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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 politics and policy, rather than every episode from the pods I follow.

  • Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin: Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) (2021-08-23)
  • California State of Mind (Nicole Nixon @ CapRadio): Investigation: How Some Law Enforcement Are Mysteriously Clearing Sexual Assault Cases (2021-08-20)
  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blonien): Former Assembly member Mike Gatto (D) on the end of session hijinks (2021-08-20)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): Recall and Larry Elder with Carla Marinucci and Katie Orr. (2021-08-19)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): California and Kabul (2021-08-19) 
  • Capitol Weekly (John Howard and Tim Foster): Paul Mitchell on the new Census data. (2021-08-16)


  • Sacramento Superior Court invites applications for Chief Administrative Officer
  • California Lawyers Association Executive Director (Sacramento)
  • CalTax Seeks a Research Analyst
  • Children’s Council of San Francisco is seeking an experienced Public Policy Communications Associate
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - MPA/MPP
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - Masters of Science in Law  


  • AD17 (East San Francisco): added former San Francisco supe David Campos (D) - if David Chiu (D) does not run for reelection (expected to be appointed SF City Attorney)


  • AD18 (Alameda-San Leandro-West Oakland): Educators and Healthcare Professionals for Mia Bonta for State Assembly 2021 sponsored by labor unions, education and healthcare organizations reports $106,755 for television, radio and newspaper ads and design, along with a mailer (design comingled, so difficult to break out). (cumulative total: $811,814)

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SPORTS PAGE: With wins by both the Giants and Dodgers yesterday, the margin continues to be a 2.5-game advantage for the Giants. What a dominating 8-0 victory by the Giants behind the arm of Sacramento kid Sammy Long. Six of the 8 runs by the Giants were off four home runs.

  • Angels @ Orioles (4:05)
  • Giants @ Mets (4:10)
  • Dodgers @ Padres (7:10) 

Happy humpity hump day! With the air quality better, I'm looking forward to walking over to the Capitol Mall farmer's market for the first time in three weeks. The stone fruit and berry seasons are waning and I already feel like I've missed out on so much. I love the cool mornings the last several days. I do much better thinking while wearing a hoodie.

Tonight is another debate night in California, with one sponsored by the San Francisco California and KCRA Sacramento. The Chron reports:

The candidates participating are Republicans John Cox, Kevin Faulconer and Kevin Kiley, and Democrat Kevin Paffrath.

KCRA said it invited other leading candidates, but Gov. Gavin Newsom’s campaign stated the governor will not participate in any debates, Caitlyn Jenner’s campaign said she is only willing to debate Newsom, and Larry Elder’s campaign said he will not commit to a debate.

Oh, Caitlyn, among the candidates, you are the one who cares most about ratings. You would certainly boost them.

It'll be interesting to see how YouTuber Paffrath fares on stage in his first debate. As we saw in the court hearing when he unsuccessfully sought to have "Meet Kevin" approved as his middle name, he's quite a talker. 

The debate from 7pm-8pm will be live-streamed on and and telecast on the following stations:

  • KCRA-TV in Sacramento
  • KERO-TV in Bakersfield
  • KFMB-TV 8.2 San Diego
  • KHTK-FM in Sacramento
  • KIEM-TV in Eureka
  • KNTV-TV 11.2 in San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
  • KNVN-TV in Chico and Redding
  • KSBW-TV in Salinas and Monterey
  • KSBY-TV in Santa Barbara

It's not showing in Los Angeles because, well, they'll be watching Dodgers @ Padres at that time anyway.

Leading up to the debate at 5:30pm is the virtual Capitol Weekly Top 100, with special guests Ann O'Leary and Daniel Zingale. Attendance is free, but advance registration is required.

THE APPROPS WORK AHEAD: Friend of the Nooner Chris Micheli gets out his abacus to share what's ahead in tomorrow's final (without a rule waiver) hearings of the year.

Assembly Appropriations Committee:

  • 26 items on regular order of business
  • 191 items on suspense
  • 217 total measures 

Senate Appropriations Committee:

  • 322 items on suspense
  • Total in both committees: 539 measures

Please note that these numbers could change as a few bills are still in flux. Tune in Thursday morning to hear the Chairs give final tallies.

BUDGET: The Legislative Analyst's Office yesterday released it's preliminary write-up on the 2021-22 State Budget and shares this chart.

General Fund Condition Summary

(in millions)  Revised Enacted
  2019‑20 2020‑21 2021‑22
Prior‑year fund balance $11,442 $5,556 $28,248
Revenues and transfers 140,400 188,775 175,345
Expenditures 146,285 166,083 196,440
Ending fund balance $5,556 $28,248 $7,153
Encumbrances $3,175 $3,175 $3,175
SFEU balance 2,381 25,073 3,978
BSA $17,350 $12,339 $15,781
SFEU 2,381 25,073 3,978
Safety net 900 450 900
Total Reserves $20,631 $37,862 $20,659
Note: Reflects administration estimates of budget actions taken through July 15, 2021.
SFEU = Special Fund for Economic Uncertainties and BSA = Budget Stabilization Account.


  • Recall election key dates:
    • September 2: Second pre-election campaign finance statement
    • September 14: Election Day
    • October 22: Statement of vote
  • Ballot update from PDI/@paulmitche111,556,736 ballots returned (7% of mailed ballots)
    • Democratic: 884,638 (57% of those returned)
    • NPP/other: 340,378 (22%)
    • Republican: 332,097 (21%)
    • 65+: 680,248 (13% return rate)
    • 50-64: 423,256 (7%)
    • 35-49: 263,854 (5%)
    • 18-34: 189,755 (3%)
    • White/Oth: 1,050,548 (8% return rate)
    • Latino: 255,766 (4%)
    • Asian: 184,598 (7%)
    • Af Am: 66,201 (9%)

Fundraising and cash through 08/24/21

Semi-annual or first preelection report plus $1,000+ contributions since



Kevin Faulconer***



Caitlyn Jenner

Kevin Kiley

Kevin Paffrath



















Contributions reported yesterday**



$119,500      $10,000


07/31 Net Cash on Hand*










*Net cash on hand is reported cash on hand with non-candidate, nonforgiveable debt subtracted.

**24-hour reports are delayed when they fall on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday to the next business day, unless received the weekend before the election. These are included in the candidate and non-candidate totals above.

***Elder and Faulconer also have ballot measure committees supporting the recall that are not included in this table. Ballot measure committees have no limit, while successor candidate limits in a recall are unclear. Regular gubernatorial primary limits or something else? Totally unclear.

Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom

  • Cash on Hand 07/31: $12,396,157
  • $1,000+ contributions since: $12,067,949 (includes yesterday's and in-kinds)
  • Added yesterday: $328,208 

Newsom campaign: The Chron's Joe Garafoli writes that Governor Newsom's campaign against the recall is showing strength, although it's still early.

After facing criticism from some Democrats for spending too much money on TV ads and not enough time on face-to-face campaigning, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s anti-recall campaign has kicked into high gear with what officials boast is the largest organizing outreach in the state’s history. And it’s producing dividends, although it’s still very early in the race.

Newsom operatives say that the early field work they quietly began in March to reach out to their base voters is resulting in ballots being returned at a faster pace than in the bitterly contested 2020 presidential election — and that Democrats are returning more of them — a lot more.

Of the nearly 1.1 million mail-in ballots that have been returned, 56% have been returned by Democrats, according to Political Data, a California firm that provides voter information to campaigns and pollsters in both parties. The firm found that 22% of the ballots have been returned by Republicans. The company compiles public information on the ballot returns, noting the party, ethnic, age and geographic breakdown as the ballots are received by election departments.

That kind of lead — roughly 400,000 votes — is significant in a race that is expected to be highly partisan. Major caveat: It is still way early. Those votes represent only 5% of the 22 million ballots that have been mailed to every California voter. And they record only the number of ballots, not the actual votes.

“If we expect Republican (ballots) to come in a big rush at the end, I think the Democrats need more than a big cushion,” said Paul Mitchell, vice president of Political Data. “Right now they have a 400,000 (ballot) cushion, which is pretty good. I don’t think anyone should get complacent yet.”

Newsom’s lead strategist, Juan Rodriguez, was cautiously optimistic.

“When you are in an off-year (election) and you’re already ahead of the pace of what turnout was in the same interval in a presidential election, that tells you that people are beginning to get plugged in,” Rodriguez said. “It’s really early, but I think it just goes to show you that this program is working and people are becoming increasingly aware.”

Second question blues: In the Times, Juila Wick writes that Democrats are struggling with whether or not to answer question two on the recall ballot.

With the recall election three weeks away, many Democrats are flailing for answers about how to approach the ballot’s second question: If Newsom is recalled, who do you want to replace him?

Newsom and the state Democratic Party are urging voters to leave the second question blank. That advice has landed well with some but left others confused and frustrated. Many party faithful say they feel powerless over how to meaningfully weigh in on such a crucial question.


In 2003, then-Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante ran as a backup candidate when the party urged Democrats to “Vote no on recall and yes on Bustamante.” Gov. Gray Davis ended up being ousted and Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected with a double-digit lead over Bustamante.

Bustamante, who now runs a consulting firm, supports the party’s decision not to run a replacement candidate this time around — pointing out that Newsom remains far more popular than Davis was and the Democratic registration advantage has increased significantly since 2003. He left the second question on his ballot blank after reviewing the candidates and not seeing “anybody that I knew or liked.”

Elizabeth Alcantar, vice mayor of Cudahy, did the same: “In my political circles, folks are definitely leaving it blank,” she said.

But the official Democratic Party line had yet to trickle down to Alcantar’s childhood and school friends, many of whom have been texting the millennial politician for advice on how to vote.


“This is a crazy way to run a state,” Bill Burden, a Democrat who runs a drive-through coffee shop in the Sierra foothills, said of the recall process. Burden was unimpressed with the Democrats listed, though he ultimately marked his ballot for Marin yoga teacher Holly Baade.


Constitutionality? UC Berkeley School of Law dean Edwin Chemerinsky and Berkeley economics and law professors Aaron Edlin yesterday doubled-down on their argument that California's recall process is unconstitutional under federal law because it does not avail Newsom due process since he could effectively receive more votes (via question number one) than a successor candidate does on the second question. The latest on Justia is a response to professors Vikram David Amar and Evan Caminker, who responded to the Chemerinsky and Edlin LAT op-ed on the site.

As for the substance of the argument by Amar and Caminker, the recall ballot is structured with two questions. The first question asks if Newsom should be recalled, and the second is about who should replace him. If Newsom loses the first question on the recall ballot, it is likely to be by a slim margin, as he is currently still polling above 50% among likely voters. Larry Elder leads among replacement candidates but is likely to get less than 20% of the votes according to recent polls. It could easily be that Newsom loses the recall with 49% of the vote but is replaced by Elder who enjoys roughly one-third of Newsom’s support. In that case, this structure effectively weights Elder’s supporter’s votes at three to one vs. Newsom supporters.

As we wrote in the LA Times, “The recall ballot accomplishes in two steps what would be patently unconstitutional and unacceptable in one. Weighting votes of Newsom opponents more than his supporters would never be constitutional in a single ballot question where all candidates were on the ballot. And the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear that if an election process is unconstitutionally skewed, it cannot simply be restructured to accomplish the same result.”

There are many possible remedies for the problem we identify. Newsom’s name might be added to the second ballot. Or, if there is no time for that, the Court might decide to effectively strike the second question as unconstitutional so that if Newsom is recalled, the Lt. Governor replaces him rather than a candidate favored by a small percentage of voters.

The Sunshine State: For Politico, Mackenzie Mays looks at how Florida is factoring in on both sides of the recall campaign.

Gov. Gavin Newsom can't stop talking about the Sunshine State as he campaigns to save his job. He's using Florida as the ultimate threat of what California could become if the complex recall process leads to Republican leadership in the deep blue state next month.

Meanwhile, Republican hopefuls have repeatedly evoked the East Coast alternative as something to aspire to, fighting to replace Newsom and his public health orders with someone more like mask-averse conservative Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The latest state-on-state tensions show just how much power governors have amassed during the Covid-19 pandemic as they've set policies on masks, closures, schools and vaccines. DeSantis and Newsom have become party figureheads in their own right, the former a stand-in for open rules, the latter for strong mandates.

The latest polling suggests California is closer to having a DeSantis-like governor than anyone thought. And those Florida comparisons — with anti-recall proponents begging voters not to “DeSantis my California” — are escalating as the Delta variant surges and the Sept. 14 election looms. Ballots have already been mailed to California voters.

“Your daily reminder that on September 14th the Republican party is trying to drive CA off the same cliff as Florida and Texas,” Newsom said in a recent tweet, urging people to vote. “They want to pretend COVID doesn't exist. Reverse the progress we've made on vaccines. Ban masking. And put partisan games over people's lives.”

Thousands of miles away, hugged by a different ocean, home to a different Disney theme park and dominated by a different political party, Florida has become a primary talking point in the debate over California’s future. While a state rivalry is nothing new — California Democrats used to be singularly obsessed with Texas — the Florida juxtapositions have escalated in the recall debate from both sides.

COVID, fires, and other stories after the jump...

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  • Vaxx stats: 
    • Californians fully vaccinated: 22,273,873 (65.6%% of 12+)
    • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,511,175 (10.3% of 12+)
    • Californians with no vaccine: 24.1% (of 12+)
    • Doses on hand: 5,388,572 (60 days of inventory, does not account for doses reserved for current appointments)
    • full data, including demographic breakdown
  • Positivity rate: The 7-day statewide positivity rate is 5.4% (+0.2% day-over-day), a 0.5% decrease from seven days ago.

    In Sacramento County, it is 9.0% (+0.4% day-over-day), a 1.2% decrease from 7 days ago.

    In Los Angeles County, it is 2.9% (no change day-over-day), a 0.5% decrease from a 7 days ago.
  • Variants: This is a fascinating chart from CDPH for those interested in just how dramatically the Delta variant has taken over in California. (larger)

Variant prevalence

  • Distancing: In the Chron, Annie Vainshtein writes that experts are reevaluating the pandemic-long guidance of 6 feet of social distancing in light of the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant. 
    For most of the pandemic, the standard has been “6 feet for 15 minutes,” but experts say that since the highly transmissible delta upended the pandemic picture, a new understanding is needed as people make choices about their behaviors and risks.

    “The idea of criteria for what is a close contact has been a moving target throughout the pandemic,” said UC Berkeley infectious disease expert John Swartzberg. “I think we need to rethink what it really means to have a close contact, given a virus that is twice as transmissible.”

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines “close contact” as exposure within 6 feet of an infected person, indoors, for more than a cumulative total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. The definition applies regardless of vaccination status.

    But the CDC also says that those infected with the delta variant can carry a much higher viral load — up to 1,000 times more of the virus compared to the original coronavirus strain, according to at least one study from China.

    Scientists have speculated that delta’s higher potency could greatly reduce the time it takes the virus to cause infection to as little as a few minutes or even seconds in an enclosed place. But the science is still developing, Swartzberg said.

    “If someone’s got a thousandfold more virus in their throat and nose than somebody else with an ancestral strain, one would think they’d be more likely to spread it,” he said. However, the complexities of transmission make “one-size-fits-all” conclusions difficult, he added.


Largest Active Fires




Acres Consumed


Structures Destroyed


Personnel On Scene


Dixie Fire

Butte, Plumas, Lassen,

power lines







Caldor Fire

El Dorado

under investigation







McFarland Fire


under investigation







Monument Fire


under investigation


(no change)

(no change)




French Fire


under investigation


(no change)

not available

not available

not available


Source: Cal Fire

Oversight: For CapRadio, Scott Rodd writes up the indefinite postponement of a legislative oversight hearing on the Newsom Administration's response to California's wildfires.

California lawmakers indefinitely postponed a planned oversight hearing last week that was intended to examine Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration’s track record on wildfire prevention, as the state continues to burn.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers called for the hearing after an investigation from CapRadio and NPR’s California Newsroom revealed the Newsom administration had nixed a planned $500 million increase in wildfire prevention funding and overstated — by 690% — the number of acres treated through his “priority” wildfire prevention projects.   

Democratic lawmakers said they are putting off their oversight efforts until after the wildfire season, in the fall or winter. In an emailed statement, Assemblyman Richard Bloom — who chairs the budget subcommittee that was to conduct the hearing — said he did not anticipate “the number and severity of wildfires that CalFire would be battling” now. The change also puts the hearing after the Sept. 14 election on whether to recall Newsom.

The decision to put off the oversight hearing comes as internal emails obtained through a public records request show Newsom’s handpicked Cal Fire director Thom Porter ordered the removal of a key document from the department’s website on the same day that CapRadio and NPR’s California Newsroom published its investigation. The document — a “fact sheet” describing Newsom’s priority projects — stated the fire prevention effort would complete work on 90,000 acres of forestland. In reality, Cal Fire completed less than 12,000 acres. 

In an email with a link to the fact sheet, a top Cal Fire official, Matthew Reischman, posed a simple question to his superiors: “Chiefs, shall we take down?” 

Porter responded: “Yes, it’s old and outdated.” 

Lake Tahoe: In the Chron, Danielle Echeverria and Michael Cabanatuan look at the impact of the Caldor Fire on Lake Tahoe.

Campgrounds and beaches were closed, boats were banned from the lake and even the signature gondola that carries visitors from the Stateline area to Heavenly’s mountaintop resort was shut down. Brewfest, a craft beer tasting fundraiser slated for the coming weekend was called off along with a pair of Eric Church concerts in the outdoor Lake Tahoe Amphitheater behind Harvey’s casino.

It was not the late summer at the lake that residents and visitors are used to.

“We’ve never seen this much smoke here, ever,” said Joe Stella, a manager at the Powder House ski, snowboard and bike rental shop. Normally, he would have rented 20 to 25 bikes to tourists eager to ride South Lake Tahoe’s scenic bike routes.

But not on Tuesday. Air quality index levels reached hazardous levels and health officials advised people to stay indoors. And most did. The resorts, casinos and shopping centers — and the bike paths — were largely empty.


So far, the fire remains outside the Tahoe basin and no evacuations or warnings have been issued for the community. But the smoke, pushed by winds from the southwest, flowed north toward the lake.


Carol Chaplin, president and CEO of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, said the group is not discouraging visitors but recommending they check the latest fire and air quality conditions so they know what they’re heading into.

“We just think best thing to do is to let our visitors make the calls they need to make,” she said.

Some visitors were still arriving at Tahoe despite the smoke but finding little to do.

Meanwhile, Governor David Ige has asked tourists to stay home because of a COVID-19 surge. 

SIN AGUA: The Chron's Jessica Flores looks at Mount Shasta's low snowpack.

The peaks of famously snowy Mount Shasta are looking very bare these days — and while meteorologists say the low snowpack is not unprecedented, it’s rare for this time of year.

“It’s unusual,” said Ryan Sandler, a metereologist with the National Weather Service Medford, Ore., office, which covers the Central Siskiyou County area in California. “And having it so early in the season, it makes it even more unusual and that’s probably in part because temperatures have been warming and the summers have been getting hotter.”

The snow is low on the volcanic mountain’s west and southwest ends — which have some of the most popular climbing routes and are where the snow typically melts off, said Sandler. The north and east sides have glaciers, although they have been shrinking over the years, he added.

Runoff from Mount Shasta’s snowpack helps feed Shasta Lake, California’s largest surface water reservoir and the key water source for the Sacramento River watershed and much of the Central Valley. As of Monday, the reservoir was at just 28% of capacity, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

The last time Mount Shasta had such low snow was in 2014, said Sandler. Images from NASA show a comparison of a snow-capped mountaintop in November 2013 and a nearly bare one in January 2014 during California’s last drought.

PROP. 22: "Gig" drivers in California shouldn't expect to become employees immediately following last Friday's court ruling, writes Carolyn Said in the Chron.

Prop. 22 preserves the status quo of gig workers as contractors while giving them some benefits, such as a health care stipend and minimum-earnings guarantees. Gig companies say they and workers rely on the flexibility of the freelancer model. The companies also save hundreds of millions of dollars by sidestepping the expenses of having employees.

But last week’s ruling by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch does not mean that gig drivers and couriers could become employees anytime soon.

The gig companies plan to appeal the ruling once the final paperwork is filed, which could happen this week or next. The ordinary procedure would be for Judge Roesch’s order to be stayed while an appeal proceeds. That could take many months — and it’s highly likely that whichever side loses would then turn to the California Supreme Court.

Even if the state Supreme Court agrees that Prop. 22 is unconstitutional, that still wouldn’t turn drivers into employees — but it would give a lot of ammunition to those who’d like to make the change.

Drivers and couriers were not employees before Prop. 22 passed, even though AB5 was already in effect. Uber, Lyft and their cohorts contend that AB5 doesn’t apply to them.

“If the Supreme Court overturns Prop. 22, none of the prior laws automatically make any worker an employee or an independent contractor,” said Kurt Oneto, an attorney who represents the gig company coalition that backed Prop. 22. “They are all tests. You have to apply the test to each worker or class of workers.”

town and gown, testy, cakeday, and classifieds after the jump...

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TOWN VS. GOWN: In the Chron, Nanette Asimov and Bob Egelko report that an Alameda County Superior Court judge has ordered UC Berkeley to hold enrollment flat in 2022-23 and halt work on a faculty housing and Goldman School expansion until further work is done on environmental impact reports and concerns of residents are addressed.

UC Berkeley must freeze next year’s enrollment at last year’s level and must immediately halt a $126 million project to build classrooms and housing for professors beside the campus, an Alameda Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday.

The ruling hands a victory — temporarily, anyway — to campus neighbors, who sued the university in 2019 on grounds that the expansions would make their surroundings noisier and more crowded.

“The judge has vindicated our efforts to hold UC Berkeley accountable for the severe impacts on our community from its massive enrollment increases, which they made without public notice or comments,” said Phil Bokovoy, president of Save Berkeley’s Neighborhoods, the group that sued.

The judge’s order requires UC Berkeley to limit its 2022-23 enrollment to no more than last year’s level — 42,237 undergraduates and graduate students — on grounds that the university gave a flawed analysis of the environmental impact of its rising enrollment.

Judge Brad Seligman said the university failed to consider the impact of expanded enrollment on housing and homelessness in Berkeley's poorest neighborhoods. He cited a 2017 report from the campus chancellor's office that found 10% of UC Berkeley students and 20% of doctoral candidates had been homeless at some time during their enrollment.

TESTY, TESTY, TESTY: You can find the interesting debate and Senator Ben Hueso's elaborate and frustrated/angry comments that I wrote about yesterday on the Senate Floor video from 08/23 beginning at 1:24:39.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dana Dean, Kelly McKechnie Hitt, Lanz Nalagan, Alison Ramey, and Rep. Raul Ruiz!



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Sacramento Superior Court invites applications for Chief Administrative Officer

Under general direction of the Court Executive Officer, the Chief Administrative Officer oversees and directs essential administrative functions and services within the Court, including facilities, finance, human resources, and information technology. Candidates must have significant knowledge and experience in budgeting, accounting, human resources, information technology and facilities management. Additionally, candidates must possess leadership and managerial attributes which lend themselves to working in a collaborative and collegial environment with staff at all levels, including Judicial Officers.

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California Lawyers Association Executive Director (Sacramento)

California Lawyers Association (CLA) is soliciting applications for the position of Executive Director.

The Executive Director, based at CLA headquarters in Sacramento, is responsible to, advises and assists the CLA Board of Representatives which is responsible for Association policy, strategy, and oversight, as well as the CLA President. The Executive Director oversees CLA staff operations and is responsible for leading, managing and executing the affairs of the Association as directed by CLA’s leadership and implementing its policies to the overall benefit of the organization, its constituent entities and members.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A J.D. degree;
  • Admitted to the State Bar of California or the bar of any state or the District of Columbia; and
  • At least seven years of experience in positions of increasing managerial and leadership responsibility;
CalTax Seeks a Research Analyst

The California Taxpayers Association (CalTax), the state's oldest and largest association representing California taxpayers, is seeking a Research Analyst to join our policy team. The ideal candidate is a self-starter, and should have a background in public policy analysis, strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to produce objective and thoughtful research and analysis. For details and information on how to apply, please go to

Children’s Council of San Francisco is seeking an experienced Public Policy Communications Associate

The Public Policy & Advocacy Team works on early care and education issues at the local, state and federal
levels, whether legislative or budgetary. The position is based in San Francisco, three days in office and two days remote.


  • In collaboration with our Public Policy Communications Director, you will advocate for the organization’s
    local, state, and federal priorities—engaging in multiple simultaneous advocacy campaigns.
  • Track notable legislation, assist with developing public comment and ensure we send notifications out to community
    members to ensure the community has an opportunity to respond.
  • Engage staff in advocacy via advocacy trainings and preparing bi-weekly staff advocacy updates
  • Meet with advocacy community organizations about our advocacy work, priorities &
    opportunities to collaborate
  • See full job description linked below for full responsibilities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two to four years of experience in public affairs, public policy, advocacy, community organizing, digital
  • advocacy or similar roles
  • Demonstrated ability to execute legislative and administrative advocacy and/or advocacy campaigns
  • Expected to attend evening and weekend meetings and travel to meetings and conferences (approximately
  • 15 – 25% of time, depending on the time of year)
  • Experience drafting policy update documents and emails
  • Ability to read, understand, and succinctly summarize policy or legislation to different audiences

Qualified candidates should apply here:

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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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