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Happy Sunday! It's a great day to wake up and not read any stories about craziness at Picnic Day at UC Davis. Congrats to the campus, businisses, and law enforcement for making it a family-forward event. I went for the parade, and it was awesome.



Meanwhile, as Davis was showing off its technology research, the "March for Science" was going on, reports Nashelle Chavez in the Bee. 

Anyway, with the godsend of sleeping in, we are done (as I hope you are), with a full catching-up tomorrow!



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to George Raya and Matt Ross



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Political Road Map: To Know Whether California's Budget Will Balance, Watch This Month's Tax Collections
John Myers @
April is a hugely important month for balancing California's state budget. And it all depends on the billions of dollars in income taxes that will be collected these next few weeks.

California's Academic Turf Wars Block Access To High Education | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Thousands Rally In Southern California As Part Of Nationwide March For Science – Orange County Register
Thousands of scientists and supporters hit the streets in Southern California and elsewhere around the U.S. and the world on Saturday for the March for Science, intended to promote science and defend it from attacks and proposed budget cuts.

March Of Science Kicks Off At Southside Park | The Sacramento Bee
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By Nashelly Chavez

Fearing Trump Policies, 15,000 In San Diego Join Science Marches Across The Globe - The San Diego Union-tribune
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State Vaccination Rates Up Sharply In Wake Of New Law - San Francisco Chronicle
Not long after the state issued a new law requiring all students be vaccinated before starting kindergarten, the Lagunitas School District held a meeting with parents to talk over the mandate.

French Election: Macron And Le Pen Projected To Advance To Runoff - Politico
Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen arrives for a TV debate a in Aubervilliers, outside Paris, on March 20, 2017. | AP Photo

Sacramento Real Estate: Couple's Development Company Takes Challenging Lots And Builds Modern Homes | The Sacramento Bee
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By Blair Anthony Robertson

Funding for border wall in spotlight as possible government shutdown nears

Administration officials and lawmakers of both parties on April 23 discussed funding for President Trump’s project to build a border wall as the deadline for passing a government funding bill approaches.

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Los Angeles State Historic Park Bridges Past And Present At Grand Opening Celebration
Ralph Vartabedian @
Gov. Jerry Brown helped dedicate California's newest state park Saturday at the site of a former rail yard in the historic heart of Los Angeles.

Priebus ‘confident’ Budget Deal Will Advance The Mexican Wall - Politico
Reince Priebus said the White House has already seen progress in getting cash for border security in legislation that Congress needs to pass by next weekend. | AP Photo

White House budget director takes hard line on border wall, as threat of government shutdown looms

Mick Mulvaney says he does not know if President Trump would sign a spending bill without border wall funding.

Mulvaney Downplays Chances Of Government Shutdown - Politico
Mick Mulvaney scolded Democrats for obstructionism by saying that in 2006, Democratic Sens. Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer voted for border security funding. | AP Photo

Panel Concludes San Diego Judge Violated Judicial Ethics Rules
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Panel concludes San Diego judge violated judicial ethics rules

Charging Station Goes On Line In Lynwood On Earth Day | 89.3 Kpcc
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Lynwood Mayor Maria Santillan-Beas and SoCal Edison President Ron Nichols at the opening of an electrical vehicle charging station in Lynwood on April 22, 2017. Courtesy of Southern California Edison

Tom Steyer Is On The Fence About Running For Office, But His March For Science Address Sounded Like A Stump Speech
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Protesters take to the streets in SF for Science March
The enthusiastic and peaceful crowd began gathering mid-morning at San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza to listen to scientists in a rally before the 12:30 p.m. march down Market Street to Civic Center, where the event would end with a science fair of activities and events. President Trump said in an Earth Day statement that “rigorous science depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate.” Trump already has called for major cuts in the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health and a variety of other science-related federal organizations. In 2012, long before his presidential run, Trump called climate change a hoax by the Chinese “to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” People waved their signs in the crowd — some of which read, “Make Science, Not Orders,” “Science was not a liberal conspiracy,” and “Geology rocks.” Since taking office, Trump has taken measures to scale back the efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency. Trump also signed an executive order in February requiring the EPA to review federal water regulations aimed to protect 60 percent of the bodies of water in the United States from pollution, including wetlands and rivers.

Berkeley Betrays Its Free Speech Legacy - San Francisco Chronicle
The battle over free speech in Berkeley has flipped the two sides in the old generation gap.

Rubio: ‘we Cannot Shut Down The Government Right Now’ - Politico
Marco Rubio insisted that keeping the government running must be the top priority, particularly given instability around the globe. | AP Photo