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  • CA39 (Fullerton): added businessman Andy Thorburn (D)

Happy Tuesday! Has anyone in the White House been fired yet today? Wow...what a week.  

Whoa! I totally missed a big story last Friday. Proponents of single-payer health care served Anthony Rendon a notice of intent to circulate a recall petition following the Speaker's shelving of SB 562, reported Melanie Mason in the Times.  60 signatures were submitted, of which 40 must be registered voters in his district. The California Nurses Association, which has been sending mailers to Rendon's district, claims that it's not behind the recall effort, but somebody is. 

CNA's expenditures on lobbying-related expenses ballooned from $116,000 to $426,000 from the first quarter to the second quarter, demonstrating the ramp-up of the single-payer debate.

The LAT's Jazmine Ulloa reports that inquiries about immigration status won't be allowed in most civil cases under a new state law by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scott's Valley).

RX: The Bee's Rennie Svirnovskiy reports that Covered California is announcing health care rates for next year today, which has been delayed because the uncertainty of the future of Obamacare.

YOU'RE A PAIN: Chuck McFadden writes in Capitol Weekly that millenials--the largest share of the population--are a political problem, as they vote well below the rest of the population.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senator Toni Atkins, Andy Kelley, and Chris Wilson!




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  • Reception to welcome new Sacramento City Unified School District superintendent Jorge Aguilar. The free event, with Mayor Darrell Steinberg and my friend and neighbor school board member Jay Hansen, will be at CLARA (E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts), which is located between 24th and 25th St, from N St to O St in Midtown Sacramento. RSVP to
  • Associate Position at TBWB Strategies, San Francisco Based Political Consulting Firm — TBWB Strategies is a strategy and communications consulting firm specializing in public finance ballot measures to secure much needed funding for schools, cities, parks, open space, libraries, transportation, healthcare and more. Associates are responsible for a combination of direct client service and support for the client services team at TBWB Strategies. Associates are expected to keep projects on track, meet deadlines and prepare materials — including direct mail — for each client. Interested candidates can apply here:
  • Chariot Campaigns, Bay Area-based GOP consulting firm, seeks both entry and experienced campaign account support. Excellent writing skills required. $48k-$96k salary. Resume and cover to:
  • LEARN TO LOBBY MORE EFFECTIVELY. Capitol Seminars is the No.1 training resource for new and aspiring lobbyists, organizations / agencies with in-house or contract lobbyists, lobbying support staff. Capitol veteran Ray LeBov's Lobbying 101 and 201 seminars give you a comprehensive, real-world overview of lobbying in California -- the people, processes and best practices critical to your success. Lobbying 101 covers the Legislative process and Legislative advocacy. Lobbying 201 completes the picture with Budget Advocacy, Regulatory Agency Advocacy, Lobbying the Administration and Media Strategies. August 17-18, $275 each / $500 for both. Information / registration: or 916 442 5009.

  • The California Association of Health Facilities is seeking a CEO/President (Sacramento) to lead the largest state association representing long-term care providers. Looking for a candidate with broad and extensive experience managing a complex organization, including advanced skills in administration, executive/senior management, finance and/or government relations. Familiarity in navigating state government, legislative and regulatory processes. Strong financial background; understanding of health care delivery models and provider reimbursement methodologies, state rate-setting processes helpful. Connectivity with state decision makers and policy makers is key. Salary DOE. Send resume/cover letter to

  • The University of California Office of the President is seeking an Associate Director of State Budget Relations in Sacramento. The Associate Director (AD) provides expertise, analysis, political strategy and advocacy related to UC's budget on behalf of the University. The ideal candidate has a working knowledge of the functions, organizations, structure and procedures of UC and experience with the executive and legislative branches of California government. Highly competitive salary and benefits. Learn more and apply here
  • CA School Boards Assn- Grassroots Field Organizer (San Diego). This position serves as CSBA’s liaison to local school and county boards of education, key decision-makers and the community-at-large, and is responsible for implementing CSBA’s grassroots program, establishing relationships, and facilitating local and regional outreach and activation efforts. Communicates about issues in education that require familiarity with educational laws, regulations and trends.  Executes grassroots strategies designed to build relationships with, train, support and mobilize local school board members and communities to advance CSBA’s legislative and statewide ballot measure advocacy priorities. Coordinates and executes fundraising events. BOE. Details:

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California At Politicon :: Fox&hounds
A Moses out of deep blue California might lead the Democrats from the wilderness, according to a number of panelists. Bill Burton, Democratic strategist and former Obama press aide, tabbed Sen. Kamala Harris as a potential powerful presidential candidate for 2020, as did Buffy Wicks, another former Obama organizer and now a candidate for the California Assembly, District 15.

Immigration Status Is Not Relevant In Most Liability Cases Under A New California State Law
Jazmine Ulloa @
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that makes a plaintiff's immigration status irrelevant to the issue of liability in civil cases i...

After Health Care Victory, Senate Democrats Seek Compromise With Tax Plan

A letter signed by 45 Senate Democrats urged President Trump and Republican leaders in the Senate to work with Democrats on the upcoming tax reform debate.

Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes A Bill That Would Make It A Crime To 'willfully Release' Helium Balloons
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Senate Democrats Set Conditions For Tax Reform - Politico
"Tax reform cannot be a cover story for delivering tax cuts to the wealthiest," the senators wrote in a letter partially speared headed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Ting rips UC for withdrawing admission to hundreds at Irvine
SACRAMENTO — Hundreds of students planning to attend UC Irvine this fall were told that their acceptance into the university had been withdrawn, prompting San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting on Monday to call on UC President Janet Napolitano to intervene. Nearly 500 students had their admission withdrawn at the school when the UC Irvine admissions office began a stricter review of acceptances and informed students who had missed deadlines or failed to meet graduation requirements that their spots had been forfeited. The review of student applications came as far more students indicated that they would attend the school than UC Irvine officials had planned for. UC Irvine’s Associated Students representatives issued a statement with student testimonials, where some of the incoming freshman said their acceptances were withdrawn erroneously or for reasons outside their control. Ting criticized UC officials for poorly communicating with the affected students, who were informed of their admissions withdrawals and rights to appeal through an email and notice that was posted on their private student portal. “Back then, university officials said they would pursue system-wide admissions reform so students would not be left alone to twist in the wind with their college aspirations on hold,” Ting said.

In California's Poultry Plants, Refugees Fill The Vacuum Left After President Bush's Immigration Raid
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Refugees are filling a labor vacuum at California poultry plants.

Endangered Frog Habitat Sparks California Farm Lawsuit | The Sacramento Bee
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Senate Democrats press for bipartisan talks to overhaul the tax code

The effort comes as President Trump urges Republicans to deliver steep tax cuts for businesses and individuals, with or without the help Democratic lawmakers.

Schumer: Republicans Have Been In Touch About Health Care
A free synopsis of our Pro morning email about New York education policy and politics

Wells Fargo Hit With Class-action Lawsuit Over Auto Insurance Charges
Laurence Darmiento @
A customer has filed a class-action lawsuit against the bank after it admitted last week charging for unneeded auto insurance on car loans it issued.

Auditor to study alleged ethics offenses by Oakland councilwoman
For hours on end, not one of the dozens of people at a special meeting of Oakland’s Public Ethics Commission at City Hall on Monday evening seemed able to discern what Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney may have done wrong, and why. The dysfunction of the meeting — run by a staff of six political novices who at times lacked an understanding of procedural rules — came to a head when McElhaney’s hired San Francisco lawyer, Jim Sutton, told the commissioners that his client admitted that she was at fault in a series of allegations revolving around pressuring the city Planning Commission to halt construction on five town house units adjacent to her West Oakland home. McElhaney failed to report the assistance as a gift to a public official, and meanwhile took part in council votes to extend and expand JRDV’s city contracts, the staff report said. The ethics commission’s investigation follows a June 2016 Alameda County grand jury finding that McElhaney, then the president of the City Council, had a “material financial interest” in the development planned next to her home, in part because of its location. On the table on Monday night were fining McElhaney about $800, a metric the staff report estimated that JDRV’s consultation was worth, a sum that would have been repaid to the company; fining her a maximum of $15,000; or issuing her a reprimand letter. The ethics commission will revisit the matter in one month, he said, adding that the councilwoman would be open to accepting a settlement she would deem fare, including repaying JDRV for the “gift,” acknowledging receipt of a warning letter or creating a video warning other Oakland government officials about how ethics rules and laws work.

San Diego Approves Equal Pay Law To Address Persistent Gender Gap - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Calif. Lawmakers Likely Must Reapprove State Funding For Olympics -
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Balloons Safety Tips For Outdoor Events | The Sacramento Bee
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President Trump personally intervened to write Donald Trump Jr. statement

President Trump personally dictated a statement that was issued after revelations that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 election. The Washington Post's Philip Rucker and Carol D. Leonnig explain.

Los Angeles Father, Detained By Ice After Dropping Daughter Off At School, Could Be Deported
Andrea Castillo @
Lawyers for Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, who has been in detention since Feb. 28, say ICE could deport him as early as August 7.

50th Anniversary California State Fair Sees 5 Percent Attendance Drop | The Sacramento Bee
By Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks

Moving Past Health Care, White House Looks to Tax Reform

The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress cannot afford another political failure. And outside groups are working to remind them of that.