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DISTRICT UPDATES:

  • CA01 (Northeast): added Businessman Jason Cienkus (D)
  • CA50 (East San Diego): added Retired Navy Seal Larry Wilske (R)

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EAR TICKLERS: Lots to listen to this weekend! For the Capitol Weekly podcast, John Howard and Tim Foster sit down with Senator Bob Wieckowski to talk the PG&E bankruptcy. Wieckowski is a bankruptcy attorney and chair of the budget sub overseeing energy and resources. For KQED's Political Breakdown podcast, Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos sit down with Silican Valley Leadership Group's Carl Guardino. On the Bee's California Today podcast, Sophia Bollag looks at Gavin Newsom's health care proposals and Jim Assemblymember Jim Patterson explains the audit he is requesting of the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

Happy Friday! You made it. It looks like a wet weekend ahead, starting this afternoon. The bacon paella party at Selland's East Sac however will go on rain or shine!

What a week. The news just kept getting stranger throughout the week. The Google Doodle is honoring the 225th birthday of caffeine discoverer Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge today, which is much appreciated. Meanwhile Xfinity is out this morning, which is good news, although I can really use my late night shows running in the background today. Fortunately, the internet is working. So I guess I have to watch House Judiciary.

Speaking of the cray-cray week, there's a great California political irony happening in Washington. House Select Committee on Intelligence chair Adam Schiff was elected to the House in the 2000 election. To get there, he beat Republican James Rogan. One of the bigger liabilities Rogan had was being one of thirteen House Managers during the impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton. Rogan currently serves on the Orange County Superior Court, having been appointed in 2006 by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

NRCC TARGETS: Roll Call lists the initial targets of the National Republican Campaign Committee, and they are no surprise: CA10, CA21, CA25, CA39, CA45, CA48, and CA49.

They want their seats back, but it is going be tough in a presidential year, particularly with the President's approval rating among independent voters (40% approve, 58% disapprove, 2% don't know. Democrats will basically be playing only defense.

CAGOP: Two weeks from today, the California Republican Party's spring organizing takes place here in Sacramento. For the LA Times, Christine Mai-Duc looks at the challenges the state party faces and the race for party chair:

"Jessica Patterson, a longtime ally of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, has touted broad support from elected officials and top-dollar donors in her bid for party chair. But her opponents, [Travis] Allen and activist Steve Frank, have railed against “special interest billionaires” and “overpaid consultants” who they claim run the party, counting Patterson among those ranks.

Allen’s populist message has resonated with so many rank-and-file Republicans that the race to lead the state party is widely expected to be the closest in more than a decade. He has riled longtime loyalists of the beleaguered state GOP with a combative, lone-wolf approach to party politics and drawn a modest but devoted following. He and Patterson are considered the front-running candidates in the race.

Frank, a past president of the socially conservative California Republican Assembly, runs a blog that frequently criticizes illegal immigration and recently called presidential candidate Kamala Harris a “proud socialist.”

Meanwhile, the GOP mainstream New Majority PAC has been pulling in money.

 

From the Capitol

More and #CAKEDAY after the jump...

 

DAM IT: For the Bee, Ryan Sabalow and Darrell Smith report on the lawsuit over the Oroville Dam, where a spillway failed in 2017:

"The suit before Sacramento Superior Court Judge James McFetridge has ballooned to include allegations that dam officials stole equipment, cooked financial books to conceal wrongdoing, destroyed evidence and fostered a toxic culture of sexual and racial harassment that included slurs and nooses hung where a black worker would find them."

WATER WARS: For the Bee, Emily Cadei writes up how California Democrats in the House are preparing to respond to protect the state's federal control dollars should President Trump declare a national emergency and seek to divert dollars to construct a wall:

"California Rep. John Garamendi, for example, has written a bill that would restrict the president’s power to divert funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects — such as the ones underway to improve flood protection in the Sacramento region."

DOUBLE-X FACTOR: How did Nevada beat California in becoming the first state to have a majority female lawmakers? KUNR's Paul Boger looks into it.

SF GAS EXPLOSION: The National Transportation Safety Board has sent investigators to San Francisco to investigate Wednesday's gas line explosion that destroyed houses but didn't injur anyone, reports the AP's Olga R. Rodriguez. "A private construction crew digging on a street to install fiber-optic wires cut a natural gas line, igniting the fire Wednesday, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said." In short, while the gas line is owned and maintained by PG&E, it was a contractor for Verizon that actually nicked the line.

PG&E says that the gas line was properly marked.

AMAZON: The LAT's Johana Bhuyian reports that Amazon may be dipping into tips as part of promised pay for some contracted workers.

"Amazon at times dips into the tips earned by contracted delivery drivers to cover their promised pay, a Times review of emails and receipts reveals.

Amazon guarantees third-party drivers for its Flex program a minimum of $18 to $25 per hour, but the entirety of that payment doesn’t always come from the company. If Amazon’s contribution doesn’t reach the guaranteed wage, the e-commerce giant makes up the difference with tips from customers, according to documentation shared by five drivers."

To which, there are two thoughts:

  1. We are supposed to tip contracted drivers?
  2. Well played Jeff Bezos. Good timing of your Medium post. If this story is true, AMI's Mr. Pecker may be a dick, but he may be in good company. 

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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Gustavo Arroyo, Samantha Contreras, Gregg Fishman, Paul NavarroJohn Vigna, and Sam Ward!

 

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