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The Nooner for Wednesday, September 16, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners
Hello there! This morning is beautiful for two things. I slept until 6 and the AQI is only 8 -- "Good." I am working with my balcony door open and with fresh air for the first time in a month. Fresh, cool air feels so good.
It's one of those crazy mornings where I feel I am just scratching the surface.
I did stay up a little later than usual as I watched noche mexicana and the reading of el grito de Dolores (The Cry of Dolores) last night and the huge fireworks show that followed. While el zócalo was empty, it was adorned with lights, a large flame, and the glorious flag in the center of Mexico City's square was flying in the evening breeze. The video is here, and the pageantry begins at around 10:40. Today marks the 210th anniversary of Mexican's declaration of independence. ¡Viva Mexico!
Firefighters from Guanajuato, Mexico are right now helping with the fires in Oregon.
I don't stay up for late shows, but run them when I am writing in this morning. The opening of A Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night was a parody of Monday's visit by President Trump and meeting with California leaders. In particular, Colbert mocked the President's claim that "science doesn't know" about climate change and "it'll get cooler" in his interaction with California Secretary of Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot with a remake as "The Walking Dumb." Crowfoot gets a second hit on Colbert during the Tooning out the News segment near the end of the show. He's the masked one speaking in the interaction with POTUS.
I thought I would be multi-tasking last night with the livestream from Mexico City and the Giants-Mariners game while reading campaign reports, but alas the game was postponed. However, unlike Friday and Saturday in San Diego, it wasn't postponed for what turned out to be a false positive COVID-19 test, but rather smoke in Seattle. The two-game series is now to be played today and tomorrow in San Francisco. Tonight's game is at 6:45pm at Oracle Park, although Seattle is still the home team. Tomorrow's game is at 1:10pm, on what was to be a day off before a weekend series across the bridge in Oakland.
It's just all so 2020.
Speaking of that, today marks the six-month anniversary of the recess of the Legislature amidst the growing pandemic. Over the weekend preceding that Monday, members, staff, and lobbyists pressured the Legislature to do something and it likely proved to be a wise decision. While there have been a few cases among members, staff, and lobbyists, it likely would have been much worse. Three days after the Legislature's decision, Governor Newsom declared the statewide stay-at-home order.
Tomorrow, Capitol Weekly is hosting an online conference on Zoom: California in Conference: COVID-19. There are three panels from 9am-12:45pm, including ones on health care infrastructure, health equity, and telehealth. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required, and is available for each individual panel. [more info and registration]
Also tomorrow, McGeorge School of Law has a webinar at noon: "55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: A Checkpoint," which will be a 30-minute presentation followed by Q&A. Additional information on the McGeorge's Master of Science in Law program will also be available. [more info and registration]
MONEY MATTERS: highlights of filings from the previous day's daily reports.
-The numbers: 147 more Californians reportedly lost their lives to COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total to 14,614. This is likely a carry-forward from low-reporting over the weekend. Here is the top-line summary from the state yesterday:
-School daze: In the LAT, Paloma Esquivel and Howard Blume write that thousands of Los Angeles County students still don't have adequate computer access or wifi to participate successfully in distance learning.
-Impact on Latinos: In the Times, Gustavo Arellano looks at the impact of COVID-19 on one Mexican-immigrant family who operated Pancho's Mini Market in a barrio near USC. As neighbors lost work, the market lost its customers. Meanwhile, the virus hit all four family members. Another story that brings tears to a readers' eyes.
-SacTown region: For those wondering when Sacramento County might move from the most restrictive "Widespread/purple" tier to the less restrictive "Substantial spread/red" tier, don't get your hopes up unless the rules structure changes again. The threshold in the new four tier system is getting the new cases per 100k residents rate below 7 and the testing positivity rate below 8%. Sacramento is currently at a new cases rate of 8.5 and a positivity rate of 5.7%, so it will likely be awhile before restaurants and movie theaters can reopen indoors with modifications, along with churches. Data are updated each Monday.
Yolo County is also currently purple, although is very close to getting to red. It has a new cases rate of 7.1 and a positivity rate of 5.8%. Placer County is currently at 5.6 new cases and a positivity rate of 4.4%, so it should be safely in the red zone for awhile. That means that restaurants can open for indoor dining at 25% of capacity or 100 or fewer, whichever is less.
-Sandy Eggo: However, San Diego County is currently red and may move to purple because of the case surge at San Diego State University, which apparently had a liberal interpretation of classes allowed to operate in-person and generally students hanging around in the familiar neighborhoods rather than returning home. A team at the SDUT writes:
The irony is that many of the businesses that would be affected are those that were most encouraged by campuses bringing as many students back as possible.
-Anaheim/Theme parks: Anaheim is clamoring for Governor Newsom to allow Disneyland to reopen as the city faces a $100 million deficit, reports Brady Macdonald in the Register.
I wrote on March 14 -- five days before the statewide stay-at-home order. The city counts on transient occupancy tax ("hotel tax") for 40% of annual tax revenue. It has long counted on out-of-towners to pay for not only the improvements to the resort area, but to subsidize public safety and other services while other cities have scrambled for revenue and sought voter approval for other taxes in recent years. The chicken has come home to roost.
-The numbers: 24 fatalities have been tallied and 5,430 structures destroyed or damaged in the Caliifornia fires. Five of the state's 20 largest fires in California history have occurred in 2020, with 3,154,107 acres burned. (Note: the cumulative acres burned number has not been updated in several days, while individual fires have certainly grown. There's just no easy way to get a total as the data is not downloadable.)
Here are the five biggest currently burning:
-The worst. Again. The LAT has an outstanding multimedia look at the wildfires of 2020 in historical context as each bad year seems to get worse.
-Berry Creek: Only 44 miles by windy roads (think an 1.5 hours) from the town of Paradise leveled by the Camp Fire in 2018, the town of Berry Creek was largely leveled by the Bear Fire (now part of the North Complex) last week, including its two schools and only market/gas station. Now the town is going through the same reckoning as Paradise -- can it rebuild? Ruben Vivas writes in the Times about the story of the market as a center of the town and the dreams of an immigrant family from a war torn country:
Vives's story brings tears to the readers eyes about the hopes of immigrants who have lost their dream.
More after the jumpity jump...
EDD: Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced new actions to address the significant issues with the Employment Development Department's processing of unemployment claims, including delays, customer service, and fraud (which I've encountered). David Lightman writes in the Bee about the suspected fraud:
As I wrote on September 3, somebody filed under my name and SSN at my dad's house, where I haven't lived for 26 years. Three letters of eligibility and asking whether I wanted a direct deposit or debit card.
BECERRA: On yesterday's very good Sacramento Press Club Facebook Live with Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the obvious question was asked -- if Biden/Harris are elected on November 3, is he interested in being appointed to fill Harris's Senate seat. He would be honored and he said he seriously thought about running for the Senate seat in 2016. Of course, he ended up being appointed attorney general after Harris was sworn in to the Senate. The Bee's Hannah Wiley asks the question at 3:25 in the video.
ILLEGAL YES ON 21 AD? NBC4 in Los Angeles investigates a television ad from the "Yes on 21" (rent control) campaign ad that uses an actor with apparently no military experience to portray a veteran who has earned the Bronze Star. In the NBC4 report, former Assembly member Rocky Chavez, a veteran, says that the if the actor has not served or earned such commendations, that would be a violation of the federal Stolen Valor Act. Campaign ethics expert Bob Stern says that it likely also violates FPPC regulations, which require that if an actor is used in a campaign ad, they must be labeled as such. The ad has been taken down from the online platforms on which it was running, although complaints have been filed with the Attorney General's Office and the FPPC.
SB 10 and PROP 25 (BAIL): In the Bee, Nadia Lopez looks at whether SB 10, last session's bill to replace the cash bail system with pre-trial risk assessment will really make the economic impact of cash bail more economically equitable. The bill is subject to referendum by Proposition 25 on November 3 ballot. ("Yes" means uphold SB 10; "No" means overturn the law.)
INITIATIVES: Steve Clark, the Huntington Beach gent who has previously submitted a couple of initiatives to ban alimony in California (which went nowhere) has a latest target: local government public health orders. In an initiative submitted for title and summary yesterday, he proposes stripping the authority for governor to issue orders during a public health emergency. In his filing, he states that the following title and summary prepared by Legislative Counsel (he didn't pay for private drafting like most initiatives do) is accurate and should be used. Under Gov't Code §10243, Legislative Counsel is required to assist a citizen in preparing an initiative if it is requested by 25 voters and the Leg Counsel determines that there is a reasonable probability that it will be submitted to the voters. To avoid being sued, that "reasonable probability" is widely interpreted and it becomes the perfect job to assign to a summer law clerk.
Title: Limit Government Authority During a Health Crisis - Initiative Statute
Summary: The intent of this initiative measure is to limit the government’s role to an advisory capacity during any health crisis. Allows the government to issue public service announcements and/or health advisories. Does not allow the government to issue any executive orders that impact any private businesses, public beaches, state parks, places of worship or personal freedoms.
Yeah, that's going to the same dumpster as the alimony initiatives. But, it's only $2,000 to file!
SACTOWN: Another popular Capitol-area spot announced on Facebook yesterday that it is closing down. Oblivion Comics and Coffee on 11th just north of K is ceasing sales of coffee immediately and having a final comics sale 9/16-9/20 and 9/23-9/27. This follows the closure of Ambrosia on 11th and K. Both were popular meeting spots for Capitol folks, although that business is completely wiped out.
cakeday and classifieds after the jump...
CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez, Nick Pappas, Sasha Pérez, Chris Rogers, and Kevin Yamamura!