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YOSEMITE: Because of the Ferguson Fire, Yosemite National Park closes today at noon until Sunday at the earliest. 

POLL POSITION: With almost 2-1 backing from women, Democrats take a 51 - 39 percent lead in hypothetical races for the U.S. House of Representatives this year, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. 

[n=1,177 registered voters;; July 18--23; MOE +/i3.5%; live interviews landline/cell.]

From July 18 - 23, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,177 voters nationwide, with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points, including design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones. 

FIRE LIABILITY: Governor Brown released his proposal for legislation on the liability of PG&E for the wild fiires, reports KQED's Marisa Lagos. It would only cover liability for fires started after January 1, 2018, so it does not address the Napa/Sonoma fire last fall.

It would be harder, but not impossible, for private property owners to collect damages from utility companies that unintentionally cause fires in California, under a long-awaited proposal unveiled by Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday.

Brown's proposal doesn't go as far as utilities had asked. It doesn't entirely eliminate a California law known as inverse condemnation, which lets courts hold utilities financially liable for damage their equipment causes, even if they followed state safety and maintenance rules.

But Brown does want to give courts more flexibility in deciding whether to hold a utility financially liable for damage -- a change that could make it harder for fire victims to collect money in cases where a utility's equipment caused a fire but the company didn't act negligently.

[proposal text - h/t Laurel Rosenhalll]

The conference committee on SB 901 (Dodd) met this morning. 

COLD AS ICE: For East Bay Express, Josh Slowiczek reports that the state's Democratic Party has taken $215,000 over the last year from some of the biggest contractors for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service. The largest contributor was the Florida-based private prison company GEO Group, which gave Democrats a total of $140,000 over the last 15 months, according to state campaign finance records."

Meanwhile, ICE was arresting people inside the Fresno County Superior Court yesterday, report Yesenia Amaro and Pablo Lopez for the Fresno Bee.

Attorneys say ICE began arresting people at the Fresno courthouse last week. “This place used to be sacred. Now ICE comes without an invitation,” Fresno attorney Nicholas Reyes said Tuesday at the court, after his client was arrested by agents inside the Fresno courthouse. 

Senator Ricardo Lara tweets: "Civil arrests in our courts have a chilling effect on our democracy, and Senate Bill 183 seeks to protect the safe and orderly administration of justice."

HOMELESSNESS: The Bee's Angela Hart reports on  Gavin Newsom's plan to tackle homelessness:

One idea is to create a new statewide homelessness council with a cabinet-level position to lead a “regional approach” to addressing homelessness. His goal is to tie state funding to increased development at the local level of supportive housing for homeless people, and to fund, with state dollars, outreach efforts to help get people enrolled in the federal disability program.

AGUA: The State Water Commission approved $816 million in voter-approved bond funds for the Sites Reservoir in Colusa County, report Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow in the Bee. But, backers of the $5.2 billion project were disappointed in the amount provided.

SKEPTICAL FARMERS: McClatchy's Emily Cadei reports that California's farmers are skeptical about the $12 billion in assistance to farms to offset drop in demand because of tariffs:

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced up to $12 billion in assistance for American farmers hurt by rising foreign tariffs, but it remains unclear how much of it will benefit California’s largest agricultural exports, which include several kinds of tree nuts, wine, table grapes and dairy products.

EMISSIONS: The legal fight over the ability of states to have higher emissions standards may end up in the Supreme Court of the United States, writes Stuart Leavenworth in the Bee.

The Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies are expected to announce, as soon as this week, a rollback of national fuel economy standards for vehicles. They could also revoke California’s ability to set its own, tougher, air pollution limits.

 

 

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   

 

PENSIONS: For CALmatters, Dan Walters writes that while returns on the two largest pension systems were above projections for the second straight year, it doesn't mean that the state is out of the woods on unfunded liabilities.

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) said its investment portfolio earned 8.6 percent during the year that ended June 30, while the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) topped that with an 8.96 percent gain.

GUNS: A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel found 2-1 that there is a constiutional right to openly carry firearms, reports legal eagle Bob Egelko in the Chron. Next, it likely will be reviewed en banc by all of the active Ninth Circuit juges. [opinion]

CAGOP: The California Republican Party's board of directors yesterday unanimously elected former Assemblyman David Hadley as its vice chairman, reports Seema Mehta in the Times. Hadley succeeds Kristin Olsen, who stepped down last October, citing "personal and professional reasons." Hadley served one term in the Assembly from Torrance, before being defeated by Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance). This sets up Hadley to be the next state party chair.

THIRD PARTIES: For PE, Kevin Modesti reports on the challenges that no party preference and third parties face in California, particularly under the top-two primary. 

TIKI ROOMS AREN'T JUST FOR DISNEYLAND: The LAT's John Myers reports on the State Auditor's report, which found that an assistant fire chief at CAL FIRE had employees build a tiki bar in the backyard of a house rented from the state. The employee is not identified.  

 

Probolsky Research

  

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Vivi Becerra and Pam Chueh!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Ling Ling Chang is a senator now!

  

CLASSIFIEDS

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  • Who’s Who of LA’s Political Movers and Shakers Honor Freshman Policymakers: Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) together with the BizFed PAC will host its 4th annual Freshman Policymakers Reception on Thursday, August 2 at the Avalon in Hollywood from 5pm – 8pm. Meet more than 100 government officials shaping the future of business in LA County. Tickets available at bizfed.org/freshman

    As these policymakers begin their new roles, BizFed must help them keep a clear focus on policies and projects that create economic prosperity and job growth in LA County. Elected officials must keep the local economy top of mind while making good policy decisions. At this event, Policymakers will network with 300+ business leaders, community leaders, and speakers on stage at an amazing Hollywood nightclub venue.

  • ASSEMBLYMEMBER AUTUMN BURKE (D-Marina del Rey) discusses chairing the powerful Revenue and Taxation committee, and lawmaking in Sacramento, in this exclusive interview: vimeo.com/281300045
  • 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.   
  • 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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