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  • CA25 (Santa Clarita/Pamdale): changed from Leans Republican to Toss-up


Happy Saturday! It should be another beautiful day before approaching triple digits tomorrow. It's USC vs. Stanford today, 5:30 pm on FOX. For the Capitol community, I hope you're getting a relaxing weekend before the craziness ahead next week.

AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers, Melanie Mason and Marisa Lagos tickle our ears with the California Politics Podcast. The talk the California response to DACA and the end of session, well technically the end of the first year of the 2017-2018 session.

As we watch news coverage of Hurricane Irma and Anderson Cooper dons his tight black disaster t-shirt, the LAT's Rong-Gong Lin II writes that California could experience an 8.2 magniture earthquake, similar to that experienced by Mexico this week, but the damage would be much worse. "Scientists say it’s possible for Southern California to be hit by a magnitude 8.2 earthquake. Such a quake would be far more destructive to the Los Angeles area because the San Andreas fault runs very close to and underneath densely populated areas."

SB 349 (Lara): Senator Ricardo Lara has shelved his bill on dialysis clinic staffing requirements for the year. The bill sponsored by SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West was hotly contested, with opposition from DaVita--the largest operator of such clinics--and hospitals and business groups. The Bee's Taryn Luna reports "Lara’s office said he tabled the bill until next year to give the industry, the union, the Brown administration and other stakeholders more time to work together to find common ground." 

CD10 (Stanislaus): Facing a tough reelection, congressman Jeff Denham (R-Stanislaus) says that he would support a path to citizenship for DACA residents, report Bert Johnson and Thuy Vu for KQED. Denham conditions that it needs to be a national effort.

CA39 (Fullerton): The OCR's Martin Wisckol looks at the apparent change of position on the DREAM Act by Congressman Ed Royce.   

CA52 (E. San Diego): Embattled congressman Duncan Hunter's chief of staff Joe Kasper, is departing for a job at the Pentagon, reports the SDUT's Carl Prine. "With nearly 15 years spent on Capitol Hill, Kasper also served the Congressman’s father and predecessor, Duncan Lee Hunter, as spokesman and legislation director. Kasper’s move will take effect Oct. 2. He will be a political appointee of President Donald Trump’s administration as assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition."

2020WATCH: Senator Kamala Harris is heading to Ohio to fundraise for Senator Sherrod Brown, reports the LAT's Seema Mehta. This is the point in the cycle when all out-of-state trips are scrutinized to read the tea leaves on who might be running for president. 

DACA: The University of California yesterday filed a lawsuit against the federal administration over the proposed end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, write Christopher Cadelago and Alexei Koseff in the Bee. "UC’s lawsuit is being handled pro bono by Covington & Burling, the international law firm where former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is a partner. It argues that the Trump administration offers no reasoned basis for canceling DACA, instead pointing to the purported illegality of another anti-deportation program proposed by Obama, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, which was struck down in court."

Tony Quinn looks at the politics of DACA for Fox and Hounds: "Democrats are already having a field day with DACA’s demise, as evidence by Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s suggestion that its renewal be tired to Hurricane Harvey relief.  Like Lucy with Charlie Brown’s football, they have been handed a weapon to endlessly torment congressional Republicans, who are having a dreadful enough fall as it is."



SB 17 (Hernandez): The Merc News's Tracy Seipel reports that, with Friday's legislative deadline approaching, the fate of the prescription drug bill is still up in the air:

SB 17 requires pharmaceutical companies to notify health insurers and government health plans like Medi-Cal at least 60 days before scheduled prescription drug price hikes that would exceed 16 percent over a two-year period. It would also force drug companies to explain the reasons behind those increases.

The bill, which passed the Senate 28-10 in May, is set for a vote on the Assembly floor as early as Monday. The Assembly vote is expected to be much closer than the Senate vote.

OUT FOR CIRC: Proponents of the initiative to make abortion (including in vitro fertilization) punishable as first degree murder was given the green light yesterday to begin collecting signatures, writes the Bee's Christopher Cadelago. The proponent is electrician Daniel Ehinger of the Abolitionist Society of San Luis Obispo, CA.

HOUSING: The LAT's Liam Dillon looks at the impact on the state and local governments of a proposed initiative by the California Association of Realtors to allow homeowners to carry-forward a portion of their prior property tax rate for the purchase of a new home. The provision is currently allowed for homeowners 55 or older. 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Coby Pizzoti and the great state of California, which turns 167 years old today!





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Initiative To Give Younger Homeowners Property Tax Breaks Will Cost Local And State Governments Billions Of Dollars
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Fate Of Controversial California Drug Price Bill Up In Air – Daily News
SACRAMENTO — A closely watched California bill could soon become the nation’s most comprehensive law aimed at shining a light on prescription drug prices.

Trump, Terror And Daca Upheaval Force Schools To Rethink Study Abroad
The UC Berkeley sociology student was about to get a lesson in just how unpredictable it is to study abroad in the Trump era.

Why It Took So Long For L.A. To Embrace The 'sanctuary City' Label
Dakota Smith, Emily Alpert Reyes @
After top politicians in L.A. made a point for months of not embracing the "sanctuary" label, the City Council appears likely to take steps to adopt the moniker.

Amazon In San Jose? Ro Khanna Questions Company's Call For Tax Breaks
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UC Berkeley ratchets up security for right-wing punditâ
Sections of the UC Berkeley campus are to be closed off and officials will request photo identification from attendees as part of safety measures being imposed for a speech next week by conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro, campus officials announced. Shapiro is scheduled to speak about 7 p.m. Tuesday at Zellerbach Hall on the Berkeley campus. “Our commitment to free speech, as well as to the law, mandates that the students who invited Shapiro be able to host their event for those who wish to hear him speak,” Paul Alivisatos, the school’s executive vice chancellor and provost, wrote in a letter released Thursday to the campus community.

UC System Files Suit Over Daca - Politico
The lawsuit comes two days after 15 states and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration over the order, which affects thousands of undocumented people brought the country illegally as children.

UC Sues Trump Administration, Calls Daca Cancellation Unconstitutional - San Francisco Chronicle
The University of California sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in federal court Friday to stop the Trump administration from rescinding a program that lets immigrants brought to this country illegally as children live and work without threat of deportation.

Oroville Dam: Frustration, Doubt Behind The Scenes As Crisis Unfolds | The Sacramento Bee
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Effort To Crack Down On Dialysis Clinics Stalls In California Legislature
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A measure to impose stricter regulations on for-profit dialysis clinics that treat patients with chronic kidney disease was tabled for ...

The Reality And The Politics Of Daca :: Fox&hounds

UC sues Trump administration, calls DACA cancellation â
The University of California sued the Trump administration in federal court Friday, accusing the president of violating the rights of students and the UC by rescinding a program that temporarily prevents deportation of immigrants brought to this country illegally as children.

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During the interview, set to air Sunday on CBS, the former secretary of state again recalled a moment during the second debate with Trump in which he seemed to follow her around the stage.

Virginia scraps touch-screen voting machines as election for governor looms.

Amid fears of hacking, paperless machines must be replaced by November.

Torrid Temperatures Shrivel California Wine Grapes To Raisins - San Francisco Chronicle
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