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¡Buenos dias and feliz Cinco de Mayo! For those in Sacramento, the big fiesta is actually on Sunday, from 11am-6:00pm in Southside Park. Free entry..

As Marcos Breton reports in the Bee, Mayahuel owner Ernesto Delgado is opening La Cosecha in Cesar Chavez Park today, after the long-empty restaraunt space formerly occupied by Cafe Soleil had a $916,000 remodel. And, unlike the previous restaurant, the plan is to have the restaurant open at night. It'll likely be crazy today, but the patio seating will be nice.

Remember to hit the ATM before getting your chips and guac today as the price of avocados is double of that last year, because of crop shortages in California and Mexico. 

GAS TAX: An initiative was filed yesterday to repeal the gas tax increase recently enacted to fund the transportation plan, report Christopher Cadelago and Jim Miller in the Bee. The initiative was filed by Assemblymember Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach).

MONEY MATTERS: Attorney General Xavier Becerra told a budget subcommittee yesterday that his agency needs more cash to continue the fight against the Trump Administration proposals believed to be adverse to California's interests, writes Jim Miller in the Bee.

On that note, George Skelton writes that California needs to fight back on Trump's proposal to increase offshore oil drilling. 

SF: As expected, Senator Mark Leno announced yesterday that he will run for mayor of San Francisco. 

Dan Walters writes that corporate tax breaks in California are rarely scrutinized, with the six largest totalling over $2.6 billion a year.




ACHA: All of California's Republican members of Congress voted in favor of the repeal of Obamacare in the narrow 217-213 vote, and the LAT's Sarah D. Wire writes that the action gives Democrats a campaign issue for next year.

Governor Jerry Brown weighed in before the vote, singling out vulnerable GOP members Jeff Denham (R-Turlock), Steve Knight (R-Lancaster) and David Valadao (R-Hanford).

Following the vote, the Cook Political Report revised its race ratings in several districts:

  • CA25 (Palmdale): Steve Knight - from Leans Republican to Toss-up
  • CA38 (Fullerton): Ed Royce - from Likely Republican to Leans Republican
  • CA45 (Irvine): Mimi Walters - from Likely Republican to Leans Republican 
  • CA48 (Huntington Beach): Dana Rohrabacher - from Likely Republican to Leans Republican

The Bee's Sammy Caiola looks at which Californians are likely to lose health care coverage

In Palmdale, the Mayor Jim Ledford's home and five other locations have been raided by the LA County District Attorney's Office. The allegations are that he was receiving "income" that wasn't tied to actual work. 



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Larry Levine!



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Bay Area political events: Travel ban, health care
Bay Area political events: Travel ban, health care Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Immigration discussion: A presentation by the Party for Socialism and Liberation on defending immigrants’ rights. Travel ban: “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. May Day assessment: A report on the impact of May Day protests, hosted by the Peace and Freedom Party. Sanctuary cities: A panel hosted by the Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area on how unions, religious groups and schools can defend immigrants. Health care film: Now Is the Time: Ethics: A conversation on how to “Live Ethically in an Unethical World” and cope with the current political climate. Police forum: A presentation on the lawfulness of police shootings, led by attorney Christopher Boscia. Health care film: Now Is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody will be shown, followed by a health care discussion on proposals for a single-payer system in California. Hosted by Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont, at 2 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center of Santa Clara High School, 3000 Benton St. in Santa Clara. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove (Sacramento County), hosts two town halls: at 9 a.m. at the McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square Place in Vacaville; and at 1:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive in Fairfield. Nuclear weapons: A talk by former Defense Secretary William Perry on how to end the threat of nuclear weapons.

California's Republicans All Voted Yes On The Healthcare Bill. Now Democrats Have A Campaign Issue
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Democrats are aiming to oust Republicans in California's seven swing districts over Obamacare repeal. They all voted to repeal it anyway.

Trump: I'm 'so Confident' Health Care Bill Will Pass Senate - Politico
President Donald Trump expressed confidence Thursday that legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare will clear the Senate and be signed into law.

This Assemblyman Wants California Voters To Have A Shot At Repealing New Gas Tax And Vehicle Fee Increases
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Billions In Corporate Tax Loopholes Get Little Scrutiny In California | The Sacramento Bee
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Trust Govt. To Spend New Money As Promised? The Record Is Not Good :: Fox&hounds
The legislature passed the gas tax and vehicle license fee increase amid promises that the money would go to the much-needed repair of transportation infrastructure. Before the governor had a chance to sign the bill, Democratic politicians were proposing ways to spend the money that were far afield from the transportation goals such as repairing restrooms in state parks.

Trump promises premiums, deductibles will 'come down' under American Health Care Act

President Trump touted the American Health Care Act after it passed in the House of Representatives, saying insurance premiums will be lower if the GOP-proposed bill is signed into law, on May 4 at the White House.

The 20 Republicans Who Voted Against The Obamacare Repeal Bill - Politico
House Republicans on Thursday narrowly passed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, the biggest step yet in a years-long effort to gut former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Affordable housing drying up across Bay Area, report finds
Skyrocketing rents, shrinking incomes and severe cuts in state- and federal-government support for affordable housing have made it far harder for lower-income Bay Area residents to find a place to live, according to a report being released Friday. People who earn less than 50 percent of the median income in the four counties must spend more than half of their monthly paychecks on rent, according to the report compiled by the nonprofit California Housing Partnership Corp. and the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California. The report, which the groups have released annually since 2014, found that state and federal funding for affordable housing in the four counties has dropped 65 percent since 2008. Matt Schwartz, president of California Housing Partnership Corp., noted that between the elimination of redevelopment agencies in California, decreased federal funding and the expiration of special state housing bonds, California’s spending on affordable housing has gone down $1.5 billion since 2012. “I’ve worked on affordable housing in the Bay Area for 20 years, and it has never been like this,” said Amie Fishman, executive director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California. The author of six of them, Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, said there is extra urgency because President Trump’s budget proposals could cost the state $700 million a year in urban housing and development funds.

Former Assemblyman Drops Campaign For State's Scandal-plagued Tax Board, Deciding It Should Not Be An Elected Panel
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California Vs. Trump: State Lawmakers Double Down On Climate Policies | The Sacramento Bee
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Gov. Mcauliffe: 'people Will Die If' Obamacare Repeal Becomes Law - Politico
House Republicans narrowly squeezed the health care legislation, dubbed the American Health Care Act, through the chamber on a 217-213 vote Thursday afternoon. Twenty Republicans voted against the measure, joining the entire Democratic caucus in opposition.

In House Health Vote, Reince Priebus Sees a Much-Needed Reprieve

President Trump blamed Mr. Priebus, his chief of staff, for the failure of his first push on health care, and Mr. Priebus saw this week’s vote as a make-or-break moment.

Bill That Would Allow Cities To Mandate More Low-income Rental Housing Clears Assembly
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A measure that would allow local governments to force developers to include more low-income housing within their projects passed the As...

Cohn: 'unlike Health Care,' Tax Reform Will Be An Inclusive Process - Politico
White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said that they are talking to various interest groups about tax reform. | Getty

Fighting Trump Requires More Public Money, California Ag Says | The Sacramento Bee
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The Gop's Big Lie: Healthcare Bill 'protects People With Preexisting Conditions'
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It protects people with pre-existing conditions much as starving people may be welcome at a restaurant, but only if they order the most most expensive dishes on the menu.

Sacramento Devotes Money To Defend Undocumented Immigrants | The Sacramento Bee
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Trump Rejoices: 'we Will Have Truly Great Healthcare!' - Politico
Republicans advanced legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare on Thursday afternoon on a 217-213 vote in the House. Twenty Republicans voted against the measure, joining Democrats in opposition.

San Diego Woman Gets 3 Years In Prison For Hiding Immigrants In Her Home
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Dania Olivero was sentenced to just over three years in prison for agreeing to hide 44 people who had just crossed the border illegally.

The Next Step for the Republican Health Care Law: A Skeptical Senate

After a hard-fought victory in the House, the Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act faces big changes in a skeptical Senate.

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Oc Sheriff Wants To Expand Immigration Detention In County Jails
The U.S. Department of Justice investigation marks the first time the 1994 law, which historically has been used against police departments, is being directed at a prosecution agency for constitutional rights violations in criminal cases.