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Great news. Capital Books on Kay is open! I stopped in yesterday after recording the pod and On the Issues teevee segment on police records and the use of deadly force bills. They have a good selection and will take orders that generally arrive in 1-2 days. I bought the latest Brad Meltzer book on the plot to kill George Washington and "Sacramento's Historic Japantown: Legacy of a Lost Neighborhood." After internment, Japanese-Americans weren't really able to return to the center of downtown and many opened up shop here in Southside Park, so I'm looking forward to the read.
Yes, the former is cheaper on Amazon, but the latter is the same price.
So, if you care about Kay Street--and it seemed particularly ugly today--stop in and buy a book. I know I get crap for writing that I take Lyft/Uber occasionally, but those fast deliveries from warehouse to your porch are frequently done by independent contractors. So, if you have these concerns, stop in and say "hi" to Ross, Heidi, and/or son Tom. They'll need to sell 100 books on average per day, which is a lot. But it can be done by the Capitol community. With more commerce, perhaps we can get more attention from the city to Kay Street. The visibility of police and yellow-jacketed guides on Kay Street seems to be among the lowest in my 25 years around this place and the human services and homeless is among the highest.
Visit today (open until 7pm) at 1011 K Street, immediately adjacent the Crest Theatre on the west side and like them on Facebook!
Speaking of downtown, Capital Public Radio announced today with Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Councilmember Steve Hansen plans for the region's public radio station to move from the Sac State campus to 8th and J downtown as part of the Sutter Center for Community Engagement. The address is 1010 8th Street, which was the Mexican Consulate and houses a city parking garage.
Of course, we have news after the jump!
FUNDING THE OTHER SANCTUARIES: Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that his May revised budget will include $15 million for grants to nonprofit community organizations and churches to increase security in light of Saturday's Poway synagogue shooting and other attacks. AP's Adam Beam and Don Thompson report "California has spent $4.5 million since 2015 to augment a federal grant program created after the 2001 terrorist attacks, including $2 million in 2017. But lawmakers and previous Gov. Jerry Brown reduced the funding to $500,000 this year."
TERRORIST THWARTED: Meanwhile, the FBI stung a would-be terrorist who ordered bomb-making equipment from an undercover officer. The LAT's Richard Winton and James Queally write:
"A U.S. Army veteran who wanted revenge for attacks on Muslims around the globe was planning to detonate a bomb at a Long Beach rally this past weekend before he was intercepted by law enforcement officials, authorities said Monday.
Mark Steven Domingo, 26, was arrested Friday night after he took delivery of what he thought was an improvised explosive device from an undercover law enforcement officer posing as a bomb-maker, officials said. He was charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists and, if convicted, could face up to 15 years in prison."
THE VARNISHED GOLDEN STATE: In the NYT, Shaila Dewan and Ali Winston look at what law enforcement is doing to try to follow threats inspired by hate groups in California:
"Southern California in particular has long figured among the nation’s most active regions for extremism, a dynamic driven in part by the region’s rapid demographic change over the past few decades, the lasting influence of white supremacist gangs in California prisons, and a tradition of right-wing radicalism and anti-immigrant sentiment that goes back decades."
FIRES: For CapPubRad, Pauline Bartolina reports that time is running out for insurance company support of wildfire victims, while George Avalos reports for the MercNews that there is no estimate by bankrupt PG&E when the promised temporary housing fund will be available to assist victims for what is likely a costly, long-term displacement.
CADEM: The California Democratic Party faces a third lawsuit over harassment and discrimination.
The party has also released the list of the presidential candidates who have committed to appear at the party's confab in San Francisco May 31-June 2: Booker, Buttigieg, Castro, Gillibrand, Harris, Hickenlooper, Inslee, Klobuchar, Swalwell, and Warren. Invites are closed and others may join in the fun at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
LIVIN' DAVITA LOCA: DaVita, the dialysis clinic operator doled out $445,500 in contributions from 1/1/19 to 3/31/19 as the dialysis clinic debate returns.
CANINE BLOOD BANKS: In the Times, Melody Gutierrez looks at the debate over canine blood banks:
"Pet hospitals often are short on dog blood amid a national shortage that lawmakers say is further exacerbated in California by the state's restrictive laws that require veterinarians to buy dog blood solely from two blood banks, which operate in virtual secrecy.
California is the only state in the country that limits veterinarian hospitals to purchasing lifesaving blood supplies from companies that house dogs and cats this way.
Other states allow donor colonies, but they also permit community donor programs in which pet owners voluntarily bring dogs or cats to a veterinarian to donate blood, which is then sold to veterinarians."
This is a complicated issue and LegInfo is having problems this morning. Read Melody's article and I'll probably come back to this.
THE 209: In the San Joaquin Valley Sun, Alex Tavlian reports that Andrew Janz (D), who challenged Congress member Devin Nunes (R), has filed to run against Fresno mayor Lee Brand in 2020. Janz previously announced that he wasn't going to challenge Nunes again after raising an astounding $9.2 million but just couldn't get over a Republican advantage of 9.1%.
More and #CAKEDAY after the jump:
THE CHANGING 619? Continuing the troubles facing the GOP in San Diego, council member Mark Kersey announced that he was leaving the Republican Party becoming an independent in a series of tweets yesterday. After citing that "today's political climate rewards ideologues," he offered these as the last two of five tweets:
"For these reasons I have decided to disconnect from the polarized prism of partisan politics and become an independent. My decision is based not on a single issue or vote but something I have been wrestling with for some time. 4/5"
The trend away from the GOP began before the Trump era with former Assembly member and now county supervisor Nathan Fletcher's switch first to independent and then to the Democratic Party. But, it was clear that the national rhetoric propelled Assembly member Brian Maienschein to switch in January from Republican to Democrat and there are strong indications that White House policies are a major factor in Kersey's switch. We talked with Maienschein about the switch in our inaugural podcast, which I think was a great conversation. (YouTube | iTunes | Simplecast)
GOP consultant Mike Madrid, who has been a frequent commentator in various fora arguing for a move to the middle of California Republicans tweeted "Drip...drip...drip..." following Kersey's announcement. We have also had Madrid on the pod. (YouTube | iTunes | Simplecast)
The temporary closure of the border last year soured many San Diego businesses, which rely on daily crossings of individuals and goods both north and south to function. Those threats returned again in the last few weeks, although President Trump now has said that he will give Mexico a year to stop Central American migrants from nearing the border with the United States. That said, yesterday he issued a memo calling for changes to the asylum process, including charging a fees to migrants applying for asylum, writes Kate Morrissey in the San Diego Union-Tribune. For Politico, Ted Hesson and Wesley Morgan have more, including the memo.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer is still a registered Republican in his nonpartisan office, although he has been part of the New Way California movement and talked about the border issues on our pod, and he was also a very affable guy and great guest. Our only frustration was that he had a plane to catch because we just kept talking. (YouTube | iTunes | Simplecast)
Paul Mitchell identified that the GOP is seeing a low point as part of the normal ebb and flow in political alignment as Democrats move to the left and the GOP regains more moderates, even as the trend toward non-party affiliation continues. (YouTube | iTunes | Simplecast)
Gibran and I know that we need some who consider themselves "true" conservatives and have extended several invitations for the pod. To come as their scheduling allows... Thank you for all the great podcast feedback and constructive criticism.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Geoff Kors and Renee Sanchez!
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