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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)


  • Children’s Council of San Francisco is seeking an experienced Public Policy Communications Associate
  • Overland Strategies: Account Executive
  • 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:
    • $50,000 from Huck PAC (Little Rock, AR) - Mike Huckabee's PAC
    • $5,000 from Harlan Korenvaes (investment management, Dallas, TX)
    • $1,000 from James Enstrom (retired, Los Angeles)
    • $1,000 from Connie O'Donnell (realtor, El Cajon)
    • $1,000 from Gary Reed (investor, Porterville)
  • Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom reports receiving:
    • $1,000,000 from Connie Ballmer (retired, Hunts Point, WA)
    • $100,000 from Nat Simons (co-founder, Prelude Ventures, Berkeley)
    • $25,000 from Keiu Hoang (CEO, Raas Nutritionals, Inc., Thousand Oaks)
    • $10,000 from Yanli Xu (not employed, San Gabriel)
    • $5,000 from Jennifer Duda (not employed, Menlo Park)
    • $5,000 from Joe Johal (CEO, Wendy's of the Pacific, Modesto)
    • $2,500 from Andre Babakhouloo (developer, Glendale)
    • $1,900 from North Valley Labor Federation (Modesto)
    • $1,000 from Martin Buchanan (attorney, San Diego)
    • $1,000 from Ted Chiles (not employed, Santa Barbara)
    • $1,000 from Clinton Fields (not employed, Antioch)
    • $1,000 from Diane Regas (CEO, Trust for Public Land, Berkeley)
    • $1,000 from Daniel Lashof (scientist, World Resources Institute, Bekeley)

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SPORTS PAGE: After the 8-0 win by the Dodgers over the Giants on Wednesday night, the only acceptable response for the orange and black was a 5-0 win last night over those in blue. Can we dispose the rest of the season and just let these two teams play it out?

¡Buenos dias y feliz viernes! If you were up early like yours truly, you saw a great match on the pitch between our women and the Dutch. It ended in a penalty kick showdown.

Meanwhile, there is a great NYT The Daily podcast today on the amazing gymnast Simone Biles.

Well, it's certainly toasty here in SacTown. We're looking at a high of 101 this afternoon before a "cooling" trend into the 90s for the next week. If you're in SacTown County, as of 12:01am this morning, masks are required in workplaces and indoor public settings.

Meanwhile, we have the amazing Sumi Lee. I believe she is the first Asian-American to win a gold in an American-American for the U.S.. She certainly did better than Michael Chang, whose great tennis strokes in my hometown of Placentia never found on the Olympic courts. Michael, and swimmer Janet Evans, we still love the athletes from Placentia -- the womb of Orange County.

I knew about the mountain-domiciled Hmong residents who joined the US in the Southeast Asian wars. I first met a Hmong-American while an undergrad at Davis while we worked in the computer lab. The path from refugees to business has been incredibly difficult. An Olympic gold medal is absolutely amazing.

DO YOU RECALL? Candidates are required to file their usual campaign statements by August 2. There is also an August 5 recall election deadline, although the timeframe is the same (receipts and expenditures through 07/31/21).

  • 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

Fundraising through 07/29/21

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



Kevin Faulconer



Caitlyn Jenner

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Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom

Cash contributions 01/01-03/31/21  $3,153,040
Cash contributions >=$1,000 after 03/31  $35,909,102
Total $39,062,142
  • "National election": Governor Newsom is trying to rattle the cage to draw attention to the recall as a national election. Sophia Bollag writes for The Bee:

If California Gov. Gavin Newsom is recalled, he predicted the effects would be felt “all across the country” for “many, many years,” arguing Thursday in an interview with McClatchy’s California editorial boards that it could boost Republican chances in the 2022 midterms.

The Democratic governor, who faces a recall election Sept. 14, said he doesn’t think people are really considering the question of what happens if he loses.

“I don’t think the national Democratic Party’s asking themselves that question,” Newsom said during the interview with the editorial boards of The Sacramento Bee, The Fresno Bee, The Modesto Bee and The Tribune of San Luis Obispo. “If this was a successful recall, I think it would have profound consequences nationwide, and go to not just politics, but to policy and policymaking.”

A successful recall would spur a “weaponization” of the recall process and prompt more attempts to oust local elected officials, Newsom predicted.

He said it could give Republicans an advantage in the 2022 midterms, particularly given that the recall is happening in the home state of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris. Newsom said he believes that could affect a wide range of policies, including on immigration, climate, health care and COVID-19.


  • 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.

  • Delta variant: The LAT's Karen Kaplan paints the increasingly scary of the picture of the Delta variant.

    The highly transmissible Delta variant is a more formidable foe than previously believed, largely due to its ability to infect and be spread by people who are fully vaccinated, according to data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    A confidential document prepared by the agency cites evidence from a recent outbreak in Massachusetts involving at least 145 people who were infected with the Delta variant, which was first detected in India. In the Massachusetts outbreak, the viral loads of the 80 people who were vaccinated were essentially the same as the viral loads of the 65 people who were not vaccinated.

    The CDC document also cites reports about so-called breakthrough cases in India. The viral loads of vaccinated people who nonetheless became infected with Delta were higher than the viral loads of vaccinated people who were infected with other coronavirus strains, those reports found.


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 240,595 23% 64 0 6,079 07/30

u/i= under investigation 

  • PG&E and 2020 Fire: The Bee's Dale Kasler reports that the Shasta County DA plans to file a criminal complaint against Pacific Gas & Electric for its role in the 2020 Zogg Fire, which resulted in four fatalities and desroyed 204 structures.

It will mark the third time in less than three years that a big California wildfire has triggered criminal charges against Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett announced Thursday on Facebook that “her office has determined that PG&E is criminally liable for causing the Zogg Fire. This fire caused the deaths of four people and damaged numerous homes and other structures, killed wildlife and harmed our community.”

She said her office still hasn’t decide the “nature and grade of the charges,” but will do so before the anniversary of the fire in September.

The Zogg Fire burned 56,000 acres. Cal Fire said a PG&E distribution line made contact with a pine tree, igniting the fire.

GUNS: The LAT's Patrick McGreevy looks at the ongoing fight over California's assault rifile restrictions.

Legislators said they had to overcome a years-long grip on the Capitol by the National Rifle Assn. and shift strategies to pass the first-in-the-nation law.

But now, after a federal judge’s ruling declared it unconstitutional, gun safety advocates fear California’s trailblazing work is in jeopardy, concerned that the decision could help unravel decades of hard-fought progress here and across the country.

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez on June 4 issued a permanent injunction against enforcement of much of California’s ban on purchasing assault rifles. State Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta has appealed the Benitez ruling, saying the state’s “strong common sense gun laws help curb not only mass shootings but gun violence as a whole.”

Benitez is a very conservative judge appointed by George W. Bush and is known for striking down California gun laws. The Ninth of the Circuit of Court of Appeals is now "who knows" and then there is the SCOTUS with the MOSTUS.

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Alma Barreras, Nancy Bui-Thompson, Matt Cate, Galen Dobbins, Mikey Hothi, Cory Jasperson, Amy Miller, Richelle Norayan, Neil Pople, and Maya Wallace!


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]

Children’s Council of San Francisco is seeking an experienced Public Policy Communications Associate

The Public Policy & Advocacy Team works on early care and education issues at the local, state and federal
levels, whether legislative or budgetary. The position is based in San Francisco, three days in office and two days remote.


  • In collaboration with our Public Policy Communications Director, you will advocate for the organization’s
    local, state, and federal priorities—engaging in multiple simultaneous advocacy campaigns.
  • Track notable legislation, assist with developing public comment and ensure we send notifications out to community
    members to ensure the community has an opportunity to respond.
  • Engage staff in advocacy via advocacy trainings and preparing bi-weekly staff advocacy updates
  • Meet with advocacy community organizations about our advocacy work, priorities &
    opportunities to collaborate
  • See full job description linked below for full responsibilities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two to four years of experience in public affairs, public policy, advocacy, community organizing, digital
  • advocacy or similar roles
  • Demonstrated ability to execute legislative and administrative advocacy and/or advocacy campaigns
  • Expected to attend evening and weekend meetings and travel to meetings and conferences (approximately
  • 15 – 25% of time, depending on the time of year)
  • Experience drafting policy update documents and emails
  • Ability to read, understand, and succinctly summarize policy or legislation to different audiences

Qualified candidates should apply here:

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.

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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