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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): Labor Law Regulation Panel with Tom Sheehy, Ashley Hoffman, and John Kabateck (2021-07-23)
  • Nooner Conversations (Scott Lay): 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 PodcastsSimplecast]
  • 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 scientist 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
  • 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


  • AD18 (Alameda-San Leandro-West Oakland): Educators and Healthcare Professionals for Mia Bonta for State Assembly 2021 sponsored by education, school employee and dentist organizations reports spending $161,235 for TV/radio advertising and $28,900 for polling

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

  • Rescue California-To Support the Recall of Gavin Newsom reports receiving:
    • $2,000 from Marianela Flores (retired, Anaheim)

The Nooner for Sunday, July 25, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners


Happy Sunday! I'm glad we have the Olympics so we have had something other than the Giants to watch the last couple of nights. My Olympics viewing last night ended, though, with disappointment that Nyjah Huston wasn't able to land his great tricks in the street skateboarding competition. Huston was born in Davis, although now lives in Laguna Beach. However, I was happy to see Yuto Horigome land the gold for Japan. Jagger Eaton will be bringing the bronze back to Arizona.

Of course, the highlight of the day was the rebound dominating win by the USA Women's National Soccer Team over New Zealand. Not only did they get a must win, but they made up the goal differential from their loss to France. Now they have another must win on Tuesday against Australia to advance.

Yul Moldauer's floor routine in men's gymnastics was fantastic and hope he brings it tomorrow night for the team competitions.

No, afternoon and evening wasn't just spent watching sports. The final candidate list for gubernatorial candidates, with websites and Twitter handle accounts where known, are now on the AroundTheCapitol site. When you visit, note that Nooner Sustainers images (like those above) are included not just on the ATC home page, but also on the district pages.

I announced Nooner Sustainers in Friday's This Week in Nooner email, but now have a page up and running for it. Several of you have asked for something like this during my nag sessions over the last year, and I finally got to it on my to-do/wish list. Of course, that list continues to be very long.

Although I have replaced the "nag box" for the new program that doesn't mean I don't need/appreciate those $10-25 tips or anything you can do. For the app users, in addition to Venmo (Scott-Lay), I have added the Cash App and am scott95811. I feel old as you kids teach me about these apps.

As you know, this has been a brutal year in advertising. 

This morning, I was up to watch México v. Japan in fútbol. When the Olympics are in Asia, there's a benefit of getting up before 5 for morning reading and writing. After writing, it'll be time for some street tacos at the church before some more work while waiting to watch the women gymnastics qualifiers tonight.

July 25 screen

Because it is Sunday morning, my two video windows to the right of my work is one Sunday show (audio on) and one Olympics event (muted). Later today, it'll likely be two Olympics windows. No offense to my friends in the Legislature, but it sure beats one window each of the State Senate and Assembly or two committee hearings. Enjoy the remaining 20 days of Summer Recess, and yes, I know you're working in your districts as I see it on social media.

On to all the news that's unfit for print...


  • Vaxx stats: vaccination data has not been updated today (07/25)
    • Californians fully vaccinated: 21,017,459 (61.9% of 12+) - 13th among U.S. states
    • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,143,620 (9.3% of 12+) - 18th among U.S. states
    • Californians with no vaccine: 28.8% (of 12+)
    • Doses on hand: 5,173,212 (81 days of inventory)
    • full data, including demographic breakdown
  • Positivity rate: The 7-day positivity rate is 5.2%, a 1.4% increase from seven days ago and the highest since February 10. Of course, this has to be considered in light of fewer tests, with vaccinated folks not actively seeking regular tests unless required for travel or work.
  • A chronic COVID? The Chron's Erin Allday writes that health care leaders in the Bay Area are starting to get used to the idea that we're going to be living with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that can cause COVID-19, for a long time.

    From the intensive care floors no longer near-overflowing with patients to the emergency department where doctors and nurses had worried for more than a year that anyone who showed up could be infected, the relief was palpable, said Dr. Robert Rodriguez, an emergency physician at San Francisco General and a professor at UCSF.

    Then California reopened and dropped almost all pandemic safeguards, and the highly contagious delta variant arrived. Few had believed the pandemic was over, of course. But it’s discouraging to be bracing for yet another surge, Rodriguez said, and living again under a cloud of anxious anticipation of just how bad things will get.

    “Cases definitely are increasing, and there is a sort of — I would call it a triggering,” Rodriguez said of a staff that’s already exhausted and traumatized from the long pandemic.


    The Bay Area appears to be hurtling into a fourth surge, with cases spiking in every county and hospitalizations rising quickly, too. But this wave is unlikely to mimic the past — at least that’s the assumption of health experts.

    It’s fueled largely by the unvaccinated, who tend to be young and healthy and not at high risk of serious illness or death. So far, vaccinated people who get infected almost always have mild illness or no symptoms at all. That means this wave should be less devastating than earlier ones.

    Even so, the numbers contain a stark warning: Until the world conquers COVID — until global vaccination stomps out any opportunity for the coronavirus to mutate into something more dangerous and harder to contain — even the Bay Area will remain at risk. Eliminating the virus is probably not possible. This summer surge may simply be a bump on the rough path toward learning to coexist with COVID.

    “We’re going to have to live with this for a while,” said Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, an infectious disease expert at Stanford. “And we are reaching the point where people have to just settle into that. We have to get back to some kind of a normal life. We can’t keep living like this. But normal life now may be different.”


  • 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
  • CRP endorsement path: For Politico, Jeremy B. White reports on the process approved by the California Republican Party board yesterday for the party consider whether an endorsement will be made.

    The California Republican Party on Saturday created a process that will allow delegates to endorse one of the 24 Republicans running to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom, despite objections from some conservatives who say the party should not back anyone in the race.

    Party leaders kept the bar for endorsement at 60 percent support from delegates and made it possible for them to vote "no endorsement," which could mean the party ultimately does not back a single contender.

    Republican candidates and party activists have jockeyed and lobbed accusations of impropriety for weeks. Out of the 24 Republicans, roughly a half-dozen are in the top tier based on experience or name identification, increasing the likelihood that the Republican vote will fracture several ways.

    Delegates will meet virtually on Aug. 7 to decide on the endorsement, three days after five Republicans are scheduled to debate at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda.

    Some Republicans believe the crowded field increases the incentive to coalesce behind a single candidate. But others believe doing so could create an appearance of favoritism that discourages turnout, squandering the grassroots energy that drove the recall qualification process and undercutting the primary goal of ousting Newsom.
  • Cox v. CRP: Gubernatorial candidate Beast John Cox continued his Twitter rage against the California Republican Party yesterday:
    More CRP shenanigans. Multiple PAID @Kevin_Faulconer consultants and staff on the @CAGOP exec board voting on new rules to favor Faulconer. The corrupt dealings between Faulconer and the CRP are a slap in the face to conservatives!Democrat insiders have driven CA into a ditch. Republican insiders play games to help liberal Faulconer who will continue the same failed policies. Only a political outsider can fix our great state!
    Republican National Committeewoman from California and prominent conservative attorney Harmeet Dhillon replied:
    John — over 60 committee members reached this decision. You could have shown up and made your case against it — you didn’t. These types of accusations are unfair to the volunteer delegates of the state party who showed up. Don’t let this be the way people remember your campaign.
    He showed up, but not to yesterday's meeting. He showed up outside the CRP headquarters on Friday.
  • Kiley: Cox may not have brought his Kodiak bear or ball o' trash to Baghdad by the Bay, but gubernatorial candidate Assemblymember Kevin Kiley went behind enemy lines with an event at San Francisco's Crissy Field yesterday. Michael Cabanatuan reports for the Chron:

    About 100 people — including several who said they hadn’t heard of the Republican Assembly member from Rocklin (Placer County) — attended the rally. Kiley spoke from a small stage with the fog-shrouded Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

    He railed against Newsom, whose PlumpJack Wine & Spirits store is just a 10-minute drive away, calling him corrupt and saying he’s broken California’s government. He was particularly critical of Newsom’s failure to reopen the state’s schools, his slowness in ending mandatory masking requirements and his plans to require students to wear masks when they return to school in the fall.

    And he vowed to immediately rescind Newsom’s executive orders, enacted during the COVID crisis, as soon as he takes office. Kiley, with former Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City (Sutter County), filed suit against Newsom in 2020 saying he abused his emergency powers during the epidemic. A superior court ruled in favor of Kiley and Gallagher but an appeals court overturned the ruling. The lawmakers have asked the California Supreme Court to consider the case.

    “As your governor, I will unwind Gov. Newsom’s one-man rule in one fell swoop,” Kiley said.

    He also blamed the governor, who is one of his constituents, for high gas prices, pothole-pocked roads, unaffordable housing and the water shortage.

    And, of course, he brought up Newsom’s infamous attendance of a dinner at Napa Valley’s the French Laundry that violated anti-COVID rules then in place.

    “What was even more revealing about that night was the company the governor keeps,” Kiley said. “A table full of lobbyists. They wine him, they dine him, they elect him, they own him.”

  • Crime: For CalMatters, Dan Walters looks at how much a rise in crime will affect the recall election.

    The surge in crime, both violent assaults and thefts, is real. The videos of brazen daylight raids on pharmacies and other stores, particularly in San Francisco, by thieves unafraid of either arrest or prosecution, have become cable television and YouTube staples.

    Of course, it has been well reported that part of this is because the large chains have instructed employees, including security guards to not intervene for (a reasonable) fear of liability.

    While rising crime might not sink Newsom in the recall election a few weeks hence, if it continues to rise, he could feel the backlash when he runs for re-election in 2022.

AG: For the Chron, Joe Garofoli looks at Sacramento County DA Anne Marie Schubert's independent campaign for state Attorney General.

Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert is the person Republicans would cook up in a laboratory as their perfect candidate for California attorney general.

She’s a career prosecutor who put Joseph DeAngelo, better known as the Golden State Killer, behind bars. She takes a tough-on-crime stance at a time when the GOP is trying to pin rising homicide rates on Democrats. She supports the death penalty, in contrast to Attorney General Rob Bonta, a progressive Democrat who is “very vehemently against the death penalty” because of its racist history.

Schubert lumps Bonta with progressive district attorneys like San Francisco’s Chesa Boudin and Los Angeles’ George Gascón as prosecutors who “don’t really want to prosecute people.”

“We’re in a state of chaos in the criminal justice system,” Schubert said on The Chronicle’s “It’s All Political” podcast. It’s a refrain that has won her praise and endorsements from law enforcement and prosecutor organizations.

That said, Schubert has a big political challenge.

The lifelong Republican is no longer a member of the GOP. She left the party after being re-elected to a second term in 2018 and is now registered as a “no party preference” candidate. Nathan Hochman of Los Angeles, a former assistant U.S. attorney general appointed by President George W. Bush, is the most prominent Republican in the race.

“I felt very strongly that the job of the district attorney and of the attorney general should be a nonpartisan issue,” Schubert said. “Public safety is not an ‘R’ or ‘D’ issue. So that’s why I made the decision to leave,” the party, adding that she had “no problems” with the GOP.

Garofoli writes that the big challenge, of course, is that no NPP candidate has won statewide in California. He continues to discuss her lack of name recognition and doesn't have the personal wealth Steve Poizner used to boost his to serve one term as Insurance Commissioner.

CA21 (Coalinga-Lemoore-South Bakersfield): In The Bee, David Lightman and Gillian Brassil report that Rep. David Valadao (R) continues to is not having difficulty raising money for a reelection fight even after he voted for President Trump's impeachment.

Valadao, who has about $820,000 on hand, according to the Federal Election Commission, which tracks campaign finance, raised more than $482,000 in the second quarter of this year compared to just over $320,000 in the first.

Republicans who supported impeachment have come under strong criticism from Trump and his supporters, though Trump has not mentioned Valadao specifically. Trump did not respond to a request for comment.

But Valadao, who narrowly defeated Democratic incumbent TJ Cox in 2020, will face Trump supporter Chris Mathys, a former Fresno City Councilman, in the 2022 primary to represent California’s 21st district, which is nestled below Fresno and encompasses Hanford.

Mathys's website links to another site paid for by the campaign: RINO Hunting Club, with red circles and slashes over the faces of ten House Republicans who voted for impeachment, such as Liz Cheney (WY) and Adam Kenzinger (IL-06). If you're unaware, RINO stands for "Republican in Name Only." 

Lightman and Brassil continue:

“I think a lot of Republicans recognize the importance of Valadao’s seat, and also that he may be the only Republican who can consistently win it,” said Kyle Kondik, managing editor of the nonpartisan Sabato’s Crystal Ball, which analyzes congressional races.

EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE: For the Times, Alex Wigglesworth reports that firefighters are scrambling to make progress before the weather turns less favorable:

Crews were continuing to battle two massive wildfires in Northern California on Saturday, with more residents ordered to flee their homes.

The Dixie fire had burned 181,289 acres and was 14% contained as of Saturday, when it prompted a new wave of evacuations for residents in Plumas County. At least 16 structures had been destroyed, and more than 7,000 were threatened, authorities said.

The fire was burning to the northeast through everything from timber to grasses, all of which are unseasonably dry, said Capt. Mitch Matlow, public information officer for the fire.

“This is more like what we would typically see in the late fall, at the end of the fire season before the rains come,” Matlow said. “The fuels got drier earlier in the season, which leads to more erratic fire behavior.”

About 120 miles southeast, straddling the border with Nevada, the 65,152-acre Tamarack fire was continuing to spread, having forced about 2,400 people from their homes.

The fire, which was 4% contained as of Saturday morning, had burned at least 15 structures on the California side, in Alpine County. At least 13 structures were destroyed or damaged in Douglas County, Nev., officials said.

However, this morning's report shows significantly more containment, unless there is a problem with the report. Meanwhile, on the weather changes, it could be good or bad.

Forecasters were anxiously awaiting the arrival of a significant monsoonal moisture surge pushing up from the south, which was expected to reach northern Nevada on Monday and stick around through Wednesday.

Depending on how the system takes shape, it could bring either dry lightning, widespread thunderstorms or consistent rains with pockets of thunderstorms, said Scott McGuire, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed we can get more of a stratiform rain event versus more lightning,” he said.

Where a fairly consistent, wetting rain could help firefighters get the upper hand, localized heavy rainfall could cause debris flows in the recent burn scars, he said. Thunderstorms could also produce gusty outflow winds that make the fire harder to control, as well as lightning that ignites new fires, he said.

Largest Active Fires with Least Containment
  County Cause Acres Consumed Containment Structures Destroyed Fatalities Personnel On Scene Updated
Dixie Fire Butte, Plumas power lines suspected 190,625 21% 16 0 5,022 07/25
Tamarack Fire Alpine u/i 66,744 27% unknown 0 1,557 07/25

u/i= under investigation  

 cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

Probolsky Research


CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Vivi Becerra, Naveen Habib, Angela Pontes, and Devon Whitney!


Add your classified now both in The Nooner and online for $50/week or $150/month by emailing, with a headline, a summary of up to 200 words, and what you'd like the end date to be. You can attach a PDF or provide a link for a bigger job description/info to apply. [Other advertising options]

The Office of Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley is seeking an experienced Communications Director

The Office of Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley is seeking an experienced Communications Director. The ideal candidate is a self-starter with excellent written and communication skills with the ability to deliver high quality work under tight deadlines. Knowledge of Orange County & 3-5 years of political experience is preferred.


  • Managing press requests
  • Staffing the Supervisor at interviews and media events
  • Drafting content for social media and website
  • Preparing written materials including press releases, speeches, op-eds, talking points, newsletters and e-blasts
  • Determining creative ways to expand the Supervisor’s coverage on key initiatives
  • Working collaboratively with staff to maximize press coverage and visibility at events


  • BA in a related field (e.g., English or media production), or equivalent work experience
  • Demonstrated track record of managing professional social media accounts
  • Familiar with graphic and video programs, (e.g., Canva and iMovie)
  • Ability to create and turn around content in a short time
  • Experience in working with print, digital, radio, TV bookers and producers

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, video sample, and professional references to Debbie Lumpkin at with the title “Communications Director” in the subject line. No calls or walk-ins.


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


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

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

Political Data Inc.
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: