Gas crunch

Dec 4, 2018

California lawmaker tries again to gradually ban gas cars


The Chronicle's J.D. MORRIS: "After an unsuccessful legislative effort this year that would have eventually banned the sale of new gas-powered cars in California, Assemblyman Phil Ting returned Monday with a more modest proposal he hopes will move the state toward the same goal."


"AB40, introduced by the San Francisco Democrat, asks the state Air Resources Board to come up with a “comprehensive strategy” by Jan. 1, 2021, to ensure all cars sold in the state are free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2040."


"Ting’s proposals come as the federal government is preparing to move in the opposite direction on zero-emission cars. Larry Kudlow, the White House’s chief economic adviser, said Monday that President Trump’s administration will try to end subsidies for electric car purchases, Bloomberg reported. Kudlow didn’t specify how the administration would scrap the subsidies, which Congress put in place, but suggested it could happen in 2020 or 2021, according to Bloomberg."


Trial for Rep. Duncan Hunter and wife set for September 2019


From the Union-Tribune's MORGAN COOK: "Trial for Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, and his wife and former campaign manager, Margaret, was set during a hearing on Monday for Sept. 10."


"Duncan and Margaret Hunter appeared in federal court in downtown San Diego for a planning hearing stemming for their Aug. 21 indictment. The two face 60 counts of crimes including conspiracy wire fraud and making false reports to the Federal Election Commission."


"The couple has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and Rep. Hunter says the prosecution is a political witch hunt. The couple’s next appearance in court, also scheduled during Monday’s hearing, was set for July 29."


Pelosi recommends Rep. Barbara Lee for Dem leadership job after close loss


The Chronicle's TAL KOPAN: "Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee will be in House Democratic leadership after all."


"After Lee was narrowly defeated for the party’s No. 5 post, Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco created a new leadership position for her fellow Bay Area lawmaker."


"Pelosi recommended Lee to be co-chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, expanding that panel’s leadership to three co-chairs. Pelosi attributed the need for another co-chair to the “historic size, energy and diversity” of the Democrats’ incoming House majority."


By the numbers: A look at the 2017-18 Legislature


Capitol Weekly's CHRIS MICHELI: "With the recently concluded 2017-18 legislative session, it is valuable to look at some of the key data, including bill introductions, the fate of those bills, the work of the committ the lawmakers’ legislation and the actions of the governor."


"So let’s crunch some numbers: We’ll look at the Senate first."


"In the Senate, 694 bills were introduced in 2018. Of those, 518 were passed by the Senate, while only six were defeated on the Senate floor. So, 74.6 percent of introduced bills passed out of the Senate, while just 0.8 percent of introduced bills failed passage on the floor."


California legislator revives bill to boost apartment complexes near transit


LA Times's LIAM DILLON: "A California state senator has revived a major effort to boost homebuilding near transit, a proposal he says is necessary to address the state’s housing affordability and climate change challenges that have only deepened since his initial bill failed earlier this year."


"Under the new proposal from Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), developers would be allowed to build four- to five-story apartment complexes in neighborhoods surrounding Los Angeles Metro stations, Bay Area Rapid Transit and other rail stops around the state. The legislation would also ease some local restrictions on building homes near frequently used bus stops."


"Wiener’s bill follows a similar attempt in the last legislative session that sparked fierce debate over how far the state should impinge on local authority to shape community development amid a housing shortage that’s been estimated in the millions. The previous attempt died in a legislative committee after outcry from local governments, labor groups and advocates for low-income residents."


READ MORE related to Housing & Homelessness: New effort to push more housing near transit stations by setting state rules -- The Chronicle's RACHEL SWAN; Millennium Tower homeowners propose $100 million solution to sinking problem -- The Chronicle's J.K. DINEEN


Op-Ed: Election results good news for air quality, climate


BILL MAGAVERN in Capitol Weekly: "Now that almost all the contests have been decided, what do the 2018 elections tell us about the future of air and climate policies in California? In general, both ballot measures and candidate races give hope to those trying to reduce emissions that are damaging human health and altering our climate."


"The environmental community strongly opposed Proposition 6, which would have crippled transportation infrastructure by repealing last year’s gas and diesel tax hikes and requiring all future increases in fuel and vehicle taxes and fees to be put on the ballot."


"Although most of the funding goes to repairing roads – and most of the campaign focused on roads – the measure would have also starved public transit and walking and biking improvements."


Many of the dead in Camp Fire were disabled. Could they have been saved?


Sacramento Bee's TONY BIZJAK/ALEXANDRA YOON-HENDRICKS/PHILLIP REESE/MOLLY SULLIVAN: "Sixty-three-year old Ernest Foss had swollen legs and couldn’t walk. Vinnie Carota, 65, was missing a leg and didn’t have a car. Evelyn Cline, 83, had a car but struggled to get in it without help."


"Dorothy Herrera, 93, had onset dementia and her husband Louis, 86, couldn’t drive anymore. And 78-year-old John Digby was just feeling sick the morning of the Camp Fire when he refused a neighbor’s offer to drive him to safety."


"An unsettling picture is emerging in the fire-charred hills of Butte County: Many of the at least 85 people who perished in the raging Camp Fire on Nov. 8 were elderly, infirm or disabled."


SF crime epidemic: 'Porch pirates' swiping packages from dorsteps

The Chronicle's HEATHER KNIGHT: "Everybody knows San Francisco is the city with glittering streets — well, glittering because of all the puddles of shattered glass from car break-ins.


"But there’s another pervasive property crime here that doesn’t get as much attention because there’s no evidence left behind. It’s called “porch piracy,” and it’s the swiping of packages off people’s front steps. All that’s left is an empty doorstep and the resident’s frustration."


"Now that many San Franciscans do nearly all their shopping online, packages from Amazon and other internet retailers pile up outside front doors like giant building blocks, especially during the holidays."


California bill seeks safety for released inmates after Alameda County woman's death


The Chronicle's PETER FIMRITE: "Legislation designed to protect inmates in California from being released from jail in the middle of the night was introduced Monday in an effort to prevent tragedies like one that happened last July when an Alameda County woman died on the streets."


"State Senator Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced SB 42, known as the Getting Home Safe Act, on Monday after the death of Jessica St. Louis, who was released from Santa Rita Jail, in Dublin, at 1:25 a.m, on July 28, a time when no public transit was available. She was later found dead on the street."


"The bill would require jails to offer inmates the choice of being released during the daytime when transportation is available."


Black children die at a disproportionate rate in Sacramento County. Here's why that rate has dropped 45 percent


Sacramento Bee's ALEXANDRA YOON-HENDRICKS: "From 2010 and 2015, Black children died at a disproportionately high rate compared to other racial and ethnic group in Sacramento County. Five years after the county and community groups began a multi-million dollar campaign to reduce that number, data released Monday show the county is trending towards closing that gap."


"Sacramento County had a 45 percent drop in black infant deaths between 2013 and 2016, including a 18 percent decrease in black babies born preterm and a 54 percent decrease in black infants dying from sleep-related incidents, according to the most recent county data. Now, about seven black infants die out of every 1,000, compared to the overall rate for other ethnicities of about five out of 1,000."


"To see that data up there really tells the story of us really being committed to this work and educating our families,” said Jackie Rose of the Meadowview-based Rose Family Creative Empowerment Center. “They’re getting it, they’re really getting it."


Prosecutors set to recommend sentence for Flynn, Trump's former NSA


LA Times's CHRIS MEGERIAN: "Prosecutors are expected in court Tuesday to recommend a sentence for Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security advisor and the only White House official to be charged in the Russia investigation."


"Flynn pleaded guilty last December to lying to federal agents about his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition, falsely claiming that they did not discuss U.S. sanctions."


RFEAD MORE related to POTUS45: In the Trump era, sore losers are becoming the standard, while Bush-style grace is ever more rare -- LA Times's ROBIN ABCARIAN


About 4,000 migrants died or missing on way to US, AP finds


AP's MARIA VERZA: "Haydee Posadas had waited eight years for her son to come home. On the last night of her long vigil, she was too agitated to sleep."


"Her son had fled Honduras for the U.S. in 2010 in part because of gang threats, just as thousands are doing today in the migrant caravans headed north, including men from the same neighborhood. But en route in Mexico, again like so many others, Wilmer Gerardo Nunez disappeared into the vortex of drug violence that he was trying to escape in the first place. Left in limbo, his anguished mother prayed for an answer."


"I am between a rock and a hard place," she begged God through the years. "I know nothing about my son, whether he's dead or alive."


Washington to pay respects, bid farewell to George H.W. Bush, the 41st POTUS


AP: "George H.W. Bush is set to embark on his final tour of Washington, the capital city that is remembering the 41st president’s lifetime of public service that began in the Navy during World War II, ended with one term as president and was characterized throughout by what admirers say was his innate decency, generosity and kindness."


"In Texas, students, staff and visitors have been flocking to Bush’s presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M University, with thousands of mourners paying their respects at a weekend candlelight vigil at a nearby pond and others contributing to growing flower memorials at Bush statues at both the library and a park in downtown Houston."


"I think he was one of the kindest, most generous men,” said Marge Frazier, who visited the downtown statue on Sunday while showing friends from California around."

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