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It's Friday, when I usually start off celebrating for you. If you know the story behind the song "I Don't Like Mondays," the Boomtown Rats could now do a remake to "I Don't Like Fridays," but I'm guessing after the 22nd school shooting this year, they could do Monday-Friday.

Yeah, I'm exhausted today, in what should me a short break before next week's deadline for fiscal committees in the Legislature. Fortunately the Tour of California is coming to town.

TURN THAT FROWN UPSIDE DOWN...OR...? Today, we received the latest employment data for California from the state's Employment Development Department that finds the state's unemployment rate down to 4.2% in the month of April, which is the lowest since 1976, when Jerry Brown was also governor.  

The challenge is that with lower unemployment, housing prices will continue to go up.

AD58 (Downey): While the allegations of "groping" by Cristina Garcia have been found "nonsubstantiated" in an independent investigation, the campaign against her led by the State Building and Construction Trades will continue, report Taryn Luna and Alexei Koseff in the Bee. 

"The ads will continue. The campaign will continue," said Erin Lehane, a spokeswoman for a committee formed against Garcia by the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California. "We think she is very vulnerable regardless of what she claims to be exonerated from. She has admitted to using hate speech. She has admitted to being a bad colleague and a bad employer."

A side story here is that Garcia is very ambitious and has been rumored to planning to challenge Anthony Rendon for the speakership. They are from adjacent districts known for hard-ball politics.

They are both term-limited in 2024, so Rendon could be in the position for awhile. Rendon has been critical of the campaign against Garcia by normal allies, but he probably wouldn't mind seeing the threat gone. His job is to protect the members of his caucus, but it is a safe Democratic seat with plenty of strong candidates, as evident in the SD32 special election.

TOP-TWO: For CALmatters, Ben Christopher writes that Democrats, in what is a good opportunity for them, may get crowded out of competitive congressional seats under the top-two primary system with so many Democrats running in the targeted seats (mostly the Orange County seats).

POTUS POSSIBILITIES: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is using his Hollywood connections to raise his national profile and lots of dough, reports David Siders for Politico. 

Presidential candidates have long sought ways to ingratiate themselves with early presidential primary state officials, but Garcetti is taking an unorthodox route. He’s drawing small-state parties across state lines and offering them an opportunity to tap into one of the nation’s most lucrative donor bases, while providing himself a rare platform to connect with operatives in the key early-voting states that make or break presidential campaigns.




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: 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   

BAGHDAD BY THE BAY: In the Political Breakdown Podcast, KQED's Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos sit down with mayoral candidate Angela Alioto, the daughter of a legendary mayor, to talk about her priorities if she becomes mayor.


Probolsky Research



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Lisa Maldonado and Melanie Mason!



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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


Baby Boomer Tax Break: Initiative Would Allow Older Homeowners To Save | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Gov. Jerry Brown Approves $1.95-million Payment To Man Wrongly Imprisoned For Simi Valley Murders
Patrick McGreevy @
Craig Coley was held improperly for 13,991 days in prison, so the state agreed to pay him $1,958,740.

Democrats Ramp Up Voter Turnout Effort In California | The Sacramento Bee
Alex Roarty @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Another Law To Protect Immigrants
Jazmine Ulloa @
One day after President Trump and a group of like-minded Californians blasted the state’s immigration laws, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed another one: a law that prevents lawyers from revealing the immigration status of crime victims and witnesses in open court unless a judge rules the information relevant to the case.

Opponents Of Prison Reform Bill Step Up Campaign - Politico

A cadre of powerful Democrats stepped up their opposition campaign against a bipartisan bill on prison reform via a lengthy letter Thursday, their latest attempt to stamp out momentum for the proposal before it hits the House floor next week.

Cristina Garcia Cleared In Sexual Harassment Complaint | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Feds Ask For Clarification After Rep. Darrell Issa Gave Copies Of His Book To His Campaign - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @

Meadows: Farm Bill A No-go Until Immigration Vote - Politico

Freedom Caucus members will not support the farm bill until after a vote on immigration, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said today, signaling that the bill will not have the votes to pass.

Two Held In 2016 Shooting That Targeted Woodland Police | The Sacramento Bee
Nashelly Chavez @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Pelosi Says California Delegation Will Pick Sides In Primary Fights
Sarah D. Wire @
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation are going to put their thumbs on the scale in some key House primary races to make sure strong Democratic candidates are among the top two facing voters in the fall.

Democratic Infighting Spikes Over Prison Reform - Politico

The letter from the New York lawmaker came hours before a White House prison reform summit spearheaded by Jared Kushner designed to promote the bill and a crucial House floor vote expected next week.

Koch-funded Group Sends 'confusing' Mailer For Vulnerable Republicans | The Sacramento Bee
Kate Irby @
By Kate Irby

Trump Pushes Possibility of Campaign Informant as â
Eileen Sullivan @

By raising the prospect of a spy in his 2016 campaign, the president weighed into a simmering battle between federal law enforcement officials and his allies on Capitol Hill.

Housing Prices California: Six-figure Salary Needed In El Dorado County | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
By Ryan Lillis

Will Trump's Pick To Run Epa In California Show Up For Work?
Tony Barboza, Evan Halper @
But there's one glaring problem.

Va Joins Military In Fraught Multibillion-dollar Health It Contract - Politico

Critics say that despite the delay, the contract is not written in a way that guarantees success for Veterans Affairs patients, doctors and taxpayers. | AP Photo

William Land Golf Course Has Financial Problems. Some Residents See Opportunity | The Sacramento Bee
Cassie Dickman @
By Cassie Dickman

Trump: If FBI 'implanted' Officials In My Campaign, It Would Be 'biggest Political Scandal' In History - Politico

The remarks come two days after The New York Times reported that "at least one government informant met several times" with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos as part of the Justice Department's investigation the team's ties to Russia.

Who Is This George Soros And Why Should I Care? - The San Diego Union-tribune
Merrie Monteagudo @

Trump To Hold Rally For Blackburn In Tennessee - Politico

President Donald Trump will hold a rally and fundraiser for Tennessee Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn on May 29, according to a Republican source familiar with the event.