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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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Happy Thursday! The air quality in Sacramento continues to suck and likely will continue as north winds push the smoke here. Anyway, I'm hunkered down.

Crazy morning on Capitol Hill, as if the US Capitol Police weren't already having a crappy year. A Politico team reports:

Capitol Police and other law enforcement officials are investigating a claim of an explosive device in a pickup truck that drove onto the sidewalk of the Library of Congress, leading to the evacuation of several congressional office buildings.

Federal agents — including from both the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — were on the scene Thursday morning in an effort to “engage in dialogue” with a man in a truck claiming to have explosives, according to Capitol officials with knowledge of the situation.


      • 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 08/18/21

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



Kevin Faulconer***



Caitlyn Jenner

Kevin Kiley

Kevin Paffrath



















Contributions reported yesterday*


$95,908 $30,000      


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

      • Cash on Hand 07/31: $26,029,522
      • $1,000+ contributions since: $9,502,461

ELDER: In the Times, James Rainey writes that Larry Elder blasted Governor Newsom on wildfires yesterday, but didn't mention the effect of climate change.

Radio talk show host Larry Elder slammed California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday as “utterly incompetent” in reducing the forest fuels that power the state’s massive wildfires, part of a broad critique in which the top challenger in the state’s recall election also trashed the state’s stringent environmental laws and promoted the use of climate-warming carbon-based fuels.

Elder suggested in a video news conference with U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) that he would end the “war on oil and gas” and the “attack on the logging industry,” adding that he would reduce regulation of fracking and deemphasize wind and solar power, which he called “not very efficient.”

Elder’s views put him outside the political mainstream in California but in concert with political conservatives.


      • Vaxx stats: 
        • Californians fully vaccinated: 21,956,201 (64.7% of 12+) - 16th among U.S. states, 13.5% above national average
        • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,486,055 (10.3% of 12+) - 10th among U.S. states
        • Californians with no vaccine: 25% (of 12+)
        • Doses on hand: 5,457,814 (69 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 6.1% (+0.3%), a 0.2% decrease from seven days ago. In Sacramento, it is 10.0%, a 0.7% increase from 7 days ago
      • Masking requirement: In the Chron, Kate Galbraith looks at the new masking requirement for large indoor events coming next month. 

        California tightened its pandemic rules for large events on Wednesday, as officials continued to plead with holdouts to get fully vaccinated.

        At indoor gatherings of 1,000 people or more, attendees will have to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours.

        The requirement previously applied just to venues where 5,000 or more people gathered indoors, and self-attestation was allowed in lieu of actual proof of vaccination.


Largest Active Fires
  County Cause Acres Consumed Containment Structures Destroyed Fatalities Personnel On Scene Updated
Dixie Fire Butte, Plumas, Lassen,
power lines suspected
678,359 35% 1,217 0 5,982 08/19
Caldor Fire El Dorado under investigation 65,474 0%     653  08/19
McFarland Fire Shasta under investigation 111,016 51% 31    889  08/19
Monument Fire Trinity under investigation 128,613 10%     631  8/18

Caldor: In The Bee, Michael McGough reports that the Caldor Fire was calm overnight, although weather risks remain. 

The Caldor Fire burning in the Sierra Nevada foothills continues to displace close to 25,000 people, but activity was moderate Wednesday following explosive and dangerous spread the previous two evenings, officials said.

The blaze still poses a threat to nearly 7,000 homes, businesses and other buildings in and around Pollock Pines, and it remains 0% contained, Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service said in a Thursday morning update.

Increased humidity helped moderate fire behavior overnight, but conditions may deteriorate later Thursday.

Dixie: In the Chron, Yoohyun Jung looks at the rapid spread of the Dixie Fire.

The Dixie Fire started as a single blaze from a fallen tree near the Cresta Dam in Plumas County, but a perfect storm of bad conditions — low humidity, high winds, warm temperature and inaccessible terrain — fueled its growth into a massive fire sprawling across four counties.

At over 635,000 acres in size and still growing, Dixie has become the second largest fire in California’s recorded history. The fire, which has destroyed about 1,200 structures thus far, originated and initially spread in a steep and inaccessible area near Feather River Canyon where firefighters struggled to contain the fire. It quickly grew to become the largest fire in state history that is not a complex fire, which are fires that start as multiple separate fires that merge into one.

PG&E: KQED's Dan Brekke reports that the federal judge is asking for more details from the possible role of PG&E in the ignition of the Dixie Fire.

With the Dixie Fire in the sixth week of its rampage through the northern Sierra and beyond, PG&E is facing new scrutiny over its possible role in igniting the blaze.

The utility is facing a tough new round of questions from U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who is seeking new details about the company's response to a power line problem in the Feather River Canyon on July 13, the day the fire started.

Alsup, who is overseeing PG&E's probation for criminal convictions arising from the 2010 San Bruno natural gas pipeline disaster, wants the company to more fully explain the actions of a worker sent to investigate the line problem.

In orders issued Tuesday and Wednesday, Alsup posed dozens of questions centering on events in the first 10 hours of the fire. He also directed the company to have the line worker, called a troubleman, appear in court at a hearing set for Sept. 13.

HOUSING: For CalMatters, Manuela Tobias reports on the housing densification bill pending in the Legislature.

On a few of the vast, verdant lawns in East Sacramento, one of the capital city’s most popular and expensive neighborhoods, yellow-and-black yard signs urge passersby to “save neighborhoods” and keep Sacramento “livable and diverse.” The message symbolizes a big battle taking place at the state Capitol only a few miles away — whether to do away with sacrosanct single-family neighborhoods to address the California housing crisis.

Senate Bill 9, one of several measures alluded to by the signs, would technically allow as many as two duplexes, two houses with attached units, or a combination — capped at four units — on single-family lots across California, without local approval.

The bill would allow more building where it’s now illegal, with the intent of reducing California’s fast-rising home prices and increasing access to homeownership through a greater variety of options, according to state Senate leader Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego who introduced the bill and similar versions in the past.

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Elizabeth Bojórquez, Olivia Lee, and former Assembly members George Plescia and Cameron Smyth!


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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

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