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Happy humpday! 


  • CA45 (Irvine): added law professor Dave Min (D)
  • AD51 (East LA): added non-profit executive director Luis Lopez (D)

The OCR's Martin Wisckol profiles the announcement. Of the five target districts in California, Walters's is the most challenging for Democrats, but a wave election makes it reachable. Another Democrat and another UCI professor, Katie Porter announced that she's in the race last week.



The Bee's Christopher Cadelago reports on a forum with the major gubernatorial candidates on criminal justice issues. 

Meanwhile, the Bee's Marcos Bretón opines that Assembly Speaker and LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has an uphill battle in the race for governor. 

As the Berkeley IGS poll showed, with several high profile Democrats and only one funded GOP candidate it's likely that only one Democrat will emerge from the top-two primary. That could change, particularly if Dianne Feinstein decides to retire.



Laurel Rosenhall for CALmatters writes up the challenge for California Democrats. Like the GOP's majority in Washington, the Dems' supermajority in Sacramento creates a challenge--party unity isn't easy when you're in the driver's seat.





#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to David Graham-Caso and Mark Smith!



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  • The Capitol Yentas want you to vote for the Senate’s very own Claire Conlon for Sacramento’s Most Eligible Bachelorette Hosted by, the #SMEBB contest celebrates deserving singles and 100% of the money raised will go directly to WEAVE – the primary provider of crisis intervention services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sacramento County. Tickets sell out quickly, so get your mixer and finale party tickets today! Claire is donating $1 for every vote she gets, so let’s get her to spend her money!
  • CA School Boards Assn- Political Dir. Responsible for CSBA’s grassroots program; to oversee state and local outreach, establish and coordinate membership training; supervise team of grassroots professionals; supervise grassroots programs and outreach to association members and other partnering industries; assist with Political Action Committee fundraising efforts; coordinate CSBA’s efforts relating to statewide ballot measures including signature gathering and “get out the vote” efforts; develop, summarize, and maintain various reports and records; foster cooperative working relationships among Association staff and act as liaison with various legislative, educational, community, public, and government agencies; and perform related work as required. BOE. Details:

  • Land Use/Environmental/Water Attorney sought by Arnold LaRochelle Mathews VanConas & Zirbel LLC, an established AV rated mid-size Oxnard firm (see Applicant must have at least 3-5 years of California land use, environmental law or water law experience. Representation of public agencies and government entity litigation is a definite plus. Applicant should be capable of independently handling a variety of government general legal counsel matters including Brown Act Open Meetings Law, Political Reform Act, and the Public Records Act. Collegial but busy work environment with opportunity for advancement. Send resume and writing sample to firm’s managing partner John Mathews (

  • LOBBYING SUCCESS BEGINS HERE. [end bold] 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. Our last two seminar dates sold out, so we encourage you to book quickly. 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.
  • Become a policy leader with a MPP degree from the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. By combining empirical analysis, critical thinking, political philosophy, persuasive communication, and political strategy, our program – taught by policy practitioners and experts – prepares government, private sector, and non-profit 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! Apply now for Fall 2017 enrollment: (
  • Voices For Progress, a new innovative, progressive grassTOPS advocacy organization seeks California Policy Manager. Develop advocacy priorities and strategies for members (philanthropists, business leaders, campaign donors) to weigh in on issues including: climate change, economic inequality, campaign finance reform, voting, immigration, and healthcare. Minimum 3 years (more preferred) of experience working on California State public policy, either in the government or nongovernmental organizations. Details here.
  • President & CEO Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
    The President/CEO will craft and implement strategic vision for public policy and electoral efforts. Location: Sacramento
    Competitive salary and generous benefits package. To view the full posting and information on how to apply, visit

  • The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, in Sacramento offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees to both full-time students and those earning a professional degree while working. Our focus on the interconnections of law, policy, management, and leadership provides unique competencies for your success. Students gain a deep understanding of statutory interpretation and regulatory processes critical to modern governance. Learn more at or contact us at

  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West, Gov’t Relations Coordinator (Sacramento). CA healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive candidate to develop and implement legislation on behalf of our members. Excellent salary and benefits. For more info or to apply go to:

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    A new policy paper demonstrates that it is entirely possible today to provide the same accessible, low-cost university experience that California successfully offered its students from the 1960s through the 1990s.

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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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Federal Authorities Raid Bicycle Hotel And Casino In Bell Gardens
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Federal authorities raided the Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens on Tuesday morning as part of an ongoing investigation.

Gas Tax Votes Hard To Come By In California Legislature -
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California Legislature Most Popular Since President Reagan | The Sacramento Bee
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Essential Education: Assemblyman Tony Thurmond Is Running For State Schools Chief
Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond.

Gas Tax Plan Is Not Only About Fixing The Roads :: Fox&hounds
Putting aside the need to fix state roads and infrastructure, which has universal agreement, the strategy undergirding the tax gas proposal is to reduce carbons and enforce climate change priorities.

California Farming Groups Band Together To Oppose Gas Tax Increase To Repair Roads
Patrick McGreevy @
A coalition of two dozen agricultural industry groups has announced its opposition to proposed gas tax and vehicle fee increases to pay...

Tax Policy Could Be Another Issue Between California And Feds | The Sacramento Bee
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Observations on California and its politics

Blm Decision Sets Back Cadiz Plan To Sell Mojave Groundwater
Bettina Boxall @
Cadiz Inc.'s plans to sell Mojave Desert groundwater to Southern California communities have hit a major federal roadblock. In a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management says Cadiz cannot use an existing railroad right-of-way for a new water pipeline that would carry supplies from...

California Bill To Eliminate Bail System Clears First Hurdle – East Bay Times
SACRAMENTO — A bill to do away with California’s bail system — which reform advocates say punishes the poor for being poor — cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, inching the state closer to sweeping criminal-justice reform being proposed across the country.

California Water: Conservation Continues With Drought Possibly Nearing End | The Sacramento Bee
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By Dale Kasler

At Trump's Epa, Going To Work Can Be An Act Of Defiance
Evan Halper @
EPA employees are concerned about plans to defund, scale back the agency. Many are looking for new jobs.

Consumer Watchdog Says Oil Companies Should Pick Up The Bill For Gov. Brown’s Gas Tax
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New SF school superintendent to make $310,000 a year
The San Francisco school board officially hired the district’s new superintendent, paying him the same $310,000 salary as his predecessor. Matthews was paid $250,000 as the state administrator for the Inglewood school district in Southern California, helping the district dig out of financial turmoil. In San Francisco, the district will also cover all health care premiums for the superintendent and his family. The contract also requires the district to put $100,000 over the three years in a retirement account for Matthews, in addition to payments into state pension funds based on his salary, which would total about $140,000. The provisions are the same as those received by the previous superintendent, Richard Carranza, and fairly standard in school districts across the state.

'don't Blow It, Guys': Gov. Brown Warns Lawmakers Not To Hold Out Support For Plan To Repair California's Roads
Patrick McGreevy @
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday ratcheted up pressure on lawmakers who have not committed to a gas tax increase for road repairs, appearing...

Republican Divisions Flare As Obamacare Repeal Talks Sputter - Politico
Needham praised the White House and defended the Freedom Caucus, which only days earlier had been singled out for scorn by President Donald Trump, who threatened to target the three-dozen lawmakers in 2018 for blocking his health care agenda.

Ahn And Gomez Appear Headed To A Runoff In L.A.'s Congressional Race
Los Angeles is voting for its newest member of Congress in a nationally watched race that could portend the future of the Democratic Party.

Poll: Voters Recoil From Government Shutdown - Politico
Voters have an unambiguous message for Washington: Do not shut down the government.

Gov. Jerry Brown Says Pay Me Now Or Pay Me Later On Infrastructure
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Democrats Try To Force Trump's Tax Returns Out — Again - Politico
Democrats will revive the issue Wednesday by filing a procedural maneuver, known as a discharge petition, to force a House floor vote if a majority of lawmakers sign on.

When Developers Strike Deals With Homeowner Groups: 'hush Money,' Or A Way To Defend L.A. Neighborhoods?
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Century City mall owner gave $3.1 million to a group as it considered changing its parking fees. Now a lawsuit over that money is putting a spotlight on such secret pacts.