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COMMUTER ALERT: Black Lives Matter Sacramento has announced another rush-hour rally today from 3-5:30. They are starting at the DA's office again (9th/G).
There is a Kings game tonight. The Kings have worked with the city and SacPD and assure fans that all ticketed fans will get in. Additionally, last night, the Kings and Build. Black. Coalition and Black Lives Matters Sacramento announced an agreement whereby the Kings will make significant investments to assist education and growth of youth in the black community. The Kings also are establishing an education fund for Stephon Clark's two children.
If you want to avoid the possibility of traffic related to where protestors likely will be and are leaving town to the west or north, use either the Q street entrance, or go down to Business 80 ("W-X"). Yesterday, L Street and south was fine, while the I Street freeway entrances were largely closed by the CHP to discourage protestors from nearing the freeway.
The chants adversarial to the police are pretty ugly, but organizers have actually worked with the police to know what will be tolerated and won't be. Police vehicles are let through even when other cars are not. After last Thursday's incursion onto I-5, organizers keep protestors away from the freeway entrances, even though traffic from downtown to certain freeway on-ramps may be impeded. They are also working hard to keep the group together--which fell apart yesterday when a side group split off from the I Street shutdown, talking to stuck motorists on 5th Street, but ending up stopping traffic on J Street. That led the main I Street group to let that street open and moved over to J Street.
In observance, it was very peaceful, although passionate and well organized. When the protest takes over an intersection, it is shut down. Only in a couple of cases yesterday did I see the police assist in getting vehicles through. One was an Amtrak Connection bus (obviously delays are a real problem), which had the unenviable task of turning around on 5th Street only to be held at I Street, and the other was a city bus. Otherwise, the CHP was assisting cars turn around to go the wrong way back up J Street. In a "Whack-a-Mole" game, after J Street was cleared, protestors returned to block I Street again, although it was temporary as they returned to their original gathering spot at the DA's office.
Interestingly, many stuck commuters of all races were cheering on the protestors, evidence that this is a complicated political issue for city and community leaders.
Oddly, the Stephon Clark violence yesterday was not in Sacramento, but rather Times Square.
As of now, law enforcement is focused on protecting from property damage and personal injury, and doing everything to avoid direct conflict. We'll see how long that lasts. After today, it's a three-day weekend, so things may calm down next week, although Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Anyway, it's completely unpredictable, but my advice is to avoid I and J this evening (including 5th from L Street north). I have know idea what their plans are, but if commuters can use alternative routes and leave them to the vehicles that need to use them (Amtrak Connection and city busses), it'll reduce a lot of stress.
Articles on yesterday:
The issue of police shootings will be front a center of the Legislature when members return on Monday, particularly if the protests continue. I monitor the street closures to help Sacramento Nooner readers get home, but also am watching the protest to get a sense of the passion behind the various grievances--which are local, state and case law-driven.
Which is it? It's complicated.
It's a blend of all three. Procedures on use of force are largely locally guided by statutory and case law. Disclosure of individual police officer personnel records are also state and case law, usually only accessible through Pitchess motions in discovery in a pending court case. And, that's just the low-hanging, easily understandable issues. Capitol Public Radio's Ben Bradford looks at some of the issues.
Get ready for some big legislative debates.
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Yesterday, Colusa Brown, the First Dog, announced a new Deputy First Dog, Cali Brown. Cali is not a Corgi, but rather a Bordoodle--a standard poodle/border collie mix. "As Deputy First Dog, her duties include assisting the First Dog in herding staff at the State Capitol and lending a paw around the family ranch in Colusa County."
More on the first dogs, including a tribute to the late Sutter Brown.
GOV: Gavin Newsom plans to sit out gubernatorial debates until the May 8 debate moderated by NBC's Chuck Todd, for which he is receiving criticism from his competitors, reports Seema Mehta in the Times. "Our campaign has participated in eight debates in the campaign so far and countless forums, and we are looking forward to participating in another televised debate May 8," spokesman Nathan Click said.
CA33 (LA Coast): For Capitol Weekly, Lisa Renner looks at the role Congressman Ted Lieu is playing in taking on President Trump's tweets. Both 2-term member Lieu and 3-term member Eric Swalwell (D-CD15) have become unexpected regular guests as junior members as many of the familiar faces have taken a back seat in the media (or the media looks for new faces). Add Adam Schiff, Jackie Speier, and Mike Thompson and you find an out-sized influence of California among Democrats in the media, even when the state is an afterthought to the President.
THE OC: The LAT's Christine Mai-Duc reports that most of the Republicans running in the competitive congressional seats in Orange County support the Board of Supervisors' position against California's new "sanctuary state" law. Joel Fox looks at whether the opposition to sanctuary will be a winning formula in November.
POLL POSITION: As I did a takedown on the crappy SurveyUSA poll yesterday, I missed this great article for Capitol Weekly by Mark DeCamillo, who is currently the director of the Berkeley IGS Poll. It's definitely worth a read if you work with or even look at polling.
I've spent time with polls for a couple of decades. I used to not care about the methodology, other than the number of respondents; adults, registereds, or likelies; dates; and margins of error.
Now it's the first thing I look at before looking at results. For SurveyUSA, that was important. Of course, the other points I talked about yesterday were equally important.
To include John Melendez, who lives in Canoga Park never even filed with LA County is polling malpractice. There poll started after filing was closed. I haven't gone through all 17 that they included for the Senate race, but they apparently used FEC filings, which have nothing to do with ballots. Sometimes, like state Cal-Access filings, it's to carry money forward. No, John Burton is not running for Superintendent of Public Instruction this year and Ed Royce is retiring, even though both have state and federal candidacy filings, respectively. It's a legal thing. Melendez thought about running, apparently didn't raise enough money to trigger a filing, and never started the required county filing process. FEC filings are solely about fundraising, not ballot access.
Why is this important? It likely cut Kevin de León's number in half from 10% to 5%, which is the amount Melendez received. We don't get crosstabs with SurveyUSA to look at the regional differences, but I'm betting Melendez was mostly a Northern California Latino vote, where de León is less known. I'm neutral on all races, including the Senate of course. Feinstein is the clear favorite, but any publicity around this poll is crap.
Similarly, to not include Amanda Renteria, who had already qualified for the ballot in the governor's race in the 20 candidates they listed, is crap.
SurveyUSA, I know you like to do this stuff on the cheap. Get some interns from local colleges universities.
Polling malpractice. Period.
For ABC-TV in Los Angeles, KPIX-TV in San Francisco, KGTV-TV in San Diego, The Union Tribune Newspaper in San Diego, and KFSN-TV in Fresno, use of this survey is journalistic malpractice.
FIRES: For CALmatters, Julie Cart reports that, while the state spends heavily on firefighting, prevention has taken a back seat.
California is grappling with the counterintuitive dilemma of too many trees, packed too closely together, robbed of the space they need to thrive—and with how to clear out more than 100 million dead trees, felled by drought or insects, that provide tinder for the next infernos.
Curing these unhealthy forests is both difficult and expensive, and as with human health, prevention is far less costly than treatment. But these days the state firefighting agency, Cal Fire, spends the bulk of its resources battling fires rather than practicing preventive measures.
PROP 13: Also for CALmatters, Dan Walters looks at the possibility of "split roll" under Proposition 13 have a chance at passage, under an initiative that would remove valuatoin inflation protections for commercial property taxation to benefit schools and local government.
420: For Politico, Max Blau looks at how a new nonprofit in Oakland founded by business school grads is hoping to train brown and black entrepreneurs in how to operate legal marijuana operations.
Observing yesterday's rally, it was funny. Some marchers were openly smoking pot on the streets. Others were saying "Get that shit away from me."
I don't know if they didn't like smoke or were fearing employer drug tests . . .
Pardon any errors. I spell-checked but can't say I read every word. I don't have a staff the size of SurveyUSA's.
It's going to be a warm one out there and, likely, a hot one on the streets of Sacramento. Stay cool, folks.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Tara Bannister, Kiyomi Burchill, and Natural Resources Secretary John Laird!
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