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Well, that's a wrap. 2016 is over. And, for most of us, not too early. It was tough as we saw so many beloved celebrities taken before their time, often with complicit assistance of licensed professionals. The illicit opiod epidemic is huge (where is all this fentanyl coming from?), but there is also a physician/pharmacist-enabled suicide epidemic that needs to be confronted by policymakers.

This year marks the sixth year that I have filled your email box about California politics and policy. Each "off cycle" year has me anxious as to whether there will be enough to write about. 

Of course, already this year, we will likely have special elections in CA34 and, if the favorite Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez prevails, we'll have a special election in AD51. We also have Los Angeles municipal elections. It's going to be another busy year!

On Facebook, former Assemblywoman Linda Halderman (R-Fresno) disclosed that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Linda, a physician, has spent her time since her one term in the Assembly providing medical assistance around the world to underserved communities with her expertise in breast cancer treatment.

DANNY DOWNER: California’s economy has recovered, but overdue for a budget-busting recession [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "The question hanging over the state, therefore, is whether technology can continue to buoy its economy, or whether another recession is just waiting to happen. The consensus among economists appears to be that our economy will likely continue to expand for at least a couple of more years."

Anyway, have a wonderful new year! I'm short this morning as I woke up at 8:30 and went to the 9:30 service at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento. 

Have a great day!

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Fabrizio Sasso!



  • 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
  • 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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Istanbul Governor: At Least 35 People Killed In Nightclub Attack - Politico
An assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's celebrations, killing 35 people and wounding dozens more, according to Istanbul's governor.

Marilyn Sachs, influential SF author and political activist, dies
Marilyn Sachs, influential SF author and political activist, dies San Francisco author and political activist Marilyn Sachs, a pioneer in the young adult fiction genre, has died. Ms. Sachs was the author of 40 books spanning 42 years, with her first book (“Amy Moves In”) published in 1964 and her final work (“First Impression”) in 2006. Ms. Sachs was known for tackling serious topics — such as depression, divorce, body image and bullying — long before such matters were common fodder for authors of young adult novels. On her website, she wrote that the traits children are often bullied for are “promising qualities for future writers.” “If you are a coward, you will probably spend more time at the library than you would ordinarily, and if you tell lies, it just shows that you have an imagination, even if others don’t always appreciate it,” she wrote. In 1990, she helped organize a group of authors and illustrators to contribute to “The Big Book for Peace,” the proceeds of which were donated to peace organizations. Miranda Sachs said her grandmother was a natural storyteller who loved talking to children. [...] recently, she would make an annual visit to Jefferson Elementary School on Irving Street.

Losing A Presidential Bid Looks A Lot Like Getting Dumped - Politico Magazine
1. Retreating to the woods

With New Congress Poised to Convene, Obamaâ
Republicans plan to reserve the first 100 days for top priorities like a push for deregulation and a health care repeal, while Democrats set up roadblocks.

Rep. Schiff: Congress Will Push For Russia Sanctions If Trump Undoes Obama's Action - Politico
"We don't think that frankly the steps that have been taken are enough of a deterrent," Rep. Adam Schiff said. | AP Photo

Season of Sharing helps keep family afloat when injury strikes
Season of Sharing helps keep family afloat when injury strikes At some point while riding his board, the 31-year-old Livermore dad slipped backward and threw out his right hand to catch himself, bending his thumb backward in an unnatural way. Espinoza applied for disability and unemployment benefits, but didn’t initially get anything. The Espinozas quickly got behind on bills for their rent, braces and medical expenses for the boys, and other payments. Elaine Espinoza, a stay-at-home mom, said she considered going back to work, but it would have meant being away from her children, something she didn’t want. [...] she said, with her husband’s schedule always changing, relying on someone else to watch the kids and take them to after-school activities at a moment’s notice would have been nearly impossible. The Espinozas, who met in middle school and started dating in high school, had always lived in Livermore. [...] their apartment manager was understanding and directed them to The Chronicle’s Season of Sharing Fund, Elaine Espinoza said. When single-earner households subsist paycheck to paycheck, even the smallest interruption in their income stream can wreak devastation, he said. Money from the Season of Sharing helped the Espinozas get fully caught up on their rent, giving them some financial leeway to begin paying off other bills. [...] accepting help after a lifetime of self-reliance wasn’t easy, and the couple didn’t want their friends or relatives to know they needed assistance.

Mar-a-Lago, the Future Winter White House and Home of the Calmer Trump
The 118-room private club, site of an opulent New Year’s Eve party, is where the president-elect feels “so comfortable in his own skin, and so relaxed.”

New York Times, Wall Street Journal editors take on Trump and the media
The top editors for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal expressed wariness over the incoming president-elect's treatment of the first amendment.

Chronicle Season of Sharing fund daily donor list
Chronicle Season of Sharing fund daily donor list Chris & Dixie Anderson, $500; Stefanie Arthur, $100; Judge Auffinger, $250, in memory of Susan Hershey; Craig & Sheryl Bacharach, $1,000, in honor of Melvin L. Bacharach; Toni Bermeo, $40, in memory of LaVonne G. Fiorentino; Phil Bertetta, in memory of Molly Simon; Molly Buckley & Don Kurtz, $500; Jack B. & Leatrice Burstein; Mrs. Neil Burton, $50; Mr. & Mrs. William C. Christensen, $100; Jack & Bunny Clemes, $100; Wendy Collins; Jim Connors; Robert & Susan Crist, $1,000; Janet Dawson, $100, in honor of my mother, Thelma Dawson; Mike & Suzie Dinicola, $150; John R. Domingos, $500; Dimitri A. Dutoff, $100; the Fahey-Buonos, $50; David G. Fink, $50, in honor of my grandmother, Annie Levenathal White; Scott Fleming, $500; Leonore S. Foorman, $300, in honor of the Gilliland Family; LaMarr & Mary Gibson, $100, in honor of Ira Hirschfield & Thomas Hansen; Linda M. Grady, in memory of Valentina Irene Grady; Judy & Gary Grossman; Frank Harris, $100; Ellen Hauptli & Eric Hayashi, $250; Jo Haymond, $200, in memory of Jay Haymond; Shirley Hodge; Robert Hogeboom, in honor of Laura & Mike McLively; Harold Horowitz, $325; Gail Hudspeth, $100; Sudee & Richard Jacquot, $200; Bill, Joan, & Matt Kelly, $250; Peggy Kwun, $250; Michael Liffmann; Joellen & Peter Lippett; Jo Ann Lockyer, $1,000, in memory of Joseph Lockyer; Beatrice Lynch, $100; Elizabeth Marenco; Pamela & Michael McKinstry, $100; Gary Molitor, in honor of Milton & Louise Molitor; Jerry & Gayle Moore, in memory of Marcella Burch; Judy Paraventi, $200, in memory of Paul Paraventi; Prudence Parker, $50; Susan & Chris Paulson, $500, in memory of Isabel Moore; Bob & Nancy Polsky, $200, in honor of Keith MacAdam; Ruth Poole, $100, in memory of Bernard B. Poole; Carol Porter, $100; Christopher Pouls, $50, in memory of Kathleen Pouls; Sylvia H. Saunders, $100; Bambi & Ed Schwartz, $500; Kathleen Scott, in memory of Ben & Julie Albrecht; David Shragai, $100, in memory of Gershon & Penina Shragai; Patty Sue Stanton, in memory of George L. Stanton; Richard & Carole Steiner, $100; Jim Stuhlbarg, $75; Paul Tjogas & Debra Underwood, in memory of Ron & Doris Underwood; Aidan Toda; Ben Vance, $100, in memory of Robert C. Vance; Anne G. Ward, in memory of Richard H. Ward; Bob Wellenstein, $50; Carolyn W. Wertz, $150; Olivia Menino Wirthman, $100, in memory of my father Alfred R. Menino Sr.; Mei Lie Wong, $400; Richard & Christie Wu, $500, in memory of Amy Wu, our living mother; Andrew Young.

The 9 Places That Really Mattered in 2016
Political observers had the battleground states right, but they were looking in the wrong counties.

Trump Promises a Revelation on Hacking
Mr. Trump said that he knew “things that other people don’t know” and that the information would be revealed “on Tuesday or Wednesday.”

Dhs: No Evidence Hackers Infected Vermont Power Grid - Politico
A man walks past the headquarters of the FSB security service, the successor to the KGB, in central Moscow on Dec. 30. | Getty

Chief Justice Salutes Trial Judges for Tackling â
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. noted in his annual report that federal trial judges typically have 500 cases on their docket each year. The Supreme Court issued 62 decisions in its last term.