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GENERAL ELECTION DATA POINTS
Happy humpday! Or, greetings on a Wednesday.
We don't yet know when the Legislature although it's pretty likely neither house will be back next Monday as originally scheduled because of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. The Assembly has only announced that it won't be returning while Erika Contreras, Secretary of the Senate yesterday wrote offices that the two houses are coordinating.
Given the pre-July Fourth recess of the Senate, a three-week isolation would suggest restarting around July 27, although who knows. The Legislature is scheduled to end the biennial session on August 31, although sine die is not until November 30, so they may extend the August 31 date and if we're generally still physical distancing, there is little urgency to return to the district to campaign in an election year.
There is only a handful of legislators with a competitive race this fall (totally off the top of my head):
Of course, every legislator says reelection will be a fight. Nobody says that they are on easy street because fundraising gets harder and we have an industry to support. That said, we're just talking among friends, aren't we?
We also have 6 state senators facing term limits this year. Most members would be content staying in Sacramento for an overtime session, which of course includes per diem of $201 per day. Lobbyists and staff are generally in the "shut it down" camp but it's not like we can take that European vacation since we're banned from visiting.
Meanwhile, businesses in Yolo County could be fined up to $10,000 for not enforcing state protective guidelines under an emergency ordinance, writes the Bee's Tony Bizjak. Of course, the county's board of supes is trying to scare folks into enforcement. Fines for individuals could range between $25 to $500 for going commando on your face.
LET THERE BE LIGHT: The University of California has a new systemwide president after the Regents announced that former UC Irvine chancellor and current The Ohio State University chancellor Michael Drake will succeed retiring Janet Napolitano, reports Michael Burke for EdSource.
Drake, who is Black, will become the first person of color to head the system and will step into the role during an unstable period. The coronavirus pandemic has upended the university’s budget while also greatly altering instruction across the system by forcing classes to be held online.
He will also become president amid an intensifying Black Lives Matter movement that has led to a nationwide reckoning over racism and forced universities, including UC, to re-examine their own practices.
“We wanted a new president who can both lead UC through these unprecedented times and who can position the university to expand on its excellence in the years ahead,” Board of Regents Chair John Pérez said during Tuesday’s meeting.
Drake was president of The Ohio State University, the largest university in Ohio, from 2014 until stepping down from that role last week. Before that, he spent his entire academic career in the UC system. Drake was UC Irvine’s chancellor from 2005 until 2014 and was the UC system’s vice president for health affairs from 2000 through 2005. He also received his M.D. from UC San Francisco in 1975.
FOREIGN STUDENTS: A team at EdSource reports on new guidelines from Immigration and Custom Enforcement that may require international students to leave the country if their higher ed institution operates only virtually in the fall. This is idiotic as many students have signed leases for housing and other obligations. They also frequently bring a large amount of wealth to college towns.
cakeday and classifieds after the jump...
CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Zohra Fahim, Melanie Perron, and Lee-Ann Tratten!
BELATED CAKEDAYS: I missed the shout outs to Rep. Judy Chu and Senator Mike McGuire yesterday. ¡Lo siento!