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RECENT PODS: Obviously, there are lots of pods these days. I try to select for your few those most important to hear for California's politics and policy.

  • Capital Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Former Natural Resources Defense Council advocate Annie Notthoff on issues including CEQA exemptions for housing. They also look at the California political winners and losers of last week. (2021-06-20)
  • California State of Mind (Scott Rodd and Nigel Duara @ CapRadio): Rodd talks to CapRadio reporter Mike Hagerty California's efforts to bring back leisure spending in reopening and Duara talks with CalMatters's Barbara Feder Ostrov about the money county health departments are trying to get into the budget). (2021-06-18)
  • Look West Podcast (Assembly Democratic Caucus): As Life After COVID Begins with Assemblymembers Cottie Petrie-Norris, Mike Gipson, Tasha Boerner-Horvath, Cristina Garcia and Jose Medina. (2021-06-17)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): WLRN's Caitie Switalski Muñoz to discuss the different pandemic approaches of California and Florida; Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee president Jessica Post on statehouse failures in 2020, what's ahead in 2022, and her ten-year plan to regain statehouses. (2021-06-17)
  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blonien): Sacramento County DA and Attorney General candidate Anne Marie Schubert (2021-06-18)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): The state's response to the pandemic, the reopening, and uptick in gun violence. (2021-06-17) 


  • 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


  • Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom reports recieving:
  • $100,000 from Prometheus Real Estate Group, Inc (San Mateo)
  • $25,000 from Grant King (managing partner, Relevent Group, LLC, Los Angeles)
  • $25,000 from San Francisco Apartment Association PAC
  • $5,000 from Viking Services Corporation dba West Coast Property Management Company

The Nooner for Tuesday, June 22, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

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Here is the information of the obituary and services for my dear friend Nina Kapoor Oliveira:

On Friday, June 11, 2021, Nina Oliveira (Née Kapoor), loving wife and mother to one son, passed away at the age of 36.

Nina was born on August 14, 1984 in Sacramento, California. After completing degrees in economics and political science at the University of California, San Diego in 2006, Nina returned to Sacramento to work in the state legislature as a fellow and then legislative staffer. After leaving the legislature, Nina continued her work in California state government as both a contract and in house lobbyist until her death.  On October 5, 2019, Nina married Jason Oliveira. They have one son, Sawyer.

Nina had a passion for life that rubbed off on those around her. In addition to her unfortunate early taste for drum and bass music, Nina enjoyed hiking, trips to Disneyland, Taco Bell, and spending time with Jason and Sawyer. Nina could always be counted on to brighten up a room with her enthusiasm, mastery of inadvertent humor, and a relentless optimism that our dreams can be achieved.

Nina was preceded in death by her father, Harjit Kapoor, and lifelong dear friend, Annie Wiederanders. Nina is survived by her husband Jason, her son Sawyer, her mother Sunita, her brother Robby, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at East Lawn Funeral Home Greenback & I-80 (5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento) on Saturday, June 26th, 2021 at 11am. A viewing will be held immediately preceding the service from 10 to 11am.

A separate viewing will be held at East Lawn Funeral Home Greenback & I-80 on Friday, June 25th, 2021 from 5:30-7:30pm.

We encourage you to join the family for a gathering Ardaas (Prayer to One Creator) on Saturday 6/26 from 1:30 – 3:30pm at the Sikh Temple Sacramento 2301 Evergreen Ave West Sacramento, Ca 95691

For those that cannot attend in person there will be a streaming link available and sent out the night before the service. Please be aware of this option.

In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations to a 529 college savings account set up by the RNG Coalition for the benefit of Nina’s son Sawyer Singh Oliveira. Contributions may be made by check (please include Account No: 52022450 on the check). Contributions can be mailed to:

Edward Jones (Andy Cobb)
Financial Advisor
707 Lamar Avenue, Suite A
Paris, TX 74560  

Suggested Attire for the Funeral Home:

Since the event is called “Celebration of Life” we would prefer that you wear regular colored clothing as opposed to black or white.

Suggested Attire for the Sikh Temple:

Your head and legs must be covered while at the temple. Shoes are not allowed inside the prayer hall. Sikh temple etiquette and suggestions can be found here: Visiting a Gurdwara – SikhiWiki, free Sikh encyclopedia.

Here is a link to Nina’s digital memorial guest book where you are encouraged to share photos, memories, and stories of Nina. Please click the link to contribute

Thank you to many who have reached out to me during this difficult time. I have been doing well and my Buddhist faith and Nina's Sikh faith are as one. Of course, I am giving to the 529 fund for Sawyer.

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VACCINATIONS: full stats, including breakdown by group are available here

  • Californians fully vaccinated: 19,343,396 (57.0%)
  • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,513,524 (10.4%)

The numbers continue to suck. While fully vaccinated Californians increases, the partially vaccinated number continues to drop, meaning that new people are not being vaccinated.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Dianne FeinsteinJeli Gavric, Alissa Ko, and Matt Wainwright!


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