Let me wish you a pleasant Memorial Day weekend as we reflect on the ultimate sacrifices that have been made by those who served this great country in the Armed Services.
This past week I viewed the new movie "Woman in Gold" (see https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=woman+in+gold&kpevlbx=1). As my parents lived through Nazi occupation in the Netherlands, this movie was an emotional one for me. But, it reminded me of how grateful I am to the United States of America for liberating Europe and for the many who lost their lives in that effort.
I also want to thank the Legislative Jewish Caucus for presenting this movie and allowing those in attendance to meet Randol Schoenberg, one of the main characters depicted in the film (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._Randol_Schoenberg). I would recommend the movie as an excellent Memorial Day remembrance opportunity.
The LA Times covered one vote, out of nearly 30, during yesterday morning’s Senate Session. Most of the bills went through without opposition. I decided to rise in opposition of two bills carried by Senator Mendoza, SB 331 and SB 792. I’ll address SB 331 in a future UPDATE. The remainder of the article covers actions in yesterday’s Assembly Session and is the first one below. The piece was also carried by the Lodi-News Sentinel and Uncover California.
SB 792 was flawed and I pointed out its major shortfall in my floor debate. The poor drafting is the allowing for certain exemptions and not requiring that parents be notified that a paid worker or volunteer is exempted. So what is the point? It would make parents assume that all day care facilities are meeting this mandate, when in fact, they may not be. You certainly aren’t protecting children, supposedly, if this were the case.
I suggested that the better solution was to require notification and signed disclosure by the consumer (parents) that they are utilizing the services of a day care provider that has an employee who has not completed the vaccination regimen. If a parent is fine with that, then we have done our duty. If they are not, then they can look for another day care provider for their infant.
The scary part of some of these bills is where does the Legislature go next? For instance, will someone propose a bill mandating that parents be fined for using a babysitter that has not completed the entire series of ten vaccines? I bristle at overreactions, so I said my peace and voted against this bill, along with two other Senators. Also see MOORLACH UPDATE — Vote Reactions — May 21, 2015 May 21, 2015 John Moorlach.
The second piece is from Fox and Hounds and provides another perspective on Senator Steve Glazer’s victory this week. The Contra Costa Times will be providing its analysis in tomorrow’s editorial section. It looks like the Contra Costa Times will point out that the combined registered Republicans and Independents outnumber the registered Democrats in the 7th Senate District. Consequently, this allowed Catherine Baker, a Republican, to win last fall in the 16th Assembly District. The 16th AD is located within the 7th SD. Maybe there is hope for the Bay Area. For the OC Register‘s take, see http://www.ocregister.com/articles/glazer-662647-party-bonilla.html.
Senator Glazer and I share similar stories. We were both viciously attacked by public employee unions during our campaigns. We both had our respective Party establishments supporting our sitting Assemblymember opponents. And we both wear beards. I’m thinking about starting a "hirsuteness" caucus, as there are now five Senators with beards. With that bit of humor, I wish our new Senator all the best and look forward to meeting him next week.
Life has been moving at a fast clip with December consumed with farewell events and packing up my Supervisorial office. January, February and the first-half of March was packed with campaign activities. And these last nine weeks have bee filled to the brim with this wonderful new role as your State Senator for the 37th District.
Our District Office is staffed and operating. We want you to come by and visit next Friday, May 29th. The office is located on Main Street, between MacArthur and Red Hill, at 30 Executive Park, Suite 250, Irvine, just north of John Wayne Airport and the San Diego Freeway. The reception will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Our District staff looks forward to meeting you (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Vote Reactions — May 21, 2015 May 21, 2015 John Moorlach). We may even have one or more of our Capitol staff present as well (see MOORLACH UPDATE — New Political Split — April 24, 2015 April 24, 2015 John Moorlach).
State Legislature advances vaccine, carpooling bills, other measures
By Patrick McGreevy
California lawmakers advanced a measure that would require workers in day-care centers to be vaccinated as part of an effort to protect children from preventable diseases such as measles.
Lawmakers also acted on proposals to expand carpooling, ban plastic microbeads and give counties the ability to increase fines for large unpermitted events, a bill sparked by the 2011 wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries.
The vaccine bill would apply to workers in commercial day-care centers and those operated in private homes. It is partly a response to a measles outbreak that involved visitors to Disneyland, according to state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), author of the proposal.
Although the outbreak linked to Disneyland did not result in fatalities, children can die from diseases that are preventable with vaccines, he said.
"We must do everything in our power to protect California’s children who spend time in day care," Mendoza said Friday.
The Senate approved the measure, SB 792, and sent it to the Assembly.
Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) voted against the bill, calling it overreach.
"It seems that just providing notification to the parents of the children that an employee or volunteer at the day-care center has not had their full vaccinations would be more advisable," Moorlach said during the floor debate.
The state Assembly voted Friday to approve a bill that would allow car services such as Lyft, Uber and Sidecar to function as car pools. The proposal would give them authority to split fares among multiple passengers with similar pickup locations and destinations.
Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) said the law governing charter-party carriers, such as taxis, limousines and now ride-sharing companies, dates to 1961 and was intended to protect customers from being forced to share limousine and taxi services with others.
"We have long encouraged public transit and carpooling to reduce traffic and air pollution," Ting said in support of his measure, AB 1360. "Extending the environmental mindset to ride-sharing requires changing a 50-year-old law."
Assembly members also passed a bid to ban the sale of personal care products, including some facial scrubs, soaps and toothpaste, that contain plastic microbeads.
Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) said his bill would create the strongest law in the country against the use of unnecessary and toxic additives.
AB 888, he added, would help the state "fight pollution in our rivers, lakes and oceans."
Another measure approved by the Assembly would extend the statute of limitations for filing charges of vehicular manslaughter in hit-and-run collisions. Authorities would have one year after identifying a hit-and-run suspect to press charges; existing law allows charges just three years from the time of the accident.
Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-Carson) introduced the bill, saying too many people are killed in Los Angeles County by hit-and-run drivers, and noting that the issue is personal for him. Gipson’s 3-year-old son was killed 23 years ago by a hit-and-run driver who was never caught, he told his colleagues.
"It would not bring my son back," he said of his bill, AB 835, "but we hope that other families will be comforted."
In response to traffic issues and other problems caused by celebrity Kim Kardashian’s 2011 wedding, the Assembly passed a proposal to increase fines for local ordinance violations from $100 to as much as $5,000.
Author Das Williams, a Democratic Assemblyman from Santa Barbara, said the county could levy only a $100 fine against Google Executive Chairman Eric E. Schmidt, the Montecito homeowner who hosted the Kardashian-Humphries nuptials, even though it generated a flood of complaints about traffic and other problems.
The event, attended by about 300 guests and dogged by paparazzi, was held at an estate rented from Schmidt, who lacked a required permit to hold the commercial event on his residential property, officials said.
"Taxpayers should not have to pay for extra traffic control and other public safety services for wealthy people who skirt the law," Williams told his Assembly colleagues before the vote to approve AB 514.
The Assembly bills now go to the Senate for consideration.
All that Analysis of the Glazer Victory
By Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
According to the Democratic Party analysis of Steve Glazer’s victory in Senate District 7, Glazer ran a “cynical” campaign appealing to Republicans and, “We know that low turnout elections favor Republicans. When Democratic voters show up and vote, Democrats win.”
I suppose one way to interpret that analysis is that those who only pay attention part time to politics or are not engaged in public affairs and don’t bother to vote in important off-year elections vote for Democrats when they do vote. Some might argue that is a formula for our government’s dysfunction, but that would be cynical and the Democratic analysis already used that term in describing Steve Glazer’s campaign. Both approaches couldn’t be cynical, could they?
There has been plenty of analysis dealing with the results of the highly contested special election and its meaning.
John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “The complaints about Glazer’s efforts to appeal to Republicans and independent voters ignore the changes taking place in California elections with the advent of the top-two primary system…”
Just maybe something is changing in the state politics because of the top-two primary. Steve Greenhut of U-T San Diego got that sense when looking at both the all Democratic Glazer-Bonilla senate contest and the Moorlach-Wagner all Republican race in Orange County in March. Greenhut noted that the issue of union support played a big role in both contests with the benefactor of union support losing. He wrote, “Two races might not make a trend, but something definitely is brewing.”
The analysis on this site by Tony Quinn suggested, “This result shows there’s room for independent Democrats who don’t have to cower to labor.”
Of course, the Democratic Party saw it differently. The party’s Executive Director Shawnda Westly said in a statement, “We will not back down from races like this in the future, and Democrats will go to bat for our endorsed candidates who put the needs of working and middle class families first.”
However, the Democratic Party doesn’t have first call on the interests of working people. That became clear in Glazer’s victory. He spoke up for the working people who were troubled and disadvantaged by the BART strikes while the party chose to support the BART union members.
Since others have taken a shot at analyzing the result, I’ll take mine, too.
Steve Glazer is cut from the same mold as his long time friend and mentor, Gov. Jerry Brown. Glazer is a Democrat but he is attuned to fiscal problems and aware that spending taxpayers’ money irresponsibly is a road to political purgatory. Given Brown’s approval ratings, it appears in present-day California, the voters are satisfied with that positioning. Glazer was in the right place, politically speaking, at the right time.
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