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Happy humpday! That Assembly session yesterday was something. Five hours? It's not posted yet, but I think it was from 1 until about 6.
This morning, I was up at 5 and to my horror, the batteries in my teevee remote were dead. Yes, I was warned that they were low yesterday, but then again I was watching the Assembly.
Apparently, you can get a haircut today in Sacto, ElDo, Placer, and Yoyo counties today. Well, that is if you can get an appointment. I haven't even tried to get an appointment at Iverson's yet, as I am guessing the wait to get Jason to lop my locks is quite long already. Yeah, my hair has gone cray to the extreme. Fortunately, I have hats that have covered the disgust--Capitol Weekly and KAMALA to name a couple.
- Los Angeles County is allowing churches, "in-store shopping at low-risk retail stores, drive-in movies and other recreational activities with restrictions," reports Sarah Parvini in the LAT:
The new order from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, released Tuesday evening, sets the stage for the county to request a variance from the state to permit faster reopening in some areas. L.A. County has been the California epicenter of coronavirus, with more than 2,100 deaths.
Under the shift, faith-based organizations can resume services, with the number of congregants limited to 25% of the building’s capacity, or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is lower.
All retail establishments, including those located in indoor and outdoor shopping centers, can open for business at 50% capacity; flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theaters can also resume operations. Pools, hot tubs and saunas that are in a multi-unit residence or part of a homeowners association can also open.
- Things aren't so great in Alameda County, reports Erin Allday in the Chron.
Coronavirus cases are climbing across the Bay Area as the region gradually loosens stay-home orders — most notably in Alameda County, which reported more new cases last week than at any other time in the local outbreak and has now surpassed Santa Clara County as hardest-hit in the region.
- For the Register, Brady MacDonald looks at the plans to reopen SoCal theme parks. It won't be immediate and thus a huge economic hit to the SoCal towns hosting them. As I've written before, there will be a lag in out-of-state visitors for quite some time, meaning fewer hotel stays and thus hotel taxes (TOTs).
VOTE-BY-MAIL: The Bee has a brutal editorial against the California Republican Party over its opposition to universal vote-by-mail this November due to COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting that if the party doesn't drop its lawsuit against the governor and Secretary of State, people should leave the party. Governor Newsom issued an executive order to require a ballot sent to every voter, similar to the Voters Choice Act counties like Sacramento in the last couple of cycles.
President Trump said yesterday that anyone who walks in California, including "illegals," would receive a ballot. Sorry for the salty language, but that's bullshit.
Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, Washington are all vote-by-mail states. Oregon is my birthplace and I have lots of family there. They love it, particularly because they get to think through complicated initiatives before voting. I'm a permanent absentee voter and like to think before I vote. I wish more people did.
Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson has a commentary on the topic at CalMatters today.
AB 5 INITIATIVE: This morning, I saw an advertisement supporting the November ballot measure to revise AB 5 as it relates to transportation network companies such as DoorDash, Lyft, and Uber. The ad was powerful and sets out the challenge opponents will face particularly during these economic times. That said, people aren't using Uber and Lyft as evident by Uber's recent layoffs of 6,700 salaried employees.
JAIL: In the Bee, Jason Pohl writes about the changes in population of jails and state prisons due to COVID-19.
In a seismic, almost overnight shift, California has jailed 21,700 fewer people — nearly one-third of its daily population — in county lockups since the new coronavirus hit the state. Prisons are holding about 5,500 fewer inmates than they did in late March.
The state has reduced bail to $0 for low-level offenses and sheriffs have cleared space in their jails to allow for better physical distancing. At the same time, fewer people are being arrested — jails are seeing less than half the number of weekly bookings than before the pandemic.
When I went across the street this morning to get my batteries, without knowing I was writing this, T mentioned the increase in number of recently released inmates that he sees at his market. He's a total mod but brought it up.
CRAY-CRAY: In the Capitol Morning Report, AD13 candidate Carlos Villapudua announces that today he is having a "contactless burger and chips" fundraiser. For $1,300, you can get a burger delivered to your car in Stockton.
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