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Happy Tuesday! Hope you had a great long weekend. The Legislative Analyst/s Office has released its overview of the 2017-19 Goernor's Proposed Budget. The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee had its overview at 10am this morning.

The number of California House Dems not attending the inauguration has grown:

  • Karen Bass
  • Judy Chu
  • Mark DeSaulnier (great message)
  • Jared Huffman
  • Ted LIeu
  • Zoe Lofgren
  • Jerry McNerney
  • Grace Napolitano
  • Lucille Royball-Allard
  • Raul Ruiz
  • Mark Takano
  • Maxine Waters

POLL POSITION: California shows low expectations for Trump, but support for some immigration plans [Carla Marinucci @ Politico]:

California's expectations for Donald Trump’s presidency are in the cellar, with little more than a third of voters believing it will be a success, a new Hoover Institution Golden State Poll shows.

But a plurality of voters holds more positive than negative views about some of Trump’s more controversial positions, including his call to restrict immigrants from certain countries, end sanctuary cities and to deport undocumented immigrants.

US SENATE: In California, Democratic politicians' plans rest on Sen. Dianne Feinstein's future [Seema Mehta @ LAT] - "As top California Democrats plot their future career moves, a critical piece of information is missing: Will Sen. Dianne Feinstein seek reelection? Speculation about the 83-year-old senator’s plans took on new urgency this year, as ambitious statewide politicians decide whether to run for governor with Gov. Jerry Brown termed out."

BOE2: Assemblymember Rich Gordon announced that he intends to run for Board of Equalization. Fellow Democrat Fiona Ma is running for State Treasurer since John Chiang is now running for governor.

CA17 (Milpitas-San Jose): Newly minted Rep. Ro Khanna reflects on first two weeks [Eric Kurhi @ MercNews] - Ro "Khanna has been appointed to two key committees — Budget and Armed Services — and he anticipates opportunities to work with the opposition during what are sure to be trying days ahead for progressives. “This country is so divided and so polarized at this point,” he told the crowd. “But I will not replicate the extremism we see and say I won’t even talk to the other side, that we want a divided country. We have the responsibility to find common ground.”"

GRIDLOCK: Those who use California roads should pay to fix them [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "Maintaining and enhancing a huge roadway network that takes a pounding from a huge traffic load is costly, and we have neglected it for far too long. Whatever it costs, the burden should fall on its users without flim-flam."

HSR: Federal warning of higher bullet-train costs prompts sharp opinions, plans for Congressional hearings [Ralph Vartabedian @ LAT] - "A confidential estimate by federal regulators that the cost of California’s bullet train project could jump significantly has prompted critics of the $64-billion Los Angeles-to-San Francisco rail effort to call for new investigations and proponents to disclaim reports that project costs are growing."

CRAZY TRAIN: Enough Already! More Woe for the High-Speed Rail [Joel Fox @ Fox&Hounds] - "Enough already. California has an infrastructure problem, no doubt. But the high-speed rail should not be where the infrastructure fix is focused."

RENEW? California’s stem cell agency will run out of money in three years. Should voters OK spending more? [David Jensen @ SacBee] - "Since its first awards in 2005, the agency has given away money at a rate of $22,000 an hour, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. But it has yet to come up with a therapy that reaches the general public despite rosy expectations raised by the ballot campaign."

MONEY MATTERS: Brown’s Tiny Projected Budget Deficit Doesn’t Matter [Joe Mathews @ Fox&Hounds] - "It’s time to worry less about the budget deficit. And more about changing our system so we can finally address these far more significant deficits."

DOLLARS AND SENSE: States can offer a lesson as GOP proposes deep cut taxes [AP] - "President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans who have pledged to cut federal taxes to boost the economy might consider looking first at lessons learned in GOP-controlled states that adopted similar strategies, only to see growth falter and budget gaps widen."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jackie Bowland-Koenig, Andrew Lachman, and David Quintana!



  • Associate Director, Legislative Affairs
    The University of California Office of the President is seeking an Associate Director of Legislative Affairs. This Associate Director represents the University in a wide variety of meetings and hearings with elected officials, staff and advocates. They also lead and manage a team of Legislative Directors who serve as the University's key advocates in Sacramento, and supervise Legislative Coordinators who monitor legislative developments. Highly competitive salary and benefits. Learn more and apply 
  • LOBBYING SUCCESS BEGINS HERE. Capitol veteran Ray LeBov's Lobbying 101 and 201 seminars give you a comprehensive, real-world picture of lobbying in California -- the people, processes and best practices critical to your success. February 2-3, $275 each / $500 for both. Lobbying 101 covers the Legislative process and Legislative advocacy. Lobbying 201 explores the equally critical areas of Budget Advocacy, Regulatory Agency Advocacy, Lobbying the Administration and Media Strategies. Essential for lobbying firm principals / staff, organizations / agencies that employ lobbyists, newcomers to the profession. Information / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • Development Coordinator:
    The Sacramento LGBT Community Center seeks a Development Coordinator. This position plays a key role in the capacity of the Center to create a region where diverse LGBTQ people thrive. Under the direction of the Executive Director, this position is responsible for coordinating a variety of fundraising functions of the agency including annual giving, major gift cultivation, corporate and foundation partnerships, special events, and planned giving. One to three years of experience, excellent communication and marketing skills, and a passion for LGBTQ issues are expected. Full job description and application information are online at Contact:

  • Executive & Finance Assistant:
    The Sacramento LGBT Community Center seeks an Executive & Finance Assistant to provide administrative and community engagement support to the Executive Director and leadership team in achieving the Center’s vision to create a region where diverse LGBTQ people thrive. The ideal candidate will be impeccably organized, an excellent writer, comfortable speaking with high level stakeholders, and experienced with Microsoft and Google applications, QuickBooks and constituent/donor databases. This position is non-exempt and may be flexed to part or full-time. One to three years of experience, and a passion for LGBTQ issues are expected. Full job description and application information are online at Contact:

  • Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills) discusses chairing the powerful Assembly Banking and Finance committee in this exclusive interview:
  • Attend a free briefing at the Capitol to learn more about health insurance in California, and how a key contributor to the Legislature's consideration of health insurance-related legislation supports policymakers. All interested parties and the public are invited to the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP)'s annual legislative briefing on 2/2/2017 from 2:00 – 3:15 pm. The briefing will provide information about CHBRP’s methods and our role in providing independent analysis.

    Please RSVP to this free event online – or click here.

  • There are 30 new members or legislative seat changes this session – will you recognize them in the hall or around town? What does Josh Newman look like when he isn’t in a bear suit? CA Political Maps announces our 2017-2018 Legislative Class posters. Posters include headshots of the newly elected 2017-18 class, organized alphabetically and numerically for easy reference. Our double-sided posters display full color Senate and Assembly district maps, and include district numbers, county, city, geographic data, and blowups of LA, Bay Area, SD, and Sacramento regions. They even show how each of Assembly and Senate districts overlap. Visit CA Political Maps  today to place your order! Shipping now!
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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

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Trump Team Defends Health Pick Tom Price Over Ethics Charge | Reuters
Steve Holland @
A Senate confirmation hearing is scheduled for Wednesday for Price, a Republican congressman from Georgia who, if confirmed, would be a lead agent in carrying out Trump's plans to overhaul President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin Proposes Full Public Funding For City Campaigns
Emily Alpert Reyes, David Zahniser @
A Los Angeles lawmaker called Monday for the city to move to a public financing system for local elections, saying it would help address fears that wealthy donors buy influence at City Hall. 

Those Who Use California Roads Should Pay To Fix Them | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Former No. 2 In L.A. Sheriff's Office Surrenders To Prison To Serve 5-year Sentence
Jack Leonard, Joel Rubin @
Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka surrendered Monday to federal authorities in Colorado to begin serving a five-year prison sentence for conspiracy and obstructing an FBI investigation into deputy jail abuses.

Hhs Secretary Burwell Will Sign Up For Obamacare - Politico
President Barack Obama's top health official, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, will soon enroll in the health care law. | AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File

Will Beef With Landlord Result In Two Lefty O'doul's?
San Francisco's legendary Lefty O'Doul's restaurant and watering hole -- a mainstay at Union Square since 1958, when the famed baseball player leased the space -- is embroiled in a battle with the building's landlord over who owns the rights to the name.

In California, Democratic Politicians' Plans Rest On Sen. Dianne Feinstein's Future
Seema Mehta @
As top California Democrats plot their future career moves, a critical piece of information is missing: Will Sen. Dianne Feinstein seek reelection?

Trump Transition Weighing Utah Attorney General For Ftc - Politico
President-elect Donald Trump is considering tapping Sean Reyes, the attorney general of Utah, as the next chairman of the FTC, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter.

GOP, Democrats offer dueling talking points about people losing their 'health care'

Republicans and Democrats both claim that people are losing "health care" because of the other party's plans. How's that possible?

Thousands Of Marchers Expected To Descend On Washington, Sacramento And Cities Worldwide Saturday | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton @
By Sam Stanton

Latinos Who Voted For Trump Face Criticism, Scorn But Make No Apologies
Brittny Mejia @
Ana Corona came from Mexico to California in 1967, following her father, brothers and sisters and joining millions who would live in the United States illegally.

The GOP's dilemma: As Obamacare repeal nears, government health care is suddenly in vogue

Trump promised “insurance for everybody.” And increasingly, that's what Republicans want, too.

What Taxpayers Need To Know When Cities Declare Themselves Sanctuaries | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
FILE PHOTO: A shop in downtown Santa Ana. The city last month declared itself an immigrant-friendly sanctuary city. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Lost And Found In The City Of Angels - California Health Report
Matt Perry @
By Matt Perry

Trump Tweets Prompt Firms To Rethink Crisis Communication Plans - San Francisco Chronicle
President-elect Donald Trump’s apparent ability to move markets with a few taps on his Twitter app is prompting a wide array of companies to rethink how they manage their reputations and respond to crises that can hit with an unprecedented combination: the speed of social media and the weight of the White House.

Trump's Criticism Of GOP Tax Plan Threatens To Upend Reform Bid - Politico
Donald Trump is complaining that a GOP plan to create what experts call a 'border adjustable' business tax is too complicated. | Getty

Health Lawâ
The Congressional Budget Office said 18 million would lose their insurance in the first year, with that number and costs rising over 10 years.

Trump Blasts Polls Showing Him To Be Least Popular Incoming President In Modern History - Politico
Polls showing Donald Trump with a historically low approval rating for an incoming president-elect are not to be trusted, Trump himself wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning.