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Well, Giants fans, that was an ugly end to an extra inning game--a four run 10th inning for the Dodgers. Of course, I'm one of the rare fans of both teams. I grew up as a Dodgers fan in SoCal, but had to appreciate the Giants to live with my Bay Area-native college roomies up here. So, a 2-2 split of the four game series between two teams that suck this year is fine. Of course, it's an odd-numbered year, so the Giants never had a chance. Today, the Giants face the equally awful Padres. The best team in California is the Angels, which are 12-12. Not a good year for Golden State baseball. But, tickets are probably cheap on Stubhub, and there's nothing wrong with a losing day at the ballpark if you're in the ballpark.

Ann Coulter did not show up in Berkeley last night, nor was there any violence as feared. 

We're looking at a warm spell coming to California's capital city. It is supposed to be near 90 the beginning of next week, and this weekend looks to be glorious. Fortunately we stored up that water over those wet months. Anyway, it'll be a great weekend to get some sun. 

The tickety-toc is on the clock as we wait to see whether a federal spending bill is approved by midnight. It's looking more positive, but it's a nail biter. There is hope of a one-week stopgap spending bill. How is this the way to run our country? Conversative Republicans are hesitant about spending levels, while Democrats fear that it will be followed by a partisan repeal of Obamacare next week. Of course, as I have written, a shutdown has a huge impact on California, which has the most federal employees in the country (beyond DC), although they would likely receive retroactive pay. However, towns like Groveland outside of Yosemite get clobbered, affecting many small businesses reliant on park visitors. 

Meanwhile, President Trump signed an executive order that could allow new offshore oil drilling off the California coast, something that is almost universally opposed by those in the Golden State, reports Evan Halper in the Times.



In the Bee, Christopher Cadelago reports on the proposal in Los Angeles to increase the number of supervisors from five to seven as well to add an elected country executive, and what the changes would mean for LA-LA Land politicos.

The Bee's Adam Ashton writes that the California state prison system has a major staffing crisis of medical professionals, causing harm to inmates.



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Rep. Jeff Denham Says He's A 'no' On The New GOP Healthcare Bill, But Most California Republicans Are Undecided
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Nearly two-thirds of the 14 Republicans in the California congressional delegation are still reviewing changes to the GOP healthcare pl...

Spicer: White House Has 'not Tried To Push' House On Health Care - Politico
President Donald Trump had backed the bill, called the American Health Care Act, and initially demanded that it go to a vote, but changed his mind when House leaders concluded they lacked the votes to pass it. They ended up yanking it from the House floor.

Here We Go Again: New Effort To Boost California's Presidential Clout | The Sacramento Bee
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Observations on California and its politics

Trump Loves Corporate Tax Cuts. Voters, Not So Much - Politico
President Donald Trump loves the idea of cutting the corporate tax rate, but voters?

Garcetti Budget Would Reduce Police Patrols In Neighborhoods And Increase Response Times, LAPD Union Warns
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Mayor Garcetti's budget would reduce police patrols in neighborhoods and increase response times, LAPD union warns

Protester At UC Berkeley Who Refuses To Remove Mask Is Cuffed And Arrested - Sfgate
A man was stopped by police at UC Berkeley after holding a large sign. Police arrested him after he refused to identify himself and take off his mask. April 17, 2017

La Council Candidate Vows To Stay In Race Despite Losing Endorsements Over Online Slurs
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Lawmakers Propose Expanding L.A. County Board Of Supervisors From 5 To 7 Members With One Elected Executive
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A group of nine state lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill that would seek to improve representation of people of color on the Los A...

Bill Would Expand L.A. Board, Create Chief Executive | The Sacramento Bee
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Trump executive order seeks to open coast waters to oil drilling
President Trump on Friday signed an executive order to expand oil and gas drilling off the nation’s shoreline, a move that is opening old wounds for Californians all too familiar with fights over their coastal waters. While not naming California specifically, the order means parts of the Pacific Ocean, as well as the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, that aren’t part of the federal government’s oil leasing program could be open to drilling. “It has been, really, since the 1980s that we’ve had any realistic threat of new drilling in California,” said Richard Charter, a Bodega Bay resident and senior fellow at the Ocean Foundation, a marine conservation group. While undoing restrictions on oil rigs won’t be easy — that entails a formal rule-making process that could go on for years — lawmakers and environmentalists in the West are taking the threat seriously, already pledging to fight any attempt to lift restrictions. The coastal states have shown strong opposition to offshore oil development since a 1969 Santa Barbara spill helped launch the modern environmental movement. The president’s executive order ignores those concerns and the real threat of climate change to give oil and gas companies access to new areas that they do not need.

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Disabled Parking Privileges In California Go To Dead People | The Sacramento Bee
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Anticipated Showdown At UC Berkeley Over Ann Coulter Invitation Is More Of A Shouting Match Than A Melee
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Authorities expected violence. They issued warnings to those in the Berkeley area to steer clear of the fray. Behind face shields and helmets, they lined the streets, girding themselves for disorder.

House Panel Approves Irrigation Drainage Settlement With Westlands Water District | The Fresno Bee
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Bipartisan Senate Group Urges Against International Affairs Cuts - Politico
Forty-three senators from both political parties have signed a letter urging against deep cuts to the U.S. international affairs budget, warning that a huge reduction in resources would harm national security.

Republicans Back Down From Health-care Push, Clearing Way For Government To Stay Open | The Sacramento Bee
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By Kelsey Snell and Paul Kane

This Bright Orange Ant Is Actually A Jumping Spider Recently Found In Orange County
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A UC Berkeley biology student found a species of jumping spider that had not yet been named in published literature.

Customers May Never Know How They Got Stuck With $3.3 Billion Bill For San Onofre Shutdown | Kpbs
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Without a word of discussion, state regulators scuttled customers' chances Thursday to learn why they got stuck with a multibillion-dollar bill for the shutdown of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.