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CIRCLE YOUR CALENDARS: By no means earlier than has June 15 loomed so giant in California.

The Capitol neighborhood has lengthy circled the date because the legislative finances deadline. However this yr, it is also when Gov. Gavin Newsom will drop tier-based restrictions and permit companies to reopen on a large scale.

It is clear which one Newsom is extra publicly targeted on proper now. He spent the morning in Vista touting one other $50,000 lottery for Californians who’ve been vaccinated, with a heavy dose of kitsch for the second week in a row.

The finances has change into a lesser subject, apart from staffers engaged on the spending plan behind closed doorways. Newsom addressed questions on masks and enterprise reopening, however did not speak about finances negotiations 4 days earlier than the legislative deadline.

STATE LAWMAKERS ARE GEARING UP FOR A MONDAY VOTE. As POLITICO’s Debra Kahn writes, it seems they are going to go a placeholder invoice as talks proceed, adopted by a sequence of trailer payments and probably revisions of predominant finances invoice thereafter. Meeting Democratic adviser Jason Sisney has outlined the state of play on Twitter, suggesting that the 2021-22 spending plan might not be finalized for weeks.

Due to a 2010 poll measure, legislators need to approve a finances by Tuesday to proceed getting paid thereafter. That was one promoting level in Proposition 25, which diminished finances passage from a supermajority threshold to majority vote.

You could be questioning, why will they nonetheless receives a commission in the event that they go a placeholder finances with the true guts TBD? Former state Controller John Chiang questioned the identical factor in 2011, the primary yr Prop. 25 was relevant. That yr, Democrats handed a finances invoice with out a deal in place with then-Gov. Jerry Brown. And Brown vetoed the plan the following day, ripping lawmakers for sending him a invoice he stated was stuffed with gimmicks.

Chiang withheld lawmakers’ pay, arguing that they did not fulfill the brand new legislation as a result of their plan wasn’t actually balanced. Prop. 25 is silent on whether or not their finances wanted to be balanced, however he argued California legal guidelines are clear that the state must function with a balanced plan. Chiang’s approval scores shot by way of the roof, with some saying he ought to change into governor. (Apparently such help was fleeting, given the 2018 gubernatorial main outcomes.)

Legislative leaders sued, and courts in the end dominated in favor of lawmakers, stating that the controller has no function in reviewing whether or not the legislature’s finances is passable.

SO HERE WE ARE. In contrast to 2011, Newsom and lawmakers are working from a place of energy, with a lot cash to spend they can not work out the main points quickly sufficient. There’s little query that the finances lawmakers go Monday might be balanced. However it is going to want much more specifics crammed in. We’re gearing up for a protracted finances season, all in opposition to the backdrop of Covid reopening and a gubernatorial recall.

HAPPY FRIDAY AFTERNOON! Welcome to California PM Playbook, a brand new POLITICO e-newsletter that serves as a day temperature verify of California politics and a take a look at the place the excess {dollars} are headed this finances season. We’ll now undergo June 17 earlier than returning in August for the legislative homestretch. Received suggestions or options? Shoot an e-mail to [email protected] and [email protected] or ship a shout on Twitter.

PRO-FAULCONER AD: We stated yesterday that an unbiased expenditure committee backed by an actual property dealer had dropped $1.2 million towards TV advertisements for GOP gubernatorial candidate Kevin Faulconer. That has risen to $1.8 million, in line with monitoring service AdImpact.

The 30-second spot emerged right now, and it is fairly commonplace fare. The primary third of the advert targeted on excessive taxes and blamed Newsom for folks leaving California, adopted by upbeat music and pictures of Faulconer shaking arms with folks.

Whereas the committee is required to function independently of Faulconer, its advert offers a way of how he’ll seemingly promote himself to voters. It says he “introduced again transparency in authorities,” factors to his efforts on homelessness in San Diego and touted his plan to remove taxes on the primary $100,000 in joint filer earnings.

PRICE TAG: The brand new estimated price of the recall election is $250 million, based mostly on a brand new trailer invoice launched right now that features $35 million for the secretary of state’s workplace. The Division of Finance had estimated county prices at $215 million yesterday.

Meeting Invoice 152 additionally completely modifications state legislation to waive the Legislature’s 30-day price assessment for recollects if lawmakers have already appropriated cash to pay for the election in query.

CAPITOL ACCESS: The state Capitol will begin reopening on Tuesday together with the remainder of the state — however capability might be restricted that first week to simply 500 members of the general public.

Senate President Professional Tem Toni Atkins and Meeting Speaker Anthony Rendon say the additional time is required “to arrange for a broader re-opening.” The Meeting and Senate guidelines committees, in the meantime, will contemplate rising public capability to 1,000 as quickly because the week of June 21.

“The Legislature is each an employer and a vital legislative physique that should keep the protection of its workforce, whereas additionally guaranteeing entry for the general public to take part within the democratic course of. We’re dedicated to offering the broadest entry to the general public and doing so in a way that protects the general public and Capitol workers,” Atkins and Rendon stated in a joint assertion.

The Capitol has largely been closed to the general public because the statewide stay-at-home order went into place on March 18, 2020. — Victoria Colliver

HOT HOT HEAT: California grid operators are warning {that a} warmth wave subsequent week may threaten the electrical system, its first main check since final August’s rolling blackouts.

The California Impartial System Operator issued a warmth bulletin on Friday, urging energy vegetation and transmission traces to defer scheduled upkeep from Tuesday by way of Friday. And it is able to deploy flex alerts if wanted — voluntary requires buyer conservation — within the night hours when power utilization is highest.

CAISO stated it didn’t but count on the worst-case state of affairs: directing utilities to chop energy to ease pressure on the grid. However triple-digit temperatures are additionally anticipated within the Southwest, which can make it tougher for California to import energy from neighboring states. Everybody might be scrambling for each electron they’ll get.

In Sacramento, the warmth begins on Wednesday with a forecasted excessive of 103 levels Fahrenheit, adopted by a excessive of 110 on Thursday and 104 on Friday. However the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, whose grid is separate from CAISO, did not expertise any outages final yr, which portends nicely for Sacramento-area residents. — Colby Bermel

— California’s largest state employees union is reviewing protests filed in opposition to its current inside election outcomes. (Sacramento Bee)

— Fresno raises a Pleasure flag for the primary time in historical past at Metropolis Corridor. (Fresno Bee)

— California’s Covid-19 indicators have declined to their lowest ranges in 14 months. (Los Angeles Occasions)

— San Francisco’s crime charges are beginning to method pre-pandemic ranges. (San Francisco Chronicle)

— Newsom responds to Vice President Kamala Harris’ “don’t come” feedback directed at migrants. (SF Gate)

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