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  • CA25 (Santa Clarita-Lancaster): added Lancaster councilmember Angela Underwood Jacobs (R)


  • The Golden State Warriors had one of the biggest meltdowns in NBA playoff history last night after center DeMarcus Cousins left the game , losing to the Los Angeles Clippers 135-131. The Clippers had trailed by 23 in the first half. The series is now tied 1-1, with Game 3 set for Thursday in Los Angeles. The Warriors will find out today whether former Kings big man Cousins will be available for any of the future playoff games.

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THE FIRST 100: As tomorrow's 100-day mark of Gavin Newsom's governorship nears, CapPubRad's Ben Adler sits down with the chief executive to talk about progress thus far.

THE FIGHT BACK: The team at the LAT looks at how California Democrats are fighting back over President Trump's threats to dump undocumented immigrants in "sanctuary" cities. Smith, Carcamo, O'Toole, and Luna write:

"California Democrats this week stepped up their attacks on President Trump over his threat to send immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities, even as experts suggested the president’s plan could backfire and lure more migrants to the north."

From members of the House, state legislators, mayors, and county supervisors, the President is hearing plenty of feedback from Golden State Democrats. And, I would bet he's loving it.

FUTURE FIRES: For the Associated Press, Kathleen Ronayne writes that Governor Newsom does not support limiting home building in fire-prone areas. Ronayne writes:

"The concept of local control is also deeply embedded in California’s ethos and Newsom, a former mayor of San Francisco, said he doesn’t want to take away land-use planning power from local governments."

 ...that is unless they aren't meeting their home-building requirement, for which he proposes stopping the flow of transportation funding and is in active conflict with many local government leaders.

MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND: Yesterday was the deadline for federal candidate committees to file quarterly reports with the Federal Election Commission.  Here are a few nuggets:

  • PREZ: Senator Kamala Harris picked up big money from big Hollywood names, report Maggie Severns and Christopher Cadelago for Politico, while Adam Wollner and Ben Weiner report for the Bee that she's killing it in California fundraising compared to her fellow Democratic candidates.

    Politico reports on the filings of each of the presidential candidates.
  • CA28 (Burbank): Adam Schiff (D) raised a whopping $1,566,600 in the first quarter and is sitting on a massive $5,541,987 cash-on-hand, the most of any House member. That could be an important consideration for Gavin Newsom if Kamala Harris ends up in the next Administration, whether it be on Pennsylvania Avenue or on Observatory Circle. In that case, Newsom would name a candidate in 2021 who would have to run in 2022 for a full term. While there would a lot of pressure on the governor to appoint a woman and/or a person of color, few have the grassroots fundraising ability of omnipresent television personality Schiff and state committee funding can't be transferred to a federal account.
  • CA43 (Inglewood): Congressmember Maxine Waters has been raking in dough from corporate interests who have business before the House Financial Services Committee she now chairs, even while many fellow progressives are swearing off such cash. Politico's Zachary Warmbrodt reports:

    "The California Democrat's campaign received about $210,329 in contributions during the first three months of this year, most of which came from industry PACs, according to a Federal Election Commission filing. About $38,329 came from individual contributions.

    Rob Pyers tweets: "Good news! Maxine Waters (D) opponent and perennial #CA43 candidate Omar Navarro (R) got a raise in March, generously increasing his monthly stipend from $4,000 a month to $5,000 a month."
  • CA50 (East San Diego): Embattled Congressmember Duncan Hunter raised an anemic $91,949 in Q1, while Ammar Campa-Najjar (D) raised $350,139 for a rematch. Hunter spent $68,562 and ended the quarter with a net cash-on-hand of $62,462. Most of Hunter's spending was on lawyers, although his favorite spots of Alpine Tobacco Company (a cigar club/bar), Viejas Casino, and the GOP Capitol Hill Club also appear on the report.

    Campa-Najjar spent $79,024, mostly on fundraising and ended the quarter with $273,508 on hand.

  • THE NEWBIES: Here are the amounts raised and net cash-on-hand (cash minus non-candidate debt) numbers for the seven new Democratic House members from California.
    • CA10 (Stanislaus) - Josh Harder - raised: $865,462, net cash-on-hand: $790,253
    • CA21 (Kern-Kings-Fresno) - TJ Cox - raised: $304,603,  net cash-on-hand: $302,906
    • CA25 (Santa Clarita-Antelope) - Katie Hill - raised: $595,672, net cash-on-hand: $590,211
    • CA39 (Fullerton-Diamond Bar) - Gil Cisneros - raised: $247,260, net cash-on-hand: $128,752
    • CA45 (Irvine) - Katie Porter - raised: $408,661, net cash-on-hand: $398,418
    • CA48 (Huntington Beach) - Harley Rouda - raised: $472,235, net cash-on-hand: $522,030
    • CA49 (S. Orange County-N. San Diego) - Mike Levin - raised: $411,117, net cash-on-hand: $647,118

UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has it as a cornerstone of his campaign, while the City of Stockton is trying it under Mayor Michaell Tubbs. The LAT's Anita Chabria looks at Stockton's experiment and how it might effect the national conversation.

CHOO-CHOO: For KQED, Alexandra Hall reports on the continued opposition of some who work on farms in the Central Valley to the abbreviated (for now) high-speed rail project:

"'As I drive up and down (Highway) 99, I just see bits and pieces, nothing happening,' [farm bookkeeper Joanna] Spence said. 'It's been totally graffiti'd.'

The bullet train has long been a difficult subject at Parichan Farms, a large almond ranch in Madera County that sits directly in the path of the high-speed rail line. Late owner Harold Parichan fought the project’s encroachment on his thousands of acres of almonds and other crops.

'Why would I ride it to Merced? Even Modesto. ... And when I get there, what am I gonna have to do? First I've had to pay for a train ticket. Now I'm gonna have to rent a car or an Uber.'

Several years ago, around 50 acres were cleared to make way for the trains' right of way. There’s now a diagonal path straight through the orchard outside Spence’s office, where she’s worked for over 20 years. In one area of the farm, the contractor for the bullet train project is building a $2.5 million underpass so farm crews will be able to get from one side to the other.

Instead, Spence said, much of the cleared land has gone to weeds.'"

STEM CELLS: For Capitol Weekly, David Jensen writes "California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is remaining mum on regulation of 'snake oil,' stem cell clinics as the Golden State pursues a go-slow approach to cracking down on the dubious treatments."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Bill Lackamacher, Megan Maddox, and Anthony Pico!


  • Frank Barbaro, personal injury attorney and former Orange County Democratic Party chair. (August 28, 1943 - April 15, 2019)
  • Douglas Jeffe, campaign manager and writer. (January 17, 1943 - April 10, 2019)


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