Coronavirus Will Scramble California’s Economy & Lifestyle

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

I’m covering the coronavirus outbreak extensively mostly because of the economic impact on California and thus the state budget and not to spread panic. It is also consuming Governor Gavin Newsom‘s administration only weeks after a State of the State focused on housing and homelessness. The two aren’t necessarily silos, as there is growing concern […]

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Despite Pressure Building on AB 5, It Will Stand with Some Changes, as It Should

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

In April 2018, the Supreme Court of California (SCOCAL) unanimously held in Dynamex that the twelve-factor Borello test and subsequent wage orders by the defunct Industrial Welfare Commission were not consistent with the prevailing California Labor Code. Instead, they applied a stricter A-B-C test for when companies must consider those performing work as employees and […]

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Hold Off on PG&E Criticism….at Least for Now

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

There’s a lot of conspiracy theories out there about whether PG&E is doing this as part of a campaign for a bailout of the beleaguered utility. The fact is that the Legislature, Public Utilities Commission, and federal courts (the one overseeing the San Bruno probation, not bankruptcy) asked for this. While the federal court was […]

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Harris Campaign in Trouble

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

Let’s not sugar-coat it. At 8% among likely Democratic primary voters in both the recent PPIC and IGS polls, junior U.S. Senator Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign is in deep trouble. It’s not that number itself, but rather that 66% of California likely voters have settled on Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, or Elizabeth Warren. Only 9% […]

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The Trump-Inspired Tax Return Bill is Going to Court

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

The Supreme Court of California ordered the Secretary of State to show cause why the emergency writ of mandate to block SB 27 requested by the California Republican Party (CRP) and its chair Jessica Patterson should not be granted. The court asked attorneys from both sides to brief on a 1972 ballot measure, which added […]

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Lawsuits Multiply Against Law Requiring Tax Returns for Ballot Access

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

A lawsuit by Rocky De La Fuente was filed last week challenging the constitutionality of SB 27 (McGuire and Wiener), the bill signed by Governor Gavin Newsom requiring presidential and gubernatorial candidates to file tax returns to get on California primary ballots.  That federal suit was filed in the Southern District of California by De […]

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Supreme Court Precedent May Guide Judges in New Gun Lawsuit

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

In the Los Angeles Times, Patrick McGreevy reports that gun rights groups have filed suit in the Southern District of California to challenge California’s law barring the sale of long guns to persons under age 21. Last year, the Legislature expanded the existing ban of the sale of handguns to persons under 21 to also […]

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What Happens Now with SB 50?

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

What’s important to note is that, like the gas tax for road repair, SB 50 (Wiener) to override local zoning laws to encourage more housing density near transit and job-dense corridors can be done legislatively. Then, if there is enough opposition, there can be a referendum or a statutory initiative to change it. Only that way can you […]

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Ripple Effects from Gov. Newsom’s Death Penalty Decision

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

People have gone to their instinctive corners on Gavin Newsom’s death penalty moratorium. The only legal clarification is that Newsom made no changes to the law that prescribes the death penalty. He gave reprieves under Article V, Section 8 of the California Constitution. Most electeds who responded in opposition to his action acknowledged that, but there […]

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What’s Next for Kevin de León?

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

While there were a couple of rough spots, like when he criticized Dianne Feinstein’s handling of the Kavanaugh accusations, most observers judge State Senator Kevin de León’s performance in the U.S. Senate campaign positively. He didn’t have much money or opportunity for free media via debates, but right now has 4,860,859 (45.7%) votes, nearly 300,000 more […]

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