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Good morning Sacramento and beyond! It'll be another beautiful day here, unless you have significant spring allegies. I kmow my eyes are burning, and tree pollen is forecast to be high for the rest of the week.

SPORTS PAGE: The NCAA National Championship game between Gonzaga and North Carolina is at 6:20 PDT on CBS. The Tar Heels are -125 favorites.

#THEWALKINGDEAD: Holy cow. #NoSpoilers. Also watch Talking Dead if you're a fan. Best episode?




The transportation package (SB 1) is scheduled for Senate Appropriations at 10 a.m. in Room 4203. It'll be a 5-3 vote out of Approps. As I write, the bill hasn't been taken up, but Approps was accelerated so that the bill can be taken up on the Senate Floor this afternoon, and begin the Assembly process as early as tomorrow.

The first real test will be on the Senate Floor, with all eyes on Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) and Richard Roth (D-Riverside). Anthony Cannella (R-Modesto) has been cited as a target, as he is a stretch since he is termed out and there is no indication that Jim Costa (D-Fresno) will retire anytime soon. He wants to proceed to local government or as a business lobbyist, it wouldn't be a bad vote for him.

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Dan Walters looks at the declining fortunes of California Republicans in Orange County. While both major parties have lost ground to No Party Preference voters, since 2000 the GOP is down 9% and the Dems are down 0.5%.

Meanwhile, President Trump announced $500 million in emergency funds for the Golden State yesterday, including $274 million for Orovillle Dam repair, reports Christopher Cadelago in the Bee. That brings the total federal commitment from damage in winter storms to $540 million.

John Wildermuth reports in the Chron that Kern County is hopeful that Trump's presidency will help the struggling county.



FROM THE OFFICE OF THE DEAN: The LAT's George Skelton writes that, while the transportion plan is not perfect, lawmakers should give it a shot. 

HEALTHY CALIFORNIA? The MercNews's Tracy Seipel looks at San Francisco's universal health care program as a possible model for the entire state, and whether it might be a key item for Gavin Newsom's campaign for governor next year.

ED MATTERS: IVDB's Beau Yarbraugh asks how far California is willing to go to attract new teachers.

BASE REALIGNMENT? Political leaders and employees in El Segundo fear that the Los Angeles Air Force Base could be on the chopping block, joining the San Diego region fearing its military largess and what that would mean for their economies.

PROP 13: In Fox & Hounds, Joel Fox looks at the debate over whether Prop. 13 reform should be used to address the state's housing crisis.

CALEXIT: Also in Fox & Hounds, Joe Mathews writes that qualifiication for "Calexit" could be easier than must pundits think.



TAX REFORM: The GOP is divided over whether the tax reform bill should include a tax on imported goods, writes McClatchy's Alex Daugherty. While it had been touted by Donald Trump during the campaign, it has major opposiition in the large busines community. Companies like Boeing, General Electic and auto manfacturers often have major components imported from countries all over the world, with final assembly done in the United States. 

Why is the border adjustment tax important for mny tax reform proponents? Well under rules established in budget reconciliation, a tax bill isn't eligible for the Senate's 60-vote requirement unless it is revenue neutral over ten-year forcast. Sure, the numbers can be fudged, although the plan is presently scored at a cost of $1.2 trillion over 10 years to pay for changes to personal and corporate taxes. That's why they wanted to pass health care first, so savings from the FY2016 reconciliation's health care bill could be used to ease passage of tax reform. But, they appear to given up on that approach because of the divide in the GOP conference.

That's either a lot more discretionary, non-defense program cuts, which are likely unpalatable for moderate Republicans, or death for tax reform this year.  





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Bay Area political events: nuclear weapons, growth politics
Bay Area political events: nuclear weapons, growth politics Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Panel on nuclear weapons: “Morality of the Nuclear Age” discussion, featuring Richard Rhodes, Ira Helfand and Martin Hellman. The event is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Schools, Harman Auditorium, 150 Valparaiso Ave. in Atherton. Growth politics: “Fixing the Bay Area’s Growth Politics,” a conversation on issues affecting the Bay Area, including environmental quality and social justice. Discussion on Medicare: “Medicare for All in California” presented by Dr. Paul Song, co-chair of Campaign for a Healthy California, at the San Mateo County Democracy for America meeting. Immigration seminar: “Know Your Rights,” a presentation and training for pro bono attorneys and others to help immigrant communities. The event, hosted by Canal Alliance Communication, is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Guzman Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave. in San Rafael. Flash mob: A flash mob at at 1 p.m. at the cable car turnaround, 1 Powell St. in San Francisco, to sing the song “I Can’t Keep Quiet” by MILCK. Benefit performance at the Punch Line Comedy Club for NARAL Pro-Choice America, an organization that promotes abortion care, birth control and paid parental leave. The Lamorinda Democratic Club hosts a conversation on how federal funding will affect public education. The event is at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Community Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Blvd. Protesters will march to demand that President Trump release his tax returns. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. and attendees are asked to meet 300 yards south of the Cliff House Restaurant, 1090 Point Lobos Ave., in San Francisco.

Gov. Brown's Proposal To Fix California's Roads Isn't Perfect, But Lawmakers Should Give The Plan A Shot
George Skelton @
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California Republicans Still Plunging Into Abyss Of Irrelevance | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Center For Teaching & Learning | California State University, Northridge
When students begin their studies in education, few are exposed to startup culture or encouraged to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities. As a result, the field can feel stagnant. This is at a time when we have the most need for the type of optimistic spirit that can propel education reform forward. Read more

Gorsuch Is Headed For Supreme Court Confirmation This Week, But Only After A Partisan Battle, Senate Leaders Say
David G. Savage @
Senate showdown set this week for Trump's Supreme Court nominee with filibuster rule hanging in the balance.

How Bart Strike Ban Could Be Key To Big Transportation Package - San Francisco Chronicle
The big and bold blitz by Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers to raise the gas tax and vehicle license fee to pay for a $52 billion fix-up of the state’s crumbling roads, rails and bridges has hit a speed bump right here in the Bay Area — thanks to a trio of suburban lawmakers saying, “Not so fast.”

Trump Revives Clinton Criticisms In Early Morning Tweets - Politico
President Donald Trump questioned Monday whether the brother of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta accepted money to have sanctions against Russia lifted and that the former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate may have known about it.

Inland Assemblywoman Wants To Open Up Riverside County’s Hov Lanes After Rush Hour
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As California Ups Cigarette Tax To $2 A Pack, Health Officials Hope More Smokers Will Quit | The Sacramento Bee
Claudia Buck @
By Claudia Buck

Voices Of Internal Opposition: These Republicans Could Tank The GOP Obamacare Repeal-and-replace Bill
Lisa Mascaro @
Republicans hold a majority in Congress, but are now at odds over how to fulfill one of their biggest campaign promises: repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Battle Over Rent Control In California Coming To Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
Angela Hart @
By Angela Hart

Shotspotter Tells Police Only 1 In 4 Shootings Are Reported - The San Diego Union-tribune
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House GOP Gives Up On Healthcare Bill As Trump Suffers First Legislative Defeat
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Trump Plans Have Deal Makers Dreaming Big ($100-Billion-Cash-Takeover Big)
At an annual conference at Tulane University, lawyers, bankers and even activist investors agreed that mergers and acquisitions should boom to new levels under President Trump.

Trump approves FEMA funds for February storms in California
Federal disaster relief will be available for 42 California counties to repair the millions of dollars in damages incurred by February’s flooding, storms and mudslides, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Sunday. President Trump approved Gov. Jerry Brown’s request for a presidential major disaster declaration, making the counties eligible for FEMA funding to cover 75 percent of the cost of debris removal, repair to roads and other public property, and hazard mitigation to guard against destruction from future storms, according to FEMA. From Feb. 1 to Feb. 23, levees breached, rivers flooded, mudslides damaged roadways and bridges, wind and rain caused power outages that left over 110,000 households and businesses without power, and eight people died, Brown wrote. Brown cited several Bay Area examples of the storm’s devastation of public infrastructure, including a sewage spill in San Mateo County, canal failure and highway flooding in Santa Clara County, and a water main failure in Contra Costa County that left 1,000 residents without access to clean water.

Trump: 'i Don't Lose' - Politico
"But one way or the other, I promised the people great health care," President Donald Trump said. | Getty

Trump Extends Fema Help For Flooded California Counties
Anna M. Phillips @
FEMA disaster funds offered to flood-damaged California counties will be extended to include towns swamped by February storms.

Why Marijuana Is Still Banned At Coachella, Even Though It’s Now Legal In California
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Forecast Calls For An Extra Buggy Spring And Summer - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Santa Rosa Farmworkers March Against Trump Immigration Policies - San Francisco Chronicle
More than 200 farmworkers and their supporters marched in Santa Rosa on Sunday morning to protest President Trump’s immigration policies, which they say threaten both workers and the country’s thriving agriculture industry.

Confirmation Watch: What to Watch: Senate Judiciary Committee Votes on Neil Gorsuch
Judge Neil M. Gorsuch’s Supreme Court confirmation process begins this week, and things could get bumpy on Capitol Hill. Here’s what to expect.

Lawsuit Claiming Trump Incited Violence Advances - Politico
President Donald Trump and his co-defendants have tried to get the case dismissed before it reaches trial on several different grounds. | Getty

Why Some Of The Most Controversial Police Shootings Aren't On Video
Kate Mather @
Two recent shootings by LAPD officers underscore a concern for the department and agencies across the country: Officers aren't always turning on their body cameras.