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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.

  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blonien):Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) (2021-07-19)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Foster): Assembly member Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) (2021-07-19)
  • California State of Mind (CapRadio): Nigel Duara talks with CalMatters's Rachel Becker about the draught situation. (2021-07-19)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): The 'burbs with political scientest and journalist Bill Schneider (2021-07-16)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senator Anna Caballeros (D-Salinas)
  • Against the Grain (National Journal): Hoover Institution fellow and candidate for State Controller Lanhee Chen (2021-07-09) 


  • 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


  • AD38 (Santa Clarita-Palmdale): added Jonathan Ahmadi (D)
  • AD49 (Monterey Park): added San Gabriel councilmember Jason Pu (D)


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  • Vaxx stats:
    • Californians fully vaccinated: 20,802,987 (61.3% of 12+) - 18th among U.S. states
    • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,130,735 (9.2% of 12+) - 12th among U.S. states
    • Californians with no vaccine: 29.5% (of 12+)
    • Doses on hand: 4,282,444 (71 days of inventory)
    • full data, including demographic breakdown
  • Positivity rate: Today's positivity rate is 4.1%, which is nearing the troubling rates in February and 1.1% higher than 7 days ago.   
  • LA: The LAT's Lin, Green, and Lauder report on the alarming rise of the virus in LA County.

    Los Angeles County is now recording more than 10,000 coronavirus cases a week — a pace not seen since March — an alarming sign of the dangers the Delta variant poses to people who have not been vaccinated and heightening pressure on health officials to reverse the trend.

    A Los Angeles Times data analysis found L.A. County was recording 101 weekly coronavirus cases for every 100,000 residents, up from 12 for the seven-day period that ended June 15. That means the county has surpassed the threshold to have “high” community transmission of the disease, the worst tier as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A region must hit 100 or more weekly cases per 100,000 residents to enter the worst tier.

    It’s still far fewer than during the deadly winter surge, when L.A. County was recording more than 1,000 weekly cases for every 100,000 residents, but it underscores growing concerns that unvaccinated people are at heightened risk.

    In the NYT, Matt Craig and Livia Albeck-Ripka write that Los Angeles County residents are largely complying the county's renewed order to wear masks in public.  

    Most customers dutifully took their masks on and off at the entrance of shops, where signs were posted to remind them of the policy and where, in some cases, complimentary masks were offered. Out-of-state tourists found themselves wearing masks for the first time in months, sometimes annoyed but largely compliant, and one restaurant employee who forgot about the mandate was able to secure a mask by running across the street and asking employees at the Starbucks if they had extras.

    “Some people think it’s a punishment,” said Lisa Liu, 38, who said she was fully vaccinated. She was shopping on Sunday and was interviewed outside a clothing store called Tazga.“But for me it’s a mask — it’s not a big deal.”

    It was not what people expected when the previous mandate was lifted a month ago, but for the most part people in Los Angeles seemed to react with resigned acceptance, sometimes even weary approval, figuring that rising Covid-19 rates made the policy tolerable, if not welcome.


  •  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
  • The candidates: In The Bee, Lara Korte looks at the 41 candidates who filed to run in the recall election.

    Forty-one people are hoping to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom in the recall election in September, according to a new list released by the Secretary of State’s Office.

    The ballot will be comprised of 21 Republicans, eight Democrats, two Green party candidates, one Libertarian and nine no-party-preference candidates.

    The number of candidates this year is much smaller than the 135 people who ran in the recall of Democratic Gov. Gray Davis in 2003. Ultimately, Davis was voted out and succeeded by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    For the AP, Michael R. Blood and Kathleen Ronayne report on the confusion over talk show host Larry Elder's nomination.

    The official list of who’s running in California’s recall election of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom remained unsettled Sunday, with conservative talk radio host Larry Elder maintaining he should be included but state officials saying he submitted incomplete tax returns, a requirement to run.

    Elder’s next recourse is to go to court to get on the ballot for the Sept. 14 election, which he tweeted late Sunday he may do.

    Candidates are required to submit tax returns for the five most recent taxable years and pay a nearly $4,200 filing fee or submit 7,000 signatures. A letter to Elder shared late Sunday by the secretary of state’s office does not detail what tax information he did not include. Several other candidates have not yet filed their 2020 tax returns so they only submitted four year’s worth of returns.

    “Politicians know I’m the only candidate who will beat Gavin Newsom — and that’s why they don’t want me on the ballot,” Elder wrote on Twitter. “They’re using shenanigans that they invented to block to doors to the Governor’s Office and make sure they stay in power.”In the Times, George

    Skelton looks at where some of candidates stand on the issues.

    The starkest contrast ideologically is between conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder and moderate former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

    Sorry, can’t help you much on the best-known GOP aspirant: Caitlyn Jenner, the Olympic Gold medal-winning decathlete, reality television star and probably the most prominent transgender candidate in American history. She’s a recluse on public policy and has failed to tell us much about what she’d do as governor.

    “We’re running out of water. I am a big advocate of fire protection, OK?” she answered pesky reporters pressing for specifics at a July 9 news conference, her first of the campaign. Aides stopped the Q&A after 12 minutes.

    Days later, Jenner flew to Australia to compete in a reality TV show.

    Back to Elder and Faulconer: One example of how they differ is on racial discrimination.

    “It is bull— that racism remains a major problem in America,” Elder, who would be California’s first Black governor, told me.

    Sure, he said, there used to be racism in employment and housing, “but not now.”

    “The big problem” for Black communities, Elder continued, “is the absence of fathers in the home.”

    But what about mistreatment of Black men by white police, as illustrated in the George Floyd killing?

    “Police are more reluctant to pull the trigger on Black people than whites,” he contended.

    In the Chron, Emma Talley writes that the final list shrank.

    Only half of the candidates who filed their intention to challenge Gov. Gavin Newsom in the Sept. 14 recall election are eligible to run, according to a new list released by the Secretary of State’s Office late Saturday.

    More than 80 people filed statements of intent to run for governor as of late Friday, but only 41 were included on a notice to candidates released the next day. Participants must meet a number of qualifying criteria, including being a U.S. citizen, being registered to vote in California and never having been convicted of certain felonies related to public corruption.


    The biggest surprise in the Saturday notice was the omission of conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder, who threw his hat into the ring four days before the filing deadline. Elder spokeswoman Stephanie Marshall said his campaign submitted all required documents to the secretary of state and the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters late Friday afternoon, shortly before the two offices closed.

    “We fully expect to be on the final certified list of candidates,” she said, but didn’t say if Elder plans to take legal action.

LAW AND DISORDER: The Bee's Hannah Wiley reports on law enforcement contributions to Democrats leading up to a key vote.

California law enforcement unions are contributing tens of thousands of dollars to influential Democratic lawmakers as the Legislature advances a controversial police reform bill that would allow departments to strip badges from officers with serious misconduct records.

The donors have spent months lobbying against Senate Bill 2, which aims to increase investigations into problematic behavior and decertify law enforcement officers.

They’re trying to influence lawmakers in a Legislature where Democrats hold super majorities in both houses, and where some leading members called for new police reform measures in 2020 after a white Minneapolis police officer was filmed killing George Floyd, a Black man.

Meanwhile, Jeremy B. White looks at the wealthy donors supporting criminal justice reform in the state Capitol.

Four wealthy activists intent on reshaping California's criminal justice system are gearing up for their biggest test yet against police and prosecutor groups.

The Northern California donors, some with fortunes from major Silicon Valley firms, have already spent millions on progressive prosecutors and ballot fights that have helped untether the state from its tough-on-crime past. Now, California's 2022 attorney general race could be a landmark moment.


The four donors — Patty Quillin, Quinn Delaney, Elizabeth Simons and Kaitlyn Krieger — channeled $22 million toward criminal justice ballot measures and allied candidates the previous two years, and their campaign contributions have steadily increased each election cycle. They spent $3.7 million alone to elect George Gascón, who rode the social justice wave that swept over America last summer to unseat incumbent Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey in November.


Largest Active Fires
  County Cause Acres Consumed Containment Structures Destroyed Fatalities Personnel On Scene Updated
River Fire Mariposa u/i* 9,656 97% 12 0 478 07/19
Dixie Fire Butte, Plumas power lines suspected 30,074 15% unknown 0 1,918 07/19
Tamarack Fire Alpine u/i 18,299 0% unknown 0 796 07/19

u/i= under investigation  

HOUSING: For CalMatters, Dan Walters asks whether California will get serious about enforcing regional housing quotas.

The state Department of Housing and Community Development declares that California should be building 180,000 units of new housing each year to meet demand, but actual production has been scarcely half of that level.

The department has dramatically raised regional housing quotas for the remainder of the decade, more than doubling those for the previous eight-year period, largely because construction fell short. In the six-county Los Angeles region, for example, the quota more than tripled from 412,137 units to 1.3 million.

Regional quotas have been divvied up into specific goals for local governments that are also much higher, particularly in suburban communities that have tended to resist new housing development.

LOCAL 1000: The Bee's Wes Venteicher writes that the governance of SEIU's Local 1000, the largest representing state employees has ground to a halt following the election of its new president.

The new president of California state government’s largest union is at a standstill with the union’s board of directors two and a half weeks into his term.

SEIU Local 1000 President Richard Louis Brown was expected to face obstacles from the union’s 65-member board in carrying out his unconventional campaign promises like ending political spending and reducing the cost of dues.

His first scheduled meeting with the board on July 6 sputtered to a halt before it officially began.

cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assembly members Heath Flora and Chris Holden, Catherine Sadler Berg, Dolores Duran Flores, Eric Jaye, Anu NatarajanKatherine Hennigan Ohanesian, and Erica Romero

FAREWELL: Former congressman Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands) (1934-2021)


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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.

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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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