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BACK-UP PLAN? The independent expenditure committee to support Antonio Villaraigosa is sitting on millions, mostly from Reed Hastings, homebuilder Eli Broad and former LA mayor Richard Riordan. It's not clear if the committee will spend it as Villaraigosa seemingly falls behind Rancho Santa Fe businessman John Cox and even Assemblymember Travis Allen approach Villaraigosa in some polls.

These are the biggest supporters of EdVoice, the leading advocacy group for charters and publicly education reform in California. I have no idea what the post-primary reserves will likely be, but it's likely to be in the millions. 

The money can't be refunded, but can be turned over to the allied EdVoice or California Charter Schools Association. Sure, not tax-refundable, but that's not really a priority here.

MILLION MATTERS: The April end-of-month personal income tax numbers were $500 million above projections. Yes, Virginia, it's Christmas. Great fiscal year as the Legislature attacks the 2018-2019 budget, but there are plenty of debates ahead. That said, the "car tax/VLF increase" balloot measures are almost certain to increase.

Will the Legislature respond immediately? If it does not, the money will be in the "infrastructure lockbox" as of July 1. Schools and colleges have no problem with that, but that's not what campaigns are built around. 





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: Attorney General's Office is seeking a subject matter expert (advocate)
  • 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   



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  • Attorney General's Office is seeking a subject matter expert in areas such as civil law, criminal law, public rights and law enforcement. The Advocate represents the Department of Justice on legislative matters before the State Legislature. The job can be viewed here.
  • 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
  • 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 Bill Blocks Prosecution Of Lawmaker Residency Requirement | The Sacramento Bee
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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

President's Former Doctor Claims Trump Dictated Flattering Health Letter - Politico

"[Trump] dictated the letter and I would tell him what he couldn't put in there," Dr. Harold Bornstein told CNN. | Joe Marino/NY Daily News via Getty Images

Los Angeles Times And Other Outlets Sue For Records In Golden State Killer Case
Alene Tchekmedyian @
Attorneys for the Los Angeles Times and several other news outlets are suing for court records related to the arrest of the Golden State Killer and the search of his Citrus Heights home.

Stephon Clark Police Shooting: Latest Info On Controversy | The Sacramento Bee
Nashelly Chavez @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Auditor: University Of California Late On Budget Fixes -
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Kevin Mccarthy On Political Anger And Political Risk :: Fox&hounds
rhonda Lyons @

Genetic Website Subpoenaed In California Serial Killer Probe -
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Sacramento Fastest Growing Big City In California In Population | The Sacramento Bee
Anthony Sorci @
By Anthony Sorci

Trump Touts Renewed 'spirit' At State Dept. Under Pompeo - Politico

Pompeo was officially sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito last Thursday shortly after the Senate confirmed him as the 70th U.S. secretary of state by a vote of 57-42.

Post Offices That Are Also Banks? Genius Idea. But Don't Hold Your Breath
David Lazarus @
Last week, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, introduced legislation to create a Postal Bank, empowering the nation's vast network of post offices to offer checking and savings accounts, and to provide low-interest short-term loans.

'Cocaine Mitch': This West Virginia Senate GOP candidate takes anti-establishment politics way too far

Don Blankenship seems to be doing everything he can to make sure Mitch McConnell sinks him.

Dianne Feinstein Drops Hard Opposition To Recreational Pot | The Sacramento Bee
Kate Irby @
By Kate Irby

L.A. School Board Makes A Bold, Controversial Choice In Beutner
Howard Blume @
The Los Angeles Board of Education has named former investment banker Austin Beutner as leader of the nation's second-largest school system.

Rubio walks back criticism of GOP tax law

'Overall, the Republican tax-cut bill has been good for Americans,' the Florida Republican wrote.

It's No Contradiction: We Can Condemn Blackface, Milo And Hatred While Defending The Right To Be Offensive
Robin Abcarian @
Once again free speech is under assault. We must defend it, whether we are disgusted or not, and that goes for a student wearing blackface on a college campus, a professor spouting hate at a former first lady or a vulgar comedian speaking truth to power.

Trump Suggests He May Intervene In Doj Release Of Clinton Probe Documents - Politico

But Justice Department officials appear to be losing patience with GOP lawmakers' hard-nosed tactics, including suggestions that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein be impeached for defying requests for congressional oversight.

Oklahoma Company Takes Over Pacific Park On Santa Monica Pier
Hugo Martin @
Premier Parks operates more than a dozen Wet 'n' Wild water parks across the country.