponsored by Assn. of California School Administrators, first of three days, school district administrators gather for workshops, presentations, etc.; topics include: governor’s proposed budget, integrating technology into curriculum, “political landscape and what it means for California schools” and 2020 Census. 7:15 a.m., Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, 44600 Indian Wells. Contact: Gianna Miller,

Listed speakers include: Kevin Gordon and Barret Snider, Capitol Advisors; John Gray and Leilani Aguinaldo, School Services of California; Edgar Zazueta, Derick Lennox and Laura Preston, Assn. of California School Administrators.

More information here.

FRESNO — 1st Annual Water Forum, sponsored by California Water Alliance, coalition “to expand the conversation around California water regardless of demographic, profession or political party,” includes panel discussion on topics including state and federal regulations, groundwater management and affordable drinking water. $50, includes lunch. Noon, The Grand 1401, 1401 Fulton St. Contact: Terra Brusseau 559 281 9088.

Listed panelists: Asms. Adam Gray and Jim Patterson; Bill Lyons, agricultural liaison to Gov. Newsom; Jason Phillips, Friant Water Authority; Austin Ewell, Ewell Group; Ryan Jacobsen (moderator), Fresno County Farm Bureau.

More information here. Sponsors include: Wonderful Orchards; Rain for Rent; Borba Farms; West Hills Farm Services, Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant; Tutelian & Co.; The San Joaquin Sun; Duarte Nursery; Olam International.

BELL GARDENS — City of Bell Gardens sponsors town hall on Jan. 14 incident in which a Delta Airlines Boeing 777 was flying from Los Angeles to Shanghai and soon after take-off dumped about 15,000 gallons of jet fuel at low altitude over Cudahy schools, homes and businesses; city officials address concerns of residents, discuss “high demand for services and misinformation being disseminated.” 6:30 p.m., Ford Park Auditorium, 8000 Park Lane. Contact: Araceli Sandoval-Gonzalez,

Listed to attend: Asm. Cristina Garcia; Bell Gardens Mayor Alejandra Cortez; Mayor Pro Tem Lisseth Flores; Councilmembers Pedro Aceituno and Marco Barcena.