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Well, POTUS sent Attorney General Jeff Sessions out to announce the Administration's plan to wind-down DACA, but also threw the ball into Congress's court. Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have both stated their support for DACA, but adding this to a crowded agenda of controversial issues is not exactly welcomed by them at this time. The White House was forced because the attorneys general of ten states were prepared to file a lawsuit this week challenging the legality of DACA.  

California is prepared to fight back, starting with the courts, write John Myers and Jazmine Ulloa in the Times. "“We’re prepared to use every tool at our disposal and look at every option available to us to try and protect people who build California,” state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said last week in an interview on CNN. “We’re prepared to defend the DACA program in court.”

Legal action would almost certainly be followed by a renewed push by state lawmakers to intervene, though the timing — less than two weeks left before the Legislature adjourns on Sept. 15 — would make immediate action difficult. With California home to more than 2.5 million immigrants who lack legal residency status, lawmakers first assembled the state’s own program in 2015 to help nearly 20,000 people seek protection under the DACA and DAPA programs.

With Apple, Microsoft and Silicon Valley as key backers, this could be a huge court battle. Additionally, higher education officials are concerned as students halfway through their degrees (undergrad, grad, or professional) could be deported. Hopefully Congress considers that. We have lots of international students which we've already largely cut off through immigration policy, even though lots of California's biggest businesses were created by international students. 

The LAT's Sarah D. Wire looks at the political implications of embattled California congressional Republicans of the announcement.

Frankly, we just need comprehensive immigration reform that addresses DREAM Act and other issues. Business wants it and there is no reason not to address it. But, when we can't figure out a budget for the current year, I don't have much hope. 

HOUSING: The Bee's Taryn Luna looks at one of the key bills on housing--Senator Toni Atkins's SB2 to impose a $75 to $225 fee on mortgage refinancing to fund low-income housing. "Atkins has struggled to convince two-thirds of the Assembly – all 54 Democrats – to support a fee increase after they raised gas taxes on motorists earlier this year. Besides the unpopular transportation measure, the Legislature extended the state’s cap-and-trade program climate change, which will raise the price of gas."



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dawn Clover, Valeria Hernandez, and Scott Plotkin!

#DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: In yesterday's DACA commentary, I should have listed Steve Knight (R-CA25) in those vulnerable on the issue.



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UC President Napolitano Calls Daca Decision "backward-thinking"
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University of California President Janet Napolitano blasted President Trump's decision to end a program that deferred deportation for 8...

Rep. Hunter's Older Expenses Also Incurred At Vons And In Hawaii - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Federal investigators probing campaign spending by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, are looking for evidence of fraud, falsified documents and conspiracy in addition to improper personal spending of political contributions, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Gov. Jerry Brown And Lawmakers Will Seek To Blunt Effort To End Daca
John Myers , Jazmine Ulloa @
Gov. Jerry Brown and California's top officials, all Democrats, vow to step in and help young immigrants who would be deported under President Trump's DACA action on Tuesday.

Mccarthy: Republicans Will Punt Wall Fight To December - Politico
Congress needs to pass a temporary spending bill to avert a government shutdown on Sept. 30. Lawmakers hope a three-month stopgap will allow for a broader spending deal in December that funds the government with priorities for both parties.

Water Agency Looks Into Its Own Ethics Office, Sparking Fears The Office Will Be Undermined
David Zahniser @
The Metropolitan Water District has launched a review of its own Ethics Office, amid internal turmoil over the investigators' role.

UC Berkeley Reacts To Rumors Of Trump Ending Daca
Trump is expected to make a formal announcement Tuesday to cut DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, after promising to end the program throughout his campaign. This immigration policy, issued in 2012 under former president Barack Obama, allows undocumented individuals who came into the United States as minors to defer deportation for a renewable two-year period and to obtain a work permit.

California's Education Chief Calls Daca Decision 'mean-spirited'
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Democratic Group Plans Attacks on G.O.P. Efforts to Undermine Obama Health Care Law

A Democratic group will spend the fall attacking President Trump and Republican lawmakers for trying to undermine the success of the Affordable Care Act

Zero Down Payment Option Available For San Diego - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Qualcomm President Derek Aberle, 47, is leaving the company at year end amid continued hostilities over patent royalties

Low-wage Workers, Union Activists Rally For Higher Pay And Right To Organize Without Fear Of Retribution
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About 1,000 SEIU members will hold a Labor Day rally and march.

Free Tuition Movement Gains Traction In California | The Sacramento Bee
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Sdsu Faculty Tour Tijuana, Collaborate With Mexico School - The San Diego Union-tribune
Gary Warth @
Dave Ross, also known as Water Man, purchases bottles of water and drives the streets of San Diego looking for homeless people in need of some water and possibly a hug.

Trump May Leave Daca In Place For Six Months To Allow Congress To Act
Brian Bennett @
President Trump has tentatively decided to leave DACA intact for six months to give Congress time to replace it.

Caltrans And Nevada County Fight Over Highway 174 Safety Issues | The Sacramento Bee
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Tony Bizjak writes about traffic and travel in the Sacramento region

Trump's Daca Decision Could Have A Sweeping Effect On Who Controls The House In 2018, Especially In California
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After Months, Weekly Issa Protests Show No Signs Of Abating - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Vaccinations Low Among Seventh-graders In Sutter County | The Sacramento Bee
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Pets Orphaned By Hurricane Harvey Headed To San Diego - Pomerado News
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Qualcomm President Derek Aberle, 47, is leaving the company at year end amid continued hostilities over patent royalties

The Door Opens For Tax Increases :: Fox&hounds

Protesters March For Workers' Rights In Downtown San Diego On Labor Day | Kpbs
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Hundreds of protesters, including local politicians, marched through downtown San Diego Monday to call for more rights for workers as part of a Labor Day demonstration.

Labor Day: Union Rallies Demand Raises, Decry Employers
When it comes to surviving in Silicon Valley, the working poor face a merciless choice.

Medi-cal Programs To The State: Can We Stop Printing And Mailing Directories The Size Of Phone Books?
Soumya Karlamangla @
Health plans are required to mail massive, printed directories of all of the in-network doctors to their enrollees, creating a multi-million expense.