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  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Paul Mitchell on the Redistricting Commission (2020-07-06)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Los Angeles County supe Hilda Solis (2020-07-09)
  • Gimme Shelter (LAT's Liam Dillon and CalMatters's Matt Levin): Why California’s housing market isn’t tanking (2020-07-06)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe): Newsom, Trump, Roberts: Politics and Policy (2020-07-02)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Assembly member Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) on the budget and the governor's response to COVID-19 (2020-07-02)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): WHO would Gavin Newsom pick for California’s open Senate seat if Kamala Harris does become Vice President? - Half a dozen political players from across the state, including Garry South, former state senator Fran Pavley, Roger Salazar, Adama Iwu, Karen Skelton and Joel Fox (2020-07-01)

The Nooner for Monday, July 13, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • COVID-19
  • School daze
  • Police oversight
  • Monuments
  • SD11 (San Francisco)
  • McClatchy
  • cakeday and classifieds


COVID-19: The number of cases to climb over the weekend as the positivity rates of those tested goes up, reports a team at the Times.

Los Angeles County continued to report a surge in coronavirus cases Sunday, tallying 3,322 new cases of the virus and 18 related deaths.

With that, the county has now recorded a total of more than 133,700 cases and 3,800 deaths.

The continued rise comes as the death toll from the coronavirus in California soared above 7,000 this weekend, with the infection rate continuing to worsen.

Hospitalizations also continue to climb, both statewide and in L.A. County. As of Sunday, there were 2,093 confirmed coronavirus patients in county hospitals, with 26% in intensive care and 19% on ventilators, officials said. About a month ago, hospitalizations were ranging from 1,350 to 1,450 each day.

Meanwhile, the health care system is being very impacted.

For months, California hospitals avoided the dreaded surge in coronavirus patients that threatened to overwhelm wards and stretch thin staff and supplies. But now, with coronavirus hospitalizations in the state at an all-time high, doctors and nurses at some hospitals say the nightmare has arrived.

Hospitals up and down the state report that their beds are filling up fast, staffers are tiring and medications used to treat coronavirus patients are running low. The surge has hit California unevenly, with some facilities reporting their numbers staying flat in recent weeks, while others have risen sharply.

SCHOOL DAZE: Politicos's Mackenzie Mays reports on the concerns the California Teachers Association has with reopening schools.

The union is insisting on prolonging distance learning instead of forcing its army of more than 300,000 educators back into schools.

“We hope we don’t have to go there, but if it comes to it, we do retain the right to refuse to work under unsafe conditions,” said David Fisher, president of the Sacramento City Teachers Association. “The virus is raging, and the circumstances that we were thinking we might be dealing with in September only a few weeks ago seem to be changing by the day. It just is looking increasingly unlikely that we will be able to teach in person at any level when schools first open.”

For CalMatters, Dan Walters looks at how likely it is that California schools will reopen.

“All of these things need to be managed at the local level with the foundational framework of keeping our kids and our teachers healthy and safe,” Newsom said.

Translation: Neither he nor we know what will happen. But the clock is ticking and parents need to know, ASAP, what to expect.

Santa Clara Unified has announced the fall will start using distance learning.

POLICE OVERSIGHT: For CalMatters, Raheem Hosseini writes up the debate over who should investigate police shootings.

As the country contemplates the national ramifications of George Floyd’s final nine minutes of life in Minneapolis, California has its own version of the question: If this state is the nation’s laboratory for progressive laws, why has it been unable to keep the police from policing themselves?

“This one is actually embarrassing for California,” said Democratic Assemblymember Kevin McCarty of Sacramento, who is trying for the third time in five years to pass a law requiring the state’s attorney general to probe deadly officer encounters. “I think it’s a common sense reform that’s ripe for the taking this year in California.”

MONUMENTS: For CalMatters, Elizabeth Castillo looks at which Confederate monuments are still standing in California.

In California, a handful of highway markers and cemetery memorials remained visible but the Black Lives Matter movement quickly pushed the state to eradicate them completely. Some of the markers were erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a historical group dedicated to “honoring the memory of its Confederate ancestors” and labeled neo-Confederate by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The organization still exists today.

SD11 (San Francisco): Politico's Carla Marinucci and Jeremy B. White take a look at Scott Wiener's (D) race for reelection -- a challenge from the left..

In another political universe, he'd be lauded as a lion of the far-left “San Francisco values” wing of the Democratic party. He's also locked down support from the party establishment across the state: the California Democratic Party, Gov. Gavin Newsom and every statewide elected Democratic official, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris. And he’s been endorsed by leading unions like AFSCME and influential advocacy groups like the California League of Conservation Voters. It's the makings of a comfortable ride to reelection.

Instead, the openly gay former San Francisco supervisor, 50, who chairs the Legislature's LGBT caucus and its influential Senate Housing Committee, is being cast as a pro-cop “corporate Democrat” in a faceoff with a political neophyte half his age with the backing of Our Revolution, Bernie Sanders' grassroots group.

“Only in San Francisco could Scott Wiener be considered a corporate Democrat — he’s so far to the left," said Nathan Ballard, a veteran Democratic strategist and longtime observer of the city's politics.

While Wiener has staked out some of the more liberal positions on just about everything moving through the state Senate, the political landscape — scrambled in the wake of George Floyd's killing, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and the economic devastation wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic — has forced him to shore up his left flank against Jackie Fielder.

MCCLATCHY: Tali Arbell reports for the AP that Chatham Asset Management is buying the publisher of The Bee out of bankruptcy court, ending 163 years of McClatchy family ownership.

Chatham was McClatchy’s largest shareholder and debt holder. It beat out a bid from Alden Global Capital, another hedge fund that has taken a leading role in the U.S. newspaper business.


McClatchy’s origins date to 1857, when it began publishing a four-page paper in Sacramento, California, following the California Gold Rush. The company remains headquartered in Sacramento.

A price was not disclosed.

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