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  • CA49 (Oceanside): added San Diego County supervisor Kristin Gaspar (R)
  • CA49 (Oceanside): added San Juan Capistrano councilmember Brian Maryott (R) 
  • AD45 (West San Fernando Valley): removed Elizabeth Badger (D) - running for LAUSD instead



TWEET OF THE DAY -- Christine Pelosi @sfpelosi: "Do #caleg Democrats want @CA_Dem to endorse their colleague Mendoza for 2018?Will @kdeleon and @Rendon63rd ask colleagues to instruct their delegates to VOTE "No Endorsement" this weekend at the #cadem conference? So far @AsmGarcia stands firm (but alone). #WeSaidEnough \#metoo"

Congratulations to Greta Gerwig for the 5 Academy Award nominations for 'Lady Bird'! Great flick if you haven't seen it yet. For Sacramentans, you have to see it at The Tower Theatre since it has a cameo in the movie. 

Today, the University of California Board of Regents convenes and is widely expected to approve a 2.7% fee increase, although it's opposed by Governor Brown, LtGov Newsom and Assembly Speaker Rendon, all Regents.

US SENATE: In the Bee, Emily Cadei writes that Dianne Feinstein's vote against the spending bill wiithout a DACA deal will help her with liberals in November.

HARASSMENT: In the MercNews, Katy Murphy reports on today's joint hearing on sexual harassment in the Capitol The hearing is at 3pm in Room 4202.

BULLET TRAIN: Senate Transportation Committee chair Jim Beall (D) has joined Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R) in calling for an audit of the high-speed rail program, reports Ralph Vartabedian in the Times.

BAGHDAD BY THE BAY: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors removed London Breed as interim mayor last night, replacing her with supervisor Mark Farrell, reports Scott Shafer for KQED. It was ugly.

SACTO OR DC? In the Bee, Anita Chabria reports on the conflict faced by employers between Sacramento and Washington over immigration law.

STANFORD RAPE CASE: The recall effort of Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky has qualified for the June 5 ballot, reports Jason Green in the MercNews.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: The Bee's Alexei Koseff covers the debate within the Asian American community over whether affirmative action in college admissions hurts their community.



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#CAKEDAY: Happy biirthday to Congressmen Lou Correa, John Garamendi, and Mike Thompson, and Brian Johsz


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Feinstein's Shutdown Vote Mutes Potential Election Opponents
Emily Cadei @
Beginning last fall, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein was the target of repeated protests urging her to defend the young undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers.” On Tuesday, she got a reprieve

UC Regents Face Showdown With Gov. Brown Over Proposed Increase In Tuition And Fees
Teresa Watanabe @
University of California regents face a showdown with Gov. Jerry Brown as they vote Wednesday on a proposed 2.7% increase in tuition and student services fees for 2018-19. Brown opposes a hike, but the UC board chair says more money is needed to keep up the system's vaunted quality.

Provocative Trump Campaign Ad Gives Wrong Impression On Immigrant Crime | Politifact California
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President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign released a provocative video featuring an undocumented immigrant accused of killing two Northern California sheriff’s deputies during a crime spree in October 2014. The advertisement accurately captures the outbursts of the accused killer, but it also fuels the stereotype that undocumented immigrants are largely violent.

California Senators Vote-policy And Politics :: Fox&hounds
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Push to recall Stanford rape case judge qualifies for ballot
California’s June election will include a measure to recall a Santa Clara County judge who issued a controversial sentence to a Stanford swimmer convicted of sexual assault, according to the county’s Registrar of Voters. The campaign to recall Judge Aaron Persky surpassed the 58,634 signature requirement to be placed on the next statewide election ballot based on a sample count, registrar officials said Tuesday. “This campaign is part of a national social movement to end impunity for privileged perpetrators of sexual assault and violence against women,” said Michele Dauber, a Stanford law professor leading the recall.

Republicans Fund Children's Health Insurance Program, But Leave Their Local Health Centers In The Lurch
Michael Hiltzik @
GOP finally renews funding for CHIP, but leaves community health centers hanging by a thread.

Senate Intel Leaders Aim To Restore Limits On Trump Intelligence Activities - Politico

Sens. Richard Burr and Mark Warner sought the removal a provision before lawmakers voted Monday to approve a deal to fund the government until Feb. 8, but their proposal was met with an objection. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

Trump Tentatively Agrees To Expand Number Of Dreamers Protected | The Sacramento Bee
The agreement is likely to anger those who voted for President Donald Trump because he pledged to crack down on illegal immigration and end the program granting temporary, renewable work permits to young immigrants.

RNC Chair Defends Trump Asking Top FBI Official How He Voted - Politico

Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump for asking then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe last year how he voted in the 2016 presidential election, saying the president was just trying to get to know him.

Judge Fines Cashcall $10.3 Million, A Fraction Of What Was Sought By CFPB For Lending Law Violations
James Rufus Koren @
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wanted Orange County lender CashCall Mortgage to pay $287 million in restitution and penalties for violating consumer protection laws. A federal judge ordered a penalty of just $10.3 million instead, saying the company never tried to dupe customers.

Girls Say Racism Drove Them Out Of Program At Sacramento High School | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert, Anita Chabria And Phillip Reese @
By Diana Lambert, Anita Chabria And Phillip Reese

County Ends Local Health Hepatitis A Emergency - The San Diego Union-tribune
Paul Sisson @
In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors ended the emergency status for an outbreak that killed 20 people, sickened 577 and spurred local leaders to take unified action on homelessness,...

Trump To Nominate Tax Controversy Lawyer Chuck Rettig As Irs Commissioner - Politico

Charles Rettig, who's considered a tax controversy specialist, has for more than three decades represented clients before the IRS, Justice Department, state tax authorities and other jurisdictions. | Getty

El Cajon Ends Ban On Feeding Homeless - The San Diego Union-tribune
Karen Pearlman @

Greta Gerwig Speaks After Getting 5 Academy Award Nominations For "lady Bird" | The Sacramento Bee
Ed Fletcher @
By Ed Fletcher

Gil Cisneros Continues To Consolidate Latino Support In Race For Ed Royce's U.S. House Seat
Los Angeles Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard endorsed Democrat Gil Cisneros this week in the race to represent the 39th Congressional District. Roybal-Allard is the latest Latino leader to endorse Cisneros’ bid for the seat being vacated by Rep. Ed Royce, who recently announced he won’t seek reelection.

White House Budget Release On Feb. 12 At The Earliest - Politico

A Feb. 12 release would be one week later than the Office of Management and Budget initially planned. Government funding is scheduled to run out again on Feb. 8. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Audit Request For Bullet Train Now Includes Key Democrat Committee Chair
Ralph Vartabedian @
Sen. Jim Beall adds his support to request for an audit of California's high speed rail project.