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RECENT PODS: Obviously, there are lots of pods these days. I try to select a few of those most relevant to California's politics and policy, rather than every episode from the pods I follow.
- Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Randall Hagar, Policy Consultant and Legislative Advocate for the Psychiatric Physicians Alliance of California on the Lanterman Act, Laura's Law, and Britney Spears (2021-07-26)
- 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 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)
- 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
- McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - MPA/MPP
- McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific - Masters of Science in Law
- AD49 (West San Gabriel Vly): removed Monterey Park councilmember Hans Liang (D) - Liang endorses Mike Fong
The Nooner for Monday, July 26, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners
LEGISLATURE RETURNS: 21 days
BALLOTS MAILED: 21 days
ELECTION DAY: 50 days
¡Feliz lunes! While I spent most of yesterday sitting at this desk, I did get out to get tacos at the church yesterday. My tres tacos de birria, buche, y cabeza were delicious as usual, although yesterday was even more special in the Southside Park neighborhood. While I didn't have time to attend, yesterday was the annual Mariachi Festival in the park. For the first time since last spring, the food offerings of Our Lady of Guadalupe moved from the parking lot behind the church back onto T Street and the church breezeway. Additionally, several unaffiliated food vendors made their return, including frutas, Mexican hot dogs, and lots of mangonadas (mango ice drinks) y equités (corn).
While I loved the colorful costumes of the mariachis and ballet folklorico dancers as they strolled outside the festival between performances, the best sight of the day was a line for the free COVID vaccines.
I'm repeating this from yesterday:
I announced Nooner Sustainers in Friday's This Week in Nooner email, but now have a page up describing 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 the legislative session winds down with only one month left meaning the advertising picture won't be much better for awhile, it's clear that I must rely on readers more to get through this year. Advertising is down $2,000 per month and I've already wiped out my savings. Hopefully 2022 will be largely back to normal, but for now, I thank you for considering supporting this work. Otherwise, I'll need to shut down The Nooner soon and get a "real job." (No, I can't do this as a hobby as I used to, as it's now 12 hours of work most days between The Nooner and the website. I don't say that to complain, as I love what I'm doing and this community we have.)
On to the gnus!
WEEKENDS AT THE NOONER: I know not all of you care to look at your email over the weekend. Here's what was covered in this space.
Saturday, July 24
Sunday, July 25
- Vaxx stats:
- Californians fully vaccinated: 21,060,186 (62.1% of 12+) - 17th among U.S. states
- Californians partially vaccinated: 3,165,051 (9.3% of 12+) - 12th among U.S. states
- Californians with no vaccine: 28.6% (of 12+)
- Doses on hand: 5,485,392 (85 days of inventory)
- full data, including demographic breakdown
- Positivity rate: The 7-day positivity rate is 5.3% (+0.1%), a 1.5% increase from seven days ago and hasn't been at that rate 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.
- New vaccination rules for state employees and healthcare workers: This morning, Governor Newsom announced that all state employees and most health care workers, public and private, will be required to be vaccinated or be tested weekly AND wear a mask when indoors. This follows a similar announcement by New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio. While not affecting non-healthcare, non-state employees, there's an expectation that many local governments and private employers will follow.
From a legal perspective, if there is a standard set as broadly as that announced today and an employer doesn't follow, there is possible liability if there is an outbreak.
- SacTown: For CapRadio, Ed Fletcher looks at COVID-19 restrictions Sacramento businesses have implemented on their own to protect customers and staff.
And, you won't find me at a Golden One concert anytime soon...
If you want to dance to live blues at Torch Club, be prepared to show proof of vaccination.
If you want to enjoy a laugh at The Comedy Spot, be prepared to mask up.
And the same goes if you want your computer fixed at Sacramento Tech Exchange.
Fueled by concern about rising cases of the delta variant, a number of Sacramento-area businesses are adopting their own stepped-up COVID-19 protocols. The county is averaging 16.7 cases per 100,000 people over the past week, which would have put it in the purple tier under the state's former reopening system.
“I decided I wanted to get ahead and be more on the preventative side and try to minimize the spread,” said Marina Texeira, owner and operator of the Torch Club. The long-standing downtown Sacramento blues venue began asking customers to show proof of vaccination last weekend.
Texeria said she trusted state and federal officials' stance on reopening without restrictions, but as fewer and fewer customers wore masks once inside and COVID-19 numbers crept up she began feeling uneasy.
She says the new policy is a preemptive response to Sacramento County's recommendation that people wear masks indoors in settings where other people’s vaccination status is unknown.
“This is giving people a reason to get vaccinated so they can be out and the people that already are so they can feel safe,” Texeria said.
They’re also checking vaccination status at The Russ Room entertainment venue above Soloman’s on K Street, but not at Sacramento’s largest music venue, the Golden One Center, where the honor system is in play.
Yesterday, when I went to Market 5-ONE-5 to get some dinner ingredients, literally every customer was wearing a mask while not asked to do so. Several employees, however, were not.
- Silicon Valley: In Politico's Morning Tech, Alexandra S. Levine looks at how the Delta variant is affecting the tech world in Silicon Valley and beyond.
it’s forcing tech companies in Silicon Valley and beyond to rethink everything from return-to-work policies for employees to how the platforms moderate content. Here’s what some of the most influential tech players are mulling over:
— On going back to the office: Social media giants’ decisions about remote work helped set the precedent for other sectors early in the pandemic, and now, it’s worth watching how the tech industry’s changing course on return-to-work may have a similar ripple effect. Apple is delaying plans to bring employees back to offices, with workers now returning in October at the earliest instead of September.
Twitter’s policies have not changed in light of the variant — it was one of the first major tech companies to announce last spring that employees could work from home “forever” — but it’s notably one of just a small number that require workers who wish to work in-office to provide proof of immunization. Google, meanwhile, is allowing unvaccinated employees to report to work in-person, meaning some workers are again masking up.
— On content issues: The contentious back-and-forth between Facebook and the White House last week shows how much pressure the social media titan is under when it comes to fighting the vaccine misinformation that now directly threatens the U.S.’ recovery. Facebook’s moderation has generally been too light for Democrats (who accuse it of negligence) and too heavy for Republicans (who accuse it of censorship). And in the absence of clear, consistent guidance from Washington, Facebook will remain in hot water: The company was forced to backpedal on some of its high-stakes content moderation calls in the spring, for example — and more recently, Biden himself accused Facebook of “killing people” with Covid misinformation (remarks the president eventually walked back). Even so, Facebook would argue it's been proactive and effective at policing false and misleading material related to the pandemic.
While the recent spike in cases caused by the Delta variant has further highlighted Facebook’s moderation struggles, Covid misinformation has been problematic across most mainstream social media sites, including Twitter and YouTube. (Twitter executives met with the office of Surgeon General Vivek Murthy as recently as July 12 to discuss these challenges.) But none have been singled out by the Biden administration quite like Facebook has, and this far into the pandemic, many of its users have developed deeply-held views (factual or otherwise) on Covid vaccines. How Facebook will get ahead of its misinfo problem now is anyone’s guess.
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
- "Reforms": Garry South opines for CalMatters on four reforms he'd like to see to California's recall process, many of which can be done by the Legislature and don't require a constitutional amendment.
EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE:
- Dixie Fire: In the Chron, John King reports that the growth of the Dixie Fire slowed yesterday, but the week ahead could be a challenge for the largest fire thus far this year.
[S]trong dry winds in coming days could renew intensified and fast-spreading danger from the vast Dixie Fire in Butte and Plumas counties, officials said Sunday evening — potentially threatening more than a dozen communities in the mountainous and forested northeast section of the state.
“It’s really rugged, rough terrain out here with heavy fuels,” Mike Wink, the operations section chief in the fire’s west zone, told a Sunday evening briefing. “We’re looking for every opportunity to get this thing boxed in.” The fire east of Chico that began on July 14 had consumed 192,849 acres by Sunday night and was 21% contained. Nearly 5,500 personnel were deployed to keep it from spreading beyond the current 82-mile perimeter — a boundary, officials said, that would extend from Chico south past Sacramento if it was pulled straight.
Mandatory evacuation orders were in place for several communities along Highway 79 and south of Lake Almanor. In other locales, residents were warned to be prepared to evacuate if needed.
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HOUSING: Several key housing bills remain bottled up in the Legislature even though the issue is on top of the minds of voters. Manuela Tobias looks at why for CalMatters.
They missed a key July 14 deadline to be heard in a policy committee in the state Assembly before lawmakers went on a month-long summer recess until mid-August. It’s still possible to revive the measures before the session ends in mid-September, but doing so would require a rules waiver — and political willpower.
So if lawmakers have stated time and again that easing the state’s housing affordability crisis is their top priority, and these are some of the solutions, what’s the hold up?
As often happens in the Legislature, it’s impossible to say for certain, and key players remain tight-lipped. But several observers of the housing debate noted a significant similarity among the bills: They all require that a portion of the workforce that builds the housing be graduates of mostly union-run apprenticeship programs.
That union labor requirement has proven to be a deal-breaker or deal-maker for several housing bills already: The provision made it into bills and allowed them to survive so far. Or it was excluded and resulted in strong opposition and a bill’s demise, including one last year to build affordable housing in church parking lots, and another retail-to-housing conversion effort similar to the bill now in limbo.
The requirement is a source of tension between the powerful State Building and Construction Trades Council — which represents more than 450,000 California construction workers and wants more jobs for its members — and affordable housing developers, who are hoping to build many of the proposed projects.
“This question of good jobs versus affordable housing is a false question,” said Lola Smallwood Cuevas, a project director at the UCLA Labor Center. “It’s a question that has been living for 15 years that cannot afford to live on.”
LAW AND DISORDER: For CalMatters, Robert Lewis looks at Steven Bradford's (D-Gardena) policing reform bill SB 2, which is in Assembly Appropriations, and on which legislators are being heavily lobbied on from both sides. Bradford's similar SB 731 died on the Assembly Floor without a vote at the end of session last year.
The bill would allow California to decertify police officers for misconduct — effectively stripping them of a license to work in law enforcement and kicking them out of the profession. California is one of only four states in the country without such power. As a result, a number of high-profile cases have been reported over the years where an officer involved in a questionable shooting was allowed to remain on the streets, only to kill again. Officers also have been fired for wrongdoing in one department, then quietly moved on to another agency.
“California is able to revoke the certification or license of bad doctors, bad lawyers, even bad barbers and cosmetologists — you can even recall an elected official — but is unable to decertify police officers who have broken the law and violated public trust,” state Sen. Steven Bradford said at a committee hearing earlier this year. Bradford, a Gardena Democrat who chairs the public safety committee and lives near where the shooting took place, introduced the bill along with Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins.
Bradford’s bill is the latest effort to break through the wall of legal protections built up over the years that critics say shield California law enforcement officers from accountability. CalMatters was only able to obtain internal police reports and videos regarding the Gardena shooting because a 2018 law for the first time opened certain law enforcement records, including files pertaining to use of deadly force and some misconduct. Another law that went into effect this year requires the state attorney general’s office to handle investigations regarding police killings of unarmed civilians.
“This nation has cried out — especially in Black and brown communities — for change,” Bradford told CalMatters, ticking off a list of high-profile police killings and use of force incidents from Stephon Clark in Sacramento to Oscar Grant in Oakland to Rodney King in Los Angeles. “It’s definitely overdue.”
But there’s still work to be done, he added.
“It’s one thing to pass legislation. It’s another to change the mindset and internal training and operations of law enforcement,” Bradford said.
And his bill is far from certain, as police associations and chiefs from around the state have signaled their opposition.
“No one wants to see bad officers removed from law enforcement more than good officers do,” said Brian Marvel, president of the Peace Officers Research Association of California, in a statement to CalMatters.
“When an officer acts in a way that is grossly inconsistent with the missions and goals of our profession, it tarnishes the badge and the great work being done day in and day out by officers keeping our families and communities safe.”
But he added that the bill as written creates a “biased and unclear process for revoking an officer’s license.”
PRISONS: The Bee's Andrew Sheeler reports that more correctional officers will be wearing body cameras as part of a state budget item.
The budget includes $90.6 million in funds aimed at installing fixed security and body-worn cameras at five state facilities — Kern Valley State Prison; California Institution for Women; California State Prison, Corcoran; Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran; and California State Prison, Los Angeles.
That funding is intended to bring the state into compliance with a court order in the case of Armstrong v. Newsom, where several disabled inmates at a San Diego County prison alleged that they were victims of brutality at the hands of corrections officers.
While the court order originally only applied to the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, in March the court expanded the mandate to the additional five prisons.
One 47-year-old inmate had a seizure outside his cell at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility. He later woke up to find that his wrists and ankles hurt badly. He alleged in his complaint that officers has stomped on his ankles and stepped on his hands before dragging him out of his cell. As they dragged him, his head hit the ground several times, according to the complaint.
Cameras could have been used to prove or disprove inmate complaints like the one described in the lawsuit.
CARETAKERS: In The Bee, Isabella Bloom writes about the workforce challenge facing California in having sufficient caretakers for an aging population and persons with disabilities, which has been compromised by people leaving the profession because of the pandemic.
The workforce for people with disabilities includes personal assistance, home care workers and direct support professionals, who provide services for individuals to lead full and independent lives. Direct support workers help David learn how to manage his own home, go grocery shopping and cook. Some things, like using a hot oven, David will always have to rely on others to do for him.
As the pandemic took hold, many families grappled with a shortage in the direct care workforce caused by decades of sub-minimum wage rates. The average annual turnover rate for the direct support professionals workforce was 45% even before the pandemic, according to The Arc, a national organization advocating for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“We refuse to call it a crisis. It’s a systemic failure,” said Joseph Macbeth, the CEO of the National Association of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP). “This has been going on for 30 years or more.”
According to Macbeth, it’s too soon to know precisely how much the pandemic has affected the workforce turnover rates.
Data from The Century Foundation shows that employment in non-residential services for the elderly and people with disabilities is down 3% from pre-COVID times, and residential employment is down 10%. But anecdotal evidence from service providers highlights the severity of the shortage.
“Less and less people are coming to do this work. That is clear,” Macbeth said. “And that’s consistent with a lot of other low-wage jobs. The service industry, the retail industry, they can’t find people either, post-pandemic. So we are in that same bucket.”
MATH: For CalMatters, Dan Walters looks at a proposal under consideration to shift the way mathematics is taught in grade schools.
For the past eight months, a philosophical war has raged in California education circles over a plan to sharply, even radically, change math instruction at all grade levels.
In January, the state Instructional Quality Commission released a draft “mathematics framework” that would shift instruction from the traditional, and somewhat linear, approach to one steeped in race and culture, or “woke” in contemporary parlance.
The draft declares that traditional math instruction, in which students progress from counting and simple arithmetic into geometry, algebra, trigonometry and eventually calculus as they advance through the grades, “has much to correct (because) the subject and community of mathematics has a history of exclusion and filtering, rather than inclusion and welcoming.”
“There persists a mentality that some people are ‘bad in math’ (or otherwise do not belong), and this mentality pervades many sources and at many levels,” the draft continues. “Girls and Black and Brown children, notably, represent groups that more often receive messages that they are not capable of high-level mathematics, compared to their White and male counterparts.”
To counter that perceived shortcoming, the proposal would have students of all inate abilities remain together well into high school, essentially eliminating acclerated moves into higher-level mathematics, such as calculus, by those who exhibit desire and aptitude.
Moreover, math instruction would be reoriented from the linear manipulation of numbers into a tool for social justice.
The draft generated a backlash from advocates of traditional math, including an open letter signed by hundreds of academics.
Advocates of the new curriculum are playing with the lives of millions of children and the state’s economic and societal future. Implicitly they are shifting blame for the state’s embarrassingly low scores in nationwide math achievement tests from themselves to the traditional way math has been taught.
For EdSource, Sydney Johnson also looks at the advanced math debate.
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SANDY EGGO: In the Union-Tribune, David Garrick writes that big changes are likely coming to San Diego City Council districts in redistricting.
San Diego’s once-a-decade effort to redraw City Council district boundaries will likely feature some major changes thanks to shifting demographics across the sprawling city and aggressive lobbying by some neighborhood leaders.
The redistricting process, which must be complete by Dec. 15, will also be more compressed and chaotic than usual. That’s because the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed until September the arrival of the U.S. Census data needed to redraw the boundaries.
While the deadline could be delayed, uncertainty over where the new boundaries will be already is creating problems for the June 2022 primary election that further delays would only worsen. Potential candidates won’t be sure whether they are eligible to run for one of four open seats next year – Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 – until the new boundaries are finalized.
This effort to redraw boundaries was initially expected to be relatively routine compared to a decade ago, when San Diego had to make major changes in several districts because the city shifted from eight council districts to nine.
CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Tom Daly, Elizabeth Hess, and Seth Stodder!
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