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LA-LA LAND: Charter school founder Steve Barr to challenge Garcetti in 2017 [Peter Jamison and Howard Blume @ LAT] - "Charter school founder Steve Barr on Monday filed papers to run for Los Angeles mayor, launching a long-shot candidacy that could reshape the dynamics of incumbent Mayor Eric Garcetti’s reelection bid by drawing voters’ attention to the city’s struggling school system." 

Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers announce major reorganization of California's energy regulating agency [Liam Dillon @ LAT] - "Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers announced a broad overhaul of the state’s main energy regulator on Monday, a response to a scandal involving the agency’s decommissioning of a Southern California nuclear facility and criticism in its handling of new technologies including Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies." 

California's wasteful bullet train funding fantasy (East Bay Times Editorial): "When voters in 2008 approved state bonds for part of the project, we were promised a $45 billion system stretching from San Diego to Sacramento. Today the price of just Phase 1, from San Francisco to Los Angeles, stands at $64 billion." 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senator Marty Block, my friend from his days as a community college trustee! I approached Marty with a difficult bill to facilitate the California Voting Rights Act for community colleges. He courageously took it on and we flew through the two chambers.




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  • Finance Assistant for Frontline Congressional Democrat: The Finance Assistant will be responsible for managing low dollar events, staffing Sacramento call time and assisting with the implementation of the fundraising plan, both in district and nationwide, for a top-targeted Frontline Democrat. Send resume and cover letter to
  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West Regional Political Organizers (Inland Empire and Silicon Valley). 85,000 member California healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive, motivated political organizers, 3-5 yrs political/union experience. Competitive salary and benefits package. Resume, letter, 3 references:

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Jerry Brown signs $122 billion state budget without a single veto
The 2016-17 state budget sends $71.9 billion to K-12 schools and community colleges, which is the highest amount sent to schools under the state’s minimum funding guarantee. Brown wants to streamline the review process for housing proposals that meet a city’s zoning requirements, but the legislation has been opposed by unions and other groups that say it sidesteps the state’s environmental laws. The state will authorize a $2 billion bond from future Proposition 63 mental health revenues to create affordable housing programs for the mentally ill. The budget included Democrats’ long-sought repeal of a controversial limit on welfare benefits. “This balanced, on-time budget — which also responsibly grows the state’s rainy day fund — is the result of hundreds of hours of public hearings,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount (Los Angeles County), said in a statement.

Activists Reveal More Dark-money Donors To Campaigns Against Unions And Schools-funding Tax
Activists reveal more dark-money donors to campaigns against unions and schools-funding tax

California Lawmakers Approve $2 Billion For Homeless Housing | The Sacramento Bee
California senators have approved a $2 billion bond to build permanent housing for mentally ill homeless people.

U.S. Senate Candidate Loretta Sanchez Misses House Votes, Gun Control Sit-in During Week In Spain
U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez remained in Spain for a week after a trade mission this month, missing nine recorded votes and the Democrats’...

Brexit And California Business & Politics :: Fox&hounds
No one knows for sure what the long-term effects of Brexit will be but there was extensive handwringing over the economic prospects for the state in the few days following the vote. The unpredictable nature of the unprecedented vote has raised concern. Britain is the second largest trading partner with California after China. In Southern California alone, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation reports that 1,145 British owned establishments employ 55,000 workers with their future status unknown.

Heritage Or Hatred? Assembly Debates Nixing Confederate Names | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Resolution would urge Congress to nix Confederate place names

Charter School Founder Steve Barr To Challenge Garcetti In 2017
KEEP OFF WIRES Steve Barr, founder of Green Dot Charter Schools, announces that he will challenge Mayor Eric Garcetti, putting education policy at the forefront of the 2017 campaign.

Protesters Claim Police Did Nothing To Stop Violence At California Capitol On Sunday | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton and Anita Chabria @
CHP, Sacramento police say they were prepared and took action to prevent more violence

California Voters Will Be Asked This November To Change The Rules For Passing Bills In The Legislature
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With help from President Obama, BuzzFeed launches get-out-the-vote initiative
The week-long initiative, in partnership with TurboVote, aims to encourage young voters to participate in upcoming elections.

Internet Poker, Fantasy Sports Gambling Coming To California? | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Two bills would expand gambling industry

Plan For Regional Power Grid Raises Hopes, Doubts |
The California operator, run by a five-member board appointed by the governor, would join with a for-profit Oregon utility to create a regional energy market that serves six or more Western states.

Airbnb Sues San Francisco — Its Hometown — To Block New Rental Law
Airbnb is suing its home city of San Francisco to block a new rental law intended to mitigate the impact of vacation rental services on the city's housing stock.

Should California's Rainy Day Fund Be Used Even When There's No Recession? -
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From Living In Cars To UC Davis — One Student's Journey
Angel Macias went from sleeping in stolen cars in South LA to graduating from Jordan High School, a turnaround school in Watts.

Senate Democrats Say Theyâ
Lawmakers said they planned to block a federal spending measure allocating $1.1 billion to fight the virus over cuts to Planned Parenthood included in the legislation.

California Has A Lot More Water Than Some Think, New Stanford Study Suggests
California has a lot more water that it thinks, new Stanford study suggests.

Hundreds pack Oakland City Hall for coal ban vote
Hundreds of people crowded into Oakland City Hall — and demonstrated outside — on Monday as the City Council prepared to vote on a ban that could effectively block a controversial plan to coal from the port. The proposed ban, co-sponsored by Mayor Libby Schaaf and Councilman Dan Kalb, would prohibit anyone from transporting, handling, or storing large amounts of coal or petroleum coke in Oakland, on the grounds that these fossil fuels pollute the air and pose serious risks to workers and nearby residents. “I am firmly committed to adopting the strongest health and safety protections allowed by law,” Schaaf declared in a statement released Monday morning, hours before a special hearing at which the council was scheduled to vote on the controversial proposal. Concerns about the project began building in 2014, after Tagami’s shipping operator, Terminal Logistics Solutions, entered talks with four coal-mining counties in Utah. “As passionate stewards of the environment who are committed to equity, Oaklanders know it’s a false choice to say we have to pick between jobs and this community’s health and safety,” she said in in the statement. On the day of the hearing, Tagami’s attorney sent the city a letter claiming that any coal ban would violate the 2013 development deal that gave California Capital & Investment Group the right to build the bulk terminal. “As noted in our counsel’s letter, such a move exposes the City to hundreds of millions of dollars in legal liability, including the return of approximately $150 million to the State of California and another potential hundreds of millions in damages to the developer,” project spokesman Larry Kamer said in a statement released Monday afternoon.

State Senators Block Energy Policy Changes Sought By Gov. Jerry Brown
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Clinton Campaign Rips 'partisan' Benghazi Report - Politico
Republican members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi said the U.S. response to the 2012 terrorist attack was slowed by election year politics and...

California Measures For Three-day Waiting Period Near Showdown | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Competing measures would require more notice on bills

Sex Trafficking's 'ugly Truth' Targeted In Awareness Campaign |
San Diego — County officials announced on Monday the launch of a campaign intended to educate the public about sex trafficking and child exploitation.