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It's Recess Friday and National Fried Chicken Day! I'm guessing South is going to be packed.
Well, after we thought yesterday was a slow news day, it was anything but. First, we had the decision by an Eastern District of California federal judge in the "sanctuary state" lawsuit against California by the federal government, which I wrote about yesterday. I've spent time with the decision now and it appears pretty sound. That doesn't mean that California will win eventually. We've seen federal cases go both ways in the last ten years that didn't always seem legally consistent.
Perhaps the best part of the opinion was "Accordingly, this Court joins the ever-growing chorus of Federal Judges in urging our elected officials to set aside the partisan and polarizing politics dominating the current immigration debate and work in a cooperative and bi-partisan fashion toward drafting and passing legislation that address es this critical political issue. Our Nation deserves it. Our Constitution demands it."
George W. Bush would be proud of his appointee.
John Marshall Law Associate Professor Steven D. Schwinn provides a great summary on the rationale of the judge my law school colleague and former chief consultant of Assembly Labor Ben Ebbink looks at the provisions of AB 450 the judge did grant an injuction, and the LAT's John Myers writes up the story.
Judge John A. Mendez dated the decision July 4, 2018, even though it couldn't actually be filed until July 5. A message, perhaps?
Then, we had the press conference on SB 822--the net neutrality bill. Most of you likely know that Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) was very unhappy when hostile amendments arranged by Assembly Communications and Conveyance chair Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) were approved by the committee. The two were joined by Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) for a press conference to announce that they had reached an agreement on net neutrality would pass this year and the state would have the strongest net neutrality protections after the Federal Communications Commission pulled back.
"According to lawmakers who struck the deal, the bill will once again ban internet providers such as AT&T and Comcast from charging websites fees to reach customers or from incentivizing certain companies’ content by exempting it from data caps," reports CapPubRad's Ben Bradford.
And as expected, SB 901 (Dodd), dealing with wildfire preparedness, response, and liability--made its way to a conference committee. The Senate conferees are Senators Bill Dodd (D-Napa - co-chair), Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley). Assemblymembers appointed to the committee are Chris Holden (D-Pasadena co-chair), Brian Dahle (R-Bieber), Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-Grand Terrace), and Jim Wood. (D-Healdsberg).
Senator Dodd's office issued a press release stating "Hearing dates for the committee are expected to be set for later this month and in August."
PAGE TO WATCH TODAY: If you've been around long enough, you remember the daily outlook page of the California Independent System Operator. We'd constantly refresh the page to determine the likelihood of rolling blackouts. Things are actually looking good with additional resources brought online and users heeding request to use less as we approach the lunch hour.
CalISO has declared a restricted maintenance operation day for electricity producers in Southern California.
POTUS: WaPo's Aaron Blake has updated his quarterly ranking Top 15 2020 Democratic possibilities and Senator Kamala Harris is on the rise. His top 5 are:
Under his Worth Watching, included Californians are Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
GOV: After spending heavily for Antonio Villaraigosa's gubernatorial campaign, some charter school backers have now anted up for Gavin Newsom, reports the AP's Sally Ho.
Last week, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs donated $29,200 each — the maximum amount — to Democrat Gavin Newsom’s campaign for California governor. It’s a sign that the potent charter forces in Golden State politics are pivoting toward the state’s lieutenant governor, who is widely considered a shoo-in to beat Republican businessman John Cox.
PROP 5: For the LAT, Liam Dillon reports that the California Association of Realtors may be willing to withdraw its support for its initiative to remove some of the requirements for property tax limitations upon the purchase of replacement home if they can get a deal from the Legislature that mitigates the opposition to the inititiative from local governments, including schools. While the deadline to pull the measure from the ballot 131 days before the November election has passed, the Legislature could pass a bill to replace the initiative and another to change the 131 days to something shorter so the Realtors can withdraw the proposition.
HEALTH CARE: Victoria Colliver and Rachana Pradhan write for Politico that Gavin Newsom has been using a different message about single-payer healthcare as he moves toward the general election for governor.
Newsom himself is already cooling expectations that he’ll blow up the status quo should he defeat Republican nominee John Cox. He recently told the San Francisco Chronicle that a single-payer system could take “years” to implement — a virtual certainty since it would require several approvals from the Trump administration.
The Bee's Angela Hart reports on the spending by health care interest groups in lobbying and contributions over the various bills that were proposed after Speaker Anthony Rendon shelved SB 562, single-payer bill that passed the Senate and is authored by Ricardo Lara (D-East LA) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego). Hart lists the 16 Democratic bills introduced by lawmakers after the death of SB 562.
GASSY: The OCR's Jonathan Lansner writes that soon we'll be at the point when gas prices historically subside and asks whether that will affect Proposition 6, the initiative that would repeal the recent increase in the gas tax and require voter approval of future hikes.
YOUR BIG SIT: For KQED's California Report, Katie Orr asks what will happen to the mid-century chairs in the Capitol Annex press room in the demolition and rebuild. They are popular from a throwback design perspective, but aren't particularly comfortable when sitting through long pressers. At an estimated $500 a piece, that's $22,000.
BANG BANG: Apparently those of us complaining on social media about the Fourth of July illegal fireworks were not imagining things. CapPubRadio's Bob Moffitt reports that calls reporting illegal fireworks were up 11% over last year. "This year the department received 1,065 calls from June 27 to July 4, including more than 600 calls on July Fourth, compared to 955 in 2017."
And, they continued last night. No, I wasn't one of those callers.
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Embattled Epa Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns Amid Scandals
Evan Halper @ latimes.com
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is leaving the agency.
Illinois Governor Clarifies: ‘vote For Anybody’ But The Nazi - Politico
Last week, POLITICO reported that the Illinois Republican Party, which Rauner nearly single-handedly bankrolls, had failed on four occasions to keep Jones off the ballot.
For Many Waiting In Tijuana, A Mysterious Notebook Is The Key To Seeking Asylum
Cindy Carcamo @ latimes.com
At the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, the notebook is everything to asylum seekers. Passed from one guardian to another, it keeps track of who's next in line, creating an unofficial system that not all find fair. "This is just destined to create more tension and trauma," an immigrant advocate says.
Fire Closes I-5 At California Border | Mail Tribune
Sinclair Broadcast Group @ mailtribune.com
McCaskill braces for SCOTUS onslaught
The high court vacancy has already taken center stage in her reelection campaign against Yale Law grad Josh Hawley.
Safca :: Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency
NORTH SACRAMENTO STREAMS Levee Improvements Construction Schedule and Project Location Map APRIL-NOVEMBER 2018
'trust Me, I'll Do Just Fine,' Trump Says About Upcoming Meeting With Putin
Anne Gearan, John Wagner @ latimes.com
President Trump mocks critics in a Montana campaign appearance for Republican Matt Rosendale, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.
U.S. Trade Deficit With China Widens As Trade War Starts - Politico
The U.S. goods trade deficit with China increased significantly in May, a Commerce Department report showed on Friday, as the United States and China lunged into a tit-for-tat trade war ignited by President Donald Trump.