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$$$: California's budget deficit is back, Gov. Jerry Brown says [John Myers @ LAT] - "Less than four years after declaring California’s budget balanced for the foreseeable future, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday said the state is projected to run a $1.6-billion deficit by next summer — a noticeable shift in the state’s fiscal stability that could worsen under federal spending cuts championed by President-elect Donald Trump."

Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget at a glance [BANG]

MONEY MATTERS: Gov. Brown tries to scale back on state budget [PE] - "California Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing an austere state budget for 2017-18, trying to rein in spending in the face of economic -- or political -- headwinds."

The big question is whether ObamaCare is repealed. The state is receiving $16 billion this year for the Medicaid expansion (Medi-Cal in California). 
Sen. Dianne Feinstein recovering at home after pacemaker surgery [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - "Sen. Dianne Feinstein had a pacemaker installed Tuesday, just hours after questioning President-elect Donald Trump's attorney general nominee.Feinstein, 83, is the oldest member of the Senate and the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which held its first day of confirmation hearings Trump's nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), on Tuesday. Those hearings continue today."

AG: Xavier Becerra promises he’s ‘got your back’ as California attorney general [Alexi Koseff @SacBee"] Vowing to make California a model of progressive leadership for the entire country in the coming years, Democrat Xavier Becerra on Tuesday passed his first hurdle to becoming the state’s next attorney general when a special Assembly committee recommended his confirmation by the full Assembly on a 6-3 partisan vote."

LA-LA LAND: County supervisors create office of immigration affairs as advocates and Trump supporters clash [Adam Elmarek and May Lou @ LAT] After a public hearing marked by angry clashes between supporters of President-elect Donald Trump and pro-immigrant activists, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved the creation of a new office that would help immigrants receive county assistance. 

:-( Colleagues stunned by apparent suicide of Bakersfield city councilman [James Burger and Jason Kotowski] - "Newly sworn-in Bakersfield City Councilman Jeff Tkac took his own life Thursday, several sources told The Californian, stunning colleagues who saw no troubling signs during his second council meeting earlier in the week."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to  Alex Gallardo Rooker

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  • Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-West Toluca Lake) seeks an organized and detail-oriented scheduler/administrative assistant for his Capitol office.  Key responsibilities include, but are not be limited to, maintaining the Assemblymember’s Capitol and District schedules, coordinating travel arrangements, managing files/related records, and handling correspondence.  Seeking a candidate with strong communication skills, who will integrate well into a tight-knit team. Prior scheduling and Capitol experience are preferred, but not required. Interested candidates should email their resume to indicating “Scheduler” in the subject line.

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  • The California Charter Schools Association welcomes back to session the 2017-2018 class of State Legislators and looks forward to working to ensure all kids have quality educational opportunities.  CCSA will work with the Legislature to block any federal efforts that undermine the rights of students or are fundamentally at odds with values held by the vast majority of Californians.  Read CCSA’s letter to Legislators here.
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  • The Sacramento LGBT Center is searching for an Executive & Finance Assistant, which reports to the Executive Director and provides community engagement and administrative support. This position may be part or full-time and is non-exempt. High school diploma is required; associate’s or bachelor’s degree is preferred & 3 years or more in an executive, finance, or related assistant role. Full description.
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California Counties Will Get Stuck With A $622-million Bill As The Governor Cancels A Healthcare Pilot Program
John Myers @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Confirmation hearing for Becerra as attorney general, Gov. Brown unveils new budget'

Senator Wilk Responds to Governor Brown's Proposed Budget
Senator Scott Wilk, R-Antelope Valley, issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown's 2017-18 Budget Proposal:

State Senators Urge House Majority Leader Kevin Mccarthy To 'abandon The Political Rhetoric' On Obamacare
Melanie Mason @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Gov. Brown unveils a new budget, Assembly panel recommends Becerra for attorney general'

In New Budget, Gov. Brown Practices Fiscal Caution In The Age Of Trump - The Orange County Register
Caution is the key word in Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2017-18 state budget, just as it has been every year in his second administration.

California's Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Is Latest Lawmaker To Pull Down Painting In Capitol Depicting Police As Pigs
Sarah D. Wire @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Confirmation hearing for Becerra as attorney general, Gov. Brown unveils new budget'

Riding The Budget Tiger :: Fox&hounds
The economy, which has shown some signs of weakening, is one factor that will become clearer in five months. And, major jolts to the budget could come depending on steps the new administration in Washington takes regarding health care and immigration issues.

Federal Judge Who Pushed Rights Of Prisoners, Gays Retiring | The Sacramento Bee
A federal judge who lost his job as a Justice Department attorney after loaning his car to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and then pushed for gay rights, police reform and health care for prisoners during his time on the bench is retiring.

California Girds For Trump Amid Budget Shortfall
Gov. Jerry Brown urges lawmakers to approve Rep. Xavier Becerra, his nominee for Attorney General, during a confirmation hearing. | AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

Jerry Brown's Budget Withholds $300 Million From Sacramento Offices | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Senator Fuller Responds to Governor's 2017-18 Budget Announcement
Today, the Governor released his 2017-18 budget proposals. Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement.

Senate Republicans' Response to Governor's 2017-18 Budget Announcement
Today, the Governor released his 2017-18 budget proposals. Senate Republicans have provided responses to his announcement.

Senator Mike Morrell Responds to Governor Brown's Proposed 2017-18 State Budget
s draft state budget proposal for 2017-18:

L.A. County Supervisors Vote To Expand Sheriff's Mental Health Teams
Maya Lau @
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has long had specially trained teams to de-escalate confrontations with people who have severe mental illness, but after two decades, the agency has struggled to deploy mental health responders at all times of day or night because of funding and staffing shortages.

Jerry Brown Once Again Warning That California Faces Economic Slowdown | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Berryhill responds to Governor Brown's budget
s presentation of the California budget:

Spiking Pension Costs Squeeze San Diego Budget | Kpbs
City News Service @
The city of San Diego's projected budget shortfall for the next fiscal year has ballooned by nearly $10 million because of new data from the municipal employees' pension system, financial management staff reported Tuesday.

California Labor Contracts Will Cost More Than Brown Thinks | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Sen. Cannella Reacts to Governor's Budget Proposal
s 2017-18 Budget Proposal released today.

San Francisco Police Commission President Suzy Loftus resigns for sheriffâ
San Francisco Police Commission President Suzy Loftus resigned Tuesday, leaving the oversight board amid a sustained push for reforms in the police force. Loftus will be joining the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department as assistant chief legal counsel for the law and policy team, and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy determined the role could create potential conflicts of interest with the duties of a police commissioner. Wednesday will be Loftus’ final meeting after almost five years on the Police Commission, which sets agency policies and oversees discipline of officers who commit misconduct. In the past year, under Loftus’ leadership, the commission helped lead the charge for reform, repoening the department’s use-of-force policy following the December 2015 shooting of Mario Woods in the Bayview neighborhood, rolling out body-worn cameras to officers, and helping to select a new chief after the May 19 shooting of an unarmed black woman prompted the resignation of Greg Suhr. In drafting policies for the body-worn cameras and the department general order on use of force, she formed task forces of stakeholders that included the police union, officer interest groups, the public defender’s office, the American Civil Liberties Union and community advocates. “It’s to her credit, to her leadership, that she has been able to corral all of these diverse voices,” said Julie Traun, an attorney with the San Francisco Bar Association who helped develop the use-of-force policy. Loftus frequently took heat from all sides, with law enforcement watchdogs criticizing her ties to the establishment and officers seeing her push for reform as an attack on their safety. An activist speaking during public comment once told her he wanted to burn off her eyebrows, while the police union has recently singled her out over her position on the use-of-force policy. The policy passed in June with the Police Officers Association objecting to two points, a section prohibiting officers from firing at moving vehicles and another prohibiting the carotid restraint neck hold. Before the vote, the union plastered a photo of Loftus’ face at the end of a video ad telling the public to call her about allowing officers to shoot at moving vehicles. After a city officer shot and wounded a man in the Ocean View neighborhood last week, the union put out a news release saying Loftus must “share responsibility” for the shooting because police have been denied efforts to obtain Taser stun guns.

When It Comes To Political Donations In L.A., What's Legal Can Be Worse Than What's Not
Steve Lopez @
City Council members' call for a ban on political donations by developers with projects under city review is a good first step, but more is needed.