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I had this image before the news of the Alexandria shooting broke. After all, it is Flag Day.

We start the day sending out well-wishes to our fellow capital community in Washington. No doubt you have heard that the third ranking Republican--whip Steve Scalise--in Congress, legislative staffer Ryan Harth (to Rep. Roger Williams), Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika, and two Capitol police officers--David Bailey and Crystal Griner--were shot this morning in Alexandria as GOP members were practicing before tomorrow's baseball game where Democrats and Republicans face-off at the Nationals' Stadium in a friendly game for charity.

The shooter was shot and transported to the hospital, where he has died. The victims are all expected to make a complete recovery, but everyone in the capital community is on edge about copycats.

A longtime political friend is a staffer for Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and the shooting happened three blocks from her house.

The game tomorrow night will go on where they hope to raise $200,000 for DC charities.

SF: And...following that news we have an apparent workplace shooting at a UPS distribution center in San Francisco. Three dead victims, two injured victims, and a dead shooter. 

CNN has only tweeted about SF, but has been all about Alexandria all morning. In Alexandria, the only dead was the shooter. In SF, three innocent victims. 



DEAL!  Yesterday, Governor Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, and Speaker Anthony Rendon announced that they were in agreement on the budget plan, report Melanie Mason and John Myers at the Times. 

It is unclear what time the budget will be taken up tomorrow, or how many trailer bills--the bills that make the statutory changes needed for the implementation of the spending plan--will be taken up tomorrow. The budget bill in chief, which contains the appropriations and language controlling that spending, is the only bill that needs to be approved by midnight tomorrow night. 

In the Bee, Jim Miller, Christopher Cadelago, and Alexei Koeseff write that the spending plan "expands tax credits for working families, accelerates spending for roads and mass transit and uses some new tobacco tax revenue to raise Medi-Cal provider rates for physicians and other health professionals."

IN THE GUTS: Firearms advocates are unhappy with the expansion of the class of people who would be denied gun permits buried in one of the trailer bills, reports the LAT's Patrick McGreevy. "Current law prohibits the possession of firearms by those convicted of a felony, but the new legislation would extend that to those with outstanding warrants for a felony or certain misdemeanors."

In great timing, the Firearms Policy Coalition sent out a message "No one should lose their constitutionally enumerated rights, merely because a warrant has been issued for an alleged violation of law."

SD29 (Fullerton): Chatter picked up yesterday about who will jump into the race should the recall of Josh Newman qualify. The speculation is that former Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang, who Newman defeated in the race to succeed Bob Huff in 2016, is the most likely candidate and who GOP leaders would like to see. Chang was non-committal yesterday, but was quite critical of Newman and is likely to run.



THE OC VOTE: The Orange County Board of Supervisors rejected an overhaul of the county's voting system that would have replaced 1,000 precinct polling places with the mailing of vote-by-mail ballots to all voters and creating 150 "voting centers" that would allow for the drop-off of those ballots should voters not want to mail them back. County Registrar Neal Kelley had projected the change would save the county $10 million. The OCR's Martin Wisckol reports:

With people increasingly voting by mail – 61 percent of county voters are permanent vote-by-mail voters – the approach proposed by Kelley is growing in popularity. Colorado and Washington have adopted similar systems, and Sacramento County recently approved the change. Twelve other California counties are expected to consider the move within the next year."

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County supervisors, all Republicans, unanimously denied Kelley’s request without discussion.

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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said he was “surprised … shocked and deeply disappointed” by Orange County’s decision.

SANCTUARY:  In the Times, Jazmine Ulloa reports on a Public Safety hearing at which a 20-year U.S. Citizen who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforement agents pleaded for the passage of the bill that would make California a "sanctuary" state. "SB 54 moved out of the committee with a 5 -2 vote. It now heads to the Assembly Judiciary Committee for consideration. "The so-called sanctuary state bill, which was introduced by Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), bans state and local law enforcement agencies, including school police and security departments, from using resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect or arrest people for immigration enforcement purposes."



UBER: The bloodshed at Uber continues, under the independent guidance of former Attorney General Eric Holder. At a board meeting yesterday, it was announced that CEO Travis Kalanick would take a indefinite leave of absence. Further, after making a sexist comment after being challenged by board member Arianna Huffington, fellow member David Bonderman resigned from the board. CNET reports:

During the meeting, in which it was announced that CEO Travis Kalanick would take a leave of absence, Uber board member Arianna Huffington spoke of how her goal was to increase the diversity of the board "much as I like my white, male colleagues."

"There's a lot of data that shows when there's one woman on the board, it's much more likely that there will be a second woman on the board," Huffington said.

To which Bonderman, founder of TPG Capital and chairman of the board at budget airline Ryanair, responded, "Actually what it shows is it's much likely to be more talking."

Uber ouchie. But, it looks like progress is being made. Whether to company can get past what happened in the past is unclear. I wish the two companies would merge under the name Lyft (as many drivers have done individually). The problem is that it's a pissing match by some of the biggest venture capitalists and financial institutions who were early investors in the companies. Because both are private, their revenues and valuation is unclear right now. 




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Decision Coming On California's Delta Tunnels Water Project | The Sacramento Bee
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Sen. Kamala Harris And Sessions Face Off Over His Refusal To Answer Senate Questions
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Sen. Kamala Harris of California turned her aggressive-prosecutor tactics on Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions in a tense interrogation Tuesday ...

Democrats Divided Over Trump Russia Focus Instead Of Healthcare | The Sacramento Bee
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By Alex Roarty

Audio: Secretary Of State Denies Again That California Had Elections Breach | 89.3 Kpcc
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FILE PHOTO: People vote at the Kenter Canyon Elementary School in Los Angeles, California, on Nov. 8, 2016. Nick Ut/AP

Virginia Voters Choose Candidates For Governor - Politico
Leah Fail waits as her mother, Keri, casts her ballot for a primary election at Deep Run High School in Glen Allen, Va., on June 13. | AP Photo

CSU Will Be Required To Accept To All Eligible Applicants | The Sacramento Bee
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Mixed Reactions To Budget Deal From California Lawmakers -
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Audio: California Budget Deal: Some Tobacco Tax Money For Medi-cal Providers | 89.3 Kpcc
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Doctors who serve patients on Medi-Cal will get a little more funding in the state budget toward their reimbursement rates. Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

As A Prosecutor, Kamala Harris's Doggedness Was Praised. As A Senator, She's Deemed 'hysterical.'
During Sen. Kamala D. Harris’ 25-year career in law enforcement, she has established herself as a formidable presence in the courtroom, on the campaign trail and ultimately in government.

Russia-iran Sanctions Bill Heads Toward Vote With Bipartisan Backing - Politico
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday teed up a final vote as soon as this week on a bipartisan Iran sanctions bill that is also set to include a bipartisan agreement to boost penalties against the Russian government and make it more difficult for President Donald Trump to lift them.

Stacking The Deck On Elections :: Fox&hounds
The presumed object of the bill, SB 96, is to forestall the recall election of Sen. Josh Newman, hoping to combine the election with the regularly scheduled June 2018 primary when a larger turnout of Democratic voters is expected. Under current rules, if the recall qualifies, a special election must be called. Special elections have smaller voter turnouts and Newman is expected to be in greater jeopardy.

Washington, D.C. Articles, Photos, And Videos
Attorneys general for Maryland and the District of Columbia filed an anti-corruption lawsuit against President Trump on Monday, arguing that he is violating the Constitution by using his office to unjustly enrich himself.

'sanctuary State' Bill Passes First Assembly Committee -
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Los Angeles County Supervisors Endorse A Spending Plan For Measure H Homelessness Tax
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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors set in motion millions of dollars in sales tax money to fight homelessness.

Attorney General Sessions can't recall a whole lot of things

Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeatedly told senators that he didn't remember or “couldn't recall” certain things, during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on June 13 at the Capitol.

FBI Raids Sovereign Health Rehab Chain's Sites Across Southern California
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Federal and state agents raided several locations Tuesday of the Southern California rehab company Sovereign Health.

Public Health: G.O.P. Senators Might Not Realize It, but Not One State Supports the A.H.C.A.

New estimates show that Republicans have stumbled upon the rare thing that unites red and blue states: opposition to the health care bill.

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Opponents Unswayed By Brady's Plan To Phase In Import Tax Provision - Politico
Opponents of a controversial tax on imports weren't swayed by a five-year transition period proposed Tuesday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady.

Sessions Faces Senate Grilling On Russia, Comey And Conversations With Trump | Mcclatchy Washington Bureau
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Did You Take Your Pill? Ingestible Sensors Can Tell - San Francisco Chronicle
Andrew Thompson grabbed a water bottle and swallowed a small white pill.

L.A. Unified Moves Closer To A Unified Enrollment System
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The Los Angeles Board of Education is expected to give the go-ahead Tuesday for a $24 million system that will allow students to apply for all district programs at once

Trump confirms baseball practice shooter is dead, praises Capitol police officers

President Trump praised Capitol police officers after a shooting left at least one lawmaker and several others injured, on June 14 at the White House.