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Congratulations, Golden State Warriors! Should we just skip the NBA season and have the next Cavs v. Warriors finals next week?


  • Vote-by-mail: : 2,023,483
  • Provisional: 374,024
  • Conditional Registration: 11,197
  • Other: 49,035
  • Total: 2,457,739 

37.69% of provisionals are from Los Angeles County. The county is 27% of the state's registered voters, so we're certainly seeing the impact of the voter rolls debacle that left 118,522 voters off polling place lists due to a printing error. This required voters to complete provisional ballots, which require elections officials to manually check the voter's registration, verify the signature if it was a paper registration, and ensure a non-provisional ballot hasn't been cast. This is time-consuming and labor intensive process when you have so many VBM and provisional ballots. And, elections offices aren't exactly a top priority in most counties.

Counties have until June 29 to certify their election results.

Thirteen races are considered "close contests" (margin of 2%) by the Secretary of State, although most are in close calls for the second spot. When my former and great congressman Mike Thompson (D-Napa) has 79.1%, it's really not "close."

The one truly close race is AD26 (Tulare - Devon Mathis). He has 30.3% of the vote. Republican Warren Gubler and Democrat Jose Sigala both have 29.0%. It's a pretty safe Republican district.

For CALmatters, Byrhonda Lyons writes about the slower counts because of increased mailed-in ballots.

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)
  • 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   


SD32 (Whittier): In the LA Times, John Myers looks at the strange election results in the Tony Mendoza senate seat. In the special election, the 1-2 for the August 7 runoff will likely be between Rita Topalian and Vanessa Delgado, while the general in November looks to be Rita Topalian and Bob Archuleta. All are Democrats.  

BAGHDAD BY THE BAY: In San Francisco, former state senator Mark Leno  has a 144-vote lead over Supervisor London Breed in the mayoral race as votes are redistributed under ranked-choice voting. There are still 84,037 votes left to count.

HIGHER ED: For CALmatters, Felicio Mello reports that legislative leaders and Governor Jerry Brown have agreed on a spending plan that increases funding by  $97 million for the University of California and $197 million for the California State University. In January, Brown said emphatically that the segments wouldn't receive more than the 3% he proposed, but the state's financial picture has been increasingly bright. An additional $160 million in one-time funds will be provided. The money is intended to increase enrollment and for deferred maintenance. 

The budget deal has been cooked and will be passed before Friday's deadline, writes Adam Ashton in the Bee:

The budget sets aside enough money in reserves to fill the so-called Rainy Day Fund with a sum equivalent to 10 percent of general fund spending, almost $14 billion. It places another $2.2 billion in contingency funds for other unexpected emergencies, and creates two new reserve accounts that might provide flexibility in downturn.

That gives the state about $16 billion in total reserves, enough to weather a mild recession without severe cuts to government services, according to the Legislative Analyst's Office.


Probolsky Research


With apologies, I'm short today. SF Giants have a start time of 9:05, which cramps my writing time! It's been a very long week.





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  • 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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