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SPORTS PAGE: San Jose lost 7-0 to Vegas in game one of round two last night. Vegas has a hockey team called the "Golden Knights"? I get San Jose Sharks, there's not much to associate Vegas with Golden Knights. Steve Wynn can tint his buildings golden, but doesn't make him a knight. 

Seven goals are possible in a hockey game? Next you're going to tell me that Bill Cosby is an abuser and the "two" Koreas might reunite. 

Tonight: Dodgers (Ryu) @ Giants (Holland) - 7:15pm.



Of course, I'm exhausted, as are Capitol members after deadline week. It was a stinky week in the Capitol.

POTUS: Okay,  I won't go there on Ronny and Russia. 

KOREA: I'm totally #TIMEGLOCKOCKED on this one!  Trump is not at all responsiible for this, as I hear from members on both sides.


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   




Probolsky Research



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Paul Mitchell, Jacqui Nguyen, and Phil Pluckebaum!



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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

Treasurer John Chiang Launches Ad In Governor's Race Touting His Record As A Fiscal Steward
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State Treasurer John Chiang introduces himself to voters in his first ad of the campaign.

Jeff Denham Of California Could Have Clout In Gas Tax Debate | The Sacramento Bee
Emily Cadei @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Sen. Dianne Feinstein Won't Participate In Pre-primary Senate Debate
Sarah D. Wire @
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein will not participate in a proposed pre-primary debate because there are too many candidates in the race, her campaign spokesman said Thursday.

Parents Of Otto Warmbier Sue North Korean Government Over His Imprisonment, Death - Politico

Otto Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, was arrested in January 2016 and accused of trying to steal a propaganda poster while touring Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.

Been Ignoring The Race For California Governor? That's Ok, In Some Ways It's Just Starting
Mark Z. Barabak @
With just over five weeks to the primary, the first TV advertising signals a sprint to the finish. With so many voters having no idea who's even running, the race is far from settled.

East Area Rapist: Questions About Use Of Dna From Genealogy Sites | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler And Anita Chabria @
Without knowing it, they may be helping law enforcement crack difficult cases.

Police Used Consumer Genealogical Websites To Identify Golden State Killer Suspect
Richard Winton, Joseph Serna, Paige St. John, Benjamin Oreskes @
The break that authorities said led them to the man accused of being the Golden State Killer came when they linked DNA evidence from the slayings to genetic information contained on a consumer genealogical website, authorities said Thursday.

Sacramento's Passenger Train Platforms Have Hundreds Of Cracks | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
By Tony Bizjak

Senate confirms Grenell as ambassador to Germany over Democratsâ

The vote installs Grenell, who has been criticized for past remarks on the appearance of female politicians, in advance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Washington.

Golden State Killer Suspect Known For Cursing, Angry Outbursts, Say Neighbors Who Called Him 'freak'
Joseph Serna @
Golden State Killer suspect known for cursing, angry outbursts, say neighbors who called him 'freak'

California Bill To Ban Youth Tackle Football Pulled Before Committee Vote - The San Diego Union-tribune
Tod Leonard @
Desiree Linden, who was born in Chula Vista and went to Hilltop High, becomes first American woman since 1985 to win the Boston Marathon.

Detectives in Golden State Killer case used genealogical website to hunt suspect, sources say

SACRAMENTO — Investigators broke open the long-stagnant case of the prolific serial killer and rapist known as the Golden State Killer by mining DNA profiles collected by a genealogical website used by the public to trace family heritage, sources told The Chronicle on Thursday. Law enforcement had long had a DNA profile of the suspected killer, which helped them connect murders and rapes across the state to the same unidentified man. But, the DNA profile did not match any contained in criminal databases that are used by law enforcement throughout the U.S. to link crimes to suspects. The explosion in recent years of DNA heritage websites such as 23andMe and Ancestry.

Republicans Avoid Confronting Trump Over Whether He Can Fire Special Counsel
Chris Megerian @
Republican leaders' refusal to consider a bill to stop President Trump from firing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is the latest example of how they've shied away from confronting a president who could fire back with a hair-trigger tweet.

CalPERS Leaders Mathur, Brown At Odds | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Investigators Are Digging In Accused Golden State Killer's Backyard
Alene Tchekmedyian @
By the early evening, investigators had not uncovered anything in Joseph James DeAngelo Jr.'s yard. They said they were "not really looking for anything specific."

Does This California Wildfire Bill Protect Consumers? Or Give Utilities A Blank Check? - The San Diego Union-tribune
Rob Nikolewski @

Senate Approves Full New Slate Of Ftc Commissioners - Politico

The new Federal Trade Commission members will take over the agency's investigation of Facebook. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

Sacramento Has Made Mistakes Issuing Parking Tickets, Audit Finds | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
The extended meter hours now require drivers in some parts of downtown to pay meters weeknights until 10 p.m. and in a section of midtown until 8 p.m.

Lawyer Who Was Said to Have Dirt on Clinton Had Closer Ties to Kremlin Than She Let On

Newly released emails have renewed questions about who the lawyer, Natalya V. Veselnitskaya, was representing when she met with top Trump campaign officials promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.