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SPORTS PAGE: Well, MadBum, you can't expected to get a win if the entire team gets only three hits--all infield. Bumgarner pitched a great game and the Giants were lucky to lose only 2-1.  

AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers and Melanie Mason take a look at the fundraising by the major gubernatorial politics in this week's California Politics Podcast.  

MR. SPEAKER: The AP's Johnathan J. Cooper looks at the recall effort against Speaker Anthony Rendon. "The Rendon recall comes as the California Democratic Party contends with a protracted leadership battle that is as much about donors and messaging as it is about ideals. It follows a contentious battle among environmentalists over the state’s cap-and-trade law to fight climate change, which some thought was too deferential to oil companies."

LIBERAL FEINSTEIN? U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein told KQED's Scott Schafer that she considers herself a liberal. “I read that [op-ed by American Prospect executive Harold Myerson] and I was surprised,” Feinstein told KQED this week. “It didn’t mention any accomplishments, what I do, what I’ve achieved. The kind of day that I have, my ability. It’s all sort of done on the basis of a numerical age and the fact that I’m not as liberal as some, although I consider myself a liberal.”

LAW AND DISORDER: McClatchy's Franco Ordońez and the Bee's Christopher Cadelago team up to report that Attorney General Xavier Becerra is preparing to sue the Justice Department over threats to withhold federal criminal justice grants to sanctuary cities, including San Bernardino and Stockton.

The PE's Alejandra Molina reports that about 75 people gathered yesterday outside San Bernardino City Hall to oppose the federal plan.

A MODEL STATE: Anthony York writes in Pacific Standard that California's 2018 gubernatorial campaign couid be instructive to Democrats nationwide as a model for shaping an economic message that resonates with Democrats lost in recent years. 

NOT SO HIGH-SPEED: Two months after his scheduled departure date, high-speed rail chief Jeff Morales is still on the job and the authority hasn't hired an executive recruitment firm to conduct the search to replace him, reports Ralph Vartabedian, in the Times.

 

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SOCIAL? The PE's Jeff Horseman asks whether public officials should block people from social media accounts becauses of cases of harrassment.

This raises the issue for local government (including school) elected and appointed officials deleting their accounts all together, as that may run afoul of the Fair Political Practices Commission. The FPPC has provided advice letters that email must be preserved under the California Public Records Act (CPRA), whether on a public email address or a private one (i.e. Gmail). I don't think they have answered the specific questions about messages on Facebook or PMs on Twitter, but it's only a matter of time unless there's a change of the CPRA.

DAM IT: The cost of the Oroville Dam fix isn't limited to the construction costs, report Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler in the Bee. "A total of 92 claims have been filed against the state of California demanding compensation for the February emergency at Oroville Dam, state officials said Friday. More are certain to flood in as the Aug. 11 deadline set by the state approaches. Such claims are a necessary first step in filing a lawsuit against the state, although if the state agrees to pay there’s no need for litigation over the emergency, which prompted the two-day evacuation of 188,000 residents."

CHATTER BEYOND THE CELL: There is a great new podcast operated by inmates of San Quentin:

"The podcast talks about life in prison, from keeping pets to choosing cellmates to spending years inside the solitary housing unit. KQED’s Mina Kim visited San Quentin to talk with Woods and Williams. In this segment, we’ll hear excerpts from that recorded interview and talk with Poor live, here in the KQED studios."

In June, KQED's Kevin L. Jones interviewed a producer of the program in June. "Before the release of the first episode, we emailed questions to Nigel Poor, who produces the podcast with San Quentin inmates Antwan Williams and Earlonne Woods. A photography professor at California State University, Sacramento, Poor broke down how the podcast came together and why she began working with prisoners."

POTUS ZUCK?: Might Mark Zuckerberg seriously be considering a bid for President? His new hires suggests it could be long odds, writes Bill in Politico.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to former Assemblymember Paul Fong!

 

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