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Happy Sunday! Mild, beautiful day here in Sac but I'm ready for the 90s. Last night was just politically weird, with POTUS claiming he had "everything" to do with the Korean talks. I'll give credit instead to the families who have wanted reunification for 65 years and a failed economic system for North Korea. Yes, American sanctions were part of that, but that was part of a United Nations sanctions policy in place for over ten years under three administrations. The chants of "Nobel!" last night were are bit premature. Indeed, I would say that about Obama's Nobel as well.

The President's speech in Washington Township, Michigan was just weird (rant on the Russian spy). Please, teleprompter and staff-written speeches only. I know we want a candid President who speaks freely, but this comes at our own public safety.

If you think I'm all about politics and Dodgers v. Giants, I share with you my weekly moment of favorite Sunday morning programs--the CBS Sunday Morning closing segment of nature videography, which this morning is a field of Texas bluebonnets in bloom, birds frollcking within. Damn, I need those couple of minutes amidst the political world. How videographers get that coverage is beyond me. Lots of patience, I'm guessing. 

SPORTS PAGE: Dodgers @ Giants at 2:05. Dodgers won 8-3 yesterday in a hit-fest. Today's series cap is at 2:05pm. In the hockey playoffs, it took two overtimes, but San Jose beat Vegas 4-3 last night to tie the second-round series 1-1 in the Tank. Game 3 is tomorrow in the Tank at 7:00pm. 

Hopefully, POTUS was watching sports last night and not the White House Correspondents Association dinner. It was pretty biting, but that's sort of what you get when you don't show up. One of the best jokes, though, was about his 2016 opponent:

“It is kinda crazy that the Trump campaign was in contact with Russia, while the Hillary campaign wasn’t even in contact with Michigan.”

Although "Mike Pence is what happens when Anderson Cooper isn't gay" was pretty good as was the Bear Stearns joke that she was never sexually harassed but she worked at Bear Stearns in 2008 and the whole company "went down on her ass." I worked with lots of people in that industry during that time on finance programs for my community colleges. I'll never forget Lehman going bankrupt on my honeymoon in Mexico and having friends who lost their well compensated jobs by complete surprise over a weekend.  

And, "CNN loves breaking news and you did it. You broke it. The best thing I get from CNN is Anthony Bourdain's news of where the best noodles are." Oh, so true.

While she had a lot of funny jokes, I agree that comedienne Michelle Wolf probably went over the line in her personal attacks on Michelle HuckaSanders and KellyAnne Conway and that there was a lack of the usual praise for the First Amendment, which is what the night is supposed to be about. 

VEEP: Vice President Mike Pence will visit the border crossing in Calexico in Imperial County tomorrow to check look at the border wall prototypes and talk to Border Patrol agents. It's the second busiest Mexico-California behind the San Ysidro crossing and similarly has many daily international commuters. Trump was there last month.

Pence was at NASA's JPL facility in Pasadena yesterday. At this hour he's having a fundraising brunch with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at the beachfront home of fanancier Marc Stern in Malibu and followed up with a roundtable discussion with the biggest donors in Beverly Hills tomorrow. Tickets start at $10,000/couple in a joint fundraising split of funds for the midterms.

Both Pence and Trump got out of town the weekend of the "nerd prom."

US SENATE: For Politico, David Siders looks at the online "army" Senator Kamala Harris has built as she eyes a 2020 presidential bid, which would be a "free ride" for her.

[Bernie] Sanders has not yet said if he will run again in 2020. But two years after the Vermont senator demonstrated the potency of a populist message married to an online, small-dollar operation — he raised $54 million in donations of $200 or less by the end of 2015 alone — Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and other top 2020 Democratic prospects are applying lessons drawn directly from his experience.

GOV: Gavin Newsom's ad is certainly in heavy rotation this morning on the Sunday shows. Of course, the $10 million independent expenditure for Antonio Villaraigosa is getting a lot of play as well. In Sacramento, it's the race for district attorney grabbing lots of airtime. 

The IE committee reported yesterday spending $1.4 million on telephone calls. That's a big buy.

At the Times, Seema Mehta and Phil Willon write about the spending.

GOV: Assemblyman Travis Allen reports that his petition gathering signatures to oppose sanctuary cities has received 35,000 signatures from 300 cities, reports Roxana Kopetman in the Register. Can you say fundraising list? He had only $147,609 on hand on April 21 and has zero chance of advancing to November and he's already handed his Assembly to Westminster councilmember Tyler Diep. Allen isn't termed out until 2024 and will likely return to being a financial planner.

CA39 (Fullerton): The LAT's Christine Mai-Duc reports on this increasing ugliness among Democrats in the fight to take on Congressman Ed Royce, with the latest being charges by Andy Thorburn against Gil Cisneros.  



CalWORKS: In his Sunday column, John Myers looks at how Jerry Brown's fiscal conservativism has not helped the state's welfare recipients in keeping up with inflation in the same matter he supported in 2016 for the state's minimum wage.

THE "CARAVAN": The LAT's Cindy Camano and Pauline Repard report that US officials that some members of the Central American immigration "caravan" that arrived in Tijuana last week have illegally crossed into to the United States.

A pregnant woman and some children as young as 4 were detected entering the U.S. through a canyon that authorities described in a statement as dark, treacherous and "notorious for human and drug smuggling.

They were said to have climbed over a dilapidated scrap metal border fence on either side of the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

Most are believed to be from Honduras and are still in TJ awaiting hearings on asylum claims, expected to be made today, citing the horrible crime in their home country. American officials generally want them to seek asylum in Mexico instead.


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   



SB 827 (Wiener): For CALmatters, Dan Walters looks back at the fight over Senator Scott Wiener's housing bill that divided normal allies and was widely opposed by local governments for state overreach and where we go from here in the debate from more housing, particularly next to public mass transit.

AB 2108 (McCarty and Gonzalez Fletcher): The story of the failure of the bill to ban tackle football among youth in California under the age of 12 continues with a story by Ryan Kartje in the Register about a family in Ladera Ranch that lost their son to suicide, which they believe is associated with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) from concussions in youth football.

Greg was the one who introduced his son to football, who signed him up for Pop Warner at age 9, who went to all of his games and volunteered as team manager. He was on the sideline that day, tracking snaps, as one boy came sprinting downhill toward his son. He did not see their helmets collide, but in some moments, he’s still haunted by questions of how and why.

The Ransoms paid extra for their son’s helmet, just to be safe. The truth is neither Greg nor his wife, Courtney, ever worried about him on the football field. By 12, James had played three years of tackle. He was one of the Stallions’ biggest players. He was tough, the kind of kid who scraped a knee and kept moving. That night, after the hit, he acted no different. It wasn’t until later, away from the field’s amber glow, that Greg noticed the dried blood around his ear.


Probolsky Research



#CAKEDAY!: Light the candles for Evan Minton, Andre Quintero and Tom White!



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  • Please join the Women’s Foundation of California for the 2018 Legislative Reception, celebrating the Women’s Policy Institute State and Local classes. We will honor the accomplishments of U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, the co-founders of the We Said Enough campaign, and co-founder of Líderes Campesinas and Alianza Nacional de Campesinas Mily Treviño-Sauceda. Join us in recognizing the leaders of California’s gender justice movement. Tue, May 8, 5–7PM (program begins promptly at 5:30) at the Sacramento Meeting Place, Adelante Room, 1414 K Street, first floor. Refreshments will be served. RSVP here!

  • Imprenta Communications Group Seeks Account Coordinator to Join Our Sacramento Office. Successful candidate will have 1-3 years previous experience working at a public relations agency, on political campaigns, political staff, or corporate marketing. The ideal candidate is a hard-working, professional, and dedicated individual seeking to empower communities of color. Spanish or Asian language fluency preferred. Full job description can be viewed here. Submit resume and cover letter to Ken Tiratira at for consideration.

  • 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

With New Ideas To Boost Welfare Grants, California Lawmakers Now Must Take On Gov. Jerry Brown
John Myers @
Democrats in the California Legislature will need to claim the moral high ground to push back against Gov. Jerry Brown's refusal to boost cash subsidies for needy families, help that has been below poverty standards for more than a decade.

New Tax Laws Mean 'paycheck Checkup' | The Sacramento Bee
Mark Glover @
By Mark Glover

Cracking The Golden State Killer Case: Clever Detective Work Or A Violation Of Privacy?
Joseph Serna, Richard Winton, Tracey Lien, Benjamin Oreskes, Paige St. John @
Experts say the way authorities matched DNA from decades-old crime scenes to a suspect arrested this week in the Golden State Killer case represents a glimpse into a future in which virtually all genetic information is accessible to the government.

Kamala Harris builds an online army

Ahead of 2020, the California senator is applying lessons drawn from Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.

Unlikely Friendship Leads To Carlsbad Man's Exoneration After 38 Years In Prison
Pam Kragen @
Michael Bender was a teenager in 1969 when his family moved to the small city, which back then was so remote it had no freeway access.

Costs To Move Pg&e, At&t Lines Add Up For Bullet Train | The Fresno Bee
Tim Sheehan @
By Tim Sheehan

200 National Guard Members Headed To California-mexico Border Next Week
Alene Tchekmedyian @
About 200 Guard members were expected to arrive at Camp Roberts in Central California Saturday for training before deploying to El Centro and San Diego in the middle of next week, Lt. Col. Thomas W. Keegan said in a statement.

Gowdy: Some Allegations Against Ronny Jackson ‘warrant' Investigation - Politico

Gowdy specified that Congress was not the appropriate body to investigate all allegations of misconduct by Jackson, referencing in particular claims the Navy doctor overprescribed sleeping pills while serving in the White House.

Cathleen Decker

Sonoma County Grapples With Tenuous Economic Recovery After October Wildfires

In a Very Different Washington, Trump Unloads on a Litany of Adversaries

President Trump held a campaign-style rally in Washington Township, Mich., forgoing the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner for the second consecutive year.