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Happy Sunday! Well, the Oregon Ducks were stellar yesterday, punching a tickel to the Final Four.

Things got ugly yesterday at a pro-Trump rally at Bolsa Chica State Beach. 

Jerry Brown sat down with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press this morning. It hasn't been posted yet, but Todd said that full interview will be posted on the show's website. Brown maintained that he is opposed to the border wall and will take legal action if necessary.

In the Times, John Myers takes a look at the cost of the state's tax breaks that totaled $55 billion in 2005 and this year's proposals to expand them more.

The Bee's Peter Hecht writes about old greenhouses in Salinas Valley that used to be used for growing cut flowers are being converted to grow commercial marijuana.

Dan Walters looks at the effort by Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell to amend a 2014 law that limits how much K-12 schools can save in reserves, but concludes the bill doesn't go far enough.

The LAT's Jazmine Ulloa dives into the efforts of Senator Bob Hertzberg and Assemblymember Rob Bonta to reform California's bail laws.

Meanwhile, the Merc News's Scott Herhold profiles the rising star in Congress, Pasadena's Adam Schiff, who also has Bay Area ties.

POLITICAL MALPRACTICE: American Action Network ran ads during March Madness on Friday night congratulating GOP members on the health care vote, including those had been publicly oppsed to repeal/replace.



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Political Road Map: All Those Tax Breaks Cost Sacramento $55 Billion A Year, But They're Here To Stay
John Myers @
Another year, another plethora of proposals at the state Capitol to offer new tax breaks. There are tens of millions of dollars of breaks on the books, and few ever get repealed.

After Health Care Loss, Trump Needs A Victory Soon - San Francisco Chronicle
Even before the Republican health care bill died Friday, President Trump badly needed a legislative win after two months of self-inflicted wounds, stumbles and legal setbacks.

Low Voter Turnout Could Make This California Congressional Race An Election For Friends And Insiders
After a low turnout in the L.A. city election, candidates and officials are bracing for low turnout race for the 34th Congressional District.

It's Folly For Legislature To Try To Fix Bad School Reserve Limit | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Pelosi, Speier greet hundreds at Balboa High town hall meeting
Pink Pussyhats and poster board protest signs dotted the auditorium at Balboa High School on Saturday as hundreds of San Franciscans turned out to hear House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Jackie Speier speak about a wide range of topics, including health care reform and the Trump administration’s fresh defeat, Russian influence in U.S. politics, climate change and more. [...] the protest signs and pink knitted hats — a widely used symbol of the Women’s March protests that followed President Trump’s inauguration — belied a room that was largely welcoming to the two Democrats. Unlike several Republican-led town halls earlier this year, where angry constituents confronted legislators over the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and allegations of the Trump administration’s coziness with Russian officials, the questions lobbed at Pelosi and Speier were often paired with thank-yous and couched by the acknowledgment that with Democratic minorities in both houses of Congress, the party’s hands remain somewhat tied. If there were any Trump supporters in the crowd, they weren’t willing to speak out in deep-blue San Francisco, where the president has few backers. Several in the crowd clamored for Pelosi to capitalize on the failure of Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan to pass an alternative to Obamacare and support a single-payer health care plan — a system where the government would replace insurance companies in paying for people’s health care. Pelosi, who turns 77 Sunday, touted her long-standing support for a single-payer plan, repeating to several people in the audience that she had been carrying signs in the street supporting such a system “since before you were born.”

Legislators Stood Tall On Lgbt Rights Until UCLA Made Sweet 16 - San Francisco Chronicle
Last fall, California’s Legislature stood in solidarity with the LGBT community, voting to prohibit publicly funded travel to states that discriminate against gay and transgender individuals.

California Governor: We Won't 'bring Stupid Lawsuits' Against Border Wall - Politico
"But we're not going to bring stupid lawsuits or be running to the courthouse every day. We're going to be careful. We'll be strategic," Jerry Brown said. | AP Photo

Rep. Lofgren: 'we Need To Be Vigilant'
Immigration, Obamacare, Politics, U.S. Congress

Here's How State Lawmakers Plan To Reform The Bail System In California
Jazmine Ulloa @
New language added to bills would prevent criminal defendants from having to post money as a condition of release from jail and would shift some power from judges to pretrial services agencies.

8,000-mile Ride In A Prison Van Left This Man Bleeding, Sleep-deprived And Near Death - The Orange County Register
The prisoner wore no underwear.

Trump Puts The Exclamation Mark On An Epic Blunder - San Francisco Chronicle
President Trump’s decision to go for broke on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare was not a smart move, tactically or politically.

Sanders To Offer Single-payer Health Care Plan - Politico
Bernie Sanders said such a plan could help to deliver on President Donald Trump's pursuit of lowering prescription drug prices, | AP Photo

Casinos Scramble To Keep Gamblers As Competition Grows | The Sacramento Bee
Richard Chang @
By Richard Chang

Golden Gate Bridge, Transamerica Pyramid go dark for a cause
At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, the lights went dark for one hour at several Bay Area landmarks, along with other icons around the world, as part of an annual observance known as Earth Hour that’s intended to call attention to climate change. Organizers said this year’s observance took on special significance with the change in presidential administrations. President Trump, who once called the concept of global warming a hoax, has proposed deep funding cuts in U.S. efforts to reduce climate change. “Cities, companies and the American people need to pick up the mantle of leadership on climate action,” said Lou Leonard, vice president of the World Wildlife Fund, an organizer of the event. Leonard called for a “new model of leadership” in which “engaged citizens and responsible corporate leaders” take on the job of battling climate change if the president’s priorities lie elsewhere. Just two days before the observance of Earth Hour, California environmental regulators took a stand against the president’s push to ease greenhouse gas regulations on automakers, signaling a potential battle with the White House. In a unanimous vote, the California Air Resources Board moved to issue stricter tailpipe emissions regulations and require that more zero-emissions vehicles be sold. The Ayn Rand Institute, a think tank dedicated to promoting the philosophy espoused by the conservative author, suggested that Earth Hour fans “try spending a month shivering in the dark without heating, electricity, refrigeration ... or life-saving products that industrial energy makes possible.”

Justice Department Action Signals Serious Legal Concerns For Hunter - The San Diego Union-tribune
Morgan Cook @
City-owned land sold, left vacant amid affordable housing crisis

Mulvaney On Health Care Loss: 'rotten' Washington Won - Politico
Mick Mulvaney also expressed surprise and frustration that the hardline conservative Freeedom Caucus opted to continue their opposition to the bill. | Getty

Fans, Politicians Rally To Keep Raiders In Oakland - San Francisco Chronicle
Diehard Raiders fans are hoping that a Hail Mary pass will keep the Raiders in Oakland.

Blame passes around after health-care bill failure

Administration officials and lawmakers of both parties blamed one another on March 26 following the failure of the GOP health-care care bill.

Freedom Caucus Chair: GOP Must 'come Together' - Politico
Mark Meadows dismissed the notion that congressional Republicans had been given a final blow on health care talks, painting the battle as far from over. | AP Photo

The GOP's health-care failure is no one-off event. Welcome to our fragmented politics.

There's no power center leading the legislative process.

Republicans wonder whether Trump's heart was in healthcare fight
White House officials have insisted that Trump wanted the win, but some in his party say that in the run up to the vote, his mind seemed to be elsewhere.

Donald Trump is giving mixed messages about whom to blame on health care

On Sunday, he turned his fire on the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

Alviso: Silicon Valley Housing Pressures Reach The Bayfront
affordable housing, real estate, commercial real estate, development

In The Winter That Won't Quit, Resorts Extend Their Ski And Board Seasons. Ready To Hit The Slopes On July 4?
Chris Erskine @
A series of monster storms has been generous, from Tahoe to Big Bear. Even mountains near L.A. still have good bases.