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Happy humpday! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday and that 2018 goes out like a lamb for you. The federal shutdown is in its fourth day with no end in sight. A chilly week ahead but no rain forecasted until next Friday.

CA GOP: LAT columnist Patt Morrison talks to GOP consultant Mike Madrid about his new year resolutions for the California Republican Party.

  • "I think the first thing it needs to do is stop being mean, right? The famous Google line is, “Don’t be evil.”
  • "My firm just put out a report showing that 11% of mayors and council members — which is about 250 to 300 mayors and council members — have no party preference. And we’ve found that about 80% of those were Republicans just two or three years ago. So Republicans at the very initial stages, the very local government level, as well as in and at the state level, are leaving the party."

NEW LAWS: For the Bee, Andrew Sheeler looks at some of the new laws taking effect in California on January 1.

YOUNG GUNS: Daniel Longhorne reports on California's youngest mayor--Tara Campbell of Yorba Linda. She is Communications Director for OC Supervisor Andrew Do.

HOME ON THE RANGE: For CALmatters, Laurel Rosenhall writes that Colusa County is getting ready to welcome Jerry Brown, the governor who never earned the votes of county residents.

Speaking of the ranch, Dan Morain got a tour of Jerry's man cave on the ranch which the governor still calls a barn. Jerry talks to Morain about his accomplishments. 

Also at CALmatters, Dan Walters pens a four-part recap of the Brown legacy. Walters arrived at the Sacramento Union at the same time as Brown in 1975. 

MORE and #CAKEDAY after the jump...

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)
  • Job: Aaaron Reed and Associates: Administrative Assistant
  • 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
  • Training: Lobbying Seminars with veteran Ray LeBov: Next dates: February 7-8, April 4-5
  • Training: PDI (Political Data Inc.): weekly online trainings of various skill levels 

2020: For CNN, Noonerite Democratic political consultant Dave Jacobson writes up the challenges for the Democratic Party in 2020. 

"As we barrel ahead toward 2020, one thing is clear -- Democrats must move beyond their current position as the anti-Trump party and reach a consensus message and comprehensive platform. As such, the primary contest will be nothing short of a battle of ideas, as candidates fight for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party. The best platform to stage this battle? Debates. Lots and lots of them."

SANTA JERRY: In his batch of 143 pardons and 131 commutations on Christmas Eve, Jerry Brown  pardoned two Californians who lost homes in the Camp Fire. He also pardoned the mayor of Oroville who, with two others, killed a man in 1993 over a drug debt. In converting his sentence to 25-years-to-life, John Manning is eligible for parole now. Here is the complete list

For the Bee, Jayson Chesler provides a 360-degree view of the governor's mansion this holiday season.

LA-LA LAND: In the Times, Gustavo Arellano looks at the possible teachers strike in Los Angeles scheduled for January 10:

"We’re talking about a potentially weeks-long shutdown of the second-largest school district in the United States. The ramifications of such an event would disrupt L.A. like nothing since Carmageddon. It’ll be such a distraction that most people won’t care about the details as to why teachers have resorted to such measures, which just happen to matter for our collective future — how we can best educate kids, keep great teachers and pay for it all.

How did we get to this point of apathy? Easy: It’s everyone’s fault."

Only in LA can a strike by teachers be compared to a traffic jam.  

"If UTLA goes out on a protracted strike, on the other hand, we’ll either collectively shrug or shake our fists at them instead of raising them. Good luck in presenting your case to frazzled parents and frustrated Angelenos, teachers, because you’re going to need it."

DAM IT: Hannah Frey writes in the Times that the planned raising of the Shasta Dam might not happen if environmental groups succeed in getting a federal judge to intervene on behalf of the Shasta salamander. The project is funded by a combination of federal government and the mighty Westlands Water District.

“Westlands was on a mission from God to finish this project,” said Ron Stork, a senior policy analyst with Friends of the River. “The Trump administration has let Reclamation staff and leaders express their inner reclamation after being repressed for so many years — ‘We can go out there and build some dams and who cares if it’s illegal.’ ”

SHORT-TERM RENTALS: In the Bee, Ryan Sabalow reports that a federal judge has blocked the South Lake Tahoe limits on Airbnb-type rentals, finding that the voter-approved ordinance is an unconstitutional taking of private property.  The temporary restraining order blocks the laws implementation for 30 days.  

"In three years, the initiative will ban all short-term vacation rentals in neighborhoods outside downtown South Lake Tahoe."

Measure T’s backers said restrictions were necessary because hordes of short-term renters were clogging parking lots and city streets and holding raucous parties at all hours."

NIMBY...of course the city thrives on tourists. With 6,976 voters the measure passed by 58 votes.

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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Governor Gray DavisJonathan Lyens and Gary Patton!



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  • Aaaron Reed and Associates: Administrative Assistant
    Experience working in governmental affairs office, working knowledge of the legislative process, calendaring, arranging travel, proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word, outstanding communication skills. Salary BOE. Please send your resume to Joelle (1/15)a

  • Voices for Progress (V4P) -- Advocacy Assistant (Santa Monica, CA)
    V4P is looking for a passionate individual with an interest in progressive advocacy and public policy to join the V4P team in Santa Monica. V4P is a community of hundreds of business owners, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other prominent leaders who are dedicated to advocating to protect our climate; ensure equality and expand opportunity; and strengthen representative democracy. This full time position will work to engage V4P members in advocacy with CA state and federal elected officials and assist in enlisting new members and raising needed funds. More details/can apply here.

  • 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
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  • 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
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    • 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.

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