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Mayday! The Giants need help. They face the Dodgers in LA tonight.

Today will be another day of protests against the Trump Administration on a variety of issues. The Aztecan dancers aready getting dressed at Southside Park. For the less political, Sunday is the annual Cinco de Mayo festival from 11am-6pm in Southside Park. Free admission. It's 11:27, so I'm not sure where they are, but they clearly paraded in front of my place about 15 minutes ago. I'm guessing heading toward the Capitol. 

The May crunch begins today with a lengthy Senate Appropriations Committee hearing following the policy committee deadline for bills keyed as fiscal.

AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers convenes a superpanel for this week's California Politics Podcast including Mark Barabak, Seema Mehta, Liam Dillon and Melanie Mason. The focus is the impact of the first 100 days on California.

SHUTDOWN STOPPER: it appears we have a bipartisan budget deal to fund the federal government through September, reports the Times's Lisa Mascaro. No border wall, half the increase for military spending that the White House wanted, and many fewer domestic spending cuts (and many increases for programs that were on the chopping block like the NEA and NIH) than proposed. The bill also includes disaster aid for California and other states affected by floods and fires.

CAP CAP-AND-TRADE? Taryn Luna and Alexei Koseff report in the Bee that the State Senate is proposing a change to the state's cap-and-trade program, which will include price caps on permits as recommended by the Legislative Analyst's Office. The bill is being authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont).



The Bee's Dan Walters writes about the continuing debate over whether K-12 funds under the "Local Control Funding Formula" should be spent primarily on student success interventions or teacher salaries. The issue is framed in the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction: "In a purely political sense, a duel over a ministerial office is small potatoes. But a [Marshall] Tuck-[Tony] Thurmond duel would be another proxy battle, and the stakes – the future of public education in California – have gotten higher."

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: George Skelton writes that it's time for the state to crackdown on disabled placard abuse. "The people hurt the most are those who truly need a convenient spot because of their disability. But they’re shut out because a cheater has filched the spot." This follows a recent state audit into the abuse.

"PURPLE REIGN": I missed this piece last week, in which CALmatters's Lauren Rosenhall reported on a joint--and rare--bipartisan town hall meeting with Catharine Baker (R-Dublin) and Steve Glazer (D-Orinda). It's one of very few purely swing regions in the state.

On Fox&Hounds, Joel Fox writes about the interaction between California taxes and the Trump Administration, while Joe Mathews looks at Berkeley's role as a punching bag.

The MercNews's Casey Dolan reports Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-Contra Costa) is forming a Congressional Cancer Survivors Caucus to focus on research funding.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jenny Bach, Assemblymember Catharine BakerNate Ballard, Mario BeltranDerek Humphrey, and Senator Janet Nguyen!



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It's Time For Legislators And The Dmv To Crack Down On Disabled Parking Cheats
George Skelton @
Essential Politics

2018 Race For California Superintendent Of Public Instruction | The Sacramento Bee
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Observations on California and its politics

Oakland Labor, Immigration Groups Plan Shutdown, Strikes And Marches For May Day
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Dockworkers plan to shut down Oakland's waterfront, while service workers union calls for general strike on a traditional day of action amplified by reaction to the Trump administration.

Christie Vetoes Trump-inspired Bill To Require Tax Returns From Presidential Candidates
The veto was not a surprise. The question was whether Christie, a Republican, would simply veto the measure or conditionally veto it in order to highlight hypocrisy by state lawmakers, who are not required to disclose their tax returns. Instead, they fill out vague financial disclosure forms.

Pushing for Vote on Health Care Bill, Trump Seems Unclear on Its Details

President Trump has insisted that the bill would not allow discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, an assertion contradicted by health policy experts.

University Of California Will Require Freshmen Students To Have Vaccines In 2018 | The Sacramento Bee
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By Diana Lambert

How Maxine Waters Became 'auntie Maxine' In The Age Of Trump
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Maxine Waters harsh comments about Trump have made her Internet famous and turned "Auntie Maxine" into a millennial darling.

Protesters fill Bay Area streets for May Day demonstrations
May Day protests got off to a raucous start around the Bay Area on Monday as impassioned immigrant and workers rights advocates converged on San Francisco and Oakland. Hundreds of demonstrators massed outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in San Francisco's Financial District for International Workers Day, blocking Washington and Sansome streets while chanting and beating drums. “It’s important for workers and undocumented people to work together to defeat systems of oppression,” said 26-year-old Yadira Sanchez, who showed up with other protesters at 8 a.m. Scores of demonstrators blocked the north and south driveways to the federal immigration building, locking arms and chanting, “No ban, no raids, no walls — sanctuary for all.” While May Day usually inspires throngs of loud voices, Monday's crowd was especially invigorated by the policies of the Trump administration, particularly against undocumented immigrants. “By connecting the fight for immigrants with the fight against police militarization, people in Oakland are standing together,” he said. The San Francisco and Oakland demonstrations were among countless others around the Bay Area, the nation and the world to mark the traditional day of protest on behalf of workers’ and immigrants’ rights. In Oakland, state Superintendent of Publis Instruction Tom Torlakson and California Teachers Association president Eric Heins gathered with supporters at New Highland Academy public school to support “safe haven” school districts that have pledged to protect immigrant students.

State's High Court Ready To Weigh Encinitas Seawall Case - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Sacramento Police Take Back A Thousand Pounds Of Medications, Drugs | The Sacramento Bee
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By Ellen Garrison

Open Immigration Foes Biologically Motivated By Racial, Ethnic Aversion, Study Says - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Betsy Devos Cancels L.A. School Visit Due To 'an Unforeseen Scheduling Conflict'
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Remember how we told you, on Friday, that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was scheduled to appear Monday at a school in the San...

Black Homeownership Rate Plummets In Sacramento County | The Sacramento Bee
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By Phillip Reese

Anger Underlying French Elections Is Roiling California Too - San Francisco Chronicle

Muslims Visit Bar To Discuss Terrorism, Fear, 9/11, Isis, Women | The Sacramento Bee
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By Stephen Magagnini

Will the GOP health-care bill really cover people with preexisting conditions?

President Trump promised on April 30 that new GOP health-care legislation will preserve coverage for people with preexisting medical conditions — but critics say that's at odds with his promise to lower premiums.

An afternoon of Sunday fun tames the streets of the Tenderloin
For a few hours Sunday, the labored hiss of city buses and the whir of passing cars went silent on a half-dozen blocks in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. In its place came the screech of skateboards, the tick of bicycle wheels, and the throbbing bass of synthesized pop tunes from a DJ booth. [...] sidewalks normally occupied by homeless panhandlers instead were overrun with children in playclothes and couples holding hands. The Tenderloin, with its reputation for grime and crime, has one of the highest percentages of school-age children in the city. Sunday Streets brings family-focused activities and man-made open space to an often-suffocating concrete neighborhood, organizers said. “Everybody is talking with each other, kids are playing carefree, visitors are exploring,” said San Francisco Board of Education member Matt Haney. Near Civic Center Plaza, workers erected a rock-climbing wall and a pop-up skate park. Parents pushed toddlers with bedhead in strollers, and staff from the nearby Main Library carted out books to be displayed on folding tables. At the Golden Gate Avenue health hub, there were free blood-pressure screenings, a protected bike lane demonstration and tours of a clean Muni bus — a rarity in and of itself. [...] at the temporary picnic grounds set up on Larkin Street, families on blankets ate Vietnamese food and listened to bluegrass music. Katie Soto, 40, watched her young children play with jump ropes and bubbles and talk to police officers and street sweepers. Other children flitted nearby, or used chalk to draw looping clouds and suns and basketballs and baseball bats on the cement sidewalks.

‘housing Crisis’ Tops State’s Legislative Agenda This Year – Orange County Register
Rents are too high. Home prices are out of reach. Decent listings and rentals are hard to find. Homeless encampments are growing. And many residents are cutting back on food, clothing and medical care to keep a roof over their heads.

Bay Area Workers, Immigrants Part Of Nationwide May Day Strike - San Francisco Chronicle

Immigration Advocates Denounce Ice Detention Of Ex-unaccompanied Minor On 18th Birthday
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Loyalty to Party: The Ways That the 2016 Election Was Perfectly Normal

The economy and party identification typically matter a lot in elections, even in a year with a highly atypical candidate like Donald Trump.

Hasan Minhaj Makes Biting Swipes At Trump | Variety
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Hasan Minhaj delivered a brutal and biting monologue about President Trump at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, in an appearance that was as much a statement as it was a bit of satire.

Government Ethics Office Lays Out Guidelines For Ivanka Trump - Politico
Ivanka Trump's attorney had said she would adhere to the same ethics and records-retention rules that apply to government employees. | Getty