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Good morning friends. I hope you're doing well and staying dry on this first day back of the California legislative session. As I wrote yesterday, don't expect anything right away as bills can't be voted on in committee or on the floor of either house until they have been in print for 30 days, unless the rule is waived by 3/4ths of the house casting the vote. That won't be happening.

Instead, California state legislators are looking east to Washington to try to figure out what will happen there. Just this morning, we're seeing things heat up as Vice President-elect Mike Pence made it clear that priority one is to repeal the Affordable Care Act, although the replacement hasn't really been identified. Regardless of your beliefs on the subject, the problem is that it's like a game of Jenga, whereby you can't really pull out pieces without it all collapsing.

The biggest issue is preserving the guarantee for coverage for people with pre-existing conditions (which almost everybody over 30 has). You can't have a market-based system and ensuring coverage of patients with pre-existing conditions without a universal mandate.

On the crabby situation, I don't get in the middle of pricing disputes as I don't know the economics on either side and what 25 cents per pound means to either the crabbers or the wholesalers. That said, I was at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op yesterday, and the price was $7.99/lb. That's a great price. If you like Dungeness crab, buy it now to both support the men and women who rely on it for their livelihoods and the families and communities that in turn rely on them. The more demand will result in a faster resolution of the price strike in what started out as a great Dungeness season after last year's disaster.


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  • 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.

  • 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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Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa Raise Millions For 2018 Race | The Sacramento Bee
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The Money Race Is Well Underway For California's 2018 Campaign For Governor
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Update on 'Essential Politics: Kamala Harris and other Californians take the oath in Washington, San Diego power couple ties the knot'

Manchin Says He Won't Attend Obama's Capitol Hill Meeting - Politico
Manchin said that Obamacare has offered healthcare to 172,000 West Virginians for the first time and that while his state voted overwhelmingly for President-elect Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, it would be a mistake for the GOP to pull the healthcare rug out from beneath those who only just got it.

California Legislature Will Be Drinking Old Whines In New Bottles | The Sacramento Bee
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John Keplinger, Former Executive Director Of The State Fair Political Practices Commission, Has Died
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Update on 'Essential Politics: Kamala Harris and other Californians take the oath in Washington, San Diego power couple ties the knot'

House GOP backs off ethics changes in 1st day of disarray
House Republicans stumbled on their first day of unified control of Congress Tuesday as they abandoned a planned gutting of an independent ethics office after the move drew a public backlash and a Twitter scolding from President-elect Donald Trump. Republicans had voted 119-74 in a secret House GOP Caucus meeting Monday night to hobble the Office of Congressional Ethics as part of new rules to govern the incoming Congress. “With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as it may be, their number one act and priority,” Trump tweeted. The Office of Congressional Ethics is an independent, nonpartisan entity established in 2008 to review allegations of misconduct against House members, officers and staff. Set up after complaints that the Ethics Committee buried allegations of misconduct, the independent office’s findings must be made public in most cases, and it can investigate anonymous charges from the public. The office referred the allegations to the Ethics Committee, and they played a role in Honda’s November defeat by fellow Democrat Ro Khanna, who was sworn in Tuesday. San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi was re-elected minority leader, this time losing only a handful of Democratic votes compared with the 63 who voted against her leadership in a secret caucus ballot after the November election. Democrats were pleasantly surprised that the barrage of activity they have been expecting from Republicans got off to such a rocky start, but they were still furious that Republicans retained a rule change prohibiting members from taking photos or video from the House floor. The new video ban is Ryan’s rebuke to Democrats’ spontaneous, all-night sit-in last fall, when they commandeered the House floor to protest lack of action on gun control. Political scientist Jack Pitney of Claremont McKenna College, said he thought House Republicans were reacting as much to a backlash from their own constituents as to Trump on the ethics changes. The same will hold true for tax reform, Pitney predicted, treacherous terrain that requires not just cutting tax rates, but eliminating popular tax breaks. Harris promised that one of her first acts would be to “co-sponsor a bipartisan bill that would protect young Dream Act immigrants from being targeted for deportation by the incoming administration,” her office said in a statement, referring to immigrants who were brought into the country by their parents without authorization.

Darrell Issa Takes Another Shot At Changing The Rules For The Skilled Worker Visa Program
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Update on 'Essential Politics: Kamala Harris and other Californians take the oath in Washington, San Diego power couple ties the knot'

Congressman Spent Campaign Funds For Rabbit Air Travel - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Rep. Duncan Hunter used campaign funds to pay for $600 of airline fees to fly a family rabbit, one of the more colorful expenses to surface in an ongoing review of his practices.

Mcconnell: Repealing Obamacare Will Be First Issue For Senate In 2017 | Fox Business
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Goodbye To Obamacare? Senate Plans To Start Repeal Debate Wednesday | The Sacramento Bee
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Charles Manson Seriously Ill, Moved To Hospital, Sources Say
Mass murderer Charles Manson was taken from a Central Valley prison to a hospital for an undisclosed medical issue, two sources familiar with the situation

Union City police brutality lawsuit settled for $130,000
Union City police brutality lawsuit settled for $130,000 A Union City woman has agreed to a $130,000 settlement of a lawsuit in which she accused police of throwing her to the pavement facedown and setting a dog on her after she she saw them using a stun gun on her husband. Police said the woman, Heidi Velarde, had been the aggressor, biting and kicking an officer who was trying to restrain her. The settlement, reached last week in federal court in San Francisco and subject to approval by the City Council in the Alameda County community, carries no admission of wrongdoing. Police stopped a car that was driving without lights and said they had struggled to arrest the driver, one of Velarde’s sons, in front of the family’s home. Velarde’s husband, Arthur, came out on the front porch and started shouting, and police said an officer had to use a Taser electronic stun gun to restrain him. Martin “couldn’t secure her hands and was screaming for help from Baumgartner,” said Dale Allen, a lawyer for the officers.

California's Housing Affordability Problems 'as Bad As They've Ever Been In The State's History,' Housing Director Says
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Salud Carbajal Sworn In As California Central Coast Congressman | The Sacramento Bee
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How Arizona Vs. United States Will Stop Democratic Immigration Efforts :: Fox&hounds
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Pentagon To Waive Bonus Repayments For Majority Of California National Guard Soldiers | The Sacramento Bee
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By David S. Cloud

Schumer Speaks In Playbook Interview -- New Dem Obamacare Repeal Catchphrase: ‘make America Sick Again’ -- Exclusive: Josh Bolten To Head Brt -- What To Expect From Pence And Obama Visits To The Hill - Politico
PHOTO DU JOUR: Vice President Joe Biden takes a selfie with Claire Blumenthal, daughter of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, following a reenacted swearing in ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber at the Capitol on Jan. 3. | Aaron Bernstein/Getty Images

Oakland mayor hires Venus Johnson as new head of public safety
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has named Venus D. Johnson the city’s new director of public safety, a position intended to bring principled law enforcement to a city that hasn’t had a police chief for seven months. Johnson, 37, is an Oakland native who began her career in the Alameda County district attorney’s office, prosecuting homicide and sexual assault cases and bringing Oakland’s most violent offenders to trial before moving on to advise Attorney General Kamala Harris in 2014. Schaaf, who ran for office on a platform that emphasized public safety, was dogged earlier this year by a massive sexual misconduct scandal that began in Oakland’s Police Department and spread to several other Bay Area agencies. In November, voters overwhelmingly approved a new citizen-led police commission that would have broad powers to discipline officers and even fire the chief, if five of its seven members voted to do so. The city is also conducting an audit of its recruitment and hiring practices to determine what caused a string of disciplinary cases last year, which culminated with the misconduct scandal. In an effort to build trust with constituents, Schaaf began an exhaustive, community-oriented hiring process in the fall in which she conducted a series of town hall meetings to find out what residents desire in their new police chief.

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Sierra Snowpack Remains Below Average As California Enters Sixth Year Of Drought | The Sacramento Bee
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Schumer adopts Trump slogan: GOP wants to 'Make America sick again'
The new Senate minority leader outlined in a Playbook interview his strategy for pushing back on the Republican effort to repeal the health care law.