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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)


  • California Council on Science and Technology
  • SFBay Government & Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • 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 receiving
    • $25,000 from the California New Care Dealers Association PAC
    • $10,000 from Hamid Mani (physician, La Jolla)
    • $10,000 from United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices Underground Utility/Landscape Local #355

The Nooner for Tuesday, June 29, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

Happy Taco Tuesday! Tonight at 7:10pm, the Giants try to get a win after yesterday's loss to the Dodgers in Chavez Ravine. The shoulder is still a pain in the ass, uh, arm. Anyway, trying to be as productive as possible!

Today is the special primary in AD18 with the question being whether there will be a general on 8/31.

Oh, and we have a state budget for the fiscal year starting Thursday, sort of.

Now, the big question... Does Controller Betty Yee get to "sign" the pandemic relief checks sent to low-income residents as part of the deal as is customarily the case or does Gavin get his name on the paper checks (of course many are electronic).

BUDGET: SB 129, the budget bill junior, was approved on a party-line vote in both houses, amending the budget bill in chief, AB 128, mostly paring down ongoing spending. Lots of trailer bill work is left to be done to amend and statues to implement the budget appropriation bills. And there may be a budget bill III still. What was approved was termed a "budget framework" hammered out by Democratic legislative leaders and Governor Newsom.

MASKS: Well, this sucks. While we have been getting used going naked without a mask this month, Los Angeles County is recommending masks indoors over fears of the Delta variant, including vaccinated residents. Luke Money reports for the Times:

With the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus continuing to spread statewide, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is recommending that all residents wear masks in public indoor spaces — regardless of whether they’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19.

Monday’s announcement is one of the clearest signals yet of just how seriously health officials are taking the strain, and the danger it poses, particularly to those who have yet to be inoculated.

Officials have said the available vaccines appear to offer strong protection. But there’s significant concern that those who have yet to receive all their required shots, or any doses at all, remain vulnerable to the Delta variant — which may be twice as transmissible as the conventional coronavirus strains.

Cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Matthew Dobler, Megan Kerr, Linda Moulton-Patterson, former Assembly member Henry Perea, Larry Salinas, and Santa Barbara supe Das Williams!


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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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