Superior morning, California.

“The largest distinction is we got a new governor.”—Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco, immediately after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed his legislation expanding who can seek use of gun violence restraining orders to incorporate teachers, coworkers and employers. 

  • Gov. Jerry Brown had vetoed comparable measures twice.

Newsom’s initial 10 months

Gov. Gavin Newsom

Californians can legally consume roadkill, and hotels have to cease handing out tiny bottles of shampoo and conditioner.

CalMatters’ Laurel Rosenhall sums up Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s initial year, taking stock of the final series of bill signings and vetoes, and what it says about his vision for the state:

  • He keeps distancing himself from Jerry Brown. 
  • Notably, Newsom signed legislation that Brown vetoed twice opening the way for far more persons to sue more than sexual abuse they endured as kids at private institutions such as churches and public schools.
  • He understands the energy of image, and seizes any chance to bash Trump—even when he sides with Trump. 

Newsom achieved a lot in his initial 10 months in workplace. He has tripped, also.

For Rosenhall’s assessment, please click right here.

Ukrainian indictment spreads West

Defendants in Ukraine probe reportedly attempted to enter weed company.

The Donald Trump-Rudy Giuliani-connected indictment of 4 guys accused of funneling foreign campaign donations to U.S. politicians has spread to Nevada and Sacramento, The Sacramento Bee and Nevada Independent report.

Allegations incorporate charges the guys gave campaign revenue to grease their way into the weed company.

The Nevada Independent reports that the 4 defendants began to make plans in July 2018 to begin a multi-state recreational marijuana company funded by an unnamed Russian citizen, and discussed currying favor with energy brokers to advance company ventures, which includes a retail marijuana license in Nevada.

The Sacramento Bee reports that records show a single of the guys indicted, Andrey Kukushkin, is partners with Garib Karapetyan, who holds permits for eight dispensaries in Sacramento. Karapetyan and his associates have turn out to be the de facto pot kings of Sacramento, controlling far far more licenses than everyone else and papering the city with billboards and advertisements for their dispensaries.

Karapetyan, 35, who was not charged, has donated to the campaigns of regional elected officials, which includes Mayor Darrell Steinberg. He also bought a $1.1 million condo close to the Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento, The Bee reports.

Two of the defendants, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, are accused in the federal indictment of making use of illegal campaign contributions to advance the “political interests of Ukrainian government officials…”

Anticipate far more to come on this story.

Why not microgrids? It is not uncomplicated

The deadly 2018 Camp Fire burns around PG&E transmission towers east of Pulga, near the source of the first report of the fire.
PG&ampE seeks “zero spark” from its gear, immediately after the 2018 Camp Fire killed 86 persons.

Striving for “zero spark” from its gear, Pacific Gas &amp Electric Co. reduce energy to millions of Californians in final week’s Diablo windstorm— prompting concerns about why it has failed to develop microgrids to improved target energy shutdowns.

Beneath the headline “In a Higher-Tech State, Blackouts Are a Low-Tech Way to Stop Fires,” The New York Instances explains microgrids involve making use of energy sources like solar panels and diesel engines to offer electrical energy for a neighborhood.

  • “Depending on how the microgrid is developed, some or all of the lights can remain on, regardless of whether or not the most important grid is energized.”

Michael Picker, who lately stepped down as California Public Utilities Commission president, cited complications with microgrids in an e mail to me:

  • Fossil fuel generators kick off pollutants, which includes greenhouse gases.

Batteries most likely would want to be portion of a microgrid.

Outdoors Phoenix, the McMicken fire ripped via an Arizona Public Service battery array in April, injuring initial responders and raising concerns about the security of battery technologies.

  • Greentechmedia: “The fire currently delayed battery projects in Arizona, and has jammed security to the top rated of the agenda in sales conversations with other utilities.”

Speaking of security: CalFire believes the 2017 Tubbs Fire, which killed 20 persons, was ignited at a rancher’s microgrid.

Revenue matters:

  • Picker: “Microgrids are and will be high-priced in most instances, and need major subsidies. Should low-earnings ratepayers in South Central [L.A.] choose up the price for high-priced properties in Malibu?” 

Difficult even though it is, San Diego Gas &amp Electric has created main strides, The L.A. Instances wrote in March.

Edison’s partial energy shutdown

Saddle Ridge Fire, close to Interstate 210 (photo: @LACoFireAirOps)

As Santa Ana winds kicked up, Southern California Edison shut energy to thousands of consumers but not to the Saddleridge region.

The L.A. Instances: Sylmar residents saw a fire at the base of an Edison transmission tower close to Saddleridge Road. That fire broken or destroyed 31 structures and forced the evacuation of thousands of persons.

  • Edison spokeswoman Sally Jeun, quoted by The Instances:  “Determining the lead to and origin of the fire is a lengthy course of action. … SCE will totally cooperate with investigations.”

Difficult on guns, to a point

Gov. Newsom signed 15 far more gun bills into law on Friday.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 15 new gun security bills into law Friday, adding to what most likely is the nation’s toughest set of laws restricting firearms.

And but, as Barbara Harvey reported for CalMatters, regional law enforcement is turning to federal authorities to prosecute a single of the most simple gun crimes: becoming a felon in possession of a firearm. 

The purpose: Felons convicted of becoming in possession of guns face 10-year prison terms beneath federal law. At most, they would face 3 years beneath state law, and could do half that time, or serve it in county jails.

  • Sacramento County District Lawyer Anne Marie Schubert: “If we’re going to regulate the use of guns, why wouldn’t we regulate guns to the ideal of our capability? It is just about like an oxymoron.”

For Harvey’s complete report, please click right here.

Newsom’s extended weekend of bills

Gov. Gavin Newsom spent the weekend signing and vetoing legislation.

Serving as the Capitol’s unofficial but obsessively precise scorekeeper, lobbyist Chris Micheli provides this count: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 870 bills and vetoed 172, for a veto price of 16.five%

CalMatters’ bill tracker provides a handy overview of the legislation he signed and vetoed. A couple of from more than the weekend that caught my eye:

Commentary at CalMatters

Stacy Torres, assistant professor of sociology at UC San Francisco: We’ve failed as a society when police are the main responders to mental well being crises. Urban police departments have begun elevated coaching for handling interactions with emotionally disturbed persons. But the efforts are uneven and inadequate.

Dan Walters, CalMatters: Gavin Newsom’s initial year as governor has developed some successes, but his major ambitions stay elusive.


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