THE BUZZ: Homelessness is ubiquitous in California. It might be on the 2020 tally, too.
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s homelessness task force released its recommendations the other day. Here’s the breakdown from POLITICO’s Victoria Colliver of how the governor’s appointees desire to take on the crisis that threatens to consume Newsom’s governorship.
The vital takeaway: Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Los Angeles Manager Mark Ridley-Thomas desire a lawfully mandated right to housing, binding regional federal governments and enforced by a brand-new prosecutor– and they want a constitutional modification to do it.
Convincing 2 thirds of lawmakers to place that on the tally won’t be easy, particularly if Newsom doesn’t use up political capital to protect those votes. The governor explained during a spending plan hearing recently that he’s drifting above the ballot fray in the meantime, in spite of exhortations from different interest groups to take positions; the other day he was noncommittal about his role Keep in mind there’s a less-expansive right to real estate bill currently before lawmakers.
But the possibility of a homelessness tally effort is the newest indication that 2020, currently forming up to be an impressive year for direct democracy, could include some contentious housing and homelessness battles. Former Assemblyman Mike Gatto is working to certify an effort that would compel authorities to split down on low-level street criminal offenses and then funnel some people into mandatory treatment. A repeat lease control fight promises. Advocates of the “split roll” Proposition 13 reform will inform you it’s a crucial reward for cities to develop real estate rather than retail.
Don’t wager your bank account on 54 Assembly members and 27 senators voting to advance a mandate on city governments throughout an election year. But at a time when real estate and homelessness have actually increased to the top of Californians’ lists of issues, the blossoming ballot blitz is a sign of how inescapable the problem has actually ended up being.
BUENOS DIAS, great Tuesday early morning. It’s Democratic dispute night– and with Sen. Kamala Harris, Representative Eric Swalwell and author Marianne Williamson all registering as ghosts of candidates past, Tom Steyer stands as the sole staying California competitor. He made this phase thanks to a late South Carolina and Nevada polling surge, which Steyer attributed to his message instead of his money
QUOTE OF THE DAY: ” Being guv the second time was more satisfactory in itself. Being guv the first time, well, within 14 months I was aiming to Washington … I don’t know why the hell I was running for president after 14 months.” Gov. Jerry Brown on an enthusiastic first tenure versus a more “interesting” 2nd go-around, throughout a KQED look.
TWEET OF THE DAY: NYTimes press reporter Astead Herndon @AsteadWesley on Cory Booker’s departure meaning no black presidential candidate Democrats: ” Biden project started this race thinking they would need to contend with whoever emerged from Harris/Booker duel in Iowa for black votes in South Carolina and ends up they need to deal with neither”
WHERE’S GAVIN? Absolutely nothing official announced.
— “ Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca likely headed to prison after Supreme Court declines to evaluate case,” by the LA Times’ Alex Wigglesworth: Baca “was sentenced in 2017 to 3 years behind bars after a jury discovered he supervise a strategy to hinder a federal probe into abuses in Los Angeles County prisons and later on lied to district attorneys about his function in the plan.”
BRAWL EXPENSE– “ Slugfest at a California conference has inspired a political leader to propose a brand-new law,” by the LA Times’ Ruben Vives: ” In Might, two councilmen entered an argument at a conference in Indian Wells that became a brawl. The slugfest ended up involving 4 of the politicians from the City of Commerce and left one councilman, Leonard Mendoza, pushing the ground unconscious, his arms and legs splayed out for everyone to see on social networks.”
THE DEMONSTRATIONS THAT WEREN’T– Secretary of State Mike Pompeo struck the liberal bastion of the Bay Area for 2 public speaking engagements in the week following the Iran crisis Monday. And big surprise: at Stanford University and at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, a city that enjoys demonstrations, he got a warm reception. No hecklers, no arrests and none of the anticipated huge protests in Nancy Pelosi’s Home district There were a handful of protesters in San Francisco, but none at Stanford– and no arrests.
AND HE DIDN’T BREAK MUCH NEW GROUND … taking a seat with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at Stanford– where he discussed Iran– and with Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino in SF, where he mainly dealt with trade and tech concerns.
ESTIMATES to bear in mind: On relations with North Korea: “I have actually now invested more time with Chairman Kim than anybody except Dennis Rodman.” On Iran, he gave this tongue in cheek evaluation: “We simply want Iran to act like a normal country. Simply be like Norway.”
Following the SF event, Pompeo was set up to dine with a more than a dozen Silicon Valley tech stars, including Oracle’s Larry Ellison, Nextdoor Inc CEO Sarah Friar, popular endeavor capitalist Marc Andreessen, and Gregory Becker, the CEO of Silicon Valley Bank, Bloomberg reported.
HOMELESSNESS DANCE: “ If L.A. wants the Trump administration’s cash for homelessness, strings will be attached,” by the LATimes’ Dakota Smith, Benjamin Oreskes and Noah Bierman: ” Real Estate and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson told Mayor Eric Garcetti in a letter last Thursday that Trump officials are prepared to provide Los Angeles a selection of resources, including emergency health care services and federal land … However, Carson likewise recommended in his letter that the government expects changes from L.A. in how it manages homelessness.”
POLL POSITION– The Public Policy Institute of California’s most current presidential gauge tracks with other polls: Sen. Bernie Sanders, previous Veep Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are clustered together at the leading with about a quarter of the vote each, separated by a four-point buffer that’s well within the margin of mistake– though Sanders has risen in recent months and Biden stays the frustrating choice for more than likely to beat Trump.
It’s the most recent evidence that whichever Democrat “wins” California is most likely to wind up with a narrow plurality of delegates provided the state’s proportional allocation system. However it’s notable that this PPIC poll did not consist of the wildcard of previous New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who’s been saturating the airwaves and peeling some recommendations here.
MENTIONING BLOOMBERG– “ Bloomberg’s project snowballs to 1,000 staffers and counting,” by POLITICO’s Sally Goldenberg and Christopher Cadelago: ” Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign has actually brought on more than 700 staffers expanded across 33 states, with a growing number of organizers joining his ranks in states that vote on Super Tuesday … The unmatched scale and scope of the project– he has also spent over $200 million on TV ads– offers Bloomberg an enormous footprint in states that hold their primaries on March 3 or later on.”
— “ San Jose mayor begins Mike Bloomberg project in Bay Area,” by the San Jose Spotlight’s Nadia Lopez: ” Resolving an intimate gathering of upscale Bay Area voters, [Sam] Liccardo expressed his assistance of the former New York City mayor for his leadership as a company executive and his difficult position on policies rooted in environment modification, gun control and public health.”
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Former Vice President Joe Biden has gotten the recommendation of two California unions– the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13 (Longshore), Regional 63 (Marine Clerks) and Local 94 (Foremen), who represent 10,000 longshore employees in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Union president Ray Familathe says his subscription– which keeps millions of containers streaming through two of the nation’s busiest ports– hopes Biden can assist with “ongoing difficulties with the hazards of automation and port tariffs.”
WE MATTER– “ Could Democrats’ course to White House run through Inland Empire?” by the Press-Enterprise’s Jeff Horseman: ” It remains in a deep-blue state with a million more individuals than Iowa and 8 more delegates than New Hampshire.”
— “ Barbara Lee: All-white Democratic governmental argument an indication of systemic bias,” by the SF Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli: ” Lee states the Democratic National Committee’s guidelines for determining who can take part in its presidential disputes is ‘systematically discriminatory’ against people of color.”
SKELTON SPEAKETH– “ Newsom has actually had great deals of luck as guv. He’ll require it for his long list of priorities,” by the LA Times’ George Skelton: ” Jerry Brown was a directly focused political pragmatist after evolving from an ambitious young rebel rock star. Arnold Schwarzenegger was an agitated entertainer. Gray Davis was risk-averse. Pete Wilson was a scrapper. George Deukmejian was a rock that might move. Ronald Reagan: a real believer. Pat Brown: home builder.
Newsom? He’s the fortunate one. That’s his most significant characteristic so far.”
MOD MONEY– “ Nora Campos gets $350 K in oil support for state Senate run,” by POLITICO’s Jeremy B. White: ” It marks the current cash infusion from company groups seeking to promote their favored candidates in sturdily Democratic districts as the March 3 main methods.”
— “ California costs safeguarding intersex babies passes away in committee,” by the Bay Area Reporter’s Matthew S. Bajko: ” The legislation, authored by gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), has actually dealt with intense opposition from medical lobbying groups since being presented last year. They have actually criticized the bill as being too broad and eliminating control from both moms and dads and physicians.”
— “ Bill to weaponize tidy cars and truck rebates stalls in California’s pollution battle versus Trump,” by CalMatters’ Rachel Becker.
FIELD JOURNEY– Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis is signing up with a trade delegation to India beginning today. She’ll be signed up with by representatives of PwC, Facebook, Infosys, Gilead Sciences, the California Hotel and Lodging Association and McKinsey & Co.
— “ Plans to move California’s homeless population into centralized facilities gain steam,” by Curbed’s Alissa Walker: Real estate advocates fear that these moves (to determine public land) suggest a major federal crackdown is looming– one that, due to the delayed implementation of other solutions, will be not simply welcomed but abetted by state and local authorities.”
— “ The Continuous battle over Martins Beach discussed,” through KQED.
FIRE COMBATS– “ FEMA states it may bill fire victims if it can’t get $4 billion from PG&E,” by the SF Chronicle’s J.D. Morris: ” The Federal Emergency Management Firm wants repayment from PG&E to cover expenses from the government’s response to fires in 2015, 2017 and2018 Under PG&E’s current plan to fix its personal bankruptcy, any payment to FEMA would need to originate from the $135 billion the company means to reserve primarily to settle claims from fire victims.”
DARK FUTURE– “ California’s wildfire threat keeps becoming worse. Now a decade of blackouts lie ahead,” by The Guardian’s Susie Cagle: ” While ‘de-energization’ for fire security has actually been state policy for more than a years, it had never ever in the past been utilized on such a mass scale.”
MOST DIFFICULT CASES– “‘ They’ve been getting sicker’: Inside SF’s effort to assist the most difficult homeless cases,” by the SF Chronicle’s Dominic Fracassa and Trisha Thadani: ” The shared concern task becomes part of a wider effort to revamp the city’s system of care as a lack of psychological health employees, drug treatment beds and steady housing hobbles its ability to help the most vulnerable.”
— “ Why one county is exploring providing $1,000 month-to-month to every youth aging out of foster care,” by Erica Hellerstein for CalMatters: ” If approved, the program would join experiments in the Bay Area and other neighborhoods that are checking whether providing low-income residents with a standard wage with couple of strings connected can enhance their lives.”
— “ Barr ramps up pressure on Apple to unlock Pensacola shooter’s iPhones,” by POLITICO’s Eric Geller: ” The FBI asked Apple for help after its agents were not able to access the shooter’s 2 iPhones. Apple informed POLITICO recently that it provided as much assistance as it could, however Barr stated Monday that the business ‘has actually not given us any substantive support.'”
UNBRACE YOURSELVES– “ Tech IPOs didn’t destroy Bay Area housing after all,” by Suppressed SF’s Adam Brinklow: ” The Bay Area braced itself in 2019 for a tsunami of tech cash that seemed poised to sweep away the region as we understand it, today it seems that this newest year in real estate was mainly a wash.”
— “ How AB5 impacts gig competitors: One gets more company, one exits California,” by the SF Chronicle’s Carolyn Said.
— “ Facebook won’t alter web tracking in action to California privacy law,” by WSJ’s Patience Haggin: ” Facebook … has told marketers that its trackers’ data collection doesn’t constitute ‘offering’ data under the California law and that it for that reason does not think it is required to make modifications.”
— “ Latinos are sorely underrepresented in Hollywood. L.A. Mayor Garcetti works plan to assist,” by the LATimes’ Anousha Sakoui.
— “ Activist implicated of splashing blood on California legislators bought to stay away from them,” by the Sac Bee’s Darrell Smith.
— “ New DA Boudin works with public protectors amid staffing shake-up,” by the SF Examiner’s Michael Barba.
— “ Lethal boat fire: Four households of victims file fit against Conception owners,” by the LA Times’ Richard Winton and Mark Puente.
— “ CHP: Death of guy discovered hanging from tree in Northern California ‘suspicious,’” by means of The AP.
— “ Police union employed ‘Shadow Mayor’ Steve Kawa to be its SF government point man– but likewise signed onto Tucker Carlson’s filth porn effort to ridicule SF government,” by Objective Resident’s Joe Eskenazi.
— “ Just how much PG&E customers will pay to shut down California’s last nuclear reactor,” by Dale Kasler and Kaytlyn Leslie in the Sac Bee.
— “ The most despair-inducing Bay Area meals of 2019,” by the SF Chronicle’s Soleil Ho.
— Victoria Chow is now a customer communications supervisor at Reddit. She formerly was communications director for The California Sunday Publication and Pop-Up Magazine.
CALIFORNIA POLICY IS ALWAYS CHANGING: Know your next move. From Sacramento to Silicon Valley, POLITICO California Pro offers policy specialists with the extensive reporting and tools they need to get ahead of policy patterns and political advancements forming the Golden State. To read more about the exclusive insight and analysis this subscriber-only service deals, click on this link
Wish to make an effect? POLITICO California has a variety of services readily available for partners looking to reach and trigger the most influential individuals in the Golden State. Have a petition you want signed? A cause you’re promoting? Looking for to increase brand awareness amongst this essential audience? Share your message with our prominent readers to promote engagement and drive action. Contact Jesse Shapiro to discover how: email@example.com