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SEEN ON SUNDAY TV: California congressmember Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore), who joined the presidential race this week. State of the Union with Jake Tapper/CNN)
Happy Sunday! I think that the Gmail issue has been straightened out with the "whitelist" strategy I wrote about yesterday. Add both "firstname.lastname@example.org" and "email@example.com" for most effectiveness.
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It's awfully quiet out there in the California political news-space as I'm guessing state political reporters are using the Spring Recess for some deserved vacation time of there own. Except for a few days around the holidays, it's been a sprint since campaign season, wildfires (two days after the election), and Governor Newsom's inauguration. Wednesday marks 100 days since Newsom's inauguration. Since then, we've had the governor's budget proposal and State of the State, death penalty moratorium, and the PG&E bankruptcy and Friday's report on wildfires. And that's just the top tier events...
Alexei Koseff looks at Newsom's first 97 days for the Chron.
2020: In the NYT, Matt Flegheimer looks into why candidates like Congressmember Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore) jump into the presidential race when they have little chance of running. In short, there's not much of a downside. Gibran I talk about this on the newest What a Week. And, he doesn't have to make a final commitment until December 6, which is the filing deadline for his current seat and the presidential race. Meanwhile, he sees it as an opportunity to push for greater gun control, tweaking his fellow Democrats on the issue during his run.
Meanwhile, fellow Democrat Washington Governor Jay Inslee has climate change as his front-burner top issue and Andrew Yang is pursuing universal basic income (he now calls it The Freedom Dividend) of $1,000 per month for every American citizen. Yang does have perhaps the most comprehensive encyclopedia of policy positions on his website.
Pete Buttigieg is announcing his candidacy today and Yang will be on CNN for a town hall tonight (4pm PDT), as will author and Los Angeles author/activist Marianne Williamson (3pm PDT)
SANCTUARY: Meanwhile, President Trump continued to tweak sanctuary cities on Twitter with threats of bussing undocumented immigrants including Speaker Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco. Politically, it's brilliant, if not palatable. He also took on California specifically last night: "We hereby demand that they be taken care of at the highest level, especially by the State of California, which is well known or its poor management & high taxes!"
Indeed, there's no denying that California is a high-tax state, although I wouldn't characterize The Golden State as having poor management. We have solid reserves and the fifth largest economy in the world.
I agreed with Rick Scott (R-Florida) this morning who was on Tapper: "Maybe he's just saying this to make everyone crazy."
Regardless of where you stand on border issues, there was something awesome about Yo-Yo Ma playing in Laredo, TX and Nueva Laredo, MX yesterday. Brings back memories of one of the best The West Wing episodes with Bach's G Major for unaccompanied cello.
HARRIS WEEKEND READING: This morning, Senator Kamala Harris released 15 years of tax returns, report Melanie Mason and Matt Pearce for the LAT. That's the most of any announced presidential candidate.
TAXING MATTERS: For CALmatters, Dan Walters provides an update on efforts to get local governments to provide more transparency on the property tax implications for general obligation bonds used to local government projects to fund local government, school, and community college projects. Walters writes:
"The law [San Jose Mayor Sam] Liccardo and others want to overturn requires that officials make a good faith estimate of how much property taxes will be increased to repay the borrowed money and interest. It may not be possible to be more precise, given the ups and downs of the bond market, but a reasonable estimate is much better than telling voters nothing, which was the practice before [Jay] Obernolte's bill was approved.
If that knowledge makes some voters less willing to approve the bonds, so be it."
MONEY MATTERS: In the Times, John Myers looks at what's at stake for the California budget on the eve of tax day:
"For the April numbers to meet expectations, income tax net receipts of more than $3 billion must be received just on Tuesday — more than $2 million every minute of the day. But that still wouldn’t be enough money to fill the hole left earlier in the year, which means this month’s tally will take on special importance.
Through the end of March, total tax revenues were $2.2 billion below expectations for the fiscal year that ends on June 30. Early data for April suggest revenue is holding steady, perhaps even a little better than expected. But it would take much more cash to bring totals back in line with projections."
Here's the daily tax tracker from the Legislative Analyst's Office.
DA MAYOR: In the Chron, Willie Brown writes that maybe it is time to implement congestion pricing at peak times for those desiring to drive into the city. Similar proposals are being considered by New York City and Washington, DC, with plans to improve dated subway systems.
Meanwhile, more concrete fell from the upper deck of the Richmond-San Rafael bridge on Friday night, reports Drew Costley for the Chron.
UTILITY LIABILITY: For the SDUT, Rob Nikolewski writes that the recommendation to change utility "inverse condemnation" of Governor Newsom's "strike team" report on wildfires it meeting a mixed response:
"The 52-page report delivered by Newsom’s “strike force” of state government officials included making changes to a legal doctrine in California that the state’s three investor-owned utilities have complained makes them particularly vulnerable to financial ruin but power company critics have insisted is essential to ensure utilities properly maintain their equipment and uphold safety procedures."
HOMELESS: In San Francisco, Matthias Gafni reports that airport officials are concerned about the increase in homeless that take BART to the airport to stay overnight in the international terminal.
#CAKEDAY after the jump!
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Marcella Cortez, John Ferrera, and Chris Napoleon Smith!
DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Mike Pence was chair of the California Republican Assembly, not the California Republican Party.
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