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THE Nooner for June 29, 2017

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Well, hello there.

We have a budget. Governor Brown signed it without any line-item vetoes. That's a first in a long time, and shows the comity between the governor and legislative leadership. The shelving of SB 562, the single-payer health care bill, likely helped protect legislative priorities in the budget.

Meanwhile, the California Nurses Association (CNA) has jumped the shark in its campaign for single-payer health care. The union is attacking Speaker Anthony Rendon for delaying the bill, which was widely expected to happen, as the financing is $50-$200 billion short and Governor Brown didn't want it on his desk. With a range of $50-200 billion of additional costs, that tells you something about the uncertainty of the bill. 

The bill, in my opinion spending many years working at Children's Hospital of Orange County, is laudible although not practical yet.

The problem is how you shift premiums paid for by private and public sector employers to a "tax," accounting for an estimated 15% payroll tax and creating big issues with education's Proposition 98 and the Gann Limit on state spending. Single-payer would require a constitutional amendment on both frontsto be approved by voters, something SB 562 doesn't propose.

The LAT's George Skelton, the dean of the Capitol press corps, salutes Speaker Rendon for his action to delay the bill.

CNA further committed the ultimate no-no in Democrat/union didn't include a "bug" on a mailer signifying it was printed in a union shop.

GUBER: The LAT's Seema Mehta and Phil Willon look at the prospects of whether the California GOP can coalesce behind a candidate for governor, or whether it will sit out as it did in 2014, when Jerry Brown was up for re-election. With the lack of a legislative platform to elevate stars and few a fairly unenergized electorate, there's simply excitement, with interest focused on defending the seven congressional seats sought by Democrats to replace Republicans. 

HARD TO SAY GOODBYE: Tomorrow, as I noted earlier this week, Chops is closing its doors. The restaurant across the street from the Capitol has been a perrenial haunt when the Legislature works late as well as the site of numerous political fundraisers. Chops was there for 15 years and was preceded by Brannan's, Posey's and Brass Rail before that. I arrived in the Brannan's era, and learned so much from education lobbyists Bonnie Slosson and John Mockler during late night sessions at the joint. Tomorrow promises food and drink specials and 50% off bottles of wine.



SANCTUARY: Attorney General Xavier Becerra has emerged as leader of the ten states challenging President Trump's crackdown on "sanctuary cities," writes Patrick McGreevy in the Times.

HOUSING: The LAT's Liam Dillon looks at why California's legislative efforts to address the state's housing crisis have been unsuccessful.

DELAY: The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe asks why it's been nearly a month since Jimmy Gomez's election to Congress in CA34 and he has yet to be sworn in, even though a few members elected after that are already at their desks. The explanation from his staff is that it was do to a family conflict. This explains why a special election for AD51 has yet to be declared. He's scheduled to be sworn in on July 11 after the July 4 recess. 



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Matthew Dobler, former Assemblymember Henry Perea, Larry Salinas, Raquel Simental, Richard Wiebe, and former Assemblymember--now Santa Barbara supe--Das Williams!

#FAREWELL: Former Sacramento City Councilmember Bonnie Pannell, who represented South Sacramento upon her husband Sam's death in 2008. 



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Single-payer Healthcare Advocates Protest At Capitol With A Message For California's Assembly Speaker: 'shame On You!'
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Backers of a measure to establish a single-payer healthcare system in California rallied at the Capitol on Wednesday to renounce Assemb...

Ca Lawmaker Death Threats For Blocking Universal Health Care | The Sacramento Bee
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Both Sides Push For Edge In Health Care Fight - Politico
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer speaks to a large group of protesters at a rally against the Senate GOP healthcare bill on the East Front of the Capitol Building on June 28, 2017. | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

California Single Payer Health Care Backers Dog Democrat
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GOP Health Bill Would Slash Planned Parenthood Budget In California - San Francisco Chronicle
Planned Parenthood of California, which operates more of the organization’s health centers than any other state in the nation, would lose 73 percent of its operating budget under the health care bills that Republicans are pushing to replace the Affordable Care Act, its leaders said this week.

The Schwarzenegger-garcetti Climate Change Road Show :: Fox&hounds
Yesterday may have been the initial stop of a Schwarzenegger-Garcetti road show promoting support by subnational governments for the Paris Climate Change Accord. At least, that idea of taking the presentation national was suggested after the former California governor and current Los Angeles mayor sat for a discussion on how to confront the climate change issue since President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris accord.

Beleaguered health care bill gets new terms in effort to secure votes
White House, Senate GOP agree to add $45 billion to address opioid crisis, near agreement on Health Savings Account money.

California's Fight With San Francisco Over Waterfront Buildings Heads Toward Trial
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A judge declined to rule on a state suit to nullify a San Francisco ballot measure that limits waterfront development, a case that could thwart voter control over coastal projects statewide.

Cbo On Senate Health Bill: 22 Million Would Lose Insurance | The Sacramento Bee
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Residents Rally Wednesday Against Senate Health Care Bill – Orange County Register
About 40 Obamacare supporters gathered Wednesday night, June 28, in Fullerton to denounce a Senate bill that would repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act.

Bay Area political events: LGBTQ forum, impeachment march
Bay Area political events: LGBTQ forum, impeachment march Political events LGBTQ forum: A presentation and discussion on how to respond to potential homophobic policies presented by the Trump administration. The forum is hosted by the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Storytelling and discussion featuring five children’s books that highlight immigrant stories. The event is from 4 to 6 p.m. at Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. in Berkeley. Nationwide marches will call for President Trump’s impeachment. Where money should go: A discussion on how to invest public and private dollars, and what questions are most pressing for policymakers, investors and organization leaders. The East Bay and San Francisco branches of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom present historian, author and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to discuss the history of wars and gun violence, and possible solutions. Environmental action: A conversation with the Sierra Club’s executive director and local environmental justice groups on what people can do to take action against President Trump's environmental agenda. Health care film: A free screening of Now is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody and discussion on single payer health care. The event is at 7 p.m. at Or Shalom Jewish Community, 625 Brotherhood Way in San Francisco.

1 In 5 Californians Uninsured Under GOP Bill, Study Says - San Francisco Chronicle
President Donald Trump struck a cautiously optimistic tone Wednesday, the day after Senate Republican leaders scuttled plans for a vote on health care reform this week in the face of stiff resistance from within the party's own ranks.

Senate Republicans Close To Scrapping Some Tax Cuts In Obamacare Repeal - Politico
No final decision has been made, Republicans said, but the party is leaning strongly toward reshaping the bill to be less of a tax cut for the wealthy and more to supplying health insurance options to the working poor.

SF tenant-protection law dies quietly
San Francisco will not be allowed to require landlords who go out of the rental business to pay their evicted tenants as much as $50,000 to cover the higher rents they’ll face on the open market. The 2015 ordinance was an attempt by city officials to respond to a state law called the Ellis Act that allows landlords to evict all their tenants without having to show the usual legal grounds for eviction. State courts have upheld a 2005 San Francisco ordinance that entitled displaced tenants to $4,500, adjusted annually for inflation, but the same courts found the city went too far with the 2015 measure, which never took effect. Sponsored by then-Supervisor David Campos, the ordinance would have required landlords to pay former tenants the difference between their current rent and the market rate for a similar unit in the city for up to two years, up to a maximum of $50,000. In a suit by property owners, lawyers for the city argued that the ordinance was authorized by language in the Ellis Act allowing local governments to protect tenants from “any adverse impact” caused by their landlord’s decision to go out of the rental business.

Selling (or Not) the American Health Care Act

The American Health Care Act is the most unpopular piece of major legislation Congress has considered in decades. But that may be in the way Republicans are messaging their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Trump On Health Care Vote: We're 'going To Get At Least Very Close' - Politico

State Auditor Gets OK To Examine South Orange County Water District’s Financial Records – Orange County Register
DANA POINT — The nonpartisan State Auditor’s Office was given the green light Wednesday, June 30, by a legislative committee to go over the financial records of the South Orange County Wastewater Authority following questions raised by area city officials about how the agency is spending its money.

How the push for a Senate health-care vote fell apart amid GOP tensions

As President Trump courted Republicans, they remained wary and unable to reconcile core policy differences.

California's Attorney General Joins The Fight Against President Trump's 'sanctuary City' Order
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The Health 202: McConnell's trying to put the frogs back in the wheelbarrow on health care

Out front, the Senate health-care bill is currently stalled. But GOP leaders are working frantically behind the scenes on revisions that could open the door to the 50 votes they need.