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EAR TICKLER: On KQED's Political Breakdown podcast, Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos have a quick review of the governor's proposed budget with Katie Orr, and then talk to Senate Budget chair Holly Mitchell about her background and approach to the spending plan.

Natalie Corona

Officer Natalie Corona

Blue ran through her veins in life and she bled blue in death to protect us.


It is Friday and I'm ready for this week to be over.  No template "Happy Friday! You made it!" opening to today's Nooner. There is other news today, particularly about the budget. I'm digesting the budget and will have analysis for you over the weekend. But, for now, there's only one story I want to write about. There are notes about Kamala 2020 and the CAGOP after the jump.

Despite a pretty damn good budget released yesterday that was progressive yet largely fiscally prudent, this week has been anything but a bowl of cherries.

I've written about the loss of one of the most beloved professors of the UC Davis Law community and today I write about the fatal shooting of a 22-year old rookie police officer. The news is totally killing the #Whole30 high and great sleep I have been getting.

Last night shortly after I walked back for a "going away for a few months to teach at USC" reception for Mike Madrid across from the Capitol, the news came out that there was a car accident and shooting at Fifth and D in Davis, a half-block from where I lived and where my wonderful ex-wife lives. For those unfamiliar with Davis, the meme before we knew what memes were was always that the biggest crime in town was stolen bikes. And, many "stolen" bikes were from drunk college kids riding the wrong one home.

The night of January 10, 2019 was very different. After a three-car accident, the officer that arrived on scene was reported as shot and transported to the regional trauma center at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. The suspect fled leading to a lockdown of most of downtown and a "shelter-in-place" order at the university. I went to bed after knowing that my friends in the immediate neighborhood were okay as the manhunt lasted for hours. Shortly after 11, the lockdowns were lifted as the suspect was found with an apparently self-inflicted fatal shot in a rental at Fifth and E.

I went to bed not knowing anything other than that a Davis Police Department female officer was in critical condition at UCD Med Center.

This morning, I awoke to the news that Natalie Corona had perished. She became a sworn officer of the Davis Police Department in July after graduating from the Sacramento Police Department's academy. She had worked as a community service officer, both paid and as a volunteer, for DPD since 2016. Her father served for 26 years in the Colusa County Sheriff's Department.

Although an identity has not been released, the suspect was reported by the Davis Police Department as a white male in his 20s. 

Eerily, this is a headline in today's Los Angeles Times: "Newman officer’s killing stirs a familiar fear: ‘I hope to God the suspect isn’t Latino.’" The front-page version, which went to print before the news of the Davis officer's death is "For immigrants, killing of officer strikes a familiar refrain.

That story is about the shooting death of the 33-year old Newman police officer and Fijian immigrant Cpl. Ronil Singh. The Stanislaus County officer was allegedly killed on December 26 an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. This became a major point of President Trump's primetime 10-minute speech on Tuesday night. Singh's brother appeared with President Trump at the Texas-Mexico border yesterday.

Last night, a Latina officer was fatally shot in Davis, apparently by a white guy in his 20s who took his own life. There is one common denominator in the deaths of two California peace officers fifteen days apart, and that is guns. We know that the suspect in the Singh shooting had brushes with the law for DUI in the past, but as I write this morning, we know nothing about the suspect in the Corona killing last night. And we don't know how either of the police killers had guns and whether they were legally purchased.

California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, yet in the span of a day over two weeks, we have seen two law enforcement officers fall in the line of duty. On November 7, a law enforcement officer fell in Thousand Oaks during a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill. In that case, Sgt. Ron Helus died of friendly fire during the effort to neutralize the suspect, who took his own life. Helus apparently had been shot twice by the suspect, although the fatal shot came from a CHP rifle.

There is debate over whether or not we are in a "national emergency." Without a solution as simple as construction of a wall, the loss of three California police officers within 64 days at the hands of suspects with guns is woth of an equal declaration.

As I've written before but always needs reminding or for the benefit of Nooner Newbies, I am not anti-gun. I grew up hunting on the Tejon Ranch, now the subject of development discussions. Over the holidays, family was on the rustic Texas ranch passed to my father and his siblings from my grandfather. I stayed behind to write and build out the California Legislative Director among other things. As they reported, the animals were happy with the hunting trip, as they had decided not to hunt deer that showed up, but only wild hogs, which did not. Meanwhile, the longhorns look great.

The point is that the only common denominator that led to the death of these three police officers was handguns. In the first, we know of major mental health issues associated with PTSD and an illegal modification to a handgun. The second may or may not be attributable with substance abuse, but the alleged shooter was pulled on suspected DUI, something he had been previously arrested for. With last night, it is unlikely that someone involved in a car accident would shoot an investigating officer without more to the story. We will undoubtedly learn more in upcoming days.

None of these lives in blue would have been saved if there is a quick deal on a border wall or whatever you want to call it. Yes, one of three, the one highlighted in Tuesday night's speech was undocumented, having reportedly crossed into Arizona illegally "some time ago," according to the county sheriff. However, it's not clear whether that was or was not through a port of entry. 

I don't want The Nooner to be about the border wall or the debate about guns. There are already ten bills introduced on firearms in this legislative session and we still have six weeks left to introduce regular session bills for 2019. Those issues will be debated in committee and we will see the approach taken by Governor Newsom. 

On the federal front, the "national emergency" that could be announced as early as today would not console the families, friends, and colleagues of those in blue that have fallen in California over the last 64 days. Meanwhile, most of us know of federal employees that are already canceling plans, including a friend of mine to attend her sister's wedding, because they don't know when today's paycheck will actually arrive.

Thank you to my many friends who work for the federal government preserving wildlife, fighting wildfires, providing taxpayer assistance, and processing checks for farmers affected by the trade war. None of you are involved in politics and all of you deserve more.

Most importantly for today and the 64 days that preceding, thank you to the men and women who wear blue who work for our safety every day along with your brothers and sisters who put their lives on lines fighting our fires. We mourn with you again today, unfortunately one more time.

2020, CAGOP, 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: Senator Kamala D. Harris was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night.

Stephen: "Are you going to run for President?

Kamala: "I might."

As to a possible MLK announcement, "We should always honor Dr. King on January 15 and MLK weekend."

Not bad for a Hastings alum. ;-)

KAMALA'S DOUGH: Harris zeroed out her "Governor 2026" account in a filing yesterday. She couldn't transfer the funds to a federal account, either for Senate re-election or a presidential bid. Beyond the professional and office expenses, here is where the love went:

Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade Civic Donations $100,000
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles Civic Donations $75,000
National Domestic Workers Alliance Civic Donations $75,000
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Civic Donations $75,000
A Place Called Home Civic Donations $50,000
California Fire Foundation Civic Donations $50,000
California Fire Foundation Civic Donations $50,000
Sierra Health Foundation Center for Health Program Management Civic Donations $50,000
Innercity Struggle Civic Donations $50,000
Californians for Safety and Justice Civic Donations $50,000
Girls Who Code, Inc. Civic Donations $50,000
Anti-Recidivism Coalition Civic Donations $50,000
Action Council Of Monterey County Civic Donations $50,000
Swords To Plowshares Civic Donations $50,000
Collective Impact Civic Donations $50,000
UFW Foundation Civic Donations $37,500
Sierra Health Foundation Center for Health Program Management Civic Donations $37,500
CA Peace Officers' Memorial Foundation Civic Donations $25,000
Korean Resource Center Civic Donations $25,000
CA Peace Officers' Memorial Foundation Civic Donations $16,000
Equal Rights Advocates Civic Donations $6,333.33
WEAVE Civic Donations $6,333.33
CHIRLA Civic Donations $1,000

CAGOP: Jessica Patterson announced this morning that she is joining next month's race to be chair of the California Republican Party and immediately has gotten praise from those calling for a more pragmatic, California-focus for the party. The Simi Valley resident is currently the CEO of California Trailblazers, which recruits and trains GOP candidates for the state Legislature. In 2018, two of the organization's candidates won--Andreas Borgeas in SD08 (Foothills) and Tyler Diep in AD72 (Seal Beach).

The other major candidate is former Assemblymember and gubernatorial candidate Travis Allen, who is running primarily on the party becoming more aligned with President Trump and recalling Governor Gavin Newsom.

Longtime GOP campaign and communications pro Rob Stutzman tweets that Patterson "would make an outstanding chairperson. The party’s future in CA is obviously challenging, but Jessica would be a lifeline."



Probolsky Research


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Darcy Brown, Alex Gallardo-Rooker, Bernie Rhinerson, and Aisha Wahab!

#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.

  • LOBBYING SUCCESS BEGINS HERE. And what an "interesting time" to be a lobbyist, with a whole new set of players in Sacramento. So, send us your new lobbyists, support staff, and anyone else who manages or collaborates in the process of advocacy, and they'll come back with invaluable information and inside insights they can put to immediate use. Capitol Seminars is already the No.1 training resource for numerous nonprofits, private sector organizations, lobbying and public affairs firms, trade associations and state and local government entities. Conducted by 45-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov, our seminars cover the processes, points of influence and best practices for success across these key areas of advocacy -- Legislative, Budget, Regulatory, Lobbying the Administration, and Media Strategies. Next dates: February 7-8, April 4-5, June 6-7. Curriculum information and registration: or 916-442-5009.

  • 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. 

  • WHY DOES CAPITOL SEMINARS DRAW PARTICIPANTS FROM ALL OVER CALIFORNIA? Because we offer comprehensive, cost-effective advocacy training you can put to immediate use. Our moderator, 43-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov, and guest faculty are current practitioners in governmental advocacy or state government, and provide unique inside insights you won't find anywhere else. We're the No.1 advocacy training resource for nonprofits and private sector organizations, lobbying firms, government entities and trade associations. Professionals in government relations, public affairs, public policy, public administration and allied fields know that our training helps advocates, support staff, and execs who hire and manage lobbyists work together more effectively. Book now for February 7-8 or April 4-5 dates (December 13-14 are sold out). Learn more / register at or 916-442-5009.
  • 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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