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E-157 - Saturday, September 28, 2019, presented by SYASLPartners
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MONEY MATTERS: This is the space where we look at interesting contributions to party committees or non-capped "ballot measure" committee accounts affiliated with legislators. Standard contributions to candidate committees up to the 2020 limit of $9,400 for primary and general are not included.
IN TODAY'S NOONER:
FRIDAY NIGHT BITES: As expected, late yesterday Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed SB 1, President Pro Tem Toni Atkins's bill to maintain the state's environmental standards notwithstanding federal rollbacks. While championed by environmental groups, the bill was opposed by Central Valley water interests whose concerns were echoed by US Senator Dianne Feinstein and four Valley Democratic congressmen.
Neswom wrote "While I disagree about the efficacy and necessity of Senate Bill 1, I look forward to working with the Legislature in our shared fight against the weakening of California's environmental and worker protections."
NextGen California, the organization founded by hedge fund billionaire and presidential candidate Tom Steyer, put out a statement from executive director Arnold Sewell, Jr. "NextGen remains unwavering in its determination to fight against the special interests that fail to grasp the enormity of the long-term environmental harm they are causing in pursuit of short-term economic gains. Although we see this veto as a real setback, we stand ready to join and work with the Governor, the Legislature, other environmental groups and labor leaders to do what is best for California."
While the governor had his veto pen out, he also vetoed 12 other bills as part of his batch at 6:22pm on Friday. One that caught my eye was a bill by Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) to require shelters to microchip dogs and cats before returning them to their family or releasing them for adoption. The governor's veto message stated that he was worried about the cost for families, although many shelters do it for free or the cost of a pet's food for a day.
SB 64 had no votes in opposition in either house, in committee or on the floor. There was no registered opposition. There is a story there and, yes, I'm working on it...
CALIFORNIA v. TRUMP: Kevin Stark and Jon Brooks report for NPR that Senator Dianne Feinstein has asked the Inspector General to investigate whether the threat by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to withhold highway funds from California was for political purposes.
More after the jump...
VAPING BANS: For Kaiser Health News, Ana Ibarra writes that while the state did not take action on e-cigarettes this year, many local governments are taking their own action. Ibarra writes:
"Local governments are taking the lead because they have to, said Tom Butt, the mayor of Richmond, Calif., which recently adopted a sweeping ordinance that bans the sale of all vaping products starting Jan. 1. The ban was modeled after the one San Francisco adopted in June.
“That’s where change happens first, in the cities,” Butt said. “Some states and particularly Congress are really slow to act on things like this.”
Livermore’s City Council approved a similar ban, and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office expects to present one to county officials for consideration within the next few months.
Nearly 50 California jurisdictions prohibit or restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products or are considering ordinances. E-liquids, which are heated in vaping devices and can contain nicotine or marijuana, come in flavors like strawberry-pineapple and sweet desserts. Health officials are concerned that the flavors appeal to teens and preteens."
Meanwhile, the state of Washington is moving to an emergency ban on flavored vaping devices, reports CNN.
In California, we had two flavored tobacco products bills--SB 38 (Hill) and AB 739 (McCarty and Wood). Both were killed by Assembly Governmental Organization. AB 739 never got a hearing and SB 38 was kept in the Senate because it wouldn't get a hearing, even after unfriendly amendments in Senate Approps. Instead, we had AB 1639 (Gray), written by the chair of the committee in a manner very friendly to JUUL. The bill flew out of the Assembly with zero no votes even though plenty of folks knew it was a bill specifically for JUUL.
AB 1639 had been amended in Assembly Appropriations to require electronic age verification for purchase of all tobacco products. E-cigarettes are hobbies to the big tobacco companies Altria, RJ Reynolds, and Imperial. Now the bill was messing with Papa Bear.
Adam Gray, who chairs Assembly Governmental Organization, killed his own bill in Senate Rules three days before the end of the legislative year. He then took $25,000 from the Marlboro Man for his "ballot measure committee" the first business day after the legislative session. Timing is everything.
I really don't like hounding on Adam and he hasn't done anything illegal. He's masterful. But, where is the "media" on putting the basic story together?
YOLO'S RELOCATION POLICE: In the Bee, Molly Sullivan reports that Sacramento Darrell Steinberg wrote a letter to Yolo County Sheriff Tom Lopez after video was posted showing a homeless person being dropped off in the McDonald's parking lot in north Sacramento. Sullivan writes:
"In a statement issued to Public Safety News, the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office said the deputies had been dispatched to South River Road for a call of a suspicious person. They found the homeless man about an hour later and he told deputies he was from the Midwest and was unfamiliar with the area.
“The area where the man was contacted is rural and void of any type of services,” Lt. Matt Davis of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement included in Steinberg’s letter. “The subject requested a ride back to Sacramento and asked to be dropped off where he could find some food (he was offered money from the deputies but declined as he had his own).“
Of course, there is a McDonald's the exact equal distance from South River Road in Clarksburg in West Sacramento, which is in Yolo County. Sorry, Christopher. Or, to make it easier for the Yolo deputies, there is fast food on that County Road 102 exit you take in Woodland when your shift is over.
Steinberg's letter concludes:
“Will you evaluate this incident in good faith to determine how your office and deputies can better serve a vulnerable transient population within your county that does not conclude the best solution is transporting them into a city outside your jurisdiction?"
OH, YOLO, KERN WILL UP YOU ON THAT! In Kern County, they are trying a different strategy for combatting homelessness by providing housing. Julia Wick reports for the LAT "
"[I]n Bakersfield, officials are considering a more radical approach: They want to put homeless people in jail for misdemeanor drug offenses and potentially for trespassing.
The tactic would fly in the face of criminal justice reform over the last decade in California, as the state has leaned away from incarceration for low-level, nonviolent drug crimes. It also would counter mainstream thinking on preventing homelessness and addressing the reality of it.
The plan, which is being spearheaded by Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood and Kern County Dist. Atty. Cynthia Zimmer, remains in its early stages. But it has widespread support from the corridors of power in Bakersfield and Kern County."
Hmmm..."There Will Be Blood" meet Youngblood.
I LYFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO: While things have been testy between some tech companies and San Francisco (i.e. JUUL), Lyft is all aboard for the transportation tax (Measure D) on the San Francisco November ballot. The transportation network company kicked in $200,000 for the campaign sponsored by Mayor London Breed that will hit it and similar companies.
Lyft generally has the reputation of friendly partners with cities against the more rogue Uber. Then again, Uber and Lyft (and DoorDash) are now partners on the AB 5 referendum. Oh hell, I'll just admit that I haven't had an update for five minutes and thus have no idea where they are today and it will probably change before the hamsters put this in your mailbox anyway.
CAKEDAY and CLASSIFIEDS after the jump...
CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Andrew Antwih, Steve Hansen, former Assembly speaker John Pérez, and former Assemblyman Jose Solorio!