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E-266 - Tuesday, June 11, 2019


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  • CD42 (Corona): added small business owner Regina Marston (D) - leans Rep - challenge to Ken Calvert (R)

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.


  • Budget Watch
  • Horse Watch
  • Lite Gov
  • Wildfires
  • Lottery gets new chief
  • Sandy Eggo - pensions
  • Cakeday

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. 

DJ Darrell, can I get some Nelly?

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.


  • Horses dead at Santa Anita since 12/26: 29
  • Next race: Friday, June 14 @ 1pm
  • Calls for suspension of racing during investigation:
    • California Horse Racing Board
    • Senator Dianne Feinstein
    • Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins
    • Los Angeles Times Editorial Board - renewed today with the headline "We are running out of ways to tell Santa Anita to stop racing"
    • San Diego Humane Society
    • Marin Humane

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.

CAN'T GET NO VACCINATION: In the Bee, Hannah Wiley talks to a parent who is threatening to move to Texas if Dr. Pan's SB 276 to validate medical exemptions from vaccinations is enacted. 

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...





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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 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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Women in California Leadership – Film Screening

Women in California Leadership and special guests, the Legislative Women’s Caucus, invites you to a film screening of Secret Life of Pets 2, June 17 at 6pm, Crest Theatre. Must RSVP in advance. Visit

Please join the Almond Alliance for the Almond Festival at the State Capitol on June 12th!

What: An educational festival focused on the California Almond industry. There will be music, games and a variety of samples including almonds, almond ice cream, almond milk and almond cookies. Come learn about this healthy, nutritious crop and gain a better understanding of the scope, value and sustainability of California almonds.

When: Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Where: West Steps of the State Capitol.

Why: The California almond industry is a valuable economic and nutritional asset, contributing 100,000 jobs and $21.5 billion to the state’s economy. The California almond industry leads on agricultural sustainability practices which will be showcased at the festival.

Contact: Sabrina Sordello at or call 209-300-7140.

AD7’s free District Open House & Art Show

Please join Assemblymember McCarty in partnership with the Anti-Recidivism Coalition & the Prison Arts Collective at AD7’s free District Open House & Art Show, Wednesday June 12 from 6-7:30PM at 915 L St., Suite 110. Come and discuss legislative issues and view Prison Arts Collective’s exhibition Beyond the Blue and ARC’s exhibition Walking in My Shoes. Light refreshments will be available.

RSVP to (916) 324-4676 or by visiting Hope to see you there!

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