The Buzz: State job applicants will lose the snail mail – in 2017

05/05/2014 6:23 PM

05/06/2014 12:46 AM

Welcome to the 21st century, California.

A bill cruising through the Legislature, Assembly Bill 1820, would make email the government’s default mode of communication with state job applicants, although postal delivery of job documents would remain an option.

The measure by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, mandates that the Department of Human Resources or hiring agencies use an “electronic communication address” for job correspondence.

A similar Mullin bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year allows CalSTRS to email various reports and documents. That measure, like Mullin’s latest bill, requires the state to make it clear that printed and communication via parcel post remains available by request.

For several years, the state has been promoting jobs.ca.gov as the portal to government employment, and it is in the midst of a multimillion-dollar overhaul of the website. But it responds to online job applications via parcel post.

State agencies will have time to make the adjustment from snail mail to email. Mullin’s bill was recently amended to push off the change from 2016 to July 2017.

– Jon Ortiz


CAMPAIGN WATCH

Republican Neel Kashkari, lagging behind GOP rival Tim Donnelly in the race for governor, released his first TV ad Monday and announced he has donated $500,000 to his own campaign. Kashkari’s fundraising, while more robust than Donnelly’s, fell off after a fast start. His $500,000 contribution will increase the total amount he has reported raising to about $2.3 million. Kashkari, a former Goldman Sachs executive and U.S. Treasury Department official, has put his net worth at less than $5 million.

– David Siders


WORTH REPEATING

“The state of California should not be in the business of promoting hate towards others.”

Assemblyman Isadore Hall, Compton Democrat, on his bill to ban state agencies from selling the Confederate flag.

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