September 4, 2019

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Supt. of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond continues his “media check-in” series to “discuss some of the top priorities the California Dept. of Education,” topics include “charter school agreement,” “Mental Health Student Services Act 2019” and “school construction and modernization funding.” 10 a.m., Dept. of Education Media Room, 1430 N St. Contact: 916 319 0818.

SAN FRANCISCO —  Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis and others support “SF Kids vs. Big Tobacco” campaign against Measure C, local measure going before voters in November that would overturn city’s restrictions on sales of flavored e-cigarettes. 11 a.m., City Hall Steps, 1 Carlton B. Goodlett Place. Contact: Matt Dorsey 415 640 6288.

Also listed: Jim Steyer, Common Sense Media; San Francisco Supervisors Norman Yee and Haman Walton.

EAST PALO ALTO — US Reps. Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo; others announce $4.4 million federal grant to the City of East Palo Alto “to construct critical stormwater infrastructure along Bay Road,” say grant “provides the final piece of funding required for the city to complete the $15.2 million project to reconstruct Bay Road” that will “serve as a gateway to the Ravenswood Business District, running from the town center through the workplace core and terminating in a spectacular view of San Francisco Bay.” 11:30 a.m., 1885 Bay Rd. Contact: Katrina Rill,

Also listed: Leonard Smith, US Economic Development Administration; East Palo Alto Mayor Lisa Gauthier.


Senate — Session 10 a.m.

  • Governance and Finance (Mike McGuire, Chair), 9 a.m., Rm. 2040.
  • Rules (Toni Atkins, Chair), 9 a.m., Rm. 113.
    • Governor’s Appointees Required to Appear: As Secretary, State Transportation Agency: David Kim.
  • Budget and Fiscal Review (Holly Mitchell, Chair), upon call of chair, Rm. 4203.
  • Housing (Scott Wiener, Chair), upon adjournment of session, Rm. 3191.

Assembly — Check-in.

  • Budget (Phil Ting, Chair), 1:30 p.m., Rm. 4202. Subject — 2019 Budget Clean Up Bills.
  • Housing and Community Development (David Chiu, Chair), 11:30 a.m., Rm. 126.

California Channel Tentative Programming

  • Midnight

    Assembly Floor Session (9.3.19)

  • 2 a.m.

    Senate Floor Session (9.3.19)

  • 7 a.m.

    Politics On Tap

  • 7:30 a.m.

    Road Trip with Huell Howser

  • 8:30 a.m.

    The Maddy Report 826: Brown’s Legacy and Newsom’s Agenda

  • 9 a.m.

    Senate Rules Committee LIVE

  • 10:30 a.m.

    Senate Floor Session LIVE

  • 1:30 p.m.

    Assembly Budget Committee LIVE

  • 7 p.m.

    Politics On Tap

  • 7:30 p.m.

    Road Trip with Huell Howser

  • 8:30 p.m.

    The Maddy Report 826: Brown’s Legacy and Newsom’s Agenda

  • 9 p.m.

    Senate Rules Committee (9.4.19)


Nothing public announced as of 5:05 a.m. Contact: 916 445 4571.


Jordan Cunningham for Assembly 2020 (35th AD), breakfast, Sponsor $4700, Ticket $2000, 8 a.m., Mayahuel, 1200 K St. Contact: 916 498 9223.

Adrin Nazarian for Assembly 2020 (46th AD), breakfast reception, Host $4700, Co-Host $2500, Ticket $1300, 8 a.m., Ambrosia, 1030 K St. Contact: 916 400 3721.

Kevin Kiley for Senate 2019 (1st SD) or Kevin Kiley for Assembly 2020 (6th AD), breakfast, Sponsor $4700, Ticket $2000, 8 a.m., Chicory, 1131 11th St. Contact: 916 498 9223.

John Laird for Senate 2020 (17th SD), lunch reception, Homecoming $4700 (4 tickets), Welcome Back $2500 (2 tickets), Friend of John $1000, Noon, Downtown & Vine, 1200 K St. #8. Contact:

FAIRFIELD — (John) Garamendi for Congress (3rd CD), lunch, Co-Host $2800, Supporter $1000, Ticket $500, Noon, Mankas Steakhouse, 2522 Mankas Corner Rd. Contact: 916 215 5613.

Heath Flora for Assembly 2020 (12th AD), reception, Sponsor $4700, Ticket $1500, 5:30 p.m., Brasserie Capitale, 1201 K St. Contact: 916 230 1004.

POSTPONED, Bob Archuleta for Senate 2022 (32nd SD), reception, Sponsors $4700, $2500, $1000, 5:30 p.m., Pizza Rock, 1020 K St. Contact: 916 444 1186.

Jay Obernolte for Assembly 2020 (33rd AD), reception, Sponsor $4700, Ticket $1500, 5:30 p.m., Frank Fat’s, 806 L St. Contact: 916 492 9604.

SAN DIEGO — Carl DeMaio for Congress (50th CD), reception, Contributions $100-$11,200, 5:30 p.m., Pueblo Restaurant, 877 Hornblend St. Contact: 619 786 8019.


By Governor. Contact: 916 445 4571.

Requires Senate confirmation.

As director of the California Department of Transportation: Toks Omishakin, 43, Nashville, no party preference, deputy commissioner for environment and planning at the Tennessee Dept. of Transportation since 2011. Salary: $200,000.

Do not require confirmation.

As chief deputy director of the California Department of Transportation: James Davis, 54, Davis, no party preference, special advisor to the director at the CA Dept. of Transportation sine 2019. Salary: $198,060.

As deputy secretary for communications and strategic planning at the California State Transportation Agency: Garin Casaleggio, 42, Sacramento, Democrat, deputy secretary of communications at the CA Labor and Workforce Development Agency since 2015. Salary: $150,000.

As deputy secretary and special counsel for water policy at the California Environmental Protection Agency: Kristin Peer, 39, Sacramento, Democrat, assistant general counsel at Cal/EPA since 2015. Salary: $160,008.


By Supreme Court. Contact: Cathal Conneely, 415 865 7760.

Age, residence and political party of appointees not listed.

To State Bar Board of Trustees: Mark Broughton (reappointed), criminal defense attorney in Fresno County, term: 4 years from September 16, 2019 through the conclusion of the annual meeting of the State bar in 2023; Sean SeLegue, partner at Arnold & Porter in San Francisco, term: 4 years from September 16, 2019 through the conclusion of the annual meeting of the State Bar in 2023, also appointed vice-chair of the Board for a one-year term from September 20 2019 though the conclusion of the annual meeting of the State Bar in 2020; Alan Steinbrecher, litigator and partner at Steinbrecher & Span, term: one year from September 20, 2019 through the conclusion of the annual meeting of the State Bar in 2020, also appointed chair of the Board for a one-year term from September 20 2019 though the conclusion of the annual meeting of the State Bar in 2020. Compensation: $500 per day not to exceed $500/month plus necessary expenses.


The Associated General Contractors of California reports Brendan Carter starts November 1 as associate vice president, labor relations. Carter is currently director of labor relations and employment policy for the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, where he has worked since March 2017. He got his start in the industry as a laborer, holding various roles including estimator, project engineer and project manager. He has a bachelors degree in construction management from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a masters degree in construction management from Western Carolina University. He also earned a law degree from University of Massachusetts School of Law–Dartmouth. Contact: Christine Mahon,

Sen. Jeff Stone’s office reports launching its “There Ought to be a Law” contest for high school students in his district to submit ideas for “improving the quality of life in Riverside County and the State of California.” Stone says he’ll select at least one winner, who will be invited to Sacramento to testify on behalf of the legislation. More details and entry forms are available online. Submissions are due by December 20. Contact: John Hunneman 916 894 3530.


LOS ANGELES — California Complete Count Committee, chaired by Secty. of State Alex Padilla, hears presentation from Martha Dominguez, deputy director of external affairs and media relations, and representative with Mercury Public Affairs to discuss public relations and media outreach efforts for the 2020 Census; other business. 9 a.m., Ronald Reagan State Building, 300 S Spring St. Contact: 916 852 2020.

Agenda here.

Sierra Nevada Conservancy Governing Board, first of two days, on first day members depart for tour of the Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions (CHIPS) facility in Wilseyville, where they will hear a tribal perspective on forest health and workforce issues in the south-central Sierra Nevada, and the South Fork Mokelumne Project, for a discussion of “workforce challenges that must be solved in developing a restoration-based economy.” 10 a.m., East side, 15th Street between L and N streets. Contact: Tristyn Armstrong 530 823 4700.

On Thursday, board holds regular meeting, considers request from Upper Mokelumne River Watershed Authority to expand by at least 131 acres its 314-acre Cabbage Patch Restoration Project, making use of a $168,000 surplus from its original $500,000 budget; other business. 9 a.m., Dept. of Food and Agriculture, 1220 N St.

Agenda and staff reports here.

State Personnel Board, considers the Dept. of Food and Agriculture’s request to abolish the current examination list for the Pest Prevention Assistant I classification in order to establish an automated online examination with continuous filing, which would give the department the capability “to hire qualified candidates within days of an emergency or when there is an outbreak that could harm California’s agricultural crops and therefore our economy;” other business. 10 a.m., 801 Capitol Mall Rm. 150. Contact: Andrew LaMar 916 322 6944.

Also TELEMEETING location at 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco.

Agenda here.

WEST SACRAMENTO — CalSTRS Teachers’ Retirement Board, first of three days, considers approving incentive awards for the 2017-18 fiscal year, including $253,860 added to CEO Jack Ehnes’ $441,240 base salary, and $352,233 added to Chief Investment Officer Christopher Ailman’s $535,416 base salary; other business. 10 a.m., 100 Waterfront PlContact: Danielle Fong 916 414 2200.

Second and third days commence at 9 a.m.

Agenda here.

LOS ANGELES — California Science Center and Exposition Park Board of Directors, hears update on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the Los Angeles Rams will play this season and where a two-year renovation project was recently completed that features new seats, a new press box and WiFi throughout the stadium; other business. 10 a.m., 700 Exposition Park Dr. Contact: Ana Lasso 213 744 7659.

Agenda here.


Legislative Analyst’s Office has released its report, “Managing California’s Cash,” describes “some recent and novel actions to borrow from the state’s cash resources,” specifically SB 84 (2107), “which reduced the state’s long-term pension debt,” and AB 1054 (2019) “which addresses utilities’ liabilities arising from wildfire claims,” offers “policymakers a framework to evaluate any future borrowing of this nature, should a proposal arise.” Contact: Ann Hollingshead 916 319 8305.


Dept. of Water Resources sponsors workshop for state water project contractors on amending their water supply contracts for the proposed single Delta Tunnel project, says public negotiation process “is expected to result in an Agreement in Principle among DWR and the SWP Contractors that describes a methodology for cost allocation” to be the basis of a contract amendment “if a project is approved and after all necessary environmental review.” 10 a.m., Courtyard Midtown, 4422 Y St. Contact: Brian Heiland 916 653 4547.

Public notice here.

Additional workshops scheduled for Sept. 11, Sept. 18 and Sept. 23.