Remember: It’s “Time” To Fall Back
This weekend, we will be setting our clocks back an hour. That’s great for the early risers who will enjoy more morning sunlight, but not so great for those who don’t enjoy early evenings. The time change will officially take place at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Many Peekers have asked about the 2018 passage of Proposition 7 which theoretically allows making the summer hours (daylight-saving) permanent. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, in order for the law to take effect, it needs two-thirds approval by the state Legislature, the governor’s signature AND approval by the U.S. Congress. In 2022, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would have achieved the goals of Proposition 7, but the bill mysteriously failed in the House.
Another Low Point for Loloee
Sacramento Councilmember Sean Loloee whose Viva Supermarket grocery stores were raided by federal agents last week is once again in the press. But not for improving the lives of Sacramento residents. According to the Sacramento Bee, Loloee evicted all the tenants of an eight-unit building he purchased last year. Reports state that sometime in late 2022 or early 2023 tenants of the units were told in writing that they needed to leave but due to nonpayment of rent or lease violations. The irony of the situation is in the fact that the Council on which Loloee was elected has been trying to decrease the number of evictions without just cause and as a result passed its Tenant Protection Program. Water cooler Peekers all agree that for Sean, the ‘ole saying “all press is good press” may not be true.
Will Shasta County Go Rogue on Voting Law?
Shasta County and its all-Republican Board of Supervisors are once again in the news as it relates to elections. This time the question is whether or not the County will follow the State’s new rules that limit the hand-counting of votes except for specific circumstances. The Board’s Chairperson, Patrick Henry Jones, has made statements indicating an intention not to follow the new law. Six voting rights groups sent a letter to Secretary of State Shirley Weber calling on her office to remind the supervisors that the county is required to follow federal and state election laws, to arrange for staff to monitor the November 7 and March 5 elections, and to provide assistance to the county’s registrar of voters. For more details, click here to visit CalMatters.
Welcome Home Governor Newsom
Governor Newsom returned home Sunday after his 10-day visit to China and Israel – a travel schedule you would expect from someone with grand political intentions (wink wink). According to reporting by POLITICO’s Dustin Gardiner and Lara Korte, the Governor returned to California with five key takeaways. To read about the takeaways along with his tumble on the basketball court (look the other way Golden State Warriors), click here.
California 1 – Gun Rights Advocates 0
Reuters has reported that the U.S. appeals court ruled on Saturday that California’s assault weapons ban will remain in force while Attorney General Rob Bonta appeals a lower court decision declaring the 30-year-old measure unconstitutional. The ruling blocks an October 19 decision by U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez in San Diego who felt that depriving law-abiding citizens of semiautomatic firearms like AR-15 in violation of the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms”. Those of us around the water cooler admit that we’re not legal eagles but do want to point out that it’s not “law-abiding citizens” that are the problem, but rather those who use semiautomatic weapons for mass shootings…which then makes them “non-law-abiding citizens”.
Remembering Phil Isenberg
CalPeek sends its condolences to the friends and family of former Sacramento mayor and Assemblymember Phil Isenberg. Noted as one of the “most influential Democratic members of the Assembly” in the 80s and 90s, Isenberg passed away Thursday after a short illness at the age of 84.