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LEGISLATIVE DIRECTORY UPDATES

  • Staff updates; fixed character encoding of accented names (MySQL->CSV->Excel are not BFFs) 
  • Updated downloadable spreadsheets for Nooner Premium

DISTRICT UPDATES

  • SOSremoved State Senator Holly Mitchell (D) - running for LA Board of Supes in 2020 in a free ride election, but I would still consider her possible if that doesn't work out
  • Fixed voter registration glitch on statewide races

EAR TICKLERS: 

  • I've created a page to house the links to the SacTown Talks by The Nooner podcasts

SEEN ON SUNDAY TEEVEE: 

  • State of the Union (CNN): House Intel Chair Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) - Schiff said "I'm not ready to make a decision" to answer the question whether he was endorsing Kamala Harris
  • This Week (ABC): Attorney General Xavier Becerra "definitely and imminently" will file a lawsuit challenge the President's emergency declaration

Ant FarmTesting...1...2...3...is this thing on?

Happy Sunday! I'm guessing many of you are skipping out on email this morning and I don't blame you. It's a "humpday Sunday" for most of you who have tomorrow off to celebrate the President of your choice. Of the California hat trick of Hoover, Nixon, and Reagan, I'm guessing the politically diverse Nooner community could reach agreement, even if many would be swallowing a bitter pill.

Bad news for Sierra resorts over the holiday weekend. There is so much snow that travel is just basically a standstill. Boreal had 14 inches overnight after 80 inches already this week. Heavenly is only partially open. The good news is that after today the weather is supposed to get better. I'm guessing there will be a nasty "flu bug" going around a lot of offices this week as the sun comes out over the fresh, deep snow.

Obviously, it's great news on the water front and that the current storm is colder than the last one, reducing the valley flooding from snow melt.

I'm getting a lot of coding done this weekend. Beyond tacklng longstanding issues like the voter reg display on the district pages for statewides, I get in the occasional fun stuff. For example, happy birthday Assemblymember Melissa Melendez

Meanwhile, on "Lovett or Leave it," Jon Lovett's opening monolog talked about the Trump-Newsom TwitterFight over high-speed rail.

Lovett's profanity-laced hilarious rant (you've been warned) was unabashedly pro-rail while Trump mocked the New Green Deal: "You want to hop on a train to California?" 

Actually, if the feds were to invest in it, voters in lots of city will say, "Uh, yeah." Remember, Sunset magazine was created by the Southern Pacific Railroad to promote rail tourism. The problem is not the desire, but it's where it falls on their priority list, and that's far below education and health care. And, the areas with rail needs but not directly affected by high-speed rail, like the 680 corridor through the San Ramon Valley and the 118/101 corridors in southern California have a higher priority for funds. In short, the Central Valley is the cheapest, financially and politically.

Then you get beyond concept and map it out and, well, the tracks have to go somewhere. The Central Valley segment is relatively "easy" because it's mostly farm land adjacent existing rail routes. The San Fernando Valley? Not so much... 

Paraphrashing, Lovett said:

"I want SF to LA....that's like f*cking....Merced to Bakersfield is masturbating...I'm going to challenge Newsom in the primary with the slogan 'Lovett - California wants to f*ck'...I'll make hats." 

Setting aside the profanity and reasonable debate about continuing Brown's choo-choo ambitions, that was needed hilarity before getting out of bed to write with the Sunday shows in the background.

ROLLER COASTER: For CALmatters, Dan Walters finds Gavin Newsom's activist agenda in line with the ebbs and flows of gubernatorial style in California history. 

"The syndrome dates back to Earl Warren, a Republican who held the governorship for more than a decade before becoming chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1953.

Warren was the archetypical Tory reformer, who sought to modernize and rationalize governance of a state that was experiencing rapid population and economic growth.

Republican Lt. Gov. Goodwin Knight, who succeeded Warren, was much more passive, spending much of his six-year governorship feuding with his party’s right wing and losing a 1958 bid for the U.S. Senate."

THE WALL BETWEEN NEWSOM AND TRUMP: In the Times, Jazmine Ulloa and Taryn Luna write about the difference in priorities of Governor Newsom and President Trump. Newsom wants increased economic ties between California and Mexico, while President Trump is focused seemingly solely on the border wall.

WATER "TAX": John Myers looks at the challenge ahead for Governor Newsom to sell his proposed fee on large water users to deliver higher drinking water quality to low-income Californians:

A key challenge for Newsom is the long-standing belief that most taxes should be paid by those who benefit — a challenge, given the meager means of many of these Californians. A legislative analysis last week also suggested the portion of the total cost to be footed by the agriculture industry, where many of the contaminants come from, might be too small.

The new governor has an ambitious agenda: boosts to early education, aggressive action on housing and homelessness, a master plan on aging. Lawmakers seem eager to give Newsom room to put a lot of ideas on the table.

But political cachet generally can go only so far. And tax increases, even in a state where the electorate seems to have grown more liberal, remain a tough sell.

Of course, these communities are largely out-of-sight, out-of-mind of the overwhelming majority of California voters. They range from historically agricultural communities to small water districts in greater Los Angeles. The communities house people who produce food and provide domestic service, but most voters perceive water quality by the color coming out of their taps. 

I'm a happy tap water drinker, but I know plenty of my big government liberal friends are still partial to the plastic bottles or expensive filtering systems of dubious water quality improvement. Like the "text tax" rumor that was rampant late last year, this issue will be framed by large agricultural water districts as a "water tax" that will spread like wildfire through social media causing people to think that Governor Newsom wants to collect a dime when you buy a bottle of water. No, it's not reality, but that's politics. Meanwhile, the Californians picking your produce are left with water that you wouldn't drink. 

On that note, I'm heading over to farmers market to load up on that produce. 

It was a great day at the market as I loaded up. After doing the January Whole30 with an added week, the last week as been a "hall pass food fest." Dim sum, roast duck bao, a few noodle dishes, and risotto. Today it's back to a paleo diet. I even picked up some Kings-themed tulips as we get past the All-Star break. Vlade and Peja are providing blessings over the work of local farmers.

Farmers Market

 

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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Amy Lee, Assemblymember Melissa Melendez, Sunny Mojonnier, Kimberly Ramos, and Jorrel Verella!

#CHEERS: Congratulations to Jeannie Oropeza and Paul Navarro, who exchanged wedding vows yesterday! 

 

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