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CORONAVIRUS: Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield and San Diego Miramar Air Force Base have been identified as additional California two-week quarantine sites for Americans evacuated from China following the coronavirus outbreak. The virus now has confirmed cases in California, Arizona, Illinois, Washington, and 27 other countries. The big problem is that public health officials neither know how the virus is transmitted beyond the original outbreak from a Wuhan, China meat market nor how long the incubation period is.
Riverside congressmembers Mark Takano and Norma Torres were miffed that 250 such passangers were diverted to March Air Reserve Base without notice.
THE PRIMARY: In the Chron, Joe Garofoli writes that while Californians can start voting tomorrow, they may just want to wait.
The results from Iowa may be grim for some of the Democratic presidential hopefuls, meaning some Californians’ favorite candidates could either pull out or be limping badly by the time votes are counted here and in the 13 other states that hold primary contests on Super Tuesday, March 3.
“If somebody is your choice on Feb. 3 and they don’t do well in Iowa, then they don’t do well in New Hampshire (on Feb. 11), then you might think about the viability of your candidate in California,” said Michael Ceraso, who ran Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign in California and Pete Buttigieg’s New Hampshire operation for several months last year.
Ballots are already in the hands of voters in some counties such as Solano due to a change in law that allows them to be sent before 29 days ahead of the primary.
DOWN WITH NPP? The Election Digest Sponsored by the Coalition for Literacy slate card reports receiving $14,845 from the Independent Voter Project for a "message to independent voters regarding obtaining presidential ballots." NPP voters can request ballots for the American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian parties. NPP voters can request a ballot for those parties from their county elections office or on Election Day. The slates are likely headed to NPP voters in Los Angeles County and could prop up Michael Bloomberg, although Bernie Sanders leads with 23.7% support among NPP voters, according to the January LAT/Berkeley IGS poll.
HOUSING: Senator Scott Wiener's (D-San Francisco) campaign manager emails on the failed housing density bill:
Let me be clear: This fight is not over. In fact, on Thursday - the same day SB 50 was defeated - Senator Wiener introduced two new housing placeholder bills, which will shortly become strong housing production bills. Senator Wiener REFUSES to let obstructionist politics - the politics that got us into this housing mess - get in the way of taking real action to solve our state’s most pressing crisis.
Wiener faces a challenge from the left by Jackie Fielder.
Three leading candidates in the race for California’s 50th Congressional District seat — Carl DeMaio, Darrell Issa and Ammar Campa-Najjar — have about a million dollars at their disposal a month before the March 3 primary, according to the latest reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
DeMaio, a former San Diego City Councilman turned conservative radio host, led all the candidates in fundraising from October through December, raising nearly $1 million from his campaign committee and a political action committee. He reported having more than $1.7 million cash on hand at the end of December, according to FEC data.
He was followed by Issa, a Republican who represented San Diego County in Congress for 18 years, and by Campa-Najjar, a Democrat who narrowly lost the race for the seat in 2018.
Issa raised $731,328 during that same stretch and had more than $1.6 million cash on hand at the end December. Campa-Najjar raised $459,175 and reported having $958,788 in cash available.
Three candidates, all Democrats, reported raising more than $100,000 during the fourth quarter — former Clinton campaign adviser Sara Jacobs, San Diego City Council President Georgette Gómez and Marine Corps veteran Janessa Goldbeck.
Jacobs, who has worked at UNICEF, the United Nations and as a contractor for the State Department, led the pack, receiving $677,409 in campaign contributions. However $529,654 of that was contributions from Jacobs herself, who is the granddaughter of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs.
Gómez raised $264,723 and Goldbeck raised $108,735 during that same period.
Republican Famela Ramos, a nurse, raised $17,659. No other candidate in the race reported raising more than $6,000.
SD13 (San Mateo): The California Association of Realtors independent expenditure effort for Annie Oliva (D) continues with $46,833 in mail. The organization has spent $409,177 on realtor Oliva's behalf since the beginning of this year.
AD13 (Stockton): The Coalition to Restore California's Middle Class, Including Energy Companies who Produce Gas, Oil, Jobs and Pay Taxes reports $86,223 in more independent expenditures on behalf of former San Joaquin supervisor Carlos Villapudua (D) in the race to succeed Susan Talamentes Eggman (D).
AD40 (Redlands): The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians reports an independent expenditure of $65,000 for radio ads on behalf of Assembly member James Ramos (D), who is the first California Indian elected to the Legislature.
BLOOMBERG: Carla Marinucci reports for Politico that former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) has picked up the endorsement of former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS: For the SDUT, Kristin Taketa looks at the U.S. Supreme Court case on public funding for religious schools:
A U.S. Supreme Court case is underway that could open public school funding to religious schools in more states, but it’s unclear how it will impact California, where private schools — religious or not — are forbidden from receiving public money.
A question at the heart of the court case Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue is whether it is unconstitutional for states to prohibit public money from going to religious schools.
More specifically, it’s about whether states can exclude religious schools from programs that provide tax-credit scholarships for students to attend private schools. Oral arguments for the case began last month.
GIG ECONOMY: In the Chron, Janelle Bitker and Shwanika Narayan report that restaurants are being surprised by GrubHub and DoorDash drivers who show up expecting orders when the restaurants haven't signed up with the companies.
The practice of delivery apps such as Grubhub and DoorDash offering food from restaurants without their knowledge came to the forefront last week after San Francisco chef Pim Techamuanvivit learned that her Michelin-starred Thai restaurant Kin Khao was listed on a Grubhub site. Kin Khao doesn’t do delivery — it doesn’t even box up food for takeout.
The issue is far more widespread than Kin Khao: The Chronicle confirmed with 19 San Francisco restaurants, including State Bird Provisions, Zero Zero and Michael Mina, that Grubhub listed them without permission. As food delivery apps rush to add more restaurant listings, the practice is creating confusion and damaging reputations. Many restaurant owners wonder whether the practice is even legal, and drivers complain of lost pay from botched or rejected orders.
In short, everybody is being screwed by the services with an aggressive competition to sign up restaurants.
more news after the jump...
THE OC: In the Register, Alicia Robinson reports on the challengers to the reelection bid of Orange County supervisor Andrew Do.
Three candidates who hold city offices are challenging the reelection bid of Orange County First District Supervisor Andrew Do in the March 3 election: Westminster Councilman Sergio Contreras, Garden Grove Councilwoman Kim Bernice Nguyen and Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido.
The candidates are a diverse group in terms of their ages and personal backgrounds, as well as their professional experience.
Do, 56, became the second Vietnamese American to serve on the Board of Supervisors when he won the vacant First District seat in a special election in 2015; he was elected to a full term the following year. He’s also a former prosecutor and businessman.
Do was chief of staff for Janet Nguyen when she was supervisor but the two had a falling out. Janet is now challenging Assembly member Tyler Diep (R) for AD72. All of Do's challengers are Democrats.
SANDY EGGO: For the SDUT, David Garrick reports that San Diego leaders are considering establishing a public bank under Assembly member David Chiu's (D-San Francisco) AB 857
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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dave Broker, Wanda Jong, Don Nielsen, and Jason Overman!