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  • AD30 (East Monterey): added realtor/lawyer Neil G. Kitchens (R)
  • AD51 (Los Angeles): added Francisco Carillo, Jr. (D)

Happy Tuesday and congratulations Warriors for become the NBA champs for the second time in three years! If you haven't noticed, you can play cricket on the Google home page today. 

After the unveiling of budget trailer bills yesterday, the barbs came out. It is now too late to make changes to the budget bill in chief and still make the Thursday midnight deadline. Trailer bills and a "baby budget bill" changing the main budget bill can be adopted after June 15.

Two of the biggest and most contentious are:

SB 86: The bill would take away many functions of the embattled State Board of Equalization and would create a state Department of Tax and Fee Administration. While the BOE would still exist with elected members, the new department would handle tax appeals, which would be handled by administrative law judges. The Bee's Adam Ashton writes up the story.

The California Taxpayers' Association and other business groups are pushing back against the proposal, but have little leverage given that it's a majority-vote trailer bill. Dems can give a pass to vulnerable members that want one.

SB 96: While the BOE bill had been discussed in concept in many legislative hearings, the most controversial bill unveiling was one the retroactively changes the process for recall elections by adding additional steps. Democratic leaders want to push the Senator Josh Newman recall election back, likely bumping it from a special, low-turnout to election before the end of 2017 to a special consolidated with the June 2018 primary election. The LAT's John Myers reports.

Joel Fox writes "From moving requirements when ballot measures appear, to adjusting the order of measures, to now attempting to alter the course of recall elections, Democrats under the Capitol Dome want to stack the deck—as if the power they possess with a supermajority is not enough."

The debate got fairly sharp on the bill, with Republicans justifiably complaining that the bill was crafted in secret. The irony, of course, can't be more ironic with what's happening in Washington crafting the health care bill in secret, even keeping many Senate Republicans in the dark. 

Meanwhile, we also have the pot bill:

SB 94:  This bill would allow for the licensing of marijuana dispensaries that sell both medical and recreational pot. The controversy here is that recreational marijuana requires the purchaser to be over 21, while that doesn't apply to medical users with a prescription. Patrick McGreevy reports for the Times. The office of Senator Mike McGuire, a champion of the bill, outlined the provisions in a press release.

Also on Monday, lawmakers and Governor Brown came to an agreement Medi-Cal provider rate increases, setting aside around half of the $1 billion projected to be raised by the $2/pack tobacco tax increase last November. The other half is set aside for anticipated normal growth in Medi-Cal costs. Joe Mathews applauds Brown's pushing back against ballot measure sponsors locking in state revenues for their memberships' benefit.

State office buiilding reconstruction will be funded by bonds and not the $300 million in General Fund proposed by the governor in January.

Meanwhile, as health care reform in Washington is being written in secret without any Dem participation, Assembly Republicans are upset that the trailer bills were passed without the 72-hour requirement. Of course, this was the text that was in them at the time: "This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2017." The substantive trailers are all being processed under the 72-hour rule. Most have had text on the Department of Finance site for months.

DC: Dems criticize GOP
Sac: GOP criticize Dems

It's all in the game, yo. All in the game...  



MONEY MATTERS: Yesterday, the California Teachers Association reporting gaving $250,000 each to the California Democratic Party and the Friends of Josh Newman Opposed to the Recall.

MORE AURAL PLEASURE: The Bee's Christopher Cadelago, with several fellow McClatchy reporters from across the country for a politics podcast, adding California nuggets. 

OLD AND NEW: The LAT's Liam Dillon reports on the effort in the Legislature to put taxis under a regulatory framework closer to that applied to companies like Lyft and Uber. The bill is AB 1069 (Low). "Under Low’s legislation, which overwhelmingly passed the Assembly last month, taxi regulation would occur regionally rather than city by city. This means, for instance, cabs could pick up passengers in Los Angeles, drop them off in Santa Monica and vice versa without needing multiple permits."

SB 725 (Jackson): In the SDUT, Jeanette Steele reports on a bill in the Legislature that would it make easier for U.S. military veterans to get a break on misdemeanor drunk driving offenses. The bill approved was approved unanimously in the Senate.



ISN'T THAT SPECIAL:  After voting four times in four months, some Angelenos will be asked to return to the polls soon to fill the AD51 seat left vacant following Jimmy Gomez's win in CD34 to fill the seat left open by now-attorney general Xavier Becerra, writes Christine Mai-Duc in the Times 

NO PROTECTION: "The Trump administration on Monday threw out a new rule intended to limit the numbers of endangered whales and sea turtles getting caught in fishing nets off the West Coast, even though the fishing industry had proposed the measure," reports the AP's Ellen Knickmeyer.



I totally missed that Sunday was Dan Walters last column for the Sacramento Bee after 33 years. Thanks, Dan, for your insight over the years.

THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD: Map: A History of Big Sur Landslides and Highway 1 Closures [Dan Brekke @ KQED]



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Seema Mehta, Toni RobertsSamuel Sukaton, and Tim Wendler (Saturday - his 50th!), 



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Gas Tax Poll Sends A Tremor Through The Political Landscape :: Fox&hounds
But the potential of a gas tax revolt is offering interesting shadows in my cracked crystal ball as we look ahead to 2018.

Democrats Seek A Change In California Recall Elections, And It Could Help An Embattled State Senator
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Georgia voters see presidential-level stakes in special election
More than half of voters said the special election is more important than typical campaigns.

Lawyers For Accused Cop Killer Try To Get Trial Moved From Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
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Trump's Stalled Stimulus Will Undercut California's Growth, UCLA Forecast Says
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Bringing the battle force up to 350 ships, as Trump promised, would cost $165 billion over 30 years, the Congressional Budget Office calculated. Those billions would have been a boon to the three large shipyards in San Diego, and could have lead to new military jobs across the state.

Conservatives Target Senate Dems On Taxes - Politico
Americans for Prosperity is going to target a slate of Democrats up for reelection, including senators like Claire McCaskill of Missouri. | AP Photo

California Tax Board To Lose Power Under Budget Plan | The Sacramento Bee
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San Diego Council Rejects November Special Election On Convention Center Expansion - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Tillerson Signals Trouble For Senate's Bipartisan Russia Sanctions Deal - Politico
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 13, 2017. | AP Photo

California Could Become First State To Ban Stores That Sell Commercially Bred Dogs, Cats And Rabbits - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Sherman Threatens To Force Vote On Impeachment Push - Politico
Rep. Brad Sherman is threatening to buck his party leadership and force a floor debate on impeaching President Donald Trump.

Homeless Advocates Protest Lack Of Funding For Housing In Orange County Budget | 89.3 Kpcc
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Dozens of homeless people camp out at the Santa Ana Civic Center in Orange County, March 30, 2017. Advocates for the homeless want the county Board of Supervisors to create a special housing fund to help end homelessness. Jill Replogle/KPCC

Mnuchin: Government To Stay Open Into September Without Debt Limit Increase - Politico
Lawmakers should raise the debt limit independent of budget and spending disagreements, Steven Mnuchin said. | AP Photo

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Trump Wants To Deny Nursing-home Residents And Their Families The Right To Sue
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The Trump administration released a proposed rule last week that would once again make forced arbitration the industry standard in nursing home abuse and neglect cases.

Sacramento Streetcar Project Wins Partial Funding Support | The Sacramento Bee
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Trump says GOP health-care overhaul will be â

President Trump on June 13 said Republican efforts to overhaul the U.S. health-care system will result in a “phenomenal bill” and “fantastic” outcome. Trump was hosting several Republican senators at the White House.

Mattis: ‘we Are Not Winning In Afghanistan’ - Politico
Secretary of Defense James Mattis appears before the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing on the department's 2018 budget on June 13, 2017. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

California Proposal Would Allow Pot Shops To Sell Both Medical And Recreational Weed
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Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators proposed Monday to allow medical and recreational marijuana to be sold out of the same locations. The ...

3 things senators want to find out from Sessions

With Attorney General Jeff Sessions appearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 13, there's a lot lawmakers want to straighten out. Here are three of the major questions they'll have.