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E-154 - Tuesday, October 1, 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:
DOING THE LAUNDRY: Now that the legislative year is all done 'cept for the signin' and a nixin', we can spend more time on campaign finance follies. And many of you are Noonerific Newbies, so we'll refresh on California's Laundrocash 2020.
Yesterday, the California School Employees Association, which represent the classified staff at K-12 schools and community colleges, gave $38,800 each to the county central committees of Fresno, Humboldt, and Trinity.
Let's substitute CSEA with Hamster Henry.
For the 2020 cycle, Hamster Henry can five $38,800 each per calendar year to state and county political party committees with a state candidate committee account. Limits to candidates are $9,400 for the cycle, with $4,700 each for the primary and general elections, so Hamster Henry gives $9,400 to his bestie Hamster Henrietta. However, the state and county political parties can give Hamster Henrietta some of that money they raised from Hamster Henry, so long as he didn't instruct/earmark the ultimate destination of his dough.
No disrespect to the fine 2,351 Democrats in Trinity County, but that money isn't for local party building and registration. You can enjoy the interest on the cash for now, but it's not your money to spend. Stand by the phone.
This will happen repeatedly next year in both parties. Smart players don't need to instruct these campaign finance Laundrocash 2020 committees as everyone already knows where the targeted races will be. Because the limits of contributions to political party committees are calendar year and not the two-year cycle, now's the time to squirrel that hamster feed for next year--park it while it's hot. That's why you see many incumbents also maxing out to the state parties right now.
CHILD CARE: In a long-fought campaign for the right of home-based child care workers to unionize, Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday signed AB 387 (Limón). Approximately 40,000 workers currently receive cost assistance payments from the state, and the bill will allow them to negotiate with the California Department of Human Resources for wages and benefits, reports Sophia Bollag in the Bee.
The governor also signed AB 220 (Bonta), which allows candidates to spend campaign funds on child care.
CANNABIS: In the Times, Patrick McGreevy reports on the latest Berkeley IGS poll results of how Californians feel above the nascent cannabis industry.
"Three years after California voters legalized the sale of recreational marijuana, 68% say it has been a “good thing” and, although the vast majority of cities have outlawed pot shops, most voters want their municipalities to permit the stores, according to a UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times.
The poll found support for legalization has increased since 2016, when 57% of voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized growing, selling and possessing cannabis for recreational use.
The poll found that 63% of California voters favor their city giving permits to cannabis stores, with support in all areas of the state, including 64% in both Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area. The lowest support for pot shops was in the Inland Empire, which includes Riverside and San Bernardino counties, at 54%.
Republican voters were the only partisan group that opposed cities permitting pot shops in their communities."
Here are the crosstabs.
beJUULed: The AP reports that new JUUL CEO K. C. Crothwaite announced Monday that the company would cease support for the November ballot measure to oveturn the ban on e-cigarettes adopted by the Board of Supervisors:
"The nation's largest maker of e-cigarettes said it will end its support for Proposition C after donating nearly $19 million. It was virtually the only financial backer of the measure.
"Based on that news, we have made the decision not to continue on with the campaign," Yes on C said in a statement.
However, the proposition will still appear on the November ballot."
"I am committed to seeing that JUUL engages productively with all stakeholders, including regulators, policymakers and our customers," newly appointed CEO K.C. Crosthwaite said in a statement. "This decision does not change the fact that as a San Francisco-founded and headquartered company we remain committed to the city."
The Facebook ads indeed appear to have been pulled.
VAPING: For the Los Angeles Times, Emily Baumgaertner reports that the Food and Drug Administration under Obama considered, but passed on, regulating flavored pods for e-cigarettes before the usage of the devices among youth exploded.
"Now, as a mysterious vaping-related lung disease has doctors and parents urging the nation’s 3.6 million young users to quit, many are finding that they physically can’t — they’re hooked. It’s exactly the kind of youth addiction crisis the Food and Drug Administration had warned of four years ago, when it tried to ban flavored fluids for e-cigarettes.
If the FDA ban had gone through, the kid-friendly vaping liquids would have been pushed off store shelves."
VAXX: For the Voice of San Diego, Will Huntsberry looks at the impact of new laws on medical exemptions from childhood vaccinations will mean in the region.
"The new law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2021. It will give public health officials the ability to step in at schools where the vaccination rate is less than 95 percent and in cases where one physician writes more than five medical exemptions in a calendar year. In those cases, public health officials will have the power to revoke exemptions they believe to be illegitimate.
If the law were in effect today, it would have big implications on the ground. In San Diego, 19 schools and six doctors would come under review, according to data from the California Department of Public Health and other documents obtained by Voice of San Diego. Dozens of medical exemptions would likely be revoked for falling outside the scope of generally recognized standards of care."
NET NEUTRALITY: The DC Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the action by the Federal Communications Commission to repeal Obama-era net neutrality regulations, but has let state regulations stand, reports Harper Neidig for The Hill. This appears to include California's SB 822 (Wiener), which was enacted in 2018 with significant opposition of the carriers.
CA50, FRESNO, and AMAZON'S GROCERY STORES and more after the jump...
CA22 (Tulare): For the Fresno Bee, Kate Irby reports that Congressman Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) has filed another defamation lawsuit in federal court. This time, he alleges that Heart Newspapers and Ryan Lissa acted in a defamatory matter in a 2018 Esquire article about the family's dairy farm move to Iowa.
"Nunes confirmed in the lawsuit that his family has owned a dairy in Sibley, Iowa for over a decade, but says Lizza and Hearst’s characterization of it as a “politically explosive secret” was defamatory to Nunes. The lawsuit explicitly calls on the court to punish Lizza and Hearst and set an example for other journalists.
“They should be punished for their unlawful actions and a very strong message needs to be sent to prevent other so-called ‘journalists’ from acting in a similar way,” the complaint states.
The complaint does not contest any facts in Lizza’s story, and it is not clear what act Nunes considers to be unlawful."
That damn Constitution. Meanwhile, some really do want to change the law on press freedoms.
CA50 (East San Diego County): Scott Lewis reports for Voice of San Diego that Darrell Issa's announcement last Thursday of a CA50 bid along with Carl DeMaio's counter-rally shared one thing in common--they weren't in the 50th congressional district. Lewis writes:
"There’s only one problem: Issa was not actually in the 50th Congressional District when he made the announcement about representing “this district.” Both he and DeMaio were rallying at El Cajon City Hall, which is located in the 53rd Congressional District. That’s the district currently represented by Rep. Susan Davis and the one for which they are not running. Had they gone just three blocks to the east, they would have been in the 50th.
DeMaio and Issa are already battling concerns that they don’t live in the district and aren’t familiar with it. In an open letter, state Sen. Brian Jones, who’s also running, trolled them both with an offer to give them a tour."
FRESNO AND HOUSING: For CityLab, Laura Bliss writes on the rental housing crunch in Fresno, California's fifth-most populous city. Bliss writes:
"The situation highlights an overlooked corner of California’s housing crisis. Almost 60 percent of renter households in Fresno County are considered “rent burdened,” meaning that they spent at least 30 percent of their earnings on housing; about 20 percent spend at least half of their income to keep a roof overhead. That burden is growing heavier: Between 2018 and 2019, the cost of the average apartment here soared 6.2 percent to $1,060 per month. According to a recent analysis by RentCafé, that jump was the second-highest among California’s ten largest cities, second only to Oakland, and among the highest in the U.S."
LA-LA LAND AND AIRBNB: In the LAT, Emily Alpert Reyes reports that AirBNB is asking for more time to comply with the city of Los Angeles's new restrictions on short-term rentals, including a limitation that they may only be resident-occupied units.
"In a letter sent to city officials Friday by the company’s public policy manager John Choi, Airbnb argued it needs more time to build a computerized system to share rental information with the city — one of the ways that online platforms can comply with the new ordinance. So far, Los Angeles has held off on cracking down on Airbnb-type rentals, giving hosts until November to register with the city through a new system.
But the company says it did not get a draft of a key agreement from the city until late August, making it “impossible” to meet a November deadline. Airbnb also says it needs a city contractor to make more progress on the shared system — a process that could take months — before it can move forward.
On Monday, Airbnb added that it supports L.A.'s new registration system for its hosts, but “the city is asking platforms to comply with a system that does not yet exist and won’t exist” by this fall.
The L.A. ordinance requires platforms such as Airbnb and HomeAway to regularly hand over information about their bookings, a requirement meant to help the city enforce its rules about how often people can rent out homes for short stays."
Before being at Airbnb, John Choi was District Director for then-Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León, who is now running for mayor in 2022.
AMAZON'S GROCERY STORES: For the Wall Street Journal, Esther Fung reports on Amazon's increasing bricks-and-mortar presence. Fung writes:
"In the Los Angeles area, it has signed more than a dozen leases, the people said. The first few stores are likely to be in the dense suburban locations of Woodland Hills and Studio City, while another grocer is slated for the city of Irvine, in nearby Orange County, a person familiar with the matter said. These stores could open as early as the end of the year."
These are not meant to compete with Amazon-owned higher-end Whole Foods Market but rather to capture mid-level spenders with a focus on prepared food.
CAKEDAY and CLASSIFIEDS after the jump...
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Shaun Flanigan, Congressmen Devin Nunes and Jimmy Panetta, and Doug Otto!