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E-257 - Friday, June 21, 2019
RECENT AURAL PLEASURE:
SB 276 (Pan): As expected, the vaccination bill passed Assembly Health yesterday on a vote of 9-2-4 in a five-hour hearing. Assemblywoman Autumn Burke (D-Marina del Rey) was the lone Dem not to vote for the measure, joining Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron (R-Lake Elsinore) in casting a no vote. One Republican, Chad Mayes (R-Yucaipa) was the only Republican who voted for the bill.
The hearing was ugly with lots of name-calling, but chair Jim Wood and the Assembly sergeants did a great job.
Governor Newsom has said he will sign the bill after recent amendments.
CA50 (East San Diego): In The Hill, Olivia Beavers writes that former congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) is preparing to run if embattled congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) resigns or doesn't run for re-election.
AD01 (Northeast Cal.): The special election will be November 5, with a special primary to be held on August 27.
ADMISSIONS: In the LAT, Teresa Watanabe and Matthew Armserth report on the UC reforms being implemented in the wake of the national admissions scandal.
VOTER REG: In the Times, John Myers writes up a bill being introduced by Senator Tom Umberg (D-Anaheim) to ban political parties from using the word "Independent" in their title. He writes:
"The legislation follows complaints by elections officials and voters that the American Independent Party’s name wrongly implies that the group is nonpartisan. Those objections have grown louder as the ranks of voters who choose to be unaffiliated — designated in California as “no party preference” — have grown. They represent more than 1 in 4 voters, outnumbering the Republican Party’s share of the electorate."
FELON VOTING: For Capitol Weekly, Nahima Shaffer writes up ACA 6 (McCarty), which if approved would fully reinstate voting rights for felons who have completed their sentences. Current law allows those on probation to vote, but parole.
SANTA ANITA: In the LAT, Alejandra Reyes-Velarde and Hailey Branson-Potts report on the low-paid backstretch workers at Santa Anita. "Their biggest fear is that the track will be shut down permanently amid the controversy. Two other major California racetracks have been shuttered in recent years to make way for new development. Hollywood Park in Inglewood closed in 2013 after operating for 75 years, and Bay Meadows in San Mateo closed in 2008 after 74 seasons."
DIVERSITY AND THE BAR: For CapRadio, Scott Rodd reports that while California is a majority-minority state, the state's attorneys at the California Department of Justice are far less diverse.
"California is one of the few states in the U.S. where minority groups make up more than half the population. But minorities account for only 31% of attorneys in the Department of Justice, according to numbers from the state Department of Human Resources. Latinos are the largest ethnic group in California, representing about 40% of the population. By comparison, only 7% of the department’s attorneys are Latino."
CALIFORNIA ECONOMY: In Capitol Weekly, Chuck McFadden looks at the state's economic outlook:
The respected UCLA Anderson School of Management’s report on the state’s economy had this to say on June 5:
“While the U.S Department of Commerce’s release of a 3.1% growth rate for GDP in the first quarter was celebrated as evidence there is no recession in the near future, a closer look at the details behind that 3.1% number leaves little reason for celebration.”
“The effect of the first quarter of 2019 data is to increase the recession probabilities from near zero to 15% for the next year and to between 24% and 83% for the year after that,” UCLA Prof. Emeritus Edward Leamer writes.“Don’t worry about the coming year; worry about the year after that.”
The Employment Development Department this morning announced that California added a net 19,400 new payroll nonfarm jobs in May and employment dropped to 4.2% (-0.1). Financial services, manufacturing, and "other services" were the losing sectors, while construction was the leader with 12,800 jobs added.
CSU: The State Auditor has issued a damning report on spending at the California State University, reports Nanette Asimov in the Chron. "California State University: It Failed to Fully Disclose Its $1.5 Billion Surplus, and It Has Not Adequately Invested in Alternatives to Costly Parking Facilities" (full reeport)
CSU responds "The audit report does, however, note that CSU has already taken steps toward further enhancing transparency over available financial resources via a new website (www.calstate.edu/financial-transparency)."
TECH MATTERS: For CALmatters, Elizabeth Castillo reports on Governor Newsom's Office of Digital Innovation included in the state budget.
MIGRATION: For CALmatters, Matt Levin has a great infographic on migration into and out of California between 1950 and 2017.
MUNI MATTERS and CAKEDAY after the jump...
LA-LA LAND: The LAT's David Zahniser reports that LA Councilman Jose Huizar won't have to respond to questions on a retaliation lawsuit filed by a former staffer until the FBI corruption investigation is wrapped up.
COSTCO SHOOTING: Richard Winton follows up on last Friday's fatal shooting by an off-duty LAPD officer at a Corona Costco. The shooting left one intellectually disabled man dead. His parents were also shot, with his mother in critical condition and father in serious condition.
SAC UNIFIED: The board of the Sacramento City Unified School District adopted a budget last night with deficit spending, although it's likely to be rejected by the Sacramento County Board of Education, reports Sawsan Morror in the Bee.
"The Sacramento City Unified School District on Thursday night approved adoption of its budget for the upcoming school year – despite concern that the district is still spending more than $12 million in reserves to balance its books, which officials say is not fiscally sustainable.
"The budget will be rejected when it is submitted to the Sacramento County Office of Education, according to the district’s contracted budget consultant, Jacquie Canfield."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Vito Imbasciani, Michael Lizarraga, and Shawna McKnight!
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