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By Eric Johnson
Published Mar 18, 2024

Gov. Gavin Newsom looking troubled in a file photo. Gov. Gavin Newsom looking troubled in a file photo.

State of the State? We'll See.

Happy Monday.

As you may know, Gov. Gavin Newsom will not be giving his State of the State address this afternoon, as had been planned. That’s because Proposition 1, his $6.4 billion bond aimed at helping unhoused, mentally ill Californians get into shelter and treatment, is too close to call. 

Late last week, the governor's national PAC, Campaign for Democracy, sent an urgent request asking supporters to contact Democrats who have had faulty ballots rejected, and encourage them to get them fixed. This is a little-known maneuver known as a “cure,” which allows voters to correct ballots that have been rejected because of missing signatures or other errors after election day. (You can find out if your ballot was counted by following this link to the state’s Ballottrax service.)

Unhoused Individuals and Mental Health

Prop 1 is narrowly ahead as of Sunday night, and its opponents have conceded the race. Nevertheless, opposition from civil liberties groups and advocates for the mentally ill may have (almost?) derailed the measure.

Newsom’s Prop 1: Revolution or Return to Reason?

An assembly hall at Agnews Developmental Center in Santa Clara. Agnews was one of five hospitals that served California residents with developmental disabilities and mental illness, all of which were emptied in the misguided move toward “community care."
Prop 1 was designed to help unhoused people get off the streets by forcing them into treatment. That’s one reason it took two weeks of vote-counting to pass.

California's CARE Court System: Mental Health & Homelessness

Clinicians will have two weeks to decide whether a mentally ill person qualifies for the CARE Court system.
California’s CARE Court system, which compels treatment for people with severe mental illness, was launched in October 2023 despite efforts by civil liberties groups to stop it.

Recipe of the Week

Our friends at Sacramento Digs Gardening publish a recipe from their gardens every Sunday, which we feature here so you can start your week with some yum.

See more recipes in their Taste Winter! cookbook.

Crispy potatoes deserve Green Goddess dressing

The cutest little new potatoes are destined to be paired with the herbs at left: parsley, chives and dill.
Recipe: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with this delicious side dish

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Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Team Tahoe Members Urge Congress to Extend the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act

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• Mosquito Road Bridge Project Delayed

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(03/15/2024) → Mountain Democrat

• EID Hydrologic Outlook Good

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(03/15/2024) → Mountain Democrat

• South Lake Tahoe City Council Votes to Amend ADU Code

The City Council voted to update the current ADU code to align with state requirements, including more flexibility in height and categories of convertible structures and exemptions from setback requirements.

(03/15/2024) → South Tahoe Now

• Water Agencies Unite Efforts

The Upper American River Programmatic Watershed Plan is the product of water agencies from six counties to coordinate management of the watershed of the Upper American River.

(03/15/2024) → Mountain Democrat

• Proper E-Waste Disposal

El Dorado Disposal requests customers to not dispose of e-waste in the trash, and provides free curbside battery pick-up upon request. There are also drop-off locations in Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills and Placerville.

(03/15/2024) → Mountain Democrat

• El Dorado Civil Grand Jury Seeks Applicants

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(03/15/2024) → Mountain Democrat

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• Special LTUSD Board Meeting Considers Layoffs

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(03/14/2024) → South Tahoe Now

• American River Bridge Debris to be Cleaned Up

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(03/14/2024) → Mountain Democrat

• El Dorado County Board of Education Seeks Area 5 Trustee

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• Grant Supports Tribal Recycling Efforts

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(03/11/2024) → Mountain Democrat

• Supervisors Reject Appeal of Cannabis Permit

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• California Speeds Plans to Empty San Quentin's Death Row

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(03/18/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• Alan G. Sieroty, Former State Senator Who Helped Create the Coastal Commission, Dies at 93

Sieroty, of Beverly Hills, served as a state Assembly member and senator, championing disability rights and efforts to protect California's coast.

(03/17/2024) → Los Angeles Times

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(03/15/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• Q&A: How the 50-Year-Old Case That Transformed English Learner Education Began

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Wenders LLC Recalls Trader Joes Nuts - 50% Less Sodium Roasted & Salted Whole Cashews Because of Possible Health Risk

Wenders LLC of Dublin, CA is recalling specific production lots of Trader Joes Nuts - 50% Less Sodium Roasted & Salted Whole Cashews - (SKU Number - 37884) Lot# T12139, T12140, T12141, and T12142 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious
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Let's Talk Sustainability Event being held on Thursday, March 28

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Kick Ash Products Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Almonds in Product

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Taylor Farms Pacific Recalls Kroger Brand Ready-To-Eat Apple Walnut With Chicken Salad Bowl Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen

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Ice House Rd. Rehabilitation Project Scheduled for May-November, 2024

Image of United States seal. United States   (03/11/2024)

John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Coconut and Milk in Great Value Honey Roasted Cashews 8.25 Oz

John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc (JBSS) announced today it is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of 8.25 oz Great Value Honey Roasted Cashews, because it may contain undeclared coconut and milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to coconut or milk run the risk of serious or life-thre
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City hosts Community Meeting on Housing Solutions

Image of United States seal. United States   (03/10/2024)

Jen's Breakfast Burritos, LLC, Recalls Ready to Eat Breakfast Burrito Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2024 - Jen's Breakfast Burritos, LLC, an Auburn, Wash. establishment, is recalling approximately 144 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) breakfast burrito products that may be adulterated with Listeria...
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Possible Measles Exposure in El Dorado County