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BALLOT UPDATE (COURTESY PDI):
¡Buenos dias! Just a few items before I go on a walking food tour of Colonia Roma. The day includes a 20-minute mercado visit and four hours of eating amidst the neighborhood's wonderful food scene. They had me at "You’ll taste everything--possibilities range from fish tacos to authentic Oaxaca cooking..." On my way to the tour meeting spot, I'm hoping to get a churro and coffee at El Moro, considered the origin of the sugary bundle of carbs. This is why I dieted Whole30-style for a month before coming down here. Roma is a hip neighborhood just south of Centro where I am staying with amazing colonial architecture and art.
For now, I'm up early after a few hours of sleep, drinking instant coffee and eating a tamal rojo con poblano y queso off the street. Basically, just walk around and look for the busiest vendor with a line of locals. For $2, I got two tamales twice the size of the ones I get on Sundays in Southside Park and a large cup of coffee. While I can be a coffee snob back home, this Mexican instant coffee is actually quite good...
...or I'm tired. Don't get me wrong, I was in bed last night by 10 but it's not exactly a quiet city. People love their car horns and there are various sounds that continue throughout the night (after the thunder stopped). From what I can tell, chilangos (locals) in Mexico City sleep for a few hours and then count on siesta time for a couple more.
Before the rain yesterday, I strolled through Monumento a la Revolución while listening to the Hamilton soundtrack. Just amazing.
STATE OF THE STATE: The wait is over. Governor Gavin Newsom will make his State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature Wednesday, February 19 at 10:30am. Coincidentally, that's exactly when my return flight is. President Donald Trump is scheduled to be in California on Wednesday as well.
BALLOTS: The returned votes by mail listed above are now well above (about 300,000) those returned in 2016's presidential. However, remember that we didn't have Voter's Choice Act (VCA) counties (where all voters in some counties receive mail-in ballots) in that cycle, so it's not possible to predict at this point that turnout will be markedly higher. This year, there are 14 such counties and Los Angeles is doing a partial VCA.
Below are the independent expenditures reported yesterday that I have found that exceed $10,000.
SD05 (San Joaquin): The California Association of Realtors reports spending $38,935 to oppose Assembly member Susan Talamentes Eggman (D) in the battle to succeed Cathleen Galgiani (D). The California Democratic Party is supporting Eggman, while many business groups are behind Modesto council member Mani Grewal (D). The realtors have spent $390,264 against Eggman.
SD07 (Tri-Valley): Dialysis behemoth DaVita reports $54,565 for mail to support Senator Steve Glazer (D), who is facing a challenge from the left from Marisol Rubio (D), who is supported by labor. DaVita has spent $93,505 supporting Glazer.
SD13 (San Mateo): The California Association of Realtors reports spending $46,833 to support Millbrae council member and realtor Annie Oliva (D) in the race to succeed Jerry Hill (D) in the Peninsula seat. This brings their total supporting Oliva to $522,777.
SD13 (San Mateo): The Committee for Positive Social Change Supporting Josh Becker for Senate 2020 reports spending $102,000 on mail supporting Josh Becker (D) bring the IE committee's total to $264,000. The main figure behind the committee is LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman.
SD13 (San Mateo): Californians for Strong Schools and Healthy Communities supporting Shelly Masur for Senate 2020 sponsored by education and health care organizations reports $53,700 for mail and TV airtime supporting Redwood City Vice Mayor Masur (D). The committee is up to $223,912 supporting Masur. The committee is sponsored by the California Federation of Teachers, California Medical Association, and the California Teachers Association.
SD13 (San Mateo): The California Alliance for Patient Protection has an interesting series of reports spending $11,624 for mail each in support for Becker (D), Brownrigg, Masur (D), Oliva (D). CAPP also reports spending $22,870 in opposition to former Assembly member Sally Lieber (D). If the reports are right, I guess it's a "top four" primary.
SD15 (San José): The Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers' Association PAC reports spending $11,948 for Newspaper Ads and Consulting to support Santa Clara supe Dave Cortese (D) in the race to succeed Senator Jim Beall (D).
AD13 (Stockton): Keep California Golden reports $22,268 for mail to support San Joaquin supe Kathy Miller (D) in the race to succeed Susan Talamentes Eggman (D). Keep California Golden reports receiving $50,000 from the Committee to Support the Alliance of California's Farmers and Ranchers this week.
AD25 (Hayward-Santa Clara): The California Charter Schools Association reports spending $92,325 on a website supporting Santa Clara County school board member Anna Song (D) in the race to succeed Kansen Chu (D), who who is running for Santa Clara County supe.
AD33 (San Bernardino High Desert): DaVita reports 18,750 for mail to support Thurston Smith (R), bringing its total up to $33,600. Smith is running to succeed Jay Obernolte (R), who is running for CA08. The incumbent in CA08, Paul Cook (R), is running for San Bernardino supe.
AD37 (Santa Barbara): The California Association of Realtors reports spending $54,756 for mail to
AD42 (Yucapia): The California Alliance for Progress and Education, an alliance of business organizations reports $26,902 for mail in opposition to San Jacinto mayor Andrew Kotyuk (R), bringing its total to $50,727.
AD57 (Whittier): The California Credit Union League reports $44,785 for mail to support Sylvia Rubio (D) in the race to succeed Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D). Calderon's stepmother Lisa is also in the race. The credit unions are up to $89,570 supporting Rubio.
AD67 (Murrieta): The California Association of Realtors reports spending $14,140 tfor mail o oppose Murrieta mayor Kelly Sayarto (R) in the race to succeed Melinda Melendez (R). Melendez is running for SD28.
AD72 (Garden Grove-Westminster): The Coalition to Restore Republican Accountability & Ethics Opposing Nguyen for Assembly 2020 reports spending $14,238 to oppose former state senator Janet Nguyen (R) in her quest to defeat Assembly member Tyler Diep (R). Nguyen lost re-election to the State Senate in 2018. The California Cardroom Alliance Independent Expenditure PAC reported contributing $15,000 to the coalition yesterday.
The event, hosted by the Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS, gave hundreds of voters the chance to hear candidates’ views on everything from homelessness to infrastructure issues.
The candidates differed most on the causes and remedies of homelessness.
[Republican State Senator Brian] Jones criticized California for making it “easier to be homeless” and praised the Trump Administration for demanding that the state address the issue. He supports an idea floated by President Donald Trump.
“I like Donald Trump’s idea of taking the (Environmental Protection Agency) and going after cities like San Francisco that are allowing this environmental crisis and this health crisis to happen under their watch and have the EPA come in with sanctions and penalties,” Jones said. “We need to do that up and down the state, to every city that allows this problem to grow.”
[Former Republican Rep. Darrell] Issa similarly praised Trump’s involvement as well as the work of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on the issue. He said the federal government can make money available to organizations who are actually getting results, regardless of whether they’re faith-based. He said he’d advocate for housing first, with wraparound services, but not “housing only.”
[Former GOP San Diego council member Carl] DeMaio similarly pointed to funding, saying “we’ve been literally funding failure at an epic rate in the state of California.” He said the federal government should support only groups that are proven successes. He railed against a housing first approach, which provides shelter to individuals while offering supportive services but does not require that homeless individuals use those services.
“We need to stop coddling and start caring,” he said.
[NPP candidate Helen] Horvath, an organizational development consultant, said the demonization of the homeless needs to be addressed, and she criticized DeMaio for allegedly calling homeless people “vagrants” at an event.
“When I heard that my heart broke, because I am a veteran and I think of all of the veterans who are borderline homeless, who struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and it shows a lack of knowledge of what the factors are,” Horvath said.
” We need to create the change in the community so we’re not looking at homelessness only as a mental health problem.”
[Democrat Ammar] Campa-Najjar, referencing his Christian faith, said there is an obligation to help and noted that many homeless people are veterans. He said the funding formula the Department of Housing and Urban Development uses needs to be updated — noting California is 20th in funding but 4th in need.
“They needed housing; they needed wraparound services, they needed mental health,” he said. “There is no silver bullet solutions; we have to do everything.”
[NPP candidate Henry] Ota, a loan officer, supports creating a civilian service program to address homelessness and reopening mental health facilities.
PG&E: In the Chron, J.D. Morris reports that not all fire victims are satisfied with Pacific Gas & Electric Company's planned exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The $13.5 billion settlement is an agreement between PG&E and the attorneys for a committee of 11 fire victims appointed by the federal government to represent their creditor class in the bankruptcy case. Also party to the settlement are attorneys who say they represent about 70% of the individual fire victims with claims against PG&E.
Those lawyers struck their deal with PG&E late last year after the company had reached a separate $11 billion settlement with insurance companies that paid homeowners impacted by fires. Insurers said they took their all-cash deal at a steep discount, as they had originally sought about $20 billion from PG&E.
Victims’ lawyers were under pressure to come to some sort of agreement with the company. Montali, the bankruptcy judge, had appointed a mediator to move the case along. And attorneys wanted to avoid two contentious trials this year.
BILLS, BILLS, BILLS: Lobbyist and Friend of The Nooner Chris Micheli again has been working his abacus to give us a tally of bills introduced this year:
Through yesterday, Friday, February 14, there have been 753 bills introduced in the Legislature.
That includes 506 ABs and 247 SBs.
The deadline for introducing bills in the 2020 Session is Friday, February 21. With Monday being a state holiday, there are four remaining days for bill introductions.
Historically, the second year of a 2-year session has had fewer bills introduced than in the first year.
Last year, there were 2,576 bills introduced between the two houses, which is the most in the past decade.
Over the past decade, there have been between 1,900 and 2,200 bills introduced in the second year of Session.
ICE ICE BABY: In the Times, Brittny Mejia and Molly Hennessy-Fiske reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to deploy more resources to Los Angeles and other sanctuary cities.
CBP will deploy 50 Border Patrol agents and 50 field operations customs officers in nine areas, according to the agency. Specially trained officers will be sent to cities including Chicago and New York.
Additional agents are expected to be sent to San Francisco, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit and Newark, N.J., and other cities, according to the agency. The deployment of the teams will run from February through May.
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