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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:
    • $50,000 from the Entertainment Software Association
    • $50,000 from Los Angeles County Reporters PAC (AKA PARLAC) 

The Nooner for Saturday, June 5, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

¡Feliz sabado! What an physically and emotionally exhausting week this has been. I'm looking forward to the food frenzy tomorrow of Sunday tacos and bún bò Huế from Chef Daniel for dinner.

If you have been following, it has been a miserable week for me and I thank you for your patience. I apologized on FB about premature comments about a dear friend. We are all waiting for news.

GUNS, GUNS, GUNS: Once again, San Diego federal judge Roger Benitez has struck down a California gun law, this time the state's longstanding limits on assault rifles. For The Guardian, Martin Pengelly and others write:

The governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has slammed a federal judge’s decision to overturn his state’s three-decade-old ban on assault rifles as “a direct threat to public safety and the lives of innocent Californians”. 

In a strongly worded attack, the Democrat added: “Comparing an AR-15 to a Swiss army knife is a disgusting slap in the face to those who have lost loved ones to gun violence.”

Newsom issued his stinging statement late on Friday after Roger Benitez, a district judge in San Diego appointed by George W Bush, ruled that the state was unlawfully depriving law-abiding Californians of weapons allowed under US supreme court rulings, denying their right to bear arms.

“Under no level of heightened scrutiny can the law survive,” Benitez wrote, issuing a permanent injunction stayed for 30 days. The California attorney general, Rob Bonta, called Benitez’s ruling flawed and said it would be appealed.

The AP's Don Thompson writes:

In his 94-page ruling, the judge spoke favorably of modern weapons and said they were overwhelmingly used for legal reasons.

“Like the Swiss Army knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment. Good for both home and battle,” the judge said in his ruling’s introduction.

AR-15s for home defense? Uh, while many in my family have firearms, long rifles are in a gun safe. Of course, my home security is 9-1-1.

While I hesitate to criticize a former community college instructor, Benitez is knee-jerk on these issues with little constitutional jurisprudence in support.

Uh, Ninth Circuit, I'm guessing you will have the next move. Of course, the Supreme Court of the United States is poised to revisit Second Amendment jurisprudence in the October 2021 term.

ENVIRO: In the Chron, Dustin Gardiner writes that this legislative year has been disappointing for environmental activists.

California is often seen as a national leader on eco-friendly policy, but environmentalists say that perception doesn’t match the brutal year they’ve faced in the state Legislature.

Nearly every major environmental measure at the Capitol has been killed or shelved this session, from a bill that would have required buffer zones around oil drilling sites near homes to another that would have required large corporations to report their greenhouse gas emissions.

RL Miller, president of Climate Hawks Vote, an environmental advocacy group, said the failed effort to create setbacks around oil wells was a harbinger of the legislative session that has followed. She said the state — once a national laboratory for green policy — seems to have given up on ambitious climate policy, even as it faces a mega-drought and worsening wildfires.

COVID-19 after the jump...

COVID-19: California reported 56 deaths yesterday for a total of 62,677 since the pandemic began.


  • vaccine doses administered in California: 38,026,292
  • vaccine doses delivered to California: 46,557,380
  • Californians fully vaccinated: 17,662,712 (52.0% of 16+) 

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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

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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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