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E-184 - Sunday, September 1, 2019
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IN TODAY'S NOONER:
Happy September! Well, the Aggies looked good against the strong Cal Bears yesterday but felt short while beating the spread. The biggest disappointment for me was the fourth-quarter collapse of the Oregon Ducks against Auburn. For those wondering about my affinity for the Ducks, my aunt and uncle went to school in Eugene and, if Oregon is playing, my mom's TV is usually tuned to it. Good job to Stanford, USC, Sac State, San Diego State, and San Jose State!
As you know, it's another sad day with more gun violence.
Ten shot after an Alabama high school football game Friday night and 7 killed (plus the shooter) and 21 injured (although the numbers have bounced around this morning), including three "good guys with a gun" law enforcement officers in west Texas yesterday. Meanwhile, literally today a new law went into effect to allowing the carry of guns into places of worship. The NRA celebrated the ten bills taking effect today on Thursday.
I just don't know what to write, except that the Supreme Court of the United States likely will soon to take up one of the cases emerging from the circuits to clarify its jurisprudence Heller and McDonald. I wrote on topic July 2 on cases challenging California laws and again yesterday on a case out of Chicago.
As I've written several times, I'm not anti-gun per se but don't own one. I've enjoyed safe hunting and target shooting with my extended family--426 miles southeast of Odessa, TX. Safety and respect for the hazards of firearms--kept in a safe--were always the highest priority in the family.
Of course, it's Sunday in Southside Park so I've elected to revise the MAGA hat given the circumstances.
beJUULed! A day after the Assembly Approps Committee advanced the company's custom-made bill Friday, JUUL Labs reported yesterday giving $20,000 to the Los Angeles County Democratic Party's state candidate cmte. The California Democratic Party recently rejected such a contribution, while the Assembly Democrats' voter registration committee took $100,000. Few contributions are reported on weekends and holidays, but that's also when the most surreptitious ones often show up.
Apparently, the LACDP doesn't read the New York Times.
CA50 (East San Diego): The anxiety of Republicans in the district currently represented by Duncan Hunter (R) continues to increase now that former Darrell Issa (R) is actively "exploring" a candidacy, with former SD councilmember Carl DeMaio (R) and several other GOP candidates in the race.
AD77 (North San Diego): For the SDUT, Charles T. Clark looks at the uphill battle by California Republicans to regain the seat lost when Brian Maienschein switched parties on January 23. Clark writes:
"Now, with the 2020 primary half a year away, Republicans have already rallied around a single candidate, June Cutter, in hopes of ousting the four-term incumbent. But getting vengeance on their former party member could prove difficult, some political observers say.
Maienschein, 50, has amassed an impressive campaign war chest since being elected to the Assembly in 2012, due in part to rarely spending much on his re-election bids until last year. As of the end of June, his campaign committee had more than $969,000 cash on hand, according to his latest campaign finance report.
Cutter, by contrast, had raised $106,600 as of the end of June.
Maienschein said in an email Friday that, of his more than 1,000 donors, only five have requested he return their contribution. He didn’t say how much money he returned.
“My next election is an opportunity to share what I’ve done,” he said. “Colleagues in both parties are treating me as they have in the past.”
EMISSIONS: For CalMatters, Rachel Becker provides a great explainer on the fight by California to maintain its strong automobile emissions standards and the state's unlikely allies--many of the largest auto manufacturers.
MUNI MATTERS, CAKEDAY, FAREWELL, and CLASSIFIEDS after the jump...
BAGHDAD BY THE BAY - BAIL: For KQED, Sonja Hutson writes that a federal judge filed a tentative settlement Friday night in a class action suit challenging the constitutionality of money bail that would pave the path to replace San Francisco county's cash bail system with risk assessment, something the Board of Supervisors and Sheriff supports, but which bail agents understandably oppose. Hutson reports:
"In order to make the agreement possible, the Sheriff's department needs to expand its program that performs public safety assessments of prearraignment defendants to operate 24/7. It's not clear yet how much that would cost, but the settlement requires the Sheriff to try to get the Board of Supervisors to approve additional funding for the program within 90 days. If that doesn't happen, the settlement would be scrapped and the judge would rule on how to replace the prearraignment cash bail system, unless the parties both ask the judge to extend the timeline.
Harmeet Dhillon, lead attorney for the California Bail Agents Association which defended San Francisco's cash bail system in the original lawsuit, argues this agreement would actually take away rights from some defendants. She points to the fact that the San Francisco Superior Court hasn't agreed to hear the cases outside its normal business hours and law enforcement can extend the time frame that a public safety determination must be made in."
Dhillon is a well-known San Francisco attorney who is the Republican National Committeewoman from California. Dhillon has said that if the settlement is approved as expected, her client would likely challenge it in court.
BAGHDAD BY THE BAY - PUBLIC SAFETY: In the Chron, Willie Brown writes that the public safety situation on San Francisco streets has hit a crisis point and could lead law-abiding residents to start taking matters in their own hands.
The change from money bail to pretrial risk assessment is similar to SB 10 (Hertzberg), which was adopted by the Legislature last year but is suspended pending a referendum that bail agents have qualified for the November 2020 ballot.
THE OC: In the LAT, Anh Do reports on the discord on the Westminster City Council, on which Vietnamese members are bitterly divided and which has led to recall efforts against the mayor and another councilmember, who are represented by former Assembly member Van Tran. Do writes:
"Addressing supporters of a recall campaign, Westminster Mayor Tri Ta called on his opponents this week to “play fair” and denounced what he sees as “bait and switch” tactics used to gather signatures to remove him from office.
Ta was joined by Councilman Chi Charlie Nguyen, who is also targeted by the recall, and their attorney Van Tran at a Wednesday news conference in Orange County’s Little Saigon to attack what they said were misleading recall efforts.
It is only the latest example of increasingly bitter infighting among council members that has involved charges of nepotism, dictatorial rule and legal threats. All five officials are targets of recall campaigns."
"Members of the citizens group Westminster United are trying to unseat the council majority of Ta, Nguyen and Vice Mayor Kimberly Ho. They are getting “in-kind” help with a flier and robocalls from a second group funded by Vietnamese billionaire Kieu Hoang, who lives in Los Angeles County and who has “paid circulators collecting signatures,” organizer David Johnson said."
For Voice of Orange County, Brandon Pho writes:
"Hoang is the vice chairman and shareholder of a Chinese blood research company known as Shanghai RAAS Blood Products, listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, according to Forbes. He also owns a winery in Napa."
He's also quite the flamboyant guy.
Meanwhile, to make things a little bit more complicated, the Orange County Republican Party opposes the recall as an attempt to remove the Republican majority.
Hoang's political consultant is Dave Gilliard who ran the campaigns of Republicans Young Kim and Janet Nguyen's for congress and State Senate respectively last year.
Nguyen is running for the Board of Supervisors next year for the seat held by Michelle Park Steel (R), who is running for CA48 against freshman Harley Rouda (D). Steel's husband is Shawn Steel, former chair of the California Republican Party and Republican National Committeeman from California.
Kim is challenging freshman Gil Cisneros in CA39. Republican Andrew Do, who was previously Nguyen's chief of staff, is being challenged for re-election by Westminster councilmember Democrat Sergio Contreras for supe next year.
Things are indeed cray-cray down south...
CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dan Bernal and Art Jenkins!
FAREWELL: Former Assemblymember Chuck Bader (1940-2019)