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RECENT PODS: Obviously, there are lots of pods these days. I try to select a few those most relavant to California's politics and policy, rather than every episode from the pods I follow.

  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): California Governor's Office of Emergency Services chief Mark Ghilarducci (2021-07-02)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): Author Mark Arax on how the draught might affect California water politics. (2021-07-01) 
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senator Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Rivera) and others on the impact of fireworks on veterans, particularly with the increase in illegal fireworks in neighborhoods. (2021-07-01)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): Homelessness and the recall election. (2021-07-01)


  • Miller & Olson LLP Seeks Political Reports Specialist
  • Aaron Read & Associates Office Space for Rent
  • Veloz Seeks Program Director
  • California Council on Science and Technology (jobs)
  • SFBay Government & Regulatory Affairs Specialist (job)
  • 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 


  • CON: added Hoover Institution Fellow Lanhee Chen (R) - open seat


  • Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom reports receiving:
    • $5,000 from Ronald Simms (real estate developer, self, Beverly Hills)
    • $2,500 from Sylvia McGovern (insurance agent, McGovern Insurance, Belmont)
    • $1,000 from Constance Dennerline (trainer, self, Los Angeles)
    • $1,000 from Lawrence Gross (managing partner, Structural Capital, Los Angeles)
    • $1,000 from Kristen Wells (none, Menlo Park)
    • $1,000 from Jessica Bucher (self, Burlingame)
    • $1,000 from Lana Butler (retired, Beverly Hills)

The Nooner for Tuesday, July 6, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

¡Feliz martes de tacos! For those returning to work today, I hope that you had a great long weekend. I'll recap what was covered over the last several days below.

It's a busy day in the Capitol with nine policy committee hearings, while members and staff alike are nervous after the report of nine positive tests of Assembly staff for the SARS-CoV-2 virus last week, including four who were fully vaccinated. 

Today's legislative action includes Senator Steven Bradford's effort to limit qualified immunity for police officers, disqualify them for certain offenses, and require reporting of the reason of termination of employment (SB 2 in Assembly Judiciary). Also up is Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez's AB 48 in Senate Public Safety, which would prohibit the use of kinetic projectiles and chemical agents for the dispersal of protests in most circumstances. Both are up at 9am, so I should have mentioned them yesterday. Anyway, you know my Nooner multi-tasking schedule this morning.


Friday, July 2

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Monday, July 5

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BUDGET: The Assembly Budget hearing for 8am Thursday has been cancelled. The committee will review SB 130 (TK-12 trailer bill) and SB 161 (Budget Bill Jr.) tomorrow at 1:30 p.m as informational only. Both bills will then likely be voted on during Thursday's Assembly Floor session as well as the Senate on concurrence.

The other outstanding trailers will be acted on next week after likely amendments. 


  • Vaxx stats: 
    • Californians fully vaccinated: 20,224,226 (59.6% of 12+) - 19th among U.S. states
    • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,244,358 (9.6% of 12+) - 12th among U.S. states
    • Californians with no vaccine: 30.8% (of 12+)
    • Doses on hand: 5,059,885 (72 days of inventory)
    • full data, including demographic breakdown
  • SacTown: In The Bee, Sawson Morrar and Michael McGough report that Sacramento trails the state and region in vaccinated young people, raising issues about the return to in-person instruction in the fall.

    Sacramento County has consistently lagged behind neighboring counties and California in vaccinations as a whole. Sacramento’s comparatively poor numbers don’t appear to be simply a matter of undercounted reporting, which local health officers across the state had previously cited as a major issue. Sacramento’s rates have trailed the state and neighboring counties such as Placer and Yolo counties since the rollout began.

    As districts prepare to return to full-time in-person instruction for the 2021-22 academic year, school officials say it is vital that as many students as possible receive the vaccine. The CDPH is encouraging families to begin the vaccination process for students ages 12 and older so they are fully vaccinated when they return to school campuses.

    “The best way for our students to learn is full-time, in-person,” read a statement from Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent Jorge Aguilar. “We are committed to a full time return in the fall, and we know that in order for us to continue to see COVID-19 rates drop and to get back to normal, our community must have the highest levels of protections. We have put in place strong mitigation measures, but we know that the best protection against COVID-19 is to get vaccinated when eligible. The more students receive the vaccine, the fewer cases we will see, and the more students we will have learning on our campuses. It’s as simple as that.”

    The Sacramento City Unified School District has partnered with local health care agencies, including Dignity Health, and community partners to offer vaccinations at multiple school sites to staff, students and community members. School districts throughout the region have also set up vaccination clinics to inoculate staff, community members and eligible students.

  • LA County: In the LAT, Rong-Gong Lin II and Luke Money look at the disproportionate impact COVID-19 continues to have on Los Angeles County's Black population. 

    Coronavirus case and hospitalization rates are worsening for Los Angeles County’s Black residents, a troubling sign less than a month after California fully reopened its economy.

    Between mid-May and mid-June, the COVID-19 case rate over a two-week-period rose 18% among Black residents but declined 4% for Latino residents, 6% for white residents and 25% for Asian Americans. And the hospitalization rate for Black residents — who are less likely than other racial and ethnic groups to be vaccinated — grew by 11% while declining for Asian American residents by 12%, Latino residents by 29% and white residents by 37%.

    Experts expressed shock and alarm at the rise in hospitalizations among Black residents. The trend underscores how — despite L.A. County’s devastating autumn-and-winter surge — many unvaccinated and susceptible people remain. Doctors warn the latest figures could be a prelude to rising deaths in the coming weeks and months.

    “With low vaccination rates, plus the Delta variant, this can move actually very quickly to devastate the Black communities, particularly in our urban centers — again,” said Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, epidemiologist at UC San Francisco. “When you see rising numbers of cases, you have to pay attention, because it means that those people are susceptible.”


  • Recall election key dates:
    • July 16 5pm: Candidate filing deadline
    • July 19: Randomized alphabet drawing for ballot order
    • July 21: Certified list of candidates and ballot order rotation (by county) 
    • July 31: Ballot mailing to military and overseas voters
    • August 5: First pre-election campaign finance statement
    • August 16: Ballot mailing begins to all registered voters
    • September 2: Second pre-election campaign finance statement
    • September 14: Election Day
  • "You come at the king, you best not miss." -- Omar 

    Oh, and also Mark Z. Barabak, who writes that those attempting to recall Governor Newsom may end up cementing his 2022 reelection and propelling his political career should they fail. Barabak looks at the 1983 attempt to recall Dianne Feinstein when she was mayor of San Francisco. 

    [T]here are enough similarities to inform the strategy of Newsom as the governor seeks to survive a threatened recall and to give a warning to Republicans hoping to short-circuit the Democrat’s career by forcing an early referendum on his uncompleted term.

    “A recall campaign which was overwhelmingly defeated might well provide the show of strength which guarantees the Mayor an easy re-election campaign six months later,” [political consultant Clint] Reilly wrote Feinstein in a January 1983 strategy memo.

    The same could happen if Newsom beats the recall, even by a lesser margin. If Republicans, grasping for political relevancy in California, can’t knock him off in September, why suppose they will be any more successful next year?

    Should Newsom prevail — which Reilly expects — “Gavin’s going to be reelected on the night of the recall,” he predicted.


    Backers of the recall have depicted Newsom as a sceptered monarch, sitting on a throne and issuing heedless decrees from Sacramento.

    If there’s one lesson Republicans might take away from Feinstein’s experience — which left her politically much, much stronger — it’s summed up in a line from “The Wire,” HBO’s gritty crime drama.

    “You come at the king,” said stickup man Omar Little, “you best not miss.”

CONTROLLER: In the Politico California Playbook, Carla Marinucci and Jeremy B. White look at why Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen has his eye on the State Controller's race.

WHY CONTROLLERChen makes his case as a bipartisan problem solver in a new ad that debuts Tuesday. “The controller is California’s independent fiscal watchdog, the person who makes sure that taxpayer money — our money — is spent as we’re told it will be,’’ he says. “For too long, the controller ... has been beholden to other politicians, defending them instead of fighting for you. That won't be me.’’

California politics watchers say Chen, as an independent-minded Republican who has been unafraid to criticize his own party, could offer an alternative to those who are feeling increasingly concerned or dissatisfied with the state’s one party rule. Sonoma State political science professor David McCuan said Chen’s decision to run “provides Republicans an opportunity,’’ especially in a post-recall era, “where they could build some momentum with increased registration out of the recall.”

AD18 (Alameda-San Pablo-West Oakland): Alameda Unified School District board member Mia Bonta captured the California Democratic Party endorsement in a district caucus last night.


  • In the Chron, Matthais Gafni writes that firefighters are making progress on the Lava and Tennant fires, while the Salt Fire in Shasta County is still a challenge.

    Fire crews began to get the upper hand on two of three large fires burning in the northern expanses of the state Monday.

    The Lava and Tennant fires in Siskiyou and Shasta counties mostly burned pockets of fuel within the blazes’ perimeters, keeping them from gaining much size. Crews had the Lava Fire contained to 71% and 25,000 acres Monday, up from 52% containment the day before. The Tennant Fire jumped to 53% containment, up from 29% containment 24 hours earlier, officials said. Progress allowed Caltrans to reopen Highway 97 by 6 p.m. Monday.

    Meanwhile, the Salt Fire, on the northern edge of Shasta Lake, is at 20% containment and approaching 12,000 acres burned, fire officials said.

Largest Active Fires
  County Cause Acres Consumed Containment Structures Destroyed* Fatalities* Personnel Onscene
Lava Fire Siskiyou Lightning 25,001  72%   1,166
Salt Fire Shasta Faulty vehicle 11,693  20%  27 homes
14 outbuildings
Tennant Fire Siskiyou u/i* 10,614 57%  2 homes
3 outbuildings
u/i = under investigation

both "structures" destroyed and those reported are only from official reports and may not be comprehensive during active fire, particularly because the fires are in rural areas

WATER WARS: For CalMatters, Dan Walters looks at an action by the U.S. Department of Interior and inaction by the Supreme Court of the United States that affect the ongoing fight for water in California, heightened by the return of drought conditions.

The twin decrees arrive from Washington as California experiences another of its periodic droughts, pushing water management back to the top of the political agenda.

Westlands and other agricultural water agencies south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have seen their allocations slashed to zero, farmers’ ability to tap underground aquifers is now subject to regulation and water policy reformers are challenging the hierarchy of water rights, such as the one that gives the Imperial Irrigation District so much power over Colorado River diversions.

ELECTRIC CARS: For the Chron, Dustin Gardiner writes that while the state is reinstating rebates for purchasers of electric vehicles, not all environmental activists are happy.

California is slated soon to reinstate funding for subsidies that encourage drivers to buy electric cars, a program advocates say will help the state prepare for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035.

But who exactly will get rebate checks has created a divide between some state legislators and environmental activists, who say more money should be directed to help low-income drivers go electric.

Under the budget legislators sent Newsom last week, the state will spend $525 million over three years on its main rebate program, which offers electric car buyers incentives of around $2,000 on new electric vehicles.

The governor is expected to sign off on the legislation, even though the subsidies end up going mostly to buyers with annual incomes above $100,000.

Newsom had previously proposed to eliminate the payouts and shift spending to programs encouraging low-income people to trade in older, heavily polluting cars. At the time, he said the move would show “it’s not just about expensive, fancy cars, and the rest of us are left behind.”

To the dismay of some advocates, he reversed course under pressure from legislators and lobbyists. “It shows that equity is still just a talking point,” said Román Partida-Lopéz, an attorney at the Greenlining Institute, which fights for racial justice in environmental policy.

A violent Fourth, cakeday, and classifieds after the jump...

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A VIOLENT FOURTH: While most residents reveled in the lifting of pandemic restrictions, it was a violent Fourth of July in cities across the state.

SANTA ROSA VIOLENCE: Matthais Gafni writes in the Chron on a likely gang shooting at an illegal fireworks show in Santa Rosa.

One man was killed and three others injured, including two children, after a suspected gang shooting at a Santa Rosa illegal fireworks gathering early Monday, police said.

Shortly after midnight, Santa Rosa police officers responded to the 1500 block of Beachwood Drive and found four gunshot victims. A 35-year-old Santa Rosa man died at the scene; his identification is being withheld pending notification of family members. A 29-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl, both from Santa Rosa, were critically injured in the shooting. A 16-year-old boy was also shot, but his injury was not considered life-threatening, police said.

The incident started as dozens of people participated in a large, illegal fireworks show, police said. A silver Honda Accord, with an unknown number of people inside, drove into the neighborhood, and witnesses believed the car occupants shouted gang challenges, police said.

OAKLAND VIOLENCE: The Chron's Mallory Moench reports on a violent Fourth of July in Oakland.

Oakland police responded to seven shootings, two deaths and a huge sideshow overnight on the Fourth of July in “12 hours of nonstop chaos,” Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said Monday.

The seven shootings took place from 6:30 p.m. Sunday until 10 a.m. Monday. Six were in East Oakland and one in North Oakland. One victim was a 16-year-old boy.

One shooting led to the city’s 67th homicide this year after a 48-year-old man died on the street just after midnight. Another man died of blunt trauma to the head, the cause of which is under investigation. A female victim was in grave condition Monday and not expected to survive.

The level of life-threatening violence was so high that the ambulance system was inundated and “took a considerable amount of time to respond,” the police chief said.

“The last 24 hours have been very challenging in the city of Oakland,” Armstrong said during a news conference at police headquarters Monday. “It was 12 hours of nonstop chaos.”

LOS ANGELES VIOLENCE: In the LAT, Sonja Sharp reports on the violence in Los Angeles over the weekend.

Police could not immediately say if this holiday weekend was bloodier than past ones. But killings in L.A. have continued to surge in recent months, following a 31% increase across California in 2020. According to Los Angeles Police Department data collected through June 26, local shootings were up more than 50% from the same period last year, and homicides were up by about 25%. Though far below its peak in the 1990s, the violence is worse than it has been in years, many in the community say.


Between Friday afternoon and Monday morning, the LAPD recorded 12 killings, and the Sheriff’s Department at least four more.


[A local activist quoted] and others believe the surge in violence is part of the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Data from 2020 show a clear increase in shootings and killings that has yet to level off.

Shootings are still far less common than they were in the 1990s.

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Shannon Flaherty and Nat Tee!


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