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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.

  • California State of Mind (KQED): CA recall rules and riling up voters with Garry South, Rob Stutzman, and Sac State professor Kim Nalder. (2021-08-06)
  • Political Breakdown (Guy Marzorati and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): The recall candidate debate and associate executive director of governmental relations at the California Teachers Association Teri Holoman on being a 'political firefighter.' (2021-08-05)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): The recall in polling (2021-08-01)


  • California Lawyers Association Executive Director (Sacramento)
  • Ask an Expert: A California Ocean Science Trust Briefing on Offshore Wind - 08/11
  • 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

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¡Feliz sabado! It is a great morning after 7 hours of sleep. I think that closing my windows (because of the smoke) and leaving the A/C at 78 did wonders for my slumber. Up at 6:30 this morning rather than the 4am (and earlier) for the past few days. Anyway, I'll still try to cover the usual bases and hopefully more than the Giants did yesterday.


This morning, Assemblymember Lorena Gonalez (D-San Diego) posted that she has been diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer to social media. Since the Facebook post is limited to her friends, I won't post it all here (I'm guessing many of you have seen or will see it). However, she fully plans on returning to the Capitol when the Legislature returns August 16. But, I felt these last two grafs are worth sharing to The Nooner audience, particularly about early screening.

I'm going to be fine. There is no lump, I feel completely healthy and this is just the proof that early screening mammograms work! Get yours, please.
Also, a huge thank you to my Nathan Fletcher, who has been a shining light of support, patience and unconditional love.
Nathan tweeted:
My wife is the strongest and most fearless person I have ever met. And that strength will guide her through the difficult days ahead. We wanted to share the news that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
To which Lorena replied:
Breast Cancer: just another hater trying to kill my vibe.
Not. Going. To. Happen.

To quote a movie from our youth "Nobody puts Lorena in a corner."


  • 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

$$$: Apparently, Larry Elder was counseled that he indeed needed to file a 1st Pre-Election report, which came late yesterday in a 3,944-page report, a day after the deadline.

Fundraising and cash through 08/06/21

Semi-annual or first preelection report plus $1,000+ contributions since



Kevin Faulconer



Caitlyn Jenner

Kevin Kiley

Doug Ose

Kevin Paffrath





















07/31 Net Cash on Hand*











*Net cash on hand is reported cash on hand with non-candidate, nonforgiveable debt subtracted.


Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom

Semi-annual report plus $1,000+ contributions since

Contributions  $58,313,806
07/31 net cash on hand $25,963,610
Contributions since 07/31 $3,240,101

Yesterday's significant contributions reported as received by Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom:

  • $100,000 from Erika Lawson (physician, UCSF, San Francisco)
  • $100,000 from Jeffrey G. Lawson (CEO, Twilio, San Francisco)
  • $75,000 from Greg Wendt (finance, Capitol Group, San Francisco)

Other interesting contributions:

  • Million Voter Project Action Fund Committee to Oppose Newsom Recall reports receiving $40,000 from Karen Grove (not employed, Menlo Park)

CAGOP ENDORSEMENT: In a reversal, former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer sent out an email to California Republican Party delegates late last night asking them to vote "no endorsement in today's vote. I think it was for two reasons. It would fuel the fire of talk show host and small L libertarian Larry Elder, who is leading him in fundraising and polling. Elder could use his massive email and Twitter (924k followers) audience to claim that he is the outsider and should be favored over Faulconer with requests for money. 

Further, if the polls change, Governor Newsom can further use the "Republican recall" label that a Sac Superior judge okayed for the voter guide this week.

Delegates voted 90%-10% for "no endorsement." Those who qualified for this morning's vote were Elder, Faulconer, Kiley, and Ose.

INITIATIVES: Two interesting submissions for title and summary were submitted yesterday:

I'll write more on the voucher initiative, which likely will have the funds to qualify and become one of the biggest fights in the November 2022 election. I haven't read it all, but I found this sweetener for the anti-vaxx crowd:

(c) Every person eligible to be enrolled in public school transitional kindergarten ("TK''), kindergarten and grades 1-12, inclusive, shall be entitled to an Education Savings Account, pursuant to this article. Student participation in and funding of the Education Savings Account shall not be conditional upon any state-mandated vaccination, bodily implant or skin marker for the child. 

Clearly, this is to private schools out from under the SB 276 (Pan, 2019) and SB 277 (Pan, 2005) measures that tightened up vaccination exemptions required of public and private schools and to gain momentum with the debate over mandatory COVID vaccines. It uses language following the unfounded accusation that the COVID vaccine include "Bill Gates microchips in each dose.


  • Vaxx stats: 
    • Californians fully vaccinated: 21,538,987 (63.5% of 12+) - 17th among U.S. states, 13.5% above national average
    • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,318,758 (9.8% of 12+) - 10th among U.S. states
    • Californians with no vaccine: 26.7% (of 12+)
    • Doses on hand: 5,092,112 (71 days of inventory, does not account for doses reserved for current appointments)
    • full data, including demographic breakdown
  • Positivity rate: The 7-day positivity rate dropped to 6.8% (-0.3%) and is now a 0.1% decrease from seven days ago. Sacramento County's 7-day positivity rate also dropped and is now 9.1% (-0.3%).

    That said, statewide hospitalizations increased 3.9% to 5,953 and 7.5% to 302 in Sacramento County
  • Medi-Cal: Hannah Wiley reports in The Bee that Governor Newsom announced yesterday that the state intends to spend $350 million to provide vaccinations to Medi-Cal recipients.

    California plans to spend $350 million to incentivize COVID-19 shots among Medi-Cal beneficiaries, who disproportionately lag the general population in getting vaccinated.

    Nearly 14 million Californians are enrolled in the state-sponsored health care program, according to the Department of Health Care Services. The program offers free or reduced-cost services to income-limited adults and children.

    As of July 18, however, Medi-Cal beneficiaries trailed the overall vaccination rate in California. Seventy-six percent of eligible Californians, or those over 12, are at least partially vaccinated, state data show, compared to only 45.6% of Medi-Cal recipients.

    Most counties average a double-digit difference in vaccination rates between the two groups, underscoring a lack of access to and distrust in the vaccine among certain populations.
    Pay for it now, or pay for it later...
  • SF Sheriff Deputies: Megan Cassidy reports in the Chron that San Francisco sheriff's deputies have warned that there will be a wave of resignations if they are forced to follow a vaccination protocol.

    The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department will see a wave of resignations if the city enforces its policy requiring vaccinations for its employees, according to the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, the union representing sheriff’s deputies.

    Mandated vaccines, “will result in law enforcement officers and fire fighters retiring early and seeking employment elsewhere,” the union wrote on its Facebook page Thursday.

    “Public safety of San Francisco has turned into the Wild West and will get worse when officers quit due to the vaccine mandate.”

    Union President Ken Lomba said he’s heard threats of resigning or retiring early because of the mandatory vaccine policy “from a large group within our membership.”

    The city's policy kicks in when the FDA moves a vaccine from emergency use authorization to full approval, which could happen as early as next month. The policy, which could lead to termination, provides the usual medical or religious exemptions.


  • Dixie Fire: The good news is that the footprint of what is now the largest wildfire in the United States and third largest (and largest non-complex) fire in California recorded history, growth slowed yesterday because of smoke inversion and a rise in relative humidity. However, the bad news was that containment slipped from 35% to 21%. Also, the number of structures destroyed increased from 91 to 184, although it's unclear whether or not those were from surveys of the destruction in Greenville where the fire burned through on Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, while there are no officially reported deaths, the Chron's Lauren Hernández reports that 8 people are unaccounted for in the Plumas County evacuation zone.

    Plumas County sheriff’s officials are asking the public’s help in finding eight people who are unaccounted for in Chester, Crescent Mills and Greenville, the latter town of which was ravaged by the growing Dixie Fire.

    Sixteen previously unaccounted for people were found safe on Friday by officials with the sheriff office’s Investigation Unit, authorities said. As of 8 p.m. Friday, officials said eight were still unaccounted for.

    “We are seeking the public and the media’s assistance is helping us locate the individuals so we can report back to their loved ones,” officials said.

    The eight individuals who are unaccounted for are:

    • Danny Sczenski of Greenville

    • Jesus Gursasola of Greenville

    • Ella Gursasola of Greenville

    • Matthew Henley of Greenville

    • Glen Gallagher of Greenville

    • Sally Brown of Crescent Mills

    • Harold Brown of Crescent Mills

    • Donna Shelton of Chester

    Anyone who knows where these people are should ask them to call the sheriff’s office at 530-283-6300.

    Dixie Fire trends
  • Newsom empathy: I've heard from folks in Plumas County who, while grateful for the state of emergency declaration and associated FEMA funding, are frustrated that Governor Newsom has been talking more about the less destructive and smaller River Fire in Placer and Nevada counties than the Dixon Fire.

    This would be a perfect time to survey the ruins of Greenville, ideally joined by veep Kamala Harris. and talk about the state-federal partnership and climate change, which is largely not being talked about by the GOP candidates in the recall election.
  • Guns: In the LAT, Chabria, Wigglesworth, and Seidman report that some residents have taken to arms to avoid being evacuated in areas in Plumas County, where the fire burned through and largely destroyed the town of Greenville on Wednesday.

    No deaths have been reported so far in the Dixie fire, but some residents are taking risks that alarm authorities. Law enforcement has issued evacuation orders for thousands of residents whose communities were under siege, yet some are choosing to stay behind, posing more challenges.

    Greg Hagwood, a Plumas County supervisor, said that in the last 72 hours, as fire has swept through or threatened small mountain towns including Greenville, the evacuations have grown tense — in some cases, residents have met law enforcement with weapons.

    “They are met with people who have guns and [are] saying, ‘Get off my property and you are not telling me to leave,’” he said.

    In response to those who flatly refused to evacuate, he said, deputies were asking for next-of-kin information so they would have someone to notify if the holdouts died.

  • River Fire: For CapRadio, Chris Hagan reports that some evacuees around the Placer County city of Colfax have been allowed to return home as containment of the River Fire has risen.

    Some evacuation orders have been lifted for the River Fire burning in Placer and Nevada counties Friday evening as cooler temperatures helped firefighters increase containment. 

    The fire stayed at 2,600 acres Friday, and firefighters increased containment to 40%. At least 88 structures have been destroyed, and two residents and one firefighter have been injured.

    Most evacuations were lifted around Colfax in Placer County as well as some in Nevada County. Evacuation warnings were lifted in both counties early Friday afternoon. For the latest evacuation information, see the Placer County evacuation map and the Nevada County evacuation map.

Largest Active Fires 
  County Cause Acres Consumed Containment Structures Destroyed Fatalities Personnel On Scene Updated
Dixie Fire Butte, Plumas power lines suspected 446,723 23% 184 0 5,118 08/07
River Fire Nevada, Placer u/i  2,600  48% 88 0 744  08/07

u/i= under investigation 

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California Lawyers Association Executive Director (Sacramento)

California Lawyers Association (CLA) is soliciting applications for the position of Executive Director.

The Executive Director, based at CLA headquarters in Sacramento, is responsible to, advises and assists the CLA Board of Representatives which is responsible for Association policy, strategy, and oversight, as well as the CLA President. The Executive Director oversees CLA staff operations and is responsible for leading, managing and executing the affairs of the Association as directed by CLA’s leadership and implementing its policies to the overall benefit of the organization, its constituent entities and members.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A J.D. degree;
  • Admitted to the State Bar of California or the bar of any state or the District of Columbia; and
  • At least seven years of experience in positions of increasing managerial and leadership responsibility;
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 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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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: