Hello, California. It’s Thursday October 7th.
Big decisions await
T-minus three days.
This is how much time Governor Gavin Newsom has left to decide the fate of the bills remaining on his desk – and as the deadline draws closer, the accumulation of costly and contentious proposals becomes more and more intense.
The direct impact of Newsom’s decisions was particularly evident on Wednesday, when he signed a stack of higher education bills – including one that facilitates the transfer of community college students to a CSU or UC campus – while ‘he was on stage at CSU Northridge, surrounded by lawmakers and cheerleaders waving pom poms. “Eat your heart, Texas!” Eat your heart, Florida! Newsom shouted – referring to California’s $ 47.1 billion higher education budget – as the audience cheered. “Eat your heart, Tennessee!” Eat your heart, fill-the-fucking-void! “
Obviously missing from the package, however, was a bill that would usher in the most significant reforms to California’s financial aid system in a generation.
Also on Wednesday, Newsom launched the Governor’s Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education, one of whose stated goals is to provide “young people with the tools to recognize and respond to instances of anti-Semitism and fanaticism. on the campus “. The move comes as some Holocaust survivors are urging Newsom to veto a bill that would make ethnic studies a requirement for high school graduation. Citing anti-Semitic content, Jewish groups have been among the most vocal critics of early drafts of California’s Model Ethnic Studies curriculum – which the state’s Board of Education approved in March after considering over 100,000 public comments.
Here is a look at the other notable bills signed or opposed by Newsom over the past few days.
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California administered 50 081 818 vaccine doses, and 70.9% of eligible Californians are fully immunized.
More: CalMatters tracks the results of Newsom’s recall election and the top 21 bills from state legislators sent to Newsom’s office.
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Other stories you should know
1. Prepare your proof of vax
With COVID-19-related hospitalizations in California halving from the summer peak, parts of the state are doubling pandemic safety measures while others are considering easing them. Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved one of the toughest ordinances in the country: Beginning November 4, residents must show proof of vaccination to enter almost all indoor facilities, including gyms, cafes, malls, movie theaters, hair and nail salons, and bowling alleys – while businesses that break the rules could face fines of up to $ 5,000 from November 29 . Meanwhile, Bay Area health officials are today to unveil the criteria for which the region can end its indoor mask tenure. San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who was recently pictured dancing and singing without a mask at a nightclub in violation of city rules, said “some adjustments” to the masking rules at the interior were “late”.
San Diego County voted Tuesday night to require proof of vaccination for all new hires. The vaccine requirement for San Francisco employees appears to have improved immunization rates in some areas, but the city’s transit system manager warned on Wednesday that low immunization rates among his workforce could lead to a cut in services just before the city prepares to host a giant music festival. . Kaiser Permanente, which employs the majority of its workers in California, has suspended 2,200 employees nationwide for not getting the vaccine. Meanwhile, State Senator Richard Pan, a Democrat from Sacramento, told Joe Hong of CalMatters he plans to introduce legislation to remove the personal creed exemption from the recently announced student vaccination mandate. by California.
- Pan: “The problem with the personal belief exemption is that if there are too many people using it, we will have schools that are not safe.”
2. Details emerge on Orange County oil spill
As the days go by, more and more details are emerging about the massive oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach – and its long-term consequences are becoming clearer. Federal regulators said on Wednesday that although the pipeline operator’s parent company received a low pressure alarm on Saturday at 2:30 a.m., the pipeline was not shut down until 6 a.m., apparently contradicting the CEO. of Amplify Energy Corp. Martyn Willsher, who said the company didn’t learn of the leak until 8:09 a.m. on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Coast Guard is investigating a container ship in Oakland as it attempts to determine if the pipeline was punctured and dragged by a ship’s anchor. And as changing weather conditions threaten to push oil further south, contaminated water is hampering commercial fishermen and women fishermen – and the supply chains that depend on them.
3. Auto insurance reimbursements could happen
If you buy your auto insurance from Allstate, Mercury, or CSAA, you could soon get a partial refund of premiums paid during the pandemic. In a series of letters on Tuesday ordering the three companies to respond within 30 days or face legal action, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara said the gap between the amount they should have paid back to drivers and the amount they actually returned to drivers was the largest among those in the state. auto insurers. In April 2020, as the streets were empty of cars due to the stay-at-home order, Lara ordered insurers to reimburse drivers’ premiums. But in March 2021, Lara noted that the state’s largest insurers had reduced their premiums by just 9%, when they should have cut them by 17%. Lara’s announcement on Tuesday means Allstate, Mercury and CSAA were the worst offenders.
His firm stance – “on behalf of consumers, I am at the end of my patience” – also suggests that Lara is preparing for the 2022 election, in which he will face a Democratic challenger: Assembly member Marc Levine de San Rafael , who accused Lara of not doing enough to prevent Californians living in fire-prone areas from losing their home insurance.
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Improve services for the elderly: Newsom is expected to sign a bill that would improve community care options for seniors receiving services outside nursing homes, argues On Lok’s Eileen Kunz.
Create a smoother transfer system: A clearly defined transfer path to CSU and UC – especially for STEM subjects and for people of color – will guide community college students to meaningful and productive careers, writes Hasan Zillur Rahim, professor of mathematics at San Jose City College. .
Other things are worth your time
Emergency response team helps California schools overcome wildfires. // EdSource
Notice about American Indians in Shasta County paves the way for statewide education reform for Indigenous students. // Shasta Scout
Santa Clara County Employees Will Face COVID Pandemic “pay heroes” checks. // Mercury news
Riverside County Sheriff paid for one-year membership with the oath keepers. // Desert sun
California correctional officer allegedly covered up killings in prison before his death. // Sacramento bee
Long Beach School Police Shooting Victim dies. // Los Angeles Times
San Diego defense contractor charged to be compromised by a Chinese spy. // San Diego Union-Tribune
Bay Area Developer Fraud Leads to Investments in Public Servants, Teachers at risk. // Mercury news
Ash Street Lease Criminal Investigation Becomes Visible because DA is executing several search warrants. // San Diego Union-Tribune
California cities want a slice of the Amazon sales tax. Here’s why Fresno calls a plan “racist.” // Bee Fresno
Supervisors take a stand against the placement of sexually violent predators in San Diego County. // San Diego Union-Tribune
Supervisors say no to 316 micro-houses in Tenderloin for fear that they will become “technological dormitories”. // Chronicle of San Francisco
Cleaned up homeless camp in downtown Sacramento. Most campers move only a block away. // Sacramento bee
San Franciscans agree that tent camps are not human. But the city still hasn’t found a good way to deal with them. // Chronicle of San Francisco
Imposed fruit quarantine over much of the Santa Clara Valley. // Mercury news
“It’s historic”: for at least a week, The Eel River in California has stopped flowing. // SFGATE
In dry California, some buy units that make water from air. // Associated Press
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