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  • Returned: 2,592,443
    • Democrats: 1,116,152
    • Republicans: 875,731
    • No Party Preference: 445,937
    • Other parties: 104,623

Happy Election Day! We have only a few hours before the beginning of the tabulation of ballots, which will take awhile. Eight states have primaries today, although California is the grandaddy of them all.

Wow, that was a great Giants' game last night. Five wins in a row. Bumgarner is pitching tonight for his first start of the season after rehabilitation from a fractured finger. Sacramento certainly enjoyed MadBum's rehab time with the RiverCats.

And, after a great performance last night, it looks like Panda will be playing 3B tonight. Nice distraction as we wait for votes to be tallied.

State results

Here are the races I will be paying the most attention to tonight:

  • US Senate: Does Kevin de León make it to the general, or does a Republican make it in the top two? 
  • Governor: Who comes in second?
  • Lieutenant Governor 
  • Attorney General
  • Insurance Commissioner
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • BOE1 (Inland) - Connie Conway v. Ted Gaines v. Tom Hallinan v. David Evans
  • BOE2 (Northwest) - Malia Cohen v. Cathleen Galgiani
  • CA04 (Foothills - McClintock)
  • CA10  (Stanislaus)
  • CA21 (Kings - Valadao)
  • CA22 (Tulare - Nunes)
  • CA25 (Santa Clarita/Antelope Valley - Knight)
  • CA39 (Fullerton - open)
  • CA48 (Huntington Beach - Rohrabacher)
  • CA49 (Oceanside open/Issa)
  • CA50 (East San Diego - Hunter)
  • SD12 (Merced - open/Cannella)
  • SD22 (San Gabriel Valley)
  • SD29 (Fullerton - recall of Josh Newman)
  • SD32 (Whittier - open/Mendoza)
  • AD15 (Berkeley - open/Turmond)
  • AD16 (Tri Valley - Baker)
  • AD38 (Santa Clarita - Acosta)
  • AD39 (East San Fernando Valley - open/Bocanegra)
  • AD45 (West San Fernando Valley - open/Dababneh)
  • AD54 (Culver City - open/Ridley-Thomas)
  • AD60 (Corona - Cervantes)
  • AD72 (Seal Beach - open/Allen)
  • Sacramento County District Attorney and Sheriff [results]
  • San Francisco mayor [results]

In AD39 AND AD45, there are two elections for each seat on either side of the San Fernando Valley. On the east side (AD39), it's to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Raul Bocanegra and on the west side is the seat previously held by Matt Dababneh. Both resigned under harassment complaints. Luz Rivas is the favorite in AD39 and Sydney Kamlager is likely to win election to a full-term to AD54 (vacated by Sebastian Ridley-Thomas) in the south Los Angeles District.

So, because the seats are currently vacant, tonight voters will cast one vote to fill the remaining terms of the disgraced members. Voters will also cast a regular primary vote for the full two-year term starting in December. The former is winner take all, while the latter willl be a regular top-two primary. Sort of interesting to watch. Bother are special election generals, so two names in each will appear on the ballot for the special.

In AD39, six candidates are running in the regular top-two and in AD45, seven candidates are running. Yup, quite confusing for voters.

Of course, another interesting one is SD32 (Whittier), which is vacant after Tony Mendoza resigned after a harassment scandal. Mendoza is seeking election back to the seat to get validation from the voters. 

John Myers writes in the Times about the new Voters' Choice Act, whereby five counties including Sacramento forgo traditional polling places. As I've written, ballots were mailed to all registered voters. There are "vote centers" to drop the ballots off at. My closest one is at The California Museum, which is kind of cool. Remember, ballots can be dropped off at any vote center (including the county registrar) within the county. Ballots postmarked today and received by the county within three days will be counted. And, while counties would prefer you did (since they then have to pay for the postage), postage is not required for delivery. All ballots are delivered back to the registrar.

If you moved between counties and didn't re-register, you can register and vote "conditionally." 




  • Kevin de León - The Exchange LA, Los Angeles


  • John Chiang - Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles
  • John Cox - U.S. Grant Hotel, San Diego
  • Delaine Eastin - Hallmark Inn, Davis
  • Gavin Newsom - Verso Nightclub, San Francisco  
  • Antonio Villaraigosa - City Market Social Club, Los Angeles


  • Eleni Kounalakis - Harry's Bar, San Francisco (with Fiona Ma)
  • Gayle McLaughlin - Bobby Bowens Progressive Center, Richmond


  • Steven Bailey - Hampton Inn, Folsom
  • Xavier Becerra - Planned Parenthood Advocates watch party, Cafeteria 15L, Sacramento
  • Dave Jones - deVere''s Irish Pub, Sacramento


  • Foina Ma - Harry's Bar, San Francico (with Eleni Kounalakis)


  • Asif Mahmood - Barcelona Restaurant, Pasadena


  • Tony Thurmond - Los Moles, Richmond

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   


GOV: In the Chron, Joe Garofoli reports on the retail politics by gubernatoial candidates down the stretch. Meanwhile, Seema Mehta reports that Gavin Newsom was in Inglewood yesterday with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, quoting him "We’re going to win or lose this race through Los Angeles County."

Republican John Cox predicts that he will face off against Newsom in November and the fight will be over the gas tax, reports Mehta.

HOUSE: In The Intercept, David Dayen reports on the self-funding by wealthy Democrats in CA39 (Fullerton), CA48 (Huntington Beach), and CA49 (Oceanside). "Out of the $9.91 million raised by Democrats in the 39th, $7.87 million of it is self-funded, an incredible 79.4 percent. None of the Democrats have run a campaign before, while Republican candidates include a former state Senate majority leader, a former assembly member, and a former Orange County supervisor."

And, in Roll Call, Bridget Bowman writes that the battle for control of the House of Representatives starts in Orange County, while the Chron's John Wildermuth writes that Democrats are seeking to avoid a disaster in House races today.

Probolsky Research


CA22 (Tulare): Rory Appleton writes in the Fresno Bee about prosecutor Andrew Janz, who hopes to take on incumbent Congressman Devon Nunes.

¡VOTA! In the NYT, Jennifer Medina looks at how Latino voters will affect the Calilfornia primary.  "Latinos make up 34 percent of the state’s adult population, but they account for just 18 percent of likely voters, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. Although Latinos live all over the state, Latino voters are disproportionately concentrated in urban areas."





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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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