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E-212 - Sunday, August 4, 2019
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I just don't know what to say today. Of the three mass hateful shootings in the last seven days, none of the weapons nor magazines used could be purchased legally in California. We can't seal The Golden State's borders from our neighbors. So, don't look in this space for a California legislative solution.
I'll continue to discuss the issues as I have from current constitutional doctrine, leading to readers from all perspectives to disagree at times. And just because I may reach what I believe to be a legal conclusion in no way means I agree with it as a practical conclusion. Constitutional law can and will change, particularly on language as inartfully written as the Second Amendment.
I will consider the political implications of congressional inaction on California races. I'm not going to say "it's not the time," because as we've learned, that's the excuse after every incident. I'm not going to talk politics and guns today because I simply don't want to today.
Yesterday, I turned off the news and walked over to the Capitol. I thanked the security screeners rather than scowled as I did when security was instituted following the events of 2001, including the truck ramming of the south side of the Capitol and, of course, 9/11.
Those of us who work in or around the Capitol rarely use the opportunity to spend time in the "museum" portion of the Capitol. We rarely take the time to put the portraiture faces to names of governors who came before. We don't ask why Governor Davis and Schwarzenegger have significantly larger portraits than their predecessors. We don't read about the silly "Colliers" Capitol proposal that would have made office towers the feature of the site rather than the Capitol dome.
This morning, I find that I need to go to the Buddhist Church of Sacramento to listen to calming words, so I hope you'll appreciate that I'm lacking in substance. Trust me, I have plenty to write about, as tomorrow I'm beginning Seven Days of Seven Bills--a preview of some of the most interesting/controversial bills that will be considered when the Legislature returns next Monday.
I think I know the seven bills I will be covering, but if you have suggestions, I would love to hear them.
There will be security outside which was instituted following the shooting at the Charleston church shooting. To think that the Buddhist Church, one of Sacramento's oldest founded in 1899, requires security for a Sunday service brings tears, but it is what it is.
If the Assembly was in session today, I would turn to the words of chaplain Patti Oshita, or her husband "Reverend Bob" as the session commences. Bob retired from the Buddhist Church of Sacramento and was subsequently named Assembly Chaplain under Speaker Anthony Rendon at the beginning of the 2017-18 session. Patti has assumed the role this session, but they share the responsibility of the minute of pause and with others.
I rarely make it to the church on 11th/Riverside and X, but this morning certainly necessitates hearing and reciting "Namo Amida Butsu." For those who watch Assembly session regularly, you'll hear Patti (or Bob) close there message with those three words. If you attend a Japanese-American Jodo Shinshu service like at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento, you'll hear attendees recite those three words three times each time they are spoken.
All it really means is "I look to your teachings Amida Buddha." Those teaching are generally speaking found in the Eightfold Path--Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration.
If only the Eightfold Path was in the terms and conditions of Twitter. I need to get that spiritual tune-up this morning to comfort my soul and remind me of the possibilities of my best self.
I postponed the item I am writing that I previewed yesterday because it can wait. I'll come back to the six competitive Assembly districts in which there are no competitors yet. Five of these are held by Democrats and one (AD35) is held by a Republican.
For those who subject themselves to my tweets, you know that I escaped from the news last night to begin mapping out the spiderweb of candidate Omar Navarro (R), who again is challenging Maxine Waters (D) in CA43. Navarro lost in 2018 by 55.4 points and is running again in 2020. He has established a nationwide network of fundraising and spending, paying himself and friends and traveling and dining on the funds raised.
I've written about his operation before but finally decided to work on it for about six hours last night. I probably need another twelve hours to finish putting it together to ensure the story is solid and based only on publicly available facts. Most people and most of the media blow him off without looking at the magnitude of the operation operated out of a 2,160 square foot office suite shared with at least seven businesses/organizations.
Money goes to and from businesses, individuals, and organizations, including a new Torrance City Councilmember. On April 15, $511 was spent at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at the Paris Hotel in Vegas with the simple purpose of expenditure of "Travel." On the same date were expenditures at the Palazzo ($304) and MGM Grand ($251). I'm still trying to track down what was going on in Vegas on that Monday night, Tax Day.
I have found nothing illegal as the definition of "legitimate campaign purpose" under Federal Elections Commission is broader than Clear Lake. He's qualified to run for Congress, and donors are allowed to contribute their money for someone who is solely just a "Make America Great Again" evangelist.
Similarly, following the Sunday news shows this morning, millions of Americans will watch televangelists and answer their heartache over the violent news by sending in money. Giving to Omar or giving to an evangelist is rights found in the First Amendment.
Nevertheless, as I look around my desk at Nooner Global Headquarters with sheets of legal pad paper literally taped all over with the Navarro story, I think you'll find the story interesting. My challenge will be keeping it from being a book.
Be mindful. Be safe. Talk to you tomorrow, when we'll start with some of the big bills left in the session.
All good intentions are out the door... I went to the Buddhist Church and while the calendar has a service for today, there clearly is not one. It is likely because the popular annual bazaar is next Sunday and someone forgot to take today's service off the calendar. Oh well, I picked up some goods at farmers market and am back at "headquarters" hiding from the news.
Nevertheless, it was nice to get outside on a beautiful Sunday morning. There is a Native American festival setting up in the stage area of Southside Park. Across the park, elderly reflecting the palatte of the community are picking up Meals on Wheels coupons to use at farmers market across the street. Farmers market is bustling with the best produce, sustainable meats and dairy, and gorgeous flowers.
No #CAKEDAYs today (that I know about)...