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Happy Humpday! I may be a bit quick this morning as I have a PPIC policy lunch on water and the future of the San Joaquin Valley. Registration is closed, but the 12pm event will be webcasted and I assume that will be available for later viewing. Here is the backgrounder from the PPIC Water Policy Center.

Honestly, I don't know that much about water policy and the needs of the San Joaquin Valley, but know it's a critical issue, for the economy and a large part of California's citizenry. I know it as an Orange County kid ("send us your water for our big pools and lawns; don't send it to the ocean") and as a longtime Davis resident ("restore and maintain the Delta at all costs"). It was the north-south debate, with the Central Valley largely seen as a conveyance. There are much bigger issues, particularly related to groundwater and safe drinking water.

Meanwhile, after two games, the great Capitol divide of Dodgers vs. Giants is evenly split, with the Giants winning Monday's game 4-2 and the Dodgers holding on last night for a 6-5 win. The Giants made a ninth-inning run adding three to the two they came in the inning with, but fell short. The final game of the series in Chavez Ravine is tonight at 7:10pm. 

I was "watching" the baseball game while at the Kings game. The playoff-bound Rockets put on an absolute clinic against the exciting but young Kings. The Rockets dropped 26 three-pointers, accounting for 60% of their 130 points. It was at least entertaining as the Kings get readiy to rest their dogs for the summer. Thank you Brother Jay, including (seriously) the fascinating discussion on sustainable energy efforts in other countries and the challenge in the international recycling pipeline.

ROCK THE (NPP) VOTE: John Myers writes for the Los Angeles Times on legislative efforts to inform no party preference voters of how they can vote in the Democratic presidential primary next year:

"The confusion stems from state election law that differs from the rules laid out by the Democratic National Committee, which allows unaffiliated independent voters in California to participate in that party’s presidential primary. To do so, those voters must first request in advance a special ballot that lists Democratic candidates — a different process from state elections, where candidates from all parties are listed on all ballots.

[Assembly member Lorena] Gonzalez’s proposal, Assembly Bill 681, would require county elections officials to deliver three separate notices to voters in the three months before the presidential primary next March. Each notice would clearly state the voter’s party affiliation on record, the presidential ballot that would be mailed to the voter and instructions on how to change one’s affiliation if desired."

We talked about this issue with Paul Mitchell on the pod. With the first batch of ballots being sent to vote-by-mail voters (all voters in at least nine Voter's Choice Act counties), that means that these requests really need to be processed in peak holiday time. 

AB 861 is set for Assembly Elections and Redistricting next Wednesday at 9am.

Also up in that hearing will be AB 460, by Assembly member Kevin Kiley. The bill would require the governor to call in an election for a vacancy in the United States Senate, rather than appoint as provided under current law. Existing law provides for an appointment by the governor immediately upon U.S. Senate vacancy until the next regular election, in contrast to House seats, which require a special election generally now in odd years since the close of nominations is in December with the early primary.

The last U.S. Senator to be appointed was John Seymour in 1991, who was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson in 1991 to fill Wilson's Senate seat until the next election. Seymour, previously a state senator, subsequently lost to Dianne Feinstein in 1992's "Year of the Woman." After his U.S. Senate service, Seymour served as director of the California Housing Finance Agency under Wilson and is now retired in Solana Beach.

There was reportedly a strategic decision that former San Francisco mayor Feinstein, perceived to be strongest, would run for the short, two-year term, while then-congress member Barbara Boxer would run for the the full, six-year term of Alan Cranston. Cranston did not run for re-election in 1992, in part because he was one of the "Keating Five" (along with DeConcini, Glenn, McCain, and Riegle) in the Lincoln Savings and Loan scandal, the pinnacle of the 1980s savings and loan collapse.

SANTA ANITA: Speaking of Feinstein, California's senior senator yesterday called upon the California Horse Racing Board to suspend racing at Santa Anita racetrack following the deaths of 23 thoroughbreds in 96 days:

"I believe that racing at Santa Anita should be suspended until the cause or causes of these deaths can be fully investigated. I also ask for more information about what the California Horse Racing Board is doing to both investigate this matter and address some of the concerns that these incidents have rightly raised."

This Saturday is the Santa Anita Derby, the biggest race of the year at the Arcadia track. The race is precedes the Triple Crown races in May-June and has a $1 million purse.

Guns & Ammo, the Jeffes weigh in on Gavin thus far, and #CAKEDAY after the jump! 

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FROM THE DESK OF THE JEFFES: Sherry Bebitch Jeffe and Doug Jeffe write echoing George Skelton's suggestion that Gavin Newsom's planned visit to El Salvador is a bit off message: "All in all, Governor Newsom is off to a good start in his first hundred days, but he may want to slow down a bit—and stay sharply focused on the Golden State–to better pilot California around the inevitable potholes ahead." Newsom will be in El Salvador on a "fact-finding trip" on the root causes of immigration April 7-10.

Until El Salvador, the governor and fam are on vacay but Phil Willon writes in the Times that we don't know where. One thing we do know--Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis gets to use the acting governor training wheels quite early. Let's hope she doesn't have to declare any disasters and we sure as hell up yesterday's LAT story by Ron Gong Lin II doesn't curse us--California's in an exceptional earthquake drought. When will it end? 

TRAVEL BAN*: Attorney General Xavier Becerra yesterday announced that "effective April 15, 2019, California will prohibit state-funded and state-sponsored travel to South Carolina as a result of a discriminatory provision buried deep within a general budget bill enacted on July 5, 2018 in South Carolina." The AG opines that South Carolina's budget language allows faith-based adoption agencies to discriminate against placement with LGBTQ families and thus is covered by the travel ban now found in Government Code §11139.8 (AB 1187 - Chapter 687, Statutes of 2016).

*Somebody commented somewhere yesterday (I'd link if I remembered) that there is some irony with Becerra's announcement the week that the governor is heading to El Salvador. Of course, Gov't Code §11139.8 applies only to states and not international travel.

GUNS & AMMO: Yesterday, AG Becerra asked federal judge Roger Benitez to stay his ruling blocking Proposition 13's ban on manufacturer and retroactive possession of firearm magazines with a capacity greater than ten rounds while the AG appeals the ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing a delay is warranted pending appeal as manufacturers are already advertising availability in the state. AP's Don Thompson reports:

"Chuck Michel, an attorney for the NRA and the California Rifle & Pistol Association who filed the lawsuit that led to the ruling, agreed with Becerra that it allows individuals to legally acquire high-capacity magazines.

"There’s dealers advertising them now and there are chat rooms where people are discussing buying them and we’re getting calls from dealers asking what’s legal to acquire," Michel said.

"The gray area is, what will the status of these magazines acquired during this window be if the stay is reinstated?" Michel said."

"MENSTRUAL EQUITY": For CALmatters, Elizabeth Aguilar looks at the return of the bill to exempt menstrual products from sales tax, a bill that was vetoed by Governor Brown in 2016. "With a new governor in place, [Assembly member Cristina Garcia] is at it again. This time her colleagues have been so eager to back her Assembly Bill 31 that it has more co-authors than any other this session. Last time, she said, "I had to beg them to join me." This bill is expected to garner Gov. Gavin Newsom’s support."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz




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The California Correctional Peace Officer Association’s Annual Lock-On Event
CCPOA's Annual Lock-On Fundraiser benefiting the Mustard Seed School is next week! Join us for wine and beer tastings, appetizer pairings, live music & a photo booth. Donations for the Mustard Seed School accepted onsite. Valet parking provided. Monday, April 8, 2019, Firehouse Restaurant in Old Sacramento, 5:30-10p.m. Details here. RSVP to
Deputy Director of Legislation and Regulatory Affairs (CEA-Level A) (Sacramento)

Join the California Gambling Control Commission (CGCC) Executive Team and make a statewide impact as the primary legislative and regulatory advisor. The Deputy Director of Legislation and Regulatory Affairs is responsible for the development and management of the CGCC’s legislative and regulatory program; representing the CGCC before legislators, legislative committees, the Legislative Analyst’s Office, the Governor’s Office, State control agencies, local and Tribal government, and stakeholder groups. The Deputy Director of Legislation and Regulatory Affairs advises the Commissioners and Director on legislative and regulatory matters and is influential in the construction and implementation of CGCC policies and programs.

Excellent written and oral communication required. Free Parking. Salary $7,190-$10,334.

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Associate Director, Government Relations

Take on a high-profile role in an award-winning health organization. Become a strategic advocate for the healing mission of one of the world’s most respected health systems. Take your professional expertise to the next level. UCan do all this and more at UCLA Health.

As the Associate Director of Government Relations, you will be a key member of the team that is driving strategies designed to influence public policy, promote advocacy and build relationships at the federal, state and local government levels. You will be responsible for evaluating complex issues and implementing initiatives and programs in health policy and advocacy by interacting with elected officials, legislative staff, public agency representatives as well as campus administrators, leadership and faculty. This involves collaborating closely with the UCLA Health Marketing & Communications leadership, the University of California, and relevant trade associations. The position is based on the UCLA Health campus in Los Angeles.

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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.

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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 from 12:30-1:30pm (note time change) 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 Tuesday, April 2nd to reserve a to-go box lunch.
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.
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
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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