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Capitol Christmas



Oh, yup, it's Friday. We need to get shopping! Shh...don't tell. I haven't started yet!

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Christiana Dominguez and Alex Pader!




  • 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

  • Elevate your public policy impact with a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. Our unique program emphasizes both “P’s” in MPP enabling current policy practitioners to further develop their policy analysis skills in order to become successful leaders in the policy area they care most about. For California Legislative Staffers with 2 or more years of experience, we’ll waive your application fee and GRE requirement! Apply today: February 1 deadline for priority scholarship consideration. Learn more why we “See Public Policy Differently from Here." Learn more. (
  • 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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Riot Involving 100 Prisoners Rocks California Prison
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California officials say four inmates were hospitalized following a riot involving about 100 prisoners at the California Correctional Center in Susanville. 

California Joins Five States In Limiting Travel Over Discriminatory Laws | The Sacramento Bee
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Trump Won Votes Promising To Protect Veterans, But Major Veterans Groups Are Rattled By His Plans
Evan Halper @
Donald Trump has filled almost his entire Cabinet, but a decision on Veterans Affairs has been delayed by an intense, behind-the-scenes battle over veterans healthcare.

Hard For California To Calexit Federal Government | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
By Jim Miller

$2.5 Million Allocated To Sustain Health Care For Sonoma Developmental Center Residents | The Press Democrat
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The state agency that oversees the Sonoma Developmental Center will put out a request for proposals by the end of December, hoping to attract interest from one of several federally qualified health centers in the North Bay, McGuire said.

Ca Cuts Travel To North Carolina, Other Bathroom Bill States | The Sacramento Bee
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California releases 80,000-page report on disputed twin tunnels water plan
The final environmental impact report on the controversial plan known as WaterFix does not contain a cliffhanger ending, but the governor characterized it as a crucial bookshelf filler for water wonks. The analysis, a snooze-inducing tome roughly equivalent in size to 66 Bibles, judges a project that remains at least a year away from final approval. The report analyzed the environmental impacts of 18 different ideas — including doing nothing — to fix the sprawling state and federal water system that delivers supplies to 25 million people across California and irrigates some 3 million acres of farmland. The tunnels emerged as the preferred alternative because they would provide clean water and minimize “unnatural flows” in the delta that harm fish, said Mark Cowin, the director of the California Department of Water Resources. The problem with the system now is that big pumps near Tracy used by the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project to send water south suck in and kill fish, including young chinook salmon and endangered delta smelt. Central Valley farmers, Southern California water agencies and some Bay Area water suppliers complain that federal protections for fish have forced unnecessary reductions in the amount of water they get from the delta. The idea is to skirt the sensitive delta, prevent saltwater intrusion as sea levels rise and protect water supplies if an earthquake destroyed delta levees. “Anyone who witnessed the decimation of Central Valley salmon in 2014 and 2015 while water managers said, ‘Just trust us to provide enough water for them,’ knows they simply can’t be trusted when drought puts pressure on all of us,” McManus said. The state must complete another major report, called a biological opinion, and reach agreement with affected property owners and water districts who are expected to foot much of the bill before the tunnel work begins, possibly in 2018.

After Trump Election, California GOP Leaders Split Over Electoral College Reform
California Republican Party chairman Jim Brulte. | AP Photo/Chris Carlson

Opponents File Lawsuit Against Balboa Park Plan | Kpbs
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Opponents of a $70 million plan to remove traffic from the center of Balboa Park have filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court to stop the project.

County Board Overrules Lausd To Keep The Embattled Magnolia Charter Schools Open
Howard Blume @
The board for L.A. County Office of Education has overruled its staff and will allow three Magnolia charter schools to remain open despite opposition from L.A. Unified

Northern California Irrigation Districts Win Legal Round In Klamath River Basin Fight | The Sacramento Bee
Michael Doyle @
By Michael Doyle

Santa Rosa Marchers Want City To Be Sanctuary For Undocumented Immigrants | The Press Democrat
The tape on many marchers had numbers written on them, referencing the idea of being assigned a legal number by immigration officials, according to de Los Angeles.

Trump Backs Out Of Real Estate Projects Around The World, But That May Not Be Enough To Avoid Conflicts
Joseph Tanfani @
The Trump Organization has closed down several international business deals that could have created particularly sticky conflicts for the president-elect.

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

New Push To Rename L.A. Freeway After Barack Obama
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New push to rename L.A. freeway after Barack Obama

U.S. Government Begins Asking Foreign Travelers About Social Media - Politico
The new policy comes as Washington tries to improve its ability to spot and deny entry to individuals who have ties to terrorist groups like the Islamic State. But the government has faced a barrage of criticism since it first floated the idea last summer. The Internet Association, which represents companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter, at the time joined with consumer advocates to argue the draft policy threatened free expression and posed new privacy and security risks to foreigners.

The Baca Mistrial Explained: What You Need To Know About The Former Sheriff's Case
Victoria Kim, Joel Rubin, Shelby Grad @
Here is a breakdown in the issues in the case against former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, who was accused of trying to obstruct an FBI investigation.

Border Patrol Agent Gets Bail In Drug Smuggling Case - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Students, Who Entered The U.S. Illegally, Leave O.C. Airport For Mexico Trip Before Donald Trump Becomes President - The Orange County Register
1.3 million: Unauthorized people ages 15 and older who were immediately eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, in 2016.