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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
  • 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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SPORTS PAGE: What a night of baseball! For a second night in a row, the Giants tied the Brewers in the 9th inning 2-2, forcing extra innings. Both teams scored 3 runs in the 10th and in the 11th, the Giants added 4 and the Brewers only brought one man home, for a final score of 9-6. From a 2-2 game to a final score of 9-6 -- totally wild. Meanwhile, at Dodger Stadium, going into the 8th inning, the freeway series game against the Angels was tied at 3 apiece. The Dodgers added two runs in the bottom of the 8th for a 5-3 final.

In the Tokyo games, Japan beat Team USA in both baseball and softball in gold medal games and good for them. They brought baseball and softball back to the Olympics and, after losing to México in the bronze medal fútbol game and to the USA in the women's basketball gold medal game, it was nice to see them take team sport golds. Meanwhile, the USA men won gold in basketball. Blech, I refused to watch those games even though I enjoy basketball. My only question is whether folks like Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Damian Lillard had to sleep on the well-publicized cardboard beds in the Olympic Village.

¡Hola y feliz domingo mis amigos! If it's Sunday on the last day of the Olympics, Meet the Press is back and tacos will be for sale at Our Lady of Guadalupe. I'm still awaiting for other street vendors to return, although I fear some may have given up completely. 

On to the news so I can get ready for tacos...or will it be a taco and a Mexican hot dog? 


  • Recall election key dates:
    • August 16: Ballot mailing begins to all registered voters
    • September 2: Second pre-election campaign finance statement
    • September 14: Election Day
  • LA County: Some people have been puzzle as to why Los Angeles County voters have been posting pictures of their filled out ballots on social media. Los Angeles County has begun mailing VBM ballots early the last couple of of cycles (or maybe just 11/2020) to avoid a huge backlog at the regional postal faciilities where bulk mail is dropped with 5.8+ million ballots. Elections Code §3001 (for all usual VBM voters) and §3000.5 (for all voters in 2021) do not prohibit early mailing but rather require all counties to begin mailing within 5 days of the 29th day before Election Day, which is August 16. However, the language does not prohibit mailing before.
    3000.5 (a) Notwithstanding any other law, for an election proclaimed or conducted prior to January 1, 2022, the county elections official shall, no later than 29 days before the day of the election, begin mailing the materials specified in Section 3010 to every registered voter in the county. The county elections official shall have five days to mail a ballot to each person who is registered to vote on the 29th day before the day of the election and five days to mail a ballot to each person who is subsequently registered to vote. The county elections official shall not discriminate against any region or precinct in the county in choosing which ballots to mail first within the prescribed five-day mailing period.

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  • Vaxx stats: 
    • Californians fully vaccinated: 21,572,282 (63.6% of 12+) - 17th among U.S. states, 13.5% above national average
    • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,338,976 (9.8% of 12+) - 10th among U.S. states
    • Californians with no vaccine: 26.6% (of 12+)
    • Doses on hand: 5,075,813 (70 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% (no change) and is now a 0.2% decrease from seven days ago. Sacramento County's 7-day positivity rate also dropped and is now 8.6% (-0.6%).
  • Hospitalizations: The 14-day statewide hospitalizations average have increased 1,255.9 on July 1 to 4,517.8 on August 6. In Sacramento County, they have increased from 73.4 on July 1 to 232.1 on August 6.
  • LA County: From yesterday's Los Angeles County Department of Public Health release:

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) confirms 4,283 new cases of COVID-19. The high number of new cases reflects both continued high rates of transmission and significant increases in screening testing.

    Routine testing programs are increasing at businesses and schools in L.A. County. As a result of increased screening testing programs, there will be quicker identification of asymptomatic people infected with COVID-19. Public Health staff will be contacting all people testing positive to ensure they are isolating for 10 days and identifying all their close contacts who will be notified of the need to quarantine. Testing is an effective strategy to slow transmission as long as all positive cases and their close contacts stay away from other people during their quarantine or isolation period. Testing results are available for nearly 7,500,000 individuals with 16% of people testing positive. Today’s test positivity rate is 4.7%, a small decrease from last week’s rate of 6.3%.

    There are 1,383 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 22% of these people are in the ICU. The hospitalization rate is increasing among unvaccinated people, while remaining very low among vaccinated people. Between May 1 and July 17, 3,158 people were hospitalized; 92% of those hospitalized were not fully vaccinated.


  • Dixie Fire: As you'll see below, yesterday was a mixed day, as the fire grown was minimal in acreage, but the containment remained at 21%. That's -14% from the Friday morning containment. Additionally, the numbers of structures reported destroyed more than doubled from 164 to 403. It's not clear if this is just surveying destruction during the fire's rapid growth earlier this week, additional structures, or a combination. Dixie has moved from the largest single fire in reported California history to the second-largest overall wildfire, displacing the 2019 Mendocino Complex of merged fires from that place.
    • Situation update: In the Times, Alex Wigglesworth writes:

      Firefighters are hoping a break in the weather will help them get the upper hand on the massive Dixie fire in Northern California, which as of Saturday had destroyed at least 184 homes and commercial buildings and burned 446,723 acres.

      Five people remained unaccounted for Saturday afternoon, although family members of two of them had contacted authorities to say they were OK, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said. All but one were from the town of Greenville, which was decimated earlier this week.

      Containment of the fire, burning north of Sacramento, dropped from 35% to 21%, but that was a result of the fire’s growth, not firefighters losing ground, officials said. The fire is the third largest in California history and the biggest wildfire currently burning in the U.S.

      “Even though we had what would be considered very little fire growth, we still added 13,000 acres to the size of the fire,” said Rick Carhart, public information officer with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “So that just speaks to how massive this fire is.”

    • Newsom: Governor Newsom visited the decimated Plumas County town of Greenville yesterday. I didn't know about the visit when I wrote yesterday's item, as there was no advisory. @GavinNewsom tweeted:

Spent the day in Greenville, surveying damage from the #DixieFire and discussing ongoing firefighting efforts.

This is all that’s left of the post office.

Our hearts ache for this town.

Greenville—though this moment may seem insurmountable, we’ll be there to help you rebuild.

Newsom in Greenville

— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 8, 2021

Here is today's updated chart.

Dixie Fire trends

Largest Active Fires 
  County Cause Acres Consumed Containment Structures Destroyed Fatalities Personnel On Scene Updated
Dixie Fire Butte, Plumas, Lassen,
power lines suspected 463,477 21% 404 primary,
185 "other minor"*
0 5,118 08/08
River Fire Nevada, Placer u/i  2,600  62% 68 0 523  08/08

u/i= under investigation 

*Other "minor" structures can include detached garages, barns, and the like. Cal Fire sometimes combines them (stats page) and sometimes only uses the primary structure number, such as on the incident overview page

SIN AGUA: Former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer and gubernatorial candidate is running ads on social media with the statement "We need to build more storage. That's part of the solution to prevent future droughts and help our farmers."

As I understand it, the state has already set aside it's portion of the funding ($820 million) for the $5.2 billion Sites Reservoir, a proposed off-stream project west of I-5 in Colusa County northwest of Williams. That funding came from the Proposition 1 water bond (2014). The rest is supposed to come from the Federal Bureau of Reclamation ($1 billion) and the beneficiary Central Valley water districts (and thus largely agriculture users). The opposition is to the funding amount expected by the districts/users.

I'm happy to entertain other opinions to include here, but this is not really a recall Newsom issue. Water always has been, and always will be, the most intractable issue in California.

GUNS: For the Times, Laura J. Nelson and Kristina Davis look at the judge celebrated by Second Amendment enthusiasts and loathed by gun control advocates.

For nearly two decades, U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez was a low-profile jurist handling routine immigration and drug cases in San Diego federal court.

Then, in three consecutive years, the 70-year-old judge made a trio of rulings that have upended California’s gun laws and launched him into the intensifying national debate over guns.

In 2019, he blocked a ban on magazines that hold more than 10 bullets. The next year, he knocked down a voter-approved law that required background checks for ammunition purchases. And this summer, he overturned California’s long-standing ban on assault weapons.

To many gun control advocates and victims of gun violence, the last decision in particular provoked anger and incredulity. Benitez compared the AR-15 rifle to a Swiss Army knife, describing it as “a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment.” He released the decision on Gun Violence Awareness Day.

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HUNTINGTON BEACH: The LAT's Gustavo Arellano looks at the welcome that Surf City's first Black councilmember is receiving, and it ain't pretty.

Rhonda Bolton took the dais Tuesday as the first Black council member in Huntington Beach history.

She was appointed to the seat, in a city notorious for its white supremacist scene, after the resignation of Tito Ortiz, the mixed martial arts legend and coronavirus skeptic who won a council seat in November with the most votes ever but lasted barely half a year.

Some speakers congratulated Bolton, a Democrat, on her new position and historic accomplishment. But because Huntington Beach is Huntington Beach, the council meeting quickly turned into a spectacle reminiscent of a kindergarten scrum.

The ugliness started the week before, when Bolton was sworn in to jeers and shouts of “Transplant!” — a curious insult likely motivated by the fact that she and her family moved to the city, which is 1.4% Black, about eight years ago from Washington, D.C.

At her first meeting, audience members booed after a staffer for Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley presented Bolton with a certificate of recognition.

Speaker after speaker lobbed wild-eyed accusations at Bolton — that a “globalist ideology” facilitated her selection, that she is an “extremist” who indulged in “racial pandering” through her diversity consulting firm, that she wants to impose a “radical agenda on the innocent youth of our city.”

Unbelievable, or it should be. 

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Chris Lehman and Christopher Pickard!


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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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