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SANCTUARY: As expected, Governor Brown signed Kevin de Leon's SB 54, the "sanctuary state" bill, yesterday. The governor's office had been involved in negotiations that mollified most of the opposition. The LAT's Jazmine Ulloa reports:

Brown took the unusual step of writing a signing message in support of SB 54. He called the legislation a balanced measure that would allow police and sheriff’s agencies to continue targeting dangerous criminals, while protecting hardworking families without legal residency in the country.

“In enshrining these new protections, it is important to note what the bill does not do,” Brown wrote. “This bill does not prevent or prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the Department of Homeland Security from doing their own work in any way.”

For KQED, Marisa Lagos writes:

The state bill doesn’t go as far as supporters had wanted. Brown worked to narrow the original measure by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León  after law enforcement officers — particularly sheriffs — raised concerns that Senate Bill 54 would prevent them from protecting their communities from dangerous criminals. . . 

Devin M. O’Malley, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice, slammed the governor’s decision in a written statement.

“The state of California has now codified a commitment to returning criminal aliens back onto our streets, which undermines public safety, national security, and law enforcement,” he said. “Given the multiple high-profile incidents that have occurred in California in recent years, it is especially disappointing that state leaders have made it law to limit cooperation between local jurisdictions and immigration authorities attempting to keep Californians safe.”

Joel Fox writes that the final version of SB 54 is essentially symbolism, although "Symbolic measures do matter in moving public affairs debates."

It was a busy day for the LAT's Ulloa, as the governor also signed AB 460 (Chiu), which prohibits private employers from allowing federal immigration authorities into the workplace without a judicial warrant. Also, he signed AB 291 (Chiu), prohibiting landlords from using immigration status to coerce or intimidate tenants and AB 299 (Calderon) that prohibits any state office or agency from compelling a landlord from disclosing immigration status of tenants.

THE BALLOT: Business organizations filed three versions of a proposed initiatives to move more labor/workplace cases from the courts to the office of the Labor Commissioner and to limit civil penalties. 

IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THEIR MONEY, DRINK THEIR BOOZE, AND SLEEP WITH...: The Bee's Christopher Cadelago and Jim Miller write that, while Lt. Gov. candidate Dr. Ed Hernandez is taking on the pharmaceutical industry, he hasn't always been their adversary:

Hernandez is the author of heavily lobbied drug-price transparency legislation, Senate Bill 17, that’s currently sitting on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. The Azusa optometrist also recently released a digital campaign video for his 2018 race that says he “took on big pharma” to prevent price gouging and make life-saving medications more affordable. . . . 

Hernandez has been the Legislature’s top recipient of drug-maker money since 2011, far ahead of the second-highest recipient, Republican Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, who received $152,939. Maienschein’s San Diego-based district includes many leading life science industry firms. 

AD16 (Tri-Valley): For Capitol Weekly, Nik Bonovich looks at the balancing act and hard work in community outreach Assemblymember Catharine Baker (R-AD16) has taken in the moderate swath of the I-680 corridor. 

PELOSI: The Chron's Joe Garafoli reports that, in an interview set to air on C-SPAN on Sunday 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on "Newsmakers," Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA38) says it's time for House Democratic leadership to step aside to allow a new generation of leadership.

GASSY: Following a letter from a coalition of 20 organizations--including Southern California business organizations, labor, the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties--cautioning vulnerable congressional Republicans against support of the repeal of the gas tax for transportation, the congressional delegation fought back with a letter vociferously supporting the repeal. The Bee's Alexei Koseff reports "11 of California’s 14 GOP House members said they “stand with California taxpayers who know that Sacramento does not need more money for transportation projects, they just need better stewards of the taxes we already send them.”

The three who did not sign the letter are:

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WE'RE MORE GUNNY THAN YOU! While the NRA and House Speaker Paul Ryan essentially blessed legislation to prohibit the sale of "bump stocks," the after market accessories that turn semi-automatics into virtual automatic firearms, Sacramento-based Firearms Policy Coalition e-mailed early this morning stating "FPC opposes all restrictions on the acquisition, possession, carry, and use of common, semi-automatic firearms, ammunition, and accessories by law-abiding people."

EXPOSE YOURSELF: For CALmatters, Ben Christopher looks at SB 149 (McGuire), which would require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns before appearing on the presidential primary ballot, and whether the state could really enforce it.

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Samantha Corbin, Duncan McFetridge, and David Pruitt!

#GHOSTSOFCAKEDAYSPAST: Happy belated to Pedro Ramirez (yesterday)! 



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Ca House Republicans Support Gas Tax Repeal Initiative | The Sacramento Bee
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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Gov. Brown Visits L.A. To Lobby For The $17-billion Delta Water Project
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Gov. Jerry Brown met Thursday with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which will take a critical vote next week on California WaterFix, the delta tunnel project that is a priority of his administration.

State Attorney General Mum On Criminal Probe Of Utilities Commission - The San Diego Union-tribune
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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.

Dianne Feinstein Back On Front Lines Of Gun Control Fight
Then, on the afternoon of July 1, 1993, an entrepreneur named Gian Luigi Ferri killed eight people and wounded six others before committing suicide at a law firm at 101 California Street. His arsenal included semiautomatic handguns.

Sacramento Teachers Vote On Strike Proposal | October 2017 | The Sacramento Bee
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By Brad Branan

White House Plans To Demand Immigration Cuts In Exchange For Daca Fix - Politico
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller has been working to bring the president back to the tougher stance he took during his campaign. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Bay Area political events: Media and single tax-payer health policy
Political events in the Bay Area Saturday Politics and media: Longtime San Francisco journalist Tim Redmond discusses media coverage and the Trump administration. Event begins at 3 p.m. in the Richmond Meeting Room of the Sen. Milton Marks Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., San Francisco. Sunday Single-payer: Peter S.

A Civic Lesson From Sf On The Two-thirds Vote For Taxes
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Governor Signs Anderson Bill to Ensure California Keeps Promise to Veterans
s (R-El Cajon) Senate Bill (SB) 156 was signed by Governor Brown today. This new legislation will require the California Department of Veterans Affairs and the California National Guard to assist returning veterans and current members of the Guard in filing the necessary forms...

San Diego Trash Truck Drivers Get $500k To Settle Wage Lawsuit Against City - The San Diego Union-tribune
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USC Medical School Dean Out Amid Revelations Of Sexual Harassment Claim, $135,000 Settlement With Researcher
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The current dean of USC medical school was accused of sexually harassing a young female researcher 15 years ago. The school found that he had acted inappropriately and paid the woman more than $100,000.

California State Senator Ed Hernandez Helped Drug Companies | The Sacramento Bee
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Poll: Most Californians Support Gun Control - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Jaywalking infractions in San Diego has lowered in the last 5 years

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Making California A Sanctuary State - San Francisco Chronicle
SACRAMENTO — California flexed its political muscle Thursday, beefing up protections for undocumented immigrants under a controversial law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that pushes back against President Trump’s policies.

State Auditor Slams California's $17 Billion Delta Tunnels Project
Jerry Brown, delta, delta tunnels, state auditor

White House On Tillerson: 'the President Can't Undercut His Own Cabinet' - Politico
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday tried to downplay tensions between President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying it's impossible for the president "to undercut his own cabinet."

State Auditor Faults Handling Of Delta Tunnels Planning Contracts
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The state auditor says the California Department of Water Resources violated state contracting procedures during planning for California WaterFix