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  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Daniel Zingale on his career in California politics. (2021-02-14)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): Rep. Mark Takano (D-Riverside) on His Family's Internment History and His Agenda for Military Veterans
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): We  examine the media's continuing obsession with Donald Trump.   And we dig into the current buzz around California politics. (2021-02-19
  • 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)


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

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RECALL WATCH: California Patriot Coalition - Recall Governor Gavin Newsom reports receiving $225,139 in-kind for printing and mail from Rescue California - Recall Gavin Newsom. Here are the top 10 donors to Rescue California:

PROV 3:9, LLC IRVINE CA / 92606     $500,000.00 12/18/20
DGB RANCH LOS ANGELES CA / 90004     $150,000.00 1/21/21
HUCK PAC (FEDERAL PAC) LITTLE ROCK AR / 72221     $75,000.00 2/12/21


  • GOV: Businessman John Cox drops $1,000,000 for his run for governor -- this year or next.
  • SD30 (Downtown LA-Century City-South LA): Californians for Sydney Kamlager for Senate 2021, sponsored by Healthcare Providers, Insurance, Energy, and Housing Suppliers reports receiving $20,000 from the Charter Public Schools PAC.   

The Nooner for Friday, February 19, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

  • COVID-19
    -the numbers
    -tiers for fears
    -economic relief
    -school daze
    -grocery workers
  • Bills, bills, bills
  • Soda tax
  • Do you recall?
  • Budget
  • Prop. 22
  • Becerra confirmartion
  • Cakeday and classifieds 

Hey there! My shoulder is definitely feeling better today, yet still sore. But, need to get back to work! It just takes a lot more time to type. This is why I have been giving two free months to subscribers who renew.  A Nooner reader said that he has a similar affliction occasionally, which is an aggravated cervical nerve. He gave several suggestions to improve the ergonomics of how I work.

Meanwhile, if you sent me an email while I have been laid up, please send it again. The clutter is unbelievable.

COVID-19: California added 423 deaths yesterday for a total of 48,357 since the pandemic began.  The 14-day average deaths per day has fallen to 389.9, the lowest point since January 9. The leading and current all continue to drop.

-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. The one move this week was a move from purple to red for Plumas County.

  • purple (widespread): 52 counties
  • red (substantial): 3 counties (Del Norte, Mariposa and Plumas)
  • orange (moderate): 3 counties (Alpine, Sierra, Trinity)

-economic relief: The Senate yesterday approved the $9.6 billion economic relief package, which was the product of an agreement between Governor Newsom and legislative Democrats.

-vaccines: The weather in Midwest and South is causing shipping delays leading several public administration sites limit hours. Happy that my dad received his first shot last week before the shortages developed this week.  As of yesterday's CDPH update, 6,699,137 vaccines had been injected, although the number is likely higher given reporting delays. The staff at CalMatters look at the demographics of distribution.

-school daze: Yesterday, legislative Democrats released their plan for school reopenings. Ricardo Cano reports for CalMatters:

Disagreements between California’s Democratic-controlled Legislature and its Democratic governor over a plan to reopen schools came to a head Thursday as lawmakers introduced a bill they say would safely bring students back to campus this spring.

Senate Bill 86 calls on California’s school districts to offer some sort of in-person instruction to students in kindergarten through sixth grade and older vulnerable students by April 15 if case rates in their county fall below 7 positive cases per 100,000 residents, known as the red tier.

Some parts of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s original plan remain, such as allocating $2 billion for reopening costs — if districts meet the reopening deadline — and $4.6 billion to address students’ learning loss. The new proposal still calls for negotiated agreements from local unions.

But it differs from Newsom’s position in a key way: Lawmakers said their plan mandates that local public health departments offer vaccines to school employees before they return to work in person, which Newsom has publicly said the state lacks the supply for and would delay reopening campuses.

Later in the day, Governor Newsom issued a statement:

While the Legislature’s proposal represents a step in the right direction, it doesn’t go far enough or fast enough. I look forward to building on the growing momentum to get our schools open and continuing discussions with the Legislature to get our kids back in school as safely and quickly as possible.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia announced the plans for return to the classroom in Long Beach Unified. Louis Freedberg reports for EdSource:

With over 70,000 students, Long Beach Unified is the largest school district in California to announce school reopening plans, although it will be nearly six weeks before any students will return for regular in-person instruction, and even then on a part-time basis.

A key aspect of the plan is that teachers will likely be fully vaccinated by the time schools open for elementary students who will return on March 29, based on a plan announced at the district’s school board meeting Wednesday night. Presented as an information item at the meeting, the plan does not need formal board approval. Despite the seemingly slow roll out, because the school year ends on June 16, elementary students would still have a substantial amount of time of some form of in-person instruction to look forward to — about 2 1/2 months.

Meanwhile, Twitter was not exclusively about Ted Cruz yesterday. There was also a controversy about a San Ramon Valley school district. MacKenzie Mays reports for Politico:

“It’s really unfortunate that they want to pick on us because they want their babysitters back,” Oakley Union Elementary School Board President Lisa Brizendine said in a recording of a board meeting posted Wednesday on YouTube. Brizendine and other trustees of the small district about 50 miles east of San Francisco are shown lamenting parent frustrations throughout the eight-minute clip, apparently not realizing until too late that their discussion was airing live.

The trade association says the pay increases are illegal and is seeking to have the new laws declared invalid and unconstitutional.

Approximately 19 businesses and over 2,100 workers in San Leandro will be affected by the ordinance, which will last for 120 days or until state and county health orders ease.

The lawsuit against San Leandro comes as momentum for hazard pay for supermarket workers grows during the pandemic. Deemed essential businesses at the beginning of the public health crisis, grocers have remained opened, and workers and their supporters say they have risked their lives by being in constant contact with customers in enclosed buildings.


Many stores voluntarily offered pay bumps early on in the pandemic, but now few do.

The Grocers Association argues in the lawsuit against San Leandro, filed in the Northern District of California, that the hazard pay law violates U.S. and California constitutions’ equal protection clauses because it singles out certain grocers and ignores other groups that employ front line workers. It also argues that the ordinance is preempted by the federal National Labor Relations Act, “which protects the integrity of the collective-bargaining process.”

“In addition to clearly violating federal and state law, the extra pay mandates will harm customers and workers,” Ron Fong, president of the California Grocers Association, said in a statement Wednesday. “A $5/hour mandate amounts to a 28 percent average increase in labor costs for grocery stores. That is too big a cost increase for any grocery retailer to absorb without consequence.”

Grocery stores have had varied reactions. Trader Joe’s has honored its hazard pay policy since the beginning of the pandemic, and increased the figure from an additional $2 per hour to $4 an hour in early February. Meanwhile, supermarket giant Kroger announced plans to close stores in Long Beach and Seattle after the cities passed hazard pay requirements, saying it would be too costly for them.

-Governor Newsom visits mobile clinic location providing vaccinations to teachers and school site employees on 02/19.

-Governor Newsom visits vaccination center in the Coachella Valley on 02/18:

-Governor Newsom attends opening of vaccination center in Los Angeles on 02/16:


-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...

BILLS, BILLS, BILLS: Today is the bill introduction deadline for the first year of the 2021-22 Legislative Regular Session. Thus far, we have:

  • Senate: 4 SCAs and 627 SBs
  • Assembly 4 ACAs and 1,203 ABs

Friend of The Nooner Chris Micheli shares the prior-year numbers:

  • In 2019, with one day left, there were 1,834 bills introduced.
  • In 2017, with one day left, there were 1,646 bills introduced.

SODA TAX: One of those bills is AB 1163 (Nazarian), which seeks to repeal the ban on sales taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, which is always afun legislative debate.

DO YOU RECALL? For the AP, Michael R. Blood reports on GOP infighting that could doom the recall even if it qualifies.

California Republicans eager to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom could see their chances eroded by longstanding friction between the party’s conservative and moderate wings, which only has intensified in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s presidency.

The rift has been on open display in the gubernatorial candidacy of former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a Republican centrist who has been endorsed by legislative leaders while being attacked as “liberal” by conservatives in his home county.

The head of the state Republican Party, Jessica Millan Patterson, is being challenged at a GOP convention this weekend by longtime conservative activist Steve Frank, who says the state party is attempting to silence conservative voices.

he vote on party leadership will come as Republicans nationally debate the way forward following Trump’s defeat in November and his role in provoking a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

“This is California’s version of the national battle for the soul and the future of the Republican Party,” said Thad Kousser, a political science professor at the University of California, San Diego.

A proposed rule change that would have allowed the party’s executive committee of about 100 people to endorse a recall candidate, or hand the decision to an even smaller group, rather than the full delegation of about 1,400 members was withdrawn after being criticized as a power grab.

Patterson, who asked the sponsor to withdraw the rule change, said in a letter to delegates that while the proposal was well-intentioned it was “dividing us at a time when nothing is more important than being unified.”

With a potential recall election approaching, the GOP needs a “a strong, unified Republican vision,“ she wrote.

BUDGET: The monthly economic and revenue update was posted yesterday by the Department of Finance.

Preliminary General Fund agency cash receipts for the first seven months of the fiscal year were $10.539 billion above the 2021-22 Governor’s Budget forecast of $106.524 billion. Cash receipts for the month of January were $7.453 billion above the 2021-22 Governor’s Budget forecast of $18.208 billion. $1.1 billion of the cash overage is due to the 2021-22 Governor’s Budget assumption that $1.1 billion in personal income tax refunds related to the Golden State Stimulus would be issued in January. As of the date of this bulletin, the Golden State Stimulus had not yet been enacted and therefore no tax refunds related to the Golden State Stimulus have been issued.

Finance update

PROP. 22: In the Chron, Carolyn Said writes that grocery delivery service Instacart is raising service fees to pay for the costs of Proposition 22.

Instacart on Friday will raise its prices in California because of Proposition 22, a ballot measure that gave gig workers some benefits and earnings guarantees, while keeping them as independent contractors rather than employees. It is the sixth major company to do so.

Customers will now pay an 8% service fee — up from 5% currently — to have Instacart gig workers buy and deliver groceries. In other words, for a $100 grocery order, customers will now pay $8 instead of $5.

People who subscribe to the company’s Express plan, which is $9.99 a month or $99 a year, will not see an increase. Express customers get free delivery on orders over $35 and pay a 1.9% service fee on smaller orders.

Five gig companies — Instacart, Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and Postmates — paid more than $220 million to convince voters to pass Prop. 22, saying their businesses depend on the flexibility of not having employees. One of their arguments was that prices would rise if Prop. 22 did not pass.

Voters passed the measure, and now all the companies that backed it, plus GrubHub, which is also affected, have tacked on new fees to help pay for it.


Prop. 22 gives gig workers accident insurance, a health care stipend if they average at least 15 active weekly hours per quarter, and a guaranteed 120% of minimum wage plus 30 cents per mile while en route to and fulfilling a ride or delivery order.

CAGOP: The three-day California Republican Party Spring Convention begins virtually today. Ted Cruz is not on the agenda, but former Texas Governor Rick Perry is. He signed the controversial electricity deregulation bill in 2002 that many blame for the outages and skyrocketing electricity bills this week, before being appointed Secretary of Energy by Donald Trump. Under deregulation, TX energy providers can pass spot market prices on to consumers. 

BECERRA CONFIRMATION: The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will hold its hearing on the nomination of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as Biden's Secretary Health and Human Services next Tuesday, February 23 at 10am EST/7am PST. Meanwhile a trio of conservative organizations trying to kill the nomination. Meredith McGraw reports for Politico:

The campaign is being led by the advocacy groups Judicial Crisis Network, Heritage Action for America, and Americans for Public Trust. And it’s being modeled after the effort the groups spearheaded to galvanize support for Donald Trump’s three Supreme Court justice nominees in the weeks leading up to their respective confirmation hearings.

This time, however, the trio is going negative, hoping to torpedo the confirmations of Vanita Gupta, Biden’s nominee for associate attorney general, and Xavier Becerra, the Democratic attorney general of California and nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services.

The groups are also putting out a third ad highlighting what they deem to be the role “dark money” played in electing Biden as well as shaping his Cabinet and policies.

“Liberals spent a record amount of dark money to elect Biden,” one ad says. “Now they are cashing in,” it continues, pointing to Biden chief of staff Ron Klain’s previous role on the board of directors of the Democratic think tank, the Center for American Progress Action Fund. The ad also claims that Biden has not ordered schools to reopen amid the Covid crisis because of pressure from teachers unions, which the groups describe as a fellow “dark money” interest.

Probolsky Research


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