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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.


  • California Council on Science and Technology (jobs)
  • SFBay Government & Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Capitol Seminars’ Invaluable Lobbying 101 Course Offered Via Zoombs)bs (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 

RECALL WATCH: interesting reports over the last couple of days (not including regular contributions at or below the limits)

  • Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom reports receiving
    • $250,000 from the United Farm and Commercial Workers Int'l
    • $10,000 from NARAL Pro-Choice America
    • $50,000 from the California Applicants' Attorneys Association
    • $50,000 from Pechanga Band of Mission Indians
    • $500,000 from the California Dental Association 
    • $25,000 from the California Machinists 

The Nooner for Thursday, July 1, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

Well, hello there! I am back up-and-running and hope it stays that way for awhile (both my shoulder and technology) . I'll be short as you are likely winding down your day, However, I wanted to update you as we now have a recall election date, which is September 14.

After a couple days following the news on my phone with some social media on my part, it's great to back at my desk with a keyboard.

BUDGET: There was lots of action on budget trailer bills. Jason Sisney, budget advisor for Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Assembly Dems, has a great Twitter thread recapping the actions and what is being negotiated.


  • Timing: Today the Department of Finance a its cost estimate for the election to the Secretary of State. Because the Joint Legislative Budget Committee waived its opportunity to review the estimate via a budget trailer bill and included money in the budget for the election, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis could set an election date as soon as receiving formal notice from SOS Dr. Shirley Weber. And Kounalakis did so this afternoon -- September 14.

    Laurel Rosenhall writes for CalMatters:

    The announcement today from Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis comes after weeks of procedural wrangling by Democratic lawmakers and state officials to speed up the process for choosing a recall election date. Their apparent calculation is that the Democratic governor has better odds of defeating the GOP-backed recall if an election is held sooner rather than later.

    “I believe we have chosen a fair and reasonable date for this election to take place,” Kounalakis said in a statement. “It has always been my intention to choose an election date that gives election officials and the public ample time to ensure a smooth election with broad participation.”

    Newsom’s public approval has been rising as the state rebounds from the coronavirus pandemic, and he’s already amassed a hefty war chest to fight the recall. Delaying a vote until later in the fall would give his opponents more time to mobilize — and raises the possibility that voters could sour on Newsom if conditions in the state worsen due to the pandemic, wildfire season or other unforeseen calamities.

    Jeremy B. White reports for Politico:

    The scores of contenders seeking to replace Newsom will now have about two weeks to officially declare their candidacies before the filing deadline. That also creates an intense time crunch for Newsom’s efforts to correct a legal error and be listed as a Democrat on the ballot: Newsom’s lawyers are due to argue their case in court next Friday, about a week before elections officials will finalize the list of candidates.

    Sept. 14 became the likeliest spot on the calendar under the parameters Kounalakis had to work with. Once Weber certified the election, Kounalakis had to pick a date 60 to 80 days from now. Only three Tuesdays fit that bill, and local election officials had said Sept. 14 was the earliest they could reasonably hold the contest.

    “Although the window of time from which I could select a date was narrow, I believe we have chosen a fair and reasonable date for this election to take place,” said Kounalakis said, adding that Sept. 14 "gives election officials and the public ample time to ensure a smooth election with broad participation.

COVID IN THE CAPITOL: The Bee's Hannah Wiley reports on a COVID outbreak in the Capitol, including with 2 fully vaccinated staffers being infected.

The California Capitol is experiencing an outbreak of seven new COVID-19 cases, all within the same Assembly office, just weeks after it opened its doors to the public and began lifting certain pandemic rules.

The cases have all been reported this week in memos that Assembly Rules Chief Administrative Officer Debra Gravert sent to staff and members.

Two of the employees who tested positive were fully vaccinated, a Thursday note included, and all reportedly wore masks while in the office.

AD18 (Alameda-San Leandro-West Oakland): Here are the current results for Tuesday's special primary in the East Bay seat:

  • Mia Bonta 16,228 (37.62%)
  • Janani Ramachandran 9,303 (21.57%)
  • Malia Vella 7,119 (16.50%)
  • Stephen Slauson 4,847 (11.24%)
  • Victor Aguilar 3,218 (7.46%)
  • Eugene Canson 863 (2.00%)ight
  • James Aguilar 775 (1.80%)
  • Joel Britton 629 (1.46%)
  • Write-in 152 (0.35%)
  • Nelsy Batista 5 (0.01%)

It appears that additional no vote tabulation has been provided since election night. That said it looks strongly that there will be a special general on August 31 between the top two vote recipients.

THE TRADES: Yesterday, State Building and Construction Trades Council of California tweeted that its political powerhouse president will be retiring after ten years in the role.

Cakeday and classifieds after the jumps...

Probolsky Research

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Ian Fregosi!

Missed cakedays because of my computer outage include Senator Rosalicie Ochoa Bogh (R-Rancho Cucamonga), Jon Coupal, and Kyle Miller!


Add your classified now both in The Nooner and online for $50/week or $150/month by emailing, with a headline, a summary of up to 200 words, and what you'd like the end date to be. You can attach a PDF or provide a link for a bigger job description/info to apply. [Other advertising options]

The California Council on Science and Technology

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.

More info:


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

Political Data Inc.
For 30 Years PDI has been California’s premier data vendor. Now, you can get live online trainings on the newest PDI software every week: