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Happy Friday! You made it! We get our aural pleasure with the California Politics Podcast, on which John Myers and Seema Mehta give us a postmortem of the California Democratic Party convention and talk about Doug Ose's decision to drop his Republican gubernatorial campaign. Meanwhile, John Howard and Tim Foster sit down with legendary GOP political consultant Wayne Johnson for the Capitol Weekly podcast.
Much of southern Santa Barbara County as well as parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties is under mandatory evacuation order again, as rain comes down on areas burned in December.
THE HANGOVER: The Bee's Taryn Luna writes that, while Tony Mendoza is gone from the Senate, the situation affects Kevin de León's U.S. Senate bid. Nooner homegamers know that de León was a housemate of Mendoza's.
ARE YOU DOWN WITH NPP? In the Times, Mark Z. Barabak writes that the voter registration declines make it look like voters are abandoning parties, but the actual voter behavior doesn't reflect it.
TRUMP VS. CALIFORNIA: Donald Trump threatens that California won't get border security improvements until the entire wall is built, reports the Times.
"Sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW will not be built until the whole Wall is approved," Trump declared in a morning message on Twitter.
His threat confused just about everyone involved in the fight over border protection. If the goal was to gain leverage in his fight for the wall, the warning shot seemed oddly aimed: California officials have fought vigorously against Trump's project, his top priority as a presidential candidate, even going to court to try to block it — an effort that lost a round Tuesday. They haven't been clamoring for construction of new border fences.
Administration officials could not point to any change in policy — either proposals or executive actions — to accompany Trump's tweet. Nor were officials sure what "sections of the wall" Trump was referring to as elements that "California wants."
ALRIGHT, STOP, COLLABORATE AND LISTEN: In Northern California, 232 people have been arrested by federal immigration agents, reports Hamed Alaziz in the Chron.
In a statement announcing the arrests, the federal agency took aim at SB54, the statewide sanctuary law, by saying that “recent legislation has negatively impacted ICE operations in California by nearly eliminating all cooperation and communication with our law enforcement partners in the state. ... Ultimately, efforts by local politicians have shielded removable criminal aliens from immigration enforcement, and created another magnet for more illegal immigration.”
MR. CHAIRMAN: For Capitol Weekly, Dorothy Mills-Greg looks at the legacy of former House Ways and Means chair Bill Thomas (R-Bakersfield), who was a mentor to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Intellligence Committee chair Devin Nunes.
Interestingly, I first met McCarthy when he was a trustee of the Kern Community College District. Thomas retired from Congress after 28 years and is now a trustee in the Kern CCD. Before Congress, he was a history professor at Bakersfield College, which is one of the three colleges in the Kern CCD. It's the largest district by geography in California's system, covering 24,800 square miles. When I staffed the committee to rewrite the community college funding formula to solve longstanding inequities and then find consensus, I would share the difference of Kern and another district that represented 100 square miles.
Oh, and now the community college funding formula is back on the table in the name of student success. There are very disparate impacts based on the student populations served and I hope that is considered in the debate. It took a year last time and I think the product was pretty damn good.
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California Spent Nearly $1.8 Billion Last Year Fighting Major Wildfires
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