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LA UNIFIED STRIKE: Day 3
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DAVIS MEMORIAL FOR NATALIE CORONA: Friday's memorial service for fallen Davis Police Department officer Natalie Corona at 11am at the UC Davis Activities and Recretion Center is expected do draw thousands, including public safety officials from around Northern California. Many streets will be closed and parking structures limited to people with disabilities. The campus/city bus service Unitrans will offer free service all day, so remote parking or transit such as Amtrak's Capitol Corridor or YoloBus is encouraged. The city of Davis will not be enforcing meters, or time limits and permit requirements in residential areas or downtown. The university's TAPS also will not be charging for parking, although campus will be operating as usual and lots do fill up on normal days.
Here is the campus advisory.
¡Feliz mediadía mis amigos! "Don't worry, I won't hurt you. I only want you to have some fun." Start of what album? No Googling. Alexa: "Hmmm...I'm sorry, I don't know that."
If you believe the weatherpeople, tonight's storm in Sacramento will be make last Sunday's look tame. Batten down the hatches, light your candles, charge your phones, get your popcorn or kale chips for those doing #whole30, and watch Gordon Ramsey go to Hell and Back and that crazy-ass Masked Singer show. C'mon, I know you are watching...
As a side-note, the National Weather Services is part of the group of federal employees deemed essential who are on the job and not getting paid.
Here are some more pictures of Monday night's Meatless Monday event at Golden 1. Yes, I'm finally learning how to use Instagram--sort of.
HOUSING: Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom found the way to San Jose to push his plan for housing affordability. In the LA Times, Liam Dillon writes that the governor is asking tech companies to match the $500 million proposed in the state budget for development of middle-income housing by providing low-interest loans for developers. Dillon quotes the guv:
"The workforce housing issues have been exacerbated by the success of a lot of these companies," Newsom said when presenting the budget last week. "I do not begrudge other people's success. But that success is creating burdens and stress."
Here is the governor's press release on his housing executive order and his plans on working with the Legislature to address the issues of rent increases.
Governor Gavin Newsom today issued proclamations declaring special elections for the 1st and 33rd Senate Districts of the State of California on June 4, 2019. The primary for these special elections will be held on March 26, 2019.
THE GOP: Yesterday, the Senate Republican Caucus replaced Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) with Shannon Grove as Republican Leader. The move came as a surprise to many around the Capitol who thought Bates was secure in the position. The vote was "unanimous" although that's usually the case when someone has the majority of votes, which is not difficult to discern in a caucus of 11. The changeover takes effect March 1.
In the caucus release, Grove said:
"Our state is the fifth largest economy in the world, yet it holds the title of having the highest poverty rate in the nation. For the sake of the millions of forgotten Californians, our Caucus will work to navigate government with pragmatism and compassion and negotiate with fearlessness."
Bates had a close re-election to SD36 in south Orange and northern San Diego, while watching the overlapping CA49 flip to Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) and an all-Democrat general in AD76, leading to the election of Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas).
Some point to the fact that Grove can serve in the leadership position for two cycles, 2020 and during her own likely re-election in 2022, whereas Bates is termed out in 2022. Others put it on the fight for the tenor of the California GOP. Both have endorsed Jessica Patterson against former Assemblyman Travis Allen in next month's race for chair of the California Republican Party. However, Grove is known for a much more aggressive social conservative agenda.
Within a couple of hours of the announcement of the Senate change, New Way California sent out an email message pushing its effort for a more socially moderate while fiscally conservative GOP. The organization's board includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cassandra Pye, and former Assembly Republican Leader and Stanislaus supervisor Kristin Olsen.
"New Way California is committed to problem solving and civility. These may seem like simple objectives - yet each week brings more evidence of how absent they are from government - proving that the old way isn't working.
Whether it is standing up for DREAMers and families separated at the border or holding the federal government accountable for FEMA funds to aid wildfire recovery, we must continue fighting to put people over politics."
The message linked to a column by GOP analyst Tony Quinn on Fox & Hounds. Quinn writes " The party’s national committeeman Shawn Steel blames Democratic money, organization, mobilization, demographics, registration, but specifically “not President Trump.” But an actual look at the final results shows that this disaster was Trump, all Trump and nothing but Trump."
In the Senate, the situation for the GOP does not look good in 2020.
THE END OF THE LINE IS AROUND THE CORNER: In the Chico Enterprise-Record, Risa Johnson reports that Butte County is the latest plaintiff to file a lawsuit against PG&E over the Camp Fire:
"The county seeks to recover damages and lost taxpayer resources. This comes as news broke on Monday that the utility company intends to file for bankruptcy due to wildfire lawsuits.
In its suit, Butte County alleges that the Camp Fire began when PG&E’s own electrical infrastructure failed, causing a spark that ignited the blaze, and that the company was aware of the risk of the high-voltage power line alleged to have caused the fire.
The complaint also alleges that PG&E planned to de-energize power lines as a precautionary measure against fire ignition but canceled those plans."
DC SHUTDOWN, LA SHUTDOWN, AND #CAKEDAY after the jump...
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LA-LAND SHUTDOWN: The strike by teachers in Los Angeles Unified continues today and the parties have not yet returned to the same room. The LAT's Howard Blume and Doug Smith note that while the strike has become cause celebré among liberal politicians, the pressure is beginning to mount:
"As the strike enters its third day — and a likely fourth and fifth — there will be increasing pressure for the union to settle as teachers lose salary, L.A. Unified loses money and the thrill wears thinner for families worried about lost learning time and how to balance childcare with work, politics with pragmatism.
A long strike could take a devastating toll on the finances and reputation of an already troubled district, which could make it more difficult for teachers to achieve their goals.
The outlines of a possible deal are painstakingly taking shape behind the scenes, but huge hurdles remain, including — as of Tuesday night — getting the parties to meet face-to-face for the first time since last week.
New elements that could be part of a deal include funding for a type of campus called a “community school,” a concept that both sides could support, said L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is trying to bring the two sides together. Such schools feature an array of social services, recreation programs, a rich curriculum and meaningful involvement by parents and teachers. An agreement also could include adding green space to campuses, a commitment for new mental health services and some measure — at some level of government — to impose more oversight over charter schools and possibly limit their growth.
“In broad terms, this is about much more than pay,” Garcetti said. “This is about the soul of our schools and the way L.A. does or does not build a culture to collectively invest in our future.”
In other words, it's likely okay to begin a four-day weekend if you are an Angeleno with kids in LAUSD. The cheapest tickets to see the Rams face off in the Superdome on Sunday (12:05 PST) will set you back over $1,000 for a family of four and the weather is supposed to be crappy in The Big Easy this weekend. Odds are Saints -3.5, although Vegas will be cooler than LA.
FEDERAL SHUTDOWN: This morning, Speaker Nancy Pelosi put it in writing--either a deal to end the shutdown soon or no televised State of the Union on January 29 in the House chamber.
While Article III, Section 2 provides that the President shall "from time-to-time" give a "state of the Union," January in the House Chamber is really just a tradition. Pelosi notes that before Woodrow Wilson, they were given in writing.
Yes, I purposely linked to the National Archives page with the Constitution. There are lots of sites, but I couldn't resist sending you to one with the warning that, because of the shutdown, the page has not been updated. While Twitter may have you thinking otherwise, I don't think the Constitution has yet been amended by any side that believes they know what it means.
As The West Wing aficionados know, the President can't just walk in to the House chamber and walk up to the podium and take over. That would be a true constitutional crisis. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could invite him to the upper chamber, but that would lead to a filibuster that would put Strom Thurmond's 24 hour and 18 minute-filibuster on the Civil Rights Act of 1957 to shame.
So, the wait on a federal deal continues with an out not apparent (although they rarely are). Meanwhile, the competition among those in the line of succession to draw the shortest straw and get to stay behind as the designated survivor will continue.
No Nooner community #CAKEDAYs that I know about today. That said, yes, the answer is "Prince: 1999." So sue me if I go too fast...
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