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Well, hello there. Vote counting resumes today, with an estimated 2.4 million ballots left to tabulate, a quarter of those in LA County. Election night parties should now be scheduled for July 4th. London Breed (50.38%) is now up 1,580 votes over Mark Leno (49.62%) in the race for San Francisco mayor. 

I know I have been short the last couple of days. Frankly as reporters and sort-of-reporters, we are exhausted after the election and don't want to write about elections with so many uncounted ballots.

SPORTS PAGE: MadBum makes his second appearance this year for the Giants against the Miami Marlins after his rehab with the Sacramento RiverCats from a broken finger. Game time is 4:10 PDT. Angels are at the Mariners at 7:10pm, and Padres are in St. Louis at 5:15pm.

HARRIS: In Politico, David Siders writes about the election night success of an elected not on the ballot -- U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. "Of 27 candidates Harris endorsed in Tuesday primary, 20 finished first or were leading in returns as of Friday, while another four finished second and will advance to the November general election."

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: George Skelton says to give the top-two primary system more time before junking it.

The nonpartisan primary “is a crazy thing for voters,” says Eric McGhee, a political reform analyst at the Public Policy Institute of California. “They use party identification as a shortcut for making decisions on candidates. The top-two doesn’t change that. It just lets them vote across party lines if they want to. Most don’t.”

“That’s what creates potential for weird outcomes that are problematic.”

In last week’s primary, some campaigns gamed the system to promote their perceived weakest general election opponent. It’s all perfectly legal, even if a tad odorous.

While politics is about representation and governance, it's always been a game, particularly with the increase in independent spending. I don't remember how I voted on the T=top-two Primary, but I like it now. The challenge is the number of candidates in a jungle primary in a state like California. 


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   




Probolsky Research

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jim Anderson, Jonathan Colmenares,  Paul Fickas, and Nicole Winger! And, of course, to beautiful and talented niece, Taylor Ortega. I'm sure she's not a reader, but her mom, my big sis Lisa Ortega, is.






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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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Citing Past Budget Anxiety, Gov. Brown Vetoes Several New Tax Credits
Patrick McGreevy @
Brown reminded lawmakers that when he took office in 2011 the state faced a $26.6-billion budget deficit and estimated shortfalls of $20 billion and it has taken tough measures to turn around the state's finances. He also said there are new budget issues on the horizon because lawmakers failed to deal with the expiration of a healthcare tax.

Koch Group Unveils Six-figure Prison Reform Campaign - Politico

"The Senate has a rare opportunity to put politics aside and pass a bipartisan bill that would protect taxpayers, increase public safety and create hope and opportunity for thousands of individuals hungry for a second chance," Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden said in a statement. | Larry French/Getty Images for Fusion

Elon Musk's Tesla Fighting Ca Labor Rule | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Hundreds Protest Outside At Otay Mesa Detention Center Calling For Release Of Asylum Seekers - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Emerson Smith @

A new controversy erupts over whether voter identification laws suppress minority turnout

It makes sense to think that voter identification laws would reduce turnout. After all, the whole point of the laws is to stop some people from voting. And it makes sense that these laws would disproportionately reduce turnout among ethnic minorities, who, on average, have lower incomes and are less likely to have valid IDs. […]

A New Definition For California’s Political Sweet Spot « Calbuzz
This, of course, is the middle of the stream that Jerry Brown famously advocated in his paddle on the left, paddle on the right aphorism years ago.