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DISTRICT UPDATES:

  • CA42 (Corona): added Floyd Harvey (R)
  • CA49 (Oceanside): added physician David Medway (R)

 

Classifieds below:

  • Education: Pepperdine Masters of Public Policy (GRE waived for legislative staffers)
  • Education: UOP/McGeorge School of Law: MPP/MPA (full-time or part-time, 3 miles from the Capitol)
  • Event: California’s Fiscal Outlook - Jerry Brown’s Final Budget and the Challenges Ahead
  • The California Dental Association seeks full-time Associate Legislative Advocate
  • Job: SAC LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER - Resident house manager (Sacramento)
  • Job: SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Los Angeles)
  • Job: SEIU-UHW -- Political Capacity Organizer (Los Angeles)
  • CA School Boards Association – Public Affairs and Community Engagement Representatives (Bay Area, LA North East, Orange, San Bernardino, San Joaquin North)
  • Training: PDI (Political Data Inc.): weekly online trainings of various skill levels  

 

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Upward Mobility at Cal State LA

  

#METOO: "A former legislative aide filed a complaint with the state on Friday claiming that the California Senate failed to accommodate her emotional disabilities after an alleged rape by an Assembly employee and fired her last year for “minor work performance issues," reports Taryn Luna for the Bee.

Christine Pelosi, chair of the Women's Caucus of the California Democratic Party whose mom you might have heard of, yesterday tweeted "#WeSaidEnough TOLD you there were rapists in the Capitol and were told “tell victims to call law enforcement.” Well one did and was rebuffed. Now she is suing. Solidarity and strength, Catalina. #DoBetter, #CAleg! Let’s fix this, #cadem!"

THE BIG BLUE SHINDIG: The California Democratic Party convention is well underway, with candidates to twisting arms to get endorsements. A big question is whether there will be an attempt to remove Assemblymember Cristina Garcia from the consent calendar for a party endorsement, as the pre-endorsement caucus was held before news about her broke.

CDP chair Eric Bauman has a shitstorm on his hands. He's encouraged delegates to not endorse in the competitive statewides. Now the party has these two from nested seats with allegations of harassment.  

Former senator Tony Mendoza's district is up for an endorsing caucus tonight and he's planning on being there to ask for the endorsement. Mendoza ended 2017 with $655,998 on hand. Dan Morain writes in the Bee:

Mendoza is not a man with many options. He probably can’t return to the job he had before becoming a legislator, a teacher at Brooklyn Avenue Elementary School in East L.A., and it’d be a bad look for the United Teachers of Los Angeles, the union that helped launch his mediocre legislative career, to hire him.

So he might as well run. And he could come back, looking for interns.

Ouch. 

Mendoza's wife Letty, who is a teacher at Brooklyn Avenue where he used to teach, is up for re-election to the ABC Unified (Artesia-Bloomfield-Carmenita) school board next year. 

Also tonight is the balloting for endorsements in state constitutional offices and the U.S. Senate race. It requires a 60% vote of delegates to make an endorsement. 

Dianne Feinstein and John Chiang had breakfasts this morning, and Gavin Newsom is doing a meet and greet this afternoon. Insurance Commish candidate Asif Mahmood is hosting a dessert reception tonight, after the endorsement balloting is complete.

Eleni Kounalakis could pick up the endorsement for her lieutenant governor bid as she has gained the "big mo'." The fight between appointed attorney general Xavier Becerra and insurance commish Dave Jones for the role of top state cop is ugly. Alex Padilla is likely to get the nod for secretary of state. The superintendent of public instruction fight between Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck returns to the table the debate of charter schools.

Fiona Ma's endorsement for state treasurer is not contested, nor is Betty Yee for re-election as state treasurer.

The convention is being livestreamed.

General session is 1:30-4:00pm today and continues tomorrow at 10:00am. 

If watching candidate sales pitches and likely fights over single-payer health insurance isn't your style, there's The Walking Dead marathon on AMC leading up to tomorrow night's resumption of Season 8.

KQED's Katie Orr writes that the Labor Caucus was particularly heated in the era of Trump and with the Supreme Court considering whether mandatory "fair share" dues can be collected by unions.

Laurel Rosenhall reports for CALmatters that Kevin de León was met with enthusiasm at the Labor Caucus, while Feinstein found a more tepid reception. Antonio Villaraigosa was booed at Labor Caucus, and the Bee's Alexei Koseff tweets that Feinstein skipped the Chicano/Latino caucus. The California Nurses Association has a bus decked out for Newsom and SB 562.

I'm not down in Sandy Eggo to watch, but I don't see an endorsement in either the race for governor or U.S. Senate. 

BLURRED LINES: Kern County was found yesterday by a federal judge that its supervisorial districts impede the ability of voters to have two Latino supervisors, reports Stephan Mayer in The Bakersfield Californian. It's not likely to take effect until 2020, when three of five members are up. Of course, this year has Mike Maggard up, who is currently board chair and whose district is the northern half of Bakersfield and likely becomes a Latino district.

CA48 (Huntington Beach):  Gates accused of lying about Manafort meeting with Rohrabacher, Weber [Politico]:

The special counsel accused [Rick] Gates of lying to investigators earlier this month about a March 19, 2013, meeting between Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.); former Rep. Vin Weber (R-Minn.), who’s now a lobbyist at Mercury; and [Paul] Manafort. (Rohrabacher and Weber aren’t mentioned by name.) Gates told investigators that Manafort and Weber had told him after the meeting that “there were no discussions of Ukraine,” according to the filing. But Manafort and Weber never said that, and instead told Gates “that the meeting went well.” Gates later helped Manafort prepare “a report that memorialized for Ukrainian leadership the pertinent Ukraine discussions that Manafort represented had taken place at the meeting.” The filing also accuses Manafort of telling Gates in 2017 that he’d “told his FARA lawyer” there had been no discussion of Ukraine at the meeting with Rohrabacher and Weber.

— It’s unclear why Gates would lie about the meeting. Both Mercury and Manafort disclosed the meeting in retroactive filings with the Justice Department last year detailing their work for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine. Rohrabacher told PI last year that the meeting took place over dinner at the Capitol Hill Club. “In retrospect, I don’t remember him talking about specifically who it was who had given him a contract,” Rohrabacher said. “Frankly, I don’t remember if it was the Russians or the Ukrainians. … He certainly wasn’t trying to twist my arm on any policy issue.”

Ken Grubbs, a Rohrabacher spokesman, confirmed that account on Friday. “Dana recollects the meeting as mostly about politics, old times,” Grubbs said. (Rohrabacher and Weber served in Congress together, and the three men have know each other for decades.) “Ukraine came up in passing.” Neither Rohrabacher nor Weber has been charged with any crime.

 

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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Ammar Campa-Najjar and Timothy Cross!

 


 

 

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  • 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. Just three miles from the Capitol, our focus on the interconnections of law, policy, management, and leadership provides unique competencies for your success. Students gain a foundation knowledge of statutory interpretation and regulatory processes critical to modern governance. Learn more at go.mcgeorge.edu/publicpolicy and sign-up for an information session or webinar, or contact us at publicpolicy@pacific.edu.
  • The California Dental Association, an innovative membership-based organization that’s committed to the success of dental professionals, seeks full-time Associate Legislative Advocate to work in Sacramento office. To learn more about working at CDA, visit www.cda.org/careers

    This position: www.cda.org/AboutCDA/CareersatCDA/tabid/99/uc/info/ItemID/4803/Default.aspx

  • Event: California’s Fiscal Outlook - Jerry Brown’s Final Budget and the Challenges Ahead - 02/21/18
    The Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and the Volcker Alliance invite you to join a half-day discussion February 21st, featuring three panels on California’s budgeting and transparency practices, the state’s unique fiscal landscape, and the fiscal challenges it will face this year and in years to come. For a list of speakers and to register, please visit www.eventbrite.com/e/californias-fiscal-outlook-jerry-browns-final-budget-and-the-challenges-ahead-tickets-42882928995

  • SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Los Angeles)
    This position is responsible for a broad 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. Proven track record is a must. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/r.html?s=n&l=http://seiuunitedhealthcareworkers.appone.com/.

  • See Your Future Differently from Here with a Master of Public Policy degree from the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. Overlooking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from Malibu, our unique policy graduate program melds quantitative analysis with political philosophy, applied history, constitutional law, and strategy to prepare policy leaders for an impactful and successful career in the private sector, non-profit arena, and government service. Standardized test admission requirement is waived for legislative staffers. Learn more at publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/masters-6/.

  • SAC LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER - Resident house manager (Sacramento)
    The Resident House Manager is responsible for all aspects of resident supervision in the transitional living program for LGBTQ youth (18- 24) victims of crime. This includes supervising resident activities, maintaining a safe and supportive atmosphere, ensuring residents adhere to programs rules, and complete their chores. The Resident House Manager lives on site at the house with residents and will be provided with a private room. This position reports to the Youth Programs Manager and works in partnership with other programming staff and stakeholders as well as directly with community members of diverse backgrounds. This position is a live-in position. The working hours will be 6 days a week generally from 6 to 10 p.m with limited on-call status. This is a part-time, non-exempt position.
    [More info]
  • SEIU-UHW -- Political Capacity Organizer (Los Angeles)
    This position 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.  Proven track record is a must.  Competitive salary and excellent benefits.  For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at seiuunitedhealthcareworkers.appone.com.
  • CA School Boards Association – Public Affairs and Community Engagement Representative (Bay Area)
    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:

    www.csba.org/About/Careers/PublicAffairsCommunityEngagementRepresentative_BayArea.aspx
  • CA School Boards Association – Public Affairs and Community Engagement Representative (LA-North East) 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:

    www.csba.org/About/Careers/PublicAffairsCommunityEngagementRepresentative_LANorthEast.aspx
  • CA School Boards Association – Public Affairs and Community Engagement Representative (Orange) 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:www.csba.org/About/Careers/PublicAffairsCommunityEngagementRepresentative_Orange.aspx 
  • CA School Boards Association – Public Affairs and Community Engagement Representative (San Bernardino) 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:

    www.csba.org/About/Careers/PublicAffairsCommunityEngagementRepresentative_SanBernardino.aspx
  • CA School Boards Association – Public Affairs and Community Engagement Representative (San Joaquin North) 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:

    https://www.csba.org/About/Careers/PublicAffairsCommunityEngagementRepresentative_SanJoaquinNorth.aspx

 

 

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