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E-263 - Friday, June 14, 2019


SacTown Talks by The Nooner



  • Horse watch
  • The other white meat
  • Fires
  • Vaxx
  • Cakeday

Happy Saturday! It's absolutely glorious outside. Sorry San Francisco for sucking in your fog to cool down the valley. It's all in the meteorological game, yo'.


  • Horses dead at Santa Anita since 12/26: 29
  • 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
    • Social Compassion in Legislation

Well, Santa Anita raced yesterday and apparently no horses "broke down." A friend went last weekend and said that attendance was sparse. First post today is at 1pm with nine races scheduled. 

THE OTHER WHITE MEAT: In the Times, John Myers looks at the district projects quietly snuck in to the budget. A dog park in Rancho Cucamonga won out, while research on Parkinson's disease requested by the Michael J. Fox Foundation did not. Myers writes:

"The budget bill approved Thursday included other earmarks that various legislators requested that might not have seemed as crucial as some projects that were rejected: $9 million for renovations to a San Diego performing arts center; $5 million for a soccer complex in Salinas; $500,000 for a sculpture garden in Newport Beach. Republicans were happy to tee off on the earmark process during floor debate on the budget plan."

Meanwhile, Alicia Robertson reports in the OC Register that, while Orange County is getting $20 million in state budget funds for a new veterans cemetary, the location can not be agreed upon.

WILDFIRES: The LAT's Louis Sahagun and Joseph Serna write "On the heels of the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season in state history, officials across California are growing increasingly anxious over what many fear will be another one."

Biggest concerns are Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead, and Idyllwild.

VAXX: Also in the LAT, Melody Gutierrez and Soumya Karlamangla report on the backlash against actress Jessica Biel after she lobbied against the vaccine bill this week. Oh, Cry Me a River.

Meanwhile, Hannah Wiley reports for the Bee on the latest anti-vaxx recall petition against Senator Dr. Richard Pan. Yeah, good luck with that. PPIC found that 76% of likely voters support mandated vaccinations. They were collecting signatures at the Sacramento central farmers market. 

"'You are hereby charged with high treason for betraying your oath to defend and protect the U.S. and state Constitution,' the petition reads."

Dr. Pan introduced a bill after unscrupulous physicians were literally selling vaccine medical exemptions. How that is high treason is beyond me. 

YABBA DABBA DYNAMEX: For CapRadio, Scott Rodd reports that food delivery service Postmates, like Uber and Lyft, is trying to reach agreement with labor on providing benefits to their "contract" workers in lieu of classifying them as employees per the Dynamex California Supreme Court decision. AB 5 (Gonzalez) is pending in the Senate Labor, Public Employment, and Retirement Committee.

Postmates VP of Global Public Policy Vikram "Aiyer says the talks between Postmates and labor groups have focused on three goals: establishing a standard base wage, contributing to a benefits fund and giving contractors more input on workplace conditions. According to Aiyer, the company is considering a proposal to create a new classification of worker — something between a traditional employee and an independent contractor."

MUNI MATTERS after the jump...



AIN'T SHE SWEET-WATER? In the LAT, Alejandra Reyes-Velarde reports on the wowzer of a valedictory speech given by Nataly Buhr at San Ysidro High School, which was an indictment of several staff members. San Ysidro is one of thirteen high schools in the Sweetwater Union School District, a district long known for corruption and fiscal mismanagement. To think that district officials are going after her... She basically said the same thing the parents and the San Diego District Attorney did, which became a whole podcast episode of Voice of San Diego. Of course it's on YouTube.

HOLY ISH: Developer Pacific Communities Builders gave $20,000 to three-term Lancaster councilman Ken Mann for his re-election next March, filing as 20 entities at $1,000 each. The company is building a large development of homes in Lancaster starting at the mid-$400,000s, and three others in neighboring Palmdale around the high $500,000s in the Los Angeles sprawl. To put that $20,000 contribution in perspective, the most you can give a legislator for the 2020 election is $9,400 (primary + general).

WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS: For Curbed LA, Elijah Chiland writes that Los Angeles councilmembers are not happy with the one-year pilot of scooters and dockless bikes. Chiland writes:

"Councilmember Paul Koretz, a strong critic of the program who last year proposed a total ban on electric scooters, said he’d still like to see the devices go away.

'I would love to completely get rid of these, and that’s my goal,' Koretz said, citing concerns about safety."

'I think there’s no safe place to ride them,' he said. 'It's unsafe for pedestrians when [scooter users] ride them on sidewalks, but I think it's unsafe for the scooter riders when they ride them in the streets.'"

Former Assemblymember Koretz's crusades are against scooters and housing density, because after all, Los Angeles has no other problems.

I spend a lot of time walking around downtown Sac and rarely see this crisis situation. Sure, I saw a couple of Jump bikes in my stroll this morning, but they weren't obstructing sidewalks are otherwise inappropriately parked. The bigger challenge is actually getting a Jump bike. There are racks for about twenty of them on either side of Southside Park and at 5th/T. State employees who park under the W-X freeway are among the biggest users. They park where it is cheaper and then ride the last mile to their office. 

LA-LA LAND HOUSING: In the Times, Hailey Mensik reports that LA councilman Mike Bonin wants to ban short-term leases in rent-controlled buildings.

"This comes after the Los Angeles Times reported on the phenomenon — for example, highlighting a startup that partnered with a Hollywood landlord to turn a $1,800-a-month rent-controlled studio apartment into a $3,300-a-month furnished, extended-stay corporate rental.

Housing advocates say the practice contributes to the affordable housing crisis by taking long-term homes off the market. But corporate housing companies say they provide needed temporary housing at cheaper rates than hotels."

Los Angeles is grandfathered under Costa-Hawkins as one of about a dozen cities with rent control.

Meanwhile, Michael Weinstein and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (super-pharmacy) are back with another rent control initiative because consultants on both sides didn't get rich enough from the 2018 campaign. Proposition 10 received 40.6% of the vote last November as big money came in to wallop the measure.

Weinstein and the foundation are obsessed with ballot measures, using pharmaceutical and HMO profits for political ambitions.

CAKEDAY after the jump...


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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Monica Cortez, Michael Johnson, Drew Mercy, Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Kevin Mullin, and Jeffrey Prang!




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