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  • AD36 (Palmdale): added former Assembly member and attorney Steve Fox (D)


Happy Sunday! Well, my battery still has a little juice left and it's not breakfast time yet, so I figured I'd check in on if there is anything interesting going on in this little domain we share.

My battery won't likely make it long enough until I get home this evening, but this afternoon a new podcast "What a Week" episode will be posted here and will syndicate to the services such as iTunes. I know it comes as a shock to you that Gibran and I found more than enough to talk about when we got behind the mics on Thursday. We're back in the "studio" tomorrow to record with a great guest. 

Yesterday's fundraising meal for NorCal fire victims at PT Ranch was great. Chef Kevin O'Connor from Cobram Estate prepared the meal over a fire pit and grill in the field and we ate family style in a barn, with chickens and eggs from PT Ranch, veggies from Riverdog Farm, and olive oil from Cobram. I'll post a few pictures to Instagram before today's Nooner goes out. Good cause + great food = winner winner chicken dinner and literally so.

And, you have to love a farm dinner when there is asparagus and kale in the centerpieces.

Tomorrow begins the crazy week before Spring Recess, which begins after Thursday's session with lawmakers returning on April 22. Then, April 26 is the deadline for policy committees to act on bills that are keyed as fiscal and thus have a date with Appropriations committees.

There are lots of big bills up this week and I'll write a bit more on them tomorrow. AB 392 (Weber and McCarty), which is the police use of deadly force bill favored by community and civil rights organizations, is up as a special order at 8:30 in Assembly Public Safety on Tuesday. The hearing has been moved to Room 4202 for the morning before continuing in the afternoon in Room 126. Committee analysis of the bill is not yet available at least online.

CA50 (East San Diego): For the SDUT, Charles T. Clark writes that, with Duncan Hunter's alleged campaign finance malfeasance facing a September trial, the GOP is in limbo with alternative candidates while the Democrats are organizing behind a repeat run by Ammar Campa-Najjar. Clark reports:

"Republican party officials say the formula for preserving Hunter’s seat is straight-forward, at least in theory. They’ll wait and see what happens with Hunter but they’ll have a backup plan in place.

'If (the legal case) is resolved in his favor and he is found not guilty, I anticipate he’ll run for re-election,' said Tony Krvaric, chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County. “If not, it kind of resolves itself. Everybody who is running is running in case Duncan doesn’t run.'

The actions so far of the three Republican candidates who have officially filed to run — Temecula Mayor Matt Rahn, El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells and retired Navy SEAL Larry Wilske — reflect a similar sentiment. They don’t criticize Hunter, but they express a need to have a realistic outlook on his situation."

MONEY MATTERS: For the LA Times, John Myers looks at the work of a special committee of the Fair Political Practices Commission that is considering how the state's campaign finance enforcer should disclose information about pending investigations. Currently, after parties subject of a complaint are notified, the investigation is disclosed upon request to the media within five days. Critics of this practice, including campaign lawyers from both major parties, argue that such disclosure should not occur before there is a finding of guilt. Otherwise, they argue, complaints that are not well founded can be filed just before an election to garner headlines, even there may not be validity. 

POP! As we approach Tuesday's Assembly Health Committee hearing's special order on the sugar-sweetened beverage bills, the LAT's Samantha Young looks at some of the, well, sweeteners used by the beverage companies at the state and local level to block limits on their products. Young writes:

Dinners at an expensive restaurant in Maui — with ocean views. Tickets to professional sports games. A free screening of “Black Panther” at a Sacramento IMAX theater. And a $250,000 donation to a group that funds the governor’s travel.

That’s just a sampling of the $11.8 million that soft drink companies and their lobbyists spent at the state and local levels in the last two years in California to block proposals such as taxing sugary beverages and slapping health warnings on their drinks, a California Healthline analysis found.

SANTA ANITA: Despite calls from many corners including from U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein to suspend racing at Santa Anita, the track's derby that is seen as a warm-up for the Triple Crown races went off without any problems, reports Mike Tierney for the NYT.

UNDERCOVER BOSS: For CALmatters, Dan Walters looks at the series of mismanagement incidents of mismanagement that have come to light at state agencies. "Gov. Gavin Newsom has vowed to fix DMV, but as that one week’s reports indicate, it’s merely one black hole of bad management. Perhaps he and other Capitol politicians should work on making state government function better before taking on such pitfall-laden projects as a bullet train, universal early childhood education or single-payer health care."

#CAKEDAY after the jump! 

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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sam Chung and Edwin Lombard!


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