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  • Fri, June 08, 2018 11:53 AM | Deleted user

    Pasadena, CA June 7, 2018– Fifteen local designers and event planners will showcase their creative talents at Leadership Pasadena’s Setting the Table: The Art of Conversation, the community’s first tablescape design competition to be held on the evening of July 21 at the historical—and newly renovated—Hotel Constance Pasadena rooftop event space.

    Kaiser Permanente is a sponsor of this event. Joining Kaiser Permanente are Rusnak Group, Rusnak Maserati, Wells Fargo, Hotel Constance Pasadena, Jacob Maarse Floral Design, realtor Barbara King Richardson, the Coldwell Banker Foundation, Haydel Biel & Associates, Taylor Insurance and Financial Services, Hahn & Hahn LLP, KSHift, Maude Woods Artful Living, The Content Lab Creative Marketing, Plan Ahead Events LA, Melissa Gersh Innovative Marketing, LionMark AVL Entertainment, Town and Country Event Rentals and Media Sponsor LA Dreams Magazine.

    In addition to the tablescape design competition, the event features delicious bites and appetizers from renowned Chef Claude Beltran and wine and bubbly beverages, as well as a silent auction. All proceeds will support the Leadership Pasadena community leadership programs, including the new Community Leadership Course for Veterans.

    Tickets and additional event information may be found here

  • Thu, June 07, 2018 4:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sacramento Bee: Where California would head if Gavin Newsom is Governor

    Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's victory speech promised plenty as he moved into position Tuesday to become California's next Democratic governor.

    As it became clear that he and Republican John Cox would face off in November, he called for a universal health care system.

    In outlining a broad plan for helping Californians struggling with the high cost of housing, he evoked American efforts after World War II to stabilize Western Europe.

    "Guaranteed health care for all. A 'Marshall Plan' for affordable housing," Newsom said. "A master plan for aging with dignity. A middle-class workforce strategy. A cradle-to-college promise for the next generation. An all-hands approach to ending child poverty."

    Los Angeles Times: How Villaraigosa lost the governor's race

    When Antonio Villaraigosa was elected mayor of Los Angeles, it signaled the growing clout of California’s Latino voters as well as the rise of a Democratic star whose charisma and ambition could take him to loftier perches.

    More than a decade later, his long-stated dreams of leading the state ended Tuesday in a third-place primary finish despite $32 million spent by Villaraigosa’s campaign and outside groups on his behalf. Democratic rival Gavin Newsom badly beat the former L.A. mayor on his home turf, and Republican businessman John Cox trounced him for the second spot on the November ballot.

    Some factors behind Villaraigosa’s defeat were out of his control. Republicans including President Trump rallied around a little-known GOP candidate in hopes that propelling a Republican to the top of the ticket would assist their party in its bid to hold on to Congress.

    But some tactical decisions made by Villaraigosa’s campaign — he entered the race nearly two years after Newsom and spent little money to turn out the Latino voters crucial to his chances — may have narrowed his path to victory.

    Los Angeles Times: California's gas tax cost Sen. Josh Newman his job. Repeal of the tax may be next

    The decision by voters Tuesday to remove an Orange County state senator targeted for raising the state’s gas tax could be a harbinger for the fall campaign when critics of the tax hike push their repeal effort to the statewide ballot.

    Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), who was midway through his four-year term, was recalled from office Tuesday by 59.5% of the voters in his district, which includes parts of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

    Republican leaders behind the recall measure said Wednesday that the ouster of Newman provides momentum to repeal the gas tax in a constitutional amendment proposed for the November ballot. And that, they predict, will turn out more conservative voters to the benefit of their candidates for Congress and the state Legislature.

    “It bodes very well for us to pull off the repeal,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California and a leader of the recall effort. “It shows that there is a taxpayer revolt brewing in California that is seeing through the millions of dollars of misleading ads from Sacramento special interests.”

    Sacramento Bee: Who is John Cox? Trump-backed Republican heads into Governor's race

    Averting concerns of a Republican shutout at the top of the ticket, GOP businessman John Cox finished second in the California gubernatorial primary Tuesday night. He will face Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in November for the opportunity to lead the largest state in the country.

    This is already Cox's most successful campaign in two decades of trying to break into politics. He previously launched half a dozen failed bids for office in Illinois, where he grew up and began his career as an attorney.

    But he will face an uphill battle in the coming months against Newsom, who has vastly outraised Cox in liberal California. Last week, the Secretary of State reported that Republican registration has for the first time fallen behind the number of voters with no party preference.

    In an interview, Cox said he would win the governorship by telling "the truth about the mismanagement of this state" under its Democratic leaders, including Newsom.

    CA Apartment Association: Pomona rent control fails to gather enough signatures

    Pomona has become the latest Southern California city where tenant activists say they haven’t collected enough signatures to qualify a rent control measure for November’s ballot.

    Tenant activists in Pomona were unable to collect the 6,256 valid voter signatures needed to qualify their measure for the fall election.

    Signature drives to place rent control before voters this fall also have come up short in Long Beach and Pasadena, while campaigns remain active in Glendale, Santa Ana, Inglewood and National City.

    Sacramento Bee: Rent control, data privacy and gas taxes - get ready for the next election

    Election officials haven't even finished counting the votes from Tuesday's primary, but the campaign has already begun for the November general election. Here are some key races to keep an eye on over the next five months, and why they could have a huge impact on California politics.

    You will probably have an opportunity this November to vote on proposals to make it harder to raise local taxes and even split California into three separate states. But no issue is likely to generate more attention than an initiative to repeal a recent increase of transportation fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees lawmakers approved to fix California’s crumbling roads.

    Public polls consistently indicate that the fees, passed by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats last year, are deeply unpopular with Californians — and Republicans have seized on that with a vengeance. They used his support for the gas tax increase to convince voters to recall state Sen. Josh Newman on Tuesday, depriving Democrats of their Senate supermajority.

    City Journal: Joel Kotkin: Brownout

    Jerry Brown’s long political career will likely end in January 2019, when the 80-year-old’s second stint as California governor concludes. In the media’s eyes—and in his own mind—Brown’s gubernatorial encore has been a rousing success. His backers say that he has brought the state back, economically and fiscally, from the depths of the Great Recession, which hit California harder than it did the rest of the country. Brown has enacted an array of left-liberal policies, to the delight of progressives, and positioned California as a blue-state role model for the American future. A decade of phenomenal growth among Silicon Valley’s landmark companies has boosted the state’s image and helped restore its overall economy. Democrats hope that California will provide a template for reestablishing their appeal to voters nationwide.

    But the state’s boom shows signs of leveling off: after growing much faster than the national average for several years, the economy, notes a recent report by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, has now fallen to around the national average; the state is no longer generating income faster than its prime rivals such as Texas, Washington State, Oregon, or Utah. California Lutheran University forecaster Matthew Fienup suggests that the state’s economic growth could fall below national norms if current trends continue.

    The growth that so impressed over the past five years has masked a multitude of policy sins, and as California’s economic engine slows down, the underlying problems are becoming harder to deny. People are moving out in greater numbers than they’re moving in. Rates of job creation—and the types of jobs being created—vary widely according to geography. The high-tech hubs of San Francisco and Silicon Valley have added tens of thousands of well-paying jobs during Brown’s tenure, but the rest of the state hasn’t done nearly as well.

    Brown has put California on a fiscally unsustainable path. A disproportionate share of the funds paying for his ever-expanding progressive agenda derive from Silicon Valley’s capital-gains tax revenues and inflation of the state’s coastal real-estate prices. Any slowdown in the tech money machine or drop-off in property values could prove disastrous for Sacramento’s budget—California gets half its revenue from its top 1 percent of earners. According to Pew, this makes it the major American state with the most volatile finances. Both U.S. News & World Report and the Mercatus Center ranked California 43rd among the states in fiscal health. And that was during an economic boom.

  • Thu, June 07, 2018 3:55 PM | Deleted user

    Tuesday’s statewide primary had surprising results in a number of local San Gabriel Valley legislative races. For full statewide results, click here to visit the Los Angeles Times results page.

    Votes are still being counted but preliminary results indicate that Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), who represents Diamond Bar, Walnut, Rowland Heights and Industry in the 29th Senate District, has been recalled due to his vote in support of last year’s gas tax increase to fund state transportation infrastructure and road maintenance. Former Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) leads fellow Republican Bruce Whitaker and Democrat Joseph Cho to replace Newman and complete his unfinished Senate term.

    In the 22nd Senate District, former Assemblyman Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park) lead his opponents with 44% of the vote, followed by fellow Democrat Baldwin Park Councilwoman Susan Rubio at 27%. The two will face off in the November General Election to represent the lion’s share of the San Gabriel Valley.

    In the open 32nd Senate seat race, Republican Rita Topalian leads Democrat and Montebello Mayor Vanessa Delgado, 25% to 16%. The two candidates will compete in a run-off election in August to fill the remainder of the Senate term vacated when Senator Tony Mendoza resigned earlier this year under a cloud of sexual harassment investigations. Topalian also made the top-two for the November General Election where she will face Democrat and Pico Rivera Councilman Bob Archuleta.

    Moving to the Assembly, incumbent Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) is narrowly leading Republican Mike Simpfenderfer, 29% to 27%, in the 58th Assembly District, and the two will move on to the November General Election. Garcia recently returned to the State Legislature after taking a voluntary leave of absence to allow a sexual harassment investigation to proceed. That investigation recently concluded having found the claims of harassment as unsubstantiated.

    Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom easily advanced to the top-two in November where he will be joined by Republican businessman John Cox. Newsom lead all candidates with 33% of the vote, followed by Cox at 26%. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa came in with only 13% of the vote but expressed concern over registration problems in Los Angeles County which left nearly 120,000 voters unable to cast ballots yesterday. Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) came in with 10%, followed by Democrat and State Treasurer John Chiang at 9%.

    San Gabriel Valley state legislator Ed Hernandez advanced to the general election coming in behind Eleni Kounalakis, 23% to 21%, in the race for Lieutenant Governor.

    For more information, contact Director of Public Policy Brad Jensen or call 626-856-3400.

  • Fri, June 01, 2018 1:23 PM | Deleted user

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  • Fri, June 01, 2018 12:04 PM | Deleted user

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  • Fri, June 01, 2018 10:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sacramento Bee: Newsom, Cox likely to advance in governor's race new poll says

    A new poll shows San Diego Republican John Cox holds a seven-point advantage for second place among likely voters in the governor's election Tuesday, signaling that voters prefer him and Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to face off in the November general election.

    The poll by UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies also found Newsom expanding his lead, with 33 percent of likely voters backing the San Francisco Democrat. Support for Cox, a businessman, grew to 20 percent, while former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's backing grew to 13 percent. The percentage of undecided voters dropped from 13 percent in April to 7 percent in the current poll.

    "We think it's likely to be Cox against Newsom in the general election," said Mark DiCamillo, director of the poll.

    The poll, conducted after President Donald Trump's endorsement of Cox, showed Republican support coalescing for Cox over the other leading Republican in the race, Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach. In April, they were nearly neck-and-neck, with Cox at 47 percent and Allen at 38 percent among Republicans. The latest poll had Cox at 53 percent to Allen's 32 percent.

    Sacramento Bee: Democrats on edge in California congressional races

    For Democrats, the line between triumph and nightmare in California's primaries is shaping up to be very, very thin.

    The party could conceivably send competitive, well-funded Democrats to the general election contests for all 10 Republican-held House seats it is targeting. But thanks to California's open primary system — in which the top two vote-getters advance to the general election, regardless of party — Democrats could end up shut out in three of the most competitive congressional districts, seriously denting the party's chances of taking back control of the House.

    "We’re looking at a jump-ball scenario," said Dave Jacobson, a Los Angeles-based Democratic strategist who is advising candidates in two Southern California congressional races. "This is really going to be a razor-thin margin, and it’s largely going to come down to (get-out-the-vote operation) and who can mobilize their base vote while simultaneously peeling off those undecided, persuadable voters at the last minute."

    The crowded fields of candidates, huge amount of money flowing into these contests and lack of recent polling all add up to a tremendous level of uncertainty — among both campaigns and voters — less than a week before primary day.

    Los Angeles Times: Why California's Kevin McCarthy is having a hard time locking down the Speaker's job - again

    More than a month after House Speaker Paul D. Ryan anointed his second lieutenant as his heir apparent, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is still struggling to lock down the support he needs to secure the job.

    The same House conservatives who blocked the Bakersfield Republican from ascending to the coveted post in 2015 do not appear any more convinced that he’s their guy.

    Since Ryan’s announcement, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, has indicated he’ll run against McCarthy for speaker, and he’s getting support from some conservative colleagues.

    Even a quiet effort in recent weeks — aided by a White House ally — to push Ryan out early and help McCarthy snag the job before rivals can organize stalled when it became clear McCarthy didn’t have the 218 votes he’ll need.

    With Congress on a break this week, McCarthy is continuing to raise money and shore up support, all while trying not to look like he’s actively campaigning for the job.

    Ryan has said he intends to “run through the tape” and finish the term as speaker in January, when he will retire from the House.

    McCarthy, through his staff, declined to comment. He’s said there’s no official race until Ryan leaves.

    Los Angeles Times: Republican candidate for governor John Cox courts voters in Stockton, criticizes Newsom, Delta Tunnels

    With the June primary election less than a week away, Republican John Cox brought his campaign for governor to Stockton on Wednesday, taking aim at Democrat Gavin Newsom, whom he expects to face in a November runoff. 

    Polls indicate Cox is neck-and-neck with Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles, in a battle for second place in the field of gubernatorial candidates led by front-runner Newsom.

    "If you look in the dictionary for the words 'Bay Area elitist,' you see Gavin Newsom’s picture," Cox said in a speech to a crowd of more than 100 before the Stockton Republican Women Federated. Cox, a wealthy Rancho Santa Fe businessman, touted his endorsement last week by President Trump.

    “This state is in trouble," he said. "It needs a manager. That's why the president endorsed me."

    Sacramento Bee: Governor Brown approves permanent water restrictions

    The drought may be over, but California residents should prepare themselves for new and more permanent restrictions on water use. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a pair of bills Thursday to set permanent overall targets for indoor and outdoor water consumption.

    Assembly Bill 1668 by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, and Senate Bill 606 from state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, give water districts more flexibility than the strict cuts mandated under Brown’s emergency drought order and will eventually allow state regulators to assess thousands of dollars in fines against jurisdictions that do not meet the goals.

    "In preparation for the next drought and our changing environment, we must use our precious resources wisely," Brown said in a statement. "We have efficiency goals for energy and cars – and now we have them for water.”

    Politico: California Republicans now outnumbered in registration by no-party preference voters

    The state that spawned the "Reagan Revolution’’ and Richard M. Nixon just experienced a watershed moment — the California Republican Party was officially relegated to third-party status.

    In the culmination of the withered state GOP’s long slide toward near-political irrelevance here, new voter registration data released this week show the once-robust party trails behind both Democrats and “no party preference” in the nation's most populous state. The California Republican Party is now outnumbered by independent voters by 73,000, according to Political Data Inc., which tabulates voter file data from county registrars.

    The new figures come as the state looms large in the national battle for the House, with a handful of Republican-held seats poised to play a pivotal role in November.

    Among California’s 19 million registered voters, the latest statistics — as of 15 days before the June 5 primary — show that Democrats now make up 8.4 million or 44.6 percent of the electorate.

    That compares with 4,844,803 no-party-preference voters, or 25.5 percent of the state’s voters and 4,771,984 Republicans, who both make up about 25.1 percent. The California Secretary of State’s office is expected to release its own official count later this week.

    UnHerd Op-Ed: Trump won because he cared - Lesson from Levittown

    Why would Americans elect a crude political novice who calls Third World countries “shithole countries”? That’s a question, 19 months on from Trump’s shock win, that many are still trying to answer. The common explanation is that Whites without college degrees were motivated either by economic distress or by racial resentment. But such an analysis ignores a fundamental part of Trump’s appeal. For many of his supporters, as I found on a recent trip to White, blue-collar Levittown in Pennsylvania,1 voting for Trump was about values and identity.

    Levittown, a medium-sized suburban community north of Philadelphia, was created by developer William Levitt, starting in 1951, as one of America’s earliest affordable suburban communities. Over sixty years after its first house was sold, it remains a White, working-class town, but unlike better-known Trump-friendly, White blue-collar places like Pennsylvania’s Lackawanna County or Ohio’s Mahoning County it is still economically well-off. Yet despite this relative affluence, it behaved just like these other places, moving dramatically away from a traditional Democratic voting history to make Trump the most successful Republican nominee in these areas in the last thirty years.2

    My visit unearthed just how complicated and varied Trump’s appeal to these voters is. Some people mentioned economic concerns as an explanation for Levittown’s shift, while others mentioned immigration and the cultural and economic issues it raises. But more than anything people mentioned a deep psychological resonance that made Levittowners feel Trump understood and cared about people like them. They may not like Trump’s tweets, but his brash manner and his open embrace of the value of work was for them a breath of fresh air in an otherwise long-stale political climate.

  • Fri, May 25, 2018 1:23 PM | Deleted user



    May, 2018

    Jed Daly


    Control Your Attention, Create Your Life


    For years, management experts have studied time management.  There are a thousand tips and tricks:  Don’t do our emails as they come in, batch them; Set aside “me time” which can’t be interrupted, Spend 10 minutes in the morning to plan your day before getting started.  All valuable techniques to be more time efficient.

    Vistage speaker Maura Thomas draws a distinction between time management and attention management.  We all strive to be efficient, but what’s more important, she argues, is to focus on what you are (or are not) paying attention to.

    We all, she notes, pay attention to different things.  Joe pays attention to becoming a better sax player and couldn’t care less about skiing; Joanna focuses on becoming a better skier and can’t carry a tune.  So, from Joe’s point of view, he has many experiences playing sax and none skiing.  Joanna’s skied all over the world, and has never picked up a musical instrument.  When Joanna and Joe finally leave this world, their lives will consist of the accumulation of all their experiences.  Joe’s reality will not contain any skiing and Joanna’s reality will not include playing saxophone.  Their lives are, in fact, their cumulative experience.   And their experiences result from what they decided to pay attention to.

    This sounds simple, obvious at first.  But as we go through life, we don’t always pay attention to what we are paying attention to.  We fight fires that aren’t really all that important.  We forget to call our spouses every day.  We tolerate poor behavior rather than dealing with it.  The list goes on and on.

    Steven Covey’s Big Rocks video demonstrates the importance of setting and focusing on our BIG goals . . . to make sure that the Important And Not Urgent isn’t overwhelmed by the Urgent And Not Important

    Maura also has a great tip:  She noted that no one would ever try to solve a crossword puzzle with the pieces in separate rooms; instead, we first gather all the pieces together in one place.  Similarly, she argues, don’t keep your tasks (to do’s) in separate places (some on post it notes, others in emails, voice messages, Slack posts or in your head).  Instead, make sure you get them all together, written down in one place.  Then, prioritize. 

    That way, you’ll be able to pay attention to what’s really worth paying attention to.  And create your life as you go.

    A  CEO for more than 25 years, Jed Daly works with the CEOs and senior executives of more than 40 Los Angeles companies as a Vistage Chair.  Vistage is the world’s leading CEO membership organization, with more than 22,000 members in 19 countries who run companies with annual revenues ranging from $1 million to over $18 billion. Mr. Daly chairs three out of the 50 Los Angeles based Vistage Boards, and will shortly be forming a fourth Board in the San Gabriel Valley. His 40 members make better decisions, become more profitable AND work less, so they can spend more time with their families, do the things they love and have better personal and professional relationships. For additional posts and content, please link here.  He can be reached at or

  • Fri, May 25, 2018 12:21 PM | Deleted user

    Twenty San Gabriel Valley Cities packed the exhibit booth at this year's ICSC RECon. The four-day trade show that took place on May 20-23 is the world's largest commercial real estate convention, boasting an attendance of 34,000 developers. Our member cities had back-to-back meetings with developers and brokers to bring retailers, hotels, and housing to their cities.

    This year, we increased the number of conference tables from two to four to ensure city staff and council members have plenty of space for deal-making. The live espresso service brought lots of foot traffic to our booth, making our booth the center of attention in Central Hall. Special thanks to The Olson Company for sponsoring a happy hour event for our member cities on Monday afternoon.

    The Partnership was proud to represent the San Gabriel Valley at ICSC RECon, and we look forward to bringing our member cities to ICSC's Western Conference & Deal Making at the Los Angeles Convention Center in October. 

    Interested in sponsoring the October ICSC conference in Los Angeles? Contact Director of Marketing & Communications Regina Wang at

  • Fri, May 18, 2018 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sacramento Bee: Groping allegation against Asm. Cristina Garcia not substantiated as harassment investigation ends

    An Assembly investigation did not corroborate allegations that Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia drunkenly groped a former legislative staff member.

    The Bell Gardens Democrat took an unpaid leave from the Assembly in February after Daniel Fierro, who now operates a political communications firm in Cerritos, said she cornered him at a legislative softball game in 2014, squeezed his butt and attempted to grab his crotch.

    "I look forward to returning to work and getting back to the business of representing my constituents," Garcia said in a statement Thursday declaring that she had been "exonerated." Her spokeswoman said she has not yet decided on a return date to the Capitol.

    Though cleared of the most serious charge against her, Garcia will be removed from her committee memberships and required to attend sensitivity training after the investigation found that she violated the Assembly's sexual harassment policy by using vulgar language, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced.

    The Hill: House rejects farm bill as conservatives revolt

    House conservatives tanked a GOP farm bill on Friday over an intra-party feud over immigration, delivering a stunning blow to Republican leaders as they try to find a path forward on immigration.

    In a 198-213 vote, GOP conservatives essentially joined Democrats in rejecting the measure, which would have introduced tougher work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] that were a priority for Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

    The whip count remained in question in the hours leading up to the dramatic vote, despite GOP leaders expressing confidence just minutes before hand that they would have enough support to pass the bill.

    Ryan and other GOP leaders frantically tried to flip members of the House Freedom Caucus from no to yes during the amendment vote series leading up to final passage.

    At one point, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), a chief deputy whip, was seen working Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) while Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was locked in an intense conversation with Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) 

    Ryan, McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) huddled with House Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Scott Perry (R-Pa.) earlier as lawmakers voted on amendments to the bill.

    Sacramento Bee: Baby boomers could get a huge property tax break under November initiative

    Older California residents who move could save thousands of dollars in property taxes under an initiative that has qualified for the statewide November ballot.

    The initiative – backed by the California Association of Realtors – would change a key provision of Proposition 13, the state’s 40-year-old property tax law that ties a home’s assessed value to its sales price and caps the property tax rate at 1 percent of that value.

    Under the initiative, people over the age of 55 moving within the state could pay property taxes based on the sales price of the home they are leaving. The new tax structure would be determined by a complicated formula that takes into account the values of the home someone is selling and the home they are buying.

    For example, a resident lives in a home with an assessed value of $200,000 and sells that home for $400,000. They then buy a different home for $1 million somewhere else in California.

    Sacramento Bee: Democrats ramp up effort to avoid California catastrophe

    The political arm of House Democrats is undertaking a late push to drive up voter turnout in a handful of marquee California congressional districts where the party now faces the possibility of not even having a Democrat make it onto the November ballot.

    The operation from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee includes mailers and digital ads, aimed at registering and turning out the party’s voters in four battleground districts ahead of the June 5 primary.

    Each district — all suburbs around Orange County, California — is among the party’s best pickup opportunities this year, and failing to have a general election candidate in any of them would be a significant blow to Democrats’ hopes of winning the 23 seats necessary for a House majority.

    “After more than a year of organizing in communities across the state, California Democrats deserve to have a Democrat advance to the general election who they can vote for a Democrat in November,” said Drew Godinich, DCCC spokesperson. “Washington Republicans have attacked California’s environment, health care, and raised taxes on millions of families. California Democrats need to vote in June if they want to be heard in November and finish the task by flipping these California districts blue.”

    Next 10: California Migration: A Comparative Analysis

    A trio of new studies suggest deepening divisions in California's economy, depending on residents' income and where they live. Some familiar trends continue.

    Over the decade ending in 2016, more people moved out of California than moved in, and the state still has the highest housing costs in the nation. Job growth is up across low-, mid- and high-income earners, but while wages have increased across all categories, low-income earners haven’t seen their paychecks increase at a comparable pace in recent years. Well-educated, high-income earners continue to move to California, even as growth in high-wage employment has slowed. And as housing prices near an all-time high, Californians with low-paying jobs are leaving the state in search of more affordable lives, despite a growing number of available low-paying jobs.

    Regional differences add another layer of complication. For example, in the Bay Area, the number of high-wage jobs continues to grow, and high-wage workers continue to move in. But in Southern California, shares of high- and middle-wage employment have declined. And Southern California and rural areas are losing more residents, on average, than other parts of the state.

    The report's main findings include:

    • From 2006 to 2016, 1,090,600 more people moved out of California to other states than moved from other states to California.
    • Migration and income trends vary by region. The Bay Area, which had the highest percentage gains in high-wage jobs, has experienced overall net migration growth since 2014. By contrast, Los Angeles and the Inland Empire have seen declines in high- and middle-wage jobs, an increase in low-wage employment, and more people moving out of state than moving in.
    • The main driver for net out-migration appears to be high housing costs, since migration rates are highest for those at lower-wage levels. The vast majority of people who moved out of California were concentrated in lower-skilled, lower-paying fields — namely sales, transportation, and food preparation — which together accounted for a net outflow of more than 180,200 people from 2006 to 2016.
    • Migration trends suggest that the middle class is also being priced out of the state. Net migration of those earning between $30,000 and $49,999 accounted for 93,500 residents leaving California from 2006 to 2016, or 18 percent of net out-migration. On the other hand, net domestic migration for households earning from $50,000 to $99,999 has been positive since 2010, representing 52 percent of net in-migration.
    • The annual rate of net out-migration has fluctuated, and is recently on the rise, with 113,300 net residents leaving in 2016. That is, more people than left each year from 2009 to 2014, but not as many as the nearly 225,800 who moved out in 2006, when housing prices were sky-high ahead of the housing crash.
    • International migrants who move to California tend to be more educated and have higher household incomes compared to domestic migrants. Between 2006 and 2016, immigrant households with incomes of at least $100,000 grew 170.5 percent, while immigrant households with incomes of less than $10,000 decreased 56.3 percent.

    The Atlantic: Why Tech Philanthropy Doesn't Help the Poor

    The San Francisco Bay Area has rapidly become the richest region in the country—the Census Bureau said last year that median household income was $96,777. It’s a place where $100,000 Teslas are commonplace, “raw water” goes for $37 a jug, and injecting clients with the plasma of youth —a gag on the television show Silicon Valley—is being tried by real companies for just $8,000 a pop.

    Yet Sacred Heart Community Service, a San Jose nonprofit that helps low-income families with food, clothing, heating bills, and other services, actually received less in individual donations from the community in 2017 than it did the previous year. “We’re still not sure what it could be attributed to,” Jill Mitsch, the funds development manager at Sacred Heart, told me. It’s not the only nonprofit trying to keep donations up—the United Way of Silicon Valley folded in 2016 amidst stagnant contributions.

    That’s not to say that Silicon Valley’s wealthy aren’t donating their money to charity. Many, including Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Larry Page, have signed the Giving Pledge, committing to dedicating the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. But much of that money is not making its way out into the community.

    There are many reasons for this, but one of them is likely the increasing popularity of a certain type of charitable account called a donor-advised fund. These funds allow donors to receive big tax breaks for giving money or stock, but have little transparency and no requirement that money put into them is actually spent. Fidelity Charitable and Schwab Charitable, two of the biggest charities with donor-advised fund programs, held $2.2 billion in donor-advised funds from clients located in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in 2014. That’s a 946 percent increase from 2005, according to The Giving Code, a 2016 report about philanthropy in Silicon Valley.

    Washington Post: 'A Rogue State:' California's defiance of federal immigration policy

    For nearly two decades, Alameda County sheriff’s Sgt. Don Laventure has kept inmate records at what was once one of the nation’s largest jails, a campus of low cement buildings set among seasonally green hills. He knows his work.

    Yet since January, a flowchart drawn in green highlighter has hung over the window above his desk at Santa Rita Jail. It is a cheat sheet for how to follow the rules imposed by California’s “sanctuary state” law, which providesbroad legal protection from federal deportation to the state’s estimated 2.5 million undocumented immigrants.

    The chart is a collection of arrows, some pointing sideways, some down, some toward U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — and even more pointing away from it.

    “We need to let everyone who sits in here know how this works,” Laventure said, “because not everybody knows what’s going on.”

    California’s new sanctuary-state law has made Laventure’s job more complex, but for many public-safety officials in the state, their frustration is about more than the cumbersome rules. The law, they say, is putting people at risk.

    Growing opposition to the law is challenging California’s identity as the heart of liberal resistance to the Trump administration. Protestsfrom conservative residents and politicians are emerging in courthouses and council meetings from here in the Bay Area to San Diego County.

    Known officially as the California Values Act, the law prohibits nearly all communication between local law enforcement officials and federal immigration agents.At Santa Rita Jail, which takes in between 400 and 500 people a day, 35 inmates have been met by ICE agents so far this year — a number that the jail’s commander believes should be far higher.

    “We constantly have to second-guess ourselves,” said Capt. Derrick Hesselein, commander of the jail.

    City Journal: Tom Wolfe's California

    Tom Wolfe is most identified with New York City, for good reason. He has lived and worked in Manhattan since the early 1960s, and New York dominates his writing the way London looms for Dickens. But Wolfe has never been afraid to venture from his home turf—this fall’s Back to Blood, an exploration of Miami, is a case in point—and his true literary second home is California. Over the course of his career, Wolfe has devoted more pages to the Golden State than to any setting other than Gotham. In his early years, from the mid-1960s through the early 1970s, the ratio was almost one-to-one. More to the point, the core insights on which he built his career—the devolution of style to the masses, status as a replacement for social class, the “happiness explosion” in postwar America—all first came to him in California. Even books in which the state figures not at all are informed by Wolfe’s observations of the West. Without California, there would be no Wolfe as we know him—no Bonfire, no Right Stuff, no Radical Chic or Me Decade, none of the blockbuster titles or era-defining phrases that made him world-famous.

    And without Wolfe, we would not understand California—or the California-ized modern world. At the time of his most frequent visits, the state was undergoing a profound change, one that affects it to this day and whose every aspect has been exported throughout the country and the globe. Both have become much more like California over the last 40 years, even as California has drifted away from its old self, and Wolfe has chronicled and explained it all.

    It started by accident. Wolfe was working for the New York Herald Tribune, which, along with eight other local papers, shut down for 114 days during the 1962–63 newspaper strike. He had recently written about a custom car show—phoned it in, by his own admission—but he knew there was more to the story. Temporarily without an income, he pitched a story about the custom car scene to Esquire. “Really, I needed to make some money,” Wolfe tells me. “You could draw a per diem from the newspaper writers’ guild, but it was a pittance. I was in bad shape,” he chuckles. Esquire bit and sent the 32-year-old on his first visit to the West—to Southern California, epicenter of the subculture.

    Wolfe saw plenty on that trip, from Santa Monica to North Hollywood to Maywood, from the gardens and suburbs of mid-’60s Southern California to its dung heaps. He saw so much that he didn’t know what to make of it all. Returning to New York in despair, he told Esquire that he couldn’t write the piece. Well, they said, we already have the art laid in, so we have to do something; type up your notes and send them over. “Can you imagine anything more humiliating than being told, ‘Type up your notes, we’ll have a real writer do the piece’?” Wolfe asks. He stayed up all night writing a 49-page memo—which Esquire printed nearly verbatim.

    It’s a great tale, but, one fears, too cute to be strictly true. I ask him about it point-blank. “Oh, yes, that’s exactly what happened,” he says. “I wrote it like a letter, to an audience of literally one person”—Esquire managing editor Byron Dobell—“with all these block phrases and asides. But at some point in the middle of the night, I started to think it might actually be pretty good.”

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    For the last three years the Partnership has served PCC as the industry intermediary on the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technology Linked Learning (AMETLL) Grant.

    The grant comes to an end in June and Dr. Yanez helped to identify employers with engineers to support the college’s last job shadowing program in April. We want to thank our members and non-members that worked hard to find the time and talent to participate.

    It is very important that college and high school students gain real-life work experience and exposure. The Partnership has placed a strong focus on workforce due to the fact that members have continuously communicated that one of their greatest challenges is developing a skilled workforce.  

    THANK YOU to Paul Hubler of Alameda Corridor East (ACE) who recruited engineers Phillip Balmeo, Victoria Butler and Charles Tsang, Andres Molina of WSP for recruiting engineers Ana Namiranian and Manny Castro (Photo), Tina Carey of Amada Miyachi for requiting Marty Newborne, Varoojan Avedian of Pasadena Water & Power for recruiting Jason Niccoli, Zachary Lasater of Dow Hydraulics, and Keith Keeuwen of Rite Aid Thifty Ice Cream.

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