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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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The Nooner for Wednesday, October 7, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • COVID-19 part one
  • COVID-19 part two
  • Wildfires
  • Cakeday and classifieds

There is a hurricane in Cancun and heading to New Orleans. As if 2020 wasn't a s***storm already. In 1995, I was in Cancun for Hurricane Roxanne. While we were protected in the resorts on the "island," it was awful for those in less protected houses on the mainland. I fear for them now and of course those in Louisiana where it appears to be heading next. Obviously, this has already been a miserable year for Cancun and Cozumel not unlike the Florida resort towns.

It sounds like the federaly stimulus assistance to state and local governments is no longer being discussed, meaning big triggered cuts to California effective next week. For K-14 education, they are deferrals (something I architected for community colleges), but for lots of other local governments, it's big cuts.

COVID-19: Rep. Salud Carbujal (D-Santa Barbara) came forward yesterday and blames Utah Senator Mike Lee, reports Jeremy B. White for Politico.

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

cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

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