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  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blonien): Assemblymember Ash Kalra - Apple Podcasts | YouTube (2020-10-02)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Tori Verber Salazar: The Central Valley District Attorney Pushing for Criminal Justice Reform (2020-10-01)
  • California Nation (Gil Duran @ SacBee): Is Newsom’s gas-powered car ban enough to fight climate change? (2020-09-28)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): California Supreme Court justice Goodwin Liu on the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2020-09-24)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order to phase out the sales of new gasoline- and diesel-powered cars and passenger trucks in California by 2035. (2020-09-23)


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  • Judiciary
  • L.A. D.A.
  • AB 979: corporate boards
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  • COVID-19
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  • Cakeday and classifieds

¡Buenos dias! Happy taco Tuesday! While my fridge doesn't have the protein assortment found at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sundays, I'll cobble something together for tonight.

POTUS is back at 1600 Penn and apparently we just have to "learn to live with" COVID-19, like the flu. From the folks I know who have had it and "recovered," indeed it is about learning to live with it as many symptoms are chronic that may or may not subside. Facebook removed the President's post this morning in which he said the flu is deadlier than COVID-19.

Once again, the NYT's podcast The Daily with Michael Barbaro is outstanding today. In it, Michael talks to NYT technology reporter Jack Nicas about how his neighborhood bar, The Hatch in Oakland, and its employees have fared during the pandemic. From the owner originally from Zimbabwe and essentially abandoned by parents in Iowa at age 14 to the difference between front-of-the-house employees who have unemployment and the stimulus check to those back-of-the-house who do not receive most benefits because of immigration status.

It is an awesome listen and certainly is playing out in communities across America.

An employee interviewed said what most without papers do, they are scared of the $500 for undocumented Californians fearing about ending up on a deportation list. Meanwhile, the family doesn't eat.

I finally updated the presidential race average above as a CNN yesterday released a poll conducted by SSRS post-debate that found similar results of the double-digit polls of NBC/WSJ and CNBC last week. The CNN result of likely voters finds Biden up 16 at 57-41. Before Democrats salivate about a landslide election, the generic congressional ballot is Dem+6.6, the exact same number as this date was in 2018. On this date in 2016, it was Dems+3.2.

Anyway, now is about the time when Democrats look at their ballots that Mr. McFeely conveniently brought to their door this year with a postage-paid return envelope and blow off voting assuming that Dems have it in the bag. That story doesn't end well.

JUDICIARY: Yesterday, Governor Newsom appointed his judicial appointments secretary to the state's highest court, a history-making moment. For the LAT, Maura Dolan and Patrick McGreevy report:

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday appointed Martin Jenkins, a moderate Black former prosecutor and judge, to the California Supreme Court.
Jenkins, a 66-year-old Democrat, is now Newsom’s judicial appointments secretary. He will become the first openly gay justice on the California Supreme Court, and only the third Black man ever to serve on the state’s highest court, the governor’s office said.

Jenkins has been considered a candidate for the state’s top court for years, but former Gov. Jerry Brown passed him over for younger people from elite law schools. Unlike Jenkins, Brown’s choices had no prior judicial experience.

“Justice Jenkins is widely respected among lawyers and jurists, active in his Oakland community and his faith, and is a decent man to his core,” Newsom said in a statement. “As a critical member of my senior leadership team, I’ve seen firsthand that Justice Jenkins possesses brilliance and humility in equal measure.”

Jenkins was leading the search to fill a vacancy on the court left by the Aug. 31 retirement of Justice Ming W. Chin, a Republican appointee who was the court’s most conservative member.

Carla Marinucci writes for Politico:

His appointment was celebrated by those in the legal community, who called it a legal landmark. Burlingame attorney Joe Cotchett, who’s known Jenkins for over three decades, said he is “probably the finest judge and individual that you will ever meet. He’s a devout Catholic, a man who believes strongly in integrity and God — and as an African American and a member of the LGBTQ community, he brings to the court a whole new aspect of our society."


Prior to his appointment in Newsom’s cabinet, Jenkins served as an associate justice on the California 1st District Court of Appeal after an appointment by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

He had served previously on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, nominated by President Bill Clinton. Earlier in his career, Jenkins was appointed to the Oakland Municipal Court by Republican Gov. George Dukemajian in 1989 and to the Alameda Superior Court by Republican Gov. Pete Wilson in 1992.

I'll just say that Gavin's judicial choices the last month have been outstanding.

L.A. D.A.: I missed this over the weekend. Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti switched horses in the district attorney race and withdrew his endorsement of incumbent Jackie Lacey and endorsed challenger former SF D.A. George Gascón.

AB 979: CORPORATE BOARDS: The question was not if but rather who would challenge the law approved at the end of session to require corporations with the primary executive office in California to have boardroom diversity beyond the gender requirement adopted last year. Yesterday, Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, reports Brian Melley for AP.

“The legislation’s requirement that certain corporations appoint a specific number of directors based upon race, ethnicity, sexual preference, and transgender status is immediately suspect and presumptively invalid and triggers strict scrutiny review by the court,” the group said.


The new measure cited statistics showing few of the 662 public corporations headquartered in California had Blacks or Latinos on their boards.

The measure requires at least two directors from different racial or sexual minority groups be appointed to boards with four to nine directors by the end of 2022. Three directors are required for boards with nine or more directors.

Firms that don’t comply would face fines of $100,000 for first violations and $300,000 for repeated violations.

DISNEYLAND: In the Register, Brady MacDonald looks at where the layoffs are taking place at Disneyland.

Disneyland restaurant workers, food cart vendors and staff at the private and exclusive Club 33 in the Anaheim theme park will be among the hardest hit by the massive layoffs coming to the Disney parks division.

Disney has notified Workers United Local 50 that the union’s Disneyland and Disney California Adventure employees will absorb one in ten of the 28,000 layoffs coming to the Disney Parks, Entertainment and Products division, according to the union’s Facebook page.

Disney parks boss Josh D’Amaro announced the layoffs last week at the company’s theme parks, cruise lines, travel planning, timeshare, gaming, publishing and consumer products division in a statement and a letter to cast members, Disney parlance for employees.

More after the jump!


Independent expenditures:

  • SD15 (San José): $218,666 for tv in SUPPORT of Ann Ravel (D) by Silicon Valley JobsPac, affiliated with the California Chamber of Commerce
  • SD21 (Santa Clarita-Antelope Valley): $31,150 for radio in SUPPORT of incumbent Scott Wilk (R) by California Labor and Business Alliance (CLAB), sponsored by building trades, correctional peace officers and apartment rental organizations, and energy providers
  • SD23 (Redlands): $34,829 in SUPPORT of Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R) by California Correctional Peace Officers Association 
  • SD29 (Diamond Bar-Fullerton): $67,658 for polling, mail in SUPPORT of incumbent Ling Ling Chang (R) by Keeping Californians Working, a Coalition of Housing Providers, Energy and Insurance Agents
  • SD29 (Diamond Bar-Fullerton): $1.3 million to OPPOSE Josh Newman (D) by Coalition to Restore California's Middle Class, Including Energy Companies who Produce Gas, Oil, Jobs and Pay Taxes
  • SD37 (Anaheim Hills-Irvine-OC Beach Cities): $45,852 for mail in SUPPORT of incumbent John M.W. Moorlach (R) by California Credit Union League and $50,184 for "calls, text messages, and data by JobsPac, sponsored by the California Chamber of Commerce.
  • AD42 (Cathedral City, Twenty-Nine Palms, Yucaipa): $10,142 for mail in SUPPORT of Chad Mayes (NPP) by California Alliance for Progress and Education, an alliance of business organizations
  • AD55 (Yorba Linda): $30,822 for mail in SUPPORT of incumbent Phillip Chen (R)  by California Credit Union League
  • AD59 (South Los Angeles): $250,000 to IE committee "Nurses and Educators for Reggie Jones-Sawyer for Assembly 2020, sponsored by labor and consumer attorneys organizations" by California Teachers Association
  • AD68 (irvine): $11,000 (estimate) for phone banks in SUPPORT of incumbent Steven Choi (R) by California Association of Realtors (Cumulative total: $113,128)


-The numbers: 33 more Californians reportedly lost their lives to COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total to 16,179.

-Reopening: Today is the weekly announcement of changes to county tier status for reopening. Already, Los Angeles County has announced it won't be moving to red to orange reports Alex Wigglesworth in the Times.

L.A. County’s overall seven-day average positivity rate — 2.9% — and the positivity rate in its communities that have the fewest resources — 4.6% — both qualify the county to move into Tier 3, or orange, which indicates that community transmission is moderate, Barbara Ferrer, the county health director, said Monday.

But the county last week reported an adjusted case rate of 7.3 cases per 100,000 residents, placing it within Tier 1, or purple, which indicates that community transmission is widespread. State officials have said that a county can’t move out of Tier 1 until its adjusted case rate drops to 7 or less for two consecutive weeks.

“So even if our numbers tomorrow are at 7 new cases per day or less, we would still need another week of qualifying metrics,” Ferrer said.

Meanwhile, while allowed to be open with 25% capacity or 100 (whichever is fewer) in Sacramento and other red counties and 50% in orange and yellow counties, Regal Cinemas appears to be temporarily shutting all theaters across the country beginning Friday. For some reason, even with the governmental seal of approval, people aren't clamoring to go to the movies, particularly since none people want to see are being released this year.


-The numbers: Currently, 29 fatalities have been tallied and 7,776 structures destroyed or damaged in the Caliifornia fires. Five of the state's 20 largest fires in California history have occurred in 2020, with 3,754,729 acres burned statewide. (The statewide structures and acreage numbers are updated occasionally and not necessarily daily like the individual fires.)

Here are the biggest currently burning and under Cal Fire management, followed by those finalized.

  1. August Complex (Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake, Colusa counties): 1,006,140 acres, with 60% containment as of 7:55am
    - 199 structures destroyed

  2. Creek Fire (Fresno, Madera counties): 326,706 acres, with 49% containment as of 8:07am
    - 856 structures destroyed

  3. Glass Fire (Napa, Sonoma counties): 66,840 acres, with 50% containment as of 7:41am
    - 1,141 structures destroyed 

  4. Zogg Fire (Shasta County): 56,305 acres, with 82% containment as of 7:13am
    - 4 deaths; 204 structures destroyed


  • SCU Lightning Complex (Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus counties): 396,624 acres
     - 222 structures destroyed
  • LNU Lightning Complex (Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo, Solano counties): 363,220 acres
    - 5 deaths; 1,491 structures destroyed

  • North Complex (Plumas, Butte, Yuba counties): 316,685 acres
    - 15 deaths; 2,342 structures destroyed

  • SQF Complex (Tulare County): 153,226 acres
    - 232 structures destroyed

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Between 1-3 offices are available for sublease in the Meridian Plaza office building, 1415 L Street, two blocks from the Capitol. The offices are approximately 150 SF each. Internet, gym, partially furnished (desk, chair, bookcases) are included. 24/7/365 key card access; floor-ceiling windows facing Sierras; professional offices. One year lease preferred. $1,500 per office. Contact Jane at or (415) 577-9734 with questions.

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