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  • AD15 (Berkeley): added Richmond Councilmember Jovanka Beckles (D) 

THE BUDGET: The Bee's Angela Hart and Jim Miller preview the budget revision expected at 10am today and ask whether proposed federal cuts will prompt Governor Brown to be willing to spend more money.  The Merc News's Katy Murphy reports on what to look for in the revised plan. [budget plan]

Overall, spending is up $1.68 billion over 2016-17 andthe Rainy Day Fund now stands at $8.5 billion.

The UC audit was handled by deferring $50 million in proposed increases until the recommendations of the audit are addressed. Yesterday, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon criticized UC's budgeting practices, but stopped short of calling for president Janet Napolitano's resignation, reports Patrick McGreevy in the Times.

CAP-AND TRADE: The LAT's Chris Megerian reports on possible changes to the state's beleagured cap-and-trade program, which is slated to sunset in 2020. 

SANCTUARY: The LAT's Jazmine Ulloa reports that the Santa Cruz County sheriff Jim Hart has become the first in the state to endorse a sanctuary state bill.



420: The LAT's Patrick McGreevy reports that Jerry Brown's revised budget will include $1.5 million for attacking illegal pot farms on the North Coast, while the Bee's Angela Hart reports that legal cultivation is moving to the wine country. And, the Bee's Taryn Luna writes up a law enforcement demonstration of a new saliva test to discover drivers under the influence of marijuana.

Politico's David Siders and Carla Marinucci scored an interview with Attorney General Xavier Becerra, in which he said that he is prepared to fight Attorney General Jeff Sessions on any attempt to crack down on marijuana in states that have legalized it.

GAS TAX: The PE's Jeff Horseman looks at the prospect of success of the initiative filed to real the gas tax.

THE OC: The Vietnamese community in Orange County are upset over an Assembly bill by Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) that would prohibit the firing of state employees that associate themselves with the Communist Party, reports the OCR's Chris Haire. 

Joel Fox reported there are several Californians that may run for president in 2020, based on a recent report in The Hill that identifies 43 people who may run. Listed Golden Staters are Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Sheryl Sandberg, Tom Steyer, and Mark Zuckerberg.

In Fox&Hounds, Joe Mathews reports on the debate on how much in reserves that should be maintained by state and local agencies. On that topic, the East Bay Times editorializes today against the school district reserve cap.

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: George Skelton writes in the Times about Assemblymember Shirley Weber's (D-San Diego) efforts to reform teacher tenure to extend probationary periods for teacher tenure.   

CDP: The LAT's Seema Mehta looks at the battle for the chairmanship of the California Democratic Party , which will be up for a vote next weekend in Sacramento. Eric Bauman is the establishment candidate, while Kimberly Ellis and Lenore Albert-Sheridan are running from the more activist wing.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Doug Morrow and James Toma


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Oakland schools pick superintendent amid budget mess
After a national search, the Oakland school board picked a city native and longtime employee to serve as superintendent and steer the district through a budget crisis. Kyla Johnson-Trammel, now the district’s interim deputy superintendent, was selected from among dozens of applicants and is the sole finalist for the job, President James Harris announced during Wednesday’s school board meeting. Johnson-Trammel, who turns 41 on Monday, was born and raised in East Oakland and has worked in Oakland schools for 18 years as a teacher, principal and administrator, district officials said. The board meeting Wednesday was raucous, with Harris calling a temporary recess after speakers insisted on exceeding public comment time limits to protest proposed cuts to special education and reading programs. Johnson-Trammel was previously the director of talent development and the associate superintendent for leadership, curriculum and instruction as well as a network superintendent for elementary schools. [...] the new superintendent, who is expected to take over by July 1, will step into fiscal upheaval, including a projected $10 million shortfall this academic year and up to $20 million in needed cuts next year. Due to declining enrollment and skyrocketing special education and cafeteria costs, among other issues, Oakland Unified has struggled to balance the books this year. Dillon, who also applied for the permanent position, implemented a comprehensive hiring and spending freeze in April to ensure the district can pay its bills through June. Hard choices must be made,” Solar said, “and done right, they will include school leaders and community members in the conversations to ensure that the budget reflects our values and priorities for our students.

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon Is 'frustrated' With UC President Janet Napolitano Over Scathing Audit
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State Of Jefferson Supporters Sue Ca Over Legislative Districts | The Sacramento Bee
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California Ag Defends State's Marijuana Laws - Politico
Becerra vowed to defend the measure California voters passed last November to legalize the use of recreational marijuana, a step further from the state's legalization of medical marijuana in 1996.

California Has One Of The Most Expensive Prison Systems In The World – Orange County Register
Thirty years ago this week President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the second week in May as National Correctional Officers Week. Today we look at California’s state prison system.

Audio: Doctors And Dentists Say Brown's Budget Misuses Tobacco Tax Funds | 89.3 Kpcc
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The California Medical Association and the California Dental Association say Prop. 56 funds are supposed to be used to increase the low reimbursement rates for the state's Medi-Cal providers. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

California Legislator Proposes New Law To Address Misuse Of Disabled Parking Placards
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The California Department of Motor Vehicles would be required to do more to confirm that those who use disabled parking placards actual...

'I didn't come here to defend the president tonight' - Republican who rescued health-care bill faces voters

MacArthur slugged through two hours of hostile questions on everything from the firing of FBI Director James Comey to whether the remodeled American Health Care Act would punish women who had been the victims of rape.

Paga Lawsuits Hit Small Businesses Hard :: Fox&hounds
The problem with the Private Attorneys General Act on small business was made clear in a recent article in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. It points to an obvious solution to prevent the crippling of small businesses while at the same time supporting labor laws: give businesses a fair amount of time to fix any problems uncovered.

Trump: I May Release My Taxes When I'm Out Of Office - Politico
Americans may have to wait until President Donald Trump leaves the White House to see his tax returns, and he is unlikely to release them as part of a negotiated deal to move his package of tax reform legislation through Congress, Trump said in an interview published Thursday morning.

Senate hard-liners outline health-care demands with Medicaid in the crosshairs

The proposals floated by Senate conservatives include dropping millions of adults from Medicaid and limiting tax credits.

Legal Marijuana In California Could Transform Wine Country | The Sacramento Bee
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein's Thoughts On Comey Firing Get Far More Pointed Overnight
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Feinstein, Harris Push For Special Prosecutor; Mcconnell Says No - Sfgate
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'are We The Party Of Wall St. Or The Party Of Occupy?': Candidates To Lead State Democrats Hold Testy Debate
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The contrast between the leading contenders to become the next chairperson of the California Democratic Party was clear at a debate bet...

California AG's office prosecutes 86-Year-old GOP for electioneering
Edith Knight is facing two misdemeanor counts, and if convicted, could serve up to a year in jail. Knight is accused of violating a legal prohibition on campaigning within 100 feet of a polling place on election day.

UC Needs Truly Independent Oversight - San Francisco Chronicle

Comey Sought More Resources For Russia Probe Before He Was Fired, Officials Say
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Official Forensics Team Releases First Analysis Of What Went Wrong At Oroville Dam | The Sacramento Bee
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Rick Scott on a potential 2018 Senate campaign: 'I don't feel any pressure to get in'

But the Florida governor is launching a new PAC designed to help rebrand the GOP in hopes of selling it to younger and Latino voters.

GOP Campaign Arm Raises Money Off Possible Trump Impeachment - Politico
On the day after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director Jim Comey, the House Republican campaign arm released a fundraising appeal raising the specter of a Democratic-led impeachment.

Political events in the Bay Area: town hall, nuclear weapons
Political events in the Bay Area: town hall, nuclear weapons Political events A roundup of upcoming political events in the Bay Area: Nuclear weapons: A talk by former Defense Secretary William Perry on how to end the threat of nuclear weapons. Political art show: A show to celebrate women artists active in opposition to President Trump, hosted by Indivisible Alameda County. The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League holds a fundraiser supporting the “fight for reproductive freedom.” Immigration for Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity will host a discussion on immigration, followed by postcard writing to support social justice. The event is from 10 a.m. to noon at Northern Police Station Community Room, 1125 Fillmore St. in San Francisco.