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  • CA49 (S. Orange/N. coastal San Diego counties): added former San Clemente councilmember Steve Knoblock (R)

AURAL PLEASURE: On SacTown Talks by The Nooner, Gibran sits down Senate Budget Chair Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City). iTunes | Simplecast

Happy Humpday! Hopefully a freight train doesn't get stuck in downtown Sac this morning. LA has mass butterflies while NYC is dispensing rats for MTA change.

As expected, former Assemblymember Don Wagner and Irvine mayor former Congressmember Loretta Sanchez are leading for the Third District on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. While it is a nonpartisan race, Sanchez is a Dem and Wagner is from the GOP. The election is winner take all and there are around 13% of ballots outstanding. Wagner leads by 2,980 votes.

DEATH PENALTY: Governor Newsom signed an executive order this morning to effectively end the death penalty in California. Sophia Bollag reports for the Bee:

"Newsom plans to sign an executive order Wednesday morning granting reprieves to all 737 Californians awaiting executions – a quarter of the country’s death row inmates."


Newsom says the death penalty system has discriminated against mentally ill defendants and people of color. It has not made the state safer and has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars, according to prepared remarks Newsom plans to deliver Wednesday morning when he signs the order."

The LAT's Phil Willon reports:

"The order will prevent the state from putting prisoners to death by granting temporary reprieves to all 737 condemned inmates on California’s death row, the largest in the nation. It will immediately close the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison and scuttle the state’s ongoing efforts to devise a constitutional method for lethal injection. No inmate will be released and no sentence or conviction will be altered, the order says.

Newsom joins governors in Oregon, Colorado and Pennsylvania who have imposed moratoriums on executions in those states, all using executive powers."

Carla Marinucci writes for Politico:

“I do not believe that a civilized society can claim to be a leader in the world as long as its government continues to sanction the premeditated and discriminatory execution of its people,’’ Newsom, a Democrat, said in a statement released late Tuesday. “In short, the death penalty is inconsistent with our bedrock values and strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian.” 

CALmatters's Laurel Rosenhall reports:

A leading supporter of the death penalty said Newsom’s action is legal but “contrary to basic democratic principles.”

“The decision of whether we will have the death penalty or not is one the people have made over and over again through the initiative process,” said Kent Scheidegger, legal director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, which advocates for capital punishment.

Senator Kamala Harris praised Newsom's decision. "As a career law enforcement official, I have opposed the death penalty because it is immoral, discriminatory, ineffective, and a gross misuse of taxpayer dollars."

Joel Fox is not a fan of the governor's move:

"Ours is a government of the people. If a single individual who temporarily holds the reins of power, even in the highly controversial and oft debated issue of the death penalty, can override that basic concept of government by the people then a severe crack appears in the foundation of the democracy."

Meanwhile, Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) is introducing a constitutional amendment to eliminate the death penalty.

"MONUMENT TO STUPIDITY": On Anderson Cooper Monday night, Gavin Newsom called the border wall a "monument to stupidity." He also disputed the comments of President Trump at CPAC that he called Trump "one of the smartest guys I've ever met" in a recent telephone call.

FIRE LIABILITY: Sonoma County prosecutors announced yesterday that PG&E will not be held criminally liable for the 2017 wildfires, reports Julie Johnson in the Press Democrat:

"Cal Fire investigators determined PG&E had violated state safety codes, mostly by failing to trim trees and brush near powerlines, in four of the fires that originated in Sonoma County: the Adobe, Norrbom, Pocket, and Pythian/Oakmont fires.

But a team of senior Sonoma County prosecutors came to the conclusion those investigations didn’t reveal sufficient evidence of criminal recklessness or negligence on the part of the utility, Ravitch said."

Speaking of wildfires, Assemblymember Jim Gallagher (R-Yuba City) has a bill in Assembly Education today to extend the 2017 school district budget protection (average daily attendance) for school districts affected by the 2018 wildfires. Speaking of Gallagher, he's a UC Davis Law alum!

Also in Assembly Education is a bill by Dr. Shirley Weber to implement full-day kindergarten in the 2021-22 school year.

Up in Assembly Elections is Gallagher's AB 322, which would require local governments to post online campaign finance reports filed in paper format on their websites.

ARAMBULA: Fresno-area Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula took a leave of absence yesterday after the Fresno County DA announced that he would be charged with one count of misdeamor child abuse, writes Rory Appleton for the Bee. [charging document]

Arambula's spot as chair on Assembly Budget Sub 1 on Health and Human services has been taken over by Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-Grand Terrace) on an acting basis. Arambula is taking an unpaid leave, unlike some of the #METOO folks who resigned on December 31, 2017.

MONEY MATTERS: The Department of Finance is out with its monthly finance bulletin. While the top line doesn't look good at $2.218 billion below the projections in the Governor's January Budget, February was actually a good month with revenues coming in $128 million above projections. The reason is that while personal income tax is sluggish, bank and corporation and sales tax are above projections. This is believed to be because withholding schedules are still screwy because of the federal tax bill. Of course, next month is the biggie. Unemployment ticked up 0.1% to 4.2% with 3,000 nonfarm jobs added in the month. 

The largest job gain was in professional and business services (4,200), followed by educational and health services (2,600), government (2,400), information (1,400), leisure and hospitality (1,400), manufacturing (800), and mining and logging (200). The largest job loss was in trade, transportation, and utilities (7,200), followed by other services (1,300), construction (900), and financial activities (600).

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME: In the Bee, Andrew Sheeler reports that President Trump has given the okay for California to go to permanent Daylight Savings Time, to the appreciation of microwave everywhere. Congressional approval is also required.

USE OF FORCE: In the Chron, Alexei Koseff reports that Governor Newsom is meeting this week with advocates on both sides of the debate over the police use-of-force debate. The two bills are SB 230 (Caballero), which is supported by law enforcement groups, and AB 392 (Weber), which is supported by civil rights organizations.

Advocates for SB 230 are on the air with teevee ads making their case. Neither bill has been set for a committee hearing in the respective Public Safety Committees yet, and most folks think that a deal will be worked out as opposed to highly contentious hearings. The Sacramento City Council cut its meeting short yesterday as an activist disrupted the meeting and the same thing happened last week after hearing a presentation by the police and the Office of Public Safety Accountability on changes being implemented following the March 4 protest.

SB 230 focuses on training and resources, while AB 392 changes the liability standard of when police can use deadly force.

The use of force debate is likely right there with Dynamex (independent contractors) as the biggest policy fights this year.

PUBLIC RECORDS: After significant criticism that his SB 615 would eviscerate the California Public Records Act, Senator Ben Hueso has abandoned the effort. The bill would have required those seeking records to meet and confer in good faith before going to court over a dispute with an agency over records. Jeff 

More and #CAKEDAY after the jump . . .

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STATE WORKERS: A new report by the California Department of Human Resources and SEIU Local 1000--the state's largest union--recommends that state employees in Los Angeles and San Francisco should be paid more to adjust for cost of housing, reports Wes Venteicher for the Bee.

“You have to move farther and farther and farther away to find something that’s affordable for you, and then drive an hour and a half to get to the job you have,” [task for chair from Local 1000 Miguel] Cordova said.

DAM IT: Dan Walters writes that the federal government is correct in not paying California all that the state wants for Oroville Dam repairs.

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency correctly concluded that it—meaning all U.S. taxpayers—shouldn’t have to pay for preventable structural problems that existed before the dam’s two spillways collapsed."

SANCTUARY: Immigration and Customs Enforcement is using local police cameras to identify individuals for deportation, including in some sanctuary cities, reports Jazmine Ulloa for the Times. "Civil rights groups in California want police and sheriff’s departments to stop sending license plate scanner information to a national private database, saying new public documents show federal immigration agents are using the system in breach of sanctuary state and city laws."

2020: A Ninth Circuit panel yesterday was skeptical as to whether California's ballot access rules for independent presidential candidates under the US Constitution. Richard Winger reports for Ballot Access News.

CLIMATE: Damage from rising sea levels could exceed that of earthquakes and wildfires, reports Rosanna Xia in the Times. The student was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey. Xia reports:

"The results are sobering. More than half a million Californians and $150 billion in property are at risk of flooding along the coast by 2100 — equivalent to 6% of the state’s GDP, the study found, and on par with Hurricane Katrina and some of the world’s costliest disasters. The number of people exposed is three times greater than previous models that considered only sea level rise."

THE BUZZ: For Capitol Weekly, Lisa Renner looks at the role of bees in pollinating the almond crop and what farmers are doing to try to reverse the declining population. 

"Over the last few weeks, bee keepers from all over the U.S. were in the Central Valley releasing bees to pollinate the almond crops. Almond growers use about 75 percent of the commercial beehives in the country to pollinate their crops, said Bob Curtis, a consultant with the Almond Board of California. “It’s the largest global pollination event, period,” he said.


Researchers believe the decline in population is due to a combination of factors, including pesticides, habitat loss, fast-spreading diseases and infestation by the varroa mite."

LA-LA LAND: The race for second in the Los Angeles Unified to face former Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg narrowed in yesterday's results, with Heather Repenning 35 votes above Graciela Ortiz. The runoff is May 14.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senator Benjamin Allen, Xóchitl Rodriguez Murillo, and Matthew Roman!


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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.
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

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.

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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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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:
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 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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