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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)


ON SUNDAY TEEVEE: Senator Kamala Harris on CNN's State of the Union; House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) on CBS's Face the Nation; Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on ABC's This Week. Kamala isn't a "stepmother" but rather "Momala" two the two children of her husband, DLA Piper attorney Douglas Emhoff.

Tour of CaliforniaHappy Mother's Day! How much time have you spent watching the Google Doodle this morning? I'm still playing cricket from 2017.

The flower vendors at farmers market this morning were doing a bustling business. The market was busy as it opened at 8. I wanted to get a duck from PT Ranch but had to settle on chicken as the earliest birds got all the Daffys. Great shoulder season--asparagus and snap peas galore as well as the first zucchini.

The Amgen Tour of California starts today, with the start and end of Stage 1 on L Street adjacent the Capitol. Start time is at 2:15 with an estimated finish at 5:45. The route loops through western Yolo County before returning for three loops around the Capitol, which is always exciting.

While crowds will be gathering at the finish line, the best viewing will be on the corners of the final circuits. Fremont Park and Naked Lounge at 15th and Q will be great places to watch a tight turn.

The festival will be on the west side of the Capitol along 10th and in the Capitol Mall circle and runs from 12pm-6:30.

The AP's Dave Skreppa has a preview of the race that ends Saturday in Pasadena. While today is the main sprint stage, the legs will be tested with tomorrow's stage from Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe--a total of 14,500 feet of climbing. It should be a great race, although it sucks that Davis is left out this year. I remember Lance Armstrong warming up a block from my house in Davis before a stage start.

Noonerific greetings to all the mothers reading. In the Bee, Sophia Bollag writes on how Gavin Newsom and chief of staff Ann O'Leary are turning the Capitol courtyard adjacent the governor's office into a playground for young children. During Jerry Brown's tenure, it was a dog run and a cigar tent while Schwarzenegger occupied the office. 

DeMaio's latest, pot and the press and more after the jump...



 After giving up on recalling Gavin Newsom (not allowed in first 90 days) and legislators, former San Diego councilmember and radio talk show host Carl DeMaio is now threatening a recall of local government officials that serve on the San Diego Association of Governments board with recall if they vote to redirect sales tax money. Reform California has given $100,000 to launch the effort of "informing" voters.

POT TO GO: California has a glut of marijuana with legalization, and that means more folks are trying to export it, which is illegal. The LAT's Joseph Serna writes "Authorities at LAX say they are encountering more and more airline passengers who are carrying small amounts of pot for personal use, but the number of checked bags stuffed entirely full of marijuana has soared as well. Police in Oakland and Sacramento say they are seeing the same thing."

So, if one flies from California to Oregon as he should have for Mother's Day, is personal use amount allowable or are the federally organized agents going to take his stash? Sorry mom, I can't risk it. (Fabricated fact pattern...I am neither flying today nor possessing ganja.)

While legal for recreational use in California, marijuana is still a "Schedule 1" drug by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, like LSD, cocaine, and heroin. Oddly, abuse-laden Oxy and Fentanyl are Schedule 2, as they are deemed to have a medical purpose while marijuana does not. Marijuana-derived CBD, which has no meaningful trace of the psychoactive THC from the plant, was first approved by the FDA as a pharmaceutical last year but is still considered Schedule 1.

Meanwhile, Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry has a bill to legalize hemp-derived CDB that has minimal THC in California. While legal under Prop. 64, it technically can't be sold as an ingredient in food products and stores have been raided. The bill is flying through with zero no votes.

THE PRESS: Freelance videographer Bryan Carmody who gained access to the police report of the death of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi had his home and office searched Friday the SFPD police looked for the source of the leak, reports Evan Sernoffsky in the Chron. Adachi was found in an apartment he had rented for the weekend and a woman who wasn't his wife called 911 and then disappeared. Cannabis gummies and alcohol were found, but foul play was not suspected. The videographer's computers, cell phones, and other equipment were seized in the raid as he stood by and handcuffed for six hours. The Chron also got a copy of the report, although not through Carmody.

Carmody was reportedly asked by investigators two weeks ago about his source, but he declined. The police department has been under attack by city supervisors and Adachi's widow with suggestions that they were needlessly airing his dirty laundry. The Chron has not reported that it has been subject to a similar search.

Meanwhile, the SF Board of Supes will consider renaming a street after Adachi this week. 


#CAKEDAY after the jump...


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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.


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