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    Gov. Jerry Brown will sign the state budget Friday in San Diego, his office announced Thursday, less than a week after both houses of the Legislature approved the spending plan. It is unclear how many line-item vetoes Brown will make to the $156.4 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The plan includes an expansion of child care and preschool for poor children and more money for high-speed rail, Medi-Cal and welfare-to-work. It also puts about $1.6 billion into a special rainy-day account.

    – David Siders

The Buzz: Left-leaning Davis left with right-leaning choices

Published: Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014 - 6:38 pm

Some Davis voters feel

left out in Assembly race

Davis is a liberal place, right? So why will voters in the 4th Assembly District being vacated by Mariko Yamada choose between a Republican and a former Republican?

Some point to the top-two primary system for the resulting matchup between Bill Dodd, a business-backed Democrat who left the GOP less than two years ago, and Republican Charlie Schaupp, a farmer and retired Marine Corps veteran.

But one expert singles out the citizen commission he believes “illogically” redrew the district. Tony Quinn, an expert on district boundaries, said that for years the liberal, Davis-centered district ran across Yolo and Solano counties. Now, it includes Napa, Lake and parts of Sonoma. The commission removed West Sacramento.

Quinn said the commission was to carefully consider “communities of interest.” He noted that Davis and Napa don’t share common media such as newspapers and television stations. “The Citizens Redistricting Commission did a terrible job on that district,” Quinn said. “Napa and Davis have nothing in common.”

Democrat Dan Wolk, a councilman in Davis, finished in third and endorsed Dodd.

– Christopher Cadelago

Worth repeating

“If there’s backdoor BDCP funding, we’re going after it.”

Steve Hopcraft, consultant for foes of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels water project, announcing a fundraising effort to defeat any bond measure that would facilitate its construction

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