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DISTRICT UPDATES:

¡Feliz viernes! You've made it! And we finally have baseball again. The A's host the Giants in the Bay Bridge series at 6:35. The Dodgers are in in Milwaukee at 5:10, the Angels host the Astros at 7:07, and the Padres are in Philly at at 4:05. 

For non-baseball fans, it's reruns or on-demand. If you have HBO, catch up on the first two episodes of Sharp Objects or the Robin Williams documentary. Both fantastic. People may think I watch a lot of TV, but really I have it on while I research and write. This morning, it was "And the Band Played On," starring Matthew Modine. What an amazing movie, based on the real-life novel of the Chron's Randy Schilts Milk, who also wrote The Mayor of Castro Street, which led to the amazing movie by Gus Van Sant starring Sean Penn as Harvey Milk.

I had the great honor of inducting Dustin Lance Black into the Community College League's distinguished alumni after he was rejected to be a local Pasadena City College commencement speaker (voted by the students) because of political objections of the board. I know I have told this story before, but there about 3,000 more readers now.

I've "watched" both movies in the last few days as I've wrote, both are great movies for California politics and policy. They are re-watches, as when I write, I look for movies that focus on our issues. Okay, yeah, I also played other good programs. After, CNN is like "KFWB: News 98--give us 20 minutes and we'll give you the world." (SoCal joke).

From our friend Chris Micheli, who is following bill actions in total:

  • SIGNED: 137 (90 ABs and 47 SBs)
  • VETOED: 4 (4 ABs)
  • TOTAL BILLS ACTED ON: 141

AB 84 (Mullin): The LAT's Patrick McGreevy reports "The California Fair Political Practices Commission split 2-2 on a motion to endorse legislation that would allow the four top Democratic and Republican leaders in the Legislature to accept individual campaign contributions of up to $36,000 per source for races they are targeting, up from the current $4,400 limit."

I actually like the bill, as it could reduce the ridiculous laundering that happens through county central committees. Money is regularly given by major players to multiple political party county committees up to the $36,500 limit, which in turn can contribute unlimited amounts to individual candidates. The donor just can't designate it as for a candidate . There are basically only about a dozen state legislative districts that are in play, and any big money player knows it. 

The whole system is a mess. AB 84 could make it modestly better. 

GASSY: Politico's David Siders and Carla Marinucci write that Democrats are pushing Governor Brown to lead the campaign against Proposition 6, the measure that would repeal the gas tax increase and require voter approval of future gas tax increases. 

The gas tax, designed to pay for the state’s infrastructure repairs for the next decade, is under threat of repeal from a November ballot measure that has energized the state’s moribund Republican Party. Already, the fight has all the ingredients of a monumental political clash: implications for the control of Congress, a test of Democrats’ ability to defend the fruits of their political dominance and the four-term governor’s lasting imprint on California are all at stake.

But as money pours into the campaign and Republican candidates signal they’re spoiling for a fight, California Democrats are wondering when, and how, Brown is going to wield his $15 million campaign war chest to beat back Proposition 6, which calls for repealing a 12-cent a gallon gas tax signed by Brown last year.

THE RUSKIES IN CA48: WaPo's David Weigel writes:

On July 3, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) talked with a local news station in his district about a topic on which he has often strayed from the pack: the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee. Rohrabacher, who has urged friendlier relations with Russia, said that there were plenty of questions about the hack, and that it might have been an “inside job,” followed by a years-long coverup.

“I went to Julian Assange of course to talk to him personally, the guy who of course disclosed all of these emails, and he adamantly said the Russians weren’t in it,” he told Fox LA reporter Elex Michaelson. “And, by the way, if we could in some way guarantee that he can get out of the Ecuadorian Embassy, he said he told me he has absolute proof, just actual, not just words, but he’s got proof that the Russians did not hack.”

CA49 (Oceanside-Issa):

  • Diane Harkey (R) 46%
  • Mike Levin (D) 43%
  • Undecided 9%

[Poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for Harkey campaign]

 

 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   

 

UNHEALTHY: Health care premiums under Covered California (ObamaCare) will rise by 8.7% next year, reports the AP's Jonathan J. Cooper.

The boost would be closer to 5 percent if not for the decision by Congress and President Donald Trump to eliminate the penalty for people who don't carry insurance coverage, said Peter Lee, Covered California's executive director. The penalty was credited with keeping rates down by driving healthier people into the market, but critics say nobody should be forced to buy a health plan.

SHIFTING DEMOS: For the Chron, Joe Garafoli looks at why, despite the election of London Breed as SF's first African-American female mayor, it's possible the Bay Area will have no African-Americans in the Legislature next session.

The only African American on the ballot for a seat in the Legislature — Richmond City Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles — squeaked into the general election by 726 votes. She received half as many votes as primary winner and fellow Democrat Buffy Wicks in Assembly District 15, and she has a fraction of the cash on hand that Wicks has.

. . .

The answer is wrapped up in money and demographic shifts and access to power. And as long as the median price of a Bay Area home is $875,000 and climbing, that trend will be hard to change.

LET THERE BE LIGHT: The UC Regents approved the undergraduate tuition reduction of $60 for next year. From my sources, this was part of the deal in which the Legislature added $5 million ongoing and $177 million one-time above the governor's budget proposal. While the governor insisted that the ceiling was his proposal of a 3% increase, he neverless did not veto the additional spending, given the surge in revenues.

The Regents also approved the long-range development plan for UC Davis, which includes the expansion of the West Village development on previous agricultural land. The development will add dorms for 3,200 students, among many other things. City of Davis leaders are not happy, citing traffic and other concerns. The bigger issue is that UCD has become more of a self-contained organism, providing all services for students and faculty, depriving the city's historic downtown of business.

This started with the addition of a hotel for its conference center, drawing away from a couple of hotels within city limits and thus exempt from the city's transient occupancy tax. Similarly, the city doesn't get sales tax from the food and beverage services. 

It's a typical town-and-gown problem. As longtime readers know, I love both UCD and the city. Figure it out, folks. 

 

Probolsky Research

  

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Ryan Carrigan, Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove, and David Ruff!

#GHOSTSOFCAKEDAYSPAST: Happy birthday to Assemblymen Chris Holden and Heath Flora!

 

CLASSIFIEDS

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  • Attorney General's Office is seeking a Legislative Advocate with subject matter expertise in areas such as civil law, criminal law, public rights and law enforcement. The Advocate represents the Department of Justice on legislative matters before the State Legislature. The job can be viewed here.
  • 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.

 

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Trump Invites Putin To Washington, Rejects His Request To Interrogate Former Ambassador Michael Mcfaul
Eli Stokols @
latimes.com
Presidents Trump and Putin offered remarkably similar takes on their private meeting in Helsinki earlier this week, both insisting on Thursday that the talks were a success and attacking the media and Democrats for standing in the way of progress toward U.S.-Russia cooperation.

The Health 202: Veterans' health funding is first sticking point in potential government shutdown fight

A new law would bust budget caps.

Oath Keepers Break Their Promise, Bail On Planned Far-right Protest At Maxine Waters' Office
Benjamin Oreskes, Sonali Kohli @
latimes.com
The Oath Keepers, a far-right anti-government group that purports to have many former veterans as members, had said it would protest outside of Rep. Maxine Waters' district office in South Los Angeles.

Event Aims To Safeguard Election Results By Teaching Kids How To Hack Them - Politico

Election officials have taken a sometimes-critical view of hacking demonstrations, fearful that lowering confidence in election systems could depress turnout or undermine valid votes. There has been no evidence of hackers altering the outcome of an election in the United States.