Capitol Alert

Is California ready for the big one?

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, right, watches as Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, casts her vote for the state budget on June 15, 2016 at the Capitol. Jackson is overseeing a special hearing on earthquake preparedness.
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, right, watches as Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, casts her vote for the state budget on June 15, 2016 at the Capitol. Jackson is overseeing a special hearing on earthquake preparedness.

With the summer recess tantalizingly upon them, California legislators have a limited window of opportunity to clear a short list of bills out of committee today. Although final votes don’t need to be cast until after the Legislature reconvenes Aug. 21, several bills risk death if they’re unable to leave their policy committees this week.

After the heavy lifting required to pass the cap-and-trade extension, legislators are left with just a handful of bills that need to progress out of committees if they’re to make it past the official Friday deadline. These include Assembly Bill 722, which would keep a public officer on the board of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors from simultaneously being able to serve on the board of directors of the Isla Vista Community Services District; Assembly Bill 798, which converts the Imperial County public administrator’s office from an elected to an appointed position; and Assembly Bill 1180, which allows the Los Angeles County Flood Control District to levy taxes to manage stormwater.

The Senate Governance and Finance Committee also will have to determine what to do with a bill that would allow a district to provide water to lands owned by the Indian tribe if the tribe agrees to it – with no interference from the Local Agency Formation Commission. Assembly Bill 1361 could be significant to tribes because they often must sacrifice parcels of land and tribal sovereignty in order to get water service.

The Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, under Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, will focus on assessing California’s preparedness and response strategy for the state’s next earthquake. The hearing is the first of a two-part series on mega-quakes – infrequent, large-magnitude earthquakes – and will give an overview of California’s seismic safety programs and policies. It’s in Room 3191 at 1:30 p.m.

“It’s not a question of ‘if’ we will have another major earthquake in California, it is a question of ‘when,’ ” Jackson said in a statement released Tuesday. “We must be prepared to effectively mobilize our communities and address the aftermath if such an event occurs.”

Meanwhile, in the Select Committee on Local Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, assemblymembers will hear a number of panels speak about tactical medicine – a form of military-style medical care specifically tailored to SWAT members and others being deployed in civilian settings in emergency situations, like an active shooter. That’s in Room 126 at 11 a.m.

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WORTH REPEATING: “I hope Republicans around the country can learn from the example of Assemblyman Mayes.”

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, after Assembly GOP leader Chad Mayes supported California’s climate program on Monday night.

GONE ROGUE: Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, Sacramento City Councilman Eric Guerra and Libertarian Counterpoint Host Richard Fields will sit on a panel today to discuss whether California lawmakers are going rogue or standing up for federalism and basic human rights with their sanctuary state legislation. Moderated by Steven Greenhut, Western region director of the R Street Institute, and Manuel Martin of the Foundation for Harmony and Prosperity, the panel discussion begins at 8:45 a.m. at the Residence Inn by Marriott Sacramento.

REWARDING WORK: The California Tax Credit Allocation Committee today will consider awarding $3.65 million in federal annual tax credits to EAH Inc., a nonprofit housing organization, to acquire and rehabilitate Fellowship Plaza in Saratoga into a 148-unit apartment complex to serve seniors, with rents affordable to households earning 35-50 percent of the area’s median income. The meeting begins at 11 a.m. at the 915 Capitol Mall, Room 587, and is open to the public. Members of the public can also call in at 877-810-9415, with participant code 6535126.

The meeting will be followed by the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee, which will consider a new bond program for issuing tax-exempt private activity bonds to finance the construction, renovation and furnishing of primary and secondary schools.

TEACH FOR CIVIC AWARENESS: Teach for America (TFA) estimates that 69 percent of its alumni ultimately work in education and 83 percent work in fields that have a bearing on education in low-income communities. Did they end up in these positions because of their work with TFA or because of the interests in educational equity that drew them to TFA?

The next in a series of speakers promoted by the University of California Center Sacramento is Su Jin Gatlin Jez, associate professor of Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Sacramento. At noon today, she’ll present her findings on whether TFA participants become more civically engaged through their involvement, and what personality impacts the program has on its alumni, at 1130 K St., Room LL3.

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IN MY SHOES: Join the Asian Pacific Islander Capitol Association (APICA) for a chat with Assemblyman Phillip Chen, R-Diamond Bar. He’ll talk about his path to politics and what it means to be an Asian Pacific Islander in politics. APICA hosts a variety of workshops and forums throughout the year, and this public one open to the Capitol community begins at noon at the Capitol, Room 317.

LADY BOSSES IN BUSINESS: The Fem Dems of Sacramento will honor Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, Sacramento Councilwoman Angelique Ashby and businesswoman Tina Reynolds of Uptown Studios during their annual fundraiser tonight at the California Democratic Party Headquarters at 1830 Ninth St. The event, which begins at 6 p.m., will also feature several women-owned businesses from around the community, including a silent auction with items from Localis, Bailarin Cellars, Paws & Claws Treat Box, Uptown Studios, Old Gold and other local shops. Contributions will go into Fem Dems programs, which “seek to give women and men the tools they need to be successful citizens, personally and professionally,” according to their website.

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CELEBRATE: The Bee would like to wish happy birthdays to Assemblymen Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, and Heath Flora, R-Ripon, who turn 57 and 34 today, respectively.

Rennie Svirnovskiy, 916-321-1310, @RennieYS