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  • CA39 (Fullerton): added former assemblymember Young Kim (R)
  • CA45 (Irvine): added Yorba Linda councilmember Peggy Hoang (R)
  • CA48 (Huntington Beach/Irvine): added former state senator Janet Nguyen (R)
  • CA41 (Riverside): added Perris planning and economic development director Grace Williams (D). Awkward -- Assemblymember Jose Medina named her 2018 Veteran of the Year last year. Both incumbent Mark Takano (D) and Medina served on the Riverside Community College District board.
  • CA42 (Corona): added history professor Liam O'Mara (D)
  • AD16 (Tri-Valley): Former assemblymember and attorney Catharine Baker (R-Dublin) yesterday filed a new committee for "Friends of Catharine Baker for Assembly 2030." Typo of a 2020 rematch against Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D)? Unlikely, but she had $148,233.11 left in her 2018 account as of December 31. She only reported $7,346.37 in debt. Once debt is liquidated, a defeated candidate has to close the committee within 24 months after losing or leaving office. 

    This allows her to spend the money on such things as civic causes without it reverting to the state as "surplus." She has said that she is not interested in running for CD15 (Hayward-Pleasanton-Livermore) if Eric Swalwell runs for President, and the Assembly rematch is unlikely.

    h/t to Rob Pyers for catching this filing.

Happy Friday! Well, Oregon hung in there for a great game against Virginia, but fell short of reaching the Elite Eight. In the MLB, the California teams are back to ~7pm night games tonight. 

President Trump this morning again threatened to close the Southern border, something that significantly affects the San Diego-Tijuana economy. On our pod with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Gibran and I talked about this. While some in Washington think there is a bright line at the border where it's generally just tourists and undocumented border-crossers, the facts are that lots of people cross each way every day for work, school, and commerce. [Simplecast | iTunes | YouTube]

For the Legislature, it's César Chávez Day (observed). As Ben Adler notes, this means the Legislature can work on April Fool's Day!

For other state employees, the holiday is observed on Monday. This means that agency legislative staff who are not exempt are working today, but off on Monday even though the Legislature will be working. Meanwhile, you better hope the toilets don't back up in the Capitol on Monday, because the Department of General Services will be on holiday. Calling Roto-Rooter would be an unfair labor practice, although I'm sure there's some sort of emergency protocol. 

It also means that the trash won't be emptied Monday night. It brings up the great shutdown episode of The West Wing where the intern asks "Does anyone know where the dumpster is?" to blank faces.

That's a damn good question. Where are the dumpsters? I'm guessing they are in the parking garage but after 25 years of lots of time around the building, I have neither seen dumpsters not trash trucks approaching the Capitol.

Of course, Chávez's actual birthday is Sunday and Government Code §6701 provides that if it falls on a Sunday, the state holiday is Monday. Several of us were talking about this on Twitter yesterday and my guess is that legislators would much prefer to be on home Thursday night when there are more community events than on a Sunday or Monday night than stay over for a quick "per diem session" on Friday morning for a federally declared Monday holiday. 

Anyway, this happens frequently, but it's always a good "Huh?" moment.

Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez will likely have her resolution honoring the day on the floor on Monday.

For home-gamers, Article IV, Section 4(b) of the California Constitution prohibits the payments of living expenses (per diem payments) when the Legislature is "in recess" (meaning no floor session for three consecutive days. Thus, when there is a Monday holiday, a quick session is scheduled for Friday morning. Critics mock the Legislature for the strategy, but it is true that most legislators pay for accommodations in Sacramento for 365 days a year and that includes the spring recess, summer recess and the interim after the end of the legislative year.  

PG&NOT-GOT-ME: Governor Gavin Newsom issued a strong rebuke to the stories that emerged yesterday from Bloomberg and echoed in California media that hedge fund noteholders were working on a bankruptcy exit plan for the state's largest utility. In a letter sent to interim CEO John Simon, Newsom wrote:

"I am troubled to learn that PG&E is primed to reconstitute its board with hedge fund financiers, out-of-state executives and others with little or no experience in California and inadequate expertise in utility operations, regulation and safety.

With this move, PG&E would send a clear message that it is prioritizing quick profits for Wall Street over public safety and reliable and affordable energy service.


California deserves better. I strongly urge you to reconsider and appoint board members who understand the imperative for change and the need to prioritize the interests of the people of California. PG&E’s board should be comprised by a majority of Californians who have experience as regulators, safety experts and clean energy leaders. Any new board member should be resolved to change the culture of the company, understand the concerns of ratepayers and demonstrate a commitment to the fair treatment of wildfire victims and employees."

Part of the terms sheet that's being shopped around includes "state-issued bonds," which assumedly would be paid for with a dedicated rate surcharge, thus accessing capital in lease-revenue bonds with the state's higher credit rating than PG&E's current junk bond rating would allow.

DEATH PENALTY: Yesterday, two justices of the Supreme Court of California took the opportunity in an otherwise unanimous decision in a case unaffected by Governor Newsom's death penalty moratorium in People v. Potts to write a concurring opinion echoing Governor Newsom's rationale for the moratorium. In the concurring opinion (beginning on page 76), Associate Justice Goodwin Liu writes: 

"[T]he Executive Order underscores, our decision affirming the judgment does not alter a fundamental reality: A death sentence in California has only a remote possibility of ever being carried out. As leaders of the judiciary have long observed, the death penalty presents serious challenges for the fair and efficient administration of justice. For decades, those challenges have not been meaningfully addressed. As a result, California’s death penalty is an expensive and dysfunctional system that does not deliver justice or closure in a timely manner, if at all.


I express no view here on the morality or constitutionality of the death penalty. Since joining this court, I have voted to affirm scores of death judgments, and I will continue to do so when the law requires. It is impossible to review these cases without feeling tremendous compassion for the victims and their families, who have suffered unimaginable heartbreak and loss. But the promise of justice in our death penalty system is a promise that California has been unable to keep. We are overdue for what our Chief Justice has called “a merit-based discussion on [the death penalty’s] effectiveness and costs.” (Dolan, supra.) In the meantime, the judiciary will continue to do its duty under the law, leaving it to the voters and our elected representatives to decide whether California should double down on the current system or chart a new course."

The case before the state Supreme Court didn't challenge the constitutionality of the death penalty as the 21-year-old sentence was challenged on other grounds. His death sentence was upheld on appeal yesterday but he won't be executed during the period of reprieve granted by Newsom. That grant of reprieve, like the red phone ringing at 11:59pm, can be revoked at any time by Newsom, another governor, or the voters by constitutional amendment.

Nevertheless, Justice Liu, who was joined in the concurrence by Associate Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, took the opportunity to raise a flag and Governor Newsom applauded them. Both justices were appointed by Jerry Brown. Liu previously was a Berkeley Law (no longer Boalt!) professor, while Cuéllar was a prof at the arch-enemy Junior University with a tree as a mascot.

For CALmatters, Ben Christopher looks at Tuesday's abysmal turnout in SD33, which was had almost the Baskin Robbins of candidates on the ballot. Okay, I exaggerate--12.

#CAKEDAY and more after the jump!

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SD33 (Long Beach): The oil and gas industry continued the independent expenditure campaign for overwhelming favorite Long Beach councilmember Lena Gonzalez (D) following her easy first-place finish on Tuesday ahead of the June 4 runoff.  For CALmatters, Ben Christopher looks at the abysmal turnout. "A preliminary tally indicates that less than a measly 7 percent of the district’s registered voters cast a ballot."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Tara Bannister, Mario Guerra, Supervisor Adam HillJohn Laird, Congressmember Ted Lieu, and Assemblymember Jose Medina!




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Policy and Government Affairs Associate/Counsel (Oakland)

The Center for Responsible Lending is seeking a Policy and Government Affairs Associate/Counsel to join our team in Oakland, CA. As part of CRL’s State Policy Team, supporting stakeholders throughout the 50 states, the Policy and Government Affairs Associate/Counsel will work with stakeholders in California and other Western states to develop and advance strategies for legislative and regulatory reform at the state level to prevent predatory lending practices.


This position will have a significant focus on California, with responsibilities in supporting other Western states as well.

[full job description and application info]
SEIU-UHW – Political Coordinator (Oakland or Sacramento, CA)
This position is responsible for directing the work of multiple staff, contractors and member leaders in support of objectives. The Political Coordinator is responsible for strategic planning, developing programs to build and strengthen our infrastructure, and leading on issue and electoral campaigns within the union that empower our members to be a strong force at their worksites, in the legislative process, in their communities and at the ballot box. Under the supervision of the Director, the coordinator collaborates in the overall development and implementation of the department’s strategic organizational plan. For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at
SEIU-UHW – Regional Political Organizer (Los Angeles and San Francisco, 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
CCST Expert Briefing: Environmental Impacts of Wildfires in California
Join the California Council on Science and Technology on Thursday, April 4th at Noon in Capitol Room 437 for our latest CCST Expert Briefing: Environmental Impacts of Wildfires in California. A panel of experts from CSU Chico, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and Stanford University School of Medicine will discuss the impacts of wildfires on air and water quality. RSVP to by 5pm on Wednesday, April 3rd.
Women in Solid-Waste & Recycling Networking Event and Panel Discussion April 2nd
Join State Treasurer Fiona Ma, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes-Eggman, and waste and recycling industry experts for a discussion about how policy is shaping the industry’s future. April 2nd from 5-8pm at the Sutter Club, 1220 9th St, Sacramento. Visit to register and stay connected.
A nonprofit leader on why she attended Capitol Seminars:
"I had read all the generic, glossed-over descriptions of the Calfornia legislative process. I wanted to learn about the nuances or the 'behind-the-scenes' way the legislature actually works, from folks who are real practitioners." -- Amy Vierra, Nonprofit / Environmental Policy and Communications Consultant. "Real practitioners" make Capitol Seminars California's No.1 advocacy training resource. Moderator Ray LeBov, a 45-year Capitol veteran, and all our guest subject matter experts are presently active in governmental advocacy or California state government. Anyone tasked with advocacy in a nonprofit, for-profit, trade / professional association, lobbying / public affairs firm, state or local government agency, will benefit immediately from the unique and valuable training we provide. For complete curriculum information, or to register for our April 4-5 seminars or future dates, visit or call (916) 442-5009.
McKinley + Pillows Fundraising: Administrative Assistant
McKinley + Pillows Fundraising seeks a full time, entry-level administrative assistant /scheduler/receptionist, for our fast-paced office. Must be detail-oriented and possess solid computer and phone skills. Wages DOE. Please send cover-letter and resume to
This annual event is co-sponsored by major California veterans’ organizations. Last year over 65 Assemblymembers attended the event with their veteran honoree. This year the event is open to both the Assembly and Senate to participate. This event will be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.


Contact Pete Conaty at 916-768-8940 or, or Dana Nichol at 916-558-1926 or
Future of California Elections Conference on April 11, 2019
Join us on April 11 in Sacramento for the Future of California Elections (FoCE) 2019 Conference “Leading the Way: What Lies Ahead for California's Elections.” FoCE brings together election administrators, reform advocates, civic engagement groups and civil rights organizations each year at its annual conference to discuss and share strategies for modernizing elections and expanding voter participation. Participants at this year’s conference can expect to hear about what happens after election day and updates on California’s voter centric reforms, such as Voter's Choice Act implementation and Same Day Registration. For more information visit
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.
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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