It’s official. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla will summarize and certify the results from the June 7 primary election today.
Millions of provisional and absentee ballots were processed after Election Day, and county election officials were required to submit final results to the Secretary last Friday, July 8.
The publication of the official results, or Statement of Vote, will close the book on the primary and finalize various district-level contests, including any potential write-in candidates. California’s top-two primary system has created the possibility of Democrat-versus-Democrat races in several districts.
For the presidential race, the last semi-official count on July 7 showed Hillary Clinton leading with 53.1 percent over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 46 percent, a margin of less than 400,000 votes. Although some of his more ardent supporters believe he could come away with a surprise win in California, Sanders formally endorsed Clinton earlier this week, ending an awkward standoff with the presumptive Democratic nominee.
TIME OUT: Members of the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians who work at the Department of State Hospital in Stockton are holding an “informational picket and rally” to protest what they believe is an unsafe use of overtime by the hospital.
The hospital treats inmates in California prisons who have major mental illnesses that prevent them from being in the general prison population. Psychiatric technicians provide hands-on care to the patient-inmates.
“We’re exhausted. It’s tiring. 16 hours is a lot to work in a day,” Jamila O’Neal, a technician at the hospital and the president of CAPT’s Stockton chapter said Thursday, “A lot of us have families to go home to and they’re suffering.”
O’Neal attributed the increase in mandatory overtime to the increase in vacancies for psychiatric technicians.
“We’re not functioning, most of us, at 100 percent, it’s a hardship to work when you’re working that many hours,” she said. “It’s very difficult to provide adequate care to the patients and to maintain safety”
In April, the Little Hoover Commission released a report showing nurses and psychiatric technicians worked 3.75 million hours of overtime in 2014-15, more than 400,000 of which was mandatory. The oversight commission recommended halving the amount of overtime at state healthcare facilities by 2018 and to use overtime only “in well-defined emergencies.”
Department officials have said they try to minimize the use of mandated overtime, but it’s necessary to provide 24-hour care to severely mentally ill patients.
The rally runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the front entrance of the hospital, outside the grounds.
IN MEMORIAM: A memorial Facebook page for the late State Sen. Sharon Runner, who died Thursday at 62 from respiratory complications, has been started. In early 2012, she underwent a procedure for a double lung transplant as a treatment for scleroderma, an autoimmune disease. She returned to the Legislature in 2015. Visitors are invited to share thoughts and memories.
CELEBRATING: Happy 70th birthday on Saturday to Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland.