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Thank you for the great feedback about yesterday's campaign finance roundup. Honestly, it's a heck of a lot easier to just link and write-up articles than to do that sort of research, but I enjoy it. Let me know if there are other areas you'd like me to explore.

GROWTH: California farmworker overtime bill signed by Jerry Brown [David Siders and Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “Gov. Jerry Brown, a onetime champion of farmworker causes whose relationship with farm labor appeared to fray in recent years, signed legislation Monday granting agricultural workers the same right to overtime pay as other Californians.”

Most California voters support legalizing recreational marijuana, poll finds [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - “Six years after a similar initiative was rejected, a clear majority of California voters supports a measure on the November ballot that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in their state, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.” 

While I'm normally reporting independent expenditures below the classifieds, we only have one from yesterday, so I'll put it up top:

Reyes For Assembly 2016, Sponsored By A Coalition Of Labor Unions And Environmental Justice Organizations; Neighbors United For A Stronger Middle Class To Support Eloise Eloise Reyes (Support) $38,028 09/10/2016 09/11/201


ED MATTERS: Tomorrow from 6:30-8:30pm, CALmatters, Southern California News Group and Cal State Long Beach are presenting "A for Accountability: A Report Card on California's New Public School Assessments." Panelists include Antonio Villaraigosa and Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell. It will be available live streaming here. To attend in person (free), RSVP here.



NEXT WEEK: Innovate Your State And The City Of Sacramento Mayor’s Office To Host Civic & Gov Tech Showcase [more info

Tackling poverty isn’t enough. Inequality is a serious problem, too. [David Lay Williams @ WaPo] - “So even if McCloskey were right that we are seeing a significant improvement in the absolute economic status of poor people (though that’s disputed), it would not solve the larger problems associated with substantial inequality. In looking to solve these problems in the future, we would be better off by first understanding the past.”

I'm so happy for my cuz, a great poli sci professor at DePaul. He's the philosopher and I'm the practitioner in the family. We balance each other out.  

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to LA councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Izzy Hall's Brian Duke, and GOP wisdom monger Allen Wilson!




  • Office Space for Rent: Quiet location two blocks away from Capitol.  Share space with a professional services firm.  Up to three offices in six-office suite (2,300 sqft).  Conference room, copy/printer room, reception, kitchenette, janitorial, parking.  Terms are negotiable. 1510 14th Street, Sacramento. (916) 444-7158.
  • The McGeorge Capital Center for Law & Policy presents “Executive Training on Negotiating Legislation & Policy: Skills & Strategy for Success on Friday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to Noon, at McGeorge (3200 Fifth Ave, Sacramento). Instructors: McGeorge Professor Jeffry Proske, and Fredericka McGee, '91, VP of California Government Affairs & Operations, American Beverage Association. Intended audience includes lawyers, and non-lawyers with responsibilities in legislation & policy. Participants will learn negotiation skills through an interactive presentation with simulated real-world exercises. MCLE. Breakfast Buffet at 8:30 a.m.. Cost: $50-General; $25-Gov’t/Alumni. Students and prospective students are free. Register at

  • The McGeorge Master of Science in Law (MSL) degree is for professionals who seek the benefits of advanced training in legal reasoning without a JD degree. Register for an information session September 21, 5:15 p.m.(State Capitol Room 2040):  The McGeorge Master of Science in Law (MSL) degree is for professionals who seek the benefits of advanced training in legal reasoning without a JD degree. Register for an information session September 21, 5:15 p.m. (State Capitol Room 2040):

  • Emerge California is seeking a new Executive Director.  Are you a fierce advocate for growing the ranks of Democratic women in elected and appointed office? Are you dedicated to changing the face of politics by making our representation look as diverse as California?
    Consider applying today! Find the full job description here and send your resume and cover letter to the Search Committee at Join the Emerge team, and help advance our mission of identifying, training and encouraging women to run for local public office, get elected and seek higher office!
  • STATE TREASURER JOHN CHIANG discusses his career and run for Governor in this exclusive interview:
  • Research Associate position with EdInsights, through University Enterprises, Inc. on the Sac State Campus
    The Education Insights Center (EdInsights) is an entirely self-supporting unit of the California State University, Sacramento. EdInsights works to inform and improve policymaking and practice for K-12 education, community colleges, and public universities. The Research Associate position is responsible for conducting evaluation research in support of the California Community Colleges Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) evaluation. This will involve qualitative and quantitative data and will require fieldwork, interviews, policy analysis, case studies, advanced statistical analysis of large and small data sets, and other analytical approaches. Apply by 9/2/2016 to be considered.

  • 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.

  • Place your classified ad here for $35/week.


Proposition 55: A Lesson In Not-so-temporary Temporary Taxes :: Fox&hounds
There is a question of how much of the already collected Proposition 30 money actually went into the classroom to boost education.

California Voters Support Initiative To Legalize Recreational Use Of Marijuana, Poll Finds
Six years after the rejection of a similar initiative, a majority of California voters supports a measure on the November ballot that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in their state.

As Legislature Deadlocks, State Bar Asks Supreme Court For Money | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

San Diego Assemblywoman Says New School Grading System Needs Work | Kpbs
Megan Burks @
The California State Board of Education has approved sweeping changes to the way it measures school success. But less than a week after its vote, a bill by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego could send board members back to the drawing board.

Domestic Worker Overtime Pay Can Continue, Jerry Brown Says | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Sandag Sales Tax Measure Subject Of Lawsuit |
The Metropolitan Transit System showed off one of its 57 new low floor trolley cars that recently entered service on the Green Line. — Sean M. Haffey

Stanley Sheinbaum, L.A. Liberal Lion Who Shaped Decades Of Political Dialogue, Dead At 96
Stanley Sheinbaum has died. A friend of kings, presidents, moguls and Hollywood stars, he used his wealth and connections to advance a wide range of causes and candidates.

Ag Overtime Law Will Hurt Family Farms and Farm Workers
Governor Brown today signed Assembly Bill 1066 (D-Gonzalez), a measure that will require farmers to pay overtime after eight hours or 40 hours per week. Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), a life-long farmer and advocate, issued the following statement:

Bridgepoint Agrees To Forgive Student Debt |
Ashford University is owned by Bridgepoint Education, a San Diego based for-profit education company. — Howard Lipin

Unpopularity Of Clinton, Trump Create 'perfect Storm' For Third-party Candidates In Presidential Race - The Orange County Register
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and physician Jill Stein are the Libertarian and Green Party candidates, respectively, for president in 2016.

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Historic Legislation Granting Expanded Overtime Pay To Farmworkers
Update on 'Essential Politics: Gov. Brown signs bill expanding farmworker overtime, new analysis suggests confusing ballot voided votes...

The 2016 Race: Candidate Gaffes Are Overrated; Health Concerns Could Influence Voters More
History suggests that Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” remark will not matter much. But health issues are more unpredictable.

California's Citizens United Ballot Measure: Who's For It, Who's Against It And What It Could Really Do
California's Citizens United ballot measure won't be legally binding. So what's it for?

UC Berkeley, San Francisco To Continue Urban Transit Collaboration | The Daily Californian
Despite not winning a major $40 million federal grant, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Chancellor Nicholas Dirks agreed Sept. 2 to continue exploring and developing urban transportation infrastructure improvements for the city of San Francisco.

La City Hall Leaders Press Voters To Pass Tax To Help House Homeless
Today's high

Senate Squeezing House In Budget Negotiations - Politico
Join POLITICO's Chief Economic Correspondent Ben White as he takes Morning Money live for a breakfast briefing on the impact of the 2016 election, the...

Audio: La County Supervisors To Weigh Crackdown On Immigration Consultant Fraud | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Los Angeles county supervisors will consider a proposal Tuesday to license local immigration consultants, or "notarios," as a way of better regulating them. Thomas Hawk/Flickr Creative Commons

Frustrated With Sacramento Leaders, Armed Citizen Patrols Respond To Robberies Of Asians | The Sacramento Bee
Richard Chang @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Nyt Editorial Board Demands 'full Disclosure' On Candidate Health - Politico
Mike Pence will be on Capitol Hill today, meeting with House Republicans in a closed-door session this morning before holding a joint press conference...

Senate To Hold Hearing On Wells Fargo's Aggressive Sales Tactics
The Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing next week on the aggressive sales tactics by Wells Fargo & Co. employees that led to a $185-million settlement package with federal and state regulators.

‘unprecedented’ $200b In Transportation Funding Nationwide; $13b Locally – The Mercury News
BART, Property taxes, public transportation, Transit, Transportation

California's History With Recreational Marijuana — And Why This Time May Be Different
A look at California's history with medical and recreational marijuana over the past century.

Pneumonia, Polyps and Gunshots: A Short History of Presidential Health
Through much of American history, presidents and candidates have tried to conceal their maladies, and opponents have done their best to exploit signs of weakness.

L.A. Officials Launch Campaign For Homeless Housing Bond Measure
Mayor and city council members formally launch bond campaign for homeless housing .