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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


  • AD79 (East San Diego): State Affiliated Cops Independent Expenditure Committee (aka SAC PAC IEC) reports $40,100 for mail in support of Leticia Munguia (D)


  • Rep. Judy Chu on violence against Asian Americans and guns (Meet the Press) 

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  • COVID-19
  • -data dive
    -tiers for fears
    -theme parks
  • Cakeday and new classifieds

¡Feliz domingo! Apologies to Matt Rexroad and my sister. I'll be rooting for the Ducks against the Trojans tonight. That has nothing to do with my bracket, which was busted beyond belief last weekend. Wigglesworth, damn you! Meanwhile, go OSU Beavers! Of course, I'll be rooting for the Bruins this afternoon.

On my 7:30am walk, I saw that the Palm Sunday vendors are back hawking there fronds and other items around Our Lady of Guadalupe church. Hopefully the food vendors return soon. While the church has satiated my Sunday appetite with tacos and menudo over the last year, I certainly miss the hot links, tamales, and friendly faces behind them that would appear pre-pandemic. Of course, don't get me started on the displacement of farmers market.

While my beloved farmers market has been sent to Arden Fair Mall seven miles away, Sacramentans experiencing homelessness are being told that they can stay. Tony Bizjak reports for The Bee:

Saturday, under a newly bolted a “Safe Ground” sign on a pole in a parking lot at 6th and W streets, crews setup up a row of port-a-potties and cleaning stations, and city officials put out the word:

6th and W...hmmm...that is where I would cross the street to go to farmers market every Sunday. Farmers market was moved 7 miles from there to the parking lot of the dying Arden Fair Mall making it infeasible for many downtown and midtown residents to go to. I'm totally in favor of housing options for those unhoused, but there is a six square block park across the street (which actually covered the area under the freeway before it was built) where housing and services could be provided. For the last year, it's basically only been used for pick-up soccer games.

“This is a place where not only you can stay without being asked to move every day, but we can ramp up case management and make this a full-service triage center,” Councilwoman Katie Valenzuela, who represents downtown, said.

The City Council recently voted to set up a series of indoor or outdoor triage centers citywide where the unsheltered can come for services and, in this case, set up residence.

There will be room for 100 to 150 unhoused at the site under the W-X portion of the Capital City Freeway, Valenzuela said. She, Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Bridgette Dean, the city’s new director of the Community Response Office, were there Saturday overseeing set up.

Meanwhile, the ship bound for the Netherlands is still stuck in the Suez Canal. Russia is happy to help, inviting ships to go to Europe through the Northern Sea Route. Of course as part of the sell, they brag that there is less Arctic ice because of global warming.

We build ships bigger than can traverse existing canals and look to passageways thawed by global warming...

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

Probolsky Research

COVID-19: California reported an additional 174 deaths yesterday for a total of 58,346 since the pandemic began. As usual, weekend reporting often has a lag.

-data dive: California's 7-day positivity rate is now 1.8%, still far below the 7.1% peak amidst mass testing on December 30.

-vaccines: Beginning April 1, Californians 50 years or older will be eligible to receive a vaccine. Beginning April 15, Californians ages 16+ are eligible.

-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

 -theme parks: In the LAT, Hugo Martin reports that indoor rides at California theme parks can reopen, but the lines must be kept outside.  

The state Department of Public Health guidelines for theme park attractions were released less than a week before the state’s April 1 reopening date for theme parks under revised COVID-19 rules. Parks that open Thursday will be limited to no more than 15% of maximum capacity until coronavirus cases in the county that is home to the parks drop further.

In Southern California, only Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia has announced plans to open Thursday. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park plan to open April 30. Universal Studios Hollywood plans to open in late April and Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park plans to open sometime in May.

A coalition of theme park operators has been pressing Gov. Gavin Newsom for months to release detailed guidelines to help parks plan which rides they can reopen after Thursday and what health and safety guidelines must be enforced.

The California Attractions and Parks Assn. has in the past proposed guidelines for reopening and said Saturday that the coalition welcomed the state’s new rules.

“We will continue to communicate with state officials about appropriate guest and staff capacities as COVID-19 rates decline,” Kris Reyes, chair and director of external affairs for the group, said in a statement. “We are ready to reopen responsibly and we can’t wait to welcome back our employees and guests.”

Here are the new rulesper the LAT:
  • Parks must create a weekly coronavirus testing program for workers
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times by workers and guests except when eating and drinking
  • Performers who cannot wear a mask in the park must remain at least six feet away from all other persons
  • Only in-state visitors will be allowed and visiting groups cannot include members of more than three households
  • Indoor rides are limited to no more than 15 minutes in duration
  • Queues must be outdoors and guests from different households must stand six feet apart
  • Guests from the same household must be boarded on ride vehicles together; guests from different households should be at least six feet apart in the rides
  • Attractions must be closed if there is a high number of riders losing face masks during the ride
  • Face coverings must be offered to riders who lose their covering during a ride
  • Eating and drinking will be allowed only in designated areas, not in queues.

I never worked for the theme parks around me in Orange County, but of course had many friends who did. I have no clue how the above requirements will be enforced by primarily high school workers. Also, my favorite Pirates of the Carribean is 15:30. Do they literally need to change the water speed by 30 seconds? How does that affect the two drops?

Meanwhile, DGS employees around the Capitol still eschew masks as they drive around on their combustion-powered vehicles.

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