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¡Feliz domingo! After a weird, very realistic dream in which I woke up at 12:30pm scurrying my plans for the day, it's before 7 and I'm back at it. I walked about 10 miles yesterday between the awesome Colonia Roma food tour (six restaurants!) with a recent art history graduate from universidad and my evening walk around the Zócalo and beyond. I got totally lost admiring the old buildings during my four-hour foray, but managed somehow to end up back at the famous square.
I'll write up the food tour and more later, but here are a few pictures from my at last night wandering after my dia de comida. The only downside with the food tour was that the final stop was at a nice coffee shop where we tried cold brew and french press coffees from Mexico. I shouldn't have drank the entire cold brew, which the guide said had the amount of caffeine of drinking coffee all day after being infused for 16 hours. Yeah, I was up until at least 1am watching The West Wing (always get a VPN when going to Mexico so you can watch Netflix). I've also been watching tons of YouTube videos on CDMX on the smart TV in this great Airbnb in a secured condo building with 24 hour security desk staff.
Today, I'm going to the Museo Nacional de Antropología before lucha libre tonight.
SD15 (San José): The IE committee California Alliance, a coalition of consumer attorneys, conservationists and food and commercial workers reports more mail to bring its total opposing former Assembly member Nora Campos (D) bringing its total to $104,160. The recent contributors to the committee include the Consumer Attorneys of California and NextGen Climate Action, the advocacy organization founded by presidential candidate Tom Steyer.
SD15 (San José): The labor-backed Opportunity PAC reports more mail and a total of $297,344 supporting Santa Clara supe Dave Cortese (D) in the hot race to succeed Senator Jim Beall (D). While on paper it is a safe Dem seat, the March race is between Democrats Campos, Cortese, and attorney Ann Ravel, as well as NPP candidate and San José council member Johnny Khamis.
SD37 (Irvine-Anaheim Hills): Keeping Californians Working, a Coalition of Housing Providers, Energy and Insurance Agents reports more mail opposing Costa Mesa mayor Katrina Foley (D) in her challenge of Senator John M.W. Moorlach (R), bring its total to $84,390. Donors to the committee include Chevron, Edison, the California Dental Association, and Farmers Insurance.
SD37 (Irvine-Anaheim Hills): Also in the three-way race between Senator John M.W. Moorlach (R), Katrina Foley (D), and UC Irvine law prof Dave Min (D), Californians Allied for Patient Protection is up to $58,360 in mail opposing Foley. The organization opposes changing the MICRA medical malpractice caps, which are expected to be back on the ballot in November with support from Consumer Watchdog and attorneys.
AD25 (Hayward-Santa Clara): With more mail supporting Santa Clara County school board member Anna Song (D) in the race to succeed Kansen Chu (D), the California Charter Schools Association is up to $116,198 in the race.
AD37 (Santa Barbara): The California Association of Realtors reports more mail opposing Santa Barbara mayor Cathy Murrillo (D) in the race to succeed Monique Limón (D), who is running for SD19, bringing the IE to $124,496 against Murrillo.
AD57 (Whittier): The IE PAC Nurses and Educators for Lisa Calderon for Assembly 2020, sponsored by labor organizations reports more mail supporting Lisa Calderon (D) for the race to succeed Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D). Here are the recent donors to the committee, which has been renamed from a committee supporting Henry Jones for the CalPERS board.
AD67 (Murrieta): The California Association of Realtors reports another mailer to support Lake Elsinore mayor Steve Manos (R) in the race to succeed Melissa Melendez (R), who is running for SD28. This brings the total spending by the realtors on behalf of Manos to $112,667.
more after the jump...
EARLY PRIMARY: For CalMatters, Dan Walters looks at how the March 3 primary is working out for California.
Chances are very high that by the time California actually reports its results in April and divvies up its delegates, outcomes in other Super Tuesday states, as well as the Nevada caucuses and South Carolina primary later this month will have pretty much settled who has a commanding lead.
The net impact of moving California’s primary from June to March may not be how it affects presidential politics but how an eight-month gap between primary and general elections affects choices for legislative, congressional and local government offices.
HIGH-SPEED CHOO-CHOO: In the Times, Ralph Vartabedian reports on the latest business plan of the California High Speed Rail Authority.
“Building the nation’s first truly high-speed rail system is certainly not easy,” said Chief Executive Brian Kelly in the first sentence of the report.
Kelly goes on to say it is nevertheless worth the trouble for all the reasons that have been restated over time: It would represent California’s “leadership” in an environmental and economic construct, creating billions of dollar in future growth.
Not many California legislators would differ with either idea, but that’s where their agreement with Kelly starts to disintegrate.
The 2020 blueprint for building the Los Angeles to San Francisco bullet train has generated more hesitation and open opposition than any other biennial plan since voters approved a $9-billion bond for the effort in 2008. It reflects growing cost, lengthening schedule and disproportionate benefits of the project in the coming decade.
DROUGHT: In the LAT, Paul Duginski looks at whether California is returning to a drought or if we ever got out of one in the first place.
The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor, issued on Thursday, shows an oval-shaped patch of Central California slipping back into moderate drought. This is after a couple months where the Drought Monitor showed the state to be almost drought-free.
The 2018-19 water year that came to a close last June was good — above average in many places in the state — but not great. The 2019-20 water year got off to a fast start with a couple of potent storms, and Southern California was above seasonal norms even as Northern California lagged. Then January and February — two of the state’s wettest months — turned bone dry. And February looks unlikely to overcome its arid habits before the month ends, even though the calendar has given it an extra day this year in which to try.
A persistent ridge of high pressure has taken up residence in the eastern Pacific, and it shows no sign of budging. It is diverting storms into the Pacific Northwest region, which means more dry weather for California.
Cakeday and classifieds after the jump...
CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Kathy Gaither and Paul Towers!