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From PDI (as reported by counties at the end of the day yesterday--district results with demographics here):

BALLOTS MAILED: 11,547,095

Happy Sunday! Early voting locations opened yesterday in Voters' Choice Act counties, including Sacramento. Mayor Darrell Steinberg was among the first to cast a ballot. Congratulations to the Warriors, who forced a game 7 tomorrow. Two great NBA playoffs--both tied 3-3. 

Perfect Memorial Day weekend weather here in Sacramento. For those heading to the river, it'll be beautiful, but remember that the water is still quite cold. And remember, it's not appropriate to say "Happy Memorial Day"--it's a solemn day. PSA's for the day are done...on to the news.

VOTER REG: Remember, that while the official voter reg deadline has passed, you can do a "conditional" voter registration and vote if you (or your friends) are unregistered or have moved. The deets. It's treated like a provisional ballot, to be counted after voter reg eligibility is confirmed.

INDIE MADNESS: In the Times, Seema Mehta and Ryan Menezes report on the independent spending on the campaign for governor.

The groups have already spent more than $26 million through Thursday, the most ever spent by noncandidate committees in a gubernatorial primary, according to a Times analysis of campaign finance reports.

GOV: For the Bee, Alexei Koseff reports that the ad against John Cox by an independent committee for Antonio Villaraigosa that he is a secret Democrat is false

TOP-TWO: John Myers writes in his column that the top-two primary has created a wild situation in many races, but that voters still stand behind it.

In a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, just 10% of registered voters gave a thumbs up to what we now call a "closed primary" — the vintage system where the members of a political party pick their own nominee to appear on the general election ballot. Outsiders, be they voters who belong to another party or unaffiliated "independents," aren't welcome.

Meanwhile, the NYT's Jonathan Martin reports that Democrats are going all out to avoid being locked out of the top two in some of the state's most competitive congressional races.





SANDY EGGO: For Voice of San Diego, Scott Lewis reports on the spending by the San Diego Democratic Party in favor of former Assembly Republican Nathan Fletcher, with a huge assist by campaign transfers from his wife, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, who chairs the powerful Assembly Appropriations Committee.

The San Diego County Democratic Party has spent more than $680,000 in support of Nathan Fletcher. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher has transferred $355,000 from her campaign to the party.

SOLAR: For CALmatters, Dan Walters looks at the new mandate by the California Energy Commission that all new homes have solar installed beginning in 2020 could backfire, as it would be more expensive than larger installations of wind and solar projects.

BAD LAW: In a 5-4 decision last week, the Supreme Court ruled that arbitration clauses in employment contracts must be enforced. This particularly keeps sexual harassment and employment discrimination cases out of court. Congress needs to fix the Federal Arbitration Act.

Of course, the big case affecting politics this year--Janus v. AFSCME--has yet to be announced. It will be in the next month. The case challenges "fair share fees" charged by government unions for represented employees who opt out of membership, but pay fees for representation costs. It's a huge concern of public-sector organized labor unions who would likely see their budgets drop significantly. Most Supreme Court analysts expect it to be 5-4 in favor of Janus and against the unions. 

HIGHER ED: In evidence of the capacity problems in California higher ed, Cal Poly SLO turned away more than 10,646 first-time freshmen applicants with GPA's over 4.0 for fall 2018, reports Lucas Clark at the SLO Tribune. The average GPA for those accepted is 4.13. As you know, that means either AP classes or else. Berkeley, Davis, UCLA, and UC San Diego are in similar positions.

Now, as you know, I spent 20 years as a community college advocate and loved every minute of it. I never would have gone to UC Davis School of Law without Orange Coast College, but that's because I dropped out of high school for health reasons. I loved my time at Orange Coast and have never believed I was educationally short-changed.

That said, a four-year college experience should be available for all eligible students. The governor has proposed a $9 billion reserve. We can, and should, do more. Campus culture thrives on first-time students. They go to more campus events and help student organizations thrive. 



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 Baltazar Cornejo-Lujan, Mike Madrid, Louis Reyes, and Garry Shay!



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  • WE CAN HELP MAKE YOUR LOBBYING EFFORTS MORE EFFECTIVE. Numerous nonprofits and private sector organizations, lobbying firms, trade associations and government entities consider Capitol Seminars their No.1 training resource -- for new lobbyists, support staff, executives who hire and manage lobbyists. Conducted by 43-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov, our Lobbying 101 & 201 seminars offer you comprehensive coverage of the Legislative process, along with best practices for Legislative, Budget, and Regulatory Agency advocacy, Lobbying the Administration, and Media Strategies. You’ll refer to the extensive curriculum materials long after the seminars are over. Next dates: June 7-8, July 26-27, October 4-5. More information / registration: or 916-442-5009.
  • The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, in Sacramento offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees to both full-time students and those earning a professional degree while working. Our focus on the interconnections of law, policy, management, and leadership provides unique competencies for your success. Students gain a deep understanding of statutory interpretation and regulatory processes critical to modern governance. Learn more at or contact us at
  • 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)

  • 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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