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  • CA39 (Fullerton): added former college instructor Phil Janowicz (D)

Twenty-five years ago today, the Los Angeles riots began after the acquittal of police in the Rodney King beating.

We have a temporary spending bill for one week that will keep the federal government open while a longer-term spending bill is negotiated.

MONEY MATTERS: It's looking like April tax revenues will fall short by as much as $600 milllion, reports John Myers in the Times. Personal income tax revenue appears 4% below projections.

GOV: The Times's Seema Mehta writes up a speech in the Inland Empire by gubernatorial candidate Antonio Vilaraigosa. “The next governor,” he said, must understand “he has to show up in the Inland Empire not just when he’s knocking on your door and asking for your vote.”

HEALTH CARE: Speaker Anthony Rendon says that the efforts to create a single-payer health care system in California, with passed out of Senate Health on Monday, may be too fast, writes Alexei Koseff in the Bee. “I’m philosophically in favor of single-payer,” Rendon said. “Whether or not now is the time, and looking at that particular bill, I don’t know.”

THE BOE: Board of Equalization member Fiona Ma, who is running for State Treasurer, came out with recommendations to the Legislature on reforming the beleagured BOE, reports Adam Ashton in the Bee.  



SECOND AMENDMENT? A group of gun owners has sued the state over the law that limits gun magazines to ten rounds, reports the AP.

BEHESTED: The OCR's Teri Sforza looks at the reports on behested payments--funds donated to charities upon requests by California lawmakers.

TRANSPORTATION: Governor Brown yesterday signed the gas tax and VLF fee increase that will generate $52 billion over the next ten years, reports the LAT's Patrick McGreevy. 

420: The Brown administration yesterday released draft regulations for the commercial marijuana industry, reports Patrick McGreevy in the Times. As expected, it's modeled on the three-tier system required of alcohol, with separation of cultivation, transportation, and retail sales.

OFFSHORE OIL: In the Times, Chris Megerian, Bettina Boxall and Dan Weikel write that, despite this week's order by President Trump to consider new offshore oil drilling, it is unlikely it will ever come to fruition in the Golden State.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Felipe Lopez, Andre Quintero, and Tom White!



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Senator Gaines Slams Governor Brown's Gas Tax Signing
Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today issued the following statement regarding Governor Brown's signing of Senate Bill 1, the transportation proposal recently passed by the legislature that imposes $52 billion in permanent new gas taxes and user fees on motorists.

Bay Area political events: womenâ
Bay Area political events: women’s meeting, May Day Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. The second Women’s Coalition meeting, hosted by Democratic Activists for Women Now, includes workshops on the democratic process and campaigns. SEIU United Service Workers West is also calling for a May Day general workers strike. In San Francisco, a protest is planned for 8 a.m. outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 630 Sansome St. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is holding a rally and march at 9 a.m. at 400 North Point St. in San Francisco. 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. Sanctuary cities discussion: A panel hosted by the Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area on how unions, religious groups and schools can defend immigrants. Doors open at 1 p.m., and the panel talk begins at 2 p.m. at New Valencia Hall, 747 Polk St. in San Francisco. 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.

Senator Morrell Responds to Governor's Signing of Gas Tax
Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) issued the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the largest gas tax increase in state history:

Dentists Display Political Clout To Block Legislation | The Sacramento Bee
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Release of videos sought in same-sex marriage case
While the case was covered extensively during the trial and later court proceedings “there is no substitute for the insight and illumination that only the videotaped record of the trial can provide,” lawyers for KQED radio and television said in the U.S. District Court suit. The trial, the first ever in federal court on same-sex marriage, involved a suit by lesbian and gay couples challenging Proposition 8, the November 2008 initiative that limited marriages in California to opposite-sex couples. Walker had approved camera coverage of the 2010 trial, but Prop. 8’s backers persuaded the Supreme Court to prohibit televising the proceedings, saying their witnesses feared harassment and loss of privacy. Since the trial, “the public discussion of gay rights has shifted substantially,” KQED said in Friday’s suit. “While the public interest in seeing the open work of government remains compelling, any privacy interests of those involved in the trial have disappeared almost entirely” seven years later, attorney Thomas Burke said in the court filing.

California's Budget Could Miss The Mark On April Tax Revenues By $600 Million
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California Gas Tax Increase - What It Costs And What It Does | The Sacramento Bee
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Vidak: Gas Tax Hike Funds Going to Roads -- "In a Pig's Eye!"
Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) today issued the following statement in reaction to the signing of Senate Bill 1, the gas tax hike, by Governor Brown:

$52 Billion Tax Increase; Not All Taxes Will Go to Road Repair
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement after the Governor imposed a $52 billion tax increase on the people of California:

Dumanis Got Campaign Money From Pot Shop Landlords - The San Diego Union-tribune
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While District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has earned a reputation as tough on marijuana-related crimes, a review of donations to her past two campaigns shows she accepted contributions from dozens of people with ties to marijuana dispensaries.

Oakland: Libby Schaaf Accused Of Misusing Soda Tax Revenue
OAKLAND — Three council members are blasting Mayor Libby Schaaf’s plan to spend revenue from a successful soda tax measure to help close the city’s budget deficit, calling the mayor’s proposal a “bait and switch” on voters.

A Gold-plated Healthcare Plan Lies At The Center Of A Dispute Between Writers And Major Studios
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As negotiations go down to the wire, the WGA is looking to protect healthcare-related gains it has made over the decades.

Ca Assembly Speaker Talks Single-payer Health Care, Donald Trump | The Sacramento Bee
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Bay Area workers, immigrants part of nationwide May Day strike
Though the drive is taxing, Carmona said she had no choice because hotel jobs closer to her home don’t allow union representation for workers — an important factor for her. “All immigrants — whether we are from Mexico or (are) Muslims or Asian immigrants — we should be able to work freely and in peace, and we shouldn’t be harassed by immigration,” said Carmona, who’s a legal permanent resident in the U.S. and has lived in Oakland for 17 years. Carmona and about 60 other hotel workers from Oakland and Emeryville will gather at Mandela Parkway and Yerba Buena Avenue in Oakland from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., to demand sanctuary workplaces and to tear down a prop wall that symbolizes the wall that President Trump wants to build along the U.S.-Mexico border. “We cannot have our residents living in the shadows, fearful to go to work, enroll their children in schools or seek medical assistance,” Lee said in a statement to The Chronicle. Miya Yoshitani, the executive director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network in Richmond, said the organization’s members view the fight for clean and healthy working conditions as part of its push for environmental justice. Employees of the Oakland Coliseum and Oracle Arena complex, including janitors, security guards and other service workers, will join them, Garla said. Lawyers will be on deck at marches throughout the country to assist workers who fear retaliation from their employers, said Alan Benjamin, a retired board member for the San Francisco Labor Council and May Day coordinator, although most employers, including Facebook and Google, are supporting their employees’ decision to strike. The San Francisco and Oakland unified school districts are planning to keep schools open for May Day and will rearrange staffing needs should teachers walk out, according to school officials.

Fiona Ma Says Boe Needs A New Chief Counsel | The Sacramento Bee
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Villaraigosa Pledges To Restore 'a Little Luster' To The California Dream In A Campaign Stop In The Inland Empire
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City Of Sacramento Settles Police Abuse Case For $220,000 After Officer's Testimony Is Determined To Be False | The Sacramento Bee
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Senator Stone's statement on the signing of SB-1
Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) issued the following statement today after Governor Jerry Brown signed SB-1, the largest gas tax increase in state history:

Obamacare Uncertainty Ca Health Plans Offer 2 Rates | The Sacramento Bee
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Transgender employee, Dignity Health settle discrimination suit
A lawsuit by a transgender employee against Dignity Health hospital chain for denying insurance coverage for sex-reassignment surgery and other medical treatment has been settled for $25,000. The American Civil Liberties Union had represented the employee, Josef Robinson, in a lawsuit contending discrimination based on gender identity violates the federal law against sex discrimination. [...] the justices sent the case back to a lower court in March after President Trump withdrew former President Barack Obama’s memo advising school districts to treat students according to their gender identity. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of Oakland, who had indicated at a hearing in September that she was likely to let Robinson proceed with his claim of sex discrimination, approved the settlement on Friday. Born female but considering himself male, he underwent a double mastectomy in August 2015 and paid $7,450 because his insurance did not cover it, his lawyers said. Dignity’s insurance policies for hospital employees exclude coverage related to “sex transformation surgery.”

Officers Should Not Have Gotten Medals For Shooting Mentally Ill Man, Protesters Say | The Sacramento Bee
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$6 million settlement in Alameda medical lab kickback suit
Quest Diagnostics will pay $6 million to settle government claims that its laboratory in Alameda paid kickbacks to doctors and patients to induce them to to use the lab for blood tests, some of them medically unnecessary, federal officials said Friday. According to a physician who filed a suit as a whistle-blower in 2011, Berkeley HeartLab offered doctors $11.50 per referral in 2009, nearly four times the Medicare rate. The company also offered extra fees for unneeded blood tests, said the physician, Michael Mayes of Hilton Head, S.C. In addition, the suit said, Berkeley HeartLab recruited business from patients by regularly waiving co-payments that were legally required for certain blood tests. Mayes’ lawsuit, which the Justice Department joined in 2015, also includes kickback claims against the marketing company BlueWave Healthcare Consultants and its owners, Floyd Dent and Robert Bradford Johnson, who formerly worked for Berkeley HeartLab. “Companies that pay kickbacks to referring doctors corrupt those doctors’ independence, leaving patients vulnerable to expensive and unnecessary testing,” Chad Readler, acting assistant attorney general in the department’s Civil Division, said in a statement.