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  • If I Couid Change One Thing (SDSU): Dr. David "Davey" Smith on Operation Warp Speed" and vaccinations (2020-12-02)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): Becerra: Another Bright Spot For California And The Rest of The Country (2020-12-10)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, the new Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, talks about public policy, health, and social justice priorities for our Latinx communities in 2021. (2020-12-09)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Vaccines are coming with Dr. Dean Blumberg, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UC Davis School of Medicine and Acting Chief, Pediatric Infectious Disease Section, UC Davis Medical Center. (2020-12-07)
  • Look West Podcast (Assembly Democratic Caucus): Introduction to new Assembly Democrats (2020-12-07)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Dr. Anthony Fauci on California's New COVID Restrictions and Lessons from the HIV/AIDS Epidemic (2020-12-04)

The Nooner for Saturday, December 12, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • Statement of vote
  • Texas v. Pennsylvania
  • Do you recall?
  • CA21 (Coalinga-Lemoore-South Bakersfield)
  • CA22 (Clovis-Visalia-Tulare)
  • Poll position: wildfires
  • COVID-19
    -The numbers
    -Tiers for Fears
    -Stay at Home
  • Cakeday and NEW classifieds  

Second night of Hanukkah

Hanukkah sameach!

¡Buenos dias! Another COVID-delayed Nooner to await the daily percentages that determine whether or not a region will be under the state's stay-at-home order.

Ugh, as the final update before The COVID-delayed Nooner goes out to 7,751 merciful souls, the data are in. (Indeed, I swap "is" and "are" for the use following data to satisfy the sycophants of both. After all, I am an agnostic.)

You will see the data below, but it also should be up top. The San Joaquin Valley region is at 0.0% adult ICU capacity. Greater Sac also drops, perhaps as a result of the situation just to the south.

While I often use an opening of ¡Buenos dias!, today is particularly a good day. Today is Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe in Mexīco, a national holiday during which they celebrate the Virgin Mary. For me, it means that I departed from writing a little bit to watch the celebration down the street and am now eating menudo y esquités as I wrap up today's Nooner and wait for state data. I also have tacos waiting for lunch. All for the price of delivery and tip on one of the services and I can pick up more food throughout the day.

Service at Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe 

There are several other photos on my Twitter or Facebook streams.

Anyway, unlike San Diego-based Harvest Rock Church that is suing the state over restrictions on indoor services in California, Our Lady of Guadalupe has worshipped all year on the soccer "field" that's part of the school behind the church. The tents in the photo were recently added as a theoretical rainy season approaches. All of the parishioners are masked, including los niños. Today was the same as when indoor services were allowed in Sac County with precautions.

No protests. No complaining. However, lots of safe celebrating! Part of the service that I could hear as I awaited food was the familiar call-out and response of ¡Viva Mexíco! ¡Viva Guadalupe! and, of course, ¡Viva Estados de Unidas de America!

Mexican-Americans don't need to hump a flag on stage before cameras to proclaim love for our great country.

Anyway, it was great to see people outside, worshipping and celebrating. And, did I mention that I will be "grazing" as they serve food until 8pm? It's not a typical year of 24-hour street food, but at least there is a semblance of normalcy.

Meanwhile, over the summer, the non-resident owners of a strange plot of land behind Nooner Global HQ were working on it. They erected higher fencing and painted it nicely. I would see them working on it as I washed my dishes. I swore it was an illicit marijuana grow.

In the end, it was a hen house and ranging area for chickens, which I heard through the morning cluck.

Against the Sacramento City Code? Sure. But, when Mayahuel offered outdoor dining and drinking in a fully enclosed tent before stay-at-home in violation of the public health ordinance, I don't think the city will spend time cracking down on illicit chickens and they should not. There are no cock-a-doodle-doos and I probably wouldn't mind given my sleep schedule, although other neighbors would take to Nextdoor.

STATEMENT OF VOTE: Here is the final Statement of Vote for the November 3 General Election published yesterday. I will be updating the closely watched races spreadsheet this weekend to see how races played out from Election Day to the certified results.

TEXAS V. PENNSYLVANIA: Before the Supreme Court of the United States said "Um, no" last night to the attempt by Texas to overturn the presidential election by throwing out the results of GA, MI, PA, and WI, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) signed on to the amended Republican congressional brief. Other California members were Ken Calvert (R-Richvale), Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale), and Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove in Ami Bera's CA04).

Justices Alito and Thomas dissented on the order. However, the dissent was solely on whether or not Texas had standing to challenge the election procedures in the subject states under SCOTUS original jurisdiction and not the subject matter question itself.

DO YOU RECALL? We are all exhausted from 2020, whether it be by COVID-19 lockdowns or elections. However, it is increasingly likely that we will have a gubernatorial recall election in 2021. The deadline for signatures for a measure to recall Gavin Newsom has been extended to March 17th by a court because of signature-gathering challenges under COVID-19. Proponents need 1,495,709 valid signatures, which is 12% of the vote for the office of Governor in 2018. Yesterday's sixth report included 242,055 raw (not validated) signatures, although several large counties including Orange did not report.

Of course, there is no Arnold Schwarzenegger waiting in the wings. In August of 2013, 58% of California voters said they would vote to remove Gray Davis as Governor. In November 2020, 59% of likely voters approved of Governor Gavin Newsom's handling of jobs and the economy, which is statistically the same as the finding of 57% approval in May.

CA21 (Coalinga-Lemoore-South Bakersfield): Former Assembly member Nicole Parra is running for the Central Valley district that flipped to Dems for two years under TJ Cox but was lost to former Rep. David Valadao in November. Cox is also sending out fundraising messages for another run.

CA22 (Clovis-Visalia-Tulare): Meanwhile, it just wouldn't be 2020 without Representative Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) testing positive for SARS-CoV-19. Yes, for the many Nooner newbies, a person tests positive for SARS-CoV-19 and becomes COVID-19 if they become symptomatic. Semantic yet important difference.

On a serious note, I give a lot of crap to Nunes's efforts to stifle the press and other First Amendment voices. That said, I sincerely wish him well.

...COVID-19 after the jump


COVID-19: Yesterday, 172 deaths were reported in the state, bringing the total to 20,639.

-Tiers for fears: There were no changes to the tiers yesterday.

  • Purple/Widespread=54 counties
  • Red/Substantial=3 (Alpine, Inyo, Mariposa -- total DOF est. population: 37,793)
  • Orange/Moderate=1 (Sierra -- total DOF est. population: 3,201)

-Stay at home: I am not including all of the main points and restrictions of the new stay at home order. You can find them in The Nooner for December 5, or read the state order or state guidance.

I missed it yesterday, but Sonoma County proactively adopted the state's stay-at-home order effective at 12:01 this morning, leaving only San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Solano of the nine Bay Area region counties to not have such an order. Of course, it may be moot given the region's ICU capacity. Monterey's takes effect 10pm Sunday.


--Update on 12/03 with Governor Newsom and HHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly:

--Update on 12/07:

--Dr. Ghaly update on 12/08:

--Regions and numbers: Here is the latest ICU capacity by region, which is from this state page.

  • Northern California: Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity
    ICU capacity as of 12/10: 26.6%
  • Bay Area: Alameda*, Contra Costa*, Marin*, Monterey (Sunday 10pm), Napa, San Francisco*, San Mateo, Santa Clara*, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma*
    ICU capacity as of 12/10: 16.7%
  • Greater Sacramento: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
    ICU capacity as of 12/10: 14.8%
  • San Joaquin Valley: Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
    ICU capacity as of 12/10: 4.5%

  • Southern California: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura
    ICU capacity as of 12/10: 6.2%

*County has voluntarily adopted the state's Stay At Home Order

Cite: COVID19.CA.GOV: About COVID-19 restrictions (Under "Regional Stay Home Order")

Here is a look at how each region got to where it is since the Stay At Home Order was issued Thursday, December 3.

ICU capacity by region

ICU Bed Capacity by Region*
Region 12/03 12/04 12/05 12/06 12/07 12/08 12/09 12/10 12/11 12/12
Northern California 18.6% 20.9% 24.1% 26.5% 28.2% 25.0% 27.1% 30.3% 26.6% 27.4%
Bay Area 25.3% 21.2% 21.7% 24.1% 25.7% 24.5% 20.9% 17.8% 16.7% 17.6%
Greater Sacramento 22.2% 21.4% 21.4% 18.2% 20.3% 18.8% 14.3% 13.3% 14.8% 12.7%
San Joaquin Valley 19.7% 14.1% 8.6% 6.6% 6.3% 5.6% 4.2% 1.9% 4.5% 0.0%
Southern California 20.6% 13.1% 12.5% 10.3% 10.9% 10.6% 9.0% 7.7% 6.2% 5.3%
*Beginning December 4, PICU and NICU beds were removed and adult ICU beds were standardized.  
Source: California Dept of Public Health,

--Local orders: Some people have asked why counties and cities are issuing their own public health orders when the state has one. It comes down to enforcement. The state order itself has no enforcement mechanism. The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control can suspend or yank a license from an establishment and licenses may be suspended or revoked of individuals such as a barber by a state board. However, local fines for not wearing a mask or on businesses operating outside the limits of the order require a local ordinance.

 --SacTown: Here are the available ICU bed numbers for the Greater Sacramento region, and my spreadsheet of all five regions is here:

Greater Sacramento Region
Available ICU Beds
  12/6 am 12/7 am 12/8 am 12/9 am 12/10 am 12/11 am 12/12 am
Alpine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Amador                  1 1 2 2 2 2 0
Butte 15 9 15 13 7 6 8
Colusa 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
El Dorado 6 6 6 5 4 4 4
Nevada 5 1 5 2 4 2 2
Placer 25 21 21 23 20 18 21
Plumas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sacramento 73 65 76 78 67 55 63
Sierra 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sutter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Yolo 5 7 4 2 2 2 3
Yuba 5 3 9 7 3 4 5
Region total 135 113 138 132 109 93 111

-SoCal: Meanwhile, the Southern California looks more dire.

Southern California Region
Available ICU Beds
  12/6 am 12/7 am 12/8 am 12/9 am 12/10 am 12/11 am 12/12 am
Imperial 1 3 0 0 3 2 3
Inyo 3 2 4 4 3 1 0
Los Angeles 479 425 480 497 462 468 444
Mono 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Orange 121 120 117 113 111 108 97
Riverside 55 50 52 53 49 72 46
San Bernardino 63 72 71 63 62 50 59
San Diego 210 198 223 211 195 199 182
San Luis Obispo 22 19 20 22 20 22 19
Santa Barbara 60 51 57 57 56 43 38
Ventura 16 23 27 33 31 31 36
Total 1032 965 1053 1055 994 998 926

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