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  • The Legislature
  • COVID-19
    • The numbers (the ish ain't good)
    • LA-LA land gets realz
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Person, woman, man, camera, TV. I've got this! Meanwhile, I am not using my air conditioning. No, silly, it's not because of the spread of COVID as no other human has been here. Rather, I'm just cheap. If I had kids, of course I would use the epidemiological excuse.

Happy Friday for whatever that means. At 4:30, I was lying in bed wondering which day of the week it was. Initially, I thought it was Sunday and got excited about farmers market and perhaps food vendors on T Street. While the church was closed for mass pursuant to the public health order last weekend, they were still selling tacos and my fave mangonada y esquité vendor was there. Alas, while in bed my brain realized it wasn't Sunday, then thought Saturday. Only when I sat at my desk did I realize that it's Friday.

Anyway, feliz viernes! Dr. Fauci is happy that it's Friday and he can put that whole first pitch thing behind him. It was a totally appropriate start to the whacked 2020 baseball season.

Sports Page: D-backs @ Padres 6:10pm, Giants @ Dodgers 6:40pm, Angels @ A's 7:10pm

If you watched last night's game, the Dodgers pummeled the Giants 8-1 in Chavez Ravine before a raucous crowd of piped-in fan noise. Watching the cardboard cutouts doing the wave made me feel like I was right back watching soccer at the Rose Bowl in the 1984 Olympics.

Oh, California politics and policy? We get the bizzy-biz after the jumpity jump.

LEGISLATURE: We now have some of the Senate policy committee hearings for next week. Yesterday, I listed the Assembly schedule. 

Wednesday, July 29

  • 9:00am: Education, Room 4203 (7 bills)
  • 1:30pm: Governance and Finance, Room 4203 (16 bills)

Thursday, July 30

  • Upon adjournment of the floor session: Judiciary, Room 4203 (19 bills)

Meanwhile, Dustin Gardiner reports in the Chron on how the Legislature is preparing to allow proxy voting for members at risk of severe consequences of COVID-19. Gardiner writes:

The decision by legislative leaders, a sharp departure from precedent in Sacramento, comes as two lawmakers and multiple staffers have been infected with the coronavirus despite efforts in the Capitol to maintain safe physical distancing and repeated cleanings of the building.

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[Speaker Anthony Rendon] said the Assembly would have a quorum of members in its chamber at all times during voting. Lawmakers who want to vote by proxy must request permission to do so.

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The Senate will allow remote voting, but only in committee hearings. President Pro Tem Toni Atkins has declined to allow remote or proxy voting on the Senate floor.

“As California continues making our way through this pandemic, the Legislature has to keep exploring ways to conduct the people’s business safely and in keeping with our Constitution,” the San Diego Democrat said in a statement.

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Rendon said the Assembly’s proxy voting rule is designed to allow the chamber’s most vulnerable members, those older than 65 or with health conditions, to vote on bills remotely for a “limited time.”

I wrote in April (which seems like years ago):

There are 14 members of the State Senate 65 or older. In the State Assembly, it is 13. No, I am not naming them for you. There are also staff meeting the age or underlying condition criteria.

The State Senate has adopted rules to allow for remote legislating. The State Assembly, however has gotten legal advice that it may not. I can see how it is easier for the Senate because of size, but my head explodes trying to figure it out for the Assembly technically and in compliance with Prop 2, which is in Article IV, Section 7 of the state constitution.

It sounds like the Assembly may come to Sacramento while the Senate works remotely until coming to Sacramento in June.

Well, that didn't age well. Of course, it's 2020, so nothing ages well.

From my list, these are members 65 or older who would be considered "high risk." That's just of members of the Legislature, let alone staff and lobbyists who are necessary a part of the process. The legislators 65 or over are:

  • Senators: Archuleta, Beall, Hill, Jackson, Morning, Morrell, Skinner
  • Assembly: Bigelow, Bloom, Choi, Chu, Cooley, Curry, Daly, Durazo, Hertzberg, Medina, Patterson, Voepel, Weber

Of those, three are term-limited this year (Beall, Hill, and Jackson).

Age is only one part of the equation. When I wear a mask in public, it's for the less visible vulnerabilities, such as people with diabetes or respiratory diseases like cystic fibrosis or grew up like me with severe asthma. I don't write about the individual health situation of members. That is up to them.

All of us who interact with the Legislature must think about ourselves and those we interact with. I do it for my friends with cystic fibrosis. Oh, quit it. I have one left of among a dozen close friends with CF. They are all gone now except for Donalyn in St. Louis. Anyway, when I am walking around downtown and walk six feet away from you or don a mask, that is why.

COVID-19:

The numbers: Yesterday, the state had an additional 153 deaths and 9.642 confirmed positive cases. Thursday marked the second highest number of deaths in California during the pandemic, well after Wednesday's number.

Of yesterday's deaths, 49 (32%) were in Los Angeles County. Orange County added 22, Riverside +20, San Bernardino +21. Of the deaths in Los Angeles County, 19 were under the age of 65. The county -- perhaps the best in providing information --  reports:

Ninety-two percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 3,976 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 47% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 26% among White residents, 15% among Asian residents, 11% among African American/Black residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 36 cases reported earlier were not LA County residents.

As I have written before, "underlying conditions" likely includes most Californians through obesity, diabetes, asthma, and many more conditions. While everyone is looking at Los Angeles, the hospital overload is mostly in the Central Valley.

LA County also reports on how it is cracking down on businesses after the caution "Current Orders require business owners to close indoor operations at many businesses and take immediate action to implement strategies that protect workers and customers.":

Since March, Public Health received a total of 17,808 Health Officer Order complaints and investigated more than 17,000 restaurants, more than 3,500 grocery stores, more than 600 pools, and more than 3,000 other businesses.

Twenty-six restaurants, one grocery store, one pool and 67 other businesses were shut down for Health Officer Order violations. Most of the businesses under investigation either came into compliance or were working to come into compliance and that's why they were not closed.

Compliance with the Health Officer Orders is paramount for the long-term reopening of many economic sectors while ensuring the public health and safety of residents, which includes consumers and those who make up the workforce of these sectors.

Beginning at the end of August, fines will be issued to businesses that are non-compliant that can range from $100 for the first offense to $500 and a 30 day permit suspension for multiple offenses. This includes businesses licensed and permitted by the department and those that are not.

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