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Well, hello there. You've almost made it. Great weather in the 95811. I'm sitting out on my balcony watching the neighborhood cat wander around the courtyard and finding her favorite sitting place in the sun. She's a lovely cat, but I have to remind her that I'm totally allergic and can only pet her when I'm going right back in my place. She's right  now basking in a pile of dirt left behind by the removal of a dead tree in the courtyard. I think she is both taking a crap and grooming herself. Multi-tasking is marvelous.

THE "IRON DUKE:" George Skelton looks back at the life and times of the late George Deukmejian:

George Deukmejian was a role model for the type of officeholder we desperately need in today's hyperventilated, polarized politics.

He was a quiet leader who didn't continually need to hear his own voice.

He was committed to his conservative causes but flexible enough when circumstances changed to tell his political base to take a hike.

He was highly ethical, never touched even by the whiff of scandal.

SPORTS PAGE: Always good to see the Giants score in the top of the first. Wow, it's an early game (currently 10:15 PDT). Pablo Sandoval is playing 1st base today, and Buster Posey gets a day off. Of course, we'll be in the eighth inning when you see thiis. Hopefully you got the boss on the early flight. Of course, the Padres host the Cardinals at 1:10pm, Angels host the Twins at 7:07, and the Padres host the Cards at 7:10pm, as do the Dodger hos the Reds at the same time.

Yup, I'm really craving a "Dodger Dog."

Giants vs.Phillies is onlt online through Facebook because, you know, we can't disrupt soap operas, 

GOV: Capitol Public Radio has launched a new podcast profiling the candidates for governor.

GOV: Labor reported big money ($2.55 million) for an IE supporting Gavin Newsom. Meanwhile, a PAC funded by the California Medical Association and California Dental Association is spending big against John Chiang.

The IE committee for Villaraigosa picked up $1 million from San Francisco venture capitalist Arthur Rock.

Meanwhile, the money flows for the California Democratic Party.

HOUSING: In the Times, Liam Dillon looks at what the major candidates for governor plan to do about the housing crisis. 

SUPT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: EdVoice has an IE committee to support Marshall Tuck. With yesterday's $600,000, they are up to over $4.6 million. The pro-charter school group is heavily funded by the Walton (Walmart) family, as well as The Gap founding family, the Fishers, and Eli Broad.



SD29 (Fullerton): The California Republican Party has an $80,000 paid walker program for the recall election of Josh Newman.

LEAD: For CALmatters, Laurel Rosenhall looks at the initiative by lead paint manufactures to shiift the cost of toxic cleanup to taxpayers. We're talking hundreds of millions of dollars ordere by courts for remediation.


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   


$$$: In the Chron, Rachel Swan reports on spending by billionaire George Soros in northern California district attorney races, including Sacramento's, in favor of candidates that support criminal justice reform. Apparently local liberal public officials haven't withdrawn their endorsements of DA Anne Marie Schubert. Black Lives Matter Sacramento has another barbecue at Schubert's office this afternoon. They've been doing it for seven weeks as the Stephon Clark shooting investigation continues.

This is probably the most sustained non-professional protests seen in Sacramento.  


Probolsky Research





SILLY SEASON: How much did the Caifornia Democratic Party have to pay Olson Hagel to report this $2.00 expenditure? I've been on the bill-paying of this and for a ballot measure and we'll just say it's not cheap. Nothing against the firm, which is great. We need a better system of reporting, such as online, because there's thing called the Internet.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Alex Burrrola and Chandra Sharma!



Add your classified of up to 100 words by emailing for $40/week.
  • 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

More Voters Signed Up In San Diego County After Trump's Victory Than After Either Of Obama's Wins - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart, Lauryn Schroeder @
The potential consequences of the changing electorate are perhaps most clear in the 76th and 77th state Assembly districts in North County. The GOP once had solid voter registration advantages there, and the two seats are both held by Republican Assembly members. But the two major parties are now at a near tie, and Democrats could flip the electorate in the months ahead of the general election if trends continue.

How California's Candidates For Governor Want To Fix The State's Housing Problems
Liam Dillon @
The six major candidates for California governor believe lots more housing supply is needed to fix the state's affordability crisis.

California Bill Allows Lawmaker To Call Himself A Cpa | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Committed To His Ethics And Transparent Governing, George Deukmejian Represented The Best Of American Politics
George Skelton @
He was a quiet leader who didn't continually need to hear his own voice.

These House Republicans Might Force A Vote On Immigration | The Sacramento Bee
Kate Irby @
By Kate Irby

Senate Democrats Believe Net Neutrality Is A Political Winner As They Try To Reinstate Regulations
Jim Puzzanghera @
"We're now one step away from allowing the American public to see where their elected officials stand on protecting their internet service," said Schumer, as the Democrats formally launched an effort to restore the regulations scrapped last year by the Federal Communications Commission.

Republicans Unite On Prison Reform While Liberals Hold Out | The Sacramento Bee
Andrea Drusch @
By Andrea Drusch

Us Government Picks San Diego To Test Autonomous Drone Deliveries - The San Diego Union-tribune
Jennifer Van Grove @
San Diego has agreed to sell 16 lots in Nestor for $1 each, in the pursuit of affordable housing. The nonprofit San Diego Community Land Trust plans to build three and four-bedroom homes there for people with moderate incomes. That means a family of five with an income of up to $102,750.

Families Tell Epa Chief Of Deaths Linked To Paint Stripper | The Sacramento Bee
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has met with families of two men whose deaths were linked to a toxic compound in a widely sold paint stripper, weeks after lawmakers pressed him about an Obama-era rule that would limit sales to consumers.

House Republicans, Defying Leaders, Move to Force Immigration Votes
Sheryl Gay Stolberg @

More than a dozen House Republicans created a petition to force votes on immigration legislation, hoping to settle the uncertain futures of the so-called Dreamers.

Gretchen Carlson Backs Bill To End Forced Arbitration In Ca | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Mulvaney Rankles Congress With Call To Curb Its Expenses - Politico

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told lawmakers Congress should cut $327 million from its $3.8 billion Legislative Branch funding bill. | Susan Walsh/AP Photo

Chula Vista Articles, Photos, And Videos - San Diego Union Tribune

California Grid Operator Warns Of Tight Power Supplies | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
By Dale Kasler

Ryan aims to quash GOP-led rebellion trying to force votes on immigration

House Republican leaders have quietly cajoled rank-and-file lawmakers not to sign on to a petition, arguing it could create a free-for-all in the middle of an election year.

More Harassment Claims Surface Against Santa Clara County Supe Candidate Dominic Caserta | San Jose Inside
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California Regulators Approve Mandate For Solar Panels On New Houses
Andrew Khouri @
The California Energy Commission voted 5-0 to approve the measure, which also applies to multifamily buildings of three stories or fewer. The mandate is set to take effect in 2020 and does not need the approval of the Legislature.