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RECENT PODCASTS:

  • California Nation (SacBee/ProPublica): rise in deaths in county jails (04/24/19)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Assembly member David Chiu on rent control, San Francisco politics, and electric violining (04/25/19)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senator Bill Monning and epidemiologist Dr. Flojuane Cofer re: SB 347 on sugar-sweetened beverages (04/24/19)
  • SacTownTalks: (Gibran Maciel and Scott Lay): What a Week! Simplecast | iTunes (04/22/19)
  • Lovett or Leave It: (Jon Lovett/Crooked Media): House Intel Chair congress member Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) (04/20/19)
  • Gimme Shelter: (Matt Levin @ CALmatters and Liam Dillon @ LAT): Assembly member Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) and advocate Michelle Pariset (04/19/19)

DISTRICT UPDATES:

  • CA44 (Carson): added nonprofit organization director William ("Bill") Orton (R) - He ran for AD67 as a Democrat in 2002, is currently registered NPP, and filed for Congress as a Republican to challenge incumbent Nanette Barragán (D). From his website:

    "I shall as a candidate for United States Congress….
    RUN AS A GUPPY... regardless of party, a new political order of saving America, as PARTY OF GRACE when brave guppies swim together through turbulent waters."

What a week. From the anti-Semitic shooting in Poway to the mowing-down by a veteran allegedly with PTSD in Sunnvale of pedestrians because he thought they were Muslim, the hate has been awful. Can we start this week off right? The team at the LA Times has a detailed report on yesterday's synagogue shooting. 

Fortunately, the day ended with the White House Correspondents Association "nerd ball." I miss a comedian a President who will take a good roast, historian Ron Chernow did a great job I thought with a the right combination of historical facts, support for a free press, and just enough humor. [video]

I feel awful that I missed the engagement party for Jay and Jesse last night. It was outdoors and my asthma has been bad this weekend. I haven't really slept this weekend but it seems a bit better this morning.

SB 50 (Wiener): In the LA Daily News, Ariella Plachta looks at the impact that SB 50, the transit-oriented and jobs bill, would have on the San Fernando Valley. "Areas in the Valley ripe for potential SB 50 development include locations around rail stations like the North Hollywood Metro, Northridge Metrolink, Amtrak in Chatsworth and Sun Valley, as well as frequented bus lines along Ventura and Van Nuys boulevards."

Valley State Senator Bob Hertzberg was the lone no vote on the bill last Wednesday in Senate Governance and Finance.

BILLS, BILLS, BILLS: For CALmatters, Dan Walters takes aim on what he identies as silly bills "But there’s a point at which silliness gives way to pure dumbness." As silly, he lists the Phil Ting's paper receipts bill and Ash Kalra's proposed ban on small shampoo bottles in hotels. For dumb, he identifies David Chiu's public banking bill.

ILLEGAL POT: The New York Times's Thomas Fuller reports on the rise of illegal pot in California even after the legalization of the medicinal and recreational industry.

"Stepped-up enforcement comes with a certain measure of irony -- legalization was meant to open a new chapter for the state, free from the legacy of heavy policing and incarceration for minor infractions. Instead, there are new calls for a crackdown on illegal selling.

...

But no other state has an illegal market on the scale of California’s, and those illicit sales are cannibalizing the revenue of licensed businesses and in some cases, experts say, forcing them out of business."

 

 

SANCTUARY: Rival demonstrators clashed yesterday over sanctuary cities, reports Jeong Park and Brian Rokos for the Register. "The 'March to End Sanctuary State' began at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and 2nd Street at 2 p.m. The Democratic Socialists of America, Indivisible OC and other groups gathered across the street around the same time for the counterprotest. The dueling demonstrations, each with dozens of protesters, went on for about an hour and a half."

LA-LA-LAND: Los Angeles City Council member Curren Price has regularly voted on matters that help his wife's business, writes Emily Alpert Reyes for the LA Times. Alpert Reyes writes:

"Price voted on decisions involving at least 10 companies in the same years they were listed as providing at least $10,000 in income to Del Richardson & Associates, according to his annual financial disclosures and council records reviewed by The Times."

Such public disclosures are supposed to help people check whether politicians have a financial stake in decisions they make as government officials. But the forms do not provide enough information to tell whether the council decisions would directly affect the compensation for Del Richardson & Associates.

A Price spokeswoman said that neither the councilman nor his wife, Del Richardson, had benefited financially from the votes initially identified by The Times."

2020: Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke had a rally at LA Trade-Tech College last night. A reader writes that there were 400-500 people there. He's in San Francisco today.

It's another beautiful day! I hope to get over to the Earth Day celebration in Southside Park, although it's also a day for me to study before recording the pod tomorrow. We're recording at 10:30, so get your topics in by then! Of course, we'll cover last week's actions on SB 50 (housing), SB 230 (police use of deadly force), SB 276 (vaccinations), SB 756 (charter school moratorium).

I'm also recording a segment for Spectrum 1's "On the Issues" program on last year's SB 1421 (Skinner), the police records bill tied up in the courts over whether it applies retroactively or only on a going-forward basis. Tracking down the cases and status is a chore, although it appears that most of the cases have been dropped following a First Circuit Court of appeal ruling and that retroactive records are now being released, although it is unclear whether Attorney General Xavier Becerra is yet doing so.

Becerra has said publicly that he believes records to be accessible retroactively but wants a definitive court ruling.

 

 

Finally, the best video you'll see all day. 

No #CAKEDAYS today! 

 

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Announcing the Barbara, Victoria & Javier Mother’s Day Donation Drive presented by Assemblymember McCarty & Vice Mayor Guerra in partnership with the Legislative Women’s Caucus benefitting Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

Greatest needs: strollers, children’s hygiene items, maternity clothes, children’s clothes and shoes, toys. Drop-off locations: Capitol Rm 2136, LOB Rm 153, 915 L Street, Suite 110. Donate now through May 7th. No donation is too big or too small!

For questions, other drop-off locations, or to request a pick up, please call (916) 324-4676 or email Emily.Crofoot@asm.ca.gov.

Headline: Barbara, Victoria & Javier Mother’s Day Donation Drive
Announcing the Barbara, Victoria & Javier Mother’s Day Donation Drive presented by Assemblymember McCarty & Vice Mayor Guerra in partnership with the Legislative Women’s Caucus benefitting Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. Greatest needs: strollers, children’s hygiene items, maternity clothes, children’s clothes and shoes, toys.

Drop-off locations: Capitol Rm 2136, LOB Rm 153, 915 L Street, Suite 110. Donate now through May 7th. No donation is too big or too small!

For questions, other drop-off locations, or to request a pick up, please call (916) 324-4676 or email Emily.Crofoot@asm.ca.gov.

CCTA Annual Spring Legislative Reception, Tuesday, April 30th
April 29-May 3 is Cable Week in the Capitol!

Join CCTA in celebrating cable’s contributions in California at our Spring Legislative Reception on Tuesday, April 30th from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the Social Club, 1000 K Street, Upstairs.

RSVP at www.calcable.org/events/ or (916) 446-7732.
Advancement Project CA- Sacramento office
Manager of Government Relations: Serves as one of APCA’s advocates in Sacramento. Supports statewide advocacy work, such as, coordinate and manage communication with the legislature, analyze and develop legislative proposals, political strategy and other related work. Salary based on experience. For details, please see below for the link:

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Join Capitol Weekly for TAX REFORM

This day-long conference will be held on May 22, 2019 in Sacramento and will be filmed for broadcast by the California Channel. Keynote speaker: Senator Robert Hertzberg swipe left to see our Panels or click the link in our bio to get more details! Hope to see you all there!

Burton and the Brains has moved!
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 angietate@ownyourfate.com or Monique at monique@burtonandthebrains.com. Please visit us at https://www.burtonandthebrains.com.
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.

Full description and application information

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

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