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  • Presidential poll position
  • SB 50 (Wiener)
  • AB 890 (Wood)
  • Sex abuse
  • Anti-vaxx 
  • Ballot order
  • Recycling
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Well, hello there. This morning, I learned that also on the helicopter with Kobe Bryant was Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and 13-year-old daughter Alyssa.

The three were traveling with Bryant and his daughter Gianna to a youth basketball game when the helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California. Alyssa and Gianna, who is also 13, were teammates. Altobelli, 56, coached at OCC for 27 years, leading the Pirates to four state titles and more than 700 wins.

"He kind of gets overshadowed by Kobe a little bit," OCC associate baseball coach Nate Johnson said, "but he was his own Kobe of the junior college baseball world."

The Orange Coast College Pirates baseball team plans to play its season opener today, while tonight's Clippers-Lakers game has been postponed.

Meanwhile, the LAT has more details on the crash, and profiles the 9 victims.

Lots of news after the jump...

PRESIDENTIAL POLL POSITION: The LAT and UC Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies is out with a new poll this morning on the presidential race in California, reports David Lauter for the Times. Let's look at it with other recent polls.

CA120/Capitol Weekly
Bernie Sanders 26% 27% 24%
Elizabeth Warren 20% 23% 21%
Joe Biden 15% 24% 20%
Pete Buttigieg 7% 6% 11%
Michael Bloomberg 6% 1% (VOL.) 6%
Amy Klobuchar   4% 5%
Andrew Yang   3% (VOL.) 7%
Tulsi Gabbard     2%
Tom Steyer     2%
Others (total) 6% 5%  
Undecided 12% 7%  

It's looking like we're heading to a three-way split of California Democratic delegates for the July convention in Milwaukee. Paul had a great explainer for Capitol Weekly. There are 144 state delegates allocated to those above 15%, and then 272 are allocated within the state's 53 congressional districts. Thus, while Mayor Pete appears that he won't capture state delegates, he can still pick them up in targeted congressional districts. Sacramento's CA06, the locale of much of his campaign's support, could be one such district. Julián Castro and Cory Booker could similarly pick up delegates, notwithstanding the fact that they have suspended their campaigns.

The question is whether those undecided (including me) vote strategically among the candidates destined for the lion's share of delegates allocated statewide--Sanders, Warren, and Biden--or, try to boost a different candidate for results in a congressional district. Of course, very few Democratic Party primary voters understand that as well as many presidential candidates.

SB 50 (Wiener): The controversial housing density bill was withdrawn from Senate Rules yesterday and is expected to be on the Senate Floor later this week in advance of the January 31 deadline for 2019 bills to pass their house of origin.

AB 890 (Wood): The bill to give full scope of practice rights to nurse practitioners passed the Assembly Floor yesterday 61-1, with 18 members taking a walk. The bill is supported by health insurers and hospitals but opposed by the California Medical Association and other physician groups.

SEX ABUSE: For Capitol Weekly, Lisa Renner looks at the new law after Lorena Gonzalez's AB 218 that extends statute of limitations for sexual abuse survivors.

ANTI-VAXX: It cost the state $70,000 to disinfect the Senate chamber after an anti-vaxx protestor threw menstrual blood from the gallery to the floor on the last night of session, reports Hannah Wiley for the Bee. She writes:

According to invoices obtained by The Sacramento Bee through the Legislative Open Records Act, the Senate paid $8,700 to ForensiClean, a Sacramento company that specializes in the “removal of blood and other potentially infectious material,” and $62,595 to NRC US Holding Company, an agency that sends response teams to manage “spill and high hazard” situations.

BALLOT ORDER: On Twitter, Secretary of State's office communications guru James Schwab addresses social-media paranoia about the order in which candidates are listed on the ballot. Of course, it's a random lottery draw and rotates by Assembly district to ensure a fair shake for all candidates.

RECYCLING: In the Bee, Andrew Sheeler reports that California has been illegally charging out of state recycling importers.

VOTING RIGHTS: Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a district court ruling in a case brought by the Democratic National Committee over Arizona's restrictions on ballots, including criminalizing collecting and delivery of someone else's ballot. The court, sitting en banc, further found that the limited counting of ballots cast in an incorrect precinct also violated the Voting Rights Act.

JODY: Tom Sheehy writes a retirement message for Senate Sergrant Jody. Along with Dotson, Jody was the best person in the Capitol during my 25 years there. I really can't see a California capitol without those two.

muni matters, cakeday and classifieds after the jump...


ELK GROVE: The Chinese New Year celebration in the city just south of Sacramento was canceled over fears of coronavirus, reports Mack Ervin III for the Beet.

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Kevin Bassett, Mike Scharif, Jesse Melgar, and Chris Walker!



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CA Democratic Party - Executive Director

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California Special Districts Association

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