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It's Recess Friday and National Fried Chicken Day! I'm guessing South is going to be packed.

Well, after we thought yesterday was a slow news day, it was anything but. First, we had the decision by an Eastern District of California federal judge in the "sanctuary state" lawsuit against California by the federal government, which I wrote about yesterday. I've spent time with the decision now and it appears pretty sound. That doesn't mean that California will win eventually. We've seen federal cases go both ways in the last ten years that didn't always seem legally consistent. 

Perhaps the best part of the opinion was "Accordingly, this Court joins the ever-growing chorus of Federal Judges in urging our elected officials to set aside the partisan and polarizing politics dominating the current immigration debate and work in a cooperative and bi-partisan fashion toward drafting and passing legislation that address es this critical political issue. Our Nation deserves it. Our Constitution demands it."

George W. Bush would be proud of his appointee.

John Marshall Law Associate Professor Steven D. Schwinn provides a great summary on the rationale of the judge  my law school colleague and former chief consultant of Assembly Labor Ben Ebbink looks at the provisions of AB 450 the judge did grant an injuction, and the LAT's John Myers writes up the story.

Judge John A. Mendez dated the decision July 4, 2018, even though it couldn't actually be filed until July 5. A message, perhaps?

Then, we had the press conference on SB 822--the net neutrality bill. Most of you likely know that Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) was very unhappy when hostile amendments arranged by Assembly Communications and Conveyance chair Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) were approved by the committee. The two were joined by Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) for a press conference to announce that they had reached an agreement on net neutrality would pass this year and the state would have the strongest net neutrality protections after the Federal Communications Commission pulled back.

"According to lawmakers who struck the deal, the bill will once again ban internet providers such as AT&T and Comcast from charging websites fees to reach customers or from incentivizing certain companies’ content by exempting it from data caps," reports CapPubRad's Ben Bradford.

And as expected, SB 901 (Dodd), dealing with wildfire preparedness, response, and liability--made its way to a conference committee. The Senate conferees are Senators Bill Dodd (D-Napa - co-chair), Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley). Assemblymembers appointed to the committee are Chris Holden (D-Pasadena co-chair), Brian Dahle (R-Bieber), Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-Grand Terrace), and Jim Wood. (D-Healdsberg).

Senator Dodd's office issued a press release stating "Hearing dates for the committee are expected to be set for later this month and in August."

PAGE TO WATCH TODAY: If you've been around long enough, you remember the daily outlook page of the California Independent System Operator. We'd constantly refresh the page to determine the likelihood of rolling blackouts. Things are actually looking good with additional resources brought online and users heeding request to use less as we approach the lunch hour.

CalISO has declared a restricted maintenance operation day for electricity producers in Southern California.



POTUS: WaPo's Aaron Blake has updated his quarterly ranking Top 15 2020 Democratic  possibilities and Senator Kamala Harris is on the rise. His top 5 are:

  1. Bernie Sanders
  2. Elizabeth Warren
  3. Kamala Harris (previous ranking: 4)
  4. Joe Biden
  5. Cory Booker

Under his Worth Watching, included Californians are Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

GOV: After spending heavily for Antonio Villaraigosa's gubernatorial campaign, some charter school backers have now anted up for Gavin Newsom, reports the AP's Sally Ho.

Last week, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs donated $29,200 each — the maximum amount — to Democrat Gavin Newsom’s campaign for California governor. It’s a sign that the potent charter forces in Golden State politics are pivoting toward the state’s lieutenant governor, who is widely considered a shoo-in to beat Republican businessman John Cox.

PROP 5: For the LAT, Liam Dillon reports that the California Association of Realtors may be willing to withdraw its support for its initiative to remove some of the requirements for property tax limitations upon the purchase of replacement home if they can get a deal from the Legislature that mitigates the opposition to the inititiative from local governments, including schools. While the deadline to pull the measure from the ballot 131 days before the November election has passed, the Legislature could pass a bill to replace the initiative and another to change the 131 days to something shorter so the Realtors can withdraw the proposition.

HEALTH CARE: Victoria Colliver and Rachana Pradhan write for Politico that Gavin Newsom has been using a different message about single-payer healthcare as he moves toward the general election for governor.

Newsom himself is already cooling expectations that he’ll blow up the status quo should he defeat Republican nominee John Cox. He recently told the San Francisco Chronicle that a single-payer system could take “years” to implement — a virtual certainty since it would require several approvals from the Trump administration.

The Bee's Angela Hart reports on the spending by health care interest groups in lobbying and contributions over the various bills that were proposed after Speaker Anthony Rendon shelved SB 562, single-payer bill that passed the Senate and is authored by Ricardo Lara (D-East LA) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego). Hart lists the 16 Democratic bills introduced by lawmakers after the death of SB 562.
GASSY: The OCR's Jonathan Lansner writes that soon we'll be at the point when gas prices historically subside and asks whether that will affect Proposition 6, the initiative that would repeal the recent increase in the gas tax and require voter approval of future hikes.


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: 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   


YOUR BIG SIT: For KQED's California Report, Katie Orr asks what will happen to the mid-century chairs in the Capitol Annex press room in the demolition and rebuild. They are popular from a throwback design perspective, but aren't particularly comfortable when sitting through long pressers. At an estimated $500 a piece, that's $22,000. 

BANG BANG: Apparently those of us complaining on social media about the Fourth of July illegal fireworks were not imagining things. CapPubRadio's Bob Moffitt reports that calls reporting illegal fireworks were up 11% over last year. "This year the department received 1,065 calls from June 27 to July 4, including more than 600 calls on July Fourth, compared to 955 in 2017."

And, they continued last night. No, I wasn't one of those callers.


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  • The County Welfare Directors Association is hiring a Human Services Policy Analyst focusing on county-run programs serving children and adults. The Analyst supports the advocacy work CWDA is engaged in, at the direction of senior staff, including but not limited to legislative and budget efforts and implementation of policy changes enacted at the state and federal level. Competitive salary, excellent benefit package. Open until 8/1. Details:
    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 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
Embattled Epa Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns Amid Scandals
Evan Halper @
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is leaving the agency.

Illinois Governor Clarifies: ‘vote For Anybody’ But The Nazi - Politico

Last week, POLITICO reported that the Illinois Republican Party, which Rauner nearly single-handedly bankrolls, had failed on four occasions to keep Jones off the ballot.

For Many Waiting In Tijuana, A Mysterious Notebook Is The Key To Seeking Asylum
Cindy Carcamo @
At the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, the notebook is everything to asylum seekers. Passed from one guardian to another, it keeps track of who's next in line, creating an unofficial system that not all find fair. "This is just destined to create more tension and trauma," an immigrant advocate says.

Fire Closes I-5 At California Border | Mail Tribune
Sinclair Broadcast Group @

McCaskill braces for SCOTUS onslaught

The high court vacancy has already taken center stage in her reelection campaign against Yale Law grad Josh Hawley.

Safca :: Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency
NORTH SACRAMENTO STREAMS Levee Improvements Construction Schedule and Project Location Map APRIL-NOVEMBER 2018

'trust Me, I'll Do Just Fine,' Trump Says About Upcoming Meeting With Putin
Anne Gearan, John Wagner @
President Trump mocks critics in a Montana campaign appearance for Republican Matt Rosendale, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.

U.S. Trade Deficit With China Widens As Trade War Starts - Politico

The U.S. goods trade deficit with China increased significantly in May, a Commerce Department report showed on Friday, as the United States and China lunged into a tit-for-tat trade war ignited by President Donald Trump.