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RECENT PODS:

  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer and Paul Mitchell on the primary election (2020-02-13)
  • Look West (Assembly Democratic Caucus): Assembly member Buffy Wicks and her husband, Giffords Executive Director Peter Ambler, as they discuss their efforts to prevent gun violence in California and nationwide, and how this work brought them together. (2020-02-13)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (2020-02-11)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer @ KQED): episode five of the eight-part series on Jerry Brown (2020-02-09)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): New Hampshire primary and data guru Paul Mitchell on the California primary (2020-02-06)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Granite State native Steve Maviglio on the New Hampshire primary (2020-02-06)

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The Nooner for Monday, February 17, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • My bad (AD37/realtors)
  • SD15 (Spirit of Democracy)
  • Walters on Newsom's budget
  • Assembly apology to Japanese-Americans
  • Cakeday and classifieds

BALLOT UPDATE (COURTESY PDI):

  • Ballots mailed: 15,846,942
  • Ballots returned: 861,235 (5.4%)
  • Of all mail-in ballots distributed, they have been returned as Dem. 5%, Ind. 4%. Rep. 9%.

Happy Presidents Day or Presidents' Day. The USC still calls it "Washington's Birthday." California Gov't Code just identifies the third Monday in February, while CalHR calls it "Presidents' Day." I go without the apostrophe, as there is no ownership of the day by the 45 people who have served in the role, but rather a day for us to remember those we care to. That would suggest no apostrophe.

Whichever form you choose, it is in no way "President's Day," as the current President tweeted this morning. We can scrap all that and just say ¡Feliz dia de los presidentes!

For many governmental entities, it's a four-day weekend, because why not?

Yesterday, I ate ten tacos with a different filling in each one. Sundays at Southside Park will never be the same. There's a fantastic vendor essentially across the street from me who is super friendly and has 6-8 carnes and five toppings. I visited him twice last night and sort-of conversed with locals. Anyway, here are some photos of food and more and I have many more to upload.

In between my two taco stand stops last night, I was watching YouTube videos and came across this one of Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) in 2016 in front of 300,000 fans in the Zócalo. Warning, if you're a Trump fan, you won't like it, but it's an amazing video.

Let's get to it after the jump...

AD37 (Santa Barbara): CORRECTION TO SATURDAY'S NOONER: The California Association of Realtors reports spending $54,756 for mail to support oppose Ventura supe Steve Bennett (D) in the race to succeed Monique Limón (D), who is running for SD19. That brings the total from the realtors supporting Bennett to $124,496.

I sincerely apologize for the error and I know some people got really pissed at me. Some people are pissed that I'm in Mexico a couple of weeks before the election but all that means is that I'm sleeping less and spending the same amount of time researching and writing. For personal reasons, I needed a change of scenery over that February 14 date with my first vacation in over four years. That said, whether I am home or abroad, mistakes will happen when I am reading hundreds of expenditure/contribution reports. As you know, I also catch filing errors in the process.

Given this frustration that I heard from some Nooner subscribers, I canceled my not cheap tour of the pyramids at Teotihuacan today to spend with The Nooner as it had a 7:30am meeting time a 30 minutes away. I'll see them next time and I'll definitely be coming back to this amazing city. That doesn't mean I'll be with my laptop all day in my Airbnb and I'll likely head over to the Zócalo and see several sights that was planning to defer to my next trip. I'm really not complaining and am having a wonderful time. I just felt like I owed you an explanation.

Anyway, thank you for understanding and I'll be back Wednesday evening.

Following the activity of the California Association of Realtors is nearly a full-time job. Let's look at where they've played independently since January 1.

California Association of Realtors IE Committee
AffectingDistrictPositionAmountDate
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $34,174 2/15/20
SUSAN EGGMAN STATE SENATE DISTRICT 5 OPPOSE $20,033 2/15/20
STEVE MANOS STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 67 SUPPORT $1,359 2/14/20
STEVE MANOS STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 67 SUPPORT $17,258 2/14/20
CATHY MURILLO STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 37 OPPOSE $54,756 2/14/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $3,992 2/14/20
KELLY SEYARTO STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 67 OPPOSE $1,115 2/13/20
KELLY SEYARTO STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 67 OPPOSE $13,025 2/13/20
STEVE BENNETT STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 37 OPPOSE $54,756 2/13/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $46,833 2/13/20
SUSAN EGGMAN STATE SENATE DISTRICT 5 OPPOSE $38,935 2/13/20
SUSAN EGGMAN STATE SENATE DISTRICT 5 OPPOSE $210,000 2/12/20
CATHY MURILLO STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 37 OPPOSE $54,756 2/11/20
CATHY MURILLO STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 37 OPPOSE $3,750 2/11/20
CATHY MURILLO STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 37 OPPOSE $6,060 2/11/20
CATHY MURILLO STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 37 OPPOSE $1,424 2/11/20
CATHY MURILLO STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 37 OPPOSE $3,750 2/11/20
STEVE BENNETT STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 37 OPPOSE $54,756 2/11/20
STEVE BENNETT STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 37 OPPOSE $3,750 2/11/20
STEVE BENNETT STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 37 OPPOSE $6,060 2/11/20
STEVE BENNETT STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 37 OPPOSE $1,424 2/11/20
STEVE BENNETT STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 37 OPPOSE $3,750 2/11/20
STEVE MANOS STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 67 SUPPORT $15,592 2/11/20
STEVE MANOS STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 67 SUPPORT $1,088 2/11/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $46,833 2/11/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $5,954 2/11/20
STEVE MANOS STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 67 SUPPORT $2,500 2/10/20
STEVE MANOS STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 67 SUPPORT $17,500 2/10/20
SUSAN EGGMAN STATE SENATE DISTRICT 5 OPPOSE $50,000 2/10/20
STEVE MANOS STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 67 SUPPORT $15,325 2/6/20
STEVE MANOS STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 67 SUPPORT $1,115 2/6/20
SUSAN EGGMAN STATE SENATE DISTRICT 5 OPPOSE $5,545 2/5/20
SUSAN EGGMAN STATE SENATE DISTRICT 5 OPPOSE $16,850 2/5/20
SUSAN EGGMAN STATE SENATE DISTRICT 5 OPPOSE $30,000 2/5/20
SUSAN EGGMAN STATE SENATE DISTRICT 5 OPPOSE $38,935 2/5/20
STEVE MANOS STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 67 SUPPORT $1,523 2/5/20
STEVE MANOS STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 67 SUPPORT $6,000 2/5/20
STEVE MANOS STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 67 SUPPORT $3,600 2/5/20
STEVE MANOS STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 67 SUPPORT $16,908 2/5/20
STEVE MANOS STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 67 SUPPORT $12,900 2/5/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $3,000 2/5/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $10,981 2/5/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $46,833 1/31/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $15,000 1/29/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $16,144 1/29/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $17,892 1/28/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $78,943 1/25/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $59,998 1/22/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $18,062 1/18/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $23,427 1/18/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $38,958 1/18/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $18,062 1/15/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $25,390 1/14/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $39,726 1/10/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $8,542 1/10/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $263 1/10/20
ANNIE OLIVA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13 SUPPORT $1,937 1/10/20
TOTAL $1,347,438  

SD15 (San José): Guess who's back, back again. Spirit's back, back again. After reporting only compliance expenditures last year and seeming to be dormant, the Spirit of Democracy PAC that was primarily funded by Stanford physicist and Walmart Berkshire Hathaway heir Charles Munger, Jr. reported new activity yesterday. Anyway, late last year, the committee received $2,000 from Bad Boys Bail Bonds in San José and another $1,100 combined from three Silicon Valley donors.

Yesterday, the PAC reported spending $1,666 on WEB -- assumedly for ads -- in support of Army Staff Sergeant Ken Del Valle-Ruiz (R) in the heavily Democratic seat currently held by termed-out Jim Beall (D). Huh. Del Valle has zero chance of making the top-two in a Clinton+51.7% district. From what I can tell, Del Valle doesn't even have a website and has reported no campaign financial activity.

So, what the hell is Spirit of Democracy doing?

Let's look again at the candidates for the seat:

  • Nora Campos (Democratic) - Public Policy Advocate
  • Dave Cortese (Democratic) - County Supervisor, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
  • Ken Del Valle-Ruiz (Republican) - Army Staff Sergeant
  • Tim Gildersleeve (No Party Preference) - Paratransit Operator
  • Robert Howell (Republican)
  • Johnny Khamis (No Party Preference) - Small Businessman/Councilmember
  • Ann M. Ravel (Democratic) - Public Interest Attorney

I've written about this race several times because it is fascinating just like the one to the immediate north, SD13 (San Mateo), another safe Dem seat. For ATCpro users, the reason I haven't been able to provide detailed analyses other than campaign finance is that nobody has a clue. Polling is unclear and all I can get is spin jobs from the campaigns who of course all claim they have the lead.

For SD15, the three Democrats fall into lanes. Speaking most simply (which is always dangerous), Campos is the business-oriented mod Democrat, Cortese is the labor Democrat, and Ravel is the environmental and women's-organizations Democrat.

Of course, a fourth candidate is certainly in play and that is San José council member Khamis, who is registered with no party preference. As I've previously written, you can't count Khamis out despite the previous cycle Clinton and Newsom margins. Beyond a longstanding deep social justice fabric in San José, this is also Silicon Valley, which is liberal-libertarian. This is Tom Campbell territory.

What is Spirit of Democracy, a committee traditionally focused on supporting moderate Republicans, trying to do by supporting a non-campaigning Republican in a top-two election?

If you have a clue, let me know. I can't even figure out how that would play in this strange field.

more after the jump...

WALTERS ON NEWSOM'S BUDGET: For CalMatters, Dan Walters writes that Governor Gavin Newsom's second budget shifts from the Jerry Brown austerity that Newsom largely followed in his first budget last year.

During his first year as governor, Gavin Newsom largely hewed to Brown’s cautious approach to state finances. However, his second budget, unveiled last month, deviates from that course in a way that could spell fiscal calamity should the state be hit by the recession that Brown always saw on the horizon.

It’s a rather subtle change because the economy continues to hum along and on paper, Newsom’s 2020-21 budget looks to be a picture of fiscal health.

However, the Legislature’s budget analyst, Gabriel Petek, and his staff spotted the change and in a new analysis they lay out the danger of spending virtually every dollar of projected revenue and making only minimal increases in reserves.

JAPANESE-AMERICANS: In the LA Times, Gustavo Arellano writes that the Assembly plans to for the first time formally apologize to Japanese-Americans for policies in the state that led to the internment during World War II.

It’s expected to approve, with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s endorsement, a formal apology to all Americans of Japanese descent for the state’s role in policies that culminated with their mass incarceration.

HR 77, introduced by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and co-authored with six others, spells out in excruciating detail California’s anti-Japanese heritage.

It mentions the California Alien Land Law of 1913 (which made land ownership for Japanese immigrants illegal) and a 1943 joint resolution by the Assembly and state Senate that called for the forfeiture of U.S. citizenship by residents who also were citizens of Japan. It calls out U.S. Army Gen. John L. DeWitt for telling California politicians shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack that “the Japanese in this country have more [arms and ammunition] in their possession than our own armed forces,” in convincing them to round up Japanese Americans.

And HR 77 also connects this history to the present.

“Given recent national events,” it states, “it is all the more important to learn from the mistakes of the past and to ensure that such an assault on freedom will never again happen to any community in the United States.”

In college, I wrote a term paper on the contrast between Attorney General Earl Warren, who enforced Executive Order 9066 in the state, who went on to be one of California's most regarded governors but even more so, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Warren Court is known in legal history as the most consequential to civil rights, deciding cases such as Brown v. Board of Education (prohibiting racial segregation in public schools), Gideon v. Wainwright (right to counsel in criminal cases), Miranda v. Arizona ("You have a right to remain silent"), Loving v. Virginia (striking down state prohibitions of interracial marriage), and many more. Those are just a few off the top of my head on an early Mexican morning.

To my knowledge, Warren never apologized for his role in internment before his death in 1974 but many biographers write that he privately expressed that it was the biggest regret of his political and legal career.

The apology resolution, using the language "recent events," seems timed to draw attention to the deportation of Southeast Asians who were charged with crimes in the three decades since resettlement, particularly Lao and Cambodians who were previously not deported because the United States did not have diplomatic relations with the countries. Hmong appear not to be subject to the deportations currently although fear them as they were mostly a mountain culture that, while mostly from Laos, were a completely separate culture. Many of those threatened with deportation were caught up in gang violence early in resettlement, served time, and have shown rehabilitation, raising particular ire in the affected communities. They were kids when brought here and neither the language nor culture of the subject country.

Long Beach, just to the southeast of Muratsuchi's AD66 is home to the officially named Cambodia Town is California's largest concentration of Cambodian culture and business, although the population lives throughtout the area.

Cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

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