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  • SAN DIEGO MAYOR: Assemblymember Todd Gloria has announced his candidacy (2020 race)


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Happy Budget Day! 

ALEXA, PLAY MO' MONEY, MO PROBLEMS BY THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G.: As I begin writing, Governor Gavin Newsom's first proposed budget is hours away. If you are luck enough to work in the governor's horseshoe, it appears that new deputy legislative secretary Tam Ma brought budget baos this morning. For the home-gamers, the "horseshoe" is the suit of offices that the staff closest to the governor work in, named as such...well, you can guess.

We've heard and seen the pre-announcements and leaks--early chilldhood education, "free" community college, expanded parental leave, expansion of Medi-Cal, group negotiation of prescription drugs by state agencies, and yes, more places for kindergarteners to go potty.

As I put today's Nooner to bed for Nooner Premium distribution at 11:30, Gavin is still talking and showing immense policy chops with a pad a paper, not a teleprompter. The budget summary was posted at 11:15 and I just opened the PDF. I'll be diving in to it this afternoon for writing tomorrow and Saturday.

ALEXA, PLAY DON'T STOP BY FLEETWOOD MAC: Actually, don't start thinking about tomorrow if you or loved ones worked for the feds. Things are not looking good in Washington and tomorrow is payday for most federal employees, both those furloughed and those, such as the Coast Guard, who are working but won't receive checks. In other words, tomorrow transitions from the ish hitting the ground in national parks to ish hitting the fans of congressional constituents.

I know several households of two parents or single parents with no second parent in the picture with kids in college. The "three months cash savings" advice is easier said than done, particularly for those living in high-cost California.

ALEXA, PLAY WE ARE FAMILY BY SISTER SLEDGE: Yesterday, Newsom continued filling the horseshoe by naming five deputy cabinet secretaries: Jamie Callahan, Richard Figueroa, Christine Hironaka, Sanya Longman, and Daniel Seeman (bios in release). He also tapped Nettie Sabelhaus as a special advisor on public safety, Rhys Williams as senior advisor on emergency preparedness, and Emily Swide as scheduler.

ALEXA, PLAY THE IMPERIAL MARCH: For Mark Chediak reports why Wall Street is freaking out over PG&E. "PG&E shares have plunged as investors weigh concerns that the company may seek bankruptcy protection in the face of mounting fire liabilities that could exceed $30 billion, by some estimates. Its credit rating was slashed to junk this week by S&P Global Ratings, which cited a “souring political and regulatory environment” and few options for the company. The stress test will put a cap on those looming financial liabilities, and Wall Street is looking for any signs that the state will aid the company."

In this case, Darth Vader is the current bond holders scared of bankruptcy and others who look to profit off of buying up junk bonds either in or out of bankruptcy.

ALEXA, PLAY HIGHWAY TO HELL BY AC/DC: Governor Newsom yesterday announced a strike team to look into problems and propose fixes to California's beleaguered Department of Motor Vehicles and appointed California Government Operations Agency Secretary Marybel Batjer to lead the effort. Last year, the agency encountered ridiculous wait times even for scheduled "appointments" as Californians sought to get a new driver's license compliant with the federal REAL ID program. It also submitted thousands of records for voter registration to the Secretary of State's office of customers who did not intend to register.

ALEXA, PLAY 21ST CENTURY DIGITAL BOY BY BAD RELIGION: Dan Walters writes for CALmatters about Newsom's executive order to change technology procurement by state agencies. "Only time will reveal whether the new approach cures the disease, but at least Newsom is recognizing and trying to solve it."

ALEXA, PLAY I WANT A NEW DRUG (PRICE) BY HUEY LEWIS: For CALmatters, Elizabeth Aquilera looks at how Newsom's plan for group negotiation by state agencies for prescription drugs is similar to a policy President Trump has espoused.

"Trump campaigned on the notion of harnessing the federal government’s bargaining power to reduce drug prices for programs like Medicare, but the idea went nowhere because it’s prohibited by federal law. Congress specifically barred the federal government from negotiating Medicare drug prices—a restriction defenders describe as free market protection and critics deride as a giant pacifier to Big Pharma."

ALEXA, PLAY I LOVE LA BY RANDY NEWMAN: The LAUSD strike that had been announced for today, the first day students were scheduled to return, has been kicked until Monday, although no progress between the district and United Teachers Los Angeles has been announced.

ALEXA, PLAY THE LETTER BY THE BOX TOPS: In the Bee, Bryan Anderson reports on Assemblymember Phil Ting's AB 161, which would treat retail receipts like straws. Customers would be required to request one or it must be sent in electronic form beginning in January 1, 2022. 

I personally like the bill and am glad lots of places are now asking if I want a receipt when it's things like groceries that are unlikely to be returned. Farmers market, where I do most of my in-person shopping is either cash or debit that I get a receipt, but it's not like I'm going to return the fennel that I picked out. 

That said, the hearings on the bill should be interesting. On one side, you will have environmentalists noting that receipts are most often not recyclable, while on the other side will be retailers talking about the problem with returns and possibility of fraud with electronic receipts. Similarly, the opposition itself will really be about the two sides of many big box receipts. On one side, you have the purchase(s), and on the other side, you have advertisements.  

Meanwhile, boys and girls, you too can grow up by helping change policy and dressing up for the January 9 Halloween:

AB 161

ALEXA, PLAY LET'S GET IT STARTED BY THE BLACK EYED PEAS: Hearing a couple of more names as possible candidates for chair of the California Democratic Party. Folks seem to be waiting to see if Kevin de León runs and, if so, whether the legislative forces elected and otherwise get behind him.


2020 and #CAKEDAY after the jump...

Classifieds below: all job listings are in Sacramento unless noted (submit at $40/week)

  • 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: Aaron Reed and Associates: Administrative Assistant
  • Job: Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation: full-time program manager (Los Angeles)
  • Job: California Hospital Association: legislative advocate
  • Job: County Welfare Directors Association of California: senior-level Executive Assistant
  • Job: Equality California: legislative manager
  • Job: Health Plan of San Joaquin: Government Affairs Representative (French Camp, CA)
  • 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 (Sacramento)
  • Job: TrattenPrice Consulting: Office Manager/Admin Assistant
  • Office Space: Class A Office Space Available on L Street, across from Capitol
  • Residential: A quiet, vacant duplex unit, half a mile south of Land Park/ Sacramento Zoo.
  • Training: Lobbying Seminars with veteran Ray LeBov: Next dates: February 7-8, April 4-5, June 6-7
  • Training: PDI (Political Data Inc.): weekly online trainings of various skill levels 


KAMALA: There are conflicting reports this morning that Kamala Harris will announce her presidential bid at a rally in Oakland on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is January 21.

STEYER: Fund manager billionaire Tom Steyer will not run for President, but will continue his efforts to impeach President Trump and on policy issues.


Probolsky Research


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Julie Olsen, Ann Ransford, and Denise Tugade!

#CAKEYEAR: Happy 25th to the Public Policy Institute of California! Read more about what PPIC is working on.


Add your classified of up to 100 words by emailing for $40/week.

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  • Health Plan of San Joaquin is recruiting a Government Affairs Representative in French Camp, CA. This position is responsible for identifying, researching and evaluating public policy, including state and federal legislation, assisting with proactive and responsive public policy communications to internal and external stakeholders, and representing HPSJ’s interests in various industry associations and public forums. Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Healthcare Administration, Political Science, Communications or similar is required along with at least four years’ experience in healthcare advocacy, public affairs or government relations. Apply with confidence at:
  • FOR RENT: A quiet, vacant duplex unit, half a mile south of Land Park/ Sacramento Zoo.  2 bedrooms/1.5 baths.  New paint and carpet. 2-year lease.  For additional information email
  • County Welfare Directors Association of California seeks senior-level Executive Assistant to support CWDA Executive Director and his team. Duties include scheduling, meeting/event planning and logistics, conference planning, member support, contract management. Our office is fast-paced, busy and fun. Competitive salary DOE; excellent benefits. More information here.
  • TrattenPrice Consulting – Office Manager/Admin Assistant
    Government affairs firm seeks an office manager/assistant for two lobbyists. Candidate must have experience working in a lobbying office including scheduling, bill tracking, and administrative support. Candidate will have a min 2-3 years direct experience, be well-organized, a self-starter and flexible. Salary BOE. Submit resumes to Lea-Ann​

  • 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

  • Aaron 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)

  • 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
  • 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.

    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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