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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • SD07 (Tri-Valley): added Alameda County Public Health Commissioner Evan Branning (D)
  • AD76 (Oceanside): added Carlsbad USD trustee Ray Pearson (R)
  • AD77 (North San Diego): added attorney June Yang Cutter (R)

VOTER DATA: Yesterday, the Secretary of State's office released the latest voter registration data, closing February 10. Democratic: 43.11%, Republican 23.57%, No Party Preference 28.26%. Ben Adler and Emily Zentner report for Capital Public Radio that the registration rate is the highest it has been in 25 years.

Political Party

#Registered
(2019)

% of Total
(2019)

# Registered
(2015)

% of Total
(2015)

Change in % Points
(2015 to 2019)

Democratic

8,612,368

43.11%

7,645,173

43.15%

-0.04%

Republican

4,709,851

23.57%

4,958,225

27.98%

-4.41%

No Party Preference

5,645,665

28.26%

4,175,643

23.57%

+4.69%

American Independent

517,872

2.59%

480,124

2.71%

-0.12%

Green

88,771

0.44%

109,836

0.62%

-0.18%

Libertarian

153,348

0.77%

121,876

0.69%

+0.08%

Peace and Freedom

76,784

0.38%

78,295

0.44%

-0.06%

Unknown/Other

173,790

0.87%

148,764

0.84%

+0.03%

ARAMBULA CHARGED: Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) was charged by the Fresno County district attorney from the December 10 spanking incident of his daughter. Taryn Luna reports for the Times:

"Fresno police arrested Arambula, 41, on Dec. 10 at his daughter’s elementary school. At the time, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Child Protective Services was summoned to Dailey Elementary Charter School after a student, who Arambula later identified as his 7-year-old daughter, walked into the administrative office on campus with an injury that occurred the night before.

The child said Arambula was responsible for the injury and police called the assemblyman and his wife to the school, where he was taken into custody, Dyer said."

VOTERS CHOICE ACT: The Fresno County Board of Supervisors approved having all-mail ballots and Vote Centers next year. 

HOUSING: Governor Newsom has postponed his proposal to tie transportation dollars to cities meeting their housing goals by four years, reports Liam Dillon for the Los Angeles Times:

"Newsom made the announcement Monday when he unveiled a new bill that will be debated as part of the state budget. The legislation calls for $750 million in new funding for cities and counties to plan for increased housing production and then receive financial rewards as new building occurs. The money would begin flowing, according to the bill, in August."

Here's the bill draft

KQED's Guy Marzorati reports "Beginning in 2023, the plan directs road maintenance money to "be withheld from any jurisdiction that does not have a compliant housing element and has not zoned or entitled for its annual housing goals."

ARAMBULA: Assemblymember Joa

DEATH PENALTY: In the Times, Phil Willon writes that Governor Newsom will be tested on the death penalty before long. He's consistently opposed it, but some cases will be arriving on his desk soon.

FIRE COSTS: CALFIRE overtime soared last year amidst the state's wildfires, report Wes Venteicher and Phillip Reese for the Bee. 

"Wildfire overtime increased Cal Fire’s payroll by $91 million last year, a sharp increase from what was already an expensive year before it, underscoring the budget challenge the state may face if major fires are now the norm.

The department paid its workers about $855 million in 2018, up 12 percent from 2017, according to an analysis by The Bee. That included $207 million in overtime pay — the highest proportion of pay taken as overtime among state departments, according to the analysis."

HEALTH CARE: For Capital Public Radio, Sammy Caiola looks at the flurry of health care bills:

"A group called the Care4All California coalition unveiled a package of 21 bills that aim to either lower the cost of care, or get more people into the insurance market. Big-ticket items include expanding Medi-Cal eligibility to everyone regardless of status and imposing an individual mandate that would penalize people for not carrying insurance. Other bills address everything from drug pricing to emergency room costs."

TAXES: Even though the state has a budget surplus, CALmatters's Judy Lin looks at the new tax bills in the Legislature. "Proposals this legislative cycle alone have included—so far—a soda tax to fight obesity, a tire change tax for stormwater cleanup and a drinking water tax to clean up toxic wells. Also a firearms excise tax, an oil and gas severance tax, and a fee on dialysis centers. Also an increase in lead-acid battery fees."

PUBLIC BANKING: Andrew Scheeler reports in the Bee: California Assemblymen Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, and David Chiu, D-San Francisco, have introduced Assembly Bill 857, which would enable local governments to charter their own public banks.

 

 

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Press Release / Op Ed Writing Professional
Santa Ana City Councilman and former State Assemblymember Jose Solorio is looking for a professional writer to assist him in preparing press releases, Op Eds, e-newsletters and fact sheets on local government and public policy issues and activities. Applicants can work remotely, but if based in Orange or Los Angeles County that would be a plus. Applicants should email: 1) resume, 2) 2-3 writing samples, and 3) hourly, per project, or monthly retainer rates to Jose@JoseSolorio.com.
Receptionist

Are you an enthusiastic and reliable administrative professional who enjoys a fast-paced environment? The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) is hiring a receptionist to be the face of an innovative government agency that works closely with local elected officials and staff from across the six-county region.

This position will be part of SACOG's Administrative Support Team, providing entry-level support for a staff of approximately 60. In this position you will provide a range of duties, including greeting visitors, reserving and setting up meeting rooms, scheduling meetings, screening phone calls, sorting mail, and directing inquiries to the appropriate staff.

Interested? For more information and to apply, please go to: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sacog

Digital/Social Media Professional
Office of Senate President pro Tem Toni G. Atkins is looking for a digital/social media professional to lead all aspects of the Senator’s presence online – including website, social, SEM and channel strategy. Candidate must be digitally fluent with an understanding of the complex and fragmented digital media landscape and have strong communications skills. Candidate should be able to bring together a cohesive digital strategy that delivers results. Salary starts at $5,910 per month.
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City of Sacramento: Council Representative
The Office of a Sacramento City Councilmember is seeking a Council Representative. The Council Representative will perform administrative, community relations, communications and constituency services.
To apply: www.cityofsacramento.org/mayor-council/districts/district4/hiring
Miller & Olson LLP is seeking a Lobby Compliance Specialist for its downtown Sacramento office
The Specialist position is responsible for administering the lobby reports for the firm’s clients at the Federal level and in all 50 states. Specifically, the position requires understanding lobby disclosure rules and requirements at the Federal level and in all 50 states, maintaining a calendar of filing deadlines, communicating with clients in gathering information for public lobby reports, and preparing and filing lobby reports in a timely manner. Specialist will work directly with the firm’s Senior Paralegal and attorneys. More details at our website: www.millerpoliticallaw.com/news/.
The Judicial Council of California, Governmental Affairs office is seeking a Supervising Attorney or Principal Manager I (JO# 4915).
The council’s Governmental Affairs office represents and advocates for the judicial branch on legislative and policy matters. The Governmental Affairs team review all legislation, identifies bills of interest to the courts, staffs the council’s Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee in formulating positions on bills, and participates in legislative proceedings. The Supervising Attorney or Principal Manager I, under the direction of the Director of Governmental Affairs and the Administrative Director of the Courts, will assist in managing and directing the work of the Governmental Affairs office. The office includes attorneys, legislative advocates, and administrative support professionals. Starts $11,847 or $8,606/mo. Go to www.courts.ca.gov/careers and search JO# 4915 (Deadline 3/13).
The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) seeks an Executive Director located in Sacramento.
The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) seeks an Executive Director located in Sacramento. The Executive Director develops programs and services to provide science, engineering, and biomedical advice to the State of California's government and is the chief executive responsible for CCST's administration, fundraising, budgeting, and directing the CCST Science Fellows Program. Review of applications will begin immediately and preference is given to applications received by March 25th. Click here for more information.
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