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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • CA48 (Huntinton Beach): added businessman Stelian Onufrei (R)
  • AD75 (Escondido): added attorney Alan Geraci (D)

Happy Friday! You made it and summer recess is here. In the battle for the basement news, the Padres beat the Giants 5-2 in the return of Madison Bumgarner last night. The series at AT&T Park continues tonight at 7:15pm. This morning, the Bee reported that Guns N' Roses is coming to the Golden 1 Center on November 18. We may not have a functioning basketball team, but the arena still "rocks."

Well, Sean Spicer has resigned. Best career move he's ever made.

CA48 (Huntington Beach): Apparently, Congressman Ed Royce blocked his colleague Dana Rohrabacher from going to Moscow this spring, writes Sarah D. Wire in the Times. "Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) told the Times on Wednesday that he decided not to go because he was worried the national focus on Russia would make it difficult to have serious conversations with Russian officials."

GOP TURMOIL: Melissa Melendez (R-Temecula) resigned from her post of Assembly Republican Leader yesterday, criticizing Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes over his support of the cap-and-trade package, reports Jeff Horseman in the PE. It's been a bad week for Mayes after a letter became public by a former staffer alleging that Mayes was having an affair with the staffer's now-estranged wife, a former Assemblymember. I've stayed away from the story as I am a fallible man, and I know and like the two of them, who were in the same Senate Fellows/Associates class with my ex-wife. 

The ex- asked for an investigation over the Assemblymember's travel spending and then withdrew the letter the same day. Marriage is beautiful but can also be one of the most painful institutions. We just have to move on and I hope everyone emerges okay.

KAMALA: Senator Kamala Harris has stepped forward with her first big bill, which is co-authored by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), reports Anshu Siripurapu in the Bee. The bill would reform the bail bond system nationally amid concerns that it is discriminatory against low-income alleged offenders. A similar bill has been moving through the California Legislature, sponsored by Senator Bob Hertzberg and Rob Bonta. The bills are known largely because they drew "Dog the Bounty Hunter" and his ex-wife Beth to the Capitol in April for a hearing, where they opposed the bill. Bail bond agents see the bills as a threat to their business. 

The Bonta bill (AB 42) failed in the Assembly. Hugsberg's SB 10 is now in Assembly Approps.

MONEY MATTERS: Following in its big brother CalPERS's report, the California State Teachers Retirement System announced that it too had a big positive reversal, reports Adam Ashton in the Bee. "The California State Teachers’ Retirement System gained an investment return of 13.4 percent for the budget year that ended June 30 The earnings eclipsed the 1.4 percent net return that CalSTRS reported a year ago, and the 4.8 percent gain the pension fund notched in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2015."

FIRES: Holy cow. "The number of fires so far this year statewide for Cal Fire is staggering. As of Wednesday, Cal Fire had reported 3,321 blazes – about 100 new ones since Sunday – that had burned nearly 200,000 acres. That compares to 2,480 fires as of July 16, 2016, that had burned 32,025 acres. Those figures don’t count fires that burned federal land," report Hector Amezcua and Sam Stanton in the Bee.

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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
A New Suit Says Lawmakers Broke The Law When They Changed California's Recall Election Rules
John Myers @
latimes.com
Backers of an effort to remove a state senator from office have filed a lawsuit over election law changes made by the Legislature in June.

White House Enlisting Conservative Groups To Pressure GOP Senators On Health Care Bill - Politico
politico.com
A White House official said President Donald Trump "wants something to happen" on health care and "he's tired of nothing happening. He wants movement." | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

CalSTRS Teacher Pension Fund Posts 13.4 Percent Return | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
sacbee.com
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

California's Newly Revised Rules On Recall Elections Are Being Challenged In Court
John Myers @
latimes.com
Backers of an effort to remove an Orange County Democrat from office believe their effort would have forced a special election this Nov...

Judge refuses to dismiss SF, Santa Clara Co. sanctuary cities case
sfgate.com
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ claim that President Trump won’t strip federal funding from San Francisco, Santa Clara County and other so-called sanctuary locales for refusing to cooperate with immigration officers was an “illusory promise,” a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge William Orrick III of San Francisco rejected Trump administration requests to reconsider the nationwide injunction he issued in April, prohibiting the threatened cutoffs of federal funds, in response to lawsuits by San Francisco and Santa Clara County. Orrick, in his April 25 injunction, said Trump’s order and his public statements foreshadowed a wholesale takeaway of federal funding, which is beyond the president’s constitutional authority. The memo — which the department described as binding on all government agencies — interpreted Trump’s order to apply only to a limited number of federal grants, expressly tied to compliance with immigration law, and totaling less than $1 million a year for San Francisco and Santa Clara counties. The two-page document contained no legal analysis and could be disregarded whenever the administration chose to do so, he said. The underlying dispute is whether the law requires cities only to provide information a local inmate’s immigration status, as San Francisco and Santa Clara County do, or to prolong their confinement when federal agents want to pick them up for deportation.

California Water Wars Rage On As Farmers Seek More Water That Now Goes To Fish | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler @
sacbee.com
By Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler

Bay Area political events: Climate forum, Eshoo town hall
sfgate.com
Bay Area political events: Political events in the Bay Area 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. Hosted by Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, at 9 a.m. at West Valley College Theatre, 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga. Health care film: A free screening of Now Is the Time: Health care march: “Our Lives on the Line,” a nationwide protest against Republican health care plans. Indivisible: A meeting, hosted by Indivisible East Bay, focused on the 2018 elections and local politics, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Oakland Main Library Auditorium, 125 14th St. For information: https://indivisibleeb.org/upcoming-events

Engineering Expert Blasts Management Failures At Oroville Dam - San Francisco Chronicle
sfchronicle.com
State water resources officials and federal regulators caused the failure of the Oroville Dam spillway in February by ignoring long-established guidelines and neglecting their duty to manage risks and detect flaws, a scathing report by a Berkeley engineering expert concluded Thursday.

Police Union Examines Incident At Pasadena Hotel Involving A Former USC Dean After An Officer Is Disciplined
Matt Hamilton, Paul Pringle @
latimes.com
Police union to examine incident at Pasadena hotel involving former USC dean after officer disciplined

Ucsc Lowers Admission Of California Students
mercurynews.com
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LAPD Officer At Center Of Cadet Scandal Charged With Sexual Assault Of 15-year-old Girl
James Queally @
latimes.com
Cain is accused of sexually assaulting the cadet in three separate incidents at three different locations on June 14. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of seven years and eight months in state prison.

Defiled Quran Mailed In Lard To Sacramento Area Muslim Group | The Sacramento Bee
Stephen Magagnini @
sacbee.com
By Stephen Magagnini

Trump Names Acting Director For Office Of Government Ethics - Politico
politico.com
President Donald Trump's pick for acting director of the Office of Government Ethics has worked as the office's general counsel for more than three years. | Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

Tom Steyer Rebrands His Political Group For Anti-trump Mission
Chris Megerian @
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Cap-and-trade Deal Exemplifies Chad Mayes's Governing Philosophy, Could Cost Him His Job - Capradio.org
Ben Adler @
capradio.org
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Who Spun It Best: President Trump

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Schiff, Warner Launch Preemptive Strike On Trump Pardons - Politico
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Rep. Adam Schiff, in his statement, defended special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the FBI's investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. | John Shinkle/POLITICO