Oil industry drops ballot challenge (SacBee)

California oil industry drops ballot challenge to law that bans drilling near homes, schools BY ARI PLACHTA UPDATED JUNE 27, 2024 9:25 AM

A California oil industry group said Wednesday it would withdraw an initiative from the November ballot challenging a state law that bans drilling within 3,200 feet from homes, schools and businesses. Instead, the California Independent Petroleum Association said it would challenge the law in court.


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Automatic voter registration takes a step back (CalMatters)

The Assembly elections committee today approved a pared-back version of a bill that would have created an automatic voter registration system in California, with some cautious “yes” votes and continued concerns from opponents.

Senate Bill 299 by Sen. Monique Limón would have changed the current “opt-out” system of voter registration at the Department of Motor Vehicles to one where someone applying for a driver’s license or ID would be automatically registered if eligible and notified after — a system in place in 11 other states. 

The bill was amended to take a step back, and instead just allow the Secretary of State to create a list of people “preapproved for registration” — those of voting age who have provided the DMV with proof of citizenship. 


Court blocks Taxpayer Deception ballot (CalMatters)

High court blocks anti-tax measure from California ballot


The California Supreme Court sided with Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic leaders in the Legislature on the constitutionality of a sweeping anti-tax measure, ruling today that it cannot go before voters in November.

The business community-sponsored initiative, formally known as the Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act, broadly aimed to make it more challenging to raise taxes in California, including by requiring the Legislature to seek approval from the voters for any new or higher state tax.


Job: Research Analyst II

Title: Research Analyst II
FLSA: Exempt, Full Time
Pay range or rate: Commensurate with experience

Division: Research
Supervisor: Research Director
Revised: January 2024

Under the supervision of OC Action’s Research Director, the Research Analyst II will conduct data collection and analysis supporting the aligned research agenda of Orange County’s largest integrated voter engagement table. The Research Analyst II will help develop focus groups designed to assess voter attitudes and test messages, both as part of key electoral and legislative campaigns to engage with and learn from Latinx, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, and Filipinx community members in Orange County. The Research Analyst II will also support other research projects, including public opinion polling and post-election, strategic, and policy analyses.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Conduct qualitative research, including focus groups, and analyze qualitative data.
  • Use data analysis, GIS software to acquire, manage, and analyze census, voter, and other quantitative data.
  • Create tables and graphics that capture research findings.
  • Draft written narrative describing research findings.
  • Present research findings to diverse audiences, including community-based organizations and policy makers.
  • Participate in staff meetings, in-service meetings, organizational retreats, and professional development training.
  • Perform any other functions as needed by management and agency.
Minimum Qualifications – Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
  • Understanding of qualitative research methodology.
  • Experience conducting qualitative research, including focus groups.
  • Experience using data analysis, GIS software to acquire, manage, and analyze census, voter, and other quantitative data.
  • Experience creating tables and graphics that capture research findings.
  • Experience drafting written narrative describing research findings.
  • Experience presenting research findings to diverse audiences, including community-based organizations and policy makers.
  • Ability to use CIVIS and SQL to analyze voter data preferred.
  • Masters degree with two years or Bachelor’s degree with five years experience required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Must be comfortable with the philosophy and goals of OC Action.
  • Ability to work some evenings, weekends.
  • Current and valid California Driver’s License and transportation to travel to conferences, meetings, and trainings; verification of car insurance is required.
  • Verification of employment eligibility and background check required.
Non-Essential Qualifications
  • Ability to use PDI voter data system to set up flags and survey questions, create field lists, coordinate and cut turf, and report on field outcomes.
  • Ability to use third party voter engagement platforms, including phonebanking, texting, and other tools.
  • Ability to train others on the use of PDI, third-party voter engagement platforms.
  • Ability to coordinate use of PDI, third party voter engagement platforms with field staff and external partners.
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • None
Environmental Conditions (Working Conditions)

Both in-person and remote attendance.

Physical Requirement

Sitting, typing, speaking, listening, standing, and driving.

Mental Requirement

Tolerance for distractions and interruptions.

Application Process:

Please email a cover letter, resume and 2 professional references (past supervisors including email address and phone number) to: Please ensure that the email subject has the job title: Research Analyst II.

No phone calls please.

Application deadline: Open until filled.

Agency Background:

OC Action is committed to a long-term progressive transformation of the Orange County electorate and will continue to move towards the change that our people deserve.

OC Action is an innovative partnership of community-based organizations committed to increasing the quality, scale and effectiveness of civic participation in communities of color and among low-income populations. Partner organizations are: Resilience OC, Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance, Orange County Congregation Community, Orange County Labor Federation, Orange County Environmental Justice, AHRI for Justice, and the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative.


Call Asm Pellerin to Pass SB 299

Last week, we mobilized alongside 100 voting rights advocates and community members from the California Grassroots Democracy Coalition to meet with legislators and demand an end to racism in California’s voting systems. Passing SB 299 would automatically register 4.7 million eligible voters, the majority from Black, Latinx, and Asian American communities. It is time we reclaim our democracy! 

The fight for SB 299 is not over. We need your help to tell Assemblymember Gail Pellerin to stop blocking California’s progress towards voter equity and racial justice.

Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta spoke during our press conference and met with Asm. Pellerin. She said, “Simply put, voter registration laws are racist.” SB 299 is the next step to end racism in California’s voting systems. 

Press Release

Rally at Capitol to Fix Racist Voter Registration Laws

Dolores Huerta, State Senator Monique Limón and Women of Color Rally at State Capitol to Demand Lawmakers to Fix State’s Racist Voter Registration Laws 

One-hundred advocates from across the state met with legislators  to share how voter registration laws makes voting harder for their communities, calling on the legislature to pass SB-299, to automate voter registration 

SACRAMENTO, CA — Yesterday, Dolores Huerta, California State Senator Monique Limón, Assemblymember Chris Holden, and 100 voting rights advocates from across the state who make up the California Grassroots Democracy Coalition, rallied in front of the Capitol building to galvanize the State Legislature around California’s New Motor Voter Program bill (SB-299). If passed into law, SB-299 would automatically bring 4.7 million eligible but unregistered voters, who are disproportionately Asian American, Black, and Latinx citizens, one step closer to the ballot box. The Coalition hopes to move Elections Committee Chair Assemblymember Gail Pellerin to expand California’s democracy to all eligible voters and move California toward truly automatic voter registration with SB-299. 

“Simply put: voter registration laws are racist,” said Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farmworkers and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation who has been advocating for the expansion of voting rights for underrepresented communities since the 1950’s. “They are relics of the racist Jim Crow Era, a time when literacy tests, poll taxes and other hurdles were put in place to prevent Black, Indigenous and other people of color from voting.”

California’s exclusionary voting practices have evolved and persisted for more than two centuries. Beyond California’s 92-year-long delay in assuring equal rights for Black, Chinese, Mexican and Native American people through the prolonged ratification of the 15th Amendment, California discouraged voting by withholding citizenship from Chinese immigrants, requiring literacy tests for all voters at the ballot box, and introducing a variety of poll taxes that disproportionately affected workers, immigrants and infrequent voters. The requirement to register oneself with a county clerk was introduced in 1866, and had the same desired effect to make voting exclusive

Senator Monique Limón, (D-Santa Barbara) who authored the bill said, “It is unacceptable that working-class communities of color continue to be systematically left out of access to political power. We must take the necessary steps to ensure that California’s diverse population becomes a diverse electorate that truly represents the power of our state.”

SB-299 would update California’s voter registration to Secure Automatic Voter Registration (SAVR),  which automatically registers eligible people when they interact with a state agency like the DMV or Medicaid. This bill follows a national trend of updating and fully automating Motor Voter laws which have recently passed in Alaska, Delaware, DC, Colorado, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. 

In addition to Limón and Huerta, three women of color leaders spoke at the rally and press conference about  the kinds of obstacles voter registration poses to their communities. 

“I was my family’s sole interpreter and civic navigator from a very young age, and voter registration was not at the top of the urgent paperwork I was translating for them,” said Sydney Fang, Policy Director at AAPI FORCE who is the child of immigrants and refugees who speak Cantonese. “Once they were able to opt-in for in-language voting, registration became easier for my family. SB-299 would remove this laborious extra step that’s keeping so many non-English speakers from participating in our democracy.” 

Kristin Nimmers, Policy and Campaign Manager with the California Black Power Network described how system impacted people (1 out of every 13 Black adults) experience frequent changes to their voter eligibility, making it difficult to keep up with registration. “California re-enfranchised over 50 thousand people in the last four years thanks to Prop 17,” said Nimmers. “But in the absence of a back-end system, many of those people, and others on parole, probation, serving a misdemeanor sentence or awaiting trial, are still learning about this critical new right, and are therefore much less likely to be registered.”

“A lack of in-language information for immigrants in various stages of their citizenship process makes registering to vote, not only difficult  but also dangerous,” said Itzel Maganda Chavez, Civic Engagement Director for Alliance San Diego, who described a community member who mistakenly registered before they were eligible, jeopardizing his eligibility to naturalize, and could have resulted in deportation. “By putting the burden of registration on all Californians, the state endangers non-citizens who aren’t aware of the consequences or historical knowledge of the US voting process. Forcing people to opt in, puts vulnerable communities at serious risk while at the same time excludes eligible voters from exercising their fundamental right to vote.”

About California Grassroots Democracy Coalition

The California Grassroots Democracy Coalition comprises 140+ grassroots organizations and is dedicated to helping California’s most vulnerable communities become empowered through pro-democracy reforms. The organizations include a wide range of backgrounds including, but not limited to: criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, language access, low-income communities, environmental justice, religious, labor unions, etc.

Media Contacts: Alexis Meisels & Ahuatl Amaro, Change Consulting