Capitol Alert

AM Alert: Home health workers put California on trial for overtime pay

In-home health workers rallied at the Capitol repeatedly throughout 2014 to secure a budget deal that would pay them overtime.
In-home health workers rallied at the Capitol repeatedly throughout 2014 to secure a budget deal that would pay them overtime. The Sacramento Bee file

After a federal judge overturned President Barack Obama’s 2013 order extending overtime pay to domestic workers, Gov. Jerry Brown rescinded his hard-fought deal with California’s In-Home Supportive Services employees that promised to cover overtime, travel and wait time costs. Home health aides have since launched a renewed campaign against the governor, calling for equality with other workers.

Their latest protest gives them their own day in court: a mock tribunal putting California on trial for its treatment of in-home caregivers. Former state Senate candidate Sandra Fluke and Paul Song, executive chairman of the Courage Campaign, are among the “jurors” for the event, 12:30 p.m on the north steps of the Capitol, which is organized by the United Domestic Workers of America.

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DROUGHT LAW: Fresh off the State Water Resources Control Board’s emergency regulations on water use, Brown, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León will announce emergency drought legislation today at 10:30 a.m. in the governor’s Capitol press conference room. The measure, similar to legislation approved last year, will propose $1 billion in drought aid.

TALK OF THE TOWN: Since announcing her run for U.S. Senate in January, Attorney General Kamala Harris has kept the campaigning quiet, but she has maintained an active presence throughout the state via her official duties. The latest is a keynote address at City Year San José/Silicon Valley’s Women Investing in Education networking event, 5:30 p.m. at the SanDisk headquarters in Milpitas, where Harris will discuss how her anti-truancy efforts represent a “smart on crime” approach.

THE NEXT STEP: What’s next for de León after he terms out in 2018? Perhaps a run for the state’s second-in-command. De León is hosting a fundraiser for his new Kevin de León for Lieutenant Governor 2018 committee, which was created on Feb. 9, 6 p.m. at Donovan’s in La Jolla. Tickets range from $1,000 to $25,000.

THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE: Assemblyman Frank Bigelow wants to find out which Assembly Republican office makes the best chili. The O’Neals Republican is hosting a chili cook-off, 11:30 a.m. in Room 6027 of the Capitol, with about 10 offices expected to enter and the public invited to choose the winner. Hopefully voter turnout be better than the most recent election.

BEYOND BORDERS: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruetly to Animals is at the Capitol for its lobby day, starting at 8:30 a.m. in Room 126. ASPCA is advocating for bills that would allow veterinarians from other states to assist with care in large-scale animal cruelty cases and following an emergency declaration.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, D-Sherman Oaks, who turns 42 today.

Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.