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TODAY'S NOONER:

  • Budget and water fee
  • The week ahead
  • The parties
  • Muni matters - SF, LA, SD
  • Cakeday

 Happy Saturday! I jokingly posted on Twitter yesterday that the Giants should call in sick for a few days. They went on to lose 18-2 before stated crowd of 31,777 unfortunate souls at Oracle Park. Fortunately, I was at a birthday party and didn't have to watch that.

THE WEEK AHEAD: FOTN and lobbyist Chris Micheli reports on the work facing the Legislature and staff when they return on Tuesday:

Senate convenes Tuesday at Noon

  • 2nd Reading – 9 bills
  • 3rd Reading – 59 SBs and 8 ACRs
  • 76 measures 

Assembly convenes Tuesday at 1pm

  • 3rd Reading – 227 ABs
  • Consent – 5 measures
  • 232 measures

BUDGET: As the wrinkles left in the 2019-20 State Budget are worked out between the governor and Democratic leaders, the legislative leadership is pledging no new taxes on low- and middle-income Californians. Of course, the biggest debate is whether the funding for drinking water clean-up is a "fee" or a "tax." Newsom has proposed assessing a fee on all water users accounts and additional fees on dairies, other confined animal facilities, and fertilizer manufacturers. The Association of California Water Agencies characterize it as a "tax" as part of a major effort to kill the proposal. 

The Senate budget subcommittee approved $150 million General Fund for appropriation to the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Program, while the Assembly deferred to the policy bill process. The main Assembly bill on topic roughly following Newsom's framework is AB 217 (E. Garcia), which is coauthored by Speaker Anthony Rendon, but it requires a two-thirds vote in both houses. In Assembly Appropriations, Brian Maienschein (D-N. San Diego) and Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Huntington Beach) voted against the bill along with all Republicans. To clear this week, the bill can't lose five more Democrats. If it passes the Assembly and Republicans are uniformly opposed, two Democrats could oppose or lay off the bill after, presumedly, Lena Gonzalez is elected after the June 4 special general in SD33 to become the 29th Democrat in the upper chamber.

Bryan Anderson writes in the Bee

"Newsom's budget included two other items that could be considered as raising taxes and fees. One restores the requirement for residents to buy health insurance and imposes a penalty on those who don't. The so-called individual mandate was part of the federal Affordable Care Act until Congress revoked it in 2017.

Separately, Newsom’s budget would raise taxes on some businesses by reducing some of their opportunities to write off losses. He'd use money raised from that change in the state tax code to put more money in the pockets of lower-income Californians by giving them expanded tax credits."

Here are the Senate and Assembly summaries of subcommittee actions.

CADEMS: For CALmatters, Ben Christopher writes that, while the California Democratic Party has a contentious race for chair next weekend at the convention in San Francisco, the race has little bearing on how the party is doing across the state. He writes:

"'I hope the party gets its act together. The convention will elect a new chair and I hope that they clean house,' said Garry South, a Democratic political consultant. 'But in terms of this being any kind of a significant factor in statewide politics, or in the standing of the Democratic Party itself in California, it is, in a sense, less important than what I had for breakfast this morning.'"

I am watching the race and not ignoring it by not writing on it. I just don't want to perceive as trying to influence the race and, because in my previous life I was a county chair, I don't want anyone to twist my words. I'll write after the election next weekend.

CAGOP: For CapRadio, Ben Adler interviews California Republican Party chair Jessica Patterson. Adler writes "The new chairwoman of the California Republican Party is encouraging voters who can’t support President Trump to consider splitting their tickets and voting against Democrats at the state level."

CAKEDAY after the jump...

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BAGHDAD BY THE BAY: In the Chron, Evan Sernoffsky reports that San Francisco police chief Bill Scott yesterday acknowledged that the raid on journalist Bryan Carmody was wrong and apologized. In the raid, SFPD officers were looking to discover how Carmody obtained the police report on the death of San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi, who was found dead on March 14 in a rented apartment.

LA-LA LAND: Joe Mathews writes that the problem with Los Angeles Unified's Measure EE parcel tax by square foot is about process and not necessarily policy:

"If Measure EE’s supporters were wise, they would have slowed down, got everything right, and called an election later in the year, perhaps in the early fall. That also would have allowed more time for debate. Instead, they may be wasting everyone’s time.

If you vote against Measure EE, you shouldn’t feel bad. Ballot measure elections are not opinion polls; they are direct legislation. And lawmakers vote against things that they agree with in general because the details aren’t right. In fact, such no votes are often the wise thing to do if your goal is to advance the correct policy.

Here’s hoping that Measure EE goes down—and that the district comes forward with another measure that is clean and gets even more money to educate kids."

SANDY EGGO: For KPBS, Matt Hoffman reports that yesterday, the second phase of a ban on polystyrene containers went in to effect. Now, food or egg cartons containing Styrofoam in whole or in part may not be used in the city. Hoffman writes "That includes bowls, plates, trays, cups, lids and other similar items designed for one-time use. Businesses are prohibited from selling the items and restaurants are barred from distributing them."

Business say that the paper-based containers are up to four times as expensive as the polystyrene ones, costing up to $1.20 for a single to-go container. Businesses also complain that they don't know about the ban. I'm guessing they also don't know that single-stall restrooms must have unisex signs on them since March 1, 2017. After all, the jury deliberation rooms in the Sacramento Superior Courthouse are non-compliant. And, when you're on a jury, you are literally locked in the room except for lunch or an emergency. 

I don't write this to pick on courthouse staff, as they were uniformly great during my days there. Rather, I just find it perfectly ironic. If you can't get the criminal courthouse to comply with state law, how do you expect English as a Second Language business owners to stay on top of legislation?

I'm guessing code enforcement doesn't show up to police compliance of law in government buildings. They need to save that time for policing compliance in small businesses.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to KimChi Nguyễn and Sandra Salazar!

 

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