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E-232 - Monday, July 15, 2019
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Happy federal filing deadline! We'll be getting quarterly reports this evening from candidates for federal office from Congress to the presidency. Sure, we've seen a lot of press releases from those proud of their numbers, but tonight we will have a lot more information. Here is the link the geeks are refreshing all day. California Target Book's Rob Pyers tweets out interesting ones.
The filing deadline for California's semi-annual period ending June 30 is July 31.
Above are the audio links of our latest "What a Week" podcast and the YouTube video will be up shortly. At 3pm today, we're sitting down with Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis following her first six months on the job. Feel free to contact us up until we record. The episode will be released later this week.
We don't edit the content of the podcasts at all and that's why the videos are great. The only time that you'll see a break in the video is because of a necessary bathroom break or important phone call.
Some readers have asked where to find the testimony on a couple of bills we've been discussing. Here are the links and the timestamps:
IMMIGRATION RAIDS: There's not much to report on the announced immigration raids that were beginning yesterday in targeted cities across the country. For NPR, Bobby Allyn reports:
"President Trump's threatened roundup of undocumented immigrant families this weekend that set migrants in many communities on edge showed few signs of materializing on Sunday, the second time rumors of a large-scale immigration enforcement operation failed to come to fruition.
Instead, in the cities where rumors of mass raids swirled, many immigrants stayed inside their homes, as jitters turned typically vibrant migrant markets and commercial corridors eerily quiet."
In California, the announced enhanced enforcement against those with previous final deportation orders was planned for Los Angeles and San Francisco, but I haven't seen any articles this morning of increased ICE activity.
CALIFORNIA LATINO ECONOMIC INDEX: Last Tuesday, I attended the presser by the California Latino Economic Institute (CLEI) on the release of a new report by USC Sol Price School of Public Policy's Mindy Romero that measures several economic indicators of the well-being of Latino residents. I've been waiting to write on it until after I read through it and you all know that the last week has been crazy. I'm hoping to get to it this week and from pieces I have glanced at, it is fantastic work, specifically around regional differences.
At the release, Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) said at the event that she looked forward to addressing the findings of the report into legislation. Rubio sits on the board of CLEI, which consists of state and local public officials, and business and community/nonprofit leaders along with fellow Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles).
John Myers wrote about the report in his column yesterday:
"What California’s leaders might do with the new report remains to be seen. Latino representation is at its zenith in the Legislature and strong too in the delegation to Congress. Lawmakers have taken strides in the latest state budget to improve the lives of those who struggle the most, but no subgroup of Californians is both so large and so behind.
“The well-being of Latinos impacts the overall well-being of the state,” Romero said last week. “We need to start having some really honest conversations.”
SPLIT ROLL: Joe Mathews writes that well-aired public divides in education between conventional public school interests and those of charter advocates could scuttle the attempt next November to treat industrial and commercial property different from residential to raise billions for schools and local governments.
HARASSMENT: For CapRadio, Scott Rodd writes that, when the #METOO movement started, state leaders had little data of complaints across agencies to understand the magnitude of the problem because the state stopped tracking sexual harassment and discrimination complaints in 2012 budget cuts. He reports:
"For years, California law required the State Personnel Board to file an annual report to the Legislature, detailing discrimination and harassment complaints at agencies. The reports included information on the type of complaint, the outcome and the time it took to reach a resolution.
But the state eliminated the system in 2012, when former Gov. Jerry Brown overhauled its human resources departments."
SKELTON on EARTHQUAKES and CAKEDAY after the jump...
FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: In the LAT, George Skelton writes that Californians concerned about "The Big One" should consider moving to Sacramento. Skelton writes:
"Want to be safe from earthquakes in California? You’d need to endure summer scorchers, winter flood threats and full-time politicians. But temblors don’t threaten people living in Sacramento.
In the state capital — River City, Sacratomato, City of Trees — earthquakes are seen only on TV. Here, you’ll escape the Big One.
“Sacramento is one of the safer places,” acting State Geologist Tim McCrink says. “We don’t have that many active faults in the area.”
In fact, Sacramento — based on historical records and fault maps — is unquestionably the safest earthquake refuge among all of California’s major metropolitan areas."
Skelton also writes:
The 1975 Oroville Earthquake "prompted legislators to close the state Capitol for a few years so the historic old structure could be retrofitted at a cost of $68 million — even though there’d never been a significant quake in Sacramento’s history.
One upshot of the Capitol restoration: The press offices were demolished and replaced with very fancy, ornate hangouts for the two top legislative leaders. All because there was a fluke earthquake 70 miles away that was barely felt around the Capitol.
There’s at least one refreshing thing about earthquakes: They can’t be blamed on either political party. Neither President Trump nor Gov. Gavin Newsom had anything to do with those quakes in Ridgecrest."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Asael Sala!