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I literally am watching. I'm watching a live hearing right now. I thnk that itself is totally redundant.
THEY'RE BACK! The Legislature returns today from Spring Recess and it's going to be a cray-cray week. Friday is the deadline for bills to pass out of policy committee if they are destined for Appropriations, so we have lots of big bills up, including police use of deadly force and housing density. Anyway, we'll have a lot to talk about. The hearings are really through Wednesday following the usual schedule, but we're talking about some very long hearings.
Senator Holly Mitchell is kicking all ass this morning in an informational hearing about the DMV.
MONEY MATTERS: In the Bee, Emily Cadei writes the Q1 fundraising story of the seven frosh California Democrats in the House:
"Combined, they raised $3.4 million in the first three months of the year, a signal that the state’s Democratic donor base remains revved up to retain House control after a historic 2018 election.
Two Democratic challengers also outraised Republican incumbents in California. Ammar Campa-Najjar outraised scandal-plagued Rep. Duncan Hunter of Alpine more than three-to-one while Audrey Denney raised nearly three times as much as Rep. Doug La Malfa of Oroville. Campa-Najjar and Denney ran unsuccessfully for those districts in 2018."
The fundraising capacity of the seven newbies is remarkable and what has to be understood by would-be GOP challengers is that much of this money is from small donors online. I don't have the time to looking at reports, but I'm guessing there are a lot of monthly automatic contributions that started last year. You all know that auto-withdrawal that happens for lots of different things these days. It has completely changed campaign finance.
GUESS WHO'S BACK: Pharmaceutical monster and political activist Michael Weinstein, executive director of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, today announced that they are working on an initiative for rent control for the November 2020 ballot. A similar measure garnered 40.6% yes votes in the November 2018 election. The foundation spent $23.3 million on that measure. The entrepreneurial foundation makes money by selling pharmaceuticul drugs, managed health HMO premiums, and as a landlord of single-room occupancy rentals through an affiliated "non-profit."
VOTER'S CHOICE ACT: I missed it yesterday, but John Myers wrote yesterday that next year will be the biggest test of the Voter's Choice Act as more than half the state's voters will be in counties that move to election systems under the 2016 law that five counties used last year.
Of course, as I wrote yesterday, the state's most populous county got a carve-out and really isn't doing a full Voter's Choice Act. Meanwhile, don't tell anyone, but there is a ~$500 million/year property tax increase for Los Angeles Unified on the ballot June 4 of this year. Last November, Los Angeles County had the lowest share (44.66%) of vote-by-mail voters among California's 58 counties. June 2019, with nothing else on the ballot for almost all LAUSD voters, will be one of the lowest turnout elections for a tax increase ever. It's all in the game, yo'.
I'm actually pretty exhausted. For Easter, I had amazing Bún bò Huế with KimChi Nguyen. Yes, I had to copy and paste that because I don't have the keyboard to actually write that. Anyway, I watched The White House Easter egg roll this morning, but for me it was all about it was a spicy Vietnamese beef soup yesterday. I'll roll with that Easter Bunny.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assembly member Phillip Chen! Chen represents my dad and where I grew up. We're also lighting the candles today for Noreen Evans and Maddie Munson!
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