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AM Alert: California DNC delegates get Kamala Harris, but not Loretta Sanchez

Attorney General Kamala Harris thanked phone-bank volunteers at the California Democratic Party headquarters on June 7, 2016.
Attorney General Kamala Harris thanked phone-bank volunteers at the California Democratic Party headquarters on June 7, 2016. hamezcua@sacbee.com

From Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to state Senate leader Kevin de León; Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, to Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis; billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer to SEIU Local 2015 President Laphonza Butler, Californians from all levels of government (and outside of it) are slated to address the state delegation’s breakfasts this week at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

One big name that won’t: Rep. Loretta Sanchez.

The Orange County congresswoman is locked in an increasingly testy race for U.S. Senate against fellow Democrat and California Attorney General Kamala Harris. But while Harris will speak to the delegation this morning, Sanchez is missing from the list.

Was Sanchez, who has accused Democratic leaders of favoring Harris in their race, not extended an invitation? Or did she decline to participate?

Her spokesman isn’t saying. Sanchez, meanwhile, has spent the convention so far dodging reporters who want to talk to her, and shadowing her sister on the main stage.

Perhaps she’s laying low after her controversial remarks last week that slammed President Barack Obama for weighing in on the race and suggested he had endorsed Harris because they are both black. On Monday, Harris called on Sanchez to apologize to the president and said that repeated racial comments she has made on the campaign trail are “not the voice of a leader.”

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Dissent threw Monday’s California delegation breakfast into chaos.

ALSO WORTH WATCHING: The New York Times looks at Democratic convention history through the eyes of former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown.

WORTH REPEATING: “We brought our Muslims...and our Mexicans, our women, our Dreamers, our Black Lives Matter, our Asian Americans, all on the ‘do not touch’ list.” – Treasurer John Chiang, on California delegation as Donald Trump’s “worst nightmare”

TUNNEL TIME: Whether the twin Delta water conveyance tunnels will even get built is a big question at this point. The next six months represent a crucial phase, with a ballot initiative that could imperil the whole project set for a vote in November and proponents seeking key approvals from Obama before he leaves office. It begins today, as the State Water Resources Control Board commences a series of public hearings on the details of the plan. The first, starting at 9 a.m. at the Cal/EPA building on I Street, focuses on three new proposed water intake points.

LIFE SAVERS: The small pink dot on your driver’s license may one day make a critical difference. In the 10 years since it began its partnership with Donate Life California, the Department of Motor Vehicles says it has registered more than 13.2 million organ, eye and tissue donors, whose contributions have saved 7,000 lives. The two organizations will share some of those stories and urge people to register as donors during an anniversary event, 10 a.m. at the DMV headquarters on First Avenue.

GARBAGE GREATNESS: Keep an eye out for a six-year-old in a garbage truck rumbling around downtown this morning. The odd sight is a Make-a-Wish fulfillment for Ethan Dean, a Rancho Cordova boy with cystic fibrosis who wanted to be a garbage man. Starting at the Sacramento Bee office on Q Street at 10:25 a.m., Ethan will ride his own Waste Management truck around town, making stops at the I Street fire station at 11 a.m., the Cal/EPA building at 11:25 a.m., and Frank Fat’s at 11:50 a.m. to pick up the trash. The route ends at the west steps of the Capitol at noon for a celebration with food trucks and plaudits from local leaders, including Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Tom Daly, D-Anaheim, who turns 62 today.

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