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The COVID Card

You heard it here first: COVID-19 will become the de facto justification for virtually every political or policy discussion for 2020 and beyond. Like the Oklahoma land rush, both Republicans and Democrats are off and running. Check it out: Eric Early, the Republican candidate running against Adam Schiff is accusing Schiff of exploiting the COVID-19 …

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Farmworkers are Essential – CA Growers are pushing against potential federal farmworker pay cut

A proposed federal pay cut threatens to destabilize California’s farm labor. As our state relies on the food picked by farmworkers during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are questions on whether this is the right move: “The Trump administration is considering cutting the pay of guest visa farmworkers during the coronavirus pandemic to help the farm …

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The Dose Makes the Poison

The public has a right to chemical and environmental transparency when it comes to food and consumer products. While people should have a right to know, they should also have a right to understand the risks and harm. Risk and harm are determined by the amount, or dose, of a chemical or substance that comes …

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“Nation-State” Newsom Sends 500 Desperately Needed Ventilators to Other States

In continuing his quest to boost his stature on the national stage, California Governor Gavin Newsom recently sent 500 desperately needed ventilators to other states – even as many local officials are struggling to supply local medical facilities.  From the Los Angeles Times: “Riverside County officials said the state recently denied their request for an …

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Congress and White House Urged to Prepare for the Next Eventual Crisis: Food & Water Shortages in CA and the West

The COVID-19 crisis caught everyone off guard and unprepared. But the same cannot be said of California’s ongoing water supply problems, which remain unresolved and very dangerous. It’s a ticking time bomb that we’ve known about for decades — not months. The current pandemic has shed light on the increasing need to ensure a safe, …

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People line up outside the Utah Department of workforce Services Monday, April 13, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Congress, the Trump administration and the Federal Reserve have mounted the largest financial intervention in history a full-scale drive that includes mandating sick leave for some, distributing $1,200 checks to individuals, allocating rescue aid to employers and expanding unemployment benefits to try to help America survive the crisis. Yet those measures are only temporary. And for millions of newly unemployed, they may not be enough. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

As 2.7 million Californians File for Unemployment, Democrats Want Pay Raises for Their Largest Political Donors – Unions

According to the Orange County Register, “in the past three weeks, 2.17 million filings were made vs. a total of 2.11 million in the previous 52 weeks. California had 840,000 officially unemployed in February with a 4.3% jobless rate. If all the recent claimants are added to the jobless tally,  my trusty spreadsheet says California’s …

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State Senators Jim Nielson, R-Gerber, left, and Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, right, members of the Senate budget committee sit six feet apart, as view a large video screen, left, during a hearing of the special subcommittee on COVID-19, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, April 16, 2020. Lawmakers are looking into how Gov. Gavin Newsom has been spending money to address the new coronavirus crisis. Due to the unusual circumstances only Nielsen, vice chair of the committee and Mitchell, chair of the committee, attended the hearing in person while other committee members, those testifying and the public joined by video.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)

Rumblings / Heard on the Street

While lobbyists and staffers are waiting and wondering when the Legislature is going to return to the Capitol, no one is paying much attention to all the logistics involved in opening up California’s public house. Faultline has learned that the few lobbyists allowed in the building have been frisked, had their temperatures taken, are escorted …

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Four Drawbacks of Electric Buses & What You Can Do About Them

More cities and counties in California are switching to renewable diesel and biodiesel fuels for their bus fleets. Although electric vehicles are important for reaching the state’s climate goals, relying on electric busses will hinder progress towards cleaner air because the technology simply isn’t here yet. This highlights the need for California to invest in …

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Despite Trump’s ‘burn, burn, burn’ policies, renewable energy capacity now exceeds coal’s

Coal has become more expensive than natural gas or renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. The markets are showing that alternative energy sources are coming down in price as the industry expands. Despite President Trump’s policies to encourage coal expansions, renewable energy capacity now exceeds coals: Domestic coal production and use have dropped …

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