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  • CA23 (Bakersfield): added photographer Joe Aleman (R) 

AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers is joined by Melanie Mason and Marisa Lagos in this week's California Politics Podcast. The talk about UC President Janet Napolitano's appearence in the Legislature this week and the Legislature's response to President Trump's proposal to expand offshore oil drilling.

BOE: The LAT's Patrick McGreevy writes about the ongoing turmoil at the state Board of Equalization.



SHIFT HAPPENS? The LAT's Melanie Mason looks at whether the political impact of the increased activism in the Golden State will push Democrats to the left.  

CARBON COST: Dan Walters reports that whatever strategy used to control carbon emissions in California, residents will be paying more.

IMMIGRATION: The Mexican government is spending $250,000 in Sacramento for legal defense of immigrants, writes Anita Chabria for the Bee.





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  • Please join the Women’s Foundation of California for the 2017 Legislative Reception, celebrating the policy projects of the current Women’s Policy Institute State and County classes. We will honor the accomplishments of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Senator Connie M. Leyva, Assembly Member Shirley Weber, California Budget & Policy Center Policy Analyst Kristin Schumacher and Californians United for a Responsible Budget Statewide Coordinator Diana Zuñiga. Join us in recognizing women’s leadership and commitment to creating a better California. May 9, 5–7PM at the Sacramento Meeting Place, Adelante Room, 1414 K Street, first floor. Refreshments will be served. RSVP here!

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  • 25 Years After the LA Riots: former LA County Supervisors YVONNE BURKE and ZEV YAROSLAVSKY look back on what has changed since 1992 in this exclusive interview:
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French election starts early for foreign voters in Berkeley
The French voters trickled into a bilingual school in Berkeley on Saturday, their relative order and calm belying the titanic presidential election slated to take place Sunday a world away. Some of the early voters were international college students, recently relocated from France and voting in their first election. All, however, felt it necessary to turn out for what many see as the most pivotal political match in a generation, rivaling Brexit and the American presidential elections in the potential to define France’s identity and international relationships. Between the hacking attack on centrist Emmanuel Macron’s campaign, and the recent bruising debate with far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, many said they had resorted to late nights and scouring French news websites to try to stay on top of the drama. Nowhere has that division been more apparent than on the prime-time debate stage where 39-year-old Macron recently called Le Pen a “parasite” who would lead the country into civil war, while Le Pen, 48, branded the former banker as a servant of big business who is soft on Islamic extremism. Le Pen, whom President Trump has praised, would like to pull France from the European Union and has advocated for protectionist trade policies, cracking down on immigration and making the country militarily independent by leaving NATO’s command to avoid being “drawn into others’ wars.” Macron, whom former President Obama recently endorsed, has doubled down on France’s role in the European Union in the face of Britain’s decision to leave. [...] Bartlow said she has friends, who also immigrated to France years ago, who support Le Pen and now favor restricting immigration in hopes of improving their job prospects.

California Politics Podcast: A Tough Week For Janet Napolitano
John Myers @
No president of the University of California has ever had the political pedigree of Janet Napolitano, and at no moment of her tenure in...

Celebrity Lawyer Was Orphan, Now Helps Foster Kids | The Sacramento Bee
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Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer

Political Road Map: Schools Are Trying To Regain Control Over The Size Of Their Savings
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A political deal three years ago forced California school districts to spend more and save less. Is this the year they're able to undo that deal?

Ryan: GOP Health Care Bill Not Only Good Policy, But Good Politics - Politico
House Speaker Paul Ryan declared on Sunday the Republican House health care bill was not only good policy but also good politics, fulfilling the long-standing GOP campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Accused Of Mismanagement, California's Tax Collection Agency 'is In Complete Disarray,' Officials Say
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The state tax board is divided over a series of stinging audits and investigations involving allegations of misuse of money and staff, nepotism and favoritism

Collins: Senate Won't Be Tied Down By House Health Care Bill - Politico
"The Senate is starting from scratch. We're going to draft our own bill," Susan Collins said. | AP Photo

Coastal Commission Is On A Shoestring Budget, And Trump Won't Make It Any Better
Dan Weikel @
Years of inconsistent funding and deep budget cuts have hampered the California Coastal Commission, which faces a backlog of local coastal planning cases to review and approve.

Southeast Los Angeles County Challenged By Legacy Of Corruption | The Sacramento Bee
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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Bay Area political events: Town halls, nuclear weapons
Bay Area political events: Town halls, nuclear weapons Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. 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.

Priebus Predicts: Senate Will Pass A Health Care Bill - Politico
"Everyone is excited, and excited to go to work and take the time necessary to look at the bill, make improvements where they need to be made," Reince Priebus said. | Getty

Mexican Government Gives $250,000 To Help Sacramento Mexican Immigrants Fight Deportation | The Sacramento Bee
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By Anita Chabria

Kasich Blasts GOP Health Care Bill As Inadequate - Politico
John Kasich argued that a better bill would give governors more leverage in dealing with pharmaceutical companies and negotiating the high costs of drugs. | AP Photo

GOP Plan To Ax State-tax Deduction Would Hit California Hardest - San Francisco Chronicle

Women Cyclists Earn Less In Amgen Tour Of California Than Men | The Sacramento Bee
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By Blair Anthony Robertson

As some Republicans rush to defend House health bill, Senate GOP warily pauses

Senate Republicans are casting the House legislation as a mere stating point amid growing anxiety over its provisions.

Mulvaney Explains A 'good' Government Shutdown - Politico
According to Mulvaney, the president's "good shutdown" suggestion fits into his larger campaign promise to shake up Washington. | Getty

Sacramento's Growth Outpacing Other California Cities | The Sacramento Bee
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By Phillip Reese

'Nobody dies because they don't have access to health care,' GOP lawmaker says. He got booed.

Rep. Raúl Labrador, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, made the comment at a town hall meeting in Lewiston, Idaho.

The Polarizing Mentality Of Political Parties Is Making Americans Hate Each Other
Today's high

Presidential Libraries Are A Scam. Could Obama Change That? - Politico Magazine
President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the relations between US and Iran, including the release of the U.S. hostages that were held in Iran, in the cabinet room of the White House on Jan. 17, 2016. | Getty

Sonoma State University cop shoots man in Cotati
A Sonoma State University police officer shot and wounded a 22-year-old man Friday about two miles west of the school’s campus in Cotati in an incident that’s now under investigation by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, officials said. The incident happened in downtown Cotati about 2:00 a.m. as bars in the area were closing and police were dealing with multiple disturbances, said Sgt. Spencer Crum, a spokesman for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Officers were approached by four women who told them they had tried to break up a fight between a man and a woman, only to have the man put a gun to the head of one of the women and threaten to kill her if she did not leave, according to the Sheriff’s Office. A short time later, officers heard gunfire in the area, but when they followed the sound of the shots, they could not find a victim or suspect, though they did discover four shell casings from a handgun, Crum reported. A few hours later, about 4:45 a.m., a Sonoma State officer saw a 22-year-old man walk out of a creek bed near the 100 block of East Cotati Avenue and tried to contact him, suspecting he was the suspect from the earlier incident, Crum said. Last month, Sonoma State University quietly announced the impending retirement of Police Chief Nathan Jackson, who has been on paid leave since last June, shortly after he was accused of firing a handgun into a wall and repeatedly stabbing his stepson with a power drill.