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DISTRICT UPDATES:

Happy Thursday to you. Remember those days when California's legislative employees would be furloughed because a state budget hadn't been passed? Well, that happens after midnight tomorrow for most federal employees. 

FROM THE INBOX: As noted above, Dr. Asif Mahmood has switched from a campaign for lieutenant governor instead to one for insurance commissioner. Mahmood, who grew up in and went to medical school in Pakistan, is a pulmonologist in Los Angeles. The lite gov race is already hot with Jeff Bleich, Ed Hernandez, and Eleni Kounalakis battling for Democratic votes.

Mahmood made a smart choice. For IC, Mahmood is likely to advance to the general against Senator Ricardo Lara. Lara's a strong candidate and a legislator I think fondly of, but a Democratic physician for insurance commissioner is a formidable foe.

Mahmood was sitting at on around $847,000 as of June 30, and claims nearly $1 million on hand (only $50,000 from himself). As an immigrant, he has tapped into largely wealthy Muslim-Americans to come out to the head of the pack doling out $7,300 a piece, and has a pedigree in the current political environment to be a legit candidate. Indeed, the Trump factor is affecting elections in The Golden State.

He has SCN Strategies running his campaign, led by Ace Smith and the firm that re-elected Jerry Brown and sent Kamala Harris to the U.S. Senate.

FROM THE FILE OF STUPID IDEAS: A group is pushing for a "New California" effort, reports Don Sweeney in The Bee. The group adds counties based on "county representatives" in no official capacity. No, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento members of Congress aren't voting to divide the state and why would you divide Napa and Sonoma?

Also, the proponents are ignoring the fact that they propose eliminating the most economically powerful counties aside from Orange and San Diego.

The effort requires consent of the state Legislature and Congress. Hell, Congress can't even agree on a 28-day spending plan. Instead, do something productive with your lives.

THE HUG-FREE ZONE: Bail advocate pushes harassment claims against ‘Huggy Bear Hertzberg’ [Taryn Luna @ SacBee]:

T.J. Esposito, the owner of Bail Bond 360 and a marketing agent for his wife’s company Patriot Bail Bonds, denied his effort urging harassment victims to come forward is connected to the bail issue at the Capitol. But Hertzberg said certain elements of the cash bail system are attempting to “weaponize and exploit the #wesaidenough movement in an effort to kill bail reform.”

Esposito said a grass-roots group of citizens paid him to set up the “Sacramento Victims Hotline” website and create the video in December – just days after Hertzberg faced allegations from three women of inappropriately hugging and touching. He said some of his clients are victims of sexual harassment or abuse and requested that his marketing and business consulting agency, Blue Sky Media, conceal their identities.

CVRA: In the MercNews, Dan Borenstein looks at the California Voting Rights Act and believes the law is "flawed." The law requires governing boards of local agencies where votes elect members at-large to examine whether racially polarized voting keeps minorities from being elected. Borenstein's quarrel is with the extortionist behavior of some unexcusable lawyers.

A few lawyers literally send letters out to targeted local governments demanding $150,000 for them to not file a lawsuit. It's extortion. Plain and simple. They could show up during council/board meetings and speak in public comment. Instead, it's a fundraising tool for lawyers. 

The law has been appropriate in certain cases, but I won't name local governments. There has been overt racism to protect the establishment for a long time. Literally, we have city and other districts in which all the governing board members live on the same postal delivery route. 

I lived through this when I was CEO of the Community College League, so we set up a program to affordably help districts in moving from at large to legally allowable districts. In several cases, they did the analysis and stayed were able to stay with at-large elections. It was a stressful process starting out, but had full support of my three boards and was very smooth with the member districts which appreciated their nonprofit facilitating the process. 

The California Voting Rights Act (Polanco, 2001) is a good law, but some lawyers and local governments are (generally) men behaving badly, which is stirring up racial politics. Local governments need to be proactive before they are added to the lawyers' lists. This is not an argument for universal district elections. In Davis, where I lived for 20 years, the at-large council was appropriate. In Woodland, just 7 miles north, district elections are warranted, given large additions of de facto Sacramento suburbs that would otherwise impede the historically Latino population. That's the point of CVRA--learn the facts. 

HQ2: Amazon yesterday announced the finalist cities for its second headquarters. In California, only Los Angeles made the list. Sacramento continues to have 1,500 Amazon jobs at the fulfillment center just south of the airport. Of course, the jobs are largely blue collar rather than executive jobs, but they are jobs and they are in Sacramento and join nine other fulfillment centers in California. California has 9 other fulfillment warehouses in California. 

 

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House GOP leaders scrambled to round up the votes for a short-term spending bill, faced with opposition from defense hawks clamoring for billions more for the Pentagon. In the Senate, immigration activists pressured Democrats to oppose the bill.

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