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Brrrr...it's a beautiful chilly morning here. Farmers' market wasn't very busy, so I bought out the place. At least as much as I could carry home. I really need to get a wagon.  

BOE3 (LA/Ventura): The question has been whether former Assemblymember Rudy Bermudez would actually jump in the crowded race for Board of Equalization. Sometime in the last month or so, his website has changed from referring to him as a Government Affairs Advisor to a "Law Enforcement Advisor." He had nothing on hand on June 30, so we'll see what Wednesday night's report looks like, but that sure sounds like a ballot label. 

Local people have said that he sure looks like he is running through attendance at political events. Yes, I spend my Sunday mornings determining candidacies by looking at changes in web pages.

We'll see if he reports more cash on Wednesday (or before) night's report. My guess is he's waiting to see how the other candidates stand at that point. He could raise cash quickly.

And, for old school L.A. Kings fans, his slogan could be "Rudy's on Duty Tonight."

SD32 (Whittier): Under investigation in Sacramento, state Sen. Tony Mendoza fails to get early endorsement of Democrats [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Under investigation for harassment allegations, state Sen. Tony Mendoza failed to get required 70% of votes at Dems pre-endorsement caucus today for party endorsement, must seek vote at state party convention next month. Won 58% of votes of delegates."

Still, 58% of delegates... The only choices were Mendoza or No Endorsement. Opponents of "no endorsement" argue that if Mendoza is exonerated by the February 23-25 convention, he couldn't be endorsed if 70% of the votes were for "no endorsement" at the regional caucus level. Supporters of "no endorsement" argued that regardless of the outcome of the investigation, there has been enough flaunting of his leave of absence that the party should just stay out this cycle.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon did not cast a vote in the Mendoza endorsement.

In other interesting regional caucus news:

  • CA39 (Fullerton): the vote was widely split among the seven Democratic candidates eligible for votes at the caucus. Delegates at the state convention will have another chance. Showing the influence of the reluctance of party activists able to vote at caucuses, Mt. SAC trustee and previous Royce challenger Jay Chen led the pack with 23 votes, and Phil Janowicz came in second with 15. The other newcomers, three well funded, didn't perform well, which is to be expected. Janowicz comes from the Bernie Sanders wing of the party.
  • CA49 (Carlsbad): while Mike Levin had a substantial lead with 57% of the vote among the five candidates, that didn't reach the 70% required, and it moves to a convention caucus.
  • CA50 (East San Diego): Ammar Campa-Najjar easily won the regional endorsement, putting him on the consent calendar at convention
  • SD22 (San Gabriel Valley): Former Assemblymember Mike Eng easily earned consent calendar status with 91% of the caucus vote over Baldwin Park councilmember Susan Rubio. Eng's wife is Congresswoman Judy Chu, so that was expected, beyond Eng's previous service in the Assembly. Rubio's sister Blanca is an Assemblymember.
  • AD09 (South Sacramento): Assemblymember Jim Cooper easily captured consent calendar with 80% of the vote. The Courage Campaign has been attacking him for his moderate votes.

Appointed Attorney General Xavier Becerra was actively working the caucuses, attending three (Berkeley, Sacramento, and Santa Rosa). He is being challenged by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who was working behind the Orange Curtain in San Juan Capistrano. In other words, each were working the opposite ends of the state they are from.

 

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THE LEGACY, GENTRIFICATION AND HOUSING: The chatter among political observers is about how Governor Jerry Brown seems to be looking in the rear-view mirror instead of just straight through the windshield as has been his mindset through most of his governorship. There is work to be done this year for certain, but it is heavy lifting--high-speed rail and California WaterFix (twin tunnels) and the clock runs out in 343 days.

And there's chatter that the State of the State didn't address perhaps the state's most crippling and politically potent economic problems--gentrification and the availability of housing. Whether it be the homeless issue, gentrification, or the forcing out to other states of low-to-middle income workers--it all comes down to housing. 

On Friday, in between my morning writing and late afternoon/evening work on the website, I went to see The Post at the new theatre in DOCO (the development containing the new arena, which mostly replaced Downtown Plaza). The Cinemark theatre is amazing. The reserved seats electronically recline with a footrest and even have a heating element so your derrière doesn't get frostbite while watching a movie.

The new cinema is a far cry from the old United Artists theatre that used to occupy the failed Downtown Plaza, and the pricing reflects it--$9.75 for a matinee and $12.00 for non-matinee. The failure of Downtown Plaza was the fault of the Australia-based real estate behemoth Westfield Corp. (undergoing a purchase by Paris-based Unibail-Rodamco SE), which instead focused on the "regional" (read high-end) Galleria in Roseville.   

But, the purpose of my writing is not about the theatre. While the DOCO development didn't really directly eliminate much housing, we have largely eliminated the very-low income (and often blighted) "single room occupancy" hotels downtown. 

Beyond that, I needed to get some lunch before my movie. There are very few ~$10 lunches anywhere in that vicinity. And, there are thousands of middle-income workers right in that vicinity. They work in the towering office buildings housing law firms and other professional services firms. Sure, I could manage a pricey lunch once in awhile, but burgers at Sauced start at $14.50. Salads are $16.50. At Punch Bowl Social, sandwiches and salads start at $10. 

The secretaries, law clerks, paralegals and young associates used to count on an affordable meal in the food court at the old Downtown Plaza. There's nothing like that now. There will be a Panda Express eventually, but that's about it from what I can tell. 

I went to Lotus Thai Cuisine across the street on the north side of DOCO. It was evident that the lack of affordable lunch options was creating a boom for this relatively large district that's actually part of Chinatown, a few blocks of a largely aging Asian population. Lotus was bustling and there was a persistent wait. 

Don't get me wrong. During my divorce, I purposefully left my beloved Davis to come downtown because I've seen how much it has changed since I started working here 23 years ago. DOCO is beautiful--all the current and future public art, outdoor environment, and emerging nightlife. There was a promotion for a news segment last night about how exciting it is that we had Professional Bull Riding downtown this weekend and a concert.

That's great and it's economic development, but if office workers can't get a reasonably priced lunch, it creates a major political problem. Sure, most office buildings have a small cafe, but they can't accommodate every who needs to eat in a short period of time like the food court did. 

And, this isn't about DOCO or Sacramento. This is happening in many parts of the state.

In cities like Portland, they have several food cart squares downtown. It's a challenge to create something like that in downtown Sacramento, as we don't have surface parking lots that lease out the outer edges to carts. There were two food trucks in DOCO on Friday, and maybe that can be expanded and a solution. They sure aren't taking business away from $15 burgers.

Housing is a more perplexing issue. A lot of new housing towers are coming downtown, but it's almost exclusively high-end. The chatter in the downtown/midtown neighborhoods that I see is how the artists, retail/restaurant workers, etc. are being pushed far away from where they work. Sound familiar--we are becoming San Francisco Lite. However, we don't have a public transportation system to support pushing large numbers of these employees far out of town, and certainly not the parking for more middle-income commuters.

What does all of this have to do with Jerry Brown's legacy?

Governor Brown did sign SB 3 (Beall), which placed a $4 billion general obligation bond on the November 3 ballot. However, the budget proposes exceeding the amount required under Proposition 2 to be put in the "rainy day" fund by $3.5 billion this year. We could go to 92.6% this year, exceeding the required amount by $2.5 billion and get $1 billion out more quickly as matching funds to local governments trying to solve the most urgent housing needs.

People think of me as an education advocate, since much of my professional life was spent advocating for community colleges. Governor Brown (and Proposition 98) has been great for community colleges.

Housing is an education issue--for faculty, staff, and most importantly students. Colleges are literally opening their gymnasium showers so registered students living in their cars have a place to clean up before sitting with their peers.

Let's make housing and addressing gentrification a legacy issue and do it ASAP.  It's looking through the windshield and not just the rear-view mirror.

 

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CA31 (San Bernardino): Representative Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) was on Face the Nation this morning to talk bipartisan immigration reform this morning. They were advocating a "skinny" bill--DACA and increased border security--that stayed away from the issues that President Trump wants. These extra-controversial issue issues are the funding for "the wall," ending family reunication, and ending the lottery system in the law that seeks to have diversity in allocated visas.  

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jesse Melgar and Mike Sharif!

 

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