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1 big thing: CA lawmakers working to improve access for out-of-state abortions

Data: Guttmacher Institute; Note: Data unavailable for D.C.; Map: Simran Parwani/Axios Visuals

State lawmakers are working on a bill that would allow doctors from Arizona to legally come to California to perform abortions, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) revealed Sunday.

The big picture: Newsom is stepping up efforts to access abortions, while also targeting Republicans in other states who've moved to restrict or effectively ban the procedure.

  • He unveiled an ad aimed at Alabama lawmakers who are pushing to criminalize people who help minors obtain interstate abortions.

Catch up quick: California was one of several "blue" states that expanded abortion access protections following the Supreme Court's decision in the 2022 Dobbs case that overturned Roe v. Wade.

What they're saying: "In the midst of this chaotic landscape, any tool at the disposal of abortion providers to make sure care continues for all who seek it in California is welcome," Jennifer Wonnacott, spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, told Axios via email regarding the bill.

Driving the news: During an interview on MSNBC's "Inside with Jen Psaki" on Sunday, Newsom said attacks on abortion are "happening in real time," so the "response must be in real time to be more assertive and proactive."

  • He added: "We're already dealing with the absorption of people seeking reproductive care in the state of California."

By the numbers: Abortions provided to patients traveling from other states more than doubled in California — from 2,270 in 2020 to 5,160 in 2023 — according to a new analysis by The Guttmacher Institute.

Flashback: For decades before the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade protected abortion rights, San Diego was a haven for pregnant women seeking abortions through illegal underground clinics.

What we're watching: The governor's office is working with state lawmakers, the Arizona governor's office and respective state attorneys general on the emergency legislation.

  • Brandon Richards, a spokesperson for Newsom, told Axios they "will have more details to share in the coming days."

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2. Supreme Court tackles whether cities can ban outdoor sleeping

A homeless encampment in front of San Diego City Hall. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday on whether it's constitutional for cities to ban homeless residents from sleeping outside when shelter space isn't available.

Why it matters: District Attorney Summer Stephan argued in a brief that the lower court's opinion creates "uncertainty about the validity" of the unsafe-camping ordinance San Diego adopted last year.

  • San Diego's law prohibits camping near schools, shelters, transit stations and in parks at all times — and anywhere else in the city when shelter is available.

The big picture: California leaders, like those in other states hit by the homelessness crisis, are monitoring the high court's decision, which could reshape how cities can respond to the problem.

  • Newsom, in a brief from his office to the court, said "homeless people should not be criminalized for sleeping outside when they have nowhere else to go."
  • Yes, but: He argued that cities should be able to set specific time-and-place limitations, so it's possible to clear encampments.

Zoom in: Despite the caveats in San Diego's policy, Stephan argued the entire ordinance was threatened because it prohibits stoves in all public encampments.

  • Her office interpreted that as a violation of the lower court's ruling, because stoves used for warmth or cooking would qualify as "human activity that cannot be avoided."

What's next: The Supreme Court's ruling is expected in June.

The intrigue

3. The Lineup: Local news roundup

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

💲 Luxury appliance retailer Pirch filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last week. The San Diego County-based company left customers with unfulfilled orders, landlords with unpaid rent and others with money owed. (Union-Tribune)

😠 Labor leaders are furious over news that the County Board of Supervisors won't interview their preferred candidate for the county government's top unelected position. (Voice of San Diego)

🚿 City officials are reconsidering "all parts" of the multibillion-dollar plan to recycle wastewater as a way of providing more than 50 million gallons of drinking water per day because of new state regulations. (Union-Tribune)

4. Pricey Passover foods

Price of <span style="background:#054f9f; padding:3px 5px;color:white;">matzo</span> and <span style="background:#8db830; padding:3px 5px;color:white;">gefilte fish</span>, 2023
Data: NIQ; Chart: Axios Visuals

Happy Passover to San Diego's growing and increasingly diverse Jewish population.

For those observing the holiday, which runs from yesterday through April 30 this year, it's time to stock up on the traditional foods.

Zoom in: In San Diego, matzo and gefilte fish averaged $6.52 and $7.90 per pound, respectively, in the two weeks leading up to Passover, according to NIQ, which tracks buying behavior.

  • Nationally, matzo is $5.07 and gefilte fish is $7.07 per pound, on average.

The intrigue: To many, one important tradition — along with eating matzo and drinking four glasses of wine at dinner — is to continuously update the Passover celebration with things like new Seder plate items.

Tell us: Do you have any new Passover observances this year?

5. One transcendent concert experience to go

Phish transformed the Sphere into an underwater seascape last Friday. Photo: Brian Kaufman

👋 This underwater environment is just one of the places to which Phish transported me and nearly 20,000 other people during their Friday show at the Las Vegas Sphere.

Why it matters: I am convinced Phish lead guitarist Trey Anastasio was correct when he described the venue as "an entirely new form of entertainment" and "the Wild West."

  • "The normal boundaries of sonic space vanish," he said.

Bottom line: At least we all live within driving distance of it.

Our picks:

🪩 Andy thinks maybe he owes these folks an apology.

☁️ Kate is not happy about the 'Gray-pril' clouds in this week's forecast.

This newsletter was edited by Carly Mallenbaum and copy edited by James Gilzow.

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