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Happy Friday and Spring Recess! Gibran and I are sitting down for What a Week at 3pm, so if you have topics, email me or Gibran.

HOUSING: In the LAT, Liam Dillon writes up Governor Newsom's proposal to build low-income housing on state-owned property. 

"Under the plan, the state would ask affordable housing developers for ideas to build low-income projects through long-term ground leases of state property. The first bid, a news release from the administration said, would go out no later than Sept. 30.


Newsom also announced Thursday that six cities — Chico, Fresno, Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco — were working with the governor’s office to choose state property in their communities on which to build."

DEATH PENALTY: For AP, Kathleen Ronayne reports on an effort by families of people killed by occupants of California's death row to persuade Governor Newsom to reverse his death penalty moratorium. Ronayne writes:

"Todd Spitzer, Orange County’s district attorney, said the 'Victims of Murder Justice' tour will travel to all 80 Assembly and 40 Senate districts. He did not announce new legal actions aimed at stopping Newsom’s moratorium. But Spitzer requested that Newsom review each case individually to make clemency decisions rather than issuing a blanket reprieve. He also said the tour is designed to pressure lawmakers; a proposal has been introduced to again put a measure to permanently stop the death penalty on the 2020 ballot."

NO STRAW MAN: Restaurants are hit or miss on the rule requiring customers to request plastic straws that took effect January 1. Monet Moscat reports for Capitol Weekly that California's law is capturing attention in other states. 

"California’s law, AB 1884 by Assemblymember Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, is the first of its kind in the country and it has drawn attention from other states.

Legislation in the state of Washington, proposed by Friends of the Earth and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, calls for eliminating most single-use plastic by 2024. Included in that bill are utensils, straws, take-out packing and coffee cups. The proposal would exclude needed plastics such as ones used for safety and health care."

This brings up an issue that I've been thinking about. Longtime Nooner readers know that I like to patronize small businesses. I had two conversations last week with business owners. They knew that there was a sales tax hike approved in Sac by voters last November, but neither when it went into effect or the amount. On Tuesday, the City of Sacramento's finance website actually read like sales tax went down 50 cents as it listed the previous supplemental tax as expiring March 31. Well, last Monday was Cesar Chavez Day, so apparently nobody was around to update the city's site listing taxes business owners need. 

Try explaining why the city's website is wrong to an immigrant restaurant owner. She literally called back someone who had a $100 lunch order for an office to tell them that her calculation was wrong. Otherwise, she would eat the tax. The website essentially said 7.75% and it should have been 8.75%. The next day I talked to another owner about reprogramming his Square terminal with the new tax rate.

I've had similar conversations about the "straw rule," which got me on the topic today. Don't get me wrong. I like the straw bill and talked about it with my sister, who is in the restaurant business. The point of the bill is that straws shouldn't be dropped on the table. I rarely use straws, although the compromise to exempt fast food restaurants was smart. From my days traveling to Davis from The OC, I know that you need a straw to go over The Grapevine. But, a restaurant with full dining service, a straw is a waste on my table. And, it must be thrown away even if I don't use it.

I voted for the sales tax extension/increase and like the straw rule but I also know that it's pretty difficult for small businesses to follow that which most of us do for our full-time gig. I'm not known for being a small government conservative. Stop your laughing. That said, I "feel the pain" of small businesses that don't have a lawyer to tell them when they can put a straw on a table or an accountant to track the City of Sacramento's sales tax when the city staff can't even get it straight.


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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Cathy Sippel, Senator Henry Stern, and Amy Thoma Tan!


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The Center for Responsible Lending is seeking a Policy and Government Affairs Associate/Counsel to join our team in Oakland, CA. As part of CRL’s State Policy Team, supporting stakeholders throughout the 50 states, the Policy and Government Affairs Associate/Counsel will work with stakeholders in California and other Western states to develop and advance strategies for legislative and regulatory reform at the state level to prevent predatory lending practices.


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This position is responsible for directing the work of multiple staff, contractors and member leaders in support of objectives. The Political Coordinator is responsible for strategic planning, developing programs to build and strengthen our infrastructure, and leading on issue and electoral campaigns within the union that empower our members to be a strong force at their worksites, in the legislative process, in their communities and at the ballot box. Under the supervision of the Director, the coordinator collaborates in the overall development and implementation of the department’s strategic organizational plan. For more information on the position and to apply please visit our candidate portal at
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This annual event is co-sponsored by major California veterans’ organizations. Last year over 65 Assemblymembers attended the event with their veteran honoree. This year the event is open to both the Assembly and Senate to participate. This event will be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.


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