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  • CA01 (Northeast Cal): added small business owner David Peterson (D) 
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Happy Saturday! It's Picnic Day in Davis and the Grilled Cheese Festival in Southside Park. Today's sammie festival is sold out, but it is all ages tomorrow. Admission is $10 from 11-5pm tomorrow, with tastings of sandwich bites from 14 yendors. It's cash-only, but there will be an ATM on site. The weather should be fantastic.

Saw a great play last night--Vietgone at Capital Stage by Qui Nguyen. Its run ends tomorrow, with showings at 8pm today and 2pm tomorrow but is sold out.

MIKE SPENCE: The LAT's Richard Winton reports Former West Covina mayor and California Republican Party chair Mike Spence was found dead in an Ontario hotel room, apparently of a drug overdose.

UTILITY LIABILITY: For CALmatters, Judy Lin writes:

"In a comprehensive and already controversial report aimed at spreading the staggering cost of wildfires in California, an advisory panel to Gov. Gavin Newsom recommended on Friday that California ease strict liability laws that have already prompted the state’s largest utility to file for bankruptcy in this era of climate change.

The provocative—and politically challenging—recommendation was among three dramatic proposals by a 'strike force' Newsom had tasked with drawing up a wildfire plan shortly after his January inauguration. Fire has been among the most daunting priorities for the nascent administration, which has had to deal not only with the aftermath of last year’s historically lethal Camp Fire in Butte County, but also with the Chapter 11 filing of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the huge and unpopular electricity provider whose equipment is a prime suspect in the blaze."

For KQED, Marisa Lagos and Lisa Pickoff write:

"'We have to hold PG&E accountable,' Newsom declared. 'I just want folks to know we are watching, and I expect the investors that are involved in PG&E to participate in the solutions. And I expect PG&E is going to get serious and no longer misdirect, manipulate and mislead the people of California.'"


SANCTUARY: President Trump tweaked Nancy Pelosi yesterday with a tweeted threat of dropping off undocumented immigrants in "sanctuary" cities:

"If the Radical Left Democrats all of a sudden don’t want the Illegal Migrants in their Sanctuary Cities (no more open arms), why should others be expected to take them into their communities? Go home and come into our Country legally and through a system of Merit!"

STATE TRAVEL: Sophia Bollag writes in the Bee:

"In El Salvador this week, Gov. Gavin Newsom said state agencies have taken a 'shotgun approach' to foreign travel and that his administration is working to develop an organized system to coordinate state workers’ trips abroad.

Newsom said the governor’s office has been excluded from much of the planning when officials from state agencies travel to other countries and make agreements with foreign governments."

POT SHOPS: For CapPubRadio, Scott Rodd reports on the lawsuit by cities against the Bureau of Cannabis Control over their regulations allowing deliveries in cities that don't allow cannabis shops. "The lawsuit claims the state’s rule allowing outside cannabis delivery undermines Proposition 64, the 2016 ballot measure that legalized recreational cannabis. Prop. 64 guaranteed cities and counties local control over certain cannabis activities, and the lawsuit argues that includes delivery."

#CAKEDAY after the jump! 

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THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE WORLD: Dan Walters looks at the state-local data dispute in the community colleges.

LA-LA LAND: In the LAT, Maya Lau writes that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office has been killing internal investigations under new sheriff Alex Villanueva:

Officials working under Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva have been inactivating internal investigations of department personnel at a high rate, with most of the cancellations not conforming with department policies, according to a report issued Friday by the Sheriff’s Department’s chief watchdog.

A handful of the 45 investigations inactivated from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28 involve criminal allegations such as child abuse, domestic violence and having sexual relations with an inmate, according to the report by Rodrigo A. Castro-Silva, the interim leader of the Los Angeles County Office of Inspector General. Most of the other cases involve allegations of policy violations such as sleeping on duty and using derogatory language.

Go outside and enjoy the day!

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Tristan Brown, Congressmembers Jim Costa, Susan Davis, and Debra Spector!


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AltaMed - Public Charge discussion - April 18 @ East LA College
Join AltaMed for an interactive discussion on Public Charge with local leaders who are familiar with the health and legal concerns of the immigrant community on April 18, 6 pm at East Los Angeles College, Recital Hall–S2, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA. Understand your rights, know which resources are available, and relieve any fears around accessing services for you and your family. RSVP:
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Burton & the Brains has moved offices to the Cathedral Building - 1020 12th Street, Suite 202. The firm includes the iconic John Burton, Partner Angie Tate and Associate Monique Vieira and provides full service political consulting and event management. For more information, please contact Angie at or Monique at Please visit us at
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.

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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
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.


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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.
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