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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.
- Nooner Conversations: Lobbyist, lawyer, and adjunct law faculty Chris Micheli and I talk about the first 7 months of the legislative year and what to expect in the final month. Additionally, we talk about his two new casebooks on California's Direct Democracy and Legislative Process. (2021-07-23) [YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Amazon Podcasts | Simplecast]
- Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): Todd Gloria on Creating a 'Bigger City Vision' for San Diego (2021-07-22)
- The San Francisco Experience The California Recall State of Play: In conversation with Laurel Rosenhall political reporter with CalMatters (2021-07-21)
- 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)
- Overland Strategies: Account Executive
- 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
- CA25 (Simi Valley-Santa Clarita-Antelope Valley): added Simi Valley councilmember Ruth Luevanos (D) - challenge to Garcia (R)
- CA42 (Corona-Murrieta): added engineer/entrepreneur Shrina Kurani (D) - challenge to Calvert (R)
- AD49 (West San Gabriel Valley): removed Frank Torres (D)
- AD18 (Alameda-San Leandro-West Oakland): Educators and Healthcare Professionals for Mia Bonta for State Assembly 2021 sponsored by education, school employees, and dentist organizations reports receiving:
- $75,000 from SEIU California State Council Political Committee
- $50,000 from Dignity CA SEIU Local 2015
RECALL WATCH - non-candidate contributions in support of or opposing the recall
- Rescue California-To Support the Recall of Gavin Newsom reports receiving:
- $10,318 from Waste Resources Technologies (Newport Beach)
- $3,000 from Roland Brusco (Newport Beach)
- $1,000 from Jeannie Jensen (owner, Huggins Dreckman Insurance Agency, Anaheim)
- $1,000 from Elizabeth Frost (retired, Laguna Beach)
- $1,000 from Ernest Robinson (self, Aliso Viejo)
- Essential Workers Opposing the Recall of Governor Gavin Newsom, Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor reports receiving:
- $250,000 from Dignity CA SEUI Local 2015
- $50,000 from SEIU United Heathcare Workers West PAC
- $5,000 from AFSCME Local 3634 PAC
- Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom reports receiving:
- $25,000 from OhmConnect, Inc. (San Francisco)
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That was a wild end to the Dodgers-Giants game last night, and those in blue had a reason to have road rage as they left Dodger Stadium, although the umpiring was awful on both sides of the LaMonte Wade Jr. at-bat that would give the Giants the final score of 5-3. The season series between the two teams is now tied at three games apiece ahead of the three-game set next week at Oracle Park in San Francisco.
Busy day here at Nooner HQ as you see with the data above my Nooner nag and will see below, so let's get to it!
- Vaxx stats:
- Californians fully vaccinated: 20,927,113 (61.7% of 12+) - 17th among U.S. states
- Californians partially vaccinated: 3,133,478 (9.2% of 12+) - 10th among U.S. states
- Californians with no vaccine: 29.1% (of 12+)
- Doses on hand: 5,299,380 (86 days of inventory)
- full data, including demographic breakdown
- School daze: Kristen Taketa reports for the SDUT that a San Diego-based parents' group has sued the state over mask requirements when schools return to in-person instruction this fall.
The state response will likely largely point to this week's recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Clare Lombardo reports for NPR:
The Let Them Breathe group argued that masks hurt children’s social, mental and physical health. It said masks should be a choice for families, not a requirement.
“We’re seeing kids be more anxious, more depressed, have difficulty engaging in their education when they’re unable to see each others’ faces, share smiles, and just start getting back to life with some type of normalcy,” said Sharon McKeeman, a Carlsbad parent and founder of Let Them Breathe, in an interview.
“The bottom line is the government should not be doing parents’ jobs. We’re the parents; we know what’s best for our children.”
Let Them Breathe has an estimated 13,000 members across California. It filed the lawsuit in San Diego County Superior Court with the statewide Reopen California Schools group. The parent leaders who filed Thursday’s lawsuit also helped sue the state last school year to overturn rules that prevented some, but not all, schools from being open while COVID transmission was high.
California currently requires all adults and students to wear masks indoors in K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. People can take off their masks when outdoors, and modifications or exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis for people with medical conditions.
The state said it is requiring masks in schools because COVID rates, while much lower than before most people could get vaccinated, are rising due to the more transmissible Delta coronavirus variant. State officials also want to avoid potential bullying or isolation if vaccinated students don’t wear masks while unvaccinated students do.
The American Academy of Pediatrics released updated guidance for schools Monday, recommending that all students over 2 years old, along with staff, wear masks, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The new AAP guidance comes less than two weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its own recommendations, calling for indoor mask-wearing for unvaccinated students ages 2 and up, as well as staff. (Children under 12 are not yet eligible for vaccination.) The CDC notes, however, that schools might find universal masking necessary in areas with low vaccination rates, increasing community transmission or a number of other factors.
Both sets of guidance focus on getting students back into classrooms.
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
- Debate: There will be a recall debate on August 4 aired on Fox 11 that will include John Cox, Larry Elder, Kevin Faulconer, Kevin Kiley, and Doug Ose. It will be held at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda and moderated by Hugh Hewitt, Elex Michaelson and Christine DeVine.
Gavin Newsom and Caitlyn Jenner declined the invitation. I'm sure "Meet Kevin" would be happy to stand in their stead, but he'd likely not stop talking, based on his court appearance Wednesday.
- Newsom's challenge: For the Chron, Alexei Koseff writes that, without a star on the GOP side or a serious Democrat as successor candidate in the recall election, Newsom's challenge is reminding his base that he is better than the alternatives on the ballot.
My current thoughts are that, in a head-to-head matchup, with any of the known GOP candidates, Newsom wins. However, 46 folks will be pushing slices of the electorate to turn out to vote yes on the recall and for them, and Newsom can't spend time pointing out unpopular positions of each of them or even just the top six GOP candidates (alpha order -- Cox, Elder, Faulconer, Jenner, Kiley, Ose).
The electorate has also shifted dramatically since 2003, when then-Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat, was recalled and replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the last Republican to win statewide office in California. Since then, the Democratic voter registration advantage over Republicans has nearly tripled to 22 points, and the GOP brand turned toxic under former President Donald Trump, who received only 34% of the presidential vote in the state in November.
Newsom has leaned into that division, painting the recall attempt as a partisan attack and power grab by Trump supporters. That may be enough in this day and age.
“Now all politics is national,” Republican political consultant Kevin Spillane said. Even the local elections he works on have become intensely partisan
So while there may be Democrats who are disappointed in Newsom’s record, Spillane said they are likely to stick by him rather than allow a Republican to become governor: “He may be schmuck, but he’s my schmuck.”
The question is whether they’ll show up to vote. The most recent public polling on the recall found a majority of California voters opposed recalling Newsom. But it also showed that Republicans, who overwhelmingly favor removing him from office, were far more engaged in the race than Democrats.
That’s a much bigger concern for Newsom than any particular issue that recall organizers might throw at him.
“If the top of the ticket isn’t generating excitement, then you’re kind of screwed,” Democratic political consultant Andrew Acosta said.
Though he’s been traveling the state for months, touting new programs funded by a record budget surplus in what amount to unofficial campaign events, Newsom has rarely addressed the recall directly. With less than two months until the election, and voters set to begin receiving mail ballots in just a few weeks, Acosta said the governor and his supporters need to instill Democrats with a sense of urgency about the race.
“At some point, you have to say to people, ‘I need you,’” he said.
- Cox: Today, candidate John Cox will take his road show to the California Republican Party office, although it appears he is an unwanted guest. From his press announcement.
The announcement does not say whether or not he is bringing either the bear or ball o' trash.
Businessman and outsider John Cox will hold a press conference outside the California Republican Party HQ tomorrow, Friday, July 23, at 11:00 am PT to call out their dishonest dealings to rig the CA GOP endorsement vote for liberal Kevin Faulconer.
In an unprecedented move just weeks before an election, the CA GOP insiders have made multiple changes to the rules that will benefit one candidate, liberal Kevin Faulconer.
“Trickery. Political scheme. Moving the goalposts. The insiders at California Republican Party are now no better than the Democrats,” John Cox said. “As an outsider, as a man of integrity, as someone who desperately believes we must recall Gavin Newsom to save California. I won’t stand for it.”
EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE: In the Chron, Lauren Hernández reports on the critical Dixie Fire situation.
The Dixie Fire, which Cal Fire said has scorched 113,006 acres in Butte and Plumas counties and was 18% contained as of Thursday evening, is burning in a northeast direction on both sides of Highway 70, said Efren Lopez, a defensible space inspector with Cal Fire. Flames were in the areas of Bucks Lake — which is on the south end of Highway 70 — and in the area of Butt Valley Reservoir, on the northeast side of the highway, Lopez said.
The Dixie Fire has grown by 37.6% since yesterday's AM update.
|Largest Active Fires with Least Containment
||Personnel On Scene
||power lines suspected
u/i= under investigation
PG&E: Dan Brekke reports for KQED on the investigation into the delay by PG&E to respond to what is strongly suspected to be the ignition point of the Dixie Fire.
With PG&E's announcement earlier this week that one of its power lines is under investigation as the cause of yet another destructive Northern California wildfire, attention has focused on the company's account that nine and a half hours elapsed after the first indication of trouble in the Feather River Canyon before one of the company's field workers reached the spot where a small fire was beginning to spread.
In a series of statements, including public comments from the utility's CEO, PG&E has blamed the delay on the worker's difficulty accessing the remote location where a tree had fallen on a power line and ignited the blaze that turned into the Dixie Fire.
But one of the prosecutors investigating the company's possible role in starting the Dixie Fire, which had burned more than 100,000 acres as of early Thursday, said the utility did not consider a power outage it had detected in the area early on July 13 to be a high-priority issue.
As a result, said Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, the worker assigned to investigate the outage did not arrive in the area until as much as four hours after the the problem was detected.
That's just one in a series of delays and obstacles that together may have turned a minor incident into an inferno that has raged through the northern Sierra Nevada forests for 10 days.
HIGH-SPEED CHOO-CHOO: In the Times, Ralph Varabedian writes up a dispute between key California politicians and the Biden Administration over how the troubled train project should be powered.
A key block of California lawmakers is feuding with the Biden administration over the state’s high-speed rail endeavor, arguing that conditions of a restored federal grant lock the project into what the group sees as an outdated technology for powering the bullet train.
In a recent letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, California Speaker Anthony Rendon and 17 other Assembly Democrats say the federal grant unnecessarily directs California to use overhead electrical lines to propel the trains down their tracks.
Instead, Rendon wants California to keep open the option of powering locomotives with batteries or fuel cells, arguing that the switch could help the state avoid the high cost of installing overhead lines, a system used worldwide since the 1960s.
The Rendon letter — sent to Buttigieg late last month — comes amid an increasingly intense standoff between Gov. Gavin Newsom‘s administration and the Assembly leader on design and funding for the nation’s largest single transportation project. Newsom wants California to stick to his plan of building the first segment of the high-speed rail line in the Central Valley, but Rendon and his Assembly allies want to divert the funds to bullet train segments in Southern California and the Bay Area, and fears installation of electric lines will close off that prospect.
EDD: The Chron's Carolyn Said reports that California's Employment Development Department is, as part of a legal settlement, changing policy to stop suspending unemployment payments while eligibility questions are investigated and will instead pay first and seek reimbursement if eligibility is denied.
Sandy eggo, cakeday, and classifieds after the jump...
SANDY EGGO: In awful timing for gubernatorial candidate Kevin Faulconer, an independent audit found that, as mayor, Faulconer and his aides "withheld information from the City Council and misrepresented facts about multiple properties acquired by the city in public reports or presentations." Jeff McDonald reports for the Union-Tribune:
The study issued by the City Auditor’s Office also found that the Faulconer administration failed to conduct proper due diligence before entering real estate deals worth more than $230 million.
“The prior city administration diminished City Council’s oversight capabilities on major real estate acquisitions by failing to provide complete and accurate information,” the audit found.
The report included many recommendations to prevent future real estate acquisitions from being mishandled. Senior aides to Mayor Todd Gloria accepted many of those suggestions but rejected some proposals aimed at improving oversight.
Auditors also said the City Attorney’s Office did not consistently document or communicate the legal risks associated with the real estate transactions, some of which were purchases and some that were long-term leases.
City Attorney Mara Elliott took issue with several of the audit findings, authoring a seven-page response that largely defended the City Attorney’s Office under her stewardship and that of her predecessor.
Much of the 117-page audit report focuses on the former Sempra headquarters at 101 Ash St., where Faulconer planned to consolidate city employees who had been working in other leased and city-owned office space downtown.
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