THE BUZZ: Police violence sat high on Sacramento’s agenda last year, and California Congress members are championing the cause anew in DC.
Congressional Black Caucus chair and Los Angeles Democrat Rep. Karen Bass told her colleagues in Congress to “visibly and forcefully respond” to “what appears to be open season on Black folks” as George Floyd’s brutal death beneath a police officer’s knee ignited national protests, POLITICO’s Sarah Ferris, Laura Barrón-López and John Bresnahan report. That could include public efforts to rally support behind policies to rein in law enforcement and a House Judiciary hearing on police brutality next week as Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed a “historic” response to a potentially “transformative” moment.
What those policies might look like: Sen. Kamala Harris, in a call with Bass, advocated for tightening the national standard for when it’s legally defensible for law enforcement to use lethal force, calling the prevailing standard “insurmountable” when it comes to prosecuting police officers. “Bad cops need to go to jail,” Harris said Monday. Rep. Katie Porter floated creating a national database to track officers who have used excessive force and barring them from getting rehired.
The use-of-force approach Harris trumpeted mirrors California’s hard-fought landmark 2019 law that raised the bar from reasonableness to necessity. Harris stayed out of the Sacramento fight at the time, though she subsequently made a tougher federal standard part of her campaign platform (Rep. Ro Khanna has also co-sponsored use-of-force legislation). Similarly, Harris is advocating for putting police killings before independent investigators, rather than prosecutors who tend to be cozy with law enforcement, after declining to back a California bill to force that change when she was California attorney general.
Beyond bills, California elected officials are arguing for a more muscular federal role in policing local police. They accuse the Justice Department of taking a hands-off approach under President Donald Trump, particularly when it comes to the consent decrees that the feds have historically used to force reforms in cities like Los Angeles and Oakland. “Every consent decree that was cued up, this president walked away from,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Monday. CNN reports that broad DOJ investigations of policing practices have all but ceased.
IN SAN DIEGO — “San Diego Police to stop use of carotid restraint amid nationwide protests over George Floyd’s death,” by KGTV’s Mark Saunders and Zack Self.
BUENOS DIAS, good Tuesday morning. From Sacramento to Santa Monica, from Fremont to Fontana, cities around California were under curfew last night as unrest smolders. Newsom said earlier in the day that he wouldn’t impose a statewide curfew, preferring to defer to local authority.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We need money and we need some morals. … I would love for this president to speak to this nation, to say ‘maybe it was wrong when I said that our law enforcement officers shouldn’t worry about peoples’ heads when they’re putting them in police cars’ and have the crowd go wild, that there is a consequence to when you begin to chip away and dismiss who people are as human beings: it results in the knee on someone’s neck and the life being choked out of them.” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tells presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden, during a video chat, what Los Angeles needs from the federal government.
TWEET OF THE DAY: Rep. @GilCisnerosCA after law enforcement cleared protesters from Trump’s path: “Apparently, the President’s desire to take a photo opp outweighs the First Amendment right to peaceful assembly. This is atrocious.”
BONUS TOTD: Tech investor Vinod Khosla @VKhosla calls out Apple’s CEO: “It’s easy to support equality & justice for all decent folks. It’s when one has to give up something to support it that belief in our real values show up. @tim_cook easy to talk but why do you suck up to @realDonaldTrump ? Memo’s to employees is easy. Please retweet.”
WHERE’S GAVIN? Nothing official announced.
CAPITAL UNREST — “500 National Guard troops deployed to Sacramento as George Floyd protests continue,” by the Sac Bee’s Theresa Clift.
ARNOLD’S PLEA — “The America I Love Needs to Do Better,” by Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Atlantic: “Patriotism isn’t just the blind love of our flag. It is the work we do to improve our country for every American. I want the unlimited opportunity that drew me here in 1968 to exist for every American, regardless of skin color.”
— “First pregnant woman and first jail inmate die from coronavirus,” L.A. County officials say,” by the LA Times’ Colleen Shalby.
CRISES COLLIDING — “Officials fear protests are ‘super-spreader’ events for coronavirus. Marchers say worth the risk,” by the LA Times’ Emily Alpert Reyes and Soumya Karlamanga: “The coronavirus has been especially devastating to black communities, with black people making up a disproportionate share of COVID-19 deaths. Now people outraged by deaths at the hands of police have been faced with a dilemma: How to weigh the risks of protesting during the pandemic.”
— “Hiring A Diverse Army To Track COVID-19 Amid Reopening,” by Kaiser Health News’s Carmen Heredia Rodriguez and Anna Almendrala: “As they build these forces, many states and localities are trying hard to hire from the racial and ethnic minority communities hit hardest by the virus.”
— “A public defender fights to save his two incarcerated brothers from Covid-19,” by Jordan Smith for The Intercept: “Lance is serving an eight-year prison sentence for his limited, addiction-fueled role in a prescription-drug theft ring, which he is serving at the federal facility in San Pedro, California, known as Terminal Island. The low-security prison sits on the water’s edge and is among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.”
— “Trump slams governors as ‘weak,’ urges crackdown on protests,” by the AP’s Jonathan Lemire, Zeke Miller and Alan Suderman: “Trump spoke to governors on a video teleconference that also included law enforcement and national security officials, telling the state leaders they ‘have to get much tougher.’”
RESPONSE — “Newsom dismisses Trump criticism as ‘noise’ but stops short of rebuking president,” by POLITICO’s Jeremy B. White: “Asked for his response twice, Newsom said he would prefer to eschew the tit-for-tat of Trump clashing with antagonistic governors.”
— “Police Target Journalists as Trump Blames ‘Lamestream Media’ for Protests,” by NYT’s Marc Tracy and Rachel Abrams: “Barbara Davidson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, was covering a protest near the Grove shopping mall in Los Angeles on Saturday when a police officer ordered her to move.”
— “Bay Area activists fear Trump’s targeting of Antifa is an excuse to go after them,” by the SF Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli.
NEWSOM Q&A — “‘Every day, I’m humbled by what I don’t know about this virus,” by Kit Rachlis in California Sunday Magazine.
Key quote on not antagonizing Trump: “It’s why it’s so damn important that we have a relationship with the White House. Our president’s voice, particularly in more conservative parts of this state, is profound. Look, just because we say something, doesn’t mean people do something. All we have is trust, and our capacity to achieve any results is at the speed of trust.”
STRAIGHT OUTTA OAKLAND — “Biden Names Two New Advisers as Convention Decision Looms,” by NYT’s Alexander Burns: “Mr. Biden’s campaign is designating Addisu Demissie, a veteran Democratic strategist who managed Senator Cory Booker’s presidential campaign, as a senior adviser responsible for coordinating the convention.”
— “Trauma and gaffes crash Biden’s VP selection process,” by POLITICO’s Christopher Cadelago and David Siders: “Real-life events — from the outcry over the recent killing of black men in Minnesota and Georgia and a black woman in Kentucky to a mundane request for boating privileges in Michigan — are crashing into his already fraught decision over his No. 2.”
COP CASH: SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin, his predecessor/Los Angeles DA candidate George Gascón and other California prosecutors called Monday on the State Bar to ban law enforcement union campaign contributions and endorsements in district attorney races, an idea the LA Times backed. Police unions have a rancorous relationship with both Boudin and Gascón and have spent heavily to shield LA DA Jackie Lacey from Gascón’s challenge.
PROTEST UPDATES — “Police in Oakland, Walnut Creek deploy tear gas on protesters,” by the SF Chronicle’s Matthias Gafni, Lizzie Johnson and Mallory Moench.
— “Protesters shut 405 Freeway in Westwood as L.A. County extends curfew,” by LA Times staff.
— “A peaceful protest, then looting, on Van Nuys Boulevard,” by the LA Times’ Jaclyn Cosgrove.
— “After George Floyd’s death, California schools chief vows to address bias,” by the LA Times’ Sonali Kohli: “California Supt. of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said Monday that he is ‘haunted by the sound’ of George Floyd’s voice ‘begging to breathe, begging for life’ and vowed to initiate a greater focus on teaching about implicit bias in California classrooms.”
COOLING OFF — “SF, Silicon Valley rents plunge amid downturn: ‘Never seen anything like it,’” by the SF Chronicle’s J.K. Dineen: “The cost of renting an apartment in the Bay Area plummeted in May, as layoffs and the increased flexibility of working from home drove a double-digit drop in some of the nation’s most expensive housing markets.”
— “To solve California’s coronavirus-fueled budget woes, Newsom should gamble on sports betting,” by the LA Times’ George Skelton: “Nothing wrong with sin taxes. If people are sinning anyway — such as gambling on professional sports — the state might as well make money off it.”
FACEBOOK FRACAS — “Facebook Employees Stage Virtual Walkout to Protest Trump Posts,” by NYT’s Sheera Frenkel and Mike Isaac: The movement “comes as staff members have circulated petitions and threatened to resign. More than a dozen current and former employees have described the unrest as the most serious challenge to Mr. Zuckerberg’s leadership since the company was founded 15 years ago.”
LATEST LABEL — “Twitter adds warning label to Gaetz tweet on antifa for glorifying violence,” by POLITICO’s Cristiano Lima: “The Florida Republican, one of President Donald Trump’s fiercest allies on Capitol Hill, ratcheted up his rhetoric against the left-wing group in a missive earlier Monday, writing, ‘Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?’”
FACT CHECK — “Most favor Twitter flagging Trump tweet,” by Axios’ Ina Fried: “A narrow majority of Americans believe Twitter was right to flag one of President Trump’s tweets as violating its rules on violence, according to a National Research Group survey being released later Monday.”
— “People who turned to Upwork to find freelance gigs say they’ve lost thousands of dollars to scams,” by NBC’s April Glaser.
— “Hollywood mounts bid to reopen as California emerges from Covid-19,’“ by POLITICO’s Carla Marinucci: “HBO, Disney and several other leading Hollywood movie and TV studios detailed new health recommendations alongside major unions they hope will rekindle one of the nation’s biggest industries reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic and a monthslong statewide shutdown order.” (Pro link)
— “Report: US Box Office To Plunge By Over 50% As Movie Theaters Remain Closed,” via CBS LA: “The report also indicates revenues could drop even lower if theaters remain closed in cities like L.A. and New York and the release of summer blockbusters like “Mulan” is postponed even further.”
— “Disney Brass Promise ‘Real Change’ In Wake Of George Floyd ‘Killing’ Protests & COVID-19 Ravaging Communities Of Color,” by Deadline’s Dominic Patten.
— “Cannabis dispensaries shutter stores amid social unrest,” by POLITICO’s Mona Zhang: “Footage of MedMen dispensaries in Southern California being looted on Sunday is making the rounds on social media. The company on Monday closed all of its retail outlets across the country.
BIG CHRONICLE CHANGE: Audrey Cooper is stepping aside as editor of the SF Chronicle at the end of the month and will take a new position in journalism, per the Chron.
— “Los Angeles police shoot, wound person in Adams-Normandie neighborhood,” by the LA Times’ Matthew Ormseth.
— “Hayward police shoot person after report of looting at CVS,” by the SF Chronicle’s Alejandro Serrano.
— “LAPD officers shoot woman after fatal stabbing in Hollywood,” by the LA Times’ Kevin Rector.
— “Warriors reopen San Francisco practice facility to players for workouts,” by the East Bay Times’ Wes Goldberg.
— “Bay Area catering companies must feed on fresh ideas to survive,” by the SF Chronicle’s Justin Phillips.
— Former Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has registered as a lobbyist for the first time. He’ll lobby for Linear Therapies, a Virginia biotechnology company, on a “cure for Covid-19 and other diseases,” according to a disclosure filings. Rohrabacher set up a lobbying firm called R&B Strategies with a former aide after leaving office last year, but he registered to lobby for Linear through another company, Dana Rohrabacher LLC.
— Brian Allison has joined the Weedmaps government relations team as Western region director based in Sacramento. He was previously with AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
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