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What a beautiful Saturday morning! I love you all as rey. aders and do what I can in the hours I have awake each day. I like the team that Politico has assembled in California, but remember that they have around five full-time reporters and a paid back-end team of more. I'll do whatever I can with a relatively small subscription base and tech process all in my camp. As the hamsters like to say, "It's just you Scott."
I will likely explain my total screw-up of Rubio sisters involving missed meeting and personally driving flowers for the wrong sister--in the next couple of days. Yes, I break ish a lot. Sorry Senator Susan Rubio, Blanca Rubio, and Blanca COS Minnie Santillan. Susan, enjoy the orchid and I'll bring one to your sister. I tripple-checked my write-ups in the fall about SD22 to ensure I referenced the correct Rubio. Then, I ruined it when it was reality. I literally brought an orchid to the wrong Rubio sister!
The weather app-thingy says mostly cloudy, but all I see is blue this morning. People have asked me if I'll be around the CAGOP convention tonight on the eve of the chair vote. No, I'm going to a crab feed for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
I have not had enough dungeness this season and I need to eat for a good cause. Jessica Patterson will be the next California GOP chair, whether it's on the first ballot or on the second. Remember, unlike the Democratic Party's open ballots, the CRP has secret balloting. I think that many folks who endorsed Travis Allen will vote for Patterson just to get it over with and get out of town. I hear that over 50% of delegates are committed to Patterson from sources not aligned with any side.
Of course, I'm the last person y'all look to for the CAGOP internals.
Lots of tweets from folks staying at the Hyatt of the overnight pieces slid beneath their doors. Let's just say that it is very ugly. As a party election, the "mailers" don't have any disclosure as to who paid for them.
Well, crap. I wrote that it was a beautiful morning and then the crappy news came out that San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi died last night, apparently of a heart attack.
My head is very different this morning. People ask me how I write the Nooner. People laugh when I say that I wake up androll while I listen to A Day in The Life by The Beatles. Today is a perfect example. I didn't know about Adachi's death until this morning, but:
I read the news today, oh boy
I never held it against Jeff that he went to Hastings for law school, even though the Davis-Hastings competition was always a yuge thing. Competitive admissions, but very different school environments. Davis has launched well above Hastings in rankings, but I'll never criticize our SF peers. After all, the great Tam Ma who many of us know went to Boalt, er, now Berkeley, school of law.
Adachi's parents were sent to internment camps during World War II, perhaps our nation's worst civil rights dis-action in the 20th century. He took that legacy and became a civil rights lawyer and, until he passed, California's only elected public defender.
Adachi was a crappy student in high school. He went on to Sacramento City College and then transferred to Berkeley and then went to Berkeley's amazing law school. I never went to the 510, but his path is a model I followed after being a force-out in high school because I was a sickly kid who was very costly for the district to maintain.
With Adachi's untimely death, we not only lose a great public servant but we also lose a huge part of California history. Internment is huge and rarely taught. The pathway of many people to great roles, like Adachi and Supreme Court of California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, often includes community college that shroud previous educational mishaps.
Thank you Jeff, Tani, and so many others.
Senator Kamala Harris, who was often on the other side of the courtroom from Adachi while she was district attorney said:
"In the 30 years I knew him, I always admired his commitment to his constituents and to the ideals of our nation and our justice system...Jeff never stopped working for a justice system that provided equal dignity."
Gavin has a similar message on Twitter. We're all sort of shocked this morning. I didn't know Jeff but his story is one I wanted to read a book on. He's from a blue-collar family here in my neighborhood in Sac who were sent to Arkansas for internment. He was a bad student and went to Sacramento City College before transferring to Berkeley and then going on to Berkeley Law.
I have largely ignored Adachi because of his local role but spending time overnight reading up on him, I have learned how much I am close to him. Of course, my parents were not imprisoned in "camp" during a war paranoia. I talk about "camp" that way because that's how many Japanese-Americans (JAs) refer to it. It was ugly, but JAs are quiet types, which is part of Buddhism that most follow. So, the United States totally screwed up as Chief Justice Earl Warren later acknowledged, but the ugliness is referred to this day as time in "camp."
We think about civil rights in terms of black and brown faces, but we can't ignore our California history of the "Alien Land Law" and JA internment parts of our equally ugly history.
Look for Jane Kim, who was unsuccessful but very close in State Senate and mayoral bids, to run in a special for the public defender next year. She has an organization and Berkeley Law pedigree that makes a run perfect for her. Remember, before Adachi, the public defender was Kimiko Burton-Cruz, the daughter of John Burton, who had been appointed to the office by Willie Brown. Adachi beat Burton-Cruz for the office. While it is unique as being elected in California, it is a big political role. With a likely Pelosi retirement in 2021, let's just say that this will be a big race...
In the meantime, mayor London Breed will appoint a successor to Adachi. Kim is an alum of Boalt Hall. Oh crap, I can't say that anymore, as it is now Berkeley Law, as Boalt was a racist and his moniker has been struck from the school we always associated with the name. Those of us who stayed Aggies for law haven't had a similar problem with King Hall at Davis. WE'RE STUPID: On the Slate Political Gabfest (one of my favorite aural pleasures), during cocktail chatter John Dickerson brought up the recent survey by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation on how citizens would fare on the test we require of citizen aspirants. Let's just say that Americans have no clue.
I'll be honest. I have a great public education through JD. Like Gabfest co-host Emily Bazelon, I passed the bar and have never practiced. I also would fail the citizenship test that requires 60% correct answers. We hold a higher bar for those who want to be for those who want to be in the family than we could achieve ourselves. I don't know the solution, but I know this is crap considering the hard-working doctors, nurses, gardeners, housekeepers, and others who make our lives possible each day.
Just to test you: During what do you remember as United States Constitution adopted in Philadelphia?
Yes, it was signed in 1787, and the vast majority of us born and raised here failed in the above question. As you know if you are a veracious reader, I didn't know off the top of my head. As Bazelon said, it wasn't on the bar exam. Yes, I wrote about the Rule Against Purpituties and walket out in the middle of of the exam leaving my friends thinking that I abandoned the bar, but that was just how I rolled.
Meanwhile, that's a question on the citizenship test. I couldn't answer with Google--could you?
PAYtotallyLESS: After its recent gimmick of selling its shoes to hoity toity Angelenos for social media eyeballs, Payless ShoeSource is now closing all of its 2,587 US stores. The company is in its second bankruptcy process and as their signs say "everything must go." The signs now include employees and fixtures.
Of course, I have to think about California implications. The employees are not in bad shape as there are plentiful retail jobs available, most of which don't involve smelly feet. I'm not sure how many of the remaining stores are in California, as the last bankruptcy filing in 2017 led to dozens of closings here.
While employees will likely find a landing place, mall owners will have a tough time filing the space. Payless was a loss-leader that drew traffic to now largely outdoor malls. The shoe store's problem was that it was a loss-leader for itself, with no golden child to reap profits from. Yes, I'm guilty of contributing to the fall of shoe retail. I used to by my shoes at Nordstrom with fantastic service. I washed my feet twice and wore only the best socks. Over the last four years writing with you, I've bought two pairs of shoes--flip flops and Adidas sneakers from Nordstrom--both online. After all, I had to represent.
#CAKEDAY after the jump...
#CAKEDAY: Light the candles for Annalisa Alvarado, Alan Crane, Katie Lucas, and Roger Salazar!
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