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Obviously, few of you are paying attention to California politics today, with all eyes on Washington. For some, the implementation of the Trump agenda begins tomorrow; for others the resistance begins tomorrow. For today, we are all Americans and witnessing what makes America great.

The Obamas will be landing in California for much needed downtime in Palm Springs in a few hours.

MAY 30: The creators of House of Cards used Inauguration Day to give a creepy announcement that the series will return with Season 5 to Netflix on May 30.

California lawmakers prepare for a new president, many quietly watching while others speak out [John Myers @ LAT] - "After an election and transition season that was anything but quiet, California lawmakers largely planned to mark Friday's inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump with little public activity."

HITTING HOME: On Kevin McCarthy's home turf, Democratic legislators warn against Obamacare repeal [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "Democratic legislators took their pro-Obamacare message on the road Thursday, convening a hearing in Bakersfield to examine the repercussions of repealing the Affordable Care Act."

CA34 (Los Angeles): The newest candidate to replace Rep. Xavier Becerra is a model and says he's a former mixed martial arts fighter [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "The race for the 34th Congressional District has its latest candidate: an L.A. neighborhood council member who has made a living as a model and a mixed martial arts fighter. According to his campaign spokesman, Mid-City West Community Council member Keith Kirkwood is a former "full combat fight champion," and was an MMA fighter in Europe and Asia."

THE OPPOSITION: Senate President Kevin de León sat down with the LA Times yesterday to preview the fight in California against changes that might be coming from Washington.

IMMIGRATION: California Senate leader Kevin de León: Trump's immigration plans sow fears of 'raping and pillaging' [Liam Dillon @ LAT] - "California Senate leader Kevin de León said Thursday that incoming President Donald Trump’s planned crackdown on immigrants in the U.S. illegally is sowing fear of “marauders coming into a village and rapng and pillaging.”"

ENERGY: It's time to talk 100% renewable energy, California Senate leader says [Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "Two years ago, California Senate leader Kevin de León pushed through a law requiring the state to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. On Thursday, he said there was a mistake in the legislation, SB 350 — it didn't go far enough."

Meanwhile, the Assembly Democratic Caucus wrote an open letter to Californians. A handful of members of the caucus did not sign the letter, mostly from members deemed to be in the most vulnerable districts.

DISARM AND ARM: For first time in history, California dealers sell more than a million guns in a single year [Phillip Reese @ SacBeee] - "California gun sales rose 50 percent in 2016 as residents rushed to buy the “bullet-button” rifles before they were labeled illegal assault weapons under the Jan. 1 ban. Gun dealers processed 1,331,322 gun sales last year, up by 450,000 from 2015. That’s the equivalent of one gun sold for every 30 California residents."

PLAY BALL! After threatened strike, SEIU Local 1000 votes for a new contract [Adam Ashton @ SacBee] - "A month after calling off a threatened strike, state government’s largest union announced on Thursday that its members had approved a new 42-month contract that will get its members a $2,500 bonus and a cumulative raise of 11.5 percent."

IN MEMORIAM: Funeral services for Dr. Kevin Starr will be held Friday, January 27 at St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco. The service begins at 10:30 a.m. St. Ignatius is located at 650 Parker Avenue. Parking is limited and attendees are encouraged to use ride sharing services. Starr, who was State Librarian of California from 1994 to 2004, died January 14 in San Francisco. He was 76.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Kimberly Beatty and Gabriel Castellanos, Jr.!



There are 30 new members or legislative seat changes this session – will you recognize them in the hall or around town?

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  • California Teacher Shortage Legislative Briefing: Thurs., Jan. 26, 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Capitol Room 2040. The California School Boards Association and the Learning Policy Institute invite members of the Legislature and staff to an in-depth briefing and discussion on California’s teacher shortage. CSBA, LPI and elected school board leaders will present real-time data collected from more than 200 California school districts and will answer questions on the teacher shortage. The CSBA/LPI brief on the teacher shortage is available to download. While a formal response is not required, members and staff may RSVP online.
  • The 2017 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. Join Irvine and state policymakers in recognizing Californians advancing innovative solutions in after-school programming, autism services, education, entrepreneurship, homelessness, and legal justice. February 9 12:00-1:30 p.m., Sheraton Grand, complimentary lunch. Tamara Torlakson: 916-508-2142
  • Save the Date: Tuesday February 21, 2017, State Capitol, a Sacramento Memorial to Celebrate the Life and Contributions of Senator Tom Hayden. The event begins at 2 p.m. with a memorial on the Senate Floor and continues at 3:30 p.m. with a reception, program, and refreshments in the Eureka Room located in the Capitol basement. Members, staffers, and lobbyists are invited to share their comments and reflections on Tom’s work in the Capitol and beyond. For more information or to RSVP (not necessary but appreciated) contact

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  • 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
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  • 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:

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    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:

  • 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.

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  • 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.
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Ca Union SEIU Votes For New Contract | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

One California Lawmaker Hopes The State Will Inspect Marijuana Candy To Make Sure It Isn't Marketed To Children
Patrick McGreevy @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Becerra gets confirmation hearing in state Senate, Gov. Brown's budget team admits to math mistake'

Finals to keep many Bay Area students in class on Inauguration Day
A controversial Berkeley teacher is calling on all Bay Areas schools to shut down Friday and allow students to take to the streets in defiance of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Yvette Felarca — who was placed on forced leave last year after a YouTube video surfaced showing her attacking neo-Nazi protestors at the state Capitol building in Sacramento, an incident that resulted in seven stabbings — is attempting to galvanize students and teachers to rise up against Trump by walking out of class “when they can.” [...] the Berkeley Unified School District said in a statement that various “grade-level appropriate activities” have been organized for students to participate in school including, discussions surrounding the inauguration and students’ roles as citizens. “We believe that students should be engaged in school-produced educational activities during instructional hours, especially on this Friday, which at Berkeley High will include important review and instruction for finals next week,” the statement read. Felarca, who sustained a head injury and gained notoriety in June 2016 when she and other activists attacked neo-Nazi protestors at the state Capitol building, was placed on paid leave for six weeks when the principal of her school received a “vulgar and poorly written” email threat by what Felarca called “Trump supporters and fascists.” “We are not going to have business as usual until Donald Trump is defeated,” said Felarca, who’s been involved with civil rights groups By Any Means Necessary and Black Lives Matter. Trish Gorham, president of Oakland Education Association, a union representing teachers, said the union has been working with the school district in case any teachers or school employees decide to join the demonstrations. “Students who have unexcused absences face standard consequences, including ineligibility to play sports that day or the next and the inability to take make-up tests,” Myong Leigh, interim superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, said in a statement to sent to staff and families.

Lucy Killea, Political Trailblazer Who Was Denied Communion For Supporting Abortion Rights, Dies At 94
Lyndsay Winkley @
Former state legislator whose independent streak put her famously at odds with the Catholic Church and her own political party

California Politicos Emulate Trump By Fear-mongering | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Bernie Sanders Campaign Reportedly Owes Solano County Cities More Than $82,000 - Sfgate
The presidential campaigns of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders are leaving some cities that hosted their rallies with a bit of a financial strain.

Metro Officials Want To Increase The Budget For This Downtown Subway Project -- Again
Laura J. Nelson @
Metro staff are seeking an additional $199 million for the 1.9-mile Downtown Regional Connector, a 25% increase over the project's original budget.

G.O.P. Governors Seek Flexibility on Medicaid and Health Markets
Nine governors visiting Capitol Hill criticized the Obama administration as too rigid, but many also urged lawmakers not to repeal the health law without a replacement.

At Last Minute, Obama Commutes Prison Sentence Of Modesto Pot Dispensary Operator | The Sacramento Bee
Peter Hecht @
By Peter Hecht

Tension Grips Washington As Protesters, Trump Supporters Arrive - San Francisco Chronicle
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Veteran activists — the ones who protested George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001 and have been in the streets working for same-sex marriage and climate protections since then — said Wednesday that they were feeling extra tension in the nation’s capital in the hours before President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office Friday.

Inaugural Cheers, Fireworks: Trump Sweeps In For His Big Day | The Sacramento Bee
"It's a movement like we've never seen anywhere in the world," the president-elect declared at a celebratory evening concert Thursday night with the majestic Lincoln Memorial for a backdrop. To the unwavering supporters who were with him from the start, he promised: "You're not forgotten any more. You're not forgotten any more."

Bay Area events related to Trump inauguration
Bay Area events centered on President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday. Demonstrators plan to gather at 7 a.m. outside the Ronald Dellums Federal Building, 1301 Clay St. Teach-ins and workshops start at 9 a.m. at Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th Street and Broadway. At noon, a labor-themed rally and march will be held at Latham Square, Broadway and Telegraph Avenue. Participants will form a human chain across the Golden Gate Bridge in a “peaceful demonstration and performance art piece” beginning at 10 a.m. Marchers will gather at 1 p.m. at Creek Park at the Hub in San Anselmo and at Pickleweed Park in San Rafael, then join up for 3 p.m. rallies at San Rafael City Hall and the B Street Community Theater, 618 B St. Presented by the San Francisco Green Film Festival as part of its First 100 Days series, the film follows a Scottish family whose home water supply was cut off during construction of the president-elect’s golf course. Sidewalk protests: A protest will be held from noon to 1 p.m. along El Camino Real in Peninsula and South Bay cities through which it passes. In keeping with the Latin American tradition of Cacerolazo, residents throughout the Bay Area are being encouraged to step outside their homes from 6 to 6:05 p.m. and bang on pots and pans in protest. The Sonoma County Inaugural Ball: A ticketed dinner and dance in celebration of Trump’s inauguration begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Flamingo Conference Center, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Speakers, poetry readings, live music and a dance party at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. The Blue Ball: A fundraiser for reproductive rights, environmental protection, racial justice and immigrant and LGBTQ rights, 8 p.m. at Home on Treasure Island, an event space, Avenue D and 12th Street on Treasure Island. Rep. Anna Eshoo and singer-activist Joan Baez headline a rally for the environment, education, health care and other causes, at 11 a.m. at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway. In San Jose, a march will begin at 10 a.m. at City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St. In Walnut Creek, marchers will gather at 10:30 a.m. at Civic Park, 1375 Civic Drive, and walk to the Walnut Creek BART Station. In Napa, marchers will gather at 10 a.m. at the Oxbow Public Market parking lot on First Street and walk to Veterans Memorial Park, Third and Main streets. Let’s Drink to Forget: A happy hour fundraiser for cancer treatment, advertised as “we are all probably going to need to get wasted” after the inauguration. : A pancake brunch with music, dancing and talks about taking local action, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Natoma Cabana, 90 Natoma St., San Francisco.

Teachers, Students And Parents Rally In L.A. Against Trump
Howard Blume, Joy Resmovits, Sonali Kohli @
Teachers, students and parents at schools across Los Angeles rallied Thursday in union-organized protests against President-Elect Donald Trump

Homeless Man Dies On Sacramento City Hall Grounds During Stormy Night | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

As Soon As He Is Inaugurated, Trump Will Move To Clamp Down On Immigration
Brian Bennett @
Donald Trump can do a lot to clamp down on immigration and increase deportations without seeking approvals from Congress.

The Oakland Raiders have made good on a threat that loomed over hometown fans for months, filing paperwork Thursday to move the NFL team to Las Vegas. Nevada politicians unleashed gloating tweets as soon as National Football League officials confirmed the team’s application, but the news wasn’t well received in Oakland. Sisolak, who served on an 11-member panel convened by Gov. Brian Sandoval to analyze the Las Vegas stadium project, said he is “optimistically looking forward” to the meeting in March of NFL team owners, who will decide whether to approve the Raiders move. In San Leandro, Raiders fans at Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill — which is chock full of team memorabilia — oscillated between dejection and grudging acceptance. “This action is not unexpected,” said Sam Singer, spokesman for the Fortress Investment Group and Oakland City Pro Football Group LLC, a development team led by former pro 49ers and Raiders safety Ronnie Lott. [...] he added, “the Fortress and Lott groups remain diligently focused on providing a turn-key solution to keep the Raiders in Oakland.” The Raiders’ application will be reviewed in the coming weeks by the league’s stadium and finance committees, with team owners voting yay or nay in March. Questions about the team’s future have been building for a year, ever since Raiders owner Mark Davis began negotiations with Nevada casino mogul Sheldon Adelson to finance a $1.9 billion stadium — the most expensive in league history — off the Las Vegas strip. In October, the Nevada Senate approved a plan to spend $750 million in public funds on the Las Vegas stadium project. Grubman, who traveled to Oakland in September to meet with business leaders, city officials, and state legislators has previously expressed support for keeping the Raiders in Oakland.

On Eve Of Trump's Inauguration, Group Rallies For Women And Sexual Assault Survivors Outside L.A. City Hall
Kate Mather @
Friday’s presidential inauguration of Donald Trump inspired a rally outside L.A. City Hall on Thursday, where women and survivors of sexual assault expressed their fears about the president-elect’s attitude toward women.

San Francisco And Its Unions Agree To Extend Contracts Two Years - San Francisco Chronicle
Unions representing 26,000 San Francisco municipal employees have reached a tentative agreement with the city to extend existing contracts by two years, averting a bargaining process that was set to begin later this month.

Number Of Teen Drivers Dips In California | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
By Jim Miller

California Scientist Names Moth Species After Donald Trump
Associated Press @
A scientist in California has named a newly discovered moth species after President-elect Donald Trump, saying the scales on the insect's head are reminiscent of Trump's blond hairdo.