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  • SacTown Talks (Jarheet Blonien): Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) (2021-03-26)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada-Flintridge) on hate crimes, COVID-19, and post-pandemic priorities (2021-03-26)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): Randy Economy on the Campaign to Recall Governor Gavin Newsom (2021-03-25)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): Can currently economically troubled journalism keep up with challenge of covering the complexities of modern society and politics. (2021-03-25)
  • Look West Podcast (Assembly Democratic Caucus): Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula speaks with health experts Tania Pacheco-Werner, PhD, and Joe Prado about COVID-19 vaccine distribution efficiency and equity (2021-03-23)


  • Exclusive Downtown Penthouse Near Capitol Building
  • Associate Position at CleanSweep Campaigns, San Francisco
  • Capitol Seminars Zoom workshop - April 1
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - MPA/MPP
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - Masters of Science in Law


  • AD18 (Alameda-San Leandro-West Oakland): added San Leandro school board member James Aguilar (D) - assuming Bonta is confirmed as AG
  • AD18 (Alameda-San Leandro-West Oakland): added Alameda Unified School Board member Mia Bonta (D)
  • AD18 (Alameda-San Leandro-West Oakland): added attorney Janani Ramachandran (D) - assuming Bonta is confirmed as AG
  • AD18 (Alameda-San Leandro-West Oakland): added Oakland city councilmember Sheng Thao (D) - assuming Bonta is confirmed as AG
  • AD18 (Alameda-San Leandro-West Oakland): added Alameda city councilmember Malia Vella (D) - assuming Bonta is confirmed as AG


  • AD79 (East San Diego): San Diegans for Economic Recovery & Job Creation to support Leticia Munguia for Assembly 2021 sponsored by Laborers' International Union of Northern America Local 89 reports
    • spending $35,000 for polling and $49,282 for mail to support Leticia Munguia (D) (cumulative total: $223,550)
    • receiving $25,000 from the CA Latino PAC
  • AD79 (East San Diego): San Diegans for Economic Recovery & Job Creation to support Leticia Munguia for Assembly 2021 sponsored by Laborers' International Union of Northern America Local 89 reports $27,283 for mail. 


  • Rescue California-Recall Gavin Newsom reports receiving:
    • $15,000 from the California Revival PAC
    • $7,000 from The Lincoln Club of Orange County Issues PAC
  • California Patriot Coalition - Recall Governor Gavin Newsom reports receiving $5,000 from PureStyle Living LLC (Reno, NV)

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  • COVID-19
  • -data dive
    -tiers for fears
    -school daze
  • Cakeday and new classifieds

Happy Saturday! Happy Pesach to our Jewish readers observing Passover.

After hearing about the death of children's books author Beverly Cleary at age 104 yesterday, I looked into her. She was born in McMinnville, Oregon in 1916. Nearly four years later, my grandmother was born there and there's still a farm in the family in McMinnville. While Yamhill County is now mostly a wine-producing region, a second cousin is still working the land for other crops.

COVID-19, cakeday, and classifieds after the jump...

Probolsky Research

COVID-19: California reported an additional 243 deaths yesterday for a total of 58,172 since the pandemic began. 

-data dive: California's 7-day positivity rate is now 1.9%, still far below the 7.1% peak amidst mass testing on December 30.

-vaccines: Remember that in many cases, vaccines are being reserved for second doses (of Moderna and Pfizer). The following data, from the daily CDPH press release, may be delayed by reporting.

  • vaccine doses administered in California: 15,979,099 (7-day change: +2,597,053)
  • vaccine doses delivered to administering entities in California: 20,244,790 (7-day change: +3,031,640)
  • eligibility: In the Chron, Catherine Ho and Meghan Brobowsky write that the April 15 planned opening of eligibiility for a vaccine to all California adults provides both hopes and continued concerns about inequities.

    Making sure all communities have equal access will require more funding, staffing and vaccine — and not all of those are promised. Vaccine supply, or lack thereof, is particularly vexing.

    Although Gov. Gavin Newsom projects weekly doses coming to the state will increase from 1.8 million to 2.5 million in the next several weeks and 3 million by May, counties and clinics have not been told whether that will translate to more doses for them and if so, how much and when.

    “What’s been a challenge is that there’s been so much dialogue and so much said about moving forward and getting more doses and opening up. We haven’t seen that,” said Dr. Matt Willis, the Marin County health officer. “Our allocations are very similar to what they were a month ago. So it’s very nerve-wracking to hear the governor say it’s going to be open to everyone without any more supply.”

    Clinic leaders say more funding appears to be on the way. The recently passed $1.9 trillion federal stimulus package includes $7.5 billion for state and local public health departments to expand community vaccination centers and mobile vaccination units in underserved areas.

    Meanwhile, even if eligible, it'll be weeks to actually to actually obtain a vaccine. Barbary Feder Ostrov and Ana B. Ibarra write for CalMatters:

    Californians frustrated by the never-ending hunt for COVID-19 vaccine appointments may have to wait several weeks until appointments are more readily available, Blue Shield’s CEO said in an interview with CalMatters today.

    Blue Shield, the insurer tasked to oversee the state’s vaccine distribution, is aware of Californians’ frustrations and health care providers’ complaints, and is working to quickly expand distribution so that everyone who wants a dose can get one, CEO Paul Markovich said.

    “Immediately on the first day, there probably won’t be availability for everybody, just because…when you make millions of people eligible overnight, there’s not millions of appointments immediately available at that moment,” Markovich said. “But I would say by the time we get to the end of April, or potentially early May, I don’t think that’s going to be an issue.” 

    Blue Shield says California now has the capacity to administer 4 million vaccines a week. But to meet that capacity, manufacturers have to deliver the vaccine supply they have promised, Markovich said. 

-variants: The highly transmissible "Brazil variant" has now been found in both San Diego and the Bay Area through a very small sample of DNA sampling.

-tiers for fears: As a reminder, any county must remain at a tier for three weeks before progressing to a less-restrictive tier, even if the metrics continue to improve. Lots of the changes yesterday, and here's where the counties stand.

  • 8 counties in the Purple (widespread) Tier (6.3% of population): Fresno, Glenn, Inyo, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, and Yuba
  • 39 counties in the Red (substantial) Tier (83.2% of population): Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Humboldt, Imperial, Kern, Lake, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tulare, Tuolumne, and Ventura
  • 9 counties in Orange (moderate) Tier (10.5% of population): Lassen, Marin, Mariposa, Plumas, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Trinity, and Yolo
  • 2 counties in Yellow (minimal) Tier (0.0% of population): Alpine and Sierra.

Tier table

 -school daze: With schools planning to return to in-person instruction, the Chron's Jill Tucker looks at the challenges faced by the schools.

[The Oakland Unified] district and union agreement gave teachers the option of returning in late March, but didn’t require it. Officials hoped an $800 stipend would lure enough back to reopen schools starting with preschool through second grade, more than two weeks before all schools reopen to eligible students on April 19.

cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

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Exclusive Downtown Penthouse Near Capitol Building

Penthouse residence for rent in desirable Downtown Marriott building. Renter will enjoy private lobby, use of hotel amenities such as pool / spa, gym, and access to concierge services such as supervised Amazon package delivery, etc. This space would be perfect for a member or lobbyist or consultant with frequent business in the Capitol. Comes with one parking spot with option for another if needed. You can view full listing, photos and more here. Can be rented furnished or unfurnished.

Contact: Joe Fernandez, Eagle Property Management; (916) 430-9196,

Associate Position at CleanSweep Campaigns, San Francisco

CleanSweep Campaigns is a full-service consulting firm that provides top-notch service, years of campaign expertise, cutting-edge creative, advanced data and analytics and much more. Our team specializes in general consulting, persuasion direct mail, land use outreach campaigns, digital media and successful fundraising direct mail programs.

The Associate is responsible for client service and support to the client services team. Associates assist in keeping projects on track, meeting deadlines and preparing materials. Associates work with the graphic design team to create client deliverables, craft initial messaging documents, collaborate with the production department to ensure deadlines are met, manage timelines to meet project deadlines and perform other tasks as needed.

Applicants must be able to work in a fast-paced, high pressure environment that can demand long hours, possess a sense of initiative and personal accountability, have strong writing skills and problem-solving abilities and have a minimum of one year of prior work experience or comparable work history.

CleanSweep Campaigns is an equal-opportunity employer.

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CDT is Hiring a Deputy Director

We are looking for an extraordinary person to join our team as Deputy Director. CDT has co-founded and moved $35 million to groups that won DA elections in LA, SF and Contra Costa, sent progressives to Sacramento from the Inland Empire, took over the San Diego Board of Supervisors, and won municipal races across the state. They’ve also won congressional seats in San Diego, Orange County, the Inland Empire and the Central Valley. In 2020 CDT/F moved more than $5.5 million to those groups. We are building and funding the progressive people of color-centered power building infrastructure necessary to transform the largest, most politically complex, most diverse and richest state in the nation.

Candidates who don’t meet all the criteria but still feel like they could be a good fit for the role should apply. We re/cognize that candidates who don’t check every box can still add immense value to our team.

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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,, or contact us at

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