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Today's Nooner:

Capitol Park Rose Garden

  • Arambula
  • AG on Catholic Church sex abuse
  • House Hunting Duncan Hunter (CA50)
  • Did LAUSD fumble on the parcel tax measure?
  • 2020: Beto looking for a 

Happy Saturday! As you can see, the World Peace Rose Garden in Capitol Park is in peak bloom right now. I can't believe I spent so many years working around the Capitol and never took time to notice--to literally smell the roses. Now that I walk through the park a couple of times a week to record the pod, I'm taking notice of what a treasure we have and too-often ignore. The azaleas have come and gone, but now we have the amazing array of roses in the Peace Garden and other spots. I'm also enjoying reading the identifying plaques on trees. 

Thanks for the great feedback on the writing on the complicated legal issues relating to inverse condemnation and Dynamex the last couple of days. They are certainly interesting twists on two of the Legislature's hottest issues, now largely out of the hands of the Legislature and Governor, or are they?

ARAMBULA: In the Fresno Bee, Rory Appleton reports on the trial of Assemblyman Juan Arambula on child cruelty charges. The issue is how his 7-year-old daughter obtained a bruise on her temple, while Arambula maintains that he only spanked her on the buttocks. 

Arambula, who was an emergency room physician before his election, is currently on unpaid leave from the Assembly. 

What's interesting is that nobody, including Arambula, have filed a statement of intent to run for AD31 (West Fresno) next year. Arambula hasn't opened a 2020 committee but is sitting on $279,922 in his 2018 that can be used to transfer to a 2020 account should he run in the safe Democratic seat.

CHILD SEX ABUSE: Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced yesterday that he has launched an audit of sex abuse reporting procedures in Catholic dioceses in California, writes the team at the SacBee.


LA-LA LAND and more after the jump...



CA50 (East San Diego): In the SDUT, Charles T. Clark writes:

"The U.S. House Committee on Ethics voted unanimously Friday to re-authorize an investigative subcommittee to review allegations against Rep. Duncan Hunter as part of the 116th Congress.

The six-term Republican congressman from Alpine is set to go on criminal trial in September on federal charges that he and his wife, Margaret, stole $250,000 in campaign funds. They have pleaded not guilty to those charges.

The House investigative subcommittee will specifically look into whether Hunter’s alleged behavior violated its member Code of Official Conduct. However, at the request of the Department of Justice and the suggestion of the full committee, the subcommittee will take no action on the investigation while the justice department pursues its criminal prosecution."

Meanwhile, Clark also reports that claims that Hunter advocated on behalf of a fugitive accused of stealing millions from Kazakhstan using language nearly identical to that suggested by a Russian-tied lobbyist who is connected to the "notorious" Trump Tower meeting. OpenSecrets reports:

"On April 2, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) -- who was recently charged with multiple felonies related to misusing campaign funds -- submitted a statement into Congressional Record that was almost identical to the suggested language in FARA disclosures, with the vast majority copied word-for-word. The statement decries alleged human rights abuses by the Kazakhstan government and calls for the State Department to review Ryskaliyev's case."

LA-LA LAND: The already controversial measure EE parcel tax in Los Angeles Unified on the no-turnout June 4 ballot has an interesting legal twist. Howard Blume reports in the Los Angeles Times that when the LAUSD board voted to approve the unique $0.16 per-square-foot parcel tax on the ballot, members were told that only non-substantive changes would be made to the language. 

Blume reports that the language originally approved by the board would impose the tax on "habitable main square footage as measured by the Los Angeles County Assessor and as maintained in the Assessor’s electronic reports."

Hmmm...what is "habitable"? Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang notes in the article that "habitable main square footage" is not a definition used by the county assessor. Assessors track parcels and assessed valuation. LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner wrote a letter to the county elections office requesting the language to be changed to "the square footage of all buildings or structures erected on or affixed to the land."

Blume writes "Beutner requested the change before the legal deadline, so that's not a problem. The issue is what would be taxed and whether Beutner acted on proper authority."

The $500 million measure for LAUSD conventional and charter schools is likely to pass amid very low voter turnout since nothing else is on the ballot but similarly the measure is likely to end up in the courts. Business interests in particular are opposed to the measure as parcel taxes are usually uniform per parcel and this one goes vertical, even though lots of the people who work in office buildings don't live within LAUSD and aren't able to vote on the measure. If the language as written sticks, it could include commercial parking garages among other "structures," as well as residential garages and pool cabanas, something LAUSD staff previously asserted would be excluded.

It's a true mess with the language


#CAKEDAY after the jump...


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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Jim Frazier, Marc Johnson, and Sherry McHugh!




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