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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)

CLASSIFIEDS BELOW:

  • Capitol Seminars: Four Seminars Being Offered Over 2 Days (September 23-24)
  • 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  

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SPORTS PAGE: The Orioles snapped their 19-game losing streak with a 10-6 win and surprisingly the Angels had All-Star Shohei Ohtani on the mound. That said, Ohtani didn't get the loss, as he left in the 5th inning with the game tied at 4. The Orioles then scored six runs in the 7th-8th innings, leaving poor veteran Jake Petricka (who's been spending time on the farm) with a 54.00 ERA after only pitching for part of the 8th in his first game back at the major league level.

The Giants continue with a 2.5-game lead over the Dodgers after both teams won. It took 16 innings for the Dodgers to beat the Padres 5-3, even with the stupid extra innings rule. The Giants snuck away with a 3-2 win with bases loaded with Mets with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. Fortunately, for those us following multiple streams, the final out was just as the first debate question began.

Today's games:

  • Angels @ Orioles (10:05)
  • Giants @ Mets (4:10)
  • Dodgers @ Padres (6:10) 

Greetings Noonerites y feliz jueves. I knew it was going to be a day of two video windows with floor sessions and the suspense file hearings of the two Appropriations committees, but that was before the awful news out of Afghanistan. You know it's a crappy news morning when Anderson Cooper is sitting at the CNN news desk at 9am.

It's another morning of news, politics, and issue Whac-A-Mole. Let's get to it.

TOP 100: Last night, the Capitol Weekly Top 100 was released in a virtual celebration with great guest presenters and former Newsom chief of staff Ann O'Leary and veteran strategist Daniel Zingale. The top 10 are:

  1. Jim Deboo, Newsom's executive secretary (effectively chief of staff)
  2. Ana Matosantos, Newsom's cabinet secretary
  3. Angie Wei, Newsom's legislative secretary
  4. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of Health and Human Services
  5. Marybel Batjer, president, California Public Utilities Commission
  6. Robbie Hunter, president, State Building and Construction Trades
  7. Keely Bosler, director, Department of Finance
  8. Ann Patterson, Newsom's legal affairs secretary
  9. Jennifer Siebel Newsom, First Partner
  10. Dee Dee Myers, Newsom senior advisor and director, GO-Biz

Here is the video and the full list. I'll be joining Capitol Weekly editor John Howard and Open California executive director Tim Foster for the CW podcast this week to discuss this year's list. 

END THE SUSPENSE! Following the floor sessions today, the Appropriations committees of both houses will be taking up their Suspense Files, the accumulation of bills with a significant fiscal impact that are taken up en masse. Over 500 bills will go to the gallows today although some will be granted a reprieve and sent to the respective floors for votes in the last two frenetic weeks of session.

HOUSING: This morning, the State Assembly approved the second major housing bill this week, approving the controversial SB 9 (Atkins) 44-16. Like SB 10 (Wiener) that passed 44-12 on Monday, the vote was less partisan than it was regional and based on the political dynamics of each Assembly District.

SB 9 vote

LIVIN' DAVITA LOCA: Once again, SEIU-UHW has filed for title and summary an initiative to increase regulation of dialysis clinics. Similar measures failed in 2018 and 2020, although they've proven to be effective organizing and negotiating tools. Yesterday was quite busy as will be today, so I haven't had the chance to review the provisions yet, although it did give me a chance to dance to Ricky Martin at 8am. Ya know, a business requirement.

AD18 (Alameda-San Leandro-West Oakland): As we head in to the final weekend before the special general election to fill Rob Bonta's former Assembly seat, Joe Garafoli takes a look for the Chron.

A caller to KQED’s “Forum” interrupted the sparring between the candidates in the hotly contested East Bay Assembly special election — Mia Bonta and Janani Ramachandran — to interject a rare shot of positivity into a race that has grown increasingly testy as Tuesday’s election day approaches.

“I’m actually very excited about both candidates, and it’s actually hard to choose for once,” said the caller, who identified herself as Melanie. “We have two activist, progressive, women of color which is an amazing choice to have to make.”

Either candidate likely would be among the most progressive members of the Legislature. That’s not surprising, as the 18th Assembly district — which includes much of Oakland, from its wealthier hills to its poorer flatlands, along with Alameda and San Leandro — is among the most left-leaning in California. Here, having two progressive women of color competing to represent it isn’t just celebrated as being newsworthy: it’s seen as overdue.

So the ongoing battle between the two is not just about where they stand on the issues, but how they stand on them. Ramachandran said she believes that Bonta is too “corporate” to be progressive and deliver on what she says. Bonta counters that Ramachandran is a lightweight, all “hashtags” with little ability to fulfill her lofty promises.

DO YOU RECALL?

  • 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/@paulmitche112,380,359 ballots returned (11% of mailed ballots)
    • Democratic: 1,310,154 (55% of those returned)
    • NPP/other: 524,516 (23%)
    • Republican: 546,152 (22%)
    • 65+: 1,026,309 (20% return rate)
    • 50-64: 656,098 (12%)
    • 35-49: 404,760 (8%)
    • 18-34: 293,655 (5%)
    • White/Oth: 1,643,020 (13% return rate)
    • Latino: 388,540 (6%)
    • Asian: 2664,784 (10%)
    • Af Am: 84,478 (12%)

This morning, Paul shares the counties with the highest number (not percentage) of ballot returns. These five counties account for 58% of all ballots returned thus far.

Los Angeles 599,747 11%
San Diego 360,446 18%
Santa Clara 181,025 18%
Riverside 117,278 9%
Alameda 115,820 12%

Sign up for Paul's daily recall election ballot tracker updates aqui.

Debate: In between the Top 100 and debate, I made a pre-debate farmers market dinner of a caprese salad, halibut with a salsa verde, shishito peppers, and wild rice. I wrote on Facebook "Will the debate be spicy like the salsa verde, fishy like the halibut, leave a soapy taste in your mouth (as some people experience with cilantro), or smooth like buffalo mozzarella?"

Well, here are my takeaways:

  • Spicy: Kevin Faulconer, looking at Kevin Paffrath, said that it's not time for "on-the-job training," and subsequently said a similar thing about the absent Larry Elder. Notably, he didn't say the same about John Cox, who was there, whose experience is building houses and running for office without winning. For the home gamers, this is Cox's sixth campaign, with races running from the Cook County, IL recorder of deeds to President of the United States. 
  • Fishy: If you like the taste of your water now, wait until it is piped from the Mississippi River. That's the proposal from "No on Recall, Yes on Meet Kevin" Democrat Youtuber Kevin Paffrath, which he brought up last night. From his website:
    Our present plan calls for a 14-foot-diameter pipeline from the Mississippi River to California to double the flow of water to the Colorado River. Arizona and New Mexico are likely to participate, we’ll pay for cheaper and cleaner water, and it will only take 11 power plants to get the water here. California currently has 1,500 power plants; we can do this.

    Two things absolutely nobody has said are (1) the Mississippi River has cleaner water than the snowmelt from the Sierra and Cascades and (2) California can spare 11 power plants to ferry water 1,500 miles.

    The Bee's Andrew Sheeler looks at Paffrath's responses on key issues in his first debate. For CalMatters, Ben Christopher also looks at the Paffrath agenda.

  • Soapy taste: Paffrath twice last night referred to the California's Legislature as a "Congress." I mean, hey, we would all love a promotion, but I got out my state Constitution this morning and it still says that our bicameral Legislature has a State Senate and State Assembly.

  • Smooth: Assembly member Kevin Kiley last night again demonstrated that he is the most informed and smartest of the bunch. In other words, the admissions officials at Yale and Harvard Law did not make a mistake when letting him in. He definitely has a future in the Republican Party, as in, Tom McClintock (R-Bera's district), care to retire soon?

    Faulconer came across as the most gubernatorial, aside from his tax cut proposal that would require going to the voters for a constitutional amendment, which is something he doesn't mention.  

Fundraising and cash through 08/25/21

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

John
Cox

Larry
Elder***

Kevin Faulconer***

Ted
Gaines

Jeff
Hewitt

Caitlyn Jenner

Kevin Kiley

Kevin Paffrath

Candidate

$6,914,818

$0

$0

$0

$0

$25,000

$0

$90,000

Non-candidate

$1,370,043

$6,659,004

$2,321,686

$287,810

$166,602

$790,885

$904,773

$311,720

Contributions reported yesterday**

$808,950

$171,500

$23,500      

 $9,000

 

07/31 Net Cash on Hand*

$580,428

$2,275,726

$605,565

$148,975

$33,536

-$134,839

$572,188

-$6,085

Source: cal-access.sos.ca.gov

*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: $12,361,878 (includes yesterday's and in-kinds)
  • Added yesterday: $293,929

Money matters:

  • Businessman John Cox added another $800,000 of his personal funds to his campaign account yesterday, bringing his total to nearly $7 million. Cox spent $5.7 million in his 2018 bid for Governor.

From the desk of the dean: George Skelton writes in the Times that Governor Gavin Newsom and challenger Larry Elder are "valued allies who rely on each other."

In fact, if you didn’t know better, you’d say they were close pals.

The more the liberal Democratic governor — and throw in the so-called “mainstream media” with him — attack the Republican conservative, the stronger he becomes among GOP voters.

Conversely, the more Newsom and the media scare Democrats about Elder, the more they’re motivated to vote against the recall and turning over the governor’s office to a Republican.

Jenner: Caitlyn Jenner again skipped the debate, with her campaign saying that she will only debate with Governor Newsom. Instead, she spent Wednesday touring the Tenderloin district in San Francisco, reports Steve Rubenstein in the Chron.

The candidate passed three sidewalk sleepers, three imbibers and a man changing his pants on the sidewalk. In her yellow-and-white designer sneakers, the candidate stepped adroitly over liquids of unknown origin.

Throughout her walk, she touched on familiar campaign themes — Newsom was spending too much, homeless nonprofits were “ripping off” the state, children forced to wear masks to school were being turned into a “whole generation of germophobes.”

And every chance she got, she reminded her Tenderloin listeners that Disney World in Florida reopened months before Disneyland in Anaheim — a clear case of Newsom’s bungling.

“We could have done it better,” she said.

I'm sure the audience of the Tenderloin are thinking about going to Disneyland, where today's admission price is $114, and that's the low, midweek rate.

The path down Turk Street may have been slightly shorter than the 110-meter hurdles course she conquered in the 1976 Olympics, but the hurdles were higher. At one point a campaign aide steered her to the south side of Turk Street so as to avoid a dozen sidewalk tents on the north side.

“To be honest, I feel so sorry for these people,” Jenner said. “Life’s not easy. I know that. We need to do something.”

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

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COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2:

  • Vaxx stats: 
    • Californians fully vaccinated: 22,330,520 (65.8%% of 12+)
    • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,510,687 (10.3% of 12+)
    • Californians with no vaccine: 23.9% (of 12+)
    • Doses on hand: 5,508,897 (61 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% (no change day-over-day), a 0.3% decrease from seven days ago.

    In Sacramento County, it is 9.2% (+0.2% day-over-day), a 0.8% decrease from 7 days ago.

    In Los Angeles County, it is 2.9% (no change day-over-day), a 0.3% decrease from a 7 days ago.
  • School daze: For CalMatters, Joe Hong reports that a new state law aimed at ensuring in-person instruction is getting in the way of staying connected with students who are quarantined because of COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 exposure or infection.

    As California schools reopened amid the spread of the more transmissible and deadlier delta variant, student quarantines became commonplace within days. San Francisco Unified reported 64 positive cases among students within the first week of opening. On Tuesday, Los Angeles Unified reported about 6,500 students were in isolation a week after school started. 

    But a new state law is undermining the ability of schools to keep these quarantined kids engaged. Its provisions attempt to stretch independent study — a program intended for long-term remote learning— to meet the spontaneous, short-term needs of students temporarily quarantined.

    Schools say they are unable to hire the teachers required to provide independent study for these quarantined students. As a result, they can languish in an educational limbo, while schools risk losing state funding for the days they are technically “absent.”

Well played, Administration and Legislature. Well played.

I was "temporarily" absent many times due to hospitalizations for my lungs growing up and relied on independent study and teachers during many of these times. 

EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE:

Largest Active Fires

 

County

Cause

Acres Consumed

Containment

Structures Destroyed

Fatalities

Personnel On Scene

Updated

Dixie Fire

Butte, Plumas, Lassen,
Tehama

power lines
suspected

747,091
(+12,027)

45%
(no change)

1,273
(no change)

0

4,889

08/26
07:46

Caldor Fire

El Dorado

under investigation

136,643
(+10,461)

12%
(+1%)

637
(no change)

0

2,897

08/26
07:04

McFarland Fire

Shasta

under investigation

119,560
(+936)

73%
(+2%)

31

 0

895

08/25
08:27

Monument Fire

Trinity

under investigation

157,287
(+2,943)

20%
(no change)

50
(no change)

 0

1,992

08/26
07:33

French Fire

Kern

under investigation

22,030
(+1,352)

19%
(no change)

not available

not available

not available

08/26
07:30

Source: Cal Fire

Caldor: In the Chron, Esther Mobley looks at the impact of the Caldor Fire on the El Dorado County wine harvest.

The fire has largely been moving east, toward Lake Tahoe, and away from many of El Dorado's wineries like Skinner. So far, the blaze has injured two people and destroyed 465 homes, two fire stations and a school. No winery or vineyard property has been damaged.

Yet the Caldor Fire has completely upended the beginning of the harvest season in this up-and-coming wine region, which more than 70 wineries call home. More than a week after its eruption, some winemakers remained unable to access their cellars, and everyone, no matter their evacuation status, was on high alert due to the smoky air, which can imbue wines with unpleasant flavors.

...

By now, winemakers throughout California are used to contending with smoke taint, since the ambient ash can spread far away from a blaze's epicenter. But for the El Dorado wine community, facing the possibility of actual destruction by fire was a far less familiar feeling. There have been wildfires here before, including the 2014 Sand Fire, but the region has not been battered as hard as Bay Area wine regions in recent years, and many winemakers here report that they've never had to evacuate in the past.

"Fire is always on our minds because we are in a wildland area with pine trees all around us," said Ashlee Cuneo, general manager at Miraflores Winery, which has been under mandatory evacuation since Aug. 17. "We've always been cognizant of the possibility that there could be a fire. But it was a shock to all of us when this happened. I've never been this close before."

Other El Dorado wineries were dealing with slightly — but only slightly — more favorable circumstances. Twelve miles north of Skinner, Carrie Bendick brought in her first Viognier of the season on Tuesday at Holly's Hill Vineyards, which remained just outside of the mandatory evacuation zone.

HOMICIDES: In the Times, Melody Gutierrez looks at the allegations by recall candidates that Governor Newsom is to blame for an increase in the rate of homicides.

Republicans looking to replace Newsom in next month’s election say the governor is “soft on crime” and to blame for the state’s increase in violent crime, pointing to a rise in homicides as a reason voters should approve the recall.

But researchers who study crime rates say the surge is much more complicated than the attack ads suggest, and that the causes for it likely extend well beyond the policies of one governor or even one state.

“Most cities across the United States saw increases,” said Aaron Chalfin, a professor of criminology at the University of Pennsylvania.

In California, homicides rose 31% between 2019 and 2020, with firearms used in three-quarters of those deaths, according to the state’s Homicide Report published by the Department of Justice. That report notes that the COVID-19 pandemic had unknown impacts on crime data that warrant further analysis. Chalfin said the United States experienced a 25% overall increase in homicides last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest one-year jump since reliable tracking began in 1960.

Crime — and particularly homicide — rates are still much lower than the violent years of the 1980s and 1990s.

But polls show concerns about the issue are rising in California, putting new pressure on Newsom and other politicians. A UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll in May found that 42% of those surveyed believed Newsom was doing a poor job of addressing crime in the state — up from 35% in September.

NURSES: For CalMatters, Kristen Hwang looks at the nursing shortage in The Golden State.

Around California — and the nation —  nurses are trading in high-pressure jobs for a career change, early retirement or less demanding assignments, leading to staffing shortages in many hospitals.

Hospitals are struggling to comply with the state’s nurse staffing requirements as pandemic-induced burnout has exacerbated an already chronic nursing shortage nationwide. 

But burnout isn’t the only thing compounding California’s nursing shortage: The state’s new vaccine mandate for health care workers is already causing headaches for understaffed hospitals before it is even implemented. Some traveling nurses — who are in high demand nationwide — are turning down California assignments because they don’t want to get vaccinated. 

Hospitals say they are reaching a crisis point, straining under the dual forces of more people seeking routine care and surging COVID-19 hospitalizations driven by the Delta variant.

“Oftentimes at hospitals there are long waits and long delays,” said Dr. Tom Sugarman, an emergency physician in the East Bay and senior director of government affairs at Vituity, a physicians’ group. “There’s not enough staff to keep beds open, and patients can languish waiting.”

In March 2020, the California Department of Public Health contracted with Aya Health — one of the nation’s largest traveling nurse providers — to pay up to $1 billion over six months to help hospitals meet nursing and other clinical staff shortages.

COMMUNITY COLLEGES: For CalMatters, Mikhail Zinshteyn looks at a bill to encourage successful transfers from community colleges to campuses of the CSU and UC.

Here’s one you probably haven’t heard before: The Legislature is considering a plan to make it easier for California community college students to get into a UC or Cal State campus, but current community college students aren’t backing it.

The dust-up exposes the frustrating and convoluted process California community college students endure trying to transfer into the state’s public universities.

Fixing the transfer maze, as it’s sometimes called, is a holy grail in California higher education — doing so could reduce the students’ cost to get a bachelor’s degree and increase the state’s supply of workers with four-year degrees. Although most community college students have a goal of transferring, only 22% of those who began their studies in 2015-16 did so within three years

To critics of Assembly Bill 928, the goals of the proposed law are notable but the execution is wrong. Opponents include Gov. Gavin Newsom’s finance department, community college faculty groups, the chancellor’s office of the community college system and the UC Office of the President

MS-13, Squaw Valley, cakeday, and classifieds after the jump...

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MS-13: The LAT's Matthew Ormseth and Melissa Hernandez report on the MS-13 gang's attacks on transgender women and the larger extortion operation of the gang in Los Angeles's MacArthur Park.

The attack in October marked the second time in weeks that a transgender woman had been stabbed nearly to death in the Los Angeles park by members of MS-13, a street gang that considers the park the heart of its territory.

The vicious assaults drew condemnation from advocacy groups and a heavy police presence to the park as a straightforward narrative emerged: MS-13 had been motivated by a hateful, bigoted desire to rid its turf of transgender people. Left unmentioned, however, were the tangled underworld economics that brought the women and the gang into contact in the first place.

The women had been paying members of MS-13 a weekly fee — “taxes” in the gang’s words — simply for permission to be in the park, according to police reports and interviews with victims and the police. They were among the street vendors, drug dealers, sex workers, shopkeepers and others who every day must pay for a commodity those in more affluent neighborhoods do not even know exists — the right to be left alone by a gang.

The Times reviewed search warrant affidavits, police reports and other records filed in court and interviewed police officers and victims of MS-13. What emerged was a portrait of a gang that acts as a shadow authority in MacArthur Park and other parts of the city it considers its turf, deciding in some cases who is permitted in public spaces and who can engage in commerce, legitimate and illicit.

For decades, gangs have exacted “rent” from vendors and drug dealers in MacArthur Park. Periodic violence has spotlighted the shadow taxation system, such as when 18th Street gang members opened fire on a man who had refused to pay $50 for permission to sell radios on the sidewalk of 6th Street. The gunfire struck a 3-week-old baby, killing him.

The recent attacks by MS-13 demonstrate that despite a transformation marked by rising rents and a growing number of luxury apartments, restaurants and other amenities just west of the park, gangs continue to hold the poorest and most marginalized of the people who live and work in the neighborhood in their grip.

Lots more in this outstanding article.

SQUAW VALLEY: For the AP, Scott Sonner reports that a California appeals court has blocked the expansion of the Squaw Valley ski resort in north Lake Tahoe:

A California appeals court has blocked the expansion of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski resort because the development plan fails to adequately address potential harm to air and water quality, as well as increased noise levels and traffic in the area.

A three-judge panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeals granted parts of two appeals brought by Sierra Watch against the Lake Tahoe-area resort. It reversed a state judge’s 2018 ruling and ordered the lower court in Placer County to issue a new ruling specifying additional actions that the resort must take to ensure the new development’s compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act.

In addition to other concerns, the panel said Tuesday that existing plans fail to adequately address climate change or impacts on regional wildfire evacuation plans surrounding the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Opponents say the development planned across 94 acres would double the population of Olympic Valley, six miles north of Tahoe City. They say 40% of the new traffic generated would travel into the lake’s basin, increasing the amount of sediment transported to the lake and raising nitrate emissions — two major threats to Tahoe’s world-renowned clarity.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Barbara O'Connor, Liz Ortega-Toro, and Krista Pfefferkorn!

 

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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 https://www.caltax.org/jobs/2021-research-analyst.pdf.

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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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

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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:
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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, Online.McGeorge.edu, or contact us at graduatelaw@pacific.edu.

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