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First, lots of hugs to Californians and public safety officials in the fires in Lake, Napa, and Yolo counties. Fortunately, it doesn't appear that the largest--the County Fire around Lake Berryessa--has affected structures. However, containment is very limited and, as of 9:11am has burned 44,500 acres. Meanwhile, to the north along the south and west shores of Clearlake, 22 structures have burned as of this morning in the Pawnee fire. 

Fortunately, the County/Cape fire has been kept to the Vaca Mountains. For the Sacramento/Bay Area readers, that's just above the largely organic farms that fill our farmers' markets every week. I loaded up at Riverdog Farm's booth yesterday at the year-round Sac Central Farmers Market. Riverdog is in Guinda, but appears to be safe.

It's a beautiful morning to write and watch the soccer matches. I also look forward to exploring the new online exhibit of the California State Archives: "California State Government and Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II."

Argh, Mexico. You're a great young team.

The state archives, a division of the Secretary of State, is one of the least known parts of our state government. They include a remarkable collection of oral histories that are transcribed. I'll be honest that I've never been to the current California State Archives. I went to the old one a few times in the late 90s as community colleges and K-12 organizations fought over the "Prop. 98 Split"--essentially, the share each segment were meant to receive under the initiative. Under Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown, the fight subsided.

As I was browsing on the Archives site, I saw the oral history with former state senator Denise Moreno Ducheny, when she referenced working with the Community College League of California's lobbyists on a bill relating to redevelopment (a highly technical and very political issue). Oh, that was hell of a year that had the great Bonnie Slosson and me running.

Jeremy B. White, formerly with the Sacramento Bee, had his inaugural byline this morning with Carla Marinucci in Politico California Playbook. Jeremy replaces fellow Bee alum David Siders, who is still with Politico but can now sleep in.

$$$: In the Bee, Adam Ashton and Caitlin Chen look at what the Supreme Court's sales tax ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair means for California. "Nic Maduros, the [state] tax department director, told a Senate committee in April the potential taxes from the companies who received the batch of letters could total "hundreds of millions of dollars" a year in revenue. "It's not an area we can afford to overlook," he said."

JANUS: Adam Ashton reports in the Bee on the impact of the Supreme Court's ruling in Janus v. AFSCME on California's largest public employee unions. The ruling 

For CALmatters, Dan Walters also looks at the impact of the ruling.

So unions knew it was coming and had been doing what they could to cushion its potential blow to their finances.

Losing agency fees from the relatively few non-members who pay them now would not have a major effect. The greater fear among public employee union leaders is that making dues voluntary would entice substantial numbers of current members to drop out.

Estimates of membership losses have ranged up to a third, but different unions probably will see different effects.




 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)
  • Event: Capitol Seminars lobbying workshop
  • Job: California Welfare Directors Association
  • 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: 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   


  • Vote-by-mail: 69,131
  • Provisional: 17,767
  • Conditional voter registration: 942
  • Damaged: 4,000
  • Total: 91,840


BALLOT MEASURES: We have ballot measure numbers for the 12 measures that qualified for the November 6 ballot, two of which were legislative placed. 

INITIATIVES: Not everyone is happy with the 2014 law that allows initiatve proponents to withdraw qualified measures up until the 131st day before the general election, reports Bryan Anderson in the Bee:

[T]oday, lawmakers from both major political parties feel their hands are being tied at the last second to rush bills through the Assembly and Senate.

Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, said "the initiative process has completely been abused and turned California into a circus."

State Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, criticized the closed-door negotiations that took place on a consumer privacy initiative that has since been withdrawn after lawmakers passed a bill expanding consumer protections. Hours before he ultimately voted in favor of the bill, Nielsen called it "something that the majority of legislators will know nothing about."

Two initiatives were withdrawn (consumer privacy and soda tax) after compromise legislation was approved by the Legislature and governor.

Dan Walters writes that voters will have less of a burden in the November election given the initiative withdrawals.



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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Richard Harris, Genevieve Jopanda, and Minnie Santillan!




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  • 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
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