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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.

  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): What is the Newsom Campaign Missing? Ludovic Blain Has Some Ideas (2021-08-13)
  • 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)


  • Sacramento Superior Court invites applications for Chief Administrative Officer
  • California Lawyers Association Executive Director (Sacramento)
  • 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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Hey there folks! Thank you for the kind words about my father. He's hanging in there, although it's going to be a lengthy rehabilitation process from a badly broken femur. Of course, with the fourth COVID-19 wave, hospitals are back to the early-March level so, he will likely be moved to a rehabilation facility soon.

The good news is that new case growth in California has been slowing because of indoor masking requirements and vaccinations, Luke Money and Rong-Gong Lin II report for the Times. Unfortunately, Sacramento County is not faring as well.


  • 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 Governor Gavin Newsom intercede by resigning between Election Day and certification of the election, giving the office to Eleni Kounalakis and then what?

Fundraising and cash through 08/16*/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*


$112,700  $31,500     $4,000 



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.

Highlights from yesterday's reports from Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom:

  • $500,000 from Jeffrey Katzenberg 
  • $100,000 from Edythe Broad 
  • $50,000 from Uber
  • $50,00 from Anthem Blue Cross
  • $25,000 from Steven Spielberg

OSE: After a heart attack on Sunday, former congressman Doug Ose dropped out of the recall race this morning. Best wishes to Doug.

UNHOUSED: For the Chron Alexei Koseff looks at what the risks about the unhousing creates for Governor Newsom in the recall election.

Like communities across California, Mountain View is at an inflection point on the homelessness crisis. As the unhoused population surged in recent years, the problem has become impossible to ignore and harder to solve, even in suburbs that once seemed untouched by it.

Supporters of the campaign to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom now sense an opportunity to capitalize on frustration over widespread encampments across the state and oust the first-term Democrat in a Sept. 14 special election. With homelessness regularly cited in public polls as one of the biggest problems facing the state, recall organizers believe the issue could drive down support for Newsom in core Democratic areas that propelled him to a record victory in 2018, such as the Bay Area and Los Angeles, where the crisis is most evident.


  • Vaxx stats: 
    • Californians fully vaccinated: 21,948,306 (64.6% of 12+) - 16th among U.S. states, 13.5% above national average
    • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,474,826 (10.2% of 12+) - 10th among U.S. states
    • Californians with no vaccine: 23.2% (of 12+)
    • Doses on hand: 5,122,050 (65 days of inventory, does not account for doses reserved for current appointments)
    • full data, including demographic breakdown
  • Positivity rate: The 7-day statewide positivity rate is 5.8%, 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. 

CAPITOL: The Bee's Hannah Wiley reports that the State Assembly is going to require that it's employees get vaccinated unless they have a medical or religious exemption. 

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, is requiring all Assembly employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or face termination, according to a memo sent to employees on Monday.

Workers have until Sept. 1 to start their vaccination process, unless they have a medical or religious reason to skip the shots. Rendon said that will give his house nearly two weeks to begin working toward greater levels of immunity before the Legislature adjourns for the year on Sept. 10.

The requirement will help provide “additional protection for anyone entering the Capitol,” Rendon said, and he made the decision with “the support of Assemblymembers.”

“Therefore, this requirement is mandatory and violations may be subject to adverse action, up to and including termination of employment,” Rendon wrote in the memo.

Legislative employees already had to submit proof of vaccination to Capitol health staff. If they didn’t, they were required to get tested regularly via services provided in-house for members and staff.


Largest Active Fires
  County Cause Acres Consumed Containment Structures Destroyed Fatalities Personnel On Scene Updated
Dixie Fire Butte, Plumas, Lassen,
power lines suspected
604,511 31% 1,180 0 5,963 08/17
Caldor Fire El Dorado under investigation 6,500 0%     242  08/17

PG&E: Pacific Gas and Electric is warning customers a possible Public Safety Power shutoff tonight. Dale Kasler reports for The Bee:

PG&E Corp. expanded the scope of the public-safety blackout planned for Tuesday night as wildfire dangers grow amid hot, dry weather across much of the Sacramento Valley and elsewhere in Northern California.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said as many as 48,000 homes and businesses in 18 counties could be affected by the “public safety power shutoff,” or PSPS, which could begin Tuesday evening. About 31,000 of the affected customers would be in Butte and Shasta counties.

The utility said the PSPS would likely last through Wednesday afternoon.

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Sacramento Superior Court invites applications for Chief Administrative Officer

Under general direction of the Court Executive Officer, the Chief Administrative Officer oversees and directs essential administrative functions and services within the Court, including facilities, finance, human resources, and information technology. Candidates must have significant knowledge and experience in budgeting, accounting, human resources, information technology and facilities management. Additionally, candidates must possess leadership and managerial attributes which lend themselves to working in a collaborative and collegial environment with staff at all levels, including Judicial Officers.

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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;
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: