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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): The recall in polling (2021-08-01)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED: Gubernatorial candidate Assemblymember Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) (2021-07-29)
  • 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]


  • CalTax Seeks a Research Analyst
  • Children’s Council of San Francisco is seeking an experienced Public Policy Communications Associate
  • 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

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  • 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 08/03/21

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  $36,495,270

DEBATE: Tonight is the debate. Lara Korte reports in The Bee:

Four Republicans hoping to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom in the recall will face off on Wednesday in the first gubernatorial debate of the campaign.

FOX 11 in Los Angeles will host the debate between John Cox, Kevin Faulconer, Kevin Kiley and Doug Ose at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda. The network says it also invited Larry Elder and Caitlyn Jenner, as well as Newsom, but they did not accept.

The debate will air Aug. 4 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on FOX 11 and and will be moderated by Hugh Hewitt, president of the Richard Nixon Foundation, U.S. National Security Adviser Ambassador Robert C. O’Brien, and station hosts Christine Devine and Elex Michaelson.

Meanwhile, the Chron's Joe Garafoli writes that candidates need to do more than just bash Newsom tonight.

The Republicans running to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom in the Sept. 14 recall have spent months ripping the Democrat’s policies on COVID-19, homelessness, wildfires and education. Now it’s their time to do more than that.

$$$: In the Times, Seema Mehta and Maloy Moore look at the recall fundraising.

Gov. Gavin Newsom and his allies have raised more than $51 million to fight the attempt to recall him, more than twice as much as every major Republican candidate and pro-recall committee combined, according to new fundraising disclosure reports.

The numbers crystallize the enormous financial advantage Newsom enjoys. Democrats said that the financial backing is evidence of Californians’ deep support of Newsom, and that they have the resources necessary to win the Sept. 14 election.

“We have donors from every state. We have more than 100 donors in every California congressional district,” said Nathan Click, spokesman for the main anti-recall committee. “It just goes to show that Democrats are energized, and we’re looking to translate that from our donors to the ballot box.”

Pro-recall committees, which have raised $6 million, counter that Newsom’s overwhelming financial advantage will not ultimately matter because Californians are increasingly recognizing that his policies, such as homelessness and wildfire preparation, are not working.

For CalMatters, Ben Christopher and Jeremia Kimelman look at how the candidates are spending theire campaign cash.

With six weeks to go before Californians decide whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, the favorite of major GOP donors is still Kevin Faulconer. The former San Diego mayor has amassed more than $3 million in contributions. While most of his haul has come from big spenders, the median contribution was $5,000, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday. 

Conservative talk show host Larry Elder’s campaign has raised more than $1 million, according to his daily financial filings. That puts him second to Faulconer in total contributions, excluding self-funding. 

Despite being related to the Kardashians and boasting a private plane, Caitlyn Jenner has so far outraised the rest of the replacement candidate field among small-dollar donors who give less than $100 and therefore aren’t listed by name. With the help of some aggressive digital fundraising techniques and massive name ID, she has taken in nearly $200,000 in these non-itemized contributions. That’s the good news. The bad news: Her campaign has spent hundreds of thousands more than it’s taken in.

John Cox, the Rancho Sante Fe millionaire who has exhibited no qualms about pouring vast sums of his own money into his campaigns, has already invested $7.6 million into the recall. Unlike typical campaign donations, which are capped at $32,400, candidates can give themselves as much as they can stomach. Former U.S. Rep. Doug Ose, YouTube real estate guy Kevin Paffrath, business consultant Jenny Rae Le Roux are also funding their own campaigns, though at orders of magnitude less than Cox.

EDD: For CalMatters, Emily Hoeven looks at the potentional impact of the EDD scandal on the recall election.

California’s unemployment department has consistently been one of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s biggest political liabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of jobless residents’ claims have been backlogged for weeks at a time even as EDD paid out an estimated $31 billion in fraudulent claims, including $1 billion to prison and jail inmates. With account freezesjammed phone lines and pervasive tech glitches blocking unemployed Californians from the funds they needed to stay afloat, many called their lawmakers for help, desperate and even on the brink of suicide

After forming a strike team in July 2020 to overhaul EDD’s outdated technology, Newsom largely avoided commenting directly on the beleaguered department. But his administration has begun to do so, suggesting he’s aware EDD’s shortcomings could be top of mind for a potentially sizable number of voters in the Sept. 14 recall election 

LARRY ELDER: In The Bee, Andrew Sheeler profiles Elder.

Conservative radio host Larry Elder is leading in the polls to recall and replace California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

But who is the self-styled “Sage from South Central?”

From minimum wage to Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump to the War on Drugs, Elder has taken a number of far-right conservative positions over the years.  


  • Vaxx stats: data has not been updated today
    • Californians fully vaccinated: 21,368,344 (63.0% of 12+) - 17th among U.S. states
    • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,251,984 (9.6% of 12+) - 12th among U.S. states
    • Californians with no vaccine: 27.4% (of 12+)
    • Doses on hand: 5,107,721 (74 days of inventory)
    • full data, including demographic breakdown
  • Positivity rate: The 7-day positivity rate is 6.7%, a 0.7% 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.
  • In the Times, Luke Money reports on the increase in the number of Californians vaccinated.

California has seen a substantial increase in the number of people getting vaccinated against COVID-19 over the last two weeks, a turnabout that comes as a growing list of municipalities, businesses and venues are moving to require the shots for employees and, in some cases, even customers in hopes of slowing the latest surge.

The recent boost is a promising development after weeks of rising coronavirus cases and hospitalizations fueled by the highly infectious Delta variant of the virus — a tide officials say can eventually be turned if significant numbers of unvaccinated people roll up their sleeves.

Amid this new surge in infections and illness, a growing number of both public and private sector employers are moving toward mandating their workers be vaccinated.

California has seen a substantial increase in the number of people getting vaccinated against COVID-19 over the last two weeks, a turnabout that comes as a growing list of municipalities, businesses and venues are moving to require the shots for employees and, in some cases, even customers in hopes of slowing the latest surge.

The recent boost is a promising development after weeks of rising coronavirus cases and hospitalizations fueled by the highly infectious Delta variant of the virus — a tide officials say can eventually be turned if significant numbers of unvaccinated people roll up their sleeves.

Amid this new surge in infections and illness, a growing number of both public and private sector employers are moving toward mandating their workers be vaccinated.

  • LA County: In the Times, Jaclyn Cosgrove reports that the LA Board of Supes will consider whether to require county employees to get vaccinated or submit to weekly testing.

    Los Angeles County employees could soon be required to either show proof that they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 or be tested for the virus once a week.

    The L.A. County Board of Supervisors will discuss the proposal, which would apply to all of the county’s more than 100,000 employees, at their meeting next Tuesday.

    Under the proposal, vaccinations would be mandated for county healthcare workers. Other county employees would have the option of either vaccination or regular testing.

    The board will also consider whether it can require county contractors to be vaccinated or tested.

  • masks in schools: In the Register, Roxana Kopetman reports that the Orange County Board of Education voted yesterday to sue Governor Newsom over the state mandate for students, teachers, and staff to wear masks. 

Claiming that wearing masks harms young children, the Orange County Board of Education announced Tuesday that it plans to sue Gov. Gavin Newsom over what it calls an “unwarranted” state mandate that students wear masks in classrooms this school year.

The board voted 4-0 during closed session in favor of filing the suit, and then had an attorney read a press release in which they said Newsom has abused his authority by indefinitely continuing to issue health edicts under a state of emergency.

Last month, state officials ordered all students, teachers, staff and visitors on school campuses to wear face masks while indoors in the coming school year.

“He has now misused that power in a way that threatens serious harm to Orange County’s children,” board members wrote.

For Politico, Goldberg, Perez, and Payne report on the showdowns over school restrictions nationwide. 

School boards are at war with governors over masks. Superintendents are developing contingency plans on the fly. And schools that only just opened have had to shut down.

Welcome to sophomore year for Covid-19. The Delta variant, which few had heard of when classes ended in the spring, is upending reopening plans across the country, threatening President Joe Biden’s promise of a more normal school year and sustained economic recovery.

Nearly 18 months into the pandemic, there’s no consensus on how to keep students and staff safe. Local school leaders, whipsawed by changing federal guidance, find themselves building a patchwork of protections based as much on local politics as public health.

“It’s a terrible position to be in,” Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, said in an interview. “We have a huge crisis and nobody wants to make a decision … You’re leaving superintendents wide open to fall to pressure from their community.”

Viral videos of parents shouting obscenities during school board meetings, recall votes for board members — even death threats — underscore the pressure school leaders face as they contend with a virus far more contagious than what circulated last year.

The prospect of waves of school closures or, worse, a children’s pandemic, is a nightmare for the Biden administration, which hoped July Fourth would mark the beginning of the end of the pandemic.


Largest Active Fires 
  County Cause Acres Consumed Containment Structures Destroyed Fatalities Personnel On Scene Updated
Dixie Fire Butte, Plumas power lines suspected 274,139 35% 67 0 4,927 08/04

u/i= under investigation 

SIN AGUA: The AP's Adam Beam writes that California is moving forward on water restrictions for farms and water agencies.

Some farmers in one of the country’s most important agricultural regions will have to stop taking water out of major rivers and streams because of a severe drought that is threatening the drinking water supply for 25 million people, state regulators said Tuesday.

The Water Resources Control Board approved an emergency resolution empowering regulators to halt diversions from the state’s two largest river systems. The order could apply to roughly 86% of landowners who have legal rights to divert water from the San Joaquin and Sacramento river watersheds. The remaining 14% could be impacted if things get worse.

The rule won’t take effect for another two weeks and it includes exceptions for some uses, such as water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, sanitation and generating electricity. Without the order, officials warned much of the state’s drinking water supply would be at risk if the drought continues into next year.

Rachel Becker reports on the board's action for CalMatters.

The five water board members, who were appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom or former Gov Jerry Brown, approved the rule despite vehement opposition from representatives of Central Valley growers. 

Sen. Shannon Grove, a Republican from Bakersfield, said the regulation would “disrupt the critical production of essential food…Instead, the state should focus on expanding water storage and upgrading its existing water infrastructure, not punish local water managers.”

Assemblymember Adam Gray, a Democrat from Merced, called the curtailment orders for senior water rights holders “one of the most destructive measures possible.”

“The Board’s legal authority is by no means certain,” Gray wrote to the board. “Growers will have to risk significant fines and penalties just to find out whether the Board actually has the authority it claims. Either way, they lose.” 

Water users who continue to divert could face penalties of up to $1,000 per day plus $2,500 per acre-foot of illegally diverted water, according to Erik Ekdahl, deputy director of the board’s division of water rights.  

PRISONS: In The Bee, Wes Venteicher looks at how California is rethinking its vision for state prisons.

Through Valley State Prison’s metal detector and double gates, beyond an electrified fence and an expanse of pavement, a garden filled with bright flowers greets new arrivals.

The small oasis of red, yellow and green inside the Chowchilla institution helps remind inmates of the world that waits outside the brown and gray of California’s 35 state-run prisons.

Planted after former Gov. Jerry Brown relaxed sentences for some low-level offenders a decade ago, the garden is a visible sign of a shift toward rehabilitation. that Gov. Gavin Newsom is accelerating with a plan to reimagine life inside state institutions, starting with Valley State.

Coming soon to the medium-security institution are a barbecue patio for inmate family visits, softer furniture, laptops for all prisoners, expanded education and job training opportunities and more spaces for incarcerated people to learn how to manage emotions, navigate relationships and think through the consequences of their actions.

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Ask an Expert: A California Ocean Science Trust Briefing on Offshore Wind

Join the Ocean Science Trust (OST), in partnership with the Office of Assemblymember David Chiu and the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) on Wednesday, August 11th from 3:00-4:00 pm for our latest Ask an Expert: A California Ocean Science Trust Briefing on Offshore Wind. A panel of experts including Dr. Andrea Copping (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), Dr. Arne Jacobson (Humboldt State University), Dr. Benjamin Ruttenberg (Cal Poly State University), and moderated by Jordan Diamond (UC Berkeley), will answer your questions and discuss the science and technology of potential offshore wind energy development along the California coast. RSVP

CalTax Seeks a Research Analyst

The California Taxpayers Association (CalTax), the state's oldest and largest association representing California taxpayers, is seeking a Research Analyst to join our policy team. The ideal candidate is a self-starter, and should have a background in public policy analysis, strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to produce objective and thoughtful research and analysis. For details and information on how to apply, please go to

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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