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  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): Back in the studio, Scott and Marisa talk the assault weapons ban ruling, Kamala's trip to Guatemala and Mexico, and then are joined by SFDCC chair Honey Mahogeny. (2021-06-10) 
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): With Warren Olney, a discussion on race in the classroom and politics as well as the assault weapons ruling (2021-06-10) 
  • California State of Mind (Nigel Duara @ CalMatters): Former Stockton mayor Michael Tubbs on the expansion of universal basic income (2021-06-09)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Governor Newsom’s Executive Secretary, (aka chief of staff) Jim Deboo. (2021-06-07)
  • The Times Podcast (Gustavo Arellano @ LAT): Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) (2021-06-07)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senate Leader Toni G. Atkins, and a 'Joyful' Pride (2021-06-04)
  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blonien): Senator Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) (2021-06-04)


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MONEY MATTERS: Non-candidate committee contribution and expenditure reports from yesterday's filings.

  • Coalition to Authorize Regulated Sports Wagering, Sponsored by California Indian Gaming Tribes reports $100,000 from Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians - qualified November 2022 sports betting initiative


  • John Cox For Governor 2021, Inc. reports $25,000 from Michael Lamb (information requested, Rancho Santa Fe) - like many, this "information requested" entry is crap. Uh, first result on Google tells us exactly where Michael Lamb of Rancho Santa Fe works. First result of Google anybody?
  • Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom reports $166,666 from Patricia Bao (not employed, San Francisco) - Bao is a former Googler. If the $166,666 number seems odd, it's the same number given to the committee by DoorDash co-founders Andy Fang and Stanley Tang -- both former Facebookers. 
  • Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom reports:
    • $25,000 from Thomas Lam (Physician, Glendale)
    • $25,000 from Linda Marsh (Senior VP, Health Source MSO, Inc., Alhambra)
    • $25,000 from Kenneth Sims (Physician, Diamond Bar)
    • $10,000 from Felix Yip (Physician, Monterey Park)


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The Nooner for Friday, June 11, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

Happy Friday! You made it! If you are a Sacratomato-an, enjoy the decent temperatures over the weekend as we're looking at a high of 106 by next Thursday. While I was depressed last night that the Giants game was postponed because of thunderstorms creating a double-header tomorrow, it did allow me to spend more time in the kitchen. Last night was a Riverdog Farm pork chop topped with a balsamic peach compote over braised kale and carrots. Delicious and, while I like supporting local restaurants, a lot cheaper than a delivered meal.

I have the joy of going to Verizon this afternoon. As some of you who have tried to call me, you know that my 5-year-old iPhone decided to stop transmitting my voice. I can hear callers just fine. Doesn't matter which input source or app. Time to replace. Fortunately, I have the insurance.

We had some good news yesterday around the Capitol. While there have been persistent rumors that Ella was closed permanently, Selland Family Restaurants sent out an email yesterday inviting applications for positions from managers to dishwashers and is hosting an on-site open interview event ahead of an anticipated July opening. Tower Cafe sent a similar message.

Restaurants continue to have a very difficult time finding staff. While some have been able to reopen for 25% indoor dining, 100% is an entirely different world, particularly for restaurants like Ella where there is a very high expectation for service. Let's hope our restaurants are able to staff up and reopen soon, so Sacramento can come back strong.

Speaking of coming back, the Capitol Mall farmers market is scheduled to return on Wednesday with food trucks and supposedly additional produce vendors. With the relocation of the powerhouse Sunday market because of freeway construction, this is good news to those downtown as well as to those returning to offices around the Capitol. The bad news is that the high on Wednesday is forecast to be 102. Then again, speaking for myself, I could use a good sweaty walk to supplement my produce box and possibly pick up some cheap flowers.

Meanwhile, after touting that wonderful segment about Broadway coming back on The Tonight Show with Lin-Manuel Miranda and others from Tuesday night, I didn't provide the link. Here it is. It hasn't aged in a day. I watched it again when I got up at 5 and it was a great way to put a smile on my face and a pep in my step to start the day.

Da da da dat da, dat da da da da ya da
Da da dat dat da ya da!
Da da da dat da, dat da da da da ya da
Da da dat-

That's some beautiful video pleasure. On the aural pleasure side, on my afternoon walk yesterday, I listened to Michael Barbaro's The Daily podcast at the NYT. It was the fascinating story of a Hungarian immigrant academic Katalin Kariko who played a major role in the mRNA technology behind the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. She struggled to get attention and funding for her work, which began in Hungary, until she ran into a scientist who worked in Dr. Fauci's lab. Absolutely riveting. You don't need to have an NYT subscription to listen to The Daily pod and I try to listen most days and am rarely disappointed. This is the link to yesterday's episode.

BUDGET: At 9pm last night, new identical budget bills were posted. The new bills, SB 128 and AB 128, appears to be the two-house legislative Democrats plan with the addition of $215.2 million in funding to reimburse counties for the cost of running the recall election (SEC. 16.00). Initially I thought this meant that the vote on the budget would be after 9pm on Monday night because initially I thought yesterday was Friday. It's been a long week and after the Giants game was postponed due to DC thunderstorms, I was completely discombobulated. It diid give me time to

Of course, this raises the perennial debate of whether "by midnight on June 15" is at or before 11:59pm on June 14 or June 15, but I still believe it is June 14. You kiss your honey and cheer at 12:00am on January 1, which is midnight. Nobody debates about whether to wait until 12:00am on January 2. Yes, if I had drafted Proposition 25 that established the majority vote budget and this deadline, I would have written "on or before 11:59pm," but I wasn't asked.

Anyway, the Legislature has all day Monday to adopt AB 128. As in previous years since Proposition 25 was approved by voters in 2010, most of the trailer bills won't be approved on Monday. The constitution only requires the budget bill in chief to be approved by June 15 to keep legislators paid. For home gamers, the budget bill in chief provides the actual appropriations, while trailer bills contain statutory language needed to implement the budget. Like the main budget bill, trailer bills require only a majority vote and take effect immediately.


  • Timeline: Yesterday, legislative leaders agreed to accelerate the timeline of the recall election by essentially scratching the 30 days for Joint Legislative Budget Committee review of the costs projected by the Department of Finance now that a figure has been included in the budget. Kevin Yamamura writes for Politico:

    Many initially expected the election to occur in late fall, perhaps around the first Tuesday in November that serves as Election Day in even-numbered years. But mid-September to early October is now the surest bet.

    Some Democrats suggest that Newsom would benefit from an earlier recall based on recent polling strength and growing voter confidence in California's emergence from Covid-19. The deeper you go into the fall, the more you risk bad wildfires, weeks of smoke-filled skies and a potential resurgence of the coronavirus. Or so the theory goes.

    Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon made the call after getting a $215 million recall price tag estimate today from Newsom's Department of Finance. That figure accounts for the amount that 58 counties say they need to run the special election this year. It was a bit surprising to see the leaders so quickly move to waive the cost-review window, but they also said they will reimburse counties in the upcoming budget bill.

    Two more major timing variables remain. One lies in the hands of Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, a Newsom ally who will choose an election date 60 to 80 days from the time the recall is certified by the state's elections chief. The Department of Finance has control of the other variable — whether to condense or eliminate its own 30-day window to review recall costs. And Newsom has sway with both arbiters.

  • Jenner: Last night, Jimmy Kimmel skewered Caitlyn Jenner, calling her "Caitlyn Jenner KarKrashian" before reviewing her performance on "The View."

    Not exactly the Arnold Schwarzenegger late night treatment.

RECALL FEVER: The LAT's Julia Wick looks at the recalls that aren't targeting Governor Newsom. After looking at the effort against retiring Ventura County supe Linda Parks, Wick writes:

Paperwork for five recall attempts has been filed this year in San Francisco — the same number filed there during the previous 15 years. The two dueling campaigns to recall Dist. Atty. Chesa Boudin and campaigns to recall three members of the San Francisco school board have all drawn a slew of publicity.

In the tiny industrial city of Vernon, south of downtown Los Angeles, two City Council members were ousted earlier this month during the city’s first recall election in modern memory. Come September, Vernon’s 120 registered voters will decide the fate of two more council members in a second recall election on Sept. 14.

That very day, Sonoma County voters will decide whether to recall their district attorney.

The newest formal bid moved forward Wednesday, when L.A. City Councilwoman Nithya Raman was served with a recall notice outside her Silver Lake home. (A campaign to recall L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin, not to be confused with the 2017 campaign to recall him, has yet to file official paperwork.)


-vaccination stats:

  • Californians fully vaccinated: 18,542,484 (54.6%)
  • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,834,013 (11.3%)

-cases: In the LAT, Luke Money and Rong-Gong Lin II write that, as California prepares to largely reopen, new cases of SARS-CoV-2 have fallen to a new low. While we have gotten used to referring to it as a COVID-19, that's of course the syndrome caused by the underlying virus. There have been plenty of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 positive carriers who never express the "infectious disease" that is represented by the ID in COVID-19.

California will fully reopen its economy next Tuesday under remarkably favorable conditions, with the COVID-19 risk rapidly receding and new cases being reported at the lowest levels in 14 months.

The state has for several months recorded one of the lowest coronavirus infection rates in the country, a distinction that’s endured despite the end of many restrictions and the rise of new variants. The numbers and rapid rollout of vaccinations have given public health officials even more confidence that life can return to some semblance of normal without the horrific surges that thwarted California’s two previous attempts at reopening.

California has one of the highest rates of vaccinations in the nation, with 56% of residents of all ages — and 71% of adults — having received at least one dose of vaccine. Thirteen states now have at least 70% of their adults at least partially vaccinated, achieving a goal set by President Biden weeks before a July Fourth target.

HIGH-SPEED CHOO CHOO: In the Chron, Lauren Hernández reports that the Biden Administration has restored nearly a billion dollars in federal funding for California's high-speed rail project.

California will receive $929 million in grant funding toward its high-speed rail project — funding that former President Donald Trump had previously canceled in 2019 — under a deal announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office late Thursday night.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the state finalized settlement negotiations to restore the funding, Newsom’s office said.

Newsom applauded the funding restoration, saying the reversal is a testament to President Biden’s and Vice President Kamala Harris’ shared vision with California: “Clean, electrified transportation that will serve generations to come.”

PUBLIC HEALTH: For CalMatters, Barbara Feder Ostrov and Ana B. Ibarra look at the fight by local health departments for state funding.

California’s county and city public health departments have been stretched to their breaking point throughout the pandemic. 

Even before COVID-19, there was rarely enough money to do what needed to be done to protect people’s health, and the pandemic underscored the risks of so many years of underinvestment, said Michelle Gibbons, executive director of the County Health Executives Association of California.

That’s why many health leaders were shocked and worried when Gov. Gavin Newsom didn’t include a new infusion of cash for public health in last month’s proposed budget, despite the state’s $76 billion surplus. Instead, he included money to study future public health spending.

Now Newsom and state lawmakers are wrangling over how much money to devote to rebuilding California’s public health systems.

Lawmakers have proposed at least $200 million annually in new funding for local health departments and another $100 million for local nonprofits to improve health equity. The legislature’s budget bill earmarks about $5.1 billion for public health, compared to the $4.6 billion that Newsom proposed. When asked last week whether he would support the legislature’s additions, Newsom did not address public health departments and instead touted his unrelated efforts to enhance health care.

The AP's Adam Beam also takes a look at the fight over how best to deploy public health funding.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to spend the state’s extraordinary budget surplus on correcting the most widespread financial impacts of the pandemic, pledging to give $600 payments to most taxpaying adults while committing to pay off all of their outstanding rent and utility bills.

But left out of the governor’s $267.8 billion budget proposal last month: Money to rebuild local public health departments, whose staffing shortages and fragmented funding were exposed by the coronavirus, impeding a more coordinated response to the crisis.

Now public health departments are joining forces, trying to convince Newsom and the state Legislature to give them an unprecedented infusion of cash. Their campaign, dubbed “California Can’t Wait,” seeks $400 million per year for a variety of functions, including $200 million to hire more workers and $35 million to recruit and retain them.

TAXING MATTERS: For The Bee, Isabella Bloom looks at a bill to force cities to disclose their sales tax kickback deals with online retailers locating physical facilities in their jurisdiction.

A bill moving through the Legislature aims to reveal how much money California cities are losing out to a group of local governments that gave tax-sharing deals to e-commerce giants like Amazon in bids to court warehouse jobs for their communities.

The deals are common, with cities like Fresno and Ontario agreeing to kick money back to retailers in exchange for opening distribution centers within their boundaries.

The proposal by Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, follows a 2019 bill Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed that would have banned cities from offering new sales tax-sharing deals to online retailers.

Glazer’s new bill won’t prohibit the tax-sharing pacts, but the senator has said it could help make a case for curtailing the deals in the future. Senate Bill 792 cleared the Senate on June 2 and is headed to the Assembly.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jim Anderson, Paul Fickas, and Nicole Winger!



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