Around The Capitol

If you don't see images in this message, click "Display Images" or the equivalent.
Having trouble viewing this email? Click here

Receive this as a forward? Get the Nooner in your e-mail box.
To be removed from The Nooner list, click here.


  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senator Dave Cortese (2021-01-22)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): GOP political consultant Matt Rexroad on redistricting and the recall. (2021-01-18)
  • If I Could Change One Thing (SDSU School of Public Health): Dr. Monica Gandhi, Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief of the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital / UCSF on when/if mask mandates will go away. (2021-04-07)
  • California State of Mind (CapRadio): California Prepares for Wildfire; Disparity in Covid Deaths Highlight Need for Vaccine Equity (2021-04-16)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): Police Shootings: A Dilemma Forever? (2021-04-16)
  • SacTown Talks (Jarheet Blonien): Monica Davalos and Adriana Ramos-Yamamoto of the California Budget and Policy Center (2021-04-16)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Law Enforcement Action Partnership executive director Diane Goldstein on the Role of State Legislatures in Police Violence (2021-04-15) 


  • The Breakthrough Institute is seeking a Press Secretary (Berkeley)
  • Capitol Weekly presents A Conference on Housing Policy
  • New Sacramento-based thriller
  • Golden State Opportunity: Director of Operations, Director of Development and a Northern CA Coordinator
  • Exclusive Downtown Penthouse Near Capitol Building
  • Associate Position at CleanSweep Campaigns, San Francisco
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - MPA/MPP
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - Masters of Science in Law



  • AD54 (Baldwin Hills-Culver City-Westwood): Nurses and Educators for Isaac Bryan for State Assembly 2021 sponsored by labor organizations reports $51,370 for television ads to support Bryan.

RECALL WATCH: The final signature reports from counties have been submitted to the Secretary of State's Office, which has ten days from 04/19 to report to counties on the total, triggering the 30-day signature withdrawal period. As of the last report on March 11, 1,188,073 signatures had been validated. Proponents need 1,495,709 to qualify the recall, a total that they are fully expected to meet.

The Nooner for Thursday, April 22, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

Happy Earth Day! To celebrate, many of us will put our non-recyclable plastics from food deliveries in our blue recycle bins. Yeah, I'm guilty of such acts. After all, it had the "chasing arrows" symbol!

This morning, both legislative houses voted to confirm Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) as California's new Attprney General. In the Senate, Repibublicans either abstained (Bates, Borgeas, Grove) or voted no (Dahle, Jones, Melendez, Nielsen, Ochoa Bogh, Wilk). I didn't catch the Assembly vote, but it was 29-6 for confirmation. The former staffer and activist who has made the allegations that he ignored sexual harrassment activity in his office (not by him) did not provide written or oral testimony.

Let the AD18 race begin! Governor Newsom will have 14 days to set a special election for the district upon Bonta's resignation. I wrote about the emerging race for the East Bay district yesterday.

Meanwhile, the question now is whether California will have its first female governor in Eleni Kounalakis or first API governor in Rob Bonta. The challenge for both of them is that they are on their ballot for LG and AG respectively next year. If the long-shot recall effort is successful this year, they'd have to quickly switch for a run for governor. Neither are expected to file to be a candidate on question number 2 in the recall election, which is who assumes the office should Newsom be recalled.

This is anything but an "off year."

After the two sessions, my computer screen became populated with legislative hearings.

I indeed got my first shot yesterday as I'm not-so-young, but scrappy and always hungry (thumbs up to readers who get that). People asked about side effects. Well, my left shoulder was already in pain and I hit a "wall" needing a nap at 2pm whenever I'm up and working at 5am. So, who knows? Anyway, my immune system is working to build 80% confidence until my May 19 jab #2 to reach 90-95%. I'm not sure if my shot is included in yesterday's number of those injected totalling 26,454,819 (which includes both first and second doses), but California is doing well.

Even after my two shots, I'll be wearing a mask. Apparently, I'm in a different from an Orange County Sheriff's deputy. Lila Seidman reports for the Times:

An Orange County sheriff’s deputy appeared to express sympathy for unmasked shoppers at a Gelson’s supermarket while also stating that the Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd was a “dummy,” not a murderer, according to a video livestreamed on Facebook.

The deputy, who wore a name tag reading “P. Medeiros,” was maskless himself when he arrived at the supermarket in Dana Point on Tuesday in response to a call from employees about the unmasked group.

So glad that we are protected.

Meanwhile, if you are looking for an appointment and not waiting for a "come one, come all" crowded vaccination site, the pharmacist at Rite Aid said they have lots of appointments popping up. I made mine on Tuesday for yesterday. Apparently, lots of people made appointments at multiple sites and then cancelled them. Anyway, it was super easy and I received mine at the Kay Street Rite Aid at the exact appointment time and then waited my 15 minutes. They notify Kaiser that I got it and do the billing for the administration of the vaccine.

On to what's up...

ELECTION DAY HOLIDAY: At 2pm, Assembly Govermental Organization will hear AB 53 (Low), the stupid bill I wrote about last Friday that would make general statewide elections a holiday for public schools and campuses of the California State University. As I wrote last week:

After all, in the November 2020 general election, 86.72% of voters cast a vote-by-mail ballot, which would include mailed ballots and those dropped off in boxes or at Vote Centers. Under current law, employers are required to give employees up to two hours off to vote. In November 2018, when only a handful of counties mailed a ballot to every registered voters, 65.31% cast a vote-by-mail ballot.

Further, Vote Centers are open over the weekend preceding Election Day. They are de facto additional Election Days.

I totally would have cheered on this bill -- in the 90s. Now it is about another day off rather than encouraging more voting.

ABORTION: With changes at the Supreme Court of the United States, the LAT's Melanie Mason looks at efforts to restrict abortion by lawmakers in other states.

The barrage of bills introduced this year — the first legislative session since Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed last fall, cementing the court’s conservative majority — reflects the growing sense of opportunity among abortion opponents.

“There’s just a lot of hope out there on the pro-life side,” said Arizona state Sen. Nancy Barto, a Republican. “For a long time, we haven’t made a lot of progress. Everybody is seeing the possibilities now. It has emboldened states.”

And they’re emboldened not only to further limit the procedure, but to challenge the 1973 landmark ruling that established the right to abortion nationwide.

Abortion rights advocates have identified about 500 measures that lawmakers at the state level have introduced to impede the procedure, including bans based on the gestational age of the fetus, as well as prohibitions on terminating a pregnancy due to race, sex or genetic anomaly. Some bills would prevent doctors from prescribing abortion pills through telemedicine visits; others would allow men with paternity claims to block an abortion against a pregnant woman’s wishes.

And both sides in the abortion debate are advancing laws that look ahead to a potential post-Roe nation, in which access to the procedure would vary from state to state.

“What’s happening this year is a continuation” of the flurry of strict abortion bills in 2019, said Kristin Ford, national communications director for NARAL Pro-Choice America. “It’s almost as if the anti-choice movement threw all of their most cruel attacks into a blender.”

CAPITOL ANNEX: The opponents to the plan to rebuild the Capitol's annex building attached to the east side of the historic building have a Q&A to answer.

I guess the most wild part of this was keeping legislators and committee hearings in the Legislative Office Building and the new Annex Building. When asked over the years why I didn't move to DC to become a lobbyist in a more lucrative environment, I always said that I enjoyed that Sacramento was in one building. Advocates interacted with others from a variety of policy areas, whereas DC is completely different. I hope that whatever happens in SacTown maintains that. We need major changes to the Annex, yet there are no "perfect" proposals yet.

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

COVID-19: California counties reported an additional 113 deaths yesterday for a total of 60,877 since the pandemic began. 

-data dive: California's 7-day positivity rate is currently 1.5% (+0.2%), far below the 7.1% peak amidst mass testing on December 30, and the lowest 7-day positivity rate of the pandemic.


  • vaccine doses administered in California: 26,454,819 (not the number of people vaccinated because of the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer vaccines)
  • vaccine doses delivered to California: 32,778,990

-variants: From the California Department of Public Health:

  • "UK strain": B.1.1.7 variants are associated with approximately 50% increased transmission, and likely with increased disease severity and risk of death. Appears to have minimal impact on the effectiveness of treatments with antibodies.
  • "South Africa strain" B.1.351 variants are associated with approximately 50% increased transmission. May have moderately decreased response to antibody treatments.
  • "Brazil strain": P.1 variants may have moderately decreased response to some antibody treatments.
  • "West Coast strain"": B.1.427 and B.1.429 are associated with approximately 20% increased transmission. There is significantly reduced efficacy of some antibody treatments.

Here are the variants of concern in California. Remember that this is just from 38,408 samples of the 3.6+ million cases in California.

Known Variants of Concern in California
As of April 21, 2021

Variant  Number of Cases Caused by Variant 
B.1.1.7   2,524
B.1.351    55
P.1    246
B.1.427   4,822
B.1.429   9,334

You can view a US map by strain prevalence on the CDC site. Note that, like the numbers above, this map is case numbers of a sample, and not a case rate. Obviously, California will have higher counts, but that doesn't translate into a higher case rate of the variant.

-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. The most recent changes are bolded and italicized.

Here's where the counties stand after today's changes bolded and italicized.

  • No county in the Purple (widespread) Tier.
  • 21 counties in the Red (substantial) Tier: Amador, Del Norte, Glenn, Inyo, Kern, Lake, Madera, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Shasta, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, and Yuba.
  • 33 counties in Orange (moderate) Tier: Alameda, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Lake, Los Angeles, Marin, Mono, Napa, Mariposa, Mendocino, Modoc, Monterey, Orange, Plumas, Riverside, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, and Yolo.
  • 3 counties in Yellow (minimal) Tier: Alpine, Lassen, and Sierra.

Statewide tiers map

more issues, cakedays, and classifieds after the jump...

Probolsky Research


LA HOMELESS: In the LAT, Gale Holland writes that a federal judge's ruling isn't necessarily ending homelessness on Los Angeles' Skid Row. Who woulda thunk?!?

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter’s order to Los Angeles officials to sweep homeless people off skid row into shelters or housing is grounded in his conviction that a wrongheaded focus on creating permanent housing has perpetuated racism, spread encampments and caused the avoidable deaths of Black people.

But the complexities of the lives of homeless people on skid row suggest that shelters may be, at best, an incomplete and unwelcome solution to the homelessness that has persisted in the 50-block district downtown for more than 50 years.

“They’re putting the smallest Band-Aid on a hemorrhaging wound,” said skid row activist and poet Suzette Shaw. “They don’t think we are real people.”

Carter’s injunction, which came in response to a lawsuit by downtown business and development interests, strikes at the heart of a debate that has roiled homelessness policy for decades: whether shelters and enforcement against street camps or permanent housing with counseling and other services can best end the long-running homelessness crisis.

The injunction pertains only to skid row and a buffer zone around it, where an estimated 2,000 people live in sidewalk tents and shantytowns. Carter wants every one of them offered shelter by Oct. 18 and pledges to uphold the constitutionality of anti-camping enforcement laws the city could use to remove homeless people if authorities choose. He also told Mayor Eric Garcetti to put $1 billion in escrow to fund the plan.

WTF? My cardboard box is across the street! Do I have to move it to be eligible?

Lawyers for Los Angeles County, which was named in the case along with the city of L.A., said late Wednesday that they would appeal Carter’s order to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Phillip Chen, former state senator Noreen Evans, and Maddie Munson!


Add your classified now both in The Nooner and online for $50/week or $150/month by emailing, with a headline, a summary of up to 200 words, and what you'd like the end date to be. You can attach a PDF or provide a link for a bigger job description/info to apply. [Other advertising options]

Join the California Manufacturers & Technology Association Team!

Are you a legislative advocate? Know someone passionate about improving policies for manufacturers? Do they have 4+ years of government affairs experience with emphasis on legislative, regulatory and/or commercial environment? CMTA’s exciting and fast-paced State Government Relations team is searching for a Policy Director. Subject-matter expertise in energy, environment and/or workforce issues preferred. Apply here!

The Breakthrough Institute is seeking a Press Secretary (Berkeley)

Are you a savvy communications professional with ecomodernist ideals? Are you an effective communicator and strong writer with a passion for solving humanity’s biggest challenges? The Breakthrough Institute, a Berkeley-based research center, is looking for a new Press Secretary to expand our reach in the media and build connections with journalists, reporters, and newsroom editors. The Press Secretary will develop, implement, and assist in guiding media and digital strategies rooted in climate, energy, food, and agriculture with an ecomodernist emphasis. Please visit our website for a detailed job description and application instructions.

The position is in Berkeley, although remote until later in 2021.

Capitol Weekly presents A Conference on Housing Policy

Join us for an informative update on California’s Housing Crisis. For years, the Golden State has had the highest home prices in the US, one of the lowest rates of home-ownership, and the most people living on the streets – now, the COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation even worse. Three panels of experts, insiders and elected officials will discuss the status of the state’s Housing Crisis and the policy solutions being proposed to help solve it.

This event will be hosted on ZOOM from 9AM – 1:45PM, Wednesday, May 26. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Attend one panel, or the whole day!


SET IN SACRAMENTO, ALL THAT FALL is "a white-knuckled, character-driven thriller, at once twisty and full of heart." In this first in a new series from award-winning author KRIS CALVIN, Investigator Emma Lawson has just 48-hours to stop a killer whose plans for revenge include upending California's government. "The story reads as if it happened. Emma and the rest of the cast will hook you." ORDER NOW from Amazon or your favorite bookstore at Available in hardback, ebook & audiobook.

Golden State Opportunity is looking for a Director of Operations, Director of Development and a Northern CA Coordinator.

These are exciting opportunities for the right person who wants to build their own teams, establish a foundation for a rapidly growing organization with national political ambitions and wants to make a significant impact in ending poverty as we know it. Please review the job descriptions, with salary ranges, at Careers at GSO.

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,

The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

In addition to a well-respected JD, the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees. Both full-time students and those earning a professional degree while working succeed in the program. Our focus on the interconnections of law, policy, management, and leadership provides unique competencies for your success. Students gain a foundation in statutory interpretation and skills in public policy making and implementation. Learn at a beautiful campus three miles from the State Capitol:

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,, or contact us at

Political Data Inc.
For 30 Years PDI has been California’s premier data vendor. Now, you can get live online trainings on the newest PDI software every week: