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  • Poll position
  • Sanders
  • Bloomberg
  • SB 50 (Wiener): Housing density
  • Homeless
  • PG&E
  • AD57 (Whittier)
  • California Green New Deal
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POLL POSITION: KQED/Change Research has a new poll among likely Democratic voters of the presidential race in California.

 KQED/Change Research
CA120/Capitol Weekly
Bernie Sanders 30% 26% 27% 24%
Elizabeth Warren 16% 20% 23% 21%
Joe Biden 15% 15% 24% 20%
Pete Buttigieg 8% 7% 6% 11%
Michael Bloomberg 4% 6% 1% (VOL.) 6%
Amy Klobuchar 3%   4% 5%
Andrew Yang 5%   3% (VOL.) 7%
Tulsi Gabbard 4%     2%
Tom Steyer 2%     2%
Others (total)   6% 5%  
Undecided 13% 12% 7%  

SANDERS: For KQED, Jeremy Siegel reports how Bernie Sanders plans to win California.

After losing California's 2016 Democratic presidential primary to Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders is reshaping his ground game in the Golden State, hoping to win over key voting blocks including residents of the Central Valley, Latino voters and Californians registered as "no party preference."

Clinton defeated Sanders by nearly 8 percentage points in California four years ago. In the Central Valley, that win was even more stark, with double-digit differentials for Clinton in several Valley counties. This time around, the Vermont Senator is betting big on where he previously lost hardest.

"We are spending time in parts of California that other campaigns simply ignore," said Sanders 2020 California political director Jane Kim. "We have an agenda that is actually going to energize Central Valley voters."

BLOOMBERG: For the Bee, Bryan Anderson reports that while all eyes will be on Iowa for Monday's caucuses, Michael Bloomberg will be on a campaign swing through California.

According to his campaign, the former New York City mayor and Democratic presidential candidate will hold public “organizing events” at three campaign stops on Monday. He’ll make an appearance in Sacramento early in the morning, go to Fresno later in the morning and then travel to Compton in the early afternoon.

Meanwhile, Joe Mathews notes the success Bloomberg is having with California big city mayors.

As governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger very much enjoyed the wisdom and company of “Bloomie.”

Now, with Bloomberg running for president, he is gaining praise from some of our most progressive politicians, with a real love fest from mayors. L.A.’s Eric Garcetti and Stockton’s Michael Tubbs have been full of praise.

And now two Bay Area mayors—San Francisco’s London Breed and San Jose’s Sam Liccardo—have endorsed him, to the horror of some progressives.

Good for them, and good for Bloomie.

SB 50 (Wiener): Yesterday, the bill to promote more housing density near transit stops and job corridors failed on the Senate Floor 18-15, with six senators not voting. However, Wiener introduced a spot bill on the subject yesterday. The LA Times editorializes:

Immediately following the vote Thursday, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) pledged that there will be another bill this session designed to boost the production of housing. She told her colleagues to bring their ideas and their solutions. It’s time for L.A. leaders to join the conversation on housing. That means proposing reforms to ease zoning constraints and make it easier to build housing for all income levels.

For CalMatters, Matt Levin looks at what Governor Gavin Newsom will now do on housing, while the Bee editorializes "A crisis of this magnitude requires bold action. Wiener deserves credit for his hard work on this. Too bad some of his fellow Democrats refuse to join the fray. In 2020, California’s leaders must move aggressively to solve the housing crisis. If they refuse, perhaps it will be time to replace the Democratic Party’s donkey with a new mascot: a tent."

Developers, landlords, Facebook, construction unions, the state Chamber of Commerce, Realtors, environmental groups and even the AARP wanted to see the bill pass.

So did big city mayors including San Francisco’s London Breed and San Jose’s Sam Liccardo. Not to mention Sen. Toni Atkins, Democratic leader of the state Senate, who typically has a pretty big say in which bills make it out of her chamber.

Nonetheless Senate Bill 50, a measure that would have forced cities to allow more mid-rise apartment buildings around public transit and next to some single-family homes, failed to get enough votes in the California Legislature to survive in 2020 before time ran out.

HOMELESS: For CalMatters, Manuela Tobias and Matt Levin report on the homeless census conducted this month.

Advocates complain that the federal definition of homelessness is far too narrow — it excludes people who are doubled-up or couch surfing with relatives or friends, or paying for a cheap motel room. Even those living outdoors can be easily missed, especially if law enforcement has recently cleared encampments. Weare, who’s refining a more comprehensive point-in-time counting method, produced a Sacramento number nearly six times greater than the number of homeless people in the federal count.

Amid all the uncertainties about the accuracy of the count, one thing seems certain: California’s numbers will be big — and weaponized, politically.

Meanwhile, Sacramento city council member Steve Hansen reports on what the city is doing on homelessness.

For the last few months, Sacramento leaders of government and health care have quietly been laying the groundwork for a campus that would bring comprehensive services and housing to people experiencing homelessness.

The proposed “care” campus, like Haven for Hope in Texas or a scaled-up version of our region’s Mather Community Campus, would connect the region’s most vulnerable population to an array of customized services, providing substance abuse and mental illness treatment, transitional supportive housing and even job training. These services are already available in Sacramento, but they aren’t effectively coordinated. We allow too many people to fall through the cracks of a complex bureaucracy and land back on the street.

PG&E: The chair of the Public Utilities Commission yesterday said that the revised public safety power shutoff plans submitted by Pacific Gas & Electric Company are insufficient, reports J.D. Morris in the Chron.

Marybel Batjer, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, told PG&E on Thursday that she found “serious deficiencies” in the way the company says it is improving its shut-off program.

Reports that PG&E filed with the commission were “fundamentally inadequate” in the amount of specifics provided, and the company inappropriately stopped filing the reports entirely last month, Batjer said.

She ordered PG&E to start filing more detailed reports, brief the commission about its plans to restrict blackouts and prepare to test its program with state officials.

LOBBYING: Joel Fox looks at a new book on lobbying in Sacramento written by Ray LeBov and Chris Micheli.

AD57 (Whittier): The business-backed Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy reported yesterday an independent expenditure of $41,833 on behalf of Sylvia Rubio (D).

TEACH FOR AMERICA: Assembly member Cristina Garcia's (D-Downey) AB 221 to require teaching placement organizations such as Teach for America to have a policy requiring teachers placed in low-income schools to serve at least five years has died, reports Hannah Wiley in the Bee.

CALIFORNIA GREEN NEW DEAL: Carlyn Kranking reports for CalMatters on Assembly member Rob Bonta's (D-Alameda) plans for a California Green New Deal.

Bonta can’t fix the world, but he has a plan for California. The California   New Deal would build on existing climate change policies to accelerate the state’s decarbonization while prioritizing historically marginalized populations. The bill’s details are still vague, so some politically powerful special interest groups like the Western States Petroleum Association have yet to take a position. But the legislation aims to address big goals, like doubling public transit capacity and affordable housing by 2030.

ISSUES: For the Bee, David Lightman reports that Democratic voters in California are leaning on their members of Congress over health care and drug prices rather than impeachment.

“In some ways there might be impeachment fatigue from some of the constituents. They seem more interested in talking about policy, drug pricing, infrastructure,” said Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove.

“It doesn’t come up most of the time,” Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, found as he travels his district.

more news after the jump...

DMV: Despite a new law that prohibits the selling of appointments at the Department of Motor Vehicles, Oakland-based YoGov continues to sell them, write Michael Cabanatuan for the Chron.

[W]hen asked last week if he was upset YoGov is still profiting off its services to set up DMV appointments online, [bill author Assembly member Tyler] Diep said: “The sale of DMV appointments is illegal and the attorney general or local district attorneys have the authority to prosecute any individual or entity that is doing so.”

He declined to comment on whether he thinks YoGov’s express appointment service breaks the new law. So did the DMV.

“DMV is currently reviewing how this company’s business model complies with this new law,” said Anita Gore, a department spokeswoman. “We advise all Californians that they do not need an appointment to access DMV services which are available at any DMV office. While DMV appointments are available at no cost, appointments do fill quickly.”

BEVERAGE CONTAINERS: Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) has shelved his bill SB 372 to require beverage distributors to collect their recyclables, reports Don Thompson for the AP after falling for votes short in the State Senate.

He said he will instead concentrate on working with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration to fix the state’s struggling bottle and can recycling program.

It’s the second time in two years that Wieckowski’s proposal failed. He previously said he had the votes in the Senate, and advocates blamed intense lobbying by opponents for its defeat.

CORONAVIRUS: For the Chron, Carolyn Said and Anna Bauman report on the impact of coronavirus is having on SFO.

United Airlines, which already had canceled eight round-trip flights between SFO and Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai from Saturday to Feb. 8, said Thursday that the reductions would last until March 28.

“United’s announcement is a big deal,” said Henry Harteveldt, a travel analyst with Atmosphere Research in San Francisco. “They clearly believe it will be six or more weeks until travel will start to return.”

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


HOLLYWOOD: For the LAT, Laura J. Nelson and Priscilla Vega report on a proposal by Los Angeles council member Mitch O'Farrell to redesign Hollywood Boulevard to make it more attractive to pedestrians and tourists. They write:

The initial proposal draws inspiration from world-class streets across the world, including the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris. That could be achieved in Hollywood, too, the plan says, with wider sidewalks, more shade trees, more space for sidewalk dining — and far less space for drivers.

 “The boulevard hasn’t reached its full potential — not by a long shot,” said O’Farrell, whose district includes Hollywood. “We’re very optimistic that we can see real change on this historic boulevard within a number of years.”

If approved, the proposal would narrow Hollywood Boulevard to a center turn lane and one travel lane in each direction roughly between La Brea Avenue and Vine Street. The changes would be among the biggest yet for a major street in Los Angeles, where taking space from drivers has sparked outcry.

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