California bills: Newsom lacks time to sign

Hello, California. It’s Thursday October 7th.

Big decisions await

T-minus three days.

This is how much time Gov. 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 apparent on Wednesday, when signed a stack of higher education bills – including one that facilitates the transfer of community college students to a CSU or UC campus – on stage at CSU Northridge, surrounded by lawmakers and waving cheerleaders. “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 it fucking void! “

However, a bill that would usher in the most significant reforms to California’s financial aid system in a generation was clearly missing from the package.

Also on Wednesday, Newsom launched the Governor’s Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education, one of the stated objectives of which is to provide “young people with the necessary tools to recognize and respond to cases of anti-Semitism and fanaticism on campus”. The move comes as some Holocaust survivors urge 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 that Newsom has signed or opposed in the past few days.

Signed in law:

With veto:

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The net result of the coronavirus: Tuesday California had 4,524,853 confirmed cases (+ 0.1% compared to the day before) and 69 184 death (+ 0.2% compared to the day before), according to state data. CalMatters also tracks coronavirus hospitalizations by county.

California administered 50 081 818 vaccine doses, and 70.9% of eligible Californians are fully vaccinated.

More: CalMatters tracks the results of Newsom’s recall election and the top 21 bills state lawmakers have sent to Newsom’s office.

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1. Prepare your proof of vax

A bar requiring proof of vaccination to enter. Photo by Nhat V. Meyer, Bay Area News Group

With COVID-19 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 strictest prescriptions: From November 4, residents must show proof of vaccination entering almost any indoor establishment, including gyms, cafes, shopping malls, cinemas, hair and nail salons, and bowling alleys – while businesses that break the rules could face fines of up to $ 5,000 as of November 29. Meanwhile, Bay Area Health officials are today planned to unveil the criteria for when the region can end its indoor mask mandate. San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who was recently pictured dancing and singing without a mask at a nightclub in violation of city rules, noted “Some adjustments” to the interior masking rules are “overdue”.

San Diego County voted Tuesday night to require proof of vaccination for all new hires. Vaccine needs of San Francisco workers appear to have improved inoculation rates in some sectors, but the director of the city’s transit system warned on Wednesday that low vaccination rates among its workforce could lead to a reduction in services right before the city is ready to host a giant music festival. Kaiser Permanente, which employs the majority of its employees in California, suspended 2,200 employees nationwide for not having been vaccinated. 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

A cleanup crew member carries a bag full of oil bunches found at Huntington Beach on October 5, 2021. Photo by Pablo Unzueta for CalMatters

As the days go by, 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 stated that the company didn’t learn of the leak until 8:09 a.m. on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Coast Guard is container ship investigation in Oakland as he tries to determine if the pipeline has been punctured and dragged by a ship’s anchor. And like changing weather conditions threaten to push oil further south, contaminated water hinders commercial fishermen and women fishermen – and the supply chains that depend on them.

3. Auto insurance reimbursements could happen

Morning commuters head west on Interstate 580 toward Oakland on July 22, 2019. Photo by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters

If you purchase your auto insurance from Allstate, Mercury Where CSAA, you could soon get a partial refund of the 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 owed reimburse drivers and the amount they actually returned to drivers was the largest among those in the state. auto insurers. In April 2020, with the streets empty of cars due to the stay at home order, Lara ordered the insurers reimburse drivers’ premiums. Corn in March 2021Lara 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 older people 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. // Scout Shasta

Santa Clara County Employees Will Face COVID Pandemic “pay heroes” checks. // Mercury News

Riverside County Sheriff paid for one-year membership with the keepers of the oath. // Desert sun

California correctional officer allegedly covered up killings in prison before his death. // Sacramento Bee

Victim of a bullet in the Long Beach school 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.” // Fresno Bee

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 just one 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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