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COMMUTER REMINDER: Today's rally calling for prosecution of the police officers involved in the Stephon Clark shooting starts at 3:00pm at the DA's office on 9th/G. The city council is holding an "open community dialog" at 5pm, so the area around City Hall (10th/I) could be commute-challenged through the commute hours. That could include the I street I-5 entrance, which if like Friday, the CHP may close. The Q Street entrance shouldn't be affected. There is no idea of the size of the rallies, but it is spring break.
Former Sacramento Kings forward and hometown guy Matt Barnes is planning a march on Saturday, although details are not yet available. He's working with other Kings, who are in town with a home game against Barnes's former team the Warriors Saturday night at 7:00pm. Barnes has joined with former Kings player DeMarcus Cousins in offering to pay for Clark's funeral.
This morning, Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn (who is African-American) asked Attorney General Xavier Becerra to take over the investigation into the shooting. Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Becerra flanked Hahn for the announcement. The city's leadership, and organizations like the Kings, really should be praised for their quick work to diffuse what could be a very volatile situation.
C. GARCIA: KQED's California Report gets an interview with Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), who is on a voluntary unpaid leave of absence under a cloud of a harassment investigation, is running for re-election to AD58.
The whole transcript is worth a read, but here are some excerpts:
KQED: One of the things that came up in this investigation are the allegations against you I should say is this idea that you somehow sexually assaulted someone physically. Did you ever sexually assault anyone?
GARCIA: I've never assaulted anyone physically.
KQED: Sexual or otherwise.
GARCIA: Sexual or otherwise. I try to treat everyone with dignity and respect. Similar to how I want to be treated.
KQED: So this one gentleman says that you tried to grab his butt reached for his crotch, to be graphic about it. You never did that.
KQED: There's another allegation that you played or encouraged people to play spin the bottle in a hotel room. Did you ever encourage anyone to play such a game?
GARCIA: I've never encouraged anyone to play spin the bottle and I've actually never played spin the bottle myself.
GARCIA: First and foremost I want to be clear that alcoholism is a serious disease and we need to be working and giving support to folks who are ready to deal with that. It's something that is in my family as well it's personal to me. And so there's respect there.
And I'm not an alcoholic, I drink, yes. There's a culture of drinking in the Capitol and I've definitely participated in that. But I don't think that makes you an alcoholic. But you know all I have to say is if I thought I was an alcoholic I would have already said that the same way I'm saying, ‘yes I drink.’
[Keg in office?]
GARCIA: I think that's a similar saying ‘Do I have beer in my fridge and so I’m am alcoholic?’ Yes I have beer in my fridge. Yes. At some point I've had a keg at my office. A lot of us do. It's part of the culture of socializing after the way business gets done. I think we can have a discussion about that and discuss whether or not that's appropriate. But because you have alcohol or you are in the possession of alcohol doesn't make you an alcoholic. I think that's a really gross generalization.
[Use derogatory terms about LGBT?]
I don't use the word 'faggot.' It's not in my vocabulary. Have I at some point used the word 'homo'? Yeah I've used that word 'homo.' I don't know that I've used it in derogatory context. I think you need to think about the context in which it was used. But anything can be taken out of context clearly here in this situation.
GOV: Five candidates for governor squared off last night in a televised debate in Los Angeles, and they took aim at Gavin Newsom for skipping the debate to instead attend fundraising events, reports Seema Mehta and Phil Willon for the Times. Newsom's spokesperson responds that the LiteGov has attended eight debates. Democrat Amanda Renteria did not make the threshold to be on stage.
Of course, most independent observers believe that the plentiful debates are really about the race for the second spot in the top two, and Newsom doesn't lose much by not attending as it doesn't hurt him in November, where he is essentially assured a spot. Building his war chest and doing targeted outreach for endorsements while the other candidates duke it out is smarter than sharing 1/6th of the time on stage.
Civically responsible? It's expected that there will be only one debate in the U.S. Senate race between Kevin de León and Dianne Feinstein, and that will be for the November election. The Sacramento Press Club is hosting the only lieutenant governor forum on April 17.
I haven't kept count, but I think we're over a dozen for governor already. I've attended a couple, but many of these are held by constituency groups to have targeted questions to get candidates to make promises for accountability later.
Video of the debate is in the above link.
LG: The Bee's Taryn Luna looks at Angelo Tsakopolous's independent spending on behalf of his daughter, Eleni Kounalakis, in her race for lieutenant governor.
Tsakopoulos, a prominent Sacramento real estate developer, contributed the money to an independent expenditure committee formed by the California Medical Association to support his daughter’s race against state Sen. Ed Hernandez, her key rival and an optometrist on the wrong side of his fellow physicians.
Tsakopoulos is the only contributor to the committee thus far. The California Fair Political Practices Commission said there's nothing wrong with the financial arrangement. But the group, like all independent expenditure committees, is forbidden from coordinating its spending with the candidate or her campaign.
While it is a low-profile race with no public polling, the feeling is that, while Hernandez has been running several years and locked up early endorsements, Kounalakis now has the momentum, and money ($1.9m cash on hand on 12/31 to Hernandez's $1.6m). With the independent expenditure committee spending on her behalf, she will have a huge financial advantage. While one can see this as a fight between the M.D.s and the D.O.s, it's unlikely that the California Optometric Association or any other of the endorsers of Hernandez will spend significant independent money on an office that has nothing to do with scope of practice issues. Nor likely will the California Medical Association. The legislative races are more important to these organizations.
CD04 (Foothills): Things are getting testy in the race for Democrats trying to position themselves to be in the top two against Congressman Tom McClintock (R). Democratic candidate Regina Bateson has challenged fellow Dem Jessica Morse's designation as "National Security Fellow," which was a modified version of the three she initially submitted in her candidacy filing. Bateson's argument is that Morse hasn't worked in national security since May 2015. When she left, she became a writer. Then, from August 2016 to November 2016, she worked as a field organizer for the Colorado Democratic Party, primarily to turn out voters for Hillary Clinton.
Candidates are required to submit three alternative ballot designations and provide a justification for them. Generally the county elections office picks one (generally the top one unless it's clearly in violation) and then forward that to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State then does a review and can, as in this case, create a modified version. After that, it's up to other candidates to petition for a writ of mandamus, or an order from the court to direct the action of an elections official, in this case Secretary of State Alex Padilla.
Bateson's petition is likely to succeed and Morse will likely be left with no ballot designation, as "Field Organizer" was not listed as one of her proposed ballot designations.
CENSUS: Last night, the Trump Administration (Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce, albeit requested by Department of Justice) announced that it would be adding the "citizenship question" to the 2020 Census form. This was quickly followed by announcement by Attorney General Xavier Becerra (jointly with Secretary of State Alex Padilla) and attorneys general from other states of plans to block the administration's plan.
The Census is a count of residents, whether they be citizens, lawfully present non-citizens, or unlawfully present non-citizens. The purpose of the census in the Constitution is for the apportionment of members of the House of Representatives among the several states. Since then, however, it has expanded to be used in a broad body of law regarding the districting of those House members, such as in the Voting Rights Act. Additionally, it is used for the distribution of federal (and frequently state) funding for critical programs and several other functions (such as crime statistics).
The "plain reading" of the origin of the census would find that the citizenship question would be of ministerial discretion, since plenty of questions have been added over the years such as marital status, race/ethnicity, income, and household size.
The "living document" argument would be that the function of the census has been expanded and an accurate count of "residents" is essential. Including a citizenship question would dissuade a possible respondent from completing and returning the form. This would affect the distribution of federal funds, the monitoring of crime statistics, and health and human services statistics. It would also affect the ability to create congressional, state legislative, and other districts in compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act and, in the local case, the California Voting Rights Act, which look at discriminatory line-drawing/election systems based on total population.
Of course there is the political side of it. California is very unlikely to pick up house seats in the reapportionment thereof, as our population growth has generally been in line with national growth. However, it will affect the redistricting in California of congressional, state legislative, and local districts.
This could particularly hit Los Angeles, the Central Valley, and parts of the Bay Area. If the number of census respondents drops oin those areas because non-residents (legal or otherwise) refuse to return the form, the districts will be expanded and more districts would be pushed into suburban, wealthier areas.
Additionally, there's the $$$ issue--fewer people means less money from the feds and perhaps the state for a variety of programs that distribute funds by population.
It is a far more complicated issue than just whether or not to add a question "for statistical purposes." Regardless of your political position on immigration, this should be worrisome for all Californians as it means fewer federal dollars for a state that is already a "donor state."
Finally, it could lock in a GOP House for the 2021 decade. Some of you are smiling; some of you are throwing your lunch across the room.
VOTER REGISTRATION: As people are energized on both sides of various issues, I see a lot of Twitter traffic about voter registration. A couple of points:
PRIVACY: Laurel Rosenhall writes for CALmatters that, while Facebook is on the defensive for the Cambridge Analytica scandal (including taking out full-page ads), it's also spending big to oppose a proposed consumer privacy ballot measure for the November ballot.
WORK-AROUND: In response to SB 54 (de León - "sanctuary state"), which prohibits state and local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials to notify them of the custody and release of suspected undocumented individuals, the Orange County Sheriff's Department is now posting online the release dates of all people in custody. Since it's universal and public, it doesn't directly conflict with SB 54, although the work-around is the stated goal. The Register's Roxana Kopetman reports.
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California Election Official Says Tony Mendoza Can't Call Himself A 'state Senator' On The June Ballot
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
The California secretary of state has rejected Tony Mendoza’s proposed ballot designation of “state senator” in the June election, saying it is deceptive because he resigned from the Senate last month amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Map Locates 301 Bar, Restaurant And Cigar Lounge Visits By Rep. Duncan Hunter - The San Diego Union-tribune
Morgan Cook, Joshua Stewart, Lauryn Schroeder @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Of the 72 charges below $100 at Washington, D.C. bars, almost half were at Bullfeathers, which has a reputation as a popular hang-out for lobbyists, next to House office buildings.
Rivals In The California Governor's Race Rip Gavin Newsom For Skipping Debate
Seema Mehta, Phil Willon @ latimes.com
Governor's Debate: Five of the candidates for governor square off live from USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. NBC4's Conan Nolan and Colleen Williams co-moderate. http://4.nbcla.com/eZWjRAw
Romney: I'm 'more Of A Hawk On Immigration' Than Trump - Politico
Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor vying for a Senate seat in Utah, said he's "more of a hawk on immigration" than President Donald Trump, arguing that the young undocumented immigrants protected under an Obama-era initiative should not be "allowed to stay in the country legally."
Tsakopoulos Helps Daughter's Bid For Ca Lieutenant Governor | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @ sacbee.com
Eleni Kounalakis' bid to become California lieutenant governor has received a $2.02 million boost from a familiar face: Angelo Tsakopoulos, her father.
Health Care Mergers And Rising Prices Under Scrutiny In California - Capradio.org
Ben Bradford @ capradio.org
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826
San Francisco State Business School Dean Named Whittier College's First Nonwhite President
Joy Resmovits @ latimes.com
Her business leadership roles earned her such accolades as the Trailblazer Award from the San Francisco chapter of the Council of 100 Black Women. She holds an MBA and a doctorate in higher education management.
Immigration Deals Heading To Senate Floor For Vote - Politico
The Private Man At The Center Of California's Very Public Debate Over Single-payer Healthcare
Pauline Bartolone @ latimes.com
"He keeps to himself," said Chris Pulliam, who went to high school with Fountain in Los Angeles and now lives in Silver Spring, Md. "I've just got into the habit of not asking about things."
Alleged Drunken Driver Kills 2 High School Students And Injures A Third Student From Nevada Union In Grass Valley | The Sacramento Bee
Benjy Egel And Joe Davidson @ sacbee.com
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region
Poll: Many Americans Fear Health Cost More Than Serious Illness - The San Diego Union-tribune
Paul Sisson @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Why aren't Americans getting flu shots?
California Will Sue Over Decision To Add Citizenship Question To U.S. Census, Becerra Says
Associated Press @ latimes.com
The Commerce Department says the 2020 U.S. Census will include a question about citizenship status, a move that brought a swift response by the California attorney general to oppose it.
Rick Scott sets 'big announcement' for April 9 amid expectations he will run for Senate
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has scheduled a âÂÂbig announcementâÂÂ for April 9 thatÂ those close to Republican expect willÂ be the launch of hisÂ campaign for U.S. Senate.Â Â âÂÂJoin me the morning of April 9th on Facebook Live, as I make a big announcement,âÂÂ Scott wrote on Twitter Monday. He also announced that Jackie Schutz Zeckman had resigned [âÂ¦]
Matt Barnes To Plan March For Stephon Clark, Attend Funeral | The Sacramento Bee
Jason Jones @ sacbee.com
By Jason Jones
After Stormy Daniels, Republicans Face a Referendum on Trumpâ
JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEXANDER BURNS @
As gun control, immigration and taxes energize voters in both parties, allegations of an affair have intensified discomfort with the presidentâÂÂs behavior.
California Medicaid Expansion Enrolled Hundreds Of Thousands Of Ineligible People, Federal Report Finds
Chad Terhune @ latimes.com
In a Feb. 21 report, the HHS inspector general estimated that California spent $738.2 million on 366,078 expansion beneficiaries who were ineligible. It spent an additional $416.5 million for 79,055 expansion enrollees who were "potentially" ineligible, auditors found.
Sacramento Police Officer, School District, Officials Named In Suit. | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @ sacbee.com
By Diana Lambert