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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.

  • Then There's California: (Senate Democratic Caucus) Senator Sydney Kamlager (2021-06-25)
  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blovien): Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine) (2021-06-25)
  • InsidTe Golden State Politics (Bill Boyorsky and Sherry Jeffe): White rage and the recall election. (2021-06-25)
  • Capitahl 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)


  • 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 Sunday, June 27, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

Happy Sunday! My shoulder continues to be a pain in the, well, arm, which is not good for a writer/programmer. However, with the way the Giants are playing, couch time in 2021 isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's still just ibuprofen and CBD lotion for me, but when I have my virtual appointment with my doctor on Thursday, it may be time for a cortisone shot.

Otherwise, all is going well at Nooner Global HQ, although of course it is a Sunday without farmers market in the 'hood. Nevertheless, I look forward to tacos after The Nooner and before the Giants/A's game, which is at 1:05. cabeza, buche, y asada? I never know until I get to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

 Yeah, the bill is stuck during the Giants-A's series.


  • Californians fully vaccinated: 19,760,557 (58.2%)
  • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,364,163 (9.9%)

VAXX: In the Times, Angela Hart reports for Kaiser Health News on the waning vaccination rates in California.

Gov. Gavin Newsom routinely boasts that California has “one of the highest vaccination rates in the United States of America.”

Yet Newsom rarely mentions that vaccinations have largely stagnated in Black and Latino neighborhoods hardest hit by the coronavirus, and in rural outposts where opposition to vaccines runs rampant. In these communities, deep distrust of government and the U.S. healthcare system has collided with California’s high-stakes effort to finish inoculating its 34 million vaccine-eligresidents.

These are places where state health officials believe they can change a significant number of minds. But the Newsom administration is struggling to do so, public health expe say, hampered by its inconsistent and hastily developed public messaging and outreach campaign that relies too heavily on private advertising firms and companies such as Google and Blue Shield of California.

“Many people don’t trust information being put out about vaccines because it’s coming from private companies that have profit-seeking motives,” said Dr. Tony Itona senior vice president at the California Endowment, which focuses on expanding healthcare access for Californians. Iton served as Alameda County’s public health officer from 2003 to 2009.

Of course, California is doing better than most states, with the vaccination rate per 100 persons at 106.56, or 16th among the states (DC and Guam are above The Golden State). Nevertheless, the vaccine hesitancy among California's most medically vulnerable populations is concerning.

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to cintrtulaions to former Assembly member Eric Linder for the tarmac annoouncement!


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The California Council on Science and Technology works with a range of government, research, and philanthropic partners to provide objective advice on science & tech policy issues and our team is growing! Join us in Sacramento as a Campaign Project Manager (70-105K), Science Officer (50-75K) or Program Assistant (40-60K). Full job descriptions and application instructions located at

Government & Regulatory Affairs Specialist

San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA): The Government & Regulatory Affairs Specialist assists with all activities of the Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager including federal compliance programs (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Title VI and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)), the agency’s emergency response program, and state and federal legislative programs. The position plays a key part in coordinating advocacy efforts to ensure a supportive policy and regulatory environment to advance the capital project and policy priorities of the agency. This is a specialist class position that reports to the Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager. Most work will occur in an office environment, with some occasional field work on the ferries and in the community. This is an exciting opportunity with WETA, the agency that operates San Francisco Bay Ferry, one of the most treasured public transit agencies in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.

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Taught by 46-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov. Provides comprehensive coverage of California’s Legislative process, along with touch points and best practices you need to know for effective Legislative advocacy. Send your new lobbyists, support staff, legislative committee members, executives who hire and manage lobbyists. Capitol Seminars is the No.1 training resource for nonprofits and private sector organizations, lobbying firms, trade associations, state and local government entities. Next Zoom session is Friday, July 9th, 8:30am-1:30pm. Seats are limited. Reservations: (916) 837-0208. Further information:

The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

In addition to a well-respected JD, the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees. Both full-time students and those earning a professional degree while working succeed in the program. Our focus on the interconnections of law, policy, management, and leadership provides unique competencies for your success. Students gain a foundation in statutory interpretation and skills in public policy making and implementation. Learn at a beautiful campus three miles from the State Capitol:

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

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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