Scott Lay’s Sofa Degree

THE SOFA DEGREE IN CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND POLICY: NOTE: This was the final iteration of Scott Lay’s “Sofa Degree” book list.
Scott was a longtime Capitol watcher and commentator whose daily newsletter “The Nooner” was arguably the most read daily update in and around the California State Capitol. Scott’s insights into the legislative deal-making process and the personalities in the Capitol community made him a valuable resource. Scott died at age 48 in September 2021.

Which books would you read to get a university-quality education that would prepare you for a career in California politics or policy?

NOONER readers were asked, and this is what we came up with. The list is constantly evolving, as some are added and others are deleted. Feel free to weigh in.