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- Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on the state budget and executive powers (2021-05-13)
- Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): House GOP dumps Liz Cheney, Gavin Newsom proposes billions, and is Eric Garcetti leaving Los Angeles? (2021-05-13)
- Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Lande Ajose, chair of the Governor’s Council for Postsecondary Education (2021-05-09)
- CAP·impact (McGeorge School of Law): Lobbyist and law professor Chris Micheli with key reminders on legislative drafting in California (2021-05-09)
- CCST Expert Briefing: Disaster Resilient California: Mitigating Extreme Heat in a Changing Climate - May 18
- Congresswoman Doris Matsui seeks a Field Representative experienced in infrastructure policy to join her Sacramento team.
- Capitol Weekly presents A Conference on Housing Policy - May 26
- The Breakthrough Institute is seeking a Press Secretary (Berkeley)
- Join the California Manufacturers & Technology Association Team!
- 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-Century City-Westwood): updated analysis [subscriber only] - corrected from yesterday; Cal-Access spreadsheet was missing a bunch of late contributions for Bryan and Hutt when I pulled up
- GOV: added geologist Karen Blake (R)
- GOV: added motivational speaker Carla Canada (NPP)
- GOV: added attorney Ronald Palmieri (D)
MONEY MATTERS: Highlights from yesterday's daily reports
- California Democratic Party reports - these are aggregate; up to $40,500 per calendar year from a donor can be put in a political party account to support state candidates; no limit on anti-recall efforts
- $535,000 from the California Association of Realtors PAC
- $350,000 from the California Dental Association PAC
- $170,000 from the California Faculty Association PAC - CSU faculty
- $95,000 from the DRIVE Committee - Teamsters
- $75,000 from Charter Communications Inc
- $65,000 from Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
- $65,000 from AT&T
- $25,000 from CASE PAC - California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges & Hearing Officers io State Employment
- note that I am not reporting on the expected ante of $40,500 from each member of the Legislature
RECALL WATCH: I will now cover daily contributions of $5,000+ to candidates seeking to replace Gavin Newsom.
- Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom reports:
- Doug Ose for Governor 2021 reports $10,000 from Martin A. Harmon and Auburn Manor Holding Corporation (Rocklin)
The Nooner for Friday, May 14, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners
Happy Friday and May Revision Day! We made it! Well, sort of...it's going to be a long Friday. Obviously, the last hour of my usual writing time is being occupied by Governor Newsom's May Revision presentation.
While there has been no response to the bipartisan request to reopen the State Capitol, the concrete barriers and fencing (oddly often connected with handcuffs) surrounding the State Capitol have been removed. They were placed at the request of the California Highway Patrol amidst Black Lives Matter protests as well as those against pandemic restrictions.
BUDGET: Here is the summary of the May Revision.
As I wrote to you this morning, I'll be looking at numbers this afternoon and hope to include some of that information in This Week in Nooner this evening. Meanwhile, this morning Governor Newsom announced his $100 billion "California Comeback Plan." The tenets are:
- Immediate Relief for California’s Families & Small Businesses
- Confronting Homelessness & Housing Affordability Crisis
- Transforming Public Schools into Gateways to Opportunity
- Building Infrastructure of the Next Century
- Combating Wildfires & Tackling Climate Change
In the Chron, Dustin Gardiner writes about the lucky card drawn by Governor Newsom with the recall election hanging over his head.
Gov. Gavin Newsom couldn’t have asked for a better gift to fall into his lap as he prepares to fight a recall election: California’s unexpected $75.7 billion budget surplus.
The record-setting pot of money comes at a pivotal moment for the governor as recall organizers have submitted more than enough signatures to qualify for the ballot later this year, and high-profile challengers are competing with him for public attention.
EDD: In The Bee, David Lightman writes that California's backlog of applications for unemployment continues to grow.
Calls to the state’s unemployment department have ballooned about 38% over the last month – and fewer are being answered, according to data from the agency Thursday.
The backlog of unemployment claims, or claims more than 21 days old, has also jumped. It’s up about 76% over the last month and stood at 195,585 at the end of last week.
EDD says the recent demand for information has been driven mainly by people affected by the end of their benefit year, as well as the number of federal programs. Washington, D.C. has created several new unemployment benefit programs over the past 14 months, adding to consumer confusion about an already complex system.
Loree Levy, EDD spokeswoman, explained that the agency continues to see questions about pending claims, as the department tries to resolve issues involving many consumers’ eligibility.
EDD has posted a benefit year end webpage, and it’s received more than 5 million views in recent weeks. Its Ask EDDy videos also try to answer questions.
DO YOU RECALL?
- Caitlyn: Last night, candidate Caitlyn Jenner tweeted "Californians have endured a year of Gavin Newsom’s draconian lockdown. As governor, I’ll have my Admin review cases where small business owners, churches, schools, and law-abiding citizens have been unfairly targeted. Californians unfairly targeted will be pardoned. #RecallGavin"
Of course, the pardon power provided to the governor under Article V, Section 8 of the California Constitution only extends to post-sentencing criminal convictions. The rare penalties for repeated refusal to follow health orders have been fees assessed by county health departments. The governor could tell the Departments of Alcoholic Beverage Control and Board of Barbering and Cosmetology to stop enforcing the rules.
In any point, by the time of the recall election, the restrictions will be lifted (fingers crossed that we don't have a vaccine-immune variant). And the Governor can't pardon local fines.
- Cox: In response to the CDC mask guidance, candidate John Cox stated “Drop the mask mandate now ... It’s time to fully open California and give people their lives back. The CDC has spoken, the scientists have spoken and now it’s time for Gavin Newsom to end the mask mandate immediately. Newsom needs to follow the science and lift California’s mask mandate. Set Californians free.”
COVID-19, more issues, cakedays, and classifieds after the jump...
COVID-19: California reported 48 deaths yesterday for a total of 62,234 since the pandemic began.
-data dive: California's 7-day positivity rate is currently 1.0% (-0.1%), far below the 7.1% peak amidst mass testing on December 30 and the lowest 7 day average of the pandemic.
- vaccine doses administered in California: 33,352,542
- vaccine doses delivered to California: 42,360,380
- Californians fully vaccinated: 14,845,598 (46.7% of 16+)
- Californians partially vaccinated: 5,054,214 (15.9% of 16+)
-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 12, 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 Tuesday's changes, which are bolded and italicized.
- No county in the Purple (widespread) Tier.
- 11 counties in the Red (substantial) Tier (11.2% of Californians): Del Norte, Inyo, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Solano, Stanislaus, Tehama, and Yuba.
- 38 counties in Orange (moderate) Tier (58.7% of Californians): Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Lake, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Orange, Plumas, Riverside, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Sutter, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, and Yolo.
- 9 counties in Yellow (minimal) Tier (30.1% of Californians): Alpine, Lassen, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Mono, San Francisco, San Mateo, Sierra, and Trinity.
Sacramento County is at a tier-adjusted case rate of 7.3/100k, meaning that it continues to be unlikely the county will have further reopenings before the June 15 anticipated lifting of tier-based restrictions. The case rate needs to be below 6/100k to progress to the orange tier. Placer County is at 6.4/100k.
If case rates hold, Amador (1.1), (Orange (1.8), Santa Clara (1.6), Santa Cruz (1.5), Tuolumne (1.9) could all advance to yellow next week.
-masking: As you likely know, the Centers for Disease Control yesterday issued a statement that, in most situations, fully vaccinated persons do not need to wear a mask during most activities during indoor or outdoor activities and need not socially distance. By "fully vaccinated," it means two weeks following two shots of either Moderna or Pfizer or two weeks following one Johnson & Johnson shot. However, the CDC announcement does not change state or county health orders. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health included in yesterday's release:
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidance indicating that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume activities that were done prior to the pandemic. L.A. County and the state will review the recommendations in order to make sensible adjustments. In the interim, please note that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask when indoors around other fully vaccinated people, or outside in uncrowded areas. When at businesses and in crowded venues, both indoors and outdoors, masks are still required to be worn by everyone.
It remains important to protect workers at all worksites and all worksites must follow the requirements set forth by California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Cal/OSHA. Everyone must continue to adhere to required distancing and masking at all workplaces. Until Cal/OSHA changes these requirements, the County cannot be less restrictive. Proposed changes to Cal/OSHA’s workplace safety standards were posted for consideration at the May 20 standards board meeting. We expect to hear more about these changes once the standards board meets next week.
-restaurants: In the Times, Sarah D. Wire reports that the $28 billion included in the CARES Act to help restaurants stay afloat is running out of dough.
Restaurants and bars desperate for a lifeline during COVID-19 swarmed to apply for a new government grant to help them pay for rent, utilities, supplies and payroll. In just 10 days, the Small Business Administration has received 266,000 applications asking for $65 billion in aid, more than twice the amount provided by Congress,
Industry lobbyists and activists, who spent a year begging Congress for help before lawmakers acted earlier this year, are already asking them to replenish the fund and keep local, well-loved restaurants afloat as the economy begins to recover. Joining their call is a bipartisan group of representatives and senators already working to persuade colleagues to put more money in the fund.
“There is truly a national appetite to do this, and there’s no part of the country where this support is not badly needed and strongly supported,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), who is working with House and Senate leaders to replenish the fund.
-gyms: As restrictions on gyms start to be lifted across the state, will Californians return and will gyms be there to welcome them? Roger Vincent looks into it for the Times:
Friendship circles that made people want to go to a particular gym slipped away during long periods when fitness centers were locked down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Some gyms closed for good while others sold their businesses to other operators or slumped into bankruptcy.
With many customers up for grabs, gyms are scrambling to entice them, and landlords are betting that fitness centers and eventually other communal wellness businesses such as yoga and Pilates studios will be the comeback kids of the retail world laid low by the pandemic.
SIN AGUA: For CalMatters, Rachel Becker writes up a new report from the Legislative Analyst's Office warning lawmakers to prepare for the drought and particularly the impact on low-income, Latino communities.
Rural, low-income Latino communities across California were hardest hit by the last drought and could see drinking water shortages again this year as extreme drought spreads across the state, according to a report released today by non-partisan advisors to California’s lawmakers.
The report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office warns state officials to prepare by ramping up monitoring of wells in vulnerable communities and lining up emergency drinking water supplies to send there.
“The communities most impacted by drinking water challenges during the last drought were small and rural; many were farmworker communities located in California’s Central Valley. Moreover, many of the communities that lost — or remain vulnerable to losing — access to safe drinking water contain high proportions of both lower‑income and Latino residents,” the report says.
The most recent drought didn’t hit Californians evenly, according to the report. Farmers and ranchers fallowed some land and pumped groundwater to make up for dwindling water deliveries from state and federal aqueducts. But residential communities were a different story.
“Some rural residential communities — mainly in the Central Valley — struggled to identify alternative water sources upon which to draw when their domestic wells went dry,” the report said.
Many of these towns were farmworker communities, home to lower-income and Latino residents, who also suffered financially from the drought’s effects on agriculture. Now, in the midst of another drought, the COVID-19 pandemic has piled on them as well.
The legislative analyst advised lawmakers to consider focusing spending and assistance on these vulnerable communities.
LAW AND DISORDER:
- Attorney General Rob Bonta announced yesterday that his office would investigate the fatal police shooting of Sean Monterrosa in the Bay Area city of Vallejo, reports KQED.
California's new attorney general said Thursday his office will review the fatal shooting of a young San Francisco man by Vallejo police last June.
Attorney General Rob Bonta repeatedly criticized Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams for not conducting her own review of last year's killing of 22-year-old Sean Monterrosa, saying she was fully capable but chose not to do so. Bonta's predecessor, Xavier Becerra, also declined to take up the investigation for the same reason.
"I made it clear that she should conduct the investigation," Bonta said. "In the absence of her doing so, we will do so because fairness requires a complete process — not a process that ends with an investigation and a file that's gathering dust on someone's desk somewhere, but a review of that investigation, and a decision."
Abrams had asked the attorney general's office to take over the investigation, saying in June that "an independent review is needed at this time to restore public trust and provide credibility, transparency and oversight."
Bonta's office said local officials' investigation into Monterrosa's death was completed on March 10 and given to Abrams' office for review. But Abrams, it said, attempted to turn the file over to the attorney general's office "without invitation or notice."
A law [AB 1506 (McCarty)] that goes into effect in July will require the attorney general to investigate police shootings of unarmed civilians. But Bonta said it doesn't apply in this case. Abrams' office did not immediately respond Thursday to a request for comment.
- In the Times, Kevin Rector writes that officers who fired projectiles at protestors violated department policy.
Los Angeles police officers broke department policy when they shot one protester in the head with a projectile and another in the testicles during mass protests last spring, the civilian Police Commission ruled Tuesday.
In the first case, in which CJ Montano was shot in the head as he held his hands in the air during a protest in the Fairfax district on May 30, the commission agreed with LAPD Chief Michel Moore and an internal department review board that the officer broke policy.
Moore concluded that Montano, who was about 55 feet from the officer, did not pose an immediate threat. Similarly, the chief found that a group of protesters farther away who the officer claimed to be targeting were also not a threat.
In the second case, in which Ben Montemayor was shot in the groin in Hollywood on June 2, the commission broke with Moore and a review board in finding the shooting violated policy. Moore had concluded that Montemayor was a potential threat and that the shooting was justified.
- The Chron's Meghan Bobrowsky reports that 41 district attorneys have petitioned the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to reverse a planned release of 76,000 state prisoners.
Schubert, a Republican-turned-independent, is challenging Rob Bonta in the race for state Attorney General next year.
The district attorneys, led by Sacramento DA Anne Marie Schubert, filed a petition with the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Thursday, requesting the repeal of temporary emergency regulations awarding additional credits to more than 76,000 inmates that could potentially lead to their early release, according to a statement from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.
The regulations, which were announced April 30 and went into effect May 1, are part of the state’s plan to continue trimming what was once the country’s largest state correctional system, according to the Associated Press. Under it, more than 63,000 inmates convicted of violent crimes are eligible for good behavior credits that shorten their sentences by one-third, an upgrade from the one-fifth that had been standard since 2017.
DO UC WHAT I SEE? While Governor Newsom's January budget and the proposals by both the State Senate and Assembly Democrats are that the University of California be provided new funds on condition that undergraduate resident tuition and fees remain and current levels, UC is of course considering a fee increase for incoming freshman students anyway. Teresa Watanabe reports for the Times:
The University of California is weighing a tuition increase for incoming students beginning next year, but the proposal faced widespread student opposition and sharp questions from regents Thursday.
UC President Michael V. Drake told regents at the virtual board meeting Thursday that the plan would bring financial predictability for families, help struggling campuses maintain educational quality and make a UC education more affordable for many low-income students by raising more revenue for financial aid.
He noted that state funding has lagged behind enrollment growth, increasing by 11% in the last two decades compared with a 67% increase in the number of students served. Overall, per-student funding has declined by 33% during that time, he said.
“It doesn’t take much to recognize that this is just simply not sustainable,” Drake said.
Aidan Arasasingham, UC Student Assn. president, said higher tuition would hurt students who fall through the cracks — LGBTQ students whose parents refuse to pay college costs, immigrants here without legal authorization who don’t qualify for in-state tuition and low-income nonresident students hit by fluctuating exchange rates and limited financial aid access.
“In our eyes, the plan before you today only guarantees a predictability of profit for the university while maligning future students to a predictability of precarity for years to come,” he told the regents.
Regents Eloy Ortiz Oakley and Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis expressed dissatisfaction with UC’s branding of the plan as a way to enhance college affordability. Oakley said tying tuition increases to the rate of inflation, for instance, could result in steep new charges if consumer prices soar.
Some regents questioned whether this was the right time to consider a tuition increase when UC is receiving substantial federal recovery funds and also is expecting more support from the state’s unexpected surplus of $75 billion.
cakedays and classifieds after the jump...
CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Nancy Chadwick, LA City Attorney Mike Feuer, Rose Kapolczynski, Joey Legaspi, Tom Ross, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Jeff Walters, and former congresswoman Mimi Walters!
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CCST Expert Briefing: Disaster Resilient California: Mitigating Extreme Heat in a Changing Climate
Join the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) in partnership with the Office of Assemblymember Luz Rivas on Tuesday, May 18th from 2:30-3:30pm for our latest Virtual CCST Expert Briefing: Mitigating Extreme Heat in a Changing Climate. A panel of experts from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NASA JPL, and UCLA will discuss how extreme heat impacts California’s diverse populations and effective mitigation strategies. Moderated by Kate Gordon, Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. RSVP
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 ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in infrastructure and transportation policy.
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:
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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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.
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