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FAREWELL: Gregory Schmidt, longtime California Senate secretary, dies [AP] - “Gregory Schmidt, a longtime secretary of the California Senate, has died just two years after retiring from the post he held for 18 years. He was 69.”

Greg and his Assembly counterpart, Dotson, have been two of the most under-recognized players in the legislative machinations. While retired, Greg’s passing is a huge loss to our Capitol.

Farmworker overtime bill vote postponed [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “In a dramatic public escalation of the political dispute over a bill to give farmworkers more overtime pay, the leader of the California Assembly vowed to laborers massed outside the legislative chamber Thursday that he would champion the issue after an expected vote failed to materialize.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Secretary of the Senate Greg Schmidt.






  • The Center for College and Career Readiness at Calfornia State University, Sacramento is seeking a Student Initiative Coordinator. 

    Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in one of the Behavioral or Social Sciences, Education or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and/or work experience.  Demonstrated experience in advising, education, or a related student services field and working with students in academic and/or career advisement.  Duties:  This position will provide direct support for the Director of Sacramento State's Center for College & Career Readiness (CCR) and the Early Assessment Program (EAP). This will consist of coordinating services for matriculating students via the Transition to Success Program, particularly during their first year on campus.

  • LOBBYING SUCCESS STARTS HERE. Capitol veteran Ray LeBov's Lobbying 101 and 201 seminars give you a comprehensive, real-world picture of lobbying in California -- the people, processes and best practices critical to helping you succeed. Sept. 22-23, $275 each / $500 for both. Lobbying 101 covers the Legislative process and Legislative advocacy; Lobbying 201 explores the equally critical areas of Budget Advocacy, Regulatory Agency Advocacy, Lobbying the Administration and Media Relations. Essential for lobbying firm principals / staff; organizations / agencies that employ lobbyists; newcomers to the profession. Information / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • Berkeley Lab is Bringing Science Solutions to the World, and YOU can be a part of it!: The Electricity Markets and Policy Group at LBNL is recruiting for a research position (job title: Scientific Engineering Associate). The Electricity Markets and Policy Group conducts technical, economic, and policy analysis of energy topics centered on the U.S. electricity sector.  Our current research seeks to inform public and private decision-making on public-interest issues related to energy efficiency and demand response, renewable energy, electricity resource and transmission planning, and electricity reliability.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union of California seeks an outgoing, results-driven, and experienced advocate who is passionate about advancing many of the most important – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil rights and liberties in our State Capitol. Please see job description for details.
  • California Charter Schools Association: The Legal Secretary is responsible for a variety of tasks in support of CCSA’s legal team.  The ideal candidate will have litigation secretary experience. The Legal Secretary will report to the General Counsel/Senior Vice President of Legal Advocacy, along with the three attorneys making up the team.  The Legal Secretary will work in the Sacramento office, but will be assigned to attorneys who work remotely across California. Salary: DOE.
California Teachers Union To Push Bilingual Education Proposition | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Developer Incentive To Build Low-income Housing Passes State Senate
Update on 'Essential Politics: Bills on climate change, sex offender email addresses go to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk'

Votes Pile Up During Final Days Of California Legislative Session | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
By Jim Miller

Curran Theatre maintains liquor license under new law
[...] whenever it happens, a new state law will keep the alcohol flowing. Legislation by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown, fills a gap in the law that could have left the theater without a liquor license. [...] differences between the new solo owner, Carole Shorenstein Hays, and the former owner, SHN, which she helped to found, has left the Curran without the license it used to sell beer, wine and spirits at its bar. Judson True, Chiu’s chief of staff, described the measure as “a narrow, technical fix” to a 2013 law that set standards for liquor licenses at the city’s historic theaters.

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Trump Calling Hillary Clinton A Bigot Is The Tactic Of A 5-year-old
Donald Trump's charge that Hillary Clinton is a bigot will not win him friends among black and Latino voters.

Mendocino Redwood Claims Exemption From New Voter-approved Ordinance | The Press Democrat
Mendocino Redwood Co. contends the new ordinance, approved by 62 percent of voters in June and which took effect a month ago, does not apply to operations on the 228,852 acres of timberland it owns in Mendocino County nor to any other commercial timber properties.

Paul Wolfowitz: 'i Might Have To Vote For Hillary Clinton' - Politico
Because he is so uncomfortable with Trump, Wolfowitz said he would likely vote for Clinton.

Brock Turner: Judge In Stanford Sex Trial To No Longer Hear Criminal Cases -
Judge Aaron Persky asked to be reassigned from hearing criminal cases at the Palo Alto courthouse, where he has been under intense fire since early June for sentencing former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail rather than a longer term in state prison for sexually assaulting an intoxicated, unconscious woman outside a fraternity party.

Outreach Workers Offer Help To Homeless Light-rail Passengers | The Sacramento Bee
Jessica Hice @
By Jessica Hice

Are Democrats Blowing The 2016 Senate Races? No.

Had the party failed at recruiting, it might be leaving races uncontested. It didn't. There's a credible Democratic candidate in every presidential swing state. The party is staring at a brutal 2018 midterm map, and it has no short-term solution to the gerrymandering-enabled wipeout of its suburban legislative bench. This year, remarkably, they've held off the crisis.

Trump To 'crazy' Mika Brzezinski: 'apologize!' - Politico
Double-digit rate increases provide a political opening for GOP candidates, with enrollment beginning one week before Election Day.

Judith Liteky, SF organizer for Latino war refugees, dies at 74
Judith Liteky, who spent decades organizing support for Central American war refugees and protests against a U.S. training center for Latin American military leaders, died Saturday of multiple myeloma at her home in San Francisco. Ms. Liteky left an order of Catholic nuns in 1973 to become a college teacher in San Francisco, where she developed a new program for young Latina women and later became involved in the sanctuary movement for refugees. In 1984, she married Charles Liteky, who as an Army chaplain in Vietnam had won the Medal of Honor for carrying more than 20 wounded soldiers through gunfire to safety in 1967. The government-run School of the Americas, at Fort Benning, Ga., trains Central and South American military leaders in combat and counterinsurgency techniques. Another attendee was the late Roberto d’Aubuisson, a rightist Salvador politician accused by his opponents of promoting death squads in his nation’s civil war. Ms. Liteky was a plaintiff in an ongoing lawsuit seeking to require the U.S. government to release the names of the Latin American military personnel who have attended the school. President Bill Clinton’s administration had begun making the information public, starting in 1994, and the list contained more than 60,000 names dating back to the school’s founding in 1946, but the disclosures were halted in 2004 under President George W. Bush’s administration, an action the Obama administration has continued. Ms. Liteky and other plaintiffs said they had evidence that the school admitted military personnel who had previously been accused of human rights violations.

Emergency Motion Banning 'spice' Heading To La City Council | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
File: A man prepares to smoke "spice," a synthetic marijuana drug, along a street in East Harlem on Aug. 5, 2015 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Focus: California Drought Reducing Beach Bacteria |
That trend is on the downswing from a peak in 2013, according to an EPA database. In that year, there were nearly double the number of bacteria related advisories, a spike that lessened as the California drought got underway.

California Retail Food Code Legislation Signed by Governor
s Retail Food Code (CalCode) to comply with recent changes made to the federal model code has been signed into law by the Governor.

Trump Contradicts Campaign Manager On Immigration - Politico
"I am aware of the questions my colleagues and many parents are asking and frankly I share their concerns about the skyrocketing prices of prescription...