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I'm under the weather and hardly slept last night. I don't think it's coronavirus, but the plane back spread germs. Actually, when waiting for immigration in CDMX, there was a rugrat in front of me in line. I kept sneezing and using a combination of Kleenex and his shirt. Everyone was watching and stepping back and looking to change lines but the officer who assigned us to lines was having none of it.
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CORONAVIRUS: In the Bee, Darrell Smith and Cathie Anderson report that the first case of coronavirus among someone who has not traveled is being treated at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
“The individual is a resident of Solano County and is receiving medical care in Sacramento County. The individual had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual,” California Department of Public Health officials said in a news release. State public health officials in Sacramento, citing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the case is the first person-to-person transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
Earlier cases of person-to-person transmission in Illinois and in San Benito County came “after close, prolonged interaction with a family member who returned from Wuhan, China, and had tested positive for COVID-19,” California Department of Public Health officials said in their Wednesday statement.
Dr. Sonia Angell, the state’s public health officer, called the outbreak an “evolving situation” that the state had been monitoring since the first cases in China late last year. but added “there is a lot we already know.”
POLL POSITION: KQED has a new Change Research poll on the California presidential.
Change Research surveyed 1,822 likely general election voters in California, including 1,069 likely Democratic primary voters, and 544 likely Republican primary voters.
Scott Shafer writes for KQED:
Following a disastrous performance in his first debate last week where he was put on the defensive over treatment of women at his company and his previous support of stop-and-frisk policing tactics, the former New York mayor also has by far the highest negative ratings among the field, with a whopping 63% of voters rating him unfavorably. That gives him a net favorable rating of minus 42, compared with Sanders who has a net favorable rating of plus 48.
Bloomberg's negatives in the poll are only slightly lower than those for PG&E, the giant California utility whose equipment has been blamed for deadly wildfires in recent years.
Meanwhile, in the Bee, David Lightman and Kate Irby look at whether Bernie Sanders could actually help down-ballot candidates in California.
A Bernie Sanders surge in California, fueled by strong support in the Hispanic community and voters eager to protest the Washington establishment, could provide a boost for some of the state’s vulnerable House Democrats, according to political analysts.
“He could be better for Democrats in California than in other parts of the country,” said David Wasserman, U.S. House editor for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.
But not all of California. Wasserman warned that in the Los Angeles suburbs, vulnerable freshman such as Reps. Katie Porter, Mike Levin and Harley Rouda could be hurt running on a ballot topped by Sanders.
Sanders is holding a rally on Sunday at 1:30 in San José at South Hall on Market Street.
Christopher Cadelago and Sandy Goldenberg write for Politico that despite the huge spending by Bloomberg that things are not looking good for Super Tuesday.
The Mike Bloomberg bubble has burst.
After a steady, weekslong climb in national polls, fueled by extravagant spending on ads, staff and events, Bloomberg’s presidential campaign has plateaued. The abrupt reversal of fortune, triggered by his disastrous debate performance in Las Vegas, has tarnished the former New York mayor’s sheen and injected uncertainty about whether he will rack up enough delegates on Super Tuesday to keep his campaign alive.
SD37 (Irvine-Anaheim Hills): The California Teachers Association is mailing for UC Irvine law professor Dave Min (D) in the tight race between him and Costa Mesa mayor Katrina Foley in the fight to take on Senator John M.W. Moorlach (R) in November.
AD25 (Hayward-Santa Clara): The California Teachers Association is up with $50,000 in television supporting Anne Kepner (D) in the race to succeed Kansen Chu (D), who is running for Santa Clara supe. The California School Employees Association is also up with television for Kepner as is Consumer Attorneys of California.
more after the jump...
PG&E: In the Chron J.D. Morris reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking for $4 billion from Pacific Gas and Electric for FEMA's costs associated with wildfires caused by the utility's equipment.
The federal government believes it is owed nearly $4 billion from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. because the company’s failure to prevent its power lines from starting some of California’s worst wildfires is akin to intentionally starting the disasters.
An attorney representing the Federal Emergency Management Agency advanced that argument in court on Wednesday as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali weighed the government’s claim. The lawyer, Michael Tye, was citing a federal law that FEMA is using as its basis to pursue payment from PG&E through its bankruptcy case.
PG&E poorly maintained its power lines despite knowing that they were likely to cause fires as a result, Tye said.
HOUSING/HOMELESSNESS: The Bee's Wes Venteicher and Sophia Bollag write that while Governor Gavin Newsom has housing and homelessness as his top priority, his housing agency is has plentiful vacant positions.
The Department of Housing and Community Development, which administers most of the state money for housing, has one of the highest vacancy rates among large state departments, with about 21 percent of its positions unfilled, according to figures provided by the department and the State Controller’s Office.
Voters in the last two years have approved at least $6 billion in new money for affordable housing in the state. That money, plus more in federal grants and additional state funding, has to pass through the funnel of the housing department, which had 170 vacancies and 672 employees this month, according to Deputy Director of Administration Russell Fong.
NO SHIPT, SHERLOCK: I've started seeing the ads for grocery shopping and delivery company Shipt. It's similar to Instacart and is now owned by Target. It had revenue of $1 billion in 2018 and locally in Sac, they deliver from Safeway, CVS, of course Target, and others. It's app-based and relies on independent contractors.
Anyway, like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart, Shipt has a problem with AB 5 under their business model but would be covered by the November ballot measure currently in circulation. That measure sets minimum wage guarantees, mileage reimbursement, health benefits, and insurance guarantees for the app-based transportation and delivery drivers.
As Joel Fox wrote yesterday, Assembly member Kevin Kiley (R) has AB 1928, which would suspend AB 5 and return to the Borello 12-point test rather than the more strict Dynamex A-B-C test. Obviously, that bill isn't going anywhere.
The north has seen almost no precipitation since Christmas, the all-important Sierra snowpack is less than half of its average depth, and the region’s balmy, springlike weather shows no signs of ending.
A stubborn high-pressure area off the coast has been blocking Arctic Ocean storms from dipping into California, leaving water managers hoping for a “March miracle” like the one that rescued the state from an even worse winter dry spell in 1991.
Whatever happens this year, the abrupt end to what appeared initially to be a wet season is another reminder that California can never take its water supply for granted, especially given the forecasts of what climate change might wrought.
SacTown, cakedays and classifieds after the jump...
CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Cynthia Moreno and Alyssa Selogie!