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RECENT PODS:

  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Mary Nichols on California's Climate Leadership and Biden's 'Inflection Point' (2021-05-06)i
  • Look West Podcast (Assembly Democrat Caucus): Connecting Californians: Expanding High Speed Internet with Speaker Anthony Rendon (2021-05-06)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): Is The Republican Party Imploding? (2021-05-06)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senator Susan Talamentes Eggman (D-Stockton) (2021-05-05)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): USA Today Waszhinton Bureau chief Susan Page on her new book on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (2021-05-02)  
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Assemblymember Alex Lee (D-San José) (2021-05-02)
  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blonien): Assemblymember Mike Gipson (2021-04-30)

CLASSIFIEDS BELOW:

  • Congresswoman Doris Matsui seeks a Field Representative experienced in infrastructure policy to join her Sacramento team.
  • 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
  • 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:

  • AD50 (West LA): Equality California Rick Chavez Zbur (D) reports loaning his campaign $40,000. (open seat - Blolom running for supe)
  • AD54 (Baldwin Hills-Century City-Westwood): Nurses and Educators for Isaac Bryan for State Assembly 2021 sponsored by labor organizations reports spending $55,000 for Television Buys & Video Ads & Consulting (cumulative total: $186,050)

The Nooner for Friday, May 7, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

¡Buenos días y feliz viernes! You made it! That's quite a feat following yesterday's 7-hour Senate Governance and Finance hearing. That said, Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) did a great job running the committee and was frequently quite humorous.

Unfortunately, my shoulder is hurting again, but at least I can type. Sleeping is the biggest problem and with ibuprofen and CBD cream, I'm getting by.

DO YOU RECALL?

  • Bear-ly started: In the NYT Shawn Hubler looks at the strange introduction of a Kodiak bear into the recall campaign. 

    He was new to politics but a working actor who has shared the screen with Kevin Costner. He posed. He swaggered. He did not obviously beg for the rotisserie chicken. He publicly refrained from his two favorite offstage habits, flatulence and belching, although at one point he did wash himself with his tongue as the cameras rolled.

    Under a broiling Sacramento sun, Tag — a half-ton bear hired as a stunt by one of the Republicans hoping to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom of California in a likely fall recall election — hit all his marks in front of a campaign bus on Tuesday before heading home to Kern County in time for a dip and a nap.

    By Thursday, editorial boards were fretting, a state senator was fuming, animal rights groups were calling for formal investigations and the Republican candidate who hired the bear, John Cox, was fending off questions about whether his rented mascot had been exploited.

    “I kissed the bear, actually,” Mr. Cox said. “It’s a very tame bear.”

    As California’s nationally watched recall effort cleared yet another threshold this week, with a final count of some 200,000 signatures beyond the required 1.5 million or so, the bear’s appearance marked a new phase in the proceedings. Call it the circus phase.

    For WaPo, Dave Weigel writes:

    The bear did not make it to the Central Valley. John Cox, a Republican candidate for governor in the state's upcoming recall election, had relaunched his campaign on Tuesday with a “Meet the Beast Bus Tour,” joined by Tag, a 9-year old bear with acting experience. But Tag did not make it to Cox's second stop, and by the third, Cox was exhausted with the media's interest in his media stunt.

    “The coverage yesterday was all about the bear,” Cox said on Wednesday. The bear did not return as he concluded his tour near a gas station on this city's outskirts, though he noted happily that it had made news as far away as India.

    ...

    Instead of collapsing as Gov. Gray Davis did before his 2003 recall, Newsom has recovered in public polls. Instead of keeping national politics out of the race — an essential strategy for Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign to replace Davis — Jenner has tapped Trump campaign veterans and praised the former president, feeding into Democrats' plan to run against the “Republican recall.”

  • Caitlyn: Politico's Carla Marinucci writes that Caitlyn Jenner is facing "hangar pains" following her interview with Sean Hannity Wednesday night.

    Move over French Laundry, there's a new social media obsession: Hangar Guy.

    GOP recall candidate Caitlyn Jenner may have played right into Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s hands when she lamented on Fox News that a neighboring private plane owner at her airport hangar is abandoning California because he “can't take” seeing homeless people anymore.

    In her first interview as a political candidate, Jenner told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday that she liked how former President Donald Trump "shook up the system," supported his border wall effort and hasn't agreed with anything President Joe Biden has done this year.

    But it was her plane anecdote that went viral. “The guy right across, he was packing up his hangar,” Jenner said during the sitdown in her own Southern California plane hangar. “And he says, ‘I’m moving to Sedona, Ariz. I can’t take it anymore. I can’t walk down the streets and see the homeless.'"

    For KQED, Scott Shafer and Guy Marzorati also look at Jenner's interview.

    Hannity covered a wide range of topics, including the pandemic, immigration, water policy, policing and transgender youth, but Jenner offered mostly vague, meandering answers that belied a lack of knowledge about the major issues facing California.

    "I am an outsider," Jenner said. "I understand that. Now I'm in a race for solutions. I need to find solutions to be able to turn this state around. I absolutely love this state. I'm a fighter. Always have been."

    At the top of the show, before Jenner joined, Hannity portrayed California's struggle with the pandemic in the worst possible light, comparing COVID-19 statistics with Florida without offering any context. There was no mention that California now has the lowest case rate in the nation and that the economy is quickly reopening.

    For the LAT, Maria L. La Ganga writes on how Jenner is trying to get on message.

    Caitlyn Jenner found out this week that running for governor is trickier than appearing on reality television.

    During her first major television interview — an on-air embrace on the Fox News “Hannity” show Wednesday — Jenner lamented that a friend is leaving California because he hates seeing “the homeless” when he walks down the street. She was interviewed in her private airplane hangar. The friend has one, too. But he’s packing it up for a move to Sedona, Ariz.

    When asked by TMZ on Sunday whether trans girls should be allowed to compete in sports, the 71-year-old said “it just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools.” Yet the transgender Olympic athlete has competed in women’s golf tournaments, in particular the LPGA Tour‘s ANA Inspiration tournament in Rancho Mirage.

    Jenner did not respond when asked about the LPGA tournament during an interview with The Times on Thursday. A campaign aide ended the interview and later responded to a follow-up question sent by email: “Caitlyn was playing in a charity tournament with LPGA pros where everyone was playing from the same tee. It’s disappointing some want to use a charity event in a political way.”

    ...

    Jenner and her campaign staff are struggling to move beyond the OMG phase of her candidacy — OMG, another celebrity politician! OMG, a transgender woman running for office! They want to talk policy, hash out the big problems facing this big state and tell voters how the candidate would work to solve them.

POPULATION: In The Bee, Kim Bojórquez reports on the latest population estimates from the Department Finance.

For the first time in state history, California’s population declined in 2020.

The milestone followed a deadly pandemic, a long-term decline in births and former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies that drove away potential newcomers, according to the California Department of Finance.

That combination contributed to a population decline of 182,083 residents, according to new data released by the state on Friday. That marks a .46% decline in the state’s population, keeping it under 40 million residents.

SENATOR PADILLA: For CapRadio, Kris Hooks and Vicky Gonzalez report on an interview Gonzalez conducted with new U.S. Senator Alex Padilla.

California Sen. Alex Padilla has been in office for just over 100 days after being appointed to the seat left vacant by Vice President Kamala Harris.

Already facing an election next year, Padilla — the state’s first Latino U.S. Senator — is on a short timeline to prove he’s up to the task.

"As far as my fate and my future, the best thing I can do to help make my case to the voters next year is to do the job and to do it well," Padilla told CapRadio Insight Host Vicki Gonzalez Wednesday.

Padilla cited his involvement in passing the last federal stimulus package, which sent people $1,400 checks, expanded the earned income tax credit, and sent billions to local governments to fight the pandemic. Republicans called the package too expensive, and progressive Democrats said the government should have done more.

Looking forward, Padilla said his focus will be modernizing the country’s infrastructure, climate change and immigration.

LA-LA COUNTY SHERIFF: Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is ignoring to release police records of officer-involved shooting investigations in violation of a California Supreme Court order, report Alice Tchekmediyan and James Queally in the Times.

After his son was shot and killed in October, Fred Williams Jr. asked the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for the name of the deputy who pulled the trigger.

But sheriff’s officials refused to identify the deputy, making it nearly impossible for Williams to learn anything about him. Had he been in prior shootings? Was there a history of abuse?

“That’s exactly why me and my attorneys are pressing for the officer’s name: So we can dig into his background,” Williams said.

The secrecy Williams encountered is standard within the Sheriff’s Department, which routinely rejects requests from relatives of people who are shot, journalists and other members of the public to learn the names of deputies who open fire while on duty.

The practice, which Sheriff Alex Villanueva has staunchly upheld since he took office in late 2018, runs afoul of a state Supreme Court ruling that generally requires such disclosures be made, experts say.

It also makes the Sheriff’s Department an outlier among some of California’s largest law enforcement agencies. A Los Angeles Times review found they readily make the names of officers and deputies public following shootings.

VALADAO: The Bee's David Lightman writes on how Hanford representative David Valadao is helping out his fellow Republicans who voted to impeach President Trump.

A month after Rep. David Valadao was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach President Donald Trump, his political action committee gave $1,000 to each of eight of his fellow GOP members of Congress who voted his way, Federal Election Commission records show.

In turn, Valadao’s campaign has received a total of $24,000 from the House members who voted for impeachment and a senator who voted to find Trump guilty. He got another $4,500 from two congressmen who co-sponsored a bid to censure Trump.

Valadao, R-Hanford, will be a “special guest” at a fundraiser in Washington state next month for Rep. Dan Newhouse, one of the Republicans who backed impeachment.

ONLINE COLLEGE: For EdSource, Ashley A. Smith reports on Evan Low's AB 1432, which would shut down Calibright online community college at the end of the 2022=23 academic year. While that effort has been championed by faculty, the decling enrollment at colleges around the state may explain the 71-0 bipartisan vote on the Assembly floor yesterday.

On one side, college leaders say they plan to spend the next couple of years expanding enrollment and building new programs. On the other, some state lawmakers have made it clear that they are eager to close down the college, which they view as too expensive and inefficient.

Meanwhile, observers of the college, students and staff await the results of a state audit that will examine if Calbright meets its goals as set by the Legislature — like building employer partnerships, recruiting faculty and whether outreach and marketing have helped to recruit students. That audit report is expected this month. It was ordered last year by the Legislature amid complaints that the college had little to show for the funding it had already received.  The college initially received $100 million in state funds over seven years for startup costs and about $20 million annually for operating expenses. But last June, the Legislature cut Calbright’s one-time funding to $60 million and ongoing annual dollars to $15 million.

Calbright’s president, however, has repeatedly said that it’s too soon to completely judge the college.

“There’s a reason the Legislature set a seven-year timeframe for this work to happen,” Calbright College President Ajita Menon told EdSource. “Because it requires us to be thoughtful, and we need the time to build the college to scale … We’re very much building an enduring option that needs to be in the public sector to change the way this college supports working learners.”

MADRID: The Bee's Hannah Wiley looks at what's next for political consultant Mike Madrid after serving as a highly visible leader of the anti-Trump The Lincoln Project. 

In November 2019, California GOP strategist Mike Madrid got the national opportunity he’d waited two decades to put on his résumé when he joined a group of anti-Trump Republicans known as the Lincoln Project.

A year later, Madrid would leave the political action committee amid harassment claims against another co-founder and infighting over finances.

The veteran Latino voting trends expert is now in the political wilderness, cast out by Trump-supporting California Republicans and shunned by the state party for his public castigation of the former president.

Madrid, 49, has no regrets. He was also well-paid from the Lincoln Project’s epic fundraising, meaning he has time to reflect on the last year.

Speaking to a Sacramento Bee reporter via a Zoom call from his second home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with a stone wall and stained glass windows as his background, Madrid said he’s still figuring out his next move.

He has no plans, however, to leave the national stage.

BICYCLES: In The Bee, Andrew Sheeler reports on a bill under consideration to allow bicyles to roll through stop signs when safe to do so.

For bicyclists, there are few places more dangerous than an intersection. Nearly a third of bicycle-related fatalities occur at one, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

California lawmakers are advancing a bill that seeks to make intersections safer for bicyclists by allowing them to roll through stop signs. Its backers say it’ll work by giving cyclists enough momentum to get through an intersection quickly, while it creates predictable behavior for drivers to follow.

“I think when you make bike behavior predictable for cars, you make it safer for everyone,” said bill author Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath, D-Encinitas.

But opponents, including bicycle safety advocate Pat Hines, say that the stop sign is part of “the glue” that holds together the social contract between cyclists and motorists. She argues that the bill will teach cyclists, particularly children, not to respect stop signs.

“We have to keep that social contract in place,” Hines said.

The bill is AB 122 and is pending referral in the Senate.

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

COVID-19: California reported 96 deaths yesterday for a total of 61,833 since the pandemic began.

-data dive: California's 7-day positivity rate is currently 1.3% (+0.1), far below the 7.1% peak amidst mass testing on December 30.

-vaccines:

  • vaccine doses administered in California: 31,398,938 (not the number of people vaccinated because of the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer vaccines)
  • vaccine doses delivered to California: 39,942,590 

-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 48,770 samples of the 3.6+ million cases in California.

Known Variants of Concern in California
As of May 5, 2021

Variant  Number of Cases Caused by Variant 
B.1.1.7   4,971
B.1.351    67
P.1  524
B.1.427   6,275
B.1.429  11,844

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 Tuesday's changes, which are bolded and italicized.

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

Statewide tiers map

-SacTown: For The Bee, Michael McGough reports that Sacramento County will have to wait until restrictions based on tiers are lifted as planned on June 15.

As Sacramento County remains mired in the state health department’s red tier of coronavirus restrictions, attention is shifting away from tier promotions and toward June 15, the date Gov. Gavin Newsom has said California plans to fully reopen its economy.

Local COVID-19 case numbers have plateaued in recent weeks, even as the county now has nearly 650,000 of its more than 1.5 million residents with at least one dose of vaccine.

The county health office dashboard as of Thursday showed Sacramento County averaging eight daily cases per 100,000 residents over the past week, compared to nine per 100,000 about two weeks ago. The percentage of tests returning positive has been hovering just under 2.5%. That’s not a concerning percentage, but it is about double the statewide rate as California now boasts the nation’s lowest positivity numbers.

-overreliance on big tech? For California Healthline, Angela Hart looks at the big contracts signed by state officials during the pandemic that some see as undermining investments in local public health.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has embraced Silicon Valley tech companies and health care industry titans in response to the covid-19 pandemic like no other governor in America — routinely outsourcing life-or-death public health duties to his allies in the private sector.

At least 30 tech and health care companies have received lucrative, no-bid government contracts, or helped fund and carry out critical public health activities during the state’s battle against the coronavirus, a KHN analysis has found. The vast majority are Newsom supporters and donors who have contributed more than $113 million to his political campaigns and charitable causes, or to fund his policy initiatives, since his first run for statewide office in 2010.

For instance, the San Francisco-based software company Salesforce — whose CEO, Marc Benioff, is a repeat donor and is so tight with the governor that Newsom named him the godfather of his first child — helped create My Turn, California’s centralized vaccine clearinghouse, which has been unpopular among Californians seeking shots and has so far cost the state $93 million.

Verily Life Sciences, a sister company of Google, another deep-pocketed Newsom donor, received a no-bid contract in March 2020 to expand covid testing — a $72 million venture that the state later retreated on. And after Newsom handed another no-bid testing contract — now valued at $600 million — to OptumServe, its parent company, national insurance giant UnitedHealth Group dropped $100,000 into a campaign account he can tap to fight the recall effort against him.

Newsom’s unprecedented reliance on private companies — including health and technology start-ups — has come at the expense of California’s overtaxed and underfunded public health system. Current and former public health officials say Newsom has entrusted the essential work of government to private-sector health and tech allies, hurting the ability of the state and local health departments to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and prepare for future threats.

-school daze: In the Chron, Dustin Gardiner and Jill Tucker look at the legislative fight over whether the state'a public schools will offer distance learning options this fall.

Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, have been emphatic that public schools in California must reopen for full-time, in-person learning this fall.

But that push has inspired a new debate in Sacramento: Should they create an exception for students who prefer to stay remote or who learn better outside the classroom?

The issue is dividing some lawmakers and educators as the Legislature wades into negotiations over a new state budget that could determine what, if any, amount of distance learning will be funded for schools.

Beyond the fall academic term, this decision also could reshape how the state defines public education for years to come. Distance learning, instead of an emergency solution during a deadly pandemic, could be embedded as a fixture of California’s schools if advocates get their way.

“You learn best if you’re in a classroom,” said Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell, a Democrat from Long Beach who chairs the Education Committee. “But I’m also recognizing that the world around us has changed forever.”

...

Assembly Member Phil Ting, a San Francisco Democrat who chairs the Budget Committee, has urged the Legislature to let the waiver that enabled a year of distance learning expire. He said the sluggish return to in-person learning has siphoned students away from public schools, which lost more than 160,000 students amid the pandemic.

Districts “should be more focused on what type of education they’re providing for their students,” Ting said. “If they’re providing a strong education, every family will flock back. There’s no question.”

-higher ed: A team at Calmatters looks at the vaccine requirements for California universities and the particular problem for international students.

A growing list of California colleges will require students to get COVID-19 vaccinations as classes largely resume in-person this fall. For the roughly 160,000 international college students enrolled in California, the mandate introduces a new layer of complexity: Will the vaccines offered in their home countries be accepted in the Golden State?

The answer for an increasing number of campuses that plan to require vaccination is a partial yes. The University of California, which enrolls nearly 40,000 students from overseas, on Tuesday said in its draft policy that it will accept international vaccines approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization. That aligns the 10-campus system with some other institutions in the state, including the California Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California, which enrolls over 10,000 international students. 

The policy at the California State University, the system of choice for about 13,000 international students, is still under development, said spokesperson Toni Molle. Stanford University said the same. 

-restaurants: In the Union-Trib, Lori Weisberg looks at the staffing shortages as dining rooms reopen.

As drinking and dining venues across San Diego County — and the nation — get the green light to more widely welcome back the customers they’ve been craving since COVID-19 first shut them down almost 14 months ago, they’ve been confronting a near-crisis labor shortage.

While it initially caught employers off guard, it shouldn’t be all that surprising.

San Diego is experiencing something of a perfect storm as it transitions into life under increasingly relaxed reopening rules driven by rising vaccinations and diminishing infection rates. That, in turn, has unleashed a torrent of job openings not only for restaurants and bars, but also for hotels, casinos, theme parks and other service industries at a time when enhanced jobless benefits remain alluring.

So difficult is it to find cooks, dishwashers, servers and bartenders that many pandemic-battered restaurants are foregoing lunch service, closing earlier than normal or staying open fewer days a week because they lack the manpower to serve the guests they know are eager to eat out.

cakedays and classifieds after the jump...

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jorge Escutia, Anna Song, and Maegan Subers!

Classifieds

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Congresswoman Doris Matsui seeks a Field Representative experienced in infrastructure policy to join her Sacramento team.

General duties include, but are not limited to, the following: Representing the Congresswoman at public events in the community, creating and organizing events that advance her legislative agenda, advocating before federal agencies on behalf of constituents who have sought assistance, collaborating with local organizations seeking federal grants, and meeting with constituent groups and organizations.

The ideal candidate will be a motivated, hardworking, highly dependable, and an organized professional who possesses strong communication skills and the ability to work well under pressure.

The position requires a driver’s license, a bachelor’s degree, and the ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends.

The candidate would be joining a motivated and cohesive team that is 100% committed to improving the lives of people living in Sacramento and West Sacramento.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Glenda Corcoran:

ca06jobs@gmail.com

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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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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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