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E-271 - Thursday, June 6, 2019
RECENT AURAL PLEASURE:
On this day in 1968, Robert F. Kennedy died, the day following being shot by Sirhan Sirhan at Los Angeles's Ambassador Hotel after winning the California primary.
POD: We're back on the mics tomorrow afternoon and have started the rundown. Lots going on!
Governor Gavin Newsom job approval:
Legislature job approval:
In the LAT, George Skelton writes that the poll finds that President Trump has a higher job approval rating in California than the state Legislature. Less popular than both is Congress:
"Trump's job approval rating was slightly higher than the Legislature’s at 38%. His disapproval was also higher: 60%. But Trump’s overall rating ticked up slightly since January.
Not Congress' marks. They’ve got a pathetic 22% approval, 73% disapproval."
HOUSING: In the Bee, Sophia Bollag reports on the poll's findings on the shelved SB 50 (Wiener) housing bill. "The survey found 62 percent of Californians favor making local governments allow more multi-family housing near transit and job centers. It didn’t ask about the bill specifically and didn’t ask respondents about the details of the legislation, which would have applied different rules in different counties...The survey also found 61 percent support Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to link transportation funds with housing production."
Liam Dillon writes in the Times "Mark Baldassare, the institute's president and pollster, said he was surprised that residents were willing to support such radical changes to the state's historical development patterns. Between half and three-quarters of developable land in much of the state is zoned for single-family housing only, according to UC Berkeley research."
For CALmatters, Dan Walters reports on the legislative inaction on housing. "Midway through the legislative session, there's been no discernible progress on eliminating the structural impediments to the major surge in housing construction that California desperately needs."
Meanwhile, a San Diego church wants to construct housing on a portion of its large parking lot but local zoning requirements specify the number of spaces based on the capacity of the pews. Andrew Bowen reports for KPBS on the church's "YIGBY" effort--Yes, in God's backyard. Backers believe that 16 to 21 apartments could be placed on the lot.
WILDFIRES/PG&E: For KQED, Scott Shafer reports voters give Governor Newsom mixed reviews on his handling of wildfires and the PG&E bankruptcy:
"On the subject of wildfires, the PPIC survey found that 41% of likely voters approve of Newsom's overall handling of wildfire prevention and response, with 27% disapproving and 32% saying they don't know.
At the same time, just 28% of likely voters approve of Newsom's handling of the PG&E bankruptcy, with 35% disapproving and 37% saying they're not sure."
VAXX: The poll found that 76% of likely voters support requiring vaccinations and support crosses parties and race. Hannah Wiley reports in the Bee "'We find partisan differences on almost everything today. This is a topic when there isn't a partisan difference on whether vaccinations should be required,' said the institute’s president and CEO Mark Baldassare. 'And virtually all Californians say its very or somewhat safe.'"
HEALTH CARE: For CALmatters, Elizabeth Aguilera looks at the proposed expansion of health care for young adults who are undocumented. She writes:
"A clock is ticking: The state is required to adopt a budget this month, and the Democrats who control Sacramento are divided between two options. Both inch the state closer to universal health care coverage, but neither proposes to offer health care to all low-income immigrants. They've deemed that too costly.
Instead, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Assembly each have backed budget proposals to expand Medi-Cal—already available to low-income undocumented children—to young adults through age 25.
The Senate's proposed budget goes further, and would offer Medi-Cal to young adults and also to undocumented seniors 65 and older."
PRISON DRUG TREATMENT: Wes Venteicher writes on the continuing debate on Gavin Newsom's proposal to dramatically ramp up drug abuse prevention in the state's prisons.
GREEN TECH: In the Bee, Andrew Sheeler reports that Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook to request that App Store start accepting apps for cannabis delivery services. He wrote "You and your team have the opportunity to support the will of California's voters and reinforce the values of openness, inclusion and diversity that Apple is known for."
LA-LA LAND: In the LAT, Howard Blume looks at how the LAUSD parcel tax failed so miserably on Tuesday. "After the ballots were counted, though, the tax earned only 45% of the vote — a stunning defeat for school leaders and Mayor Eric Garcetti, who campaigned hard for the measure." Turnout was only about 10% and only voters in council district 12 had anything else on the ballot.
They'll likely be back next year when the county will be using all-mail ballots and vote centers under the Voters Choice Act.
SACTOWN: The Bee isn't particularly happy the first Michelin dining guide to include Sacramento restaurants. Only The Kitchen got a star, although others were listed as "Bib Gourmands" and "Plates."
"Nearly every restaurant aside from The Kitchen would have qualified for a Bib Gourmand -- reserved for places that serve two entrees and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less -- yet only Mother, Frank Fat’s and Canon walked away with them.
Ten other restaurants -- Allora, Bacon & Butter, Ella Dining Room & Bar, Grange, Binchoyaki Izakaya Dining, Mulvaney’s B&L Localis, Zocalo, Mayahuel and Ming Dynasty -- were included in the guide as Plates, restaurants that are "very good" but fall short of the star or Bib Gourmand thresholds."
Binchoyaki is a new fave, particularly with $1 hot or cold oysters from 4pm-10pm on Wednesday nights and after 10pm-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
CAKEDAY after the jump...
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dion Aroner, McKay Carney, Garth Eisenbeis, Teresa Keng, Tricia Robbins, and Taylor White! And belated greetings to Assemblymember Evan Low (yesterday)!
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