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  • CA15 (Hayward-Livermore-Pleasanton): updated analysis [Nooner Premium]
  • CA15 (Hayward-Livermore-Pleasanton): changed from Safe Democrat to Likely Democrat (very outside possibility of too many Dems locking allowing two GOP candidates to reach general)
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So sad to watch the Notre Dame Cathedral go up in flames. 

On this tax day, George Skelton looks at the history of wrangling between Congress and Presidents over access to the chief of state's tax returns and which has California roots.

Speaking of the other Capitol, the LAT's Jennifer Haberkorn looks at Southern California's two Katies who are already making waves in Washington--Katie Hill (D-CA25) and Katie Porter (D-CA45). Although, coming in during the same class with so many other new members has a drawback:

"The 2018 election sent a record number of women to Congress — including two named Katie from Southern California.

One is a mom and former professor who has made a career of consumer advocacy. The other, more than a decade younger, has a history of fighting homelessness."

DMV: Dan Walters writes for CALmatters that the state's Department of Motor Vehicles could be the biggest test for Gavin Newsom. "Newsom may or may not become a global leader on immigration issues, as he aspires, but when he seeks re-election in 2022, he’d better have fixed the DMV."

WE DON'T NEED NO VACCINATION...: Nothing to see here: Measles accelerates to second-highest level in US in 25 years and over 100,000 global cases [CNN]

PENSIONS: For CalPensions, Ed Mendel reports on the increased pension costs to the state this year. "The annual payment to CalPERS for state worker pensions next fiscal year is expected to be $7 billion, a jump from $6.4 billion this year — and a quantum leap from $160 million when a pension increase, SB 400, was approved 20 years ago."

More and #CAKEDAY after the jump! 

FAMILY MEMBER...CAN YOU LEND A HAND? In the Bee, Wes Venteicher looks at the discoveries of nepotism with state government that conflicts with the state's civil service system and asks how many more cases will come to light.

On this note, it also happens in political campaigns, which is not itself malfeasance but raises eyebrows. Candidates have frequently had family members as treasurers or consultants and congressional candidates have paid themselves salaries, something that is prohibited for state campaigns. The most recent report finding this was highlighted by The Target Book's Rob Pyers found in Congressmember Maxine Waters's quarterly report. Pyers tweets that Waters "raised $228.3K in Q1 and spent $130,943, with $50,000 going to her daughter, Karen, for 'Slate Mailer Management' fees. Karen Waters stands to collect another $133,000 still listed as a campaign debt."

BROTHER...CAN YOU SPARE A DOLLAR (at 135% interest)? For Politico, Jeremy B. White reports at the latest legislative effort to curtail the payday lending industry. White writes:

"'This is something I’ve wanted to crack down on since before I got elected,' said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, who has made the issue a priority. 'If this is the only product they offer, it’s a product that’s immoral and they don’t need to be around.'

Central to the effort is a bill by Assemblywoman Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), the newly elevated chair of the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee, that would cap interest rates for loans with principals of more than $2,500 at the 36 percent rate that California law currently applies to lower-principal loans. Limón and allies call the policy long overdue."

Limón's bill is AB 539, which passed Assembly Banking and Finance on April 1 on a 8-3-1 party-line vote (Burke - no vote recorded). It is now in Approps, where it will be put on the Suspense File but is expected to pass with the Speaker's vocal support. If it dies, it does so in the Senate.

SB 542 (Stern): In the Bee, Hannah Wiley looks at a bill that would provide workers' compensation time off for police and firefighters who experience PTSD after a traumatic on-the-job event. The bill is sponsored by the California Association of Highway Patrolmen and the California Professional Firefighters, while it is opposed by the local government associations. Supporters point to the traumatic events such as wildfires and mass shootings, while opponents argue that the current standard for psychiatric injury that requires a prepronderence of the evidence that the traumatic on-the-job events were the cause of the claim is more appropriate since it's not as specifically traceable as a physical injury.

The bill passed Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement on a 3-0-2 vote, which was no surprise, but faces Senate Approriations next Monday.

H2NO: Andrew Scheeler writes in the Bee on a new Stanford University study in which researchers identify the "best" way to recharge the aquifers being depleted in the Central Valley that are responsible for sinking land:

"In order to 'recharge' aquifers, farmers have taken to strategic flooding of their fields and orchards.

'The key question is where does the water go?' [Stanford geophysicist Rosemary] Knight said. 'If you’re going to flood a farmer’s field, you should be sure it’s going to work.'

The approach recommended by the study relies on 'a marriage of two types of remote sensing data” that analyzes sand and clay layers in the ground. It “could be applied across large agricultural regions at relatively low cost,' according to a statement announcing the report.

As researchers collect more data, they will be able to better predict where the ground is most at risk of sinking. The study authors said this will be vital in the future."

WAR, HUH, YEAH, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? In the Chron, Shwanika Narayan reports that the trade war with China is hitting California's wineries where it hurts. "Wente Vineyards Wines hasn’t shipped wine to China since the tariffs took effect, after 24 years of doing business there. The whole industry is feeling the shift: A report this month from the Wine Institute, a trade group in San Francisco, found that the value of U.S. wine exports to China fell nearly 25% last year, to $59 million. Wine exports as a whole fell nearly 5%, to their lowest levels since 2012."

HARRIS 2020: For Politico, Christopher Cadelago writes that Kamala Harris is focusing on building support in South Carolina, the first Democratic primary state with a significant African-American population:

"Nearly 4 in 10 voters in the 2016 South Carolina Democratic presidential primary in the state were black women — and Harris has been working to lock down local endorsements, including from state Rep. Pat Henegan of Marlboro; Berkeley County Democratic Party Chair Melissa Watson; and Marguerite Willis of Florence, an attorney and a former gubernatorial candidate."


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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to former First Lady Sharon Davis, Amy Everitt, Taylor Jackson, Robb Korinke, and Noah Painter!


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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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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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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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