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Well, hello there. You've almost made it. Great weather in the 95811. I'm sitting out on my balcony watching the neighborhood cat wander around the courtyard and finding her favorite sitting place in the sun. She's a lovely cat, but I have to remind her that I'm totally allergic and can only pet her when I'm going right back in my place. She's right now basking in a pile of dirt left behind by the removal of a dead tree in the courtyard. I think she is both taking a crap and grooming herself. Multi-tasking is marvelous.
THE "IRON DUKE:" George Skelton looks back at the life and times of the late George Deukmejian:
George Deukmejian was a role model for the type of officeholder we desperately need in today's hyperventilated, polarized politics.
He was a quiet leader who didn't continually need to hear his own voice.
He was committed to his conservative causes but flexible enough when circumstances changed to tell his political base to take a hike.
He was highly ethical, never touched even by the whiff of scandal.
SPORTS PAGE: Always good to see the Giants score in the top of the first. Wow, it's an early game (currently 10:15 PDT). Pablo Sandoval is playing 1st base today, and Buster Posey gets a day off. Of course, we'll be in the eighth inning when you see thiis. Hopefully you got the boss on the early flight. Of course, the Padres host the Cardinals at 1:10pm, Angels host the Twins at 7:07, and the Padres host the Cards at 7:10pm, as do the Dodger hos the Reds at the same time.
Yup, I'm really craving a "Dodger Dog."
Giants vs.Phillies is onlt online through Facebook because, you know, we can't disrupt soap operas,
GOV: Capitol Public Radio has launched a new podcast profiling the candidates for governor.
GOV: Labor reported big money ($2.55 million) for an IE supporting Gavin Newsom. Meanwhile, a PAC funded by the California Medical Association and California Dental Association is spending big against John Chiang.
The IE committee for Villaraigosa picked up $1 million from San Francisco venture capitalist Arthur Rock.
Meanwhile, the money flows for the California Democratic Party.
HOUSING: In the Times, Liam Dillon looks at what the major candidates for governor plan to do about the housing crisis.
SUPT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: EdVoice has an IE committee to support Marshall Tuck. With yesterday's $600,000, they are up to over $4.6 million. The pro-charter school group is heavily funded by the Walton (Walmart) family, as well as The Gap founding family, the Fishers, and Eli Broad.
LEAD: For CALmatters, Laurel Rosenhall looks at the initiative by lead paint manufactures to shiift the cost of toxic cleanup to taxpayers. We're talking hundreds of millions of dollars ordere by courts for remediation.
$$$: In the Chron, Rachel Swan reports on spending by billionaire George Soros in northern California district attorney races, including Sacramento's, in favor of candidates that support criminal justice reform. Apparently local liberal public officials haven't withdrawn their endorsements of DA Anne Marie Schubert. Black Lives Matter Sacramento has another barbecue at Schubert's office this afternoon. They've been doing it for seven weeks as the Stephon Clark shooting investigation continues.
This is probably the most sustained non-professional protests seen in Sacramento.
SILLY SEASON: How much did the Caifornia Democratic Party have to pay Olson Hagel to report this $2.00 expenditure? I've been on the bill-paying of this and for a ballot measure and we'll just say it's not cheap. Nothing against the firm, which is great. We need a better system of reporting, such as online, because there's thing called the Internet.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Alex Burrrola and Chandra Sharma!
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The 4 Dueling Immigration Bills The House Could Vote On | The Sacramento Bee
ALAN FRAM @ sacbee.com
If a band of Republican centrists can pull it off, the House could vote this year on four dueling immigration bills over the objections of party leaders.
Governor Brown To Release Updated California Budget Proposal - Capradio.org
Ben Adler @ capradio.org
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826
Both California Senators Will Oppose Gina Haspel For Cia Director
Chris Megerian @ latimes.com
Both of California’s U.S. senators will vote against Gina Haspel to lead the CIA, and her confirmation in the full Senate appears increasingly shaky.
East Area Rapist Golden State Killer: Defense Lawyer Wants Warrants Sealed | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton @ sacbee.com
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region
Gov. Jerry Brown Warns That Delta Tunnels Project Could Be Jeopardized If Momentum Is Not Maintained
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown warned local water agency officials throughout California Thursday that unless the delta tunnels project gets needed permits soon and continues advancing, the major infrastructure project may not happen in their lifetime.
California Governor Signs Order To Reduce Wildfire Danger | The Sacramento Bee
Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order on Thursday that aims to reduce the dangers of wildfires following some of the deadliest and most destructive blazes in state history.
As Californians Shed Their Political Party Labels, Independent Voters Are Close To Outnumbering Republicans
John Myers @ latimes.com
A new statewide voter registration report finds only two-tenths of a percentage point separating Republicans from unaffiliated "independent" voters, the latest chapter in a precipitous drop for the party that once dominated California politics.
Get To Know California's Candidates For Governor - The San Diego Union-tribune
Momentum Builds For Removal Of Rancho Seco Nuclear Waste | The Sacramento Bee
Emily Cadei @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
Golden State Killer Suspect May Be Linked To Earlier Cordova Cat Burglar Attacks
Richard Winton, Benjamin Oreskes @ latimes.com
Before he was suspected of being the Visalia Ransacker, the East Area Rapist or the Golden State Killer, investigators believe their suspect in a string of murders and rapes in California was a prolific cat burglar.
UC Hospitals Resume Normal Operations As Three-day Strike Ends - The San Diego Union-tribune
Paul Sisson @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Why aren't Americans getting flu shots?
Trump To Huddle With Senate Republicans Next Week - Politico
President Donald Trump will discuss ongoing negotiations with North Korea and the economy with Senate Republicans next Tuesday. | Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images
Timeline: An L.A.-area Gang Member's Months Of Rule-breaking Before A Cop Killing
Richard Winton, Abbie VanSickle @ latimes.com
Michael Christopher Mejia, an admitted gang member, was given multiple short jail stints for repeatedly violating the terms of his release from prison during the months before he allegedly killed a Whittier police officer.
Elk Grove's Laura Gill Waived Right To Sue For $297,000 | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @ sacbee.com
By Diana Lambert
‘skank’ And Racism Charges: Florida’s Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Gets Ugly
The controversy involving the two campaigns, their surrogates and two outside political groups added a dose of drama to what until now had been a sleepy Democratic race for governor with at least 40 percent of the electorate undecided.
Video Of An Arrest In Vista Sparks Anger At Sheriff's Department
Jeff McDonald @ latimes.com
Within hours of its posting on social media and the San Diego Union-Tribune website Tuesday, more than 100,000 people viewed the 22-second video that appears to show Vista deputies roughing up two men after they were handcuffed.
Lawyer Says He Took Schneiderman Abuse Allegations To Trump Attorney - Politico
The attorney said he did so because Eric Schneiderman and Donald Trump were locked in a legal battle over alleged fraud in the Trump University real estate program. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Scientists Develop A 3-d View Of An Interstellar Cloud, Where Stars Are Born
Amina Khan @ latimes.com
Astronomers have accomplished a difficult feat: determining the 3-D structure of an interstellar cloud, where stars are born.