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  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe):  We examine the impact of the Trump impeachment trial on the country.   We wonder if die-hard Republican senators will turn against the president.  And we look at how Trump's behavior is impacting two California Republican members of Congress. (2021-02-12)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senator Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) on the details of the COVID 19 vaccine and equitable distribution of the vaccine and fighting the disinformation from vaccine deniers (2021-02-08)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Chris Micheli on lobbying during the pandemic (2021-02-07)
  • 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. (2021-02-05)


  • SD30 (Downtown LA, Century City, South LA): Essential Workers United for Sydney Kamlager for Senate 2021, Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO: $14,765 for mail.
  • SD30 (Downtown LA, Century City, South LA): $100,000 from Los Angeles County Federation of Labor


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

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The Nooner for Saturday, February 13, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

  • COVID-19
    -the numbers
    -tiers for fears
  • Wildfires and water
  • Law and disorder
  • Bye bye bye
  • Cakeday and classifieds 


COVID-19: California added 438 deaths yesterday for a total of 46,458 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 local health orders may be stricter than the state's orders.

  • purple (widespread): 53 counties
  • red (substantial): 2 counties (Del Norte, Mariposa)
  • orange (moderate): 3 county (Alpine, Sierra, Trinity)
  • yellow (minimal): 0 counties 

-vaccines: In the LAT, Colleen Shalby and Sonja Sharp report on the additional classes of Californians who will be eligible to get a vaccine next month.

California officials said Friday that people ages 16 to 64 who are disabled or at high risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 will be eligible for vaccination beginning next month.

The move comes after weeks of debate over who will get to the front of the line for precious vaccine doses, which remain in short supply. Officials estimate the move will make 4 million to 6 million more people eligible, bringing the total of eligible Californians to 17 million to 19 million, or about half the state.

But supplies remain very limited. Based on current allocation projections, California won’t come close to meeting demand for some time. It will ultimately be up to local providers to decide who gets the vaccine immediately, with medical workers, first responders, people 65 and over, teachers and essential workers all vying for shots.

According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), 11.5 million Californians were eligible before the addition of those with underlying health conditions. The CDPH reports that 5,511,429 have been injected, while 8,169,900 doses have been shipped. That provides 4,084,950 first- and second-dose vaccinations.

Meanwhile, Sawsan Morrar and Tony Bijak report for The Bee that teachers in Sacranento County will be eligible to receive vaccines beginning February 16.

The decision affects more than 23,000 public and 1,500 private school teachers in the county. The vaccine will also now be distributed to preschool, daycare, and childcare workers, all educational support services and administration employees, school bus drivers and crosswalk guards.

The announcement, made on Friday afternoon, noted that the scheduling of shots will depend on the availability of doses. The county indicated that some school employees will need to wait a little longer; staff at colleges, universities and technical and trade schools will become eligible later due to the limited vaccine supply.


-kids: Yesterday's Los Angeles County Department of Public Health release updates us on the COVID-19 impact in children.

Public Health is reporting 15 additional cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), bringing the total cases in L.A. County to 90 children including one child death. L.A. County has experienced more than a 35% increase in children with MIS-C in last two weeks; on January 30, Public Health reported 66 children with MIS-C.

All 90 children with MIS-C in L.A. County were hospitalized and 41% of the children were treated in the ICU. Of the children with MIS-C, 30% were under the age of 5 years old, 40% were between the ages of 5 and 11 years old, and 30% were between the ages of 12 and 20 years old. Latino/Latinx children account for 72% of the reported cases.

MIS-C is a serious inflammatory condition associated with COVID-19 that affects children under 21 years old. MIS-C cases tend to appear in children weeks after they had COVID-19, and sometimes even when a child or adolescent had no known prior infection. Symptoms include fever that does not go away and inflamed body parts, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. If you believe your child is displaying MIS-C symptoms, contact your primary care or an urgent care provider. Seek emergency care for critical or life-threatening conditions. If you do not have a primary care provider, dial 2-1-1 and L.A. County will help connect you to one.

-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...

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WILDFIRES AND WATER: In the LAT, Susanne Rust looks at the aftermath of wildfires in Santa Cruz County and concerns about polluted drinking water from the growing number.

Across the West, water districts are grappling with new and increasingly common challenges as fire seasons grow longer and blazes consume more suburbs and smaller communities. These fires are not only destroying people’s homes and treasured possessions, they are leaving behind an array of incinerated plastics, lead, pesticides and other toxic particles that have the potential to contaminate water supplies.

Though water managers in the Santa Cruz Mountains say their supplies are safe — before heavy rains, they start pumping groundwater instead of relying on catchment water or supplies from the San Lorenzo River — scientists say this new field of environmental concern deserves more attention.

“We’re really on the ground floor when it comes to the effects of fire on municipal water supplies in this urban wildfire nexus,” said Fernando Rosario-Ortiz, director of the environmental engineering program at the University of Colorado in Boulder. “We are learning that there’s a lot we really don’t know.”

LAW AND DISORDER: David Zahniser and Kevin Rector report on the new tentative agreement between the city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department.

A tentative deal between Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the leadership of the police union would guarantee $245 million in cash overtime pay for officers, locking in substantial personnel costs just as law enforcement spending is under major scrutiny.

Isn't this just a cute way to hide true salaries? Of course, pension benefits are calculated for LAPD/LAFD on compensation for the last 12 months prior to retirement or the highest 12 months selected by a retiree.

To get the union to postpone two pay raises, Garcetti has offered officers at the Los Angeles Police Department a minimum of $70 million in overtime pay in each of the next three budget years. On top of that, officers would be permitted in the final year of the contract to cash out as much as $35 million in overtime pay for hours they’ve already worked, but for which they have not been compensated.

The latter deal point stems from a little-known budgeting practice called overtime banking, which the LAPD uses to pay for personnel costs when the money isn’t immediately available.

Under that system, officers work overtime hours but frequently aren’t paid for those hours until years in the future — usually when they retire or leave the department, when their salaries are considerably higher.

The practice has been compared to the use of an expensive credit card, allowing the city to put off payment of millions of employee hours while obscuring the LAPD’s true overtime costs. Since July, the start of the city’s fiscal year, police officers have worked more than 400,000 overtime hours without being paid, time valued at nearly $28 million, according to department figures.

LAPD officers are voting on the tentative agreement, which would extend the union’s contract two years, or until June 2024. Union officials, who have recommended a yes vote, say the offer of a $35-million cash-out period in 2023-24 would allow officers to be compensated for some of their banked overtime hours earlier than planned.

Meanwhile, San Francisco has a $125 million budget surplus, write Mallory Moench and Trisha Thadani for the Chron.

San Francisco announced a $125 million surplus in the city’s budget halfway through the current fiscal year on Friday, reversing the city’s short-term financial fortunes from a $116 million deficit three months ago.

The gap was filled by higher-than-expected property tax revenue, increased federal reimbursements and lower expenses. Friday’s update was a rare bit of good news for the city’s $13.1 billion budget, which has been ravaged by the pandemic over the past year. But the city still likely faces a more than $500 million deficit over the next two years, which will need to be bridged somehow.

The Board of Supervisors and Mayor London Breed struggled to fill two massive holes in the fall and winter, but still managed to avoid service cuts and layoffs — whether that will be possible over the next few years isn’t yet clear. The city has 36,000 employees.

“These are tough times, but could be much worse,” Supervisor Aaron Peskin said. “We’ve fallen off a cliff, it just turns out to be a shorter cliff.”

BYE BYE BYE: For the MercNews, George Avalos reports on Westfield's plan to sell off its United States shopping malls. The Galleria in Roseville is the most well known in the Sacramento region.

The principal owner of the Sacramento’s largest mall, Roseville Galleria, is eyeing a potential exit from its properties in the United States as it attempts to combat a brutal coronavirus-linked erosion of its retail operations.

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, a France-based owner of malls worldwide, disclosed the latest potential jolt to the Northern California retail market in a conference call to discuss the company’s most recent financial results.

“We are implementing a program to significantly reduce our U.S. footprint once the investment markets reopen, which should happen as soon as the economy rebounds,” Jean-Marie Tritant, chief executive officer of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, said during the call.

Westfield (bought by the bigger French player in 2018) built out the mall in Roseville and completely neglected Sacramento's Downtown Plaza (now Downtown Commons and the arena) that it also owned. I believe only Macy's is left and that is itself tenuous. It totally screwed workers in the adjacent office buildings, particularly support staff at the law firms. Gone were the places to get a quick and affordable lunch.

cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jessica Bartholow, Rafael Elizalde Jr., John GarciaGary Link, and Lorie Shelley!



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