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The Nooner for Wednesday, January 8, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners 

  • Budget and homelessness
  • The presidential
  • Everything else
  • Capitol kudos
  • CA22 (Tulare)
  • Oh, Duncan
  • Cakeday and new classifieds 

¡Feliz miércoles! Just a few items today.

BUDGET: In the LAT, John Myers and Doug Smith write that Governor Newsom will propose $1.4 billion for local governments to address the homelessness crisis. They write:

The proposal, included in the new state budget Newsom will send to the Legislature on Friday, marks another major push to send state taxpayer dollars to local communities struggling with a growing crisis that has drawn national attention and has few easy solutions. How fast efforts in Los Angeles and other cities receive the money depends on how quickly legislators consider the governor’s plan, though funds allocated during the annual budget process are generally available on July 1.

The governor also issued an executive order this morning on the topic with this release:

Governor announces the creation of new California Access to Housing and Services Fund in executive order, previews his 2020-21 Governor’s Budget with more than $1 billion to fight homelessness, including $750 million for this new Fund, and a major new investment to reform Medi-Cal so that health providers transform health care to deliver integrated physical and behavioral health

Executive order requires state agencies to take urgent and immediate action by January 31, 2020 to make available state properties and facilities to rapidly increase housing and shelter options

Immediately makes available a supply of 100 camp trailers that can be used as temporary housing – coupled with mobile health and social services clinics – to be deployed across the state to communities in need, and makes available state crisis response teams to assist local communities in utilizing state resources to aid in local efforts

Executive order requires the state and local governments to develop accountability metrics and publicly release updates on progress toward measurable goals regarding moving people out of dangerous encampments and into more healthy, stable housing situations

THE PRESIDENTIAL: In his CA120 column for Capitol Weekly, Paul Mitchell previews the very uncertain presidential primary approaching, which obviously affects a lot of other elections.

EVERYTHING ELSE: For CalMatters, Dan Walters looks at the myriad items California will be facing on the ballot.

CAPITOL KUDOS: Senator Melissa Hurtado announced this morning the hiring of the first Hmong chief of staff in the Capitol -- Shery Yang.

As a first generation American, Yang is the first in her family to graduate from a four-year college. Raised in Yuba and Fresno County, Yang’s family escaped the Secret War in Laos and as refugees, settled in California in the 80s. Yang has 13 years of experience in politics, policy and communications – managing outreach and community relations strategies for companies and non-profit organizations including AvidXchange, National Wildlife Federation’s Choose Clean Water Coalition, California Trucking Association and more. Yang received her Bachelor’s in Government from Sacramento State.

I remember the first time I met a friend of Hmong descent at UC Davis, where we both worked in the computer labs. I had some great conversations with her about the fascinating story of the people and culture and it's wonderful to see the progress although it's been no easy transition from the mountains of Laos and too often has been a community plagued with poverty and gang violence.

Bobby Bliatout, a Democratic candidate again in CA22 (Tulare), is the cousin of Joice Bliatout, who was in my law school class and I believe the first Hmong at UC Davis Law.

CA22 (Tulare): For McClatchy, Kate Irby writes on Phil Arballo's fundraising haul in his challenge to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare). Irby writes:

Rep. Devin Nunes’ Democratic opponent Phil Arballo raised more than $1 million to unseat Nunes by the end of 2019, raising more than $700,000 in the final quarter.

Arballo raised nearly half of his funds for the year during impeachment hearings when Nunes was vociferously defending President Donald Trump. Between mid-November and early December – the peak of impeachment in the House – Arballo raised a whopping $450,000, according to campaign spokesman Andrew Feldman.

OH, DUNCAN: In the SDUT, Charles T. Clark reports that Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Alpine) will resign on Monday after his conviction of campaign finance violations and removal from all committee and floor voting rights as he awaits sentencing.

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Catherine Coddington, Jim Reed, and Paula Villescaz!


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