- Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Lande Ajose, chair of the Governor’s Council for Postsecondary Education (2021-05-09)
- CAP·impact (McGeorge School of Law): Lobbyist and law professor Chris Micheli with key reminders on legislative drafting in California (2021-05-09)
- SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blonien): former Assemblymember Mike Gatto (2021-05-07)
- Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): Lobbyist Bob Naylor (2021-05-07)
- Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Mary Nichols on California's Climate Leadership and Biden's 'Inflection Point' (2021-05-06)i
- Look West Podcast (Assembly Democrat Caucus): Connecting Californians: Expanding High Speed Internet with Speaker Anthony Rendon (2021-05-06)
- Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): Is The Republican Party Imploding? (2021-05-06)
- Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senator Susan Talamentes Eggman (D-Stockton) (2021-05-05)
- Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): USA Today Washinton Bureau chief Susan Page on her new book on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (2021-05-02)
- Congresswoman Doris Matsui seeks a Field Representative experienced in infrastructure policy to join her Sacramento team.
- Capitol Weekly presents A Conference on Housing Policy - May 26
- The Breakthrough Institute is seeking a Press Secretary (Berkeley)
- Join the California Manufacturers & Technology Association Team!
- McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - MPA/MPP
- McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - Masters of Science in Law
- AD54 (Baldwin Hills-Culver City-Westwood): Nurses and Educators for Isaac Bryan for State Assembly 2021 sponsored by labor organizations report $42,700 for television buys & video ads and production.
The Nooner for Wednesday, May 12, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners
Happy humpday! It'll be another warm afternoon in SacTown, although it should start getting cooler tomorrow. While there was speculation of a Thursday release, the May Revision is now expected to be released on Friday. That allows tomorrow to be another subject matter day,
Some great news for those of us in downtown Sac not able to get over to the Sunday farmers market temporarily relocated to Arden Fair during the W-X freeway project. The downtown market will return on Wednesday, June 16 at 6th and Capitol Mall. The Downtown Partnership announces:
For chefs, workers and visitors hungry for fresh food, flowers and more, Downtown Sacramento’s favorite seasonal Certified Farmers’ Market returns to Capitol Mall beginning Wednesday, June 16, 2021. With more than 25 vendors to start and grow from there, the seasonal Farmers’ Market is available Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 6th Street & Capitol Mall. The weekly farmers’ market will provide “Al Fresco” lunch dining with hot lunch options from an array of Sacramento’s most popular food vendors next to local farmers selling fresh, regionally grown food. Local hot food vendors will include rotating food trucks and some downtown favorites such as Yolanda’s Tamales, Nash & Proper, Rosa’s Portuguese Bakery and What’s Poppin’ Kettle Corn.
Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to my second jab a week from today, even if it means I could be under the weather for 24 hours. It's been mixed in my family, but nobody regrets being fully vaccinated.
BUDGET: Today's May Revision preview topic is education. In the LAT, John Myers reports on what is expected in Governor Newsom's proposal on TK-12 education.
Transitional kindergarten, currently available only to about one-third of California’s 4-year-olds, would be expanded to all age-eligible students by the 2024 academic year under a proposal to be unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Funded by unprecedented growth in state tax revenues, the effort is one of a series of far-reaching education proposals Newsom will send to the Legislature at the end of the week in his revised state budget. Those plans include additional after-school and summer programs in low-income communities, more than $3.3 billion for teacher and school employee training and $3 billion to encourage the development of “community schools,” where education is integrated with healthcare and mental health services in communities with high poverty rates.
The state would also establish a $500 college savings account for every California student from a low-income family with an additional $500 for foster youth and those who are homeless. The $2-billion program would be funded mostly by a portion of the state’s share of money from the American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Biden in March. Estimates are it could provide a savings account for as many as 3.8 million California schoolchildren.
DO YOU RECALL?
- Caitlyn: For Politico, Carla Marinucci writes that while Caitlyn Jenner told CNN's Dana Bash that she did not vote in the November 2020 election in the presidential race or on significant California ballot measures, records show that she did.
Mind you that she had a ballot nearly a month before the election since all registered voters were mailed a ballot because of the pandemic. Lots of people went golfing on Election Day, as they had around 28 days to think about the issues and vote leading up to November 3 -- which she did.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner told CNN this week that she never voted for president in the November 2020 election and opted to golf instead because she "couldn't get excited" about the dozen measures on the California ballot. For someone seeking support in the upcoming recall, it was a head-turning statement.
Then came the head-scratcher: Los Angeles County records show she actually did cast a ballot last fall.
POLITICO reported last month that Jenner did not vote in nearly two-thirds of the elections in which she was eligible since 2000. After Jenner's latest comments to CNN aired Tuesday morning, a representative of the registrar’s office reconfirmed to POLITICO that Jenner voted — with documentation.
The issue arose when CNN’s Dana Bash asked Jenner this week if she had voted for former President Donald Trump in last year's election. Jenner is relying on former Trump aides for campaign strategy, but she had broken with the Republican president in 2018 over his positions on transgender issues.
"I didn't even vote," Jenner told Bash in a wide-ranging interview at her home in Malibu. "Out here in California, it's like, why vote for a Republican president? It's just not going to work. I mean, it's overwhelming."
But Jenner didn't stop there. Asked further if she voted on downticket races, she said she did not and suggested she didn't participate at all.
"It was voting day, and I thought, the only thing out here in California that I worry about, which affects people, is the propositions that were out there," Jenner said. "And I didn't see any propositions that I really had one side or the other. And so it was Election Day. And I just couldn't get excited about it. And I just wound up going to play golf and I said, eh, I'm not doing that."
California voters considered 12 ballot measures in November during a campaign that set new records for overall spending. Proposals affected the future of cash bail, affirmative action, gig workers, rent control and criminal sentencing, among other topics.
Also for Politico, Jeremy B. White and Carla Marinucci write that it's been a rough rollout for Jenner:
Jenner has struggled to articulate a coherent policy vision in her debut TV appearances, offering a mix of conservative talking points and fuzzy policy prescriptions. Political strategists are struggling to see a path to victory for a political neophyte who lacks an established support base in California.
“Maybe she's got tens of millions of dollars in her own bank account, and she can run her own ad campaigns,” said Sean Walsh, a Republican strategist who helped guide former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to victory in the 2003 recall. “But no one that I know in the broader base donor community, no one that I know in the broader base political consultant community or the activists are involved in her campaign."
While it’s still early, Jenner faces a steep climb against Republican rivals. She trailed well behind former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and businessperson John Cox, each of whom had 22 percent support among registered voters and have been in the public eye for years after previously running for office in California. Former Rep. Doug Ose was a clear third with 14 percent.
- Cox: For Times of San Diego, Ken Stone reports on John Cox's appearance with Kodiak bear Tag yesterday on Shelter Island.
Cox takes the "Meet the Beast Bus Tour" to Palm Desert today, but Tag will not be in tow. After all, while Tag was born and raised in the USA, an Alaskan bear and 100 degree heat aren't the best mix. Overcast and cool in Sandy Eggo is much more his style.
“I’m not a pretty boy — although my wife thinks I’m OK,” Cox told a parking lot press conference with animal activists heckling from a grassy rise nearby. “Make no mistake. It’s going to take big beastly changes to get this job done, and that’s why the bear is here today.”
So was the Gipper.
“I’ll try to give commonsense solutions the first day in office,” he said. “I’m going to call a special session to talk about housing. That’s my business — build and manage apartments for a living.”
Asked how he’d enact his agenda amid a Democratic supermajority in Sacramento, Cox said he would “do what Ronald Reagan did.”
Several reporters challenged Cox on what he admitted was an “attention-getting device.”
One asked: “Aren’t you concerned that right out of the gate [the bear act] upset a lot of people?”
Said Cox: “I don’t live under the perception that everybody’s going to agree with everything I do. … I’m an animal lover. I believe in taking care of animals. God gave them to us to enjoy this paradise on Earth.”
He noted “this animal” has been on TV series and appeared in an NFL halftime show.
- Faulconer: Former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer unveiled his "California Comeback Tax Cut" proposal in Downey this morning. From the release:
Faulconer’s plan will reduce the marginal tax rate to zero for the first $50,000 earned by individuals, and the first $100,000 earned by families, for those earning under $1 million per year. It will also eliminate taxes on military retirement income.
VALADAO: Will Central Valley congressman David Valadao (R-Hanford) be a target of former President Donald Trump next year because he supported impeachment? For McClatchy, David Lightman and Francesca Chambers write:
Valadao, who represents a San Joaquin Valley district that President Joe Biden won easily last year, was one of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after a mob of Trump’s supporters overran the U.S. Capitol in January.
“There’s still a lot of anger about what (Valadao) did,” said Fred Vanderhoof, Fresno County Republican chairman.
Especially in Trumpworld.
Trump senior adviser Jason Miller said the Republicans who backed impeachment are “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Nothing they do at this point will bring them back to Congress.”
Trump’s advisers have been meeting at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida to discuss 2022 midterm election strategy, and people in Trumpworld say that the Valadao race is on their radar.
But Valadao might not be at the top of Trump’s target list for next year’s midterms, said an adviser who asked not to be named, noting that the state’s primary process and post-census congressional redistricting for 2022 are factors.
Yeah, carpet-bombing Valadao in a district that is currently D+16 could easily deliver two Democrats to the general. Local Democrats are thinking "Bring it on!"
COVID-19, cakedays, and classifieds after the jump...
COVID-19: California reported 50 deaths yesterday for a total of 62,023 since the pandemic began.
-data dive: California's 7-day positivity rate is currently 1.0% (-0.1%), far below the 7.1% peak amidst mass testing on December 30 and the lowest 7 day average of the pandemic.
- vaccine doses administered in California: 32,851,089 (not the number of people vaccinated because of the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer vaccines)
- vaccine doses delivered to California: 41,927,730
- Californians fully vaccinated: 14,487,324 (45.5% of 16+)
- Californians partially vaccinated: 5,253,745 (16.5% of 16+)
The good news is that the "fully vaccinated" percentage continues to increase, but the "partially vaccinated" number is going down. That means that the universe is at 62.0% who have received at least one vaccination, 38.0% who haven't received at least a single vaccination for one reason or another.
-variants: From the California Department of Public Health:
- "UK strain": B.1.1.7 variants are associated with approximately 50% increased transmission, and likely with increased disease severity and risk of death. Appears to have minimal impact on the effectiveness of treatments with antibodies.
- "South Africa strain" B.1.351 variants are associated with approximately 50% increased transmission. May have moderately decreased response to antibody treatments.
- "Brazil strain": P.1 variants may have moderately decreased response to some antibody treatments.
- "West Coast strain"": B.1.427 and B.1.429 are associated with approximately 20% increased transmission. There is significantly reduced efficacy of some antibody treatments.
Here are the variants of concern in California. Remember that this is just from 48,770 samples of the 3.6+ million cases in California.
Known Variants of Concern in California
As of May 5, 2021
||Number of Cases Caused by Variant
You can view a US map by strain prevalence on the CDC site. Note that, like the numbers above, this map is case numbers of a sample, and not a case rate. Obviously, California will have higher counts, but that doesn't translate into a higher case rate of the variant.
-tiers for fears: As a reminder, any county must remain at a tier for three weeks before progressing to a less-restrictive tier, even if the metrics continue to improve. The most recent changes are bolded and italicized.
Here's where the counties stand after Tuesday's changes, which are bolded and italicized.
- No county in the Purple (widespread) Tier.
- 11 counties in the Red (substantial) Tier (11.2% of Californians): Del Norte, Inyo, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Solano, Stanislaus, Tehama, and Yuba.
- 38 counties in Orange (moderate) Tier (58.7% of Californians): Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Lake, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Orange, Plumas, Riverside, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Sutter, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, and Yolo.
- 9 counties in Yellow (minimal) Tier (30.1% of Californians): Alpine, Lassen, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Mono, San Francisco, San Mateo, Sierra, and Trinity.
Sacramento County is at a tier-adjusted case rate of 7.3/100k, meaning that it continues to be unlikely the county will have further reopenings before the June 15 anticipated lifting of tier-based restrictions. The case rate needs to be below 6/100k to progress to the orange tier. Placer County is at 6.4/100k.
If case rates hold, Amador (1.1), (Orange (1.8), Santa Clara (1.6), Santa Cruz (1.5), Tuolumne (1.9) could all advance to yellow next week.
-masks: Governor Newsom has said that California is likely to drop most mask requirements after June 15, reports Trapper Byrne for the Chron.
California is likely to end its mask requirements in most settings next month as part of a lifting of coronavirus pandemic restrictions, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
The state will require masks after its envisioned June 15 reopening “only in those settings that are indoor, only in those massively large settings where people from around the world, not just around the country, are convening and where people are mixing in real dense spaces,” Newsom said Tuesday in an interview with KTTV-TV in Los Angeles.
Local governments, private businesses, and agencies such as public transit could continue mask requirements after the state drops requirements.
-vaccine passports: In the Times, Hayley Smith and Priscilla Vega look at how vaccine "passports" became a lightning rod for conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers.
It’s a simple enough concept as the world begins its recovery from the pandemic: storing COVID-19 vaccination records online so they can be easily accessed on smartphones and other devices.
Backers see it as a much more efficient proof of vaccination than the paper slips issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But these so-called vaccine passports have faced an unexpected backlash in some corners of America, where distrust of government and wild social media claims during the pandemic have sparked anger and protests. In some cases, the opposition has been led by people who last year battled against mandatory mask wearing and other COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the government.
The intensity of the debate was evident Tuesday in Orange County, where hundreds of protesters descended on a Board of Supervisors meeting to oppose a pilot “passport” program. Despite assurances from officials, some opponents insisted the passports could be used to “track” people and reveal private healthcare information, and enable the county to favor residents who chose to get vaccinated.
“I will not be bullied, coerced, harassed in any way, shape or form ... into participating into a massive human experiment in order to fit in,” one woman told the board.
Well, then you don't get to enter private businesses tbat require proof. That's their choice and you have your choice. Isn't that what this is all about?
Meanwhile, I still have that American Airlines credit for my postponed September 2020 return trip to Mexico City to continue my taco and museum tour. I don't want to rely on not spilling a water glass on a piece of paper. SMH* as the kids say.
*Shaking my head
-prison guards: Byrhonda Lyons writes for Calmatters on the vaccine hesitancy among the state's prison guards, even though free vaccines are being provided on the job site.
All, who spoke to CalMatters only on condition of anonymity, are among the 57% of California prison employees skipping free COVID vaccinations offered on the job as of May 10, according to data from the California Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Experts don’t think it’s common that those workers chose to be vaccinated anyplace less convenient.
As California pursues herd immunity — or something close to it — some 37,000 state prison workers remain unvaccinated. In 30 of 35 institutions, less than half of employees are fully vaccinated. Currently, less than 3% of staff are waiting on their second jab, according to the statewide data.
Active COVID cases inside California prisons have slowly declined since peaking in late Dec. 2020, around the time the system rolled out its voluntary vaccination program for inmates and staff. In the past two weeks, state data shows just 14 COVID cases reported among California prisoners — but 108 cases among prison staff.
While the state’s prodding may slowly boost the staff vaccination rate, critics say urging isn’t enough.
This issue came up on Twitter yesterday after I posted the new map above and people wondered why the small Del Norte County (population: 26,959) in the far northwest of the state remains in the red tier while surrounded in a sea of orange. Del Norte is the home of Pelican Bay State Prison, the state's only supermax prison. However, it also has two Indian casinos that establish their own public health restrictions.
-school daze: An East Bay teacher who opted to continue online instruction despite an agreement between the district and union to return to in-person instruction plans to teach (most days) from Mexico during a 12-day trip for her son's wedding. Emma Talley and Jill Tucker reports for the Chron:
The East Bay kindergarten teacher’s email to families Monday offered a simple update: She was heading to Mexico for 12 days to attend her son’s wedding and, while she would teach remotely from there, her online classes would be canceled on certain days given travel or family activities, requiring students to work on their own.
“All supplies and materials will be provided ahead of time for any class activities that will take place while I am out of the country. Please contact me ahead of time if you have any concerns. Wishing you a sunny week ahead,” wrote the teacher, whom The Chronicle is not naming because of the potential for harassment.
Ted! We miss you in SacTown!
HOMELESSNESS: For CalMatters, Manuela Tobias looks at whether lessons learned in assisting people experiencing homelessness over the last year can provide post-pandemic solutions, as envisioned in Governor Newsom's announcement yesterday.
From the lobby of a former extended-stay motel in San Diego, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced what he called a historic proposal to end a California crisis by converting thousands more hotel rooms into housing for people who are homeless.
In all, he proposed spending $12 billion over two years, about 10 times what he proposed spending on homelessness in January, thanks to a budget windfall pegged at more than $100 billion.
“What we’re doing here today is multiples of what any state in American history has committed to address this crisis of homelessness,” Newsom said Tuesday in calling for a massive expansion of Project Homekey, an emergency program launched during the COVID-19 pandemic that is regarded as one of his administration’s biggest victories tackling homelessness.
The program streamlines local zoning and environmental laws that make building in California so difficult, at a fraction of the cost, to convert mostly rundown hotels and motels into shelters and, eventually, affordable housing. The state spent $846 million on 94 Project Homekey conversions last year, including the San Diego motel that now houses 177 formerly unsheltered people.
ONLINE COLLEGE: Also for CalMatters, Mikhail Zinshteyn writes up the new State Auditor's report on Calbright, the online public community college.
On Tuesday, a scathing report from the state auditor ripped the embattled online community college for failing to live up to its ideals. Among the key findings: Most of its students have dropped out or halted their academic progress and Calbright has no process to ensure its students obtain good jobs.
Calbright, created in 2018, has never enjoyed legislative support. Its first champion, former Gov. Jerry Brown, and his successor, Gov. Gavin Newsom, have each muscled the experimental institution over the annual budget finish line, upsetting faculty groups and unions that call the college a boondoggle and say it siphons money from existing and beleaguered community colleges.
And although a leadership shakeup is leading to positive changes, Calbright still lacks “adequate goals,” wrote California State Auditor Elaine Howle.
“We determined that Calbright’s potential value to the State is significant,” the audit reads.
But… there’s always a but.
If the college doesn’t conduct “meaningful implementation” of the auditor’s proposed reforms by the end of next year, “we recommend that the Legislature eliminate the college,” the auditor wrote. Calbright has enrolled 904 students since it started but only 12 have graduated by the end of its first year, the audit said – nowhere close to the 2.5 million California adults ages 25 to 34 with some or no college experience that Calbright was created to serve.
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