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From the CapitolHappy Saturday! I'm going to be quick today after yesterday's long-form writing. While it did turn out to be a calm day in state politics, of course all the news was in Washington. Well, Washington and Florida. Why do those two locales seemingly always get paired up?

Today, I'm heading over to a celebration of life for former California Community Colleges vice chancellor Linda Michalowski. I take time to write about it because I know of at least a dozen Nooner readers who passed through statewide community college student government over time and worked with Linda in various capacities. 

When I started in community college work, she was the director of federal relations for the system.

In 2016-17, California Community College students received 472,549 Pell Grants totaling $1.56 billion. Because these students filled out a FAFSA, they met the income level to automatically qualify for a student fee waiver. The Pell Grants thus are for books, housing, and other costs of living. The average grant was in $3,309 in 2016-17. I'm sure there is more recent data, but not much has likely changed.

My point is that Linda's long fight on the federal level and later as Vice Chancellor of Student Services was always student-centered. We fought hard for a bill in 2010 that you might have heard of, but for different reasons. The tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act was adopted in a reconciliation bill. For newbies to the federal legislative process, each annual budget resolution adopted by Congress (not appropriations bills) allows for one "clean-up" bill related to appropriations to be approved by simple majorities in both houses. It's essentially the only bill exempt from the Senate's 60-vote filibuster hurdle.

The higher education student financial aid reform bill was included in that reconciliation bill approved on March 25, 2010 and signed by President Obama on March 30, 2010. Essentially, we were the bird on the wagon of health care reform. For the Noonerites who had Professor Dobris at King Hall and are still reading, yes, that was a shout-out to Joel. 

The bill made put all Stafford higher education loans into direct lending as opposed to servicing by private financial institutions. That resulted in federal government savings, which were put in to Pell Grants. Pells were increased to "year-round," covering educational sessions at accredited institutions beyond the traditional academic year and providing financial assistance when they start, as opposed to an arbitrary academic deadline. The bill also provided significant, albeit short-term, grant funding for community college career-technical training through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. 

Our key California allies in that fight were Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressman George Miller, then chair of House Education and the Workforce. That committee is now House Education and Labor. Our biggest obstacle was the late Ted Kennedy, then the chair of the Senate's powerful Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Yes, that comma after Labor is correct--both houses of Congress use the Oxford comma. The California State Senate does not, but we're working on that.

Kennedy wasn't opposed to community colleges, but let's just say that Northeast members of Congress are much closer to private institutions to those out west. He was focused on Obama's health care reform getting through and wasn't super amenable to attach higher education student aid reform to the bill. Congressman Miller prevailed.

Getting those provisions to fruition was Herculean. If legislation being made is like sausage, we're talking Emeril's gumbo here. A key player in this was Linda Michalowski. Hundreds of thousands of students will never know her name, let alone had the privilege to work with her. While she became a vice chancellor, she was really just a hard-working career state worker. She treated those who worked under her in the agency as colleagues. Of course, like many of us, she had a frenetic pace and wasn't the most organized. 

Along with my mentor who got me in to this work Bonnie Slosson, we would walk the halls of Congress and shuffle piles of paper looking for a random office number or statistic. No fancy shoes, but rather shoe leather. And, it was always about the students. Bonnie and I worked for community college trustees and presidents. Linda worked for state government. None of our interests pocketed money from Pell Grants. But, we were there for student access and success.

We lost Linda in October and celebrate her life today. She is one of many largely forgotten state workers who affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of Californians.


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  • Event: California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP)'s annual legislative briefing: 2/6 free
  • Job: Aaron Reed and Associates: Administrative Assistant
  • Job: Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation: full-time program manager (Los Angeles)
  • Job: Attorney General's Office: External Affairs Associate (San Francisco)
  • Job: County Welfare Directors Association of California: senior-level Executive Assistant
  • 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 (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Fresno, and Phoenix)
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TOP TWITTERERS: Many of you are new to The Nooner and my site, In 2014, I compiled a list of Twitter accounts to follow who were tweeting about that year's elections. It's remained a web page since then but, embarrassingly, has not been updated as many listed have changed positions. So, I started over and here's my draft. Please send me your feedback as to who else should be listed. As the page states, these are non-elected, non-party, non-candidates. Think of it as a tip sheet for a college student or newbie to lobbying or legislative staff. They know the parties. I list other twitter accounts on the district pages and will be adding them to the Legislative Directory

Here is the current iteration. As noted on the page, the list is randomized. Don't believe me? Click refresh.

I tried copying and pasting the page here but the style coding I have on the page screwed everything up.

If you have been on Twitter this morning, you know how much of a monster I have created. The original list was 25. Should it be 100? Should staffers and organization folks (i.e. labor) be listed? 

While I have now written code to have this connected to a database, mind you that this is a big task with people changing jobs all the time. If I include labor, do I include the other side of the table, and who? Diversity of opinions and people is important, but not just for the sake of diversity. We want content on this list. Yes, I have made changes since I started writing this section based on Twitter feedback.

Anyway, based on the Twitter conversation, here is how I feel as I put a lid on today's Nooner.

Young Frankenstein

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Lena Gonzalez, Eddie KirbyScott Lipton, and Congressman Kevin McCarthy!


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  • Attend a free briefing at the Capitol to learn more about health insurance in California, and learn about how a key contributor to the Legislature's consideration of health insurance-related legislation supports policymakers. All interested parties and the public are warmly invited to the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP)'s annual legislative briefing on 2/6/2018 from 10:30 – 11:30 am. The briefing will provide information about CHBRP’s methods and our role in providing independent evidence-based analysis.

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  • SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Los Angeles)
    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
  • The Attorney General's Office is seeking an External Affairs Associate with experience in community outreach and public relations, who will act as the representative for the Attorney General by attending events and meetings on his behalf. The External Affairs Associate will also, identify community and business partners and build lasting partnerships to promote the work and mission of the Attorney General's office. The job can be viewed here. (San Francisco)
  • SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (San Francisco)
    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 (Fresno) 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

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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:
  • 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)

  • 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.
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