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My writing yesterday was a bit unclear (neither the first nor last time). The Assembly's special committee reviewing the appointment of Xavier Becerra is in addition to whatever process the State Senate uses. Constitutional officer vacancy appointments have to be confirmed by majorities of both houses.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dave AckermanMatt Gray, and Senator John Moorlach!




  • RETIRED LA COUNTY SUPERVISOR ZEV YAROSLAVSKY reflects on life after elected office in this exclusive interview:
  • Assemblymember Tom Daly is seeking a qualified individual to provide high-level policy analysis and policy development in his capitol office. Under the direction of the Assemblymember and his chief of staff (COS), this individual will help the Assemblymember pursue his objectives on housing, transportation, parks and other infrastructure policy. Working with the COS and legislative director, this individual will staff bills, review bill coauthoring opportunities, and meet with constituents, legislative advocates, other legislative offices, and with representatives of the Brown Administration. He/she will also analyze legislation authored by other Members, and offer policy analysis on other issues areas as assigned. Candidates must have the ability to manage multiple projects, thrive under deadlines, and work well in a team environment. Salary dependent upon experience. To apply, email resume and brief statement of interest to the Assemblymember’s chief of staff, Rodney Wilson, at

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  • 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
  • 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.
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Padilla Warns Trump He's Ready To 'push Back' To Protect Voter Rights
Padilla made the comments just a day after California's 55 presidential electors gathered in Sacramento to cast their votes for Hillary Clinton. The secretary of state this week also officially certified the election in California, which gave Clinton 62.2% of the vote, a margin of 4.2 million votes over Trump.

L.A. County Politicians And Donors Had The Most Campaign Law Violations In California This Year
Patrick McGreevy @
Update on 'Essential Politics: 'Calexit' group opens Russian embassy, California members of Congress lobby Trump'

Tim Donnelly Writes Book, Considers Run For Governor | The Sacramento Bee
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CalPERS, CalSTRS, UC Invested In Dakota Access Pipeline Despite Pledges Of Sustainability | East Bay Express
Luke Tsai, Jody Colley, Darwin BondGraham, Lou Fancher, Sarah Burke, Nick Miller, Eda Yu, Winston Cho, H. Graph Massara, Pila @
Last Monday, two-dozen activists chanted, sang, and drummed outside Wells Fargo' San Francisco headquarters to demand the bank stop financing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Wells Fargo has drawn criticism for its central role in raising funds for the pipeline's construction. But banks aren't the only Bay Area institutions that stand to profit if the pipeline is completed.

Alex Padilla Certifies Nov. 8 Election Results For California | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
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California Members Of Congress Petition Trump On Climate Change And Abortion Restrictions
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Update on 'Essential Politics: Lawmakers push for Trump's tax returns in 2020, Kamala Harris nabs key committee posts'

Black Bart Award Nominee: Kevin Mccarthy :: Fox&hounds
As this year moved along there appeared to be a number of possible candidates for the annual Fox and Hounds Daily Black Bart Award. Then came the political earthquake on Election Day and everything looked different.

Lawyers For Ghost Ship Manager Say They Fear He Will Be Charged To Hide Government Negligence
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Ghost Ship manager's lawyers say they fear he will be scapegoated to hide government negligence

California Legislation Would Ban Marijuana Billboards On State Highways | The Sacramento Bee
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By Peter Hecht

California Secession Organizers Say They've Opened An Embassy -- In Moscow
John Myers @
Update on 'Essential Politics: 'Calexit' group opens Russian embassy, California members of Congress lobby Trump'

San Jose: Pension Overpayments Far Bigger Mess, But Who Will Pay To Make It Right?
Pensions, Politics, San Jose City Council, San Jose Police Department, San Jose politics

CalPERS Moves To Lower Investment Forecast, Which Means Higher Contribution Rates Are Coming | The Sacramento Bee
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By Dale Kasler

Buddhist Reverend Is Newest Chaplain For California Assembly
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Update on 'Essential Politics: 'Calexit' group opens Russian embassy, California members of Congress lobby Trump'

Why Not Everyone's Happy About San Onofre's $4.4 Billion Teardown - The Orange County Register
The “decommissiong czar” overseeing the complicated $4.4 billion teardown of the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will be a couple of czars – Los Angeles-based AECOM and Salt Lake City-based EnergySolutions, Southern California Edison announced Tuesday.

Google Faces Potential $3.8 Billion Lawsuit Over Internal 'spying' Program Based On Workers Ratting Each Other Out: Report
A Google product manager has filed suit against the company, claiming an internal spying program that relies in part on workers ratting each other out violates California labor law, a new report said.

Why One State Senator Wants To Name A Portion Of The 134 Freeway After President Obama
Today's high

Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones Rolls Out New Policy Making It Easier To Get Concealed Weapons Permits | The Sacramento Bee
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Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Trump: Campaigning To Win Electoral College Harder Than Popular Vote - Politico
Despite handily winning the Electoral College thanks to narrow victories in states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, Trump lost the nationwide popular vote by nearly three million votes as a result of landslides for Democrat Hillary Clinton in populous states like California and New York. The president-elect and his team have insisted that Trump won the Electoral College in a landslide and as such, he will enter the White House with a mandate. Democrats have countered by pointing to his popular vote loss as evidence that no such broad mandate exists.

More Prisoners Die Of Old Age Behind Bars | California Healthline
By Melissa Bailey December 21, 2016

Trump Hotels In D.C., Vegas Reach Union Agreements - Politico
The contract includes annual wage increases, a pension, family health care and job security provisions. | Getty

CalSTRS Considers Building Second Tower In West Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
By Dale Kasler

Race For Vacant La City Council Seat Will Be Crowded — As In 20 Candidates
Today's high

Ex-lawrence Lab Scientist Sentenced Over Fake Research
Instead of building and testing the experimental components, authorities say Kinion presented false and fraudulent data and information to the government in an attempt to defraud the IARPA into believing he did the work. Kinion would have had to set up and operate certain equipment to build and test the experimental components, but he never setup nor operated the equipment.

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