• Sen. Mark Leno’s Harvey Milk Day Bill has once again passed the Legislature. It will now go through to the Governor, who has already vetoed it once.
• Meh: Another Commission that will likely end up with nothing: Joint Reform Commission. Mark DeSaulnier, fresh off the campaign trail, and Mike Feuer will co-chair it. And as a bonus, it feeds into the right-wing canard that government is wasteful. Sure, not as wasteful as banks and AIG-type companies who give out massive bonuses. But you know, really wasteful. Check the video –>
• While the recall effort for Alyson Huber has stalled, that of Asm. Anthony Adams appears to be “on track.”
• The US Forest Service had permits to clear brush near the Station Fire zone in the Angeles National Forest for months, but only managed to deal with 193 out of 1,700 acres. As it turns out, this highly flammable brush gave fuel to the fire. Right-wing LA Supervisor Mike Antonovich blamed “environmentalists” for preventing controlled burns.
• California’s university system may be starved of funding, but the UC system still had the top three schools in the Washington Monthly’s annual college rankings. Congrats to Berkeley, UC-San Diego and UCLA.
• Good luck trying to widen the redistricting mandate to Congressional districts. Speaker Pelosi will never allow it, and the nominal Democratic support – and lack of much opposition – to Prop. 11 barely allowed that measure to squeak by. My (Dave’s) personal view on this, as I’ve said for a while, is that redistricting is a total red herring, and if someone wants to show me how to redistrict Bakersfield or Santa Monica or the Bay Area without it turning into re-gerrymandering, they can show me that plan.