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Happy Friday! You made it! Tonight is the opening of the 2016 Summer Olympics, starting at 4pm on NBC. Tomorrow follows with a full schedule. It's your opportunity to sit on the couch and watch other people work out for you.

Also tomorrow evening (7:30-10pm), Sac councilmember Steve Hansen is hosting Movie Night, showing Raiders of the Lost (b)Ark in Southside Park. It's a free event and should be great in one of Sacramento's best parks. 

CLEARING THE AIR: With climate legislation stalling, Jerry Brown looks to potential fight at the ballot box [Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason @ LAT] - “The battle to extend California’s climate policies could grind to a halt this year, but Gov. Jerry Brown plans to continue pressing the issue before his final term in office ends — even if that requires a ballot measure campaign in 2018.”

California lawmakers move toward limiting police seizures of property without a criminal conviction [Liam Dillon @ LAT] - “Major law enforcement groups and state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) have reached a deal on legislation to limit the ability of police in California to permanently seize cars, cash, homes and other property from suspected criminals without a conviction, potentially paving the way for California to join the growing list of states that have reined in the practice.”

BIG DOUGH: The California Association of Hospitals gave $12.5 million to the Proposition 55 (tax extension) campaign.

SHRIMP BOY! San Francisco Chinatown gang leader gets life in prison [Sudhin Tanawala @ AP] - “A dapper San Francisco Chinatown gangster known as "Shrimp Boy" whose conviction on murder and racketeering charges was part of a major federal organized crime investigation that also brought down a state senator was sentenced Thursday to two life terms — one for killing a rival.”

US SENATE: 3 key Latinos in state endorse Harris for US Senate [John Wildermuth @ SFChron] - “Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León, state Sen. Ricardo Lara and former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, all from Los Angeles County, on Wednesday endorsed the former San Francisco district attorney in the Democrat vs. Democrat battle to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer.”

CA03 (East Sacto County): Prison not recommended for Rep. Bera’s dad in election fraud sentence [Denny Walsh @ SacBee] - “Federal prosecutors are raising strong objections to a probation officer's advice that the father of Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, should not be sentenced to prison for election fraud involving the finances of his son's campaign committee.”

‘BOUT DAMN TIME: Local restaurateur lands food services deal for state Capitol [Blair Anthony Robertson @ SacBee] - “Busy restaurateur Chris Jarosz has signed a deal to handle the entire food program for the state Capitol building, replacing three vendors with a concept to not only serve food with a farm-to-fork ethos but educate the public about the state’s rich agricultural history.”

OH, STOCKTON: Stockton mayor arrested, accused of holding strip poker game at youth camp [Nashelly Chavez and Bill Lindelog @ SacBee] - “Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva was booked into jail Thursday on charges stemming from a strip poker game prosecutors said he held with teen counselors at his Mayor’s Youth Camp last summer. Silva, 41, was arrested Thursday morning at Silver Lake in the Sierra Nevada, where he was conducting his annual camp for disadvantaged inner-city children, Amador County District Attorney Todd Riebe said.”

WHERE WAS PONCH? CHP officer rescues pelican near Interstate 80 in Truckee [Alexandra Reyes-Velarde and Ryan Sabalow @ SacBee] - “The CHP got a call about an injured bird on the highway. Officers arrived about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday to find the pelican on a hill beside the freeway. When CHP Officer Troy Griesemer approached the bird, it flew off between the first and second lanes on the highway, dodging a car to get to the other side, he said. The bird was not injured but appeared tired, he said.”

 #CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to former Assemblymember Paul Fong, Seedborg's Alyssa Mitchell, and Ohlone CCD trustee Garrett Yee!



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Marijuana Legalization Campaign Sues Over Ballot Arguments | The Sacramento Bee
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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Jerry Brown Launches Committee For Possible 2018 Ballot Measure On Climate Change
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Aide To California Tax Board Member Resigns Over Anti-clinton Hangman Tweet | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Polls: Clinton Pulling Ahead In Battleground States
Clinton was leading over Trump by an average of 8 points in polls compiled by Real Clear Politics in early July. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet was polling an average of 12 points  ahead of Republican Darryl Glenn. Bennet was once considered vulnerable and offered Republicans a rare chance to flip a Senate seat. The Republican challenge, though, has been hampered by allegations of voter signature fraud and resignations of top party officials.  

California Senate Reconfirms Controversial Ag Labor Board Member | The Sacramento Bee
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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Should Reserve Peace Officers Be Able To Buy Assault Rifles To Use On The Job?
A group of reserve peace officers has sued Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris, contending her office has broken a long standing practice of allowing them to have assault weapons while on duty.

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The union representing San Francisco police officers published a photograph of two dogs in its monthly newspaper that critics say belittles the Black Lives Matter movement and raises questions about the police force’s commitment to repairing its relationship with communities of color. The picture, which appeared on the back page of the August issue of the San Francisco Police Officers Association Journal, shows a pair of Labrador retrievers, one black and one white. The photo, submitted by a union supporter, is accompanied by a plea from the union: “Maybe it’s time we all just sit back and tone down the rhetoric,” a reference to many months of heated national debate over police shootings and, recently, the targeted slayings of police officers. The photo weighs in on a controversy that has flared on social media and has animated political debates, including in the presidential election. The U.S. Department of Justice is in the midst of a collaborative, top-to-bottom review of the police force that was launched after officers shot and killed a stabbing suspect, Mario Woods, in the Bayview neighborhood in December. A panel of retired judges, assembled by District Attorney George Gascón to investigate potential police misconduct and bias, has questioned whether the union holds too much power in the department, and many activists have accused the union of standing in the way of reforms. “I think that it’s clear that the POA continues to be tone-deaf around the real issues surrounding police accountability,” said Alicia Garza, an Oakland activist who co-founded the Black Lives Matter online forum in 2013 in response to a neighborhood watch volunteer’s killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida. Anand Subramanian, executive director of the panel of judges investigating bias, also criticized the publication of the dog photo, saying, “It shows a severe lack of judgment and empathy for the real and justified pain and outrage that black communities are feeling.”

Hundreds Attend Funeral For Slain Sdpd Officer Jonathan De Guzman |
Flowers lined the entrance Thursday to Corpus Christi Catholic Church where friends, family, fellow law enforcement officers and members of the public gathered in Bonita for the first of two memorial services to honor slain San Diego police officer Jonathan De Guzman.

Lead Found In Urine Of Northeast Fresno Resident. Is Water To Blame? | Fresno Bee
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By Tim Sheehan

Running As Terror Expert, Sanchez Misses Many Anti-terror Panel Meetings | The Sacramento Bee
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By Sean Cockerham

Former Republican Congressman Backs Loretta Sanchez For Senate
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Los Rios Community Colleges Face Enrollment Slide As Economy Improves | The Sacramento Bee
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By Loretta Kalb

Effort To Give Big Development Projects Environmental Relief Passes The Assembly With Overwhelming Support
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Clinton predicts Democrats likely to retake Senate, says landscape good for passing immigration overhaul

Clinton said she hopes the election "will send a clear message to our Republican friends that it's time for them to quit standing in the way of immigration reform."

Ex-kkk Leader David Duke: As Senator, Nobody Will Be More Supportive Of Trump Than Me - Politico
"As a United States senator, nobody will be more supportive of his legislative agenda, his Supreme Court agenda than I will," Duke said.

Contrary Goals Of The Tobacco Tax :: Fox&hounds
Raising the cost of a product means you will get less of it. The idea behind raising the cost of cigarettes and other tobacco products is to diminish and even eliminate their use. Previous tobacco tax increases have been accompanied by reduced use.

Stockton Mayor Arrested On Charges That Allege Participation In Strip Poker At Youth Camp | The Sacramento Bee
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Clinton Confident On Immigration Reform Success As President - Politico
Asked about the inconsistency of three emails marked classified, Clinton noted that Comey had testified that they were not appropriately marked.

San Diego Led State In New Hotels Opening This Year. |
The 317-room Pendry hotel is a downtown luxury property expected to open later this year. It is one of four San Diego County hotels currently under construction.

Consumer Group Accuses Refiners Of Keeping California Gasoline Prices Unusually High
Gasoline prices are falling, but a consumer advocates contends they could be better.