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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


  • 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 $19,019 on TV and radio ads.  

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Happy humpday! We're beginning a toasty stretch of triple digits around the Capitol although it shouldn't be too bad midday for the Capitol Mall farmers market. Unfortunately, the weather is not good news on the wildfire front although high winds are not expected.

On this morning's walk, I was listening to the always-good NYT The Daily pod. Of course, today was about the Cuomo who doesn't have a primetime CNN show and, in 13 days, won't have a place to live. The best part of the pod this morning was that host Michael Barbaro talked to NYT reporter Shane Goldmacher, one of many of the Old Gray Lady reporters covering the fall of the governor.

For those unfamiliar, Goldmacher worked at Capitol Weekly, SacBee, LAT, NatJournal, and Politico before landing the Manhattan gig.

Totally unrelated to California politics and policy, I can't avoid sharing how excited I was to read this news item.

A cure for cystic fibrosis is on the horizon after scientists corrected the genetic mutation that causes the condition in human cells.

Around one in 2,500 babies [per year] are born with the condition, which causes a build up of thick, sticky mucus in the body, blocking the lungs and digestive organs. It is caused by a faulty piece of DNA that fails to produce enough water to dilute the mucus.

Now scientists from the Hubrecht Institute, in the Netherlands, have shown that a healthy piece of DNA can be swapped for the defective code, allowing cells to function normally.

Most of you don't know why this is of interest. While I was only suspected of having CF (really just bad asthma and immune system), I grew up in hospitals with CF kids. I have a  friend who is the rare survivor and has only been able to after double lung and kidney transplants. I don't have enough fingers to count the friends that I lost to the disease over the years, most in their teens or younger. I went on to work at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) and then Children's Hospital of Orange County after completing an EMT program.

I remember when the first genetic mutation (one of thousands) that causes the multi-organ disease was discovered in 1989. Thirty-two years later, it appears that the way to fix it may be near. One of the early researchers on the genomics of CF was Dr. Francis Collins, who we have seen often over the last year since he is director of the National Institutes of Health. In other words, he's Dr. Fauci's boss and gets the teevee time when Tony is otherwise occupied.

While a cure won't bring back any of my lost friends including my dearest Sonya who I considered a little sister, it does bring incredible hope to thousands of families annually. 

I love you Sonya and live each day with a goal to accomplish enough for both of us, as you asked.


  • 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
    • October 22: Statement of vote*

*statement of vote in an election is usually a formality, although could become an interesting twist in a recall election... Can LG step intercede between Election Day and certification?

  • The bear is back: Candidate John Cox released a new ad this morning and the grizzly bear is back (although there are no wild grizzlies in California anymore).

    BTW, you can't "immediately cut taxes 25%." The rates are voter-set and written in the state Constitution through 2030 (Prop. 30 in 2012 and Prop. 55 in 2016). So, it would require a constitutional amendment approved by the voters. But, it sounds good in a roaring ad...

Fundraising and cash through 08/10/21

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



Kevin Faulconer***



Caitlyn Jenner

Kevin Kiley

Doug Ose

Kevin Paffrath





















Contributions reported yesterday*

$121,700  $1,000 $1,000     



07/31 Net Cash on Hand**











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

**24-hour reports are delayed when they fall on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday to the next business day, unless received the weekend before the election.

***Elder and Faulconer also have ballot measure committees supporting the recall that are not included in this table. Ballot measure committees have no limit, while successor candidate limits in a recall are unclear. Regular gubernatorial primary limits or something else? Totally unclear.

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 $3,440,101
Added yesterday $280,550

iGive: Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, gave $200,000 to the committee against the recall yesterday. That amount is not included above as it hasn't been reported by the recipient committee yet (likely will be today).

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS: Senator Bill Dodd's (D-Napa) Ballot Measure Committee for Progress, Reform & A Stronger California reports spending $57,475 for online ads opposing the recall.



  • Vaxx stats: 
    • Californians fully vaccinated: 21,651,782 (63.8% of 12+) - 17th among U.S. states, 13.5% above national average
    • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,377,591 (10.0% of 12+) - 10th among U.S. states
    • Californians with no vaccine: 26.2% (of 12+)
    • Doses on hand: 5,585,430 (75 days of inventory, does not account for doses reserved for current appointments)
    • full data, including demographic breakdown

Sorry about the errors in these data yesterday. Some days, my fingers are just too big for the keyboard!

  • Positivity rate: The 7-day statewide positivity rate is 6.4%, a 0.6% decrease from seven days ago. In Sacramento, it is 9.5%, a 0.6% increase from 7 days ago. Los Angeles County, meanwhile, mirrors the state number.
  • Hospitalizations: The 14-day statewide hospitalizations average have increased from 1,255.9 on July 1 to 4,772 on August 1 to 6,687 on August 9. This isn't just about more testing. 
  • Schools: The same rules for state employees requiring vaccination or regular testing are being extended to public school teachers and other school employees.
  • Developmentally disabled: Advocates for the developmentally disabled are holding a virtual presser today to call for the expansion of the healthcare worker vaccine mandate to include personal care workers.


Dixie Fire

Reading the chart may be confusing. Acreage is usually determined via satellites and usually leads to an daily increase. However, there can be a decline, which we saw for a day. Thus, we had a one-day decline which increased the subsequent day. 

Largest Active Fire
  County Cause Acres Consumed Containment Structures Destroyed Fatalities Personnel On Scene Updated
Dixie Fire Butte, Plumas, Lassen,
power lines suspected
501,008 30% 1,045 0 6,092 08/11

ARSON? Sam Stanton writes in The Bee:

A college professor suspected in a series of arson fires in remote forested areas of Northern California near the massive Dixie Fire has been charged in connection with one of the blazes in Lassen County and was ordered held Tuesday in the Sacramento County Main Jail.

Gary Stephen Maynard, 47, is believed to have worked at a number of colleges in California, including Santa Clara University and Sonoma State University, where a Dr. Gary Maynard is listed as a lecturer in criminal justice studies specializing in criminal justice, cults and deviant behavior.

Sonoma State spokeswoman Julia Gonzalez said Maynard is no longer with the university.


Maynard was arrested Saturday following an investigation that began July 20 and included a U.S. Forest Service agent placing a tracking device under his car after he had been stopped briefly by Susanville police on Aug. 3.

This story is the only good news for PG&E over the last month.

POT: In The Bee, David Lightman writes on Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Bera's district) efforts to ease federal marijuana laws.

“He has the best record on the marijuana issue of any Republican congressman in California,” said Dale Gieringer, California NORML director.

Well, he's 10% of that category of members... And, after Dana Rohrabacher left the House for greener pastures, the door was open to claim the top pot spot among the Reps left.

“He’s pretty unique. He’s a pretty conservative Republican and conservative Republicans tend not to be the best friends of cannabis reform,” said John Hudak, a senior fellow in governance studies at the nonpartisan Brookings Institution and author of “Marijuana: A Short History.”

This year, McClintock, R-Elk Grove, joined with liberal Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland and Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, to sponsor a measure to withhold money to enforce federal laws against marijuana activity that a state has deemed legal. The House could consider the proposal when it returns next month.

"Could" but won't.

 cakeday and classifieds after the jump...


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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Chris Chavez and Puja Navaney!


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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

Political Data Inc.
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: