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RECENT PODS: Obviously, there are lots of pods these days. I try to select a few of those most relevant to California's politics and policy, rather than every episode from the pods I follow.

  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): The 2021 Bash (usually the back-to-session bash) with David Quintana (2021-07-11)
  • Against the Grain (National Journal): Hoover Institution fellow and candidate for State Controller Lanhee Chen (2021-07-09) 
  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blonien): Assemblymember Luz Rivas (D-North Hollywood) (2021-07-09)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): The federal infrastructure bill and California and a look at the media criticism of the office dynamics of Senator Kamala Harris. (2021-07-08)


  • Capitol Seminars’ Advanced Courses: Budget Advocacy & "So You Think You Want to Sponsor a Bill" Offered Via Zoom -07/29
  • Miller & Olson LLP Seeks Political Reports Specialist
  • Aaron Read & Associates Office Space for Rent
  • Veloz Seeks Program Director
  • California Council on Science and Technology (jobs)
  • SFBay Government & Regulatory Affairs Specialist (job)
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - MPA/MPP
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - Masters of Science in Law 


  • GOV: added radio host/columnist Larry Elder (R)
  • SOS: removed law enforcement officer Jason Paletta (R)
  • CA03 (Yolano-Yuba-Lake: added law enforcement officer Jason Paletta (R) - challenge to Garamendi (D)
  • CA06 (Sacramento): added former congressional staffer Jimmy Fremgen (D) - challenge to Matsui (D)

RECALL WATCH: interesting reports from yesterday's campaign finance filings, excluding standard contributions to candidates within limits

  • California Patriot Coalition - Recall Governor Gavin Newsom reports receiving $1,000 from Carol Nicole (retired, Exeter)
  • Rescue California-To Support the Recall of Gavin Newsom reports receiving $1,000 from William Parton (self employed, Trabuco Canyon)
  • Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom reports receiving:
    • $500,000 from the California Nurses Association
    • $500,000 from the United Domestic Workers of America
    • $100,000 from Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood and Campora LLP
    • $10,000 from Dagmar Dolby (retired, San Francisco)
    • $1,550 from Mona Onstead (retired, San José)
    • $1,000 from Dorothy Ealy (not employed, Oakland)
    • $1,000 from George Writer (not employed, Santa Barbara)
    • $1,000 from Phillip Raiser (president, The Raiser Organization, San Francisco)
    • $1,000 from Bassam El-Fahmawi (CEO, Mawi DNA Technologies, Hayward)
    • $1,000 from Marlene Lewis (not employed, Newport Beach)
    • $1,000 from Patricia Bresee (not employed, Atherton)

The Nooner for Tuesday, July 13, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

Happy Tuesday! This morning, the news is reminding us that Texas has a quorum requirement of two-thirds in each house. For those wondering, California Constitution Article IV, Section 7 provides that quorum is a simple majority in the State Senate and Assembly. The last time that was an issue was 1994 when there were 39 Democrats, 40 Republicans, and Paul Horcher. Republicans hid out across the street from the Capitol at the Hyatt. Dan Morain had the story for the Times and of course you can get more in James Richardson's great "Willie Brown: A Biography," an original member on The Nooner Sofa Degree list.

Well, the fun with Gmail continues. I see that my Nooner for yesterday arrived at 4:40am today. It went out at the normal time yesterday and Gmail decided to accept it at the odd hour. Snail Gmail.

I was up when that early morning Nooner arrived, as I want to wrap The Nooner by the 9am hearing of Assembly Public Safety. The committee will be hearing SB 2 (Bradford), which is the bill that would eliminate qualified immunity for law enforcement officers, require departments to report to a state board the reason for termination of an officer, and disqualify an officer convicted of certain offenses. The bill is supported by social justice organizations, some liberal cities, and some labor organizations. It is opposed by law enforcement organizations at the state and local levels as well as some conservative cities.

The bill passed 5-2 on a party-line vote, with Bauer-Kahan (D) taking a quack.

Up this afternoon in Assembly Health is SB 519 (Wiener), which is the bill to decriminalize most hallucinogenic substances.

From our idiocy files, this is what ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said about Angels phenom pitcher, outfielder, and slugger Shohei Ohtani:

[He] can't be the face of baseball, says ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. Not because of any shortcomings on the field but because he prefers to normally speak to the media through an interpreter, translating his native Japanese to English. While not fluent, Ohtani can speak English, and he also knows Spanish.

"The fact that you got a foreign player that doesn't speak English, believe it or not, I think contributes to harming the game to some degree, when that's your box office appeal," Smith said during Monday's "First Take." "It needs to be somebody like Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, those guys. And unfortunately at this point in time, that's not the case." 

Smith reiterated the point about Ohtani, who is 27 and moved to the United States after signing with the Angels in December 2017, a few minutes later. 

"When you talk about an audience gravitating to the tube, or to the ballpark, to actually watch you, I don't think it helps that the No. 1 face is a dude that needs an interpreter so you can understand what the hell he's saying, in this country," he said. "And that's what I'm trying to say." 

Uh, I'm pretty sure people went to the ballpark to watch Fernando Valenzuela...

From a 1981 NYT article about Valenzuela's translator.

Two years ago, Jaime Jarrin became the voice of an 18-year-old Mexican pitcher who could not speak English, and it did not seem like anything more than a helpful gesture at the time. Now, the pitcher, Fernando Valenzuela, has become a national celebrity, a youngster who wins every time he pitches for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Valenzuela is swarmed upon by fans, sportswriters and those who would like to share his name on their products.

Because Jarrin has been working overtime, the voice-Jarrin's-has grown weary. He says he has been getting only about four hours of sleep a night, and, "I am very tired."

There are other reason for exhaustion, Jarrin, 46 years old, does the play-by-play on the Dodgers' Spanish-language radio station, KTNK; he's also the news and sports director for KTNK and its affiliate, KLOVE.

Two years ago, taking on the Valenzuela translating chores seemed a simple proposition. Jarrin was introduced to Valenzuela at the Dodgers spring training camp, and Fred Claire, a Dodger vice president, asked Jarrin to be the youngster's translator. Now Jarrin is like a father to Valenzuela. Jarrin is proud, elated and worried about the pitcher who has won 10 games without a loss, including eight this season. When asked, Jarrin tells that Valenzuela is mature, pleasant, shy, effervescent. But because of the crowds around the pitcher, always demanding Jarrin said: "Everything he does, I have to be with him."

The 9-year-old me loved watching Valenzuela pitch, on teevee or in person. I sure didn't care that he needed a translator and don't care if Ohtani needs one. 

While he didn't win the home run derby last night, in tonight's All-Star Game in Denver, Ohtani is the starting pitcher for the American League and is also the AL's starting designated hitter, for which he was voted by fans. You won't read that again soon, unless it's Ohtani.

Elected starter not playing tonight are Giants catcher Buster Posey, who has a bruised thumb from a foul ball last week, and Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who has a strained right calf.

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BUDGET: Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 129, the main 2021-22 Budget Bill, while at 2:30 p.m. today Assembly Budget will review the bills that will be considered by Senate Budget and Fiscal Review tomorrow.

Prior to the signing, a joint release from Governor Newsom, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon stated:

“After thoughtful and productive discussions on the final key details of the 2021-22 state budget, we are pleased to announce that SB 129, which provides the overall architecture of the budget agreement, will be signed today, with additional implementation bills to be voted on later this week.

“This budget represents the largest recovery plan in the nation – a plan that will not only sustain California’s recovery, but accelerate it by providing immediate relief to those that need it most and tackling some of California’s most persistent and stubborn challenges. From providing stimulus checks to middle class Californians and immediate relief for small businesses, to transforming our public schools, addressing the homelessness crisis head-on, and making major investments in nation-leading climate change actions, this budget represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine what California’s future can look like.

Governor Newsom will tout the "California Comeback" spending plan at 2pm today in Los Angeles. The event will be viewable on Newsom's Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube feeds.


  • Positivity rate: The 7-day positivity rate ticked up again today to 2.7% from 2.6% yesterday and 0.9% higher than a week ago. We're on trajectory to hit the 3.0% October 7 low pre-winter spike.

    COVID positivity by day
  • Vaxx stats:
    • Californians fully vaccinated: 20,518,392 (60.5% of 12+) - 18th among U.S. states
    • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,168,264 (9.3% of 12+) - 12th among U.S. states
    • Californians with no vaccine: 30.2% (of 12+)
    • Doses on hand: 4,521,031 (81 days of inventory)
    • full data, including demographic breakdown
  • Booster: The FDA heard Pfizer's presentation preliminary reports suggesting a booster vaccine may be needed, but did not take action, and requested more data.
  • School daze: Yesterday, the California Department of Public Health backed off a guidance instructing K-12 schools to bar students from campus who fail to arrive wearing a mask. The LAT's Howard Blume and Melissa Gomez report:

    The complications of managing COVID-era education took a dramatic turn Monday, when state officials issued a rule barring unmasked students from campuses, and then, hours later, rescinded that rule — while keeping in place a mask mandate for all at K-12 schools.

    Instead, the latest revision allows local school officials to decide how to deal with students who refuse to wear masks, a spokesman for Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday night.

    The statewide policy that prohibited unmasked students from campus had been intended to provide helpful clarity for local educators as they work to provide a safe environment for staff and students.

    The original language, which became official at 3 p.m., stated, “Schools must exclude students from campus if they are not exempt from wearing a face covering under California Dept. of Public Health guidelines and refuse to wear one provided by the school.”

    Here is the updated guidance.
  • LA: Los Angeles County reported 1,059 new cases yesterday, the fourth consecutive day over 1,000. As I shared with a chart yesterday, that is double the average of the previous ten days. From yesterday's LA County Department of Public Health release:
    "To those mourning the loss of a family member or friend, our hearts go out to you and we wish you healing and peace,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Over 99% of the COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths we are seeing are among unvaccinated individuals. Of the cases reported today, nearly 87% were under 50 years old. The COVID-19 vaccines are the most effective and important tool to reduce COVID-19 transmission and the spread of variants like the highly transmissible Delta variant. Getting fully vaccinated is the way we protect you, your family and our community from COVID-19 and the Delta variant.”


  •  Recall election key dates:
    • July 16 5pm: Candidate filing deadline
    • July 19: Randomized alphabet drawing for ballot order
    • July 21: Certified list of candidates and ballot order rotation (by county) 
    • July 31: Ballot mailing to military and overseas voters
    • August 5: First pre-election campaign finance statement
    • August 16: Ballot mailing begins to all registered voters
    • September 2: Second pre-election campaign finance statement
    • September 14: Election Day
  • Governor loses court fight: Yesterday, Sacramento Superior Court Judge James P. Arguelles ruled that Governor Newsom can not have his party affiliation next to his name on the recall election ballot after his attorney missed a filing deadline in February. Jeremy B. White reports for Politico:

    Arguelles disagreed with an argument from Newsom's attorney that party status was a vital piece of information for voters, writing that the law offered candidates "discretion to inform recall voters about their party preferences, as opposed to imposing a requirement that voters be so informed.” Arguelles rejected the notion a "good faith error" on Newsom's part should spare him.

    “Governor Newsom argues that unique circumstances attending his untimely party designation support an order excusing the noncompliance,” Arguelles wrote, but “the court is not persuaded."

    Newsom's legal team had asked for a decision this week before Weber finalizes the candidate roster on Friday so counties can begin preparing ballots.

    A low-profile 2019 law that Newsom signed allows elected officials who are the targets of recalls to list their party designation. But Newsom’s legal team failed to ask for the governor to take advantage of that option when they responded to the recall petition in February 2020, the formal window to make that request. Newsom’s team called the omission unintentional and argued voters would benefit from knowing the governor’s party.

    CapRadio's Nicole Nixon gets the perfect quote on the ruling:

    Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said while the entire ordeal is “an embarrassing flub” for Newsom, the ruling may not have a huge impact on voters.

    In the Venn diagram of people who are going to be voting in the recall and people who know Newsom is a Democrat — that diagram is nearly a circle,” she said.

  • Ad wars: In the Chron, Dustin Gardiner reports on the ads for and against the recall that will be hitting our teevees in the coming weeks.

    When voters turn on their TVs or scroll social media over the next nine weeks, they will be deluged with ads telling the story of two vastly different Californias: One is “roaring back” from the pandemic under Gov. Gavin Newsom; the other is a borderline dystopia where issues like homelessness and wildfires have never been worse.

    Those starkly different tones are a reflection of the unique political calculus of a recall election where the incumbent is polling strong. Challengers hoping to oust Newsom must first convince voters that the governor is so awful that he should be removed before his first term in office ends in 2023.

    Meanwhile, Newsom needs to project a sense of calm competence, convincing voters that life is improving as the crisis eases. He must persuade them to let him keep his job before even considering who could replace him.

EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE: The River Fire grew from 4,000 to 9,500 acres from the AM update yesterday and personnel on scene has grown from 251 to 1,327. Containment of the Beckwourth Complex has doubled since yesterday.

Largest Active Fires
  County Cause Acres Consumed Containment Structures Destroyed Fatalities Personnel On Scene
Beckwourth Complex (incl. Sugar Fire) Plumas Lightning 92,988 46%  unknown 0  2,745
River Fire Mariposa u/i* 9,500 5% 5 0 251

u/i= under investigation  

In The Bee, Dale Kasler writes up a new study on the far reach of toxic smoke from wildfires.

The deadliest wildfire in California history spewed a toxic cocktail of air pollution that could be detected 150 miles away.

A study released Monday by the California Air Resources Board said the 2018 Camp Fire subjected area residents to unhealthy levels of particulate matter, zinc, lead and other dangerous chemicals.

The report came as California struggles with the early onset of another difficult wildfire season, with more than 142,000 acres burned already.

Yet the air board’s study said the Camp Fire was particularly noxious because of the extraordinary number of buildings that burned down, releasing an unusually high volume of chemicals into the air. The November 2018 fire, which killed 85 people, destroyed more than 10,000 homes in Paradise and surrounding areas.

The study compared the air-pollution effect of the Camp Fire with three other big fires from 2018 — Carr, Mendocino Complex and Ferguson — and discovered that the destruction of buildings in Paradise unleashed considerably more toxicity into the air.

Well, at least we all have lots of masks this year.

ELECTRICITY: In the Times, Sammy Roth looks at how a wildfire in Oregon threatened California's supply of electricity.

State officials expected energy supplies to be tight Friday. The National Weather Service was forecasting temperatures of 110 degrees in Palmdale, 113 in Redding and 126 in Death Valley (it ultimately hit 130). People would be cranking their air conditioners late into the evening, right as the sun went down and the solar farms stopped generating. It was exactly the kind of situation that led to brief rolling blackouts for a few hundred thousand homes and businesses in August.

In a cruel twist of the climate era, California would have to rely on gas-fired power plants to get through the heat wave. But gas plants in Long Beach, Oxnard and Redondo Beach — which were supposed to shut down last year because of their negative environmental effects but were allowed to stay open precisely for this situation — were dealing with “plant trouble.” Nearly two-thirds of the power capacity at those coastal facilities was unavailable Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Bootleg fire was spreading fast, burning through Oregon’s Fremont-Winema National Forest near transmission lines that bring electricity from the Pacific Northwest to California. On Thursday evening, California dispatched several teams of firefighters to help battle the blaze.

“At that point, we didn’t know how many lines we were at risk of losing,” said Mark Rothleder, chief operating officer at the California Independent System Operator, or CAISO.

Rothleder never had an easy job, and it’s only getting harder as solar panels and wind turbines replace coal and natural gas. CAISO is responsible for keeping electricity supply and demand in balance for most of the state, every second of every day.

VOTING: Yesterday, Senate Elections approved AB 37 (Berman) on a party-line vote. The bill would make permanent the changes in how Californians vote, including mailing every registered voter a ballot in elections beyond the temporary rules that began last November and were extended for all elections this year.

BOARD ROOMS: In The Bee, Katherine Swartz and Kim Bojórquez report that the Legislature's caucuses of diversity are turning up the heat on corporate boards to comply with state laws requiring diversity of membership.

The Legislature’s diversity caucuses representing minorities, women and gay Californians are pressuring corporations headquartered in the state to diversify their leadership teams.

The caucuses on Monday announced they sent hundreds of letters to California’s largest companies, urging them to comply with two state laws that mandate the appointment of women, people of color and sexual minorities to serve as board directors.

“It’s time for these companies — many of which are based here in California — to channel their words into decisive action,” said Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Cambell, in a statement. “Representation matters because those diverse, lived experiences have the potential to reverberate across a company’s culture, inspire the next generation of leaders and make companies more accountable to their customers.”

The campaign is being led by the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, the California Latino Legislative Caucus, California Legislative Black Caucus, California Legislative LGBT Caucus, California Legislative Jewish Caucus and the California Legislative Women’s Caucus.

California’s wealthiest companies, including Apple and Facebook, are among the 600-plus companies that received letters from the diversity caucuses, according to a release sent by Low.

CalPERS: The Bee's West Venteicher writes that CalPERS reports turning in an investment return exceeding 20% in 2020, when most observers expected a market catrastrophe.

Riding a stock market surge, CalPERS on Monday reported a 21.3% return on its investments over the last fiscal year, reaching a record high-value of $469 billion.

The return represents a sharp turnaround from the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, when the fund’s value plunged by tens of billions of dollars before rebounding.

Altogether, CalPERS’ portfolio gained $80 billion over the past 12 months, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System announced in a news release.

EDUCATION DATA: For CalMatters, Mikhail Zinshteyn and Charlotte West look at the longitudinal intersegmental data system that is included in the higher education trailer bill.

The state’s paltry public data on high schoolers going to college is the result of one-time funds from 2017-18, not an integrated data system with regular updates. 

Because of fragmented data, many educators and the public lack basic, easy-to-access information about how many high school students go to college, which colleges they attend, and how they perform.

A new public statewide data system that’s part of the state’s gargantuan quarter-trillion dollar budget deal seeks to change that, though its debut may be a year away.

With the data system, “there’s a real opportunity to go from last to first” for California, said Paige Kowalski, a senior executive at Data Quality Campaign, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit. 

STUDENT LOANS: The Bee's Jeong Park reports on a new student loan "bill of rights" in California.

Four million Californians owe nearly $150 billion in student loans, according to LendingTree.

Those borrowers now have more rights under a law that went into effect this year and gained teeth this month with a new ombudsman’s office empowered to review complaints about student loan providers.

The law caps excessive late fees, and loan providers will be required to process payments in the best interest of borrowers under the law.

CALBRIGHT COLLEGE: For EdSource, Ashley A. Smith writes that California's online community college apparently has lived to fight another day.

For the second consecutive year, Calbright College, the state’s only exclusively online community college, survives a legislative attempt to shut it down – for now.

President Ajita Talwalker Menon announced Monday, during the college’s board of trustees meeting, that the state Senate Education Committee would not hold a hearing on AB 1432 — the bill to eliminate the college. That hearing was originally scheduled for Wednesday.

“We just learned the news this morning,” Menon said. “This legislation would effectively shut down our college, and our team met with a number of the committee members and their staff, and our message of why we are here and who we are ultimately serving resonated with them.”

That bill, from Assembly members Evan Low, D-San Jose, and Jose Medina, D-Riverside, unanimously passed in that chamber in May. The legislation would have eliminated the college by the end of 2022-23. The bill can still come up for a hearing in the next legislative cycle. Despite the push to kill Calbright, the college has had strong support from Gov. Gavin Newsom, former Gov. Jerry Brown and Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, who chairs the Senate Education Committee. Leyva declined to comment on AB 1432.

“For state government, Calbright represents a very bold educational initiative,” Brown said, in an email to EdSource. “The Senate Education Committee did the right thing and put the interests of hardworking Californians first by shelving this ill-conceived legislative maneuver.”

ETHNIC STUDIES: For EdSource, Michael Burke looks at a new requirement for community colleges to offer ethnic studies courses and make it a condition of graduation.

The board of governors overseeing the state’s 116 community colleges voted unanimously Monday to amend the system’s general education requirements by adding an ethnic studies class. 

The requirement will be in place for students pursuing an associate degree and could take effect as soon as fall 2022, although it will more likely go into effect in fall 2023. Under the requirement, students will have to take a class in Native American studies, African American studies, Asian American studies or Latina and Latino studies. 

Carlos Guerrero, a professor of Chicano studies at LA City College and co-chair of the ethnic studies council for California’s community colleges, said during Monday’s meeting that he’s witnessed the positive impact that taking ethnic studies courses has on students.

“We’ve had students who come through our classes, and it gives them a bigger sense of who they are and the sense of belonging to a larger American community,” Guerrero said.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: For Capitol Weekly, Eric Furth writes up the budget item to spend more money to encourage drivers to purchase electric vehicles.

The $2.7 billion in the overall budget bill, SB 129, includes $525 million for clean-vehicle rebates, $500 million for ZEV charging and fueling infrastructure, $500 million for low-emission off-road and other vehicles, $475 million for transit systems and school buses, $407 million for transit investment, $125 million in ZEV manufacturing grants, among other items.

It also beefs up environmental policies targeting interagency agreements for fuel and vehicle research, coordinates legislative programs with tribal groups and sets closer cooperation between California’s Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank and environmental funds.

California, home to more electric vehicles than any other state, has about 425,000 on the road out of nearly 15 million registered automobiles.

Baghdad by the Bay, cakeday, and classifieds after the jump...

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BAGHDAD BY THE BAY: In the Chron, Megan Cassidy reports on the pushback by San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott and Mayor London Breed on the national narrative about the city's lawlessness.

San Francisco leaders on Monday worked to push back against a growing national narrative that the city is overwhelmed by rampant lawlessness, highlighting 2021 crime statistics that, for the most part, have been in keeping with previous years.

It required, however, a delicate balancing act on the part of Mayor London Breed and Police Chief Bill Scott. Recent viral shoplifting videos and a rash of highly publicized attacks against Asian Americans this year fueled almost unanimously negative national coverage about the city’s crime trends.

In a morning press conference at San Francisco Police Headquarters, Breed and Scott worked to reject San Francisco’s bleak reputation while still validating personal safety concerns and addressing areas of crime that have risen substantially in recent months.

Scott showcased the department’s recent crime data that revealed that reported incidents involving violent crimes like rape, robbery and aggravated assault were trending lower than in recent years. Other crimes, like burglary and auto theft, were growing.

One of San Francisco’s most persistent types of crime, auto burglaries or “smash-and-grabs,” had been falling for years since their peak in 2017, but started rising again as coronavirus shut-down orders begin to ease.

Speaking of that, they are on the rise in SacTown as well, or at least NextDoor tells me so. "It was only my husband's bag of MMA gear that was visible..." Ugh.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sam Delson, Lisa Hershey, Veronica Perez, and Terry Sandoval!


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CCST Expert Briefing: Toward a Disaster Resilient California: Technologies for Renewable Energy Storage

Join the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) on Tuesday, July 20th from 10:00-11:00am for our latest Virtual CCST Expert Briefing: Technologies for Renewable Energy Storage. A panel of experts from Foothill College, Berkeley Lab, UC Merced, and Columbia will discuss energy storage technologies that can help meet California’s climate goals. Moderated by Janea Scott, Senior Counselor at US DOI. RSVP


Taught by 46-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov. Capitol Seminars is your No.1 lobbying advocacy training resource. Advanced courses focusing on the fundamentals of budget advocacy and the detailed aspects of sponsoring a bill. Next Zoom session is Thursday, July 29th. “So You Think…”: 9am–12pm ($225). Budget: 12:30pm – 2:30pm ($175). *$50 Off when you register for both sessions. Seats are limited. Reservations: (916) 837-0208. Further information:

Miller & Olson LLP Seeks Political Reports Specialist

Miller & Olson LLP is seeking a Political Reports Specialist for its downtown Sacramento office. The Specialist position is responsible for administering the books for candidates, political action committees, as well as non-profit organizations. Specifically, the position requires bookkeeping and administering client bank accounts, preparing and filing campaign finance reports and communicating timely financial information to clients. For more information and to apply, click here:


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Stunningly beautiful offices on the 11th Floor of the Meridian at 1415 L St, full of original art work. Beautifully furnished with cherry desks and credenzas.

Floor-to-ceiling widows, great views, access to two conference rooms, including one very large with a panoramic view of the Capitol.

Access to a large kitchen and work room. 1-3 offices could be available. Parking is also available, but additional.

Aaron Read & Associates, call Aaron 916-425-2260

Veloz Seeks Program Director

Veloz plays a unique and important role in the electric vehicle landscape in California. In this expanded position, the Veloz Program Director is part of a passionate and collaborative organization that is changing the conversation about electric vehicles in California and sparking a virtuous cycle of consumer awareness and demand. Reporting to the Executive Director and partnering with the small and mighty Veloz team, the Program Director develops and executes a comprehensive programmatic strategy to raise awareness of Veloz, to deliver high quality and high-value programming to Veloz members and to build a stronger electric vehicle movement in California (and beyond). For more information, read on.

The California Council on Science and Technology

The California Council on Science and Technology works with a range of government, research, and philanthropic partners to provide objective advice on science & tech policy issues and our team is growing! Join us in Sacramento as a Campaign Project Manager (70-105K), Science Officer (50-75K) or Program Assistant (40-60K). Full job descriptions and application instructions located at

Government & Regulatory Affairs Specialist

San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA): The Government & Regulatory Affairs Specialist assists with all activities of the Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager including federal compliance programs (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Title VI and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)), the agency’s emergency response program, and state and federal legislative programs. The position plays a key part in coordinating advocacy efforts to ensure a supportive policy and regulatory environment to advance the capital project and policy priorities of the agency. This is a specialist class position that reports to the Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager. Most work will occur in an office environment, with some occasional field work on the ferries and in the community. This is an exciting opportunity with WETA, the agency that operates San Francisco Bay Ferry, one of the most treasured public transit agencies in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.

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The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

In addition to a well-respected JD, the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees. Both full-time students and those earning a professional degree while working succeed in the program. 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 skills in public policy making and implementation. Learn at a beautiful campus three miles from the State Capitol:

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

Built on the foundation of nationally ranked and world class programs, McGeorge School of Law offers an online master (MSL) degree for individuals seeking in depth knowledge of law and policy, but who do not require a traditional law degree. Our MSL’s two concentrations in Government Law & Policy and in Water & Environmental Law offer students the flexibility to work while they learn and still engage in a highly interactive master’s program. To learn more and to sign up for our monthly webinars, please visit our website,, or contact us at

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