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Happy Thursday. The cap-and-trade vote has been pushed to Monday, as the effort for the bill gets tied in within the housing affordability issues. A vote on cap-and-trade had been planned for tonight, after the new 72-hour in print rule had passed after the bill's language was introduced on Monday night.

However, there also seem to be some challenges on getting the two-thirds' vote, particularly in the Assembly. As the governor wants a two-thirds vote to prevent a legal challenge as to whether cap-and-trade is a tax/fee increase and with no Republicans stepping forward as supporters, Democrats need every Dem in both houses to pass the bills.

Some Democrats are unhappy with the tax breaks for power companies included in the package and the suspension of the fire prevention fee imposed on rural landowners, and the those representing agricultural districts are concerned with the impact on farm equipment. Republicans are frustrated that the spending plan from the proceeds of the auctions is not spelled out. Thus, it will be a weekend of arm twisting.

Joel Fox looks at the strange politics surrounding the debate.

The Bee's Angela Hart looks at the Capitol discussions on affordable housing. "Postponing the climate bill vote until Monday will allow our discussion on long-term housing affordability solutions in California to catch up to the climate effort, Senate President Pro TemKevin de Lenand Assembly SpeakerAnthony Rendonsaid in a joint statement."

Senator Toni Atkins bill for a real estate transaction tax and Assemblymember David Chiu's bill to eliminate the state's home mortgage interest deduction for second homes both are moving more slowly.

While there's little information about the housing efforts, there appears to be two big issues--funding for low-income housing and the permitting process. The hope is that streamlining permitting, moderate Dems and perhaps some Republicans will come on board the cap-and-trade bill.

If that pans out, this could be one of the most successful legislative years in recent memory. Considered with the gas tax/VLF fee for road projects, cap-and-trade extension and housing would be huge. Why the rush when cap-and-trade doesn't expire until 2020? Well, it's not an election year.

SCA12 (Mendoza): The Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee yesterday approved a proposed constitutional amendment to expand the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, reports Patrick McGreevy for the Times. The bill is opposed by the board and LA lawmakers are divided on it.

SB 562 (Atkins): The Bee's Taryn Luna reports that Toni Atkins and Ricardo Lara aren't giving up on pushing for single-payer health care in California, despite Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's refusal to have the bill heard.

IMMIGRATION: Attorney General Xavier Becerra yesterday told reporters that he might join in the lawsuit to defend the Deferral Action for Childhood Arrivals, but not until the Trump Administration provides a a clearer definition on what it plans for immigration more broadly.

CVRA: Republicans in Orange County are trying to force the Coast Community College District from at-large to district elections under the California Voting Rights Act, with a Vietnamese plaintiff who argues he lost last year because incumbent Jerry Patterson, who is white, gathered votes from across the district and wouldn't have one without that. The district currently has at-large elections, although has five trustee areas where trustees must live. Patterson lives in Fountain Valley. If trustees were elected by only their trustee areas, Garden Grove would likely dominate. Asians and Latinos would be very influential with 37.5% and 36.9% of the population, respectively.

US SENATE: Joe Mathews writes that last week's visit to the Central Valley was a good step for Senator Kamala Harris, she'd be wise to do much moreto become a national political star.

THE COSPLAY CAUCUS: Seema Mehta writes in the Times that gubernatorial candidate Controller John Chiang will be speaking at Comic Con. "On July 22, Chiang andother state and local officials will speak on a panel about how they would deal with the damage wrought on localities by superhero battles such as those involving Superman and the Hulk."

CA39 (Fullerton): The LAT's Christine Mai-Duc reports that EMILY's List has endorsedMai Khanh Tran(D) in her bid to unseat Congressman Ed Royce. The organization when recruits and supporters Democratic women also has endorsed Katie Porter againstMimi Walters. in the neighboring CA45 (Irvine).

OROVILLE DAM: The state's Department of Water Resources is accerating the fix to the Oroville Dam spillway, reports Dale Kasler in the Bee.

#CAKEDAY:Happy birthday to AssemblymemberRaul Bocanegra,Catherine Campisi, Veronica Perez, and Terry Sandoval!


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UC Board Of Regents Adds Experts In Sports Management, Media, Arms Control, Finance
Teresa Watanabe @
Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber and former arms control undersecretary of state Ellen Tauscher are among new members of the University of California Board of Regents.

Single Payer Health Care Still On Wish-list In California | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
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Ronen wonders if proposed fee for utility boxes is high enough
A proposed law that would relieve AT&T of obligations to spruce up its sidewalk utility boxes hit resistance Wednesday at a Board of Supervisors commitee meeting, when one supervisor asked if the city was asking enough of the telecom company. Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who chairs the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee, expressed cautious support for the proposal to allow companies to pay fees instead of beautifying their boxes with trees and murals. Supervisor Malia Cohen, who sponsored the ordinance, warned her colleagues not to fixate on mural cost, since the money would get added to a city fund that would go toward other projects, as well. Cohen said the ordinance is really about enabling AT&T to deliver high-speed Internet to residents throughout San Francisco, including people in low-income neighborhoods. Attorney Joel Aurora of the political law firm Nielsen Merksamer submitted the referendum Friday, at which point he had 30 days to gather 19,040 signatures from San Francisco voters — 10 percent of the vote count from the last mayoral election. “We think the Board of Supervisors is limiting freedom of choice for San Francisco voters,” said Jaime Rojas, a spokesman for the group Let’s Be Real San Francisco, which is running the referendum campaign. The group represents tobacco manufacturers R.J. Reynolds and Altria, as well as several vaping advocacy groups and the Arab American Grocers Association, whose members opposed the supervisors’ ordinance, saying it hurt immigrant business owners. Supervisor Malia Cohen, who sponsored the flavored tobacco ban, called the referendum a “ridiculous attempt to put profit over people’s health.” If Nielsen Merksamer gathers enough signatures to ratify the referendum measure, the ordinance would be suspended and the supervisors will get a chance to reconsider their vote.

California Lawmakers Delay Climate Change Vote Amid Push For Affordable Housing
Liam Dillon @
State leaders have prioritized legislation to build more low-income housing and make it easier to develop and could be voted on next week after a push to make it part of cap and trade negotiations

Senate Republicans unveil competing health care proposals

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a revised GOP health-care proposal on July 13 — but two other Republican senators released a competing plan. Here's how it all breaks down.

Revised Senate Repeal Bill Keeps Obamacare Taxes, Adds Funding For Poor And Opioid Epidemic - Politico
Senate Republicans' latest health bill keeps some Obamacare taxes on the wealthy and directs more than $100 billion in new spending to help low-income Americans buy coverage and combat the opioid epidemic.

Bay Area political events: anti-Trump march, environmental action
Bay Area political events: anti-Trump march, environmental action Political events in the Bay Area Anti-Trump march: A protest against President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, starting with a rally at 2 p.m. at U.N. Plaza, 355 McAllister St., San Francisco. 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. Cool Effect, a Bay Area nonprofit focused on climate change, is holding a forum to discuss environmental actions that will help reduce carbon emissions. The event is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Hawthorn Room at the Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, San Francisco. Health care film: A free screening of Now Is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody and discussion on single-payer health care. Anti-Trump drag show: “An Action in Drag,” a night of retelling Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled debut album, by drag performers and visual artists.

Senate Gop's New Health Care Bill Expected To Include Controversial Lee-cruz Amendment - Politico
The Senate Republicans' draft Obamacare repeal bill due to be released on Thursday will tentatively include a controversial amendment from Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Issa Raises $455k For Campaign, Leads Pack - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @
Rep. Darrell Issa raised $455,207 in campaign funds in the second quarter of this year, a sum that likely puts him considerably ahead of his competition in his coastal San Diego district.

In Sf, Ex-attorney General Holder Tells Left To Keep Fighting - San Francisco Chronicle
Former Attorney General Eric Holder doesn’t see a lot of political sunshine on the horizon for anyone who feels aghast at efforts by national Republican power-holders to roll back much of what he and his erstwhile White House boss did before President Trump’s inauguration. But he does have some basic advice.

Divided Senate Republicans Will Take Another Crack At An Obamacare Repeal Bill Today
Lisa Mascaro, Noam N. Levey @
Senate Republicans are set to unveil a revised Obamacare overhaul Thursday, but political support has badly deteriorated.

Democrats to Exploit Senate Rules to Challenge Health Care Bill

Senators can object to a provision if it does not change federal spending or revenues or if the budgetary effects are “merely incidental” to some policy objective.

With State Legislators From L.A. County Divided, Panel Recommends Plan To Expand Board Of Supervisors
Patrick McGreevy @
State legislators from Los Angeles County were divided Wednesday over a proposal to expand the Board of Supervisors and create a new el...

California Cap-and-trade Bill Offers Tax Break To Power Companies | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
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Ed Gillespie touts Portman effort to add opioid funding to Senate health-care bill

The GOP candidate for Va. governor is proposing a plan for the state’s opioid crisis.

Trump: I Wish I Asked Putin ‘were You Actually Supporting Me?" - Politico
And despite recent revelations that his son met last June with a Russian lawyer who he had been told possessed damaging information from the Kremlin about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Trump remained insistent that there had been no cooperation between his campaign and Moscow.

U.S. asks judge to let it take action against sanctuary locales
A federal judge showed little inclination Wednesday to accept the government’s assurances that President Trump isn’t about to strip San Francisco, Santa Clara County and other sanctuary cities and counties of their federal funding for refusing to cooperate with immigration officers. At Wednesday’s hearing in San Francisco, a Trump administration lawyer asked U.S. District Judge William Orrick III to reconsider his nationwide injunction prohibiting the government from enforcing the president’s Jan. 25 executive order by cutting off funding to defiant cities and counties. Since both counties have insisted that they comply with the laws, “their concerns that all their federal funding is at risk are put to rest,” Shumate told Orrick. In his remarks, posted on the Justice Department’s website, Sessions said some 300 local and state governments were “protecting criminals rather than their law-abiding residents” by refusing to cooperate with immigration authorities. The law, on its face, says only that local governments must allow their police to inform federal officers of the immigration status of inmates in their custody, a requirement that San Francisco and Santa Clara County say they are following.

Gov. Jerry Brown And Michael Bloomberg Launch An Effort To Collect Climate Data
Melanie Mason @
Gov. Jerry Brown continues to add to his resume as global climate crusader, announcing on Wednesday a partnership with former New York ...

More Candidates Take On Reps. Issa, Hunter, Peters - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @

San Francisco 49ers: Leaked Levi's Audit An "outright Misrepresentation"
Mayor Lisa Gillmor, who has publicly feuded with the NFL team over stadium issues and pushed for the $200,000 audit, said it affirmed her belief that taxpayers are improperly subsidizing the $1.3 billion stadium.