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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)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senator Bob Wieckowski on the "bottle bill" and recycling. (2021-05-17)


  • Solano County Board of Education Seeks Experienced Consulting Firm for Redistricting Services
  • 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 (1 | 2):
    • $300,000 from Northern California District Council of Laborers PAC Small Contributor Committee
    • $200,000 from Ronald C. Conway (angel investor; San Francisco)
    • $40,000 from Paramount Pictures
    • $25,000 from David Bohnett (investor, Baroda Ventures, LLC; Beverly Hills)
    • $10,000 from Mark Arabo (CEO, San Diego)
    • $10,000 from Charles Ward (architect, Los Angeles)
    • $5,000 from Khairi Mansour (owner, Newport Taft; Lakeside)
    • $5,000 from Terry Nafso (owner, Alpine Twister; El Cajon)
    • $5,000 from Mousa Rahib (executive, Downtown Deals; San Diego)

The Nooner for Thursday, May 27, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

¡Buenos dias mis amigos! While it's a Thursday, it's not a get-out-of-town day for the Legislature since Monday is a holiday. There will be a Friday session to keep per diem checks flowing over the long weekend. Per diem is based on the federal rate for lodging in Sacramento and is $145 per day, or $580 if legislators don't have a formal session over a long weekend.

Legislative budget subcommittees continue to meet, largely accepting the Governor's budget proposals, although replacing some with their own priorities.

GUNS: The Santa Clara Valley Authority shooting yesterday now tallies 9 victims, plus the shooter. The victims were apparently targeted as the shooter passed by other former co-workers. The shooter had "had two semiautomatic pistols and 11 magazines of handgun ammunition," according to the Chron. Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith reported that the firearm "appear to be the type that would be legal in California."

Well, that's healing.

Of course, it doesn't matter, as even a "red flag" law didn't stop the purchase of firearms by the Boulder, CO grocery store shooter on such a list.

I don't say that against responsible gun ownership. I missed out on a family trip to my late grandfather's Texas ranch this week. On the ranch, if you didn't handle guns responsibly, you were stuck playing video games in the double-wide that was the "house."

Governor Newsom rescheduled his presser on expanding vaccinations to today to respond to the tragedy.

BUDGET: The Bee's Andrew Sheeler looks at Governor Newsom's proposal to hire hundreds of new employees in the state's transportation agencies, including high-speed rail.

He outlined the plans in the $268 billion budget proposal he submitted earlier this month. It’s moving forward with a deadline for the Legislature to pass a spending plan by June 15.

It includes some 600 new permanent positions for roads and rail.

The administration’s proposal to add 56 positions to the state High-Speed Rail Authority is meant in part to address findings from a 2018 audit that criticized runaway spending on contractors. The report said that the authority “in essence placed portions of its oversight of large contracts into the hands of outside consultants, for whom the state’s best interests may not be the highest priority.”

 For CalMatters, Ben Christopher unveils a new tracker on spending in the recall election. Thank goodness, as I just don't have the time as I did in 2003.

A newly launched CalMatters live tracker of the $15.7 million and counting that has poured into either side of the recall shows that though California voters may be divided by geography and class, its major political donors are not.

The financial battle between the “pro” and “anti” campaigns was upended May 20 when Netflix CEO Reed Hastings — an on-againoff-again Newsom ally — pumped $3 million into the effort to beat back the recall. (Hastings gave $7 million to a committee backing a Democratic rival to Newsom in 2018.)

As a result, 95060 in Santa Cruz now sits at the top of the state’s biggest contributing ZIP codes.

COX: In the LAT, Seema Mehta writes that recall gubernatorial candidate John Cox still owes campaign consultants from his 2018 campaign.

Multimillionaire recall candidate John Cox’s prior gubernatorial campaign has been ordered by a judge to pay about $100,000 to a political consulting firm that produced television ads for his unsuccessful 2018 race — one of a string of unpaid bills detailed in a lawsuit and campaign filings.

Cox’s campaign has refused to pay, leading to a “debtor’s examination” hearing next month in San Diego over the financial status of that campaign committee, according to court records.

“California needs to know the real story about John Cox. To be honest with you, he’s not who he says he is,” said Jim Innocenzi, the founding partner of Sandler-Innocenzi, the Virginia-based GOP firm that an arbitrator and a judge have ruled is owed nearly $55,000 for ads it produced and about $43,000 in attorney’s costs, interest and other fees as of September 2019. These awards have grown by 6% interest since then, plus additional attorney’s fees as Innocenzi has tried to collect the money.

A spokesman for Cox’s current gubernatorial campaign said the invoices were submitted late and that Cox contests the amount owed.

While it looks bad for Cox, it's far from unusual for unsuccessful candidates to have debts to consultants. When former Congresswoman Laura Richardson stopped reporting in July 2015 after serving in the Los Angeles district from 2007-2013, she owed $546,251. What is unusual is having consultants willing to work after such a run.

 The Bee's Ryan Sabalow writes that federal water cutoffs are inciting rebellion in the State of Jefferson, also known as far northern California and southern Oregon akin to the Ammon Bundy standoff in 2016.

The Klamath Basin is 200 miles west of Burns, Ore., where armed right-wing activists, led by Bundy, seized control of a federal wildlife refuge for 41 days in 2016 to protest government land policies.

Twenty years ago, U.S. marshals spent months protecting the headgates of the federal “A Canal” from protesters angry that irrigation water was cut off to protect endangered fish.

Local agricultural leaders worry a similar revolt could attract outsiders like Bundy this summer to the drought-crippled Klamath Basin where anti-government sentiment and frustration over endangered species protection runs high.

“That’s one of my biggest fears,” Ben DuVal, the president of the Klamath Water Users Association, said in an interview last week inside his farmhouse outside Tulelake.

SIN AGUA PARTE 2: While the far northern counties have little political power in Sacramento, Santa Clara County definitely does. In the Chron, Kurtis Alexander reports that officials in the state's tech hub are worried about supply and are considering restrictions.

Officials at the Santa Clara Valley Water District said Wednesday they’re worried about meeting the region’s water demands after the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced earlier in the day that it was reducing water shipments to the district by more than half.

At its June 8 meeting, the Valley Water board is expected to consider what restrictions will be necessary to preserve the county’s water supply. The constraints will almost certainly include cuts to outdoor watering — amounting to at least a 10% reduction over last year’s total household use — and could go further.

The district is already asking county residents to cut consumption voluntarily by about 10%, or 25% over what was used in 2013, the year that preceded the last drought.

“Today’s announcement regarding another reduction in the amount of water Valley Water receives from the federal Central Valley Project directly, and adversely, impacts our county’s water supply,” said Valley Water Board Chair Tony Estremera in a statement. “Valley Water is deeply concerned about what this means for our communities and our region.”

In addition to getting about 55% of its water from imports, the South Bay district pumps from local creeks and aquifers.

Of course, this isn't a concern about green lawns or backard pools. Microchip manufacturing is highly reliant on water and there is already an international shortage as the now-required commodities stressing not just computer manufacturers, but everything from cars to the tea kettle sitting next to me.

SIN AGUA PARTE 3: In wine country, the Chron's Alexander writes that water rights along the Russian River are being cut back.

State regulators on Wednesday ordered nearly 1,000 water rights holders in the Russian River watershed to stop drawing supplies from the basin’s many rivers and creeks, the latest turn in California’s deepening drought.

The order means many small water agencies and scores of growers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties will have to fall back on stored water or other sources, if they have it, or go without water entirely. State officials say the restrictions will not apply when human health and safety are at risk, though the exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis and are yet to be issued.


COVID RELIEF: The LAT's Patrick McGreevy reports on new pandemic relief proposals being considered by the Legislature.

The California Legislature is weighing a raft of proposals to provide new financial help to residents who have suffered economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, including rent relief, state stimulus checks and grants for small businesses and entrepreneurs wanting to start new ventures.

More than a dozen proposals were unveiled this month by Gov. Gavin Newsom as part of his California Comeback Plan, which he wants to finance with a portion of a historic tax revenue windfall as well as more than $25 billion in federal relief approved by Congress.

“This is a jumpstart for our local economies, and it’s how we’ll bring California roaring back,” Newsom said in announcing the new proposals.


The new budget builds on previous help approved in February that is providing partial rent relief in addition to state stimulus checks of $600 largely for households with incomes of $30,000 or less.

COVID-19: California reported 34 deaths yesterday for a total of 62,691 since the pandemic began.


  • vaccine doses administered in California: 36,675,042
  • vaccine doses delivered to California: 45,400,780 
  • Californians fully vaccinated: 16,874,717 (49.7% of 16+)
  • Californians partially vaccinated: 4,422,274 (13.0% of 16+)

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