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IN TODAY'S NOONER:
- Lights out
- Newsom recall
- Cakeday and new Classifieds
Happy humpday! Thank you for the thoughts this week to caution me about burning out (again) with the November news cycle that has gone cray-cray. I appreciate it and actually slept until after 7 this morning. So, I will be short because I have to watch the dumpster fire on the teevee.
Speaking of that, Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) has been masterful, and I don't say that politically at all. Readers know that I was not a fan of impeachment hearings.
For those who lobbied him in his short time in the California Legislature (1996-2000) know that there are few members who study and are prepared for meetings and hearings mor than Adam. Watching these hearings now reminds me of my younger years. That dude is smart and to this day asks questions without referring to notes as many of his colleagues from borth parties read verbatim.
I don't know where this is going, but I'd put my money on Schiff being the next U.S. Senator from California through either appointment or election. While a Latino (Becerra, Padilla) is favored should either seat be opened by resignation, nobody among the Dems would blast a pick by Newsom of Schiff to fill a vacancy. He's the only white guy I'd say that about.
I had a great pod convo with Jennifer Fearing (Chamberlain personally, but Fearing professionally) late yesterday. Because of technical difficulties, it's broken up into chunks and I don't have Final Cut Pro on this laptop, so it will take some time to get it out there. She had to bail for a very important phone call and I think there will be some additions perhaps after TGiving. After her phone call, she returned to find me sleeping on her couch with Lena. I ish you not.
Love fellow Aggie Jen, but I love the dog more. That's similar to the governor preceding Gavin.
PG&E after the jump...
LIGHTS OUT: Well, another public safety power shutoff is underway. At this hour, Noonerific people in the following areas are most likely without juice:
- North Bay/North Coast Counties: Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, portions of Sonoma, Yolo (7am)
- Central Sierra Foothills Counties: Amador, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Yuba (7am)
- North Valley (Northern Area) Counties: Shasta, and portions of Tehama (9am)
- North Valley (Southern Area) Counties: Glenn (9am)
Here are the most recent updates I have, which could change between the time you read: press release | situation report.
Meanwhile, the federal bankruptcy court yesterday considered proposals to get the state's largest utility out of bankruptcy, primarily between the equity holders (including the company) and the debt-holders. In both cases, it's a wrestling match between large private equity holders, or in common parlance "hedge funds." Within these categories are plentiful "little guys," including labor unions, pension funds, and the like.
Of course, there is an 800-pound gorilla in the room. Beyond federal court, the state holds the franchise card. The state can turn out the lights on PG&E tomorrow by striking the franchise with the lone issue being about how much to pay a defunct utility's creditors for their infrastructure.
The "takings" issue under the Fifth Amendment likely applies only to existing infrastructure (i.e. grid) and not past promises to employees and perhaps not liabilities to victims (including insurance companies). I don't know if the latter has ever been legally tested, but it's a fascinating legal issue to think about.
I hate to say it, particularly since I have friends in the victims class, but this very well could be the way out... The liabilities could disappear and the state could buy the infrastructure (and partially pay the victims) and everything is "going forward."
I have not talked to anybody in Governor Gavin Newsom's administration about this and don't represent anyone on this (or any other) issue.
NEWSOM RECALL: The latest report in the CA36 candidate Erin Cruz-backed recall effort of Governor Gavin Newsom was released this morning. They currently report 91,008 unvalidated signatures. The effort needs 1,495,709 valid signatures to be submitted by February 13, 2020 (12% of vote for governor in 2018), meaning it's a total waste of paper and ink.
CAKEDAY and NEW CLASSIFIEDS after the jumpity jump...
CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Andrea Jackson, Clark Lee, Eduardo Martinez, Dave Rosenberg, Robby Sumner, Jennifer Tobkin, and Tim Yaryan!
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