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E-224 - Thursday, July 25, 2019

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  • Look West Podcast (Assembly Democratic Caucus): Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath and Carlsbad City Councilmember and 3x Women’s World Longboard Surfing Champion, Cori Schumacher, discuss equal pay for equal play, and why gender pay inequity is still an issue in the world of sports (2019-07-23] [Look West | iTunes | Google Podcasts]
  • Force of Law Podcast (Laurel Rosenhall @ CalMatters): episode four - "at the risks officers face on the job and why many in law enforcement say the final version of a bill to curb police shootings no longer puts them in greater danger" (2019-07-20)
  • KQED'S Political Breakdown Podcast (Marisa Lagos and Guy Marzorati): Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) (2019-07-18)
  • Gimme Shelter Podcast (CalMatters's Matt Levin and LAT's Liam Dillon): earthquakes and housing (2019-07-18)
  • SacTownTalks by The Nooner (Gibran Maciel and Scott Lay): Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis (D) (2019-07-17) [YouTubeSimplecast | iTunes]



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  • PG&E
  • Asylum
  • Redistricting Commission
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BUDGET: Governor Newsom yesterday signed SB 200 (Monning), the drinking water bill, during an event in Sanger, near Fresno. The bill provides for the administration of $130 million agreed to in the budget to clean up groundwater across the state to make it potable, particularly in agricultural communities.

Speaker Rendon's budget advisor Jason Sisney tweets out an updated list of trailer bills, with chapter numbers.

ROLL UP THE WINDOWS AND CLOSE THE VENTS: Before signing SB 200, Governor Newsom held a fundraiser Tuesday night at Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant, reports David Taub for GV Wire. John Harris, owner of Harris Farms, hosted the event and is also a regular GOP donor.

For the Noonerites who haven't traveled I-5, Harris Ranch is state's largest feedlot with over 100,000 head of cattle that is smelled by travelers on the interstate as they pass the site east of Coalinga. Harris Farms also grows lots of produce and breeds thoroughbred horses.

Thoroughbred horses? Oh, I think we've been talking about horse racing in this space. I just learned more about race horse breeding than I cared to. If you want gism from Mr. Big for your mare, it's $6,500, but there's also a $500 naming discount available. I'm not sure what that means, as every reference to "naming discount" asks readers to contact the farm.

Anyway, the Harris Ranch Restaurant is actually quite good for this former vegetarian. And, the Inn is pleasant, depending on the wind. Indeed, I have been all around California. Sometimes, gems can be found amidst cow manure.

PG&E: The federal bankruptcy judge overseeing the PG&E case gave the state two more weeks to finalize its bankruptcy exit plan, reports Daisy Nguyen for AP.

ASYLUM: A federal judge in San Francisco ruled against President Trump's new policy that asylum must be applied for by Central American refugees in their home country or Mexico and not at the U.S. border, reports Reuters.

PAINT BY NUMBERS: For the Bee, Sophia Bollag reports that advocacy groups are asking for an extension of the deadline to apply for the California Citizens Redistricting Commission as the number of women, Latino, and Asian applicants is dwarfed by those of white voters. They are asking that the August 9 deadline be extended to August 20.

DYNAMEX and CAKEDAY after the jump...

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DYNAMEX: I rarely include opinion pieces in The Nooner. But, Bay Area Council president/CEO Jim Wunderman has a good piece for Fox&Hounds on the debate over AB 5 (Gonzalez). He writes:

"Being pro-worker and pro-innovation requires adapting to changing times.

Innovation should beget further innovation, and lawmakers in California have a golden opportunity to write a new narrative: one that supports both worker protections and the value of our evolving gig economy."

I'm all for that. Let's work it out.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Vivi Becerra, Pam Chueh, Naveen Habib, and Devin Whitney!


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