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State of Affairs: The big bill deadline, Trump's DACA dinner, CA Dem poll

by Austin Cross and A Martínez | Take Two®

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The dome and exterior of the California State Capitol building in 2015, in Sacramento. George Rose/Getty Images

Up in Sacramento, lawmakers are in high gear. It's just one of the stories discussed Friday on State of Affairs, Take Two's weekly look at politics in the Golden State.

The legislative session ends Friday night, and lawmakers are racing to pass a stack of new bills before the deadline.

Also on State of Affairs:

  • President Trump and Democratic lawmakers may have outlined a DACA deal — or maybe not.
  • A new poll from Berkeley's Institute of Government Studies is shining some light on how Democrats feel about two familiar faces in California politics: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator Dianne Feinstein. 

Guests:

  • Carla Marinucci, senior editor for Politico's California Playbook
  • Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, professor of public policy at USC

Carla, it was a dramatic Thursday night in the Assembly as lawmakers finally managed to eke through some long-awaited affordable housing bills. How did it all go down?

It was a drama until the last hours. This issue of providing affordable housing in California has really become top-of-the-agenda for many communities in California. The homeless problem has really taken a toll. 

Last night, you saw it. The Assembly approved some really critical housing measures:

  • SB3: A $4-billion housing bond that's going to go before voters in 2018. 
  • SB2: Provides a permanent source of affordable housing. That's a $75 fee on real estate transactions, including mortgage refinancing. 
  • SB 35: Is going to help fast-track housing developments, making it hard for some of these local governments to block them. This is an interesting one because, for a long time, critics have said, some of the more affluent communities in California have stalled affordable housing. I think a lot of folks out there are saying this is the moment where California is going to start to address this affordable housing crisis. 

Press the blue play button above to learn more about how the affordable housing bills recently passed by the Assembly could affect people living in Southern California. 

Answers have been edited for clarity and brevity. 

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