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CA07 (East Sac County): Two-term Congressmember Ami Bera says dad’s prison time takes toll on family in "For those of you with short-term memories," his father pleaded guilty last year for funneling an allege $250,000 in contributions to his son's campaign. While not excusing his actions, Babular Bera immigrated in 1958, who was joined two years later by his wife. 

While it doesn't conform legally to his actions, B. Bera's support of his son tells the American story.

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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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  • Equality California’s 2017 Fair Share for Equality Convening. Join EQCA, Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, members of the LGBT Legislative Caucus, policymakers, and community leaders in discussing the priorities for the LGBT community in light of the new political climate. Panel topics include healthcare, HIV/AIDS, immigration, youth, seniors, family and relationship recognition, transgender rights, criminal justice, and more. Complimentary lunch. February 1. Convening from 9am-5pm. Reception from 5pm-7pm. Sacramento Convention Center. RSVP & more details at
  • 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

  • Put the public back into public policy with a Pepperdine School of Public Policy MPP degree.  Our program – taught by policy practitioners and experts – combines empirical analysis, analytical reasoning, political philosophy, and history preparing our graduates to become policy leaders. Spring 2017 courses include former State Senator Gloria Romero’s “Seminar in Regional Policies: Education, Politics, and Reform” and “Seminar in Economics: Practical Applications of Policy Analysis” taught by RAND’s Marlon Graf. For legislative staffers with 2+ years of experience, we’ll waive your application fee and GRE requirement! Now accepting applications: (
  • SACRAMENTO-BASED THRILLER wins national honors for Best First Novel, Best Political Thriller & Best Female PI/Sleuth. "Entertaining whodunnit told with humor and intellect" ONE MURDER MORE by Kris Calvin features a woman lobbyist as the amateur sleuth, while the cast of suspects includes two CA Governors (one past, one present) & a Senate Fellow! Order now from Amazon or your favorite bookstore at $13.99 trade paper $4.99 ebook!
  • 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. April 13-14, $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:

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Subscribe to the Capitol Morning Report and closely follow who’s doing what each day in California government and politics. We list news conferences, legislative hearings, state board meetings and other events. Plus we add in community news and announcements from political campaigns. More info at


Audio: California Election Officials Push Back After Trump's Latest Claim Of Voter Fraud | 89.3 Kpcc
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FILE PHOTO. President Donald Trump's tweets calling for a probe of widespread voter fraud but providing no evidence that it actually took place have rankled California elections officials. Pool/Getty Images

Trump Proposes Big Import Tax, Triggering Fight With Mexico | The Sacramento Bee
Determined to wall off America's border with Mexico, President Donald Trump triggered a diplomatic clash and a fresh fight over trade Thursday as the White House proposed a 20 percent tax on imports from the key U.S. ally and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto abruptly scrapped next week's trip to Washington.

No, California's Environmental Laws Probably Won't Block Trump's Border Wall
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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently raised the idea of using California's environmental laws to block President Trump's border wall. But environmental law experts say that's unlikely to happen

California Pensions: CalSTRS Eyes Lower Investment Returns | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler and Loretta Kalb @
By Dale Kasler and Loretta Kalb

'calexit' Organizers Can Now Start Collecting Signatures To Get California Secession On The Ballot
Update on 'Essential Politics: California politicians speak out against Trump's actions on immigration, Gov. Brown delivers State of th...

Alameda County Goes On Offense Against Trump Policies
Will public schools in Alameda County have to turn over immigration data on students to the federal government that could be used to deport them? How long would it take for President Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act? Do sanctuary cities really risk losing federal funding?

UC Regents Approve First Tuition Hike Since 2011 - San Francisco Chronicle
The University of California regents voted Thursday to raise tuition and fees next academic year for the first time since 2011 — but state residents from families earning up to $156,000 won’t have to pay the higher price.

San Diego High School Student Who Was Forced To Urinate In Bucket Wins $1.25-million Lawsuit
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San Diego high school student who was forced to urinate in bucket wins $1.25 million lawsuit

Perez Picks Up Union Endorsement - Politico
"Tom Perez believes in American workers and that in the future of the Democratic Party will once again be the champion of the middle class," the union's president announced Friday. | Getty

Trump Says Illegal Votes Swung California -- We Check His Math
Donald Trump, Elections, Trump Administration

Republicans Divided Over Whether Millions Of Americans Should Lose Government-subsidized Health Coverage
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San Diego Water Officials Declare Drought Over | Kpbs
Erik Anderson @
The San Diego County Water Authority voted Thursday to officially declare the region's drought over.

What Is A 'violent Crime'? For California's New Parole Law, The Definition Is Murky— And It Matters
Jazmine Ulloa @
The path forward for implementing new CA parole law depends, in part, on the state’s very narrow definition in CA penal code of a “violent crime.”

Riggs Report: Jerry Brown's Defiant Turn
Kevin Riggs @
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Calexit Proponents Can Begin Collecting Voter Signatures For 2018 Ballot | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
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Major Newspaper Editorial Boards Blast Trump's Border 'war' - Politico
The president has promised from the very beginning of his campaign that the border wall would be paid for not by U.S. taxpayers but by the Mexican government. Peña Nieto has been unflinching in his response, insisting at every turn that under no circumstances will Mexico pay for the wall. As a means of extracting payment, White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested Thursday that the U.S. might levy a 20 percent tax on all Mexican imports, though he later pulled back that assertion.

Why Trump’s Immigration Actions Worry Bay Area Food Businesses – The Mercury News
business, Donald Trump, Economy, Food, Immigration, Trump Administration, Workplace

Condoleezza Rice, in SF talk, says Trump and nation must adjust
The United States is in “uncharted territory” with President Trump, a man with no experience in public service who has “never even sniffed government,” former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday in a talk at the University of San Francisco. Government under the Trump administration will “look and feel different,” Rice said, noting the rapid parade of executive orders, and ensuing controversy, that has marked his first week in office. [...] I am a great believer in what the Founding Fathers believed in, which is the contained executive” kept in check by Congress, the courts and, she said, “Americans, who are a notoriously ungovernable people. Thursday’s discussion first meandered through Rice’s youth and her advice to young college students, then hit on some amusing anecdotes from her time as Bush’s national security adviser and then secretary of state. When the topic turned to current politics, including Trump and the state of relations with Russia, Rice, always the diplomat, was reserved in her comments, but clearly primed to offer some thoughts. Referring to his order to build a wall on the border with Mexico, Rice said, just wait until he realizes with that wall there have to be environmental impact studies, then those have to be put on the Web for comment. Rice, an expert in Soviet history and politics, spoke for several minutes about current U.S.-Russian relations and the need to improve them. [...] its on-the-ground control in Syria and President Vladimir Putin’s aggressive moves to “rebuild an empire” make it an important international player. When the moderator of Thursday’s talk, Jeff Silk of the money management firm Fisher Investments, finally brought up Trump toward the end of the conversation, Rice teased, “I wondered when you were going to ask.”

Panetta: Trump Statements On Torture, Cia Raise Questions About U.S. 'leadership'
It was the sharpest criticism of Trump yet from Panetta, who also is a former director of the Office of Management and Budget and a former congressman from California.

California Groundwater Levels Remain Critically Low -
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'finally': Trump's Illegal Immigration Crackdown Wins Praise From Some Activists
Cindy Carcamo, Dakota Smith @
The organization has turned out to meetings in Rialto and Huntington Park and of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to oppose sanctuary measures.