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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.

  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blonien): Rocklin council member Joe Patterson on housing (2021-08-27)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): Businessman and candidate John Cox on :Lessons From His Mom, Housing Solutions and Yes, the Bear" (2021-08-26)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): California and Kabul: Part Deux (2021-08-26) 
  • It's All Political (Joe Garfoli @ SFChron): Total Recall Podcast: Can Larry Elder Really Be Governor? with Alexei Koseff and Dustin Gardiner (2021-08-25)
  • 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)


  • 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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Harminder Grewal

SPORTS PAGE: With the Dodgers and Giants both losing yesterday, the Giants are still up 2.5 games on the boys in blue. Meanwhile, the A's are doing there best to stay out of wild card race, falling to the Yankees 8-2 yesterday.

  • Yankees @ A's (1:07)
  • Giants @ Braves (4:20)
  • Padres @ Angels (6:07)
  • Rockies @ Dodgers (6:10) 

On Thursday, Galt Police Department officer Harminder Grewal succombed to injuries incurred in a head-on crash on Highway 99 last weekend. His partner Kapri Herrera remains hospitalized. The driver of the other car, 25-year-old Manteca resident Manjot Singh Thind, died on impact. Two passengers in his car were hospitalized.

Grewal and Herrera were heading to help out with the Caldor Fire in El Dorado County.

I hope your weekend has started out well. On this day 58 years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. had "a dream." Listening to the speech was a great way to start my day. It was an amazing honor to get my legal education in a building bearing his name and with a faculty bearing his heart and dreams.

If you are in Sacramento, today would be a good day to hunker down and stay inside. Hot, muggy, and smoky. We're heading toward a high of 100 and, (as of 8am) the AQI downtown is 168, which is unhealthy. So far, my lungs have been cooperating and I hope it stays that way so I can keep working for you.

Anyway, I slept in until just before 6 this morning after retiring at midnight. So, consider the below an amuse-bouche (let's not say The French Laundry). If I come across anything riveting this afternoon, you know that you'll hear from me.

LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR: Friend of The Nooner Chris Micheli emails a detailed calendar of the final two weeks leading up to the joint interim recess.

Monday, August 30 Assembly Floor Session at 1 p.m. / Senate Floor Session at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, August 31 Senate and Assembly check-in sessions

Wednesday, September 1 Senate and Senate Floor Sessions at 10 a.m. Last day to notice intent to remove a bill from the Inactive File for the purpose of amending the bill by the September 3 amendment deadline.

Thursday, September 2 Assembly and Senate Floor Sessions at 10 a.m. Last day in the Assembly to submit amendments to the Desk (by 5 p.m. or upon adjournment, whichever is later) if an author wishes to amend by Friday, September 3.

Friday, September 3 Assembly and Senate Floor Sessions at 9 a.m. — Last day to amend bills on the Floor (J.R. 61(a)(13)). Last day to adopt resolutions on the Third Reading File (Assembly); Last day to submit the one-day File notice for a conference committee meeting to be held on Tuesday, September 7.

Monday, September 6 LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

Tuesday, September 7 Senate Floor Session at 12 noon / Assembly Floor Session at 1 p.m. Last day to receive a conference report at the Senate or Assembly Desk.

Wednesday, September 8 Assembly and Senate Floor Sessions at 10 a.m. Last day to notice intent to remove a bill from the Inactive File to be returned to the Third Reading File on September 10.

Thursday, September 9 Assembly and Senate Floor Sessions at 10 a.m. Concurrence bills may be taken up without the one-day waiting period. No reconsideration on bills that pass on the last two legislative days preceding the Interim Recess.

Friday, September 10 Assembly Floor Session at 10am and Senate Floor Session at 9am Concurrence bills may be taken up without the one-day waiting period. No reconsideration on bills that pass on the last two legislative days preceding the Interim Recess. Last day for each house to pass bills (J.R. 61(a)(14)). Interim Study Recess begins at end of this day’s session (J.R. 51(a)(4)).

Oct. 10 — Last day for Governor to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature on or before Sep. 10 and in the Governor’s possession after Sep. 10 (Art. IV, Sec. 10(b)(1)).


  • 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/@paulmitche112,841,048 ballots returned (13% of mailed ballots)
    • Democratic: 1,560,504 (55% of those returned; 15% ballot return rate)
    • NPP/other: 626,179 (23% of those returned; 10% ballot return rate)
    • Republican: 654,891 (22%of those returned; 12% ballot return rate)
    • 65+: 1,204,631 (24% return rate)
    • 50-64: 789,038 (14%)
    • 35-49: 491,070 (9%)
    • 18-34: 356,835 (6%)
    • White/Oth: 1,954,037 (15% return rate)
    • Latino: 464,799 (8%)
    • Asian: 321,726 (12%)
    • Af Am: 101,012 (14%)

Constitutionality: A federal judge yesterday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the California recall's two-question process on federal constitutional grounds. Nick Cahill reports for Courthouse News:

A last-minute bid to disrupt the California recall collapsed on Friday as a federal judge said there was “no chance” a lone voter’s lawsuit could delay an election already underway.    

In swift fashion U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald denied a motion for preliminary injunction brought by an admitted support of Governor Gavin Newsom and allowed the election scheduled for Sept. 14 to continue. The judge said the equal protection lawsuit, filed as county elections officials were putting the finishing touches on 22 million mail ballots, flopped entirely.

“Plaintiff’s federal constitutional rights simply are not violated,” Fitzgerald said of California’s recall framework. “The delay in filing this lawsuit means that plaintiff seeks to halt an election that, in fact, has already begun, which is a strong indicator that equitable factors are not present.”   

A voter named A.W. Clark filed the peculiar lawsuit two weeks ago and asked a federal court in Los Angeles to either stop the election or force the state to change its longstanding recall framework. Clark argued California’s procedure violates the equal protection clause by “diluting” the votes of Newsom supporters as they are unable to vote for the incumbent on the replacement question.

Fundraising and cash through 08/27/21

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



Kevin Faulconer***



Caitlyn Jenner

Kevin Kiley

Kevin Paffrath



















Contributions reported yesterday**



$10,050       $2,000    

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: $15,782,098 (includes yesterday's and in-kinds)
  • Added yesterday: $3,179,128

Elder's "charity:" In the Times, Adam Elmahrek and Hannah Fry look at Larry Elder's charity, which is no longer active.

Larry Elder, the GOP front-runner in California’s recall election to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom, has long trumpeted a libertarian view on the “welfare state” and its excesses, arguing private charity is a better solution than government programs.

But the conservative radio host’s own nonprofit raised little cash and made no grants in the nearly two decades it was active, a Times review of its annual tax filings show.

From 1998 through 2014, Larry Elder Charities Inc. raised about $20,000, according to public tax filings. It spent no money on any services, other than accounting, legal and filing fees to keep the organization in good standing. The organization has been suspended by the state since 2015 for failing to pay a filing fee, according to a spokesperson with the Franchise Tax Board.

The IRS automatically revoked the charity’s tax-exempt status in 2018, three years after it stopped filing the required paperwork, according to IRS records.


The nonprofit’s last tax filing showed just under $15,000 in remaining funds, and charity experts said Elder is ethically obliged to disclose what happened to the money. The organization’s articles of incorporation promised to distribute the funds to other charities and nonprofits should it shut down.

“$15,000 is not a lot of money in the nonprofit sector on the whole, but that’s a lot of money to people who have unmet needs,” said Laurie Styron, executive director of CharityWatch, a national organization that monitors and rates charities for the public.

Newsom's broom: The Chron's Kevin Fagan reports on Governor Newsom's visit to a San Francisco homeless encampment yesterday.

Left with time on his hands Friday after international crises forced the U.S. vice president to cancel a campaign rally for him, Gov. Gavin Newsom instead did one of the things he occasionally likes to do, recall election or not. He hung out at a homeless camp.

This time it was in San Francisco. A couple of weeks ago, it was in Berkeley. He came to town mid-morning with no fanfare, no news conference, just a running one-on-one with The Chronicle as he chatted with outreach workers and helped street cleaners sweep up debris.


Dressed in green khakis, a gray T-shirt and a baseball cap as he strolled San Francisco’s 19th Street, Newsom talked policy and a bit about next month’s election. But most of the time he listened to the city’s street teams fill him in on how and why they were clearing tents away from five blocks of 19th to the east of Mission Street.

“I’m glad to see the evolution of what’s being done here,” Newsom said as he took a break from sweeping and watched counselors prepare one of the street campers to move into a housing unit provided by the city. “The integration of all this — the police, health workers, outreach, public works — is at a deeper level and I appreciate that.

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


  • Vaxx stats: 
    • Californians fully vaccinated: 22,382,452 (66.0%% of 12+)
    • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,510,348 (10.3% of 12+)
    • Californians with no vaccine: 23.7% (of 12+)
    • Doses on hand: 5,508,897 (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 5.2% (-0.2% day-over-day), a 0.1% decrease from seven days ago.

    In Sacramento County, it is 8.9% (-0.3% day-over-day), a 1.0% decrease from 7 days ago.

    In Los Angeles County, it is 2.9% (-0.1% change day-over-day), a 0.1% decrease from 7 days ago.
  • School daze: In the Chron, Danielle Echeverria reports on the Marin County elementary school where a teacher is the hub of a large outbreak.

    An unvaccinated Marin County elementary school teacher caused an outbreak of COVID-19 among students and parents at the school in May, according to a new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The outbreak at a parochial school led to 27 total cases — five adults, including the teacher, and 22 students or siblings. Of the five infected adults, only two were unvaccinated — the teacher and one parent. All the students involved are too young to be eligible for vaccination. Of the 18 cases that were sequenced, all were found to be the fast-spreading delta variant.

    The rash of infections highlights just how contagious the delta variant is, underscoring “the importance of vaccinating school staff members who are in close indoor contact with children ineligible for vaccination as schools reopen,” the CDC report said. Marin County’s high vaccination rate — 72% of eligible people at the time of the outbreak — likely prevented further spread of the coronavirus, the report added.

    “This specific outbreak was kind of surprising to us, because at the time we didn’t really know very much about delta,” said Tracy Lam-Hine, an epidemiologist at Marin County Public Health, which led the investigation. He and his team then voluntarily submitted it to the CDC.

  • Breakthroughs: The Chron's Catherine Ho writes about the mutations of the virus responsible for many of the cases in people who are fully vaccinated. 

    A study of nearly 1,400 San Francisco coronavirus cases between February and June found that people with breakthrough cases were more likely to be infected with a variant containing mutations that are resistant to the neutralizing antibodies that vaccines can induce.

    This suggests that if a predominant variant emerges after delta that causes another peak in new cases, vaccines would likely be less effective against it, said the study’s lead author, UCSF virologist Dr. Charles Chiu.

    “Because of this data ... I’m very worried about variants for which vaccines may be less effective,” Chiu told The Chronicle. “We have in the San Francisco Bay Area a highly vaccinated community. In that setting, if we do see another outbreak or peak of cases, it’s going to be due to a variant that’s even more resistant than delta.”

    The study was posted on a pre-print server Wednesday and has not been peer-reviewed. It seeks to better understand the link between vaccination and the evolution of variants.

    During the time of the study between Feb. 1 and June 30, San Francisco went from 2% vaccinated to 70% vaccinated. Researchers sequenced samples from 1,373 people in San Francisco with COVID-19. Of those cases, 9%, or 125 people, had breakthrough infections. Fully vaccinated people were more likely than unvaccinated people to be infected with variants carrying mutations associated with decreased antibody neutralization.
  • SacTown hospitals: Bartalone, Hagan, and Hooks report for CapRadio on the dire situation in Sacramento County hospitals.

    Sacramento hospitals are filling up quickly as COVID-19 case rates across the county continue to rise. The surge has local health officials urging people to only go to the emergency room or use ambulances for “true emergencies only."

    "The hospitals are at capacity now," Sacramento County Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye said Thursday. "We are concerned about the status and the availability of both the general beds as well as beds in the intensive care unit."

    Kasirye asked that people only use emergency rooms when absolutely necessary, and find other ways to do things like COVID-19 testing.

    As of Thursday, 413 people in Sacramento County were hospitalized with COVID-19, and 106 were in the intensive care unit. During the winter surge, the county had a high of 130 patients in ICUs with COVID-19.

    There currently aren't plans to open large mass treatment sites like early in the pandemic, Kasirye said, but patients could be moved to other hospitals in the region.

    "One of the things that we could do, and we are working along with the state to try, and if there are additional people that need to be hospitalized to look for additional beds, which could mean having to transport them to another county," Kasirye said.

  • Rural California: In the LAT, Hailey Branson-Potts looks at the dire situation in parts of rural California.

    In Crescent City, the mortuary is filled beyond capacity and needs a refrigerated truck to hold bodies. The small hospital is so full that it is lining up helicopters to fly COVID-19 patients out of remote Del Norte County. So many employees are out with coronavirus infections that businesses have closed.

    Deaths in Del Norte County from COVID-19 have more than doubled in recent weeks, from 10 on Aug. 15 to 22 on Friday. Four people died in a single day, officials said.

    A year and a half into the pandemic — and eight months since highly effective vaccines became available — COVID-19 is surging across rural California, where inoculation rates are low, more intensely than it ever has before.

    Del Norte County health officials believe there is an undercount in the number of people who have died from COVID-19 and that some never made it to the hospital. The coroner is investigating.

    “This has been our worst fear,” State Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg), who represents seven counties stretching from Marin to Del Norte, told The Times. “We saw significant surges in urban areas in this state early on. Now, rural California is the epicenter for this pandemic.”


Largest Active Fires




Acres Consumed


Structures Destroyed


Personnel On Scene


Dixie Fire

Butte, Plumas, Lassen,

power lines







Caldor Fire

El Dorado

under investigation



(no change)




Monument Fire


under investigation







French Fire


under investigation


(no change)

not available

not available

not available


Source: Cal Fire

Tahoe: In the Times, Hayley Smith looks at the fight to keep the fire out of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

“We’re trying to keep it west of [Highway] 89, and definitely trying to keep it from Lake Tahoe,” said Rosie Smith, an assistant engine operator with the U.S. Forest Service. “It’s just the extreme fire behavior that we’ve had over the last few weeks has made it difficult for us really to get ahead of the thing.”


Crews along the road leading to Twin Bridges were laying handlines and driving bulldozers through forested terrain, hardly seeming to notice the swirling ash and smoke. But in the stand to save Lake Tahoe, officials said there are several factors working in their favor — including less fire-friendly topography, slowing winds and a large granite ridge between the town and the flames.

But climate-driven wildfire behavior has been so erratic this year that nearly anything is possible.

“Our winds are going to be lower today than they were yesterday, but we also have high temperatures and decreased humidity,” said Jason Hunter, a Caldor fire information officer. “We’re focusing a lot of efforts up here, a lot of resources on this side of the fire.”

As he spoke, simmering flames on the forest floor behind him caught a gust of wind and roared up the spine of a nearby tree. The stony ridge between the fire and the basin may be the best opportunity to get ahead of the blaze, he said.

“The granite gives us the benefit of less fuels, so it slows the rate of spread for the fire and gives us the chance to make a direct attack, potentially,” he said. But while the ridge could help slow the fire’s progress, it’s not impossible for the flames to jump it — especially if winds pick up again.

In The Bee, Kasler and Sabalow also look at the battle on the rim of one of America's treasures:

Highway 50 has closed, cutting off the main access route from Sacramento and the Bay Area. Nearby parks have been shut down as ash falls from the sky; outdoor concerts and other events have been postponed or canceled. Barely a week before Labor Day, tourism boards and hotel managers are telling people to stay away for the second time in as many years.

“It’s getting pretty quiet here,” said Carol Chaplin, who runs the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.

The Lake Tahoe Unified School District, in South Lake Tahoe, postponed the opening of the school year by a week, to Sept. 7.

Air quality was staggeringly bad in most of El Dorado County on Friday. Readings in Sly Park, near where the fire started, hit nearly 1,348 on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality Index before dropping considerably.

Venturing out on a day with the air that bad is the equivalent of trying to breathe in a desert sandstorm, said Dr. Kent Pinkerton, the director of the Center for Health and the Environment at UC Davis.

The air quality at South Lake Tahoe registered 160. Better than the earlier reading at Sly Park, but still incredibly dangerous.

“We know that an AQI that is above 151 is already unhealthy for all individuals,” Pinkerton said. “That should be sufficient clue that the closure of the community is really in the best interest of everyone.”

Washington Fire: While it doesn't make the chart above because of its footprint, the Washington Fire in Jamestown in Tuolumne County has destroyed at least 14 homes, writes Erin Tracy for The Bee.

SacTown homeless, LA-LA Land, cakeday, and classifieds after the jump...

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SACTOWN HOMELESS: The Bee's Theresa Clift looks at whether Sacramento will open cold weather shelters this year after four homeless individuals died of hypothermia last winter.

The four homeless men all died of hypothermia — in Feister’s case, probable hypothermia — in Sacramento County last winter, according to County Coroner Kimberly Gin. Overnight lows ranged from 37 to 46 degrees on the nights the men died – nights city and county warming centers didn’t open.

The deaths are raising questions about whether city and county officials will open warming centers this winter. The City Council in March voted to open weather respite centers year-round, regardless of temperature, but they have opened sporadically during recent bouts of heat.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Bob Erlenbusch, executive director of the Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness, said of the deaths. “Those were totally avoidable if the city and the county had acted proactively to keep people warm and keep people safe, which ultimately keeps people alive.”

The city faced criticism from homeless advocates and members of the public when it did not open a warming center on the night of a major storm in January. City Manager Howard Chan cited concerns that a coronavirus outbreak could occur if the city opened the centers more frequently. Four homeless people died during three days of rain and wind. According to Gin, none of those deaths were from hypothermia or other weather-related causes.

At the time, the city’s practice was to open overnight warming centers only when temperatures dropped to freezing. After the storm, the City Council ordered that the centers should remain open to provide shelter to homeless people even in above-freezing temperatures. The city closed one center Feb. 20 and closed two March 31, city spokesman Tim Swanson said. Workers and a guest at two of the centers tested positive for the coronavirus.

LA-LA LAND: In the Times, David Zahniser writes that while the City of Angels acted to "defund the police," it actually put a bunch of expenditures on the Los Angeles city "credit card."

Faced with massive demonstrations over the murder of George Floyd, the Los Angeles City Council took a dramatic and symbolic step last year, cutting $150 million from the Police Department’s budget and promising to put that money into other social services.

Council members found much of the savings by slashing the funding available for LAPD overtime. But before they did, they received a warning: Many officers would end up working overtime anyway, and if there wasn’t enough money to pay them, those hours would wind up on the city’s so-called credit card.

The predictions, as it turned out, were spot on.

During the budget year that ended June 30, LAPD officers worked more than 680,000 overtime hours for which they have not yet been compensated, according to figures provided to The Times by the LAPD and the city’s financial analysts. Those hours, currently valued at $47.3 million, represent nearly a third of last year’s cut to the LAPD.

When those officers get paid, potentially years in the future, the cost will almost certainly be more expensive, said Dustin DeRollo, spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file LAPD officers. That’s because that delayed overtime must be paid at an officer’s most recent salary, which is typically higher than when they worked the hours, because of pay increases or other factors.

“There’s an increased cost to taxpayers, because they’ll be paying out those overtime hours at a higher rate later on,” DeRollo said.

The LAPD has a long history of asking officers to work overtime now and get paid much later, a practice sometimes referred to as “overtime banking.” But in the wake of the financial crisis sparked by COVID-19, and an outbreak of citywide protests over police brutality, the practice has exploded.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Rep. Juila Brownley and Crystal Strait!



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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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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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