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THE Nooner for June 19, 2017

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Well, it's Monday and it's going to be a very sweaty week in the capital city and across the state. Literally last night, it took me 45-60 minutes to get back from Davis because highway 50/80 had buckling in four lanes, likely because of the heat. Oh well, the Davis Music Festival was awesome, particularly yesterday. West Nile Ramblers and Tha Dirt Feeliin' were highlights, and the introduction to Sacramento's Ill Imperial's alternative hip hop was pretty awesome, and Five Thirty was also great. Anyway, until next year...

Today is Juneteenth, which commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865, and emancipation generally.

WHAT NOW? The AP's Sophia Bollag and Jonathan J. Cooper look at what's next for the Legislature now that the budget is done. The Legislature has until July 21 to work before the month-long summer recess. Session then ends on September 15.

 

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US SENATE: McClatchy's Stuart Leavenworth looks at the contrasting approaches of California's senators in the handling of the Russia investigation. Dianne Feinstein is working quietly behind the scenes as ranking member on Senate Intel, while Kamala Harris is being introduced to the national spotlight with her aggressive questioning.

AD51 (Los Angeles): This week we should get a date from the governor for the special election to fill Jimmy Gomez's Assembly seat.

VR: The LAT's Javier Panzar looks at the Democrats' voter registration drives in key California districts.

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: In the Times, George Skelton blasts the use of trailer bills, particularly the one changing recall rules as an assist to Josh Newman (D-Fullerton):

The sneaky bill stinks. But so does the attempted recall. Ostensibly it’s to oust Newman for voting to raise gas taxes and car registration fees to finally fund repair of crumbling highways. Sorry, but making one tough vote is not a valid reason for recalling a lawmaker. Anyway, the real Republican goal is to eliminate the Democrats’ Senate supermajority.

Signature collectors are falsely telling people they can sign a recall petition and “stop the car tax.” Baloney. That would require a separate repeal initiative.

But Democrats sullied themselves by tucking their recall-protector into a broad-sweeping “state administration” bill and barely mentioning its true purpose during the Assembly debate. What’s more, another part of the measure could lead to development of a new veterans’ cemetery in Southern California, making a “no” vote potentially toxic politically. Republicans found that in particular poor taste.

 

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BLURRED LINES: The Supreme Court this morning agreed to hear an appeal in Gill v. Whitford over whether partisan gerrymandering is constitutional. While the Court has held that race-based gerrymandering is subject to constitutional scrutiny, it never has done so for line-drawing to favor one party over another. The case comes out of Wisconsin after a three-judge district court panel ruled 2-1 that Wisconsin's legislature had gone too far in bending lines to favor Republicans. The case will be heard when the Court sits for the 2017 term, which begins in October.

The case is very unlikely to affect California's redistricting process, which is done by an independent citizens commission. However, it could affect the balance of power in the House of Representatives and state legislatures.

HIKE! The Bee's Bill Oide looks at the schedule of California minimum wage increases on the path to $15 by 2022:

For employers with 26 employees or more, the minimum wage will increase by another 50 cents this year, before increasing by $1 per year until 2022:

  • Jan. 1, 2018: $11 an hour
  • Jan. 1, 2019: $12 an hour
  • Jan. 1, 2020: $13 an hour
  • Jan. 1, 2021: $14 an hour
  • Jan. 1, 2022: $15 an hour

NOT FAST ENOUGH: The Bee's Angela Hart reports "Projections show rents will continue to surge, especially for low- and middle-income people in places like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento, and home prices will become increasingly expensive, according to an economic analysis in the Anderson Forecast from the University of California, Los Angeles, released this month."

CHILD LEFT BEHIND? CALmatters's Jessica Calefati looks at the progress of the Local Control Funding Formula's goal of reducing the achievement gap of students, and the news isn't great.

 

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THE GOP: On Fox&Hounds, longtime political analyst Tony Quinn writes that the challenge for California Republicans is candidate recruitment. 

The problem, however, is that there are no Republican candidates.  There is not a serious candidate for governor, and thus no way to frame the gas tax debate as a campaign issue.  If next year’s fall general election simply features two Democrats trying to out Trump-hate each other, there will be little reason for Republicans voters to turn out, and certainly any attempt to repeal the gas tax would lose.

SANDY EGGO: Meanwhile, Joe Mathews looks at the strange position of San Diego in the Trump era. The region has one of the largest concentration of military spending in the country and thus would be delighted in POTUS's proposals to vastly increase military spending. At the same time, it has deep relationships with Mexico, with many residents on both sides of the border crossing over daily for work. It's the busiest border crossing in the world.

The California-Trump war is still young. It’s possible that the president and his self-destructive tendencies will make it easier for San Diego to unite and oppose him with full force. But if the president hangs in and gains traction on his border, immigration, trade and budget policies, while delivering more money to the region’s defense industry, then steel yourself, San Diego, for very bitter fights in your very beautiful city.

Speaking of the 619, the SDUT's Sandra Dibble examines the proposal being considered to bring desalinated water from a plant being built in Rosarito Beach:

“We have electric lines, the largest crossing in the world, a gas pipeline, a bridge from the airport,” that cross the border, said Mark Watton, general manager for the Otay Water District, which serves some 220,000 residents of southeastern San Diego County. “It’s only natural that we have a water line.”

 . . . 

At full build-out, the proposed $463 million reverse-osmosis facility would be the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere, twice the size of the Poseidon plant in Carlsbad, producing up to 100 million gallons of water daily.

 

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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Congressman Pete AguilarKerri Condley, and Kyndell Gaglio

 

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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
This California Budget Gimmick Stinks
George Skelton @
latimes.com
The state budget and how it has morphed into a tool for easily passing laws unrelated to the budget. The unintended consequences of reform.

Could Desalinated Water From Mexico Flow To San Diego? - The San Diego Union-tribune
Sandra Dibble @
sandiegouniontribune.com
At full build-out, the proposed $463 million reverse-osmosis facility would be the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere, twice the size of the Poseidon plant in Carlsbad, producing up to 100 million gallons of water daily.

These Democrats Feel Guilty For Sitting Out The 2016 Elections, And They Aren't Waiting To Register Voters For The Midterms
Javier Panzar @
latimes.com
California may offer Democrats a lopsided advantage as a whole, but this patch of the state — where the suburban sprawl of Los Angeles comes to an end and the Mojave Desert begins — is still a bastion for the Republican Party and the political territory of second-term GOP Rep. Steve Knight.

Think rent is high in California? Here's why it probably will get higher
Angela Hart @
sacbee.com
Projections show rents will continue to surge, especially for low- and middle-income people in places like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento, and home prices will become increasingly expensive, according to an economic analysis in the Anderson Forecast from the University of California, Los Angeles, released this month.

Are Republicans leading the most secretive health-care bill process ever?

The fact that you or I or most senators haven't seen a health care bill that Republicans could soon vote on isn't normal. So why are they doing it?

Swastikas Painted On St. Francis Church In Sacramento
Ellen Garrison @
sacbee.com
Two swastikas painted on the exterior wall of a midtown Sacramento Catholic church will be investigated as part of a hate crime, Sacramento police said Sunday.

Liberal groups are teaming up to pressure GOP lawmakers on health care over summer recess
Mike DeBonis @

A dozen groups are behind the 'Our Lives on the Line' campaign, set to launch July 29. But will it be too late?

Day Before Georgia Vote, Trump Tweets Support For Handel
Louis Nelson @
politico.com
Voters in the Georgia district vacated by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price will go to the polls Tuesday to elect either Handel or Democrat Jon Ossoff, who holds a slim lead in the Real Clear Politics polling average. With Democrats eager to win a seat previously held by a Trump cabinet member, millions of dollars in outside money has poured in and the campaign has evolved into the most expensive House race on record.

Political Calculus: This List of Well-Educated Districts Explains Why the Georgia Election Is Close
Nate Cohn @

Education is the reason Tuesday's closely watched election, in a reliably Republican congressional district, is competitive at all.

Mass deportations to solve 'immigrant problem' What happened last time?
Stephen Magagnini @
sacbee.com
The story of that repatriation resonates now in light of President Donald Trump’s promise to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. Ramirez said the same “scapegoating” under Trump – the idea that immigrants are taking American jobs and resources – played out then, peaking under President Herbert Hoover during the Great Depression of 1929-1933.

Two San Diego Sailors Killed In Ship Collision - The San Diego Union-tribune
Carl Prine, Joshua Stewart, Lyndsay Winkley @
sandiegouniontribune.com


California Advocates Of Foam Packaging Ban Go Local - San Francisco Chronicle
Laurel Rosenhall @
sfchronicle.com
SACRAMENTO — Foam burger boxes and ice cream cups could eventually go the way of the flimsy plastic shopping bag — banned throughout California.

Conway repeats lawyer's claim: Trump didn't admit to being under investigation
Louis Nelson @
politico.com
When President Donald Trump wrote online last week that “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director,” it was not an admission that he is indeed being investigated, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said Monday morning, but instead a Twitter-shortened reaction to media coverage of ongoing probes into his 2016 campaign.

At Watergate, Recalling a Burglary That Toppled a President

It was a historic reunion, the guests told one another, held this weekend to mark the 45th anniversary of the 1972 Watergate break-in.

Post-ghost Ship: Despite Mayor’s Promises, Oakland City Inspectors Are Telling Residents To Leave Unpermitted Spaces – East Bay Times
eastbaytimes.com
OAKLAND — Just over a month after a horrific fire ripped through an East Oakland warehouse, killing 36 people, Mayor Libby Schaaf made a promise that city staff would work cooperatively with property owners to make their buildings safe without evicting the artists who live there.

Senate Democrats plan to intensify criticism of emerging GOP health bill

The mostly symbolic moves include speeches that will go late into the evening and a push to slow other Senate business to a crawl.

Democrats To Halt Senate Business Over Obamacare Repeal - Politico
politico.com
"Republicans are drafting this bill in secret because they're ashamed of it, plain and simple," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. | Getty

Oil Company Served By Two Soccercity Developers Accused Of Breach - The San Diego Union-tribune
Jeff McDonald @
sandiegouniontribune.com


Silicon Valley's Acquisition Targets Aren't Just In Tech Anymore
Paresh Dave @
latimes.com
The proposed sale of Whole Foods Market to Amazon shows a shift in strategy for tech titans, which aren't just looking at hardware and software firms as they eye potential acquisitions.