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Well, I'm on a jury. So I'll be short again today but should catch up tomorrow, when court is not in session. Who could have thought that sitting for seven hours could be so exhausting?

Believe it or not, while lots of people hate the civic duty, people that go to law school often desire to get that summons. Obviously, that's about all I can say until the trial is over, but The Nooner and the podcast came up in voir dire (jury selection). 

One thing is for sure...that new Sacramento County courthouse is long overdue for many reasons. From a juror's perspective, you shouldn't have to go to a different floor to pee during a 15-minute break, and I felt really bad for the women. Anyway, the new courthouse is slated for the Railyards east of downtown and was approved in 2008 in SB 1407 (Perata). Good move, but I didn't like the increases in courthouse fees. I'll write more on the topic when I'm off jury duty.

I'm happy to serve on a jury but y'all know me. Me with access to electronic devices only for two 15-minute breaks and an hour-and-half for lunch? Serious Jonesing going on all day... 

No, the fact that the Appropriations committees will today decide the fate of 1,076 bills (721 Assembly, 355 Senate) is not an excusable hardship. If anyone gets a list of Suspense File outcomes, I would be greatful since the votes are unlikely to be in LegInfo by tomorrow.

I will have much more to say after the trial is concluded, but I need to zip my mouth for now.

Meanwhile, check out the pod with Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles) that was released by Gibran as I was doing my civic duty yesterday. Sydney and I didn't overlap in our community college advocacy days, as she was elected the year after I left the League. But, what a fascinating woman. 

WILDFIRES: In no way surprising, Pacific Gas and Electric was found by CalFire to be at fault in the deadliest and most damaging wildfire in California history. There were actually two ignition points during the windstorm, both associated with PG&E power lines, that combined to one fire.

A coalition of labor, the energy companies, and business interests has been formed to push back demands to have the state or local governments to take over electric utility services. The biggest efforts are in San Francisco and San Diego. PG&E isn't listed as part of the coalition, likely because of its bankruptcy proceedings, but its largest union (IBEW 1245) is. Among other things, the coalition is calling for a "wildfire recovery fund" to compensate victims with a combination of industry and state contributions.

WATER TAX: Not unexpectedly, Senate Budget Sub 2 yesterday rejected Governor Gavin Newsom's proposal of $150 million in new fees/taxes to fund a clean drinking water fund, instead calling for the fund to get money elsewhere in the state budget. Hannah Wiley writes for the Bee "The subcommittee’s decision to lock in funds for future budget cycles could eliminate the challenge of securing votes to pass another tax. A water fee proposal died in budget compromise talks last year as Democrats worried about asking constituents to pay more."

The fees would have required a two-thirds vote and while both houses have supermajorities of Democrats, they don't want to put Dems in moderate districts in the position of voting on what could be characterized as a tax increase when the state is flush with funds.

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: The LAT's George Skelton opines against Assemblyman Phil Ting's bill to require cities and counties that haven't allowed retail cannabis to grant medicinal marijuana retail licenses under certain circumstances. Skelton argues that in the campaign Proposition 64, the adult-use cannabis bill, voters were told that locations of shops would be left for local government to decide. While the bill initially was for medicinal and adult-use shops, it has been narrowed to only medicinal. The bill requires a two-thirds vote, is on Assembly Appropriations suspense for a decision today, and had two Dem no votes in Assembly Business and Professions.

SHRIMPSCAM: President Trump pardoned former Assembly Republican Leader Pat Nolan yesterday, reports Christine Mai-Duc for the LAT. Nolan was sentenced in the ShrimpScam FBI sting in 1986-88 and served 26 months in the pokey on racketeering charges after accepting bribes for legislation in the fictitious shrimp processing plant in West Sacramento. Nolan has spent time after prison ministering to prisoners and advocating for criminal justice reform.

More and #CAKEDAY after the jump...



SEX ED: Opponents of the new K-12 sex ed curriculum are planning on keeping their kids out of school tomorrow and rallying at county offices of education. The curriculum is being changed by the State Board of Education following AB 329 (Weber), Chapter 398, Statutes of 2015.

SANTA ANA: Former Assemblymember and Santa Ana councilmember Jose Solorio has announced that he is running for Santa Ana mayor in 2020. Current mayor Miguel Pulido, who has served since 2012, is termed out under term limits adopted in 2012.

LA-LA LAND: For the LAT, Howard Blume looks at what the election of Jackie Goldberg back to the Los Angeles Unified board  in Tuesday's special election means for the district.

Okay...I've got to get to court! CAKEDAY after the jump! 

Probolsky Research 




Pass SB 285

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.


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Rick Jacobs and Jennifer Hoffman Rexroad!

GHOSTS OF CAKEDAYS OF THE PAST: Happy birthday to Assemblywoman Christy Smith!




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