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Happy Humpday! I'm going to bit short today as I (and my friends in the media) recuperate from the last weekend.

A little save the date note from the resistance/persistance... There will be a rally in Sacramento on June 3 as part of the national March for Truth. The event begins at 7pm on the south steps (N Street) of the State Capitol. The effort is part of national "Demonstrations To Call For Urgent Investigations Into Russian Interference In The Us Election And Ties To Donald Trump, His Administration And His Associates." 

MONEY MATTERS: The focus has shifted from the CDP divide and single-payer health care to the impact on the Golden State of President Trump's proposed budget. John Myers reports for the Times "The president’s plan unveiled Tuesday proposes a number of cuts in domestic spending while boosting funding for defense programs. Critics said those changes, coupled with the early outlines of GOP efforts on a tax overhaul, would result in a major — and unfair — shift in the burden as to who ultimately pays."

As a longtime higher education advocate, the impacts can't be understated. That said, as the saying goes regardless of party, the president proposes and the congress disposes. 

Meanwhile, investor Josh Friday highlighted his campaign to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit at the convention. He and supporters hope to expand the credit to include sole proprietors and people like me for the credit following the Assembly's 

There is a Sacramento Press Club reception tonight at Cafe a Cote, 1201 K Street:

  • Josh Fryday, President of CalEITC4me, statement on today’s California State Assembly action to expand the Cal EITC at 1201 K Street from 5:30-7:30. Donations accepted at the door.



GUBER 2018? Here is the video that preceded Kevin de Leon's speech at the CDP convention on Saturday. 




BOE: The beleaguered Board of Equalization yesterday adopted two policies to try to demonstrate it's reforming itself and doesn't need the Legislature's help, reports Adam Ashton in the Bee. The two policies adopted provide the board members will only participate in hiring decisions of the executive director and chief counsel positions and would require training for employees as to how to avoid apparent conflicts in "community outreach." In recent years, board members have sought involvement in hiring of all executive (CEA) positions.


Also, last weekend, the effort to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit to provide a greater benefit to independent contractors/sole proprieters with the support of 



I don't want this to be partisan, but rather just to showcase a pretty cool twist on politics. Outgoing chair John Burton and his top women staff and contractors took over part of the building (and sidewalk) before leaving. #MICDROP

Regardless of politics, using boring walls in downtowns with art revitalizes our communities.




#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sarah Angel, Chad Carlock, Jim Cunneen, Chris Kahn, John Myers, and a dear person who doesn't like to be named in #cakeday!

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California lawmakers move to take control of UC presidentâ
SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers are proposing a change to the state Constitution and a new budget measure that would help them wrest control of spending by University of California President Janet Napolitano’s office. The moves come after state Auditor Elaine Howle advised the Legislature to establish oversight of the UC president’s office in light of her discovery of problems there, including hidden funds and misleading accounting practices. State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Azusa (Los Angeles County), introduced a constitutional amendment Tuesday that would, if passed by the Legislature, ask voters whether Napolitano’s office should keep its full budget autonomy. The Assembly, meanwhile, is pushing a budget measure that adopts Howle’s oversight recommendation — by requiring the Legislature to directly fund the UC president’s office. Specifically, the Assembly budget proposal would set aside $296.4 million in the state budget for Napolitano’s office in the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1 and another $52.4 million for UC Path, the university’s over-budget and behind-schedule payroll and human resources system. [...] lawmakers want to examine existing programs in Napolitano’s office to identify $59 million that could instead be used to increase enrollment by 5,000 California undergraduates and 900 graduate students between 2018 and 2020. Howle’s audit found Napolitano’s office kept $175 million in secret funds and paid executives exorbitant salaries, revelations that have spurred legislative hearings, bills and much finger-waving as the university system prepares to raise tuition on students. In all, the entire $32.5 billion UC system only gets 10 percent of its revenue from the state, with the remaining funds coming from its medical centers, government contracts and student fees. Napolitano’s office is asking the Board of Regents for a 19 percent budget increase for 2017-18 to help pay for the payroll system, the university’s education-abroad system, patent management and other programs. For more than a century, UC’s constitutional autonomy has ensured that the university’s mission, vision and values emanated from its students, faculty and staff, free from political or sectarian influence. According to the audit, Napolitano’s office failed to disclose $175 million while asking the regents to raise student tuition next fall due to insufficient funding from the state.

California Legislature, Jerry Brown, Face $200 Billion Health Taxes | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Tucked in Trump budget plan, a new bid to punish sanctuary cities
President Trump proposed a dramatic expansion of the law at the center of the administration’s fight against sanctuary cities — changes that could enable the federal government to punish cities like San Francisco for shielding immigrants. Tucked deep in Trump’s budget plan, which was released Tuesday and faced immediate scrutiny from legislators, is a proposed rewriting of U.S. Code 1373, which says cities cannot block employees from communicating with federal officials about individuals’ immigration status. Under the proposal, which prompted outrage from San Francisco officials, the government could condition Homeland Security and Department of Justice grants on guarantees that cities comply with the expanded scope of the law. [...] the proposal states that grant recipients may be required to send the federal government information on the “nationality, citizenship, immigration status, removability, scheduled release date and time, home address, work address, or contact information” of all inmates and crime suspects. The move came nearly a month after a federal judge in San Francisco blocked the Trump administration from enforcing an executive order seeking to cut funding to cities and counties with sanctuary policies. Tuesday’s proposal, immigration law experts said, could be a response to the ruling, which said the president was exceeding his constitutional authority and that such funding conditions could only be imposed by Congress. The proposal, contained in a 1,284-page appendix of Trump’s budget plan, came a day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled publicly that the administration was narrowing its effort to gain cooperation from sanctuary cities. [...] advocates for immigrants say jail officials who are asked to honor immigration holds should not do so because of the possibility of detaining U.S. citizens, increased costs, and legal liability related to incarcerating people beyond their release dates. “What we are seeing on every front here is the administration continuing efforts to harness local law enforcement in the business of immigration enforcement,” said Christopher Lasch, a professor and immigration expert at University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.

State Senator To Introduce A Constitutional Amendment To Limit Uc's 138-year-old Autonomy
Teresa Watanabe @
A state senator plans to introduce a constitutional amendment to limit the University of California's 138-year-old autonomy, after a state audit harshly criticized its central budget practices

Mcconnell: 'i Don't Know' How We Get To 50 Votes On Health Care Bill - Politico
Work on repeal-and-replace legislation had already begun in the Senate well before the House managed to pass its own bill, dubbed the American Health Care Act. | AP Photo

7 Things You Need To Know About How Trump's Budget Would Affect Schools In California And Nationwide
Joy Resmovits @
President Trump's proposed budget would cut federal education spending, increase charter school money, eliminate some programs and create a new grant program for funding school choice.

California Set To Contribute $1.3 Billion For Medicaid Expansion | The Sacramento Bee
Emily Bazar @
By Emily Bazar

After Raising Tuition, Cal State Trustees Grapple With Smaller Budget Increase In Governor's Latest Proposal
Rosanna Xia @
California State University's Board of Trustees met Tuesday to discuss the system's budget shortfall, graduation rates and other issues.

Democrats Mum On Whether Feinstein Should Run For Re-election - San Francisco Chronicle
SACRAMENTO — There are two questions that California Democrats whisper incessantly, yet no one can answer definitively. The first: Is Sen. Dianne Feinstein running for re-election next year?

Gov. Brown's 'environmental Justice' Tour Of Southeast L.A. Shows Growing Influence Of Polluted Neighborhoods
Tony Barboza, Chris Megerian @
Gov. Jerry Brown takes an "environmental justice" tour of southeast L.A. County amid criticism from advocates that his administration has done too little to protect the health of area residents

Fact-checking a rosy portrait of the American Health Care Act

A new ad to bolster GOP lawmakers who took a tough vote on health care glosses over some uncomfortable facts.

Trump Budget: Long On Wishful Thinking, Short On Shared Sacrifice - Politico
Copies of the President's budget are displayed at a photo op in the Senate Budget Committee room on May 23. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

Boe Restricts Elected Members After Audit | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

California Polytechnic State University Articles, Photos, And Videos
In the realm of political odd couples, state Sen. Jim Nielsen of Gerber and aspiring public interest lawyer Nicolas Tomas may be among the oddest. Tomas, a 26-year-old Democrat, is a promoter of the vegan lifestyle. Nielsen, a 72-year-old Republican, is a cattleman and dairyman by trade.

Sacramento Police Body Cameras Are In Use. Footage Made Available Monday, May 22. | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

California Senate Bill Offers Relief From Pg&e Heating Bills
PG&E, heating bills, Jerry Hill, Sen. Hill, SB 711, Senate Bill 711

'It's frankly a lie': GOP lawmaker on Trump's budget math

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) tore into President Trump's proposed budget in a hearing with the president's budget director Mick Mulvaney on May 24.

How Trump's Proposed Budget Could Affect San Diego County - The San Diego Union-tribune
Paul Sisson, Joshua Emerson Smith, Greg Moran, Bradley J. Fikes, Joshua Stewart, Jeanette Steele, Gary Warth, Phillip Molnar @

Dems Aplenty Running For Gov. What About The Reps? :: Fox&hounds
For Faulconer to take the gamble of butting heads with an expected Democratic surge to express negative feelings about the Trump Administration is a big step. More importantly, will Republican donors provide adequate support for him? Republican big wallets have yet to be convinced that a member of the GOP can win the governorship. But economic circumstances and over-reach by the far leftward march of the Democrats in California could bring about a recalculation.

Poll: Voters Back Russia Special Prosecutor - Politico
Most Democratic lawmakers have discounted the possibility that Congress will work actively to remove Trump, at least given the current state of the investigation. But Democratic voters are more eager to move forward, the poll shows: More than two-thirds, 68 percent, want Congress to begin impeachment proceedings now.