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TRUMP TAX RETURNS: Lawsuit information page for SB 27 (McGuire and Wiener): Primary elections: ballot access: tax returns.
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:
Happy Monday! It looks like a beautiful fall week throughout California. We're back behind the podcast mics this afternoon, so send along your topics!
SB 206 (Skinner and Bradford): Collegiate athletics: student athlete compensation and representation. This morning, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 206, the bill to allow college athletes for the use of their name, image, and likeness beginning January 1, 2023. The bill also allows such students to have representation, such as through a sports agent.
From the governor's release: "Governor Newsom signed the bill during a special episode of UNINTERRUPTED’s The Shop, alongside the bill’s co-sponsor Senator Skinner, LeBron James, UNINTERRUPTED’s CEO Maverick Carter, UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi, WNBA star Diana Taurasi, former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon and Rich Paul."
The state's universities opposed the bill and the National Collegiate Athletics Association has previously threatened sanctioning California schools by prohibiting them from postseason play. In the end, California is giving the NCAA and its member schools three years to figure it out but the overwhelming bipartisan support shows that California considers it a serious matter.
In a rare signing statement, Governor Newsom writes that he looks forward to recommendations from a NCAA working group on the matter, which are expected next month.
VACCINATIONS: In the Berkeley IGS poll last week, respondents were asked how they feel about the new state law cracking down on dubious medical exemptions from childhood vaccinations. Melody Gutierrez reports for the Times:
"The UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll, conducted for the Los Angeles Times, found that 90% of Democrats, 82% of those with no party preference and 73% of Republicans supported the effort to increase immunization rates at schools and daycare facilities by allowing the California Department of Public Health to review and possibly reject a doctor’s determination that a child should skip all or some of their shots.
Overall, 8 out of every 10 voters surveyed said they supported the new law, with 61% saying they favored it strongly. Just 16% said they opposed it. The strongest dissent came from participants in the poll who described themselves as very politically conservative — 1 out of every 3 of those voters said they opposed it."
Best of luck with those referenda.
"Now Assembly Bill 5 is signed into law and will take effect in January. So businesses will automatically reclassify hundreds of thousands of contractors as bona fide employees with benefits, right?
Not so fast.
Even as the law’s supporters celebrate what they call the nation’s strongest attack on inequality in the workplace, it is hard to find any California industry that is not hoping for a future carve-out."
CANNABIS CASH: For the LA Times, Patrick McGreevy writes on the former state politicians who are now working for the cannabis industry.
CASH FOR COLLEGE: For CalMatters, Adria Watson looks at where the expanded Cal Grant program for access to public higher education is falling short.
"More than 300,000 California students are supported by the state’s main financial aid program, known as Cal Grant; last year, about 32,000 of them were also parents. Newsom’s budget, among other things, increased awards to up $6,000 for UC, Cal State and community college students with children, promising “real relief to our parents who are getting an education at the same time.”
But high demand and administrative delays have slowed that relief, and made it clear that more work remains to improve state aid for so-called “nontraditional” students. Those students — who are completing degrees later in life as opposed to right after high school — have become a policy focus as California seeks to boost college graduation rates amid a projected shortfall by 2030 of 1.1 million bachelors-degree-holding workers.
Students with children “are increasingly becoming the norm,” said David O’Brien, director of government affairs for the California Student Aid Commission, which administers Cal Grants."
MUNI MATTERS after the jump...
LA-LA LAND: Gale Holland reports in the Times that some local elected officials in Los Angeles are looking to a declaration of a state of emergency for the the region to mobilize state and federal resources:
"Facing a deepening quagmire over homeless encampments, Los Angeles elected officials are increasingly looking to sweeping statewide initiatives to shake loose solutions. The latest proposal from Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and City Councilman Joe Buscaino would have the governor declare a state of emergency on homelessness in California.
Supporters view such a declaration as a novel strategy to free up state and federal funding typically reserved for natural disasters, such as earthquakes or wildfires, and to suspend or streamline the regulatory hurdles that often slow down shelter and housing development. It also could block NIMBY opponents from using environmental reviews to sue and delay or block homeless facilities from opening.
But some question whether an emergency declaration would be merely symbolic, given President Trump’s rejections of more federal funding and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s commitment of $1 billion for local homeless programs and support for more regulatory relief."
Remember, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously opposed SB 50 (Wiener), with the opposition led by councilmember and former Assembly member Paul Koretz. Koretz represents the west side, Hollywood hills, and southern San Fernando Valley.
LABOS: Meanwhile, the LAT's Angel Jennings looks at the race for Los Angeles Board of Supervisors district 2, the south LA seat currently held by Mark Ridley-Thomas.
"Generations of disinvestment had led to stubbornly low property values that were made worse by the Great Recession. The violent crime rate was double what it was in the rest of the county. Blight was dragging down entire neighborhoods south of the 10 Freeway, making it hard to attract the type of development and jobs that Crenshaw, Watts, and other black and Latino communities so badly needed.
But now South L.A. is in the midst of a renaissance, driving up housing costs and homelessness and leading many voters to worry about the future of one of California’s last black enclaves.
Next year, the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line will roll through the spine of the 2nd District. SoFi Stadium, the NFL’s most expensive venue to date, also will open next year in Inglewood and hold its first football game in the fall. Coffee shops that pour lavender lattes and restaurants that concoct $13 craft cocktails have sprung up. Developers are angling to build luxury housing in an area that was once shunned.
Rather than worrying about declining property values, voters now fear gentrification and state laws that would accelerate it."
While Koretz carried the lead on SB 50 concerns on behalf of his wealthy constituents, the bill also instills fear in single family neighborhoods like LA County district 2. They fear that denser housing zoning will draw in more investors and speed the gentrification already taking place. We talked to Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles) about these fears on the podcast. The bill was held in Senate Appropriations for consideration next year. Senator Holly Mitchell was not on a committee that cast a vote on the bill.
Candidates for the seat include:
The LAT's Matt Stiles looks at where the money is being raised in the race. The election is March 3, with a November general.
CAKEDAY and CLASSIFIEDS after the jump...
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Marcia Blount, Laurel Brodzinsky, Carrie McFadden, Tina McKinnor, and Bruce Pomer!