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- Housing - Dan Walters
- Housing - Labor, PLAs, and CEQA
- Housing - SANDAG and Coronado
- Police records - Richmond
Happy weird weather Sunday! Lots of graduations and weddings that have scrambled to get through the weekend. Busy day hear at The Nooner Global Headquarters as I think to being back in the jury box starting again tomorrow at 9am and likely there most of the week.
It's going to be a busy week with floor sessions daily, since members need a Friday per diem session with next Monday's Memorial Day holiday. Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), hot off clearing the Assembly Appropriations suspense file Thursday, tweets that she is hoping Thursday night's session doesn't go late and threatens Eighties attire on the Assembly Floor, as there's a "totally awesome" concert Thursday night at the Golden 1 Center -- New Kids on the Block along with Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty by Nature.
Sorry about the problem with the latest podcast yesterday, which I linked to for some of you without noticing the interrupted upload. The full one is now posted in audio format and should be in your pod app.
We're dark until after 5/29 as Gibran and wife Haley are on a much deserved vacation. I'll be finishing up jury duty (hopefully) this week and then watching the floor activity before the 5/31 house of origin deadline and I'm sure we'll have a wild episode of What a Week when he is back. We also have some more great guests lined up for June.
Following an attempt by a man to drop-kick Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday in South Africa, the former governor tweeted "Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat." He then has seemed to relish the attention with more tweets promoting his Arnold Classic Sport Festival event taking place in Johannesburg.
PG&E: In the Bee, Tony Bizjak and Ryan Sabalow look at whether Pacific Gas & Electric will face criminal chargers for its responsibility in the 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County, the deadliest and most damaging in California history.
"The answer may hinge, legal experts say, on whether PG&E was reckless in failing to replace aging or damaged equipment and on whether prosecutors feel they can prove that in court beyond reasonable doubt.
Butte DA [Mike] Ramsey said his office and the Attorney General already have been looking for months into whether criminal charges are appropriate. That includes ongoing communication with Cal Fire investigators. Ramsey declined, however, to comment on what he is looking at and when he will decide what steps to take.
'It may be some weeks or months before we have a final answer,' Ramsey said. 'Just like any other investigation, we don’t want to reveal our cards.'"
HOUSING: For CALmatters, Dan Walters writes that the decision by Senate Appropriations Committee to hold SB 50 (Wiener) this year shows just how hard it is for state government to meaningfully address the state's housing crisis.
Meanwhile, in the San Francisco Chronicle, J.K. Kineen looks at a fight over housing in the Alameda County of San Lorenzo between a developer and "East Bay Residents for Responsibility Development," which is a coalition of labor unions. The developer wants to build 163 apartments and six retails spots on a 5-acre parcel vacant site that formerly housed a Mervyn's that closed in 1995. Labor unions want a project labor agreement to ensure work on the project is primarily performed by union members, while the developer argues that such a "project labor agreement" would increase the cost of the project from $42 million to $49 million, which he argues would lead to rents above current market.
Both sides have reasonable arguments in the debate--it's costly for union members to live in the Bay Area, yet developers are the ones borrowing money to build projects, which have to pencil out. But, it's a good example of how the California Environmental Equality Act (CEQA) is frequently about labor fights rather than what you may concluded about CEQA if you studied it in school.
It's an issue that puts Democrats clamoring for more housing to address one of the state's most pressing needs against their close allies in labor.
And, not surprisingly, the resort community of Coronado does not like a plan that the San Diego Association of Governments is considering that may ask the city to build 1,200 to 1,800 more housing units, reports Gustavo Solis for the SDUT. "'I don't think that it would be an overstatement that these numbers would be catastrophic to Coronado,' the mayor [Richard Bailey] said."
UNEMPLOYMENT: California's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 4.3%, according to a release from the Employment Development Department. That's the same rate as April 2018, while the state has added 271,600 (1.6%) non-farm payroll jobs, with the largest increases in educational and health services (2.9%) and professional and business services (2.5%).
Lowest unemployment counties (not seasonally adjusted):
- San Mateo - 1.9%
- Marin - 2.1%
- San Francisco - 2.1%
- Santa Clara - 2.3%
- Orange - 2.6%
- Sonoma - 2.6%
Highest unemployment counties (not seasonally adjusted):
- Imperial - 16.2%
- Colusa - 15.7%
- Plumas - 9.9%
- Tulare - 9.8%
- Merced - 9.0%
These data are collected by the U.S. Department of Commerce as part of the monthly national employment survey and then broken out by states a couple of weeks later.
More police records and #CAKEDAY 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.
POLICE RECORDS: In more records unveiled by last year's SB 1421 (Skinner), KQED's Alex Emslie and Bay Area News Group's David DeBolt report:
"A Richmond police officer who a former city official found engaged in 'predatory behavior' with a then 18-year-old woman at the center of massive police sexual exploitation case was nevertheless allowed to keep his job, new internal documents released Friday afternoon show.
The case is just one piece of a widespread scandal hitting Richmond police and other Bay Area departments in 2016. Richmond investigated 11 officers and eventually moved to discipline nine, including firing three."
After a hearing, the officer agreed to a 160-hour suspension and is still on the job. The Richmond police officers union was one of six that had suffered the first appellate decision holding the SB 1421, which took effect on January 1, includes records created before that date.
#CAKEDAY after the jump...
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Vince Hall, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Tim Kamermeyer, Jena Price, Catherine Schneider, Aaron Skaggs, and Don Wilcox!
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