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Happy Tuesday! Great beisbal day in California, with the A's, Angels, Dodgers, Giants, and Padres all winning. I can write today about beisbal without complaints from most Nooner readers. I don't know if Shane Goldmacher has left his kingdom of the Giants for the Mets or Yankees yet, but we'll love him regardless. Fortunately, he's not in DC and having to decide in the Nats @ Giants game tonight (7:15 PDT). Side note: I went to a Nats game on a business trip--great stadium and worthy of a visit on any DC trip. Invest in it to get a ticket that gets you access to the enclosed concessions area, particularly if it's a hot/humid day in DC. Remember, 100 in Sacramento is better than 85 in DC most of the time.

Cray-cray week continues today with nine Assembly and seven Senate policy committee hearings, atop budget subs. Speaking for everyone, I hope you did a double swipe with your anti-perspirant this morning. Granted, committee rooms aren't as bad as "the gates" at deadlines for you insiders (secured entrances to the legislative floors where lobbyists hang out to pass notes to member).

At this time of year, those around are mostly like the living among The Walking Dead's defeated "garbage people." Eff you, Negan. Of course, we'll see what survivor Jadis does next season.

From the teevee: KCRA News (Sacramento) has expanded by 30 minutes! Now 4-7am. What did we do before? I'm sorry to the staff and, of course, if I wake up at 4am, my first thought isn't channel 3. 

U.S. SENATE: Probolsky is out with a new poll on the likely November face-off between Dianne Feinstein and Kevin de León. I like Adam, but agree that it's almost impossible to read the poll results on the website, at least on a MacBook Air early in the morning.

  • Feinstein: 37.8%
  • de León: 26.9%
  • Unsure/refused: 35.3%

Most important issues:

  1. Public safety/drugs: 14.8%
  2. Homelessness: 11.4%
  3. Affordable housing/living: 10.3%
  4. Immigration/illegal immigration: 8.6%
  5. Transportation/traffic/roads: 5.6%

As with most polls, the policy issues are tough. Tim Donnelly and a DREAMer could respond the same way on the immigration question, but have very different opinions. No criticism of Probolsky and it's constistent with political science thinking. To go deeper would extend polls beyond 30 minutes, which nobody wants to see. It's not just because it costs more, but the respondents get even more skewed. Honestly, when did you talk on the phone with your mom for 30 minutes?

[n=900; 600 telephone (42% cell)/300 online; English/Spanish; MOE +/- 3.3%]

Adam reports that 12% of respondents chose interviews in Spanish, which is a very high number. To be clear, these are registered voters.




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
  • Job: Aaron Read and Associates - Legislative Assistant
  • Job: Cargill Director of Governmental Relations (Newark-Bay Area)
  • Job: Randle Communications 
  • Job: The California Dental Association seeks full-time Associate Legislative Advocate
  • Job: Probolsky Research - Research Analyst - Public Opinion (Orange County)
  • Job: Save the Bay Political Director
  • Job: SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Oakland or Sacramento)
  • Job: SEIU-UHW -- Political Capacity Organizer (Los Angeles)
  • Job: SEIU-UHW – Healthcare Justice Phone & Digital Campaign Coordinator (Oakland, Los Angeles or Sacramento)
  • Job: 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   



I'm exhausted and have been on this gig for six hours already today. I need to focus on election analysis in CA39 and AD15, which I want to have available by tomorrow (but change daily). On AD58, I have no idea. The Speaker supporting an Assemblymember on leave but running for for re-election (Cristina Garcia) is unprecedented. 


Probolsky Research



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Marcey BrightwellLisa Chin Fulmer, an amazing friend through college and law school who is now running appointments for Senate Rules, Aaron Herzberg, former Assemblymember Sally Lieber, my super supe Phil Serna, and Justin White!

#GHOSTSOFCAKEDAYSPAST: Former State Senator Noreen Evans (Sunday)



Add your classified of up to 100 words by emailing for $40/week.


  • Randle Communications is seeking a highly-motivated communications professional to support the firm’s growing public affairs practice. Ideal candidate has three – five years legislative/campaign experience, strong communication skills, is detail-oriented and a self-starter. Salary BOE.  E-mail resume, references, cover letter:
  • Save The Bay seeks a Political Director to lead strategic advocacy campaigns that protect and restore San Francisco Bay. Supervise policy team, mobilize our grassroots network, build partnerships with diverse interests and communities, and integrate advocacy objectives throughout the organization. Save The Bay is the largest organization working to protect and restore the Bay for people and wildlife, with more than 50 years of accomplishments. Our downtown Oakland office is a great work environment with excellent transit access. This position reports to the Executive Director and serves on the senior management team. Full description at
  • California Digital Campaigns Co-op is hosting a Free digital marketing seminar, Friday, April 20, 1:30 PM in the Eureka Room of the Capitol Basement.  Learn about Facebook's challenges, new developments in mobile apps and communicating public policy online.  For more information:  Joe@Advocacy.Marketing or
  • Policy Committees and Programs Coordinator – The Council of State Governments, West (Sacramento, CA)
    The Policy Committees and Programs Coordinator contributes to the organization's policy objectives and engagement with regional policy-makers and other stakeholders. This includes coordinating and providing policy committee and program support, as well as providing support of the organization's international engagement efforts, particularly between CSG West members and policy stakeholders in Mexico and Canada. Individual must be bilingual (English/Spanish), with a high proficiency to read, write and speak in both languages. CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled)

  • LOBBYING SUCCESS IS JUST A COUPLE OF CLICKS AWAY. 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 invaluable seminars cover the processes, touch points and best practices of Legislative, Budget and Regulatory advocacy, Lobbying the Administration and Media Strategies. You'll learn how state government "really works" from an insider's perspective. Next dates are June 7-8 and July 26-27 at McGeorge School of Law and Policy. Information / registration: or 916 442 5009. Note: If you tried to register between March 24-30 and could not access our site, please try again. The bug has been squashed.

  • The California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA) is seeking a qualified Executive Director. CAPA was founded in 2004 as a trade organization representing California's theme, amusement and water park industry. The Executive Director is CAPA's sole employee, whose efforts are focused on forming political coalitions, leveraging the legal, political and operational talent of its members, and supporting/opposing relevant legislation and regulation. Minimum 8 years serving on legislative staff, as a Capitol lobbyist, in-house government relations or equivalent experience. Please submit resumes to CAPA Chairperson Kris Reyes at no later than Friday, April 27. View full job description here.
  • 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:
  • The California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA), was founded in 2004 as a trade organization representing the theme, amusement and water park industry in California. The sole CAPA employee is the Executive Director, whose efforts are focused on forming political coalitions, leveraging the legal, political and operational talent of its members, and supporting or opposing relevant legislation and regulation. Minimum 8 years serving on legislative staff, as a Capitol lobbyist, in-house government relations professional or equivalent experience. Resumes must be submitted to CAPA Chairperson Kris Reyes at no later than Friday, April 27. View full job description here.

  • BREATHE LA is seeking a dynamic, creative and organized Manager of Public Policy and Advocacy to manage the organization’s legislative and government affairs, as well as advocacy campaigns and community outreach.  This position is full-time and based in Los Angeles. Salary DOE. Details here:
  • 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
  • SEIU-UHW – Healthcare Justice Phone & Digital Campaign Coordinator (Oakland 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

  • Aaron Read and Associates
    2+ years of experience working in governmental affairs office; outstanding communication skills, working knowledge of legislative process, calendaring/arranging tra

Newsom Highlights Liberal Bona Fides In His First Ad In The Governor's Race
Seema Mehta @
Newsom released his first television ad of the race in an appeal to Democratic base voters.

Sacramento Relies On A Temporary Sales Tax To Help Fund Police | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
News, insight and discussion on Sacramento and its neighborhoods

After Late Vote Switch, Senate Panel Approves Pompeo for Secretary of State

Minutes before a committee vote, Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, bowed to pressure and backed the confirmation of Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state.

Stevante Clark, Brother Of Stephon Clark, Will Be Released From Jail | The Sacramento Bee
Nashelly Chavez @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Colorado Supreme Court Boots Rep. Lamborn Off Primary Ballot - Politico

Earlier this month, state Treasurer Walker Stapleton, a Republican candidate for governor, withdrew his petitions after he acknowledged that his campaign submitted fraudulent petitions to qualify for the primary ballot. Stapleton and Lamborn's campaigns both used the same signature-gathering firm. Stapleton later managed to qualify for the primary by party convention vote, the other avenue to ballot access under Colorado law.

Garcetti Says He Would Consider Expanding Rent Control In L.A.
Emily Alpert Reyes, David Zahniser @
Garcetti joined tenant and community activists at a news conference outside City Hall to back a proposed ballot initiative that would roll back the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which bans cities and counties from capping rent increases on apartments built after 1995.

Orange County Register: Dangerous flaws in Proposition 57 could result in early release of sex offenders
Janet Nguyen and Patricia Bates @
Thanks to Proposition 57, hundreds of sex offenders could be released into our communities through an early parole program. As strong advocates for public safety and most importantly as mothers to our respective families, the prospect of having sexual predators leaving prison early is, to say the least, stomach churning.

Climatologists Say Warming Will Mean Epic California Floods | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
By Dale Kasler

Maine governor defies ballot initiative expanding Medicaid

The tea party Republican is refusing to adopt the Obamacare program after the state’s voters approved it last fall.

Trump Is Pushing Hard To Reach Nafta Agreement, Both With Trading Partners And With Congress
Don Lee @
Trump administration tries to beat political deadlines and wrap up talks on NAFTA.

Weaning The County Jail Population Off Opioids - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kristina Davis @
With public awareness mounting since around 2011, and drug overdose deaths reaching 64,000 nationwide in 2016, physicians are holding back their prescription pads and re-evaluating how to treat pain.

Kaiser Nurses In Sacramento Gain Double-digit Raises Over 5 Years | The Sacramento Bee
Cathie Anderson @
By Cathie Anderson

Police Shooting Billboard Marks Shift In Public Health Conversation -
Sammy Caiola @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

California Governor Candidate Says Pot Users Should Be Hospitalized - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @

Pruitt Support In Senate Erodes As GOP Lawmakers Seek Hearings - Politico

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has drawn criticism about his ethics and lavish spending in recent months. | Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo

In Case You Missed It: Senators Nguyen and Bates' Op-ed: "Dangerous flaws in Proposition 57 could result in early release of sex offenders"

In Human Cells, Scientists Find Dna That Looks Like A Twisted Knot Instead Of A Double Helix
Deborah Netburn @
For the first time, scientists have detected a DNA structure inside living human cells that looks more like a four-stranded knot than the elegant double helix we learned about in school.

Investigators reportedly sought links between Australia's 'Mr. Cruel' and the Golden State Killer

The Golden State Killer murdered at least 12 people and raped, at minimum, 45 women between 1976-86. There were victims in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Yolo, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

Fox News Host Sean Hannity Says He Never Talked To Hud About Loans That Helped His Real Estate Investments
Stephen Battaglio @
Hannity said he had no direct content with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, which backed loans for his real estate investments.

San Diego Home Price Hits New Record High: $550k - The San Diego Union-tribune
Phillip Molnar @
What is causing the price increase: A strong economy is fueling demand for homes while the number of houses available remains limited, said Chris Thornberg, economist and founding partner of Beacon Economics. There were 4,857 homes listed for sale in March, said the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors. That is 488 more than March of last year. However, those listings are down from 5,652 in March 2016, 6,101 in 2015 and 6,223 in 2014.