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#CAKEDAY AT THE TOP: It's my awesome sister's birthday, so #CAKEDAY goes to the top and we start by lighting candles for Lisa Ortega! Also, Ryan Arba, Jeff Klein, Devin Lavelle, Pamela Wu!

We'll try to be quick today as I know most folks are looking at cold kiddie pools or movie theatres for the afternoon after the World Cup matches. After fútbol, we have a 1:05 Giants game and then I'm going to walk over to the great new DOCO theatre to see Sicorio. For SacTown readers, the replacement of the abysmal theatre off 4th/L is immeasurably better.

It's a crappy day, I'll be honest. We have the (apparent suicide) death of a former Kings player and new fires.  

The fires continue and our hearts our broken. Yesterday's big news was the new fire that closed I-5 ("the 5" to SoCal folks ) near the Oregon border. As I write, I-5 is open but the fire rages out of control. To my knowledge, it's the only fire with a fatality--a local resident. We also have new fires in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties. Neither are under CalFire, so we don't know the exact situation, although houses have been burned.

Santa Barbara County may be the most serious as I write. From what I can gather, over 20 buildings including homes have been burned in the community closely associated with UC Santa Barbara. It hit the area west of the devastating Thomas Fire last year. UPDATE: It appears that it is just hot spots now.

GOV: The LAT's Phil Willon looks at how the issue of abortion effects the Supreme Court and recognizes the obvious--it won't. While John Cox is "pro-life," Gavin Newsom is "pro-choice." Whoever becomes governor will have zero effect on abortion in California, which will continue to be one of the state's with laws with the most latitude for abortion.  

Candidly and unfortunately, the Golden State may go from being a haven for pregnancy homes for foreign women seeking birth-right citizenship for their kids may become the abortion state for those that essentially outlaw abortion. 

TURNOUT: All is said and done in the June primary and all the naysayers predicting historically low turnout were completely wrong. WaPo's David Weigel reports:

The more than 2 million ballots that remained uncounted on election night are down to 6,037 votes in Lake County, a small but swingy region north of the San Francisco Bay area. With nearly every vote tabulated, we now know that the 2018 primary had the highest number of votes in the history of California midterm elections — 6,955,089 votes cast in the primary for governor, up from 4,333,028 in 2014. (The previous record was 6,206,618 votes in 1998’s open primary.)

It wasn't over the exciting primaries. Was it pro/con the President or easier voter registration and voting? We may never know. But, a tip o' the hat to you Californians. Thank you to the county elections officers and Secretary of State Alex Padilla for your turnout encouragement. To me now, party doesn't matter, but turnout does as it validates the results.



CA11 (Contra Costa): In the Chron, Steve Rubenstein reports on the odd campaign for the GOP candidate, John Fitzgerald against Congressman Mark DeSaulnier.

"We reject John Fitzgerald’s campaign and encourage all voters to do the same," said state party chairman Jim Brulte. His "views have no home in the Republican Party. California Republicans reject anti-Semitism, and all forms of religious bigotry, in the harshest terms possible."


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   


Probolsky Research


I'm sure there is more out there and I'll catch up. The fires have been my focus.

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: On the SB 901 wildfires conference committee is Jeff Stone (R-Temecula), not Mark Stone. Clearly, I was stoned when writing--neighbors, not me.



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  • WE CAN HELP MAKE YOUR LOBBYING EFFORTS MORE EFFECTIVE. Numerous nonprofits and private sector organizations, lobbying firms, trade associations and government entities use Capitol Seminars as their No.1 training resource -- for new lobbyists, support staff, executives who hire and manage lobbyists. Conducted by 43-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov, our Lobbying 101 & 201 seminars offer you comprehensive coverage of the Legislative process, along with best practices for Legislative, Budget, and Regulatory Agency advocacy, Lobbying the Administration, and Media Strategies. You’ll refer to the extensive curriculum materials long after the seminars are over. Next dates: August 2-3, October 4-5, December 13-24. More information / registration: or 916-442-5009.
  • 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