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  • Nooner Conversations (Scott Lay): Media Consumption in a Pandemic Age: Roger Salazar and Hilary McLean of Alza Strategies [YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Simplecast] (2020-04-25)
  • Look West (Assembly Democratic Caucus): First Responders in a Covid-19 World: Assemblymembers Jim Cooper (sheriff's deputy) and Freddie Rodriguez (EMT) (2020-04-23)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): SEIU Local 2015 President April Verrett on representing workers in skilled nursing facilities that have been a focus during the pandemic. (2020-04-23) 
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe): Bill and Sherry examine voting by mail in the midst of a pandemic.  They agree on the need but disagree over whether it can be implemented by the November election.  They also search for an answer to a big question: Where's Joe Biden? (2020-04-23)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) on legislative during the COVID-19 pandemic (2020-04-14)

The Nooner for Tuesday, April 28, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • COVID-19
  • LA-LA Land
  • Classifieds

Buenos dias or whatever I am supposed to say today. Taco Tuesday is sort of killed, although we're at the point of rolling tofu in tattered clothes. No, I won't share a picture of that. Carnitas con undies doesn't have the same taste as that I found in Mexico only two months ago.

We're at least a month away from "normal." I have no inside information, but have enough contacts to understand where we are headed. California will start reopening in a couple of weeks. For densely populated areas, it will be June 1-June 15. I've written before about the school year ending June 12 in places like Sacramento. For geeks, that is the R0, or the "R naught."

Nobody knows what will happen upon reopening. If things (deaths/hospital admissions) are stable, we are kicking ass. If not, we screwed up and return to quarantine quickly. Ideally, it is a mix of new and controlled infections that build herd immunity. Almost certainly we're not going to have a vaccine in the next year. We're looking to ourselves.


  • California confirmed cases: 42,626 (+1,313 from yesterday; prior changes: Saturday: +1,639; Friday: +1,765; Thursday +2,045; Wednesday +1,892)
  • California confirmed deaths: 1,698 (+81 from yesterday; prior changes: Saturday: +81; Friday: +99; Thursday +104; Wednesday +104) 
  • The SFChron's numbers above may differ from those of the California Department of Public Health only because the SFChron updates using county releases as they are received, whereas the CDPH has a daily update. In the end, they should align. CDPH has other great numbers including hospitalizations and ICU, for both confirmed and suspected.

Happy Taco Tuesday. Take whatever resembles a tortilla and that Spam from your cupboard and make the day your own!

Thank you all who supported the cause of Paul Mitchell for his birthday yesterday. We blew the goal out of the water almost quadrupling the original goal. It's not too late to support women and children on a comprehensive path from homeless to "society."

We'll be back to tacos before long. For me, of course, it's a religious thing on in I need Our Lady of Guadalupe to have services again so I can buy my Sunday tacos. Have I told you yet that I miss Mexico City?

Anyway, I may be back this afternoon or evening. I'm waiting for Newsom at Noon. There are lots of stories out there, but you have read them. I'm spending my time trying to figure out to government, from budgets, to employees (state and local), to everything else we know about daily life. Nobody actually knows, but I will keep reading everything and communicating with you.

back after the jump...

LA-LA LAND: While some Angelenos fled to Orange and Ventura county beaches over the weekend, the folks at the LAT report that the facts on the ground do not suggest a reopening soon.

The state’s epidemiological map is starting to reflect the adage that California is many states in one. Nineteen counties from Humboldt to Tuolumne have recorded no fatalities from the virus. And even moderately populated counties such as Fresno and Monterey are holding single-digit death tolls.

But Los Angeles County has had 944 people die from COVID-19, with 315 passing away last week alone.

Even adjusted for its larger population, its rate of 9.3 deaths per 100,000 people is 58% higher than the next hardest hit urban county, Riverside, and 72% higher than the epicenter of the Bay Area, Santa Clara County, according to a Times analysis of coronavirus data.

Of course, Riverside County is essentially an extension of LA from the COVID-19 perspective.

classifieds after the jump...

Probolsky Research


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Happy birthday John Kopp!

Happy 75th Birthday to John Kopp, a friend to all and mentor to many!

John is the former Controller for the Riverside County Democratic Party, Former Member of the CDP Executive Board and current Treasurer of both the Truman Club of the Inland Empire and the Corona-Norco Democratic Club - along with many other titles throughout his 75 years. He is a tremendous asset to candidates and campaigns as he willingly provides his wealth of knowledge and experience.

Happy Birthday, John! Saul Alinsky would be proud of all you’ve accomplished these past 75 years!

In Solidarity, your friend Steve.

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