Interesting. The rider in this case should have been relying on the insurance of the party at fault — the motorist. It is incredibly ironic that you are making a call for licenses for cyclists with an anecdote of a driver who apparently got a license despite an ignorance of the vehicle code. Was the driver cited? If not, then what’s the point of adding more licensed people to the roadways when the police see little need for enforcing the CVC for the people already carrying licenses, nor placing liability on the parties at fault?
The only positive takeaway I get from this is that your candidacy is marginal at best.
22517. No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side
available to moving traffic unless it is reasonably safe to do so and
can be done without interfering with the movement of such traffic,
nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a vehicle
available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than
necessary to load or unload passengers.