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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.

  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) on SB 464, her "Comida Para Todos" (Food For All) legislation (2021-07-27)
  • 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 PodcastsSimplecast]
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): San Diego Mayor 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



  • Rescue California-To Support the Recall of Gavin Newsom reports receiving:
    • $30,000 from Barney Byrd (investor, Franklin, TN)
    • $10,000 from Rick Salomon (entertainment, Las Vegas, NV)
    • $5,000 from William Timken (consultant, Borders Golf Group, Danville)
    • $2,500 from Precision Civil Engineering Inc. (Fresno)
    • $2,500 from Exchange Contractors State PAC (Dos Palos)
    • $2,500 from Fowler Packing Company, Inc. (Fresno)
    • $2,500 from Frederick Ruiz (retired, Visalia)
    • $1,500 from Loren Booth (owner, Booth Ranches LLC, Orange Grove)
    • $1,000 from Blanche Blatt (attorney, Los Angeles)
  • Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom reports receiving:
    • $1,750,000 from California Correctional Peace Officers Association
    • $500,000 from Service Employees International Union/United Healthcare Workers West
    • $250,000 from American Federation of Teachers
    • $50,000 from Sequoia Equities (Walnut Creek)
    • $25,000 from Alexandre Rasouli, MD, Inc. (Los Angeles)
    • $10,000 from Lloyd H. Dean (CEO, Common Spirit Health, Thousand Oaks)
    • $10,000 from Santa Anita Park
    • $5,000 from Robertson Management Company, LLC (Santa Monica)
    • $5,000 from Marsha Naify (retired, Los Angeles)
    • $5,000 from Judy Chu for Congress
    • $2,500 from Jessica Scorpio (entrepreneur, Mill Valley)
    • $2,500 from Rick Mariano (realtor, Mill Valley)
    • $1,000 from Frank Darby (engineer/real estate, Los Angeles)
    • $1,000 from Suzanne Rheinstein (designer, Los Angeles)
    • $1,000 from James Hanko (engineer, Redwood City)
    • $500 from Rick Parod (not employed, Orange)

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SPORTS PAGE: The Dodgers-Giants rivalry game last night certainly didn't disappoint. Tonight's game is at 6:45 with Buehler on the mound for the Dodgers and DeSclafani pitching for the Giants. Following the 7-4 win by the Padres last night, Oakland is in San Diego for a 1:05pm day game.

¡Buenos dias y viva México! After a few pleasant days, we're back to triple digits around the Capitol today. Of course, I've been home the last couple of days and have a 2pm meeting around the Capitol. Because of the heat, the California Independent System Operator has issued a statewide Flex Alert for today from 4pm-9pm and asks customers to reduce electricity use during those peak hours, where demand is high and solar generation is reduced.

The data suggest that, unless there are major outages in natgas-fired plants, we should be fine.

CAISO Outlook

Meanwhile, I'm repeating this all week with apologies to those who've already stepped up:

If you're from Orange County like me, you never knew Hmong-Americans. At UC Davis, I learned about the descendants from the allies of the U.S. during the sad Southeast Asian wars and their resettlement in the U.S. A retired college president friend related to me that he told Latino gang members to be careful as the now settled Hmong would "resettle them with their hands" rather than pay bribes. When I gave a graduation speech at Merced Community College, I nearly cried. The families celebrating the first college credential, ranging from ESL to AS in nursing, were amazing.

Meanwhile, I'm repeating this all week with apologies to those who've already stepped up:

If you're from Orange County like me, you never knew Hmong-Americans. At UC Davis, I learned about the descendants from the allies of the U.S. during the sad Southeast Asian wars and their resettlement in the U.S. A retired college president friend related to me that he told Latino gang members to be careful as the now settled Hmong would "resettle them with their hands" rather than pay bribes. When I gave a graduation speech at Merced Community College, I nearly cried. The families celebrating the first college credential, ranging from ESL to AS in nursing, were amazing.

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 equally 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, and of course there are Square, PayPal, and traditional mail options here. Thank you to those who have already stepped up!

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 (display and classified) is down $2,000 per month and I've already wiped out my savings. Meanwhile, readership has held steady.

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." 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, from coding to content. I don't say that to complain, as I love what I'm doing and this community we have.

Thank you,

On to the what folks are talking about over their Zoom water coolers...


  • 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
  • Poll position: Undoubtedly, you've read articles, tweets, and email about yesterday's Berkeley IGS Poll and how turnout will determine the election results. Here are a couple of images from slides I sent to ATCpro subscribers this morning.

    Berkeley IGS: Voter interest
    Below are the results of question #1. I also provided a similar side among registered voters, with topline results of 36% yes, 51% no, with 13% undecided.

Berkeley IGS: Yes or no?

  • Fundraising: Here are the fundraising numbers for the generally recognized top candidates, as identified in the Berkeley IGS poll.

Fundraising through 07/28/21

includes only contributions $1,000 or more required to be reported withing 24 hours



Kevin Faulconer



Caitlyn Jenner

Kevin Kiley

Kevin Paffrath




















Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom

Cash contributions 01/01-03/31/21  $3,153,040
Cash contributions >=$1,000 after 03/31  $32,882,331
Total $36,035,371
  • Parents as "consumers": For CalMatters, Joe Hong looks at how several of the successor candidates in the recall election are framing parents as "consumers" with school choice/voucher proposals.

    The candidates — CalMatters interviewed John Cox, Larry Elder, Kevin Kiley and Doug Ose for this article — want to “empower” parents by sending state dollars directly to the families rather than school districts. Parents can take that $14,000 dollars of per-pupil spending from the state to any traditional public, charter or private school they like.

    Turning parents into consumers, the candidates say, will cultivate competition between schools. Parents will “vote with their feet,” and if the state plunges the public school system into the free market, schools will finally have to provide a high-quality education to stay afloat.

    “Ultimately, I would like to see traditional public schools look a lot more like charter schools,” said Kiley, a Sacramento area state Assembly member running in the Newsom recall election. “I would like to have districts liberated from our education code: Less mandates coming from Sacramento and a lot more freedom.”

    These Republican candidates also say that teachers unions have undue influence on the public education system, and they accuse the unions of using political sway to lobby for charter school regulations. Conservative talk show host Elder — who is running on the most radical school-choice platform of the four — said if elected he would declare a state of emergency for California’s public schools and fire the state’s 15,000 “worst” teachers. 

  • Unforced error: Yesterday, Governor Gavin and Jennifer Siebel Newsom withdrew their two eldest children from their first day of summer basketball camp after a photo emerged of the maskless youth at the camp. For Politico, Colby Bermel reports:

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom pulled his children from a summer camp after discovering that other children were attending without masks in violation of state policy, his office confirmed Tuesday.

    "The Newsoms were concerned to see unvaccinated children unmasked indoors at a camp their children began attending yesterday and after seeing this, removed the kids from the camp," Newsom spokesperson Erin Mellon said in a statement. "The family reviewed communication from the camp and realized that an email was missed saying the camp would not enforce masking guidance. Their kids will no longer be attending this camp."

    Newsom's two eldest children, ages 11 and 10, attended the camp for a day, Mellon said.

    The announcement from Newsom's office came a day after Reopen California Schools, a group opposing pandemic restrictions that have kept kids at home to learn remotely, tweeted that it identified publicly posted photos of the governor's 10-year-old son with other maskless children indoors at a summer basketball camp.

    "This is in clear violation of his own mask mandates," the group tweeted. "Why can his kid be maskless, but not ours?"

    California requires all people to wear masks indoors in K-12 schools and other youth settings, including summer camps.


  • Vaxx stats: 
    • Californians fully vaccinated: 21,087,719 (62.1% of 12+) - 17th among U.S. states
    • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,179,700 (9.4% of 12+) - 12th among U.S. states
    • Californians with no vaccine: 28.5% (of 12+)
    • Doses on hand: 5,448,472 (83 days of inventory)
    • full data, including demographic breakdown
  • Positivity rate: The 7-day positivity rate is 5.9% (+0.5%), a 1.0% increase from seven days ago and hasn't been at that rate since February 9. 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.
  • Masking: While Governor Newsom said during his 10:30am briefing that the state would have an updated guidance "within hours" following the CDC's update, nothing has appeared from the California Department of Public Health yet. For CalMatters, Barbara Feder Ostrov reports on the new CDC guidance, which applies to most Californians, vaccinated and not.

    Nearly all vaccinated Californians should return to wearing masks indoors under new federal guidelines issued today for areas where COVID-19 is surging. 

    The new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control apply to regions with “high or substantial” transmission rates, which includes 45 of California’s 58 counties and about 96% of its nearly 40 million people.

    The guidelines would cover all of California’s most populous counties. The counties, with lower COVID-19 rates, that are not included are: Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, San Benito, Glenn, Tehama, Lassen, Modoc, Sierra, Alpine, Mono, Inyo and Tulare. About 1.7 million people live in those counties.

    The announcement reverses an earlier CDC recommendation, issued in mid-May, that it was safe for vaccinated people to remove their masks in most settings.

    All unvaccinated people, including children not yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, should continue to wear masks in all public indoor places under state and federal recommendations. 

    "Guidance" and "should" won't work for a lot of people, particularly those eschewing vaccinations.
  • CSU: Yesterday, the California State University joined the University of California in requiring vaccination for all faculty, staff, and students this fall. In both systems, the requirement can be waived with a medical or religious exemption. For students who don't want to attend in-person, CSU states that campuses are adding to virtual offerings, but notes that not all areas of the curriculum will be available online.  
  • Yolo: mask up!, SacTo: 🦗 🦗 🦗:  On that note, the county to the west of Sacramento has announced a requirement to mask indoors beginning Friday regardless of vaccination status. Yolo has a 7-day 2.5% positivity rate and a 7-day new case average of 11.5/100k.

    Meanwhile, here across the river, Sacramento County has a 7.3% 7-day positivity rate and a 7-day new case rate of 17.0/100k. Compare that with Los Angeles, with has a 7-day positivity rate of 4.3% and 16.1/100k new cases per day. L.A. has mandatory indoor masks.

    It's crickets from Sac County Department of Public Health. 
  • LA: vax or test! The City of Los Angeles will soon require non-vaccinated employees to be tested weekly, report Alpert Reyes, Dolan, and Money in the Times.

    Los Angeles will require city employees to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing to show they have tested negative, Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Nury Martinez announced Tuesday. Garcetti, announcing the new requirements, cited “an alarming spike in cases among our city workforce.”

    The plan is expected to be rolled out through a mayoral order issued Wednesday, following a meeting of a city committee focused on employee relations that will discuss how the new requirements will be implemented.

    Martinez expressed deep frustration with the rebound in infections, saying that Angelenos who had stayed inside to protect themselves and others were “getting tired of protecting people who don’t want to protect themselves.”

    “We need unvaccinated Angelenos to stop dragging their feet,” Martinez said. “As the largest employer in the city of Los Angeles, this is us doing our part.”

  • Sandy Eggo: San Diego is taking the gentle approach, asking everyone regardless of vaccination status to mask up indoors, in accordance with the new CDC guidance. Jonathan Wosen reports for the SDUT:

    Unlike Los Angeles County, local officials aren’t mandating indoor masking, simply recommending it. But the new announcement still marks a shift from the county’s message over the past few weeks, during which it has encouraged San Diegans to get vaccinated while asserting that wearing facial coverings is a personal choice.

    The news comes hours after the CDC reversed guidance it issued in May, when it said that fully vaccinated people could shed masks in nearly all indoor settings. The rise of the fast-spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus, which now accounts for about 80 percent of new cases across the U.S., called for a change in tactics, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the agency, told reporters. She cited new research suggesting that some fully vaccinated individuals who get infected by the virus carry high enough levels of it to make them infectious.

    “This new science is worrisome and, unfortunately, warrants an update to our recommendations,” Walensky said. “The Delta variant is showing every day its willingness to outsmart us, and to be an opportunist in areas where we have not shown a fortified response against it.”


    In recent weeks, the number of new COVID-19 cases in San Diego County has risen rapidly, mirroring state and nationwide trends. In late June, it was common for the county to report 100 or fewer cases each day. But now, 400 or more daily cases has become the norm, with county officials reporting that they were notified of 1,264 cases on Friday, the highest count since Feb. 5. Hospitalizations have risen, too, with 200 San Diegans in the hospital due to coronavirus infections as of last week, compared to around 70 residents a month ago.

    On Tuesday, the region reported 720 new infections, 24 more hospitalizations and 5 COVID-19 deaths, based on a comparison of the latest totals for each of these categories to yesterday’s counts. The county’s coronavirus dashboard notes that the actual number of new cases may differ slightly, as the county occasionally finds and removes non-COVID cases from these figures.

EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE: In the Bee, Amelia Davidson looks at the current situation with Dixie and Tamarack.

The Dixie Fire continued to throttle parts of Butte, Plumas and Tehama counties Tuesday despite mild weather, raising alarm bells for how the fire might act Wednesday as temperatures rise and humidity drops.

The Dixie Fire expanded by around 9,000 acres Tuesday, encompassing 217,581 acres (340 square miles) as of Wednesday morning. Over 5,300 firefighters are battling the blaze, which ignited July 14 above the Cresta Dam in Feather River Canyon, in the burn scar of the deadly 2018 Camp Creek fire.

The state fire agency reported containment at 23% as of Wednesday morning, unchanged from Tuesday.

The fire is California’s largest so far this season, and California’s 14th-largest of all time by acreage.

In the Dixie Fire Wednesday morning briefing, officials said crews were able to do “good work” Tuesday afternoon and evening as weather conditions remained cool and relatively humid. But Julia Ruthford, the incident meteorologist for the Dixie Fire, warned that Wednesday would be a “very different fire weather day.”


Firefighters appear to have turned the tide on the Tamarack Fire, pushing containment up to 59% and keeping expansion minimal through Monday and Tuesday. The Tamarack Fire is burning in Alpine County and Douglas County, Nev.

Rain Monday helped crews push containment up beyond the 50% mark, and crews continued to secure fire lines through the day Tuesday, increasing containment by five more percentage points.

The Tamarack Fire has charred 68,393 acres as of Wednesday morning. The fire expanded by just 200 acres through the day Tuesday.

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 217,581 23% 54 0 5,306 07/28
Tamarack Fire Alpine u/i 68,393 59% unknown 0 1,321 07/28

u/i= under investigation 

BILLS, BILLS, BILLS: Friend of The Nooner Chris Micheli shares an update on bill stats following the end of the signing period for bills sent to Governor Newsom left July 15 for a monthlong recess.

Through today, the Governor’s bill actions are:

  • Signed: 144
  • Vetoed: 0
  • Of the signed bills, 61% are ABs and 39% are SBs.
  • Of the signed Assembly Bills, 52% are authored by Democrats and 16% are authored by Republicans. The remainder are committee bills (mainly Budget).
  • Of the signed Senate Bills, 46% are authored by Democrats and 13% are authored by Republicans. The remainder are committee bills (mainly Budget).

SIN AGUA: Will Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta water users again sue the state over drought restrictions? For CalMatters, Rachel Becker takes a look.

During the last drought, in 2015, six irrigation districts serving growers sued the state over its efforts to stop some diversions from the Delta. A Superior Court judge ruled that the state violated their due process by failing to give them a “meaningful opportunity, including some form of public hearing, to challenge the board’s finding before they are ordered to curtail their water use.”

This time, state officials said they were giving ample notice and opportunity for input, including [yesterday's] virtual hearing and a warning issued last month, and said that with the Governor’s drought emergency declarations they were “on very firm legal footing.” 

Representatives of irrigation districts serving growers did not say at the workshop whether they would file suit. But they told the state board that it does not have the authority to curtail the rights of users who have claims to the water that pre-date 1914 — the year California enacted its water rights law

“The state water board should know that,” said Valerie Kincaid, a water law attorney who represents the San Joaquin Tributaries Authority, a coalition of irrigation districts and water agencies. “Curtailment requires providing water users due process before their water rights are taken. The same issue of due process arises here.” 

Chris Scheuring, senior counsel for the California Farm Bureau, told CalMatters that it never rules out legal action to protect members, but said, “We are confident so far that the (water board) is well-equipped to deal with this year’s brutally dry conditions in an orderly manner. In fact, we are supportive.”  The process “needs to be workable, fair and phased,” and based on “technically sound” analyses, Scheuring said.

Hey Chris! Chris was in my law school class.

JUICE: For Capitol Weekly, Eric Furth writes on how California's electricity procurement may change with climate change.

“When you step back, I think many of us are really recognizing now that climate change and these extreme heat waves happening in the earlier parts of the summer now have forced all of us to do things that we really never imagined just a few years ago,” Elliot Mainzer, president and CEO of California’s Independent System Operator, said recently.

“But we’ve entered this new normal, and now it’s really going to take all of us doing our own … part during this important clean energy transition to keep the lights on,” he added.


Hoping to reduce strain on the power grid, experts are looking at alternative energy generation, distribution and storage. Some of these systems, inspired in part by the meltdown of California’s electricity market two decades ago, already are in place across the state.

Energy alternatives to fossil fuels such as solar and wind power are well known. But the alternative systems to deliver that and other power have received far less attention.

Gaining increased interest is a system known as CCA, or Community Choice Aggregation, which allows local communities to buy power themselves and limit their dependency on California’s so-called “IOUs,” the huge investor-owned utilities of Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric.


“These CCAs have been effective at unlocking a market largely stifled by an investor-owned utility monopoly and have given an opportunity for cities and counties who want more renewable energy to do so.” stated a 2020 UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation report on state CCAs.

DESAL: In the SDUT, Deborah Sullivan Brennan reports that Rep. Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano) is seeking federal funding for desalination projects in the San Diego region and beyond.

Desalination projects in the San Diego area could get millions in federal funding under a bill Rep. Mike Levin introduced Tuesday.

The Desalination Development Act would provide $260 million over five years for desalination projects across the country, including the City of Oceanside’s Mission Basin Groundwater Purification Facility, which converts brackish flows into potable water, said Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano.

It also sets environmental standards for projects that get federal funding, with requirements for energy efficiency, wildlife protection and water conservation.

Levin said our federal government should invest in desalination to enhance local water sources, especially while California’s communities confront climate-driven droughts.

SMALL BIZ: For CalMatters, Grace Gedye looks at the challenges, particularly in hiring, facing small business as things return to "normal."

California’s economy is no longer at its nadir. The state has regained slightly more than half of the 2.7 million jobs it lost in March and April 2020 when the pandemic shut down many businesses. Gov. Gavin Newsom, squeezed by the Sept. 14 recall election, touts the state’s economic gains bolstered by a massive budget surplus and an infusion of billions from federal stimulus programs. Yet it’s clear that the state’s economy is in a different place than it was before the pandemic. 

No region of California — from Silicon Valley, to Hollywood, to the Central Valley — is back to pre-pandemic employment rates. And while some large companies raked in record profits over the past year and a half, small business owners say several factors — including the possibility of new restrictions, difficulty hiring staff and inadequate child care — make the coming months feel uncertain, which is preventing California from making a full comeback.

There are several reasons those jobs are going unfilled, says Christopher Thornberg, founding partner at Beacon Economics. People may be taking more time to find their next job, or holding out for a job that is linked to a career path, and getting by on unemployment benefits and stimulus money in the meantime. The workforce has also shrunk: The pandemic spurred an uptick in retirements across the country, according to analysis of government data by Pew Research Center. Some parents may be waiting to reenter the workforce until they have reliable childcare options. 

As a result, unemployment rates are still up — Los Angeles, Anaheim, and San Francisco, for example, all have jobless rates more than double their pre-pandemic numbers. The upside for workers is that wages have been rising over the past year and demand for employees is high.

LA UNHOUSED: In Los Angeles, the City Council is weighing a controversial anti-camping ordinance that also allows more scrutiny by the council of which camps are cleared. Zahniser, Oreskes, and Smith report for the Times:

The ordinance, set for a second and final vote on Wednesday, prohibits sitting, sleeping or storing property on public property near libraries, parks, day-care centers, schools, freeway overpasses, recently opened homeless shelters and other locations. Yet it also states that enforcement in any of those locations cannot take place until the City Council has reviewed the location and given the go-ahead.

That strategy could force council members to cast separate enforcement votes block by block or encampment by encampment, said Elizabeth Mitchell, an attorney with the L.A. Alliance for Human Rights, which is suing the city over its handling of homelessness. Each of the council’s 15 districts, she said, would become “mini fiefdoms.”

“It’s likely going to be up to each council member to decide how they’re going to enforce this,” she said.

The council cast its first vote on the ordinance last month, saying enforcement would be accompanied by the presence of “street engagement teams” — social workers, outreach workers and others who would offer shelter and services. Homeless advocates have nevertheless voiced alarm, saying there is not enough shelter space available and that the ordinance would criminalize those living on the streets.

“There are many tools that they already have in their toolbox to accomplish this goal” of keeping sidewalks passable, said Pete White, executive director of the skid row-based Los Angeles Community Action Network. “It’s more of a political statement than anything else. This is the council saying, ‘We can be strong.’ It creates a litmus test for the next mayoral candidate and campaign.”

cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Scott Adams, Dennis Albiani, former Assembly member Jim Battin, Sarah Huchel, Voleah Taing, and Monique Vieira-Huestis!


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 McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

In addition to a well-respected JD, the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees. Both full-time students and those earning a professional degree while working succeed in the program. Our focus on the interconnections of law, policy, management, and leadership provides unique competencies for your success. Students gain a foundation in statutory interpretation and skills in public policy making and implementation. Learn at a beautiful campus three miles from the State Capitol:

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

Built on the foundation of nationally ranked and world class programs, McGeorge School of Law offers an online master (MSL) degree for individuals seeking in depth knowledge of law and policy, but who do not require a traditional law degree. Our MSL’s two concentrations in Government Law & Policy and in Water & Environmental Law offer students the flexibility to work while they learn and still engage in a highly interactive master’s program. To learn more and to sign up for our monthly webinars, please visit our website,, or contact us at

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