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MONEY MATTERS: (highlights from daily campaign reports)

I am generally only including main committees. I try to exclude feeder committee that gather money before sending it to a the main committee, which would lead to duplication. However, it's impossible to know. Generally, I am including daily reports exceeding $100,000.

  • Yes on 14 (stem cell bond): $250,000 from Robert Klein
  • Yes on 15 (split roll): $3,777,288, including $2.75 million fron the California Teachers Association and $1 million from SEIU Local 1021 
  • No on 21 (rent control): $56,500 from 5 donors 
  • No on 22 (transportation network exemption from AB 5): $1 million from SEIU-UHW
  • No on 23 (dialysis): $393,948 from Dialysis Clinic, Inc.
  • Yes on 25 (bail, "yes" upholds SB 10): $1,500,000 from John Arnold (Retired, Houston)

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The Nooner for Sunday, August 30, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • 2020
  • COVID-19
  • Wildfires and electricity
  • Legislature
  • Policing and Protests
  • Prop. 14 (stem cell bond
  • Cakeday, farewell, and classifieds

SEEN ON SUNDAY TEEVEE: Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) were on CNN's State of the Union.

Happy Sunday! What a session... Many of us stared at video streams all day and until after 10pm last night. Meanwhile, while the Delta Breeze returned last night providing cooler temps, it also meant more wildfire smoke being blown into the Sacramento Valley. Not good for we asthmatics. I was up most of the night. No farmers market for me this morning.

2020: A team at the Chron looks at all the challenges this year and asks whether it is a year to forget -- or seize.

During another week of American life that jangled nerves and tested spirits, a president laid out an apocalyptic vision of what will happen if he is defeated at the polls. A still-untamed pandemic crept closer to claiming its 200,000th victim. Hurricanes surged as wildfires burned.

And a historic racial justice movement spilled into the streets as well as the sports world after being inflamed again, not only by the police shooting of a Black man in Kenosha, Wis., but by a teenager’s alleged vigilante killing of two people who showed up to protest that shooting.


Is this a moment to be seized, some people asked in this turbulent week, or is 2020 a year to be survived?


-The numbers: 72 more Californians lost their lives to COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total to 12,910.

-The reopening: Politico's Jeremy B. White and Victoria Colliver report on Friday's announcement by Governor Newsom of changes to California's reopening plans.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday overhauled California's economic reopening by slowing down the pace and allowing for different levels of industry operation as California's coronavirus situation steadily improves following a summer surge.

The new framework creates four tiers that condition in-person learning and business activity on daily case numbers and test positivity rates — a system that Newsom touted as creating a uniform standard that builds on what the state has learned since the pandemic began. Most counties currently fall into the most stringent tier, which would prohibit in-classroom instruction and indoor dining.

California is at a pivotal moment heading into the fall, torn between a demand to allow normal activities and a desire to avoid another surge right before flu season. The guidelines come just as two of California's most populous counties — San Diego and Orange — have left the state's old watch list and have clamored for the ability to reopen more businesses again.

Here is the new state page which is searchable by county and industry. Hair salons and barber shops will be allowed to resume indoors beginning tomorrow, but nail salons may not. Kevin Smith reports for the LA Daily News.

-State aid: In the Chron, Dustin Gardiner writes that the hopes of Democratic legislators to backfill the reduction federal supplemental unemployment benefits likely have been dashed.

A month ago, California legislators were almost unbridled in their ambition to ease the financial pain the coronavirus pandemic is causing to people and the economy.

They proposed a $100 billion stimulus plan in July that called for backfilling an extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits if Congress didn’t extend the aid. They wanted to expand a host of safety-net programs, including increasing tax credits for low-income Californians.

But with lawmakers’ 2020 session drawing to a close Monday night, few of the major ideas have come to fruition. There will be no state-supplied extra jobless benefits and no expansion of low-income tax credit amounts.

-Meat processing: Foster Farms announced yesterday the temporary closure of its Livingston, CA poultry processing plant after a COVID-19 outbreak, reports Rong-Gong Lin II in the LAT.

Foster Farms announced Saturday that it will comply with a Merced County health department order and temporarily close one of its poultry plants in Livingston, Calif., the site of a coronavirus outbreak that has left eight workers dead.

The outbreak at the Central Valley facility has persisted for at least two months, according to the county health department. Officials said the company did not complete the widespread testing of employees that the county first recommended and then ordered.

The company said in a statement that it will close the plant Tuesday evening and will not resume operations until the evening of Sept. 7, following a deep cleaning of the facility and new rounds of testing for all 1,400 employees. In addition to the eight workers who have died of complications from COVID-19, at least 392 plant employees have tested positive, health officials said, making the outbreak one of the worst in the state.

-SF small business: In the Chron, Phil Matier writes that with many big businesses in San Francisco working remotely, small business is feeling the impact.

First came the COVID shutdown, then the surge, and now the town’s biggest private employers are saying that even when they reopen, workers may continue working from home for another year. That means downtown is likely to remain empty.


Credit card transactions are down 80% in the Financial District compared with this time last year, according to a recent analysis by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and Mastercard.

Before the pandemic, on average about 98,000 BART riders got off at the Embarcadero and Montgomery stations each weekday. Today, the workday rider-exits average is about 6,000.


- Electricity: The Chron has a real-time map of where the power is out in PG&E territory. Meanwhile, Dan Walters writes that the rolling blackouts a couple of weeks ago shows that California still has major problems with its electrical grid.

While the August 14-15 demands were not excessive in historical terms, the ability to respond to them had been truncated by a failure to maintain flexible supplies that could be brought on line quickly, such as gas-fired “peaker” plants. In fact, the ISO had been warning state political authorities for quite some time that California would face a supply crunch under the circumstances that occurred two weeks ago.

By happenstance, the new sensitivity about our power supply deficit comes just as another state agency, the Water Resources Control Board, is on the verge of deciding whether four gas-fired plants in Southern California that use seawater for cooling should be closed as long planned.

- Wildfires: The Bee's Michael McGough looks at where wildfires are burning and where quality is the worst. In the Chron, J.D. Morris and Michael Cabanatuan report that state officials are "cautiously optimistic" of getting the fires under control.

Here are the stats on the biggest (source: CalFire):

  • SCU Lightning Complex (Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus): 377,471 acres and 50% contained as of 7:56am
    Structures destroyed: 53
    Deaths: 0
  • LNU Lightning Complex (Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo, Solano): 375,209 acres and 56% contained as of 7:28am
    Structures destroyed: 1,198
    Deaths: 5
  • CZU Lightning Complex (Santa Cruz, San Mateo): 84,640 acres and 35% contained as of 7:50am
    Structures destroyed: 1,177
    Deaths: 1

In the Times, Joseph Serna looks at how the lightning fires grew so fast:

When state fire authorities announced recently that the CZU Lightning Complex fire had quadrupled in size in just one day, an audible gasp rose from the audience.

Although lightning fires have been scorching the state since prehistoric times, the speed with which the SCU and LNU lightning complex fires became the second- and third-largest blazes ever recorded in California has startled emergency officials and strained firefighting resources. The fires have killed seven people, destroyed more than 2,100 buildings and made air unhealthy across the Bay Area.

And things may only get worse in the future, experts say.

“There’s a direct relationship between heat and fire, and increasing heat is inevitable for at least a few decades,” said Michael Gerrard, director of Columbia University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. “If you like 2020, you’re going to love 2050.”

LEGISLATURE: One day more...

Well that was a "fun" twelve-hour Saturday with the Senate Floor, Senate Judiciary, and Senate Budget yesterday. Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles did a great job, but it was clearly tedious!

Today the Senate is in at 10am and the Assembly at 1pm.

There are four Senate committee hearings upon call of the chair (Appropriations: 3 bills, Elections and Constitutional Amendments: 2 bills, Environmental Quality: 2 bills,  and Transportation: 1 bill).

There are five Assembly Committee hearings as well (Banking and Finance: 3 bills, Budget, Subcommittee No. 6 on Budget Process Oversight and Program Evaluation: review of the budget trailer bills (no action): 11am, Labor and Employment: 2 bills, Public Employment and Retirement: 2 bills, and Rules). Rules is at 12:30 and the other three are upon call of the chair.

Senate Appropriations will consider the evictions bill, which passed Judiciary on a 7-0-2 vote yesterday. (Agendas)

No committee hearing should be as long as Senate Budget yesterday, which passed 12 bills, with 11 on a party-line vote. Senator John M.W. Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) joined Dems on AB 169 (Committee on Budget), which lowers criminal administrative fees assessed by local government and temporarily backfills the lost revenue.

The AP's Don Thompson reports on the approval by the Senate yesterday of AB 979 (Holden et al.), the proposal to require California-based corporations to include underrepresented minorities and LGBTQ members on boards of directors.

Chris Micheli provides the docket for the remaining floor session work.

Senate Floor – Today at 10am

  • Assembly 2nd Reading – 11
  • Concurrence – 9
  • Assembly 3rd Reading – 90
  • Total measures on Floor: 110
  • *7 ABs in committee and 4 SBs in committee + 110 = 121 measures in the Senate
  • Senate has 13 of its own measures and 108 Assembly measures

Assembly Floor – Today at 1pm

  • Concurrence – 110
  • Senate 3rd Reading – 83
  • Consent (Assembly) – 3
  • Consent (Senate) – 40
  • Total measures on Floor: 236
  • *10 SBs in committee and 3 ABs in committee + 236 = 249 measures in the Assembly
  • Assembly has 116 of its own measures and 133 Senate measures

POLICING AND PROTESTS: The protests and counterprotests against police use-of force around California and the nation last night. Sacramento police largely locked down downtown and there appears to be less property destruction than Friday night.

In the SDUT, Greg Moran reports that a former San Diego Sheriff's deputy may be the first case of an officer being charged under the new police use of deadly force standard in California.

When San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan announced last month that former sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Russell would face a murder charge for the fatal shooting of a man in May, it wasn’t just the first time a law enforcement officer in the county had ever faced such a charge.

The Russell case also marks the first time a law enforcement officer has been charged in California under a new state law that went into effect Jan.1 that changed the legal standard regulating when police can use deadly force.

As a result, Russell’s case — if it goes to trial — could be the first test of that new law, AB 392, that was authored by San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley Weber.

PROP. 14 (stem cell bond): For Capitol Weekly, David Jensen unpacks the stem cell bond on the November ballot.

Proposition 14, the fall ballot measure to save California’s stem cell agency from financial extinction, contains much, much more than the $5.5 billion that it is seeking from the state’s voters.

Added to the agency’s charter would be research involving mental health, “therapy delivery,” personalized medicine and “aging as a pathology.“ That is not to mention a greater emphasis on supporting “vital research opportunities” that are not stem cell-related.

The measure would enlarge the board from 29 to 35 members. Even at 29, the board has been much criticized for its large size, which creates more possibilities for conflicts of interest, a long-standing issue for the agency.


cakeday, farewell, and classifieds after the jump...

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CAKEDAY: No birthdays that I know about today.

Happy belated birthday to Michael Anadon, Sean Connelly, Jordan James Harvill, Shirley Kim, Jorge Morales, and Afrack Vargas (yesterday)!

FAREWELL: Former Assembly Member, State Senator, and Stanislaus County supervisor Tom Berryhill (1953-2020).


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