GARCETTI: Time to rethink all the budgets — KAMALA on Trump's EO: 'It does not meet this moment' — PG&E pleads guilty to 84 manslaughter counts — CA's $38M BILL for protest response – Politico

THE BUZZ — ‘GLADIATORS TO GUARDIANS‘: The national conversation that America needed to have about race, police and Black Lives Matter is finally happening in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Coast to coast, and all around California.

In Washington, Sen. Kamala Harris used the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on police force and community relations Tuesday to lay out an eloquent argument for reform. With all eyes on her as a potential VP candidate, Harris and co-author Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the Democrats’ sweeping police reform proposal as the GOP’s lone African American senator, Tim Scott, prepared to counter with his party’s plan to be released Wednesday.


In a passionate address, Harris dismissed President Donald Trump’s executive order, signed Tuesday, that called for tougher use-of-force protocols in police departments but didn’t mention racism.

“Let me be clear, this is not enough. It does not meet this moment,’’ she said. “This is not enough. There are thousands of people marching in the streets in 50 states demanding meaningful change. … They are not marching in the streets for watered down proposals that won’t hold any officers accountable. And there is nothing about what the president announced today that would hold police officers who break the rules and break the law accountable.”

A COAST AWAY, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who heads the country’s second largest city, spoke frankly about those issues Tuesday during his POLITICO Live conversation with Carla and Jeremy. A day after Black Lives Matter activists made an extraordinary plea to the Los Angeles City Council, Garcetti supported rising calls to reevaluate police funding. While the mayor did not embrace calls to fully defund or dismantle police departments, he said it had become “crystal clear to all of us that we are underfunding black communities.”

“If we’re going to step up to this moment, we have to look at all budgets, including police budgets,” Garcetti said. But he insisted that the issue “isn’t about a single budget,” noting that if “you ask three people what ‘defund the police’ means, you’ll get three different opinions.” In the wake of George Floyd’s death, Garcetti said a key question is how cities can rethink the responses of agencies and transform the culture of policing “from a gladiator to a guardian mentality.“

His comments came the same week California AG Xavier Becerra called to decertify police officers for serious misconduct, a proposal Garcetti endorsed. Also engaged in the discussion: San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who backed a plan to use trained, unarmed professionals instead of armed cops to handle non criminal matters like domestic violence, homelessness and truancy.

On Tuesday, a range of California cities saw similar conversations and debates about “reimagining” the role of the police, and reforming budgets and departments. In Fresno, the debate raged among the city’s police chief and city council, and went on in Imperial Beach, among dozens of other cities. In Oakland, Oaklandside news editor Darwin BondGraham last night tweeted the City Council debate over defunding the police department by as much as $25 million. In San Diego Tuesday, the board of directors of the city’s LGBT Community Center voted Tuesday to bar uniformed officers from the facility “in support of the black LGBTQ community.“

BOTTOM LINE: Now, Garcetti said, comes the work of examining “the fundamental business of policing,” and finding common cause with union officials in envisioning a more limited law enforcement role. That may be one in which they focus on “those truly violent acts in our society where we need them to be guardians,“ while acknowledging “maybe we shouldn’t have everything shouldering on the backs of our police officers.“ His hope: “That they will be at the table and get past kind of any rhetoric or division.’’

BUENOS DÍAS, good Wednesday morning. Another California mayor, Oakland’s Libby Schaaf, will talk about how the Bay Area is moving forward from coronavirus and the protests in a televised town hall on KRON4, 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Submit questions to #BayAreaForward.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Tonight and every night, there are black parents in America, and grandparents, who will be on their knees praying that their sons and daughters will be safe. Every night in America. … We have to take this on, embracing what no doubt are difficult and uncomfortable situations and uncomfortable facts and an uncomfortable history about our country. We must take this on, understanding this is a righteous demand — that we fix the system.” Sen. Kamala Harris at the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

TWEET OF THE DAY: @GavinNewsom: “This is the right move.” Governor weighs in on the decision by the city of Fort Bragg, named after a Confederate general, to consider a name change.

WHERE’S GAVIN? Nothing official announced.

BOOGALOO BOYS? — “Suspected cop killer charged in fatal shooting of Oakland security guard, linked to right-wing extremist group,” by the SF Chronicle’s Matthias Gafni and Alejandro Serrano: Both men allegedly involved in the crime “are believed to be supporters of an anti-government movement that seeks to spark a civil war and whose members have seized on recent anti-brutality protests against the police to incite violence, authorities said.”

GUILTY, YOUR HONOR‘ — “PG&E pleads guilty to 84 Camp Fire manslaughter counts,” by POLITICO’s Colby Bermel: “PG&E CEO Bill Johnson appeared solemn in a Butte County courtroom as he entered the plea on behalf of the company, as no individual was charged in connection to the disaster that destroyed the towns of Paradise and Concow and devastated other parts of the county. “

— “PG&E showed ‘absolute indifference’ ahead of Camp Fire, DA says,” by POLITICO’s Colby Bermel.

HARROWING STORY FROM RIVERSIDE COUNTY — “‘Somebody’s Gotta Help Me,’” by ProPublica’s Thalia Beaty, Ryan Gabrielson, Nadia Sussman and Lucas Waldron: “Phillip Garcia was in psychiatric crisis. In jail and in the hospital, guards responded with force and restrained the 51-year-old inmate for almost 20 hours, until he died.“

ON THAT SLOGAN — “‘Defund the police’ won’t work. Here’s how to put cops under community control,” by Phil Trounstine and Garry South in the Sac Bee: “[S]tate legislatures and Congress should condition funding on establishment of some form of independent civilian review of police behavior with – despite almost certain police union opposition – the authority to discipline and/or discharge police officers proved to have engaged in abusive behavior.”

REID HOFFMAN’S PLAY — “Netflix’s billionaire founder is secretly building a luxury 2,100 acre retreat for teachers in rural Colorado,” by Recode’s Theodore Schleifer. Hastings has been one of the country’s biggest donors to the education reform movement that’s trying to reshape America’s struggling school system. And now public records reveal that Hastings is personally financing a new foundation that will operate this training ground for American public school teachers, a passion project shrouded in secrecy that will expand the billionaire’s political influence.

HEADING FOR THE CAN — “Ex-Bumblebee CEO gets prison, a rarity in anti-trust cases,” via Bloomberg: “SAN FRANCISCO — In December, Lischewski was found guilty by a San Francisco federal jury of conspiring with colleagues and other industry executives to manipulate canned tuna prices, capping a marathon U.S. investigation that shook the packaged seafood industry and ultimately forced Bumble Bee into bankruptcy.

UNMASKED PROTESTS— “‘They were bent on silencing us’: Groups clash in Orange County over mask requirements,” by the LA Times’ Hannah Fry: “A small group opposed to Orange County’s relaxed rules on face coverings amid the COVID-19 pandemic was met Tuesday by a much louder crowd intent on drowning out their message.”

DEATH TRAP— “When COVID-19 Hit L.A. Nursing Homes, Where Was the County’s Department of Public Health?” by Capital and Main’s Danny Feingold: “When the history of COVID-19 in Los Angeles is written, the bleakest chapter will be devoted to the demise of nursing home residents, and the question of whether hundreds of lives could have been saved.”

HEALTH DIRECTORS’ EXODUS — “‘Things have gotten ugly’ — pandemic pushback drives health directors to quit,” by Barbara Feder Ostrov for CalMatters: “Four other health officers in California have resigned or retired in the last two months, in Nevada, San Benito, Yolo and Butte counties, as have two public health department directors in San Bernardino and Orange counties (in addition to [Orange County’s Nicole] Quick).”

BACK TO THE REPS — “Gold’s Gym In Venice Reopens; Schwarzenegger Skips Workout Over Face Mask Policy,” via CBS LA.

— “Death toll from coronavirus at Chino prison rises to 15 after two more inmates die,” by LATimes’ Hannah Fry.

APPLE NOT IN — “Apple holding out on Cook testimony for House antitrust probe,’’ by POLITICO’s Cristiano Lima and Betsy Woodruff Swan: “The chair of the House’s antitrust panel is working to get executives of four of the country’s most powerful tech companies to testify about competition. And all companies appear to be provisionally on board, according to two sources familiar with the matter — except Apple. And in an email to the committee reviewed by POLITICO, a lawyer for the company emphasized that it has made the Hill no promises about testimony from its CEO.”

PARTY TIME: Harmeet Dhillon, California RNC member and former CAGOP vice chair, tells California RNC Convention delegates via Facebook that they’ll be getting “the fun, the pageantry, the action, the parties, the ‘full delegate experience‘“ at the GOP national nominating convention, now set for Jacksonville, Fla. in August.

VEEPSTAKES — “As Biden Decides on Running Mate, Kamala Harris Stresses Law-Enforcement Roles,” by WSJ’s Tarini Parti: “With protests over police brutality spreading across the nation, Ms. Harris, who didn’t regularly emphasize her law-enforcement career until the final weeks of her presidential campaign, has been putting it front and center.”

JACKIE… AND GEORGE? — During Tuesday’s POLITICO California Playbook Virtual Briefing, Garcetti also declined to unequivocally endorse Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey for reelection as she seeks to fend off a progressive challenger, potentially depriving the incumbent of critical campaign support in a fiercely contested race that has become a national referendum on police reform.

NEXT IN LINE — “The Bigger Hurdle: Harris Becoming VP, or Newsom Picking Her Successor?” by Bill Whalen for RealClearPolitics: “Let’s suppose that Harris does wind up on the Democratic ticket and, come November, she’s elected as America’s 49thvice president. Then the real fun begins — back in Sacramento, where Gov. Gavin Newsom would choose Harris’ Senate successor (her current term expires in 2022).”

BIG BILL — “California protest response cost $38M in CHP costs,” by POLITICO’s Jeremy B. White: “Sustained demonstrations erupted around the state after a Minneapolis police officer last month killed George Floyd. The $38.1 million in CHP ‘activation costs’ for a period spanning from May 28 to June 11 reflected more than 431,000 hours of overtime work, the Department of Finance said, including 70,000 hours of overtime pay in Los Angeles with a price tag of around $6.1 million.” (Pro content)

CHANGE IS COMING… via LATimes’ @JohnMyers: “The statues are coming out: California Capitol statute of Queen Isabella and Christopher Columbus, part of the building since 1883, will be removed per decision by @SenToniAtkins and Speaker @Rendon63rd”

— “Healdsburg mayor to resign over handling of police reform, racism issues,” by the Press Democrat’s Kevin Fixler: “The sudden announcement Tuesday came just hours after the conclusion of the City Council’s first meeting since [Mayor Leah] Gold and the majority of her colleagues declined two weeks ago to have a formal discussion about police use of force policies amid the ongoing national push for an end to police brutality and racism.”

DOORDASH DUSTUP — “SF prosecutor challenges DoorDash over worker classification,” by POLITICO’s Jeremy B. White: “A complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court alleges DoorDash is designating its workers as independent contractors ‘in direct contravention of California law,’ calling the move ‘a calculated decision made to reduce the costs of doing business’ by avoiding labor standards like overtime pay, workers’ compensation coverage and unemployment insurance.”

ZUCK’S LATEST — “Facebook still won’t take down politicians’ misleading posts, but it’s trying to register 4 million new voters,” by Vox’s By Shirin Ghaffary: “We should trust voters to make judgements for themselves,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in response to critics.

BLOCKED — “Google penalizes right-wing sites over ‘derogatory content’,” by POLITICO’s Steven Overly: “Google said user posts on ZeroHedge and The Federalist failed to meet its standards and that the sites would be blocked from using the Google Ad platform if they didn’t remove the offending comments.”

TWEET ABOUT IT — “Police keep using Twitter for misinformation and rumor-mongering about protesters,” by WaPo’s Aaron Blake: “Often using their official Twitter accounts, [police departments and organizations] have tweeted allegations without substantiation when other, less-nefarious explanations are just as plausible — and, in some cases, have turned out to actually be the case.”

— “For Black CEOs in Silicon Valley, Humiliation Is a Part of Doing Business,” by Bloomberg’s Priya Anand and Sarah McBride: “Interviews with 20 Black tech leaders depict a position of power that can sometimes feel powerless.”

— “My education and elocution cannot save me from these situations,” by Google manager Jaime Williams for Fast Company: “I’m a law-abiding professional Black man with a ‘respectable’ job, and still I’ve been mistreated by the police. I have had a privileged life, built on the hard work of many generations of Black Americans before me.”

ACROSS THE ATLANTIC —Apple Faces Two EU Antitrust Probes Over Apps,” by WSJ’s Daniel Michaels and Sam Schechner.

TINSELTOWN TALES — “Black filmmakers and executives get honest about their experiences in Hollywood,” by the LA Times’ Ryan Faughnder and Stacy Perman.

— “Hollywood Examines Its Working Relationship With Law Enforcement as Stars Call to Defund the Police,” by Variety’s Matt Donnelly: “Numerous industry players described to Variety a symbiotic bond between the two institutions, one born of practicality and, often, necessity.”

‘SONG OF THE SOUTH‘ NO MORE — “Disney Mum on Splash Mountain Outcry,” by The Hollywood Reporter’s Ryan Parker: “There is a growing call for Disney to rebrand one of its classic rides, which is intertwined with arguably the company’s most controversial film.”

DELAYED, BUT NOT DENIED — “Kimmel to host Emmys, first major awards show of pandemic,” by the AP’s Lynn Elber: “The Emmy Awards are considered a kickoff for the new TV season that traditionally begins in September, although virus-caused production delays have raised questions about whether shows will be ready to air as planned.”

— “What is a California seed bank and where can I find one?” by Danielle Guercio for Weedmaps.

— “Exploring a California marijuana company’s unique business model,” by Marijuana Business Daily’s John Schroyer.

— “Las Vegas is waking up. This California town on the road there is struggling to come back to life,” by the LA Times’ Stephanie Lai: “Few places are as dependent on Sin City as tiny Baker, home to the self-proclaimed ‘World’s Tallest Thermometer.’”

— “Keeping up with Kanye: rapper and designer to launch beauty line,” by The Guardian’s Priya Elan.

— “Two Berkeley public schools to be renamed in response to BLM movement,” by SFGATE’s Andrew Chamings.

— “Man escapes death on BART tracks in Berkeley after woman pushes him in unprovoked attack,” by the SF Chronicle’s Steve Rubenstein.

Brandi Hoffine Barr and Liz Bourgeois of Facebook commsSnap’s Kara Rivers … Alison Gopnik

Belatedly (Monday): LATIMES’ Seema Mehta

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