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  • Vote-by-mail: 878,820
  • Provisional: 330,343
  • Conditional voter registration: 10,897
  • Damaged:39,085
  • Total: 1,259,145

Take these numbers lightly. Three counties (Alameda, Inyo, Kings) have completed their counts. Thirty-eight counties other counties haven't updated their unprocessed ballot reports since last week, although their updates of actual vote counts in races are reflected on the Secretary of State's site.

Happy Friday! Beautiful weekend forecasted for The NOONER Global headquarters. After consecutive election week and budget weeks, I'm sure many of you, like me, particularly welcome this weekend. The Hanoi restaurant where Anthony Bourdain and Barack Obama had pho and beer has placed the table under glass. One of the best Parts Unknown episodes. Wonderful but terribly sad. Assembly Chaplain Bob Oshita opened with yesterday's session with a message about Bourdain and Kate Spade. Namo Amida Butsu.

SPORTS PAGE: Heckuva 16-inning win for the Giants yesterday. Giants @ Dodgers at 7:10 this evening. Angels are at A's at 6:35pm. Padres are in Atlanta @ 4:35pm. World cup - Portugal v. Spain at 11am. The game I'm waiting for, though, is Germany v. Mexico on Sunday at 8am.

BUDGET: As expected, the Budget Act of 2018 passed yesterday along with many trailer bills. On the Budget Act, the final vote was 27-10 in the Senate and 57-23 in the Assembly Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) and Jean Fulller (R-Bakersfield) joined Democrats in voting "aye" in the Senate and Catharine Baker (R-Dublin) in the Assembly.

The package included the funding to replace the State Capitol Annex and construct a building on O Street between 10th and 11th (currently, a parking lot behind the Legislative Office Building), which would be occupied by members and staff during the replacement of the Annex. Following the Annex project, the O Street building will be repurposed for other state efforts.

You don't need to pack up your offices yet. Before construction on the O Street building begins, an environmental impact report will have to be completed. I'm guessing that it will be 2020 before the temporary building is available for occupancy, even with the expedited EIR appeals process. Then the new Annex, visitors' center and parking garage will have to be built.

The bill provides for a "a relocated and expanded underground parking facility." It could go under the park to limit security risks and then replant grass over it.

It's going to be a wild ride.

Joel Fox writes that the days of the "Big 5" budget deal-makers have been reduced to the "Big 3," largely excluding Republicans. This is because of Proposition 25, which established the 50% requirement instead of supermajority for budget passage, and withholds legislators' pay if the budget is not passed by midnight June 15. Further, Democrats have gained more seats in both houses. 

LG: Ed Hernandez (D) and Eleni Kounalakis (D) have agreed not to seek the party's endorsement for the November election.

SF: Former state senator Mark Leno has conceded to Supervisor London Breed, making her the first African-American female mayor of San Francisco.  Congrats to my fellow UC Aggie! We were there at the same time. In the Chron, John Diaz interviews Breed. Breed and Delaine Eastin were on KQED's Political Broadcast Podcast with Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos last night.

CA23 (Bakersfield): For the Times, Seema Mehta reports that Ivanka Trump will be joining House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for a fundraiser in Fresno next week. 

AD15 (East Bay): Yesterday, Oakland councilmember Dan Kalb (D) conceded in the Assembly District currently held by Tony Thurmond. Kalb fell behind Richmond councilmember Jovanka Beckles (D) for the #2 spot. Placing first was Buffy Wicks (D), a community organizer who worked in the Office of Public Engagement in the Obama Administration.


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   


CONSEQUENCES: Several committee changes have been made following the recall of Senator Josh Newman. Richard Roth (D-Riverside) is now of the Committee on Veteran Affairs

SPORTS STADIUMS: For CALmatters, Laurel Rosenhall looks at the bills being pushed in the Legislature as the end of session approaches to assist the building of a new Los Angeles Clippers stadium in Inglewood and new Oakland A's stadium in the East Bay city. Both are meant to speed up environmental review, something that is generally not being done for housing, stirring up even more controversy in the tight market.

FIRES: For KQED, Marisa Lagos writes up the debate over the future of Pacific Gas and Electric as the company faces billions in liability over the fall wildfires that devastated communities from the Wine Country to the foothills. It also affects Southern California Edison, reports Ivan Penn in the NYT.


Probolsky Research


CONGRESS: Democrats put a whooping on Republicans last night in the Congressional Charitable Baseball Game, 21-5. It was nice to see Republican Steve Scalise back on the field a year after he was shot at a practice for the game. He got the first out of the game against Raul Ruiz (D-Coachella). Nanette Barragán (D-Carson) was of two women who played in the game. She pinch ran, stole second, and advanced to third.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Monica Cortez, Michael Johnson, Drew Mercy, Asseemblymember Kevin Mullin, and Los Angeles Assessor Jeff Prang!



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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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Gov. Jerry Brown Rallies Democrats To Elect Gavin Newsom As His Successor
Patrick McGreevy @
Rallying Democrats for the November election, Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that he looks forward to passing the baton to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the party’s candidate for governor, who in turn promised to continue the progressive agenda pursued by Brown.

Ca Lawmakers Send Gov. Jerry Brown $200 Billion State Budget | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Furor Over Family Separation Now A Part Of House Debate Over Immigration
Sarah D. Wire @
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan says ending the policy of separating parents and children at the border needs a legislative solution. That issue could play a strong part in next week's House debate over immigration legislation. Details of the bills the House will vote on have started to come into focus.

Tough Us Tariffs On $50 Billion In Chinese Imports | The Sacramento Bee
The Trump administration is announcing a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, escalating a trade dispute between the world's two largest economies.

Trump's attacks on federal employee unions, pay and benefits draw bipartisan rebukes

The president's workplace policies are being hit politically and legally, from Republicans and Democrats, and by multiple union lawsuits.

Obama Returning To Los Angeles For Democratic Fundraising Gala
Seema Mehta @
Former President Obama is returning to Los Angeles June 28 to headline a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.

Teachers' union urges Democrats to run harder against the 2017 tax cut

The American Federation of Teachers says voter surveys find the legislation useful as a way to argue for more public spending.

London Breed Just Made History As San Francisco's Mayor-elect. Now Come The Real Challenges
Benjamin Oreskes @
Following a hard-fought campaign, London Breed was poised to become the first African-American woman to lead San Francisco when former state senator Mark Leno conceded and congratulated her Wednesday, more than a week after the election.

Trump Announces Tariffs On Chinese High-tech Goods - Politico

President Donald Trump announced Friday he will move forward with 25 percent tariffs on Chinese technology imports worth roughly $50 billion. | Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images