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THE Nooner for July 14, 2017

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  • Governoradded Michael J. Bilger (NPP)
  • Governoradded Christopher N. Carlson (G)
  • CA49 (Carlsbad): added real estate investor Paul Kerr (D)
  • CA52 (E. San Diego County): added police officer Andrew Zelt (R)
  • SD28 (Coachella Valley): added Joy Silver (D)
  • AD70 (Long Beach): added civil engineer Honor M. Robson (L)

Happy Friday!

CAP-AND-TRADE:  Yesterday, Jerry Brown went upstairs to address the Senate Environmental Quality Committee to make his case for the renewal of the state' cap-and-trade law, reports the Bee's Christopher Cadelago aand Taryn Luna. The two bills AB 398 and AB 617 extending cap-and-trade through 2030 both passed on a party-line vote.

“Don’t throw this thing out,” Brown said during a rare appearance at a legislative committee. “Don’t put us under the Air Resources Board for an intrusive command-and-control. Cap and trade is the way forward.” . . . Redirecting his testimony to state senators, Brown concluded: “This is the most important vote of your life.”

Here is the video of the hearing.

Liam Dillon and Melanie Mason write in the Times “I'm not here about some cockamamie legacy that people talk about,” said Brown, 79, as he turned to the crowd in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee hearing. “This isn't for me. I'm going to be dead. It's for you. It's for you and it's damn real.” 

The Bee's Dale Kasler reports on the deal's impact on oil refiners. "At the same time, Brown’s plan is struggling to gain favor with many legislative Democrats. A big reason is the proposed treatment of Phillips 66 in Rodeo and the other 18 oil refineries in California."

At yesterday's hearing, the California Manufacturers and Techology Association supported the bills, as did PG&E and SoCal Edison. The air quality districts opposed the bills, as they would preempted from passing their own plans. But, Consumer Watchdog and the Courage Campaign are rallying the liberal ttroops against the bill and there reportedly no Republicans plan to vote yes. If that is the case every Democrat would have to vote for it.  (Well, technically the governor could lose one Senate Democratic vote if Gavin Newsom would cast the 27th vote.

STETHOSCOPE: The Bee's Hattie Xu looks at the population of Medi-Cal recipients in California, which covers 1 in 3 residents. "[O]ver 10 percent of residents in 23 counties gained Medi-Cal coverage from the Affordable Care Act expansion of the program that would be dismantled by the proposed legislation. Humboldt and Lake counties both had nearly 15 percent of residents who benefit from the expansion."

In the MercNews, Tracy Seipel reports that the Senate health is getting mixed reviews in the Golden State.

Speaking of health care, the Politico California team reports that the single payer coalition in California has begun to fall apart as organizations try to distance themselves from the California Nurses Association.

All is not well in the single-payer push. Sal Rosselli, president of the National Union of Healthcare Workers, told California Nurses Association leaders in a letter on Thursday that NUHW is considering withdrawing from Campaign for Healthy California.

-- “We are considering withdrawing from the coalition and withholding any economic support for the organization due to CNA’s refusal to include coalition members in the decision-making process, its lack of transparency, and its questionable strategic planning,” the letter said. “These shortcomings culminated in ill-advised, slash-and-burn tactics related to SB 562.”



SD20 (Ontario): The United Farm Workers has endorsed the opponent of Connie Leyva--a former California Labor Federation president--because she abstained on a bill to give farmworkers overtime, reports Jeff Horseman in the PE. 

 In Politico, David Siders looks at the divide in the Californa Democratic Party. "Long-standing tensions between the Democratic Party’s moderate and liberal wings have ignited in California, where progressive activists are redirecting their anger over Donald Trump and congressional Republicans toward Democratic leaders at home." 

VOTING: Dan Walters writes for CALmatters:

California’s overall voter registration falls short, vis-à-vis that of other states, and PPIC researcher Eric McGhee attributes that to low rates among fast-growing Latino and Asian populations. But McGhee attributes the very low, and declining, turnout in off-year elections to “the behavior of young voters.”

“Young people,” he writes in his report, “have been voting at slightly higher rates in presidential elections and at much lower rates in (off-years) than voters of the same age did two decades ago.”

STUDENT LOANS: The Bee's Alexei Koseff reports on the Trump Administration's reversal of an Obama Administration regulation that allowed students who were misled into taking out loans by proprietary colleges an easier process to have their loans forgiven. 

MONEY MATTERS: CALmatters's Ben Christopher has a great visualization of the state's budget.

$$$: The California Public Employees Retirement System beat its investment target for the first time in three years, reports Adam Ashton in the Bee. "The Caliornia Public Employees’ Retirement System rode a strong year in the stock market and private equity investments to earn a return rate of 11.2 percent for the fiscal year that ended June 30, the pension fund announced Friday morning. That’s about double what CalPERS had expected to earn this year."



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Damon Conklin, Dave Heckler, Shawn LewisCaity Maple and Paul Song!



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Not Just Enviros, Biz Also Split On Cap-n-trade Bills; GOP Might Hold The Key :: Fox&hounds
The unusual internal squabbling in the environmental and business communities–similar interests typically coalesce around issues–is the sound of compromise to observers like the Sacramento Bee editorial board, which recommends passage of the bills.

Trump: 'Republican Senators Must Come Through' On Health Care Bill
Louis Nelson @
President Donald Trump President urged Senate Republicans via Twitter to make good on a years-old campaign promise by passing legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. | Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

In Wake Of Critical Audit, UC Regents Take A Close Look At President's Budget
Teresa Watanabe @
University of California regents impose stricter scrutiny of president's budget after a critical state audit found shortcomings in central financial practices.

California Still Faces Big Cuts Under Revised Senate Health Bill - San Francisco Chronicle
The revised Senate health care bill released by Republicans on Thursday largely maintains the same dramatic cuts in federal Medicaid spending and premium subsidies as the previous version of the proposal — changes that experts say would lead to millions of poor Californians losing some benefits or paying more for insurance.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Tells Senate Democrats 'All Of Us Are Less Safe' With More Aggressive Immigration Enforcement
Sarah D. Wire @
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told Democratic senators Thursday that increased random enforcement of immigration laws has cause...

Latest Senate GOP Health-care Plan Gets Mixed Reviews In California
Tracy Seipel @
As a growing array of competing health care proposals emerged from the U.S. Senate on Thursday, there was plenty of bad news for millions of Californians.

Nevada Governor Undecided On Health Bill, Will Meet With Pence - Politico
Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval responds to reporter's questions about health care and the opioid epidemic after a session called "Curbing The Opioid Epidemic" at the first day of the National Governor's Association meeting July 13 in Providence, R.I. | Stephan Savoia/AP Photo

California Climate Change Law Sputters Over Oil
Dale Kasler @
Drive to the Bay Area from Sacramento, cross the Carquinez Bridge, and you might see it on your right – the Phillips 66 oil refinery in Rodeo, churning out millions of gallons of gasoline. This facility and other oil refineries in the state have become the flash point in a potentially combustible political fight in Sacramento over the future of California’s war against climate change.

L.A. Took Their Water And Land A Century Ago. Now The Owens Valley Is Fighting Back
Louis Sahagun @
Owens Valley officials are using eminent domain to loosen Los Angeles' century-long grip on the region's land and water rights.

Audio: CA Affordable Housing Bills Benefiting In Political Dealing Over Cap And Trade
Jossie Huang @
An effort in the California Legislature to address affordable housing is benefiting from negotiations over cap-and-trade legislation pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

LAPD Union Joins National Push For Feds To Help Prepare Police For Contacts With Mentally Ill
Kate Mather @
The LAPD's union is one of several nationwide that will meet in New York this week to call for federal help in equipping police for interactions with mentally ill people.

House Republicans Weigh Massive Partisan Spending Bill - Politico
In a closed-door GOP conference meeting Friday morning, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said all 12 appropriations bills will be finished in committee by the end of next week. Starting Monday, leadership will begin a tentative whip count on whether lawmakers would vote for a package before the August recess that combines all of those bills into one $1 trillion government funding bill.

Cal Fire Imposter Was Hired As Firefighter
Adam Ashton @
Brandon Visyak used a stolen state firefighter badge in a ploy to rob a woman the first time he got caught impersonating a public safety officer. Two years later, he again claimed to be a Cal Fire firefighter while he tried to get out of a traffic arrest.

Kasich joins ranks of GOP governors opposed to new Senate health bill

The Ohio governor called the plan “still unacceptable.” Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Doug Ducey of Arizona and Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas have also expressed opposition.

Majority Of Americans Oppose Trump Tax Plan - Politico
Republicans are evenly split, with 41 percent opposed and a nearly identical 40 percent in favor, according to the POLITICO-Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health survey. Democrats are overwhelmingly against the plan, with 85 percent opposed, along with 60 percent of independents.

Washington reacts to competing Senate health plans

Washington reacts to competing Senate health plans.

UC Gets OK To Ask Some Applicants For Letters Of Recommendation
High school students hoping to attend the University of California — but whose applications are less than academically stellar — may now have an extra opportunity to show why they should be admitted.

Writers From the Right and Left on Trump Jr., the Future of the F.B.I., Health Care and More

Read about how the other side thinks: Writers from across the political spectrum take on the news of the week.