California, Governor Gavin Newsom, Harrison Newsome discussed on Morning Edition
Time now is 5 51. Good morning. This is the California report. I'm Saul Gonzalez in Los Angeles Other than governor being California's attorney general, is arguably the most coveted political job in California. It makes you the Golden state's top prosecutor. You get tons of attention and the job conservative launching pad to higher office like it did for vice president Kamila Harris, while the attorney general's position will soon be vacant, and lots of people want the gig with Maura. Here's KQED is Katie or Like so many before him. California Attorney General Javier Herb Acerra is moving up. The Sarah has been tapped as President Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of health and human services. His confirmation is likely now that Democrats control the U. S Senate, But Sarah's resignation would mean Governor Gavin Newsom gets to pick a new Agey for the state. And the competition is stiff, says Democratic consultant Brian Broca, who's worked for Harrison Newsome is a very powerful position is very unique position. There's a reason why it's so shot after now, and every election here, there's an old joke. A G stands for aspiring governor. That may be one reason, Brokaw says. The job is drawing a lot of interest. I certainly those people in Washington who would be willing and interested in coming back to serve in the role. I think there are a lot of people in Sacramento and throughout the state who are interested in the position. Several Democrats, well known around the capital have been mentioned as contenders, including Sacramento mayor and former Senate President Gerald Steinberg and Oakland Assemblyman Rob Bonta. Both have good relationships with Newsome. Names of Los Angeles Congressman Ted Lieu and Adam Schiff are also in the mix. There is also a push to appoint a woman loyal a law school professor Jessica Levinson says Newsom will likely want someone he feels comfortable with. He may take gender or racial diversity into consideration. And Levinson says Newsome has shown he likes to break barriers with his appointments. I just think that Governor Newsome really loves being a king or queen maker, and he wants to put his stamp on And next big up and comer Whoever the pick here, she won't be in the same situation as the Sarah Woz. He served during the entire Trump administration filing more than 120 lawsuits against the president. And while that put the Sarah in a very public facing position, Levinson says, the next attorney general probably won't be as visible. We now have a federal administration where California will probably be working with that administration will be supporting the administration. And I had is just a very, very different job. However, Levinson says the next A G will probably still spend a lot of time pressing California's case on environmental and immigration issues. Former governor and former attorney general Jerry Brown, agrees. The job will be different under the Biden administration. But he says there will still be plenty to do. The appetite for litigation is endless. And the opportunities to sue. People are endless. So don't worry about the lawyers sitting around the water cooler, twiddling their thumbs. Don't find plenty of paper to push around. Maybe while dreaming about what office they might hold next. For the California report. I'm Katie or in Sacramento. The state is adding hospital beds to help ease the pressure on Los Angeles area hospitals. Because of the pandemic. Jackie 48 of KPCC has more. This will mean more regular beds and ICU beds at Pacifica Hospital of the Valley in Sun Valley, and the state is reopening Pacific Gardens Medical Center in Hawaiian Gardens, which had closed four years ago. Those two moves will add 263 beds to the region supply. The state will provide staff more beds act like a pressure valve, allowing overburdened hospitals to transfer more patients. Things have improved slightly in L. A. But there is still more than 7000 covert 19 patients hospitalized across the county, straining hospital staff and supplies like oxygen. Health officials say Ella's hospitals can't continue to cope with such a large number of patients for much longer for the California report. I'm Jackie 48 in Los Angeles. And in education, state legislators and school officials are raising concerns over Governor Gavin Newsom's plan to restart in person learning in California public schools. KQED politics reporter Guy Mars, Roddy says the plan came under fire at a state Senate hearing yesterday. San Jose Senator Dave Courts has, he says, despite the fanfare around Newsome's gold to start reopening next month. The fact the matter is we're really saying is, most schools won't open. That's because plenty of disagreements remain, including over a plan to test students every week for Corona virus. That would be an expensive and complicated lift for superintendent says Shelley Vera Montas of the Campbell Union School district. The requirement for the student testing Really made no sense to me. Meanwhile, teachers unions say the viruses to widespread to bring kids back. The Newsome administration argues school outbreaks are rare and fast action is needed to return before the year ends for the California report. I'm guy Mars, Roddy. Some California prisoners are getting the cove in 19 vaccine, but the virus is still spreading in state correctional facilities and killing inmates. KQED is Marco Siler. Gonzales reports that health experts here the worst is yet to come. Just over. 3000 inmates have gotten their first dose of the vaccine, but it still takes a few weeks to take effect. It doesn't matter if you vaccinate him a zillion people. If they're crowded together, they're going to spread prove it very efficiently. Dr. Peter Chin Hung is a professor of medicine and infectious disease specialist at UC San Francisco. He says a lot of inmates are older and already in poor health. The risk Are these in the videos after contracting Cove it in terms of doing poorly and dying is higher than your average general population. In a statement, spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Said The system has already released 24,000 inmates overall since March.