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  • Mailed: 11,594,699
  • Returned: 2,072,322
    • Democrats: 933,226
    • Republicans: 699,697
    • No Party Preference: 355,347
    • Other parties: 84,052

Today, we start on a sad note. Chicory Coffee barista Liz Dotts took her own life at the age of 27. She had worked at the popular spot at 11th and L since she was 19 and likely has brewed a drink for you if you work around the Capitol. A GoFundMe page has been established to assist her single mother, a retired school teacher, with transportation of Dotts from Los Angeles and burial costs. Join me and give what you can.

Like the rest of the country, we have a huge mental health and substance abuse problem in California. We're sitting on a huge budget reserve. Should/can we be doing more?

AURAL PLEASURE: On the California Politics Podcast, John Myers, Melanie Mason, and Seema Mehta talk about, well what else, the election. They give a preview on the big races. 

VOTER REG: The official voter registration counts have been posted, confirming that the Republican Party has fallen below unaffiliated voters for the first time. The breakdown is:

  • 44.36% Democratic (+0.9% from June 2014)
  • 25.07% Republican (-3.35% from June 2014)
  • 25.51% No Party Preference  (+4.35% from June 2014)

There have been 67,883 pre-registrations of 16 and 17 year-olds, and they split 37.42% Democratic, 9.44% Republican, and 44.69% No Party Preference.

Whille the trend is really not good for the brand of the California Republican Party, it doesn't mean all that much politically. Voters are becoming more independent as that's possible with the top-two primary. However, Democrats can wear a smile with these numbers.

GOV: John Myers writes that former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger does not plan on voting for either of the two leading Republican candidates for governor because of their position on climate change and fears they would try to roll back progress on the issue, which he championed as governor.

U.S. SENATE: For the LAT, Sarah D. Wire looks at the three lesser known candidates that are jockeying to grab the second spot for November to face U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein as polling indicates that they have a shot over Kevin de León

THE HOUSE: In the Times, Christine Mai-Duc and Jazmine Ulloa look at the campaigns of Democrats trying flip congressional seats from red to blue. 

BILLS: The CALmatters team looks at some of the bills that didn't make it through the house of origin deadline.   

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
  • 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: SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Los Angeles)
  • Job: SEIU-UHW -- Political Capacity Organizer (Oakland or Sacramento)
  • Training: PDI (Political Data Inc.): weekly online trainings of various skill levels   


BAGHDAD BY THE BAY: Politico's Victoria Colliver reports on Tuesday's vote in San Francisco over whether to ban the sale of vaping devices and flavored tobacco in the city. 

SANDY EGGO: The San Diego City Council is considering banning plysterene take-out containers, reports David Garrick in the Times. Those are the ubiquitous styrofoam containers that take-out and leftovrers are often packaged in, but also are a big problem in waterways. As I wrote the other day, the largest supplier is DART Container Corporation, with is also a big player in California politics.


Probolsky Research




#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Nikita Koraddi and Chris Lehane!



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  • CCST Expert Briefing on California Biomethane Specifications: Thursday, June 7th, 12:30pm-1:30pm in Capitol Room 437. Join us for a briefing with the authors of the newly released CCST report, “Biomethane in California Common Carrier Pipelines: Assessing Heating Value and Maximum Siloxane Specifications,” commissioned by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) pursuant to SB 840 (2016). Panelists will discuss the findings and recommendations from their independent assessment of California’s standards for pipeline injection of biomethane. To receive a to-go lunch box following the briefing, RSVP by Noon on June 6th to Mikel at
  • Former Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Yvonne Burke discuss the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in this exclusive interview:
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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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