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DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY: Tonight is Cordial Caucus at Simon's at 1415 16th Street. The bipartisan karaoke night coordinated by Fiona Ma always draws a great bipartisan crowd of legislators, staffers, lobbyists and the kitchen sink. It starts at 8pm and continues until Simon's closes. A couple of dozen legislators say that they will be attending. 

Show up early, and get some Peking duck before the tables are all occupied. 

DACA: While Attorney General Xavier Becerra plans to sue to protect the DACA program, Senator Dianne Feinstein says that the program "on shaky legal ground" and urges Congress to act to codify it, reports Seema Mehta in the Times. "Feinstein's remarks are likely to fuel criticism among the most liberal members of her party, some of whom have said that she has grown out of touch with her constituents as she ponders whether to seek a sixth term next year."

There definitely are enough votes for DACA, although the fight is what is attached to it. Democrats want a "clean bill" such S.1615 (Graham), while Trump wants funding for the wall, something most (if not all) Democrats are opposed to. This could be an ugly showdown, along with several others expected through the end of the legislative year. 

The OCR's Martin Wisckol looks at the possible impact of a DACA elimination on the vulnerable GOP members of Congress in Orange County.

Also in Washington, the debt ceiling debate is heating up, and the deadline may be earlier than the original thought of September 30, as FEMA spending and other federal assistance for Hurricane Harvey and the incoming Hurricane Irma. Treasury officials floated hitting the ceiling between Friday and Tuesday. Democrats want the ceiling to be increased for three months, something GOP leaders oppose, although Trump agrees to. CRs will also be extended for three months. What a way to run a country. 

CEQA: In my morning browsing, I see that environmental organizations have launched a campaign against Senator Steve Bradford and his SB 789, which would ease California Environment Quality Act rules for the Clippers stadium project and projects related to the 2028 Olympics. A major piece is that it allows eminent domain to take place before environmental review is complete. 

Similar provisions were provided under pressure from then-Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg to facilitate the construction of the Kings arena. 

MAYES: I missed this one. For CALmatters, Laurel Rosenhall reports on a funder former Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes held recently where Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared via live video feed to praise Mayes for working on cap-and-trade. 

“I think you are the future of the Republican Party,” Schwarzenegger said to Mayes from the big screen, as guests sipped cocktails and nibbled on Ahi tuna hors d’oeuvres.

The Republican former governor went on to praise Mayes, of Yucca Valley, for negotiating a bipartisan deal to extend California’s cap-and-trade program—an environmental policy Schwarzenegger helped create to curb global warming by forcing companies to pay for emitting greenhouse gases—and called it “a fantastic way to move forward.”

“If the Republican Party will go in that direction then we will have an increase in the membership of the Republican Party,” Schwarzenegger said. “Because this is what the people want us to do.”

CAP-AND-TRADE-AND-SPEND: CALmatters's Julie Cart reports on the scramble to grab to the proceeds of the newly extended cap-and-trade, which had a surprisingly successful auction last month. "Billions of dollars burning a hole in the state’s pocket has that effect on people, and the competition is fierce. Appeals from advocates to fund pet projects were spread over two days in late August, in windowless rooms before sometimes distracted officials. The requests are for cash for electric vehicles, to create green spaces, even for machines to cut pollution from cow manure."

SAFEKEEPING: The LAT's Chris Megerian reports on legislation to ensure that data related to climate change be preserved as the Trump Administration pulls back on climate studies.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Luis Ayala!



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Uc's Chief Immigration Legal Expert Urges Daca Beneficiaries To Stay Calm
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The University of California's chief immigration legal expert urged students who have received government reprieves from deportation to...

Will U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein Run For Re-election In 2018? | The Sacramento Bee
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Daca’s End May Hurt GOP Congress Members’ Reelection Bids – Orange County Register
President Donald Trump’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival policy is expected to spur Latino — and possibly Asian — voter turnout next year, which would make reelection more difficult for Southern California’s 6 Republican Congress members already targeted by Democrats.

Trump Wants One Last Senate Push On Obamacare Repeal - Politico
President Donald Trump and his staff have continued to work with senators over the summer on their proposal to block grant federal health care funding to the states. | Carolyn Kaster/AP

California Educational Leaders Vow To Protect Immigrant Students From Deportation
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Education leaders in California, home to the largest concentration of young immigrants at risk of deportation under Trump's recission of DACA, vow to defend their students.

Affordable Housing Crisis: Can Sacramento Get It Under Control? – East Bay Times
SACRAMENTO — As home prices and rents soar to unthinkable levels, California lawmakers are working furiously to drum up the votes for a package of bills they hope will help contain the spiraling affordable housing crisis.

Calif. Senate, Assembly Consider Over 100 Bills -
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Poll: Obama-trump Voters Drifting Away From The President - Politico
Eighty-eight percent of those who voted for Donald Trump approved of the job he is doing as president. But there is erosion among voters who backed Barack Obama in 2012 but switched to Trump in 2016. | Alex Brandon/AP

California Lawmakers Critical Of Trump Decision To End Daca -
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House Passes $7.9 Billion Aid Bill For Hurricane Harvey - Politico
The House overwhelmingly approved a $7.85 billion measure this afternoon for response to Hurricane Harvey, with the goal of landing the legislation on President Donald Trump's desk by week's end.

Hunter's Campaign Paid For Costco Memberships - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Immigration Status Will Not Be Shared With Federal Authorities, Alameda Leaders Say – The Mercury News
Sarah Henry, a city spokeswomen, said Tuesday that City Manager Jill Keimach and City Attorney Janet Kern, with concurrence from police Chief Paul Rolleri, refused to sign a grant application because of a new requirement that calls for them to certify that the city would not restrict sending or receiving information regarding citizenship or immigration status.

Ca Transgender Troops Sue Trump Over Ban | The Sacramento Bee
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Future: Trump’s Daca Action Has All Sides Focusing On Legislative, Legal Maneuvering
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein Says She Agrees Daca Is 'on Shaky Legal Ground' As She Calls On Congress To Act
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Trump Administration Ends Daca, San Diego Dreamers Vow To Fight - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Poll: GOP Voters Not Enthused By Mitch Mcconnell As Majority Leader - Politico
Less than a third of Republican voters said they'd be more likely to vote for a member of Congress that supported Sen. Mitch McConnell remaining as majority leader in a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

L.A.'s 2028 Olympic Bid Could Get A Big Boost Under New California Legislation
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Los Angeles' 2028 Olympic bid could get a huge boost under new state legislation unveiled Friday.Under the bill, any bus, train or othe...

House Panel To Take Up Trump Tax Return Resolution - Politico
The House Ways and Means Committee will consider a resolution Thursday to force President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.