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The Nooner for Saturday, December 28, 2019, presented by SYASL Partners
Happy Saturday! This is the first day that I expect to be at home for the entire day in two weeks, and it's glorious. Well, except that I really need to do some cleaning as I left for Portland with my place a bit disheveled--like my hair.
On the way back from recording the podcast with David Quintana about the upcoming Back to Session Bash, I stopped by the Capitol menorah to snap the above pic. Since I was a guest to the Kings game Thursday night (ugh, double OT loss), I knew that Thursday night was the fifth. Yesterday, however, there were only four branches lit on the Capitol menorah along with the shamash. I reached out to my authorities on Judaism other than Wikipedia and, indeed, the Capitol was a night behind. Maybe I'll go back tonight to see if they've caught up.
Sorry for saying "Alexa play 90s hip-hop" during the pod. That was unintentional and, yes, if you are listening to it out loud, it does trigger the device. Or at least it did when I was editing it in Final Cut Pro near my Echo. But, if it happens and you're shaking your hips later, you can thank me.
On the Bash, we're getting clues about the "masked singer" who is slated to perform at the Bash on January 16. It's a male rapper from east of the Mississippi south of the Mason-Dixon line. I think I might have it and my guess is that it's a guy my age who was born roughly a month from me.
It's not MC Hammer as some guessed, but that brings up one of the best political videos evah. "Newsom left and he's in charge...fear the mustache."
Follow the guest guessing game @TheBash2020.
The Bash has a classified ad starting January 6 for a couple of weeks so I may be biased. But, I'm really biased toward past guests like Coolio, Warren G, Digital Underground, and Naughty by Nature, all of whom have been at the event previously.
From the pod, Quintana gave two baller hints--arrive early (doors open at 5pm I believe) to ensure that you find a space near the stage with the guest performance at 7pm. And, grab a hotel room early. Quintana said on the pod that there will be lots of after parties and gave the additional baller tip that the unnamed guest and crew are staying at the Kimpton Sawyer at DOCO. It is invite only, although every legislative office is getting at least two tickets and others around town have the others of the 2,000 tickets printed. The entire Cafeteria 15L is the site, including the Ultra Lounge and Park patio. Like most of you, I need to ask around to get my admission.
With that many people convening at 15th and L on a Thursday night, it's wise to use alternative transportation. I'll use my usual two feet because that's how I roll, I mean walk.
Also on my way back, I listened to a Pod Save America episode from December 12 that I hadn't yet caught. On it, Dan Pfeiffer talks to Mike Isaac of the New York Times about several issues, including AB 5 and it's a pretty good and fair to all sides discussion. We have a real problem that begins at midnight next Wednesday/Thursday and nobody has any idea how it will play out. As I think I wrote before, I took an Uber to the airport for my PDX trip and a taxi back. My mom doesn't drive and now relies on Lyft to go see my grandmother in her care home. In the West Hills of Portland, taxis have never been a good option.
I don't want to take sides because that's my job, but Dynamex/AB 5/initiative has created a huge disruption and I have no idea how this will play out. I just want my mom to be able to visit my 99-year-old grandmother. Fortunately in Oregon, they don't have the disarray that we have in California on January 1. Also, after a few rides with her, I can say that my mom is the nicest Lyft rider ever and a good tipper. She knows not to say "Merry Christmas" to the Sikh driver on the way to dinner on Christmas Eve, which I can't say for the people at the PDX airport on Christmas Day telling the clerk where I was getting my NYT "I'm so sorry you have to work on Christmas." Uh, the clerk is wearing a hijab. Do you really think she's angry about working?
MONEY MATTERS, PARTICULARLY IN AMERICA'S FINEST CITY: Yesterday, the San Diego Democratic Party reported $31,479 in independent expenditures for the San Diego mayoral race where Assembly member Todd Gloria is the favorite. In district 7, Raul Campillo is the chosen one.
Gloria faces SD councilmembers Barbara Bry (D) and Scott Sherman (R) in the March 3 race and likely a November runoff. One of the most under-covered stories in California has been a dramatic takeover of "America's Finest City" by Democrats to suppress the traditional military, mod-Republican region. We saw this in AD77 earlier this year when Assembly member Brian Maienschein swithed from the Republican to Democratic Party to "better align" with his district values.
That seems like a dick move, but if you're falling the bouncing ball, he's right with the district. Is that a dick move? I'll leave that to you. But, it ain't up to us--it's up to the 296,260 voters in AD77. Take that from a former constituent of Bill Dannemeyer and Mickey Conroy in the OC.
While the limits in Sandy Eggo are $1,150 for mayor and $600 for council, these are independent expenditure exempt from those limits. Nevertheless, it suggests that we should look at the top ten donors to the San Diego Democratic Party. The election of Gloria to be mayor is of statewide interest.
If you're a new reader, you know I call out things that are illegal or "extra-legal" as we like to say. In this case, all in the game, yo'. You've gotta be a baller to play--even in America's Finest City.
WATER: In the LAT, Louis Sahagun writes that Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is looking to "recharge" a reservoir under an Owens Valley lake dried out long ago to meet the desert metropolis's insatiable quench for water. The water rights were bought up in the early 1900s through a series of some less-than-savory acts that we remember from the movie Chinatown (free on Prime through 12/31!). Of course, it's not without controversy as we approach 2020. Sahagun writes:
[A] new concern is unfolding about 50 miles to the south in the high desert community of Ridgecrest. There, the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority holds the distinction of managing one of the most critically overdrawn groundwater basins in California — and of further depleting the aquifer by yielding to the demands of clients, including local pistachio growers.
Now, the authority is trying to prevent a potential takeover by state water officials, who say the groundwater authority must devise a long-term strategy of sustaining the aquifer in order to comply with state law. To meet that goal, it has proposed that the DWP build a 10-mile spur to divert aqueduct water into its troubled aquifer.
By way of payment for the water banking service, the authority would keep a small portion of the city’s water. In previous interviews, authority officials said a major obstacle standing in the way of such an agreement with the DWP would be the predictable public outcry over the unprecedented giveaway of city water conveyed by its legendary aqueduct.
More stories, Cakeday and new Classifieds after the jump...
THE GRAPEVINE: If you're bi-California, you find it acceptable to like both the Dodgers and the Giants, and of course know The Grapevine well. If you've tried to pass over the I-5 transection of the Tehachepis in the last couple of days, you were in a snowstorm hell. In the LA Times, Paul Duginski looks at the history of the pass that is the bane of holiday existance for SoCal kids who go to college in NorCal and vice versa.
THE OC: Brady McDonald reports for the OCR (or SCNG or whatever their name is today) that Disneyland faced crowds leading to the closure of the entrance gates yesterday. McDonald writes:
Disneyland temporarily shut its gates Friday, Dec. 27 as crowds filled the Anaheim theme park and new visitors were directed to Disney California Adventure across the esplanade until attendance levels declined.
“We have temporarily stopped selling tickets to Disneyland Park,” the official Disneyland Today Twitter account said. “As of 11:40 am, Disney California Adventure Park tickets remain available. Updates to follow.”
Disneyland closed its gates at 11:40 a.m., less than 4 hours after the park opened. Disneyland diverted visitors to Disney California Adventure until later in the day when crowds were expected to diminish.
I'm delighted that I'm going to Knott's Merry Farm this week and not Dismalland. Don't get me wrong, but that's what the locals called it when I grew up and they did away with the ticket books. I think there were still A and B tickets (choo-choo!) in the Placentia house when I left. I just want to walk around a park with decorations to close out my holidays and Disney ain't it. Well, I've got 99 problems and the Disney lines it is.
CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Kelly Burns, Garen Corbett, Laura Fink, Steve Frank, Ann Garten, Kerri Hammerstom, Danny Leserman, Taylor Strand, and Michael Trujillo!