June 10, 2105


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Political Briefs

Top stories

 Major issues remain as California budget deadline nears — Gov. Jerry Brown and his fellow Democrats in the Legislature continue to negotiate on several items in the California state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Any plan has to be approved by Monday, the constitutional deadline for the Legislature to act. A joint legislative budget-writing committee worked into the evening Tuesday. Sacramento Bee article; Capital Public Radio report; LA Times article

 California vaccine bill clears committee – A California bill mandating full vaccination for schoolchildren now awaits an Assembly floor vote after passing the Assembly Health Committee on a 12-6 vote Tuesday. Senate Bill 277 would end the “personal belief exemption” that allows parents to enroll kids in school without having the full slate of vaccines.  Sacramento Bee article; LA Times article; San Francisco Chronicle article

 State budget

 Joel Fox: Volcker report praises California budget move but raises warnings — California has taken positive steps to deal with its budget problems and processes in the last few years, according to a new report from The Volcker Alliance, but there could be problems ahead if the state reverts to its old ways of budgeting during good times. Fox in Fox & Hounds

Statewide politics/Ballot Measures

 The State Worker: Questions about pension plan – So now we know details of the latest public-pension proposal from Chuck Reed and Carl DeMaio. There’s also a whole lot about what happens next that we don’t know. The measure would change California’s Constitution to require voters to approve pay and benefits increases for state and local government employees. Those hired in 2019 and later would go into 401(k)-style plans instead of current traditional pensions, unless voters authorized otherwise. Sacramento Bee article


 Undocumented UC students may find paths to citizenship with new legal aid — At their weekly meeting, the University of California’s brand-new immigration attorneys share notes on how to reach the estimated 2,000 UC students who either lack legal immigration documents or have only temporary protection from deportation. KQED report

 Other areas

California state senators to propose overhaul of Proposition 13 – Two Democratic state senators plan to introduce legislation Wednesday to overhaul Proposition 13, the state’s landmark restrictions on property taxes, so local governments can raise more revenue from commercial and industrial properties. LA Times article; Loni Hancock/Holly Mitchell op-ed in Sacramento Bee

 Fresno Republican Assemblyman Jim Patterson invokes concentration and internment camps at vaccine bill rally — During a rally against a California bill making vaccines mandatory for school children, a Republican lawmaker from Fresno galvanized the crowd by invoking forced interment camps. “I wouldn’t call it a concentration camp,” said Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, “but they’re suggesting (children) go some place other than public school.” Later in his speech, Patterson said that he “thought we apologized for internment camps,” an apparent reference to the separation and confinement of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Sacramento Bee article; San Jose Mercury News article

 Dan Walters: California ‘job killer’ strategy a big success – As it led the strategic pivot for business nearly two decades ago, CalChamber also instituted its “job killer” program, targeting bills it considered to be most noxious – measures that have been, for the most part, high on the liberal groups’ agendas. That, too, has been very successful. More than 600 bills were given the “job killer” epithet over the last 18 years and fewer than 50 made it into law. In some years, none did. Walters column in Sacramento Bee

 FPPC gets new enforcement chief – Galena West, a veteran lawyer at the Fair Political Practices Commission, has been named chief of enforcement at the agency, which serves as the state’s campaign ethics watchdog. Capitol Weekly article; Capitol Alert

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News Briefs

Top Stories

 $320 million in California government drought relief unspent — More than $320 million that was supposed to be rushed to drought-stricken California communities sits unspent in government bank accounts more than a year after lawmakers voted to use the money to provide water, protect wells from contamination and upgrade outdated water systems. AP article

 Gov. Jerry Brown sees California getting through drought – Even as the state struggles through an epic water crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown assured residents Tuesday that technology, adaptation and “a more elegant” way of living would ultimately preserve the California dream for generations to come. LA Times article

 SoCal high-speed rail routes generate debate, divisions — Speakers from across northern Los Angeles County spent more than four hours Tuesday giving the California High-Speed Rail Authority board their strong opinions — mostly unfavorable — over potential route options between Palmdale and Burbank. Fresno Bee article; LA Times article

Jobs and the Economy

 Modesto moves closer to putting tax on ballot – The Modesto City Council has taken a big step toward putting a general sales tax on the November ballot. At the end of a Tuesday evening council workshop, Mayor Garrad Marsh called for a special meeting next Tuesday in which council members would discuss the ballot language of the proposed tax ahead of their June 23 meeting in which the council could vote on whether to put the tax on the ballot. Modesto Bee article

 Poverty in California – The Public Policy Institute of California updates its fact sheet on poverty in California with county-by-county rates.  Public Policy Institute of California fact sheet

 Bakersfield area home prices jump in May amid rising supply, demand – Bakersfield’s home market gained steam last month as demand outpaced a surge in supply, pushing prices significantly higher. Bakersfield Californian article

 San Joaquin County hot market on housing website – San Joaquin County jumped into the top 20 hottest housing markets in the nation in May based on Web traffic at realtor.com and age of available inventory. Stockton Record article

 Stockton council passes budget; library could eventually reopen — Calls for reopening the shuttered Fair Oaks Library once again dominated budget discussions Tuesday night as the City Council sought a balance between fiscal conservatism and re-establishing a needed service in economically distressed east Stockton. Stockton Record article

 San Joaquin County supervisors approve proposed budget – The San Joaquin County Administrator’s Office has proposed adding 195 positions to county staff for the coming fiscal year, although 17 existing positions are slated for termination. Stockton Record article

 Quintero, Soria ask City Hall to spend big on Fresno parks plan – Fresno City Hall on Tuesday moved toward its first parks master plan in more than a quarter-century. But the cost — in divisiveness as well as money — is anyone’s guess. Fresno Bee article

Clovis City Council approves $198 million budget — The Clovis City Council approved $198 million budget for the new fiscal year at its meeting Monday night. The 2015-16 budget includes funding for several major projects and 10 more staff members, including three police officers and a community service officer. Fresno Bee article

 Fresno firm wins ruling against Walmart — A Fresno law firm says it has scored a major legal ruling against Wal-Mart that could cost the retail giant more than $100 million in connection with a federal class-action lawsuit that affects hundreds of truckers in California. Fresno Bee article

 Assemblymember Kristin Olsen: Bill needed to combat frivolous ADA lawsuits – The Assembly Republican Leader (R-Modesto) writes, “Businesses need more tools to help comply with our ADA laws, help prevent lawsuits, and provide access for disabled Californians. Working together, we can make this happen.” Olsen op-ed in Stockton Record

 California launches first-ever survey of state workers – So, what do you really think about your job, state workers? California’s state government is issuing a first-of-its-kind anonymous “engagement survey” to measure how much employees care about their work and how connected they feel to what they do. Sacramento Bee article

 Rouse Properties to enhance Fig Garden Village – The new owner of Fig Garden Village in northwest Fresno shared some thoughts on Monday about buying the upscale shopping center, but remained tight-lipped about future plans including new tenants. Fresno Bee article

500 in-home services workers rally to be part of minimum wage boost – Stepping up their push to be included in a potential boost in the minimum wage under consideration by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, about 500 in-home care workers rallied outside board headquarters on Tuesday. LA Times article

 Modesto’s Wine Group buys Sonoma winery – The Wine Group, a major player in the Modesto-area industry and beyond, has acquired the premium Benziger Family Winery in Sonoma County. Modesto Bee article

 Tulare County investors buy fruit patch — Dinuba-based Fruit Patch has been acquired by a five-member investment group headed by Thomas Avinelis of Porterville’s AgriCare Inc. The purchase amount wasn’t disclosed. Visalia Times-Delta article

 Early San Diego stadium vote may create snags – A drawback of San Diego’s proposal for a Chargers stadium vote on Dec. 15 is that the project would be more vulnerable to environmental delays and lawsuits, but attorneys disagreed Tuesday about how much more vulnerable. San Diego Union-Tribune article

 Sacramento City Council approves final budget – The Sacramento City Council late Tuesday approved a budget that amps up spending on firefighters, police officers and parks and relies partly on revenue from a temporary city sales tax hike set to expire in 2019. Sacramento Bee article

 At Airbnb, growth brings scrutiny, regulation – Airbnb started with three air mattresses on the floor of a San Francisco apartment. Seven years later, it’s worth as much as Marriott. LA Times article

 Wells Fargo says federal law bars LA from suing over customer abuses — Federal law precludes the city of Los Angeles from suing Wells Fargo & Co. on behalf of Californians stuck with unwanted accounts and bogus fees, the San Francisco bank argued in its effort to toss the consumer protection lawsuit the city brought against it. LA Times article

 SpaceX founder files with government to provide Internet service from space– Elon Musk’s space company has asked the federal government for permission to begin testing on an ambitious project to beam Internet service from space, a significant step forward for an initiative that could create another major competitor to Comcast, AT&T and other telecom companies.Washington Post article


Assemblymember Adam Gray: State board is unfairly taking water from San Joaquin Valley – The Valley assemblymember (D-Merced) writes, “In an especially hard-hit region, it makes little sense for the water board to insist on actions that will reduce storage that the state did not pay for in the first place. Its plan would take water currently used for irrigation and drinking and would eliminate our best chance at recharging groundwater supplies – all without any relief for the devastation it will cause.” Gray op-ed in Sacramento Bee

Stanislaus County leaders want more staff, resources committed to water problems – Stanislaus County supervisors said Tuesday they want to commit more staff to work on groundwater problems and consolidate the county’s activities concerning groundwater, recycled water and stormwater. Modesto Bee article

 Tulare County declares drought emergency as jail wells fail in drought – The ongoing California drought has caused two key wells to go dry at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility and neighboring jail farm north of Visalia, prompting the Tulare County Board of Supervisors to declare an emergency. Fresno Bee article

 Kern will drain Lake Ming, but what fate awaits recreational amenities? – Kern County will drain Lake Ming to keep Hart Park, the California Living Museum, the Kern River Golf Course and the Kern County Soccer Park open through the long, hot summer. Bakersfield Californian article

 Lois Henry: The Kern River is dry, city is up a creek – We are in very, very serious water trouble. Who cares about soccer parks and golf courses? I’m talking about options and deals being discussed right now to keep water flowing to some parts of the city. Of course, water games are being played even as the situation becomes more dire by the day. But let’s come back to that. Henry column in Bakersfield Californian

 California lawmaker proposes steep tax for water guzzlers – California’s worst water-guzzling residents and businesses could get slapped with 300 percent taxes on their bills under drought-inspired legislation that was proposed Tuesday but faces a tough path before it could actually affect local water bills. AP article

 Mark Grossi: Lighten up on your water shaming for a second and give Mark your water-saving ideas — Fix your leaking toilet and sprinkler system. Take shorter showers. Don’t rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Buy water-saving washing machines. Replace your lawn with drought-tolerant plants or synthetic turf. Use drip irrigation and micro sprayers instead of conventional sprinklers. I’m interested in other ideas or innovations that folks in your circles are discussing. Email me, and readers will hear about them here. Grossi in Fresno Bee

 More water may flow for some – The Stockton East Water District might send more water to farmers than originally expected next month, despite the fact that the reservoir on which the district relies has dwindled to 18 percent of capacity. Stockton Record article

 Visalia panel adds insight to water crisis — The challenges facing water supplies in the Tulare Lake Basin are unpredictable, stubborn and always moving – a lot like herding cats, a panel of experts told an audience Monday at 210 Connect in Visalia. Visalia Times-Delta article

 Residents to have biggest impact on water use — As Hanford residents continue to make sacrifices during the drought, their efforts will likely decide the city’s success in meeting statewide conservation targets. John Doyel, Hanford’s deputy public works director, said the city’s residential use can encompass up to 80 percent of the city’s water use, depending on the month. Hanford Sentinel article

 24 percent water rate hike approved for East Bay – East Bay residents will see an average 24 percent hike in their water bills, starting next month, after the East Bay Municipal Utility District on Tuesday approved a bump in rates, largely to make up for revenue lost during the drought. San Francisco Chronicle article

 San Francisco ad campaign makes water conservation sexy – Sex sells, even it when it comes to water conservation. The city of San Francisco credits its provocative water-savings campaign last year, thick with double entendres, with helping residents achieve among the lowest levels of water use in the state. Remember the billboards and bus placards that read, “Make it a quickie” and “Get paid for doing it”? San Francisco Chronicle article

 San Francisco water supply in OK shape, but officials keep on pressure – Four years into a drought that has left many cities and farms desperate for water, the vast Sierra-fed water system that serves San Francisco and much of the Bay Area is in relatively good shape — and should get the region through the dry months ahead, officials said Tuesday. San Francisco Chronicle article

 Riverside sues state over demand for 28 percent cut in water use – The city of Riverside has filed a suit to bar the state from imposing mandatory drought restrictions on it, saying it has its own plentiful groundwater. LA Times article

 California’s rice crop predicted to be 30 percent below normal – California’s drought is contributing to a sharp drop in rice production, about 30 percent below normal. This raises concerns for both the economy and wildlife that call the shallow flooded fields home. Capital Public Radio report

 Young people work to educate about ag at Merced County Fair — While thousands of fair-goers sit on carnival rides, listen to live music or eat something fried, a couple of dozen students from around Merced County will try to educate passers-by of the important role of agriculture in this region. Merced Sun-Star article

Criminal Justice/Prisons

 Sanger police brutality trial delayed until February – A federal civil rights trial that will probe the June 2012 shooting death of a Marine veteran by Sanger police officers has been delayed to next February. Fresno Bee article

 Public defender helps Sacramento County felons reduce past convictions – The Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office is offering thousands of local felons an opportunity to reduce past theft and drug convictions to misdemeanors. Sacramento Bee article

LA County officials vote to reconsider size of new Men’s Central Jail — Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to pull back a plan to rebuild the aging Men’s Central Jail and reassess the number of beds needed in a new facility. LA Times article

 LA Police Commission faults officers in Ezell Ford shooting — The Los Angeles Police Commission issued a mixed ruling Tuesday in last year’s killing of a mentally ill black man, finding that one officer was wrong to use deadly force but clearing another in the fatal shooting. LA Times article; Steve Lopez column in LA Times

 San Francisco top cop now says all rape kits will be tested this year — San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr on Tuesday said the city’s entire backlog of old rape kits has been counted by hand and will be tested by the end of the year with money already in the department’s budget. San Francisco Chronicle article


 Valley school districts differ on how to use money earmarked for disadvantaged kids — School districts across the valley are trying to figure out what to do with new money intended to help their most vulnerable students. But a letter from the State Department of Education raises questions about whether some of their spending on things like teacher raises is allowed. The interpretations of the new funding formula vary, based on who you ask. KVPR report

 Harris Construction agreed to consult for free on Gaston Middle project — The construction company that built Fresno Unified’s new Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School agreed to do pre-construction consulting for free in exchange for winning the project’s contracts worth nearly $42 million, a document obtained by The Fresno Bee showsFresno Bee article

New funding formula to get huge increase – A projected big infusion of state revenue next year will inject much more money into the new K-12 education finance system than school districts and state officials expected at this point. EdSource article

 In California schools, thousands of English language learners getting stuck – Jose Daniel and Angel have been in public schools in San Jose since kindergarten, but like hundreds of thousands of students in California, they still struggle with academic English. What’s going wrong? KQED report

Nan Austin: What researchers say about texting, immersing and first-grade math – Research can bolster a case for action or shake up common wisdom. But what I like about it is its thoughtful dissection of complex topics. Here are some intriguing deep looks from the in-basket and journals. Austin in Modesto Bee

 California rolls out ‘Virtual Campus Website’ — The California Community College system has rolled out a redesigned “Virtual Campus Website” as part of its online education initiative. It’s intended to improve student access to classes and completion rates.  Capital Public Radio report; Sacramento Bee article

 Parts of June 6 SAT will not be graded; about 487,000 students affected – Because of a printing error, sections of the June 6 SAT college entrance exam will not be graded but students will still receive scores for the important standardized test, officials said. LA Times article

 Sacramento City schools to establish ethnic studies as graduation requirement – Trustees for the Sacramento City Unified School District have approved creating an ethnic studies course for high schools and implementing it as a graduation requirement by 2020. Sacramento Bee article

 LA Unified retreats on higher graduation standards — The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday retreated from new, more rigorous graduation standards out of concern that huge numbers of students would fail to earn diplomas. LA Times article

 UC Merced Connect: Fulbright scholar to study Himalayan hydropower — UC Merced researcher David Rheinheimer has seen the Himalayas from many angles – from his home on the Yangtze River, from the foothills as a student in India and from the Nu River in Yunnan’s Three Parallel Rivers area. But as a 2015-16 Fulbright scholar, Rheinheimer will spend the coming year looking at the world’s highest mountain range from a new perspective – water resources management. UC Merced Connect in Merced Sun-Star

 Manteca trustees delay censure vote — Manteca Unified trustees voted 5-1 to table a potential censure vote of one of their own after an emotional and polarized public comment session at their meeting Tuesday evening. Stockton Record article


 Drought and record-breaking heat are bad combination as fire season begins — Record-breaking heat and continuous drought could make for an active and dangerous fire season this year. The fire season officially started Monday. It’s barely underway. But local, state and federal authorities are concerned that California’s parched conditions could lead to devastating wildfires. LA Times article

 $2 million financing program to boost electric-vehicle charging stations – California on Tuesday launched a $2 million financing program that provides incentives to small-business owners and landlords to install electric-vehicle charging stations for their employers, clients and tenants. Sacramento Bee article

Offshore drilling banned along new stretch of California coast as Obama administration doubles size of marine sanctuaries — In the largest expansion of national marine sanctuaries in California in 23 years, the Obama administration on Tuesday more than doubled the size of two Northern California marine sanctuaries, extending them by 50 miles up the rugged Sonoma and Mendocino coasts. San Jose Mercury News article

Health/Human Services

 Network for Children: Kern children making gains in health, but poverty is stubborn — Children age 17 and younger accounted for 29 percent of Kern County’s population in 2013, so how they’re faring is an important gauge of the region’s overall well being. Bakersfield Californian article

 Tulare County fighting increasing reports of elder abuse – Within the past year, Tulare County has seen an increase in reported cases of elder abuse. More than 1,559 reports of suspected elder and dependent adult abuse were reported from July 2014 through May 2015 to Tulare County Adult Protective Services. Visalia Times-Delta article

 Study finds Modesto, Manteca hospitals have some of nation’s highest markups – Fifty hospitals in the United States, including Doctors Medical Center in Modesto and Doctors Hospital of Manteca, are charging uninsured consumers more than 10 times the actual cost of patient care, according to research published Monday. Washington Post/Modesto Bee article

 Santa Clara County boosting age to buy tobacco to 21 – Come January 1, Santa Clara County will raise the tobacco purchasing age to 21 in its unincorporated areas, a move in line with growing public health concerns about access to younger users. San Francisco Chronicle article

 City Council member wants smokeless tobacco out of LA baseball – A Los Angeles City Council member wants the city to throw out smokeless tobacco use in baseball venues, as San Francisco did last month. LA Times article

Asthma visits rising among kids in California emergency rooms – Despite medical advances and millions of dollars spent on prevention programs like Santa Clara County’s, California children increasingly are visiting emergency rooms with asthma attacks and other serious asthma symptoms. Contra Costa Times article

 LA County planning to distribute controversial HIV-prevention drug – Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to develop a plan to distribute a controversial HIV-prevention drug to county residents at high risk of contracting the virus. LA Times article

 Cellphone industry sues Berkeley over radiation warning label law – A trade group representing the wireless industry is asking a federal judge to stop Berkeley from enforcing an ordinance requiring warning labels about radiation on cellphones sold in the city. LA Times article


High-speed rail agency approves $700 million consulting deal — Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc., a global consulting company, won a seven-year contract worth up to $700 million from the California High-Speed Rail Authority to guide the agency through a transition from planning to operation. Fresno Bee article

Sacramento Bee: A reasonable bill on lane-splitting stresses safety — Just maybe, California may finally get sensible safety rules on lane-splitting, the highway maneuver – banned in every other state – that motorists hate but motorcyclists defend to the death. Sacramento Bee editorial

Other areas

 Merced city manager plans to retire at end of the year – Merced’s top administrator will retire at the end of the year. City Manager John Bramble said he intends to retire Dec. 5. The City Council has about six months to recruit a replacement. Merced Sun-Star article

Who fixes cracked sidewalks? It could be you – It’s not certain yet, but downtown resident Roger Hartley, in the midst of a disagreement with City Hall, may be getting some free new sidewalks around his property, on 19th Street near Oak Street. But if he gets new sidewalks, Hartley said Tuesday, he thinks the rest of the city should too. Bakersfield Californian article

 Fowler native Juan Felipe Herrera named U.S. Poet Laureate — Juan Felipe Herrera, a Fowler native and former Fresno State professor, has been named Poet Laureate of the United States. The news came late Tuesday night when the Library of Congress released its announcement at midnight Eastern time. Fresno Bee article; New York Times article; AP article

 Christopher Meyers: Weigh free speech against other moral concerns — The horrific killings in January at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine inspired commentators to defend speech and press freedoms as absolutes. But in this edition of FM89’s commentary series The Moral Is, CSU Bakersfield  philosophy professor Christopher Meyers says free speech needs to be balanced against other moral concerns.  Meyers commentary in KVPR

Stockton Record: Go for it! – Straight out of bankruptcy and ascending to All-America City status? Sure, why not? Why not, Stockton? Stockton Record editorial

 Michael Fitzgerald: Conspire to be inspired by the spire — A group called Save Downtown Stockton Foundation has conceived a new use for the spire from the Hunter Square fountain: as a sculpture in the plaza in front of City Hall. Fitzgerald column in Stockton Record

 San Francisco supervisors delay action on Airbnb rentals but go after sugary drinks – This much is clear: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is sharply divided over how to regulate short-term vacation rentals through companies like Airbnb. The board, meanwhile, found common ground on regulating soda Tuesday, as it unanimously passed some of the strongest laws in the country to regulate sugary beverages. San Francisco Chronicle article

 James McAndrews Jr.: Great Valley’s Animal Room something to see — A visitor to Modesto Junior College’s Great Valley Museum can see the stars at the planetarium, look at the wide variety of animals that have lived in the Valley, and see the highlights on the surface of Mars at Science on a Sphere. But the museum also has the Discovery Room, where many reptiles and insects, most of them from the Valley, can been seen. McAndrews column in Modesto Bee

Valley Editorial Roundup

Fresno Bee – California’s effort to tighten school vaccination requirements is reasonable, scientific and needed. But that has not stopped vaccine opponents from turning a true public service into one of the ugliest fights to hit the Capitol in a while.

Merced Sun-Star – A reasonable bill on lane-splitting stresses safety.

Modesto Bee – A reasonable bill on lane-splitting stresses safety.

Sacramento Bee – Just maybe, California may finally get sensible safety rules on lane-splitting, the highway maneuver – banned in every other state – that motorists hate but motorcyclists defend to the death.

Stockton Record – Straight out of bankruptcy and ascending to All-America City status? Sure, why not? Why not, Stockton?

Upcoming Events

  • The California High-Speed Rail Authority is hosting an Industry Forum on Wednesday, June 10, from 1-3 p.m. in the Wasco Veterans Hall.  The event is for businesses interested in working on the next 22-mile phase of construction in the Central Valley.  Information and registration: http://hsr.ca.gov/Newsroom/events.html.


Next 10: UPDATED California budget challenge For the first time in a decade, California’s budget is largely in balance.  However, the state has outstanding debts of $28 million, not counting long-term pension and retiree health care costs.  Budget choices affect us all.  Take the Challenge and decide how much should be spent on programs and where the money should come from.  Next 10 California Budget Challenge

 Next 10: Federal budget challengeThe Federal Budget Challenge is based on The Concord Coalition’s Principles and Priorities budget exercise, which has been used in numerous town hall meetings across the country by members of Congress from both parties, as well as in hundreds of high school and college classrooms.  Next 10 Federal Budget challenge atwww.federalbudgetchallenge.org.

 Next 10: California Water Challenge – As our state faces some of the most severe drought conditions in its history, Next 10 wants to issue a new challenge to Californians: can you create a plan to make sure there’s enough water for everyone?  Next 10 California Water Challenge

 LEGISLATORS’ VOTING RECORDS: How often has a California legislator broken party ranks, abstained or switched sides? The Sacramento Bee has a database of the voting records of every member of the state Senate and Assembly. Enter a lawmaker’s last and first names to see how he or she voted, or enter a bill number to see how every legislator voted on it. Check it out at this link.  http://www.sacbee.com/votingrecord/

 Maddy Institute Updates List of San Joaquin Valley Elected Officials – The Maddy Institute has updated its list of San Joaquin Valley elected officials.  The list is available here.

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