In a politics roundup, Scott Lewis highlights some stories in San Diego we should keep an eye on. The first is the clearest sign yet of how local and state policies will clash with President Donald Trump’s crackdown on Sanctuary City policies.
This week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released rules saying any place that keeps immigration officers out of jails won’t be eligible for grants from the Department of Justice. There’s a pending state Senate bill that would do that very thing – keep immigration officers out of California jails. Last year, San Diego police and sheriff received more than half a million from those grants and now, that money may be at risk.
Lewis also compiled his first list of who may run for mayor in 2020 after City Councilman Mark Kersey’s announcement this week that he is running for the state Senate seat held by Joel Anderson.
Finally, Lewis advises us to watch for stories on the burgeoning marijuana industry in San Diego, and specifically “the people trying to make money on something that has gotten a lot of people in trouble for a long time.” Many of them want to invest in everything but the actual cannabis.
Sacramento Report: Pension Wars Continue
This week the California Supreme Court announced it would take up the case over San Diego’s Proposition B, the pension reform initiative approved by voters in 2012. Prop. B froze pensionable salaries for five years for city employees, except police officers, and shifted new city hires from getting pension plans to getting 401ks.
In this week’s Sacramento Report, VOSD’s Andrew Keatts gives us the rundown on the case history.