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Happy Sunday Funday! Perfect day to get some strawberries and asparagus at farmers' market. Add some Riverdog Farm bacon and eggs, and we're totally in business. Just get it done early, as it's going to be a toasty day. So far this year, fans have done the work, but the a/c may have to be used this afternoon. 

John Myers reminds us that, as usual, not all of the ballots will be counted this week. It's a great reminder for those of us with media discussions scheduled for Wednesday, which allow us to look silly.  

GOV: In the Times, Phil Willon and Seema Mehta look at  Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa's time of mayors of California's two largest cities and what it would tell about either of them as governor. Yeah, it's complicated.

I think either would be fine governors. I had the independent ads saying that Newsom doesn't "show up" to work. There is no evidence that Gavin hasn't done the job of the silly office. His job is like Mike Pence's, with few responsibilities other than to wake up and read the newspaper.

John Chiang would also be a great governor. I'll withhold judgement on Travis Allen and John Cox, simply because I haven't seen then in executive roles. I like Delaine Eastin, who was a fellow Davis resident when I lived there, but even as Supt. of Public Instruction, she also really hasn't been in an executive role.

Yes, It's two days before Election Day, and I still don't know how to vote. 

GOV: In the Bee, Angela Hart reports that Jennifer Siebel Newsom would "love" to move into the historic governor's mansion in Sacramento should her husband be elected governor. Somehow, I'm guessing that their $3 million, 3,046 square feet house in Marin County might be a bit nicer.

Speaking of the guber race, there are lots of ads this morning for Villaraigosa by the indie expenditure campaign sponsored by Eli Broad, Reed Hastings, Bill Oberndorf, and Richard Riordan. About $23 million has been spent by the group, which generally support charter schools. 

LITE GOV: The Bee's Taryn Luna looks at the spending by Obama administration ambassador Eleni Kounalakis and her father, Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakapolous, on her campaign for the small role lieutenant governor. Hint: it's a long-term play.

CA39 (Fullerton): Politico "This is the weirdest race in the country." Couldn't have said it better myself.

Gil Cisneros and Andy Thorburn, two millionaire Democratic candidates for a battleground House district in Southern California, had been attacking each other so ruthlessly that party leaders encouraged them to meet at an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles earlier this month to force a truce: Play nice, or risk forfeiting a top district to Republicans. 

The armistice, brokered by California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, altered the course of one of the stranger primaries of 2018, replete with party meddling and nasty attacks but few policy differences. Looming above it all is the possibility that two Republicans would advance to the general election to replace Republican Rep. Ed Royce in a district Hillary Clinton carried in 2016.

SAC DA: Wow. Laurene Powell Jobs, the businesswoman widow of Steve Jobs, gave $10,000 to Sacramento DA candidate Noah Phillips. Laurene has long been a champion of social justice, and the Sac DA race has become a hotbed over the police shooting of Stephon Clark, who critics argue incumbent Anne Marie Schubert has not taken quick action over, resulting in ongoing protests at the DA's office in downtown Sacramento. Laurene gave the same amount to Alamada DA candidate Pamela Price and $5,000 to Stanislaus DA candidate Patrick Kolaskinski.

CRAY-CRAY: The LAT's Sarah D. Wire finds six strange things that could happen in Tuesday's primary, including the possibility that Tony Mendoza, who resigned from the State Senate after sexual harassment allegations, advances to November.


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   


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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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