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AURAL PLEASURE: On LAT's California Politics Podcast, John Myers, Melanie Mason and Liam Dillon gather around the table to talk about the governor's race and the failure of Senator Scott Wiener's housing bill, SB 827, which died at the hands of his fellow Democrats.

Happy White House Correspondents Dinner ("nerd prom") Day! Once again, POTUS is boycotting, instead golfing and then holding a campaign-style rally in Michigan because, well, the event isn't all about him. He would be expected to applaud awardees in journalism in an event to raise money for scholarships for people to go to J-school.

The "fake news" officers of the WHCA are currently from Bloomberg, SiriusXM, Fox News, and the Associated Press. The last President to skip the event was Reagan in 1981 because, well, he was shot.

He tweets this morning "Look forward to being in the Great State of Michigan tonight. Major business expansion and jobs pouring into your State. Auto companies expanding at record pace. Big crowd tonight, will be live on T.V." 

The main game is expected to begin around 6:30 PDT at the Washington Hilton. The "red carpet" leading to the pre-program dinner should be on CNN around 4pm PDT. Biggest question: did WaPo have a seat for Christopher Cadelago? If so, "who are you wearing, Chris?"

Shane Goldmacher is now on the city beat at the NYT, so we won't see our friends Shane and wife Sophie Kim Goldmacher on the carpet.  Tamara Keith, our friend, former local public radio reporter, and now NPR's White House correspondent will likely be there. A dream to be at the NPR table at the dinner even without POTUS making an appearance. Christopher, Shane and Tamara are great former Sacramento journos, while Sophie is a former staffer. We miss them all!

Speaking of missing people, I miss Obama. #MICDROP. #OBAMAOUT. The 2016 dinner was one of the best appearances at ever regardless how you felt about his politics. Self deprecation and humor would be welcome these days. [Best jokes compiled by CBS News]

SPORTS PAGE: Giants 6, Dodgers 4. Today's game is at 7:05pm. Sharks v. Golden Knights at 5pm for Game 2.

GOV: The LAT's Phil Willon writes on Antonio Villaraigosa's first TV ad for his race for governor. The blanket buy we've been watching is being funded by three wealthy bipartisan folks under the position as "charter school advocates." Willon reports that the $1 million is planned to be spent over the next week on the run.

Yesterday, Villaraigosa's IE committee reported $1.5 million from former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg.

On my YouTube, I'm getting pre-roll ads by Delaine Eastin for her gubernatorial campaign, which is mostly biographical.

WATER TUNNELS: In exchange for the governor's support for a new dam at the Pacheco Pass, the Santa Clara Valley Water District is now supporting the "twin tunnels" project and is prepared to commit $615 million for the project, reports Paul Rogers for the Merc News. That move puts it at odds with most Bay Area (and Sacramento) local governments that are opposed over fears on the impact on the Bay Delta.   



WHO COULD IT BE NOW? In the Times, Dakota Smith reports than an unidentified woman has sued an unidentified man who is a current elected official in Los Angeles for sexual abuse. The confidentiality is allowed under state law to protect childhood victims (she was 16 at the time of the alleged indident, in 2007). 

Yes, admit that the first "album" I ever owned was Men at Work's Business as Usual. I probably exhausted my mom's record player as I constantly played it.

DNA: Weird story on the tracking down of the alleged Sacramento rapist and killer from four decades ago using DNA evidence tying him to great-great grandparents on the  publicly available DNA website, which first led to the wrong person. Not sure how I feel about it.

Capitol Weekly's John Howard and Tim Foster sat down for the Capitol Weekly podcast with Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), a former sheriff's department captain to talk about the use of DNA in cold-case situations.

In other law and order news, a homeless man was arrested after entering the governor's mansion on H Street on April 19. He reports he went in to alert CHP officers that of wild animals in the street and wanted to protect the governor, report Angela Hart and Taryn Luna in the Bee. He's a meth addict who sleeps in the long-shuttered Clarion Hotel across the street. The hotel is now being remaid into a boutique "antique" hotel. 


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   


TAKE A HIKE! The bill to ban tackle football for children under 12 will not get a hearing this year, reports Patrick McGreevy in the Times. The bill is AB 2108 (McCarty and Gonzalez Fletcher), which, since it was not scheduled for a hearing, never had a analysis with supporters and opponents. The bill was a gut-and-amend on March 20.

“I’m going to continue to talk about the dangers of youth tackle football whether there’s a bill or not,” [co-author Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher] said. “I’m confident that one day in California, kids under 12 will be playing only flag football.”

Pennsylvania-based "Pop Warner Little Scholars" hired California Advocates, one of the state's most prestigious lobbying firms on April 9, and the firm quickly killed the bill.

"I kind of feel like I'm outlawing apple pie in California," [co-author Assemblymember Kevin] McCarty said. "But I think more and more parents, doctors, researchers, NFL legends think, 'You know what, maybe it doesn't make sense for our youngest kids to strap on a helmet and bang and hit their heads.'"

Obviously, a vocal group of parents mobilized against it, supported by an industry that sells things like equipment (Wilson, Riddell, Under Armour, Dick's),  beverages (Gatorade), insurance (Nationwide), to them for their kids (both players and cheerleaders). Proponents of the bill cite increasing evidence that long-time football players are at greater risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which has become a big issue in the NFL. Opponents cite parental rights and the benefits of physical activity among youngsters.

There are probably a group of parents that are disappointed in the bill's failure, as it means more weekends sitting on the sidelines. Generally, that means lots of more Facebook time.

I'll admit it, I drink Gatorade which is generally not good for someone who works at home and counts as physical activity walking three blocks to farmers' market. Just yesterday, I was listening to a podcast on my walk about the misclaims made by the various companies that have owned it (currently PepsiCo) over the years. It's competitor is Powerade, owned by Coca-Cola.

Opponent Jason Ingman, a Natomas (north Sacramento) parent and former coach told CBS Sacramento "Without youth football, high school football can’t function," Ingman said. "And without high school football, college football can’t function. And without college football, the NFL can’t function."

That sort of reminds me of Judd Nelson's "anarchy" rant in The Breakfast Club.

I don't have kids but likely wouldn't be with them playing tackle football and my lungs weren't good enough to play myself. Whether the state should outlaw it, I don't know, but for now, it's not going to happen. 




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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

East Area Rapist, Golden State Killer: Cops Dig For Suspect "trophies" | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

L.A. County Politician Sexually Assaulted Woman When She Was 16, Lawsuit Claims
Dakota Smith @
A Jane Doe sued an unnamed Los Angeles County politician on Friday, alleging that he sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager in 2007. Her attorney expects to file court papers that will name him.

Senators Rebuke Trump Administration Over Challenge To Native Americans’ Health Care - Politico

The senators also asked the administration to share the documents explaining why Native Americans would be subject to Medicaid work requirements, which HHS has yet to publicly produce despite requests from the tribes and POLITICO.

Genealogy Website Used To Crack Golden State Killer Case Didn't Know It Was Involved
Joseph Serna, Paige St. John, Richard Winton @
A DNA and genealogy website that law enforcement investigators used to track down the suspected Golden State Killer was not aware it was being used in a criminal investigation, the company said in a statement.

Ca Online Community College Would Offer Coding Program | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
By Taryn Luna

Appeals court overturns ruling against revised Texas voter ID law

In a 2-1 decision on Friday, a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel overturned a district court judge’s ruling that the 2017 law, known as Senate Bill 5, unconstitutionally discriminated against minority voters.

East Area Rapist: Suspect Has First Court Hearing In Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
Darrell Smith And Sam Stanton @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Amazon Second Headquarters: L.A. Mayor Is In 'aggressive Pursuit Of This Opportunity'
James F. Peltz @
Los Angeles city and county officials are holding regular talks with in hopes of being selected for Amazon's proposed $5-billion second headquarters. But some analysts believe one of the other 19 finalist regions holds the edge.

Homeless Man Breaks Into California Gov. Jerry Brown's Mansion | The Sacramento Bee
Angela Hart And Taryn Luna @

San Diego Wins $41 Million For Electric Buses, Improved Transit | Kpbs
Andrew Bowen @
San Diego's public transit system will soon have a fleet of new zero-emission buses, paid for in part by last year's increase to the state gas tax.

Joseph DeAngelo to face judge today in Golden State Killer case

SACRAMENTO — Joseph James DeAngelo, the man authorities say is the Golden State Killer who murdered 12 people and raped 45, is scheduled to stand before a judge in a Sacramento courthouse Friday to face charges in the decades-old crime spree. Police arrested DeAngelo, 72, on suspicion of two counts of murder stemming from the shooting deaths of a young couple near their Rancho Cordova home in 1978 as they walked their dog. He is being held without bail at Sacramento County Jail. Prosecutors in several other counties said they plan to file murder, rape, robbery and other charges that had been attributed to the East Area Rapist, Golden State Killer and the Original Nightstalker.

San Diego County One Of The Safest Regions In The Country, Crime Report Says - The San Diego Union-tribune
Lyndsay Winkley @

Alleged Nsa Leaker Seizes On Comey Memos - Politico

Reality Winner is accused of leaking a top-secret NSA report on Russia's alleged use of hacking techniques called "spearfishing" to gain access to election-related websites and voter-registration databases. | Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Trump Administration Aims To Block California On Fuel Economy Targets
Evan Halper @
The move forms a key part of the Environmental Protection Agency's fuel economy proposal, which the agency plans to submit to the White House for review within days.

Trump Hits Sen. Tester On Jackson Withdrawal: ‘it’s A Disgrace’ - Politico

President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel take questions from reporters during a joint press conference after a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House on Friday. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

In Koreatown, Historic Summit Is A Moment Many Thought They'd Never Witness
Victoria Kim @
In Los Angeles, home to the largest community of Koreans in the U.S., the historic summit between the leaders of North and South Korea was met with tears, skepticism and, for some, a long-awaited glimmer of hope.

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G.O.P. leaders and White House aides are trying to prepare the president for trouble in House and Senate races. But he is rejecting their grim prognoses and wants to start campaigning.

East Area Rapist: Gedmatch Provided Dna Link To Investigators | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis, Dale Kasler And Anita Chabria @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Former Donovan Inmate Takes His College Degree Beyond The Barbed Wire | Kpbs
Megan Burks @
It's a far cry from where he was this time last year: serving time at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa for voluntary manslaughter and attempted murder. A dispute earlier in life had gone awry and guns were drawn.