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Good morning! Whew, that was a long Senate Approps hearing yesterday, but Ricardo Lara chaired it masterfully. Lorena Gonzalez gets her shot at a massive agenda in Asm Approps tomorrow.

The DNC CEO resigned this morning, as the bloodshed continues on South Capitol SE.

Xavier Becerra was great on one of the Sunday shows this weekend. While I've like to have a full-time DNC chair, I don't see any popping up. I can't believe Donna Brazile would do it, but it's a possibility.

ROGER: After domestic abuse claims, Assemblyman Roger Hernández on medical leave [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-Baldwin Park, was absent Monday as members returned to the Assembly floor on Monday to launch the final month of the legislative session. John Casey, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, said Hernández has submitted a physician’s note that could keep him out of work through this week and much of the next.”

Well, that explains Lorena Gonzalez presenting his bill in Approps yesterday. It likely means we won't be seeing Roger again. Termed out, he is running against fellow Democrat Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, who was the favorite before Roger's recent legal troubles.

Roger is likely to be replaced by his sister-in-law in the Assembly, an awkward thing given the messy divorce. But, most Sacramentans saw this coming. We'll just allege that Roger enjoyed his time in Sacramento.

GOV: John Chiang off to fast start in money race for California governor [David Siders @ SacBee] - “One reason not to discount state Treasurer John Chiang in California’s still-distant race for governor: He raised more money in the first six weeks of his campaign than Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, an aggressive fundraiser with a higher profile, produced in the same period after declaring his candidacy last year.”

This is interesting, as everybody thought Gavin was going to bury Chiang in dollars. However, Gavin is using his fundraising prowess to raise money for Proposition 63 (gun control) and 64 (marijuana). Chiang's money is largely coming from Chinese-American donors, an increasing force in California politics. If you follow the daily reports, an overwhelming share are from the community. 

PROP 63: Supporters of California gun control initiative have big fundraising lead over opponents [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - “Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Safety for All Committee reported it has raised $3.8 million so far, compared with $467,000 raised by two committees opposing Propostion 63.”

STRIKE! SEIU Local 1000 OKs strike vote amid talks with Gov. Jerry Brown [Anshu Siripurapu @ SacBee] - “California’s largest state employee union has taken the first step to strike, authorizing a membership vote amid contract negotiations with the Brown administration. The move by SEIU Local 1000 follows a July 8 offer from Gov. Jerry Brown that included a 12 percent salary increase over four years for the 95,000-employee union, but would require higher payments toward retiree health benefits. The union’s contract expired July 1.”

WATER WARS: California fishermen win key ruling over Delta water supply [Dale Kasler @ Sacbee] - “A federal appeals court last week ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which delivers water from the Delta via the federal Central Valley Project, violated federal environmental law by renewing a series of two-year delivery contracts for south-of-Delta agricultural customers. The court said the bureau should have given “full and meaningful consideration” to the idea of reducing the amount of water available for delivery in the contracts.”

SMOKIN! When pot is legal, how do you convince teens to abstain? [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “From the start, the campaign to make California the fifth state allowing adult marijuana use has sought to reassure skeptical parents by emphasizing safeguards to prevent those under the age of 21 from partaking. The first sentence of proponents’ case in a state voter guide promises Proposition 64 will create a well-regulated system “while protecting our children.”

$$$: Building California schools now big business, big money and big politics [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “The school construction tab is likely to increase even more because a $9 billion bond issue has been placed on the Nov. 8 ballot by a coalition of school groups, developers and the construction companies that profit from school contracts.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to lobbyist Jose Cornejo!



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John Chiang Off To Fast Start In Money Race For California Governor | The Sacramento Bee
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Could California Legislature Take Lame-duck Vote On Gas Taxes? -
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State Teachers Union Has Given More Than $13 Million To Extend Income Taxes On Wealthy Californians
California's largest teachers union has given more than $13 million to the effort to extend income tax hikes on California's highest ea...

Controversy Involving Presidential Debate Commission Previously, And I Was There :: Fox&hounds
The Commission on Presidential Debates was created in 1987 to ensure that debates were part of every general election providing information to voters. Following the Nixon-Kennedy debates of 1960 there were no presidential debates the next three presidential elections. Debates sponsored by the League of Women Voters were held in 1976 and the League continued to sponsor debates until the political parties created the commission to take over despite objections from the League.

California Senate Votes To End Ban On Ballot Selfies -
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Building California Schools Now Big Business, Big Money And Big Politics | The Sacramento Bee
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Observations on California and its politics

Supporters Of California Gun Control Initiative Have Big Fundraising Lead Over Opponents
Tapping some high-profile donors, supporters of a California gun control initiative on the November ballot have a huge head start over ...

Legislature Sends Foster Child, Immigrant Protections To Governor -
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Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Nearly $66 Million In Campaign Cash To Kill A Prescription Drug Ballot Measure In November
Opponents of a ballot measure that would limit how much pharmaceutical companies can charge state agencies for prescription drugs had n...

When Pot Is Legal, How Do You Convince Teens To Abstain? | The Sacramento Bee
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Oakland extends warm welcome to youngsters becoming citizens
Each received a certificate to prove his or her citizenship during a ceremony that at several points became a rebuke of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, whose criticism of Gold Star parents of a Muslim soldier caused a national outcry over the weekend. “We know that in the city of Oakland, what makes America great, what makes America proud, is our diversity,” said Mayor Libby Schaaf, contorting Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan to promote what she says are her city’s core values: openness and inclusivity. Schaaf delivered remarks in English and Spanish to welcome the children, ages 3 through 10, who all became U.S. citizens when their parents were naturalized and who on Monday received certificates to prove their citizenship. Comedian and inspirational speaker Michael Pritchard, who hosted the ceremony for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was exuberant. Held in Aesop’s Playhouse — a children’s theater with animal sculptures arrayed under a large canopy —the ceremony opened with a medley of American folk songs by Tosca, a vocal group from the Golden Gate Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. Robin Barrett, San Francisco field office director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, administered the oath and handed out the certificates, alongside Schaaf and Pritchard. Many of the attendees were reluctant to talk politics, and some said they have not paid much attention to the sparring between Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

California Drought: Residents Cut Water Use 21.5 Percent In June Despite Relaxed Drought Rules - Mercury News
The state's urban residents are continuing strong water conservation, cutting water use 21.5 percent in June compared with June 2013, the baseline year, despite state officials easing mandatory drought targets earlier this year.

Zika Outbreak Prompts Travel Warning For Area Of Miami | The Sacramento Bee
In a highly unusual travel warning, health officials advised pregnant women to avoid a part of Miami where mosquitoes are apparently transmitting Zika directly to humans.

Will Replacing Thirsty Lawns With Drought-tolerant Plants Make L.A. Hotter?
Efforts by Angelenos to replace their lawns with drought-friendly plants have made days hotter but nights much cooler, a new study finds.

Will An Expanded Power Grid Help California Fight Climate Change? | The Sacramento Bee
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Money Poured Into Dueling Death Penalty Campaigns In California Has Reached More Than $6 Million.
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Proposed Sf Tech Tax Dies Without Making It To November Ballot - San Francisco Chronicle
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Bill To Ban Private Communications By California's Coastal Commissioners Gets Sidetracked
A bill to ban behind-the-scenes communications by members of the California Coastal Commission stalled in the Assembly on Monday after a committee report concluded that the measure might cost the powerful land use agency hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

Child Molestation Victims Settle Lawsuits With Fresno-area School District | Fresno Bee
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Reports: Trump Asked GOP For Backup On Khans, No One Responded
As criticism mounted against Donald Trump Monday for his treatment of an American Muslim couple whose son died in the Iraq war, his campaign sent an appeal to Republicans in Congress to back him up, according to media reports. No one responded.