Happy June 30! Today is the deadline for legislative measures to qualify for the November ballot, as well as the last day for proponents of qualified initiatives to withdraw them. It's also (likely) the last day of the legislative session until the Legislature reconvenes August 1.
THE READ DU JOUR:At the corner of power and poverty [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters] - "Bridging these two worlds is Debbie Bartley, a 55-year-old grandmother who stands across the street selling Homeward, a newspaper produced by homeless people. She chats with the political staffers and lobbyists who give her a few dollars as they pass by. Then she buys food for people who sleep on these streets."
A few months ago, I was working at the tables outside of Chicory. I had ignored Bartley's "sales" pitch for years. Then, I watched as she tended to the down-trodden panhandling within the table area. "You can't do that in here," she said and escorted them out. I've always been a "I gave at the office" type of person, but her compassion for all involved made me want to buy as many papers from her as possible.
It's a strange day in the Capitol, with guns at the center, as parliamentary procedure rules take over in the debate over gun regulations, oddly with Republicans arguing in favor of Gavin Newsom's gun initiative.