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RECENT PODS:

  • This Week in California Education (EdSource): San Francisco Unified Superintendent Vincent Matthews on lawsuit by the city and CTA president E. Toby Boyd on Vaccinating Teachers (2021-02-06)
  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blonien): Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) (2021-02-05)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): Scott and Marisa talk about this week's statewide polls and then to Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia to discuss his city's success in distributing vaccines, its "hero pay" legislation, why his family idolized Ronald Reagan, overcoming self-hate after coming out as gay and losing his mother and step-father to COVID-19 last year. (2022-02-05)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): With their guest,  television political reporter Dave Bryan, Bill and Sherry analyze the attacks on Gov. Gavin Newsom, some of them political, others downright dangerous. (2021-02-04)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Campaign consultant Gale Kaufman on education at the ballot box. (2021-01-31)
  • Look West California (Assembly Democratic Caucus): Get to know Speaker Anthony Rendon like never before. Join us as he shares how a son of Mexican immigrants came to be the Speaker of the CA State Assembly. (2021-01-29)
  • California State of Mind (Rodd, Nichols, and Romero @ CapRadio): Has Gavin Newsom Made the Grade as Governor of the Golden State? (2021-01-29)

MONEY MATTERS:

  • Newsom for Governor 2022: $124,000 from two donors
    • Reed Hastings (CEO, Netflix) $62,000 (combined primary/general)
    • Patty Quillin (Homemaker, Santa Cruz -- Hastings's wife): $62,000 (combined primary/general)
  • Californians for Sydney Kamlager for Senate 2021, sponsored by Healthcare Providers, Insurance, Energy, and Housing Suppliers: $20,000 from California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

RECALL WATCH:

  • Caregivers and Californians United Against the Recall of Governor Newsom, sponsored by the National
    Union of Healthcare Workers: $50,000 from National Union of Healthcare Workers Issues Committee for Quality Patient Care and Union Democracy

DISTRICT UPDATES:

  • Presidential results are now available for each congressional district on the district pages.

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The Nooner for Saturday, February 6, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

  • COVID-19
    -the numbers
    -tiers for fears
    -vaccines
    -farmworkers
    -positivity rate
    -Super Spreader Bowl?
    -churches
    -school daze
    -another surge ahead?
  • Anti-vaxx MD up medical license
  • Wildfires
  • LA-LA Land
  • seperated at birth?
  • Redistricting
  • Sofa degree - Vassar's book updated!
  • Cakeday and classifieds  

Greetings folks! Busy, busy morning at Nooner Global HQ. I'll continue reading the news throughout the day and if I come across anything that shouldn't wait until tomorrow, I'll send out a Nooner Nightcap.

COVID-19: California added 565 deaths yesterday for a total of 43,683 since the pandemic began.

-tiers for fears: Here are the statuses of California's 58 counties. You can see what the restrictions mean here, although county health orders may be stricter than the state.

  • purple (widespread): 54 counties
  • red (substantial): 1 county (Mariposa)
  • orange (moderate): 3 county (Alpine, Sierra, Trinity)
  • yellow (minimal): 0 counties

-vaccines: For The Bee, Jeong Park looks at why the schedules for vaccinations keep changing.

It took a lot of discussion, but in December, California came up with a multi-tiered, multi-phase plan on how the state would vaccinate its residents against the coronavirus.

First would be healthcare workers, followed by teachers, farmworkers, emergency responders and people 75 years and older. In the subsequent phases, people’s jobs, medical conditions, disabilities and living situations would all be factors in deciding whether someone got a vaccine ahead of others.

That plan, however, is far from what the state has now.

Dealing both with the scarcity of vaccines and delays in giving doses it does have, California changed its vaccine prioritization framework at least three times in little over a month, including one switch that went virtually unnoticed. A key state panel has just proposed a fourth change to the framework.

One’s age is now the key factor in deciding who gets the vaccine ahead of others, while those who are homeless, incarcerated are no longer being prioritized. Neither is a list of other essential workers, including transit workers, factory and warehouse workers and janitors.

Don't forget the cancer patients on chemotherapy and others with compromised immune systems, including kids... They are after the 11.5 million Californians in phases 1A and 1B.

The framework is “a living document,” given how the virus is evolving, said Dr. Jeff Goad, chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Chapman University and a member of the state work group helping officials develop the framework.

I call BS. It's just as much about politics and many of us have older relatives (including parents and grandparents that were waiting for a vaccine in a jacuzzi who are now competing with 11.5 million folks in an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

The California Restaurant Association lobbied hard to reopen outdoor dining and won that fight even though many public health experts are strongly discouraging it. Following the January 25-26 announcements of the lift of state-at-home order, reopening of outdoor dining, and reprioritization of vaccines, it was still unclear whether restaurant workers were included among "food and agriculture" workers in Phase 1B. Previously, food and agriculture workers were those involved in the essential activities of food production and distribution, including retail such as grocery stores. They were allowed to remain open with precautions during even the strictest March 19 order.

However, once "food and agriculture" workers were included in the vaccine prioritization schema and outdoor dining was allowed, the lobbying started to get a clarification from the California Department of Public Health that the category now included restaurant workers.

I'm not opposed to outdoor dining or vaccination of restaurant employees. I have family in the business and watched some of my favorite spots close permanently over the last ten months.

However, the reshuffling of the vaccination order put those 75+ like my dad from a narrowly tailored group into one with 8.5 million people all fighting for a couple of shots in a highly rationed system.

Dad will be fine as he has the acuity to navigate the system along with his friends who are sharing information. But, with all the talk about vaccine equity, the difficulty in navigating the rationed system contribute to the inequities. Further, if we're going to talk about restaurant workers, they aren't a similarly situated class.

The vast majority of "front of the house" restaurant workers are younger and generally of lower risk populations. Meanwhile, the "back of the house" workers in the kitchen are demonstrably higher risk. Demographically, they are higher risk. Unlike front of the house workers who may work 20 hours a week, they are often working 40+ hours per week in confined space where distancing is simply not possible to keep the line running. They also may be less likely to call in sick.

Yes, temperature checks are supposed to be taken and churches weren't supposed to be open before last night's ruling. Let's face it, lots of rules aren't being followed. Read the list of LA County citations of restaurants, some of which have been taken to court for repeatedly violating the county's order.

As I wrote in yesterday's This Week in Nooner about the Sanjay Gupta podcast with NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills, the experience this year of the league was that spread of the virus through incidental contact was very rare. It is prolonged exposure in confined spaces, particularly without a mask.

Incidental contact is taking an order (many places are now even taking them via apps) and delivering food to a table. Prolonged exposure is found in the kitchens. That also happens to be where the most vulnerable -- from many fronts -- workers are. But, everybody is now in the same category as many of our parents and grandparents.

While some counties are well in to vaccinating Phase 1B (teachers, food and agriculture workers, and 65+), others are struggling with supply. For the Times, Money, Lin, and Shalby report that next week is going to be tough in the nation's most populous county.

The chance to get the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will be at a premium in Los Angeles County next week as a continuing supply crunch and a hefty queue of those needing a second shot will leave few opportunities for those looking to start their inoculations, a top health official said Friday.

Most appointments offered at the major county-run vaccination sites will be needed for second doses, according to Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer for the L.A. County Department of Public Health. At the county’s five mega-PODs, or mass points of distribution, only a very limited number of people will be able to receive their first doses Monday.

“We’re just struggling with the supply, the limited supply, and feeling an obligation to make sure that people that had a first dose are able to get their second dose,” he said during a briefing. “But we know, just based on the numbers, next week at least in our sites, beyond Monday, we really have to stick with the second doses. When we get to the following week, it may be a slightly different story if we are able to get a larger supply of a vaccine. But we’ll have to wait and see.”

In the face of constrained and inconsistent supplies, the county is reserving sufficient doses to ensure there is enough for everyone who has already received the first shot of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.

This punctuates the debate over two issues:

  1. Given that the first dose provides some level of protection and the second is essentially a booster providing more, should the focus be on getting fewer people both doses or more people the first dose?
  2. Did the state err by adding adults 65-74 to Phase 1B, adding them to an existing backlog of 75+ adults?

There is no right answer.

-farmworkers: For CapRadio, Sammy Caiola writes that while there are increased efforts to vaccinate farmworkers, there are hurdles.

Educators are pushing for priority so that in-person schooling can resume safely, and people with disabilities are lobbying the state to be added into the current priority group. 

“And way down at the bottom, on nobody’s radar, are the farmworkers, particularly the Hispanic farmworkers,” said Dr. Walter Newman, a Northern California family physician who’s been giving flu shots to agricultural workers for two decades. “They grow our food.”

Advocates have been working since late last year to keep these residents top of mind for the state. Now, some lawmakers are pushing for a carve-out, and community-based groups are doing what they can to ensure they’re ready to distribute the vaccine whenever doses come their way.

As Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) said on CNN yesterday, there's also a fear that getting a vaccine will leave a paper trail used for immigration enforcement although there is no evidence that is occurring. Farmworkers are far from top of the list for deportation. Ruiz, an emergency room physician and child of farmworkers, is working the fields in his Imperial and Riverside County district to spread the word that vaccines are safe and that they won't lead to immigration-related consequences. Ruiz is now chair of the House Hispanic Caucus.

-positivity rate: The current 14-day positivity rate of 6.6% is much better than the January 8 apex during widespread testing of 14.0%. However, it's still higher than August 3, which was 6.7%. That was while the state was still under the March 19 strict order, which shifted to the gradual reopening based on tiers that were established on August 28.

Let's look at the positivity trend, with the state orders and major dates overlaid.

COVID positivity by dayThe leading indicators that drive ICU capacity and deaths are all positive:

  • Cases, 14-day rolling average: 17,600 (-23,104 from 12/28 peak)
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations, 14-day rolling average: 16,439 (-6,196 from 1/15 peak)
  • COVID-19 ICU hospitalizations, 14-day rolling average: 4,149 (-727 from 1/19 peak)

All data are from the California Department of Public Health's State COVID-19 Dashboard.

-Super Spreader Bowl? In the Times, Money, Greene, and Lin share the fears of public health officials of virus spread from Super Bowl parties tomorrow.

In normal times, the Super Bowl is one of the country’s premier social occasions — bringing enthusiasts and nonfans alike together for hours of football-fueled festivities.

But in the era of COVID-19, officials and experts say Sunday’s game poses a tremendous risk, and that widespread large watch parties could imperil California’s precarious emergence from the worst wave of the pandemic.

“Don’t fumble this. We’re almost there,” said Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s health and human services secretary. “Let’s keep our guard up a little bit longer.”

The warning against Super Bowl parties is as much about avoiding the mistakes of the past as it is staving off future calamity. A big warning sign is the rise of the more contagious and possibly deadlier strain of the coronavirus first identified in Britain, B.1.1.7, that has seen considerable growth in San Diego County, which has already likely resulted in one death there and represents nearly one-quarter of the known cases nationwide.

L.A. County Public Health included a graf in yesterday's daily release. I had to modify it a bit for emphasis.

“If we let down our guard and end up having large numbers of people in our home, inside, not masked, yelling for our teams, then we can see a potential reversal of the downward trend and end up with a new surge,” said Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, medical epidemiologist and infectious diseases expert at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

In the article, the LAT team proceeds to look at the surge seen in L.A. County following the celebrations after the Dodgers and Lakers won championships last fall.

-churches: Last night around 8pm PST as I was drinking my herbal tea and tackling an old Sunday NYT crossword, the Supreme Court of the United States granted an injunction requiring California to allow limited indoor worship services. Apparently, without President Trump in office to make Friday night massacre news by firings over Twitter, SCOTUS is moving to occupy the East Coast time slot.

It was a very divided court on various provisions of the order and this is not a final disposition while the petition for the Court's full review (writ of certiorari) is still pending and the Southern District of California federal court continues hearing the case.

In the 6-3 ruling in South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, the places of worship in purple counties are essentially moved to the red tier where the state may limit indoor attendance to 25% of legal capacity. Additionaly, the state can continue to prohibit indoor singing and chanting as there weren't 5 votes on that issue.

In reading this, the applicants are the South Bay United Pentecostal Church

The application for injunctive relief presented to JUSTICE KAGAN and by her referred to the Court is granted in part. Respondents are enjoined from enforcing the Blueprint’s Tier 1 prohibition on indoor worship services against the applicants pending disposition of the petition for a writ of certiorari. The application is denied with respect to the percentage capacity limitations, and respondents are not enjoined from imposing a 25% capacity limitation on indoor worship services in Tier 1. The application is denied with respect to the prohibition on singing and chanting during indoor services. This order is without prejudice to the applicants presenting new evidence to the District Court that the State is not applying the percentage capacity limitations or the prohibition on singing and chanting in a generally applicable manner. Should the petition for a writ of certiorari be denied, this order shall terminate automatically. In the event the petition for a writ of certiorari is granted, the order shall terminate upon the sending down of the judgment of this Court.

New SCOTUS justice Amy Coney Barrett penned a dissent on the singing and chanting issue, which was joined by Justice Kavanaugh.

As the case comes to us, it remains unclear whether the singing ban applies across the board (and thus constitutes a neutral and generally applicable law) or else favors certain sectors (and thus triggers more searching review). Of course, if a chorister can sing in a Hollywood studio but not in her church, California’s regulations cannot be viewed as neutral. But the record is uncertain, and the decisions below unfortunately shed little light on the issue. As the order notes, however, the applicants remain free to show that the singing ban is not generally applicable and to advance their claim accordingly.

Justice Elena Kagan turns in a dissenting opinion on the order, which is joined by Justices Breyer and Sotomayor.

Justices of this Court are not scientists. Nor do we know much about public health policy. Yet today the Court displaces the judgments of experts about how to respond to a raging pandemic.

Legal eagle and Supreme Court practitioner and watcher Amy Howe posted her summary at 2:52am Eastern. Howe writes:

In a pair of orders issued shortly before 11 p.m. on Friday night, a divided court gave the churches most – if not all – of what they wanted, by clearing the way for the churches to hold indoor worship services until their appeals are resolved. The justices allowed the state to enforce restrictions on attendance as well as a ban on singing and chanting, although they left open the possibility that the churches could return to the trial court with evidence that the state is not applying either set of restrictions to everyone.

Longtime Nooner readers who assume I am a knee-jerk liberal who is an agnostic who seeks to live life on Buddhist tenets might be surprised that I think the Court got this one right. California is to blame. The Supreme Court previously chose not to intervene in California's ban on indoor services. That was more than eight months ago when we were under the initial March 19, 2020 stay-at-home order.

In that order, non-essential retail was also prohibited from indoor operations. The order applied it across sectors on a neutral basis. You couldn't browse an adult bookstore, a non-grocery liquor store, or the like. Now, in the purple tier they are allowed to operate indoors at 25% capacity in the purple tier, with precautions.

That creates a problem when you single out a sector that is covered by the First Amendment and thus triggers strict scrutiny. Such scrutiny level requires the "state" (meaning one of 50 or any other governmental entity) to demonstrate that the restriction meets a compelling governmental interest and that the restriction is tailored as narrowly as possible to meet that interest.

Obviously, a pandemic is about as compelling of a governmental interest as war, so that is not an issue. However, the state has not demonstrated how a large church such as the plaintiff's are different than a Barnes and Noble that is allowed to operate at 25% capacity. That's the constitutional problem.

I don't expect the Buddhist Church* of Sacramento that I try to get over to on Sunday's in normal times if I can get my writing and farmers market work done by 9:30 to return indoors anytime soon. Even when Sacramento County was in red, the weekly services remained on Facebook Live. That's also how the New Year's Eve Service was offered, which is usually one of the biggest services for the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism. During the weekly Facebook Live services, the usual concluding song of "Farewell" is sung virtually and Rev. Patti Oshita, last year's Assembly Chaplain, plays the piano accompaniment. Rev. Patti is married to Rev. Bob, who preceded Rev. Patti as Assembly Chaplain.

The temple promotes pandemic precautions with videos as part of Safe Sacramento Sangha, for which members of the community send in photos wearings masks.

Anyway, I hope the temple continues to make services available on Facebook Live following a return to in-person services whenever that may happen. On many Sundays, I can't make it over there in time. Nevertheless, I appreciate an afternoon 30-minute break to get my dharma on, even if it's "tape-delayed."

*I'm sure I've written it here before but for the Nooner Newbies I'll include it again. The churches affiliated with the Buddhist Churches of America, including Sacramento's temple that was founded in 1899, changed the name from "temple" to "church" following the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II with the hope of greater assimilation.

...dharma break reciting "Namu Amida Butsu" three times. More COVID-19 coverage after the jump.

-Governor Newsom update/announcement of A's vaccine partnership on 02/03:

-HHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly update on 02/02:

-HHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly update on 01/26:

-Governor Newsom update on 01/25:

-school daze: In the Chron, Heather Knight writes that some teachers in San Francisco want to return to in-person instruction but are afraid to speak out.

After citing the various perspectives of political leaders, Knight writes:

We’ve also heard from teachers who are understandably wary about returning to campus. Who are older or who have underlying health conditions or who take care of elderly parents. They’re the ones most likely to comment in articles, post on social media or speak up among their colleagues.

They have fair points. Teachers are underpaid and underappreciated, and many of them don’t trust district administrators to deliver on their promises of safe schools.

But the impression all this gives is that teachers are a unified block refusing to return to their classrooms — and that’s simply not true. Sadly, the issue has become so fraught, it’s controversial in San Francisco to say, “I’m a teacher, and I want to go back to school.”

-another surge ahead? With the Super Bowl, limited church reopening, and vaccine rationing, Ana B. Ibarra looks at the prospect of another surge for CalMatters.

During some of the darkest days in the pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom offered some optimism: the winter surge of COVID-19 would be it. Liquid gold — the first batch of vaccines — was just days away. 

“This is the final surge,” Newsom said on Dec. 3, urging people to stay home and save lives. 

That was the assurance given when the stay-at-home order that was looser than the March 19 order but stricter than the county tier-based system was announced. It was also before the two vaccines were given conditional use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration, which were December 11 for Pfizer and December 18 for Moderna.

The volume of production and reliability of distribution were not yet known and Newsom may regret that December 3 statement. Ibarra continues:

Health experts continue to hope that steep spikes in infections and hospitalizations are a thing of the past. But a bumpy vaccine rollout, new, more contagious forms of the virus, and an expected increase in social activity following California’s exit from the stay-at-home order all beg the question: Will the state see another wave of COVID-19?

“The chance for another surge in California is real; it’s still circulating, COVID is in our communities,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s health secretary, said on Tuesday. “Our case rates are down, but they’re not low.”

...

[Recent ICU capacity] projections don’t mean the pandemic is easing, cautioned UCLA epidemiology professor Shira Shafir.  They only mean that if someone were to become severely sick, there will be a bed for them.

“Even with stringent control measures in place we still saw a massive surge,” Shafir said, referring to the stay-at-home order. “We have now loosened those restrictions…and people might think well, if X is open, then X is safe, and that’s not the case.”

ANTI-VAXX MD GIVES UP LICENSE: The conspiracy theory-spreading and anti-vaxxer Thomas Cowan has surrendered his medical license to the Medical Board of California, reports Barbara Feder Ostrov for CalMatters.

A San Francisco doctor infamous for spreading misinformation linking COVID-19 to 5G communications networks can no longer practice medicine after surrendering his license to California’s medical board. 

Until last July, Thomas Cowan ran an alternative medicine practice that didn’t accept insurance, sold nutritional supplements and offered $375 consultations. Cowan has published several fringe medicine books — including one questioning whether viruses cause disease — that rank highly on searches for vaccine books on Amazon and bookseller Barnes and Noble. 

The medical board in 2017 had placed Cowan on a 5-year probation for prescribing unapproved medications to a breast cancer patient. As a condition of probation, he was required to surrender his license if he stopped practicing medicine. 

Cowan wrote on his website that he closed his practice June 30 and would “relinquish” his license with plans to reemerge as an “unlicensed health coach.” He would move to the East Coast to be near family and would continue to sell herbal supplements online, he added. He could not be reached for comment today. 

“I simply see too much to be willing to function as a physician in the medical system at this time,” Cowan wrote. “I will no longer be able to order tests, write prescriptions, make diagnoses or offer treatment plans…I am looking forward to a new way of interacting with my friends, previously known as patients.” 

...

Cowan first publicized his discredited theory that 5G internet networks cause COVID-19 in a YouTube video that went viral last March. YouTube removed the video as part of its effort to crack down on pandemic misinformation — but not until it was amplified by celebrities with large social media followings, including Woody Harrelson and John Cusack.

more stories after the jump...

Probolsky Research

WILDFIRES: In The Bee, Dale Kasler reports on the latest wildfire prevention plan from Pacific Gas & Electric.

PG&E Corp. rolled out its 2021 wildfire safety plan Friday, promising to focus its efforts on the most vulnerable parts of California but warning that the state is likely to face another difficult season.

Under constant scrutiny for its painful record on wildfires, the state’s largest utility said its safety plan will prioritize the highest-risk areas of its service territory for trimming trees and making its power equipment more fire-resilient.

Yet PG&E, which has been faulted for sparking some of the largest and deadliest fires in California’s history, said wildfire risk will remain an ever-increasing issue for the state. Last year saw 4 million acres burn across California, the most in the state’s modern history.

...

[Matthew Pender, the utility’s director of community wildfire safety,] said PG&E expects to spend around $3 billion this year on wildfire safety, up from $2.6 billion last year. Among other things, he said PG&E is hiring 200 additional inspectors “to confirm that we’re doing vegetation management the right way.”

The utility also plans to accelerate its efforts to install more fire-resilient power poles and, where possible, replace overhead lines with underground wires, Pender said.

LA-LA LAND: First, former Senate President Pro Tem and now a member of the Los Angeles City Council Kevin de León was on CNN with Fredericka Whitfield during the 8am PST hour as I was making my scramble. He certainly sounded like a 2022 mayoral candidate, which is widely expected.

Meanwhile, in the Times, David Zahniser writes that the City of Los Angeles may look to delaying the payment of some bills until the next fiscal year as it struggles with finances amidst the pandemic. Hey, that's a state budget strategy, although we're not going to need it after all.

City Administrative Officer Rich Llewellyn, the city’s top budget official, said his office has asked each city department to prepare a list of contracts with payments due in the last three months of the fiscal year, which ends June 30, to determine which ones could be deferred until after July 1.

“Further, if a department believes that they cannot defer all or part of the payment, we asked them to justify the need to make the payment at this time,” he wrote in his 47-page financial report.

Llewellyn’s report comes as officials are working to close a massive budget gap, which grew to $750.7 million in recent weeks after Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council members failed to secure sufficient short-term financial concessions from their public employee unions.

Budget officials said Friday they do not yet know how much could be saved by postponing payment of certain bills. They also said deferrals would not be considered for contracts with the city employee unions.

SEPERATED AT BIRTH? Kate Irby and Bryan Lowry report for McClatchy that second-term California congressman Josh Harder (D-Turlock) is being besieged with angry phone calls by folks who think he voted against the certification of the Electoral College vote of Joe Biden. The problem is that he did vote for certification. It was Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) who voted against it. And, indeed, they look alike.

Josh Hawley Representative Josh Harder
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) Rep. Josh Harder (CA-10)

redistricting, sofa degree, cakeday, and classifieds after the jump...

REDISTRICTING: Paul Mitchell is out with his first Redistricting Report newsletter. He writes:

We’ll be keeping you updated on some on the fun, wild, bizarre, cringeworthy and heroic redistricting news going on in California and all around the country.

We like to call the years that end in “1” the Redistricting Year, as they immediately follow a Census Year ending in “0”. But what happens when the Census Year is the party that never ends? Just like Punxsutawney Phil, we’ve been waking up everyday looking for a sign that we’re one step closer to redistricting (or at least reapportionment!). The Dec. 31 reapportionment deadline for doling out the number of seats every state has in the House of Representatives has come and gone, and last week the Census Bureau told an audience at the National Conference of State Legislatures that it shouldn’t be expected until April 30.

In the same presentation, the Census Bureau’s representative said "You should not expect it [the redistricting data] prior to July 30,” throwing the entire cycle back at least four months behind typical redistricting years. Combine that delay with California’s requirement that cities, counties and the statewide Citizens Redistricting Commission are all required to wait for state prison populations to be reallocated by the UC Berkeley Statewide Database and the FAIR MAPS Act’s additional 21-day waiting period before maps can be produced … This could mean you won’t see any draft maps in California drawn until late August at the earliest!

To get the newsletter email Paul.

SOFA DEGREE: Great news! The fantastic paperback California Lawmaker: The Men and Women of the California Legislature has been updated for the 2021-22 session by author Alex Vassar. I've updated the version on our list of California politics and policy books that provide you a "sofa degree education" on the topic. During the day, Vassar is the communications manager for the California State Library and is widely seen as the best legislative historian these days.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Christine Aurre, Amy O'Gorman Jenkins, former assemblymember Pedro Nava, and Assemblymember Luz Rivas!

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California Forward: Director of Public Policy

California Forward seeks to hire a Director of Public Policy to lead development of a cohesive public policy agenda that reflects the mission and promotes the organization as a vehicle for change in California. Please see the full description here: https://cafwd.org/about-us/jobs/

California Health Benefits Review Program Legislative Briefing

Working on legislation related to health insurance/Medi-Cal this year? In 2021, will you or your office:

  • Propose a health insurance benefit-related bill?
  • Propose a bill related to reimbursement for certain kinds of health care providers or facilities?
  • Propose a benefit-related bill for Medi-Cal?
  • Sponsor or take a position on one?
  • Vote on one?

Great! Legislators, legislative and agency staff, advocates, health plan staff, and the public are warmly invited to the annual legislative briefing of the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP), which will take place virtually this year.

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CCST Announces 2021 Science in Public Interest Awards

On Feb 2nd, the California Council of Science and Technology recognizes Senator Robert Hertzberg, Assemblymember Chris Holden, and former California Energy Commission Vice Chair Janea Scott with its 2021 Science in Public Service Award for their work to reduce disaster impacts in CA. The award honors distinguished public servants who are leaders in connecting science and technology with policy.

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

Built on the foundation of nationally ranked and world class programs, McGeorge School of Law offers an online master (MSL) degree for individuals seeking in depth knowledge of law and policy, but who do not require a traditional law degree. Our MSL’s two concentrations in Government Law & Policy and in Water & Environmental Law offer students the flexibility to work while they learn and still engage in a highly interactive master’s program. To learn more and to sign up for our monthly webinars, please visit our website, Online.McGeorge.edu, or contact us at graduatelaw@pacific.edu.

Statewide Coalition Manager – Preschool Development Grant

Are you a relationship builder? Do you love policy analysis? Do you have a background in public policy, public administration, child development, or a similar field? Do you want to work somewhere that makes a difference in the lives of children across the state? Then YOU’RE the person we’re looking for! Come join us at Child Care Resource Center as our new Statewide Coalition Manager!

You will work in partnership with regional Resource and Referral (R&R) hub agencies throughout the state of CA to nurture and build out the partnerships of Regional Hubs and their local R&R partners. This position will focus on expanding regional and local relationships and building regional strategies for the delivery of early childhood services, including Parent Café and Early Childhood Café programs, throughout California, and will also coordinate the development of other regional partners including California Quality Consortia, California County Offices of Education and Tribal partners appropriate to each region. Reporting to the Chief Strategy Officer, this position utilizes a high level of collaboration and relationship building to create effective internal and external relationships, communicate the CCRC Mission, Values and Vision to external stakeholders, and work in collaboration with other CCRC Departments and organizational partners.

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