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Well, hello, how are you? If you're not in Washington, you are dandy. 

On the SacTown capitol scene, Chops is closing this Friday. It's the end of an era.

For many of us old timers, it's still Brannan's. Brannan's would stay open as the Budget Conference Committee would be "on call" through the night. Like Willie Brown's famous clock manipulation, the timekeeper didn't seem to pay attention to the clock past 2 a.m. and kept serving.

Chops just never took off on the dinner scene. It was overpriced for overly touted publicly displayed beef, and relied on cocktail hour and downstairs fundraisers to pay the rent. It was just never a spot for weekend pre-show dinners and maintained uncertain hours during the week.

Chops closed its Folsom location last year, with a commitment to focus on its downtown Sacramento location.

Let's hope that the space is taken over by a Sacramento-based restaranteur, instead of what we've seen lately in the Elk's Building with McCormicks & Schmicks and Claim Jumper (same company--Houston based Landry's, which has bought of restaurants nationwide such as Morton's, Bubba Gump's, McCormicks and Claim Jumper, Oceanaire, Rainforest Cafe, Chart House and more, as well as the Golden Nugget casinos).

Randy Selland, this is perfect for you--a farmer's market during the day on the patio and a Kitchen-like experience in the evening for the Capitol elite, and a premier fundraising spot. Let's keep it local, yo'. Free advertising in the Nooner for 6 months.

$$$: Also on the Capitol scene, Phil and Julie Angelides each kicked in $7,300 for the campaign of Eleni Kounalakis for lieutenant governor.



Upward Mobility at Cal State LA


CA32 (West Covina): With Grace Napolitano's health in question, the speculation of a retirement is growing. Former aide Mary Anne Lutz and El Monte mayor Andre Quintero are waiting for an announcement.

EDUCATION: Anaheim Union High School District is denying hundreds of students to transfer to other school districts, reports Roxana Kopetman in the Register. Of course, fewer students means less state funding. 

MORE EDUCATION... The SacBee's Angela Hart looks at California's efforts to prohibit guns from school campuses, which Kevin McCarthy's bill would remove from school superintendents' discretion.



We need strong Cap and Trade


#FAREWELL: Former lobbyist Dwight Hansen (over the weekend).

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Matthew Harper, who Paul Mitchell and I went to college with at Orange Coast way back when--before he donned the hat. Also, light the candles for Larry Doyle and John Fraser!



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California Assembly Leader Anthony Rendon's Decision To Shelve Single-payer Healthcare Angers Progressive Activists
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Progressive activists, led by the fiery California nurses union, eviscerated Speaker Anthony Rendon for his decision to hold a single-payer healthcare bill.

Ryan On Senate Passing Health Care Bill: 'i Think They Will Do It' - Politico
With Republican-leadership backed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare struggling to gain traction in the Senate, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan expressed confidence in an interview that aired Tuesday morning that his GOP colleagues on the other side of Capitol Hill would find enough votes to pass the bill.

Single Payer Health Care Was Destined To Fail In California | The Sacramento Bee
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Senate Healthcare Overhaul Hits Trouble As Republicans Hesitant To Proceed To Vote
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The Health Care Issue In California And Beyond :: Fox&hounds
Any long-term health care solution is going to have to incorporate both federal and state action. It will also have to be careful not to remove the profit motive that spurs medical innovation.

California Could Strengthen Its Gun Control Laws | The Sacramento Bee
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L.A. County Approves $30-billion Budget
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The Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a budget for the 2017-18 year beginning July 1.

California reaches deal to shut down controversial sand mine in Monterey Bay
California regulators reached an agreement with a Mexican company to shut down the last coastal sand mine in the United States and avoid a legal battle over a dredging operation that experts say has caused devastating erosion in Monterey Bay, officials said Monday. The California Coastal Commission, which began investigating sand mining by Cemex USA in 2010, is expected to vote July 13 on a deal that would require the company to halt extraction at its Lapis Sand Plant, an 8-acre operation on a remote beach in the town of Marina. [...] the land would be sold for less than market rate to a nonprofit or governmental entity that would open it up to the public, the commission said. If this settlement is approved, we look forward to working with the community on designing future uses of the property that provide for public access, conservation, habitat protection and public education. “For the last several years, Cemex has worked with the California Coastal Commission and more recently, the State Lands Commission and the City of Marina, to reach an agreement regarding the Lapis sand plant operation that is mutually acceptable and which respects the interests of our employees, the community and other stakeholders,” the company said in a statement. Cemex had taken advantage of a loophole in state law by placing its dredge in an artificial lagoon just above the mean high tide line, which is the boundary between public and private land under the California Coastal Act. The Coastal Commission, backed by local politicians, geologists and environmentalists, claimed the state did have jurisdiction because high tides regularly replenished the lagoon with fresh sand from Monterey Bay.

Rival Senate Factions Push Competing Agendas As Healthcare Bill Hangs In Balance
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Fact Check: The Senate Health Care Plan

Does the health care bill in the Senate live up to Republicans' promises? We checked the facts.

Republicans eye billions in side deals to win Obamacare repeal votes
The White House and Senate GOP leaders have nearly $200 billion in savings to divvy up among senators’ priorities to secure votes for the imperiled bill.

As Lawmakers Debate GOP Healthcare Bill, New Study Finds Stripping People Of Insurance Can Be Deadly
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Researchers say studies continue to show that those with health insurance are healthier and live longer than those without.

Sacramento Police Officer Who Shot Mentally Ill Black Man May Be Fired By Department | The Sacramento Bee
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Assembly Bill Would Ease Imposing Of Stormwater Fees On Property Owners - Capradio.org
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Owner Evictions Bill Goes To Sf Supes; Drama Likely Not Over - San Francisco Chronicle
Dueling pieces of legislation intended to crack down on fraudulent evictions by landlords were largely reconciled on Monday by city supervisors, who moved a compromise version of the bills to the full board for a vote on Tuesday.

Oakland Councilman Announces Run For East Bay Assembly Seat – East Bay Times
OAKLAND — Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb announced he was running for an East Bay State Assembly seat on Monday, joining a growing field competing for an open seat.

Judge In Stanford Swimmer Sexual Assault Case Faces Recall Campaign
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A group of activists filed paperwork Monday to launch a recall election against a Santa Clara County judge who was criticized for his light sentence in the Brock Turner case.

2 Years Into Gay Marriage Equality, Bay Area Couples Embrace Domestic Life - San Francisco Chronicle
When the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the United States on June 26, 2015, husbands Clayton and Michael Price-Brown were congratulated by an unexpected source: Their 92-year-old El Sobrante neighbor, Carmen Watson.

White House Taps Key Senate Aide For Treasury Rescue Mission - Politico
President Donald Trump is planning to nominate a top Senate aide to serve in a key role at Treasury as the department struggles with a limited set of senior staff and increasingly strained relations with Republicans on Capitol Hill.

The Health 202: CBO score of Senate health bill certainly doesn't ease McConnell's path to 50

The road to success for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell looks steeper than ever as senators appear to dig in against the Senate health-care bill.

Pence Woos Senate Conservatives In Obamacare Repeal Push - Politico
Vice President Mike Pence will host a group of conservative GOP senators including Utah's Mike Lee for dinner on Tuesday to discuss their concerns with the legislation. | Getty