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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.

 

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#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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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...

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Senator Kamala Harris, Darling Of Progressives, Says She'd Support A Feinstein Re-election Bid '100 Percent' - Politico
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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.