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The Sacramento Bee had a bomb scare this morning. The building was evacuated, but the bomb squad found the bag harmless. However, news organizations are on high alert following the newsroom shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, MD.

Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor announced yesterday that he is retiring at the end of the year. Big loss to the Capitol, but he deserves to retire. He has been at the nonpartisan office since 1979 and has served in the top job since 2008.

$$$: Things continue to be looking good for the State General Fund throught end of the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Department of Finance reports: "Preliminary General Fund agency cash for June was $1.601 billion above the 2018-19 Budget Act forecast of $17.773 billion. Fiscal year 2017-18 revenues were $1.541 billion higher than the forecast of $134.502 billion. June cash receipts represent the second estimated payment of 40 percent of liability due mid-month for personal income tax filers and calendar-year corporations."

Remember this performance above revised estimates that were included in the January Proposed Budget and the May Revision. This does not includr the gas tax, which goes into a special fund. 

Good news: California's personal income was up 4.5% in the first quarter of 2008, compared to 3.6% U.S. average. Of course, the bad news is that the median home price reached a new high of $600,680 in May, up 2.6% from April and 9.2% from May 2017. [full July report]

THREE STATES:  The state Supreme Court ordered the removal of the initiative to carve the state three from the November ballot. The rationale of the court is that is there isn't sufficient time to determine the constitutionality of the measure as an initiative measure. The next ballot opportunity would be November 2020.  Proponent venture capitalist Tim Draper spent $1.22 million of his own money to qualify the measure. Here's the court's order:

Both respondent [Alex] Padilla and real party in interest Timothy Draper are ordered to show cause before this court, when the above matter is called on calendar, why the relief sought by petitioner, Planning and Conservation League, should not be granted. The returns of respondent and real party in interest are to be served and filed on or before Monday, August 20, 2018. Petitioner is ordered to serve and file its reply within 30 days of the timely-filed returns.

The main issue boils down to whether is a constitutional revision or amendment. A revision requires approval of two-thirds of the Legislature and the voters. While there is little case law on topic, most legal experts believe that slicing up the state, requiring three new constitutions, is a revision. 

The Chron's legal eagle Bob Egelko reports on Draper's response to the ruling "Apparently, the insiders are in cahoots and the establishment doesn’t want to find out how many people don’t like the way California is being governed," Draper said in a statement. He said the six justices “probably would have lost their jobs" under the three-state plan.

I would say that the California Supreme Court members are anything but insiders and the decision was unanimous. There are three justices appointed by Republicans and three appointed by Democrats. There is currently one vacancy following Kathryn Werdegar's retirement last August.

The removal of Proposition 9 will not change the ballot numbers of Propositions 10-12.

STAMP-FREE: Beginning in 2019, you won't need to put a stamp on vote-by-mail ballots for state and local elections under AB 216 (Gonzalez Fletcher and Low), which was signed by Governor yesterday. 

ICE-ICE BABY: In the Bee, Angela Hart writes that while as San Francisco mayor, Gavin Newsom spearheaded a policy to report juvenile undocumented immigrants charged with violent crimes to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he now says that he was wrong.

“These were people charged...but not convicted. Some people ultimately were exonerated that got caught up in it,“ Newsom said in an interview with The Sacramento Bee. “I’ll just say this to my critics: Fair game. Looking back, there were things we could have done differently. I’m very honest about that.”

LET THERE BE LIGHT: The University of California is proposing the first fee reduction in nearly twenty years, reports Alexei Koseff in the Bee.

The decrease comes from the elimination of a $60 tuition surcharge that the university imposed in fall 2007, and extended in 2013, to pay for nearly $100 million in damages from two class-action lawsuits related to raising fees on graduate students in the middle of a semester.

CORRRECTION: Don't know how I screwed this up, but the cash-on-hand number for Denham was wrong.

CA10 (Stanislaus): 

  • Jeff Denham (R): $2,394,293.87
  • Josh Harder (D): $1,058,890.30

CA07 (East Sacto County): In the Bee, Emily Cadei writes that Congressman Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) finds himself in an unusual position--he is a heavy favorite after having close races the last three cycles.

CA22 (Tulare): Devin Nunes (R-Clovis) is taking on The Fresno Bee, report David Siders and Stephanie Murray for Politico. He's running TV, radio and online ads, saying that the paper is working with "radical left-wing groups." Nunes is also being criticized over some of the more interesting expenditures in his latest campaign filing.

$$$: For the OC Register, Jordan Graham looks at the big money being raised by Orange County Democratic congressional candidates. 

Local Democratic candidates vying to flip four Republican-held House seats have raised substantial sums in recent months, receiving more cash than their GOP opponents, with two local Democrats collecting more than $1 million since April.

US SENATE: For CALmatters, Dan Morain writes that unlike incumbent Dianne Feinstein and fellow Senator Kamala Harris, Kevin de León files his Senate campaign reports by snail mail rather than electronically leading a significant delay in the availability of the data. House candidates are required to file electronically, but Senate candidates are not.

That also means that the cash-on-hand for de León I reported yesterday was as of March 31 and not June 30.

AG: Sacramento Superior Court Judge Richard Sueyoshi finallized his tentative decision denying a petition by former GOP attorney general candidate Eric Early to remove Xavier Becerra since he didn't have continuous bar membership for five years before his appointment. 

 

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DAMMIT, JANUS: The Bee's Adam Ashton writes:

The National Right to Work Foundation in a new court filing attached to an ongoing lawsuit is demanding that SEIU Local 1000 return the money to about 40,000 current and former state workers because the union allegedly created overly burdensome “opt out” procedures that caused employees to pay more money than necessary in labor fees." It could be a $100 million hit to state government's biggest union.

Last month’s Supreme Court decision banning unions from collecting money from workers who don’t belong to them could cost state government’s largest labor organization $100 million in fees it charged to employees who did not “opt in” to it since 2012.

Meanwhile, Southern California Public Radio's Anya Kamenetz looks at the national effort to get teachers to leave their unions:

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, based in Michigan, is running My Pay, My Say as a national campaign. The Freedom Foundation, headquartered in Washington state, is targeting teachers in Oregon, Washington and California with the slogan, Opt Out Today.

TAXING MATTERS: For Capitol Public Radio, Nadine Sebai reports that the trade war is expected to hit California's almond growers:

California almond growers are celebrating the upcoming harvest this fall, which is expected to be record-breaking. But in retaliation for tarif’s issued by the Trump administration, China imposed a 50 percent tariff on U.S. almonds — all of which come from California.  

This means a $3 package would now cost Chinese consumers $4.50. This $1.50 difference could cause customers to find cheaper nut alternatives, growers in California to lose massive profits, and commodity brokers to do less business.  

 

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   

 

  

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#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Jennifer Baker, former Orange County Assemblyman, Senator, and Representative John Campbell,  Judy Centlivre, Brian Leubitz, Amanda Monroy, and Erica Romero!

 

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  • CALIFORNIA POLITICS THIS WEEK - Tune in to see host Josh Gross and the panel analyze the June primary election, the gas tax repeal, the ongoing Sativa water crisis, and the races they're watching in November.  New episode posted at: CPTW.TV
         
  • CA School Boards Assn- Public Affairs and Community Engagement Representative (Bay Area)
    This position serves as CSBA’s liaison to local school and county boards of education, key decision-makers and the community-at-large, and is responsible for implementing CSBA’s grassroots program, establishing relationships, and facilitating local and regional outreach and activation efforts. Communicates about issues in education that require familiarity with educational laws, regulations and trends.  Executes grassroots strategies designed to build relationships with, train, support and mobilize local school board members and communities to advance CSBA’s legislative and statewide ballot measure advocacy priorities. Coordinates and executes fundraising events. BOE. Details:
  • https://onepoint.employernet.net/ta/CSBA.jobs?ShowJob=134407117 
  • CA School Boards Assn- Public Affairs and Community Engagement Representative (Orange County)
    This position serves as CSBA’s liaison to local school and county boards of education, key decision-makers and the community-at-large, and is responsible for implementing CSBA’s grassroots program, establishing relationships, and facilitating local and regional outreach and activation efforts. Communicates about issues in education that require familiarity with educational laws, regulations and trends. Executes grassroots strategies designed to build relationships with, train, support and mobilize local school board members and communities to advance CSBA’s legislative and statewide ballot measure advocacy priorities. Coordinates and executes fundraising events. BOE. Details:

    onepoint.employernet.net/ta/CSBA.jobs?ShowJob=134407120
  •  CA School Boards Assn- Public Affairs and Community Engagement Representative (San Joaquin North)

    This position serves as CSBA’s liaison to local school and county boards of education, key decision-makers and the community-at-large, and is responsible for implementing CSBA’s grassroots program, establishing relationships, and facilitating local and regional outreach and activation efforts. Communicates about issues in education that require familiarity with educational laws, regulations and trends.  Executes grassroots strategies designed to build relationships with, train, support and mobilize local school board members and communities to advance CSBA’s legislative and statewide ballot measure advocacy priorities. Coordinates and executes fundraising events. BOE. Details:

    https://onepoint.employernet.net/ta/CSBA.jobs?ShowJob=134407122

  • 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: www.capitolseminars.net 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: www.cwda.org/job-opportunities
  • CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER (CBO)
    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.
    Apply: www.edjoin.org/Home/Jobs?stateID=24&countyID=34&districtID=583
    Contact: Monica Garland monicaga@scusd.edu
  • 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 go.mcgeorge.edu/publicpolicy or contact us at publicpolicy@pacific.edu
  • 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 apptrkr.com/1226018

  • 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. cayim.by/finopsmanager 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. cayim.by/digdirector 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. cayim.by/orgdirector 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 ktiratira@icgworldwide.com 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: publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/masters-6
  • 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 seiuunitedhealthcareworkers.appone.com/.
  • 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 seiuunitedhealthcareworkers.appone.com.

 

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House Votes To Prevent Irs From Punishing Churches Engaging In Politics - Politico

The provision, buried in a budget measure setting IRS funding for the upcoming year, amounts to a backdoor way around the so-called Johnson amendment, a half-century-old prohibition on nonprofits getting involved in political campaign activities. | Getty

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