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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


  • Rescue California-Recall Gavin Newsom reports:
    • $57,000 from The Lincoln Club of Orange County Issues PAC 
    • $5,000 from Ronald Simms (Developer, Beverly Hills)
  • Caitlyn Jenner for Governor 2021, Inc. reports:
    • $32,400 from Kelly Sellers (Austin, TX; assistant, ImproveOne) 
    • $20,000 from Cheryl Halpern (Filmaker, HQ Creative; Livingston, NJ)
    • $5,000 from Brian Gallo (Venture capitalist; Marina Del Rey)
  • Meet Kevin Paffthrath for Governor 2021 reports:
    • $5,000 from Richard Griffiths (San Jose; VP, Halo Diagnostics)
    • $5,000 from Jason Koranac (Corona; attorney)
    • $5,000 from Dereck Rizo Patron (Santa Barbara; CEO, Inevifitt)

The Nooner for Thursday, June 3, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

Happy Thursday! The crazy legislative week is nearing an end. I'll be quiet again today with a dearth of news and exhaustion. Yesterday was a crushing day as the California Supreme Court honored the late great Cruz Reynoso's legacy. The video is not yet available. As I've written here before, Cruz was my law professor for remedies and professional responsibility but also the officiant of the best day of my life, the marriage to Kara.

Fittingly, the remembrance followed the court's hearing on a challenge to the state's application of the death penalty, arguably the issue to have Cruz and two others removed by voters from the court.

SURF CITY: In the Times, Hannah Fry looks at what's next in Huntington Beach following the resignation of Mayor Pro Tem Tito Ortiz.

From the moment Tito Ortiz entered the political arena in Huntington Beach, some of his supporters saw him as the local government version of Donald Trump.

The former MMA star sailed through Huntington Harbour on his boat with “Trump” banners flying. His campaign slogan was “Make Huntington Beach Safe Again,” but his unapologetic rejection of public health orders to stem the spread of the coronavirus caused consternation at City Hall. He mocked the public health crisis as a “plandemic,” calling it a “political scam” and a form of “population control” by liberals. He spoke openly about his refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Last month, he grabbed headlines when his twin sons were sent home from middle school after they arrived on campus without masks claiming religious exemption.

On Tuesday — after a bumpy six-month tenure on the City Council — Ortiz surprised his colleagues by abruptly stepping down from his post, saying that he’d been the “sole focus of character assassination each and every week with multiple news stories” that sought to defame his name. The attacks, he said, now involve his family, causing him to fear for their safety.

“To put it simply,” Ortiz said, “this job isn’t working for me.”

COVID-19 after the jump...

COVID-19: California reported 45 deaths yesterday for a total of 62,994 since the pandemic began.


  • vaccine doses administered in California: 37,674,057
  • vaccine doses delivered to California: 46,347,930
  • Californians fully vaccinated: 17,528,123 (51.6% of 16+) 

cakedays and classifieds after the jump...

CAKEDAY: Light the candles for Senator Dave Cortese!


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