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RECENT PODS:

  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): GOP consultant Liz Mair on the Newsom and Walker Recalls and Why Devin Nunes is Suing Her (2021-05-20)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): From California to the Middle East (2021-05-20)
  • It's All Political (Joe Garofoli @ SFChron): Governor Newsom's ambitious budget proposal (2021-05-20)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) (2021-05-17)
  • California State of Mind (CapRadio): Total Recall: How The CA Political Process Works and Its History; Exploring Silicon Valley’s Role in Pandemic Response (2021-05-14)
  • This Week in California Education (John Fensterwald and Louis Freedberg @ EdSource): Newsom's $2 billion college savings account plan & Chris Edley on his new role (2021-05-14)
  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blonien): Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) (2021-05-14)

CLASSIFIEDS BELOW:

  • Congresswoman Doris Matsui seeks a Field Representative experienced in infrastructure policy to join her Sacramento team.
  • Capitol Weekly presents A Conference on Housing Policy - May 26
  • The Breakthrough Institute is seeking a Press Secretary (Berkeley)
  • Join the California Manufacturers & Technology Association Team!
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - MPA/MPP
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - Masters of Science in Law

MONEY MATTERS:

  • The California Democratic Party reports $500,000 from Chris Larsen (Chairman of the board, Ripple Inc.)

RECALL WATCH:

  • Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom reports:
    • $3,000,000 from Reed Hastings (CEO, Netflix)
    • $400,000 from United Nurses Association of California/Union of Health Care Professionals PAC (UNACPAC)
  • and:
    • $150,000 from Elizabeth Simons (Retired)
    • $150,000 from Union of American Physicians and Dentists Small Contributor Committee

The Nooner for Friday, May 21, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

Happy Friday! We made it! Last night I was totally exhausted and I don't know if was from Wednesday's shot or not. Nevertheless, I slept and am happy to be fully vaccinated. Of course, I woke up at 3 and my shoulder (where I got my shot and which has troubled me for months) is a big time ouchie.

END THE SUSPENSE! For CalMatters, Laurel Rosenhall looks at the bills that met the guillotuine on the Suspense File in the Appropiations committees of the two houses yesterday.

Forget about new protections for California kids cruising the internet. There will be no new requirements for crime labs to process old rape kits. And some households behind on their water bills won’t get more time to pay them back before their pipes get shut off. 

Those were some of the more than 200 bills California lawmakers killed today in the rapid-fire and often mysterious procedure known as the suspense file

Officially, the procedure promotes fiscal responsibility, allowing lawmakers to consider costly bills together and weigh their priorities. But it’s well known at the state Capitol that the suspense file is also a political tool that allows the most powerful legislators to keep controversial bills from reaching the Assembly or Senate floor — typically with no explanation, and sometimes without a public vote. 

“It’s driven by a hundred different factors, some of which we can never explain and maybe the transparency is weak on,” said Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, the San Diego Democrat who chairs the appropriations committee.

“But I’ve never once had the Speaker come to me and say, ‘This isn’t politically feasible.’”

With more than 350 bills on the Senate’s suspense file and more than 500 on the Assembly’s, the lobbying leading up to today is intense: “Everybody but God himself has contacted me on a bill,” Gonzalez said.

Though she downplayed the role of politics, one of her predecessors said the job is like being the “Speaker’s henchman.” They can use the suspense file to prevent an idea they don’t like from becoming law, exact revenge on a fellow lawmaker or shield their colleagues from having to take a position on a controversial proposal.

“You’ve got to be prepared to take really tough decisions for the caucus,” former Assemblymember Mike Gatto said on a recent podcast.

Governors also try to bottle some things up in the suspense file, Gatto said, adding that when he left office in 2016, then-Gov. Jerry Brown thanked him for keeping legislation from reaching his desk.

Given the recall election politics this year, lots got bottled up. Results are available on LegInfo, but of course bills "held under submission" on suspense don't get a vote -- they just vaporize.

Byrhonda Lyons and Robert Lewis give an assist to Laurel, noting that most tax increase proposals met the Approps axe, and the big police reform bill (SB 2 (Bradford)) was significantly watered down.

For CapRadio, Nicole Nixon looks into the suspense file process and the Chron's Dustin Gardiner and Alexei Koseff write up the hearing, noting that the bill to swap Election Day for Washington's Birthday as a state holiday for state employees is buh-bye. I've written previously about the stupidity of the bill since 86.72% of voters cast a vote-by-mail ballot in November and the state plans to mail every voter a ballot going forward.

It was really just a free day off in November rather than February.

DO YOU RECALL?

  • Caitlyn: In the Chron, Dustin Gardiner writes that Caitlyn Jenner has become the role model most transgender leaders didn't want.

    Bamby Salcedo, a transgender organizer from Los Angeles, was incensed by the words she heard coming out of Caitlyn Jenner’s mouth. Still, she couldn’t resist watching the TV screen.

    It was Jenner’s first big interview since declaring her candidacy for California governor in the recall election against Gavin Newsom, and the transgender icon had chosen to speak with Fox News host Sean Hannity.

    Jenner, a former athlete and Olympic gold medalist, defended her opposition to trans girls competing in girls’ sports at school and dismissed her transgender critics with three words: “I move on.” Speaking about the state’s growing homelessness crisis, she mentioned that a fed-up friend with a private airplane hangar next to her own is moving out of California.

    Then, with tears in her eyes, Jenner ended the interview by telling Hannity that she had gained a new feeling of authenticity since publicly coming out as transgender six years ago.

    For Salcedo, the interview captured everything that she’s always found problematic about the most famous transgender woman in America.

    “She’s completely detached,” said Salcedo, president of the TransLatin@ Coalition, an advocacy group. “All this truly is about her. It’s not about the issues, not about the people.”

MASKING: For the AP, Don Thompson reports that Cal/OSHA yesterday postponed a decision on whether to end workplace masking rules.

California workforce regulators will aim for a mid-June easing of workplace mask and social distancing requirements to conform with a broader state order, postponing a vote on whether to revise coronavirus safety rules for employees.

Cal/OSHA’s staff said it would aim “to make possible a targeted effective date of June 15, 2021,” instead of proceeding with a proposal that would have made businesses wait until July 31 to ease some pandemic restrictions.

The same regulations also would impose new requirements that dozens of business groups called too onerous during a hearing Thursday by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board.

Having two conflicting enforcement dates would be “a huge source of confusion and problems,” California Chamber of Commerce policy advocate Rob Moutrie told the board.

AIR MATTERS: The Bee's Dale Kasler writes that California aims to move the gig ride services to electric vehicles.

California’s Uber and Lyft drivers must start switching to electric vehicles.

The California Air Resources Board voted Thursday to require ride-hailing companies to phase electric vehicles into their fleets starting in 2023. By 2030, at least 90% of the miles driven by ride-hail companies in California must be in electric vehicles.

The board’s vote represents another step in California’s crusade to electrify its cars and trucks to reduce carbon emissions and battle climate change. Amid the worst wildfire season on record last fall, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order eliminating the sale of new gas and diesel cars by 2035.

“The transportation sector is reponsible for nearly half of California’s greenhouse gas emissions, the vast majority of which come from light-duty vehicles. This action will help provide certainty to the state’s climate efforts and improve air quality in our most disadvantaged communities,” air board Chairwoman Liane Randolph said in a prepared statement.

The air board said the ride-hailing companies have several routes to help meet the electrification mandates — including stepping up the number of carpooled rides and reducing “deadhead miles” driven without any passengers.

WELL SHEEEEET... In The Bee, Andrew Sheeler writes that two correctional officers reported that an inmate was just fine. Problem? He wasn't wearing his head.

Two California prison guards falsely reported that a decapitated inmate was still alive, according to a new report from the State Office of the Inspector General.

The incident was one of several detailed in a semiannual report describing discipline in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. It looked at complaints, allegations of misconduct and incidents in which correctional officers used force between July and December 2020.

Overall, the report found the department acted too slowly in investigating alleged misconduct in dozens of cases. It found delays in discipline over the six months covered by the report resulted in “unnecessary costs to the state and taxpayers” totaling $174,578.

“Over the past four reporting periods, the department has unnecessarily paid approximately $1,015,185 in salary and benefits to employees during the delays,” the report says.

The report described the decapitation and its aftermath as an example in which staff, internal investigators and attorneys allegedly mishandled their responsibilities.

According to the report, one inmate decapitated another inmate in a cell that the two shared. The report does not specify what prison this incident occurred at, or when it occurred.

“Two officers conducted counts and, even though an incarcerated person was dead, allegedly falsely reported in their documentation that they observed the decapitated incarcerated person alive. A third officer and a fourth officer allegedly did not report that they had each observed the first two officers fail to properly conduct the counts,” according to the report.

I know that the word on the street is that you lose your head upon entering CDCR, but this is something else.

FEELING CRABBY: In The Bee, Benjy Egel reports that dungeness crab season will end early, although most diners won't recognize it.

Dungeness crab season will end June 1, six weeks earlier than previously anticipated, in an effort to protect humpback and blue whales as well as leatherback turtles, California Department of Fish and Wildlife director Charlton Bonham announced Tuesday.

The season was slated to run through July 15, but whales and turtles are already migrating back off the California coast after breeding in the south over the winter. The larger animals can become entangled in Dungeness crab traps and lines.

Yet the tasty crustacean, a Northern California favorite at Thanksgiving and Christmas around the start of the season, was already driven from several menus due to rising prices.

VACCINES: In the OCR, Alicia Robinson writes that Orange County is turning down its latest shipment of vaccines, for lack of demand.

After struggling since early this year to get enough COVID-19 vaccine to meet public demand, Orange County Health Care Agency officials rejoiced in late March when they received a record amount for a single week – more than 100,000 doses.

This week, they turned down every dose they were offered.

The last order the county health agency accepted was of Pzifer vaccines, received May 11; the agency has already been refusing Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shipments because demand for new appointments has fallen off so much and they didn’t want to be wasteful.

“We’re probably now three weeks into not accepting allocations that were assigned to us,” OC Deputy Health Officer Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong said Thursday, May 20.

Meanwhile, Orange County residents are behind a conspiracy theory that vaccines cause lung diseases. Chris Nichols reports for CapRadio:

A Facebook group called Informed Parents for California held a public rally on Monday in Orange County, protesting the use of face masks in California public schools. The group of more than 52,000 Facebook users created fliers for students to “sit out and zoom out.” Parents were encouraged to make fliers for other school districts from Orange County up to Yuba County.

The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

The flier was riddled with false information about the health risks of wearing a mask. One of those false risks is wearing a face mask could cause pulmonary fibrosis, a disease in which scar tissue develops in the lungs.

COVID-19, cakedays, and classifieds after the jump...

COVID-19: California reported 72 deaths yesterday for a total of 62,515 since the pandemic began.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Robert Longer and Tom Rusconi!

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Congresswoman Doris Matsui seeks a Field Representative experienced in infrastructure policy to join her Sacramento team.

General duties include, but are not limited to, the following: Representing the Congresswoman at public events in the community, creating and organizing events that advance her legislative agenda, advocating before federal agencies on behalf of constituents who have sought assistance, collaborating with local organizations seeking federal grants, and meeting with constituent groups and organizations.

The ideal candidate will be a motivated, hardworking, highly dependable, and an organized professional who possesses strong communication skills and the ability to work well under pressure. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in infrastructure and transportation policy.

The position requires a driver’s license, a bachelor’s degree, and the ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends.

The candidate would be joining a motivated and cohesive team that is 100% committed to improving the lives of people living in Sacramento and West Sacramento.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Glenda Corcoran:

ca06jobs@gmail.com

Capitol Weekly presents A Conference on Housing Policy

Join us for an informative update on California’s Housing Crisis. For years, the Golden State has had the highest home prices in the US, one of the lowest rates of home-ownership, and the most people living on the streets – now, the COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation even worse. Three panels of experts, insiders and elected officials will discuss the status of the state’s Housing Crisis and the policy solutions being proposed to help solve it.

This event will be hosted on ZOOM from 9AM – 1:45PM, Wednesday, May 26. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Attend one panel, or the whole day!

CAPITOL SEMINARS’ INVALUABLE LOBBYING 101 COURSE OFFERED VIA ZOOM

Taught by 46-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov. Provides comprehensive coverage of California’s Legislative process, along with touch points and best practices you need to know for effective Legislative advocacy. Send your new lobbyists, support staff, legislative committee members, executives who hire and manage lobbyists. Capitol Seminars is the No.1 training resource for nonprofits and private sector organizations, lobbying firms, trade associations, state and local government entities. Next Zoom session is Tuesday, May 25th, 8:30am-1:30pm. Seats are limited. Reservations: (916) 837-0208. Further information: www.capitolseminars.net

Join the California Manufacturers & Technology Association Team!

Are you a legislative advocate? Know someone passionate about improving policies for manufacturers? Do they have 4+ years of government affairs experience with emphasis on legislative, regulatory and/or commercial environment? CMTA’s exciting and fast-paced State Government Relations team is searching for a Policy Director. Subject-matter expertise in energy, environment and/or workforce issues preferred. Apply here! cmta.net/job_post.php

The Breakthrough Institute is seeking a Press Secretary (Berkeley)

Are you a savvy communications professional with ecomodernist ideals? Are you an effective communicator and strong writer with a passion for solving humanity’s biggest challenges? The Breakthrough Institute, a Berkeley-based research center, is looking for a new Press Secretary to expand our reach in the media and build connections with journalists, reporters, and newsroom editors. The Press Secretary will develop, implement, and assist in guiding media and digital strategies rooted in climate, energy, food, and agriculture with an ecomodernist emphasis. Please visit our website for a detailed job description and application instructions.

The position is in Berkeley, although remote until later in 2021.

The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

In addition to a well-respected JD, the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees. Both full-time students and those earning a professional degree while working succeed in the program. Our focus on the interconnections of law, policy, management, and leadership provides unique competencies for your success. Students gain a foundation in statutory interpretation and skills in public policy making and implementation. Learn at a beautiful campus three miles from the State Capitol:
go.mcgeorge.edu/publicpolicy

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

Built on the foundation of nationally ranked and world class programs, McGeorge School of Law offers an online master (MSL) degree for individuals seeking in depth knowledge of law and policy, but who do not require a traditional law degree. Our MSL’s two concentrations in Government Law & Policy and in Water & Environmental Law offer students the flexibility to work while they learn and still engage in a highly interactive master’s program. To learn more and to sign up for our monthly webinars, please visit our website, Online.McGeorge.edu, or contact us at graduatelaw@pacific.edu.

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