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State Librarian Greg Lucas has announced the creation of a special collection in honor of former Secretary of the State Senate Greg Schmidt, whose much of his personal collection was donated to the State Library. If you have contributions to the collection of books, articles, movies, podcasts, lectures and case studies, they are encouraged. More info.

POLL POSITION: PPIC is out with its monthly survey, with the focus on higher education. But, we have the regular questions as well.

Jerry Brown job approval:

  • 57% approve
  • 24% disapprove
  • 18% don't know (The who is Jerry Brown? crowd)

Legislature job approval:

  • 49% approve
  • 38% disapprove
  • 13% huh?

MONEY MATTERS: College affordability a festering problem in California, poll finds [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "The survey, released by the Public Policy Institute of California late Thursday, asked respondents to name the most important issue facing public colleges and universities – and 46 percent mentioned the costs, affordability, or student tuition and fees."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Adam GottleibCynthia GuerreroMichael Wilson, and Eric Worthen!




  • The California Charter Schools Association welcomes back to session the 2017-2018 class of State Legislators and looks forward to working to ensure all kids have quality educational opportunities.  CCSA will work with the Legislature to block any federal efforts that undermine the rights of students or are fundamentally at odds with values held by the vast majority of Californians.  Read CCSA’s letter to Legislators here.
  • Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is hiring an Organizing Director in their San Francisco office. The E2 Organizing Director will operate in the nexus of advocacy and development. The position’s primary purpose is to grow and maintain E2’s membership and support its nine chapters and 850+ members throughout the U.S. in order to further our policy advocacy. S/he will also co-manage E2’s database with development staff and provide data and targeting services the advocacy team. S/he will also work closely with our Executive Director to cultivate membership donations. This is a mid-to-senior level position with a competitive compensation package. Full description and application instructions are here.
  • The Sacramento LGBT Center is searching for an Executive & Finance Assistant, which reports to the Executive Director and provides community engagement and administrative support. This position may be part or full-time and is non-exempt. High school diploma is required; associate’s or bachelor’s degree is preferred & 3 years or more in an executive, finance, or related assistant role. Full description.
  • SEIU-UHW is seeking a Political Capacity Organizer, which is responsible for a range of program objectives to build and strengthen our infrastructure and engage our members to be a powerful force at their worksites, in the legislative process, in the community and at the ballot box. Please submit cover letter, resume and at least 3 references to our candidate portal at

  • SEIU-UHW is seeking a Regional Political Organize, which reports to the Political Director, and is responsible for a broad range of program objectives to build and strengthen our infrastructure and engage our members to be a powerful force at their worksites, in the legislative process, in the community and at the ballot box. Please submit cover letter, resume and at least 3 references to our candidate portal at

  • The Office of Assemblymember Elect Phillip Chen is looking to hire talented and dedicated individuals to join its Capitol and District team in Brea, CA. The following positions are looking to be filled -- District Director, Scheduler, Legislative Assistant, Field Representative/Caseworker. For more information, please visit
  • LOBBYING SUCCESS BEGINS 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 your success. December 8-9, $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.
  • Thinking about Graduate School?  Sacramento State’s Department of Public Policy and Administration is now accepting applications for graduate studies in Public Policy & Administration and Urban Land Development. Highly affordable, we offer a rigorous education in a political context with more than 400 alumni working in California State and local government as well as private and non-profit organizations. Priority deadline is December 1; final deadline is March 1 for Fall 2017 admissions.
  • 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


Last-minute Push For California Drought Legislation Creates Friction Between Feinstein And Boxer
Sarah D. Wire, Bettina Boxall @
House GOP making a last-minute push to add California drought legislation to a water infrastructure bill that will be voted on before Congress adjourns

California Legislative Candidates Benefited From Party Donations | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
By Jim Miller

California's Legislature Should Use Its Supermajority Power Judiciously
The Times Editorial Board @
When Democratic state legislators return to Sacramento on Monday for the first day of the new two-year session, it will be in greater numbers than the previous

Med Pot Shops Could Sell Recreational Marijuana Under Proposal - The San Diego Union-tribune
David Garrick @
Proposition 64, what happens next.

Why A Fight Over Coal Miners Could Shut Down The Government - Politico
It isn't entirely clear that Congress is acting within its powers. In a statement, trustees to the multiemployer health plan said Congress "does not ... have the authority to appropriate private funds from one group of retirees to benefit a different population" and that "to do so would violate the due process rights of adversely affected retirees and would constitute an unconstitutional taking in violation of the Fifth Amendment."

Fighting For The Progressive Cause Got A Little Easier Thanks To This Bernie Sanders-affiliated Group
In its first election cycle after its hasty launch in August, Our Revolution, a political group formed by Bernie Sanders, made the difference in some key races in California.

Japan Ratifies Pacific Trade Pact That Trump Plans To Dump | The Sacramento Bee
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won parliamentary approval Friday for ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from the 12-nation trade pact.

Lee Orders Belt-tightening Amid S.F. Budget Shortfall - San Francisco Chronicle
Mayor Ed Lee responded to financial shortfalls that seemed to arise overnight by telling department heads on Thursday they must trim their budgets and not hire new staff. He also said some big plans to tackle homelessness would be curtailed.

Government Shutdown Looms Over Stopgap Spending Measure
The House voted to fund the government through April 28, but Senate Democrats object to a provision on extending health benefits for retired coal miners.

Nick Walrath, attorney and MIT grad with brilliant future, among victims of Oakland fire
After completing highly sought-after clerkships at the U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, attorney Nick Walrath had his choice of law firms to join in the city. When he signed with the litigation boutique Durie Tangri LLP, “His credentials were as good as anyone you could hope to meet,” said founding partner Ragesh Tangri. Walrath planned to specialize in intellectual property litigation, dealing with patents and copyrights, and do as much pro bono work as he could. Walrath’s bicycle was found chained outside the Ghost Ship warehouse, and his death in a fire there that killed 36 people was confirmed Thursday by his mother, Deb Walrath, a Pittsburgh lawyer. Walrath grew up in Point Breeze, an old neighborhood on the east end of Pittsburgh, and attended Taylor Allderdice High School, where he played soccer and lacrosse and was valedictorian in 2003. After a year pursuing his PhD in atomic physics at the University of Colorado, he switched interests and earned his JD at New York University School of Law, where he was on the Law Review. [...] Walrath also wanted to come west because “he liked to explore new places, especially places that had a vibrant art and music scene,” said his mother. After working a year at the appellate level, Walrath wanted to round out his education as a clerk in district court.

California Hall Of Fame Honorees Difficult To Explain | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Dems Threaten Shutdown -- Exclusive: New Dccc Comms Director; Top Candidates For Dscc E.d. -- GOP Jockeying To Replace Cmr -- Romney Spotted Near Trump Tower -- B’day: Terry Moran - Politico
Good Friday morning. 42 days until Donald Trump is president.

More Than A Ton Of Marijuana Worth $1.2 Million Seized From Boat Near San Clemente - The Orange County Register
SAN CLEMENTE – U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than a ton of marijuana worth an estimated $1.2 million from an abandoned boat beached at Calafia State Park near San Clemente, authorities said Wednesday.

Bernie Sanders Talks With Sarah Silverman About The Election Before A Sold-out Crowd In Glendale
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The would-be shipper of coal from the Port of Oakland, a company controlled by a longtime friend of Gov. Jerry Brown, has sued Oakland for outlawing coal handling and storage within its borders, saying the ban interferes with interstate commerce and with federal authority over the transportation of hazardous substances. The City Council unanimously passed the ordinance in July with the support of environmental groups, who said coal trains emit hazardous dust particles, and burning coal releases carbon dioxide that worsens global warming. The suit was filed in federal court Wednesday by a company called Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal, which had signed a contract with the city in 2013 to build a $250 million shipping terminal as part of a 130-acre development at the site of the former Oakland Army Base. “Restricting any commodity on political grounds puts a cloud of uncertainty over the entire project,” said Phil Tagami, chief executive of California Capital and Investment Group, which controls the shipping company. The ports of Long Beach, which exports coal, and Pittsburg, which ships the coal product petcoke, have kept emissions in check by using insulated coverings on their shipping terminals, lawyers for Tagami’s company said. “Private developer Phil Tagami wants to overturn the will of the people so that he can make a profit on coal, which poses a health, safety and climate risk to Oakland,” said Jessica Yarnall Loarie, a lawyer for the environmental group.

Senate Agrees To Waive Most California Guard Bonus Repayments
David S. Cloud @
The Senate passed a defense bill that contains a provision aimed at resolving the California Guard bonus repayment scandlal

Obamacare Repeal Could Be Biggest 2017 Tax Cut For Wealthy - Politico
This October 25, 2016 photo shows a woman looking at the internet site in Washington, D.C. | Getty

Bay Area Residents Told Stinky Water Safe To Drink - San Francisco Chronicle
Millions of Bay Area residents who aren’t enamored of the stinking water that has recently been coming out of their taps can rejoice — the musty smelling liquid won’t kill them or even make them sick.

California College Affordability Festering Problem, Poll Finds | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Trump Expected To Pick Southern California Fast-food Executive Andy Puzder For Labor Secretary
Jim Puzzanghera @
President-elect Trump has tapped Andy Puzder, CEO of Southern California's CKE Restaurants Inc., to be Labor secretary.

Sf Mayor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Slashed Short-term Rentals - San Francisco Chronicle
Mayor Ed Lee vetoed legislation late Thursday that would have restricted short-term rentals to 60 days a year, saying it would make enforcement of the current law “more difficult and less effective” and would drive “even more people to illegally rent units.”