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SPORTS PAGE: Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Finals is at 6pm on ESPN. The Golden State Warriors are up 2-0 over the Portland Trailblazers as the game tips off at the Rose Garden tonight.
Happy Saturday! Gibran and I definitely had a lot to talk about yesterday on the pod, while news continued to break out while as were talking. Of course, we were just skimming the surface of Approps Suspense. We're having a technical issue and are working on it!
Several, but not all, bills amended and passed Thursday in the Approps committees are in print this morning. For the homegamers, an easy way to see which ones were amended is to look at the "Senate Updates" and "Assembly Updates" on LegInfo. If the bill number is listed with "bill text" next to it, that means new text is available.
Gibran is on a much deserved vacay for about two weeks but should reappear as the house of origin deadline hits. Meanwhile, I'll be writing...
Former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was apparently dropkicked today in South Africa. He appears okay and security took down the offender immediately.
TWENTY-FOUR: The number of horses who have died (euthanized) at Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia increased again yesterday with the euthanization of Commander Coil with a shoulder injury, reports John Cherwa for the LAT. On Wednesday there is a planned joint informational hearing of the Senate and Assembly Governmental Organization committees on the topic of equine and human safety at California's racetracks.
SB 1421 (Skinner): Police records: A San Francisco superior court judge has ruled that Attorney General Xavier Becerra's Department of Justice must release police records in its possession, including those that were created before the law's January 1 effective date, reports Alex Emslie for KQED, which joined in the lawsuit.
Under the law, the historic limitations of access to police records only on a court order is replaced to allow access under the California Public Records Act upon request from the public/media in limited circumstances, such as:
Most of the lawsuits by local police unions challenging the retroactivity of the law have been dropped after a court of appeals upheld a trial court's denial of a stay of a law, hinting that the plaintiffs (media organizations) were more likely than not to previal at trial.
On topic, Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones released the reports of a traffic stop case from 10 years ago, report Sam Stanton and Molly Sullivan for the Bee and fell under the dishonesty requirement under SB 1421. The deputy, who was fired 9 years ago, was surprised at the release of such an old case.
The city of Richmond is also releasing records long-sought by local media.
GASSY MATTERS: An investigation into the 2015 natural gas well blowout near the Porter Ranch neighborhood in northern Los Angeles has found that Southern California Gas Company negligently maintained the pipe and could have resolved the four-month leak at the Southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon Storage Facility faster, reports Brian Melley for AP. Melley writes:
"SoCalGas has spent more than $1 billion on the blowout with the majority going to temporarily relocate 8,000 families, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The utility still faces more than 390 lawsuits on behalf of approximately 48,500 people.
Residents who live nearby the gas storage field continue to complain about health problems and many, along with some environmental groups, want the facility shut down."
Southern California Gas Company's sister subsidiary of Sempra Energy, San Diego Gas & Electric, is currently requesting the Supreme Court of the United States determine that California's imposition of strict liability (without regard of negligence) under inverse condemnation without providing an ability to recover the amount paid out in claims is a violation of the company's Fifth Amendment Rights of a taking without just compensation.
The finding of the study by Blade Energy Partners in the Aliso Canyon gas leak of negligence is a separate issue, as strict liability doesn't require a finding of negligence or malfeasance. Beyond actual damages, it could lead the company to face punitive damages as PG&E did in the 2010 San Bruno gas explosion.
NURSE PRACTIONERS: In the LAT, David Lazarus expresses disappointment of the decision Thursday by the Assembly Appropriations committee to park AB 890 (Wood) as a two-year bill. The legislation is a classic "scope of practice" pitting licensed professionals against each other by changing the rules of who could practice when and where. Specifically, the bill would create a state board that could regulate and license nationally certified advanced nurse practitioners to practice without physician supervision in specified settings. Lazarus writes "Such a move would go a long way toward addressing a severe shortage of primary-care doctors and would align us with other states that have adopted similar measures."
Not surprisingly, the California Medical Association stands up as usual for the scope of practice of its members, while other health providers generally support it.
I have not been following the hearings on this bill, but "The Resident's" nurse practitioner Nicolette Nevin (Emily VanCamp) can treat me anytime. Move out of the way Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry). You belong as Cary Agos on "The Good Wife." No, not the subscription-based "The Good Fight" on CBS All-Access, and bring the great Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) back to network television.
Arambula aftermath and more and #CAKEDAY after the jump...
ARAMBULA AFTERMATH: For the LAT, Taryn Luna looks at the impact of the not-guilty verdict on child cruelty charges faced by Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno).
"A not-guilty verdict Thursday allowed Arambula to retain his seat in the state Legislature but at some cost to his family and his reputation. For Fresno County Dist. Atty. Lisa Smittcamp, the finding could bolster the defense’s argument that the charges were politically motivated.
"I think it’s something that both of them are going to have to continue to answer to,” said David Mugridge, a criminal defense attorney in Fresno who closely followed the case. 'It’s not going away.'"
Arambula, waiting for the case to be over, has neither filed a statement of intent to run or a campaign committee for 2020 re-election. However, his year-end statement for the 2018 committee had $279,922 as of December 31, all of which can be transferred to a 2020 account. No other candidate has stepped forward during Arambula's trial in the safe Democratic seat (H. Clinton+29.2).
MEASLES: In perhaps an advertisement for having your groceries home-delivered, Natalie Orenstein reports for KQED that a case of measles has been confirmed in Berkeley and that the patient was shopping in Berkeley Bowl. "The adult Berkeley resident was reportedly shopping at the popular South Berkeley store between 3 and 5 p.m on May 7."
People with measles are generally contagious before they exhibit serious symptoms. Are those hazmat suits arriving before SB 276 (Pan) relating to vaccinations is set for Assembly Health?
HIGH-SPEED RAIL: For CapRadio, Chris Nichols looks at what the Trump Administration's pullback of an approved $929 million grant for the project means for Central Valley jobs. Labor unions counting on the jobs are claiming thousands of jobs will be lost, while an economist says that it is too early to tell.
More, #CAKEDAY, and corrections after the jump...
THE OC: From the "they never taught this in Placentia public schools" file, Anthony Pignatoro writes for OC Weekly on the first African-American family in Placentia, whose house was firebombed in 1956.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Charles Lawlor, Lisa Maldonado, and Melanie Mason!
DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Yesterday, in discussing the proposed Cadiz water project and errantly wrote that environmental groups were opposed to Senator Roth's SB 307, which would place the approval of the project under the State Lands Commission. Of course, they support the bill, although the bill analysis identifies that the groups have differing approaches from outright defeat of the project and proper scaling to minimize environmental impacts
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