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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

The 4 Dueling Immigration Bills The House Could Vote On | The Sacramento Bee
If a band of Republican centrists can pull it off, the House could vote this year on four dueling immigration bills over the objections of party leaders.

Governor Brown To Release Updated California Budget Proposal -
Ben Adler @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Both California Senators Will Oppose Gina Haspel For Cia Director
Chris Megerian @
Both of California’s U.S. senators will vote against Gina Haspel to lead the CIA, and her confirmation in the full Senate appears increasingly shaky. 

East Area Rapist Golden State Killer: Defense Lawyer Wants Warrants Sealed | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Gov. Jerry Brown Warns That Delta Tunnels Project Could Be Jeopardized If Momentum Is Not Maintained
Patrick McGreevy @
Gov. Jerry Brown warned local water agency officials throughout California Thursday that unless the delta tunnels project gets needed permits soon and continues advancing, the major infrastructure project may not happen in their lifetime.

California Governor Signs Order To Reduce Wildfire Danger | The Sacramento Bee
Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order on Thursday that aims to reduce the dangers of wildfires following some of the deadliest and most destructive blazes in state history.

As Californians Shed Their Political Party Labels, Independent Voters Are Close To Outnumbering Republicans
John Myers @
A new statewide voter registration report finds only two-tenths of a percentage point separating Republicans from unaffiliated "independent" voters, the latest chapter in a precipitous drop for the party that once dominated California politics.

Get To Know California's Candidates For Governor - The San Diego Union-tribune

Momentum Builds For Removal Of Rancho Seco Nuclear Waste | The Sacramento Bee
Emily Cadei @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Golden State Killer Suspect May Be Linked To Earlier Cordova Cat Burglar Attacks
Richard Winton, Benjamin Oreskes @
Before he was suspected of being the Visalia Ransacker, the East Area Rapist or the Golden State Killer, investigators believe their suspect in a string of murders and rapes in California was a prolific cat burglar.

UC Hospitals Resume Normal Operations As Three-day Strike Ends - The San Diego Union-tribune
Paul Sisson @
Why aren't Americans getting flu shots?

Trump To Huddle With Senate Republicans Next Week - Politico

President Donald Trump will discuss ongoing negotiations with North Korea and the economy with Senate Republicans next Tuesday. | Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images

Timeline: An L.A.-area Gang Member's Months Of Rule-breaking Before A Cop Killing
Richard Winton, Abbie VanSickle @
Michael Christopher Mejia, an admitted gang member, was given multiple short jail stints for repeatedly violating the terms of his release from prison during the months before he allegedly killed a Whittier police officer.

Elk Grove's Laura Gill Waived Right To Sue For $297,000 | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @
By Diana Lambert

‘skank’ And Racism Charges: Florida’s Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Gets Ugly

The controversy involving the two campaigns, their surrogates and two outside political groups added a dose of drama to what until now had been a sleepy Democratic race for governor with at least 40 percent of the electorate undecided.

Video Of An Arrest In Vista Sparks Anger At Sheriff's Department
Jeff McDonald @
Within hours of its posting on social media and the San Diego Union-Tribune website Tuesday, more than 100,000 people viewed the 22-second video that appears to show Vista deputies roughing up two men after they were handcuffed.

Lawyer Says He Took Schneiderman Abuse Allegations To Trump Attorney - Politico

The attorney said he did so because Eric Schneiderman and Donald Trump were locked in a legal battle over alleged fraud in the Trump University real estate program. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Scientists Develop A 3-d View Of An Interstellar Cloud, Where Stars Are Born
Amina Khan @
Astronomers have accomplished a difficult feat: determining the 3-D structure of an interstellar cloud, where stars are born.