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THIS NEWS SUCKS: Yesterday, the Sacramento Bee laid off 14 journalists as the broken McClatchy tries tp figure a way out of its irresposinble debt to acquire other media outlets, including longtime Sacramento Kings beat reporter Ailene Voisin, one of the few female sports print reporters in the country. I'm a digital subscriber because when I lived in Davis, the paper regularly was delivered to the gutter or middle of the street. There's no way it would reach my porch today since I'm behind an (unlocked) gate. Amazon is 50/50, but Round Table Pizza is 100%. Delivery--generally contracted out these days--has nothing to do with journalism, but certainly affects distribution.

Of course, today is #DenimDay, when women wear jeans aound the Capitol against sexual harassment, great move McClathy. Yeah, don't attack White House staff fior taking sleeping  pills for overnight flights, 

SPORTS PAGE: Congratulations to the Warriors, who advance to play New Orleans, who unexpectedly swept the Trailblazers. Another great beisbal day in California. The Angels already playing (against the Astros) and the Padres start within the hour against the Rockies. The Dodgers host the Marlins at 4:35pm and the A's visit the Rangers at 5:05pm. All times PDT. Basically, if you're a fan, take the rest of the day off and grab some peanuts!

Good job un MLB.

POLL POSITION: You know how I feel about SurveyUSA, but they are out with a new statewide poll, subscribed to by four television stations and the Union-Tribune. The online poll is the first to include Amanda Renteria, but it's unclear what ballot labels, if any, were used.

I can't explain why they find Delaine Eastin at only 1% and why they include Robert Newman, who hasn't even opened a campaign committee yet. Hello, Newman. The results are from 520 likely primary voters. Of course, with a 5.5% margin of error, Eastin is still within the MOE with the last several polls.

Perhaps Renteria is pulling from Eastin, but clearly isn't from Antonio Villaraigosa. In breaking news, they write:

Villaraigosa's support is disproportionately Latino, moderate, lower-income, female, and resides in Greater Los Angeles. Cox is backed by whites, conservatives, and suburban men throughout the state. Newsom has formed a broad, affluent, educated, liberal coalition, anchored in the Bay Area, with equal support in urban, suburban, and rural parts of the state. 

Ya think?


Polling: Race for Governor

top two primary, regardless of party

  Public Policy Institute of CA

Wallin/Tulchin for Silicon Valley Community Foundation/Choose Childen 2018
Travis Allen (R) 10% 8.9% 10%
John Chiang (D) 7% 9.0% 9%
John Cox (R) 15% 16.4% 15%
Delaine Eastin (D) 6% 5.1% 1%
Robert Newman (R) n/a n/a 4%
Gavin Newsom (D) 26% 25.6% 21%
Amanda Renteria (D) n/a n/a 3%
Antonio Villaraigosa (D) 13% 6.6% 18%
Someone else (specified) 1% n/a n/a
Other/Don't Know 22% 28.4% 18%


US SENATE: SurveyUSA finds Kevin de León in third at 8% behind Dianne Feinstein (39%) and Republican Patrick Little (18%). (likely voters)

THREE CALIFORNIAS: The poll finds little support for venture capitalist John Draper's proposal to split the state in three, with 17% of respondents in support and 72% in opposition. (registered voters)

I need more time to compare their likely voter predictions and will write about it tomorrow, but there's a lot in this poll that seems a bit cray-cray.

TAXING MATTERS: In the Times, Patrick McGreevy reports that opponents of the gas tax and VLF increase are prepared to submit signatures on Friday.



CA50 (East San Diego County): In the Union-Tribune, Morgan Cook reports that Congressman Duncan Hunter has opened a "legal defense committee" amidst investigations of the private use of campaign funds.



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   



RECOVERY: For CALmatters, David Gorn has a great article about the problem of unlicensed "sober-living homes" in Orange County. In many cases, they are anything but sober, and are run for a significant profit. 


Probolsky Research



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  • 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

Ca Gubernatorial Candidates Debate Single-payer Health Care | The Sacramento Bee
Angela Hart @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Poll: Most Voters Say They Haven't Seen Pay Boost From Tax Law - Politico

The poll results were heavily colored by partisanship, with Republicans overwhelmingly supporting the law and Democrats opposing it. A plurality of independent voters supported it.

Republicans Ready To Turn In Signatures For Ballot Measure To Repeal California Gas-tax Increase
Patrick McGreevy @
Republican activists said Tuesday that they have collected at least 830,000 signatures for an initiative to repeal recent increases in California’s gas tax and vehicle fees, more than enough to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

Year Of The Woman? California Women Lag In Key House Races | The Sacramento Bee
Emily Cadei @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

San Diego Immigration Officers Arrest 44 In Week-long Operation - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kate Morrissey @
Sergii Pyvovarenko fled after he was kidnapped and tortured by the Right Sector, a far-right nationalist group.

Lawmakers Near Deal On Kushner-backed Prison Reform Plan - Politico

Getting the legislation signed into law would be a coup for Jared Kushner, who has struggled to land a policy win despite a sprawling portfolio. | Al Drago/Getty Images

Trump's Epa Proposes To Block Regulators From Considering A Wide Range Of Scientific Studies
Evan Halper @
The embattled EPA chief, whose own secrecy on his personal finances and his activities in office has drawn the attention of investigators, framed the action as crucial to government transparency.

Rep. Duncan Hunter Sets Up Legal Fund Amid Criminal Investigation - The San Diego Union-tribune
Sarah D. Wire, Morgan Cook @
The document names a trustee to oversee the fund, identified as Daryl C. Idler Jr., a lawyer in El Cajon.

Doctors Fight Ca Bill Requiring Disclosure Of Probation | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
"Currently doctors have to notify their insurer, their hospital or clinic about their probation status, but patients receive no notice," Hill said. "They are left in the dark and susceptible to future abuse."

L.A. Ends Its Frequently Porous Economic Boycott Of Arizona
David Zahniser, Emily Alpert Reyes @
The City Council decided to roll back the restrictions after key parts of Arizona's controversial immigration law were eliminated or softened in a series of legal battles.

Lodi To Pay $2.6 Million To Family Of Veteran Killed By Cops | The Sacramento Bee
Cynthia Hubert @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

GOP Senate candidate goes after McConnell, calls his father-in-law a 'wealthy Chinaperson'

West Virginia candidate Don Blankenship has worried party leaders.

A Davis Woman And California Are Using An International Treaty To Get Child Support | The Sacramento Bee
Stephen Magagnini @
By Stephen Magagnini

A Tennessee gubernatorial candidateâ

Rep. Diane Black, running for governor in Tennessee, gave up her Titans season tickets and chose fishing (and hockey) over football. Will that issue resonate with voters?

Cal State Fresno Professor Will Keep Job After 'disgraceful' Tweets About Barbara Bush, Campus President Says
Alene Tchekmedyian @
A Cal State Fresno professor who posted disparaging remarks on Twitter about former First Lady Barbara Bush will keep her job, university officials said.

Anti-issa Protesters End Rallies, Turn To Canvassing | Kpbs
Alison St John @
A long-running congressional protest running came to an end Tuesday. Demonstrators who have rallied weekly outside Rep. Darrell Issa's, R-Vista, office for more than a year, are planning to focus their energies on getting out the vote.

Electrical Defects Cause Priuses To Stall; Toyota May Be Bracing For A Legal Fight As Safety Worries Grow
Ralph Vartabedian @
The electrical power system in some Toyota Prius models are failing at an unusually rapid rate across the nation and leaving owners stranded, despite a 2014 safety recall that was supposed to have fixed the problem, according to Toyota documents reviewed by the Times.

California Prepares For Challenging Census Count -
Ben Bradford @
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