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Happy Thursday! Ugh, tonight we have competing games again. Warriors v. Cavaliers at 6pm on ABC and USA v. Ecuador at 6:30pm on FS1. Which device gets the priority?

Well, with the budget behind us, we can now turn to other issues.

Advice to college/university CEOs: don't send your staff to Switzerland to understand social media, when social media is headquartered down the various I-*80s, and the company visited is already the subject of public disgust.

DOLLARS AND SENSE: California Legislature approves $171 billion state budget [Chris Megerian @ LAT]

With concerns about the potential for another recession casting a shadow over this year’s budget negotiations, California lawmakers approved a new $170.9-billion spending plan on Wednesday that increases some funding for social services but stashes more away in a rainy-day fund.

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The governor successfully convinced lawmakers to stash an extra $2 billion into the rainy-day fund, bringing the total to an estimated $6.7 billion by next summer. The budget includes another $1.75-billion cushion in case revenue runs lower or spending is higher than expected.

CA46 (Santa Ana): In the race to fill Loretta Sanchez's seat, Garden Grove councilmember Bao Nguyen (D) has taken the lead over sheriff commander Bob Peterson (R) for second place behind former state senator Lou Correa (D).

AD68 (Tustin): Irvine mayor Steven Choi (R) has pulled ahead of former Anaheim councilmember Harry Sidhu (R) by 71 votes in the race to succeed Don Wagner. The two are battling for the second place behind Democrat Sean Panihi. Whichever Republican claims that spot should coast in November in this safe GOP district.

MONEY MATTERS! Money rains from perfect storm of politics [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters] - "Interest groups have more at stake this year than usual, and they are spending accordingly. Due to term limits that now allow lawmakers to hold their posts longer, this is the last year until 2024 that a batch of Assembly members will be forced out by term limits. Fourteen of 80 members cannot seek re-election this year, so those contests have no incumbents. But over the next three elections, there will be no vacancies created by term limits."



WTF? Sacramento pastor defends controversial Orlando comments [Sarah Heise]

"People say, 'Well, aren't you sad that 50 sodomites died?' Here's the problem with that, it's like the equivalent of asking me, 'Well, aren't you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?'" [Pastor Roger] Jimenez said. "No, I think that's great. I think that helps society. I think that Orlando, Florida is a little safer tonight."

Jimenez went on to say that it was a tragedy more didn't die.

"I'm kind of upset that he didn't finish the job because these people are predators," Jimenez said. "They are abusers, they take advantage of people."

FAST TRACK: California budget pact cuts review for Capitol annex project [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "The new state budget package lawmakers began approving Wednesday gives the project to renovate or replace the aging Capitol annex a special provision designed to speed up judicial review of any environmental lawsuits challenging the work."

PARTY POP: There soon could be a new 'unknown' voter category in California [Christine Mai-Duc @ LAT] - "The new category will label voters as having an "Unknown" party preference and would apply mostly to voters registering at the Department of Motor Vehicles, where a new voter registration process recently was implemented."

END OF THE ROAD: California lawmakers unplug the state's electric car program [Liam Dillon and Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "The state’s new budget, which is awaiting Brown’s signature after the Legislature’s approval Wednesday, includes nothing for the vehicle subsidies or other efforts to make heavy-duty trucks more environmentally friendly. Meantime, the clean-car programs are pushing people to waiting lists.

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Carson EadesRyan Lillis and Chip Wilkins!



  • Chariot LLC, GOP campaign firm, seeks experienced account support for campaigns in CA, NV through election day. Excellent writing and data skills. $6k to $10k/mo. San Francisco. Resume and cover to:
  • Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and the Courage Campaign invite Senate and Assembly members, staff, and the Capitol community to a screening of Brave New Films’ Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 21 in the State Capitol Museum Theater (Capitol basement).  Telling personal stories of how gun violence affects everyday Americans, the film looks at gun tragedies including unintentional shootings, domestic violence, suicides, mass shootings, and trafficking - and what we can do to end to this profit-driven crisis. Watch the trailer at  RSVP to (916) 651-4024
  • Sales and Administrative Positions for the General Election Cycle. Applicants should be reliable and have experience in political campaigns. Familiarity or experience with slate cards is helpful.  We are looking for self-starters who are able to work independently and as part of a team in our Long Beach office. Ability to demonstrate a positive attitude, attention to detail, and meeting deadlines is a must! Sales position requires some previous sales experience within the field of politics. Competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Email cover letter and resume to
  • California Housing Consortium is hiring a Communications & Policy Associate. Duties include external communications, social media, event-planning and policy work. Communications background needed, affordable housing knowledge a plus. Full time, salary around 50k DOE, generous benefits. More info here.

  • University of California, Riverside Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental & Community Relations - The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental and Community Relations serves as the chief government and community relations officer as well as the lead campus advocate for the University of California, Riverside, its mission and purpose. Primary emphasis is placed on building and maintaining strong support for the campus at all levels of the federal, state and local government and community through relationships with the supporters and public stakeholders of the University of California, Riverside. While it is expected that the incumbent will keep strong and open communication with other members of the campus' senior leadership team, this position reports directly to the Chancellor. To apply for this position please go to the following: Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental and Community Relations or

  • California Partnership to End Domestic Violence: Full-time Policy Coordinator on Public Policy Team: This Sacramento-based position coordinates public policy & systems change efforts with our statewide membership. Range: starting at $23/hour, DOE. Minimum qualifications: (A) Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Public Administration or related field (or equivalent experience); (B) Two years’ experience advocating for public policy and systems change; (C) Experience advancing policy with membership coalition or professional association desired. Click here for more information about the position and qualifications. Submit cover letter and resume to: Position closes June 20, 2016.
  • Southern California Democratic Member of Congress seeking full-time finance director. Applicant should be self-starter, able to work independently as well as in consultation with senior staff. Responsibilities include planning fundraising events, organizing call time, pledge collection and compliance with campaign finance regulations. Must also be available to attend political events and assist local Party efforts. Finance director works out of Los Angeles-area political office. Candidate should have at least one year of campaign/government/fundraising experience. Salary commensurate with experience. Email resume to
  • SEIU CA Job Announcement: Gov’t Relations Advocate (Lobbyist)
    The Gov’t Relations Advocate of SEIU CA is responsible for lobbying on legislative, budget and regulatory matters affecting SEIU Public Sector Locals and members. The position will work closely with the SEIU Local Union leaders and staff on legislative, budget and regulatory advocacy. BA and 2 years political or lobbying experience required.Competitive salary and excellent benefits are provided including comprehensive health insurance, defined benefit pension plan, and car allowance. How to Apply: Email a cover letter, resume and 3 references to Chris Hansen (<a ""> by Friday, May 27, 2016.
  • CA Charter Schools Association - Manager, Political Infrastructure Development (Los Angeles or Sacramento).Provides operational, management, and strategic support toward our effort to build out political infrastructure in communities throughout California. Works closely with charter leaders and directly manages local Political Action Committees (PACs) in regions all over the state.
  • Immediate Opening for Stellar Support Staff to act as "Assistant to CEO" & Leg Aide for small nonprofit. Reliable, smart, great communication/writing/computer & people skills! 35 hrs/week (Fridays off) $18/hr to start. Great benefits. Near the Capitol, parking paid. Send resume & letter of interest to

  • Finance Assistant for Frontline Congressional Democrat: The Finance Assistant will be responsible for managing low dollar events, staffing Sacramento call time and assisting with the implementation of the fundraising plan, both in district and nationwide, for a top-targeted Frontline Democrat. Send resume and cover letter to
  • Consumer Watchdog is seeking an excellent writer and persuasive communicator to join our Santa Monica office as a Consumer Advocate. Comfort speaking to the public, opinion leaders, policymakers and the media required. Video and graphic skills a plus. Respond if you are passionate about working for justice.

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    Quiet location two blocks away from Capitol.  Share space with a professional services firm.  Up to three offices in six-office suite
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  • 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:

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California Budget: By The Numbers | The Sacramento Bee
California lawmakers have approved a $122.5 billion budget that funds state government for 2016-17. The budget was negotiated by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, and the top two legislative leaders, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon of Paramount and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, of Los Angeles.

California Legislature Approves $171 Billion State Budget
California lawmakers are putting the final touches on a new state budget as concerns about another recession prompts them to stash an extra $2 billion into a reserve fund.

California Budget Pact Cuts Review For Capitol Annex Project | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Proposal reflects language used in Kings arena bill in 2013

L.A. Unified's School Board Wants To Use State Funds For Special Education Students
L.A. school officials are fighting against a state decision telling them to redirect hundreds of millions of dollars from special education

Senator Fuller Says Californians Deserve Better than this Budget
Today, the California State Legislature voted on Senate Bill 826 (D-Leno), the Budget Act of 2016. SB 826 will spend a record $122.5 billion dollars out of the General Fund, which is an increase of nearly $7 billion dollars from the previous year. Senate Republicans believe the Golden State deserve better than this risky, record spending budget that fails to meet the priorities of Californians.

UC Davis Chancellor Sent Aides To Switzerland To Learn Image-boosting Tactics | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert and Sam Stanton @
University spent more than $17,000 on trips to Switzerland, Texas and Maryland

Open-legislature Measure Hits A Nerve At California Capitol -
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Gov. Jerry Brown Wants To Extend California's Climate Change Law Beyond 2020
Gov. Jerry Brown is endorsing an extension of the state's main climate change law."We will not meet our world-leading clean air and emi...

Why La County Wants Poor Residents To File Their Taxes | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to establish a Center for Financial Empowerment to help low-income residents file taxes and open bank accounts instead of payday lenders, which charge sky-high interest rates.

Statement on Passage of 2016-17 State Budget
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement regarding the passage of the 2016-17 state budget negotiated between Governor Brown and legislative Democrats:

Gov. Brown Won't Declare Homelessness Crisis An Emergency | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
About 47,000 people are homeless on any given night in Los Angeles County. Officials had hoped the governor would free up emergency funds to deal with the crisis. Richard Vogel/AP

Senator Huff&#039;s Statement on Passage of the State Budget
Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) issued the following statement after a revised state budget bill passed the State Senate today:

UC Merced Moves Forward With Major Campus Expansion
UC Merced

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Fighting Opiate Abuse: Lawmakers, Families Demand Action | The Sacramento Bee
Claudia Buck @
California state bills proceed to help thwart opiate addiction

Sen. Cannella Brings Home Funding to District
State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) was successful in convincing colleagues to include much needed funding for communities throughout his district in the $122 billion California State budget.

Marco Rubio says he will reconsider leaving Senate

Rubio pledged for months not to seek re-election to the Senate while he waged an ill-fated campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Democrats Push Social Policy Agenda In Good Budget Times | The California Report | Kqed News
“I’m going to thank Gov. Brown today,” she said, laughing.

Trump Gushes About Campaign Of 'honesty' And 'substance' - Politico
Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage says he will vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, in one of the most dramatic signs yet that Republican...

Senate Republicans: Californians Deserve Better than this Budget
Today, the California State Legislature voted on

Senator Stone Comments On Today's Budget Bill Which Fails To Meet The Priorities Of Californians | Jeff Stone
State Capitol, Room 4062Sacramento, CA 95814Phone: 916.651.4028Fax: 916.651.4928

Statement on 2016-17 State Budget Vote
Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) today issued the following statement in response to the passage of the 2016-17 state budget: