Republican East Bay Assemblymember Catharine Baker voted against the state’s $122.5 billion budget package this week.
However, there were some parts of the budget Baker supported, such as setting aside $2 billion for the state’s rainy day fund. Baker, though, criticized increased spending and additional funding for high-speed rail, a project she has always vigorously opposed.
Baker, who is up for re-election for the first time (she is facing Democrat Cheryl Cook-Kallio in November), had one other gripe with the budget bill—the additional funding of medical benefits for undocumented immigrants.
In a statement, Baker disagreed with the allocation of “nearly $200 million to cover Medi-Cal benefits for undocumented immigrants at a time when legal residents already cannot get timely access to care the Medi-Cal provider network continues to shrink.”
The sentiment would not be popular in the Greater East Bay, but might be amendable in the purplish 16th Assembly District centered in Walnut Creek, Lamorinda and the Tri Valley. Give her credit, though, she didn’t say “illegal aliens” or any other pejorative for immigrants often used by Republicans. She said undocumented immigrants. Might that also be due to the large shadow of Donald Trump possibly darkening her re-election campaign this fall?
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*****SANDERS LEADS IN OAKLAND Even though the mainstream media declared Hillary Clinton the presumptive Democratic nominee for president about 12 hours before the polls opened in California last week, voters in Alameda County, and specifically, Rep. Barbara Lee’s 13th District centered around Oakland were feeling the Bern. On Thursday, Bernie Sanders nudged past Clinton in the 13th Congressional District. Overall in Alameda County, Clinton still leads Sanders by less than four percent, but the margin has continually dropped since the June 7 primary. However, being that this part of the Bay Area is likely one of the most progressive areas in the country, it makes you wonder why Sanders didn’t do better? Could the mainstream media’s bid to abruptly end the primary season the night before the California Primary be the culprit?