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$$$: California's budget deficit is back, Gov. Jerry Brown says [John Myers @ LAT] - "Less than four years after declaring California’s budget balanced for the foreseeable future, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday said the state is projected to run a $1.6-billion deficit by next summer — a noticeable shift in the state’s fiscal stability that could worsen under federal spending cuts championed by President-elect Donald Trump."

Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget at a glance [BANG]

MONEY MATTERS: Gov. Brown tries to scale back on state budget [PE] - "California Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing an austere state budget for 2017-18, trying to rein in spending in the face of economic -- or political -- headwinds."

The big question is whether ObamaCare is repealed. The state is receiving $16 billion this year for the Medicaid expansion (Medi-Cal in California). 
Sen. Dianne Feinstein recovering at home after pacemaker surgery [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - "Sen. Dianne Feinstein had a pacemaker installed Tuesday, just hours after questioning President-elect Donald Trump's attorney general nominee.Feinstein, 83, is the oldest member of the Senate and the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which held its first day of confirmation hearings Trump's nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), on Tuesday. Those hearings continue today."

AG: Xavier Becerra promises he’s ‘got your back’ as California attorney general [Alexi Koseff @SacBee"] Vowing to make California a model of progressive leadership for the entire country in the coming years, Democrat Xavier Becerra on Tuesday passed his first hurdle to becoming the state’s next attorney general when a special Assembly committee recommended his confirmation by the full Assembly on a 6-3 partisan vote."

LA-LA LAND: County supervisors create office of immigration affairs as advocates and Trump supporters clash [Adam Elmarek and May Lou @ LAT] After a public hearing marked by angry clashes between supporters of President-elect Donald Trump and pro-immigrant activists, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved the creation of a new office that would help immigrants receive county assistance. 

:-( Colleagues stunned by apparent suicide of Bakersfield city councilman [James Burger and Jason Kotowski] - "Newly sworn-in Bakersfield City Councilman Jeff Tkac took his own life Thursday, several sources told The Californian, stunning colleagues who saw no troubling signs during his second council meeting earlier in the week."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to  Alex Gallardo Rooker

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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, transportationAlex Galla, 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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Did Developer-linked Donations Violate Campaign Finance Laws? State Watchdog Agency Will Investigate
Emily Alpert Reyes, David Zahniser @
A California state agency focused on campaign finance has launched an investigation after the Los Angeles Times reported on hundreds of political donations connected to a real estate developer.

Senate Takes Major Step Toward Repealing Health Care Law
By a 51-48 vote, the Senate approved a budget blueprint Thursday that would allow Republicans to gut the law without the threat of a filibuster.

With Prudent Budget Crafting, Brown Shows Again That He's The Adult In The Capitol
George Skelton @
Essential Politics

Holder Launches Democratic Redistricting Initiative - Politico
Former Attorney General Eric Holder officially launched the Democrats' efforts to prepare for 2020 redistricting. | Getty

A Rampage 16 Years Ago Took Their Daughter, They Spent The Anniversary Well | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer

Audio: Governor's Budget Proposal Zeroes Out Planned Increases In Early Education Funding | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Speaker Rendon's office did not respond to KPCC's request for comment.

Landmark study: marijuana is effective medicine, but has drawbacks
Marijuana and its derivatives can be effective medicines for treating pain, nausea, vomiting, muscle spasms and other conditions, but cannabis is not harmless, and more research is needed, the nation’s top scientists concluded in a landmark review of research released Thursday. The nonprofit National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine issued their report, “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids,” summarizing the current state of evidence for the efficacy of medical marijuana and recommending new studies. Even though marijuana has no lethal overdose level, the federal government ranks marijuana as “Schedule 1” — above prescription opioids like Vicodin and OxyContin that were linked to more than 180,000 deaths from 1999 to 2015. “Conclusive or substantial evidence” confirms cannabis can treat chronic pain, nausea, vomiting, and multiple sclerosis spasticity. There is moderate evidence cannabis can improve sleep, and limited evidence pot or its derivatives can help manage post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. “The growing acceptance, accessibility, and use of cannabis raise important public health concerns and there is a clear need to establish what is known and what needs to be known about the health effects of cannabis use,” the report stated. Shifting public sentiment, conflicting and impeded scientific research, and legislative battles have fueled the debate about what, if any, harms or benefits can be attributed to the use of cannabis or its derivatives, the study said. Unlike with legal tobacco or alcohol, studies show cannabis does not cause lung, head or neck cancer, the report found. [...] the report also diminishes some claims of medical marijuana advocates, finding, for instance, that there is not sufficient evidence cannabis or its compounds can treat cancer, epilepsy, or schizophrenia. Cannabis can also be hard on the circulatory system and there is “limited evidence” of a link between pot smoking and heart attack, or stroke. Maternal cannabis smoking could be linked to lower birth weight, the review finds, but there is little evidence it causes pregnancy complications or later negative outcomes in offspring. The scientists found some evidence of a link between pot use and certain mental health conditions like depression, but also moderate evidence that there’s no link between cannabis use and the worsening of negative symptoms of schizophrenia. The study highlights the need to change federal law with regard to cannabis’ Schedule 1 designation and its illegality, said Amanda Reiman, the marijuana law and policy manager for the pro-legalization Drug Policy Alliance. Arizona physician Dr. Sue Sisley, who has tried for years to get federal approval to study cannabis’ impact on post-traumatic stress disorder, said “it’s unsurprising” the National Academies failed to find evidence cannabis can treat cancer or epilepsy. The review refutes critics’ claim that there’s not enough research to support pot decriminalization or legalization, said Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Redevelopment Dollars Are Ending Up In The City General Fund - The San Diego Union-tribune
James DeHaven @

Mexico's President Warns That If Trump Wants To Talk Trade, He'll Have To Talk Security, Too
Kate Linthicum @
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says he'll push back against any efforts by Donald Trump to punish Mexico on trade or other fronts.

Placer County Sheriff Bonner To Retire After 22 Years In Office | The Sacramento Bee
Cathy Locke @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Human Rights Groups Slam Rex Tillerson, Trump's Pick For Secretary Of State
Tracy Wilkinson @
Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of State, came under withering fire Thursday for what critics claimed was an insensitivity to human rights abuses around the world.

Senate 'vote-a-rama' moves GOP one step closer to Obamacare repeal

After nearly seven hours of voting and over the vocal objections of many Democrats, the Senate voted 51 to 48 to pass a budget resolution to begin work on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Rendon Orders Assembly Staffing Overhaul
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. | AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file

Medical Associations Disappointed In New Tobacco Tax Money Spending Plan -
Chris Nichols @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Schumer Will Vote Against Sessions - Politico
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would vote against colleague Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's pick for attorney general. | Getty

California Bill Would Teach Students How Spot Fake News | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Landmark Study: Marijuana Is Effective Medicine, But Has Drawbacks - San Francisco Chronicle
Marijuana and its derivatives can be effective medicines for treating pain, nausea, vomiting, muscle spasms and other conditions, but cannabis is not harmless, and more research is needed, the nation’s top scientists concluded in a landmark review of research released Thursday.