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From PDI (as reported by counties at the end of the day yesterday):

BALLOTS MAILED: 11,547,095

As Paul Mitchell notes, while the number is a marked uptick from 2014, there are over 30% more vote-by-mail voters now. This includes five counties that are participating in the Voters Choice Act and mailing ballots to all registered voters.

Happy Friday! You made it! Cray-cray day in the Capitol today, as the Appropriations committees in both houses clear their suspense files (Senate | Assembly). For the home gamers, bills with significant spending are held until the deadline to evaluate the total spending forwarded to the full house. Of course, it's also the political way to "kill bill." Over 800 bills are technically on the agendas today. The decisions have already been made and votes will be declared as "A Roll Call," "B Roll Call," etc.

Of course, it's a three-day weekend, which is why the Legislature is meeting today. Fridays are normally days in the districts, but to keep per diem payments flowing over the weekend, legislators have to have session on Friday. Sucks for legislative staff, as they have to forgo their casual clothes to dress up for the boss who is still in town. However, it's a chilly rainy morning in Sacramento, as opposed to the shorts-wearing weather of mid-summer. 

GOV: In the Times, Patrick McGreevy looks at Travis Allen's campaign for governor. "Allen has amassed a statewide following of conservatives by leading the charge to persuade voters to repeal increases in the state's gas tax and vehicle fees approved last year by the Democratic majority. But along the way his brash actions have alienated some members of his own party."

Meanwhile, the Chron's Joe Garofoli writes that San Francisco attorney and prominent Republican Harmeet Dhillon has called for Allen to drop out and endorse John Cox. "Dhillon said she has donated money to Allen’s campaign and likes both him and Cox, but worries that outnumbered California Republicans will split their vote in the primary."




HIGHER ED: The Bee's Alexei Koseff reports on the challenge UC and CSU face under Governor Jerry Brown.


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   


Probolsky Research



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to KimChi Nguyễn and Sandra Salazar!



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  • Cal State Student Association seeks Legislative Policy Analyst
    The position is responsible for researching and analyzing legislative policy issues. Additionally, the position will be responsible for externally representing the organization in legislative meetings and committees. Lastly, the position will be responsible for advising our board of directors and legislative affairs committee. For more information and to apply, visit
  • Finance & Operations Manager
    California YIMBY is looking for an innovative, resourceful, inspired individual to serve as the Finance & Operations Manager to manage day-to-day finances and operations, act as internal authority on grant requirements, and create and track annual budget. Reports directly to the CEO. $65,000-$85,000/year DOE + benefits. for details.

  • Digital Director
    California YIMBY is seeking an innovative, resourceful, inspired individual to serve as the Digital Director to create digital program to tell story of CA's housing crisis. Reports directly to the Chief Advocacy Officer. $75,000-$90,000/year DOE + benefits. for details.

  • Organizing Director
    California YIMBY is seeking a motivated, tenacious, creative individual to serve as the Organizing Director to conceive large scale organizing strategy and develop, write and implement a comprehensive strategic organizing plan. Reports directly to the Chief Advocacy Officer. $75,000-$90,000/year DOE + benefits. for details.

  • 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.
  • 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

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Can Seaweed Make Cow Farts Less Potent? These UC Davis Scientists Hope To Find Out | The Sacramento Bee
Benjy Egel @
By Benjy Egel

Pressure Grows On Board Of Trustees Amid USC Gynecologist Scandal
Sarah Parvini, Adam Elmahrek, Paul Pringle @
Allegations that Dr. George Tyndall mistreated students during his nearly 30 years at USC have roiled the campus, with about 300 people coming forward to make reports to the university and the Los Angeles Police Department launching a criminal investigation. USC is already beginning to face what is expected to be costly litigation by women who say they were victimized by the physician.

Single-Payer Health Care in California: Hereâ
Patricia Cohen and Reed Abelson @

Universal state health coverage has rallied Democrats in the governor’s race. But even with the state’s size and wealth, it would be hard to achieve.

Ca Universities Should Be More Like Chipotle, Jerry Brown Says | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Trump Again Pushes Claim FBI Informant Planted For Political Purposes - Politico

President Donald Trump over the past week has hammered officials in the DOJ over the revelation an informant was used to make contact with his campaign team as part of the FBI's investigation into Russian election meddling. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

Folsom Will Seek Public Input On A Water-rate Hike After Backlash | The Sacramento Bee
Kellen Browning @
By Kellen Browning

As well-funded Democrats seize 'progressive' label in gubernatorial races, progressive group endorses insurgent challengers

Progressive Change Campaign Committee endorses candidates for governor in states where many Democrats are running left.

Harvey Weinstein To Surrender, Face Criminal Charges In N.y. Sexual Assault Case, Sources Say
Richard Winton, James Queally @
Weinstein has been accused by more than 80 women of misconduct that includes sexual harassment and rape. Police in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, New York and London have conducted investigations into more than 20 allegations. The producer has denied any wrongdoing.

Al Sharpton On May 24, 2018 Met With Black Legislators In Sacramento About The Stephon Clark Shooting And Other Issues. | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria @
By Anita Chabria

Announcing the 5th annual TMC African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular

Get this year's African politics summer reading list, and read along!

Al Sharpton Will Deliver Eulogy At Funeral For Stephon Clark On Thursday | The Sacramento Bee
Nashelly Chavez @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Border Patrol Union Calls Trump's National Guard Deployment 'colossal Waste'
The head of the union representing Border Patrol agents called the deployment of Nation Guard troops to the border a disappointment. "We've seen no benefit," he says.

Invitations offer wealthy Chinese access to President Trump at fundraiser

The solicitations, circulated by at least three Chinese companies, have sparked ethical and legal concerns over whether foreigners are using high-dollar fundraisers to gain proximity to the U.S. president.