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TRUMP TAX RETURNS: Lawsuit information page for SB 27 (McGuire and Wiener): Primary elections: ballot access: tax returns.

MONEY MATTERS: This is the space where we look at interesting contributions to party committees or non-capped "ballot measure" committee accounts affiliated with legislators. Standard contributions to candidate committees up to the 2020 limit of $9,400 for primary and general are not included.


  • Orange County
  • Santa Anita
  • Del Mar
  • Shasta Dam
  • Cakeday and Classifieds

Happy Sunday! Just a few quick items today.

If you haven't listened to Laurel Rosenhall's Force of Law podcast for CalMatters yet, you're missing the best thing in California media this year. She just released episode 6 and plans one more episode of this season focusing on California's police use of force policies and practices.

ORANGE COUNTY: For Politico, Andrew Desiderio looks at the political changes in a story titled "Did Republicans Lose Orange County For Good?"

"While the demographic trends show no hint of weakening, it’s an open question whether those disaffected Republicans are, like [Congressman Harley] Rouda, permanently done with the GOP—or whether they can be coaxed back in a post-Trump world. There is a fierce battle already underway, from the marble halls of the Capitol to the beaches of southern California, to decide Orange County’s fate—and, in turn, that of the House majority post-2020."

More after the jump...

SANTA ANITA: For the LAT, John Cherwa reports on the thirty-second horse death at Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia. Cherwa writes:

"Emtech was running clear down the stretch during the eighth race when he broke both front legs. The 3-year-old colt crashed to the ground, sending jockey Mario Gutierrez over the horse and to the dirt surface.

Track veterinarians were immediately on site and made the decision to euthanize the horse on the track. Gutierrez remained on the ground and a stretcher was brought out, but he got up on his own power and was taken to the first-aid center. Gutierrez was uninjured but was taken off his final mount of the day."

Meanwhile, the gun show was back at Del Mar Fairgrounds, reports Charles T. Clark in the SDUT. "On Saturday, people came out in droves to support and protest the show’s return to the state-owned venue after a nine-month absence, all while legislation sits on the governor’s desk that would permanently ban gun shows at the fairgrounds."

SHASTA DAM: In the NYT, Carol Davenport writes that the latest champion of raising Shasta Dam is Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.

"It is not the first time that the Interior Department under Mr. Bernhardt’s leadership has taken actions that benefit his former client, the Westlands Water District, a state entity created at the behest of, and largely controlled by, some of California’s wealthiest farmers. Mr. Bernhardt also promoted the weakening of an endangered-species regulation that would get Westlands more water, a move that has put him under scrutiny from his department’s inspector general.

The Shasta is already one of the tallest dams in the nation, and preliminary work has begun to raise its height by 18.5 feet. That would allow it to hold about 14 percent more water, and the 1,000 or so Central Valley farmers that Westlands represents would receive more than anyone else.

“Prior to the Trump administration, this project was dead,” said Jeffrey Mount, a water management expert with the Public Policy Institute of California. “Now it’s coming to life. And Westlands would be the No. 1 winner here.”

CAKEDAY and CLASSIFIEDS after the jump...

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Opinion Research Analyst (Newport Beach, CA)

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Local Central Valley campaign looking for a Campaign Manager to manage day-to-day operations. Position is located in the Central Valley. Prior campaign management or leadership a must. $3,000/month. Please send resume and 2 references to

Alliance for Children's Rights: Policy Assistant (Sacramento)

The Alliance for Children’s Rights seeks to hire a well-organized, energetic and motivated full-time Policy Assistant. The Policy Assistant will provide administrative and organizational support for our Sacramento policy program. The job duties will include administrative and clerical support, coordination of the Alliance’s policy projects and special projects including events management, trainings, bill and grant deliverables tracking, scheduling, and research and analysis of legislative and regulatory proposals.

The Alliance’s Policy Program is based in Sacramento and works with Alliance program staff to identify and track child welfare practices that adversely impact our clients and helps to establish and implement responses to those practices which include legislative and regulatory advocacy, impact litigation and other reform efforts.

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Effective lobbying is never simple but...

A bill's journey through the legislature is rarely simple or easy. Each step can be critical. Ray LeBov, a 45 year Capitol veteran, has been teaching how to successfully navigate the legislative terrain through his Capitol Seminars to high praise for more than a decade. Those interested in learning how things in that arena really work and how to prosper in the complex legislative environment should register here for his next lobbying seminars on October 3-4. For these dates, future dates or curriculum info feel free to call (916)-442-5009.

CalDesal: Executive Director

CalDesal, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the responsible development of groundwater desalination, ocean desalination, and salinity management activities to help meet the State’s water supply challenges, wishes to contract with an individual or firm for Executive Director Services. The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership as well as the marketing, communication, and administrative skills necessary to successfully manage the organization and implement its objectives.

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The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees to both full-time students and those earning a professional degree while working. Our focus on the interconnections of law, policy, management, and leadership provides unique competencies for your success. Students gain a foundation in statutory interpretation and regulatory processes critical to governance. Learn at a beautiful campus three miles from the State Capitol: or

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