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Recall election results tallied + Reducing employment barriers + Dems call for UC labor peace

·5 min read

Good morning and welcome to the A.M. Alert!

AND THE WINNER IS...

California election officials have finished counting the votes in the election to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, and the results show that the governor’s support is as strong as it was when he first won the state’s highest office.

Newsom scored 61.9% of the vote. As Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel put it on Twitter, “That’s exactly the margin from Newsom’s 2018 race, to the first decimal point.”

Meanwhile, 38.1% voted in favor of the recall.

As for the recall candidates, Republican frontrunner Larry Elder walked away with 48.5% of those who voted for a replacement candidate. Elder was the only candidate to get double digit support on that question. He won every single county in the state except one: San Francisco voted for Democrat Kevin Paffrath, who claimed a total of 9.6% of the vote.

Coming in third was Republican former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, with 8% of the vote.

The election results will be officially certified on Friday.

REDUCING EMPLOYMENT BARRIERS FOR THOSE WITH CRIMINAL HISTORY

Via Jeong Park...

In 2017, California passed a law banning employers from asking applicants about their criminal history until they are offered a job.

The California Fair Chance Act, also known as the “ban the box” law, also prevents companies from advertising their jobs in a way that block those with criminal histories from applying. The law applies to employers with five or more employees.

Still, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing said it found hundreds of job advertisements in which employers said they will not consider any applicants with a criminal record. The department is launching an effort — using technology to conduct mass searches of online job advertisements — to identify and correct such violations of the law, it said in a press release Wednesday.

“Using technology to proactively find violations of the state’s anti-discrimination laws is a powerful strategy for our department to protect Californians’ civil rights,” DFEH Director Kevin Kish said in the department’s press release.

The department is also encouraging people to report any job advertisements that may violate the law. It has also released a toolkit of resources, such as an FAQ page on the law.

“Employers should thoughtfully consider an individual’s circumstances before denying them a job, rather than acting on stereotypes and generalizations,” Kish said in a press release.

SELECT COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SOCIAL HOUSING

Wednesday marks the inaugural hearing for the Assemby Select Committee on Social Housing, which will be hosting an informational hearing out of Oakland.

Hosted by Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, other lawmakers in attendance for the hearing include Assemblyman Alex Lee, D-Milpitas, and Assemblywoman Mia Bonta, D-Oakland.

“The hearing will cover a history of public housing within the United States, and include panelists from Spain, Austria, Mexico, and the U.S. to speak to existing and successful social housing models around the globe. Committee members will have an opportunity to hear from global experts on what’s been successful in other countries, gain an understanding of what’s working and what’s not, and gather information that will inform future legislation that will work for the people of California,” according to a statement from Wicks’ office.

Featured speakers will include Rob Wiener, executive director of the California Coalition for Rural Housing; Professor Edward G. Goetz, of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota; Professor Talía González Cacho, of Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico; Eduard Cabre Romans, housing policy consultant for the Barcelona Department of Housing; and Wolfgang Amann, director of the Institut für Immobilien, Bauen und Wohnen in Vienna, Austria.

The hearing begins at 10 a.m. and will last until 12:30 p.m.

You can watch it here.

KALRA PENS LETTER TO UC PRESIDENT

Assembly Labor and Employment Committee Chair Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, has penned a letter to University of California President Michael Drake, urging him to go for a labor peace agreement with the University Council-American Federation of Teachers that recognizes the contributions of UC lecturers with reemployment preferences.

“UC-AFT members have sought to address these issues in collective bargaining and have proposed solutions that are consistent with existing industry standards for public higher education in California,” Kalra wrote in the letter, which UC-AFT shared on Twitter. “For years now, reemployment preferences for contingent faculty at all California community colleges and all California State Universities have helped balance labor and management interests and ensure that great teachers can continue teaching. It’s time that these same practices are adopted across the UC system.”

The letter was co-signed by Assemblymembers Mark Stone, Lorena Gonzalez, Blanca Rubio, Miguel Santiago, Alex Lee, Isaac G. Bryan, Luz Rivas, David Chiu, Buffy Wicks, Wendy Carrillo, Sabrina Cervantes and Evan Low.

“By refusing to evaluate lecturers or use a merit-based retention process, the university also fails to foster a skilled teaching faculty, instead punishing experience and letting expert faculty go arbitrarily. Sadly, UC students are being cheated of educational continuity and dependable mentorship,” the letter concludes.

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  • California state workers have to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or submit to weekly tests per a governor’s order. But in another West Coast blue state, workers are quitting over a more restrictive policy, via Mila Jasper.

  • California might have to forfeit tens of millions of dollars in pandemic relief money meant for schools if the department in charge of distributing funds does not strengthen its oversight of spending, a state auditor says, via Gillian Brassil.

  • The mayors of four big California cities are backing an online sports betting initiative that they say will help “countless Californians” struggling with homelessness by providing more state revenue for housing, via Lara Korte.

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