26 Jun

Episode 10 – Wanna Buy Some Legislators?

I got all the legislators you need.

Hey kids, wanna buy some legislators?

In this episode we delve into the latest information on the recall in California state senate district 29. We also discuss the messaging from Reform California and Carl DeMaio and how problematic it is and will be unless something changes. The OCDA is also on the menu as we talk about the latest black eye for the department. Joshua and Sean then go into a long discussion about the lack of accountability in Sacramento. No one is held accountable for anything they do in the legislature.

Recall Update

Carl DeMaio sent an email today saying they are approaching the June 30th deadline to collect petitions.

  • What June 30th deadline? What is he talking about?
    • Self-imposed deadline.
  • His messaging is so bad. Even his emails are confusing.

No real update other than that.

  • The budget was passed with the language to change the way recalls are held in California.
  • Newman has said he won’t take the 3% raise the government gave itself.
  • Anything else?

Local Story – Another Blow to the OCDA

http://voiceofoc.org/2017/06/court-of-appeals-says-oc-prosecutors-withheld-evidence-in-another-jailhouse-informants-case/

  • “The Fourth District Court of Appeal Friday unanimously upheld a ruling that prosecutors with the Orange County District Attorney improperly withheld information from defense attorneys and misused a jailhouse informant, meaning a third trial for Henry Rodriguez, who has been convicted twice for aiding another man in the 1998 double murder of Jeanette Espeleta and her unborn child.”
  • This ruling stands in stark contrast to the findings of the OC grand jury two weeks ago.
    • The grand jury found that there was no system-wide  illegal use of jailhouse informants in OC jails by the OCDA and facilitated by the OC sheriff’s department.
    • This ruling found that the district attorney’s office improperly withheld information form defense attorneys and misusing a jailhouse informant in the case of Henry Rodriguez.
      • This is the 3rd time this case will be retried. How much has this cost taxpayers? How much will it cost?
        • How many cases have been retried because of this scandal? How many will?
        • Why is Tony Rackauckas still in office?
          • He’s up for reelection in 2018.

Local Story – Family Buried the Wrong Man

http://www.ocregister.com/2017/06/23/family-buries-wrong-person-after-mistakenly-being-told-by-orange-county-coroners-office-dead-man-is-son/

  • Elderly man buried what he thought was his dead son, only to find his son alive and well.
  • Frank Kerrigan, who is 57, homeless, and suffers from mental illness, was identified by the OC Coroner.
    • The coroner’s office insisted there was no need for the family to come in to identify the body since they’d already identified him by fingerprints.
      • Turns out, this wasn’t actually the case.
  • Frank’s sister went a Verizon store in Fountain Valley where authorities had found her brother’s “body.”
    • Coroner officials told his sister Frank had died peacefully, but she found blood and dirty blankets in the spot where his body was located.
  • Frank’s father was so overcome with grief at the funeral that he believed the body he saw in the casket was actually his son.
  • So how did the coroner misidentify the body?
    • “Someone” told authorities that the body they found outside the Verizon store looked like Frank.
      • Authorities ran his fingerprints, but they weren’t a match.
      • They then used an old driver’s license photo of Frank to make a visual ID.
  • After the family told the coroner’s office Frank was alive, they were informed that the coroner had run the fingerprints again and that they had matched another person.
    • That was on June 1. “Frank’s” funeral was on May 12 and cost the family $20,000.
  • The family is suing the OC sheriff’s department for emotional damage, and probably to recoup their financial losses.
  • The biggest question I have is whom did they bury?

California Story – Single-Payer Healthcare Has Been Shelved…For Now

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/06/23/breaking-single-payer-health-care-put-on-hold-in-california-as-leader-calls-legislation-woefully-incomplete/

  • California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon shelved the Healthy California Act.
    • Rendon says he supported the concept of a single-payer program, but that the bill passed by the senate had too many problems.
      • “Even senators who voted for SB 562 noted there are potentially fatal flaws in the bill,” he said in a statement issued late Friday afternoon, “including the fact it does not address many serious issues, such as financing, delivery of care, cost controls or the realities of needed action by the Trump administration and voters to make SB 562 a genuine piece of legislation. In light of this, I have decided SB 562 will remain in the Assembly Rules Committee until further notice.”
      • “I think the surprise is that he didn’t kill it quietly through the suspense process,” said Thad Kousser, a political science professor at UC San Diego, referring to the “suspense file” where appropriations committees often place costly bills and decide their fate all at once. “That’s where expensive bills go to die without anyone having to take a public stand against them.”
    • The Nurses Union suggested Rendon might be in the pocket of the insurance industry.
    • The SEIU spokesman was happy that the topic of universal healthcare was even broached.
    • The bill’s authors were sad it was shelved, but expressed hope that it would be addressed later in the year.
      • Rendon stated that the bill isn’t dead.
    • Republicans point out that there are numerous problems with the bill.

California Story – Travis Allen is Running For Governor

http://www.ocregister.com/2017/06/22/huntington-beach-assemblyman-travis-allen-running-for-california-governor/

  • Allen has thrown his hat in the ring along with several others.
    • Are running
      • Gavin Newson (D) – Lieutenant Governor
      • John Chiang (D) – Treasurer
      • Antonio Villariagosa (D) – Former mayor of LA
      • Delaine Eastin (D) – Former state superintendent of public education
      • John Cox (R) – Venture capitalist
      • Travis Allen (R) – State assemblyman
      • Rosey Grier (R) – Hall of fame football player for the LA Rams
    • Likely to run
      • David Hadly (R) – State assemblyman
      • Zoltan Istvan (L) – Former Transhumanist Party candidate for president
      • Kevin Faulconer (R) – Former San Diego mayor and councilman
      • Eric Garcetti (D) – LA Mayor
      • Tom Steyer (D) – Hedge fund manager
      • Ashley Swearengin (R) – Former mayor of Fresno (supported HSR)
      • Steve Westly (D) – Venture capitalist
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