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  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): Dr. Mitchell Katz, head of New York City's public hospitals, on the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, the health system's greatest need, and what is necessary to restart the economy. (2020-04-09)
  • SacTown Talks (Gibran Maciel): State Senator Bill Dodd (2020-04-03)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): State Senator Bill Dodd and CA Dept. of Health Director (Emeritus), Dr. Karen Smith, MD, discuss the medical, statistical and personal impact of life in California during a pandemic, and how following the advice of health care professionals during this time, can save lives. (2020-04-01)

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  • COVID-19 #s
  • Dept of Corrections
  • Ballot update
  • Cakedays and Classifieds


  • California hospitalizations confirmed/suspected: 2,897/2,339 (yesterday: 2,846/2,221, day before: 2,825/2,803) [CDPH]
  • California ICU admissions confirmed/suspected: 1,145/446 (yesterday: 1,145/420, day before: 1,154/522) [CDPH
  • California fatalities: 630 confirmed (+5.7% from yesterday, previous day's change was 8.2%) (SFChron)

  • I've stopped including "cases" in this space as testing has become more widespread. Reporting on the daily percentage change now doesn't seem relevant as opposed to the above health indicators.

Scott and Boris

¡Buenos dias mis amigos!

I may be short this morning as I will be heading to farmers market at 8am. I'll likely make two trips to the market for my own shopping and that of a friend who is even more high risk for the virus. Clearly, my hair is not short since my March 16 appointment was canceled. Since Boris has been discharged from the hospital, we can return to comparing our locks to his. "Dude, I could be PM of Britain."

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II dropped the mic last week. For those of us who have said WTF for decades about the very strange governance system that many of us trace roots to, we were like "Okay, you got this" last week. As cray-cray as our politics are, we're essentially a system on valium compared to elsewhere. I was never a good student in international relations and foreign policy (and languages!) and I regret that. That said, it is all playing out right now on our teevees.

The numbers look good but are still heartbreaking.

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: I errantly said yesterday that the Los Angeles Community College District had switched from at large to by-district elections. They are still at large.


  • Ballots counted: 9,653,077
  • Ballots counted are up +12.9% from 8,548,301 in 2016
  • Turnout in 2016: 8,548,301 of 19,023,417 registered 15 days out (44.94%)
  • Turnout so far in 2020: 9,653,077 of 20,660,465 registered 15 days out (46.72%)  

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Suzanne Jiminez, Senator Henry Stern, and Amy Tan!



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