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E-274 - Monday, June 3, 2019


  • Political Breakdown Podcast (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos at KQED): Identity politics with Tonya Mosley, host of new KQED podcast Truth be Told (05/23/19)
  • The California Nation Podcast (Bryan Anderson and Hannah Wiley @ SacBee): ‘Be ambitious': California Democrats see Gavin Newsom as a sign to move further left (05/23/19)
  • SacTownTalks by The Nooner (Gibran Maciel and Scott Lay): What a Week! (05/18/19) [Simplecast | iTunes] - YouTube coming around 05/30
  • Gimme Shelter Podcast (Matt Levin @ CALmatters and Liam Dillon at LAT):  What happened to SB 50 and interview with Brian Hanlon, president of California YIMBY (05/17/19)

SacTown Talks by The Nooner


  • AD25 (Fremont-Santa Clara): added small business owner Bob Brunton (R) - safe Dem, open seat
  • AD25 (Fremont-Santa Clara): added Santa Clara Unified trustee Jim Canova (D) - safe Dem, open seat

The great national nightmare is over. No, I'm not talking about the California Democratic Party convention. Yesterday, the world ground to a halt when Google services went down around the world. Beyond Google properties that include YouTube, lots of sites that use Google for login authentication fell as well. 

Remember a Place Called Hope or the Hope Obama posters? Bernie Sanders was anything but at the CDP convention yesterday. I'm not against Bernie, but anger doesn't win races for Democrats and candidates were going for red meat this weekend.

I just went for my morning walk today and was listening to Pete Buttegieg on KQED's Political Breakdown. I won't be endorsing and have shirts from Kamala, Cory Booker, and Buttegieg. I'm just saying that some positivity is needed and I feel inspired by Mayor Pete. Nobody will win by just saying Donald Trump is a failure. Presidential candidates win by positive messages. I didn't hear Buttegieg's Saturday afternoon speech so I can't compare.

SMOKIN' So, it's been widely discussed in social media and now in the Chron that Juul Labs Inc. was a major sponsor of the CDP Convention over the weekend. Oddly, no payment was reported by the California Democratic Party. With special elections tomorrow, the CDP is required to file anything over $1,000 within 24 hours.

My friend acting chair Alex Rooker on stage told the Bay Area regional director to take her concerns to the party's finance committee. The Finance Committee is chaired by another friend, Dan Weitzman, who is a longtime Capitol fundraiser who is a master of extracting funds from everyone, including salacious interests with business before the Legislature. San Francisco recently banned flavored tobacco, including menthol cigarettes and tobacco pods. The last report from the Finance Committee on the party's website was in 2011.

The last lead investor in Juul was Altria, which now owns 35%. Altria is looking beyond tobacco and cannabis with Juul's devices finds the answer and now owns 35% of the company. R.J. Reynolds is the big menthol company with the market-leading Newport brand.

I'm making no allegations, but provide you with facts to connect the dots.

People shout me down when I talk about Juul and cannabis, but I don't understand how they have Twitter access and are oblivious to everything else on the Internet.

Not suggesting any funny business, but Jerry Hill's (D-San Mateo) bill to ban flavored tobacco was essentially killed in the State Senate after hostile amendments were added by Anthony Portantino's Appropriations Committee. The amendments exempted menthol cigarettes and added Portantino as a co-author. Hostile amendments are those that the author doesn't agree to put in the bill, and Hill withdrew the bill after they were added. 

Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, who I adore, was clearly involved in the Senate Approps deliberations and is a star in the CDP. The contribution and lack of reporting stinks worse than anything more than tobacco. Yes, I'm anti-tobacco after watching a close friend go into respiratory arrest in 1987. We were spending our summer at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine in Denver. A field trip to the mall nearly killed Sheryl. I went back in 1989 and Sheryl, a resident of Aurora, was also back. Fortunately, that stay hooked me up with a trial study that reduced my asthma significantly.

"JOB KILLERS": While the Legislature is considered as liberal as ever, FOTN and lobbyist Chris Micheli reports that only five bills identified as "job killers" by the California Chamber of Commerce passed the house of origin by Friday's deadline. 

  • AB 51 (Gonzalez): Employment discrimination: enforcement
  • AB 1066 (Gonzalez): Unemployment Insurance: Trade Disputes: Eligibility for Benefits
  • AB 1080 (Gonzalez): California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act
  • SB 1 (Atkins): California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2019
  • SB 54 (Allen): California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act

Noticeably absent is AB 5 (Gonzalez), which would codify the California Supreme Court's opinion in Dynamex. While widely opposed by the "gig economy," the Chamber is support if amended to remove selected professions from the exemptions in the codification of the court's decision. The decision was widely derided by business, but the interests see the statutory exemption as better than nothing.  The SCOCAL decision was an interpretation of the Labor Code, and any narrowing of the unanimous court decision is welcome.



CAKEDAY after the jump...


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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Chris Lehane! Whoops, I missed Senator Bob Archuleta's cakeday yesterday!




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