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  • SD12 (Monterey-Stanislaus): added Madera supervisor Robert Polythress (R)
  • AD42 (Yucaipa): added retired police chief Gary Jeandron (R)

Happy humpday! 

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: For Capitol Weekly, Chuck McFadden writes "Differing ideologies within each party are competing for money, supporters and attention.  Out of it all, four major, distinct political tribes seem to be emerging:"

  • Establishment/moderate Republicans
  • Hard-right Republicans
  • Estalishment Democrats
  • "Progressives" or "Berniecrats"

2020: The Bee's Christopher Cadelago takes a look at Bernie Sanders's Friday visit to California and how the senior senator from Vermont may be sewing the seeds for a presidential run. 

TUNNELS: The Westlands Water District has come out against Jerry Brown's proposal to build twin tunnels to ferry water from the Delta to Southern California, reports Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow in the Bee. “I am not certain the project can go forward,” said Westlands General Manager Tom Birmingham shortly after the vote. Earlier, he cast the decision in starker terms, saying if Westlands voted against the project, the tunnels “will die, the project will be over.”

THE RESISTANCE: Attorney General Xavier Becerra will announce today that he will sue the Trump Administration over the president's plan to build a border wall, reports Taryn Luna in the Bee. 

SANCTUARY: The LAT's Joseph Tanfani reports that U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions lashed out against SB 54, California's sanctuary state. “The bill risks the safety of good law enforcement officers and the safety of the neighborhoods that need their protection the most,” Sessions said But Brown fired back, strongly defending the measure as a “well-balanced bill” and a reaction to “this kind of xenophobia we see coming out of Washington.”

THE WRAP: For CALmatters, Dan Walters looks back on this year's legislative session:

Yes, the Legislature did pass what appears to be an impressive array of housing bills, including a new tax on real estate transactions to finance affordable housing, a $4 billion bond measure and other steps to encourage private and nonprofit investment by slicing through red rape. However, while the tax and bond measures are optimistically projected to finance 77,000 new units over five years, that’s just a sixth of the increased housing production California will need during that period, and no one knows whether the streamlining will have its intended effect.

And so it goes. History indicates that legislation with good intentions often fails to deliver—and sometimes backfires. We won’t know for years whether this year’s cornucopia of well-intended bills deserves celebration.

CLIMATE: The LAT's Chris Megerian reports on the continuing fights between labor unions and the environmental lobby.

Speaking of green issues, Governor Brown is in New York City today to speak at the Bloomberg Business Forum on climate change. 

THE SPLIT: Joe Mathews writes that Tim Draper's proposal to split up the state has some merits, but the map doesn't.

HOUSING: The Merc News's Richard Scheinin writes that housing affordability is getting worse in California. "In August, the median price of a single-family home rose 7.2 percent year-over-year to $565,330 in California, its highest level in a decade. That’s according to the latest report from the California Association of Realtors."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Brian Dahle and Assemblywoman Shirley Weber!



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Judge Rules State Used Misleading Language In Summary Of Ballot Measure To Repeal California Gas Tax
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A judge tentatively ruled Tuesday that the state-written title and summary of an initiative to repeal the recent gas-tax increases were...

Senator Gaines Highlights One Of The Most Taxing Sessions In California History
Following the conclusion of the 2017 legislative session, Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) is highlighting just a few of the ways the legislature voted to increase taxes and make California less affordable. Gas Tax (Senate Bill 1) The legislature passed and the Governor signed a...

CalPERS Rejects Pension Cola Cap | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Bill That Targets Child Sex Trafficking Puts California Senators In Tricky Spot - San Francisco Chronicle
WASHINGTON — Bipartisan legislation to crack down on online child sex trafficking is putting Silicon Valley tech companies and California’s two Democratic senators on the spot, as proponents of the legislation try to rewrite a section of a 21-year-old law that the companies argue has been the foundation of the Internet’s growth.

Bipartisan Group of Governors Opposes Health Law Repeal

Senator Lamar Alexander gave up on his effort to shore up health care markets as his fellow Republicans pressured lawmakers to back the latest Affordable Care Act repeal.

Ca Lawmakers Approve Protections For Undocumented Immigrants | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Why Senate Republicans are in such a rush this month on health care

For the next 11 days, the GOP has the opportunity to pass health-care legislation with 51 votes rather than 60. That could mean the difference between success and failure.

Poll: Plurality Supports Single-payer Health Care - Politico
Nearly half of voters, 49 percent, say they support a single-payer health care system. In this photo, Californians protest in support of a single-payer system for their state. | Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

California Sues To Stop Trump's Border Wall: 'no One Gets To Ignore The Laws. Not Even The President'
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Illegal Immigration Into California Drops As Border Crossings Shift To Texas | The Sacramento Bee
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Delta Tunnels Plan In Trouble As Key Water Agency Backs Out
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Westlands Water District Says It Won't Help Pay For Delta Tunnels | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow @
By Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow

$17 Billion Delta Tunnels Plan In Trouble After Key Water Agency Backs Out – East Bay Times
In a major and potentially fatal setback to Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion plan to build two huge tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, America’s largest irrigation district voted Tuesday to pull out of the project.

Ref Rodriguez, Facing Criminal Charges, Resigns As L.A. School Board President
Howard Blume, Sonali Kohli , Joy Resmovits @
After being charged with perjury and other felonies, LAUSD member Ref Rodriguez resigned as board president

Coastal Commission Begins Crackdown Against Tech Billionaire
In a significant move that could result in Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla being hit with tens of millions of dollars in penalties, the California Coastal Commission has begun an enforcement action against Khosla for his refusal to open Martins Beach, along the San Mateo County coast, to the public.

Berkeley 'free Speech Week' With Bannon Will Be Costly, University President Says - Politico
"This will be a test for Berkeley," University of California President Janet Napolitano said. | Astrid Riecken/Getty Images

Senate Republicans Embrace Plan for $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut

Senate Republicans, abandoning a key fiscal doctrine, agreed to move ahead on a budget that would add to the federal deficit in order to pave the way for a $1.5 trillion tax cut.

White House, Republican Leaders Join New Push For Obamacare Repeal As Bipartisan Effort Falters
Noam N. Levey, Lisa Mascaro @
After remaining on the sidelines, the White House and Senate Republican leaders jumped into the push for another repeal vote

Rnc Says It Has Spent $230,000 On Trump's Legal Bills - Politico
Reuters reported that Trump was using funds from the RNC and his re-election campaign to pay for lawyers amid FBI and congressional probes into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, including possible collusion between Trump associates and Moscow.