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THE GOLDEN STATE: With all the doom and gloom about California, data out Friday from the US Department of Commerce showed the state as the fifth largest economy in the world, surpassing Great Britain, writes Benjy Egel in the Bee.

GOP CONVENTION: Patrick Little, the neo-nazi Republican candidate for U.S. Senate that was found in second in a recent poll was kicked out of the party convention yesterday, reports Joe Garafoli in the Chron.

As Little was led from the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, he was “kicking and dragging an Israeli flag on the ground,” said GOP consultant Luis Alvarado, who witnessed Little’s removal. “That doesn’t represent our values.”

“There is no room for that kind of speech here,” said Cynthia Bryant, executive director of the state party.

When Little tried to register for the convention Saturday, Bryant said, Little said he was a Republican. She said she replied, “But you’re not welcome here.” Bryant said political parties are private organizations and can exclude any person they choose.

Politico's Carla Marinucci reports on the GOP gathering and the strategy to dislodge the lockbox Democrats have politically in the state. 



AD60 (Corona): For CALmatters, Ben Christopher looks at the campaign of Bill Essalyi (R) against Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D). 

“I’m not running as a Muslim candidate,” he told an early-bird crowd gathered Saturday to hear from the “New Voices of the Republican Party” over breakfast. “My religion drives my moral compass, but it’s not everything that I am. I’m an American that happens to be Muslim.”

Along with Asif Mahmood who is running for insurance commissioner, Essalyi hopes to make history for the Muslim community.

BAGHDAD BY THE BAY: AP's Janie Har looks at the hot race for San Francisco mayor to fill the vacancy created by Ed Lee's death:

The winner will inherit a divided city rolling in both wealth and misery as the tech-based boom that defined San Francisco for much of the decade shows little sign of abating. Residents and tourists are horrified by homeless tent camps and human waste on the streets, even as the median home price hit $1.3 million in March. People are cranky over congested streets and vehicle break-ins.


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
  • Event: California Council on Science and Technology policy briefing
  • 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: Local Health Plans of California seeks a Program Manager
  • 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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  • Local Health Plans of California seeks a Program Manager to work across multiple teams providing management, coordination, and support needed to execute programs and initiatives. Ideal candidate is a self-starter, good writer, client service oriented, has an eye for detail, and believes in California’s local health plans’ mission. Salary BOE. Details.
  • CCST Expert Briefing: “From Drips of Data to Pools of Information: Designing an Open Water Data Platform That Works for California” Thursday, May 17th, 12:00pm-1:00pm in Capitol Room 115. Hosted by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST). What is an open water data platform? How can it be used to inform California policy? Join us for a conversation with experts from UC Water, the Water Foundation, and the Dept. of Water Resources to discuss the implementation, use cases, and timeline of the Open and Transparent Water Data Act, AB 1755 (Dodd, 2016). Organized in partnership with the office of Senator Dodd and moderated by Dr. Susan Hubbard, CCST Council Member and Associate Laboratory Director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. To receive a to-go lunch box following the briefing, RSVP by Noon on May 16th to Puneet at
  • 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.
  • 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!

  • 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

Twin Election Strategies: As Trump Rails About Immigration, His Supporters Offer A Rosy View Of Tax Cuts
Cathleen Decker @
The event was wholly political, however, and it served to illustrate the competing sallies for Republicans this election year: one seeking to attract a broad swath of voters by touting the administration's effect on Americans' lives, the other driven by the president's desire to exaggerate and argue about grievances dating back to his election campaign.

GOP Hopes To Use Gas Tax Repeal, Sanctuary State Controversy To Boost Conservative Voter Turnout - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @

Separating Water And Politics Isn't Easy In California
Bettina Boxall @
A state commission's tortured deliberations over how to allocate a pot of state bond money shows how tough it is to take the politics out of funding for water projects.

Three Anti-fascist Demonstrators Face Felony Charges In 2016 Capitol Melee | The Sacramento Bee
Darrell Smith @
Felony assault charges will go forward against the three anti-fascist demonstrators arrested in connection with a

John Cox, Travis Allen Court State GOP Delegates Before Endorsement Vote For California Governor
Seema Mehta, Phil Willon @
Tension has been mounting between the GOP candidates for governor, but on Saturday, the pair was restrained from criticizing one another as they made their pitch to hundreds of delegates at the state Republican Party convention.

As He Leaves Office, Rep. Darrell Issa Said He Hopes His Efforts To Increase Transparency Endure - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @

Maker Of Smart Luggage Goes Out Of Business After Airlines Ban Bags With Built-in Batteries
Hugo Martin @
New York-based Bluesmart Inc., which started in 2014 with more than $2 million from a crowdfunding campaign, announced that it is going out of business, after several major airlines banned luggage with built-in lithium batteries because of the threat of fires igniting in the cargo compartment.

Congressional Republicans Walk The Line On Trump At California Convention -
Andrew Bowen @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Republican candidates run against a Washington controlled by Republicans

Both outsider candidates and ambitious GOP lawmakers criticize the capital, echoing President Trump’s constant attacks and calls to “drain the swamp.”

Sacramento Homeless Program Pays For Attending Meetings And Writing Policies | The Sacramento Bee
Cynthia Hubert @
By Cynthia Hubert

Democrats Are 'coming For All Of Us,' Warns Vulnerable GOP Rep. Mimi Walters
Rep. Mimi Walters painted a dire picture for her fellow California Republicans Friday night.

UCSF hospital workers to strike Monday

Tens of thousands of health care workers are scheduled to go on strike Monday across the University of California system, including UCSF Medical Center, which rescheduled surgeries and delayed cancer treatments for several hundred patients. While the medical centers will be affected the most, every part of the 10-campus system will feel the impact, with workers at student health centers and in some other parts of the campuses also walking out. The planned three-day walkout is an effort by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 to persuade the university system to increase salaries and address racial and gender pay inequalities.

A Beloved Taco Joint Run By An 81-year-old Matriarch May Get Crushed To Make Way For Chipotle
Steve Lopez @
If things go as planned, a bulldozer will one day demolish Teddy's Tacos, a small, family-owned restaurant in City of Industry where loyal customers enjoy the fresh ingredients and special touches.

Dershowitz: Giuliani Playing Into Prosecutors' Hands - Politico

"... The Trump team has to speak with a single narrative," said Alan Dershowitz, a legal scholar and Harvard Law professor emeritus. | Getty