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  • Jerry Brown job approval: 55% favorable, 31% favorable, 15% don't know
  • Legislature job approval: 49% favorable, 39% favorable, 12% don't know
  • California: 54% right track, 42% wrong direction, 5% don't know
  • California the next 12 months: 51% good times, 40% bad times , 9% don't know

[PPIC, n=1734 adult residents, English/Spanish, September 10-12, telephone live interviews, MOE +/- 3.1%%]

US SENATE: "[The PPIC] poll found that while 54 percent of likely voters approve of [Dianne] Feinstein’s job performance, a majority of independents (55 percent) and Republicans (69 percent) don’t think she should seek re-election. The survey found that 57 percent of Feinstein’s fellow Democrats back another term for the former San Francisco mayor, who was first elected to the Senate in 1992, report Joe Garofoli and Melody Gutierrez in the Chron.

SCOTUS: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal on "fair share" union fees, writes Adam Ashton in the Bee. "Unions charge the fees to prevent workers from becoming “free riders” in gaining the benefits of representation without paying for them. Critics contend the fees infringe on workers’ First Amendment rights by forcing them to support an organization with political views they may oppose."

GAS FREE? The Bee's Alexei Koseff reports that Assemblymember Phil Ting wants to ban combustion-engine cars by 2040:

When the Legislature returns in January, Assemblyman Phil Ting plans to introduce a bill that would ban the sale of new cars fueled by internal-combustion engines after 2040. The San Francisco Democrat said it’s essential to get California drivers into an electric fleet if the state is going to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets, since the transportation sector accounts for more than a third of all emissions. 

REDEVELOPMENT: Gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa wants to bring back revelopment to fund low-income housing. "California’s affordable housing crisis didn’t just happen. Our affordable housing shortage was created by flawed public policy that turned a crisis into a catastrophe. The good news is that a problem created by public policy can be fixed, in due time, with better public policy."
TOP-TWO: Ballot Access News's Richard Winger writes for Fox and Hounds that the early primary date may render the top-two primary unconstitional. "For almost 50 years, the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, has been ruling that states cannot shut down all methods for getting on the November ballot in the spring and summer of election years."
DISCLOSE: The LAT'S Mina Corpuz reports that Governor Brown signed Bob Hertzberg's bil that will require online businesses that offer free trials to provide consumers the post-trial cost.  
HOUSING:  Ben Christopoher reports for CALmatters: "More than a dozen proposals to address California’s housing crisis recently arrived at the governor’s desk. Most are expected to survive his veto pen; then it will be up to cities and counties to begin faithfully (or maybe not so faithfully) enacting the state’s new housing agenda."

BARING ALL ON THE MALL:  "The throngs of tourists who travel to the National Mall every year might soon have a new destination to check off on their travel maps — a 45-foot-tall sculpture of a naked woman. The sculpture would be temporarily erected next to the Washington Monument and would face the White House directly."


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SF examines impacts of its many budget set-asides
San Francisco lawmakers are beginning to take a hard look at the long-term consequences of the city’s abundant use of budget set-asides — voter-approved ballot measures that mandate how the government spends money on specific projects. Since the mid-1990s, the amount of money San Francisco has allocated based on voter-adopted initiatives has ballooned dramatically, according a report compiled by the City Controller’s Office. That has alarmed some city supervisors. In the next five years, the report said, San Francisco will spend $1.6 billion on set-asides— 30 percent of the city’s $5 billion general fund, its primary source of discretionary funding.

Lindsey Graham Looks Ahead On Health Care, And Sees An Ally In Trump | The Sacramento Bee
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By Emma Dumain

Senate Unveils Budget Blueprint Allowing $1.5 Trillion in Tax Cuts

The release of the Senate’s budget resolution is a critical step toward passing a tax overhaul that is protected from a Democratic filibuster.

With Rats And Frogs In Camp Pendleton Water Supply, Base Agrees To Federal Decree - The San Diego Union-tribune
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The American military is going to fight the most powerful storm ever

New Police Commission President To Confront Crucial Challenges And Promises To Continue LAPD Reform
Kate Mather @
Steve Soboroff, the newly elected president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, outlines his goals for the civilian oversight panel. His priority? Continuing to reform the LAPD.

Senate Budget Resolution Released - Politico
The 89-page legislative text includes reconciliation instructions that allow the Senate Finance Committee to add up to $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years. | Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Early Primary Election May Not Benefit California – Orange County Register
The Buzz is the Register’s weekly political news column.

Republicans expand redistricting strategy for 2020
A new group, the National Republican Redistricting Trust, will focus on legal and data efforts for the next round of political map-drawing.

Disabled Veteran Perk Backfires For Cal Fire Contractor | The Sacramento Bee
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Beaumont City Councilman Pleads Guilty To Seeking Bribes And Falsifying Rival's Campaign Documents
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A Beaumont city councilman pleaded guilty Thursday to perjury and bribery for crimes he committed while in office, Riverside County prosecutors said.

Ice Sweep Targeting Sanctuary Cities Snares 27 In Bay Area, 498 Overall - San Francisco Chronicle
Federal immigration officials say 28 people have been arrested in Baltimore during a nationwide sweep that targeted immigration violations in "sanctuary" jurisdictions.

Escondido Takes On Looming Pension Crisis - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Ban On Gas Car Sales Proposed By California Lawmaker | The Sacramento Bee
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California Will Strengthen "anti-nimby Act" As Part Of Housing Package Being Signed Friday -
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Civilian Oversight Group Tells L.A. Sheriff's Department To Ground Its Drone
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The civilian oversight commission for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department voted Thursday to ground the agency's drone, which was introduced in January.

Kyrsten Sinema: 'Senate Campaign Announcement' | Campaign video

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) detailed her life story in her campaign announcement for Arizona's U.S. Senate seat.

Cohn: 'our Opening And Final Offer Are On The Table' On Taxes - Politico
Cohn has said the administration's proposed corporate tax rate of 20 percent, compared to the current 35 percent, allowed for "no room to negotiate." He also appeared to refer to a 25 percent proposed rate for so-called pass-through businesses, many of which are small.