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Well, the Giants are up 2-1 in the series against the Dodgers. Today is the final game of the homestand for the Gigantes, with opening pitch at 12:45pm. For the Capitol folks, let's hope that they wrap of early so those with office teevees can tune in. A few hearings after adjournment of session, but short agendas. 

And, with that, the policy committee window has closed.

In response to the state audit of the University of California that found $175 million in undisclosed reserves, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has called on the university to rescind its planned tuition increases scheduled for this fall. Fellow UC Regent Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has also called for the rescind. Not good timing as budget subcommittees continue their work up until the May Revise of the governor's budget. The University is receiving $3.5 billion in state General Fund money in the current budget year.

While UC is constitutionally autonomous, the Legislature still controls the purse strings. And, with this news, things aren't looking better: Patrick McGreevy and Teresa Watanabe write that the University of Calilfornia interfered with the state auditors' report on UC's administrative spending by leaning on surveys sent to campuses to make the system look better.

On that story, George Skelton writes that it's it time for major changes at the University. "And governing regents seem to drink the UC Kool-Aid rather than perform as a public watchdog." Ouch. As a proud alumnus, it's an embarrassing time and fundraising is certain to dry up amid the revelations.

As someone posted on Facebook, the new UC Davis chancellor plans to keep making over $300,000 in paid board seats after joining the campus in August. Because, you know, we didn't learn enough from the Katehi scandal. While the board positions are not with a textbook company, they are with defense contractors, something that won't be so welcoming in the People's Republic of Davis. And, as you know, being a university president is not a full-time job after all... Along with his university salary, his income will total over $820,000 and includes free housing and other amenities.

President Trump yesterday unveiled a one-page sketch tax reform proposal, which would directly impact Californians. While the overall rates would be lowered, the deduction for state and local taxes paid (although protects the home mortgage interest deduction). In California, this is a huge deduction. No Democrats will be on board, and it'll be a tough vote for California congressional Republicans as well as members of the Freedom Caucus who will be opposed to the likely increasing federal deficit.

Bloomberg reports on the impact on Californians.

Speaking of the other capital city, this morning a government shutdown at midnight tomorrow night seems more likely, as Democrats balk at a short term spending extension over the proposed changes to Obamacare. While earlier this week it appeared there was a breakthrough as it was agreed that Obamacare subsidy cuts wouldn't be in the continuing resolution, Democrats fear that Obamacare would be attacked on a separate front. 

The single payer health care bill--SB 562 (Lara)--was approved by the Senate Health Committee yesterday, reports Melanie Mason in the Times.



CA34 (Los Angeles): Nancy Pelosi has jumped behind Jimmy Gomez in the runoff to replace Xavier Becerra, reports Christine Mai-Duc in the Times.

The LAT's Chris Megerian reports that California Republicans are supporting efforts to limit climate change despite the atmosphere in Washington. “Californians, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, are different from the rest of the country,” said Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes, who represents parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. “What they’re doing back in Washington, D.C., is not what we’re going to be doing in California.”

Yesterday, President Trump issued in order to review national monuments created under Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, reports William Yardley in the Times. "In California, national monuments that fall within those parameters include Giant Sequoia, Carrizo Plain, Berryessa Snow Mountain, Mojave Trails and Sand to Snow."

The Bee's Christopher Cadelago writes that Senator Josh Newman is blasting the recall effort over his transportation plan vote as an expensive waste

In the Bee, Alexei Koseff looks at why Assemblymember Steven Choi pulled his bill to allow American manufacturers of Korean soju and Japanese shochu to sell in stores that have beer and wine licenses, as currently allowed for foreign-made soju.

Don't run out to get the ferret yet, as Fish and Game denied a petition to legalize ownership of the small mammals, reports Taryn Luna in the Bee.



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Bay Area political events: workers memorial, climate change marches
Bay Area political events: workers memorial, climate change marches Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Workers memorial: A day of remembrance for workers who have been killed and injured on the job. Panel discussion on Race, Power and Politics: Effects on Workers of Color, with speakers from state and federal agencies, labor organizations and community groups. The event is from noon to 1:45 p.m. at Oakstop Event Space, Telegraph Room, 1721 Broadway in Oakland. Music show: A science and arts collaboration that tells “the story of how climate has changed in the last 200 years.” In San Rafael, a march will begin 11 a.m. outside San Rafael City Hall, 1400 Fifth Ave. In San Jose, a march starts at 10 a.m. outside City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St. For information on all marches: The second Women’s Coalition meeting hosted by Democratic Activists for Women Now. SEIU United Service Workers West is also calling for a May Day general workers strike. Immigration event: “Remembering the 135th Anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act” and standing in opposition to President Trump’s proposed travel ban. Contact Chinese for Affirmative Action: (415) 274-6750 Health care film: “Healthcare for Everybody” will be screened from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Contra Costa Central Labor Council, 1333 Pine St., Suite E in Martinez. Health care film: A screening of “Now Is the Time” followed by a health care discussion on the proposed California proposition for a single-payer plan.

Ca Assembly Speaker Rendon Calls For UC Tuition Hike Reversal | The Sacramento Bee
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California Single-payer Healthcare Bill Passes First Committee Test
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A sweeping measure that would establish government-run universal healthcare in California cleared its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday.

Ca Lawmaker Pulls Bill To Benefit U.S. Soju After Jinro Objects | The Sacramento Bee
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Has Treasurer John Chiang Saved California Taxpayers More Than $5 Billion? | Politifact California
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University Of California Proposes 3 Percent Tuition Increase | The Sacramento Bee
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President Trump’s Twitter barrage directed at a federal judge who blocked his attempt to cut off funding to immigrant-protective sanctuary cities drew a sharp response Wednesday from officials in San Francisco and Santa Clara County, who were celebrating their first-round legal victory. David Cortese, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, said Trump’s “latest reckless attack on our independent judiciary should frighten all Americans.” On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick III of San Francisco issued a nationwide injunction against Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order, which called for withdrawing funds from local governments that refused to cooperate with federal immigration officers. While lawyers for Trump’s Justice Department argued that the order applied to a small number of federal grants and merely required local governments to provide information already required by law, Orrick said the wording of Trump’s order, and the president’s public statements, were far broader. In February, a Ninth Circuit panel denied enforcement of Trump’s order blocking travel to the United States by residents of seven nations whose population is almost entirely Muslim. “First the Ninth Circuit rules against the ban & now it hits again on sanctuary cities — both ridiculous rulings,” Trump tweeted.

Poll: Trump Voters Stand By The President - Politico
An overwhelming majority of Trump voters approve of the job he is doing as president. | Getty

Marin Congressman Chides Trump Over Court Confusion - Sfgate
A Northern California congressman mocked President Donald Trump for confusing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals with the district judge who shot down the White House's plan to punish so-called sanctuary cities.

Records Show Responses To State Auditor's Surveys Were Altered After Intervention By UC Office Of The President
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Hit with a surprise survey by state auditors, officials at University of California campuses changed their responses and dropped critic...

De Blasio Proposes $84 Billion Budget as Possible Federal Cuts Loom

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a budget plan that includes new spending on preschool and to combat homelessness, and with few precautions against proposed cuts under President Trump.

Ann Coulter backs out of UC Berkeley speech
“There will be no speech,” according to an email the right-wing commentator sent to the Reuters news agency Wednesday. Students and staff at UC Berkeley opposed to Coulter’s appearance, including the International Socialist Organization, said Tuesday that they planned to hold a demonstration at 5 p.m. Thursday regardless of the right-wing speaker’s plans In February, UC Berkeley police canceled a planned speech by far-right speaker, Milo Yiannopoulos, after a riot began just before his speech was to be delivered. [...] on April 15, 11 people were injured and 20 arrested when Trump supporters and opponents battled in a downtown Berkeley park. Coulter was initially invited by the Berkeley College Republicans to speak on Thursday, but university officials said the student group booked the speaker without getting permission to use a campus venue. “If UCPD believes there is a significant security threat attendant to a particular event, we cannot allow it to be held in a venue with a limited number of exits; in a hall that cannot be cordoned off; in an auditorium with floor to ceiling glass; in any space that does not meet basic safety criteria established by UCPD,” said Chancellor Nicholas Dirk in a statement Wednesday. Cal spokesman Dan Mogulof said the claims being made about the university police issuing a “stand-down” order relating to Coulter’s visit were “a deplorable fallacy.” “UCPD is committed to preventing crimes on our campus and to responding when crimes do occur to ensure the safety of victims or potential victims,” he said in an email. The 19-year-old student said the goal of her visit was to have a successful dialogue, to ask questions and interact with someone who has one of the largest followings and who is focused on illegal immigration.

Commission Rejects Request To Allow Californians To Legally Own Ferrets | The Sacramento Bee
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White House Will Continue Obamacare Payments, Defusing A Potential Obstacle In Talks To Avert Shutdown
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One potential flashpoint in the negotiations to prevent a government shutdown was averted Wednesday

California Drops Water Mandatory Water Conservation Rules After Drought Officially Ends | The Sacramento Bee
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Speed-camera Trial For San Jose, San Francisco Dies In Assembly
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The Impact Of Minimum Wage Increases :: Fox&hounds
The debate over the minimum wage did not end when the state followed the lead of a number of local governments in agreeing to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Now we are watching the impact of the increase. Even before workers achieve the $15, there are signs that the increase in minimum wage is hurting many it was intended to help.

Trump Accuses Democrats Of Wanting To Shut Down The Government - Politico
President Donald Trump blasted Democrats on Thursday in a flurry of tweets, accusing them of angling for a government shutdown and suggesting that they are prioritizing protecting Obamacare over spending on defense and border security.

Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control

The review aims to ensure local leaders will have final say “about what happens in the classroom,” said Rob Goad, a senior Education Department official.

5 Things To Know About Trump's Tax Plan - Politico
Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Director Gary Cohn speak about President Donald Trump's new tax reform plan, at the White House, on April 26. | Getty

Economic Reality And Contradictions Beset Trump's Tax Plan
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In proposing to slash business taxes and enact a tax reform of historical proportions, Trump administration officials say they will rely on economic growth to make up for lost tax revenue.