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Happy Flag Day! The World Cup starts today. Giants had a morning game in Miami today. Dodgers host the Giants tomorrow.

The $200 billion state budget is fully expected to pass at today's floor sessions Senate at 9am; Assembly at noon. George Skelton notes that it marks a historic milestone:

Here’s how the budget breaks down: $138.6 billion for the general fund, the government’s main checking account; $57.1 billion for special funds, largely for safety net and transportation programs; and $3.9 billion for bond debt.

That totals $199.6 billion, a tad short of the milestone number. But the total will grow virtually every day. Bet on it. When the current budget was signed last year, it was pegged at $183 billion. In only six months, it grew by more than $5 billion. That’s government.

So what’s the big deal about a $200-billion budget? It’s a lamppost that highlights the rapid, seemingly unstoppable rise in California government spending, regardless of Brown’s widely lauded fiscal prudence. 

Here is the Assembly Floor report.

TAKEAWAYS: Darry Sragow posts on Fox&Hounds ten takeaways from the primary election that came out at Monday's Target Book recap event.

GOV: In the LAT, Patrick McGreevy reports on yesterday's rally at the California Democratic Party HQ, where Governor Brown rallied the troops for Gavin Newsom as his successor.

GOV: Seema Mehta of the Times talks with Antonio Villaraigosa about his campaign.

U.S. SENATE: Politico's Kyle Cheney reports:

The five-count grand jury indictment of was revealed Wednesday by the Washington D.C. branch of the U.S. District Court. It contains few details of the alleged threats but indicates they all occurred on March 24, the day of the rally.

ART OF THE LOSS: For Capitol Weekly, Chuck McFadden writes up the art of the concession speech.

THREE STATES: The MercNews's Patrick May looks at a strange consequence of the proposal to divide California, such as Yosemite would be divided in two states. In the Chron, Melody Gutierrez writes that Gavin Newsom came out against iut, while Republican candidate John Cox hasn't stated where he stands. 


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   


HARASSMENT: The independent invesigation of sexual harassment allegatiions against Cristina Garcia (D-Downey) as some witnesses were not interviewed by the law firm.

SUICIDE: In the Bee, Phillip Reese writes on the rise in suicides in California:

Nearly 4,300 Californians killed themselves in 2016, a 50 percent increase from 2001, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The suicide rate rose from 8.2 suicides per 100,000 residents to 10.9 suicides per 100,000 residents over the same time period.

Suicide rates are particularly high in rural parts of California where mental health care is scarce. Trinity County saw an annual rate of more than 30 suicides per 100,000 residents between 1999 and 2016, roughly triple the statewide rate.

SACTOWN: Electrify America will be bringing hundreds of electric cars to Sacramento over the next year. The $44 million investment is part of the Vollkswagon (which owns Electrify America) emissions settlement, reports Kellen Browning in the Bee. "The project includes 260 electric vehicles from Gig Car Share, which will function like the burgeoning bike share industry; users can locate nearby cars with an app and drive them anywhere within a 13-square-mile radius of the "home zone," according to a news release. The cars will be available in early 2019."



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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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Jerry Brown Hits The Road To Defend Ca Gas Tax Increase | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Gavin Newsom Opposes Initiative To Split California In Three Even Though It Was Proposed By A Friend
Patrick McGreevy @
California’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that he has been a friend of Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper for 20 years, but he is opposing a November ballot initiative championed by Draper to break California into three states.

Why California Won't Refund Budget Surplus To Taxpayers | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

How Villaraigosa Lost The Governor's Race Despite Tens Of Millions Of Dollars Spent To Boost His Bid
Seema Mehta, Phil Willon @
But Villaraigosa steered the city during a recession that led to city employee layoffs, and the onetime union organizer fought with labor groups representing city workers and teachers.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Banning Political Clothing At Polls - Politico

The justices held that limits on polling place attire are generally constitutional, but Minnesota's statute ran afoul of the First Amendment because it offered too little clarity about what slogans and what kinds of clothing qualify as too political to be worn as people vote. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

Questions Answered On Dividing California Into Three States | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
Peggy Grande, a spokeswoman for the "Cal 3" campaign, on Wednesday said she doesn't know "exactly what the dollar figure will look like." Draper gave $220,000 to an independent expenditure committee, "Citizens for Cal 3," to support the initiative in April. State filings show he paid consultants and law firms nearly $560,000 last year for work related to the proposal.

Villaraigosa Reflects After A Bruising Loss In California Governor's Race
Seema Mehta @
A week after the former Los Angeles mayor’s loss in the California governor’s race, he has penned more than 100 — and has many more to go. He’s talked with longtime friends including Hillary Clinton and dined with allies such as philanthropist Eli Broad, who contributed more than $3.5 million in support of Villaraigosa’s bid.

Ice Arrests Longtime Legal Us Resident Outside His La Home | The Sacramento Bee
Gabby Ferreira @
By Gabby Ferreira

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Barring Political Apparel at Polling Places

In a 7-to-2 decision, the court said a Minnesota law did not give voters clear guidance on what T-shirts and buttons were barred.

California's Prop. 47 Succeeding In Dropping Recidivism Rate | The Sacramento Bee
Bryan Anderson @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Republicans embrace the â

Ambitious Republican candidates agree: Success in the primaries demands the full support of the president. But many experts and some GOP politicians see peril in the general elections this November.