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How the budget Jerry Brown just signed affects schools, marijuana and child care -- California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a $183 billion state budget that the veteran Democrat touted as an example of the state’s fiscal prudence amid “uncertain times.” Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ Katy Murphy in the San Jose Mercury$ John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/27/17

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens won't seek re-election -- Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens says she won't seek re-election next year as the department struggles with an image tarnished by a brazen jailbreak and criticism of jail conditions. Hutchens announced Tuesday that she's retiring and endorsing Undersheriff Don Barnes to take over the 3,800-member department. Associated Press -- 6/27/17

In massive shake-up, Gov. Jerry Brown signs law breaking up California's scandal-plagued tax collection agency -- In a move that triggers the most dramatic shake-up of the California Board of Equalization in its 138-year history, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that strips the embattled state tax collection agency of most of its powers and duties as officials scramble to create an entirely new department by July 1. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/17

Campaign to recall freshman state senator submits more than enough signatures to qualify for the ballot -- The campaign against state Sen. Josh Newman has turned in more than enough signatures to force the freshman Democrat from Fullerton into a recall election. Republican Carl DeMaio, a lead organizer of the effort, said the group submitted 84,988 signatures on Tuesday. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/17

Senate GOP leaders abruptly delay vote on healthcare bill until after July 4th recess -- Facing resistance from their own party, Senate Republican leaders said Tuesday they would postpone a vote on their healthcare bill until after the July 4th recess. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to provide more time to make changes to the bill to try to convince reluctant GOP senators to vote for the measure. Lisa Mascaro in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/17

In a slice of state, Trump’s challenge to monuments wins favor -- Many in the rural region between Fresno and Bakersfield don’t like the rules that have come with designation of the area’s Giant Sequoia National Monument, where 328,000 acres of preserved forest are home to some of the world’s biggest and oldest trees. Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/27/17

Would banning most civilian firearms make campuses safer? -- With the national debate about guns on school campuses intensifying, California this year could strengthen its already tough gun control laws under a proposed bill that would ban most civilians from possessing firearms in school zones. Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/27/17

Now you can book Uber rides for people without accounts or smartphones — making it easier for seniors -- The ride-hailing company launched a feature in more than 30 countries on Tuesday that lets users of the Uber app book a ride for someone other than themselves. Given that many people over the age of 65 either don’t use a smartphone or the Uber app, this feature lets their friends and loved ones book rides on their behalf. Tracey Lien in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/17

Is Santa Ana Illegally Overcharging for Trash Collection? -- New concerns are being raised about whether Santa Ana is illegally overcharging residents and businesses for trash collection and using the money for other services like police, firefighting, and parks. Nick Gerda VoiceofOC.org -- 6/27/17

Police move to fire officer who killed knife-wielding black man in controversial shooting -- The Sacramento Police Department took steps Monday to fire an officer who fatally shot an armed, mentally ill black man last July in North Sacramento, following a yearlong investigation into the controversial incident. Anita Chabria in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/27/17

McConnell warns Trump, GOP on health bill failure -- Mitch McConnell is delivering an urgent warning to staffers, Republican senators and even the president himself: If Obamacare repeal fails this week, the GOP will lose all leverage and be forced to work with Chuck Schumer. Burgess Everett, Josh Dawsey and Jennifer Haberkorn Politico -- 6/27/17

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Refugee advocates say even partial reinstatement of travel ban will cause hardship -- Immigration and refugee advocates expressed disappointment Monday with the Supreme Court’s partial reinstatement of President Trump’s travel ban, saying even limited implementation could cause hardship to refugees and others seeking to travel to the United States from six affected Muslim-majority countries. Laura King in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/17

Ruling on Trump travel ban sparks fear, frustration — and joy — in Southern California -- Muslim Americans in Southern California described the Supreme Court’s decision Monday to allow a temporary, partial version of the Trump administration’s travel ban as disappointing and “irrational,” but noted that until the issue gets a full hearing later this year it’s unclear how it will play out. Alejandra Molina, Brenda Gazzar and Roxana Kopetman in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 6/27/17

California Assembly leader Anthony Rendon's decision to shelve single-payer healthcare angers progressive activists -- Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s abrupt decision Friday to sideline a bill that would have established single-payer healthcare in California roused a swift and fiery backlash from the measure’s supporters, who accused the Democrat from Paramount of unilaterally blunting the effort for sweeping overhaul of the state’s healthcare system. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ Guy Marzorati KQED Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 6/27/17

Why universal health care died in California -- California’s universal health care bill never stood a chance this year. The authors of Senate Bill 562, Democrats Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins, didn’t include a way to pay for the far-reaching legislation, which was estimated to cost $400 billion to start. Christopher Cadelago and Taryn Luna in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/27/17

Californians Contemplate ‘Unthinkable Choices’ if GOP Health Plan Becomes Law -- People in the state’s health industry, from advocates to clinic directors, were left reeling by the new CBO report, which estimated the Senate Republican health plan would create an additional 22 million uninsured Americans by 2026. Carrie Feibel KQED -- 6/27/17

San Francisco’s elderly, poor would pay more for insurance in Senate plan -- However, the Better Care Reconcilation Act would change the eligibility requirements to receive this assistance, making it no longer available for tens of thousands of low-income people who earn between roughly $42,000 and $48,000 a year. The subsidies under the Senate proposal would be linked to a less generous insurance plan with a higher deductible — meaning even those who would continue to receive assistance would likely shoulder higher out-of-pocket costs. Catherine Ho in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/27/17

Orange County DA appoints special counsel to hear any reports of ethical violations -- Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has appointed an outside lawyer to hear any complaints of possible ethical violations witnessed by employees within his office. Rackauckas selected his longtime friend, criminal defense attorney Ronald Brower, to fill the unpaid ethics officer role, a post recommended by the district attorney’s handpicked investigatory committee 18 months ago. Jordan Graham in the Orange County Register -- 6/27/17

San Francisco’s poor criminal suspects to get defense lawyers sooner -- San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s office plans to provide attorneys to poor criminal suspects much sooner — within hours of their arrest — allowing his office to advocate in some cases for lower bail amounts and lesser charges. The broader idea of the new unit is to counter racial disparities in the city’s criminal justice system. Vivian Ho in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/27/17

California lawmakers advance pension borrowing plan -- California lawmakers on Monday approved a plan to borrow $6 billion from a state savings account to pay down massive debt in the nation’s largest public-employee retirement program. Jonathan J. Cooper Associated Press -- 6/27/17

Supreme Court Will Re-Hear Immigrant Indefinite Detention Case -- The case pits David Jennings, the field office director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in California, against a legal permanent resident, Alejandro Rodriguez, who came to the U.S. as a child and worked as a dental assistant. KPBS Julie Small KQED -- 6/27/17

L.A. County approves $30-billion budget -- The new budget, unveiled in April, includes an emphasis on the social safety net, providing for additional social workers at the Department of Children and Family Services, launching a program to provide care for the county’s sickest patients, and adding funds for indigent defense and jail diversion programs. Nina Agrawal in the Los Angeles Times$ Susan Abram in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 6/27/17

Judge in Stanford swimmer sexual assault case faces recall campaign -- A group of activists filed paperwork Monday to officially launch a recall election against a Santa Clara County judge who was criticized for his decision to sentence a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/17

Rep. Grace Napolitano to miss House votes for several weeks while husband receives cancer treatment -- Napolitano has missed the last two weeks of House votes, though she's working some from the district, and is expected to remain in California for several more weeks to care for her husband during the treatment, O'Donnell said. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/17

Oakland councilman announces run for East Bay Assembly seat -- Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb announced he was running for an East Bay State Assembly seat on Monday, joining a growing field competing for an open seat. Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/27/17

Should Sacramento have its own version of the St. Louis arch? City eyes grand monument -- Richard Rich, the city’s riverfront manager, will ask the City Council on Tuesday to form a committee of artists, business leaders and others to explore how a large monument could be funded and built at Front and K streets in Old Sacramento. It’s early in the process, but one idea Rich is floating is a work that shoots steam – as if from a locomotive – drawing crowds like Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park. Ryan Lillis and Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/27/17

This Golden State Podcast: Newsom Vs. San Francisco, Sierra Club & Agnos -- With a Superior Court hearing just days away, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the frontrunner in the California Governor’s race is being called a back-stabber by some prominent people from his hometown of San Francisco. It has to do with Newsom’s State Lands Commission suing San Francisco and the Sierra Club. In an interview with This Golden State’s Randy Shandobil, former mayor Art Agnos calls Newsom a fraud, “a political one-night stand” and accuses him of pay for play. Link here -- 6/27/17

Homeless  

The Suburbs: The New Face of Bay Area Homelessness -- William Ware sits in a large empty field along the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, shaving his face using a broken mirror. He found himself here after a water skiing accident in 2009 led to painkiller addiction, and a downward spiral ensued. Devin Katayama KQED -- 6/27/17

Housing  

Owner evictions bill goes to the San Francisco supes; drama likely not over -- Dueling pieces of legislation intended to crack down on fraudulent evictions by landlords were largely reconciled on Monday by city supervisors, who moved a compromise version of the bills to the full board for a vote on Tuesday. Dominic Fracassa in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/27/17

Santa Cruz County median home price reaches record $875,000 in May -- Prices of single-family homes in Santa Cruz County soared to new records in May as the number of sales shrank. The median price, the midpoint of what sold during the month, was $875,000, topping the previous high of $830,000 in April, according to Gary Gangnes of Real Options Realty, who tracks the numbers. Jondi Gumz in the Santa Cruz Sentinel -- 6/27/17

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls, Bonds

Assembly Bill Would Ease Imposing Of Stormwater Fees On Property Owners -- A bill in the California state Assembly could make it easier for local governments to charge fees to manage and collect storm water, but critics argue it’s a way to get money from property owners without a vote. Really, it all comes down to how you define the word “sewer.” Daniel Potter Capital Public Radio -- 6/27/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions

California’s digital divide closing but new “under-connected” class emerges -- California faces a growing class of “under-connected” households that rely only on smartphones for online access, a trend that may worsen the state’s economic inequality, according to a report released Monday by UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies. Seung Lee in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/27/17

Carl’s Jr. hit with $1.45 million in fines for failing to pay LA’s minimum wage -- Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer put the heat on fast-food company Carl’s Jr. Monday, demanding the restaurant chain fork over $1.45 million in penalties and back wages for allegedly failing to pay dozens of workers the city’s $10.50 minimum wage. Elizabeth Chou in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 6/27/17

San Juan Capistrano sues state regulators to block $350-million power line project -- The city of San Juan Capistrano is suing state regulators over a proposed $350-million transmission line that critics argue is just the latest in a series of unnecessary and costly utility projects. Ivan Penn in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/17

If you weren't raised in the Internet age, you may need to worry about workplace age discrimination -- The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act turns 50 this year — about the age when many American workers begin to encounter the kinds of biases the law was intended to prevent. Lauren Rosenblatt in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/17

Opponents to rally in LA against bill to extend late-night drinking hours -- Opponents of a bill that would allow California bars, nightclubs and restaurants to extend their drinking hours to as late as 4 a.m. plan to gather in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday to speak out against the measure. Kevin Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 6/27/17

This is why your rent will keep going up in San Diego -- When it comes to getting new apartments built, San Diego is the 11th worst city in the nation, said a national study released Monday. Phillip Molnar in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/27/17

Wildfire   

Evacuation alerts mistakenly sent cause confusion as 1,200-acre fire burns in Riverside County -- A car crash ignited a fire Monday in a remote Inland Empire canyon, and the blaze quickly spread to 1,200 acres, triggering evacuation warnings. Matt Hamilton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/17

Education 

Northgate secession: Opponents rally against what they see as national divisive trend -- About 70 protesters gathered outside Mt. Diablo Unified School District offices Monday evening to rally against a school district seccession movement they say threatens to put vulnerable students at risk, increase segregation and disenfranchise voters in the community. Joyce Tsai in the East Bay Times -- 6/27/17

Supreme Court rules on church playgrounds; are vouchers for religious schools next? -- U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and other supporters of school choice are hailing a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday as one more step toward tearing down states’ opposition to tuition vouchers for private and religious schools. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 6/27/17

Environment 

Weed killer ingredient going on California list as cancerous -- Regulators in California took a pivotal step on Monday toward becoming the first state to require the popular weed killer Roundup to come with a label warning that it’s known to cause cancer. Scott Smith Associated Press -- 6/27/17

State reaches deal to shut down sand mine in Monterey Bay -- California regulators reached an agreement with a Mexican company to shut down the last coastal sand mine in the United States and avoid a legal battle over a dredging operation that experts say has caused devastating erosion in Monterey Bay, officials said Monday. Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/27/17

Trump order that could shrink California and Pacific Ocean marine sanctuaries moves forward -- Eleven national marine sanctuaries and monuments — from Monterey Bay to New England to the South Pacific — could lose protections under new details of a Trump Administration plan released Monday that seeks to expand offshore oil and gas drilling. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/27/17

Also . . . 

Team New Zealand routs Oracle Team USA to win America's Cup -- With a mixture of ingenuity and national pride, Emirates Team New Zealand got back up after taking a gut punch for the ages, came to the Bermuda Triangle and ripped the America's Cup right out of tech tycoon Larry Ellison's hands. Bernie Wilson Associated Press -- 6/27/17

Judge drops two felony counts against former officer in prostitution case -- A judge on Monday tossed out two felony charges against a former Oakland police officer after a prosecutor refused to release the name of a confidential informant. David DeBolt in the East Bay Times -- 6/27/17

How Donald Trump is killing romance -- In the treacherous, amusing and sometimes rewarding world of online dating, Donald Trump has become the newest way to find – or reject – a romantic match. Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/27/17

POTUS 45  

Few Overseas Have Faith in Trump’s Leadership, Survey Finds -- Faith in American leadership has plunged in many nations around the world in the months since President Trump took office, according to a new survey, underscoring the challenges facing the new president as he prepares to make his second overseas trip next week. Peter Baker in the New York Times$ Isaac Stanley-Becker and Scott Clement in the Washington Post$ -- 6/27/17

Fact Check: By Criticizing Obama, Trump Contradicts His Own Comments on Russian Meddling -- President Trump has accused his predecessor of “doing nothing” in response to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election — a misleading statement that contradicts his previous comments. Linda Qiu in the New York Times$ -- 6/27/17

Beltway 

Senate Obamacare repeal on brink of defeat -- At least four Republicans could oppose a key procedural vote to call up the bill. And the party remains deeply divided after a CBO report estimating 22 million fewer Americans would have insurance under the plan. Burgess Everett, Jennifer Haberkorn Politico -- 6/27/17

As lawmakers debate GOP healthcare bill, new study finds stripping people of insurance can be deadly -- The number of Americans who die prematurely would rise by about 29,000 each year if the health reform plan put forth by Senate Republicans were to go into full effect, a new report suggests. Melissa Healy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/17

Justice Gorsuch makes conservative mark in 4 Supreme Court cases -- The Supreme Court’s newest justice, Neil Gorsuch, made his mark Monday in cases on President Trump’s travel ban, California’s gun law, lesbian parents and a religious school’s use of taxpayer funds. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/27/17

 

-- Monday Updates 

Budget office: Senate health bill adds 22 million uninsured -- The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured in 2026 than under President Barack Obama’s health care law, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday, complicating GOP leaders’ hopes of pushing the plan through the chamber this week. Alan Fram Associated Press -- 6/26/17

Federal agencies greenlight proposed delta tunnel project -- Federal fishery agencies Monday pushed forward a controversial water project that would change the way Northern California supplies are sent to the Southland. Bettina Boxall in the Los Angeles Times$ Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow in the Sacramento Bee$ Amy Quinton Capital Public Radio -- 6/26/17

Decline of the ‘powerful but obscure’ Board of Equalization -- Ask the average Californian what the state Board of Equalization (BOE) does and you’re likely to get a blank look. Chuck McFadden Capitol Weekly -- 6/26/17 

San Jose State can’t house all the freshmen ‘required’ to live on campus -- One student put on a waitlist says she wishes she’d chosen to attend a different college. Emily DeRuy in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/26/17

Despite money and effort, homelessness in San Francisco as bad as ever -- On the face of it, San Francisco’s homeless problem should have improved dramatically over the past year. After all, last summer Mayor Ed Lee formed the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing to focus on the city’s most perplexing problem. Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/26/17

U.S. Supreme Court leaves California’s concealed-guns law intact -- The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge by gun groups Monday to California’s concealed-weapons law, which requires gun owners to get a license from law enforcement to carry a concealed handgun outside the home. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/26/17

Why California gun owners may be breaking the law on July 1 -- Sweeping new gun laws passed last year by California voters and legislators require those with magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition to get rid of them by July 1. Ryan Sabalow in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/26/17

Minimum wage fight may heat up after new study finds jobs, hours fell in Seattle -- A much-anticipated study released Monday by a team of researchers at the University of Washington is likely to intensify that controversy — just as Los Angeles heads toward its own minimum-wage increase for large businesses,from $10.50 an hour to $12 an hour on July 1. Natalie Kitroeff in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/26/17

This former Jeff Denham challenger won't run again, but he's launching a committee to elect Democrats -- Two-time congressional challenger Michael Eggman says he won't try for a third campaign against Republican Rep. Jeff Denham, but he's hoping to help Democrats running against the him. Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/26/17

Fox: The Health Care Issue in California and Beyond -- Good move, Mr. Speaker. The single payer health care measure incorporated in Senate Bill 562 was “woefully incomplete” as Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon declared. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 6/26/17

U.S. Supreme Court OKs part of Trump’s travel ban -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to let President Trump temporarily ban U.S. entry by refugees and residents of six overwhelmingly Muslim nations if they have no connection with family members or institutions in the United States. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ David G. Savage in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/26/17

$5,000 for trash cans at state office? Tax board’s furniture bill skyrockets -- A state tax agency under budget sanctions by Gov. Jerry Brown is spending $1.7 million to buy furniture and other equipment for a new office in Los Angeles County, according to documents obtained by The Sacramento Bee. Adam Ashton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/26/17

Walters: Democrats gripe about secrecy in Washington but practice it in Sacramento -- Knowledge, it’s been said, is power. And that explains, in a nutshell, why those in public office fundamentally dislike, and often resist, revealing information to the voting and taxpaying public. Dan Walters Calmatters.org -- 6/26/17

This charity keeps raising money to help young sex-trafficking victims. But where are the victims? -- A year after closing its home for young sex-trafficking victims and repeatedly vowing it would reopen, a controversial Rocklin nonprofit has announced it will not seek a new license to serve minor girls at its Northern California “Courage House.” Marjie Lundstrom and Sam Stanton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/26/17

Carbon in Atmosphere Is Rising, Even as Emissions Stabilize -- On the best days, the wind howling across this rugged promontory has not touched land for thousands of miles, and the arriving air seems as if it should be the cleanest in the world. Justin Gillis in the New York Times$ -- 6/26/17