Friday is a huge decision day in the Assembly.
Any expense that would include a price of $150,000 or more gets routed into the Appropriations Committee’s suspense file. San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez chairs that committee now.
Those costs have been in limbo, but on Friday, they’ll meet their fate– many will get tossed out, and some will move on to an Assembly vote.
Here are a couple of significant suspense file expenses from regional lawmakers to watch on:
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Overtime for Farm Employees
It’s great to be chair, which is why Gonzalez’s bill to supply overtime to farm workers is expected to move forward. The proposition would move in phases and by 2020 would require overtime pay for employees who labor more than 40 hours a week. The costs has actually generated assistance from Hillary Clinton, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the L.A. Times editorial board, to name a few. Farmers, strapped with increasing water rates and a base pay hike, say they can’t manage it– which it’ll in fact cut employees’ hours.
Redevelopment Funds for Low-Income Housing
Assemblywoman Toni Atkins has long promoted solution’s to the state’s real estate crisis, and among her costs would make half of the savings from the end of the state’s redevelopment program readily available for low-income housing. Half of the brand-new cash reserved for low-income real estate programs would go to existing state programs, and half would go to cities for their low-income housing programs. In general, the quantity of money it might supply to low-income real estate would be topped at $1 billion a year.
Assemblywoman Shirley Weber has been an outspoken critic of the statewide database that tracks gang members and those presumed of being gang members– and even discussed in a hearing that her child had actually once been threatened with inclusion in the database during a traffic stop.
A lot of the criticisms of CalGang center on its secrecy– a person might be put on it and not even know. That’s what Weber’s expense looks for to deal with. It broadens the requirements for notifying people who land on the list, and supplies a pathway for individuals who are on the list and haven’t been founded guilty of a criminal activity to be removed.
Weber has actually also recommended a variety of education reforms, including this costs that would establish a statewide responsibility system.
Weber’s bill would force the state Board of Education to align its system with federal requirements, and to develop “requirements for identifying districts and schools in requirement of support and improvement,” according to an analysis.
Taking Task 25 to Another Level
For all its battles attending to homelessness, San Diego has discovered success with a little program called Job 25, which offers real estate and services for the most regular users of emergency situation services.
One of the creators of that program was Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, who has an expense that would require homeless carriers statewide to assemble information on the variety of arrests, emergency clinic gos to and other categories of homeless people it serves.
” The data will make it possible for state and local governments to develop much better programs to target the requirements of these individuals and utilize funding and other resources in the most efficient way,” according to an analysis.
Fresh & & Hard
Might is CalFresh Awareness Month, which implies extra scrutiny on obstacles that keep individuals from registering for food assistance.
CalFresh is the state’s name for the federal program colloquially known as food stamps.
Not too long ago, San Diego County was singled out for its dismal food stamps participation rate. A 2009 report discovered that only 35 percent of qualified county residents were enrolled in the program.
Now that number’s turned: Approximately two-thirds of eligible county homeowners are registered in CalFresh, according to the San Diego Hunger Coalition. SDHC credits the increase to better outreach, innovation upgrades and initiatives like same-day registration for homeless individuals.
Lingering issues that keep more individuals from enrolling aren’t necessarily at the county level, stated Amanda Schultz, SDHC’s CalFresh outreach director.
” I think there’s definitely still work to be done at the local level,” she stated, “but a lot of the systems-level concerns that we’re seeing that make it hard for people to access services require state-level repairs.”
California, for instance, requires CalFresh participants to send semi-annual eligibility documentation, a job that can be difficult for infirm and elderly folks. Elders utilized to be exempt from the requirement.
Another prospective repair would be to improve the income-verification procedure.
” The existing procedure is unbelievably time-intensive for county qualification employees,” said Anahid Brakke, SDHC’s executive director. “It’s a greater expense to administer the program when we make it so tough.”
She indicates MediCal– which uses a federal data center to confirm earnings, through income tax return– as a program that’s successfully made the application procedure simpler. And while a CalFresh applicant can register in MediCal without finishing an application, a MediCal recipient who wants to obtain CalFresh needs to go through a different application process.
” We don’t see those best practices being used to CalFresh, which’s something we ‘d truly want to see the state take leadership on,” she stated.
Kim McCoy Wade, the CalFresh branch chief for the California Department of Social Solutions, stated she agrees the verification procedure could be more effective.
” It would save individuals time, save employees time,” she stated.
CalFresh requires an applicant’s existing earnings details, McCoy Wade stated, meaning in 2014’s income tax return isn’t really an alternative. Today, the state has a pilot program that permits counties to use Equifax’s Work Number database to validate income and work, though just 5,500 companies take part in the database.
Schultz agrees that the most recent earnings details is perfect, but said that CalFresh “ought to accept earnings verification in any kind.”
” We would like to find a balance that makes it simple for clients to meet requirements and get the assistance they require,” she said.
McCoy Wade said CalFresh is pursuing other choices making the application process much easier. However, she added, “there are absolutely issues to resolve.”
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Chamber Puts in Face Time
The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce sent a 70-member delegation to Sacramento this week to lobby state lawmakers.
The Chamber’s agenda is a collection of problems. It’s working to renovate parts of the California Environmental Quality Act and the tax code, which you may anticipate. But there are other things where it’s not right away clear exactly what the Chamber’s interest is: It protests a bill that would cap the variety of out-of-state students confessed to the University of California. Why? Since that may hurt UC San Diego, which likes out-of-state students that pay higher tuitions.
Paola Avila, a Chamber vice president, stated the Sacramento journey is an excellent way to continuing pushing back versus the impression that California ends at Los Angeles. And it’s also to compensate for geographic disadvantages San Diego has when it concerns getting its voice heard in the statehouse: Northern California interest groups can likewise just pop over to the Capitol with a fast drive; the San Diego delegation had to fly.
” When we take a huge group of 70, that helps to gain ground,” Avila said.
Of late, San Diego has actually had more draw in Sacramento that perhaps in the past: Toni Atkins was Assembly speaker until earlier this year, and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez is now chairwoman of the powerful Appropriations Committee. Kevin de León, the head of the Senate, represents L.a however was born in San Diego.
The Chamber is in favor of Gov. Jerry Brown’s expense to make it simpler to develop real estate, an attempt to produce economical real estate in part by preventing some existing ecological laws.
The Chamber is likewise in favor of more funding for transportation. It wants making sure any plan sends cash to San Diego to help with roads near borders and the Port, though the Chamber has yet to take a position on particular bills.
” The longer it takes us to approve something, the more it’s going to cost us,” Avila stated.
Conservative groups suffered a sound defeat earlier this month when a new $15 an hour base pay cruised through the Legislature and was signed into law. Locally, the Chamber is opposing a ballot step in the city of San Diego that would raise the minimum wage a bit much faster than the state law and warranty sick days to workers.
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Other Expenses of Note
– A proposition from Santee Assemblyman Brian Jones is getting some buzz– his expense would produce a tax exemption for Olympic athletes. (10News).
– Sen. Ben Hueso’s expense that would prohibit companies from charging more for products focused on ladies (think pink razors that cost more than blue razors even if the design is the very same for both) passed the state Senate. Meanwhile, Fortune reported today that “simply being pink is likely to contribute to the cost of an item sold by online sellers”– particularly when it concerns toys.
– Fallout from the big Coastal Commission coup previously this year is still playing out: The state Senate likewise passed a costs today that avoids board members from having personal talks with parties who have license choices dealing with the board. (Sac Bee).
– An expense from Republican Assembly leader Chad Mayes would legalize organ transplants between patients who are HIV-positive. (Desert Sun).
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– The New york city Times Magazine hits the project trail with state Attorney general of the United States Kamala Harris, who’s running for Senate. The piece consists of lots of information on her upbringing, her profession as a prosecutor and critiques that she hasn’t done enough to attend to prosecutorial misconduct and other police abuses. (Disclosure: My spouse works in the attorney general of the United States’s office.).
– Union truck motorists are joining law enforcement groups to oppose marijuana legalization. The California Teamsters are anxious “about how the drug would be carried and dispersed,” according to Buzzfeed.
– Though California is a leader in combating greenhouse gases, the state “has for too long turned a blind eye to squarely managing its own oil.” (Pacific Requirement).
– This cool job analyzes the danger of rising water level to the Bay Area and how the region prepares to resolve it. (San Francisco Chronicle).
– The plaintiffs in the landmark Vergara education case have actually submitted an attract the California Supreme Court. The court has up to 90 days to decide whether to take the case. (EdSource).
– Liam Dillon details some of the opposition to line up versus Gov. Jerry Brown’s economical real estate proposal: labor and environmental groups. (L.A. Times).
– Congress is wading into a long-running California water conflict. (AP).
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