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  • California Nation (SacBee/ProPublica): rise in deaths in county jails (04/24/19)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Assembly member David Chiu on rent control, San Francisco politics, and electric violining (04/25/19)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senator Bill Monning and epidemiologist Dr. Flojuane Cofer re: SB 347 on sugar-sweetened beverages (04/24/19)
  • SacTownTalks: (Gibran Maciel and Scott Lay): What a Week! Simplecast | iTunes (04/22/19)
  • Lovett or Leave It: (Jon Lovett/Crooked Media): House Intel Chair congress member Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) (04/20/19)
  • Gimme Shelter: (Matt Levin @ CALmatters and Liam Dillon @ LAT): Assembly member Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) and advocate Michelle Pariset (04/19/19)



  • CA48 (Huntington Beach): added Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel (R)

Happy Saturday! What a week with hearings and technology issues. Yesterday, I no-showed on Gibran for the pod recording. My 15-minute nap after writing turned in to several hours. My deepest apologies to Gibran! 

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) was on Bill Maher last night. On impeachment he notes that conviction by the Senate is unlikely and the focus needs to be to "vote his ass out of office." "Any living adult" is his presidential candidate of choice for 2020.

MONEY MATTERS: April personal income tax revenues continue to track above projection, now $2.6 billion of the January forecast.

THE GOLDEN ATM: Beto O'Rourke in in The Golden State for the next few days of fundraising. 

CRAZY TRAIN: In the LAT, Ralph Vertabedian looks at the consultants behind California's High-Speed Rail project:

"State officials followed that advice, and for the next several years, development of the nation’s first high-speed rail line was overseen by a minuscule government staff.

Now, more than a decade later, that decision has proved to be a foundational error in the project’s execution — a miscalculation that has resulted in the California High-Speed Rail Authority being overly reliant on a network of high-cost consultants who have consistently underestimated the difficulty of the task."

PG&E: The hikes approved by the PUC for fire cost recovery will only be on electrical customers, so SMUD users will not be paying for them.

NOT MEASLY: The number of quarantined students and staff at UCLA and Cal State LA was over 1,000, reports John Rodgers for the AP:

"By Friday afternoon, two days after Los Angeles County ordered the precautions, about 325 of those affected had been cleared to return after proving their immunity to the disease, through either medical records or tests, health officials said."


"Those under the quarantine were instructed to stay at home and avoid contact with others. They also were barred from traveling by public transportation, including planes, trains, buses or taxis. If they must travel for an emergency, they were told to notify public health officials first."


"The number of measles cases in the U.S. has climbed to nearly 700 this year, including five in Los Angeles County and 38 altogether in California. The surge is blamed largely on parents not getting their children vaccinated because of misinformation about the supposed dangers."

I was shocked yesterday when CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta said that measles has around a 90% infection rate on exposure. It makes the common cold look hard to catch and the problem is that those infected are contagious before showing any symptoms. Thank you mom and dad and public schools who insisted on vaccination but I'm seriously considering a booster shot. CVS should be doling them out like flu shots.

CENSUS: For CALmatters, Martha Groves reports on the Census citizenship question issue now in the hands of the nine Justices. Groves writes:

"Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of political science and public policy at UC Riverside who is directing the complete count committee for the Inland Empire counties of San Bernardino and Riverside, expressed dismay that the high court appeared to be leaning toward approving the citizenship query.

'The Supreme Court appears to be weighing in on the constitutionality of the policy, not the wisdom,' said Ramakrishnan, who is also founding director of the university’s Center for Social Innovation."

Opponents to the question raised only a procedural complaint that the Department of Commerce failed to follow the Administrative Procedures Act. The hazard of the substantive argument is that to argue that the Constitution provides only for an "actual Enumeration." Of course, the Census asks other questions, including race, which is used for the federal Voting Rights Act and various other laws.

I'm all for amending Article I, Section 2 to take out the reference to "free Persons" but citizenship is completely irrelevant as the Constitution currently is written.


Cash on hand through 04/20:

  • California Democratic Party: $11,883,981.91 (Debt: $16,280.58)
  • California Republican Party: $176,372.95 (Debt: $132,773.65)

Yesterday, the California Democratic Party reported contributions of $223,646.65 for just Thursday's receipts (likely sponsorships for next month's state convention). They state GOP did pull in $543,770 between 3/10 and 4/20 which was a significant uptick. Of that, $300,000 was from Chevron on 4/10.

GASLY MATTERS: In the Times, John Myers writes why Californians rarely get answers as to reason for gas price increases, while Phil Willon writes that environmentalists are hoping Governor Gavin Newsom will phase out oil drilling in the state. Willon writes:

"At the least, they want the state to impose buffer zones prohibiting new oil and gas wells near schools, hospitals and residential neighborhoods and also require monitoring for potentially hazardous emissions from abandoned or plugged wells, proposals already being considered by state lawmakers."

As I've written before, don't bet on it. It's a big industry, including in some very liberal districts as we saw in the SD33 (Long Beach) special primary and in the swing area of the Central Valley that just flipped a State Senate (SD14) and congressional seat (CA21). SB 246 (Wieckowski) that proposes a gas and oil severance tax didn't get a hearing and wasn't even sent to a policy committee. 

DIGNITY HEALTH: The Chron's Nanette Asimov writes up the continuing debate over whether UCSF should partner with Dignity Health, which is a Catholic hospital chain that frequently does not offer reproductive health services--from abortion to hysterectomy:

"As UCSF seeks to expand its partnership with a Catholic hospital chain, a national civil rights group says the affiliation violates the First Amendment’s prohibition against government endorsement of religion.

The admonition from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, sent to UCSF and the University of California regents Monday, comes three weeks after 1,500 doctors and hospital employees signed a petition demanding that UC sever ties with Dignity Health, which operates religious hospitals around the state."



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Olga Bolotina, David Ford, Annaly Medrano, Paul Mitchell, and Phil Pluckebaum!



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Announcing the Barbara, Victoria & Javier Mother’s Day Donation Drive presented by Assemblymember McCarty & Vice Mayor Guerra in partnership with the Legislative Women’s Caucus benefitting Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

Greatest needs: strollers, children’s hygiene items, maternity clothes, children’s clothes and shoes, toys. Drop-off locations: Capitol Rm 2136, LOB Rm 153, 915 L Street, Suite 110. Donate now through May 7th. No donation is too big or too small!

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Headline: Barbara, Victoria & Javier Mother’s Day Donation Drive
Announcing the Barbara, Victoria & Javier Mother’s Day Donation Drive presented by Assemblymember McCarty & Vice Mayor Guerra in partnership with the Legislative Women’s Caucus benefitting Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. Greatest needs: strollers, children’s hygiene items, maternity clothes, children’s clothes and shoes, toys.

Drop-off locations: Capitol Rm 2136, LOB Rm 153, 915 L Street, Suite 110. Donate now through May 7th. No donation is too big or too small!

For questions, other drop-off locations, or to request a pick up, please call (916) 324-4676 or email

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