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  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Carmela Coyle, president of the California Hospital Association to talk about the challenges that hospitals face as they deal with this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, “an order of potential magnitude that we just haven’t seen before.”
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) on California's COVID-19 response  (2020-03-19)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Lenny Mendonca, Chief Economic and Business Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom, on the economic impact of the COVID-19 (2020-03-12)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senators Jim Beall (D-San José) and Tom Umberg (D-Anaheim) on the Census (2020-03-12)
  • Look West (Assembly Democratic Caucus): Assembly member Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) and Secretary of State Alex Padilla on the Census (2020-03-12)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Politico's Carla Marinucci on primary results and Warren's departure (2020-03-05)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Paul Mitchell on the departure of Elizabeth Warren and what's next in the presidential (2020-03-05)

The Nooner for Wednesday, March 25, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • COVID-19
  • Clippers
  • DeSaulnier
  • John Cox for Governor debt
  • Cakeday and classifieds 

First, the good news. Neither Hawaii or the California North Coast had a tsunami overnight after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Russia.

This is surreal. It's like there are no hours of day that are day or night and the day of the week is meaningless. I did however have a rough recollection that I need to put my trash can out tonight. I'm thinking of putting on my Google calender for a reminder around 8:30pm.

Everything is surreal. My brain doesn't spend much time on virus worry since I've seen essentially no human but rather the upcoming state and local government fiscal calamity. I have budget advocate through the dot-com and housing crashes. I fear this will be far worse and is not temporal but rather persistent for some time. 


    • California confirmed cases: 2,724, with 59 deaths. Confirmed cases in 39/58 counties. [h/t SFChron]
  • TESTING: From CDPH: "As of 2 p.m. PDT on March 23, approximately 27,650 tests had been conducted in California. This includes the latest numbers California has received from commercial and private labs. At least 15,554 results have been received and another 12,100 are pending."
  • GOOD NEWS? Erin Allday in the Chron looks at whether California's early stay at home orders (first Bay Area, then statewide) has held confirmed cases at bay while New York City skyrockets.
  • HOW LONG? Governor Gavin Newsom said yesterday that we might be shut in through April or May, reports Sophia Bollag for the Bee.

    Newsom’s comments come a day after President Donald Trump said “America will again and soon be open for business” as the dramatic measures taken to fight the disease have ground much of the country’s economy to a halt. The president said he would like to see the country - at least major portions of it - open for business by Easter, on April 12.

    Newsom said he could see the social distancing measures lasting as long as 12 weeks. All Californians, not just the elderly, need to be careful.

  • STATE BUDGET: As I wrote in a special email yesterday, the Department of Finance has basically told agencies that the 2020-21 budgetary wish lists have been torn up. As I've written before, there are several complicated legal issues that make the budget that much more difficult. A big one locked in the constitution is Proposition 98 for K-14 education. What happens when you shift the state's biggest revenue month for personal income tax to July, legally into a different fiscal year?

    Yeah, I'm not freaking out about the catching/weathering the virus. I'm freaking out about the state budget. Once a budget lobbyist, always a budget lobbyist.

  • CORRECTIONS: Yesterday, Governor Newsom signed an executive order stopping the intake or transfer of prisoners in state facilities for 30 days. They will stay at the county level to try to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
  • GLOBAL: When I was in Mexico City a month ago, the peso was 18 to 1 USD. It is now MXN$24.36 to USD$1.
  • PARKS: Lots of public parks and beaches have had parking lot closures or shut off access to motor vehicles. That does not necessarily mean that they are closed, and public officials encourage people to get outside while obseerving social distancing measures with non-family members. In Orange County, the beaches are mixed.
  • ICE ICE BABY: Thirteen detainees of two Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilties have sued alleging that the health conditions make it more likely they will contract COVID-19, reports Lauren Hernández in the Chron.

    The detainees are “confined in crowded and unsanitary conditions where social distancing is not possible” at Yuba County Jail in Marysville and Mesa Verde Detention Center in Bakersfield (Kern County), the ACLU said Tuesday.

    The lawsuit cites guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that identify older adults and people with chronic and underlying health conditions as being at higher risk of severe illness if they are infected by the coronavirus, which has infected 2,628 people in California, including 1,023 in the Bay Area. The CDC said people at high risk have chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, diabetes, serious heart conditions, and those who are immunocompromised.

  • DISNEYLAND: Disneyland and Disneyworld are scheduled to reopen in one week from today. That seems highly unlikely. Put it in the can with the President's belief it will be solved by Easter.
  • HEALTH INSURANCE CRISIS AHEAD: Felicia Alvarez reports for the SacBizJournal that health insurance premiums could be heading way up following the pandemic.

    The costs of providing care amid the coronavirus pandemic could cost billions for health insurers, according to a new report by Covered California.

    Covered California released its findings on what the outbreak means for the nation's insurers on Monday. Covered California is the state’s marketplace for individual health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and provided coverage for about 1.5 million Californians as of February.

    The commercial health care market is projected to face anywhere from $34 billion to $251 billion related to testing and treatment for COVID-19, the report states. To make up for those costs, premiums could rise 40% in the individual and employer markets, if the federal government doesn’t intervene.

  • SFO: In the Chron, Melody Moench reports on the job losses at San Francisco International Airport.

    As the new coronavirus devastates the airline industry, workers at Bay Area airports exposed to health risks are enduring mass layoffs as a potential U.S. travel shutdown looms. At San Francisco International Airport, between 800 and 900 workers soon will be laid off, SEIU United Services Workers West reported. Around 250 airline catering workers were already let go, Unite Here Local 2 Union said.

    Some workers are facing homelessness and could lose health care at a critical time, and unions are preparing to fight for compensation as airlines seek bailouts.

  • SANDY EGGO: The San Diego Workforce Partnership reports that up to 350,000 workers in the region could lose their jobs due to COVID-19. 
  • GUILFOYLE: Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend and Gavin Newsom's ex-wife, had a birthday party at Mar-a-Lago on March 8 and several guests have COVID-19.

more after the jump... 



BALLOT UPDATE: We're getting closer...

  • Ballots counted: 9,532,716
  • Ballots counted are up +11.5% from 2016's 8,548,301
  • Turnout in 2016: 8,548,301 of 19,023,417 registered 15 days out (45.49%)
  • Turnout so far in 2018: 9,532,716 of 20,660,465 registered 15 days out (46.14%)  

CLIPPERS: After a long fight, the Los Angeles Clippers (Steve Ballmer) have reached agreement with Madison Square Garden Co. to purchase the Forum in Inglewood for $400 million. MSG had been fighting a planned new arena in Inglewood sought by the Clippers. With the purchase, the new arena will likely proceed.

DESAULNIER: Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) remains in critical but stable condition in a Washington hospital. He has tested negative to COVID-19. I am told by sources that other members in California are in quarantine.

JOHN COX CAMPAIGN: The unsuccessful campaign of John Cox for governor has incurred a legal judgment that it owes $100,000 to an advertising company, reports Jeff McDonald for the SDUT. The campaign had a balance of $0 as of December 31 and another $119k in debt, so it looks like the businessman will be dipping in to his pocket again.

The ruling was sought by Sandler Innocenzi, a suburban Washington D.C. political advertising agency that claimed that Cox stiffed the firm after the election.

The order, issued late last month by San Diego Superior Court Judge Daniel F. Link, directs the John Cox for Governor 2018 campaign committee to pay the company $97,587 plus 6 percent annual interest beginning on Sept. 13, 2019.

cakeday and classifieds after the jump...



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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Los Angeles councilmember Gil Cedillo and James Schwab!




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