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With both houses wrapping up their work yesterday before today "house of origin" deadline, we had some big bills up yesterday.

Of course, the bill most focused on was SB 562 (Lara and Atkins), which passed 23-14, with three abstentions--all Democrats, including the lone physician in the Senate, my Senator Dr. Richard Pan. (The other is Joaquin Arambula in the Assembly.) The bill would establish a single-payer healthcare system in California. Of course, the financing still isn't clear. While half would allegedly be covered by existing federal, state, and local funding streams, there is still a missing $150-$200 billion. That's from the amount paid by employers and individuals for health care premiums, copayments, and deductibles.

All signs are that Governor Jerry Brown will veto the bill, but it's a huge rallying point for activists on the left. That was evident at the divisive Democrat convention two weeks ago, and through various other events since then. It's right there with the very popular (and less expensive) "tuition free" college meme. Heck, I'd love to go back to pre-1984, but I can't figure out the financing. Just for my wheelhouse of community colleges, that has a price tag of $432 million.

Once the financing mechanism is put in the bill, there is no way it receives a two-thirds vote. And, I type those letters as one who would love to see it as reality.

The Bee's Taryn Luna has the story.

Another closely watched bill met its fate late yesterday, as Assemblymember Cristina Garcia's bill on cap-and trade went down in the Assembly on a 35-39 vote, with 6 members not voting--five Democrats and one Republican. The bill sought to extend the Air Resources Board's authority on cap-and-trade from 2020 to 2030 and is one of the biggest showdowns between environmental interests and business this session. Several votes were added to "no" and "not voting" when it was clear there weren't 41 votes for passage.

The bill also included provisions that sought to limit the ability of trading pollution credits that impacted the air quality of socioeconomically disavantaged communities.

Of course, there was also a lot of rancor in California over President Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. Neither are going to be reality. 



In the Bee, Christopher Cadelago reports that the Legislature may absolve you of 60 minutes of your time by getting rid of daylight savings time, should you so accept it. 

After all, we're the United States of California, just so we could be like Indiana. Let's just hope we don't pull a Donna, Josh, Toby moment and miss a motercade because of odd daylight savings rules. 



Don't worry, Spicey declared today as an early day to go home. So, we are done!



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Nikita Patil!



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'Single-Payer' Government-Run Healthcare is Bad Medicine for California
With an eye-popping price tag of at least $400 billion each year, the Democrat-led Senate passed out Senate Bill 562 (Lara), a bill to create a universal government-run health care system for all residents, with a vote of 23 to 14. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget...

Bay Area political events: gun violence, India and Israel
Bay Area political events: gun violence, India and Israel Political events For National Gun Violence Awareness Day, activists are asking people to wear orange to stand against gun violence. Israeli Consul General Andy David and India’s consul general, Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, speak on Israel and India’s diplomatic relations. The event is at the Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St. in San Francisco. Gun violence march: A march across the Golden Gate Bridge to take a stand against gun violence. Participants to sing John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth” and lead a sidewalk procession at 11:30 a.m. from San Francisco’s Powell Street cable car turnaround to Justin Herman Plaza. The flash mob is a “call for truth” on Russian interference in U.S. politics. The Peace and Freedom Party hosts a forum, Peace and Freedom: Marchers demand an independent investigation into President Trump’s possible Russia connections in a “March for Truth.” Santa Clara Police Chief Michael Sellers hosts a community meeting on public safety issues. Jewish communities nationwide to hold a candlelight vigil in support of refugees. The Sister District Project holds a fundraiser with drinks and music to support Cheryl Turpin, Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 85th District (Virginia Beach). The Sister District Project consists of volunteers who support Democratic state and congressional campaigns in historically red states. Health care film: A showing of the 30-minute film Now is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody, with speaker Sue Bergman, a nurse and supporter of the Healthy California Act, the proposal before the state Legislature to create a single-payer health-care system. The free event is at 7 p.m. at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, 6250 Village Parkway in Dublin. The Sierra Club is seeking volunteers to recruit new members and educate people on environmental issues at Sunday Streets, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Golden Gate Park. Ban the bomb: “Women’s March to Ban the Bomb,” in support of U.N. negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Demonstrators will meet at 11:30 a.m. the corner of El Camino Real and Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto. Nuclear weapons film: A screening and discussion of “The Nuclear Requiem,” on the challenges of controlling nuclear weapons. The free, two-hour event starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Los Altos Public Library’s Orchard Room, 13 South San Antonio Road. Coal and environment: A free screening of “From the Ashes,” a National Geographic documentary about coal, followed by a discussion on the environment and climate. The film begins at 7 p.m. at La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley.

Gov. Jerry Brown, America's Unofficial Climate Change Ambassador In The Trump Era, Heads To China
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Gov. Jerry Brown leaves for China at a time when his voice as an American politician pushing to fight global warming is more sought after than ever.

Tom Steyer-led group issues report on tackling income inequality
A think tank founded by San Francisco billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer to find solutions for income inequality in California released a sweeping report Thursday outlining the root causes behind the state’s widening wage gap and how Californians should go about closing it. [...] political strategists said it was difficult to divorce the group’s mission statement — and Steyer’s previous populist projects on issues like high gasoline prices and climate change — from the looming election. “If Tom Steyer said, ‘Would you run my campaign?’ I would say, ‘This is a great start in terms of crafting a credible, viable and effective agenda for a Democratic candidate for governor,’” said Jim Stearns, a Democratic political strategist in San Francisco. Crafted over the course of two years with input from a battery of Democratic political operatives, academics and labor leaders, the report paints a stark portrait of economic inequality in California, calling the state “ground zero for inequality in the United States.” In California, “wage stagnation, the loss of manufacturing and other middle-class jobs, and the growth of low-wage work combined with soaring costs of basic needs like housing, education and transportation and child care have made it harder for those earning a median wage to keep up, let alone get ahead,” the report said. The report notes that such ad-hoc employment contracts often leave employees without protections like access to disability and unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation and “structures that make a collective worker voice possible.” In terms of solutions, the Fair Shake Commission’s report suggests a variety of broadly construed policy changes, including establishing greater protections and workplace benefits for contract workers, strengthening enforcement measures against wage theft and supporting greater access to education and vocational training, as well as increasing affordable housing and providing more opportunities to immigrants. Stearns, the Democratic strategist, said the report represented a “made-to-order agenda for a Democratic candidate for governor,” adding that it was a shrewd political move for Steyer to align himself with leaders and other experts that embody the Democratic causes he would likely be stumping for on the campaign trail. “If, in fact, Steyer’s intent is to run, it’s a very clever way to go about creating a platform because you bring together all these third party organizations with a lot of credibility in their fields to help you build your platform and launch (a candidacy) with credibility,” Stearns said.

California Assembly Decides Not To Retain Former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder As Outside Counsel, Parting From Senate
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The California Assembly has decided not to continue its contract with former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, even as the Senate says it pl...

Morrell Statement on Senate Democrats' Passage of Single-Payer, Government-Run Health Care
health care delivery by creating a government-run, single-payer system:

Burr: ‘i Don’t See A Comprehensive Health Care Plan This Year’ - Politico
The House bill is widely regarded as too conservative to pass through the Senate, where Republicans can only afford to lose two of their 52 votes, with Vice President Mike Pence voting to break a 50-50 tie. Then the House would have to vote to pass the Senate version or the two bills would need to be reconciled in conference, followed by another vote in each chamber on the final legislation.

California Politics Updates: Lawmakers Weighing In On Hundreds Of Bills In Sacramento
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Water Authority Floats A Radical Idea In Strange Public Poll - Voice Of San Diego
The San Diego County Water Authority paid for a poll last month that asked voters whether they would support the state seizing control of water supplies across the region, including much of the water used in San Diego. The $31,000 poll is part of an aggressive campaign the Water Authority is waging against another public water agency, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

California Senate Passes Package Of Bills Aiming To Address Housing Crisis
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California state senators passed a package of housing legislation Thursday, a bid to spend more on low-income housing as well as make i...

California Senate Passes Universal Health Care Bill | The Sacramento Bee
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State Pays Taxes For 82 Homeowners Who Can't Afford It - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Eligible homeowners must be 62, blind or have a disability. Their household income must be $35,000 or less and have at least 40 percent equity in the home. The program applies to current year taxes and homeowners must reapply each year. The interest rate for taxes postponed is seven percent per year. Postponed taxes and interest become due when the homeowner moves or sells the property, transfers title, defaults on a senior lien, refinances, obtains a reverse mortgage or dies. Applications for fiscal year 2017-18 will be accepted beginning in October.

Legislation To Overhaul Bail Reform In California Hits A Hurdle In State Assembly
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An ambitious plan to overhaul the bail system in California stalled in the state Assembly late Thursday, facing steep opposition from i...

Single-payer, Many Taxes :: Fox&hounds
There are many issues that legislators and California residents have to work through to try and understand the dramatic changes contemplated by the single-payer plan under SB 562. The Los Angeles Times Melanie Mason did a good job of presenting those issues here. When it comes to the numbers associated with the measure they are so large, it might be difficult for residents to grasp.

Cal Fire Battalion Chiefs Can Be Promoted | The Sacramento Bee
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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

'like A Bear On A Chain': Ruling Deems San Diego Federal Court Shackling Policy Unconstitutional - The San Diego Union-tribune
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9th Circuit pans court's shackling policy

Retired Chp Police Dogs Could Get Retirement Plan | The Sacramento Bee
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John Dean Helped Bring Down Richard Nixon. Now He Thinks Donald Trump Is Even Worse
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John Dean, who brought down President Nixon by helping unravel the Watergate coverup, thinks Donald Trump is even worse. Says it must be a "nightmare" inside the scandal-plagued White Ho

Supes OK with homeless shelters â
Lee has set aside $6 million over the next two years to open a new Navigation Center — a shelter that offers substance abuse treatment and job training, and allows homeless people to bring along their partners and pets. [...] facilities — three are open and locations have been chosen for three more — are central to the mayor’s strategy to end homelessness, but they’ve met resistance from many San Francisco residents, and officials, who don’t want to live next door to a homeless hub. When Lee announced the $6 million funding in his budget proposal Thursday morning during an address to the Board of Supervisors, he asked each one to help scout a location for the new center — the implication being that all parts of the city were candidates. “The minimum footprint for one of these buildings is 10,000 square feet, and we just don’t have space like that,” said Supervisor Ahsha Safai, who represents the Excelsior, the southern edge of the city that’s blanketed with single-family homes. Fewer than 200 homeless people live there, he noted, so there’s little demand — or desire — for the types of services that abound in the Mission, the Tenderloin or South of Market. Board President London Breed, who confronted opposition from property owners when she sought sites for a Navigation Center in the Haight, questioned whether these facilities are a good fit for every neighborhood. Over the past three years she has helped secure more than $500,000 in city funding and private donations for an organization called Taking It to the Streets, which shuttles transient youth from Haight Street to SROs in SoMa, which is represented by Supervisor Jane Kim. [...] Lee and Jeff Kositsky, director of San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, say that all districts should help shoulder the burden of a citywide problem. Last month they made a similar demand, co-sponsoring a resolution for “geographic equity” of Navigation Centers and other homeless services. Ronen faced stout criticism from many constituents when she proposed opening a temporary 100-bed center in the South Van Ness Avenue building owned by Lennar Multifamily Communities.