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SacTown Talks by The NoonerYes, I was talking to a close friend who came to the United States in 1991 and doesn't know Poison and Bret Michaels, who was the world in the Capitol the a couple of weeks ago. She's a JDRF advocate but doesn't know that "every rose has its thorn," let alone what an "unskinny bop" is. Okay, I don't know what the latter is either but there wasn't really any "talk dirty to me."

Happy Monday! I am back in the valley after a weekend of great eating for a similarly great cause--victims of last year's wildfires. Another quick morning as I need to prep for a noon pod recording. We're sitting down with Assembly member Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) and will be talking health care and wildfires. After my weekend in the foothills to eat for and learn about what farmers are doing to reduce wildfire risk, the pod couldn't be better times. Wood's district includes the part of Santa Rosa that burned in Tubbs in 2017, the Redwood Valley fire in 2017, and the Mendocino Complex last year.

Of course, we'll also be talking health care with Mr. Wood, who chairs the Assembly Health Committee. The team at the SacBee with the USC Center for Health Journalism Collaborative helps us out today by writing up major bills aimed at reducing heath care costs in the state.

On the sports scene, the Kings came into the season like a lion and leave like a lamb. It's meatless Monday so I won't talk about the rotisserie. And, remember poachers, elephants stomp you and the lions finish you off. Lions love a good nap, particularly after eating poachers. Secret Service, I'm not giving suggestions to any carnivores about any members of the First Family should they go big game hunting again. Anyway, the Kings were crap yesterday, as were the Giants, and as is my NCAA bracket. Actually, the Kings played better than the Giants or the teams in my bracket... Next year!

FROM THE THE SAN SALVADOR BUREAU: Governor Newsom is in El Salvador to discover the "root causes of migration" and notes that 680,000 Californians are Salvadoran. Gibran and I were a bit hard on Gavin on the pod, noting that he can learn a lot by going to Los Angeles, where the Salvadoran diaspora is the second largest ethnic group, most of whom came in the 1980s during the civil war and have their own significant struggles making it in America.

On the trip with Newsom is Assembly member Wendy Carrillo, who fled the country as a child.

Sophia Bollag is covering the trip for the Bee and Taryn Luna is on the road for the Times. CALmatters gets in on the action and sends Elizabeth Aguilera.

They better all be rocking LL Cool J on the way back...or, "no, I don't think so."

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: George Skelton looks at how various lawmakers want to extract your pocket change to incent "good" behavior.

"Making the bite even sharper for salaried employees who receive a W-2, non-reimbursed job expenses are no longer deductible on federal returns. That hits teachers particularly hard because they often buy their own classroom supplies and have been deducting the costs."

I forgot about that one. I would have fought harder for you Miss Fujiyama who taught me how to diagram sentences in sixth grade. I never looked at the LA Times the same way after those lessons. Skelton continues: 

"So blame that tax shaft on Trump and Republicans.

But in California under Democrats, it’s tax, tax, tax — a drip and a drop, nickel and a dime — all the time. That’s not a political statement. It’s a fact.

Not all taxes are evil. Some are justified. But many are unwarranted. And others are eye-rollers."

I think that's in the eye of the beholder...cue Twilight Zone.

"There are a whole bunch of taxing ideas in the Capitol: on new tires, firearms, water, prescription painkillers, lawyers, car batteries, corporations based on their CEO pay, estates worth more than $3.5 million, oil and gas extraction. The list goes on."

More and #CAKEDAY after the jump! 

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DYNA-DYNA-DOO! Dan Walters writes today about the independent contractors issue now before the Legislature following last year's California Supreme Court (SCOCAL) ruling in Dynamex v. Superior Court. The ruling was interpreting California Labor Code and previous court rulings, and came down on the side of employees/contractors. Now the question is whether the Labor Code should codify the SCOCAL ruling or provide the flexibility that employers, particularly the "gig economy" companies like Uber, Lyft and Instacart would like.

Argh...we've had only one FUBAR in recording pods, and it was with Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez, the author of the pro-labor Dynamex bill. Gibran's Mac Pro went into the pool and everything was lost. We now record an audio back-up for all pods. That was one of our best recordings and hope to get Lorena back after the cray-cray of Approps is over!

Okay, so we were embarrassed by the lost pod with Lorena. Even more embarrassing is that I walked around the block after the recording to hide from her that I was getting an Uber back to my place. I normally walk, but had to get back, change, and head to a dinner. So, I definitely see both sides of the policy argument.

Lots of us are now living downtown car-less. I don't know how the drivers should be handled and most like their gigs. Let's have a good policy discussion on this and not just make it about pressers on both sides.

THE FOOTHILLS: To wrap today, I had a wonderful time in our foothills. The story is that Betsy from Riverdog Farm wanted to have a fundraiser for NorCal fire victims. Riverdog didn't really have the venue, but PT Ranch--a newcomer to Sunday market in Sacramento--did have the space. They partnered up with chef Kevin O'Connor from Cobram Estate, which has great olive oil from both NorCal and Australia. We're talking around six courses with olive oli for a good cause--can we go wrong?

I'm looking at a weekend on the coast in May to celebrate my BFF foodie's birthday...where should we stay?

Hello, Gibran, I think we have another topic for Mr. Wood as the clock strikes noon.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Rene Aguilera, Emanuel Patrascu, Matt Shupe, and Paul Woods!


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