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07/22/2022 09:31 AM EDT
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THE BUZZ: There’s no blocking cryptocurrency from pervading California politics.
California campaigns could soon start accepting Bitcoin and the like after the Fair Political Practices Commission voted yesterday to reverse a four-year ban on the practice, making California one of 13 states (plus D.C.) to explicitly allow the novel donation source. Crypto contributions should be cleared by mid-September, just in time for Dogecoin to fund some advertising in the critical final weeks of campaign season. Boringly conventional cash generated by crypto investing has already filtered into California campaigns, although a pandemic detection measure largely funded by","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40000","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40001","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>largely funded bySamuel Bankman-Fried’s firm missed the 2022 ballot.
Just as roughly 90 percent of conversations in San Francisco now feature the words “blockchain” or “cryptocurrency,” Sacramento is examining digital money on multiple fronts. Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40002","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40003","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>executive order in May to regulate the burgeoning blockchain marketplace, with the tech-tied governor saying California was “getting ahead of the curve” in an effort to nurture innovation while protecting consumers. That came not long after the White House waded in","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40004","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40005","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>waded in.
State agencies, unlike campaigns, won’t be accepting Ethereum any time soon. A pair ","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40006","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40007","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>pair of bills ","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40008","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40009","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>bills to permit the practice stalled earlier this year, with State Controller Betty Yee warning it would be “fiscally irresponsible for the state to venture into the cryptocurrency space at this time,” citing fluctuating valuation and the trickiness of adapting old-school accounting practices to a new currency paradigm. But a crypto regulation bill is moving after Assembly Banking and Finance Chair Tim Grayson caught players by surprise by gutting and amending legislation ","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd4000a","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd4000b","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>legislation to create a permitting framework.
Any policy push inevitably spurs parallel action in the Third House of lobbyists and consultants. So it goes with blockchain. Among the California firms counseling clients on the emerging field is one ","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd4000c","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd4000d","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>one run by former Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon, who carried crypto bills in the Legislature. A recently launched crypto-focused firm ","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd4000e","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd4000f","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>firm that supported the state agency payments bill is led by Nate Bradley, who was best known in Sacramento for his lobbying around cannabis, another industry that rapidly scaled up in California. The Blockchain Advocacy Coalition recorded its first lobbying expenditure in 2020 and opposes Grayson’s bill.
Crypto’s tumultuous financial ride has reshaped the landscape as market capitalization plunged. As the most recent committee summary of Grayson’s bill put it: “Six months ago, this analysis would have read very differently,” with crypto investors going from “riding high” to seeing $2 trillion in assets vanish. While cryptocurrencies could rebound, the analysis warned the plunge demonstrated that “extreme volatility” was not an aberration but an ingrained feature. That’s the type of conclusion that will surely influence policymakers’ views of how to regulate this industry.
EXTRA CREDIT — Have you ever noticed a cryptocurrency ATM and wondered “How does that work?” If you missed it, our stellar tech policy reporter Susannah Luthi took a deep dive into how the kiosks are vexing regulators","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40010","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40011","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>how the kiosks are vexing regulators.
BUENOS DÍAS, good Friday morning. Multiple former governors are participating — some virtually — in a USC Schwarzenegger Institute event marking 20 years of California’s clean car standards. Govs Gavin Newsom, Jerry Brown, Gray Davis will be among the speakers. You can tune in here","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40012","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40013","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>here.
Got a tip or story idea for California Playbook? Hit us up: [email protected] and [email protected] or follow us on Twitter @JeremyBWhite ","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40014","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40015","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>@JeremyBWhite and @Lara_Korte","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40016","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40017","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>@Lara_Korte
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We need to stop trying to take African American women in this city and associate them with being somebody’s puppet or slave, or whatever you want to call it. … That’s the problem I have that continues to persist with Black women and the arguments that unfortunately come from a component of this city that mostly consists of white liberals.” San Francisco Mayor London Breed pushes back on criticism of her appointee, SF District Attorney Brooke Jenkins, via the SF Standard","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40018","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd40019","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>via the SF Standard.
TWEET OF THE DAY: Rep. @NormaJTorres on the latest Jan. 6 committee revelations: “187 minutes of inaction by the former president, the VP’s detail was so scared they were giving instructions to say goodbye to their families. I never said goodbye to mine, we prepared to fight for our lives.”
WHERE’S GAVIN? In Los Angeles to talk about gun violence. He has not signed all the gun bills currently on his desk.
A message from Charge Ahead California Coalition:
LEGISLATORS AND GOVERNOR NEWSOM – GET US OFF GAS NOW! Millions of dollars are at stake for Californians still suffering from high gas prices. We can’t afford to chip away at the more than $10 billion dollars that have been promised to our clean, electric car programs. We need our leaders to protect these investments. It’s time to break free from volatile prices at the pump and clean up our air! Learn more:
CHASED AROUND THE WORLD — “How two L.A. COVID swindlers dodged the FBI and joined the European jet set","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd70001","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd70002","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>How two L.A. COVID swindlers dodged the FBI and joined the European jet set,” by the Los Angeles Times’ Michael Finnegan: “The husband and wife enjoying the plush cabin with their black dog were convicted swindlers from Los Angeles on the sixth day of a daring getaway. With police worldwide on alert to arrest them, they had slipped off to Portugal and hoped to vanish in the Balkans by nightfall.”
RETURN TO THE TOP — “S.F. reclaims top spot as Earth’s most expensive city to build in","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd70003","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd70004","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>S.F. reclaims top spot as Earth’s most expensive city to build in,” by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Chase DiFeliciantonio: “Ballooning inflation, ongoing construction labor shortages and supply chain issues all contributed to the rising costs, the company’s Global Managing Director of Real Estate Neil Bullen said in a statement.”
— “Editorial: We need straight talk, please, from Caruso and Bass about prosecutorial discretion","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd90000","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefd90001","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>Editorial: We need straight talk, please, from Caruso and Bass about prosecutorial discretion,” opines the Los Angeles Times’ Editorial Board: “The crazy thing about Los Angeles city attorney candidate Faisal Gill’s call for a 100-day pause in the filing of some misdemeanors isn’t the plan itself.”
— “S.F. Mayor Breed vetoes law to end single-family zoning, arguing it will actually hurt housing production","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefdb0001","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefdb0002","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>S.F. Mayor Breed vetoes law to end single-family zoning, arguing it will actually hurt housing production,” by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Mallory Moench and J.D. Morris: “The veto is yet another example of the ongoing rift between the moderate mayor and the majority progressive board over the best way to address the city’s housing crisis, as San Francisco struggles with how to build enough homes to meet a state mandate in less than ten years.”
RIDING THE COVID WAVE — “‘I’m over it.’ Many in L.A. shrug off COVID-19 wave despite super-infectious subvariants","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefdb0003","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefdb0004","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>‘I’m over it.’ Many in L.A. shrug off COVID-19 wave despite super-infectious subvariants,” by the Los Angeles Times’ Rebecca Schneid, Heidi Pérez-Moreno and Hailey Branson-Potts: “The virus — which is widespread and overwhelmingly causing mild illness right now — simply does not scare people like it used to.”
— “Fact check: Did Gov. Gavin Newsom admit that his state of emergency was illegal?","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefdb0005","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefdb0006","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>Fact check: Did Gov. Gavin Newsom admit that his state of emergency was illegal?” by the Sacramento Bee’s Andrew Sheeler: “Gov. Gavin Newsom declared the emergency on March 4, 2020, as COVID-19 surged across California, the country and the globe. The declaration, made under the California Emergency Services Act, was the source of authority for mask orders, school closures, other actions.”
— “California is clawing back some COVID-19 rent relief it gave to tenants and landlords","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefdb0007","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefdb0008","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>California is clawing back some COVID-19 rent relief it gave to tenants and landlords,” by the Sacramento Bee’s Lindsey Holden: “The agency claims overpayment, tenants withholding funds from landlords and fraudulent activity are among the reasons they ask people who’ve gotten relief money to return it, Kausar said.”
‘Long overdue’: Pelosi affirms support for labeling Russia a sponsor of terrorism","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefdd0000","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefdd0001","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>‘Long overdue’: Pelosi affirms support for labeling Russia a sponsor of terrorism, by POLITICO’s Andrew Desiderio: Every senator except for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has agreed to quick consideration of a resolution calling on Secretary of State Antony Blinken to make the designation. All 100 senators must consent to a bill in order for it to be fast-tracked on the floor.
— “Post-Roe, bill to codify same-sex marriage may have a shot at Senate passage","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefdd0002","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefdd0003","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>Post-Roe, bill to codify same-sex marriage may have a shot at Senate passage,” by the Los Angeles Times’ Jennifer Haberkorn: “Fearful that the rollback of abortion rights is merely a precursor to the reversal of other major Supreme Court decisions protecting same-sex marriage and the use of contraception, Democrats are pushing bills that would enshrine both into law.”
Schumer’s legal weed bill is finally here","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefdd0004","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefdd0005","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>Schumer’s legal weed bill is finally here, by POLITICO’s Natalie Fertig: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act would decriminalize weed on the federal level and allow states to set their own marijuana laws without fear of punishment from Washington.
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— “Ex-Coinbase Employee and 2 Others Charged With Insider Trading of Crypto Assets","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefe00000","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefe00001","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>Ex-Coinbase Employee and 2 Others Charged With Insider Trading of Crypto Assets,” by the New York Times’ Matthew Goldstein and David Yaffe-Bellany: “The case is the first time the authorities have filed criminal insider-trading charges involving cryptocurrency assets, said Damian Williams, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.”
RIDING HISTORY — “‘Nope’: The Bay Area’s peculiar connection to Jordan Peele’s latest movie","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefe10002","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefe10003","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>‘Nope’: The Bay Area’s peculiar connection to Jordan Peele’s latest movie,” by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Chris Vognar: “In June 1878, San Francisco’s Eadweard Muybridge went to see a man about a horse. More specifically, he ventured to a Palo Alto racetrack at the behest of Leland Stanford, a railroad robber baron who went on to found Stanford University and become governor of California.”
— “There’s a Hollywood filming boom in far-flung Europe. Locals aren’t so sure it’s a good thing","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefe10005","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefe10006","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>There’s a Hollywood filming boom in far-flung Europe. Locals aren’t so sure it’s a good thing,” by the Los Angeles Times’ Jaweed Kaleem: “Expensive studio lots and permit-heavy American landscapes are being traded for the Baltics, Mediterranean and Eastern Europe, where the dollar goes further, workers cost less, crew hotels are cheap and a history of war and conquest means cityscapes from D.C. and Denmark can be easily conjured.”
— “Sweeping changes remake Facebook app in TikTok’s image","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefe20001","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefe20002","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>Sweeping changes remake Facebook app in TikTok’s image,” by Axios’ Sara Fischer: “The move shifts Facebook further from a social network and toward an entertainment and shopping platform like TikTok, which has increasingly challenged Facebook’s dominance in user engagement and mobile advertising.”
— “Piedmont saw its official homeless count spike. Now its unsheltered residents are nowhere to be found","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefe50001","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefe50002","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>Piedmont saw its official homeless count spike. Now its unsheltered residents are nowhere to be found,” by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sarah Ravani.
HOMEBASE — “Investigation into Sacramento councilman’s residence is underway, but city won’t say who’s leading it","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefe50003","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefe50004","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>Investigation into Sacramento councilman’s residence is underway, but city won’t say who’s leading it,” by the Sacramento Bee’s Theresa Clift.
— “This new S.F. condo building is sitting empty. Neighbors and homebuyers want to know why","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefe50005","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefe50006","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>This new S.F. condo building is sitting empty. Neighbors and homebuyers want to know why,” by the San Francisco Chronicle’s J.K. Dineen.
— “How to avoid 210 Freeway closure as second-coming of ‘Carmageddon’ hits LA","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefe50007","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-2a5e-d13b-a5c2-7e7fefe50008","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>How to avoid 210 Freeway closure as second-coming of ‘Carmageddon’ hits LA,” by CBS News’ Los Angeles Staff.
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