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Hoppy Sunday! It's Easter or another day to you, but we'll keep this short, as most you would prefer I would do every day. But we do have a couple of issues to cover.

For those wondering, the local foragers continued business as usual at Sunday's farmer's market in SacTown. For the newbies, it's an all-business farmer's market as usual today, but of course is closed by the time you read this. There are few community booths and no food trucks like you find in Davis or downtown in the summer. I love those as well (coming back in Sac in May), but if you need your asparagus, eggs, English peas, irises, braising greens, and carrots, this is the place to be. Of course, that's just a sampling of what I bought this morning. Yes, I often spend "bigly" at farmer's market, but we're talking a fraction compared to an aisle at Costco with a lot less packaging.

Anyway, the point I was trying to make (squirrel!) is that I met a new farmer today who was responsible for one of the best dishes at the fundraiser for fire victims a couple of weeks ago. The passed appetizer was a crostini with a near-carpaccio lightly seared beef (just enough for smoky flavor) on toasted bread, arugula, olive oil from Cobram Estate, and maybe goat cheese. The amazing food (six courses?) was all crafted by chef Kevin O'Connor, who is the executive chef for Cobram. He is in Australia now for the harvest, which is understandably opposite that in California because that's the way the sun works.

I don't really remember the entire appetizer, but I remember the amazing local, grass-fed beef. Thank you Dan at Winterport Farm! The name is the combination of the names of Dan (Port) and Susan (Winter), who raise grass-fed beef on land in Amador County that's been in Susan's family for more than a century. Of course, Dan is an Aggie. I was a vegetarian for ten years through college and law school. I now am an omnivore but I want the stories behind the animals who live for us. Thank you Dan and Susan.



LA-LA LAND: A well-informed reader notes that while Los Angeles will indeed be a Voter's Choice Act (VCA) county in 2020, it's modified, as the state's most populous county got a carve out in the legislation. It was in the Voter's Choice Act legislation (SB 450 of 2006) and is found in Elections Code §4007. So, I incorrectly stated yesterday that every voter would receive a ballot under the VCA for the March 3, 2020 election. Only voters who are permanent VBM or request one for that election will receive a ballot to mail in. 

So, under the Voter's Choice Act, in 2020, Los Angeles County will be replacing neighborhood polling places with vote centers that allow conditional registration and ballot drop off for, in most cases, three days before the election, and more ballot drop-off locations. Since only 35.64% of Los Angeles County voters cast ballots by mail (41.26% overall turnout) in the 2016 presidential primary, this saves the county big dough, particularly with the new requirement that return ballot envelopes be postage paid. I believe LA was already providing postage paid envelopes, but that was only to those designated as permanent VBM.

GOIN' BACK TO CALI: South Bend, IN mayor Pete BOOT EDGE EDGE is coming to the California May 8-10 to visit the ATM in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, reports Daniel Strauss for Politico. There's no word yet if there will be any public rallies for the presidential candidate who has been grabbing headlines like a kid with funny ears did in 2007.

I like Pete but, in line with the song and without public events, "I don't think so." Cali...cali...cali...



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sydney Eggert, Brian Green, Justin Knighten, Nadia Davis Lockyer, and Bob Schelen! (can I call you Bobby still because that's how long we've loved you and your mom and we could only be so lucky?)



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