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Summer Recess

E-218 - Monday, July 29, 2019

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IN TODAY'S NOONER:

  • California bar exam
  • Crowded 2022
  • Anderson campaign reports
  • PG&E
  • PG&E politics
  • Wildfire insurance
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Demographics
  • Cakeday   
  • Farewell

Well, I started with my usual "Happy Monday," but after the Gilroy shooting last night, what to say?

Everyone was talking yesterday about the State Bar exam screw up. Lots of egg on people's faces. Probably the most embarrassing was found at Hastings, where the dean sent out a message last night after the State Bar's message saying that it was a hoax. Above the Law has a great article on the screw-up and Reddit has been humming.

Here's the FAQ from the State Bar of California. The exam subjects were sent to 16 law school deans leading to Saturday night's email to 9,000 applicants. Lots of people asked why they didn't just use other questions. Well, the Bar provides previous exam questions for those who are studying. And, the questions aren't simple to write and are tested in advance of the actual exam.

The timing for the Bar is not great, as the always contentious annual bar fee bill is pending in Assembly Appropriations Committee. Lawmakers scoffed at the first amount requested by the bar--$860 from the current $430. Lawmakers are looking at $544 instead, a 27% increase. The bill is SB 176 (Jackson).

CROWDED 2022: As you see above, Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) has filed a statement of intent to run for Controller in 2022. That would get him out of a showdown with Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) for Secretary of State but it could get him in a race with Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) and Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys). Secretary of State and Controller are presumably the only open constitutional offices in 2022.

Of course, a statement if intent doesn't mean that everyone is running. I do know that Lorena is in it to win it. Lorena did take lengthy testimony on Pan's vaxx bill before the summer recess and withstood lots of slander for a bill that was going on the suspense file anyway.

KUDOS: Assembly candidate and San Diego councilmember Chris Ward has the domain www.voteforward.com. I wonder what my equivalent domain would be.

ANDERSON CAMPAIGN REPORTS: Yesterday, I wrote about former state senator Joel Anderson's (R-Alpine) campaign finance reports. I talked to his treasurer. The situation is that the Franchise Tax Board has been doing a routine audit, and it's easier to not close out the accounts until that's done. The Aristotle International expenses were for accounting compliance, not the firm's voter data. While officeholder accounts are required to be closed 90 days after leaving office, Fair Political Practices Commission staff can extend the deadline in such circumstances.

PG&E: San Francisco city government has not given up on its efforts to purchase PG&E equipment and infrastructure to build a publicly owned utility, reports J.D. Morris for the Chron. Lawmakers tried to increase the hurdles that SF would have to succeed before the Public Utilities Commission.

PG&E POLITICS: For the Bohemian, Will Carruthers looks at the charitable giving an spending on lawyers and lobbyists that the utility hopes will help in the legislative fight over its future.

WILDFIRE INSURANCE: In the Bee, Dale Kasler and Ryab Sabalow write that the unwillingnss of insurance companies to write policies for wildfire insurance is causing a wrinkle in the housing market as would-be purchasers can't gain coverage necessary for a mortgage.

UNEMPLOYMENT: For CalMatters, Dan Walters reports that while governors Brown and Newsom have sung the tune of fiscal prudence, the state's Unemployment Insurance Fund has not received the same attention to fiscal prudence. Walters writes "It ended 2018 with a little over $2 billion in the kitty. But unless changes are made, it’s unlikely to improve even though unemployment today is very low and high employment means more payroll taxes flowing into the fund."

DEMOGRAPHICS: For CalMatters, Judy Lin and Adria Watson take a look at who chooses to call California home.

SacTown Talks by The NoonerCAKEDAY and FAREWELL after the jump...

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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Pam Haynes, Jason Levin, and Mary McCune!

FAREWELL: Democratic activist Anna Soto, daughter of Senators Nell Soto and Assemblymember Phil Soto. (1961-2019)

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