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DISTRICT UPDATES:

  • US SENATE: removed entrepreneur/investor Joe Sanberg (D)
  • CA10 (Stanislaus): removed engineer T.J. Cox (D)
  • CA21 (Kings): updated analysis [available to Nooner Premium subscribers]
  • CA21 (Kings): added engineer T.J. Cox (D)
  • CA39 (Fullerton): added social entrepreneur Ted Alemayhu (NPP)
  • CA39 (Fullerton): added CPA Phil Liberatore (NPP)
  • CA39 (Fullerton): added Camilla Kuo Liou (D)
  • SD32 (Whittier): added Ali Jas (D) 

Well, hello there! I didn't get to watch the Oscars as Xfinity had an outage for both ABC and NBC through the entire broadcast. Of course, it appears to fixed this morning, but that's sort of useless.

Ugh...it's the beginning of the crazy task of reading county candidate logs. Friday is the deadline if an incumbent is running and next Wednesday if it's an open seat. And county candidate filing logs--if available--are in all kinds of formats. The certified list of candidates published by the Secetary of State will be out March 29.

Here are the ten districts with the biggest fields so far. Some may not complete filing and some I have excluded because have done much of the filing process, so there can be more. It's a wild year. So far, I have 731 candidates, and I haven't kept up with statewides.

CD39 Fullerton 21
CD48 Huntington Beach 14
CD49 Carlsbad 11
AD45 W. San Fernando Valley 11
CD50 East SD Co. 11
AD15 Berkeley 10
CD45 Irvine 10
AD76 Carlsbad 9
CD52 San Diego 9
CD10 Stanislaus 9

 

T.J. Cox has not yet announced the move from CA10 to CA21, but I have enough sources who say he'll announce just that in the next couple of days. Amanda Renteria (D) has said that she'll stay in the governor's race and will not repeat her 2014 bid for CA21, and Gil Cisneros's camp says he's staying put in the crowded CA39 (Fullerton).

Cox would bring about three times amount of 12/31/17 cash on hand as Emilio Huerta reported, and while he hasn't given a reason for bowing out of the race, most believe money was an issue. 

While Cox registered to vote last year at an apartment in Modesto, it appears he and his wife Kathleen Murphy, M.D. is registered in Clovis, which is just east of CA21. Of course, congressional seats do not require residency.

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)
  • Job: The California Dental Association seeks full-time Associate Legislative Advocate
  • Job: Probolsky Research - Research Analyst - Public Opinion (Orange County)
  • 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   

BUDGET: Today could be an insightful day on how the state handles its treasure of revenue windfall. The Assembly Budget Committee has an "oversight hearing," on current-year budget adjustments. Unlike past years, this will likely be about spending more money. Although income tax revenues were 327 below projections in February, they are still $2.445b above the upwardly revised in the Governor's Proposed 2018-19 Budget projection. That's in addition to revised 2017-18 budget forecast's $2.156, which is proposed as to be deposited into the state's Proposition 2 Budget Stabilization Account, fully meeting the constitutional requirement ahead of schedule with $13.5 billion (10% of expenditures) in reserves.

Under Proposition 2 (2014), if this current year revenue trend continues through July 1 and isn't repurposed before then, it would be placed in the lockbox to build and maintain infrastructure, since the Budget Stabilization Account is proposed to be fully funded in 2018-19.

While infrastructure is popular, it sets up a food fight and there's already a lot of infrastructure projects being constructed, including high-speed rail (a complicated situation already) and projects to be funded under the SB 1 (Beall) "gas tax," which of course may be on the November ballot for repeal. Infrastructure funded at the state level is not shovel-ready and this is an election year. The Democratic majorities would like to deliver gifts with bows to voters. Most Republicans likely would be okay with the infrastructure funding, although there will be calls for a tax rebate. 

Food fight! 

The hearing is at noon in Room 4202. Grab your popcorn.

GOV: For CALmatters, Dan Walters looks at the current state of the race for governor. "With Newsom seemingly destined to be one of November’s two gubernatorial aspirants, everyone else wants to be sitting in one of the two remaining chairs when the music stops in June."

Meanwhile, in the most anti-climactic event of the cycle, Gavin Newsom files his nomination papers at 12:15pm at San Francisco City Hall.  

LG: KQED's Katie Orr reports on Eleni Kounalakis's campaign for lieutenant governor. "Kounalakis has never run for office, but she’s been involved in Democratic politics for years. President Barack Obama named her U.S. ambassador to Hungary. And she worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign as a fundraiser and foreign policy adviser."

 

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HUGGY BEAR: The woman who alleged that Senator Bob Hertzberg inappropriately hugged her declined to meet with lawyers hired by the Senate to get more details on the allegation, reports Taryn Luna in the Bee:

"I don’t want any involvement with these people," said Linda Halderman, a Republican who represented Fresno in the Assembly from 2010 to 2012. "I don’t respect how they’ve handled it." 

HARASSMENT: In the Bee, Alexei Koseff reports that, in light of the sexual harassment scandals, the Legislature may be prepared to revise the Legislative Open Records Act. The bill is AB 2032 (Committee on Judiciary).

 

Probolsky Research

 

SANDY EGGO: For the Union-Tribune, Joshua Stewart looks into why north San Diego County Assembly districts are losing their Republican edges, even though it's not explained by demographics.

Here are the registrations for the two districts as of January 2, 2018:

District Democrats Republicans NPP Other Qualified Parties 
AD76 (Oceanside) 33.17% 33.70% 27.29% 5.85%
AD77 (North SD County) 32.07% 33.16% 29.81% 4.95%

 

Here are the changes between 12/31/2013 and 01/02/2018, the change between the two midterms:

District     Change in Democratic Registration Change in Republican Registration Change in No Party Preference / Other / Unknown Share Change in Other Qualified Parties
AD76 Oceanside Chavez (R) - open 2.51% -4.32% 1.22% 0.60%
AD77 North San Diego Maienschein (R) 2.01% -4.05% 1.43% 0.61%

 

IMMIGRATION: For The Bee, Emily Cadei writes that opposition from Central Valley farmers may derail any movement on a conservative immigration bill pushed by the Freedom Caucus this year. Meanwhile, today is the arbitrary deadline for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Meanwhile, the sweeps continue with 26 farm workers detained in Kern County, reports the LAT's Rosanna Xia. That's House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's district.

 


 

 

CLASSIFIEDS

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  • Probolsky Research - Research Analyst - Public Opinion (Orange County)
    Can you research and write like a journalist and edit like an English teacher? Are you hyper-focused on the details? Do you have superpowers when using Microsoft Excel, Power Point and Word? The Research Analyst is responsible for facilitating market and opinion research projects (both qualitative and quantitative) from proposal development to project fulfillment, through to final research deliverables. About Probolsky Research: We are market and opinion researchers with corporate, election, government and non-profit clients. We are passionate about accuracy, data security and brining numbers alive through dynamic presentations and storytelling. Details at: www.ziprecruiter.com/jobs/probolsky-research-eeb2d5f1/research-analyst-public-opinion-f222e60c or email a cover letter and resume in one PDF document to jobs@probolskyresearch.com.

  • GRE waived for qualifying government & legislative staffers to apply to the Pepperdine School of Public Policy’s Master of Public Policy program, considered the most unique policy graduate program in the country. Specialization tracks, including State & Local Policy, allow students to personalize their policy studies. Current State & Local Policy courses include, “Advanced Topics in Politics and Budgeting,” “Public Policy for Criminal Justice, Cannabis, and other Drugs,” “Permissions Development and the Environment,” and “Leadership through Public Engagement.” Find out more about this Top 10 in the West/Top 5 in California MPP program located in Malibu: publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/masters-6/
  • 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

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

 

 

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
California Farmers Mount Fight Against Immigration Bill | The Sacramento Bee
Emily Cadei @
sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Jon Stewart, Lawmakers Slam Mulvaney Proposal On 9/11 Health Program - Politico

Comedian Jon Stewart and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday sharply criticized a Trump administration proposal to restructure an agency that provides health-care assistance to survivors and first responders of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Low-cost Medical Marijuana Threatened By California Legalization | The Sacramento Bee
Brad Branan @
sacbee.com
By Brad Branan

For Sacramento, 'lady Bird' Offers A Vivid Portrait Of A City That Revels In Its 'modest Pleasures'
John Myers @
latimes.com
California's capital city is almost a character in its own right in Greta Gerwig's semi-autobiographical movie. Sacramentans say the film, which has spawned billboards and walking tours, rightly captures something special about a community often overlooked by outsiders.

Mexican Man Assumes American's Identity For 37 Years, Steals $361,000 In Government Benefits - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kristina Davis @
sandiegouniontribune.com


At Least Two Dozen Kern County Farmworkers Arrested In Latest Immigration Sweep Across California
Rosanna Xia @
latimes.com
At least 26 farmworkers in Kern County were arrested in a massive sweep across central and northern California, as the battle over immigration between the Trump administration and the state intensifies. All told, 232 people were arrested in this latest immigration operation.

Qualcomm-broadcom Saga Headed To Dramatic Vote On Tuesday - The San Diego Union-tribune
Mike Freeman @
sandiegouniontribune.com
San Diego has agreed to sell 16 lots in Nestor for $1 each, in the pursuit of affordable housing. The nonprofit San Diego Community Land Trust plans to build three and four-bedroom homes there for people with moderate incomes. That means a family of five with an income of up to $102,750.

Trump Says Obama Administration Investigated Campaign's Alleged Russia Ties To Help Clinton - Politico

President Donald Trump questioned Monday morning why the Obama-era Justice Department launched an investigation into his campaign in the midst of the 2016 election, positing that then-President Barack Obama had sought to kneecap the Trump campaign and bolster that of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Sacramento City Removed 23 Crosswalks. After Fatal Crash, Residents Ask Why. | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
sacbee.com
Schenirer and Hansen will host a community meeting on the safety issue Thursday, March 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hollywood Park Elementary School.

Congress | Emilio Huerta Won't Challenge David Valadao | The Fresno Bee
Rory Appleton @
amp.fresnobee.com
Breaking news, insight on the Valley's political movers and shakers

Whiter And Older But Somehow Less Republican. The GOP Is Losing Its Grip On Two North County Strongholds. - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @
sandiegouniontribune.com


How Bike Sharing Could Reduce Traffic On Highway 50 And Ease Commute Headaches | The Sacramento Bee
Ellen Garrison @
sacbee.com
By Ellen Garrison

Senators urge Trump to take the lead on gun-control efforts

Many lawmakers believe his endorsement is the only thing that will give Republicans enough political cover to vote in favor of expanded background checks and other measures.

Ca Bill Releases Capitol Sexual Misconduct Investigations | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

T.j. Cox To Run Against Rep. David Valadao, Sources Say | The Fresno Bee
Jessica Johnson @
fresnobee.com
Breaking news, insight on the Valley's political movers and shakers

L.A. Officials Push For New Focus On School Safety After Parkland
Howard Blume @
latimes.com
L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer has assembled a "blue-ribbon panel" to recommend strategies for keeping schools safer.

Freight train accident causes delays for Amtrak trains from capitol

Amtrak trains leaving Sacramento on the Capitol Corridor line were delayed Monday morning by about an hour due to a freight train accident, authorities said. The incident was reported just before 6 a.m. and it’s affecting trains leaving from Sacramento to San Jose, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Service was restored by about 6:10 a.m., but trains leaving from Sacramento and Davis continued to have delays of up to 90 minutes, said Marc Magliari, a spokesman for Amtrak. There was no immediate information on what caused the accident. Sarah Ravani is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: sravani@sfchronicle.

Massive Avalanche At Mammoth Mountain Is A Reminder Of The Danger Lurking In The Snow
Andrea Castillo, Benjamin Oreskes, Tony Barboza @
latimes.com
Like hordes of other visitors to the Sierra Nevada resort, Hill, 24, was undeterred by avalanches at two of California's largest ski resorts that closed runs and triggered rescue operations in recent days. The Colorado native was more frustrated by the long lines and lift closures keeping him from the slopes as Mammoth reopened Sunday, saying the risk of an avalanche was a fact of life.

Trump Considers Visit to Jerusalem in May to Open New Embassy
PETER BAKER and DAVID M. HALBFINGER @

Hosting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the president expressed optimism that Palestinians would return to talks despite their anger over the embassy move.