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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.

  • LA Times Podcast (Gustavo Arrelano): The Latino backlash to Prop. 187 (2021-07-20)
  • 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) 

CLASSIFIEDS BELOW:

  • 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

DISTRICT UPDATES

  • CD45 (Anaheim Hills-Tustin-Irvine): added Shawn Collins (R) - challenge to Porter
  • CD45 (Anaheim Hills-Tustin-Irvine): added public affairs officer Terry Dale (R) - challenge to Porter (D)
  • SD36 (Coastal south OC/coastal north SD): removed Carlsbad councilmember Priya Bhat-Patel (D)
  • AD18 (Alameda-San Leandro-West Oakland): Tomorrow is the first pre-election filing deadline for Mia Bonta and Janani Ramachandran for the August 31 special general. I plan to update the analysis for ATCpro users after the reports are filed.

MONEY MATTERS

  • AD18 (Alameda-San Leandro-West Oakland): Dignity CA SEIU Local 2015 reports contributing $250,000 to Educators and Healthcare Professionals for Mia Bonta for State Assembly 2021
  • AD18 (Alameda-San Leandro-West Oakland): The California Dental Association Independent Expenditure PAC reports contributing $100,000 to Educators and Healthcare Professionals for Mia Bonta for State Assembly 2021
  • AD18 (Alameda-San Leandro-West Oakland): With the previously reported $25,000 from the California Medical Association, the IE committee has raised $375,000 for the special general thus far.

RECALL WATCH - non-candidate contributions in support of or opposing the recall

Rescue California-To Support the Recall of Gavin Newsom 

California Patriot Coalition - Recall Governor Gavin Newsom reports receiving $2,800 from Kevin Haynes (manager, Orange)

Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom

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The Dodgers picked up a game on the Giants last night with a walk-off three-run homerun by Will Smith. The series continues tonight at 7:10. Meanwhile, overnight, the USA Women's Soccer eam lost there first game in 44 outings 3-0 to Sweden in front of 100 observers, including CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Dan Wetzel writes for Yahoo! Sports that it's not the end of the line for the team:

The loss in the opening game of group play doesn't eliminate the Americans from medal contention, but it leaves them with a razor-thin margin for error. In just a 12-team field, the U.S. needs to finish second in its group or be one of the top two third-place finishers to advance to the quarterfinals, when the tournament becomes single elimination.

Meanwhile, another Southern California athlete has tested positive for the virus that can cause COVID-19 upon arriving in Tokyo, reports Scott M. Reid for the Orange County Register.

U.S. beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb has tested positive for COVID-19 and will likely miss the Olympic Games, the Southern California News Group has learned.

Crabb tested positive shortly after arriving in Japan over the weekend, according to a person familiar with the situation. The former NCAA player of the year for Long Beach State and two-time AVP tour MVP becomes the first Team USA  athlete scheduled to compete in Tokyo to test positive for COVID-19. Kara Eaker, an alternate on the gymnastics team, tested positive earlier in the week.

Tri Bourne, a former USC standout, is expected to be named Crabb’s replacement. Bourne arrived in Tokyo Wednesday and was undergoing processing, including a COVID-19 test, at Narita International Airport. Bourne’s normal playing partner is Crabb’s brother Trevor.

Crabb, 29, and his partner Jake Gibb, 45, were scheduled to play Italy’s Enrico Rossi and Adrian Carambula in an Olympic Games preliminary phase match on Sunday night at Shiokaze Park next to Tokyo Bay. Taylor Crabb has been in isolation in a local hotel away from the rest of the U.S. team since testing positive.

Well, we have a long one today, so let's get to it!

COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2: 

  • Vaxx stats: 
    • Californians fully vaccinated: 20,879,852 (61.5% of 12+) - 17th among U.S. states
    • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,129,874 (9.2% of 12+) - 10th among U.S. states
    • Californians with no vaccine: 29.3% (of 12+)
    • Doses on hand: 5,321,643 (87 days of inventory)
    • full data, including demographic breakdown
  • Positivity rate: Today's 7-day positivity rate is 4.5% (+0.3), which is nearing the troubling rates in February and 0.7% higher than 7 days ago. New cases per 100k have tripled since mid-June to 7.6/100k. Here is the current chart of positivity rates and you can see why health officials are concerned. Of course, the number of tests has gone down with most vaccinated people not getting tests, which may explain the increase in positivity rates. 

    Positivity rate by day

  • Delta variant: The Chron's Annie Vainshtein reports that experts warn that the delta variant may not be the last threat.

    “In the global picture, delta is not where the buck stops,” said UCSF infectious disease expert Peter Chin-Hong. “It’s not the end of the game.”

    Bay Area experts are concerned that given how quickly and easily the delta variant is spreading, the protective measures that may have worked for people in 2020 might not work again in 2021, especially with increased mobility, large-scale reopening and more travel than ever. While experts say vaccination isn’t yet a protective measure at risk, they worry that future variants could present the needs for more rounds, or boosters.

    Just Tuesday, a non-peer-reviewed study posted online suggested those who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine might need a booster to protect against delta — though studies published by the drugmaker concluded one dose was effective.

  • Hospitalizations: In the Chron, Kellie Wang reports that hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are on the rise.

    With the now-dominant delta variant still on the rise in California, COVID-19 hospitalizations are also increasing, passing thresholds in the Bay Area and state not seen since the spring.

    On Monday, confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations in California crossed the 2,000 mark — with more than 500 of those patients in intensive care units — for the first time since early April, according to state data. Meanwhile, the Bay Area surpassed 300 hospitalizations for the first time since early April, and on Tuesday exceeded 100 ICU admissions for the first time since late March.

    As of Tuesday, 61% of California residents were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and evidence so far shows the vaccines offer strong protection against the delta variant. In the U.S., unvaccinated people account for 97% of COVID hospitalizations, and 99% of deaths, according to the CDC. Bay Area hospitals are similarly reporting that most COVID-19 admissions are patients who are not fully vaccinated.

    Here are the statewide charts:

    COVID hospitalizations by day COVID ICU hospitalizations by day

 

DO YOU RECALL?

  •  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 5 years of candidate tax returns and candidate political registration for the last ten years are now on the Secretary of State's web site.

  • Walters: 3 crises that could affect recall: For CalMatters, Dan Walters looks at three crises that could affect the September recall election.

    The polls indicate that recall sentiment is running well behind what would be needed to oust [Newsom] from office. He enjoys solid support from his own Democratic Party, even though he won’t be listed as a Democrat on the Sept. 14 ballot, thanks to an error by his campaign.

    Newsom and the Legislature advanced the date of the election to take advantage of his current popular support and give his opponents less time to make their case for the recall. Moneyed interests and wealthy supporters have given Newsom a hefty campaign treasury, more than $30 million so far, that far outstrips what the pro-recall campaign has mustered.

    Finally, the list of would-be successors has only a few dozen names, none a prominent Democrat and none with the public standing or the fundraising ability to mount a full-fledged campaign. The state’s disjointed and much-diminished Republican Party cannot coalesce around a single candidate, and the political media, particularly those from elsewhere, seem mesmerized by the mock candidacy of former athlete and reality television figure Caitlyn Jenner.

    All of that notwithstanding, current events – drought, wildfires and a flareup of COVID-19, particularly – are a political minefield for the governor.

  • Report card: For CalMatters, Ben Christopher and Sameea Kamal give Governor Newsom a report card.

    Backers of the campaign to fire Gov. Gavin Newsom are hoping that Californians will keep some things in mind when they cast their vote in the Sept. 14 recall election. To name a few: Mask mandates, shuttered schools, sluggish vaccine rollouts and the French Laundry. More than any other issue, the pandemic — and Newsom’s handling of it — is the reason the state is holding its second gubernatorial recall ever.

    But the governor isn’t just in charge of pandemic policy. How the state’s children are educated, the help we extend to the state’s poorest, who is punished and who gets leniency under the law, and how the state balances the demands of industry and those of environmental stewardship are among the questions facing the state’s chief executive — whether it’s Newsom or any of the 40-plus people hoping to take his place.

    For voters who need a highlight reel of Newsom’s two-and-a-half years at the helm of state government, here’s a look at some of the most significant ways he’s changed California — and some of the ways he hasn’t. 

  • Public safety strategy: In The Bee, Lara Korte reports on the rally on the Capitol's West Steps by supporters of the recall which was focused on crime.

    Crime victim advocates and the parents of murdered Californians gathered with recall supporters on Tuesday to revile Gov. Gavin Newsom’s crime policies.

    Since taking office in 2018, Newsom has advocated for criminal justice changes in an effort to address racial and economic disparities in the incarceration system.

    Anne Dunsmore, campaign manager for the recall committee Rescue California, said the state is a more dangerous place today because of the policies supported by the governor and his Democratic allies.

    Dunsmore and advocates pointed to Newsom’s decision to suspend the death penalty early on in his term, and efforts to change California’s three-strike law, a 1994 bill passed in response to the murders of Kimber Reynolds and Polly Klaas. Californians passed a ballot measure in 2012 to soften the law, allowing for the release of an estimated 6,000 people. California Democrats endorsed the measure.

    The three strikes-law again went before voters last year. Proposition 20 would have added crimes to the list of violent felonies for which early parole is restricted. The measure was defeated by a margin of more than 20 points.

    Likely without coincidence, Governor Newsom held a presser this morning "on state action to address crime and reduce retail theft in communities across California" in Los Angeles County after meeting with law enforcement officials, legislators, and local officials.

  • Recall laws: In an interview with CapRadio, Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber told Scott Rodd and Nicole Nixon that she sees needed changes in California's recall laws, but they can't be changed for the September 14 election.

    Specifically, she questioned the signature threshold for forcing a recall, a lack of limits on when a recall can be held, and the possibility that a replacement candidate could win elected office with less than a majority of the vote.

    To put a recall on the ballot, California law requires organizers to gather signatures equal to 12% of votes cast in the last election for the office. Currently, that means just under 1.5 million signatures to recall a statewide official like Newsom. 

    “Is it reasonable to have such a low bar for recall, 12%?” Weber said. “There’s always 10 to 15% who do not like somebody.”

    She believes it doesn’t make sense for such a small slice of voters to force elections that could be costly. The Newsom recall is projected to cost counties $276 million to administer. The Legislature appropriated $250 million for the election in June.

    Weber pointed out that in many states where recalls are an option, critics need signatures equal to 20% or 25% of votes cast in previous elections to put a recall before voters. Kansas requires 40%. 

    Another issue Weber brought up is the possibility of a recall candidate being elected to office without winning a majority of the vote.

    It takes a majority of votes to remove an elected official. When that happens, their replacement is determined by whoever receives the most votes — even if they don’t get more than 50%.

  • Faulconer court hearing: A 2pm hearing is scheduled today in Kevin Faulconer's suit against Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber for her office's denial of his proposed ballot designation of "Former San Diego Mayor." Of course, the Ballot Designation Worksheet clearly states that "former" is likely to be rejected per Elections Code §13107(e), which provides:

    (e) The Secretary of State and any other elections official shall not accept a designation of which any of the following would be true:

     ...

    (4) It uses a word or prefix, such as “former” or “ex-,” which means a prior status. The only exception is the use of the word “retired.”

  • Elder lawsuit: Talk radio host and columnist Larry Elder he filed suit on Monday against Weber for his exclusion from the ballot over insufficient tax return disclosure. The hearing has been requested for today as a critical deadline. Although it's not on the docket as of this morning, I'm guessing it will be on the docket around the time as Faulconer's case at 2pm before the same judge. Weber is expected to certify the candidate list by close-of-business today pursuant to Elections Code §8120

    Weber alleges that he submitted incomplete tax returns. While I think Faulconer will be unsuccessful in his ballot designation suit because the statute is clear, Elder has a good case because Elections Code §8902 refers to the "direct primary election ballot," while this is a recall. It may just be an oversight, but a judge has to begin statutory interpretation with the plain reading.

    Here's the full section:

    (a) Notwithstanding any other law, the name of a candidate for Governor shall not be printed on a direct primary election ballot, unless the candidate, at least 98 days before the direct primary election, files with the Secretary of State copies of every income tax return the candidate filed with the Internal Revenue Service in the five most recent taxable years, in accordance with the procedure set forth in Section 8903.

EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE: The Dixie Fire in Butte and Plumas counties grew by one-third since yesterday morning's update with no increase in containment.

  • Smoke: In the Chron, Kurtis Alexander reports that new research shows that wildfire smoke is more hazardous than previously thought.

    As California’s fire season begins to cough up nasty, gray air — all too familiar over the past few years — scientists are learning that wildfire smoke may be a lot more harmful than previously thought, even for those living far from the flames.

    Several recent studies reveal new and elevated risks associated with smoke exposure, including lead poisoning, increased susceptibility to COVID-19 and more severe flare-ups of respiratory illnesses, like asthma. The findings come alongside research that’s in the works on the long-term effects of even brief bouts with smoke, which could include cancer and heart disease.

    Wildfire smoke has been known for decades to pose health issues, but the full scope of the problem is only coming into view as burning forests become more ubiquitous and researchers dig deeper into the fallout.“What happened in 2020 was unprecedented, and what happened in San Francisco with those famous photos of the orange sky was unprecedented,” said Tom Corringham, a research economist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego who studies the impacts of climate change, including wildfires. “If these fires continue the way they have and we keep seeing this crazy smoke, it’s something we need to think more about.”

  • Gender reveal gone awry: The Times's Julia Wick writes that the couple whose gender reveal party started a 2020 fire has been charged with involuntary manslaughter of a firefighter.

    In September — as a record heat wave crested over Southern California — a couple set off a smoke-emitting pyrotechnic device at a gender-reveal party in a Yucaipa park.

    Such devices typically shoot off blue or pink smoke to signal the gender of an expected child. In this case, the device sparked a fast-moving brush fire.

    The El Dorado fire, as it came to be known, ultimately charred 22,000 acres and resulted in the death of US. Forest Service wildland firefighter Charles Morton. Two firefighters were injured during the fire. The blaze injured 13 other people, forced hundreds to evacuate and destroyed five homes.

Largest Active Fires
  County Cause Acres Consumed Containment Structures Destroyed Fatalities Personnel On Scene Updated
Dixie Fire Butte, Plumas power lines suspected 85,749 15% unknown 0 3,345 07/21
08:16
Tamarack Fire Alpine u/i 39,045 0% unknown 0 1,069 07/10
11:25
Notes:

u/i= under investigation  

EDD: Governor Newsom has hired former federal prosecutor McGregor Scott to assist in the investigation into widespread fraud during the pandemic in the state's unemployment insurance claims system. Patrick McGreevy writes for the Times:

Faced with widespread fraud in California’s unemployment benefit system, state officials said Tuesday they have hired former federal prosecutor McGregor Scott to serve as special counsel to assist in the investigations of bogus claims filed by international criminal organizations, prison inmates and others.

Scott was the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California until he stepped down this year and was a leader of a task force of California prosecutors that announced an investigation into unemployment fraud in November.

The probe was launched by Scott and nine county prosecutors after they found evidence that thousands of fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits were filed in the names of California prison inmates, including those on death row.

Since then, the state Employment Development Department has determined that more than $11 billion in benefits were paid on fraudulent claims, and there are an additional $19 billion in suspicious claims under investigation.

Last year, the state began matching personal information from claimants to a list of prison inmates and hired a contractor to verify the identity of people filing for jobless benefits.

SIN AGUA: In The Bee, Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow look at why we didn't see new dams and reservoirs ahead of the drought after voters have approved billions of dollars for water projects.

It doesn’t look like much now, a dry and dusty valley surrounded by the modest mountains of California’s Coast Range.

These barren, brown hills an hour northwest of Sacramento will be the future home of Sites Reservoir, one of the few major water projects to be built in California since the 1970s. California taxpayers are helping pay for Sites, which would hold more water than Folsom Lake, through a $7.1 billion bond they approved during the 2014 election.

With the state facing a potentially catastrophic drought, leaders of the Sites Project Authority say the reservoir would dramatically improve California’s water supplies.

“If Sites were open today, we’d have nearly 1 million acre feet of water for farms, the environment, cities,” said the authority’s executive director Jerry Brown (no relation to the former governor).

But here’s the thing: Sites isn’t ready to open today, tomorrow or anytime soon. Mired in red tape and struggling with rising costs, even after the project was downsized, the reservoir isn’t scheduled to begin construction until 2024 and wouldn’t begin filling until 2030.

None of the major water storage projects being funded by Proposition 1, the 2014 water bond, will be able to provide short-term relief for California’s worsening water situation.They’re all still in the pre-construction phase: reviewing environmental impacts, designing dams and nailing down financing to pay for the costs the state won’t handle.

“Anybody who thought we would have a new surface reservoir by now from the 2014 water bond doesn’t understand how … that kind of project happens,” said Ellen Hanak, a water expert at the Public Policy Institute of California. ”Those are not overnight projects.”

Meanwhile, in the Times, Julia Wick writes that the falling water level at Lake Oroville may require bringing the hydroelectric plant offline.

According to state water officials, the Edward Hyatt Powerplant at Lake Oroville could go offline as soon as August or September — a time frame that would coincide with a feared power crunch this summer. The plant, which opened in the late 1960s, has never been forced offline by low lake levels before.

“I think it’s a bit shocking,” said Jordan Kern, a professor at the department of forestry and environmental resources at North Carolina State University. “The fact that it’s projected to go offline just speaks to how severe the drought is,” said Kern, who studies how power grids are impacted by extreme weather.

California Energy Commission spokesperson Lindsay Buckley said the commission is actively planning for the power plant to go offline this summer. But the Hyatt power plant is far from the only hydroelectric power source in the state that will likely be affected by California’s extreme weather.

The Hyatt power plant is designed to produce up to 750 megawatts of power but typically produces between 100 and 400 megawatts, depending on lake levels. According to Buckley, average high demand in a day across the state is typically about 44,000 megawatts, so 400 megawatts would be a little less than 1% of that total.

“It’s not necessarily the tipping point,” Buckley said. “There’s a lot of different factors that are challenging overall grid reliability this summer. And Hyatt is one piece of the story.”

GIG DRIVERS: Drivers for Uber and Lyft plan to strike today, reports Jessica Roy for the Times.

Rides through Uber and Lyft that are already hard to secure these days — and sometimes eye-poppingly expensive — because many drivers stopped working in the pandemic may become even more difficult to reserve Wednesday, when some drivers will be on strike.

An organization that represents rideshare drivers has called for the strike and has also planned a rally and demonstration Wednesday afternoon at the LAXit pickup area at the airport. If you’re heading to or from LAX — or were planning to hail a ride somewhere in or around L.A. today — here’s what you need to know.

Rideshare Drivers United, an L.A.-based labor rights group made up of drivers for app-based services such as Lyft and Uber, says drivers will strike and stage rallies in 11 cities around the U.S. on July 21. Organizers say drivers are striking for better pay and legal protections under the PRO Act.

GUNS: For CalMatters, Robert Lewis looks at why California's "red flag" gun law is failing.

Today, the state is struggling to recover thousands of guns from people who have been ordered to surrender them. At the start of the year, the list compiled by the state Department of Justice had swelled to 24,000 individuals, the most ever. The pandemic only worsened the mounting backlog of cases when some state Justice Department agents were pulled from field enforcement.

“We are lucky to have a system that tells us this information,” said Julia Weber, a former supervising attorney for the state courts’ administration who now works on gun policy issues for the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “But it’s disheartening. It’s a failure of the promise of the system.”

CalMatters spent three months examining the layered troubles of the Armed and Prohibited Persons System, interviewing current and former law enforcement officers, gun control advocates, lawmakers and researchers. The news outlet also contacted hundreds of law enforcement agencies across California to assess their engagement — or lack thereof — with the system. 

BROADBAND: Yesterday, Governor Newsom signed SB 156, the budget trailer to expand broadband access, at an elementary school in rural Tulare County. In The Bee, Isabella Bloom looks at who it is intended to reach.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Tuesday to spend $6 billion over the next three years expanding broadband access throughout the state, prioritizing unserved, underserved and rural communities.

Much of the money will fund increased connectivity for rural communities with little to no network access and public spaces like schools and libraries with less access to high-bandwidth internet.

...

“The issue of access and equity — those are the two words that bring us here today,” Newsom said. “The spirit is that next generation that will be the beneficiaries of this historic, landmark investment.”

The bill passed with bipartisan support in the Assembly and Senate, with many legislators emphasizing how COVID-19 lockdowns revealed vast disparities in internet access throughout the state.

...

The law establishes a deputy director of broadband, broadband advisory council and office of broadband and digital literacy at the California Department of Technology. The deputy director for broadband will be appointed by the governor and act as the point of contact for Caltrans, the Legislature, the commission and the third-party administrator.

More half of the money, $3.25 billion, is intended go toward increasing middle-mile infrastructure, which links major internet providers to a local access point like schools and hospitals. Building this middle mile will bring internet services to rural areas and create competition in urban communities that will lower prices.

The middle-mile construction will prioritize areas without sufficient high-bandwidth connectivity, such as elementary and secondary schools, higher education, healthcare institutions, libraries and tribal lands.

BILLS, BILLS, BILLS: Friend of The Nooner Chris Micheli reports on bill progress through the beginning of Summer Recess. Note that the Governor still has bills to be acted upon.

SENATE

  • SBs introduced – 828
  • SBs passed by Senate – 550
  • Senate passed 66% of the bills its Members introduced
  • SBs enrolled – 48
  • SBs chaptered – 27

ASSEMBLY

  • ABs introduced – 1,593
  • ABs passed by Assembly – 792
  • ABs refused passage by Assembly – 7
  • Assembly passed 49.7% of the bills its Members introduced 
  • ABs enrolled – 88
  • ABs chaptered – 70

LA-LA LAND: And, a third Los Angeles City Council member is now the subject of a fledgling recall effort. David Zahniser reports for the Times:

Five voters who live in Northeast Los Angeles have signed paperwork seeking to recall City Councilman Kevin de León, making him the third council member to be targeted with such an effort in recent weeks.

In their notice, which was filed Monday, recall organizers criticized the councilman’s handling of the city’s ongoing homelessness crisis, saying “the homeless run the streets of Eagle Rock and our police are powerless to protect the community.”

Eagle Rock resident Pauline Adkins, the recall group’s representative, declined to provide more details when contacted by The Times. “The documents we filed are very clear on why we’re just done with this guy,” she said.

On her Facebook page, Adkins has called for the resumption of Eagle Rock’s concerts in the park — something currently underway — and railed against plans for De León’s plan for a tiny home project that would provide shelter to homeless residents. She frequently reposts political messages circulated by such accounts as Trump 2020, the Donald Trump Fan Club and Silent Majority Chooses Greatness Trump 2024.

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A recall effort is also underway on the Westside, with residents of Westchester, Venice and other neighborhoods gathering signatures in hopes of removing Councilman Mike Bonin. A third group is looking to oust Councilwoman Nithya Raman, who was elected in November to represent a district stretching from Silver Lake to Hancock Park to Sherman Oaks.

In all three cases, recall backers have cited homelessness as a major reason for seeking to remove their representative ahead of a regularly scheduled election.

OAKTOWN: Yesterday, on a 6-1-1 vote, the Oakland City Council approved a term sheet offer to support the A's baseball team's ambitious plan for a multi-use development including a new ballpark at the waterfront Howard Terminal location, although the team's ownership does not appear happy with it. Sarah Ravini reports for the Chron:

The Oakland City Council approved a proposed term sheet Tuesday for the A’s $12 billion plan to build a waterfront ballpark and development against the team’s wishes, but the A’s remained undecided on whether to continue negotiating or walk away from the project.

Six council members voted in favor of the proposed term sheet for the Howard Terminal project, with amendments requiring affordable housing, tenant and anti-displacement protections and environmental protection measures. The term sheet also includes a 25-year non-relocation agreement with the A’s that would start when the team plays its first home game at the new stadium.

Councilmember Carroll Fife abstained and Councilmember Noel Gallo voted against the project.

At the heart of the disagreement between the city and the A’s are who would pay an estimated $352 million for offsite infrastructure and transportation upgrades and the amount of affordable housing included in the overall project. The A’s wanted to create two tax districts to raise the funds but Oakland has proposed using just one and finding additional funds elsewhere.

Dave Kaval, president of the A’s, said he was disappointed the council didn’t vote on the term sheet the team released in April. But team officials were analyzing the council’s amendments and what it meant for the future of the waterfront development.

“We are taking time to really digest what was presented to us for the first time in the meeting and become more knowledgeable about what it means for the project, its future and the A’s,” Kaval said. “We are talking to the league on that.”

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Overland Strategies is a Democratic political consulting firm. We create high quality direct mail and digital ads and provide strategic advice and general consulting services to Democratic candidates and progressive causes.

About the Job:
Overland is looking to hire an Account Executive to help support clients with strategic communications and general consulting services. The Account Executive will work directly with Overland’s Partners to write press releases and political communications, and generally support candidate campaigns. There will be opportunities to learn and practice all elements of political consulting. This is a full-time employee position. Overland will provide reimbursement for health insurance, cell phone costs, and work-related expenses. Work will be usually be remote, with the exception of occasional in-person meetings and campaign events. This is a job for someone who loves persuasive writing and progressive campaigns. To apply, send a resume and three writing samples to press@overland-strategies.com.

CAPITOL SEMINARS’ ADVANCED COURSES: BUDGET ADVOCACY & "SO YOU THINK YOU WANT TO SPONSOR A BILL" OFFERED VIA ZOOM

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: https://conta.cc/3AUOaxE

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: https://www.millerpoliticallaw.com/miller-olson-llp-is-hiring/.

AARON READ & ASSOCIATES OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT

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 ccst.us/careers.

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: weta.sanfranciscobayferry.com/employment

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:
go.mcgeorge.edu/publicpolicy

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, Online.McGeorge.edu, or contact us at graduatelaw@pacific.edu.

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