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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)
- Ask an Expert: A California Ocean Science Trust Briefing on Offshore Wind
- CalTax Seeks a Research Analyst
- Children’s Council of San Francisco is seeking an experienced Public Policy Communications Associate
- The Office of Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley is seeking an experienced Communications Director
- 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
- AD18 (Alameda-San Leandro-West Oakland): Educators and Healthcare Professionals for Mia Bonta for State Assembly 2021 sponsored by labor unions, education and healthcare organizations reports spending $42,154 for a mailer - August 31 special election
The Nooner for Thursday, August 5, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners
LEGISLATURE RETURNS: 11 days
BALLOTS MAILED: 11 days
ELECTION DAY: 40 days
Happy Thursday! These are long days from early morning reading and writing through the COVID-19 daily stats and fires and closing the day with campaign finance reports. Unfortunately, the Giants have a day game today so it won't be evening fare of baseball and campaign reports.
DO YOU RECALL?
- Recall election key dates:
- July 16 5pm: Candidate filing deadline
- July 19: Randomized alphabet drawing for ballot order
- July 21: Certified list of candidates and ballot order rotation (by county)
- July 31: Ballot mailing to military and overseas voters
- August 5: First pre-election campaign finance statement
- August 16: Ballot mailing begins to all registered voters
- September 2: Second pre-election campaign finance statement
- September 14: Election Day
POLL POSITION: For what it's worth, Survey USA is out with a new poll. It finds that on question number 1, 51% of likely voters say would vote yes on the recall, whlle responded they would vote to keep Newsom.
- Kevin Paffrath: (D) 27%
- Larry Elder: (R) 23
- John Cox (R): 10%
- Kevin Faulconer: (R) 5%
- Doug Ose (R): 4%
- Jenner (R): 4%
- Caitlyn Kiley (R): 3%
- Some other candidate: 5%
- Undecided: 20%
8/2-8/4 by SurveyUSA (A) 545 LV
Paul Mitchell tweets about the poll "The worst pollster to ever do a poll in California has spoken. It is insane that these folks are PAID to put out a poll given just how insanely bad they are."
Fundraising through 08/04/21
Semi-annual or first preelection report plus $1,000+ contributions since
Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom
Semi-annual report plus $1,000+ contributions since
Newsom also has $23,549,252 in his 2022 campaign account, the primary portion of which can be spent now, as well as $452,000 in a ballot measure account.
Yesterday's significant contributions to Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom:
- $250,000 from George Soros (business executive, Soros Fund Management, New York, NY)
- $50,000 from Wayne Jordan (president/CEO, Jordan Real Estate Management, Oakland)
Other significant contributions:
- Million Voter Project Action Fund Committee to Oppose Newsom Recall reports receiving $338,663 from Immigrant Power PAC (FEC PAC ID#: C00750786), Sponsored by CHIRLA Action Fund.
- Essential Workers Opposing the Recall of Governor Gavin Newsom, Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor reports receiving $200,000 from Southern California Pipe Trades District Council #16 PAC
DEBATE: For Politico, Carla Marinucci reports on last night's debate among four GOP candidates in the recall election.
After months of skewering California Gov. Gavin Newsom on everything from Covid-19 response to homelessness, a quartet of Republican gubernatorial hopefuls formally made their case Wednesday to oust him from office at their first televised recall debate.
The four candidates — former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Assemblymember Kevin Kiley, former Rep. Doug Ose, and businessman John Cox — bashed Newsom over Covid mandates, crime and housing costs. But they notably left unscathed the leading GOP contender, talk show host Larry Elder, who did not appear because he said he was obligated to attend a fundraiser Wednesday night.
The 90-minute event at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, hosted by Fox LA, allowed the four candidates to go toe-to-toe for the first time. With less than six weeks remaining until the Sept. 14 recall election, polls show the race is tight enough that Newsom could be ousted if he doesn't convince enough Democrats to vote.
Seema Mehta and Phil Willon report for the Times:
Both Cox and Ose said they favored changing California law to force treatment on homeless people who are experiencing mental illness or addicted to drugs. Kiley said as governor he would ensure law enforcement officials in California cooperated with federal immigration agencies to crack down on people entering the country illegally.
Though all four candidates were united in their opposition to mask and vaccination mandates, arguing that decisions should be left to individuals, their approaches varied.
Faulconer urged Californians to get vaccinated.
“Vaccination is how we get our way out of this. I’m vaccinated, my family’s vaccinated. And if we don’t want to be dealing this with our kids and our grandchildren, we have to take action,” he said. “But I do not favor mandates, I favor education. You’re not going to mandate your way out of the coronavirus.”
Cox, who said he had tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in the pandemic, said there shouldn’t be mandates because many people have already had the virus and have antibodies.
Guy Marzorati reports for KQED:
With less than two weeks until ballots are mailed out ahead of the election, all four Republicans vowed to change the course of state government if elected to replace Newsom.
But with a Democratic supermajority in both houses of the state legislature, the candidates also acknowledged the limits of their ability to move California in a more conservative direction.
"Whoever wins this race is going to have one year to offer a viable alternative and set our state on a new course before the next election," said Kiley, who pledged to end California's state of emergency enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For CalMatters, Ben Christopher and Laurel Rosenhall provide winners and losers in the debate.
Democratic Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez got an unexpected shout-out when Ose called her “the most powerful politician in the legislative branch” and said that if elected, he’d meet with her and try to figure out how to work together. A one-time labor leader from San Diego, Gonzalez has pushed a pro-union agenda since she was elected in 2013. She wrote the controversial state law limiting companies’ ability to hire independent contractors and wields significant power as chairperson of the appropriations committee.
Keeping things lively, Gonzalez quickly responded on Twitter:
“Nothing like a straight talking, unapologetically progressive Latina to scare some Republicans,” she wrote. “Don’t worry boys, I’m all in for @GavinNewsom and plan to continue to work with him to push my working class, all families agenda. #NoOnRecall”
Single-family zoning got lots of love, as the candidates vowed to oppose attempts to build more housing by allowing apartments in neighborhoods now zoned for single-family homes. The issue has been a contentious one in the Legislature in recent years, with bills stalling amid bipartisan resistance.
“When we see some of these pieces of legislation that want to eliminate single-family zoning in California, that’s wrong,” Faulconer said. “I will veto that.”
Yet everyone on stage seemed to agree that California needs more homes, that housing is too expensive — and that too many people here are living on the streets.
Farmers feed California and should not have their water cut back in times of drought, the candidates seemed to agree. Just this week, in response to the worsening drought, state water regulators decided to temporarily stop farmers and other landowners from diverting water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
After other candidates spoke in generalities about the need for more water for agriculture to flourish, Ose chimed in with a stern tone:
“There’s one farmer in this race. One. That’s me,” he said. “My sisters and I raise 1000 acres of rice, so water is not theoretical to me.”
On the other hand, the Chinese Communist Party took some punches from candidates after a moderator asked about reports that it’s taken intellectual property and is trying to influence American universities.
“We’re not shooting bullets yet, but we are at war with China,” Ose said.
Cox called it “an unaccountable party that controls that country, that feels it’s got to control dissent. It censors its people, it tries to control the economy.”
And then, drawing laughs, he added: “In other words, it’s kind of like Sacramento.”
Nose hair was not on our debate bingo card. But there it was, as the event drew to a close. In a moment of levity, a moderator asked Cox what’s something embarrassing that his kids would say about him? He replied, perhaps a bit too honestly:
“My wife doesn’t like my nose hair.”
VOTER GUIDE: The Bee's Lara Korte writes that a Sacramento Superior Court judge tentatively ruled yesterday that, while he can't have "Democratic Party" next to his name on the ballot, Newsom can reference and the "Republican Recall" in the voter guide.
Gov. Gavin Newsom can describe the recall as a Republican-led effort in California’s official statewide voter guide, a Sacramento judge said in a tentative ruling on Wednesday.
The decision is a win for Newsom, who for months has worked to paint the effort as a radical power grab by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Now, the governor will be able to make that argument in the voter guide, which all voters will receive ahead of the recall on Sept. 14.
- Vaxx stats:
- Californians fully vaccinated: 21,458,452 (63.2% of 12+) - 17th among U.S. states
- Californians partially vaccinated: 3,282,703 (9.7% of 12+) - 12th among U.S. states
- Californians with no vaccine: 27.1% (of 12+)
- Doses on hand: 5,090,897 (71 days of inventory)
- full data, including demographic breakdown
- Positivity rate: The 7-day positivity rate is 7.1%, a 0.7% increase from seven days ago and hasn't been at that rate since the first week of February. 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. Sacramento County's 7-day positivity rate is 9.4%, an increase 0.6% from 7 days ago.
EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE:
Dixie Fire: Yesterday, the Dixie Fire ravaged the town of Greenville in Plumas County. Lauren Hernández reports for the Chron:
The Dixie Fire ravaged the town of Greenville in Plumas County on Wednesday, leaving its historic main street in smoky piles of rubble, buildings gutted by flame.
Light poles were bent over, downed wires were scattered, and spot fires were blazing throughout town — images captured by a Chronicle photographer who surveyed the scene.
Overnight, the Dixie Fire jumped from the eighth largest wildfire in California history to fifth.
River Fire: A fire ignited yesterday in the foothills above Sacramento in Placer County. Zaeem Shekh reports for The Bee.
At least several homes have burned in a wildfire that sparked Wednesday and spread rapidly near Colfax. The blaze prompted authorities to issue several evacuation orders in Placer and Nevada counties.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said the River Fire has prompted a mandatory evacuation for the Bear River Campground and a closure of Highway 174. Heavy plumes of smoke from the fire can be seen in Sacramento, about 45 miles southwest of the blaze.
The blaze ballooned to 1,400 acres a little before 7:30 p.m., according to the Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit. It is threatening structures east of Dog Bar Road, according to a social media post from the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services.
At 8 p.m. Wednesday, an estimated 35 to 40 structures were damaged by the fire, said Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Deputy Chief Jim Hudson at a briefing.
The Placer County’s Sheriff Office is ordering evacuations for residents of Colfax, a small town just off Interstate 80 approximately 20 minutes north of Auburn. (You can find the latest fire incident and evacuation information for Placer County here and Nevada County here)
Colfax, with a population of just over 2,000 people, is considered a “high fire risk” town, according to Cal Fire. There are more than 6,600 residents under either evacuation orders or warnings due to the fire, a Cal Fire spokesperson stated during an evening press conference, and approximately 4,000 structures are threatened.
Federal response: The US Forest Service is changing it's tone on wildfire management, backing off of "let it burn." Yesterday, Governor Newsom and Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack held a briefing in Elk Creek in Glenn County. From Governor Newsom's release.
On the heels of a White House wildfire briefing with Western state governors last week, Governor Gavin Newsom today joined U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Forest Service Fire Chief Randy Moore at the burn scar of the 2020 August Complex to discuss state and federal collaboration on wildfire response, fuels management and other efforts to build wildfire resilience amid extreme climate impacts across the West.
Chief Moore earlier this week issued a memo to all regional foresters temporarily halting “managed fire” as a suppression strategy until further notice, and prioritizing fires that threaten communities and infrastructure. The action follows the Governor’s requests that federal wildfire suppression strategies be reassessed amid the extreme risk posed by current fire conditions, including in the discussion with President Biden and Vice President Harris last week. Governor Newsom has also called for federal investments to support additional firefighting personnel, aerial firefighting equipment and long-term access to satellite technology for early fire detection.
“California is fortunate to have strong federal partners committed to taking aggressive action to tackle the existential threat of catastrophic wildfires in the West driven by climate change impacts,” said Governor Newsom. “Together, we’re scaling up our vital work to improve the health of forests and landscapes across multiple ownerships and jurisdictions and ensuring we prioritize efforts in communities that face the greatest risks.”
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SIN AGUA: Yesterday, Lake Oroville turned in a record low water level. Jessica Flores reports for the Chron.
Lake Oroville, one of California’s biggest reservoirs, reached its lowest-ever point this week, breaking a record set decades ago in the latest troubling sign of the punishing drought conditions afflicting the state.
The lake reached a “new historic low elevation” of 642.73 feet of water, which is down from 645 feet in September 1977, said John Yarbrough, assistant deputy director of the California State Water Project, in a statement.
The new record low comes two months after officials at Lake Oroville warned that elevation was dropping steadily and would reach a record-low by the fall.
Yarbrough said the state’s Department of Water Resources will “ensure that a minimal amount of water supply is available for critical water uses in case drought conditions continue into 2022.”
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WHALES: In the LAT, Susanne Rust looks at the scramble to find out what is killing California gray whales.
For thousands of years, the gray whales of the eastern Pacific have undertaken one of the longest annual migrations of any mammal — starting in the cold waters of the Arctic, then down past the densely populated coasts and beaches of California before finally finding refuge in the warm, shallow estuaries of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Only to turn around and head back north a few weeks later.
Starting in December 2018, this magnificent migration took a fatal turn.
The bodies of California gray whales began washing up along the protected inlets of Baja, where gray whales come every spring to nurse their young and mate. The first to die was a young male, beached along the shore of Isla Arena, in Guerrero Negro Lagoon. Two days later, the decomposing body of a young female was found sloshing in waves along a beach in Ojo de Liebre Lagoon, just a few miles south of the first.
Then, on Jan. 4, 2019, three more young whales were found dead, all of them severely decomposed, in the same lagoon.
“We’d never seen anything like that before,” said Ranulfo Mayoral, 56, son of Pachico Mayoral, one of the earliest proprietors of the region’s whale-watching ecotourism businesses. “This is a safe place for whales. It’s not where they die.”
What Mayoral was witnessing was the start of a leviathan die-off that, for 2½ years, has alarmed legions of whale watchers and perplexed scientists up and down the western coast of North America. Gray whales are known for being hardy and resilient — “the jeeps of the ocean,” as retired U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration biologist Wayne Perryman calls them — but something has gone badly wrong.
Scientists are now scrambling to figure out what is killing these 40-foot-long marine mammals. The “what” is anything but obvious.
SACTOWN: In The Bee, Theresa Clift reports on the "master siting plan to address homelessness" released yesterday by Mayor Darrell Steinberg.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on Wednesday released the locations of 20 sites in the city where he wants to open homeless shelters, tiny homes and sanctioned tent encampments.
The City Council will vote Tuesday on the Master Siting Plan to Address Homelessness — a vote Steinberg said will be “historic.” If the council approves the plan, shelters could open on many of the 20 sites within “a couple months,” Steinberg said.
“We can no longer approve one site at a time,” Steinberg said during a news conference Wednesday. “We have got to act as a city that this is a true state of emergency.”
The idea is to approve a group sites at once, putting less attention on each individual sites to be blocked by so-called Nimbyism.
The 20 sites would serve a total of up to 2,209 people at any given time. Most of them are at publicly-owned properties, including three Regional Transit parking lots and several parcels owned by Caltrans under the W-X Freeway. Caltrans has already signed off on the sites, while Regional Transit sites still need board approval, Steinberg said.
CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to former Assembly member Paul Fong, Sharon Hillbrandt, Sally Rice, and Richard Rios!
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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 https://www.caltax.org/jobs/2021-research-analyst.pdf.
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
- 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: https://childrenscouncilsf.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=74
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 Debbie.Lumpkin@ocgov.com 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: https://www.millerpoliticallaw.com/miller-olson-llp-is-hiring/.
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Access to a large kitchen and work room. 1-3 offices could be available. Parking is also available, but additional.
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