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E-265 - Wednesday, June 12, 2019


SacTown Talks by The Nooner


WHAT TO WATCH: If you have Netflix and underutilize it (like me), watch Always Be My Maybe. If only for Keanu being, well, Keanu!


  • Budget Watch
  • Horse Watch
  • Homelessness
  • No parking
  • Los Angeles County jails and LAUSD schools
  • Cakeday
  • In Memoriam

Happy humpday from the Nooner Global Headquarters sweat lodge. No, the a/c repairman hasn't made it here yet, and it sure didn't cool off much last night. Oh well, a few hours of writing and then I'll be using Gibran's a/c as we sit down with Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen for a pod. It looks like it's going to cool down tomorrow, so I'm confident that's when it will be fixed. Thank you to several of you who offered me space in your office. I went out to watch the USA women trounce Thailand in the biggest margin of victory of a World Cup match, men or women, and then went to Iverson's to get my locks trimmed before appearing again on the pod. 

Speaking of independent local businesses, Capital Books on Kay is hosting its grand opening this Saturday from 10am-5pm. "Help us celebrate our official Grand Opening. It's a Great Gatsby theme (costumes encouraged!). Stop by to see the books, snacks, and a beverage."

On this date 52 years ago, the Supreme Court handed down the unanimous opinion authored by Earl Warren in Loving v. Virginia, declaring anti-miscegination statutes unconstitutional. Last night I was re-reading the section on the governorship of Warren in Game Changers, the great book by Steve and Susie Swatt that is on The Nooner Sofa Degree list.

When I wrote about the death of UC Davis law professor Floyd Feeney, many Nooner readers wrote back saying that they too had Feeney for Criminal Procedure or Elections Law. The celebration of life will be Thursday, July 18 from 4-5:30 at the Buehler Alumni Center at UC Davis, which is near the law school. 

HORSE WATCH: Governor Newsom has joined those calling for a suspension of racing at Santa Anita until the cause(s) of the horse deaths can be determined.

Meanwhile, the Stronach Group will announce today new steps of pre-race examination of horses by veternarians, reports John Cherwa at the Times. We've had lots of announcements about "new steps" but the racing continues and the deaths continue.

  • 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
    • Governor Gavin Newsom
    • 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

HOMELESSNESS: In the LAT, Liam Dillon writes that, while the governor and legislators have agreed on a number to spend on tackling California's homeless problem, they can't agree on how to spend the dough. He writes:

"The governor wants to reserve some of the money in the budget for counties while legislators are pushing for the entire amount to go to the state’s 13 largest cities or regional agencies known as “continuums of care,” which coordinate services for the homeless across the state."

This is unlikely to stall the expected votes on the budget tomorrow with Saturday's "no paycheck" deadline approaching, but the budget debate will continue well after June 15.

NO PARKING: Also in the LAT, Laura J. Nelson reports that the Los Angeles City Council has come out against AB 516 by Assemblymember David Chiu that would prevent cities from towing idle cars for various violations, such as having an expired registration more than 6 months or parked for over 72 hours on a city street.

There was no official opposition when the bill passed the Assembly 49-11, but 20 members laid off the bill, not wanting to be on the other side of cities that bank the revenue and the legitimate issue of cars sitting in neighborhoods for a long time. Interestingly, of the no votes, seven are Democrats. Ten Republicans voted for the bill. Truly an odd mix based on local concerns more than partisan politics.

This is an old issue but has taken on new visibility with the housing and homelessness crisis. Nelson writes "Nearly 60,000 people are homeless across Los Angeles County, including more than 16,500 people living out of their vehicles, according to data released last week. In the city of Los Angeles, overall homelessness overall soared 16% to 36,000 people since last year."

Really, we end up towing homes and holding them hostage for hundreds of dollars in impound fees. The impact on cities is in two areas--clearing what is seen as being a nuisance and also banking money and campaign contributions from towing companies. 

There is no easy answer. We need more housing obviously, although the Los Angeles City Council also opposes SB 50 (while Mayor Garcetti supports). Of course, SB 50 alone wouldn't solve this problem. There are obvious employment and addiction issues that also have to be addressed but in my opinion, towing companies, cities, and politicians shouldn't profit off these crises.

And as acknowledged in this year's budget, the homelessness issue has hit college students with an unforgiveable number of students living out of their cars. There's even a legislative bill on this--AB 392 (Berman). I have mixed feelings on the bill as a former community college lobbyist and graduate of Maggie Johns's torts class at UC Davis Law. But, maybe it is needed as we continue to put band-aids on gushing wounds.

THE CHAMBER HAMMER: For CALmatters, Dan Walters writes that most of the bills identified by the California Chamber of Commerce as "job killers" are already dead, despite the strong grip on Sacramento by Democrats.

MUNI MATTERS after the jump...



LA-LA LAND - Jails: Hold on to your chairs folks. In Los Angeles County, the sheriff's department doesn't want cameras in juvenile halls after a spate of issues regarding the use of pepper spray and restraints, reports Matt Stiles for the LA Times. Supes are justifiably worried from a legal perspective. In this situation, the fewer cameras as possible are sought. Trust me, I just got off jury duty as foreperson that found a relatively young guy with no record guilty of attempted murder through evidence of a neighbor across the street that had a security camera. With that evidence, we had no choice than to return the unanimous verdict, and most of us hated to do so.

I hate to put on my legal hat, but it's always in the interest of governmental bodies to not expose evidence that leads to liability, meaning an increase in insurance rates.

LA-LA LAND - Schools: The amazing columnist Steve Lopez writes that he's getting lots of hate mail for his column explaining why voters soundly rejected the $500 million per year parcel tax for schools. Meanwhile, read/listen to the story behind "The Soloist." I loved the movie and it's oddly in the middle of the first collective bargaining agreement between LAT newsroom employees and owners.

CROCODILE TEARS: The highest-priced areas in The OC have seen housing prices drop.

CAKEDAY after the jump...


Probolsky Research


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sean Dugar, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, and Laura Speed!

IN MEMORIAM: Chona Sarte, deputy director of external affairs, office of the governor (1986-2019)




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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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