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AM Alert: Results of cap-and-trade auction released today

Gov. Jerry Brown in his office at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday, June 30, 2016.
Gov. Jerry Brown in his office at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday, June 30, 2016. mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

The results of the latest cap-and-trade auction are expected to be released today as Gov. Jerry Brown attempts to preserve the state program that allows polluters to pay to offset carbon emissions.

The auction gives a sense of the market demand for carbon emissions and whether political uncertainty over the future of cap-and-trade is hurting the program. Sales and revenues plummeted in the last auction in May.

Last week Brown unsuccessfully attempted to amend Senate Bill 32, a bill to extend the state’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, to include a provision continuing the state program beyond 2020. The cap-and-trade program is a major source of funding for Brown’s high-speed rail project.

A report summarizing the results of the auction is expected to be released today at noon.

BATTER UP: Democratic lawmakers are looking for back-to-back wins in the annual Legislative Softball Game tonight. For the majority, Assembly members Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, Adam Gray, D-Merced, and Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, are serving as co-captains. Republicans are relying on Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, R-San Diego, to lead them to victory. Calderon is playing shortstop for the Dems and Assemblyman Bill Brough, R-Dana Point, is expected to fill the position for the Reps. A spokeswoman said starting positions are typically determined by attendance at practices – apparently Dems have been training for months. Expect a fair, no-nonsense game with California State Auditor Elaine Howle behind home plate as umpire, with assistance from Assembly and Senate sergeants-at-arms. Ticket proceeds benefit People Reaching Out, a Sacramento non-profit that provides summer, after-school and community programs. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. at Raley Field. Tickets start at $15.

WORTH REPEATING:Donald Trump’s new campaign manager says Trump had his best week ever…Any week Trump doesn’t step on his johnson is a good week.”

State Democratic Party Chairman John Burton, in an official statement on the party’s website

RAPE ON THE NIGHT SHIFT: Immigrant women plan to gather outside Gov. Jerry Brown’s office Tuesday to speak about their experiences being raped and sexually harassed on the job to urge him to sign AB 1978. The bill provides more protections for workers in positions that make them vulnerable to attacks, such as janitors and other jobs that often force women to work alone and at night. Bill author Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, is expected to attend the rally, which begins at 11:15 a.m. on the North Steps of the Capitol and continues on to Brown’s office. Proponents expect the Senate to sign off on the bill in the next few days.

RELOADING: Some of the leading outside spending committees for the June 7 primary election look to be ramping up for the fall. The education group EdVoice last week reported receiving $450,000 apiece from Wal-Mart heirs Alice Walton and Jim Walton of Bentonville, Ark. and $125,000 apiece from former hedge fund manager John D. Arnold and his wife Laura of Houston, Texas. The California Charter Schools Association put $300,000 more into its Parent-Teacher Alliance committee, which was active in multiple races last year.

Editor's note: Monday's AM Alert referred to a bill that would “guarantee overtime to farm workers." That sentence should have said the measure raises the threshold for overtime to farm workers. Assembly Bill 1066 would require overtime pay after eight hours worked in a day instead of the 10 hours currently required.

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