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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:
    • $5,000 from Harlen Korenvaes (investment management, Dallas, TX)
    • $5,000 from William Coit (farmer, Fresno)
    • $2,000 from Randolph Watkins (retired (Dallas, TX)
    • $1,000 from Connie O'Donnell (realtor, El Cajon)
    • $1,000 from Gary Reed (self, Porterville)
    • $1,000 from Patterson for Assembly 2022
    • $1,000 from James Carter (real estate investor, Knoxville, TN)
    • $1,000 from Ranell Durgan (retired, La Selva Beach)
  • Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom reports receiving:
    • $1,800,000 from California Teachers Association
    • $50,000 from Christopher Dolan (attorney, San Rafael)
    • $10,000 from Wedgewood Village Pharmacy, LLC (Swedesboro, NJ)
    • $3,000 from Charanjit Ghai (Ghai Management, Pleasanton)
    • $2,021 from Robert Donovan (consultant, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Jackson Heights, NY)
    • $2,000 from Edward Meyer (farmer, Gridley)
    • $1,350 from Laurence Elias (not employed, Berkeley)
    • $1,000 from George Writer (not employed, Santa Barbara)
    • $1,000 from Margaret Wong (self, Sacramento)
    • $1,000 from Karen Kaufman (professor, UCLA)
    • $1,000 from Elizabeth Staton (IT, Aimmune Therapeutics, Oakland)

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 18 days

SPORTS PAGE: The Dodgers laid the Giants down on the dugout bench and spanked them all night for an 8-0 win. Today is a day game at 12:45pm. Cueto will be on the mound for the Dodgers while Price will be pitching for the men in blue. The A's gave a similar ass kicking over the Padres at Petco Park with a 10-4 win. 

Air quality

¡Buenos dias mis amigos! Wow, Suni Lee! I can't imagine how big this is for the Hmong-American community. It also should be for all Americans who are still justifiably sad over the withdrawal of Simone Biles for very good reasons.

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

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,

And, the news...

POLL POSITION: We have a new PPIC poll today. As this is the regular annual poll on the environment, it does not ask questions specifically on the recall, but does give some significant indicators. I'm working on a slide deck for ATCpro subscribers for this afternoon. While I know $49.99 is steep for many of you, you can have a month of access for just $5, which helps cover my afternoons and evenings.

The PPIC poll doesn't ask either question #1 or #2 on the recall election. Remember, PPIC is an awesome nonprofit we rely on, but a few of their polls are engaged of on behalf of endowed funds. Thus, the focus of this poll is the environment, with a few questions about the recall added on.

Nevertheless. there are several findings relevent to the recall election. To be clear, there is absolutely no pollster who can project the first statewide, mostly mail, recall election.


  • 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
  • GOP clusterf%: While many see the California Republican Party (CRP) moving toward endorsing former Sandy Eggo mayor Kevin Faulconer as its preferred successor candidate, the committee of former San Diego councilmember Carl DeMaio is pushing back. The committee is distributing a letter to state CRP delegates signed by candidates John Cox, Caitlyn Jenner, and Doug Ose calling for a "no endorsement" vote.  
  • DeMaio: This evening, DeMaio's committee is holding a "rally and volunteer briefing" to support the recall. Where do you go for such an event? A VFW hall, a park, a community center? Nope. Carl and clan will be at Awaken Church in San Diego, which defied public health orders with in-person services and with many attendees not wearing masks. The Supreme Court held 6-3 that prohibiting in-person services violated the First Amendment, although masks and distancing orders were still allowable. 

    Anyway, with a rally of a group of folks against public health guidance at an anti-government church amidst the Delta variant spread, one has to ask what the opposite of "revival" is.
  • Fundraising: Here are the fundraising numbers for the generally recognized top candidates, as identified in the Berkeley IGS poll. I report receipts when reported by the committee, even if there is an report by a major donor.

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




















Reported yesterday by the donor and likely reported today by the committee is $1 million from Connie Ballmer. If the last name sounds familiar, she is married to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and she is the co-founder of The Ballmer Group, which owns the Los Angeles Clippers.

Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom

Cash contributions 01/01-03/31/21  $3,153,040
Cash contributions >=$1,000 after 03/31  $34,754,702
Total $37,907,742
  • Who gets the tenderloin? I know several of us have talked about it, but I don't think I've written it in this space. Not only is recall successor candidate former Rep. Doug Ose a constituent of Assemblymember Kevin Kiley's, but they are also partners in a cattle business called Ose-Kiley Cattle. This former veggie says to give the other the tenderloin and claim dibs on the New York strip.


  • 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 6.2% (+0.3%), a 1.1% 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.
  • SacTown: has joined the counties requiring a mask in indoor public places, albeit enforcement up to entities. Michael McGough reports for The Bee:

    “While cases continue to surge and until vaccination rates have increased in Sacramento County, all residents must wear masks in all indoor public settings, venues, gatherings, and workplaces, such as, but not limited to: offices, retail stores, restaurants and bars, theaters, family entertainment centers, conference centers, and State and local government offices serving the public,” the county wrote in a news release.

    The new health order comes as COVID-19 cases skyrocket due to the highly contagious delta variant.

    The California Department of Public Health on Wednesday recommended universal indoor masking statewide, following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this week.

    Sacramento joins Yolo and Los Angeles counties in going a step further, strengthening the recommendation to a mandate. Yolo County’s mandate goes into effect Friday.

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 221,504 23% 64 0 5,391 07/29
Tamarack Fire Alpine u/i 68,571 59% unknown 0 1,321 07/29

u/i= under investigation 

BOOZE FOR UCLA: Apparently, to tolerate UCLA football games, one needs to be liqoured up. Thus, the Rose Bowl will have libations with the pigskin returns, as Ben Bolche reports for the Times.

The school’s athletic department announced Thursday alcohol sales will resume throughout its storied home stadium this season for the first time since 1989.

The change in policy is designed to improve the fan experience while keeping the school competitive in the college football marketplace, according to one person close to the situation not authorized to disclose the information publicly before the formal announcement.

"Improve the fan experience"...ask my amazing ex-wife about how that works...

More than half of the Football Bowl Championship schools sell alcohol throughout their stadiums, including six other Pac-12 Conference schools — Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon and Oregon State. USC has long banned alcohol at the Coliseum, last selling beer during the 2004 season before halting the practice because of concerns over rambunctious behavior.

cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Megan Dahle, Jason Levin, and Mary McCune!


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

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

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: