It’s the first weekend of April, traditionally known as “the first weekend of April.” So enjoy it. Links:
• In CA-32, Sen. Gil Cedillo has earned the endorsement of LA Police Chief Bill Bratton. Bratton is a respected voice, but precious little of the district is inside LA, so I am curious to see how much an endorsement like this will matter. Expect it to be right at the top of the mailers, however.
• The ACLU of Southern California, the National Immigration Law Center and the Paul Hastings law firm have filed suit in US District Court against the inhumane conditions at immigration detention facilities in Los Angeles. Designed as a short-term processing center, detainees are often held for weeks, without access to counsel and in conditions described as “disgusting.” Hopefully they can get an injunction.
• Allen Hoffenblum teases out an interesting stat and makes an apocaplyptic prediction about the present-day California GOP:
“The Republican (voter) registration is just going off the cliff in California,” he said. “There is not a single Assembly, state Senate or Congressional district that has a majority of Republicans. Some have a plurality, but none have 50 percent plus one. And it’s not people dying or moving out of state. They’re changing to decline to state […] The party is in serious trouble,” he said. “It’s crumbling beneath their feet, and they’re out there trying to defeat more Republicans.
“A dying party can’t beat the Democrats, so they fight among themselves. It’s what happens when parties become a cult. It becomes a regional party and not a viable statewide party.”
This is the part where everyone laughs.
• As many as 3,200 layoffs feared in the city of Los Angeles, perhaps 400 immediately, as they wrestle with a $1 billion dollar budget deficit.