Newsom signs California care court bill

Now the hard work begins.

So said Governor Gavin Newsom at a bill signing ceremony Wednesday in San Jose about legislation he says is key to addressing one of California’s most glaring failures: the massive number of People with untreated mental illness live on our streets.

Newsom’s office first put forward a Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) court proposal in March. This new court system will make it easier for loved ones, first responders, and mental health workers to force severely mentally ill Californians into psychiatric treatment and housing.

  • Newsom: “We get a moment in time, but that might last, if we make it real. And that is the hard work of next year.”

The hard work the governor was alluding to was the fact that 58 counties in California Now actually setting up these new systems Before 2025 – with seven counties rolling out programs over the next year.

But beyond implementation and enforcement, there will almost certainly be litigation. Although the CARE Court Bill sailed through both houses of the legislature and was welcomed by At least some families of mentally ill and homeless Californians, fiercely opposed by many civil liberties and human rights groups. They warn that the new policy will take us back to The bad old days before the seventies When Californians were “mentally disturbed” they were often indefinitely and involuntarily closed in state hospitals.

The governor appears to have a backlash to the ACLU – or at least, similar organizations – on Wednesday.

  • Newsom: “Receiving an opposing letter from, you know, four-letter groups that have been there for 30 or 40 years, understandably, and they are holding hands talking about the way the world should be… and one more thing to say is, ‘Okay That’s cool, but what about my damned daughter? What will you do to her? “

The legislation we are still waiting for: Three bills would force Fresno, Kern, and Riverside counties to create independent redistricting committees, taking the power to map elections away from elected officials. As reported by Sami Kamal from CalMattersAdvocates hope the change will increase the representation of Latinos in particular.

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Policy support in numbers

Abortion rights protesters demonstrate in front of the Capitol on May 14, 2022. Photo by Fred Graves for CalMatters

Suggestion 1 It seems to be doing what it was designed to do, at least politically.

Remember: after the US Supreme Court Ruled in June that there is no constitutional right to abortionstate lawmakers, led by Senate Pro President Tim Tony Atkins, a San Diego Democrat, scrambled to hold a November 8 ballot that would enshrine the right to have an abortion in the California constitution.

California lawmakers aren’t likely to implement new abortion restrictions anytime soon, but Proposition 1 also serves a political purpose: Kansas politiciansAnd the Oscillation Zone Filters And the polling watchers Note that putting abortion on the ballot in 2022 tends to draw Democrats to the ballot.

Even California Democrats voted separately to ensure that Amendment comes first on the ballot: and then the prop.1.

Certainly, according to A new opinion poll from the California Institute of Public Policy, 69% of potential voters say they plan to vote “yes” to the measure. (in previous poll by the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute for Governmental Studies, 71% of registered voters said they support it).

Enthusiasm about voting on this issue is not uniform. Of the Democrats surveyed, 73% said the Proposition 1 result was “very important” to them. That’s compared to just 48% of Republicans.

  • PPIC President Mark Baldassari: “Abortion rights are clearly a more prominent electoral issue for some potential voters than others, which means that Proposition 1 could have an impact on voter turnout in ways that may benefit pro-choice candidates.”

Other big results in the survey:

  • In spite of Standard amounts Of the money spent in their favor, Prop. 27, which would legalize online sports betting, is unpopular. Only 34% of potential voters said they would vote “yes”.
  • Voters are more mixed on Proposition 30 — the measure to tax millionaires to fund incentives for electric vehicles and infrastructure. About 55% of survey respondents supported it, while 40% opposed it. But the poll was conducted before the No campaign started blasting its ad featuring Governor Newsom across the state.

The ‘Yes’ campaign says it is now following suit A tour to buy ads in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and San Francisco.

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California vs Amazon

California Attorney General Rob Ponta announces an antitrust lawsuit against Amazon during a press conference in San Francisco on September 14, 2022. Photo by Eric Risberg, AP Photo

California store takes everything to court.

Wednesday, California Department of Justice File a lawsuit against Amazonaccusing the tech giant of stifling competition and using its dominant market position to keep prices artificially inflated for at least a decade.

in Complaint of 84 pages Attorney General Rob Ponta, filed in San Francisco State Superior Court, made the following allegations:

  • Amazon penalizes sellers on its platform if they offer the same product at a lower price elsewhere online, including on their website.
  • If Amazon lowers the retail price of a product to match a competitor, the wholesaler will have to pay a “correction” cost to ensure Amazon gets the pre-determined profit margin

In a statement to CalMatters, an Amazon spokesperson said Bonta “has the exact opposite situation.”

  • official speaker: “Amazon takes pride in the fact that we offer low prices across the widest selection, and like any store, we reserve the right not to highlight offers to customers that are not priced competitively. The relief sought by AG will force Amazon to offer customers higher prices, oddly inconsistent with The primary objectives of antitrust law.

at a press conference Announcement of the lawsuit O Punta who is it She seeks to be elected for a full four-year term After being appointed by Newsom last year, it called it “one of the most important and far-reaching lawsuits in recent memory to protect California consumers.” He also said it should serve as a warning to other huge companies doing business in the state.

  • Punta: “If you use your power to illegally bend the market at the expense of California consumers, small business owners and the economy, we’ll see you in court.”

California and Amazon have a history. Sacramento legislators have passed many of Invoices Over the past decade trying to force the company to collect sales tax on its products. And this is not the first challenge of its kind: regulators in Europe have faced ding company for anti-competitive behavior and prosecutors in Washington, D.C., File a similar claim unsuccessful earlier this year.

Ponta said he is “confident” of this current challenge, which specifically alleges violations of California law. But with Republicans using inflation as a political stick against Democrats this election season, suing the tech giant for defending lower prices isn’t bad policy either.

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Regulation Failed

Manuel Chavez, a hotel employee implicated in a lengthy pay theft case, poses for a selfie in Downey on September 4, 2022. “I worked hard hours, sometimes all night,” he said. “It always seems that the pay is less than the amount of work I did.” Photo by Pablo Unzueta for CalMatters

Sometimes – maybe Much From The time California institutions are not working as designed. Unfortunately, we have two more examples this week.

The first comes from Jin Kwang and Alejandro Lazo of CalMatters, Who explains how often California workers file wage theft claims Versus employers are already getting paid – even after they win.

Quick summary: Not much at all.

Some shocking facts from their story, the latest in Series “Unpaid Wages: A Waiting Game”:

  • Only 1 out of every 7 employers adjudicated in wage claims cases in 2017 paid the full amount after five years.
  • The state’s wage-claim system is very backlogged, and it takes nearly four times longer than state law allows for the average case to reach a decision.

The following example is from Elizabeth Aguilera, CalMatters Children and Youth Health Correspondent:

In a report released Tuesday, the state’s auditor found that The Department of Health Care Services continues to fail millions of California’s most vulnerable children. For nearly a decade, nearly half of the 5.5 million children in the state’s health insurance plan for low-income families, Medi-Cal, did not receive needed preventive services.

This comes after a file The 2019 report first identified the failure. In this report, the auditor made 14 recommendations for improving the problem. So far, the agency has not fully implemented eight recommendations. Previous plans to improve access have been put on hold due to the pandemic.

  • Acting State Auditor Michael Tilden: “We believe that the ongoing threat of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases provides more, not less, reason for DHCS to re-establish and improve its oversight.”

In response to CalMatters, department spokesperson Anthony Cava said he “has made improving preventive services for children a cornerstone” of the Annual plan Submitted to federal regulators. Also referred to the section official responses for the audit report.

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