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  • SacTown Talks (Jarheet Blonien): Shawnda Westly on MICRA (medical malpractice limits) (2021-04-23)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Susan Page on Nancy Pelosi's "Lessons of Power" (2021-04-22)
  • 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)

CLASSIFIEDS BELOW:

  • 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

MONEY MATTERS:

  • Nurses and Educators for Isaac Bryan for State Assembly 2021 sponsored by labor organizations reports receiving $75,000 from the California Teachers Association

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. Counties have until April 29 to certify the number of valid signatures. 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 Saturday, April 24, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

Happy Independent Bookstore Day! It's a great day to buy some books at our local stores, including Capital Books on Kay Street and Beers Books for new and used on S Street. Seven stores are celebrating the day with a Gold Country Book Tour which would be totally cool to tackle. Meanwhile, I ordered Caste and The Code Breaker from Capital Books this morning.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been given the okay, with warnings. Since I am not a woman 16-48, I wish it was available last week. In the meantime, I'll wait until May 19 for jab #2 of Moderna.

Meanwhile, my left arm is full of pain again and I don't think it has to do with the vaccine. I'll continue with yoga for it...

DO YOU RECALL? For the AP, David Crary writes that the LGBTQ activists aren't crazy about Caitlyn Jenner's effort to become governor of California.

Though Caitlyn Jenner is one of the most famous transgender people in America, the announcement of her candidacy for California governor was greeted hostilely by one of the state’s largest LGBTQ-rights groups and by many trans activists around the country.

“Make no mistake: we can’t wait to elect a #trans governor of California,” tweeted the group, Equality California. “But @Caitlyn_Jenner spent years telling the #LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump. We saw how that turned out. Now she wants us to trust her? Hard pass.”

Jenner — the former Olympic gold medalist and reality TV personality — is a Republican and supported Trump in 2016. She later criticized his administration for some discriminatory actions against transgender people, but has failed to convince many trans-rights advocates that she is a major asset to their cause.

“Caitlyn Jenner is a deeply unqualified hack who doesn’t care about anyone but herself,” tweeted trans activist Charlotte Clymer. “Her views are terrible. She is a horrible candidate.”

LAW AND DISORDER: In the Chron, legal eagle Bob Egelko reports on the challenge by progressives to Amy Coney Barrett hearing a case next week.

The Supreme Court hears arguments Monday on a California law requiring charitable groups to disclose to the state the names of their largest donors, a law challenged by a conservative organization that also spent at least $1 million in last year’s campaign to confirm Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

Barrett will apparently take part in the case, despite a request by Democrats that she step aside.

Americans for Prosperity, a political advocacy group run by billionaire Charles Koch, “played a significant and disproportionate role campaigning for your confirmation to the Supreme Court while its corporate sibling’s case was pending” on a challenge to the California law, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Ct., and Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said in an April 16 letter to Barrett . The circumstances pose a “serious risk of actual bias,” they said, quoting the Supreme Court’s language in a 2009 judicial conflict-of-interest case.

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

COVID-19: California counties reported an additional 92 deaths yesterday for a total of 61,050 since the pandemic began. 

-data dive: California's 7-day positivity rate is currently 1.5%, far below the 7.1% peak amidst mass testing on December 30.

-vaccines:

  • vaccine doses administered in California: 26,823,157 (not the number of people vaccinated because of the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer vaccines)
  • vaccine doses delivered to California: 34,013,640
  • J&J: The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was given the green light again yesterday after an investigation of the 15 recipients had blood clots. Melissa Healy reports for the Times

    The CDC’s action lifted a 10-day pause that went into effect April 13 after federal safety monitors received reports of a rare but potentially deadly blood clotting disorder in people who received the J&J vaccine.

    The restart means the single-dose shots will return to mass vaccination drives, pharmacies and doctors’ offices immediately. They will come with newly drafted fact sheets that detail the disorder that has been detected in 15 patients since the J&J vaccine rolled out on March 2.

    In Los Angeles County, health officials said they expect to resume distribution of the J&J vaccine on Saturday.

    “We are prepared to resume very quickly,” said Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer for the L.A. County Department of Public Health. “We are in the process of developing or finalizing education materials for clients and also providers so we can move forward in the safest way.”

-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

 

BAD BOYS: Ugh, another... Nora Vishanec reports for the Chron:

A teen with special needs was arrested in Vacaville on Wednesday and the city’s police chief said Friday his department is investigating the circumstances of the arrest, following public outcry.

Video showing portions of the arrest obtained by NBC Bay Area and other news outlets appeared to show an officer approach the teen on the sidewalk in the city’s Somerville neighborhood Wednesday afternoon. Moments later, the officer appears to grab the teen and violently throw him to the pavement.

The teen’s father, Adam Wolf, identified his son as Preston Wolf, 17. He told news outlets his son has autism and does not like to be touched.

On Friday, Police Chief Ian Schmutzler said he appreciated the “justified concern” raised by Vacaville residents following the video’s release. The video came from a doorbell camera.

“Any time there is a use of force, it is difficult to watch,” Schmutzler said in a statement on the department’s Facebook page.

Sgt. Katie Cardona, a spokeswoman for the department, declined to identify the officer. He was placed on paid administrative leave, she said.

Paid leave. Yet again and still accrues retirement and vacation time which can't be subsequently revoked if found guilty.

SCHOOL DAZE: It appears that Los Angeles Unified will have a new superintendent, although it'll be an interim after Beutner unexpectedly bailed this week. Howard Blume writes for the Times:

The Los Angeles Board of Education has appointed Megan Reilly, who oversees the district’s massive finance, business and operations arm, as interim superintendent two days after schools chief Austin Beutner announced he would not seek a new contract when his current agreement expires on June 30.

Beutner had suggested that the board should choose a current member of his senior staff for the permanent job — for the sake of continuity. But the Board of Education is not prepared to go that route. Instead, Reilly will serve while the board begins a formal search.

It was not immediately clear whether Reilly wishes to be a candidate for superintendent. Beutner is expected to stay on through June and coordinate closely with Reilly. No major departures in policy would be expected under Reilly during this interim period.

Superintendent searches can take a year or more, but can sometimes be concluded quickly. Beutner said an insider could be in place in time to welcome students back in the fall.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Marcey BrightwellLisa Chin, Congressman Mike Garcia, former Assembly member Sally Lieber, Brian Miller, Sac supe Phil Serna, and Justin White!

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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! cmta.net/job_post.php

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!

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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.

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:
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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, Online.McGeorge.edu, or contact us at graduatelaw@pacific.edu.

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