Here are five things that caught my attention!
Reproductive Rights: Unless you’ve been camping out of cell phone range all week, you probably know that a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion represents the clear overturning of a woman’s right to choose. I joined Vice Chair Nora Vargas and other allies on Tuesday to speak out against what would be the most egregious assault on Americans’ freedoms in our lifetime, and express our support for state leaders' attempt to pass a state constitutional amendment forever protecting a woman’s right to choose in California. We will continue this fight, for as long as it takes to protect our mothers, sisters, and daughters. Making it all worse is the reality that four of the five justices that authored this opinion were appointed by Presidents who lost the popular vote, and Americans support upholding a woman’s right to choose by a 2-to-1 margin.
Renewable Energy: The dream of 100% clean renewable energy for California has been reached, at least for a brief moment. Last week, renewable energy sources (solar, wind, geothermal, etc) met almost 100% of our energy demand. That’s a big milestone worth celebrating but there’s a very long way to go to ensure we are meeting our climate and decarbonization goals. It’s messy, takes a lot of collaboration but we owe it to future generations to meet these goals in a sustainable way.
TOP GUN: I am the generation that watched the original Top Gun probably 400 times. I know the words to every line in the movie and I have dreamed of the sequel for the past 30 years! I never dreamt I would get to attend the premiere with the entire cast, directors, producers and everyone from Paramount. It was an incredible night! The movie is great and it was an honor to welcome everyone to San Diego!
Fans in the Stands: If you have even a passing interest in crisis communications or baseball then check out this story from the Athletic. Phillies player Alec Bohm had a bad day–three throwing errors in the first 13 batters of the game. He reacted the way any 25 year old facing a stadium full of boos might–criticizing the environment and fans. He handled it like a seasoned communications pro. He owned his mistake, made a genuine and candid confession and apologized. And the next night when he came up to bat–a standing ovation. Well done!
‘Sort Sol’: Twice a year, the skies above parts of Europe are darkened by hundreds of thousands of birds swirling in unison. It’s called “sort sol” or “black sun” and it looks like something straight out of a Hitchcock or a horror movie. The birds move perfectly coordinated, almost as a single unit, and it's completely captivating. Check out this Times piece that explores this natural phenomenon.