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No. 92: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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92. Melanie Mason

The highest-profile story of the year in Sacramento was the explosion of sexual misconduct scandals that engulfed the Capitol and saw the birth of the #WeSaidEnough movement. Detailed, painful allegations were made public by scores of women who described years of harassment at the hands of lawmakers, legislative employees, lobbyists and others

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No. 88: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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88. David Lesher

Dave Lesher is the CEO and executive editor at CALmatters, a newish nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism site covering government, politics, policy and money — and the intersection of all of those. CALmatters’ donors, who include Silicon Valley interests, believe the site ultimately will be sustainable, and thus far, it certainly is, with CALmatters

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No. 86: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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86: Jim DeBoo

Speaking of people whose names come up repeatedly when we ask our sources who should be — but isn’t — on the list… This time around, quite a few mentioned Democratic political consultant Jim DeBoo. DeBoo spent years as a staffer, but these days he provides strategic consulting and runs an IE, which

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No. 85: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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85. Scott Day

Scott Day is the associate executive director of the politically powerful California Teachers Association, which translates into being the point man for the CTA in the Capitol and coordinator of their lobbying and strategy efforts. That title was held for years by Joe Nuñez (No. 16), who has since moved on to

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No. 84: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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84. Ace Smith

SCN Strategies — that stands for the surnames of Ace Smith, Sean Clegg and Dan Newman — seems to be doing everything this election year, and it’s no surprise. Smith, a 30-year political veteran, is Gov. Jerry Brown’s go-to political consultant and has handled the governor’s election campaigns. He’s done U.S. Senate

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No. 83: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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83. Cesar Diaz

The State Building and Construction Trades Council is one of California’s most important labor groups, and its fingerprints are all over major issues. One of the most recent: The push for money to fix California’s crumbling roads and infrastructure. The point man for SBCTC was Cesar Diaz, the organization’s legislative and political director.

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Time to take action on behavioral health

A depressed man sits alone atop an office building. (Photo: Fure, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: The effects of poor behavioral health can be seen all around us every day. We see it in the form of alcoholism or drug addiction, including the epidemic of opioid use.  It can be seen in the daily struggles of those with depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric conditions. It can make headlines, as with the shocking suicides of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade.

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No. 12: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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12. Camille Wagner

Camille Wagner is Gov. Brown’s legislative secretary, which means she’s usually in a fight and usually successful. Part of her job is to push Brown’s policy and political agenda through a balky Legislature while heading off the legislation he opposes. That may sound easy, but it’s not. She’s steeped in policy, but

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No. 78: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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78.  Jennifer Barrera

Jennifer Barrera is new on this list, but she’s a top gun at the California Chamber of Commerce and deserves to be here. She’s the Chamber’s senior vice president for policy, and represents the Chamber on legal reform issues. “Legal reform” sounds suspiciously like “tort reform,” which in turn sound suspiciously like

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No. 73: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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73: Marty Wilson

Marty Wilson’s lofty official title is executive vice president of public affairs for the California Chamber of Commerce. But the big piece of that is politics as much as public affairs. Wilson played key roles in Pete Wilson’s campaigns for governor and U.S. Senate, and he’s worked in public and private communications.

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