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  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blonien): Political consultant Bill Wong on anti-Asian violence (2021-05-21)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): GOP consultant Liz Mair on the Newsom and Walker Recalls and Why Devin Nunes is Suing Her (2021-05-20)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): From California to the Middle East (2021-05-20)
  • It's All Political (Joe Garofoli @ SFChron): Governor Newsom's ambitious budget proposal (2021-05-20)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) (2021-05-17)
  • California State of Mind (CapRadio): Total Recall: How The CA Political Process Works and Its History; Exploring Silicon Valley’s Role in Pandemic Response (2021-05-14)
  • This Week in California Education (John Fensterwald and Louis Freedberg @ EdSource): Newsom's $2 billion college savings account plan & Chris Edley on his new role (2021-05-14)


  • 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

The Nooner for Sunday, May 23, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

¡Feliz domingo! It looks like it'll be a beautiful day for tacos at Our Lady of Guadalupe. The final game of the Dodgers-Giants series is at 1:05 with the Giants hoping to get a W after losses the last couple of days. The teams are now tied for second in the NL West, one game behind the Padres. The Giants visit Arizona for games Tuesday and Wednesday before heading to Chavez Ravine to face the Dodgers for a four-game series.

Cal-Access is still down so fundraising reports from Friday and yesterday still aren't available.

AD54 (Baldwin Hills-Culver City-Westwood): In the race for Sydney Kamlager's former Assembly seat, Isaac Bryan (D) now has 50.8% and may avoid a June runoff. Updates are expected Tuesday and Thursday (if needed) this week. There are 280 ballots remaining.

BUDGET:  For CalMatters, Dan Walters writes that Governor Newsom's budget relies on uncertain revenues.

The most important section of the budgets that California governors propose — an initial one in January and a revised version in May — is a chart that projects revenues from major tax sources.

The chart’s numbers are the financial basis for what the governor wants to do over the forthcoming fiscal year and several years to follow.

The latest such chart, found on page 218 of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised budget, estimates that personal and corporate income taxes and sales taxes will generate $172.2 billion during the current year that ends on June 30, a whopping $33 billion increase from the previous year.

The chart also projects that the tax systems will produce another $170.4 billion in the 2021-22 fiscal year, growing to $181.3 billion in 2024-25.

The projections support Newsom’s “$100 billion California Comeback Plan” that he says will erase pandemic blues and bring prosperity and equity to the state, using surplus state funds and $27 billion in pandemic relief aid from the federal government.

DO YOU RECALL? The Bee's Lara Korte looks at why former President Trump is being quiet about the effort to recall Gavin Newsom.

California Republicans are motivated, and the nation is taking notice.

After years of declining membership, and repeated failures to win state office, Golden State conservatives feel they have a real shot at kicking California’s top Democrat out of office.

Big-name GOP players like Mike Huckabee, party chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and the Republican Governors Association are taking notice and contributing money. Prominent donors to former President Donald Trump, like real estate mogul Geoff Palmer, have endorsed the recall. National media attention also ramped up in recent weeks, thanks in part to Caitlyn Jenner’s entrance into the race.

But when it comes to one of this year’s biggest political stories, Trump is nowhere to be found.

It could be too early, some say, and he may not be interested in jumping in yet. But his absence seems odd to those who have seen Trump berate Golden State Democrats for years.

GASSY MATTERS: In the Times, Patrick McGreevy reports that while gas taxes are again scheduled to rise, state officials say it's not enough to cover road maintenance needs.

Four years after the Legislature boosted the gas tax in order to fix California’s crumbling roads and bridges, the state has spent billions and made some progress in repairs, but officials now say the funding is sufficient only to complete less than half of the work needed.

The gas tax has been a political hot potato since it was passed in 2017, resulting in the recall of a Democratic state senator who voted for the legislation and an unsuccessful attempt by Republicans in 2018 to ask voters to repeal the higher charges.

Now, with the gas tax set to increase again July 1, the campaign to fix roads and bridges is again stirring contention, drawing criticism from some lawmakers who say repairs have been too slow and the effort has lagged behind other states in maintaining and improving transportation systems.

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

COVID-19: California reported 47 deaths yesterday for a total of 62,589 since the pandemic began.


  • vaccine doses administered in California: 36,080,674
  • vaccine doses delivered to California: 45,119,680 
  • Californians fully vaccinated: 16,320,438 (48.1% of 16+)
  • Californians partially vaccinated: 4,571,587 (13.5% of 16+)

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Annabel Snider, Mike Young, and Rock Zierman!


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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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