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- Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): "Senator Moms" for Mother's Day with Connie Leyva and Holly Mitchell (05/08/19)
- SacTownTalks by The Nooner: (Gibran Maciel and Scott Lay): What a Week! YouTube | Simplecast | iTunes - Dynamex, wildfire liability, and Assembly Committee Chairs play Kill Bill - full rundown on the Simplecast page (05/05/19)
- Force of Law Podcast (Laurel Rosenhall/CALmatters and Studio to Be): Split - the two different legislative proposals (05/04/19)
- Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Dem. political and communications consultants Roger Salazar and Hilary McLean (05/03/19)
- Open California/Capitol Weekly Oral History Project: Diana Dooley: The Years With Jerry Brown (05/03/19)
- Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) on fatherhood (05/03/19)
- Gimme Shelter Podcast (Matt Levin of CALmatters and Liam Dillon of LAT): Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Michael Weinstein (05/02/19)
- SD17 (Santa Cruz-SLO): added businessman/rancher Neil G. Kitchens (R) - open seat - Monning (D)
- AD20 (Hayward): added Son Nguyen (R) - challenge to Quirk (D)
- AD25 (Fremont-Santa Clara): removed Assemblyman Kansen Chu (D) - running for county supe
- May Revision
- November 2012 wildfire insurance claims top $12 billion
- Cannabis cash
- Renewable energy
- Adult care crunch
- Police records
- LA-LA Land: SB 50 - housing density
- Alexa, what do you know about me?
Happy Thursday! You're almost there and the budget season will be done soon.
AD25 (Fremont-Santa Clara): With this morning's news that Kansen Chu is running for Dave Cortese's seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supes, the questions is who runs for AD25. For those wondering, none of the three major Democrats (Campos, Cortese, Ravel) in the SD15 race to succeed Jim Beall live in AD25, nor does Republican-turned-DTS San Jose councilmember Johnny Khamis. No county supes live in AD25.
There's one more NorCal Assembly Democrat in a safe seat that is rumored not to be running for re-election, but I haven't been able to confirm it yet.
MAY REVISION: This morning, Governor Gavin Newsom released his updated budget proposal for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Here are some top lines and I'll be spending my afternoon with the specific proposals.
At 11:28, the governor is still talking and the 118 pages are a bit too much to get through before Nooner Premium goes out!
General Fund Revenue Sources
January Proposed Budget and May Revision
Change from January
Change from January
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|Alcoholic Beverage Taxes and Fees
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Wildfire costs, cannabis cash, vaccinations, and renewable energy after the jump...
Hungry and frustrated, 4 out of 5 eligible seniors can’t access food assistance programs — leaving California with the lowest senior CalFresh enrollment rate in the nation.
How did we get here? Too much confusing paperwork. Too many physical hurdles. And a bureaucracy that leaves seniors behind.
State Senate Bill 285 (Wiener) is a low-cost solution that would streamline the application process and ensure no senior goes hungry, while also infusing our economy with up to $1.8 billion in federal funding. Let’s pass SB 285.
WILDFIRE COSTS: Yesterday, the California Department of Insurance announced that claims for the November 2018 wildfires have exceeded $12 billion. This includes the Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise and the two southern California fires (Hill and Woolsey) in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. For those following the inverse condemnation strict liability issue facing the investor-owned utilities, just because insurance is helping policyholders, that doesn't end the legal debate. The insurance companies will "inherit" the liability claim from the policyholders and seek to refill their coffers from the utilities.
CANNABIS CASH: Attorney General Xavier Becerra has joined a bipartisan coalition of 38 state AGs to request Congress to authorize legal cannabis operations to use federally insured banks. From the release:
"In their comment letter, the Attorneys General argue that under existing law, federal regulators are forcing legal businesses to operate as cash-only operations, which poses serious safety threats, creating targets for violent and white-collar crime. Additionally, law enforcement is less able to track potential financial crimes, and it is more difficult for businesses to pay—and for the state to collect—tax deposits. The SAFE Banking Act permits cannabis businesses to access the federal banking system."
VACCINATIONS: In the Chron, Michelle Robertson reports that SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera is looking in to a doctor who may have been unlawfully issuing medical exemptions from vaccinations:
Meanwhile, George Skelton writes about Senator Richard Pan's SB 276, which would create a state system of tracking granted exemptions, and the passionate opposition to the bill:
"Now some not-so-smart people are preventing their kids from being vaccinated and endangering whole communities.
“They’re not only passionate, they’re aggressive,” Pan says. “They’re almost like cults. They harass and try to intimidate. They’ve threatened my life and threatened to harm my family. They engage in a lot of hate speech. Compared me to Hitler, Pol Pot and Mao Tse-tung. ‘Stop the vaccine guy. Send him back to his own country.’”
Pan's parents migrated from Taiwan.
It probably will pass both houses and be signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. But there’ll be a lot of shameful nastiness for a bill aimed at protecting children from terrible diseases."
RENEWABLES: For CALmatters, Dan Walters argues that two Central Valley irrigation districts should be allowed to include hydroelectric power generated by two dams they operate in their renewable power portfolio. Hydro is not currently included in the goal of 60% renewables by 2030, but is for the 100% goal for 2045. Environmental groups oppose including hydro in the portfolio fearing that it will lead to more dams. Walters suggests "Excluding power from any new dams or enhancements of existing dams should be sufficient to mollify SB 386's opponents."
Adult care, police records, SB 50, privacy, and #CAKEDAY after the jump...
ADULT CARE: While the focus in Capitol budgetary deliberations is usually on the pressing child care needs of working families, Elizabeth Aguilera writes for CALmatters that there is a coming crisis in senior care with insufficient caregivers and an aging population.
Meanwhile, for KQED, Katie Orr looks at why it is so hard to bring new child care centers online.
POLICE RECORDS: The team at KQED reports that the city of Fremont has not only been dragging its heels in responding to journalist request for public records under SB 1421 (Chapter 988, Statutes of 2018) but has also established a website that one critic calls "Hollywood spin." The team writes "The Police Department also narrowed what records it would have to provide by destroying police disciplinary files from 1971 to 2016 in late 2018, before the law took effect."
CALGANG: The LAT's Anita Chabria writes up the debate over the CalGang database, including the ease by which "associates" of known gang members are added and the difficulty in being removed. Police argue that the database is just used for investigation, while social justice groups argue that it is a case of racial profiling and fear that the secure database will be breached or unlawfully shared with immigration authorities.
LA-LA LAND: In the Times, the great Steve Lopez reports on the debate in Los Angeles over whether SB 50 (Wiener)--the transit- and job-oriented housing density bill--would or would not destroy "historic" neighborhoods in the City of Angeles.
ALEXA, WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ME? Joel Fox looks at the privacy bills pending with the Legislature, particularly Jordan Cunningham's AB 1185 limiting what data companies selling devices with speech recognition can do with data collected.
PROPERTY TAXES: Joe Mathews doesn't like SCA 5 (Hill and Allen), which would lower the parcel tax for education vote requirement from two-thirds to 55%. But it's not why you think--Mathews doesn't like it because it further locks in the the concept of supermajority passage of local revenue measures in the Prop. 13 construct.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Patrick Donahue, Joshua Englander, Assemblymember Robert Rivas, and Bob Stern! And a belated happy birthday for Kendra Harris!
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