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E-266 - Tuesday, June 11, 2019
RECENT AURAL PLEASURE:
SPORTS PAGE: Well, that was a helluva game last night, with the Warriors pulling it out to give Oracle arena one last breath. Game 6 will be Thursday night at 6pm and, if necessary, Game 7 will be Sunday in Toronto at 5pm PDT. Meanwhile, the Giants host the Padres at 6:45 and the Dodgers head down the 5 to the Big A for a 7:07 first pitch.
Happy Taco Tuesday! I don't use the a/c much at Nooner Global Headquarters. I'm tolerant to about 85 indoors with fans. So, I didn't turn my a/c on until this weekend. I remind myself every year to test the a/c before the heat wave because if there's a problem, there can be a long wait before a tech can come out.
Sure enough, I forgot and while the thermostat and fan are working fine, it's blowing room temp air. This happened once before and I'm pretty sure it's a $20 part (capacitor) and I have to wait for a tech to get on the schedule. Of course, that also keeps me here in case the tech just shows up without calling. Anyway, it's at 85 inside right now--at 10:30am.
BUDGET WATCH: Well, Legislative Counsel pulled off a Herculean turnaround. At 10:18am, the Conference Committee version of AB 74 was published. That means that a vote on the budget could take place on Thursday, keeping to a normal legislative schedule. Beyond the four trailers are in print, it's unclear which others will be available. It appears both houses plan to knock out what they can on Thursday.
LITE GOV: In the Bee, Sophia Bollag reports that the Fair Political Practices Commission has denied to take up the complain by the California Republican Party alleging that Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis violated the Political Reform Act when she asked donors to give to a nonprofit to help fund the costs of running her office.
2020 TAX FIGHTS: While Los Angeles Unified Measure EE supporters are saying they learned from their loss last Tuesday, EdSource's John Fensterwald reports that business interests are similarly motivated by their victory. Both sides are expected to face off again next November on the "split roll" property tax measure to remove valuation caps on most industrial and commercial properties.
The bigger thing is that the victory by business in LA eliminates any incentive for them to negotiate in the Legislature to head off the ballot fight, something that Governor Newsom stated he hoped to see when he unveiled his budget proposal in January.
WILDFIRES: The video from yesterday's State Senate Senate Select Committee on Governor's 2019 Report: Wildfires and Climate Change - California's Energy Future is available here. Basically, the sides on the fight over inverse condemnation are emerging more clearly, with local governments certainly wanting to maintain strict liability for utilities. The committee discussed a July review of credit ratings of the investor-owned utilities that will consider legislative progress toward changing the liability rules. It would likely require a change in the state's constitution placed on the March 2020 ballot. Anyway, I can't do the hearing justice so if you're interested in the topic and didn't see the hearing, it's a good 2.5-hour watch.
WILDFIRES: For Voice of San Diego, Ry Rivard writes that San Diego Gas & Electric has stated in a series of regulatory filings that it will almost certainly cause or contribute to a wildfire in the next 20 years.
Well played, playing the "I'm taking my toys and moving to Texas." The social media response to the article has been "farewell, and best of luck." That helps with both the housing and public health crises.
"OUR KIDS WIN TOO": Following the resignation of director Hugo Lopez under clouds, Governor Newsom appointed Alva Johnson to be the new director of the California State Lottery. Congratulations to Alva, who I have known for around twenty years in his capacity as a consultant of the Master Plan for Higher Education update in 2001-02.
NYC: So, the Manhattan building that the helicopter crashed into yesterday killing the pilot is co-owned by CalPERS, reports Michael McGough for the Bee.
MUNI MATTERS after the jump...
SANDY EGGO - PENSIONS: For KPBS, Andrew Bowen reports that the San Diego City Council has voted to join with labor unions in an effort to overturn Proposition B, which provided a defined contribution 401(k)-type pension for new employees. Bowen writes:
"The next legal process is likely to begin at a lower court level, assuming an approval by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who must sign off on the city and unions' "quo warranto" request. That proceeding would allow the unions to sue San Diego on behalf of the state of California, arguing the city overstepped its authority as a charter city and failed to keep its charter in line with state law."
For Voice of San Diego, Scott Lewis looks at what the decision by the council to switch from defending the "will of the voters" to seeking an invalidation of the charter amendment means for employees right now.
CAKEDAY after the jump...
SACTOWN RESTAURANT SCENE: Well, for those that followed the Gordon Ramsey's "24 Hours to Hell and Back" episode and aftermath, it may come as no surprise that Sandra Dee's Bar-B-Que & Seafood at 601 15th Street is closing, although a date is not known. Vincent Moleski reports for the Bee "Records from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control show that Sanh Van, owner of Peony Garden, applied for a liquor license for the 6,240 square-foot location earlier this month. The building is listed for sale on loop.net for $1.375 million. Four apartments are included with the restaurant."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jim Anderson, Jonathan Colmenares, Paul Fickas, and Nicole Winger!
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