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Happy Monday! Perfect weather today in Sac. If you have $3.9 million, you can buy the "Lady Bird" house in the Fab 40s.

The voter registration deadline is a week from today.

POTUS? Eric Garcetti  delivered the commencement address at Southern New Hampshire University yesterday, reports Cindy Chang for the Times.  

POTUS? Matier and Ross write in the Chron about Kamala Harris's national popularity.

GOV: In the Bee, Angela Hart reports that the Asian American Small Busiiness political action committee has launched a social media IE against Gavin Newsom focusing on his affair with a 19-year-old staffer when he was mayor. She was married and he was going through a divorce. The committee is funded by many special interests.

GOV: In the Chron, Joe Garafoli looks at where the gubernatorial candidates stand on health care, a fight certainly to continue into the next legislative session.

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: George Skelton writes that Jerry Brown is leaving a gift for the next governor--a budget surplus. Friday's revised budget proposal has an $8.9 billion surplus. 

Dan Walters also reports on the budget for CALmatters.

SANCTUARY: In the WaPo, Scott Wilson writes about the fight between the California state government ans some local governments over the state's "sanctuary" law.  


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   


CA-TX: For Fox and Hounds, Joe Mathews asks why if North and South Korea can have a summit, why can't California and Texas?


Probolsky Research





#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Michelle Gomez, Mike Feuer, Rose Kapolczynski, Tom Ross, Varva Sarveshar, and Congresswoman Mimi Walters!



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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

There's A California Election Coming Up. But If History Is Any Guide, Most Voters Won't Show Up
John Myers @
Through good times and bad, heated races and yawn-inducing ones alike, there's one thing that has stayed constant in California primaries for governor: Most voters don't show up.

Commencements, State Funding Hang In Balance Amid Uc, Union Standoff | The Sacramento Bee
Cathie Anderson @
"Our top priority has been and continues to be the outsourcing of our jobs," de los Angeles said. "The UC has failed to acknowledge that is even an issue, which is a huge problem if they want to get together and talk with our negotiators. UC really needs to acknowledge our biggest concern, which is outsourcing."

Florida To Monitor Broward Election Chief After Judge Finds ‘unlawful’ Ballot Destruction In Wasserman Schultz Race

Tim Canova, a Nova Southeastern University law professor who ran against Wasserman Schultz in 2016 and is challenging her again this year as an independent, said Scott should suspend Snipes for destroying the paper ballots while his lawsuit is was ongoing. Snipes has said it was a mistake and has noted her office made copies of the ballots.

Where Is San Diego's Gas Tax Money Going? - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Emerson Smith @

Eric Garcetti, Still Weighing A Presidential Run, Delivers Commencement Address In New Hampshire
Cindy Chang @
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti delivered a commencement speech in New Hampshire on Sunday, adding another notch to his travels in key primary states as he contemplates a run for president.

Ca Governor's Race: Social Media Ads Target Newsom Affairs | The Sacramento Bee
Angela Hart @
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Lawsuits Target City Over New Laws For Homeless Housing Projects And Motel Conversions
Dakota Smith @
A group of Venice residents filed a lawsuit Friday against the city of L.A. that challenges two recent laws that make it easier for the city to house homeless people. The laws are supported by Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Read Trump’s Speech On The Opening Of The U.S. Embassy In Jerusalem - Politico

President Donald Trump, on screen, delivers a speech Monday during the opening ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. The opening took place amid deadly clashes along the Israeli-Palestinian border. | Sebastian Scheiner/AP Photo

Actor Danny Glover To Speak At Sacramento Rally | The Sacramento Bee
Bob Shallit @
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Jared Kushner May Face New Scrutiny Over Tangled Financial Holdings
David Willman @
Massive debts owed by Jared Kushner's family-owned real estate company have intersected with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the election.

East Area Rapist: 12 Slayings Began With Double Murder In Rancho Cordova | The Sacramento Bee
Marjie Lundstrom And Sam Stanton @
On a clear winter night in February 1978, a young couple left their Rancho Cordova apartment around 9 p.m. to walk the dog.

Homeless Outreach Teams Ready To Bring Services To The Streets
Doug Smith @
With money from Measure H pouring in, Los Angeles County's homeless services authority is rebuilding a disjointed outreach system. By summer, every part of the county will be covered by teams able to promptly respond to calls for service posted on a public website.

Mitt Romney Calls Pastor Who Will Deliver Blessing At Jerusalem Embassy Opening 'religious Bigot' - Politico

"Such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer that opens the United States Embassy in Jerusalem," Mitt Romney wrote on Twitter. | Rick Bowmer/AP Photo

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Wilbur Ross: We’re Exploring ‘alternative Remedies’ For Zte Ban - Politico

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross leaves his hotel in Beijing, Friday, May 4, 2018. A high-powered U.S. delegation met for a second day of talks with Chinese officials on defusing tensions that are propelling the world's largest two economies toward a trade war. | Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo