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  • California State of Mind (CapRadio): U.S. Senator Alex Padilla on immigration and clean energy (2021-05-24) 
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Gloria Sandoval, Deputy Director of Public Affairs for State Parks (2021-05-23)
  • 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 presents A Conference on Housing Policy - May 26
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - MPA/MPP
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - Masters of Science in Law


  • Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom reports $100,000 from California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges, and Hearing Officers in State Employment (CASE PAC)

The Nooner for Monday, May 24, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

Happy Monday! While this morning is quiet, it'll be a busy week of floor sessions after the Appropriations committees cleared their suspense files last week. Budget subcommittees will also continue to meet this week to finalize their products before the June 15 deadline. Of course, you won't find crowded committee rooms or at "the gate," as the sweaty third floor hallways outside the chambers are known where lobbyists try to get a last-minute ear before a vote.

Then again, legislative staff can breathe easy...

UNEMPLOYMENT: In the Chron, Carolyn Said reports that, while California's Employment Development Department continues to struggle with a pandemic backlog, Governor Newsom's revised budget provides the agency with resources to hopefully remediate it.

Gov. Newsom’s latest budget proposal allocates millions of dollars to reforming the state’s troubled Employment Development Department, which has struggled to handle unemployment claims for a deluge of people left jobless by the pandemic.

Hiring more people to help guide claimants, offering direct deposit, improving language access and creating a more user-friendly online interface are among the proposed changes to the EDD in the revised $213 billion state budget Newsom issued this month.

Lawmakers applauded the suggested changes.

For CalMatters, Emily Hoeven writes on the dichotomy of high unemployment amidst employers seeking new employees.

Despite California’s high unemployment rate, many positions at restaurants, bars and retail stores are going unfilled — causing some business owners to fear they won’t be able to fully reopen even when the state gives the green light on June 15.

The Golden State’s unemployment rate remained unchanged between March and April, holding steady at 8.3% even as employers added nearly 102,000 jobs, according to figures released Friday by the Employment Development Department. That accounts for 38% of all U.S. jobs gained last month — a bright spot that dims when one takes into account that California still has the nation’s second-highest unemployment rate and has regained only 48% of jobs lost amid the pandemic. In some areas, the share of jobless residents is actually increasing: Los Angeles’ unemployment rate shot from 11.4% in March to 11.7% in April.

Nevertheless, Gov. Gavin Newsom touted the April unemployment figures as California “continuing to lead the nation’s economic recovery,” noting that his $100 billion stimulus plan would help small businesses recover. Not all business owners were convinced.

Experts say the staffing shortage is likely due to a multitude of factors: People — especially women — dropping out of the labor force as schools and child care centers closed, fear of contracting the virus in the workplace, some families finding that it makes more financial sense to stay on unemployment than to return to work, low-wage workers gravitating to other parts of the state and other careers, and low wages in general.

OIL: The AP's Kathleen Ronayne looks at the political problem facing Governor Newsom as he tries to reduce the state's reliance on oil.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has set some of the nation’s most ambitious goals for weaning his state off oil, including a ban on the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035 and the end of oil production a decade later.

But in the near term it’s a rulemaking process in one of his agencies that environmentalists are most anxiously awaiting. They say it will show the freshman Democrat’s true commitment to meaningful action during his governorship.

At issue is whether California should impose a buffer zone between oil drilling sites and homes, schools and hospitals. Despite its reputation as a climate leader, California has no statewide limit, unlike other oil producing states including Pennsylvania and Colorado. Even Texas bans wells within 467 feet (142 meters) of a property line.

TK: I see that a group of private child care providers is opposing Governor Newsom's proposed expansion of transitional kindergarten (TK) from a pilot to all California children beginning in 2023-24.

SCHOOL DAZE: For CalMatters, Dan Walters looks at where schools will spend their largesse as the reopen.

During Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 90-minute, superlative-saturated monologue on the virtues of his revised 2021-22 budget this month, he boasted of an historic high in public school spending.

State aid and local property taxes would push per-pupil spending to $14,000, he said, and with federal funds, it would top $20,000 for the first time. Moreover, Newsom’s budget would advance his long-sought goal of offering universal pre-kindergarten programs, and a new notion of making schools centers for community services.

The massive injection of money into schools raises a pungent question: How will they spend it?

It’s a new version of a long-burning issue, centered on what educators call the “achievement gap” — a wide disparity in learning between poor and English-learner students and their more privileged classmates that has almost certainly worsened during classroom closures.

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

COVID-19: California reported 10 deaths yesterday for a total of 62,599 since the pandemic began. The usual lag in weekened reporting should be recognized.


  • vaccine doses administered in California: 36,255,229
  • vaccine doses delivered to California: 45,119,680 
  • Californians fully vaccinated: 16,633,703 (49.0% of 16+)
  • Californians partially vaccinated: 4,464,478 (13.2% of 16+)

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Chad Carlock, former Assembly member Jim Cunneen, Councilmember Eric Guerra, Chris Kahn, John Myers, and Daniel Zingale!


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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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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,, or contact us at

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