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  • Political Breakdown (KQED's Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Dr. Boch Wachter (2020-11-19)
  • Passing Judgment (Chapman Law prof Jessica Levinson): former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (2020-11-18)
  • Look West Podcast (Assembly Democratic Caucus): The progression of the Transgender community with Human Rights Activist Ebony Ava Harper and Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) (2020-11-13)
  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blonien): Assembly member Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) Apple Podcasts | YouTube (2020-11-13)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast: A Post-Mortem on the 2020 Election (5 subject area panel discussions) (2020-11-12)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): Biden In Charge. California In the Spotlight. Trump In Trouble? (2020-11-12)
  • If I Could Change One Thing (Gary Rotto @ SDSU): Dr. Andrea Dooley, SDSU VP of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity on what the campus is doing to support students during COVID-19 (2020-11-12)

The Nooner for Saturday, November 21, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • Election 2020
    • the numbers
  • COVID-19
    • lockdown
  • Cakeday and classifieds

On November 30, which is the final day of the legislative session, Iill be saluting legislators who are termed-out or otherwise leaving. Additionally, that's when I will be thanking retirees for their service. I need your help with that. If you know of folks who have retired in this year of no retirement parties, please send them to me.

ELECTION 2020:  Yesterday, 26 counties added results from 105,463 ballots bringing the statewide total to 17,501,816 voters including a large dump from Los Angeles.

-Tallied turnout: 79% of registered voters

-Possible turnout: Around 80% of registered voters, depending on validity of provisionals and conditional voter registration provisionals and any ballots postmarked by Election Day and received after the last report.

-What's left? From the unprocessed ballots report, updated at 5:00pm yesterday, estimates:

  • Vote-by-mail: 117,782
  • Provisional: 30,622
  • Conditional Voter Registration Provisional: 92,851
  • Other (damaged, write-ins, etc): 28,763
  • Total: 269,434

The actual number of unprocessed ballots is certainly lower, as 20 counties have not updated their totals in more than a week. Fresno, Monterey, San Francisco, Sierra, and Solano have completed their counts.

-Closely watched races: The races in bolded red are consisted still in play. CA21 is unique as Kings County has suspended counting until November 21 because of a COVID exposure. In the other races, the victor is in bold.

  • CA21 (Coalinga-Lemoore-South Bakersfield): David Valadao (R): 83,564; *TJ Cox (D): 81,946 (Diff: 1%)
  • CA25 (Santa Clarita-Antelope Valley): *Mike Garcia (R): 169,060; Christy Smith (D): 168,660 (Diff: 0.2%)
  • CA39 (Diamond Bar-Fullerton-Yorba Linda): Young Kim (R): 173,312, *Gil Cisneros (D): 169,089 (Diff: 1.2%)
  • CA48 (Orange County beach cities): Michelle Steel (R): 201,716, *Harley Rouda (D): 193,341 (Diff: 2.2%)
  • SD21 (Santa Clarita-Antelope Valley): *Scott Wilk (R): 196,660, Kipp Mueller (D): 190,346) Diff: 1.6%)
  • SD23 (Rancho Cucamonga-Redlands-Hemet): Rosalicie Ochoa Bogh (R): 221,016 Abigail Medina (D): 199,682 (Diff: 5.0%)
  • SD29 (Diamond Bar-Fullerton): Josh Newman (D): 213,806, *Ling Ling Chang (R): 203,174 (Diff: 2.4%)
  • SD37 (Anaheim Hills-Irvine-OC beach cities): Dave Min (D): 270,331, *John M.W. Moorlach (R): 258,269 (Diff: 2.2%)
  • AD13 (Stockton): Carlos Villapudua (D): 78,069, Kathy Miller (D): 74,303 (Diff: 2.4%)
  • AD74 (OC Beach Cities-Costa Mesa-Irvine): *Cottie Petrie-Norris (D): 133,577 Diane Dixon (R): 130,988 (Diff: 1.0%) 


As it currently stands (this changes with lead changes):

  • California congressional delegation: 42 Democrats, 11 Republicans (R+4 from 2018 -- CA21, CA25CA39, and CA48, while retaining the CA50 vacancy).
  • The State Senate: 31 Democrats, 9 Republicans (D+2 -- SD29, SD37).
  • The State Assembly: 60 Democrats, 19 Republicans (R+1 -- AD38), and one NPP (AD42)

Here are the current ballot measure results, which will likely reflect the final results. All ballot measures have been called by the Associated Press.

Proposition 14 (stem cell bond) 51.1%
Proposition 15 (split roll property tax) 48.0%
Proposition 16 (affirmative action ban repeal) 42.8%
Proposition 17 (voting: parole) 58.6%
Proposition 18 (voting: primary for 17yos) 44.0%
Proposition 19 (property tax base transfer) 51.1%
Proposition 20 (criminal justice) 38.2%
Proposition 21 (rent control) 40.1%
Proposition 22 (transportation network AB 5 exemption) 58.7%
Proposition 23 (dialysis) 36.5%
Proposition 24 (consumer privacy) 56.2%
Proposition 25 (bail referendum - yes upholds SB 10) 43.6%

COVID-19: Yesterday, 109 deaths were added in California for a total of 18,467 since the beginning of the pandemic and 11,109 cases were added for a total of 1,066,251.

-Lockdown: We now have a curfew from 10pm to 5am for establishment in California.

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