THE BUZZ: A week after the deadline, we got our first Coronavirus Recession budget deal.
A revenue chasm in the tens of billions of dollars was bound to create conflict between Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leadership. The back-and-forth pivoted on how much to cut and when — with some programs coveted by Democratic leadership on the chopping block — and it afforded restive lawmakers an opportunity to restore the balance of power they felt had been lost with Newsom unilaterally driving policy during the pandemic.
Lawmakers succeeded in staving off reductions to health and human services and education, and they notched a victory on earned income tax credits for undocumented immigrants with kids. Another major lifeline for the undocumented, Medi-Cal insurance for seniors, will have to wait until the undefined and probably distant time when California’s finances stabilize — vindicating Newsom’s post-coronavirus insistence on more caution with ongoing spending expansions.
HERE’S THE DETAILS — “California budget deal preserves school funding, assumes Newsom ‘trigger’ approach,’’ by POLITICO’s Jeremy B. White, Kevin Yamamura and Mackenzie Mays:
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: “She did champion progressive causes … and her record has been consistent, and it’s been good.” — University of San Francisco law professor Lara Bazelton on the prosecutorial record of Kamala Harris, in an interview with NPR’s Scott Detrow. In 2019, Bazelton wrote a NYTimes’ op-ed entitled “Kamala Harris was not a progressive prosecutor,” h/t Atlantic’s Edward Issac Dovere.
BONUS QOTD: “In my case, the death threats started last month … when someone very casually suggested that I should be shot.” — LA County public health director Barbara Ferrer. h/t LATimes’ reporter Haily Branson Potts via Twitter.
TWEET OF THE DAY: GOP House candidate in CA-07 @BuzzPatterson: “So, if ‘Kung flu’ is racist, does that make Bruce Lee and ‘Kung fu’ movies racist? And that song back in the 70s?”
PODCAST OF THE DAY: “How Facebook is undermining Black Lives Matter,” via NYTimes’ The Daily, hosted by Michael Barbaro: The company publicly supports the racial justice movement. But content on the platform may be compromising the cause.
— AND THIS ONE… “Bolton, the failed rally and the botched massacre,” via former Jeb Bush presidential campaign spokesman and ex-GOP strategist Tim Miller in The Bulwark.
WHERE’S GAVIN? Nothing official announced.
CAPITOL CASE — “Capitol legislative aide tests positive for coronavirus,” by POLITICO’s Jeremy B. White: “A legislative staffer who worked last week in the state Capitol has tested positive for coronavirus, apparently the first confirmed case of a legislative aide in the building, according to an email from the Assembly Rules Committee.”
QUARANTINED, WITHOUT PAY — “Workers forced into unpaid virus quarantine, suit claims,’’ by LATimes’ Alex Wigglesworth: “About 150 seasonal employees hired to work at a salmon cannery in Alaska are instead being forced to quarantine without pay at a hotel near Los Angeles International Airport after three of them tested positive for the coronavirus, a lawsuit claims.”
‘TRUE DETECTIVE‘ TERRITORY— “LA County’s ‘corridor of corruption’,” via Dan Walters in CALMatters: “In this century alone, more than a dozen officials in cities such as Bell, Cudahy, South Gate and Lynwood have been convicted of corruption, but the syndrome continues. Poverty, low voter involvement and a lack of civic organizations make them ripe targets for takeovers by corrupt political figures who help themselves to lavish salaries and expense accounts and hand out fat contracts to their pals.”
GREAT READ — “A politician’s son lobbies to let parolees vote in California,’’ by CALMatters’ Laurel Rosenhall and Adria Watston: Esteban Nunez’s quest for redemption. “The 31-year-old son of Fabian Núñez, a former Democratic Assembly speaker, Esteban Núñez is well-known by insiders as the beneficiary of one of California’s most notorious acts of clemency. His father’s bipartisan friendship with then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger helped Núñez win early release after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter for his role in a 2008 knife fight that injured two men and killed Luis Santos, a 22-year-old college student.”
CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND MORE — “San Diego’s “One America News” Network Has Support of Trump, But Not Cable Companies,” via Bloomberg. “The president gave the network a big boost this month — tweeting an OAN story that maligned the elderly protester who was knocked down and injured by police on TV during a protest in Buffalo, New York.“
ALL UP TO US — “Newsom says California could reverse reopening economy if coronavirus cases surge,”by SFChronicle’s Dustin Gardiner: “It’s your individual decision that will determine our fate and future … to mitigate the likelihood and need that we ever have to toggle back on these stay-at-home orders,” Newsom said at a news conference.
MASKED KIDS? — “California backtracks on school mask exemption, could still require student face coverings,” by POLITICO’s Mackenzie Mays: “That leaves open the possibility that California could still require students to wear masks when they return to campus. The move comes after last week’s mask guidance had already further confused school districts on how to move forward with reopening.” (Pro content)
OPENING UP — “San Francisco pushes to open outdoor bars, salons at a faster clip,” by Bay Area News Group’s Fiona Kelliher: “After submitting a variance request to state health officials last week, the county aims to reopen hair salons and barbershops, museums, zoos, tattoo parlors, massage businesses and nail salons by the end of June — several weeks earlier than anticipated….As coronavirus cases and hospitalizations hit new records state — with California hitting its highest-ever seven-day average of new cases Sunday — San Francisco has seen its own totals remain stable or decrease.
CHILD DANGERS EXPOSED — “December deaths of California children may be coronavirus related,’’ by LATimes’ Paige St. John and Annette Choi: ‘A cluster of mysterious deaths, some involving infants and children, is under scrutiny amid questions of whether the novel coronavirus lurked in California months before it was first detected. But eight weeks after Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide hunt for undetected early COVID-19 deaths, the effort remains hobbled by bureaucracy and testing limits.”
REBELLION — “California mayor’s post on ‘tyranny’ of masks draws heated reaction,’’ via Bay Area News Group: “Reinette Senum, mayor of Nevada City, posted Saturday on her personal Facebook account a statement that read, in part: ‘THERE IS NO LAW THAT STATES YOU MUST WEAR A MASK. Ask our local Police chief or officers. They will not, and cannot, cite ANYBODY for not wearing a mask because the law does not exist.’“
QUENTIN AND COVID — “Hundreds Of Inmates, Staff At San Quentin Positive For COVID,’’ by KCBS’ Bob Butler: “Hundreds of medically vulnerable inmates were transferred out of the California Institution for Men to protect them from a growing outbreak there….121 inmates were transferred to San Quentin on May 30, and since then over 200 cases have been recorded at the facility.”
FRESNO TOO — “Covid-19 outbreak at Fresno jail forces extension of $0 bail release for most inmates,” by Fresno Bee’s Jim Guy: “Tony Botti, spokesman for Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, said the decision between the sheriff and presiding Judge Alvin Harrell was reached over the weekend after 1200 inmates were placed in quarantine Friday. “
AND THERE’S THIS… “Avenal inmate is 19th California prisoner to die after contracting coronavirus,“ by LATimes’ Alex Wigglesworth.
SLAM TO SILICON VALLEY? — “Trump order bars new H-1Bs, other work visas,” by SFChronicle’s Carolyn Said: President Trump on Monday signed an executive order suspending new visas for skilled and seasonal workers, including H-1Bs, the skilled-worker visas many Silicon Valley companies rely on. The tech industry said the ban is short-sighted and will stifle innovation.
LGBTQ PUSHBACK — ”LBGTQ advocates sue over Trump rollback of protections,’’ by POLITICO’s Susannah Luthi: “The suit marks the first challenge stemming from the 6-3 high court decision that anti-discrimination protections based on sex also apply to a person’s gender identity and sexual orientation. The decision authored by Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch is expected to have ramifications for LGBTQ legal challenges ranging from health care to education.”
TAKANO’S TAKE — “California Democrat says it’s ‘cruel and inhumane’ not to extend COVID-19 unemployment benefits past July,’’ by The Hill’s Justine Coleman
— “41 Cities, Many Sources: How False Antifa Rumors Spread Locally,” by the NYTimes’ Davey Alba and Ben Decker: “A false rumor about antifa protesters in Yucaipa, Calif., a city about 70 miles from Los Angeles, started with one viral YouTube video about the city. Before long, it had even reached a national audience.”
BARABAK ON BIDEN — “Biden is not as disliked as Clinton, posing challenge to Trump,’’ by LATimes’ Mark Z. Barabak: “Joe Biden is old. He has a paper trail reaching back half a century. He is, by his own admission, a “gaffe machine” who regularly trips over his own tongue. He is not, however, as widely and viscerally disliked as the last Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and that’s complicating President Trump’s reelection effort.”
— “Kamala Harris Is Seen As The Clear Front-Runner To Be Joe Biden’s Running Mate,” by NPR’s Scott Detrow
GAME OVER — “Sports gambling measure dies amid opposition from tribal governments,” by POLITICO’s Alexander Nieves: “In a statement, Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) said the impact of coronavirus on the “public’s ability to weigh in” on the bill hampered their ability to get it to the finish line. He said he plans to renew the effort in 2022.” (Pro content)
ASIANS FOR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION — “API caucus backs affirmative action ballot measure in notable shift from 2014,” by POLITICO’s Jeremy B. White.
— “Activists Campaign Against Third Term for Jackie Lacey,’’ by City News Service
RARE REPUBLICAN REBUKE TO TRUMP: California GOP CA-39 House candidate Young Kim — in a tight race to defeat Democratic incumbent Gil Cisneros — has doubled down in tweeting her displeasure with President Trump’s use of the term “Kung flu,’’ and repeated connections between the Covid-19 crisis and China in his weekend rally. Kim, the first Korean-American legislator elected in California, seeks to represent a district with nearly 29 percent Asian-American voters.
Her recent posts:
— @YoungKim: 1/2 “The President’s continued use of terms associating COVID-19 with the #AAPI community is hurtful to many across our diverse nation. As I have said in the past, no American of any race or ethnic group, is responsible for this virus.”
And: 2/2: “Our leaders should be working to unite Americans to defeat this unprecedented pandemic and the President’s words last night did not do that.”
ALL TOGETHER NOW — “5 Governors, 1 Message: ‘Wear a Mask,‘” by KQED’s Scott Shafer: “Gavin Newsom, Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis and Pete Wilson may not all agree on much but they’re teaming up in a new public service campaign with a single message: ‘Wear a Mask.‘”
— “California stem cell initiative qualifies for the November ballot,’’ by POLITICO’s Victoria Colliver: “An initiative that would give California’s stem cell agency $5.5 billion has qualified for the November ballot, state election officials confirmed Monday.“
BLACKOUTS BACK? — “PG&E power shut-offs are coming back,“by SFChronicle’s Katie Dowd, Amy Graff, Filipa Ioannou: “The beleaguered company claims that, unlike last year’s days-long shutoffs, this year any power outages due to dangerous wildfire conditions will be shorter and smaller.
PEPPER SPRAY FOR PEACEFUL PROTESTS? — “Immigrant Detainees At Adelanto Say Officers Pepper-Sprayed Them For Peacefully Protesting,” by LAist’s Elly Yu: “Immigrant detainees at Adelanto Detention Center say they were injured or left struggling to breathe after officers in riot gear shot pepper bullets and discharged pepper spray at them earlier this month in an incident that until now has gone unreported.”
ADD ANOTHER ONE — “California bans state travel to Idaho over new laws,” via AP: “Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Monday added Idaho to a list of 11 other states where state-funded travel isn’t allowed because he determined that they violate a California law.”
BECERRA PRESSED — “Politicians call for attorney general to investigate police shooting of California teenager,” by ABC News’ Bill Hutchinson: Homicide investigators say the victim was armed with an illegal gun — “The fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man by a Southern California sheriff’s deputy who was not wearing a body camera has prompted politicians and the teenager’s family to request state Attorney General Xavier Becerra launch an independent investigation “so we know we are getting the truth.”
CLOUT AND CONTROVERSY — “Police unions see clout wane after George Floyd protests,’’ by LATimes’ Anita Chabria: “Even once-staunch allies are distancing themselves at a time when the future of the profession is being reimagined by city councils, supervisor boards and the state Legislature.”
VANDALISM VIOLATIONS — “2 California men employed by sheriff and DA cited for vandalizing Black Lives Matter sign,’’ via FoxNews: “Two men charged with vandalizing a Black Lives Matter sign in California were employees of a sheriff’s office and district attorney’s office.”
RELIGIOUS REVOLT — “Oakland priest challenges bishop over church’s attitudes on race,’’ by SFChronicle’s Otis Taylor Jr.: “The Catholic Church is racist. That’s what the Rev. Aidan McAleenan, the pastor of St. Columba Catholic Church, a predominantly Black parish on San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, believes.”
— “Google to start fact-checking Google Images,” by Axios’ Sara Fischer: “In an effort to curb the spread of misinformation on its platform, Google said Monday it would begin to fact-check Google Images search results.”
ADD ANOTHER TO THE LIST — “Patagonia becomes latest company to pull ads from Facebook,’’ via The Hill.
— “Hollywood producer David Guillod charged with rape or sexual assault of three women,” by the LA Times’ Richard Winton.
RUSSELL CROW’S BIG MOMENT — “Hollywood poised for big-screen gamble as theaters reopen,’’ via AFP News: “After more than three months of coronavirus-mandated limbo, Hollywood is headed back to the big screen — and hoping that Russell Crowe’s road rage thriller “Unhinged” will jump-start the recovery.”
HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH — “Disneyland Unions Balk at Park Reopening Amid Pandemic,’’ via Hollywood Reporter.
IN MEMORIAM — “Joel Schumacher, Director of Batman Films and ‘Lost Boys,’ Dies at 80,” by Variety’s Carmel Dagan.
BIG HAUL — Sheriff: 2 tons of pot, $1 million seized from Chinese operation in Southern California,’’ via Press Enterprise.
— “Los Angeles proposes major course change for marijuana business licensing, social equity,’’ via Marijuana Business Daily.
TRAVEL AGENCY TO THE STARS — “Virgin Galactic inks deal with NASA for private trips to ISS,’’ by CNET’S Sean Keane: “Under the contract, the commercial space-flight company will find would-be space travelers, train them and organize transport to the ISS.”
DOESN’T SMELL LIKE WEED — ‘’The Grateful Dead have released a line of vegan deodorant,’’ via CNN.
SMELLS LIKE CASH SPIRIT — Kurt Cobain’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ Guitar Fetches $6 Million At Beverly Hills Auction,’’ via CBSLA.
GO BIG OR GO HOME — “Lafayette warned to act soon on big housing project — or risk more than $15 million in legal fight,’’ by MercNews’ Jon Kawamoto.
Facebook’s Amber Moon … Ryan Woodbury … Adam Boehler, CEO of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation …
HAMMER FORUM — “SCOTUS Protects LGBTQ Rights in the Workplace,” Wednesday, June 24, 5 p.m. Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson joins NYU law professor Melissa Murray to explain how the case came to the Supreme Court, the basis of the court’s decision, and what this means for future cases involving LGBTQ rights specifically and all civil rights more broadly. RSVP here.
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