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  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) (2021-05-31)
  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blonien): Senator Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) (2021-05-29)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): Thomas Wong, president of the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District on water and politics (2021-05-27)
  • California State of Mind (CapRadio): U.S. Senator Alex Padilla on immigration and clean energy (2021-05-24) 


  • 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:
  • John Cox for Governor 2021, Inc. reports:
    • $10,000 from Malin Burnham (Retired; San Diego)
    • $10,000 from Gerald Katell (Developer; Los Angeles)
    • $9,000 from Woodworth Clum Jr. (Retired; Monterey)
    • $5,000 from Steven Crowe (Investor; Sun Valley, ID)
    • $5,000 from E. Cole Burr (President, Burrtec Waste Industries; Temecula)
    • $5,000 from Mark McBroom (Farmer; Calipatria)
  • Meet Kevin Paffrath for California Governor 2021 reports $5,000 from actor Tal Fishman (Henderson, NV)

When you include "meet" before your name in your campaign committee, that's saying something... Of course, his notoriety is for a YouTube channel called "Meet Kevin."

He wants to eliminate state income taxes on incomes under $250,000, spend a lot more money, and pay for it by placing casinos throught the state. To his credit, he details what he proposes far more than most candidates.

The Nooner for Wednesday, June 2, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

Well, hello there. ¡Feliz miercoles!

BUDGET: It's a busy day in the Capitol although it continues to operate not as usual. The budget committees of both houses plan to adopt a mutual plan today after floor sessions. For the AP, Adam Beam reports on the plan that assumes higher revenue than projected in the Governor's May Revision.

Democrats in the California Legislature said Tuesday they think the state will have about $20 billion more to spend over the next four years, highlighting a disagreement with Gov. Gavin Newsom about the trajectory of the state’s finances as it emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.

California has an extra $76 billion to spend this year. State law says about half of it must go to public education, be put in reserves or be used to pay down debt. Newsom and state lawmakers can spend the rest of it however they want.

Newsom wants to spend most of that money on things that do not need ongoing funding — including giving $8.1 billion of it back to taxpayers in the form of rebates.

Tuesday, Democratic leaders in the state Legislature agreed to do most of the things Newsom wants. But they also committed to spending billions of dollars on programs that require ongoing spending.

Here are some subject-area details:

For EdSource, John Fensterwald looks at the changes made in K-12 from the Governor's Budget.

DO YOU RECALL? The AP's Kathleen Ronayne writes up yesterday's announcement by major labor unions of their opposition to the effort to recall of Gavin Newsom.

California labor unions representing workers in manufacturing, retail, grocery stores, hospitality, health care and other businesses announced their support Tuesday for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom as he faces a likely recall election.

The California Labor Federation delivered the endorsement on behalf of 2.1 million workers and 1,200 affiliated unions on the steps of the Capitol, blasting the recall and Newsom’s competitors as “anti-worker.”

The news conference aimed to show unity among organized labor after the new president of SEIU Local 1000, the largest union that represents state workers, said it would not support the governor under his leadership. The union’s board of directors scheduled an emergency meeting for Wednesday to discuss a $1 million donation to Newsom, ahead of Richard Louis Brown taking office as president later this month.

Art Pulaski, head of the labor federation, said he wouldn’t second-guess Brown’s comments, but said “he may come around at some point.” SEIU Local 1000 is part of the California Labor Federation, and the broader SEIU California State Council endorsed Newsom last week.

Meanwhile, The Bee's Lara Korte reports that Brown is trying to block the contribution to fight the recall.

Richard Louis Brown, president-elect of SEIU Local 1000, doesn’t yet have power to hold up the union’s support for Newsom. Brown isn’t scheduled to take office until the end of June. The union announced his victory one week ago, unseating longtime Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker.

During his campaign, Brown said he wanted to “run Gavin Newsom out of office” because of the pay cuts Newsom and the Legislature demanded from state workers last year when the state braced for a severe recession in the coronavirus pandemic.

Considering that Newsom is widely expected to beat the recall and with Local 1000's contract up next year (when Newsom will be on the ballot), this should be interesting.

And Carla Marinucci writes that Assemlyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) is seriously considering jumping in the race to succeed Newsom.

Of course, why not? It would be a "free ride" off-year election and the state would continue paying him. The same is true for most legislative Republicans, who are openly frustrated for the position of being elected in the supermajority Dem Legislature.

THE CALIFORNIA VOTE: For CapWeekly, Scott Soriano looks at the report from the US Census Bureau on Californians' voting behavior in 2022.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s voter survey of the November 2020 election shows that, once again, California saw increased participation in general and across nearly all demographics.  

A startling finding in the recently released data: In 2020, African American participation hit 64%, very close to 2008’s record 65.2%, when Barack Obama ran for president for the first time.

Of California’s 25.9 million eligible voters, 65.1% hit the polls, up from 2016’s 57.9%. California’s 2020 participation also topped 2008’s presidential election, when 63.4% of eligible voters turned out to vote for Barrack Obama or John McCain. 

Like 2008, the 2020 presidential election featured a very strong personality.

“What we saw all across the nation was a galvanized electorate: People galvanized for Donald Trump and people galvanized against him,” says Thad Kousser, chair of US San Diego’s political science department. “That’s the standard explanation of why this election brought out the highest number of adults ever.”

Always great to see a quote from Thad, a former State Senate fellow for Tom Hayden.

ECONOMY: For the Times, Margot Roosevelt reports on the positive news from the influential UCLA Anderson Forecast:

California’s strict public health measures during the pandemic protected its economy, setting the stage for an even faster recovery in the state than nationwide, UCLA economists reported.

The Golden State’s strong technology and white-collar business sectors, along with a relatively rapid boost in home building, will buoy its economy, offsetting a slower return of tourist-dependent leisure and hospitality jobs, according to the UCLA Anderson quarterly forecast.

In the nation and in California, “we are about to have one of the best years of economic growth that we’ve had since World War II,” said Leo Feler, the UCLA Anderson Forecast’s senior economist. “We’re looking at a boom time for the U.S. economy.”

COVID-19 after the jump...

COVID-19: California reported 24 deaths yesterday for a total of 62,953 since the pandemic began.


  • vaccine doses administered in California: 37,577,507
  • vaccine doses delivered to California: 46,298,020
  • Californians fully vaccinated: 17,371,510 (51.2% of 16+)

-tiers for fears: Yesterday, Nevada, Sacramento, San Joaquin, and Solano counties were moved from the red to less-restrictive orange tier. Of course, the whole tier system is scheduled to go buh-bye on June 15. Nevertheless, 50% occupancy (as opposed to 25%) in restaurants for two weeks is better than waiting. The question is whether the patrons are ready to show up. From Orange to Yellow tiers, Marin, Monterey, San Benito, and Ventura progressed.

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