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Buenos dias mis amigos. Es quince de Septiembre. Mañana es Estados Unidos Mexicanos's 207th #CAKEDAY. Tonight will be party time with the annual readings of El Grito in zocalos around the country at 11pm local time. Argh, I wish I was there. I've been there for one in Oaxaca and one in Cancun. Oaxaca was amazing, as they have a traditional zocalo where the mayor reads El Grito from a balcony above the packed public square. After the concluding ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México!, it's all about fireworks and canned sprayed foam in the air. 

Get yourself there for one. I'll be going back for sure. If you like mole, go to Oaxaca, and stay long enough to have a meal with each of the seven moles. Tu estómago estará muy contento.

THIS IS THE END... Obviously, today is the final day of the first year of the 2017-2018 legislative session. Honestly, I don't listen to every floor session. After all, with the Senate and Assembly both in session, that's a bit much. However, this morning's request in the Senate by the presiding officer for sergeants to go round up members from their offices reminds me of that moment in 1994 when the Assembly GOP holed up in the Hyatt hotel across the street to try to deny quorum on the green carpet to deny Willie Brown the speakership. The thought of the always-friendly sergeants wielding handcuffs was just unfathomable.

CRAY-CRAY: We have yet another proposed ballot measure. Yesterday, a proposed constitutional amendment was filed to require voter approval of any increase in the gas tax or vehicle license fees and repeal the gas tax and registration fees adopted this year. Former San Diego mayor and now radio talk show host Carl DeMaio is pushing it. DeMaio is also leading the effort to recall Senator Josh Newman over his vote for the gas tax increase.

DeMaio's measure is a counter to a measure by Assemblymember Travis Allen, which is on hold as he seeks a court-ordered rewriting of the title and summary issued by the attorney general, reports OCR's Martin Wisckol.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dustin Corcoran, Assemblywoman Blanca RubioTamara Torlakson!

#FAREWELL: John Silva, budget guru for Dept. of Finance and Sacramento. (1980-2017)



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Senator Janet Nguyen and Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates Announce Constitutional Amendment to Preserve Taxpayer Protections on Local Tax Initiatives
In defense of California taxpayers, State Senator Janet Nguyen today announced that she has introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment (SCA 15) to preserve taxpayer protections that were approved by voters in 1996 through Proposition 218. A recent court decision has opened the door for tax...

Roll Back New Gas Tax Hike? A Second Ballot Measure Is In The Works – Orange County Register
A proposal for a second ballot measure to repeal a new 12-cent-per-gallon gas tax was filed with the state Thursday, with backers boasting they have 200,000 Californians pledged to sign the petition to qualify the initiative for the November 2018 election.

California Lawmakers Approve New Rules For Rolling Out 5g Cellular Systems, But Local Governments Remain Opposed
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Lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to new rules for how "small cell" high-speed cellular equipment will be installed in communities...

New Poll: Gavin Newsom Still Leads The Field In California Governor's Race
California's Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom remains the favorite in next June's top-two primary election for governor.

Gavin Newsom Leads 2018 California Governor's Race | The Sacramento Bee
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California Could Require Candidates To Release Tax Returns
The bill passed 50-18, mostly on party lines but with the support of two Republicans, Catharine Baker, R-San Ramon, and Brian Maienschein, R-San Diego. It now goes back to the Senate for a concurrence vote. It still needs the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown before it becomes law.

Senator Kamala Harris, Darling Of Progressives, Says She'd Support A Feinstein Re-election Bid '100 Percent' - Politico
The differences prompted some political observers, including IGS pollster Mark Di Camillo, to suggest that Feinstein, a political powerhouse in the Golden State for more than a quarter-century, may be losing appeal to a younger Democratic base that has increasingly tilted left.

UC Regents give raises to eight chancellors
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The University of California Board of Regents has approved 3 percent raises for eight of their 10 chancellors. Samuel Hawgoo, Chancellor of UC San Francisco, was the highest paid chancellor to receive a raise. His salary will increase from $796,675 to $819,545 a year. The regents also granted salary increases Wednesday to the chancellors of Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Merced, Riverside and Santa Cruz. Chancellors from UC Berkeley and UC Davis joined the university in July and August, respectively, so they weren’t included in the merit-based salary increase. The increases passed with a 10-6 vote.

In Reversal, State Senate Approves Ballot Measure That Would Expand The L.A. County Board Of Supervisors
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After falling short of votes earlier in the week, a bill that would expand the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors won the two-thir...

Ca Bill Protects Reproductive Health Choices In Workplace | The Sacramento Bee
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Rhetoric Fails To Match Reality On UC Berkeley Campus - San Francisco Chronicle
The Free Speech Movement of the 1960s was led by UC Berkeley students who protested the administration’s ban on campus political activities.

Charges Against School Board President Stun L.A.'s Education World
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L.A. Unified board members said they were blindsided by the money laundering charges against board president Ref Rodriguez

Molina Healthcare Laying Off Workers – Orange County Register
Molina Healthcare is following through with layoffs announced earlier this summer, the company said, with some employees leaving the company Thursday, Sept. 14.

9 Arrested As Protesters Gather At UC Berkeley For Talk By Conservative Speaker Ben Shapiro
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As conservative commentator Ben Shapiro spoke at UC Berkeley, a large group of protesters marched amid intense security triggered by recent violent clashes between protesters.

Builders Responsible For Construction Wage Theft In Ca Bill | The Sacramento Bee
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Assemblyman Chris Holden Refuses To Advance Clean Energy Legislation Despite Push From Environmentalists
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Pet Store Sales Of Dogs, Cats, Rabbits Limited Under Ca Bill | The Sacramento Bee
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Ben Shapiro takes stage at UC Berkeley under extraordinary security
Kimberly Veklerov, Lizzie Johnson, Nanette Asimov and @
Conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro delivered his speech at the UC Berkeley campus under extraordinary security that required attendees to pass through metal detectors and police barricades that held back hundreds of protesters. The event at Zellerbach Hall appeared to do what UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ has said she hoped for when she declared a free speech year on campus: provide an open exchange of ideas. Shapiro’s speech included a question-and-answer session in which audience members respectfully challenged his opinions. Security cost the university an estimated $600,000.

Trump And Democrats Gambling On Each Other, Hoping Their Core Supporters Will Trust Them To Cut Deals
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Democratic leaders declared victory in their fiscal deal with President Trump, but many activists on the left sharply oppose working with Trump on anything.

The state Supreme Court will hear San Francisco’s appeal seeking millions of dollars in parking taxes from lots run by three state-run university campuses, which have avoided charging customers a 25 percent fee that the city levies on users of all other local parking facilities. Lower courts ruled that UC San Francisco, UC Hastings College of the Law and San Francisco State University were exempt from the tax because California law prohibits local regulation of state institutions. But the state’s high court voted unanimously Wednesday to take up the city’s appeal and decide whether San Francisco and other charter cities can collect the taxes from public universities. No hearing date has been scheduled.

'heartbreak' For California Board Of Education Member: Focusing On Compliance Instead Of Equity
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The state board approved a plan to satisfy the Every Student Succeeds Act, but some say the plan shows a lack of urgency toward helping black, brown and low-income students catch up.

Tax Plan to be Unveiled This Month May Be Less Than Advertised

Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah warned that a tax overhaul promised for the week of Sept. 25 may be only “guidance” or “signposts” for tax legislation.