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Happy Saturday! It's a beautiful day for bike races. As you get your Nooner, the women will be wrapping up their Tour of California race, and an hour from now, the men will be arriving back to the Capitol (around 1:30pm) where they started for three laps around the Capitol--the most exciting thing you'll see around the statehouse today. 

Hopefully, people plan ahead. As this KCRA story reports, downtown is going to be cray-cray today. In addition to Tour of California (expecting 50,000 spectators downtown), Sac State is having graduations at the Golden 1 Center, McGeorge School of Law is holding its commencement at Memorial Auditorium, and the Northern California volleyball championships are at the convention center (expecting 8,000).

Great for downtown on what would normally be a sleepy Saturday. Good day to live downtown and be able to walk.

It will be a beautiful day for bike races! And, congratulations to the UC Davis School of Law students who are graduating today, who will be hearing a  commencement speech by fellow King Hall alum California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye

Like me, Cantil-Sakauye had a community college->UC Davis->UC Davis Law pathway. I'm just not chief justice. But, thank you, California public higher education.

Oh, yeah, this is supposed to be about politics and policy. After the jump . . .



GOV:  President Trump  endorsed  John Cox for governor yesterday, of course via tweet. Cox has publicly stated that he voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson in 2016, so it comes as somewhat of a surprise. However, this is about consolidating GOP voters to ensure a Republican candidate advances to November, propelling turnout, which would help in some of the contested congressional races. 

Tweet: "California finally deserves a great Governor, one who understands borders, crime and lowering taxes. John Cox is the man - he’ll be the best Governor you’ve ever had. I fully endorse John Cox for Governor and look forward to working with him to Make California Great Again!"

Yeah, Trump just threw Ronald Reagan and Earl Warren under the bus.

Meanwhile, the IE committee supporting Antonio Villaraigosa reports $1 million on "telephone" expenses. That's a hell of a lot of calls. I'm so glad the phone number listed on my voter registration is an old number.

TRUMPTWEET: This morning, POTUS tweeted "California finally deserves a great Governor, one who understands borders, crime and lowering taxes. John Cox is the man - he’ll be the best Governor you’ve ever had. I fully endorse John Cox for Governor and look forward to working with him to Make California Great Again!"

Not criticizing his endorsement. That's up to him. True, Ronald Reagan was better as a President than governor (as much as I disagree with many policies and ignoring AIDS) and Earl Warren can be criticized for his implementation of Executive Order 9066 (Japanese-American internment), but to suggest that any candidate in this field will be the "best Governor you've ever had" is just an embarassment to the office of POTUS. 


Meanwhile, it's good news for Gavin Newsom, who would love for Cox to proceed to November rather than one of Newsom's Democratic opponents. 

BALLOTS: Paul Mitchell tweets that more than a 528,000 ballots have been returned, an uptick from the 2014 primary. when, at the same point, saw 479,000 returned. As he notes, that's not necessarily significant, as there are 33% more vote-by-mail voters this cycle, mostly because of the counties (like the large Sacramento and San Mateo) are participating in the Voters' Choice Act, under which all voters are receiving ballots by mail. Mine is sitting next to me on the couch. ;-) 


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   


DNA AND DEATH ROW: The Chron's legal eagle Bob Egelko writes that an inmate who was hours from execution in 2004 and has been asking for DNA testing using modern techniques has gained a new ally--U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. Harris opposed the DNA testing as attorney general. 

Kevin Cooper has always insisted he was innocent of the fatal slashing of a man, a woman and two children in San Bernardino County in 1983. He won support in 2009 from five federal appeals court judges, who signed an opinion saying Cooper “is probably innocent of the crimes.”


Probolsky Research



AG: I don't endorse of course, but the ad for AG candidate (technically "appointed Attornery General") Xavier Becerra is pretty damn good. Let's be candid. The first name "Xavier" is a challenge in many parts of the state, as would "O'Malley" in the previous decades. That's what they are trying to overcome. 

For Dave Jones, it sucks. He's been running for the seat in his ladder for years, but Brown went in a different direction. There was nowhere for Dave (who I have voted for here) to go. 

Politics are like a big funnel. We take a large area (state, congressional, senate, or assembly and we push them through, looking for two to choose from). Is that the right system? Hell if I know.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Vince Hall, Tim Kamermayer, Jena Price, Catherine Schneider, Aaron Skaggs, and Don Wilcox!



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 – 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


In Another Rebuke Of President Trump, Cities And Counties Come Out In Support Of 'sanctuary State' Law
Jazmine Ulloa @
Pushing back against the Trump administration, the California Senate and more than 20 cities and counties have come out in support of the state’s “sanctuary” law, which limits law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal immigration agencies.

Congressional District 49: Sixteen Candidates Are Running To Replace Rep. Darrell Issa - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @

California Gains Nearly 40,000 Jobs, And Unemployment Falls To Record Low
Andrew Khouri @
California added 39,300 net new jobs in April, as the unemployment rate fell from 4.3% to a new record low of 4.2%, according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.

Local Bank Fined For Turning 'blind Eye' To Drug Traffickers, Organized Crime | The Sacramento Bee
Nashelly Chavez @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Cotton Upends Prison Reform Negotiations - Politico

Sen. Tom Cotton is a stalwart critic of broader criminal justice overhaul proposals but has yet to publicly come out against the narrower, prison-focused approach the president is backing. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Faced With Rallies Opposing A Temporary Shelter In His District, Council President Herb Wesson Holds His Own
Victoria Kim @
To a crowd of a couple hundred homeless advocates, service providers, labor groups and activists assembled on the City Hall lawn, Wesson called homelessness "the most important issue in the city of Los Angeles." He called the temporary shelters, to be built in each of the 15 council districts, a "bold and creative" solution.

Nepotism At California Tax Department Under Review | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Is California Death Row Inmate Kevin Cooper Innocent? What He's Hoping Gov. Brown Will Do - The San Diego Union-tribune
Luis Gomez @

A Closer Look At The Three Finalists For LAPD Chief
Cindy Chang, James Queally @
Profiles of the three finalists for chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Donald Trump Endorses John Cox For California Governor | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Raid Closes Last Known Vista Pot Dispensary - The San Diego Union-tribune
Teri Figueroa @

Trump Administration Moves To Put New Restrictions On Abortion Services
Noam N. Levey @
The Trump administration is taking new steps that could bar federal funding for organizations that provide abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood, even if those organizations use private money to fund the services.

Are Federal Prosecutors Targeting People From Central America Who Cross The Border Illegally? - The San Diego Union-tribune
Greg Moran @

Since Sandy Hook, A Gun Has Been Fired On School Grounds Nearly Once A Week
There have been more than 180 shootings on school campuses that resulted in an injury or death in the U.S. since Dec. 14, 2012, when 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Incidents were classified as school shootings when a firearm was discharged inside a school building or on campus, as documented in news accounts. This data is from to Everytown For Gun Safety, an advocacy group, and includes events that did not target students or teachers, like suicides, misfires and other activity.

Warner: Identifying FBI Source To Undermine Russia Probe Could Be A Crime - Politico

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee warned Friday that his colleagues could be committing a crime if they obtain the identity of a secret FBI source and use it to undermine the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

300-mile Memorial Torch Relay Will Honor Fallen L.A. County Peace Officers
Javier Panzar @
A 300-mile-plus memorial torch run will kick off Friday to honor peace officers killed in the line of duty in Los Angeles County.

Israel and Evangelicals: New U.S. Embassy Signals a Growing Alliance
David D. Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth Dias and David M. Halbfinger @

The opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem marks the increasing importance of conservative Christians to Israel, at the risk of upsetting American Jews.