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Good morning! Yesterday was a very long day, particularly if you stayed up to watch the rain-delayed Dodgers @ Giants game. They kept untarping the field, and then another thunderstorm cell would come through. Eventually, they started the game (well continued it after only one batter after the first rain delay) at 10:50pm. The game went until 2am or so, with the Giants prevailing 8-6. Game 2 is tonight at 7:15 p.m.


Today is the last day that bills can be amended under the 72-hour rule. We got through yesterday through some great humor on Twitter, usually with the hashtag #CALeg. Here's a great one on today's topic:

72 hours

h/t @RobbySumner


Obviously, it was a frenetic day yesterday in the Capitol. Here is the a much abbreviated highlight real:

  • SB 17 (Hernandez): Prescription drug costs. - Pretty much everyone on both sides were surprised by the final vote of 66-9. Every Democrat and nearly one-half of the Assembly GOP caucus voted for one of the most high profile bills this year. It now heads to the Senate for concurrence.
  • SB 54 (de León): Law enforcement: sharing data. ("sanctuary state") - Kevin de León came to agreement with Governor Brown on the sanctuary state bill. Among other things, it expands the number of crimes law enforcement can enable the sharing of information with ICE and removes the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as a "law enforcement agency" that is restricted from sharing data. The new text is in the bill this morning. The LAT's Jazmine Ulloa has the story.
  • SB 182 (Bradford): Transportation network company: participating drivers: single business license. In a bipartisan vote with eight Democrats voting no or abstaining, the Senate concurred in Assembly amendments and sent a bill providing that cities can only require a business license for drivers of ride-sharing services who reside in that city.

  • SB 239 (Wiener): Infectious and communicable diseases: HIV and AIDS: criminal penalties. - The bill to reduce criminal penalties for knowingly exposing a partner to HIV and AIDS without disclosing the his or her status. Sent to the governor. 
  • SB 384 (Wiener): Sex offenders: registration: criminal offender record information systems. - The bill to change the "Megan's Law" sex offender registration program from either not on the list or on the list for life to a three-tiered system based on the level of offense passed Assembly Public Safety on a party-line vote. 
  • AB 291 (Chiu): Housing: immigration. - The Assembly concurred in Senate amendments to a bill to prohibit landlords from disclosing immigration status of tenants or prospective tenants and from using immigration status as a threat. The LAT's Jazmin Ulloa reports.
  • AB 568 (Gonzalez Fletcher): School and community college employees: paid maternity leave. - Sent to the governor yesterday was a bill to require school and community college districts provide six weeks of paid maternity leave for pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, or recovery therefrom. The Bee's Alexei Koseff has more.

"It's important to remember that the $1.5 billion doesn't include all of the cap-and-trade program’s revenue.

An additional $900 million wasn't up for debate because it's being automatically distributed according to an annual formula.

That includes $375 million for building the bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco."

The spending plan is spread among several bills. 



GOV: The LAT's Michael Finnegan provides an update of Antonio Villaraigosa's campaign for governor:

Instead, he stands out as the oldest of the top contenders for governor in the June 2018 primary. He is painfully aware that Californians might deny him what he craves: one more act in public life.

“Maybe it passed me up,” he conceded to guests at a July reception in Stockton. “Maybe I’m yesterday’s news. Maybe I’m just a guy who was starting out 20-some-odd years ago, broke glass ceilings — but maybe my time is over.”

The burst of candor was not a sign that he lacks hope; he doesn’t. But it did reflect his recognition that the odds, once again, are stacked against him.

CA48 (Huntington Beach): The OCR's Martin Wisckol looks at the challenge to Dana Rohrabacher (R) by Michael Kotick (D), which has a focus on job training to increase wages and weather OC's housing costs.

TOP-TWO: Somehow, I missed this column by John Myers on Sunday describing how the two major political parties are hoping for the elimination of the top-two primary system. John writes:

The only undisputed winners in changing the primary rules have been unaffiliated “independent” voters, who used to be banned by some parties from voting in their primaries. Now there’s one large slate of candidates, and everyone can vote for anyone.

It’s also unleashed a torrent of campaign spending, mostly by independent political action committees that raise money in unlimited amounts.



Ugh, I'm already exhausted, and the day hasn't begun. Damn thunderstorms in San Francisco. 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Celinda Vazquez



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Legislation To Allow Further Review Of CPUC Records Requests Dies Again
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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.

California Assembly Passes Drug Price Transparency Bill
Tracy Seipel @
The California State Assembly on Monday overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill 17, controversial legislation that could soon become the nation’s most comprehensive law aimed at shining a light on prescription drug prices.

El Cajon Official Who Ran Private Chamber Voted On Issues Affecting Paying Member
Jeff McDonald @
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.

Antonio Villaraigosa Banks On Historic Latino Groundswell In Run For Governor, But Concedes His Time Might Be Over
Michael Finnegan @
Antonio Villaraigosa stands out as the oldest of the top contenders for governor in the June 2018 primary. He knows Californians might deny him one more act in public life

Cap-and-trade Plan Spends $1.5 Billion | The Sacramento Bee
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California Lawmakers Vote To Reduce Penalty For Knowingly Exposing Sexual Partners To HIV
Patrick McGreevy @
State lawmakers on Monday gave final legislative approval to a bill that would reduce from a felony to a misdemeanor the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosing the infection.

SANDAG Overhaul Bill Passes State Assembly, Now Goes To Governor
Joshua Emerson Smith @
A bill to overhaul San Diego region’s embattled transportation planning agency is headed to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown after the Assembly Monday approved the legislation.

Unions Could Get A Boost From California's Cap-and-trade Spending Proposal
Chris Megerian @
Cap-and-trade funding for electric car rebates in California could come with new strings attached, part of a last-minute proposal inten...

Ro Khanna To Introduce Huge Working-class Tax Credit
The plan would drastically expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, which helps people at the bottom end of the salary range. Low-income taxpayers without dependent children would see their credit rise from a maximum of $510 to $3,000, and families would see their maximum rise from $6,318 to $12,131, depending on their income and number of children. Economists say the increased credit would help compensate for the fact that working class salaries have stagnated in recent decades even as the U.S. economy has continued to grow.

N.h. Official Rejects Calls To Quit Trump Voter Fraud Panel - Politico
Speaking at the outset of the controversial panel's first meeting outside Washington, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner said he's determined to remain part of the group examining evidence of illegal voting and threats to the election process.

S.F. Employee Pension Fund Under Pressure To Unload Fossil Fuel Stocks - San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco Employee Retirement System is facing mounting pressure to unload its roughly $470 million worth of investments in the fossil fuel industry, which would make it the first major pension fund in the nation to do so.

California State Assembly Bill To Protect Tenants From Deportation Heads To Gov. Jerry Brown
Jazmine Ulloa @
The California Assembly sent a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday that would prohibit landlords from threatening their tenants with deportation and establish protections for immigrants in eviction cases.

LA County Leaders To Consider Travel Ban On States That Oppose DACA
Susan Abram @
Los Angeles County supervisors are expected to vote Tuesday on whether to restrict county employees from traveling to nine states that oppose the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era policy that protected undocumented children from being deported and which President Trump plans to end.

'revenge Porn' Victims Will Be Able To Keep Their Privacy In Civil Action Cases Under New Law Signed By Gov. Brown
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Rohrabacher Challenger Emphasizes Job Training – Orange County Register
While Democratic candidates continue to test for the best recipe to appeal to the wage-stagnant and under-employed segment of the middle class, few have made job training a campaign centerpiece the way Laguna Beach’s Michael Kotick has.

California, 3 Other States Sue Trump Administration For Daca Decision - San Francisco Chronicle
The University of California becomes the first school to sue the Trump Administration over the decision to end DACA.

East Bay developer accused of campaign contribution violation
A well-known East Bay developer was arraigned Tuesday in federal court on an indictment that accuses him of engaging in fraud to make illegal campaign contributions, the U.S. Attorney and the FBI announced. An indictment filed Tuesday alleges that James Tong, 72, of Pleasanton, used others to make campaign contributions in his behalf, using his money, allowing him to exceed campaign contribution limits. In 2012 and 2013, Tong made more than $10,000 of these illegal donations to the political campaign committee supporting a candidate for federal office, the indictment alleges. The candidate is not identified in the indictment. According to a statement from the U.S.

Republicans Jockey For Looming Budget Chairman Vacancy - Politico
A handful of Republicans are lining up to replace outgoing House Budget Chairman Diane Black, quietly jockeying for a gavel that will play a starring role in the upcoming tax reform fight.