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MONEY MATTERS: $2,403,750 in contributions to candidate and independent expenditure committees were reported yesterday.

Top 5 Contributions Reported on May 15, 2018
Contributor Recipient Amount
Bloomberg Michael R., Bloomberg L.P., Executive, New York, Ny 10022 Villaraigosa For Governor 2018, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates; Families & Teachers For Antonio , Id#1404354  $1,000,000
Edvoice For The Kids Pac,   Sacramento, Ca 95814, 1243091 Tuck For Superintendent Of Public Instruction 2018, A Project Of Edvoice; Students, Parents And Teachers Supporting Marshall , Id#1404715  $400,000
Day Robert A., Oakmont Corporation, Chairman And Ceo, Los Angeles, Ca 90017 Villaraigosa For Governor 2018, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates; Families & Teachers For Antonio , Id#1404354  $250,000
Granite Construction Company,   Watsonville, Ca 95076 Coalition To Protect Local Transportation Improvements, Yes On Prop. 69, Sponsored By Business, Labor, Local Governments, Transportation Advocates And Taxpayers , Id#1400937  $250,000
California Federation Of Teachers Cope,   Burbank, Ca 91505, 741857 Newsom For Governor 2018; Education Organizations For Gavin , Id#1405859  $125,000


TURNOUT FROM PAUL MITCHELL: From ~100k votes cast in CA... familiar trends: - Age 65-75 are 15% of ballots mailed to voters, but 28% of returned ballots. - Latinos 22% of ballots, 13% of returns - Republicans 26% of ballots, 34% of returns. All on your phone from 

YOU'VE GOT MAIL: For Capitol Weekly, Jessica Hice reports on the Voter's Choice Act counties--Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, San Mateo--which, under a new state law are mailing every registered voter a ballot, which can be returned by mail or at "voting centers," rather than having neighborhood polling places. Oregon already does this statewide. It'll be interesting to look at the Pennsylvania turnout numbers, as Philly was getting clobbered by deadly storms during the evening drive-time hours last night.

MONEY MATTERS: Millions more in independent expenditure dollars flowed in/out yesterday for the races for governor, lieutenant governor, and superintendent of public instruction, so don't expect those commercials to subside.

GOV: There's a poll floating around today conducted online among the nine Bay Area counties only, testing on statewide candidates. Can you tell me the utility of that? Is it for the future if Tim Draper's "Three Californias" initiative qualifies, is approved by the voters and Congress? 

The purpose of the poll was about Bay Area economic issues by a respected business group, but there was no utility of testing the preference for governor.

GOV: Gubernatorial candidate Delaine Eastin released a new ad yesterday that includes clips of her challengers saying that they "agree" with her. The theme is "Cut out the middle men."

AG: The LAT's Patrick McGreevy reports on last night's forum of the major attorney general candidates. 

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra is probably best known to California voters as the man who has sued the Trump administration more than 30 times, a feat he boasted about at a debate Tuesday ahead of next month's primary election for the attorney general race.

Becerra's rivals worked to turn the focus on the federal government against him.

HIGH-SPEED RAIL: The authority overseeing the planning and building of the bullet train adopted a new business plan yesterday, reports the AP's Kathleen Ronayne. Even with the state budget proposal setting aside a historic amount of money in reserves, there aren't the votes in the Legislature to provide additional funding to the project right now. The initial funding is from a voter-approved bond.

At stake is a plan to build a high-speed train between Los Angeles and San Francisco by 2033 at an estimated price tag of $77 billion. A fresh business plan is required every two years, and the 2018 plan is the first under Brian Kelly, the new chief executive of the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

. . .

Among the updates are slight decreases in ridership and revenue projections and a starker assessment of the financial challenges. The authority doesn’t have enough money in hand to complete an initial segment of the train between San Francisco and the Central Valley.


DOUBLE-X FACTOR: KQED'S Katie Orr reports that this year marks the 100th year since women were elected to the Legislature, when four were elected. Women had only been granted the right to vote seven years earlier.

“We have a moment," Atkins said at a recent Public Policy Institute of California event. "And what I want more than anything is for us not to lose this moment. Because if we lose it now, it might not come again for some time.”

The lack of women in office is especially notable in the California Legislature. Out of a total of 120 seats, there are currently nine women in the Senate and 19 in the Assembly. Atkins said those who are serving must mentor other women and give them opportunities to advance. And she said women who are passionate and involved in various issues should consider the next step.

The first four sworn in on January 6, 1919 were:
  • Esto B. Broughton (D-Modesto)
  • Grace S. Dorris (R-Bakersfield)
  • Elizabeth Hughes (R-Oroville)
  • Anne Saylor (R-Berkeley) 

Yes, Berkeley has changed a lot since the early 20th Century, changing dramatically in the 1960s and 1970s.

Of course, this was during the World War I draft, and 2.8 million men had been inducted between 1917 and 1918, opening up the window for these trailblazers. After World War II, the number declined to 1-2 and didn't exceed the 1919 number until 1979. They increased in the 1980s and have declined only recently, even as several organizations have been created to promote the election of women at all levels.

There are currently nine women in the State Senate and 19 in the State Assembly.

One thought is that it may be because more women have been elected to Congress. No women served as United States Senate, and now both seats have been held by women since 1992. Seventeen of the 53 members of the women of the Golden State's House delegation are women.  

The first female in Congress from California was Mae Ella Nolan (R-San Francisco), elected in 1921 to succeed her deceased husband, becoming the first widow in Congress. It remained at one until 1925, when it went to 2. The numbers didn't surge until the "Year of the Woman" in the 1992 election. 

Here's what I see as the ranges for each of the three houses of changes of the number of women regardless of party this year in open and competitive seats. Some are already locked in. I purposely don't list district numbers and that's why I do ranges. In a few, I could lean further, but the purpose of this is to just give a general picture on the overall issue. Of course, we'll know much more in 20+ days, depending on how many close races there are.

House of Representatives

  • From +3 to -3 women
    • +1/-1
    • +1/-1
    • +1/-1


  • From +5 to -4 women
    • +1/-1
    • +1/-1
    • +1
    • +1/-1
    • +1/-1
    • -1


  • From +6 to -2 women
    • +1 
    • +1/-1 
    • +1 
    • +1
    • +1/-1
    • +1/-1

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AURAL PLEASURE: For the The West Wing fans, the episode of The West Wing Weekly podcast posted last night is fantastic. Hosts Joshua Malina ("Will Bailey") and Hrishikesh Hirway had a show recorded before a live audience in New York City. The guests were show creator Aaron Sorkin and Emily Procter ("Ainslee Hayes"). Sorkin talked about his writing for the show (the first four of the seven seasons), and why Sorkin and producer/director Tommy Schlamme left after the fourth season.

The podcast has been rocking it lately with basically all the stars joining the show's episodes, including Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitfield, Dulé Hill, and Rob Lowe. The episodes are created/released in chronological order of the original episodes.

And, Sorkin claims that he has not watched after he and Schlamme left and didn't follow the story line and expressed some regret that he didn't know how some of his story lines wrapped. Their last episode was "25"--the constitutional crisis.


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 (Los Angeles)
  • Job: SEIU-UHW -- Political Capacity Organizer (Oakland 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   


DREAMERS: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) is warning his fellow Republicans against signing the discharge petition to force a vote on dealing with the DREAM ACT issue. Several Califorrnia Republicans, including Jeff Denham, Steve Knight, and David Valadao have signed on.

EMISSIONS: For CALmatters, Julie Cart asks whether California and the Trump Administration will negotiate over emissions stands or whether it will be decided in the courts. California gained strength on the issue, given the issue of states' rights, considering the decision on sports betting issued on Monday.

SAC DA: Councilmember Allen Warren withdrew his endorsement of incumbent district attorney Anne Marie Schubert, who has been the subject of weekly Black Lives Matter protests following the police shooting of Stephon Clark.


Probolsky Research


WILL THERE BE LIGHT? For CALmatters, Felicia Mello looks at the impact of the governor's revised budget on the University of California, which mostly consists of one-time funds for deferred maintenance. “It has a growing impact,” UC President Janet Napolitano told CALmatters. “We need the state to reinvest in the university. We need to be able to have new labs. We need to be able to refresh the labs we have.”

Higher ed would like to see a bond measure on the ballot, but it's unlikely Governor Brown would sign it. The only way to get a bond measure on the ballot would be by initiative, and the next opportunity is 2020. The last bond that included funds for higher education was approved in 2006.




#CAKEDAYSPAST: Happy birthday to Nancy Chadwick! (Monday)



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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 – Political Capacity Organizer (Oakland or Sacramento)
    This position is responsible for working in close collaboration with multiple levels of staff and members to develop goals and execute plans for members participation in all areas of the political program and hard dollar fundraising.  Also provides staff support to our Political Action Advisory Committee, in collaboration with representational staff.  Candidate will train and mentor COPE chairs and member activists to help them achieve political goals.  Proven fundraising 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


California Politics News Feed
The L.A. Times' in-the-moment look at California political and government news.

CalPERS Member Demands Pension Fund Stop Opening Her Mail | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
A new elected member of the

Oakland City Council delays vote on job-training proposal

The Oakland City Council on Tuesday delayed action on a proposal to give city funds to several private job-training organizations. The proposed ordinance, authored by City Councilwoman Desley Brooks, would take a percentage of various public funds and give the money to several groups that provide vocational training to Oakland residents. Last week, the city attorney said the legislation could violate state and federal laws. But Brooks on Tuesday deleted language that specified three potential sources of the funds — the gas tax and two voter-approved bond measures. She said doing so would take care of any legal issues.

Delaine Eastin Debuts Tv Ad Showing Rivals In The Governor's Race Repeatedly Agreeing With Her
Seema Mehta @
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Delaine Eastin released a television ad on Tuesday that features clips of most of her rivals agreeing with her during a series of debates.

Ca State Workers Will Lose Income After Janus Ruling | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
A new study by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute predicts that a Supreme Court decision forbidding public sector unions from collecting so-called fair share fees will drive down public sector union membership in California by about 9 percent and cost public employees $2,079 a year in income.

Senate Panel Votes In Favor Of Haspel's Nomination For Cia Director - Politico

Gina Haspel could be confirmed as soon as this week if senators agree to hold a speedy vote. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Attorney For Man In Middle Of Alleged 'secret Deal' Hit With California State Bar Ban | The Sacramento Bee
Darrell Smith @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

California Hospital Giant Sutter Health Faces Heavy Backlash On Prices
Chad Terhune @
The 51-year-old businessman headed to the emergency room at Sutter Health's California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Sutter charged $1,555 for the 10 minutes it treated him, including $55 for a gel bandage and $487 for a tetanus shot.

San Diego Launches Campaign To Help Employers Attract Workers - The San Diego Union-tribune
Phillip Molnar @
The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports.

Senate Intelligence Panel: Russians Schemed To Help Trump - Politico

Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said today that they agree with the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential election to help President Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton.

Next Step For California In Sports Betting Debate: Cash In - The San Diego Union-tribune
Bryce Miller @
The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports.

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra Clashes With Challengers Over All His Lawsuits Against The Trump Administration
Patrick McGreevy @
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra was the focus of criticism over his clashes with the Trump administration at a debate ahead of the primary.

Democrat's Ad In 4th District Could Leave False Impression | The Sacramento Bee
Emily Cadei @
By Emily Cadei

Sports Betting Could Lead To More Govt. Spending. How About Tax Relief? :: Fox&hounds
rhonda Lyons @

California Congressman Seeks To Bar Delta Tunnels Lawsuits | The Sacramento Bee
Emily Cadei And Ryan Sabalow @
By Emily Cadei And Ryan Sabalow

Xavier Becerra Articles, Photos, And Videos - San Diego Union Tribune

On His First Day As L.A. Schools Chief, Beutner Visits A Bus Depot And Schools Across The District
Anna M. Phillips, Howard Blume @
Austin Beutner is spending his first day as superintendent of L.A. Unified not in a board meeting but on a 12-stop tour. Stops include a Sun Valley school bus yard, a performing arts school in downtown Los Angeles and a relatively new boys-only school in South L.A.

Following U.S. Lead, Guatemala Moves Embassy To Jerusalem - Politico

Hilda Patricia Marroquin, wife of Guatemala President Jimmy Morales, center, cuts the ribbon during the dedication ceremony of the Guatemala Embassy in Jerusalem. At second left is Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, left, and second right, Guatemala Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel Polanco. | Ronen Zvulun/Pool via AP