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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


  • Educators and Healthcare Professionals for Mia Bonta for State Assembly 2021 sponsored by education, school employee and dentist organizations reports:
    • $129,750 from the California Dental Association
    • $75,000 from the California School Employees Association


  • Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom reports:
    • $100,000 from Susan Pritzker (San Francisco)
    • $7,500 from John Burton (Attorney, San Francisco)
  • Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union No. 230 Political Action Committee reports giving $25,000 to Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom

The Nooner for Friday, June 4, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

Happy Friday! We made it and the Legislature closed out its work yesterday before today's house-of-origin deadline.

I am absolutely crushed by news this morning. Some of you know our colleague who I'm talking about who apparently took her life, but I'm still gathering details. It's a tragedy for me on so many levels. I'm already out of tears.

Meanwhile, I'm guessing most of us are exhausted and have absorbed enough screen time this week for a lifetime.

I only watched the Assembly Floor session yesterday and it was wild. Moderate Dems (The Mod Squad) killed several high-profile bills, including Laura Friedman's (D-Glendale) AB 1371 to reduce single-use plastics and packaging. It was strongly opposed by labor and, of course, Dart Container Corp. Dart was actually cited on the floor by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) who did a show-and-tell of recycled Styrofoam (polystyrene). I'm sure that 100% of the packaging I've received during the pandemic has been remade into combs.

Also killed was Lorena Gonzalez's effort to by establish wage and other working conditions in fast food restaurants, AB 257. And, AB 650 (Muratsuchi), which would have provided "hero pay" to health care workers was sent to the inactive file. The labor-backed bill was strongly opposed by employers of home health care workers.

During the session, roll call votes were often held open so long as to cause viewers to wonder if the feed was frozen. Presiding officer Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) maintained decorum and did a great job. He did have to remind members that senators were already catching flights home.

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: 37,826,298
  • vaccine doses delivered to California: 46,496,460
  • Californians fully vaccinated: 17,528,123 (51.6% of 16+) 

MASKS: In The Bee, Jeong Park reports on yesterday's ruling by Cal/OSHA on masking requirements in workplaces.

The new rule goes into effect June 15 pending administrative approval. The standards board of the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, commonly called Cal-OSHA, voted to convene a subcommittee to immediately revisit the new rule, to see if it can more closely adhere to the federal and state guidance.

Unless wearing respirators such as N95 masks, workers will need to stay physically distanced until July 31 if they work indoors or in outdoor events with over 10,000 participants or spectators, according to the rule.

Employers will need to provide respirators such as N95 masks to be used voluntarily by workers who are not vaccinated and working indoors or at large outdoor events. Employers will need to provide testing for those not vaccinated at no cost during paid time if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

Employers will be required to pay workers who self-isolate because of their exposure to COVID-19 at workplaces. Fully vaccinated workers or workers who had recovered from COVID-19 within 90 days don’t have to self-isolate as long as they don’t have symptoms.

The requirement to provide N95 respirators drew protests from those in the business community. Rob Moutrie, a policy advocate at the California Chamber of Commerce, told the board members that the requirement will put all the burden on employers rather than providing incentives for workers to be vaccinated.

cakedays and classifieds after the jump...

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Heidi Hall, Rick Ladd, Douglas Ricketson, and Frank Russo!


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CCST Expert Briefing: Toward a Disaster Resilient California: Responding to Wildfires amid Compounding Disasters

Join the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) on Tuesday, June 8th from 12:00pm-1:00pm for our latest Virtual CCST Expert Briefing: Responding to Wildfires amid Compounding Disasters. A panel of experts from UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, and FEMA will discuss how compounding disasters, like COVID-19 and extreme heat, affect wildfire response in California. RSVP

The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

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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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