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Happy Tuesday! It's Election Day in SD01 (Northeast Cal) and SD33 (Long Beach). Both are likely to have a June 4 runoff.

If it's Tuesday, it's more media jobs being slashed by Alden Capital, which owns Southern California News Group, including the Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press Telegram, Riverside Press Enterprise, among others. Alden is working on a hostile takeover of Gannett, publisher of USA Today. The offered buyouts are for non-reporter staff. 

CA22 (Tulare): Democrat Andrew Janz told the Fresno Bee that he is unlikely to try a rematch against Devin Nunes.

SMOKIN': For Politico, Carla Marinucci writes that Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to get a favorite Beverly Hills cigar shop exempted from the city's proposed ordinance prohibiting tobacco sales. "In a letter to the City Council obtained by POLITICO, Schwarzenegger argues the private high-end cigar club is a “character-defining institution” that “has brought together men and women from diverse walks of life” over a good cigar for more than a quarter of a century."

REDISTRICTING: Today, the Supreme Court of the United States is hearing the two redistricting cases challenging partisan gerrymandering. Steven Shepard reports for Politico "In North Carolina, Republicans explicitly sought to ensure the GOP would control 10 of the state’s 13 House districts. In Maryland, Democrats openly targeted a long-time Republican congressman, altering the lines of his district to defeat him and give Democrats a 7-1 advantage in the state."

AFTER LA-LA LAND: For the Register, Kevin Modesti looks at what's next for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. United States Senate interests him. "Garcetti said he loves an executive role like mayor and governor, but then bluntly expressed his interest in one of the state’s two U.S. Senate positions."

DEATH PENALTY: For Capital Public Radio, Chris Nichols looks at the differing perspectives of victims families over Gavin Newsom's death penalty moratorium.

PAROLE: In the Times, Anita Chabria and Taryn Luna look at Newsom's tighter policy toward parole, which be the counter to his moratorium.

TAXING MATTERS: John Myers writes in the Times that Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) hopes to put an estate tax on the March 2020 ballot.

"The bill would ask voters next year to impose an estate tax of a size equal to what was loosened in 2017 by President Trump and Republicans in Congress as part of a broad tax overhaul law. The goal, said the proposal’s author, is to create an overall tax burden for wealthy Californians equal to what existed before the federal tax break was created."

California voters would consider a state-mandated tax on the assets of wealthy residents, one that could generate as much as $1 billion a year for low-income families, under legislation introduced in the state Legislature on Tuesday."

The bill is SB 378.

THE GIG ECONOMY: The LAT's Margot Roosevelt reports on Lorena Gonzalez's AB 5 to codify the Dynamex California Supreme Court ruling on independent contractors, and notes that Assembly member Gonzalez does not plan to exempt the online platform companies like Uber and Lyft.

“Am I concerned about the stock price of Uber and Lyft?” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), author of Assembly Bill 5, who planned to release the legislation’s new language Wednesday.

“No. It doesn’t keep me up at night.”

DAMMIT JANUS! Adam Ashton and Wes Venteicher write for the Bee that conservative groups are signing up public employees for suits against public labor unions in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found that "fair share" fees were unconstitutional.

KAMALA: In the NYT, Shane Goldmacher looks at Kamala Harris's fundraising operation of small dollar donors. "Over the last two years, Ms. Harris has systematically constructed a database of donors and email addresses that raised several million dollars for her fellow Democrats, demonstrating an uncommon potency for a first-term senator, according to federal election records and interviews with numerous political strategists. Now, as she makes her own run for president, her digital following serves as a kind of stealth weapon, putting her in perhaps the best position to challenge the small-dollar fund-raising operations of two top rivals, former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont."

This morning, Kamala proposed increasing teacher salaries with a $315 billion price tag over ten years, on average $13,500. She would pay for it through an increase to the estate tax.  

UNDER THE DOME: Lobbyist Chris Micheli reports:

"In the State Senate this year, there were 777 bills introduced by the deadline, including over 200 spot bills, or roughly 30% of the measures introduced.

This Wednesday, March 27, is the Senate’s recommended deadline to submit amendments to Senate Rules Committee to allow sufficient time for the amendments to be processed and the bills to be referred to their respective policy committees.

We’ll have to see how many of those spot bills get amended.

In the State Assembly this year, there were 1,799 bills introduced by the deadline, with over 550 of those measures being spot bills or about 1/3 of the introduced bills. Amendments to about 450 of those spot bills were submitted by the Wednesday deadline. We are waiting to see all of those amendments this week and next."

On KQED's Forum this morning, Laurel Rosenhall sat down Katie Orr this morning to talk about bills along with Chiu's chief of staff Erin Baum and lobbyist Delaney Hunter.

SANDY EGGO: A state appellate court ruled yesterday that San Diego must pay out to its employees who were hired after the passage of Proposition B, the ballot measure that switched new employees to a defined contribution retirement plan rather than the traditional pension reports David Garrick for the Union-Tribune. "California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal did not invalidate Proposition B, but it ruled that the city or its labor unions must file a lawsuit to start a potentially lengthy legal process that would lead to the ballot measure being invalidated."

"In a 21-page decision, the appeals court ruled the financial compensation for the 4,000 workers must be the difference between the value of a pension and the value of the 401(k)-style plans, plus 7 percent annual interest.

Estimates of the city’s costs have ranged from $20 million to $100 million based on a variety of factors, but a precise estimate isn’t possible without a comprehensive actuarial analysis.

The City Council approved $100,000 last October for an analysis of the city’s potential costs, but it hasn’t been completed."


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