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Happy Election Day! Well, that's for CA34 in Los Angeles, and we'll see how many voters turn out to fill now-Attorney General Xavier Becerra. There are 24 candidates running, so it's very likely there will be a runoff next month. The LAT's Christine Mai-Duc writes that several donors bet on more than one candidate, while there are reports about empty polling places, even though vote-by-mail ballots outpaced those in November.

Well, Zaga, you tried to get me to finally place in the Capitol's largest NCAA pool, but came up six points short. Next year!

Thirty-nine years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assasinated.

There is a homeless guy who sleeps on a picnic table in Southside Park. I hope Mayor Steinberg's efforts on homelessness succeed.

In other sad news, the Nooner's thoughts are with the people of the rebel-held Syrian provice of Idlib, who were subject to a chemical weapon attack overnight. At least 70 are dead, including many children.



Today, Jerry Brown and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon are holding a presser in Riverside on the transportation plan, attempting to put pressure on Senator Richard Roth and Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes to vote for the tax and fee increase. The bill, SB 1, passed out of Governance and Finance and Appropriations yesterday, and will face a floor vote, likely on Thursday. The big question is still whether Senator Steve Glazer is on board. 

Dan Walters writes up the current situation, which has Democrats wavering and no GOP support. 

A new poll by Berkeley IGS finds that while a majority of California voters approve Senator Dianne Feinstein's job performance (59%), a majority also doesn't want her to run for re-election (52%). When reminded that she will be 84 next year, an even more significant majority say she should retire (62%). Ironically, the respondents' first choice for a successor is Jerry Brown, who will be 79 next year.

While the protections for people with pre-existing conditions looks like it is being removed from the health care bill, a coalition is coming together to reduce the number of lawsuits in California under the law.

This is a significant issue. While I believe the protections under the ADA are very important, there are literally a few professional plaintiffs in these cases. A friend's family's restaurant was targeted by one. And it wasn't about fixing the problem of an old building having a bump at the entrance. The plaintiff offered to make the case go away with the fix and $50,000 for his troubles (and his attorney's). 

Also, on health care reform. As someone with a couple of pre-existing conditions and on behalf of everyone everywhere (maternal care), don't you dare touch that. Congressmembers Denham, Issa, Knight, Rohrabacher, Valadao, Walters, what say you?



Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León has dropped the urgency clause from SB 54, the "sanctuary state" bill, signaling he doesn't have two-thirds of the Assembly. That means that, if signed by the governor, it would take effect on January 1, 2018 instead of immediately. The LAT's Jazmine Ulloa reports on the Senate's passage of SB 54 and SB 6, Ben Hueso's bill to provide legal defense in immigration proceedings for some undocumented immigrants facing deportation.

The Bee's Alexei Koseff reports that Assemblyman Tony Thurmond is, as expected, running for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Charter schools proponent Marshall Tuck is also running, and former state senator Marty Block is still weighing a bid in the non-partisan election.

CA49 (Carlsbad): In one of the nation's most watched congressional races, the SDUT reports that incumbent Darrell Issa raised $350,000 in the first quarter and challenger Mike Levin raised $276,000 after just joining the race.

WHOA: The Bicycle Casino and Hotel in Bell Gardens was raided this morning by federal authorities, reports Veronicha Rocha in the Times. The nature of the raid was not disclosed as the search warrant was issued under seal.

GREEN MONEY: The Bay Area News Group's Lisa M. Krieger looks at the challenge that the burgeoning marijuana industry faces as federally-chartered banks refuse to touch their cash. I wrote recently about how millions of tax dollars were literally delivered to Sacramento City Hall in duffel bags. The feds need to tackle this issue.



Finally, the funny of the day comes from the White House. On Saturday, President Kushner, I mean Trump, held a signing session on two executive orders. Unfortunately, he after giving the opening comments about his signing of his wonderful repeal of Obama regulations, he forgot to do the actual signings. VP Pence had to grab the folders and said "he'll sign them later."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Bryan DeBlonk, Rob Stutzman, and Phil Willon!



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California Gas Tax Increases For Road Repairs Head To Senate Vote | The Sacramento Bee
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Political events in the Bay Area: Postcard party, Medicareâ
Political events in the Bay Area: Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Postcard party: A “get-out-the-vote” postcard event for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District special election in Atlanta on April 18. The seat was previously held by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., who resigned to serve as President Trump’s secretary of health and human services. 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.

California Gas Tax Increases For Road Plan Still Lack Votes | The Sacramento Bee
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With Transportation Vote Looming, Proposition 54 Backers Warn That Late Changes Could Be A Problem
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SACRAMENTO — California took another step Monday toward a showdown with the Trump administration over sanctuary policies when the state Senate approved a bill that would prohibit local police officers and sheriff’s deputies throughout the state from enforcing federal immigration laws. De León said the bill requires the state to protect its immigrant communities and would ensure that people living in the country without documentation know they can call police to report a crime or take their children to school without fear of being deported. SB54 would bar police agencies from enforcing immigration laws, including arresting or detaining people in the country without documentation for immigration violations unless a judge issues a warrant. The bill also would prohibit local law enforcement agencies from working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement on task forces, such as on drug and human trafficking cases, if the primary focus is immigration enforcement. Lawmakers made several amendments to make the bill more palatable to police agencies, including a provision allowing state and local law enforcement agencies to notify ICE before a felon convicted of a serious or violent crime is released from prison or jail so the person can be deported. The action comes as the Trump administration hardens the country’s policies on illegal immigration, which includes beefing up border security and immigration enforcement. [...] state Republican lawmakers lashed out at Democrats over SB54, saying the majority party is putting California at risk of losing billions in federal funding by antagonizing the president and that the bill will put residents in danger by allowing criminals to remain in the state. Democrats, who have a supermajority control of both houses of the Legislature, pointed out that studies have shown that immigrants, including those living in the country without documentation, commit crimes at lower rates than people born in the country. Last week, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye criticized federal immigration officials for conducting raids at courthouses, saying it would have a chilling effect in communities as people worry they can’t seek protection because they will see the court as a bad place. The Senate also approved SB6 by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, which would create a $12 million state-funded program where the state would pay for lawyers at nonprofit organizations to represent people facing deportation.

UC Irvine Law Professor To Challenge Rep. Mimi Walters In Orange County's 45th District
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UC Irvine law professor Katie Porter is challenging Republican Rep. Mimi Walters in Orange County's 45th District in 2018.The 43-year-o...

Dianne Feinstein 2018? Voters Consider That Bad For California | The Sacramento Bee
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Prop 13 Gets Roped Into The Housing Debate :: Fox&hounds
Hoene said that residential property turns over more frequently than commercial property justifying a split roll property tax, which would treat commercial property differently than residential property. He suggested phasing in the split roll over time to lessen the adverse affects on the business community.

State Senate Panel Will Investigate Allegations Of Misconduct Against California's Tax Collection Agency
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A state Senate panel will conduct an investigation into allegations by the Department of Finance of mismanagement by the State Board of...

Schwarzenegger Fights Trump On After-school Funding | The Sacramento Bee
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Will Congress Kill A $101-billion Tax Break For Californians?
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A plan by House Republicans calls for killing the federal deduction for state and local taxes, a break that benefits residents of California more than those anywhere else in the country.

California May Not Require Bail For Most Criminal Suspects - The Orange County Register
SACRAMENTO -- California could dramatically change the way it pressures criminal defendants to show up for court, doing away with monetary bail for most and taking income into account for others to ensure poor suspects get an equal shot at freedom.Instead of requiring suspects to post bail, county officials would decide whether to release them based on their risk to public safety and would use jail alternatives like home detention or monitoring bracelets that track their locations.When a judge decides monetary bail is needed for suspects accused of serious or violent crimes, the amount would be based on defendants’ incomes instead of on a pre-determined bail schedule that varies in each of California’s 58 counties.“It fundamentally transforms a broken cash bail system that punishes poor people for being poor,” said Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland.He and Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, have submitted bills that would create the new system. Hertzberg’s bill has its first committee hearing Tuesday.The current system keeps many innocent people behind bars, disproportionately affects minority defendants and encourages some suspects to plead guilty simply to get out of jail, bill supporters say.Bail is money or property that can be forfeited if suspects fail to appear for trial. When defendants can’t post bail they often hire a bail company that puts up the money for a fee, typically 10 percent of the full bail amount. The company must pay the court in full if the accused do not show up.The median bail in California was $50,000, the Public Policy Institute of California reported last year, and the $5,000 required to get a company to post bail is out of reach for many.If a person is acquitted or the charges are dropped, bail money they put up themselves is returned.But if they hire a bail company they lose the 10 percent. That’s what happened to Ato Walker, a 37-year-old janitor from San Jose.He was jailed for five days nearly four years ago when his bail was set at $165,000 following a confrontation with police. It was reduced to $85,000 and his mother was able to pay $8,500 to a bail company to get him out of jail. The charges were dismissed eight months later but the $8,500 was gone.“The justice system is disproportionately punitive to poor people,” Walker said. “It’s not fair, it’s not right.”The bail industry and some victim rights and law enforcement groups oppose the bills. They say the changes will allow dangerous people back on the streets, victims won’t be able to object beforehand and suspects will be more likely to skip court dates.“I think it’s a mistake to substitute some risk assessment formula for what judges are already doing when they grant bail. I think we’re going to see more defendants who just don’t show up,” said Michael Rushford, president of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for crime victims.Corrin Rankin of the California Bail Agents Association said counties already have the option of freeing suspects without bail, but argued that having money at stake remains the best way to ensure that defendants show up in court.Rankin, who runs the Out Now Bail Bonds company south of San Francisco, predicted counties won’t save enough money to pay for the intensive pre-trial supervision envisioned in the bills.State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye last week told state lawmakers that California’s courts already are testing 11 pretrial bail alternatives and developing a formula to help decide whether individuals have the ability to pay bail, fines and court fees.

As Unions Seek Toehold In Marijuana Expansion, Tensions Flare - San Francisco Chronicle
There was a time when marijuana merchants and union leaders were all but joining hands in the smoking circle, but stepped-up efforts by labor organizers to infuse themselves deep into cannabis commerce have caused the stewards of sinsemilla to rethink the bond.

Ca Superintendent Of Public Instruction Race 2018 Adds Tony Thurmond | The Sacramento Bee
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Senators Patricia Bates and Jim Nielsen Question $52 Billion of Proposed New Taxes
before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senators Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) issued the following statement:

Dozens Gather At The California Capitol To Lobby For Immigrant Rights' Bills And Bail-reform Bills
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Dozens of advocates, lawyers and community members gathered on opposite sides of the state Capitol on Monday to rally in support of bil...

Lobbying Efforts In Full Swing Over California Transportation Deal | The Sacramento Bee
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Health Officials Acknowledge Effects Of Utility Leak On Alabama Residents
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A chemical leak at a natural gas facility that had long been owned by San Diego-based Sempra Energy subsidiary has been found to have contributed to troubled health in a poor Alabama community.

California Bill Bars State From Prosecuting Kids Under 12 | The Sacramento Bee
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Senate Banking Panel Advances Trump’s Sec Nominee - Politico
Jay Clayton, currently a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, is likely to get a Senate floor vote as early as the last week of April. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

Gov. Jerry Brown To Talk Transportation, Taxes In Riverside
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Mumps Outbreak At Chapman University Spreading More Rapidly - The Orange County Register
Dr. Helene Calvet, deputy county health officer for the Health Care Agency, said Monday that more cases are expected.

Kaiser San Diego About To Open First New Hospital In Four Decades - The San Diego Union-tribune
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With much drama in Washington over whether and how to revamp the Affordable Care Act, which affects everything from payments for health providers to the number of insured Americans, it might be high-anxiety time for opening a hospital worth $850 million.