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GOV: As ballots land in our mailboxes, Ben Adler gives a backgrounder on the gubernatorial candidates for Capital Public Radio before tonight's debate in San Jose sponsored by NBC Bay Area and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. And, yes, Gavin is expected to show up. Capital Public Radio will be streaming the debate, which begins at 6:30pm. It will also be televised on several NBC stations across the state. 

Meanwhile, Joe Garafoli writes in the Chron that the race will likely get uglier as Election Day nears.

There's a new ad in rotation with Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords touting Gavin Newsom's gun control credentials.

CA39 (Fullerton): The LAT's Christine Mai-Duc reports that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has dropped ads attack Republicans in the crowded race to succeed retiring Ed Royce.

$$$: For Capital Public Radio, Sammy Caiola reports on the $1 billion health care package for low income Californians, including undocumented residents, unveiled in an Assembly Budget subcommittee hearing yesterday. The proposal surfaced as state revenues have come in well above projections included in the governor's January proposed budget. Here's the agenda item.

INSURANCE COMMISH: I just saw the ad for Asid Mahmood for the first time this morning. Strong ad. 



SD29 (Fullerton): In the Times, Patrick McGreevy reports on the recall election sought against Sen. Josh Newman by Republicans over his vote on the gas tax. Newman isn't up for election until 2020, which is why it's a recall.

Joel Fox writes that the candidates who hope to succeed Newman aren't exactly lions. Of course, voters will be asked whether Newman should be recalled and, then, ask who they would have the office. If no candidate receives 50%, there will be a runoff in November. Of course, there is also a regular primary for SD29 next Tuesday. 

As you know, I grew up in the heart of this district (dad still lives there). It's one of the most apolitical areas in the state. Sure, people have strong opinions on national politics, but local politics are just not something that's on most voters' agendas. And, in 2016, the district voted for Clinton over Trump by 12.7%. However, in 2014, Neel Kashkari dominated, defeating Jerry Brown by 7.8%. It's a district where voters frequently think nationally and ignore local politics, and there are few groups that organize to work on campaigns. Yup, I was a co-founder of Orange County Young Democrats with Paul Mitchell

Obviously, as we see everywhere, turnout is different in presidential versus mid-term years. And, of course, primary elections are generally reflective a narrow segment of the most passionate voters. People really don't understand who can vote when. Republicans locked their presidential primary to only their registered voters, while the other parties opened it up for all. That was for the presidential primary. Any registered voter can vote in the June 5 election. 

I haven't seen any polling on the recall election. Polling used to be so commonplace, but as I have written, has become a lot more expensive and less reliable.

The SD29 recall is a complete unknown at this point. Republicans want it to deny Democrats a continued supermajority, but that is so less relevant these days. That's reflected by the Republican-aligned interests (moneyed business groups), who really aren't playing big in the recall campaign. Of course, many of these groups supported the gas tax increase for roads, fearing general tax increases if it failed. There were no alternatives offered, to my knowledge.

ADWARS: The Tony Thurmond ad for SPI is a wonderful fete, and whoever did it needs to get the fists up.


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

Assembly Democrats Make Pitch For $1 Billion In Healthcare Spending In Upcoming Budget Talks
Melanie Mason @
As budget negotiating season heats up, Assembly Democrats are making their priorities clear, proposing $1 billion in new healthcare spending that includes expanding Medi-Cal coverage to young adults without legal status and subsidizing insurance premiums for the poor.

24,000 Union Workers To Strike In May At UC Hospitals, Campuses | The Sacramento Bee
Cathie Anderson @
More than 4,500 of the 24,000 AFSCME members work at the UC Davis campus and medical center.

Massive UC Workers' Strike Disrupts Dining, Classes And Medical Services
Teresa Watanabe, Joy Resmovits @
More than 20,000 workers across the University of California walked off their jobs Monday, disrupting dining, classes and medical services. Two more unions with 29,000 workers will join them Tuesday in a sympathy strike over wages, healthcare premiums and retirement terms.

Teacher Sex Harassment: Do Sporadic Incidents Leave Schools Powerless? | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @
The leaders of the Roseville Joint Union High School District encouraged members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee last month to pass Assembly Bill 2128, which would allow school administrators to consider an employee's disciplinary history beyond the four years currently allowed by law during disciplinary hearings.

Sen. Kamala Harris To Skip UC Berkeley Commencement In Support Of Striking Workers
Teresa Watanabe @
Sen. Kamala Harris won't deliver the commencement address at UC Berkeley this weekend in support of the UC workers strike.

Billionaire Soros Drops $1.5 Million Into Pac Supporting Da Candidate Jones-wright - The San Diego Union-tribune
Greg Moran @

Voter Guide: California 2018 Primary Election | The Sacramento Bee
Amy Chance @
By Amy Chance

Dccc Drops First Tv Ads Of 2018, Attacking Republicans Running For Ed Royce Seat
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will begin airing ads in one Orange County congressional district on Tuesday, signaling it’s ready to take a more active role in one of the most competitive open House seats in the country.

Richard Marin Of The Stoner Duo Cheech And Chong Awarded For More Than Pot | The Sacramento Bee
Connecting the dots on issues, people and news in the Sacramento region

Tourists In Los Angeles County Pumped A Record $22.7 Billion Into The Local Economy
Hugo Martin @
The 48.5 million visitors to Los Angeles County last year spent $22.7 billion, which had a $34.9-billion economic impact.

Sacramento Housing: New Apartment Growth Expected To Top All U.S. Cities | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak And Ryan Lillis @
A Los Angeles-based developer filed plans with the city of Sacramento on Monday to construct a six-story, 125-unit apartment building at Q Street and Redding Avenue, one block east of the light rail stop.

Kushner-backed Prison Reform Bill Finds New Life - Politico

The bill, backed by White House adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, would authorize funding for training programs to help rehabilitate prisoners. | Susan Walsh/AP Photo

Oliver North Set To Become The Next Nra President
Associated Press @
The National Rifle Assn. has announced that retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North is poised to become the gun lobbying group's next president.

California Governments Take Drugmakers To Court Over Opioid Crisis -
Sammy Caiola @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Ca Peace Officers Memorial Honors 6 Killed In 2017 | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

The Candidate Whoâ

Republicans in Washington, including President Trump, are encouraging West Virginians not to vote for Don Blankenship, a popular Senate candidate with a complicated past.

Transgender Women In Immigrant Caravan Flee Violence, Discrimination - The San Diego Union-tribune
Gustavo Solis @

Flake Blames Trump For Rise Of Blankenship In West Virginia - Politico

Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, blamed Trump on Monday for the rise of controversial Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship in West Virginia.

California Justice Calls For New Rules On Eyewitness Identification In Court
Maura Dolan @
A California Supreme Court justice, dissenting Monday in a death penalty decision, said the legislative and judicial branches must establish new rules to thwart inaccurate eyewitness identifications, one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions.