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- Capitol Weekly presents A Conference on Housing Policy
- New Sacramento-based thriller
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The Nooner for Tuesday, May 4, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners
Happy Taco Tuesday! What will you stuff in your tortilla today? Meanwhile, May the Fourth be with you...
Of course, with my left shoulder, my sleep is still crappy and that is before trying to type. I really hate complaining in this space, but feel I a need to explain. Of course, this isn't the full me. Massage tomorrow and possibly a cortisone injection on Thursday.
There was a good listen on my morning walk. Today's The Daily from the New York Times looks at why population growth is declining in the United States, which obviously affects deciennal reapportionment and redistricting. It's complicated and multi-faceted.
DO YOU RECALL? The buzz this morning is about the new ad by gubernatorial candidate John Cox that features a 1,000 pound brown bear. Cox plans a tour through 6 major cities partially with the animal, which doesn't seem to be interested in being a political prop. The bear doesn't have a reservation for The French Laundry, the second stop on the 3-day tour.
A brown bear as a political prop? And we thought Arnold was strange with a miniature donkey and horse during his late night sessions.
STATE SPENDING: In The Bee, Jeong Park writes that California may be hitting its spending cap leading to rebates to taxpayers.
California taxpayers could be due for their first state budget refunds in decades thanks to a disco-era spending cap that on only one previous occasion resulted in households getting checks from Sacramento.
It probably won’t be the last time, either, according to a new report from state budget experts at the Legislative Analyst’s Office.
Some are cheering the news that millions of households could be getting money back from Sacramento, making good on the promise of the the 1979 ballot initiative that created the spending cap.
But other policy advocates are urging legislators to change or get rid of the cap, saying it could prevent legislators from pursuing ambitious proposals, such as single-payer health care.
COVID-19, cakeday, and classifieds after the jump...
COVID-19: California reported 35 deaths yesterday for a total of 61,589 since the pandemic began.
-data dive: California's 7-day positivity rate is currently 1.1%, far below the 7.1% peak amidst mass testing on December 30, and the lowest positivity rate we have seen yet.
- vaccine doses administered in California: 30,501,711 (not the number of people vaccinated because of the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer vaccines)
- vaccine doses delivered to California: 38,560,120
-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 41,134 samples of the 3.6+ million cases in California.
Known Variants of Concern in California
As of April 28, 2021
||Number of Cases Caused by Variant
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, 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.
- 4 counties in Yellow (minimal) Tier: Alpine, Lassen, Mendocino, and Sierra.
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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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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 email@example.com.
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