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  • Political Breakdown Podcast (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos of KQED): Pollster David Binder (05/10/19)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): "Senator Moms" for Mother's Day with Connie Leyva and Holly Mitchell (05/08/19)
  • SacTownTalks by The Nooner(Gibran Maciel and Scott Lay): What a Week! YouTubeSimplecast | iTunes - Dynamex, wildfire liability, and Assembly Committee Chairs play Kill Bill - full rundown on the Simplecast page (05/05/19)
  • Force of Law Podcast (Laurel Rosenhall/CALmatters and Studio to Be): Split - the two different legislative proposals (05/04/19)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Dem. political and communications consultants Roger Salazar and Hilary McLean (05/03/19)
  • Open California/Capitol Weekly Oral History Project: Diana Dooley: The Years With Jerry Brown (05/03/19)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) on fatherhood (05/03/19)
  • Gimme Shelter Podcast (Matt Levin of CALmatters and Liam Dillon of LAT): Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Michael Weinstein (05/02/19)

SPORTS PAGE: The Warriors are heading to the Western Conference Finals again. Their opponent will be decided tomorrow as the 3-3 tied series between Denver and Portland, with a 12:30pm tipoff on ABC.

Happy Saturday! Let's keep today low key. See you tomorrow!

Assembly Appropriations Chair Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) tweets that there are 720 bills currently on Assembly Approps Suspense File. Basically bills stick their head under the guillotine next week. I would list the "important" bills that will be facing the Suspense File suspense, but basically it's all bills of substance (officially, those costing the state's General Fund over $150,000). The committees will clear suspense on Thursday and until then it's about deal-making between the Senate and Assembly and committee chairs and bill authors. 

Basically, for all that has gone on for the last few months that the Legislature has been in session, this is Spring Training week when those that go to the big leagues (floor vote) and the others (there's always next year!). Of course, it's easier to move from the Rivercats to the Giants (which we have seen the last couple of weeks) than from policy committee to the floor, bypassing the Approps gatekeepers.

On an interesting note (which I think I have written about before), on police use of force, law enforcement-favored SB 230 (Caballero) is in Approps, but police reform advocate-backed AB 392 (Weber and McCarty) is not. Of course, SB 230 is tied to AB 392, requiring the latter to be enacted in law to take effect. 

In short, this week is going to be cray-cray (in my best Oprah voice).


I am tired after the jump...




VAXX: In the LAT, Samantha Young reports on the switches in the May Revision in local funds for communicative diseases. 

#CAKEDAY after the jump...


Probolsky Research 




Pass SB 285

Hungry and frustrated, 4 out of 5 eligible seniors can’t access food assistance programs — leaving California with the lowest senior CalFresh enrollment rate in the nation.

How did we get here? Too much confusing paperwork. Too many physical hurdles. And a bureaucracy that leaves seniors behind.

State Senate Bill 285 (Wiener) is a low-cost solution that would streamline the application process and ensure no senior goes hungry, while also infusing our economy with up to $1.8 billion in federal funding. Let’s pass SB 285.


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Doug Morrow, James Toma, and Senator Scott Wiener!




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