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It's Sunday and if your bracket isn't busted yet, it will be later today. Nevertheless, local asparagus appeared this morning at farmers' market for the first time this year! Not cheap, but it's the first. Much cheaper in a few weeks. It's like corn in the summer. For now, asparagus with a black bean sauce sounds delish.

Okay, politics. There's nothing going on. Fortunately, The Nooner is on California politics and policy and I don't have to write about Sarah Huckabee Sanders' sartorial choices. 

PROP 2: John Myers dives into the "budget stabalization" clusterf* we are in. Too much money to save for the rainy day. Under the governor's budget proposal, prepaying the fund may trigger infrastructure spending by $2.9 billion over the next few years, according to the Legislative Analyst's Office.

As I have written in this space before, infrastructure is very complicated when dictated from Sacramento and the ballot measure's language was vague. It could be one of the biggest food fights in Sacramento. Prop. 2 was a deal crafted by Governor Brown. The "maximum reserve" was a compromise with interests, mostly the powerful California Teachers Association. As the LAO points out in its analysis, one-time spending in great state revenue years like this one is smart as it doesn't lead to bigger cuts lately.

So, the question now is where does the money go? Deferred maintenance at our schools, colleges and universities? The funding for a law school at UC Riverside? Childrens' hospitals, which otherwise rely on general obligation bond funds? High-speed rail? The tunnel water project? Money to counties/cities to focus on local priorities.

Frankly, I don't get much clamoring about the big state projects. Local electeds want money to fix potholes. But, that's just not sexy in Sacramento.

All I know is that lots of lobbyists will make dough for this food fight. It's all in the game, yo'.

PENSIONS: I've been intending to write something long on public pensions, but this write-up on Santa Cruz's situation by Dan Walters is a great read.

Santa Cruz has placed a quarter-cent sales tax measure on the June ballot to help close their budget deficit, reports Jessica A. York for the Santa Cruz Sentinal. That hits the state's 9.25% max. Monterey car dealers (8.75%) are thrilled. That's $3,250 off that pricey Mercedes you've been considering. Sort of worth a 45-minute drive.

Disclosure: I'm a CalPERS member from my past, but also have worked on OPEB bonds for community colleges to borrow in advance for retiree health benefits (borrowing on the private markets and investing the money for future benefits, a special exemption to allow for private investments by public agencies). That market sort of busted with the unpredictability of the financial markets. Good move for many districts, but it's a gamble on timing and essentially focuses on taking care of benefits for current employees and screws those down the road.

 

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)
  • Education: Capitol Seminars - learn how to lobby effectively
  • Event: Equality California’s 2018 Sacramento Equality Awards - April 10
  • Job: Cargill Director of Govermental Relations (Newark-Bay Area)
  • Job: The California Dental Association seeks full-time Associate Legislative Advocate
  • Job: Equality California seeks a field organizater
  • 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)
  • Job: CA School Boards Association – Public Affairs and Community Engagement Representatives (Bay Area, LA North East, Orange, San Bernardino, San Joaquin North)
  • Space: Aprea and Micheli has a sublet
  • Training: PDI (Political Data Inc.): weekly online trainings of various skill levels   

 

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In the Times, Hailey Branson-Potts checks in on the effort in the rural northern California counties to split off from us and their hopes that it might be possible under Trump.  It would be a total disaster for them economically. High unemployment rates and the water rights are held down south. The beautiful town of Fort Bragg was left as an economic basket case after the Georgia Pacific mill closed. They are trying to rebuild, but it's not easy. If you are every in the town, stay at the Harbor Lite Lodge on Noyo Harbor. It's great to watch the fishing boats heading each morning.

Of course, Stanford Inn by the Sea just south across the Highway 1 bridge over the Big River is among the best in California. A great bed and breakfast and a wonderful vegetarian dining experience at Ravens. Yup, there are ravens that like to circle over the cliff.  Most of their produce is grown in the organic gardens on the site.

 

Probolsky Research

 

Well, Facebook is screwed for sharing data with Cambridge Analytics on behalf of the Trump campaign. Will Zuck wear flip-flops to the congressional hearing? What color goes with a navy suit? 

Aaron Sorkin, get out your typewriter for The Social Network 2.

I'm on most political email lists whether I like it or not. There must be something in my Facebook profile that told Trump's campaign not to contact me.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Joe Mathews, among the best writers on California politics and policy!

 


 

 

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  • Director of Government Relations – Cargill (Newark – Bay Area)
    This position will develop and have primary responsibility for ensuring implementation for a government-relations, corporate responsibility, and communications strategy to support the Cargill Salt and Land Management businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. The position will coordinate the businesses’ government relations, internal communications, external communications, corporate responsibility, and stakeholder outreach. Cargill has over 150 years of experience with 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.

  • LEARN HOW TO LOBBY MORE EFFECTIVELY.  Capitol Seminars offers you a cost-effective, comprehensive overview of what it takes to be more successful at lobbying in California. Conducted by 43-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov, these unique seminars cover the processes, touch points and best practices of Legislative, Budget and Regulatory advocacy, Lobbying the Administration and Media Strategies. Next dates are April 12-13, June 7-8, July 26-27 at McGeorge School of Law and Policy. Information / registration: www.capitolseminars.net or 916 442 5009.

  • Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. EQCA brings the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. EQCA is seeking a motivated Field Organizer to execute our 2018 health advocacy and LGBTQ pride programming in Sacramento.  The Field Organizer will help lead EQCA’s community organizing efforts, build relationships with LGBTQ and allied organizations, recruit volunteers and coordinate a variety of events including LGBTQ Prides and health centered events. To apply: www.eqca.org/fieldorganizer-sac/
  • Equality California’s 2018 Sacramento Equality Awards, Crest Theatre, Tuesday, April 10 5:30-7:30 PM: Awards ceremony and cocktail reception to recognize LGBTQ leaders and allies. Honorees include: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, "We Said Enough" co-founder Adama Iwu, LGBTQ leader Cathy Schwamberger, and The Capitol LGBTQ Association. Event co-chairs include: EQCA Board President Mandy Lee, EQCAI Vice-President Joe Gregorich, Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Assemblymember David Chiu and Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin. Sponsorships and tickets available: www.eqca.org/equality-awards/sacramento/. For more info, contact Naseam Alavi, naseam@eqca.org, 323-848-9801

  • Class A Office Space Available on L Street, across from Capitol.  One well-furnished executive office & assistant station.  Great views of Capitol.  Use of in-suite 10-person conference room, kitchen & color printer/copier.  $1,500/mo.  Contact Michael Daft @ 916.448.3075 or mdaft@apreamicheli.com
  • Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. EQCA brings the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. EQCA is seeking a motivated Field Organizer to execute our 2018 health advocacy and LGBTQ pride programming in Sacramento. The Field Organizer will help lead EQCA’s community organizing efforts, build relationships with LGBTQ and allied organizations, recruit volunteers and coordinate a variety of events including LGBTQ Prides and health centered events. To apply: www.eqca.org/fieldorganizer-sac/
  • SEIU-UHW – Healthcare Justice Phone & Digital Campaign Coordinator (Oakland, Los Angeles or Sacramento)
    This position will develop the union’s technological and human capacity to use the phone bank to contact and build relationships with hundreds of thousands of voters, healthcare workers and patients to win 2018 candidate races, ballot initiatives, political pressure, organizing and bargaining campaigns. Your work will contribute to the growth of our member leadership, our union, and the labor movement. It will transform the resistance into the revolution. The Healthcare Justice Phone and Digital Campaign Coordinator works closely with the political, data, technology and field teams but reports directly to the Healthcare Justice Campaign Director. For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at seiuunitedhealthcareworkers.appone.com/.

  • 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

 

 

 

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Trump Likely To Quit Iran Deal, Corker Says - Politico

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said Sunday that he believes President Donald Trump is likely to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal in May, a step that would undo one of the major foreign policy achievements claimed by former President Barack Obama.