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Happy Saturday! While a bit chilly, it's a beautiful morning in California's capital. It's caucus day for the Democrats in Nevada and primary day for Republicans in South Carolina. It's likely that Stephen Colbert will have a chance to use his "The Hungry for Power Games" skit again on Monday to honor the fallen after this weekend.

In Las Vegas today, hotel workers can or can't participate in the caucuses (generally held at the hotels they work at) depending on which hotel. Shockingly, Sheldon Adelson's Venetian and Palazzo hotels are not giving employees paid time off to participate, while the Ceasers/Harrahs hotels are.

WATER WOES: New limits on California well-drilling sought [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “Warning that a drought-driven surge in well drilling is causing the earth to sag and imperiling long-term water supplies, a California senator wants to place more stringent limits on new wells.”

US SENATE: Democrats Loretta Sanchez, Kamala Harris diverge on for-profit colleges [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - “Sanchez has sided with the colleges in their protracted fights to fend off strict government regulations. In Congress, she’s contested Obama administration rules that most for-profit and certificate programs at private and public institutions would need to meet to qualify for federal student aid. In that time, Sanchez accepted about $30,000 in campaign contributions from the colleges, or their interest groups and officials, federal records show.”

SCOTUS IS THE MOSTUS: How California’s U.S. Senate candidates would handle a Supreme Court nominee [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - “The question of how to move forward has divided the U.S. Senate, as well as candidates running for the upper chamber. Following are responses to three questions The Sacramento Bee posed to the four major candidates running for Senate in California, listed in alphabetical order:”

LA-LA LAND: Critics launch effort to recall L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian [Emily Alpert Reyes @ LAT] - “A recall effort is being launched against Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian, who represents the San Fernando Valley neighborhoods of North Hollywood, Valley Village and Studio City, by critics who argue that he has favored business interests over community requests.”

MATTHEW HARPER IS QUAKING IN HIS HAT: Irvine is latest Orange County city to tilt Democratic [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - “In the latest sign that Orange County is shifting away from its famously conservative roots, Democratic voters now outnumber Republicans in Irvine. That gives Democrats the advantage in the county’s three biggest cities, although Republicans still have a 39.9 percent to 31.9 percent edge countywide.”

SANDY EGGO: Anderson pulls out of supervisor’s race [Michael Smolensk @ SDUT] - ”State Sen. Joel Anderson has pulled out of the race to unseat county Supervisor Dianne Jacob, ending one of the more contentious local campaigns of the year.”


  • Coro is in Sacramento the week of 2/22!   Kick off the week with us on Monday at our 2016 Sacramento reception.  Meet our current Coro Fellows in Public Affairs and connect with local leaders and Sacramento area Coro alumni. 

    Monday, February 22, 2016
    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Downtown & Vine - 1200 K Street. #8. Sacramento, CA 95814

    Admission is free.  RSVP here:

  • The Sacramento State Department of Public Policy & Administration invites you to its spring celebration. This event is a great opportunity to network with the graduate program's alums, faculty, students, and supporters. Prospective students are invited to attend.The celebration will showcase two alums, Christina Lokke (MPPA 2007) and Sacramento City Councilmember Eric Guerra (MPPA 2008). 

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    CA New Car Dealers Association
    1517 L Street

    Cost of admission is $10. Sponsorships are available to help support the Dept. of Public Policy & Administration . To RSVP or for more information: 

  • California Life Sciences Association (formerly CHI) seeks Senior Director—State Government Relations. The position, reporting to the Vice President—State Government Affairs, will conduct strategic lobbying activities in Sacramento on behalf of the biomedical industry and CLSA. The Senior Director functions both as a lobbyist to secure legislation and regulation to advance the interest of CLSA’s members, and as an organizer to engage legislators and staff to support CLSA’s advocacy goals. Excellent lobbying skills desired, association or capitol experience, superior communication skills, B.A./B.S. required, salary DOE, bonus and competitive benefits. For full job description visit ( Submit resumes with salary history to HR and Administration, Cheryl St. Cyr, via

  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West seeks Political Capacity Organizer (Oakland or Sacramento).  85,000 member California healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive, motivated Political Capacity Organizer – to grow the union’s activist base and political action fund; proven track record in fundraising a must.  Excellent salary, benefits, career ladder. Resume, letter, references to:
  • The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) is currently seeking an Executive Director of Western States Legislative Affairs: This position has overall responsibility for the functioning of the Western Regional Office.  S/he works in developing and advancing HACU's legislative agenda with respect to state government issues in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. S/he will coordinate activities for legislative relations, and track state policy in operation or under development.  Go to job opportunities for complete position description.  Salary DOE (Located in Sacramento, CA) EOE.

  • Children Now – Senior Policy Associate, responsible for developing, directing and implementing a portion of Children Now’s education policy plan for California. More information. Details here

  • CalDesal, a 501(c)6 nonprofit corporation, wishes to contract with an individual or firm for the position of Executive Director. CalDesal is seeking an Executive Director who will continue the success of the organization. The ideal candidate will have strong public outreach, communication, and administrative skills to successfully implement and manage the organization. The Executive Director will be the externally identifiable staff person in charge of the organization and will arrange the staff functions and advocacy support necessary to fulfill the organization's goals.

    For more information go to

    Proposals due by Monday, February 29, 2016 at 5:00 P.M.

  • California Partnership to End Domestic Violence seeks experienced Prevention & Education Policy Specialist. College degree required. Responsible for leading and implementing the Partnership’s Adolescent Dating Abuse Policy Project and related strategies. Please send resume and cover letter to
  • Thinking about Graduate School?  Sacramento State’s master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration is the region’s most affordable program, offering a rigorous education in both public policy and administration, nested in the political context. More than 400 alumni work in California state and local government as well as private and non-profit organizations. Applications are due March 1, 

  • TBW Media/TBWB Strategies is interviewing experienced campaign managers and campaign staffers at all levels for potential campaign positions with our client campaigns this year throughout California. If interested please send a cover letter, resume, salary history, writing sample and 3 references to Barry Barnes ( No phone calls please.
  • Capital Fellows Program - There is only a bit over a week left to apply for the Capital Fellows program. The deadline is February 6, and I strongly encourage you to consider it if you are looking at work in the Capitol or as a bridge between undergrad and grad school, as some of the best legislative staff (and even legislators) started as fellows. Get more info here.
  • Fiona Hutton & Associates, one of California’s largest independent public affairs agencies, is seeking an Account Supervisor to join the firm’s growing Los Angeles office. FHA is an established leader in managing high-profile and controversial issues for a diverse client base. We’re looking for the best of the best. The candidate that thrives in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, working on high stakes situations, and demonstrates a commitment to excellence. The Account Supervisor is responsible for tactical implementation of client programs and plans, oversight of communications materials, ensuring quality control and managing a team.

    Please see link for additional details and how to apply:

  • Subscribe to the Capitol Morning Report and closely follow who’s doing what each day in California government and politics. We list news conferences, legislative hearings, state board meetings and other events. Plus we add in community news and announcements from political campaigns. More info at

  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West Regional Political Organizers (Los Angeles and Bay Area). 85,000 member California healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive, motivated political organizers, 3-5 yrs political/union experience. Competitive salary and benefits package. Resume, letter, 3 references:

  • Add your classified for $35/week for up to 100 words. Email



Feinstein Calls On Apple To Reconsider Fighting Cell Phone Court Order | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

2 candidates for judge and similar experience makes for good race
The most high profile candidates are Paul Henderson, Mayor Ed Lee’s deputy chief of staff for public safety, and Victor Hwang, a civil rights attorney who also serves on the Police Commission. Two other lawyers have thrown their names into the race: civil litigator Sigrid Irias, a past president of the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, and DUI defense attorney Bruce Kapsack. Hwang served as an assistant district attorney from 2007 to 2014, mainly in charge of hate crimes and human trafficking prosecutions. Henderson also worked in the district attorney’s office, from 1995 to 2011, the last four year as chief of administration. If no candidate wins at least 51 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face each other in November. Asked why voters should elect him, Hwang said he was the only candidate who has tried a “substantial number of cases” and the only one who has practiced law extensively in both the civil and criminal arena. Mayor Ed Lee appointed Port Deputy Director Elaine Forbes as interim director this week. The port manages seven miles of waterfront property that includes Fisherman’s Wharf and those popular renovated piers along the Embarcadero, as well as the small working port on the city’s south end. The mayor said in a statement that Forbes is a “proven leader” with a strong background in policy and financial management.

State Spending More Money Than Ever, But How To Measure It? | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Total general fund and special funding in proposed plan tops $167 billion

Man Whose Felonies Were Reduced By Prop. 47 Arraigned On Attempted Murder Charges
A man who had two prior felony convictions reduced to misdemeanors under Proposition 47 and was subsequently released from custody was arraigned on Friday on charges of attempted murder on a peace officer, the Orange County district attorney¿s office said.

Democrats Loretta Sanchez, Kamala Harris Diverge On For-profit Colleges | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Sanchez has advocated for the career-training colleges

In Nevada, The Great Recession Still Casts A Long Shadow Over Political Campaigns
Elvis Presley impersonator Robrigo Gonzalez dances for passing tourists on Las Vegas Boulevard in Las Vegas in 2011. Gonzalez said he became a street performer after losing his job as a welder during the recession.

Apple Feud With FBI Over Iphone Order Heats Up
Howard Mintz @
In a 30-page document, Justice Department lawyers pressed Riverside-based U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym to follow through on her order earlier this week by compelling Apple to provide the assistance, which company CEO Tim Cook indicated he plans to contest because of its sweeping privacy implications for Apple and the rest of the tech industry. Pym has given Apple until next Friday, extra time, to file its legal arguments against the government's request.

New Limits On California Well-drilling Sought | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Bill would require more permits, bar new wells in some areas

Oakland asking state to help fund housing
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and real estate developer Mike Ghielmetti are pressuring the state to pay for nearly 500 units of affordable housing at the city’s massive Brooklyn Basin development, at a cost of $45 million. Schaaf says she has “full faith and confidence,” that Brown, now the state’s governor, will meet Oakland’s demand to fund the 465 apartments for seniors and low-income families. In 2005, then-mayor Brown praised Brooklyn Basin — which for years was known as Oak to Ninth — as a key element of his campaign to transform a desolate waterfront into a vibrant area. The project, which broke ground in 2014, will include 3,100 housing units, 200,000 square feet of retail space, and 30 acres of parks. In 2006, the city signed an agreement that authorized its Redevelopment Agency to buy two land parcels at the Brooklyn Basin site and use them to build the affordable units. [...] in 2012, Brown, by then one year into his third term as governor of California, dissolved city redevelopment agencies and canceled funding for any project that wasn’t under way. Pressure is mounting on city officials to build housing and keep longtime residents from getting displaced, and Brooklyn Basin is critical to that goal. Brown also has close ties with Schaaf — he endorsed her in 2014 — and with Ghielmetti, whose company Signature Properties is the contracted developer for Brooklyn Basin.

Questionable Campaign Tactics Persist in South Carolina
In a state known for dirty politics, presidential candidates are embracing campaign strategies that often straddle the line between underhanded and dishonest.

Todd Young Remains On Indiana Senate Ballot - Politico
The post made its argument in five bullet points.

When Ronald Reagan Was Called A 'liar' It Was Shocking And Disrespectful -- Times Have Changed
The president was speaking. And from the gymnasium nosebleed seats came a perfectly timed shout: "Liar, liar, pants on fire."

Parents Alarmed After Hearing About California Student Data Transfer | The Sacramento Bee
Loretta Kalb @
Social Security numbers, home addresses, disciplinary information among the data

Who's advising Trump on health care?
His ideas are as unorthodox as his candidacy.

Donald Trump in Triage Mode After Shocking Conservatives With Health Care Comments
s comments are the latest example of a candidate who has been impervious to allegations of inconsistent policy positions.

Apple And Feds Reveal San Bernardino Shooter's Icloud Password Was Reset Hours After Attack
Senior Apple executives underscored Friday that they have no intention of backing down in a high-stakes fight with the FBI over an iPhone used by one of the shooters in December’s San Bernardino terror attack. 

2016 Taxes: Consensus on Need to Revise Tax Code, but Partisan Split on Specifics
Passage in December of tax legislation may have helped set the stage for a tax overhaul that both parties deem necessary.

Oakland Asking State To Help Fund Housing - San Francisco Chronicle
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Democratic governors: Sanders is just not ready
The governors tell POLITICO that Sanders deserves praise for his focus on income inequality, but Clinton is the better bet for the White House.