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DISTRICT UPDATES: 

  • AD40 (Redlands): moved from Toss-up to Safe Democrat
  • AD50 (Downey): added Bell Gardens councilmember Pedro Aceituna (D)

 

¡Buenas tardes, mis amigos!

ALERT: @johnmyers - "Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions’ trip to Sacramento tomorrow is the morning’s buzziest California political news. Billed as “a major sanctuary jurisdiction announcement” in a speech to the CA Peace Officers Assn., which opposed early versions of last year."

The event is at the new Kimpton Sawyer Hotel and is not open to the public, but will be streamed beginning at 8am via Facebook Live.

This morning, engineer TJ Cox (D) confirmed that he will be running in CA21 (Kings) against Congressman David Valadao (R).

Also, former San Diego councilmember and gas tax opponent Carl DeMaio (R) pulled papers to run against Congressman Duncan Hunter (R) in CD50--already a crowded race. Hunter has been beleaguered with allegations of using campaign funds for personal purposes. Hunter sold his house and paid back the campaign. Politico reported last month that opponents from his own caucus were trying to get him out of the race, citing the campaign finance investigations and a freewheeling DC lifestyle. I already had De Maio listed as a probable candidate, so I don't list him above as a district update.

Outgoing Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA49) has been reportedly considering running for the CA50, but only if Hunter bows out. Three days before the filing deadline (in districts where the incumbent does not run), Hunter has completed his filing and it doesn't appear that anything will be coming down from the FBI or federal prosecutors, which are reportedly still looking into the use of campaign funds by both the congressman and his wife.

When Issa is out of office in January, someone else gets to be the wealthiest member of Congress, report Iris Lee and Christina Bellantoni for the Times. Next in line is Montana's Greg Gianforte (R), who arrived in Congress through a special election this year. Gianforte is worth $135.7 million, reports Roll Call, much lower than Issa's $283.3 million. 

 

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   

 

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Upward Mobility at Cal State LA

 

CA120: For Capitol Weekly, PDI's Paul Mitchell looks at Pew Research's new report that challenged the utility of commercial voter files.

These voter files are built from publicly available voter-registration data obtained at the state or county level. Some private voter-file companies use a pared down state file, while higher quality vendors like PDI dig into individual counties, get vote history from small cities, and combine that with other public databases (such as county assessor, Social Security and U.S. Postal records). Archived voter information is used to build a richer longitudinal history for individual voters.

In the other corner are the panels, comprised of self-selected individuals who agree to take surveys for money or for some other kind of incentive, such as Target gift cards.

MEMO TO TONY MENDOZA: A court ruled yesterday that SF supervisor London Breed  may not use "Acting Mayor" as a ballot label in her campaign for mayor in June, report Rachel Swan and Dominic Fricassa in the Chron. Former state senator Tony Mendoza  filed as "State Senator" to regain the SD32 seat he quit on February 22, when he was about to be expelled following a harassment investigation. Candidates may not use "Former" proceeding an office, so he probably has to use "Teacher."

Cristina Garcia filed for re-election to AD58 as "Math Teacher/Assemblywoman." She is on an unpaid voluntary leave of absence, so that ballot label likely holds up. 

AD40 (Redlands): Assemblyman Marc Steinorth (R-AD40), who had already made it clear that he wasn't returning to the Assembly, instead has pulled papers to run against incumbent Janice Rutherford on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. In AD40, Democratic registration has increased by 2.53% since 12/31/2013, while GOP registration has dropped -3.44%. Steinorth served two terms in Sacramento. Hillary Clinton won the district by 14.1% in 2016

Current Supervisor James Ramos (D) is favored to take over AD40, flipping the district to the Democrats. Ramos was previously on the San Bernardino Community College District board, and is the immediate past chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, which operates the San Manuel Casino, with an estimated $188 million (Hoovers) in revenue.

It's a major player in California politics, spending $589,600 in political expenditures and an additional $301,100 in lobbying in 2017. It sponsored the California Democratic Party (CDP) Convention last month at the $50,000 level. The tribe is bipartisan providing $25,000 to the California Republican Party and large donations to candidates of both parties last year.

Ramos earned the CDP endorsement through a local caucus. No Republican has filed and the district is now Safe Democrat.

HOUSING: In the Times, Liam Dillon reports that experts believe that it may not be possible to achieve the new housing pledges that are a key part of the gubernatorial campaign promises of Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa. "Without specific plans to transform how housing gets approved in California, said Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of Los Angeles-based consulting firm Beacon Economics, Newsom and Villaraigosa's promises are empty."

GUNS FOR GIFT CARDS: Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) wants to prohibit public agencies who offer a voluntary gun buyback program from offering gift cards for participants to companies that sell guns--mainly targeted at Walmart, reports Billy Cobin at the Bee. The bill is AB 1903.

LAW AND DISORDER: The LAT’s Patrick McGreevy reports “The state Fair Political Practices Commission said it collected more than $1.1 million in fines from elected officials, lobbyists, political donors and others in 2017 for issues that included failing to properly report contributions.” That’s a record 340 settlements.

 

Probolsky Research

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Robert Baird, Melissa Hurtado, and Assemblyman Miguel Santiago!

 


 

 

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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
Villaraigosa Challenges Newsom To One-on-one Debate Over Single-payer Healthcare
Phil Willon @
latimes.com
Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday challenged his top rival in the governor’s race, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, to a one-on-one debate over the viability of a state-sponsored single-payer healthcare system in California.

Sacramento County Voters Are About To See Big Changes In How They Cast Their Ballots | The Sacramento Bee
Ed Fletcher @
sacbee.com
A: I feel it is more secure. Each ballot will be compared to the signature on the voter file. The other reason: it boosts voting. If a voter has a ballot in their hand they are more likely to vote it. The states that have done this have found an 8 percent increase in turnout.

California's Watchdog Agency Approved Record Number Of Settlements For Ethics And Campaign Violations Last Year
Patrick McGreevy @
latimes.com
California’s campaign watchdog agency last year approved a record 340 settlements of cases involving violations of ethics and political finance rules, according to its annual report issued Monday.

With Trump now a candidate, further restrictions on political activities apply to federal employees

Now that the president is officially a candidate for reelection, stricter policies apply regarding expressions, pro or con, while on duty or in the workplace.

Scott Jones Faces New Challenge From Former Deputy Chief In Sacramento Sheriff's Race | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria And Nashelly Chavez @
sacbee.com
By Anita Chabria And Nashelly Chavez

Experts Doubt Unprecedented Homebuilding Goal Set By Two Of California's Top Candidates For Governor
Liam Dillon @
latimes.com
Three leading gubernatorial candidates have set a goal of building 3.5 million new homes by 2025. This number would quintuple current annual production to a level far above what the state has done since at least the mid 1950s.

Former San Diego Councilman Carl Demaio Pulls Nomination Papers To Run For Congress Again - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @
sandiegouniontribune.com


Hensarling Warns Trump That Tariffs Could Undo Tax Cut Benefits - Politico

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling warned President Donald Trump on Tuesday against pressing forward with a broad package of tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel, cautioning that such a move could undo the economic benefits of the tax cut package he signed late last year.

San Diego Is Latest Battleground In Global War To Control 'dockless' Bike Rental Market - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Emerson Smith @
sandiegouniontribune.com


Humans Slapped And Shouted At Robot Cars In Two Of Six Dmv Crash Reports This Year
Russ Mitchell @
latimes.com
The human response to possible takeover by robot overlords is off to a troubling start.

Frustrated White House free traders mount campaign to weaken Trump tariffs

After months of internal fights, economic adviser Gary Cohn and others are hoping outsiders can convince the president to water down his proposed duties on steel and aluminum.

House Speaker Paul Ryan Urges Trump To Reverse Himself On Planned Tariffs
Cathleen Decker @
latimes.com
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan publicly broke with President Trump on Monday, the latest Republican to call on the president to reverse his planned imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that many fear could set off a trade war.