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

  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): The 2021 Bash (usually the back-to-session bash) with David Quintana (2021-07-11)
  • Against the Grain (National Journal): Hoover Institution fellow and candidate for State Controller Lanhee Chen (2021-07-09) 
  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blonien): Assemblymember Luz Rivas (D-North Hollywood) (2021-07-09)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): The federal infrastructure bill and California and a look at the media criticism of the office dynamics of Senator Kamala Harris. (2021-07-08)


  • CCST Expert Briefing: Toward a Disaster Resilient California: Technologies for Renewable Energy Storage - 07/20
  • Capitol Seminars’ Advanced Courses: Budget Advocacy & "So You Think You Want to Sponsor a Bill" Offered Via Zoom -07/29
  • 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)
  • 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 from yesterday's campaign finance filings, excluding standard contributions to candidates within limits

  • Rescue California - to Support the Recall of Gavin Newsom reports receiving:
    • $1,000 from Richard Frank (management, Lawry's Restaurants, Pasadena)
    • $1,000 from Terry Adams (director, SA Recycling, Newport Beach)
    • $1,000 from Sheryl Shilder (executive, Shilder Services, Anaheim)
    • $1,000 from Mel Smith (contractor, Mel Smith Electric, Stanton)
    • $1,000 from Michelle Cummings (homemaker, Laguna Beach)
  • California Patriot Coalition - Recall Governor Gavin Newsom reports receiving:
    • $5,000 from David Fansler (owner, Fansler Restaurant Group, Fresno)
  • Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom reports receiving:
    • $90,000 from UFCW (Washington, DC)
    • $60,000 from UFCW Local 1167 (Bloomington)
    • $50,000 from R. Ken Coit (Coit Financial Group, Walnut Creek)
    • $25,000 from Jason Post (owner, Post Investment Group, Los Angeles)
    • $10,000 from Motion Picture Association
    • $2,000 from Manco Abbot, Inc. (Fresno)
    • $2,000 from Kerry Kay (physician, Asian Health Services, Oakland)
    • $1,000 from Ann Grow (not employed, Cardiff By The Sea)
    • $1,000 from Richard Schaps (advertising, Van Wagner Group)
    • $1,000 from Marshall Tuck (Great Public Schools Now, Los Angeles)
    • $1,000 from K.J. Lundstrom (retired, San Diego)


The Nooner for Wednesday, July 14, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

Happy Humpday!

Today's NYT's The Daily pod is on the heatwave in the Pacific Northwest, which exhibited Sacramento-like temperatures at the end of June in a region stretching from Portland to British Columbia that often don't have air conditioning.

Fortunately, my mom who lives in Portland was visiting my sister and niece in Simi Valley. Believe it or not, that usual hot spot was cooler than Portland! My aunt and her husband went to a family house on the Oregon coast. Since then, my uncle and his husband have installed an air conditioner at my late grandmother's house where my mom lives.

The pod also covers the heat-related death of a farmworker in the Willamette Valley southwest of Portland. Of course, I teared up during my morning walk, as my great-grandparents had a farm in McMinnville, where I loved to pet the sheep as a kid. I don't know what happened to the lambs, although I am guilty of ordering shanks on occasion.

The farm is still in the family (?second cousin?) and I think he grows alfalfa for seed these days. Of course, the other kind of grass is taking over the valley following the wine-grape rush in a state that preceded California in legalization, so who knows.

Today is the last day for policy committees to advance bills. There are six such hearings today and, of course, Senate Budget and Fiscal Review is expected to advance ten budget trailer bills and Budget Bill Jr. III this afternoon for floor votes before tomorrow's expected final day before summer recess. If you're marking your schedule, the Budget and Fiscal Review will meet following Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development (15 bills), which meets at 9am, and Senate Health (12 bills), which meets after B&P.

Yeah, they added "Economic Development" to the committee, but it will always be "B&P." Oh, and we won't even get into the failure of the Senate to observe the Oxford comma.

Basically, we're looking at a long day.

A bill I'm watching today is AB 535 (Aguiar-Curry), which would regulate which olive oils could be labeled as coming from a region in California. My current favorite is from Cobram Estate (Amazon 2 pack), which produces the oil from Northern California trees at a facility in Woodland. I encountered them a couple of years ago at a fundraiser for NorCal wildfire victims at PT Ranch in Ione, California, where house chef Kevin O'Connor cooked an amazing meal. Cobram is an Australian company that started California production a few years ago, sources locally, and advertises 100% California olive oil.

The bill has been watered down, so to speak, to provide that a California region label of the same font size will only be required if less than 85% of the fruit is from outside of the region so there may not be as much opposition today as in previous hearings. However, the largest producer in California, the California Olive Ranch, appears to still be opposed. The Chico-based company paid California Advocates $22,500 for lobbying in the first quarter of this year.


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  • Vaxx stats:
    • Californians fully vaccinated: 20,562,625 (60.6% of 12+) - 18th among U.S. states
    • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,152,833 (9.3% of 12+) - 12th among U.S. states
    • Californians with no vaccine: 30.1% (of 12+)
    • Doses on hand: 4,428,002 (80 days of inventory)
    • full data, including demographic breakdown
  • COVID at the Capitol: Of the 11 reported cases among staff, 5 were reportedly among those fully vaccinated. As I've written previously, we don't know how many were symptomatic as that raises HIPAA issues. Fully vaccinated staffers are able to voluntarily receive free tests and unvaccinated staffers are instructed to be tested twice weekly. Of course, there appears to be no enforcement. 

    Meanwhile, masks are required in public areas of the Capitol. In K-12 schools, it's not up to the district. 
  • LA County: The daily release from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health continues with troubling news with a fifth consecutive day of over 1,000 new cases.
    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 1,103 new cases of COVID-19. One month ago, on June 13, the 5-day average of cases was 201 and today the 5-day average is 1,095; this is an increase of more than 500% in just one month.

    The test positivity rate has increased nearly 700% from the 0.5% seen a month ago; today’s test positivity rate is 3.4%.
  • Sandy Eggo:  In the SDUT, reports on the rise in the virus's spread in San Diego County.

    Dr. Wilma Wooten, the region’s public health officer, told the county Board of Supervisors that there had been an average of 159 new cases per day reported to her department over the previous two weeks, compared to just 78 during the two weeks prior to her last presentation on June 8.

    The health department also released fresh daily new-case figures for the past week, showing that the number of new cases arriving daily has exceeded 200 since July 7.

    Cases associated with the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus also continue to rise quickly, hitting 107 in Tuesday’s presentation. That’s nearly twice as many as the 54 listed in the county’s last variant report released on July 9.


  •  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


Largest Active Fires
  County Cause Acres Consumed Containment Structures Destroyed Fatalities Personnel On Scene
Beckwourth Complex (incl. Sugar Fire) Plumas Lightning 92,988 46%  unknown 0  2,745
River Fire Mariposa u/i* 9,500 5% 5 0 251

u/i= under investigation  

MDS WITH THE MOST WTFS: In the LAT, Jack Dolan and Kim Christensen look at the different ways the state board treats malfeasance among physicians.

Lenora Lewis hoped spinal surgery would relieve her chronic back pain. But when the mother of three from Lancaster awoke from the operation in 2013, she was paralyzed from the waist down, her feet numb but for the horrifying sensation of “a billion ants running through them.”

Have I mentioned that my father is currently at St. Jude in Fullerton as his leg pain turned to paralysis? Yeah, my humpday morning truly sucks.

What she didn’t know then was that her surgeon, Dr. Mukesh Misra, had been publicly accused by the Medical Board of California of operating on the wrong side of another patient’s brain.

In March, after investigating Lewis’ case — and another in which a 46-year-old woman died of complications from a severed artery discovered minutes after Misra operated on her spine — the medical board revoked his license for gross negligence, but then it stayed the action and placed him on probation, allowing him to keep practicing, which he is doing today.

I guess I feel a tiny bit better as I say the nembutsu for my Dad.

FIREWORKS: For the Southern California News Group, the City News Service reports on just how awful the air was over the Fourth of July.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District said that air quality after this year’s Fourth of July festivities was the worst in the region since the Bobcat fire last September, and showed the second highest pollution levels for Independence Day in the last decade.

I'm guessing that Sacramento would have been worse...

The level of fine particulate matter this year remained higher than normal Fourth of July celebrations, but was 14% lower than last Fourth of July’s historic pollution levels, according to the SCAQMD, which attributed the poor air quality to personal “backyard” fireworks and commercial fireworks displays in the region.

Officials warned that high levels of fine particulate matter can have negative health effects and lead to cardiovascular and respiratory health problems, such as heart attacks, asthma aggravation, decreased lung function, coughing and difficulty breathing. Officials urge people during periods of poor air quality to remain indoors with windows and doors shut, and to use air conditioning or air purifiers.

The group found “unhealthy” to “hazardous” air in the valley and inland areas, with the highest concentration recorded in the San Bernardino County city of Ontario.

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Anna AlvaradoTina Andolina, Opio Dupree, Caity Maple, Paul Song, and Sarah Wolley!


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CCST Expert Briefing: Toward a Disaster Resilient California: Technologies for Renewable Energy Storage

Join the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) on Tuesday, July 20th from 10:00-11:00am for our latest Virtual CCST Expert Briefing: Technologies for Renewable Energy Storage. A panel of experts from Foothill College, Berkeley Lab, UC Merced, and Columbia will discuss energy storage technologies that can help meet California’s climate goals. Moderated by Janea Scott, Senior Counselor at US DOI. RSVP


Taught by 46-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov. Capitol Seminars is your No.1 lobbying advocacy training resource. Advanced courses focusing on the fundamentals of budget advocacy and the detailed aspects of sponsoring a bill. Next Zoom session is Thursday, July 29th. “So You Think…”: 9am–12pm ($225). Budget: 12:30pm – 2:30pm ($175). *$50 Off when you register for both sessions. Seats are limited. Reservations: (916) 837-0208. Further information:

Miller & Olson LLP Seeks Political Reports Specialist

Miller & Olson LLP is seeking a Political Reports Specialist for its downtown Sacramento office. The Specialist position is responsible for administering the books for candidates, political action committees, as well as non-profit organizations. Specifically, the position requires bookkeeping and administering client bank accounts, preparing and filing campaign finance reports and communicating timely financial information to clients. For more information and to apply, click here:


Since some of us at ARA like partial remote working and less office time, we have some additional Office Space for rent.

Stunningly beautiful offices on the 11th Floor of the Meridian at 1415 L St, full of original art work. Beautifully furnished with cherry desks and credenzas.

Floor-to-ceiling widows, great views, access to two conference rooms, including one very large with a panoramic view of the Capitol.

Access to a large kitchen and work room. 1-3 offices could be available. Parking is also available, but additional.

Aaron Read & Associates, call Aaron 916-425-2260

Veloz Seeks Program Director

Veloz plays a unique and important role in the electric vehicle landscape in California. In this expanded position, the Veloz Program Director is part of a passionate and collaborative organization that is changing the conversation about electric vehicles in California and sparking a virtuous cycle of consumer awareness and demand. Reporting to the Executive Director and partnering with the small and mighty Veloz team, the Program Director develops and executes a comprehensive programmatic strategy to raise awareness of Veloz, to deliver high quality and high-value programming to Veloz members and to build a stronger electric vehicle movement in California (and beyond). For more information, read on.

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:

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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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: