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E-255 - Sunday, June 23, 2019

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  • Senator Kamala Harris - Face the Nation on CBS
  • Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) - State of the Union w/ Jake Tapper on CNN


  • Budget
  • PG&E
  • Another dead horse at Santa Anita
  • Vaccinations
  • Dynamex - "gig" companies scramble
  • Homeless
  • Education matters
  • Sandy Eggo Mayor Faulconer and Trump



Happy Sunday, just a few minutes to catch up on a few issues before a busy day of farmers market, mangaladas and menudo at Our Lady of Guadalupe, and "Rocketman."

A friend sent me this great book: Remembering Anthony Bourdain. It's photos of many of his adventures and quotes from both famous people and largely anonymous ones. Of course, there's a quote from Barack Obama's tweet upon hid death, along with the picture of them eating noodles and bottled beer in Hanoi in 2016:

"Low plastic but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer. This is how I'll remember Tony. He taught us about food--but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We'll miss him."

He died a year ago this month and would have celebrated his sixty-third birthday this Tuesday. Anyway, it's a beautiful book that certainly brought tears.

Mulvaney's B&L is putting out extra tables tomorrow night for "Bourdain Day" with a special in its regular "Family Meals." Sacramentans (and NPR listeners) know that Patrick Mulvaney has made mental health in the restaurant industry his personal passion. 

BUDGET: Tomorrow at 12pm, the Assembly Committee on Budget will consider additional trailer bills in a hearing in room 4204 in an informational hearing, while the Senate Committee on Budget has a hearing at the same time for action on three such bills:

  • AB 100: implentation of the $130 million in new clean drinking water funding
  • AB 101: housing programs 
  • AB 103: health

The content of the bills were put into print on Friday.

Meanwhile, John Myers writes this morning on the expiration dates attached to many new spending items in the budget, such as the diaper tax exemption. Because of this automatic sunset, lawmakers can make cuts without making cuts if the budget situation warrants.

PG&E: For KQED, Jeremy Siegel reports that Pacific Gas & Electric discovered multiple equipment problems during the pre-emptive power outages during high winds earlier this month. "PG&E said crews found five instances of "wind-related issues," all of which occurred in areas near last fall's Camp Fire. The report said wind gusts as high as 63 mph were recorded near the blacked-out areas."

THIRTY! 🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎

Yesterday, the 30th horse since December 26 died at Santa Anita, reports John Cherwa for the Times. He writes:

"Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was ruled off the Santa Anita track after a fourth horse in his care died while racing or training.

American Currency on Saturday suffered a life-ending leg injury to his left-front fetlock (ankle) while running over the training track, according to Rick Arthur, chief equine veterinarian for the California Horse Racing Board. It was the first fatality this meeting on the training track, which sits between the turf course and infield area and is not used for racing."

VACCINATIONS: Maya Lau reports in the Times:

"A Southern California pediatrician who is a vocal critic of mandatory vaccine laws faces a new complaint from the state medical board saying he wrote invalid vaccination exemption letters for children.

The move marks the second time Dr. Bob Sears, of Dana Point, has been accused of negligence in issuing vaccination exemptions that were “without medical basis,” according to a complaint filed Tuesday by Kimberly Kirchmeyer, executive director of the Medical Board of California."

Sears was a primary opponent that testified at the hearing against SB 276 (Pan) last Thursday.

DYNAMEX: In the LAT, Johana Bhuiyan looks at the efforts by the "gig economy" biggies such as Uber and Lyft to find a compromise on AB 5 (Gonzalez) that would codify last April's decision by the Supreme Court of California to narrow the classification of those performing work as independent contractors. Bhuiyan writes:

"In recent months, Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Postmates and other companies have been in discussions with officials at two labor unions — including local chapters of the Teamsters and Service Employees International Union — over a possible legislative alternative to Assembly Bill 5, now working its way through the state Senate. The proposal, details of which are still in flux, would allow the firms to continue to treat workers as independent contractors while providing them some benefits and protections typically reserved for employees. (The California Labor Federation, which represents most of the state’s unions, remains committed to obtaining full employee status for on-demand workers.) At least two of the companies, Postmates and DoorDash, have also commissioned surveys to feel out how such a deal would play with Californians."

HOMELESS: In the Chron, Rachel Swan reports on the problem of the end-of-the-line destinations for homeless on BART, most particularly the San Francisco Airport. With the international terminal open all night, many homeless have been making the trek from downtown SF to the airport for a warm and safe place to sleep at night. 

ED MATTERS: For CALmatters, Dan Walters looks at whether more spending on K-12 education pays off for student success:

"The inescapable point is that money is clearly not the only factor in educational outcomes, and perhaps not even the most important one. There are socioeconomic, cultural, familial and other forces at play and we shouldn’t make money the sole approach to our educational dilemma. It’s much more complicated than that."


MUNI MATTERS and CAKEDAY after the jump...


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SANDY EGGO: In his column, Michael Smolens looks at the odd week between Mayor Kevin Faulconer and President Trump. Smolens writes:

“It’s my job to stand up for San Diego and to have a direct audience with the president to talk about our key issues, I’m going to take that meeting every time.” Faulconer said.

He might think twice about that now."

Mayor Faulconer certainly wasn't singing praises about the wall when we sat down with him in March for the podcast.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Lucas Frerichs, Elise Flynn Gyore, and Obai Rambo!




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