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AURAL PLEASURE: On the Capitol Weekly Podcast, John Howard and Tim Foster sit down with California Hospital Association CEO Carmela Coyle to talk about ways to reduce health care costs.

GOV: The California Teachers Association reported a new IE committee supporting Gavin Newsom yesterday, putting a little over $1 million into the committee.

GOV: In the Times, Phil Willon reports that Janice Hahn, who ran against her Newsom for lieutenant governor in 2010, has endorsed her former rival.

GOV: Also in the Times, Seema Mehta and Ryan Menezes check in on the pro-charter IE for Antonio Villaraigosa that has blanketed the airwaves. From my tally, the committee has taken in nearly $16 million.

AG: Patrick McGreevy takes a look for the Times at the hotly contested race for attorney general.

CA48 (Huntington Beach): On Friday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added Harley Rouda to its Red-to-Blue program in the Rohrabacher seat, and the Democratic Party of Orange County and the Californaia Democratic Party chair Eric Bauman are not pleased. It's a steaming mess down there! DCCC also announced an ad against Republican Scott Baugh beginning to air in the district starting today.



SPORTS BETTING: In the Chron, Bob Egelko and Kevin Fagan write that, following yesterday's Supreme Court ruling ending the ban on sports betting (four states allow it because they had it before a federal law banning expansion), it is possible California voters could see it on the November ballot. Because the state consitution bans it, it requires a vote of the people.  

Joel Fox opines that, if it is legalized, money should be used to reduce other taxes.


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   


FIRE LIABILITY: In the Chron, David R. Baker reports on the homeowners affected by last fall's wildfires to fight efforts by utility companies to prevent them from full liability when it's found that the fires were caused by downed power lines. Longtime education lobbyist Patrick McCallum is leading the charge. He and his wife, Sonoma State University President Judy Sakaki, lost their Sonoma County home in the fires. 


Probolsky Research



SAC DA: The Bee's Angela Hart reports that U.S. Senator Kamala Harris has endorsed challenger Noah Phillips in the hot Sacramento district attorney race. Most local Democrat elected offficials (all board of supervisors members and the mayor and 7/8 councilmembers) had endorsed incumbent Anne Marie Schubert before the Stephon Clark shooting.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to David Hildebrand and Jenesse Miller!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Yesterday, I wrote about the social media ad against Newsom alleging an affair with a 19-year-old on his staff. That was a different affair than when he was mayor, which was with a 33-year-old on his staff while he was going through a divorce. The 19-year-old was not on his staff. 



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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

A Few Rich Charter School Supporters Are Spending Millions To Elect Antonio Villaraigosa Governor
Seema Mehta, Ryan Menezes @
Gary Borden, senior vice president of the California Charter Schools Assn. Advocates, which is behind the pro-Villaraigosa independent expenditure group, said it is backing Villaraigosa for his history of challenging the status quo in education as mayor of Los Angeles. While he led the city, he tried to take over its schools and blasted the influence of the teachers union in Los Angeles.

Actor Danny Glover Talks At Capitol On Unions, Poor Workers | The Sacramento Bee
Benjy Egel @
By Benjy Egel

Health Officials Launch Ambitious Plan To Rid The World Of Trans Fats
Melissa Healy @
The World Health Organization is launching a first-ever global initiative to rid the food supply of artery-clogging trans-fatty acids. Every year, trans fat is responsible for more than half a million premature deaths due to cardiovascular disease.

CalPERS Survey Shows Ca City Pension Worries | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Democrats ready to run on health care in 2018

Candidates have a unified message blaming Republicans for ‘sabotaging’ the health law.

Sacramento Man Questioned Whether Car Idling Law Was Real | The Sacramento Bee
Nashelly Chavez @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

West Sacramento Launches On-demand Ride Hailing Program With Mercedes Vans -
Steve Milne @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Ca Lawmakers Oppose Funding Increase For Oil, Gas Regulator | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Legal Sports Betting Set To Explode After Court Ruling. But Get Ready For A Battle Over The Dollars
James F. Peltz, Hugo Martin, Lance Pugmire @
The Supreme Court's lifting of the federal ban on sports betting is expected to unleash tens of billions of dollars in legal sports wagering nationwide and set off a battle among California racetracks, Indian casinos and card clubs for a slice of the added betting revenues.

Initial Deployment Of California Troops Arrive At The Border - The San Diego Union-tribune
Carl Prine @
The restored B-17 Flying Fortress was a tough act for anyone to follow but Donald Foulks was up to the task. As a 22-year-old bombardier, he was imprisoned in Nazi Germany's infamous Stalag Luft III, site of "The Great Escape."

Trump's Cia Nominee Heads To Hill As Confirmation Appears Likely - Politico

Gina Haspel is headed back to the Senate this week for meetings with still-undecided senators ahead of an expected committee vote Wednesday, as she appears increasingly likely to win confirmation to lead the CIA.

Head Of Federal Water Agency Overseeing Efforts To Combat Tijuana Sewage Steps Down - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Emerson Smith @

Da Won't Charge Sacramento Man For Leaving His Car Running | The Sacramento Bee
Benjy Egel @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Legalized Sports Betting Could Be On California Ballot After Court Ruling
Patrick McGreevy @
Just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for states to legalize sports betting, a key assemblyman said he would pursue a state constitutional amendment that would allow the wagering in California.

Help For Yellowing Newspapers In Revised Brown Budget Proposal -
Bob Moffitt @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Amid Debate and Violence, Trump Delivers Embassy Victory to Christian Base
Elizabeth Dias @

The president’s evangelical supporters are celebrating the new American embassy in Jerusalem as another policy promise he has made good on.