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  • LG: added former developer Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis (D)
  • CA50 (East SD County): added consultant Ammar Campa-Najjar (D)

In the Bee, Chrisopher Cadelago reports that Jerry Brown yesterday responded to critics of the transportation plan who claim that it was passed in with illegal vote trading, calling the allegations "preposterous." Assemblymember Melissa Melendez made the allegation, asting Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate. George Skelton writes that is simply part of democracy.

SMOKIN'! In response to the $2/pack cigarette tax increase, Phillip Morris is handing out coupons to its customers, reports Taryn Luna in the Bee.

CA49 (Vista): The LAT's Sarah D. Wire looks at the political reorientation of Congressman Darrell Issa after his close call last November.

Yesterday, Bill Wong was named political director of the Assembly Democrats.



POLL POSITION: PPIC is out with its Statewide Survey, focused on education.  The poll also finds relativel strong approval ratings for both Governor Brown and the Legislature, both at 49%.

Treasurer John Chiang was at UC Riverside yesterday, urging the audience to not just focus on resisting the Trump Administration but to be proactive. The PE's Jeff Horseman reports.

4/20: McClatchy's Rob Hotakainen looks at the mixed bag nationally there is for advocates of marijuana legalization.

The MercNews's David Danelski reports on the state efforts to maintain the protections of the Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws in the event a federal rollback. 


DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: The proponent of the Calexit proposal was Marcus Ruiz Evans, not John Cox. 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Scott Alonso, Jaime Huff, Sam OhMolly Parnell, and Garry South!




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Was Gov. Brown Wrong To Make Side Deals To Push Through The Gas Tax Hike? No, That's Democracy
George Skelton @
Is selling your vote for pork corrupt? No, despite lots of gas tax opponents crying foul.

Eleni Kounalakis Opens Campaign Committee For Ca Lieutenant Governor | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Barbara Boxer Will Lobby For An Environmentally Controversial Desalination Plant In Huntington Beach
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Poseidon Water hires former Sen. Barbara Boxer to push for approval of proposed Huntington Beach seawater desalination plant.

Poll reveals support in California for tax-funded school vouchers
President Trump supports tax-funded vouchers letting parents send their kids to private schools of their choice — and it turns out Californians do too, according to a poll released Wednesday. A solid majority of state residents, 60 percent, say they favor vouchers, and public school parents like them even more, with two-thirds saying they back the idea, according to a Public Policy Institute of California survey. The annual education survey, conducted in early April, queried residents about a range of issues, including teacher quality, school funding, early childhood education and the impact of immigration policies on schools. Trump’s secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, said in a March 29 speech to the Brookings Institution that the country “must shift the paradigm to think of education funding as investments made in individual children, not in institutions or buildings.” [...] California School Boards Association President Susan Henry said Wednesday, The record shows that Californians are strongly in favor of public funds for public schools and a single, isolated poll doesn’t change that. The survey found strong backing of the state’s public schools, a belief that they need more funding, and a willingness to pay higher taxes to fund them, said Mark Baldassare, the PPIC president and CEO. Overall, 54 percent of those polled gave their public schools a grade of “A” or “B.” In addition, 68 percent said they would support a bond measure to pay for school construction, while 59 percent would support a parcel tax to boost general education funding.

Sacramento Police Altercation: Man Punched Repeatedly Hires Lawyer | The Sacramento Bee
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Rep. Hunter Says He Has Halted Campaign Payments To His Wife - The San Diego Union-tribune
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City-owned land sold, left vacant amid affordable housing crisis

Georgia Candidates Dive Into Intense Runoff Campaign - Politico
By the time Georgia voters woke up Wednesday morning, their special House election was already back in overdrive.

UC Berkeley Orders Cancellation Of Ann Coulter Speech - San Francisco Chronicle
Protesters showed up at the UC Berkeley campus to object to a speaking engagement by Breitbart editor, Milo Yiannopoulos.

Former South El Monte Mayor Sentenced To Prison In Bribery Scheme
Jeff Landa @
The former mayor of South El Monte will spend one year and one day in prison for taking tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from a city contractor over the course of several years

Philip Morris Gives Out Coupons To Offset Tobaco Tax Increase | The Sacramento Bee
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UC Berkeley orders cancellation of Ann Coulter speech
Next week’s scheduled speech by right-wing pundit Ann Coulter at UC Berkeley is off — for now — because campus officials say they won’t be able to protect participants from rioting if it should happen. “We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27 event featuring Ann Coulter,” vice chancellors Scott Biddy and Stephen Sutton emailed the student groups co-hosting the event — the Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA — Tuesday evening. The UC Berkeley administrators told the groups in their email: “In the wake of events surrounding the planned appearance by (right-wing speaker) Milo Yiannopoulos in February, as well as several riots which have occurred in recent weeks in the city of Berkeley, we have increased our scrutiny regarding the time and location of high-profile speakers so that these events can go forward unimpeded.”

Dumanis To Resign July 7, Mulls Run For County Board - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Audio: Loyola's Project For The Innocent Secures Third Release In A Month | 89.3 Kpcc
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Jaime Ponce is flanked by his mother and father in Tijuana. Loyola Law School's Project for the Innocent secured his release after 19 years in prison for a shooting he says he did not commit. Loyola Law School

Mayor Garcetti To Lay Out Plan To Close Budget Deficit Of More Than $224 Million
Today's high

Transgender Patient Sues Dignity Health For Discrimination Over Hysterectomy Denial | The Sacramento Bee
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Bill Requiring Ucs And Csus To Provide Abortion Pills Advances -
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Trump's campaign legal fees top $4 million
The trail of legal cases dogging the president months after the election reflect Trump’s inability to leave behind the chaos and confrontation that marked his campaign.

Bay Area air-quality agency tackles climate change
The Bay Area’s little-known pollution control district jumped into the fight against climate change Wednesday with a first-of-its-kind regional plan that promises big changes in residents’ daily lives. With calls for charging tolls to drive on freeways, doing away with gas heat and even urging meat-free meals, the agency is reaching beyond its usual targets of oil refineries and diesel trucks to push for cuts in greenhouse gases on a much broader scale. “When thinking about the scale of climate change, we realized this had to be an all-in approach, everything in on the table,” said Abby Young, climate protection manager for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. For its 62-year history, the air district’s main job has been policing the nine-county Bay Area for dirty skies, declaring “Spare the Air” days when ozone and particulate matter levels reached unhealthy levels. Bay Area residents were affected most directly when the agency banned fireplace blazes on pollution-clogged winter nights and won the power to levy fines against violators. The agency’s new “Spare the Air, Cool the Climate” strategy makes global warming an equal priority, by targeting heat-trapping emissions. The plan, approved Wednesday by a unanimous vote of the agency’s governing board at a meeting in San Francisco, lays out 85 measures that seek to reduce pollutants from industry, transportation, agriculture, landfills, homes and businesses. Industry and transportation are the region’s top emitters of pollution and greenhouse gases, and in these sectors, the district has wide unilateral powers to initiate controls. The air-quality agency intends to enlist cities and counties to boost the area’s electrical vehicle infrastructure, including adding more car-charging stations, and to partner on ride-share and shuttle programs and bolster public transit. Discouraging driving by charging tolls during peak traffic times and reducing on-street parking in busy areas are among the strategies. Households will be encouraged to install solar panels and swap out gas appliances like stoves and water-heaters for cleaner-energy devices. The plan comes as California leaders pledge aggressive action on climate change, a resolve that has been strengthened with weakening federal environmental policies under President Trump. Several cities and counties have introduced programs to cut greenhouse gases, including San Francisco, but few have the regulatory power and reach of the state-chartered air district. Among the steps approved by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District on Wednesday to try to fight climate change:

Even in red states, Republicans feel free to criticize Trump on his taxes and travel

GOP senators and House members break with the president on his tax returns and frequent Florida trips.