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No. 47: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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47. Gale Kaufman

It’s election time, so it’s show time for Gale Kaufman, who has been handling major campaigns for decades – especially for the California Teachers Association – and who may be the single best-known campaign handler in the state. This year she’s on Proposition 22 and Proposition 25. She’s doing labor’s opposition campaign to Proposition 22, which seeks to allow app-based ride-hailing and delivery companies to hire workers as independent contractors, instead of as employees. She also is doing the yes campaign for Proposition 25, a referendum on California’s no-cash bail law, which allowed defendants to be released pending court appearances or trial without posting bail. A referendum is tricky: A yes vote means you want to continue to allow no-bail releases. A no vote means no, you don’t want to keep the existing law. Kaufman is not handling a major CTA-backed ballot measure on property tax reassessments, Proposition 15, but she remains as an outside consultant to CTA.

Updated Aug. 11, 2020

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