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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)

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  • The week ahead
  • COVID-19
    -the numbers
    -tiers for fears
    -school daze
    -churches
    -LA County vaccines
    -LA County Super Bowl
    -state parks
  • EDD
  • Taxing matters
  • SF school names
  • Cakeday and classifieds  

¡Buenos dias mis amigos! In case you weren't aware, it is a big sports day. After all, the Sacramento Kings visit the Los Angeles Clippers at 12 noon.

After writing, I'll get over to Our Lady of Guadalupe to pick up street tacos to chow down as I work during the game. It's important to get there before 11:45, as mass lets out at noon, meaning una fila muy larga. And, unlike churches rushing to get back indoors following the ruling by SCOTUS on Friday night, I expect they'll stay outdoors. Even when Sacramento County was in the red tier and worship services were allowed indoors with capacity limits, they stayed outside. For many attendees of the Spanish-language services, video services aren't feasible. Rain or shine, hot or cold, they've been outside with physical spacing and universal masking.

I'm ready for a week of cooking after a visit to farmers market when it first opened this morning. It'll be another week of ginormous salads as I work to lose those pandemic COVID 19#s. No chicken wings for me today.

Have a pleasant and safe day. On to the gnus...

THE WEEK AHEAD: Watch or listen to floor sessions and committee hearings: Senate | Assembly (links posted each day).

Monday, February 8:

  • 9:00 a.m.: Joint Hearing: Senate Budget Sub 5 and Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement and Senate Banking And Financial Institutions: Audit of Employment Development Department’s Performance and Management Related to Californians Unemployed by COVID-19 Shutdowns (informational hearing)
  • 1:00 p.m. Assembly Floor Session
  • 2:00 p.m. Senate Floor Session
  • 2:30 p.m.: Assembly Budget Sub 1: Pandemic response and readiness - public health infrastructure (informational hearing | agenda)
  • 2:30 p.m.: Assembly Budget Sub 5: Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Officer of the Inspector General (informational hearing | agenda)

Tuesday, February 9:

  • 8:00 a.m.: Senate Budget Sub 2: Fifteen state agencies, departments, and boards
  • 9:00 a.m.: Assembly Budget Sub 2: California Student Aid Commission (informational hearing | agenda)
  • 10:00 a.m.: Assembly Elections: SB 29 (Umberg): Elections: vote by mail ballots (bill to mail ballots to all voters for 2021 elections, like 11/20)
  • 1:30 p.m.: Senate Budget Sub 3: Department of Social Services: CalWORKs, CalFresh, Housing and Homelessness Programs
  • 1:30 p.m.: Assembly Budget Sub 4: Thirteen state departments (informational hearing | agenda)

Wednesday, February 10:

  • 9:00 a.m.: Senate Budget Sub 1: Department of Education, Office of Public School Construction
  • 9:30 a.m.: Assembly Budget Sub 3: Public Utilities Commission, Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (informational hearing | agenda)
  • 1:00 p.m.: Senate Budget Sub 4: Seven state department and agencies
  • 1:30 p.m.: Assembly Agriculture: Environmental Farming (informational hearing)
  • 2:00 p.m.: Joint Hearing, Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review and Assembly Emergency Management: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution (oversight hearing)

Thursday, February 11:

  • 10:00 a.m. or upon adjournment of session: Senate Budget Sub 5: Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, seven transportation-related agencies, departments, and entities

Friday, February 12:

  • Upon adjournment of session: Senate Budget Sub 2: Department of Public Health

Until I went through this, I forgot that next weekend is a three-day weekend. As if it matters. Meanwhile, it means the Friday per diem session to keep those payments coming over the weekend.

COVID-19: California added 324 deaths yesterday for a total of 43,989 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

-school daze: Yesterday, hundreds of parents and students marched in San Francisco to call for a return to in-person instruction, reports Michael Cabanatuan for the Chron.

The crowd, wearing masks, was mostly families with many of them carrying clever but cutting signs that decried what they felt was as the lack of a strategy for reopening the city’s public schools and the torture of attending classes solely on the online meeting platform Zoom.

“End the Zoombie apocalypse,” read one. “I miss my teachers,” “I forgod haw to spel,” “I want to go to kindergarten in real life,” “I miss my friends,” “I’d go to Ted Cruz High School if it were open,” read others.

I like that. "Zoombie apocalypse."

The Saturday afternoon protest capped a tumultuous week for the San Francisco Unified School District. With frustration from parents and politicians alike growing, City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the school district of violating state law by failing to have a reopening plan. Superintendent Vincent Matthews said lawsuit was unhelpful and the allegations were meritless, and “we absolutely have a comprehensive plan,” parts of which are getting reassessed.

I'm told a few dozen parents and children rallied in Davis yesterday to call for a return to in-person instruction. Being Davis, of course there was a counter-protest across the street, albeit a smaller number.

Meanwhile, in LA-LA Land, Los Angeles Unified superintendent Austin Beutner calls the resolution being presented to the Los Angeles City Council by Councilmember Joe Buscaino this week to sue LAUSD to force a reopening plan a "political stunt," writes Howard Blume in the Times.

“Grandstanding political stunts like this are precisely why schools in Los Angeles remain closed,” Beutner said. “Elected leaders from Sacramento to Los Angeles City Hall need to put deeds behind their words and take the steps necessary to actually put schools and the children they serve first.”

Beutner then took a wide swing beyond Buscaino — at the city, county and state — for failing to take steps that could have more quickly controlled the virus, for choosing not to put teachers higher on the list for vaccines and for not fully reimbursing L.A. Unified for its distribution of meals to the community and its internally developed coronavirus-testing program.

“Los Angeles is a national example of how governmental dysfunction has allowed the virus to rampage out of control,” the superintendent said. “It was not the decision of Los Angeles Unified to reopen card rooms or indoor malls before infection rates were low enough to unlock the schoolyard gates,” he said.

Can't we all get along?

-churches: The California Department of Public Health revised its guidance for places of worship last night following Friday night's ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States that I covered yesterday.

Revised Church Guidance

The guidance document remains the same. Under the SCOTUS injunction, the only change is that places of worship in purple counties essentially have been moved to red tier limitations. Capacity is limited to 25% of legal occupancy and singing and chanting are prohibited. Additionally, other general health precautions in the guidance existing in the red tier apply.

Meanwhile, the Chron's Steve Rubenstein gets reactions from Bay Area church and health leaders on the SCOTUS ruling.

Salvatore Cordileone, the archbishop of San Francisco and an outspoken foe of the closure of indoor services, called the decision a “very significant step forward for basic rights” and a “breath of fresh air in dark times.” Worshipers, he said, were now free of “harassment from government officials.”

Health officials, however, urged caution.

Santa Clara County said that it would continue to bar indoor worship despite the Supreme Court ruling, explaining that with transmission rates still high, “it remains critical to avoid potential superspreader events including indoor gatherings.” The county said its orders were structured differently than California’s purple-tier rules and therefore accorded with the Supreme Court’s order. “All indoor gatherings remain prohibited at this time due to their risk,” the county said. The county did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday night explaining how its orders differed sufficiently from the state’s.

San Francisco acting Health Officer Dr. Susan Philip also said the risk remains high, not least because of new, potentially more infectious variants spreading.

...

The head of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco said the giant stone edifice on Nob Hill would remain closed for indoor worship. The cathedral reopened for one service in November but closed when infection rates rose during the fall.

“We’re trying to follow the science, and we’re trying to be patient,” said Dean Malcolm Clemens Young. The Supreme Court was “not doing anyone a favor” by lifting the ban, he said.

“We are grateful that no one has been exposed to COVID because of anything we’ve done,” Young said.

Calvary Chapel, a San Jose church that has defied county orders and held services for months, is scheduled to hold services at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday, according to a recorded message. A Santa Clara Superior Court judge found the church in contempt of court orders and issued fines in December, which did not deter the church from holding Christmas Eve services. The church didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

At Temple Beth Shalom in San Leandro, cantor Linda Hirschhorn said she welcomed the court decision because, she said, “if it’s OK to allow indoor gatherings at 25% capacity, it should be across the board.”

Her congregation of about 300 members had not decided when or whether to resume indoor services.

For the L.A. Times, David G. Savage and Alex Wigglesworth write that some Southern California churches are planning to return indoors today.

Bishop Arthur Hodges, senior pastor of South Bay United Pentecostal Church in the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista, called the ruling “a major victory.”

“We are thrilled and excited to go back to church without legal threat of fines or arrest,” Hodges said in a television interview broadcast on Fox 5. “And it opens up churches in the entire state of California. So this is a win for every church, every house of worship and every individual of faith that wants to go to their house of worship this Sunday.”

He said the church would hold indoor services this weekend. It had previously offered online services but they were not an adequate substitute, he said, likening them to a virtual campfire or tele-health medicine.

“Online can only go so far,” he said. “It really doesn’t satisfy the person of faith who’s needing their church.”

Nor does it satisfy the megachurch, as you can't pass collection plates over Zoom.

South Bay United Pentecostal was one of two churches that challenged the state’s ban in separate lawsuits. The other, Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena, said it would also hold indoor services Sunday.

“While we have come under fire from some community members, we stand firm that the fruit of meeting in person lies in the spiritual, emotional and physical healing that worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ has brought to so many throughout the world,” Ché Ahn, the church’s senior pastor, said in a statement.

I'm sure that South Bay Pentecostal Church is going to follow the Court's refusal to block California's ban on singing in chanting. This is from the church's application to the Supreme Court for injunctive relief.

Therefore, South Bay respectfully requests that this Court issue an emergency writ of injunction, enjoining California and San Diego County from enforcing, trying to enforce, threatening to enforce, or otherwise requiring compliance with: 

...

3. any outright prohibition on singing or chanting during indoor worship services because singing is at the heart of Pentecostal worship services and,
in light of the church’s intention to take measures to safely sing, restricting it is not narrowly tailored.

I may sound cynical, but that's based on the record who even when the Supreme Court did not block California's strict March 19 stay-at-home order, several megachurches openly defied the order. Nevertheless, as I wrote yesterday, I believe the high Court got this one right because California allowed non-essential retail to operate at 25% capacity. If you have a set of rules that apply to a sector that is not constitutionally protected, you can't have stricter rules on a protected sector, such as churches.

...more COVID-19 coverage after the jump.

-LA County vaccines: From yesterday's Los Angeles County Public Health press release:

COVID-19 vaccine supply remains very limited. Los Angeles County healthcare workers in Phase 1A and County residents age 65 and older are eligible to get their vaccination. Health care providers may provide communication to this high-priority age group about COVID-19 vaccinations and how to receive one through their provider. For information about vaccines in L.A. County, when your turn is coming up and to sign up for a vaccination newsletter, and much more, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com. Eligible residents with internet access and a computer can use the website to sign up for vaccine as appointments become available. Please don't sign up to be vaccinated if it is not your turn.

Wait, wait, what?

Here's the current Phase 1A and 1B from the CDPH website:

Vaccine early phases

So, are adults 65 and over a higher priority in Los Angeles County than the sector populations of workers in education and childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture?

Remember, just two weeks ago tomorrow, the vaccination deck was shuffled. Adults 75+ previously prioritized jumped into the swimming pool with the addition of 65+, bringing millions more into the same competition for rationed doses.

Now it's unclear if education workers are at the same priority with the general public 65 and older.

As you know, I spend hours each day looking at this stuff. I have a pretty good education. If I can't make sense of it, how a member of the general public can and we won't even get into "Eligible residents with internet access and a computer can use the website to sign up."

-LA County Super Bowl: I hate picking on Los Angeles County Public Health, as they are among the most transparent and reliable department in getting information out. That said, another graf in yesterday's release definitely caused a chuckle.

First, let's look at a paragraph in Thursday's release:

Gathering with people outside of your household, especially in settings where people are shouting, chanting, or singing and not distancing can easily lead to increased cases of COVID-19, serious illness, and more deaths. Public Health recommends residents to play it safe and enjoy the Super Bowl with people you currently live with, and to connect virtually with other friends and family who live outside of your household. Please do not gather with people from outside your household to watch the Super Bowl. [emphasis mine]

And yesterday was an extension that basically said "we know you're going to do it, but"...

The safest way to enjoy the Super Bowl is with the people you live with and virtually with those that don’t live you. If you decide to privately gather with others, it must be held outdoors, kept small (limited to a total of 15 or less people from up to 3 different households only), and limited to 2 hours. Everyone attending the private gathering must also wear a face covering and maintain at least six feet of physical distancing from people from the other households. [empasis mine]

In summary:

  • outdoors
  • <=15 people from
  • <=3 households
  • can only be for 1/2 of the 4-hour game
  • must be masked and only talk to the person you came with

Sounds like a party! I'm not going anywhere and nobody is coming over here. However, watching several fora, clearly there are lots of people having parties and ordering catering. I'm pretty sure that in most cases none of the above "musts" from the release will be followed among those planning to gather. I'm guessing very few people know of these admonitions.

Whlle Los Angeles County is prohibiting restaurants from having broadcast televisions available with outdoor dining, it's the only county I know of that has adopted that rule. In the San Diego Union Tribune, Lori Weisberg reported Friday on a mixed situation in SD:

Before the pandemic arrived last March, Societe Brewing Company bought several big screen TVs for sports viewing. The Super Bowl this weekend would seem an opportune time to finally break them out, but owner Doug Constantiner decided he’s keeping them in storage for now.

“I definitely don’t want a huge gathering,” he said. “We will be open up until halftime this Sunday, and I’ll be watching the game at home with my wife and little daughter.”

That won’t be the case at Chris Shaw’s popular restaurants and bars in Hillcrest where he’s expecting lines out the doors this Sunday afternoon — just as there were last Sunday. With a dozen outdoor TV screens at Urban Mo’s alone, there will be ample vantage points for watching Tom Brady try to score his seventh Super Bowl win. But with social distancing limitations, there’s far less outdoor space to accommodate customers, be they football fans or the normally robust Sunday crowd.

“Pre-pandemic, we could pack the place,” Shaw said. “Now we have one-third the revenue on a Sunday that we normally would.”

I'll have my fingers crossed, which will have nothing to do with anything on the field this evening. Restaurants were elated to return to outdoor dining, but public health officers really wish the lift of the ban could have been tomorrow rather than two weeks ago. Regardless, if there is a surge after today, it's just as likely (or more) to occur inside a private home.

-state parks: In The Bee, Steven Moleski writes that after being closed for two months under the December 3 order, California's state parks are beginning to reopen campgrounds.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation is reopening its campsites after weeks of closures imposed by the stay-at-home orders issued in December meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus as cases surged.

Now that those orders have been lifted and infections are starting to taper off, parks officials said campground sites are being reopened in phases.

Last week, officials said they would be reopening sites to those who held existing reservations first. New reservations opened on Jan. 28, but not all sites are available just yet. 

-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:

more stories after the jump...

Probolsky Research

EDD: One story I didn't get to yesterday was on the continuing struggles of the Employment Development Department to manage unemployment insurance amid the surge in applications -- including many fraudulent ones -- and fluctuating benefit amounts and eligibility based on action and inaction in Washington. Meanwhile, the agency is trying to weather the landscape with an antiquated computer system. Carolyn Said reports for the Chron:

Californians whose unemployment benefits lapsed late last year before a federal cutoff now must wait until March before they can even apply to have them extended, state officials told lawmakers Friday.

Even though the federal government extended the benefits on Dec. 27, just one day after they expired, California’s Employment Development Department said that a programming issue prevented it from reinstating them immediately for people whose benefits had run out before Dec. 26. It will send emails, texts and mail next week to notify affected people that they need to certify for benefits starting March 7.

“I’m just appalled,” said state Sen. Josh Becker, D-Menlo Park. “A lot of people will just get a letter out of the blue saying, ‘We can’t process you until March 7.’ Californians rely on benefits for food and shelter, and now this group will have to wait (at least) two and a half months.”

The revelation is the latest in a string of missteps at EDD, which has struggled to pay claims to an unprecedented surge of people made jobless during the pandemic, while losing at least $11 billion and possibly up to $30 billion to fraudsters. On Thursday state lawmakers proposed a raft of bills to reform the troubled agency.

December was also when EDD froze 1.4 million accounts to guard against fraud, an action that swept up many legitimate claimants. It has been notifying those with frozen accounts in batches over time that they need to go online to verify their identities. Many people whose benefits stopped in December may have thought they were part of the fraud-related freeze, instead of the newly revealed issue with lapsed federal money.

“The road block to getting money to massive amounts of people who need it desperately is the same old problem — dinosaur technology,” said Assembly Member Jim Patterson, R-Fresno.

TAXING MATTERS: For the SDUT, Michael Smolens writes that recent court decisions may mean more simple majority local government tax measures for measures placed on the ballot by petition rather than the governmental body itself.

Two state courts of appeal recently ruled that citizen initiatives proposing tax increases need only simple majority approval, rather than the two-thirds majority that has been the threshold in California for decades.

The state Supreme Court has tipped its hand not once, but twice that it may go in that direction, though it has yet to issue a definitive ruling.

To be clear, the issue before the courts involves tax initiatives placed on the ballot by the public — regular citizens and special-interest groups alike — through the signature-gathering process. The requirement of a two-thirds majority for measures placed before voters by a local government council or board would not be affected.

Should such a ruling from the high court come to pass — and many following the cases believe it will — an explosion of local revenue-raising ballot measure could ensue. There may be a surge of such proposals even before then, in anticipation of an ultimate ruling.

The idea would be to get approval before an almost-certain statewide initiative is attempted to retain the two-thirds majority.

If such a statewide initiative were approved by voters, some analysts believe tax measures that received a simple majority could stand if they were approved beforehand.

The issue comes down to Art. IIIA, Sec. 4 added to the California Constitution with Prop. 13 in 1978, which provides:

Cities, Counties and special districts, by a two-thirds vote of the qualified electors of such district, may impose special taxes on such district, except ad valorem taxes on real property or a transaction tax or sales tax on the sale of real property within such City, County or special district.

The above-referenced court cases have found that this section doesn't supersede Art. II, Sec. 3, which provides for the local government initiative right to citizens, but rather is limited to the governing body itself. Of course, "citizens" could very well be a political committee driven by an interest, most likely public employee unions.

SF school names, cakeday, and classifieds after the jump...

SF SCHOOL NAMES: For the New Yorker Isaac Chotiner talks to Gabriela López, the president of the San Francisco Board of Education about its controversial action to strip the names of dozens of district schools.

Chotiner: You were talking earlier about how, no matter whom we uplift, history needs to be taught. Since you’re highlighting the importance of history, I was curious if historians had testified. And it seems like they hadn’t.

López: Right. My work is in sharing with students this understanding of our history. I think that for me, it’s important to uplift. This does not cancel history. It’s a moment and an opportunity to uplift things that we normally aren’t uplifting in our public-school system, in our society. And that means other voices, other experiences of diverse community members that would bring pride to our student body, and that would allow for students to learn more about themselves. It’s really moving away from this idea that somehow in the taking away of these names, we’re also taking away the stories, and we’re taking away what happened. We can’t move on without that understanding. We can’t heal as a society without that understanding.

Chotiner: The reason I bring this up is that some of the historical reasoning behind these decisions has been contested—not so much how we should view the fact that George Washington was a founder of the country and a slave holder but, rather, factual things like Paul Revere’s name being removed for the Penobscot Expedition, which was not actually about the colonization of Native American lands. And so there were questions about whether historians should have been involved to check these things.

López: I see what you’re saying. So, for me, I guess it’s just the criteria was created to show if there were ties to these specific themes, right? White supremacy, racism, colonization, ties to slavery, the killing of indigenous people, or any symbols that embodied that. And the committee shared that these are the names that have these ties. And so, for me, at this moment, I have the understanding we have to do the teaching, but also I do agree that we shouldn’t have these ties, and this is a way of showing it.

Chotiner: I guess part of the problem is that the ties may not be what the committee said they were. That’s why I brought it up.

López: So then you go into discrediting the work that they’re doing, and the process that they put together in order to create this list. So when we begin to have these conversations, and we’re pointing to that, and we’re given the reasoning and they’re sharing why they made this choice and why they’re putting it out there, I don’t want to get into a process where we then discredit the work that this group has done.

Chotiner: But it seems like we should have some sense of whether what they did was historically correct or not. No?

López: I’m open for that conversation.

Chotiner: O.K. Well, I just mentioned the Paul Revere thing. I know there was a question about James Russell Lowell and whether he wanted Black people to vote, which he was actually in favor of. The name of this businessman, James Lick, was ordered removed because his foundation funded an installation that didn’t go up until almost two decades after he died.

López: Right, I see what you mean.

Chotiner: But that’s not something you’re concerned about?

No. I mean, I wouldn’t phrase it that way, either. I think it would just require more dialogue. I know the committee is still meeting, and they’re still open to that. So it’s not that it’s not a concern. I think it’s something that’s missing without a dialogue.

Chotiner: But the committee member said, essentially, “things are true or false.” And so it seems like if they’re false, then that doesn’t necessarily call for more dialogue; it calls for more accurate history.

López: I think anyone can agree with that.

Among the names to be stripped is Senator Dianne Feinstein, who became mayor following the assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. There's a lot more to the interview in the article.

How about we take school boards and committees picked by them out of being judges of individual characters and history and instead go with P.S. 123-style system used in several big cities?

Meanwhile, Columbus Avenue is still a major street from the Transamerica Pyramid to Fisherman's Wharf.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Eddie Bernacchi, Natalie Daniel, and Tiffany Tran!

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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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