THE BUZZ — FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — New Grassroots Push to Reform Prop. 13, California’s “third rail” — It was once viewed as politically untouchable, but now Trumponomics are fueling efforts to change Prop. 13, the landmark tax legislation passed by California voters in 1978. A grassroots group tells POLITICO it has collected more than 85,800 signatures, both online and door-to-door, with the aim of moving legislators to close Prop. 13’s commercial and industrial property “loophole.”
— The Make It Fair Coalition, made up of labor and progressive backers, has been pushing for the so-called “split roll” Prop. 13 reform, which backers say is even more crucial in the Trump era. They cite proposed budget cuts that may threaten vital services, including health care, parks and environmental oversight. Supporters argue that by assessing commercial and industrial properties at their current market value — and keeping Prop. 13’s lower residential property taxes intact — state and local governments could raise upwards of $9 billion.
— The online petition urges lawmakers to “assess commercial and industrial property at fair market value and close commercial property tax loopholes,’’ while protecting homeowners and renters from changes, and providing “tax relief for small businesses.”
— Among the endorsers of Prop. 13 reform: League of Women Voters, California Teachers’ Association, SEIU, California Labor Federation, California Nurses Association and California Calls.
To date, Jerry Brown has expressed no real interest in getting into this fight, but polls show public opinion has changed over the last decade on “split roll.” Has it changed enough? Stay tuned.
BUENOS DÍAS, good Monday morning. Meg Whitman says she’s not going to be Uber’s next CEO. UC Davis’ ex-chancellor Linda Katehi is back, with a hefty salary. And Roger Stone had plenty to say at this weekend’s Politicon convention.
Where’s Jerry? No public schedule.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “’I have learned not to trust American intelligence until you have verified it.” — Rep DanaRohrabacher at #Politicon2017
TWEET OF THE DAY: Melissa Etheridge @metheridge: “Thank you @JerryBrownGov for coming backstage @CAStateFair good to be home in #Cali”
TWEET OF THE DAY #2 Maria Shriver @mariashriver on Sunday (with family photo): “Hey @Schwarzenegger it’s your birthday! You go! May this new decade be filled with lots of joy, great health, and fun times.”
WILD WEEKEND At POLITICON 2017 — Your California Playbookers hit the “unconventional political convention” which drew 10,000 to the Pasadena Convention Center. Among the highlights:
— Roger Stone: John McCain is a “piece of shit,’’ he told TMZ.com, and George W. Bush “snorted so much cocaine, he had a personal thank-you note from Pablo Escobar,’’ via Fox News Story.
— Entertainer Clay Aiken on “Trump: Genius or Lunatic?” via Variety: “He’s running this country in the same way that he ran ‘Apprentice,’ which is producers are kind of telling him what is going on, and he is trying to make it look like he is getting something done.” Story.
— Asked by CNN’s Maeve Reston if he’s going to Iowa next year, Democratic strategist Bill Carrick, who works with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, joked: “If he’s going, I’m going.”
— GOP strategist Rob Stutzman, on the “What’s Next for Democrats?” panel:“If Trump is still in office & runs again as a GOP, there will absolutely be a forceful primary challenge.” POLITICO asked #NeverTrumper Stutzman if he’s representing anyone; his answer (with a smile): “Not yet.”
BIRTHDAY WEEK: Obama campaign alumni Buffy Wicks (now a candidate for AD-15) and Bill Burton take home our highly coveted “Two under 40 on a morning panel at Politicon in Pasadena” award. They both turn 40 this week. Matt Shupe, the Republican strategist, also roaming the halls of Politicon, has many more years to go before he hits 40 (though he made a “40 under 40” list from the American Association of Political Consultants).
COX’S VOTE: Businessman John Cox, the Republican gubernatorial candidate who previously declined to say how he voted in the 2016 election, told POLITICO at Politicon this weekend that he supported Ted Cruz in the Republican primary and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson in the general election.
— Cox, who said he spent more than $100,000 helping George W. Bush in the 2010 election, said he worried Trump was not a conservative. After the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, however, he said, “I’m a little more convinced now.”
JERRY FOR SF MAYOR? — Willie Brown on Jerry Brown’s next act, via SFChronicle, reporting from dinner at Charlotte and George Shultz’s. Guests: Michael Bloomberg, Henry Kissinger, Jerry and Anne Gust Brown, Gavin andJennifer Siebel Newsom, Ed and Anita Lee, and Tom Steyer. “I don’t think Jerry Brown is ever going to call it a career. He mentioned that he still has $20 million in his campaign account, even though he’s termed out as governor after next year.”
— More Willie — “Personally, I think he should consider running for San Francisco mayor in 2019. He was a great mayor of Oakland, and he might be the only politician alive capable of running this city.” Story.
BARBARA LEE, REBEL: “How Barbara Lee Became an Army of One,’’ by POLITICO Magazine’s Austin Wright: “She was the only member of Congress to vote against the use of force after 9/11. Now, she’s finding unlikely allies in her campaign against America’s forever war — Republicans.” Story.
— Lee’s story coming soon to the Big Screen: Peabody Award-winning director Abby Ginzberg tells POLITICO she’s currently filming “Warrior for Peace and Justice: Barbara Lee’s Courageous Voice,” about “the lone voice against what has become America’s longest war.” The film “explores how Lee’s life experiences gave her the courage to take a stand to ensure that “when we act we not become the evil that we deplore.” Ginzberg’s most recent release: “And Then They Came for Us,’’ about the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WW II.
END TO THE LOCKYERS’ SAGA? Former Alameda Co. Supervisor Nadia Lockyer’s Facebook page announces divorce from former State Treasurer/AG Bill Lockyer, via Steven Tavares’ East Bay Citizen Blog: “It is with great sadness that I confirm my formal filing of legal separation from my husband. It is in the best interests of my children, health and well-being,” wrote Nadia Lockyer.
— In a shelter? — More from Nadia: “I will always take care of and love him,but this is needed at this time. I am currently in a shelter with our children receiving needed treatment services and we are all doing very well. Thanks for your well wishes and support. I’ll be in touch again when the time is right.” Story.
— “How 2018 became the new 2020,’’ by POLITICO’s Gabriel Debenedetti: “With a crowded presidential field taking shape, top Democratic prospects are seizing on the midterms to distinguish themselves from the pack” — Kamala Harris among them. Story.
THE TRUMP ERA:
— “Tech leaders struggling to disrupt Democratic party,’’ by SFChronicle’s Joe Garofoli: There’s a prevailing belief in Silicon Valley that technology can improve almost anything. So in that spirit, some prominent tech leaders are launching plans to disrupt the Democratic Party, which has plenty of problems. So far, they’re finding it may be easier to diagnose those problems than hack the party.” Story.
— “Trump’s travel ban keeps orphan kids from US foster families,’’ via AP — SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — “By blocking the program, the U.S. travel bans have stranded more than 100 refugee children who were already matched to waiting American foster families. Without parents or other adult relatives, those kids are living on their own in countries of temporary refuge, in limbo while their U.S. foster parents hope for a court ruling that will allow the children to finish their journeys.” Story.
CALIFORNIA AND THE CAPITOL CORRIDOR:
— California high speed rail likely to face more environmental challenges after high court ruling, by Maura Dolan and Ralph Vartabedian: California’s high-speed train project is likely to continue to be buffeted by environmental challenges as a result of a decision by the state’s top court.
In a 6-1 ruling last week written by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the California Supreme Court decided that federal rail law does not usurp California’s tough environmental regulation for state-owned rail projects. The decision has broad significance, lawyers in the case said. Story.
— “In California’s poultry plants, refugees from war fill labor vacuum,” by LATimes’ Cindy Carcamo: “What the meatpacking industry knows is that these are really good workers. They show up on time. They say ‘yes’ when they are told what to do. They do what is necessary for their survival,” Limon said.”It works really well for employers.” Story.
— “California seeks solutions to homeless sex offender rate,’’ by AP’s Don Thompson: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has as many homeless sex offenders now as it did 2½ years ago, when a state Supreme Court ruling that overturned restrictions on where they could live was seen as a way to increase housing options and allow law enforcement to better track them. Story.
— “What happened to L.A.’s push to end its pay-to-play reputation? So far, not much,’’ by LATimes’ Emily Alpert Reyes and David Zahniser: Story.
— “California’s war over public schools moves to a new front,” by Dan Walters in CALMatters: “The multi-front political and legal war over the direction of California’s immense public school system has a new front. The state Board of Education – and inferentially, Gov. Jerry Brown and the education establishment – want to take a minimalist approach to complying with the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.” Story.
— “BART employees will get ridership bonus — even though riders are down,’’ via SFChronicle’s Matier and Ross: Virtually all of BART’s 3,600 employees will get a $500 ridership bonus in their August paycheck — even though ridership is down systemwide. BART employees have long been guaranteed bonuses of up to $1,000 under their labor contract if ridership exceeds expectations.This year, ridership is down 3 percent from 2016. Story.
— “Can a pay raise fix agriculture industry’s labor crisis? Yes and no,’’ by MercNews’ Lisa M. Krieger: “All over California, there’s a desperate labor shortage on farms, ranches, processing and packing houses. But at Christopher Ranch — the nation’s largest producer of fresh garlic and co-founder of this weekend’s Garlic Festival — every job is filled. Even now, at the peak of harvest season, all 600 of its packing and processing positions are claimed.” Story.
— “California pushes rape-kit testing bills to end backlog,’’ by SFChronicle’s Melody Gutierrez: Story.
CAMPAIGNS 2018 AND BEYOND:
— “John Chiang is the no-drama candidate for governor in the Trump era, and you’re probably saying his name wrong,” by LATimes’ Michael Finnegan: “It took decades for John Chiang to hustle into the top ranks of California politics, and he relished all the schmoozing along the way.” Story.
— “This millionaire might be California’s next governor. How Gavin Newsom got connected,” by SacBee’s Christopher Cadelago: “Up a narrow staircase above his wine shop, Gavin Newsom glides across the cramped office before making his way to its showpiece. Off to the side sits a mop sink that city inspectors made him install even though he argued the floors were carpeted.” Story.
— “These political newbies are stepping up to run for Congress, and many say it’s because of Trump,” by LATimes’ Christine Mai-Duc: Not long ago, Katie Hill’s weekends were filled with hikes and rock climbing. Now that she’s decided to challenge GOP Rep. Steve Knight for his Palmdale House seat, she spends them going to meet-and-greet events and making hours of fundraising phone calls. Story.
— “California conservatives, tired of state’s liberal politics, find friendlier abodes in Texas,” via Fox News Andrew O’Reilly: “The business, Conservative Move, aims to help Republicans living in blue states follow the Chabot family’s lead and move to a state more aligned with their conservative ethos. Chabot’s company helps set up homeowners in blue states with conservative realtors to sell their properties and also find a new home in Texas. But the company doesn’t just help conservatives leave blue states. Story.
— “UC Davis’ Linda Katehi returns to teaching, but she’ll be paid like a chancellor,’’ by SacBee’s Diana Lambert: Story.
— “Appeals court lifts stay on opening California gas facility,’’ via AP: Story.
— “Bay Area court interpreters hold walkout over pay dispute,’’ by SFChronicle’s Bob Egelko: Story.
— “Marin County gets another smug reprieve from housing quotas,’’ by CALMatters’ Dan Walters: Story.
— Worst cities for U.S. renters: new study via WalletHub: Best city in CA — San Diego. Worst — Oakland. Link to Data.
— “California city to use pot shops to fight racial inequality,” by USAToday’s Trevor Hughes. “OAKLAND, Calif. — “Convicted marijuana dealers are getting help to go legal under a precedent-setting system here. The city’s “Equity Applicant” system aims to help poor, longtime Oakland residents — including those with convictions for illegally selling marijuana — get started in a business that otherwise has remained stubbornly white, male and middle class across the USA. City officials designed the system to help rectify what they see as longstanding, provable inequities in how the war on drugs was prosecuted against the poor and communities of color.
— “After Meg Whitman’s exit, Uber’s CEO search is down to only male candidates — as its board struggles and Travis Kalanick meddles,’’ by Recode’s Kara Swisher: As the car-hailing company searches for cohesion, the former CEO has told some he is “Steve Jobs-ing it.” Story.
— “Facebook employee is homeless, lives out of car,’’ via KTVU. Story.
— “Weekend Box Office: ‘Dunkirk’ Marches Past ‘Emoji Movie’ With $28.1M,’’ via Hollywood Reporter. Story.
— AD-15: BART Director Lateefah Simon, a rising star in the Democratic party, has endorsed former Obama campaign organizer Buffy Wicks, candidate in the open East Bay Assembly race for the seat being vacated by Tony Thornton.
BIRTHDAYS: Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger turned 7-0 on Sunday.
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