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  • California State of Mind (CapRadio): Reopening; state budget with guest reporters from CalMatters (2021-06-11)
  • 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)


  • Capitol Seminars’ Invaluable Lobbying 101 Course Offered Via Zoom (July 9)
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - MPA/MPP
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - Masters of Science in Law


  • AD18 (Alameda-San Leandro-West Oakland): Educators and Healthcare Professionals for Mia Bonta for State Assembly 2021 sponsored by education; school employee and dentist organizations reports spending:
    • $172,770 for television, radio, and newspaper ads
    • $10,000 for consulting

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The Nooner for Sunday, June 13, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

Happy Sunday! It's a pretty quiet day on the eve of the week of tomorrow's budget votes, Tuesday's reopening, and -- of course -- Wednesday's return of the Capitol Mall farmers market. Wednesday's forecast high is 102, but it shouldn't be too bad around the lunchtime. The hours are 9-1:30pm, although the first hour is a "priority hour" for chefs.

If you see In the Heights (which I recommend), it is a Jon M. Chu film. Thus, there is a post-credits supplemental scene worth watching. If you see it in the theater, sit tight. If you've already watched it on HBO Max, you can find it at 2:22:15. ;-)

Anyway, just a few items today and then I'm going to return to my chores around Nooner Global HQ. Then, of course, tacos. If it's (this) Sunday, it's not Meet the Press (French Open), but Our Lady of Guadalupe will give me some normality.


  • Cox: Some folks have asked why I haven't published the Moore Information polling results showing the recall winning and Cox with a major lead. I will not be spreading private polling results from any candidate (or anti-recall) in this campaign but rather only public polls (e.g. PPIC, Berkeley IGS, SurveyUSA). It's different than an Assembly race for which we may not get public polls. Additionally, that shared by the Cox campaign neither has the questions asked nor crosstabs. Without that, it's just another hype/fundraising email. But, if you want to read it, it is here.
  • Paffrath: The Chron's Lauren Hernández looks at the candidacy of Kevin Paffrath.

    Of the 40 or so Californians who have filed statements of interest to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom as the state’s governor in the upcoming recall election, Kevin Paffrath is the only one with 1.65 million followers on YouTube.

    But when the Southern California real estate broker showed up in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza on Saturday, around 150 people huddled in front of a stage where a sign urged voters to “Meet Kevin Paffrath” and “Vote YES on Recall.” Many of the attendees told The Chronicle they are followers of Paffrath’s popular YouTube channel, “Meet Kevin.”

    The gathering was billed as Paffrath’s “FIRST BIG CAMPAIGN RALLY!!!” on his Youtube account, which was created in 2010 and until recently has emphasized mostly financial topics.

    “Unlike Caitlyn Jenner, I’m not running as a joke,” Paffrath said at one point, referring to the former Olympic gold medalist who announced in April that she is running for governor as a Republican. “I’m running to solve California.”

    Paffrath condemned the state’s education system, reports of California residents leaving the state, the number of people experiencing homelessness across California, and the state’s plan for its high-speed rail system. He detailed a portion of his “20-Part Plan” for California, which involves removing the state income tax “on the first $250,000 made;” establishing a 14-day “fast-tracked” legal immigration process;” and providing housing for everyone experiencing homelessness within 60 days “via Emergency Powers,” among other objectives.
    So, a new single lawyer in California who benefited from public education pays no state income tax and we're going to provide housing for everyone? He also proposes "An approximately 5-7% flat tax on incomes over $250,000." Kevin has a promise for Utopia.  

VACCINATIONS -  these numbers haven't changed since Friday because of a problem with the state's page

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

CHARTER SCHOOLS: For CalMatters, Dan Walters looks at the latest fight over charter schools.

During Newsom’s first year in office, the anti-charter coalition mounted a major assault which ended with some new regulations but fell short of strangling charters, which now enroll more than 10% of the state’s public school students and have been growing as traditional schools have seen enrollment declines.

Everything went on hold during 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic as all public schools shut their doors and tried, with varying degrees of success, to conduct classes at home through the internet. However, a pandemic-induced school finance measure aimed at shoring up school district finances did take a bite out of money for charters.

The conflict flared up again this year with the introduction of Assembly Bill 1316, carried by Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, a Democrat from Long Beach and former teacher who chairs the Assembly Education Committee and is closely aligned with the teachers’ union and other anti-charter interests.

Ostensibly, the bill would reform oversight of charter schools that offer home instruction, rather than classroom schooling, citing a scandal in San Diego. Operators of a non-classroom charter called A3 were accused of fraudulently obtaining at least $400 million in school money and two pleaded guilty earlier this year.

However, the California Charter Schools Association saw it as a broader union-backed effort to undermine the movement with multiple new oversight mandates and ginned up a campaign to block the bill.


Advocates of traditional schools worry that having experienced the ups and downs of distance learning, more parents and students might be attracted to charters, particularly those offering at-home instruction, thus shifting even more state school dollars.

It’s a high-stakes competition for students and money that both sides see as existential — their institutional lives at risk — and Newsom will be feeling the heat from both as it continues.

REOPENING: The Chron's Erin Allday looks at the concerns that come with Tuesday's reopening.

Generally high vaccination rates, combined with the roughly 20% of people who have immunity from previous coronavirus infection, mean most parts of the state have enough immune protection to prevent another surge like the one that crushed California in the winter. It’s hard to imagine a scenario that would require a renewed statewide stay-at-home order, experts say.

But there are still obstacles ahead, including some that could set back the state’s recovery and prompt renewed local restrictions or targeted closures.

California will be vulnerable to outbreaks in unvaccinated communities, such as the clusters reported in Marin County. Last week, Sonoma County officials reported a troubling rise in cases, primarily among young, unvaccinated residents who were defying public health orders and gathering together. the large birthday party that well into the night in a backyard across the alley from me?

Public health officials also will be watching for cases of serious COVID-19 illness among young children who can’t be vaccinated — potentially a sign that the virus has mutated and become more virulent — and for hints that vaccine protection is waning faster than anticipated.

The source of greatest concern, and uncertainty, is the potential for variants to emerge that could make vaccines less effective, though most experts say they don’t expect that to happen soon, if ever. For now, the vaccines provide strong protection against all known variants.

“I really am ecstatic about where we are. And it’s very hard to argue against the current trajectory of reopening,” said Dr. John Swartzberg, an infectious disease expert at UC Berkeley who has often taken a cautious approach to controlling the pandemic. “But I don’t think we’re out of this problem yet. We won’t be taking two or three steps back like we did in the past and go into a lockdown. But we may have to take a step back periodically.”

SACTOWN: The Bee's Benjy Egel looks at the woeful situation on Sacramento's Kay Street as California reopens from the pandemic.

Downtown is the heart of Sacramento, K Street is its main artery and right now, it’s sick with blight that could affect the rest of the body. After public and private entities invested more than $1 billion in downtown during the last decade, some who stuck around say it was largely abandoned by both leaders and regulars during the pandemic, allowing it to slip into disrepair.

COVID-19, of course, is the main culprit. State employees working from home don’t buy lunch at downtown sandwich shops, nobody enjoys a pre- or post-game drink at local bars if the Golden 1 Center is empty, and a lack of conferences means empty hotels.

The scene should improve over time, but a June 15 snapback to pre-coronavirus times isn’t happening.

From the article:

  • Capital Books saw its 2020 sales increase by 90% and is opening a second location in the former location of Oblivion Coffee and Comics. "It will have coffee, beer and wine with some light food options in front like Oblivion, then a board, card and video game lounge in the back when it opens around the end of the year."
  • Pizza Rock turned in its liquor license in October so apparently is not reopening.
  • Morgan's Mill coffee and cafe closed on Thursday.

As I noted last week, Ella's is staffing up for a reopening. Additionally, I'm told that Cal Fit is planning to reopen soon.

LA-LA LAND: In the Times, Steve Lopez writes that the problem of the number of unhoused people in Venice, some of whom are violent, is complicated. However, he writes, that doesn't mean that it is an excuse for inaction.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, who finds himself at the center of a raging storm over homelessness in his district, isn’t surprised that so many of his constituents on the Westside are livid.

“Anybody who’s not angry at what they’re seeing on the streets is just dead inside,” he said. “I walk down the street and my blood boils.”


Venice, by nature of being Venice, has always been a draw for both people of means and people on the margins. But in recent months, things have gotten out of control there, a fact driven home by the fact that at the border with Santa Monica, you don’t see many tents or much of the suffering, crime and disorder that have become commonplace in Venice.

It’s easy enough to argue that Bonin could have and should have done a better job, and I get why there was an uproar over his proposal to temporarily move encampments to parks and to beach parking lots, just as summer rolls in. But it’s not Bonin’s — or his district’s — responsibility to solve this alone.

I say they should load the tents and the people in Venice onto buses and deliver them to parks in the San Fernando Valley district of City Councilman John Lee. In April, Lee proposed yanking funds for a homeless housing project in his own district, despite full council approval more than a year ago.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Melinda Amato, Adrienne Grey, Seema Mehta, and Samuel Sukaton!



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