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Happy Friday folks! I spent much of yesterday downtown, including the usual long visit to Powell's City of Books. Those of you who have been there know that it's the world's best bookstore. Fortunately, I got out without spending too much!

I also picked up bottles of Nong's Khao Man Gai sauce. Can't wait to pick up a chicken from Riverdog Farm at Sunday, if the farmers' market is open on New Year's Day.

On to the news...

KDL'S NEXT STEP? Preparing to take on Donald Trump, Kevin de León has plenty of career options [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Despite his rapidly rising profile, [Kevin] de León has been circumspect about his political aspirations, even as other top-tier prospects for higher offices sketch out their paths. “He’s one of the ones people are watching,” said Laphonza Butler, president of the Service Employees International Union California."

The offices mentioned in the article include:

  • Governor
  • U.S. Senate (if Feinstein retires)
  • Los Angeles City Council

TRY AGAIN: Sen. Jackson brings back family leave bills Brown previously vetoed [Taryn Luna @ SacBee] - "Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, is reviving a pair of family leave bills that Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed in the last session."

The bills include the expansion of family medical leave to additional relatives and domestic partners (SB 62) and lowering the requirement of family medical leave from employers of 50 employees to those with 20 employees (SB 63).

DOUBLE-X FACTOR: Number of Women in California Legislature Dips to Nearly 20-Year Low. Now What? [Katie Orr @ KQED] - "In California, the Republican Party didn’t put any special emphasis on electing women this year. In the state Senate, the party lost one female representative. In the Assembly it lost five. Democrats lost two women in the Senate. But in the Assembly, Democrats actually added three women to their ranks. Overall, there are 26 women serving in the Legislature, the lowest number since 1998."

NO SMOKING ZONE: California needs a specific ban on smoking pot while driving, these lawmakers say [John Myers @ LAT] - "Two state legislators say Californians might think it's illegal to smoke marijuana while driving, but that there's no specific ban on the practice in state law. Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) and Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) said Thursday that they'll introduce legislation to close what they call a loophole."

THIS MAKES ME CRABBY: From Bodega Bay north, crab fishermen strike for higher per-pound price [Angela Hart @ SRPD]:

Fishermen have agreed to either cease crabbing in areas off the Sonoma Coast where the Dungeness crab season has already opened, or delay the start of their season in hopes of retaining the $3-per-pound price they have earned fishing in Northern California’s rich waters so far this year, according to Lorne Edwards, president of the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Marketing Association, an industry trade group.

Fishermen from Bodega Bay north agreed to the strike Wednesday at 2 p.m. Wholesale buyers are offering $2.75 per pound, Edwards said.

“There’s going to be no crabbing from any port from Bodega Bay to the Washington-Canada border,” Edwards said. “It’s huge … I’m not expecting a change until after New Year’s.”

It has been awfully cheap this year. I paid $5.99/lb at the Sac Nat Foods Co-op for Thanksgiving, and it was $6.99/lb at Whole Foods yesterday, not necessarily known for being cheap. Anyway, if you want crab this weekend, today may be a good day to get it.

CHALLENGING THE NEW BOSS: Can a federal government scientist in California convince Trump that climate change is real? [Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "Trump’s victory sent shockwaves through the environmental community, but fears are particularly heightened among scientists who are employed by the federal government or rely on the data it generates. There are concerns that younger generations may avoid working for U.S. agencies or decide not to focus on climate change because they don’t see a future working in the field."

GOLDEN DEAL: When city retirement pays better than the job [Jack Dolan @ LAT] - "One in four El Monte residents lives in poverty. Yet taxpayers pay a steep price to fund bonus pensions and other perks for city workers."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Tina Cannon Leahy!

Have a great day!



  • Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-West Toluca Lake) seeks an organized and detail-oriented scheduler/administrative assistant for his Capitol office.  Key responsibilities include, but are not be limited to, maintaining the Assemblymember’s Capitol and District schedules, coordinating travel arrangements, managing files/related records, and handling correspondence.  Seeking a candidate with strong communication skills, who will integrate well into a tight-knit team. Prior scheduling and Capitol experience are preferred, but not required. Interested candidates should email their resume to indicating “Scheduler” in the subject line.

  • STATE SENATOR HOLLY MITCHELL (D - Los Angeles) discusses her legislative priorities 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
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2018 Ballot Initiative: Should California Lawmakers Work To End The Electoral College?
Jazmine Ulloa @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Harris adds new Senate staffers, Brown pardons felons for Christmas'

A Cry For Change Shifts Political Power Across Orange County - The Orange County Register
Orange County residents demanding change went farther down the ballot than the presidential race.

On Sunday, New Laws Take Effect In California. What Can You Expect?
Patrick McGreevy @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Harris adds new Senate staffers, Brown pardons felons for Christmas'

Former Fiorina Strategist Joins Sessions Ag Confirmation Team - Politico
Flores, who graduated from Harvard Law School and was president of the Harvard Federalist Society, has clerked for Judge Edith Jones of the Fifth Circuit and worked for Ted Cruz when he was considered running for attorney general in Texas in 2010.

Can A Federal Government Scientist In California Convince Trump That Climate Change Is Real?
Chris Megerian @
If Donald Trump wants to know whether climate change is real, he can call Ben Santer, one of the scientists who has spent decades proving it for the federal government that Trump will run.

California Sen. Jackson Reintroduces Two Family Leave Bills | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Oil Companies Face Deadline To Stop Polluting California Groundwater - San Francisco Chronicle
Seven oil companies, including petroleum giant Chevron, have been given until the end of the week by state officials to stop their decades-old practice of injecting oily wastewater into Central Valley aquifers or face penalties.

Heller To Run For Reelection, Not Governor, In Nevada - Politico
Heller's decision to pass on the governor's race leaves the field to replace him wide open. | Getty

Hundreds Protest The Electoral College At Capitol Building In Sacramento
Jazmine Ulloa @
Update on 'Electoral college vote live updates: Trump wins 270 electoral votes'

Pot Dispensaries Retool As Retail Businesses - San Francisco Chronicle
Dan Mitchell @
The sales floor was buzzing on a recent Friday afternoon at the Apothecarium, the medical pot dispensary on Market Street near the Castro. In a few hours, it would be even busier, said Ynez Carrasco, the store’s business manager. “Friday nights are one of our surge times,” she said. She and other dispensary operators noted that Sunday afternoons in the fall and winter are also often busy, especially for delivery orders from people at home watching football.

Heritage Foundation: Obama ‘emboldened’ Russia To Meddle - Politico
The Obama administration on Thursday announced sanctions against nine entities and individuals, including two Russian intelligence services; the closure of two Russian compounds; and the expulsion of 35 Russian intelligence operatives for its cyber intrusions during the presidential election.

Did Trump Just Create 8,000 Jobs? Here's What's Really Happening
Associated Press @
Donald Trump gave himself kudos for the creation of 8,000 U.S. jobs by a Japanese tech mogul, saying it was proof of “the spirit and the hope” stirred by his presidential election .

Mccain Plans Russia Cyber Hearing For Thursday - Politico
U.S. Senator John McCain speaks during a news conference following a meeting with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, Dec. 29. | AP Photo

New California Laws Bump Up Minimum Wage, Further Restrict Phone Use In Cars And More
Today's high

Putin Snubs Obama In Favor Of Trump In Holiday Greeting - Politico
Vladimir Putin left President Barack Obama off his holiday greetings list, but sent a holiday message to both Obama's predecessors and President-elect Donald Trump. | Getty