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Well, hello there. I hope you all staying cool.

The most important Three Californias question: If we divided the state, who gets Bacteria Bear. Does it stay where it has been hybernating outside the office of the "Northern California" governor or is it still on loan from Arnold Schwarzenegger (who bought it personally) and has to be sent to "Southern California"? 

That custody battle alone should kill the stupid initiative.

Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), who has become the most visible part of the "resistance" to the President among electeds, was a bad, bad man yesterday. He played the audio of the kids screaming and crying at an immigration detention facility. Presiding was frosh Congresswoman Karen Handel (R-Georgia). She asked him to suspend because he was violating House rules (although that's actually unclear. She repeated that a few times, and Lieu kept talking. Handel then looked to staff to ask what to do, and Lieu yielded. If only the topic wasn't so serious, it would be worth a laugh that Handel couldn't figure it out.

Lieu tweeted:

2300 kids were ripped away from parents with no real plan to reunite them. I can't play the @ProPublica audio of their cries for help because of "decorum"? F*ck decorum. @realDonaldTrump engaged in the functional equivalent of kidnapping. The American people need to hear this.

That's why, in the State Capitol, we have mute buttons for the presiding officer to stop a member who fails to suspend.



  • Vote-by-mail: 425,018
  • Provisional: 209,126
  • Conditional voter registration: 6,160
  • Damaged: 28,893
  • Total: 666,494

Updated results on the SOS page suggest there are actually likely only ~193,000, according to the Target Book's Rob Pyers.  

AURAL PLEASURE: On the California Politics Podcast, the LAT's John Myers and Melanie Mason chat about the USC Dornsife/LA Times poll on the races for governor and U.S. Senate., the cray-cray week on immigration and, of course, their lightning round. 

NOT CAGES, "WALLS MADE WITH CHAIN LINK" The ballot measure to expand on 2008's Proposition 2 has qualified for the November ballot, bringing the total qualified thus far to seven. An additional six are in the signature validation stage at the county elections offices. This new initiative would require that eggs sold in California be from free-range, non-caged hens by 2022. It would also expand the minimum space for breeding pigs and calves raised for veal. The measure is sponsored by the Human Society of the United States.

The limitations are on retail sales, so it applies to in-state and out-of-state suppliers equally. Because of that equity, there's no interstate commerce violation.

LIKE SUMMER CAMP, ALTHOUGH FREE: The East Bay Times team reports that the Department of Defense is considering siting a 47,000-bed immigration tent city at the shuttered Naval weapons base in Concord. Two problems: First, it's the Bay Area. Concord is in AD14, which voted 69.6% for Hillary Clinton. It's not like an immigrant detention tent city would be welcomed with open arms. Second, the city of Concord is in the process of developing a reuse plan to address the Bay Area housing shortage and has been negotiating with the federal government. The plan being developed by Concord would also include commercial property and the creation of the Concord Hills Regional Park under the East Bay Regional Park District.

Of course, it still is federal government land under the supervision of the Department of Defense (DoD). Based on what we saw last week, tents could pop up like a Boy Scout Jamboree. It's very unlikely DoD would hold lengthy public hearings in this current political environment, and they categorize the sites they are considering as "temporary, austere tent cities."

Area lawmakers have mobolized to oppose the Concord location for a tent city.

The other California location in the mix is Camp Pendleton, which is more isolated from residential areas.

THE REBUILD: For Capitol Weekly, Lisa Renner looks at the Capitol Annex rebuild project included in the budget.



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)
  • Events: American Association of Political Consultants Regional Conference (June 25-26 - Sacramento)
  • Job: Cargill Director of Governmental Relations (Newark-Bay Area)
  • Job: The East Bay Community Foundation: VP of Community Investment and Partnerships
  • Job: Local Health Plans of California seeks a Program Manager
  • Job: Randle Communications 
  • Job: Serna Center @ Sac City Unified: Chief Business Officer
  • 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   


DEAD END ROAD? In the Times, Mark Z. Barabak asks why the office of Los Angeles mayor has not provided a path to the office of governor. Beyond Antonio Villaraigosa, he raises Jim Hahn and Richard Riordan. After all, it's the second largest city in America.

One explanation may be politics.

Big cities, which tend to have large minority populations and a strong union presence, are typically more liberal than the rest of their state. That may be attractive to folks who live there but less so for voters who consciously choose not to; one man’s edgy urban vibe may be another man’s reason to flee to the suburbs.

Another explanation has to do with power and a sense that big cities, like Los Angeles, already wield too much of it.

I don't know all of its governors and mayors, but none in recent decades have served in both roles. The interesting thing about Villaraigosa is that the large cities often push candidates to be more liberal than the statewide electorate. In Villaraigosa's case, recession and demand for education reform by influential business leaders, philanthropists, and nonprofit organizations pushed him toward supporting charter schools. 

That actually made him appear more conservative than the statewide electorate (in this election), which is unusual in the mayor -> governor career path.

CA48 (Huntington Beach): Harley Rouda is now 125 votes above Hans Keirstead in the race among Democrats to take on incumbent Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa). Orange County estimates 568 ballots left to count throughout the county, of which CA48 is 26.2% of registered voters. This one is over. 


Probolsky Research


RENT CONTROL: For CapPubRad, Ben Adler looks at the failed negotiations on a rent control compromise that have led rent control proponents to focus on the ballot box. "[V]oters will be left with what many business groups — and housing advocates — think are two unpalatable options this fall: ending the state’s rent control prohibitions altogether, or doing nothing."

PRIVACY: For the tech mag Wired, Issie Lapowski looks at the compromise privacy bill reached this week, which will keep an initiative off the November ballot. The tech industry has been the leading opponent forming to fight a ballot measure.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Lucas Frerichs, Elise Flynn Gyore, and Obai Rambo!

FAREWELL: Longtime League of Women Voters lobbyist Trudy Schafer. "

All are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, July 7, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95816. 

Per the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted by the Trudy Schafer Fellowship for Public Policy.




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  • American Association of Political Consultants Regional Conference: Join AAPC June 25-26 at the beautiful new Sawyer Hotel in Downtown Commons to hear from the state's leading political consultants for a recap of the June primary and a look ahead to November. Key speakers include Ace Smith, Gale Kaufman, Bill Carrick, Paul Mitchell, Christy Wilson, Rob Stutzman, Mike Madrid, Eric Bauman, Sam Rodriguez, Roger Salazar, Cassandra Walker-Pye, Dana Williamson, Stephanie McGann-Jantzen, Crystal Strait. More information and registration at
    SERNA CENTER Sacramento City USD 5735 47th Ave. Sac, CA 95824
    Salary Range: $157,252 – $197,031 yrly. Medical, Dental and Vision; $4,800 annual travel stipend
    CBO’s role is to create a structure incorporating the District’s annual budget process with the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) using the SCUSD Guiding Principle and Core Value Statement. The ability to incorporate them into one seamless process could lead to more equitable outcomes for all students.
    Contact: Monica Garland
  • The East Bay Community Foundation – mobilizer of financial assets and community leadership to transform the lives of people in the East Bay – seeks a collaborative, strategic and mission-driven Vice President of Community Investment and Partnerships (CIP) to lead effective community-centered strategies; stay abreast of community needs and developments; and serve as a connecter between CIP and the Executive Management Team. This position reports to the President & Chief Executive Officer in downtown Oakland. Learn more here. Interested and qualified applicants should apply by emailing a cover letter, resume and list of three references to by Friday, June 22, 2018.
  • 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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