On this episode of WTF California, we discuss the latest as Governor Gavin Newsom is observed on TikTok possibly committing what appears to be a hypocrisy violation. We recap 7-hours of stupid by the Antioch City Council discussing police reform. Los Angeles DA facing recall effort and we wonder if recalls are becoming white noise. Also, hypocrisy form Berkeley as teachers union president seen dropping off child at preschool. Save the condors, mannequin fiasco plus Padilla introduces essential workers bill for citizenship.
- Newsom appears to post TikTok inside restaurant, denies eating there
California Gov. Gavin Newsom appeared indoors at a restaurant in a county where indoor dining is not allowed, but the governor’s office has said he did not dine at the restaurant. He was there to meet with the restaurant’s owners, who received a relief grant, Newsom spokesperson Daniel Lopez told Fox News.
- Antioch City Council Moves Forward With Police Reform Measures
On Friday, during a special meeting of the Antioch City Council, they voted to support all the proposals that Mayor Lamar Thorpe brought forward for police reform. This was done during the 7-hour meeting with little information provided by the police department as Thorpe referred to this as only a “blue print” and items would come back for greater discussion in the future and formal policy and procedure approvals.
- Los Angeles district attorney faces recall effort less than 3 months into term
LOS ANGELES — A campaign to oust Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón kicked off Saturday evening as pressure mounts over his criminal justice reforms that critics claim have gone too far.
- After Leading School Closures, Berkeley Teachers’ Union President Spotted Dropping Daughter Off at In-Person Preschool
Parent groups are crying “hypocrisy” after a video surfaced showing the president of the Berkeley teachers union dropping off his two-year-old daughter at an in-person preschool. Matt Meyer, president of the Berkeley Federation of Teachers, has fought for what he called the “gold standard” for the teachers he represents — saying Berkeley schools should only reopen to in-person learning when educators are vaccinated, among other criteria.
- California man cited after using mannequin for carpool lane
LOS ANGELES —A California driver who said he had used a mannequin as his passenger for at least a year and a half in order to access carpool lanes has been cited and faces a fine of at least $400.
- Padilla Announces Pathway to Citizenship for Essential Workers in First Bill as Senator
The Citizenship for Essential Workers Act would create an expedited pathway to citizenship for the over 5 million essential workers without permanent legal status who have kept Americans healthy, fed, and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill provides undocumented essential workers with a fast, accessible, and secure path to citizenship, beginning with immediate adjustment of status to legal permanent resident. This legislation is a critical part of a just and inclusive COVID-19 recovery
- Plan would fund over $500K to rear 6 California condors
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal wildlife authorities will take an unprecedented step in helping a wind energy company breed endangered California condors to replace the ones that have been killed by wind turbines.
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