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We should punish Russia further, lawmakers say after U.S. report on election hacking [Tim Johnson @ McClathchy] - "The release Friday of a U.S. intelligence report that clearly says Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential campaign galvanized support in Congress for punishing Russia further and strengthening cyber defenses."

From what I know, there was no way for any outside interest to interfere with election results. Even electronic voting machines (generally not used in California) are not connected to the Internet and thus suscepitible. It was more of pranks to see what could be done in the future.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Kelly Fong Rivas! Great bday gathering last night! 



  • 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

  • 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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Borenstein: Backroom CalPERS Deal Saddles Taxpayers With Debt
But if the rate is set too high, and investment returns fail to meet the forecast, the pension fund will come up short, leaving debt for taxpayers to bear. That sort of inaccurate forecasting largely explains why CalPERS is already about $170 billion short, with only 63.5 percent of the assets it should have.

Model For Ca GOP Gov. May Be Found In New England :: Fox&hounds
The California gubernatorial election is 22 months away but already the media is filled with stories about the coming campaign. Given the superiority in Democratic voter registration in this state it is assumed that a Democrat will succeed Jerry Brown in the corner office. Yet, for Republicans there may be hope when witnessing the success of GOP governors in another blue section of the country, New England.

Donald Trump Blasts Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'apprentice' Ratings | The Sacramento Bee
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Charles Manson Is Returned To Prison After Stay At Bakersfield Hospital
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charles manson, prison, hospitalized

Villaraigosa Once Sang Praises Of Trump Treasury Pick
Antonio Villaraigosa. | AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File

Medi-cal Recipients Statewide Would Feel The Pain Of Obamacare Repeal | Kpbs
Kenny Goldberg @
A proposed repeal of Obamacare would devastate the Medi-Cal program, and wouldn't just affect people in Democratic strongholds, according to the California Budget & Policy Center

In Santa Ana Power Struggle, This Woman Holds The Cards
Hey Nick, there’s a reporting side to this that’s probably being overlooked. How do we know if the Santa Ana police are making efficient use of taxpayer dollars through their approach to law enforcement, or inefficient use of taxpayer dollars? This is NOT meant as a “leading question”. It is meant as a completely honest question.

Ethics Office Couldn't Contact Top Trump Aides After Election - Politico
The federal government's ethics watchdog had difficulty reaching top aides to President-elect Donald Trump for ten days or more after the November election, according to government records released Friday.

Rep. Davis Calls For Independent Probe Of 'chilling' Russian Hacking - Times Of San Diego
Rep. Susan Davis on Friday called for a “truly bipartisan and independent” probe into Russian hacking during the Presidential election.

Head Of Nurses Union 'counting On' Trump For Single-payer System
Former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont,, left, and RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United. | AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

Volkswagen Scandal: California, Feds Approve Repairs For Thousands Of Cars | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
By Dale Kasler

Audio: Socal Rep. Adam Schiff Says Russian Intervention Is Clear | 89.3 Kpcc
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Rep. Adam Schiff, who also serves as the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released a statement on Friday on Russian interference in the presidential election.

Drug War Overkill: A Pot Bust Against Legal Growers In Yolo County Seems To Go Too Far
Robin Abcarian @
One county supervisor called it "terrorism" when a law enforcement task force raided several Yolo County licensed medical cannabis grows for reasons that remain unclear

Rep. Hunter Removes Congressional Painting He Found Offensive - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Democrats Want Fast-food Workers To Testify At Trump Labor Secretary Pick Andy Puzder's Confirmation Hearing
Jim Puzzanghera @
Top Senate Democrats are calling for fast-food workers to testify at the confirmation hearing for Labor secretary pick Andy Puzder.

Trump-backed Candidate Ousts Ohio GOP Chairman - Politico
Jane Timken, a supporter and major fundraiser for President-elect Donald Trump's campaign, will be the new chairwoman of the Ohio Republican Party. | AP Photo

Audio: Educators: Parents Will Drive New Bilingual Education Growth | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
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Tk | The Sacramento Bee
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By Mark Glover

West Coast Crabbers Reach Deal To End Strike - San Francisco Chronicle
A strike that has kept the entire West Coast Dungeness crab fleet out of the water for more than a week has ended after Oregon fishers reached a price settlement that everyone agreed to. The entire West Coast fleet will receive $2.87 per pound for their crab, which is a compromise between the price fishers wanted, $3, and what processors were offering, which was $2.75.

How The Doj Will Conduct Its Civil-rights Investigation Of The District Attorney And Sheriff - The Orange County Register
Community forums. Face-to-face meetings with leaders of the local deputies union and with local defense attorneys. Twitter.

Yosemite Park Evacuated Amid Flooding Fears - San Francisco Chronicle
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Snow is one thing — all of the campers were prepared for that — but nobody had told Will Anderson he would need a raft to stay in Yosemite Valley this weekend. If he could even get permission. Which by Friday was impossible.

Two San Diego County Hospitals Fined For Severe Errors - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Dhs Labels Elections As 'critical Infrastructure' - Politico
The Department of Homeland Security on Friday declared the electoral system as "critical infrastructure," the latest in a series of eleventh-hour responses to alleged Russian election-season hacks.

Artists Lose Workplaces In Aftermath Of Oakland Warehouse Fire - San Francisco Chronicle
As Steve Heck slowly dismantled his work space at the Factory 510, he lamented all of the things he could have created in the sprawling San Leandro warehouse.