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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.

  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blovien): Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine) (2021-06-25)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyorsky and Sherry Jeffe): White rage and the recall election. (2021-06-25)
  • 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)


  • 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

The Nooner for Saturday, June 26, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

Happy Saturday! Ugh, my shoulder is again acting up. Fortunately, I have a virtual doctor's appointment next week. I'll take it easy today and do some yoga after writing. I've gotten lazy as my shoulder was feeling better. Too much time at the desk!

If I don't to everything today, it's not my shoulder. It's a hummingbird that has been taunting me on my balcony all morning. "Come out and play, Scott."

Budget and lots more after the jump!

DO YOU RECALL? The Chron's Dustin Gardiner looks at the Hollywood money defending Governor Newsom from the recall effort.

The recall campaign that will determine if Gov. Gavin Newsom stays in office hasn’t just drawn celebrity challengers: Stars and Hollywood executives are also opening their wallets to try to sway the race.

Newsom has soaked up nearly all of the entertainment industry money coming into the campaigns, and has dominated fundraising overall, raking in more than $16 million for his recall defense committee. (Click here for an interactive table of the biggest donors to the top candidates.)

Here are a dozen famous personalities who’ve contributed money to defend the embattled governor or the pro-recall effort. The list includes donations to both 2021 and 2022 candidate committees, since some expenses may overlap and candidates can transfer money between committees in many cases.

BUDGET: We have a budget deal -- or do we?. For the LAT, John Myers writes:

Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic leaders of the California Legislature reached an agreement Friday on a $262.6-billion state budget, divvying up a towering windfall of tax revenue for public schools, COVID-19 pandemic relief and a sweeping effort to address homelessness.

The compromise — reached less than a week before the state’s new fiscal year begins July 1 — came after 11 days of haggling among the state’s top Democrats, negotiations that began after legislators approved a placeholder budget that met their constitutional deadline for action and avoided the forfeiture of a portion of their salaries.

But legislative staff members emphasized that Friday’s announcement was not a final budget, saying a few issues remain outstanding. The governor’s office did not comment on the agreement.

Observers said the talks were often bogged down in disagreements over how much new spending the state can afford in the near future. Legislative leaders said Thursday that they had urged Newsom to agree to a larger expansion of child-care services for working families.

In the Chron, Alexei Koseff reports:

Facing a looming deadline, legislative budget officials said late Friday they had reached a framework for the state budget with Gov. Gavin Newsom, hashing out agreements on homelessness funding, health coverage for undocumented seniors and other lingering policy differences.

But the officials, who declined to speak on the record, said some key details remained unsettled, even as the Legislature prepares to pass the $262.2 billion spending plan on Monday, three days before the start of the new fiscal year.

Lawmakers already approved a placeholder budget last week in order to fulfill a constitutional requirement and get paid, and negotiations continued over how to divvy up a surge in tax revenues. An unexpectedly robust economic rebound from the coronavirus pandemic has provided California with an estimated discretionary surplus of $38 billion, along with $26 billion in federal stimulus money, prompting a sweep of competing proposals on liberal priorities such as access to health care, early childhood education and college scholarships.

The deal has been delayed in recent days as officials haggled over payments to providers of state-subsidized child care. Legislative leaders rallied outside the Capitol on Thursday with hundreds of providers urging the governor to raise their rates.

The legislative budget officials said discussions over how much to increase child care provider rates is ongoing. Follow-up bills will also be needed to finalize several other spending packages, including $6 billion to expand broadband internet access, $3.7 billion for climate resiliency projects, $3 billion to deal with the rapidly worsening drought and $1 billion for wildfire preparedness, according to a summary document provided by the officials.

Chris Micheli provides a list of the "Budget Bill" and trailers that are in print.

Senate Version

Subject Matter

Assembly Version

SB 129

Eligible Monday at 6:14pm

Budget Act of 2021 – “Budget Bill Junior”

AB 129

Eligible Monday at 7:33pm

SB 139

Eligible Monday at 12:12pm

Golden State Stimulus II: Golden State Stimulus

AB 139

Eligible Monday at 1:03pm

SB 142

Eligible Monday at 2:52pm

State employment: State Bargaining Units

AB 142

Eligible Monday at 3:33pm

SB 146

Eligible Monday at 10:10am

Correctional Facilities

AB 146

Eligible Monday at 10:34am

SB 147

Eligible 2 weeks ago

Budget Act of 2020: augmentation

AB 147

Eligible 2 weeks ago

SB 152

Eligible Saturday at 9pm


AB 152

Eligible Saturday at 5:14pm

SB 158

Eligible Monday at 11:05am

Hazardous Waste

AB 158

Eligible Monday at 11:01am

SB 159

Eligible Monday at 2:52pm

State Employment: State Bargaining Unit 6

AB 159

Eligible Monday at 3:32pm


COVID-19 relief: tenancy: federal rental assistance

AB 832 (Chiu)

Eligible Monday at 10:29am

Micheli additionally notes:

  • 9am – Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee hearing on budget package
  • 11am – Assembly Budget Committee hearing on budget package
  • 12 noon – Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing on AB 832 (Chiu)
  • 2pm – Senate Floor Session
  • 3pm – Assembly Floor Session

Please note that the following budget trailer bills are listed in the Daily File for hearing on Monday, but no amendments are in print as of Friday night at 10pm:

  • A.B. No. 134 Committee on Budget. Mental Health.
  • A.B. No. 137 Committee on Budget. General Government.
  • A.B. No. 141 Committee on Budget. Cannabis.
  • A.B. No. 144 Committee on Budget. Budget Act of 2021.
  • A.B. No. 145 Committee on Budget. Budget Act of 2021.

In The Bee, Kim Bojórquez reports on the budget deal that includes an expansion of Medi-Cal benefits to undocumented residents 50 or over. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature on Friday unveiled a state budget plan that would expand Medi-Cal coverage to low-income, undocumented adults and seniors ages 50 and over.

State leaders are expected to sign the deal next week.

The proposed expansion makes California closer to potentially becoming the first state in the nation to extend health care coverage to all its low-income residents regardless of immigration status. The state extended Medi-Cal coverage for undocumented children in 2016 and young adults up to the age of 26 in 2020.

Also in The Bee, Hannah Wiley and Adam Beam for the AP report on the deal to extend the eviction moratorium until October and provide additional rent assistance.

CHILD CARE WORKERS: For The Bee, Jeong Park reports that Child Care Providers United, a union of AFSCME, have reached a bargaining agreement with the state.

More than 40,000 California child care providers will get at least a 15% pay raise starting in 2022 through their first-ever collective bargaining agreement, a union representing them said late Friday.

The contract between the Child Care Providers United and the state will give tens of thousands of child care workers their first pay increase in five years, as well as money for more providers to be licensed, the union said in a press release announcing the agreement.

The agreement, which will soon go to the providers for ratification, also removes a major sticking point in legislators and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s negotiation over the state’s budget. California has until July 1 to pass its budget.

“The collective bargaining agreement marks a new chapter in providers’ decades-long fight for fair pay and recognition for their pivotal role in early brain development, closing opportunity gaps faced by children of color, and leveling the playing field for working women,” the union said in its release.

As part of the contract, the state will increase its subsidies to reflect the latest cost of providing child care — California currently uses an estimate from 2016 to calculate the rates. The state will also provide an additional $289 million in a supplemental fund to ensure all providers get at least a 15% pay increase.

The state will also provide $40 million for training and education. As part of the contract, workers and state officials will meet in committees to figure out how to provide benefits such as paid time off, retirement and health insurance, according to the union.

The union, whose members provide child care out of their homes and receive subsidies from the state, has been bargaining with the state since its creation nearly a year ago.

Of course, while the money is in the budget, the details on spending are still not available. An EdSource team reports:

Both chambers of the Legislature will vote on identical $263 billion budget bills – Senate Bill 129 and Assembly Bill 129 –  on Monday, three days ahead of the start of the 2021-22 state fiscal year. Still to arrive in coming days are a deal on reimbursement rates for child-care providers – a sticking point between the Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom – and the release of the education budget trailer bill, which will flesh out details of the agreement.

Actually, only one bill will progress. It doesn't do any good for each house to pass a bill. The bills are already in their second house. Senate Dems will likely kick it over to the Assembly first.

REDISTRICTING: in the Restricting Report, Paul Mitchell looks at communities of interest:

As statewide and local redistricting processes advance over the summer, the public is beginning to weigh in about how their neighborhoods should be grouped with – or separated entirely from – others. It’s an exercise that is designed to instruct the commissions or boards overseeing the redistricting process about how communities could be grouped together conceptually, even if the Census data that will be used to equalize the populations across districted maps isn’t released for several more weeks.

But regardless of who testifies at these community of interest hearings now, redistricting decision-makers will have Census data that will also be telling a story. And as the Sacramento Bee highlighted in an article this week, Census datasets can tell us that some communities are more segregated by race than they’ve been over the past several decades.

The article summarizes a recent study from the UC Berkeley’s Othering & Belonging Institute that looked at the trends of racial segregation among America’s biggest cities. In total, 81 percent of the cities with more than 200,000 residents were more segregated in 2019 than they were in 1990, according to the report. 

EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE: In the LAT, Faith E. Pinho and Alex Wigglesworth write that state officials are warning residents of the increasing draught and wildfire dangers.

California’s drought and wildfire conditions are accelerating at unprecedented rates, according to state officials, and residents should brace for a summer of widespread burning and mandatory water conservation measures in some regions.

As reservoir levels across the state continue to drop, and as parched vegetation poses an increasing threat of wildfire, officials in Sacramento and Southern California offered a bleak assessment of the state’s drying climate, saying it has already begun to affect people, plants and animals.

The current drought, which blankets the entire state and a broad swath of the western United States, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, is already outpacing the state’s devastating 2012-16 drought, said Karla Nemeth, director of the California Department of Water Resources.

“It really wasn’t until year three or four when we saw these intense conditions … we’re now experiencing in the second year of the drought,” Nemeth said Friday. “That acceleration is really what’s new about this drought and what we’re working to respond to.”

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