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Happy Sunday. Wow...those were two exciting Final Four games yesterday.

This is a big week. Opening Day of baseball tomorrow, national NCAA national champion tomorrow night. Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to advance SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch and the floor vote is planned for Friday.

In the state Capitol, the vote on the $5.2 billion transportation tax and fee plan is expected on Thursday before the Legislature leaves for spring recess until April 17. It's still unclear whether there are the two-thirds votes in both houses for the transportation plan, with heavy arm-twisting continuing toward Senators Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) and Richard Roth (D-Riverside) and Assemblymembers Tim Greyson (D-Concord) and GOP Catharine Baker (R-Dublin) continues. Governor Brown held a press conference on Thursday in Concord. Glazer and Greyson's districts both include Concord. and Baker's is adjacent to Greyson's on the 680 corrridor. 

680 is known for it's challenging transportation issues and tri-valley voters fear that the money will go mostly to the other regions of the state. The same is true in Roth's Riverside district. Glazer also is holding out to try to get his previous proposal to prohibit Bay Area Rapid Transit employees from striking attached to the measure. 

Several other moderate Democrats also haven't said whether they were on board yet. That could just be that they don't want to go on the record until the two-thirds votes have surfaced. In more moderae districts, ther is no reason to get your name in the paper if the votes aren't there on Thursday.

It's going to be legislative gymnastics to get it to through the process, as it's stilll in Senate Approps. That mean it has at least two committees and two floor votes get through by Thursday.

 

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AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers is joined by Melanie Mason and Anthony York to talk tranportation fundiing on the California Politics Podcast.

Myers uses his weekly column to write about why many Golden State counties aren't required to follow many of the state's election laws since the state has been shirking its duty to reimburse local governments for state-imposed mandates. 

With the Trump admistration threatens federal funds being reduced to states and cities not coopersating with immigration officials, Dan Walters asks "How far can California go as it becomes immigrant sanctuary?" 

On Thursday, Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León amended his "sanctuary state" bill to allow local law enforcement officials to notify the feds upon the release of violent felons.

 

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The LAT's Liam Dillon reports on the renewed effort by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher to allow rideshare company drivers to unionize.

Proposition 66, adopted November 8, which aims to speed up death penalty appeals, could swamp the state's Supreme Court, reports Maura Dolan in the Times.

The MercNews's Katy Murphy writes that the "new" environmentalism is increasingly about environmental justice rather than the traditional battles.  

Politico's Lisa Rab reports that facts supporting allegations of voter fraud are hard to find.

CA22 (Visalia): Is George Takei really planning on running against Devin Nunes? The LAT's Seema Mehta takes a look. No, as it was just an early April Fool's joke posted Friday, a few hours before yesterday's gag day.
 

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Lawmakers of both parties on April 2 faced new questions on congressional probes of Russian meddling in the 2016 election after Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, offered to testify in exchange for immunity.

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Under pressure to protect vulnerable residents after the Ghost Ship warehouse fire, Oakland officials largely abstained from deploying their most potent tool against problem properties: the red tag.

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Even as a well-paid software engineer at Google, Jake Hamby said living in the Bay Area had become suffocating. He came to San Francisco in 2005 and felt it gradually lose its luster.