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Welcome aboard Gavin! The United Teachers of Los Angeles, a combined union of CFT and CTA, is planning to strike on January 10, just days after the new governor is sworn in. A similar job action is being considered in Oakland and Sacramento, which are also a hot mess. This is occurring while funding for K-12 schools is quite healthy, given an increased Prop. 98 guarantee and reduced enrollment because of demographics.

The big issue for school districts and other public agencies is the cost of pensions. Generally for school districts, the state pays 4%, employees pay 8%, and the school district contribution is now around 10% of creditable compensation, but is expected to keep going up. The increase in pension contributions is expected to outpace Prop. 98 funding guaranty for schools taking money for other compensation and programs. Get the problem?

I was there for the increases. I didn't directly benefit to my knowledge, but also didn't was charged to object. Now the chickens have come home to roost. 

Meanwhile, school districts have hired non-teaching employees to capture federal, private, and state funds to document educational improvement. That provides an attractive target--employees targeted as "administrators." 

I don't want to get in the middle of this, but many of these "administrators" are teachers or education professionals doing their job to document progress within the district. In doing so, they are out of the union. But, they are doing great work. These are very Democratic-leaning districts. 

Here is the LAT's Howard Blume on the situation in LA.

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  • Education: Wharton School of Business: Executive MBA Informational Reception: Thursday, December 6
  • Job: Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation: full-time program manager (Los Angeles)
  • Job: California Hospital Association: legislative advocate
  • Job: Equality California: legislative manager
  • Job: NorCal Cannabis: Legislative and Regulatory Strategist to Public Policy Strategist
  • Job: Pruitt Consulting LLC: fundraising associate
  • Job: SEIU-UHW: Regional Political Organizer (Fresno)
  • Job: SEIU-UHW: Regional Political Organizer (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Job: The University of California Office of the President: Associate Director of Strategy, Planning & Operations in its (Sacramento). 
  • Office Space: Class A Office Space Available on L Street, across from Capitol
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  • Disability Rights California
    We are seeking a Senior or Experienced Legislative Advocate for an aggressive disability rights organization. Join a lobbying team to advocate on issues that impact Californians with disabilities. Experience in special education and housing accessibility issues a plus. Salary based on experience. Apply here. Deadline is 12/31/2018.

  • SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Fresno, CA)
    The Political/Community Regional Organizer 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 – Regional Political Organizer (Phoenix, AZ)
    This position is a 6-month assignment to start and is responsible for a broad range of program objectives to build and strengthen our infrastructure, engage our members and workers to be a powerful force at their worksites while participating in the legislative process, in the community and at the ballot box. Proven track record and experience with Arizona politics/legislation is a must. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at
  • Class A Office Space Available on L Street, across from Capitol.  One well-furnished executive office & assistant station.  Great views of Capitol.  Use of in-suite 10-person conference room, kitchen, closet, & color printer/copier.  $1,250/mo.  Contact Michael Daft @ 916.448.3075 or
  • Pruitt Consulting LLC, seeks a part-time Fundraising Associate in Sacramento.
    Pruitt Consulting is a consulting firm that specializes in fundraising for Democratic members of the California State Legislature, Constitutional officers, nonprofits, and political action committees.The Political Fundraising Associate assists the Political Fundraising Director and Chief Executive Officers in identifying donors, planning and attending fundraising events, and other business operations. This position requires analyzing political contributions, improving fundraising database, and assisting in various office duties.
    Email your resume to Gabriel Castellanos Jr, or call at 916-400-4044.
  • Equality California, California's statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, is seeking a full-time Legislative Manager. The Legislative Manager will have the opportunity to spearhead Equality California’s legislative advocacy both substantively and administratively, as well as participate in electoral work for pro-LGBTQ candidates and community engagement throughout California. For more information and to apply, visit
  • Looking to make a real difference?  The California Hospital Association is seeking a full-time Legislative Advocate.  This position will be responsible for representing and advocating the interests, policies and issues of CHA on state legislation, including high priority and complex state legislation. For more information and to apply, visit
  • Learn how you can earn the top ranked Wharton MBA right here on the West Coast, without putting your career on hold. Join Admissions Director Barbara Craft for an Information Reception on Thursday, December 6and learn what it takes to earn the Wharton MBA while continuing to live and work in Sacramento. Barbara will be joined by local students and alumni who will share their perspectives on why Wharton is worth the commute. This event will provide an overview of the admissions process and discuss what makes the Wharton program unique, followed by time to network and ask additional questions while enjoying light refreshments. Register for the event here.

    The California Rental Housing Association (fresh off a win on Proposition 10) is looking for a lobbyist. For details please contact Russell Lowery at or call 916-710-2872. CalRHA represents 22,000 people who provide 500,000 homes for families across California. Are you interested in working with the Governor and Legislature on real solutions? Contact us today. [full description]

    NorCal Cannabis has been developing and shaping the legal cannabis industry since 2016. We are looking for spirited and motivated individual who will ensure NorCal Cannabis Company is engaged and strategic in its current regulations and future legislative changes affecting the company at the state and local level.


    • Legislative and regulatory tracking and strategy for California cannabis opportunities on a local and state level.
    • Support government relations and public affairs at the local and state level.
    • Follow and examine the legislation and regulations and provide detailed reports about how the legislation will influence the organization's activities.

      Please go to our website for the complete posting at or email with your resume and cover letter. 
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  • The University of California Office of the President is looking for an Associate Director of Strategy, Planning & Operations in its Sacramento Office. The position serves as a key member of the office’s management team, facilitates issue management across legislative, budgetary and advocacy portfolios, produces briefings, memos, reports and presentations on a variety of matters affecting the University, and directs special projects. Job requires strong knowledge of UC, the executive and legislative branches of California government and higher education policy. Bachelor’s or advanced degree in public policy-related fields and 7 years of related experience is preferred. Salary commensurate with experience.
    To apply, visit:
  • Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation seeks a full-time program manager in Los Angeles. The program manager will reach out to, educate, and involve key constituencies, including state and local elected officials, leaders of community groups, and their respective constituencies. A full job description can be found at Email cover letter and resume to
  • Director of Communications & Public Affairs – California Medical Association (Sacramento)
    Reporting directly to the VP of Strategic Communications, this position will develop/execute earned media and public affairs strategies in support of physician-focused health care advocacy. Seeking an assertive and tactful self-starter with the ability to effectively generate and shape media coverage. Must be driven with the ability to adapt to evolving priorities and deadlines. On-the-record experience required; health care or political experience strongly desired. Great culture and amazing benefits with 401k match. $85-100k DOE. View the full description and apply at:

  • The Council of State Governments is seeking a Policy Committees and Programs Coordinator in Sacramento, CA.
    Position contributes to the organization's policy objectives and engagement with regional policy-makers and other stakeholders. This includes coordinating and providing policy committee and program support.

    • Provides administrative, logistical and communications support to policy committees and programs staff.
    • Conducts entry-level policy research, follow-up activities, and provides information to members.
    • Maintains communication, conducts outreach and establishes rapport with committee staff, legislators, representatives of the private sector, and with federal, state and local government officials.

    View full posting at CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled)

  • 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
  • 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:
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With the prospect of upwards of 20 Democrats running for president in 2020, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez announced on Thursday that the party would split up candidates by random selection and host debates on consecutive nights if there were too many candidates.

House Clears Trump-backed Criminal Justice Reform - Politico

The bill cleared the House 358-36 after passing in the Senate earlier this week. Trump, who used his bully pulpit to prod reluctant Senate GOP leaders to take action on the legislation, is expected to sign the bill into law by Friday.

Congress Grills Head of V.A. Over New Health Care Law

The tough questioning foreshadowed a potential partisan battle next year over veterans issues on Capitol Hill.

Cuomo Hits Back At Trump Over New York Investigations, Border Security

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Anti-lynching legislation a reminder of many lawmakers' hesitation to decry the act

After more than 200 attempts, the Senate finally passes a bill banning lynching.

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Despite Challenges, Health Exchange Enrollment Falls Only Slightly

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Nonfiction: Julián Castroâ

In a new memoir, “An Unlikely Journey,” the potential presidential candidate traces his family’s history, from his grandmother’s emigration to the United States to his rise in politics.

Senate GOP Blocks Mueller Protection Bill For Third Time - Politico

Senate Republicans blocked for the third time bipartisan legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday.

Migrants Must Wait In Mexico During Immigration Proceedings - Politico

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Pressure from base pushed a flustered Trump into budget reversal

The president has been under fire from his usual allies on several issues

Graham: Trump's Decision To Pull Out Of Syria 'came Out Of Left Field' - Politico

Trump came under withering criticism from Republicans, including Graham, Wednesday after he tweeted that he would withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. In his tweet, the president claimed without evidence that "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency."

Whitaker Advised He Doesn't Need To Recuse Himself From Russia Probe: Source - Politico

The investigation had been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until Trump ousted Jeff Sessions as attorney general last month and appointed Whitaker.

POLITICO Playbook PM: What you need to know about the funding drama

And Vladimir Putin applauds President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria.

Democrats announce a dozen 2020 presidential debates starting in June

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Putin: Trump Pulling Troops Out Of Syria Is 'the Right Decision' - Politico

Vladimir Putin's explicit approval for President Donald Trump's decision undermines a claim by the president that Russia would not be happy with the U.S. withdrawal. | Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images

Trump Defends Surprise Syria Withdrawal Despite Withering GOP Criticism - Politico

President Donald Trump insisted Thursday morning that the withdrawal from Syria would keep the U.S. from becoming mired in another long-term conflict in the Middle East. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

POLITICO Playbook: 1 step closer, with 2 days to go

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Last-ditch Border Wall Push Could Stall Funding Bill In House - Politico

The U.S. Capitol Building Dome is seen through a beveled window at the Library of Congress. | Carolyn Kaster/AP poto

On Politics: Trump Orders All Troops Out of Syria

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BuzzFeed Wins Defamation Lawsuit Filed by Executive Named in Trump Dossier

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Senate unanimously approves bill to make lynching a federal hate crime
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Approval followed nearly 100 years of failed attempts by Congress to criminalize lynching, which would receive an enhanced sentence under federal law if the bill is enacted.


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