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REMINDER: My email address is still in DNS hell. (where that other email usually goes anyway) is working just fine.

Well, this morning has sucked. Remember the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - free, 24/7, confidential: 1-800-273-8255. 

I'm just heartbroken. It goes beyond Anthony Bordain's friends and family -- dozens of employees who worked on the show, including many who were in France upon the suicide.

Game 4 of Warriors v. Cavs is at 6pm in Cleveland. Warriors can close it out tonight.

Remember: A decade ago when we had a big surplus and we waived state parks entrance fees using one-time funds. That would be a great move.

There are over 2.6 million ballots left to count.
- Vote-by-mail: 2,163,293
- Provisional: 379,301
- Conditional voter registration: 11,049
- Damaged: 46,527
Not unexpectedly with the voter rolls disaster, LA County accounts for 141,000 provisionals. Amador, Butte, and Tulare have yet to report.

No race changes in yesterday's results.

BUDGET: With a week go go before the Legislature's budget deadline, Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders announced this morning that they have reached an agreement, but details are not available, although it's pretty clear that Brown will get much of the reserve that he wants.

AURAL PLEASURE: On the California Politics Podcast, John Myers, Melanie Mason, and Seema Mehta chat about Tuesday's election. SacTown Talks hosts West Sacramento mayor, longtime Capitol fixture, and education policy expert Christopher Cabaldon

COOK POLITICAL REPORT: "House Ratings Changes: Democrats Breathe a California-Sized Sigh of Relief" [David Wasserman]

THE SHUFFLE: Ricardo Lara has moved as chair of Senate Appropriations to chair of Senate Labor and Industrial Relations. Anthony Portantino takes over Approps. Richard Pan takes over Senate Health. Mike McGuire fills the Tony Mendoza vacancy created by his recall on Senate Education.

DOUBLE-X FACTOR: New PPIC policy brief: "This is the centennial year of women elected to California’s statehouse, yet they remain underrepresented. Although women comprise more than half of the state’s likely voters, they make up just 23 percent of its legislators."


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: In San Francisco, Mark Leno's lead over London Breed is down to 255. There are 84,307 votes left to count. In raw votes, Breed is 10 points, but Leno is benefiting from second-place votes for Jane Kim.


Probolsky Research


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dave Lesher!





Add your classified of up to 100 words by emailing for $40/week.
  • 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.

  • 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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Jerry Brown Proposes Tax Credit For Poor | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Elaine Chao Defends Brother-in-law As Government Agency Nominee - Politico

The PBGC is a government-chartered corporation that insures private pensions. Rumors have swirled that McConnell picked Hartogensis to exert greater control over a congressional pensions supercommittee tasked with rescuing insolvent multiemployer pensions. If left to go bankrupt, these pensions, which include the Teamsters' Central States Pension Funds and the United Mine Workers of America Health & Retirement Funds, risk dragging the underfunded PBGC down with them.

Trump And Taxes Will Dominate The Governor's Race For The Next Five Months
Melanie Mason @
With the showdown set between Democrat Gavin Newsom and Republican John Cox to be the next governor, Californians can expect to hear a lot about traditional themes in national partisan politics.

Gavin Newsom Has A Clear Shot At Becoming Ca Governor | The Sacramento Bee
Angela Hart @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Fact Check of the Day: Trump Exaggerates Trade Deficit With European Union by $50 Billion
Linda Qiu @

The president claimed that the European Union had a $151 billion trade surplus with the United States. It’s $101 billion.

Undocumented Immigrants Could Benefit From Ca Tax Credit | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Kamala Harris romps across California ballot

The freshman senator’s deepening relationships within the state could prove significant in 2020.