June 10, 2022
Weideman Group Weekly

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A Mostly Sleepy Primary

Bass and Caruso will face off in November.

Californians took to the polls on Tuesday in what was a record low turnout election. All Constitutional Officers are up for election this year. Additionally, all 80 State Assembly seats and 20 of the 40 seats in the Senate are up for election. Governor Newsom handily outpaced all gubernatorial candidates by a wide margin and his recent appointees to statewide offices had a good night with Alex Padilla (U.S. Senate), Rob Bonta (Attorney General), and Dr. Shirley Weber (Secretary of State) all finishing as the top vote getters in their respective races. In Los Angeles, developer Rick Caruso will face U.S. Rep. Karen Bass in November to become the next mayor. And in San Francisco, voters recalled District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who rose to his position promising progressive criminal justice reform. The November General election will take place on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

Budget Impasse

The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review committee held a hearing this week on the joint legislative budget framework that is now in print as AB/SB 154. While the legislature has a constitutional deadline to pass a state budget by June 15th, a final budget deal between the Legislature and the Administration remains elusive. The Legislature is expected to pass their budget early next week knowing that it may not be signed by the Governor. Even if it were to be signed, many of the more controversial elements have been punted for now. We expect negotiations to continue over the next several weeks until a final agreement between the Speaker, Senate Pro Tem and the Governor is achieved. At that time, the Legislature will pass a “Budget Bill Jr.” and numerous trailer bills that are reflective of the final agreement.

Summit of the Americas

Leaders from North and South America met in Los Angeles this week for the 9th summit of the America’s. Both Governor Newsom and President Biden were in attendance, as well as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Coming out of the summit, California and Canada have agreed on a Climate Action Plan to combat the threat of global warming. Governor Newsom said of the agreement, “Together, we are building a more sustainable and resilient future for millions and lighting the path for other nations and nation-states to follow our lead.”