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Happy Independence Day! The County Fire continues to burn in western Yolo and eastern Napa counties. The fire has burned 82,700 acres in the Blue Ridge of the Vaca mountains since Saturday. No structures have burned, although 1,345 were deemed threatened as of this morning. Nearly 3,000 firefighters are on scene. Continue with good thoughts for those affected. [Map]
For those in Sacramento and Bay Area, much of the produce you eat comes from there. While threatened, the farms of the Capay Valley should be safe unless the winds pick up significantly. The good news is that, while higher today, the winds are coming from the southwest and thus cooler and with higher humidity. Full containment is not expected until July 10, according to CalFire, so those low-flying tankers loading up with retardent at McLellan will be around for several more days.
The City of Winters fireworks show has been understandably postponed and residents have been invited to Davis or Woodland. The UC Davis Stebbins Cold Canyon Natural Reserve is still threatened and closed and two others are on high alert. Highway 128 is closed, taking away a favorite cycling spot on this holiday.
Meanwhile, the LAT's Patrick McGreevy reports that Governor Brown and legislative leaders agreed on sending legislation to a conference committee on the issue of power lines and wildfires. The bill is SB 901 (Dodd).
CRAPPY SITUATION: Feces, blood, syringes at California Capitol: Workers unprepared for clean up, OSHA says [Caitlin Chen @ SacBee]
JANUS: In the Bee, Alexei Koseff reports on what the state's public employee unions are doing to adjust to the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court decision, while also dealing with November's election and a likely battle over a nominee for the high court.
Union leaders say they have positioned themselves well to withstand the ruling, known as Janus v. AFSCME, which concerns a different pot of money than the elections and lobbying funds that have made organized labor one of the influential forces in California politics. But facing potentially dramatic impacts in the years ahead if membership declines, and with it their dues, unions are also revamping their operations for the 2018 election cycle and beyond.
TRAVIS ALLEN: The Chron's Joe Garafoli reports that Assemblyman Travis Allen's "big announcement" was not the endorsement of John Cox, but rather that he's forming a PAC called Taking Back California.
“For too long, the liberal elites out of San Francisco have run this state into the ground,” Allen said on his video. “It’s time for ordinary Californians to stand up and fight to take back our state.”
THE BALLOT: For CALmatters, Dan Walters calls the deal between initiative sponsors to secure compromise legislation, after which proponents dropped their measures "genteel extortion."
Many legislators were clearly unhappy about being compelled to vote for substitute measures, especially the one barring new taxes on soft drinks, and some called it extortion.
It wasn’t extortion in the criminal sense, of course. But using leverage to gain something that otherwise would be unobtainable is not uncommon.
IMMIGRATION: LA city and county officials have approved legal aid for residents facing deportation, report Nina Agrawal and Emily Reyes Alpert in the Times.
The Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 0 in favor of expanding the criteria to include those children, as well as their parents or sponsors who have ties to L.A. County. Supervisor Kathryn Barger abstained, and Supervisor Janice Hahn was absent.
The City Council voted 11 to 0 in favor of a parallel motion, authored by Councilwoman Nury Martinez, that applies to children detained in Los Angeles and their parents or sponsors.
The actions do not change the existing prohibition on using money from the L.A. Justice Fund to provide legal services to immigrants who have violent criminal histories, a subject of fierce controversy when the fund was created.
Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) was on CNN this morning calling for a solution to the child separation issue and blasted ICE when he tried to visit a "shelter" in Pleasant Hill.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Swanee Edwards and Alma Hernandez!
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