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Just a few quick notes today before the the craziness returns tomorrow. The Senate convenes at noon and the Assembly meets at 1pm. 

AGUA: With the steady storms this winter, not only is the California drought over, but the state's reservoirs are healthy. Here's a look at NorCal:

  • Trinity Lake: 97% of capacity, 113% of historical average
  • Lake Shasta: 98% of capacity, 114% of historical average
  • Lake Oroville: 97% of capacity, 115% of historical average
  • Folsom Lake: 95% of capacity, 115% of historical average

TWENTY-SIX: Yesterday, a 9-year-old gelding was euthanized at Santa Anita after surgery could not repair a broken leg incurred in a race Saturday, becoming the twenty-sixth horse in 151 days at the Arcadia track to have an injury deemed to be fatal. 

John Cherwa writes in the LA Times:

"Kochees, a 9-year-old gelding, was running in his 49th race, a $10,000 claiming race over 5 1/2 furlongs. He was pulled up by jockey Mario Gutierrez while leaving the far turn and entering the top of the stretch. His career started Jan. 4, 2013, at Santa Anita, and he had won 11 races.

It was the 26th death at Santa Anita in either racing or training since the meeting opened Dec. 26. It was the third horse death for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer."

When I sat through the very pro-racing joint committee of the Governmental Organization committees of both houses last Wednesday, I learned that horses aren't "injured." Rather, they break down like my first car--a Ford Bronco II that had been my dad's. I don't want to have fun with the death of horses, but that whole model deserved to be put to sleep.

Fortunately, there don't appear to have been any injuries to the pups who ran yesterday at the "Second Annual Corgi Nationals" ran the Santa Anita track yesterday because if there had been, the alarm level in the Capitol would dial up to eleven

GASSY MATTERS: The LAT's Patrick McGreevy reports that some folks aren't happy that some local governments are using new gas tax funds for "road diets"--reducing lanes to make room for changes such as physically separated bike lanes. McGreevy writes "Cities counter that they are making the roads safer by slowing traffic and that motorists benefit by being separated from cyclists and scooter users in the bike lanes."

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN': For the LA Times, David Shribman writes that as Democratic candidates for President push California-friendly issues to capture the convention delegate largesse, they risk alienating the states most influential in the Electoral College.

CA49 (South OC, North San Diego coast): For the SDUT, Charles T. Clark looks at the developing challenge of San Juan Capistrano mayor Bryan Maryott to freshman Democrat Mike Levin. The district was won by H. Clinton in 1996 by 7.5%. Maryott placed in eighth in the 2018 primary, but is expected to have the party's support in 2020.

SHRIMPSCAM: Dan Walters writes for CALmatters that, with his pardon of former Assembly Republican Leader Pat Nolan, President Trump has closed the book on an embarrassing era for the state Legislature, but one which brought forth significant reforms. Walters writes:

"The scandal fueled a successful 1990 ballot measure to impose term limits on legislators, and in combination with court-ordered redistricting after the 1990 census, forced a nearly 100 percent turnover in the Legislature’s membership over the next few years."

MUNI MATTERS, CAKEDAY after the jump...

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INGLEWOOD: In the Times, Doug Smith reports "Inglewood spent millions of dollars in public funds to soundproof middle-class areas of the city while bypassing one of the poorest neighborhoods where the roar from the Los Angeles International Airport flight path is loudest, according to a Times data analysis."

Nothing to see here. Smith writes:

"Over the last several decades, the Federal Aviation Administration and Los Angeles World Airports have given the city nearly $400 million to purchase and demolish hundreds of homes around the flight path and soundproof thousands of others.

A Times review of local and federal records shows Inglewood spent the money for soundproofing disproportionately in middle-class — and primarily single-family — neighborhoods on the east side of the city, farthest from the airport. Most of the eligible homes there received soundproofing.

Meanwhile, the city’s zoning rules prohibited improvements in a struggling neighborhood of about 1,200 homes and apartments along the Century Boulevard corridor."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Mike Madrid, Louis Reyes, and Vene Toglao!



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.



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