Govt. Affairs & Legislative Update: October 16, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015


  • ICEF’s Field of Flags Event: Veteran’s Day November 11, 2015
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  • Irvine City Council meeting on October 13, 2015GP Board decided to take no action on reapplying for hosting the Solar Decathlon in 2017 and 2019
  • Major factors included mandated venue change and cost sharing mandate of approximately $4 million
  • Response to OC Grand Jury report on the Great Park pushed for further review up to 6 months outSpecifically reviewing finding #14 and recommendation #2
  • F.14. – OCGPC has become a “shell” corporation and serves no intrinsic function as members of the Board of Directors are the same as members of the Irvine City Council
  • R.2. – The City of Irivne should give serious consideration to dissolving the OCGPC as it serves no intrinsic purpose.
  • 3-0 vote with Councilmembers Krom and Lalloway absent
  • Legislative Committee session in review:
  • 49% success rate on legislative positions
  • 18 pieces of legislation blocked in committee v. only 9 losses in committee
  • 4 supported bills passed legislature and were vetoed by Governor

Local Updates:

O.C. unemployment rate dips to 4% as 44,900 jobs are added to September payrolls (OC Register)

Orange County’s job momentum continued in September, as the unemployment rate dipped to 4 percent, down from 4.5 percent a month earlier, state employment officials reported.

As cost to host rises to $4 million, Irvine says it will sit out next two Solar Decathlon events (OC Register)

About 12,000 people visited the Great Park last weekend to see 14 sun-powered houses designed, built and operated by college teams competing from around the world – including Casa del Sol, built by Orange County students.

UCI Campaign Hits $1B (OCBJ)

University of California-Irvine said at its annual UCI Medal Awards ceremony Saturday that it had reached its goal of $1 billion in gifts and pledges for a 10-year capital campaign that started in 2005.

Irvine may be at ‘end of road’ in legal fight against Musick jail expansion (Daily Pilot)

The state 4th District Court of Appeal concluded Oct. 7 that the county’s environmental reports for the project were sufficient, rejecting Irvine’s assertion that the county had failed to properly analyze the effects of the planned $80-million expansion. The city alleged in court documents in 2012 that more study was necessary because roughly 16 years had passed since the reports were conducted.

California News:

Independent expenditures skyrocketing (OC Register)

Special interest and major donor independent spending on state candidates has increased 840 percent – from $9.3 million to $78 million – since 2002, according to a report by the campaign finance watchdog group Maplight.

Final Status Report Reflects Impact of CalChamber Advocacy (CalChamber)

CalChamber stopped 18 of 19 job killer bills identified this year. While most bills were stopped during the legislative process, either by bills being held in committee or on the floors of either house, three bills made it to the Governor’s desk and two were vetoed.

New California rules meant to deter coordination in campaigns (Sacramento Bee)

The regulation effectively shifts the burden of proof in cases of suspected coordination from the government to the candidate or outside spending committee. It puts them on notice if former aides or immediate family members go to work for an outside spending group involved in a candidate’s race, for instance, or a candidate raises money for an outside group. It also would restrict the sharing of candidate-produced video and data.

Federal News:

GOP’s debt-limit pressure grows (The Hill)

With the House still clueless about who its next Speaker will be, Congress has just 10 legislative days to tackle a topic at the center of some of the most pitched fiscal battles of the last several years.

Production at U.S. Manufacturers Falls for a Second Month (Bloomberg)

Factory output fell in September for a second month as high inventories and lukewarm demand from overseas customers kept American producers bogged down.

Joe Biden camp to allies: Be ready (CNN)

Vice President Joe Biden has personally made a series of calls this week to Democratic strategists from Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, asking a final round of detailed questions about how — not whether — to launch a 2016 presidential campaign.

For Fun:

The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics (Politico)

Category: Advocacy