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  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): Rodney King To George Floyd: Can Reform Save The Day? (2021-04-25)
  • 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)


  • 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

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 Monday, April 26, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

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ATTORNEY GENERAL: In The Bee, Marcos Bretón writes that Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert will announce her bid for Attorney General today.

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert will announce Monday that she is running for attorney general of California.

Schubert will challenge incumbent Rob Bonta, who was just sworn in on Friday to succeed Xavier Becerra. Becerra departed to become U.S. Health and Human Services secretary under President Joe Biden.

“I’ve done nothing else in my life other than being a public safety advocate,” Schubert said in an exclusive interview with The Bee. “I’m running because I believe the system deserves balance. I believe that the attorney general job should not be political. I’ve learned over the last 30 years that no matter what your walk of life is, everyone wants the same thing: They want their community to be safe.”

KAMALA: In the Times, Noah Bierman looks at Kamala Harris's first 100 days as Veep.

When President Biden delivered a rare nationally televised address last week, he shared the platform with Vice President Kamala Harris, who helped him make the case that former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin’s murder of George Floyd created an urgency to change policing laws.

That moment following the Chauvin trial would have seemed improbable 20 months ago in the heat of a Democratic presidential primary debate: Then-candidate Harris lectured rival Biden on the nation’s racial history, accusing him of wounding young Black girls like her when he opposed busing in the 1970s to desegregate schools and hurting her personally when he boasted of working with segregationist senators long ago.

As she and Biden approach the 100-day mark of their administration Thursday, however, Harris has established herself as a highly visible partner — and, as the first woman of color in the role, a symbolically important one as the country confronts systemic racism. He’s featured her prominently, too, as part of the administration’s offensive against the COVID-19 crisis. And she’s traveled and met with key constituencies to sell the president’s agenda, broken tie votes in the Senate and stood by Biden’s side in public and private moments.

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

COVID-19: California counties reported an additional 13 deaths yesterday for a total of 61,101 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.


  • vaccine doses administered in California: 28,200,566 (not the number of people vaccinated because of the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer vaccines)
  • vaccine doses delivered to California: 35,058,910
  • The Bee blasts the state's vaccine scheduling website.

    The good news: More than one-third of all eligible California adults have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The not-so-good news: Few of them scheduled their jabs using the $50 million MyTurn website that the state specifically designed to help residents book vaccination appointments.

    “Only 27% of vaccinations booked each day use MyTurn,” wrote Barbara Feder Ostrov of CalMatters, who described the state-funded website as “a lightning rod for many Californians frustrated by their inability to get vaccinated quickly and return to a normal life.”

    “It’s so unnecessarily inefficient,” Matt Haney, a member of the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors, told Feder Ostrov. “I do believe it’s creating a lot of stress and anxiety, and it creates equity issues.”

    MyTurn, initially pitched as a one-stop-shop where Californians could easily schedule vaccination appointments, appears to have instead become the state’s latest bumbling technology fiasco. CalMatters reported that the site has been used to schedule an estimated 100,000 appointments a day, but that’s not enough to help the vast majority of Californians.


    The contract for MyTurn, which is largely administered by Blue Shield of California, was one of many no-bid contracts handed out to big healthcare companies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some political ethics experts have raised concerns because massive contracts worth billions of dollars went to companies that have also generously supported Gov. Gavin Newsom’s political campaigns.

    Perhaps it was unavoidable that the state would, out of necessity, try and fail to develop a tech solution to help get millions of Californians vaccinated as quickly as possible. Sadly, in the birthplace of Silicon Valley, in the 21st century, it appears the best the state could do was spend $50 million on a high-speed and half-baked website that won’t help most Californians.

-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

FAST FOOD: The Bee's Jeong Park reports on Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez's AB 257 to give new rights to fast food workers.

The bill, which would also hold companies like McDonald’s liable for the acts of their franchisees, cleared a hearing in the Assembly Labor Committee last week.

“We want to have a voice in deciding what we want and what we need in our workplace,” said [Lizzet] Aguilar, a leader in a group called Fight for $15 and a Union.

The legislation faces resistance from the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Restaurant Association, who say the proposal unfairly targets the fast-food industry.

“National brands are better positioned to use their scale and size to offer franchisees and their employees access to PPE, hand sanitizer, and other needed supplies to ensure safe working conditions,” the groups said in their letter to legislators. “The entire reason for the creation of this council is based on an unsubstantiated premise – that workers in chain restaurants have worse working conditions than other employees.”

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Soyla Fernandez, Nikki Johnson, Assemblymember Marc Levine, and Jim Toledano!


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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.

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