“#more dodger games”—Jon Fleischman, Republican partisan, tweeting in reply to Democratic Assemblyman Ian Calderon, who announced he would not seek another term, so he can spend more time with his wife and kids.
California’s landmark privacy law
Come Jan. 1, Californians will gain greater control over their personal data, when a landmark privacy law takes effect.
California in 2018 became the first state in the nation to pass a law giving consumers more control of their digital data. Companies are spending $55 billion to comply.
What to expect:
notices from companies that have updated their privacy policies
more ways of knowing what information is being collected
the right to request that businesses delete the data they have about you
buttons on websites allowing you to opt out of having your data sold
an expanded right to sue over data breaches
whether you’ll have to pay more for online services if you instruct companies not to sell your data
whether Gov. Gavin Newsom will make a serious proposal to compensate Californians for the value of their data
Tech industry lobbyists hope Uncle Sam will preempt California with a national standard. That seems less than likely given the U.S. House of Representatives is led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, and the bill implementing the law was embraced by lawmakers from both parties.
Privacy advocate Alastair Mactaggart, the 2018 law’s main backer, is proposing an initiative that would go further for the 2020 ballot.
California’s 454,920 births represented a 3.5% decline from 2017 and were spread across all ethnic groups. The nation’s 3.79 million births represented a 1.6% decline from a year earlier.
502,879 births in 2014
531,959 in 2000
612,628 in 1990
Teen mothers: California’s rate of 13.6 births per 1, 000 girls 15-19 was far below the national average of 17.4 in 2018. Ten states, nine of which are in the South, had teen birth rates greater than 25 per 1,000.
Older mothers: California’s rate of 63.8 births per 1,000 women ages 35-39 was fifth highest in the nation. California’s rate of 17.3 births per 1,000 women 40-44 was greater than all but Washington, D.C., and New York.
Hispanics accounted for 211,271 births, 46.4% of California’s total, and 23.8% of the nation’s total. Texas was second with 179,142, or 47% of its total.
White parents accounted for 123,139 births, 27%.
Parents of Asian descent accounted for 68,444, 15% of California’s total and 28.4% of the nation’s Asian total. New York was second with 24,383.
Black parents accounted for 22,380 births, 4.9% of California’s total. Texas’ 48,144 births to African-American parents led the nation.
How a 2001 law expanded diversity
Making municipal governments more diverse was the goal in 2001, when lawmakers passed the California Voting Rights Act.
The theory: Make it easier to challenge “at-large” election systems, in which city council candidates must compete to win the most votes citywide. That, in turn, would encourage cities to elect representatives by district. And campaigns covering a smaller area would give more power and more representation to voters in ethnically concentrated neighborhoods.
It worked, according to a new UC Riverside study. More than 60 cities changed from citywide to by-district elections.
The upshot: Cities with by-district elections saw the share of non-white members on their councils increase by an average of 10% over the next election cycle.
The issue: Whether people have a right to carry firearms outside their homes, and whether lower courts should view gun restrictions with extra skepticism.
New York City had banned the transportation of legally owned handguns outside the city. In July, after the U.S. Supreme Court decided to review the case, the city repealed the regulation, and argues the case is moot.
Trump administration Solicitor General Noel Francisco, siding with gun advocates, contends the court should decide the broader issue, largely because the New York Rifle & Pistol Association, which brought the case, could collect attorneys’ fees if the justices rule in the gun owners’ favor.
His father, Charles Calderon, started the dynasty in 1982 when he was elected to the Assembly from Montebello. He lost a bid to become California attorney general in 1998, and returned to the Assembly from 2006-2012, the year Ian was elected.
Money matters: Calderon’s pay is $118,743 a year, plus per diem of $192 when the Legislature is in session. No word on what he will do after he leaves office. But ex-legislators find lucrative lives as consultants and lobbyists, as CalMatters’ Laurel Rosenhall reported in 2017.
New laws in 60 seconds, Episode 3
CalMatters video journalist Byrhonda Lyons, with help from Laurel Rosenhall, offers a 60-second video explaining new legislation imposing new rules on police use of deadly force. It’s the third in a video series on laws that will change in 2020.
To go deeper, please check out Rosenhall’s Force Of Law podcast, a seven-part series exploring California’s attempt to reduce police shootings.
Commentary at CalMatters
Dan Walters, CalMatters: The decline of California’s Republican Party has been dramatic, and the GOP seems destined to remain irrelevant.