Hello, California. It’s Wednesday June 30.
55 contenders to date
With Gov. Gavin Newsom in the headlines for suing his own election chief over a legal dispute over the recall ballot, Republicans vying to replace him in this year’s special election are working to generate their own media buzz .
Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and businessman John Cox both embarked on statewide tours this week to promote their plans to reduce homelessness. Faulconer, who has sought to present himself as the only serious contender in the race, unveiled a six point plan Tuesday, he said, would allow widespread cleanup of camps by forcing homeless Californians to leave public spaces once shelter beds are available. Cox, meanwhile, changed his tour mate from a 1,000-pound bear to a 8 foot garbage ball while discuss plans require homeless people to undergo mental health or drug addiction treatment before providing them with housing.
The proposals followed Newsom and lawmakers’ recent agreement to spend $ 12 billion on homelessness and affordable housing over the next two years, including an expansion of Newsom’s flagship program, Project Homekey.
- Faulconer: “You can spend all the money in the world on this problem, but if you don’t have the political will to come out and say, ‘We are not going to allow tent camps on our sidewalks’, you are not going. not to change behavior.
Faulconer and Cox are among 55 Californians who have so far filed a declaration of intent to appear against Newsom in the recall. The vast majority are random citizens who readily admit that they are unlikely to win. But that doesn’t stop them from running – and a recently announced requirement that all applicants must submit five years of tax returns to be made available to the public, although some question its necessity, reports Laurel Rosenhall of CalMatters .
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Other stories you should know
1. Biden and Newsom to discuss the fires
Today, President Joe Biden to meet with Newsom and leaders of other Western states to discuss their trifecta of tribulations: an incipient wildfire season that could be worse than the one that broke records last year, a worsening drought and a heat wave that has already set record temperatures in California and the Pacific Northwest. While the political circumstances surrounding this virtual meeting are very different from those surrounding President Trump’s September 2020 visit to California for a wildfire briefing, the underlying challenges are largely the same. Newsom announced on Tuesday that California had obtained a federal disaster relief grant to help defray the costs of the fighting lava fire in Siskiyou County, which has already forced more than 8,000 evacuations as it spanned 13,300 acres. Tuesday, it was still only 20% content despite the attack on 800 firefighters.
Adding fuel to the already dire situation, four officers on Monday shot dead a man who the sheriff said shot them while leaving a large complex of cannabis farms under evacuation orders, Sacramento Bee reports. Large-scale crops, which are banned in Siskiyou County, are mainly grown by Hmong and Chinese growers. is currently pursuing a federal civil rights lawsuit against local officials for alleged racial discrimination.
2. Who pays for damage caused by forest fires?
As fires burn larger and larger swathes of the Californian landscape, the question “Who pays?” Is getting harder and harder to ignore. But solutions are hard to come by, Miranda Green reports for CalMatters. Insurance companies want to factor climate change into their wildfire coverage calculations, but consumer watchdogs fear California homeowners – many of whom have already lost their insurance completely – could end up with premiums higher. Others blame the government, saying it should never have allowed construction in fire-prone areas. Meanwhile, lawmakers who represent communities devastated by the fires are receptive to raising some rates – as long as it means residents can continue to stay on their property.
3. The unfunded promises of higher education
State lawmakers are bragging about a massive infusion of funds for higher education into the $ 263 billion budget they passed on Tuesday. But there’s a catch: some of their biggest promises – including $ 515 million to create a debt-free grant for low- and middle-income UC and CSU students and $ 149 million to fund an additional 15,000 seats for residents. Californians at UC and CSU – didn’t get a single dollar in the budget. None of the money for these programs will be available unless lawmakers and the governor agree Next year to fund them, reports Mikhail Zinshteyn of CalMatters. So, while the budget injects real money that will immediately help hundreds of thousands of students, it also creates potential problems for the California public higher education system – which is now under pressure to hire professors with high standards. money he does not have to prepare for a raise. in student registrations that may not even materialize.
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CalMatters columnist Dan Walters: Newsom claims California’s economy is “roaring backwards” as the COVID-19 pandemic wears off, but data points to a much slower recovery.
Problems with the California Utilities Board: Her recent vote against rooftop solar power favors utilities over consumers and derails efforts to meet the state’s climate change goals, says Laura Neish of 350 Bay Area.
Blame the hikes in energy prices on broken promises: Community Choice Aggregators were supposed to provide cheaper electricity, but some now charge more than large utility companies, writes Bob Dean of local IBEW 1245.
Changing California’s Mathematical Approach: It’s time to put the focus on data science and let it be known that hardly any university in the country requires math for admission, say UT Austin’s Elisha Smith Arrillaga and Just Equations’ Pamela Burdman.
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Other things are worth your time
This tech company has moved California jobs overseas. The state just offered them a tax break to come back. // Sacramento Bee
California, Mexico sign agreement to open new border post at Otay Mesa by the end of 2024. // San Diego Union-Tribune
How the pandemic positioned San Francisco to become “the Napa Valley of cannabis”. // Chronicle of San Francisco
How domestic violence became the # 1 cause of homelessness for women in Los Angeles. // LAist
California’s booming real estate market just cool a bit. // New York Times
Napa Valley feud pits real estate startup against the owners. // the Wall Street newspaper
Cities in Orange County sue the state on “wrong” housing construction targets. // Orange County Register
San Francisco landlords can sue the city for life leases granted upon conversion to co-ownership. // Chronicle of San Francisco
Lawyers: the city’s “volunteer” consultant on the Ash Street deal was paid millions by the seller. // San Diego Union-Tribune
In Venice, two approaches to helping the homeless are on a collision course. // LAist
Bay Area man named chief from the United States Forest Service. // Mercury News
Bottom-of-the-barrel California Oil May Be Much More Carbon Intensive that what the state matters. // KQED
Here are the dirtiest beaches in California. // Los Angeles Times
What are the strange sea creatures that look like fingers recently found off the California coast? // Mercury News
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