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THE Nooner for April 7, 2017

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  • CA31 (Redlands): added professor Sean Flynn (R)
  • CA45 (Huntington Beach): added congressional aide Kia Hamadanchy (D)
  • SD24 (East Los Angeles): added LA County Fed of Labor Executive Secretary-Treasurer Maria Elena Durazo (D)

Happy stormy Friday! You made it!  

LEGISLATORS GONE WILD: After last night's transportation vote, lawmakers donned their bathing suits and left for a two-week spring break. While staffers still have to show up, it's time for casual clothes, although today's not an ideal day for shorts.

It was a nice night to sleep with the windows open, listening to the rain and spending time under the covers feeling the wind. :-) As expected, the home opener for the RiverCats against Tacoma was postponed, the first time weather has halted a game at Raley Field.

GOOD EATS: Check out Sauced (7th between J and K), the first restaurant to open in Downtown Commons adjacent to the arena. Great barbecue!

The governor's ten-year, $5.2 billion/year transportation plan narrowly passed both houses yesterday, with two Democrats voting against it (Senator Steve Glazer and Assemblymember Rudy Salas), and one Republican voting for it (Senator Anthony Cannella). Cannella won $427 million for his district in a companion bill. Also in the bill hundreds of millions of sweeteners for Dems in swing districts--Senator Richard Roth and Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes, both in Riverside swing districts.

The LAT's Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason have the full story, as do the Bee's Taryn Luna and Alexei Koseff.

An Assemblymember went after another Assemblymember on Facebook this morning, after the latter delayed the vote by going to the hospital for a migraine (before returning to cast a deciding vote). We'll just say that this isn't the best period of comity.



As noted above, Maria Elena Durazo, the queen of L.A. labor politics and widow of Miguel Contreras, is running for the State Senate seat being vacated by Kevin de León. Like her deceased husband, Durazo is a huge player in LA politics.

With Jimmy Gomez running for congress, it's a wide open district, and other area members have benefited from Durazo's support and are unlikely to challenge her.

Senator Kamala Harris sees a path out of the wilderness for Democrats, writes Evan Halper for the Times. Harris is using her enthusiastic favor with progressive activists to encourage them to embrace moderates in swing states -- “We can’t afford to be purists...” reports Halper.

In other words, it's not about the Gorsuch vote, but keeping 48 and hopefully building on that in future elections to regain a majority.



In the Times, CALmatters's Judy Lin looks at how pension "reform" efforts largely hinge on the ballot measure summaries written by the attorney general's office. As attorneys general--like most statewide officers--are generally Democrats with large labor union support, the summaries often lean toward the public employee side. 

The Bee's Dale Kasler writes that the powerful Southern California Metropolitan Water District has joined the supporting coalition of the Sites Reservoir north of Sacramento. 



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Governor Jerry Brown and Sam Chung!



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Senator Gaines Votes Against The Gas Tax
Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today issued the following statement regarding his vote against Senate Bill 1, the $52 billion transportation tax proposal that imposes permanent new gas taxes and user fees on motorists:

Sen. Steve Glazer, Only Senate Democrat To Vote Against Gas Tax, Explains Vote – East Bay Times
State Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, issued this statement on his decision to be the only Democrat in the Senate to vote against SB 1, a bill that will raise gas taxes and vehicle registration fees to pay for $52 billion in transportation improvements over the next 10 years:

Senator Morrell Statement on Senate's Passage of Largest Gas Tax Increase in State History
Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) issued the following statement after senators voted to permanently increase the gas tax and car fees on California drivers:

Here's Why Dianne Feinstein Could Well Become The Longest-serving U.S. Senator In California History
Mark Z. Barabak @
At age 83 and despite resistance from some fellow Democrats, Dianne Feinstein seems likely to seek, and win, another U.S. Senate term, making history in the process.

Congressman Recuses Himself From Russian Election Meddling Probe - San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday’s decision by Rep. Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russian influence in the November election may be less about the Tulare Republican and more about the slipping political fortunes of President Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, Sacramento Mayor Darrel Steinberg Talk On Immigration | The Sacramento Bee
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By Ellen Garrison

State Legislators Approve $52-billion Transportation Plan To Repair California's Ailing Roads
Melanie Mason @
After a nail-biter vote in the Assembly, the $52-billion transportation package cleared the Legislature late Thursday night and now goe...

Wilk says NO to $52 billion tax hike
vote on Senate Bill 1 (SB1), Senator Scott Wilk, R-Antelope Valley, released the following excerpts from his floor statement. SB 1 is a $52 billion transportation tax increase which includes a hike in the gas tax and vehicle registration fees.

$1,462,727.07: CA GOP Contributions to State Senator Anthony Cannella
Since 2010, Republican campaign committees, including the California Republican Party, have contributed $1,462,727.07 to Cannella’s campaigns

Ca Bill Would Require Eye Exams For Elementary School Students | The Sacramento Bee
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Vidak: Gas tax hike is a scam
The California State Senate tonight approved a massive gas tax hike and vehicle fee increase measure on a 27 - 11 vote.

Full Senate To Be Briefed Friday On Syria Strikes - Politico
Senators will meet behind closed doors in the Capitol with Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford, according to a senior Senate source.

Mimi Walters, Dana Rohrabacher Draw Even More Democratic Challengers - The Orange County Register
Democratic congressional candidates continue to come out of Orange County’s woodwork, with Capitol Hill aide Kia Hamadanchy the latest to challenge Republican Rep. Mimi Walters and business owner Laura Oatman announcing a bid against GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.

Vice President Pence reads final vote tally, confirming Gorsuch to Supreme Court

Vice President Pence, in his role as President of the Senate, read out the final vote tally after Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court on April 7.

In Eastside Runoff, L.A. Councilman Endorses Colleague's Opponent
Dakota Smith @
Joe Bray-Ali, seeking to unseat incumbent Gil Cedillo, won the endorsement of City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell Thursday.

Audit: San Diego Pays Electric Bills For 3,712 Nonexistent Street Lights - The San Diego Union-tribune
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The Largest Effort To Expand Rent Control In Decades Is On Hold In Sacramento
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A state bill that would let cities dramatically expand rent control has been put on hold for a year by its author amid fierce opposition from landlords.

Sacramento Democrats' $52 billion Tax Plan: Myths vs. Facts
Senate Bill 1

Senate Republican Leader Fuller Issues Statement on Massive Tax Hike in the Golden State
s history. Senate Bill 1 passed, 27-11.

Sacramento Democrats' $52 billion Tax Plan
Senate Bill 1: Myths vs. Facts

Santa Ana May Convert Part Of Jail To Mental Health Center
The Santa Ana City Council this week voted to allow the developers of a large upscale residential project to postpone required payments toward the construction of homes for low-income families.