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Good morning from Burlingame. It's been a heck of a week, so I'm going to be short today. 

Polls: Shutdown damages 2014 GOP prospects [Alex Isenstadt @ Politico]

REFERENDUM: The referendum to overturn the gaming compact for the North Fork Rancheria for an off-reservation casino in Madera County has enough signatures to require validation by counties, the Secretary of State notified counties this morning. The referendum was qualified by a generally anti-gaming organization, although the funding came largely from other casinos and investment funds with interests in casinos that fear the competition of a casino on Highway 99.

WATER WARS: Capital Public Radio concludes a great five-part series on the Delta today. "It's one of the largest sources of water for the world's 8th largest economy. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has been called the heart of California's water system. As lawmakers, conservationists, farmers, policy experts and others debate the future of the Delta, this five-part series tells the story of how the region both connects and divides Californians."

CAFFEINATED: Starbucks Flexes Its Political Muscle With Petition [Vanessa Wong @ BusinessWeek]


***The Leadership California Institute hosts "Candidate Forum 2014" on October 16 in Sacramento! The most talked about candidates for the 2014 cycle will be joined by influential leaders like Former Senate Minority Leader Jim Brulte, Former Assembly Member Bev Hansen, and PPIC President Mark Baldassare for a one-day bipartisan forum. Join the growing list of sponsors today! For more information, contact Nicki Arnold: (916)529-4722 or





  • The Democratic Women's Club of Stanislaus County has announced their honorees for the upcoming Democratic Women Inspire Awards 2013. Renowned leaders including national, statewide and local Democratic women are set to receive the coveted Inspire Award on October 20, 2013 at Galletto Ristorante, 1101 J Street, Modesto. Get your tickets online by October 14!
  • Assemblymember Jim Frazier is looking for a highly-motivated Legislative Director to coordinate the development of the Member's legislative package, staff bills of the highest complexity, significance and sensitivity, and staff committees, with minimum direction. Must be a good writer and have excellent interpersonal communication skills. Must be able to work extended hours as necessary and work efficiently and effectively under pressure. 5+ years of legislative experience is essential. Ideal candidates will have some supervisory experience and knowledge in transportation and energy policy. Email resume and references to
  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Federal Legislative Director. Sacramento. Manage relationships with CA congressional offices. Volunteer recruitment & training. Media work. Some fundraising. 5-7 years policy & political experience. Min. Salary: $83K. Info & application online:, Job ID: 14923.
  • Advocacy & Political Advertising with The LA Times: Veteran political advertising consultant with the LA Times specializes in running district-focused campaigns with flyers on top of the paper, stickers on top of the paper, and direct mail. According to voter files, 80% of LAT readers are "likely-to-vote" in local elections. Call or email Darius Derakshan at (213) 237-7499,
  • The Center for Responsible Lending-- Legislative Advocate/Counsel, Sacramento, CA. 20 hrs/week, flexible schedule. Develop legislative strategy, monitor policy, provide testimony, etc. Full description at Send resume, cover letter and writing sample to
  • Learn to lobby more effectively. Veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov presents his introductory "Legislative Process / Lobbying 101" and advanced "Lobbying 201" seminars October 31-November 1. $250 each. Valuable for principals / support staff at lobbying firms, organizations that employ lobbyists, public agencies. Info / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West Research Analyst-Workforce Development (San Francisco or Sacramento). 150,000 member California healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive, motivated Research Analyst, , 2-3 years research/union experience. Excellent benefits, career ladder. Salary $49k-$91k. Resume, letter, references:


  • AB 218 by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) – Employment applications: criminal history.
  • AB 256 by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) – Pupils: grounds for suspension and expulsion: bullying.
  • AB 389 by Assemblymember Das G. Williams (D-Santa Barbara) – Private schools: employees: criminal background checks.
  • AB 514 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) – The Safe Schools for Safe Learning Act of 2013.
  • AB 547 by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) – 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens program.
  • AB 595 by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Northeast Los Angeles) – Community colleges: priority enrollment.
  • AB 610 by Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo) – State hospitals: involuntary treatment.
  • AB 626 by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – School nutrition.
  • AB 635 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) – Drug overdose treatment: liability.
  • AB 647 by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-Arcata) – The Alcoholic Beverage Control Act: beer manufacturers: containers.
  • AB 753 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) – Cognitively impaired adults: caregiver resource centers.
  • AB 899 by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) – Academic content standards: English language development standards.
  • AB 955 by Assemblymember Das G. Williams (D-Santa Barbara) – Community colleges: intersession extension programs. A signing message can be found here.
  • AB 974 by Assemblymember Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) – Patient transfer: nonmedical reasons: notice to contact person or next of kin.
  • AB 1025 by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) – Public postsecondary education: credit by examination.
  • AB 1068 by Assemblymember Richard H. Bloom (D-Santa Monica) – Pupil records.
  • AB 1358 by Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) – Student body association: student representation fees.
  • SB 168 by William W. Monning (D-Carmel) – Farm labor contractors: successors: wages and penalties.
  • SB 236 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) – School districts: four-day school week: Moorpark Unified School District.
  • SB 368 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) – Teachers: added authorization in special education.
  • SB 390 by Senator Roderick D. Wright (D-Los Angeles) – Employee wage withholdings: failure to remit.
  • SB 435 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) – Compensation: meal and rest or recovery periods.
  • SB 440 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) – Public postsecondary education: Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act.
  • SB 530 by Senator Roderick D. Wright (D-Los Angeles) – Criminal offenders: rehabilitation.
  • SB 534 by Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) – Health and care facilities.
  • SB 590 by Senator Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) – School personnel: professional development for classified school employees.
  • SB 651 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) – Developmental centers and state hospitals.
  • SB 669 by Senator Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) – Emergency medical care: epinephrine auto-injectors.
  • SB 681 by Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) – Community college districts: personal property.


  • AB 300 by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) – Telecommunications: prepaid mobile telephony services: state surcharge and fees: local charges collection. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 375 by Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) – School employees: dismissal or suspension: hearing. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 622 by Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose) – School districts: charter school petitions: Internet posting. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 704 by Assemblymember Robert Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills) – Emergency medical services: military experience. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 1287 by Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) – Student financial aid: Cal Grant Program eligibility. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • AB 1409 by Assemblymember Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – Public utilities: voice communications: Moore Universal Telephone Service Act. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 284 by Senator Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) – Income taxes: credits: contributions to education funds. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 285 by Senator Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) – Student financial aid: Cal Grant Program. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 398 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) – Horse racing: distribution of proceeds. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 655 by Senator Roderick D. Wright (D-Los Angeles) – Fair Employment and Housing Act: unlawful practices. [VETO MESSAGE]
  • SB 723 by Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) – Veterans. [VETO MESSAGE]


Jerry Brown Puts Veterans Housing Measure On June Ballot
David Siders @
California voters will decide next June whether the state should restructure $600 million in bonds to help build apartments and houses for low-income veterans, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed Thursday.

California Governor's Aide Picks Fight With Unions
Dan Walters @
Steve Glazer has seen politics up close as a veteran campaign consultant, most notably as the manager of Jerry Brown’s comeback election as governor three years ago. That familiarity, one might think, would breed contempt, but instead, Glazer yearns to join the ranks of the elected. He’s already an Orinda city councilman and wants to serve in the state Assembly.

Kamala Harris Sues For-profit Parent Of Heald College, Wyotech
Jeremy B. White @
A for-profit college chain intentionally deceived prospective students and investors about the value of its degrees and sought out the socially isolated and disadvantaged, according to a lawsuit California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed Thursday.

Naacp Asks Federal Judges To Release Three-strikes Prisoners
Paige St. John @
SACRAMENTO -- The NAACP is weighing in on California's prison crowding problem, asking federal judges Thursday to order the state to seek release of some 2,000 prisoners eligible for shorter sentences under the state's revised three-strikes law.

Brown Signs Bill To Create Pilot Program For Higher-Fee Community College Classes
Timm Herdt @
Saying it "sounds like a reasonable experiment," Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that will allow selected community colleges to offer high-demand classes for a higher fee.

State’s GOP lawmakers put politics aside to help constituents understand health law
Christopher Cadelago @
Republican Assemblyman Brian Nestande of Palm Desert opposes the federal health care overhaul. He’s uneasy about its potential adverse effects on small businesses. He worries that it will drive up health care costs.

Brown Has No Plans To Use State Money To Reopen National Parks
Melanie Mason @
SACRAMENTO--Gov. Jerry Brown is not jumping to accept an offer by the Obama administration to use state money to reopen national parks closed by the federal government shutdown.

Scoring The Legislature And Governor On Business Related Bills :: Fox&hounds
Minimum wage was increased against business opposition as businesses, especially small businesses, struggle to recover from the recession. Business is still battling the burdens of heavy taxes and regulations, which has prompted some businesses to consider relocating outside the state.

Gov. Brown Orders Swift Response To Mental Hospital Crimes
Patrick McGreevy @
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed legislation aimed at protecting victims of sex crimes in state hospitals and developmental centers.

California job apps won't ask about criminal past
People who seek jobs with state or local government agencies in California will not be asked on their initial applications whether they have been convicted of a crime, under legislation that was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The restrictions will not apply to police, school teachers or other government jobs working with children, the elderly or the disabled, in which applicants can be asked about criminal convictions. Dickinson said his measure dovetails with Brown's realignment program, in which many low-level felons have been sentenced to county jail instead of state prison and are then released into the community under local law enforcement supervision.

States Prepare Layoffs, Furloughs During Shutdown
Tom Risen @
States have started furloughing employees as the absence of federal funds is straining already tight state budgets, so more workers will be sent on unpaid leave or even laid off if the shutdown continues.

House, Senate Republicans Offer Competing Plans On Debt-limit, Government Shutdown
House and Senate Republicans offered competing plans Thursday to resolve Washington’s debt-limit and government shutdown crises, as President Obama held the latest in a series of meetings aimed at persuading them to accept at least short-term solutions with no partisan strings attached.

Immigration Poll Puts Pressure On Central Valley Lawmakers
Kitty Felde @
A pair of House Republicans from California’s Central Valley appeared at this week’s immigration rally on the National Mall. But immigration activists say that’s not enough: they want them to back comprehensive legislation. Activists on Thursday unveiled a poll showing voters in those lawmakers' districts would support them if they did.

New Law Allows Experiment With Higher Tuition For In-Demand Courses At Community Colleges
Kathryn Baron @
Despite opposition from the community college Academic Senate and some concerns from the chancellor’s office, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill allowing a few community colleges to charge more for high-demand courses.

Assembly speaker announces 2014 bid for controller
Assembly Speaker John Perez says he is running for state controller next year.

President Obama Signs Bill To Help Families Of Fallen Soldiers
Lesley Clark @
President Barack Obama tonight signed into a law one of the measures he's dismissed as a "piecemeal" approach to reopening the federal government.

Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes Two Telecom Bills
Marc Lifsher @
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes bills on collecting fees on prepaid cellphone minutes and on the PUC's LifeLine powers.

Federal Funds Still Flow To California, November In Doubt
Carolyn Lochhead @
Ten days into the government shutdown, federal funds continue to flow to major benefit programs in California such as MediCal, the federal/state health insurance program for the poor that serves one in five Californians, said California Department of Finance deputy director H.D. Palmer. But Palmer warned that should the shutdown stretch into November, bets are off.

Governor Signs Bill To Expand Epipen Use
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday that adds California to the list of states that allow the certification of scout leaders, camp counselors and other non-medical professionals in the use of life-saving epinephrine auto-injectors.

Jerry Brown Vetoes Teacher Firing Bill
Jeremy B. White @
Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected a bill intended to streamline the process for firing teachers in California.

Republicans Announce $10-million Initiative To Lure Latino Voters
Seema Mehta @
The Republican effort seeks to improve the party's appeal among Latinos in California and 16 other states.

Nbc/wsj Poll: 60 Percent Say Fire Every Member Of Congress - First Read
Domenico Montanaro, Deputy Political Editor, NBC News @
The Capital is mirrored in the Capital Reflecting Pool on Capitol Hill in Washington early Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.

Bart Strike: Last-second Proposals Could Avert Friday Morning Shutdown
Mike Rosenberg @
As of 3 p.m., no deal had been reached and the unions had not announced whether they would shut down BART starting Friday morning.