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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 politics and policy, rather than every episode from the pods I follow.

  • SacTown Talks (Jarhett Blonien): Rocklin council member Joe Patterson on housing (2021-08-27)
  • Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos @ KQED): Businessman and candidate John Cox on :Lessons From His Mom, Housing Solutions and Yes, the Bear" (2021-08-26)
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): California and Kabul: Part Deux (2021-08-26) 
  • It's All Political (Joe Garfoli @ SFChron): Total Recall Podcast: Can Larry Elder Really Be Governor? with Alexei Koseff and Dustin Gardiner (2021-08-25)
  • Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin: Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) (2021-08-23)
  • California State of Mind (Nicole Nixon @ CapRadio): Investigation: How Some Law Enforcement Are Mysteriously Clearing Sexual Assault Cases (2021-08-20)


  • Capitol Seminars: Four Seminars Being Offered Over 2 Days (September 23-24)
  • 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  

Nicole Gee

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One of the fallen in the Afghanistan airport suicide bomber was Nicole Gee of Roseville. I am sure that there are others with friends and family who perished among the more than 200 dead and the next several days has everyone on pins and needles. While the Buddhist Church of Sacramento has not returned to indoor services, I press my palms together this morning for all of the fallen and those who continue to be in harm's way. Namu Amida Butsu.  🙏 🙏 🙏

Meanwhile, New Orleans appears to be in the path of a very dangerous hurricane today, 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina deveatated much of the city. I was in NOLA both before and after Katrina for conferences and the rebound from the tears of Katrina was amazing. Among states, Louisiana has the third most number of cases per 100,000 residents.

I thought 2020 was supposed to be the crappy year.

Meanwhile, I've heard from lots of folks on both sides of the idea under consideration in the Legislature to have a statewide mandate for vaccinations in public accommodations and much of the workforce. Some love uniformity who have business in multiple counties while others fear how to enforce it. I totally understand both sides of the argument and just throw my hands up, but that's what Hiram Johnson gave us with the recall.


  • Recall election key dates:
    • September 2: Second pre-election campaign finance statement
    • September 14: Election Day
    • October 22: Statement of vote
  • Ballot update from PDI/@paulmitche112,841,048 ballots returned (13% of mailed ballots)
    • Democratic: 1,560,504 (55% of those returned; 15% ballot return rate)
    • NPP/other: 626,179 (23% of those returned; 10% ballot return rate)
    • Republican: 654,891 (22%of those returned; 12% ballot return rate)
    • 65+: 1,204,631 (24% return rate)
    • 50-64: 789,038 (14%)
    • 35-49: 491,070 (9%)
    • 18-34: 356,835 (6%)
    • White/Oth: 1,954,037 (15% return rate)
    • Latino: 464,799 (8%)
    • Asian: 321,726 (12%)
    • Af Am: 101,012 (14%)


Fundraising and cash through 08/28/21

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



Kevin Faulconer***



Caitlyn Jenner

Kevin Kiley

Kevin Paffrath



















Contributions reported yesterday**




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. These are included in the candidate and non-candidate totals above.

***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: $12,396,157
  • $1,000+ contributions since: $15,782,098 (includes yesterday's and in-kinds)
  • Added yesterday: $3,179,128

Elder: In the Times, James Rainey and Harriet Ryan look at Larry Elder's past and his current iteration as a candidate.

For nearly four decades they had been like brothers: two young attorneys who bonded over shared cases and touch football games, growing closer with the blossoming of their families and careers — one becoming a law professor in Ohio and the other a Los Angeles talk radio host.

Wilson Huhn was Larry Elder’s best man, Elder the godfather to one of Huhn’s children. “I cannot thank my best friend, Will Huhn, enough for his love, support, and encouragement,” Elder, now a leading candidate for California governor, wrote in his 2012 memoir.

Then came Donald Trump. Huhn, the father of a disabled son, felt deeply offended when the Republican presidential candidate appeared to openly mock the physical disability of a New York Times reporter.

Though they had different political views, Huhn expected that Elder would share his feeling that Trump had displayed “absolute contempt” for people like his child, a young man the radio host had known and loved throughout his challenging life.

SoCal: A team at the LAT looks at the candidate town hall yesterday in Southern California.

With less than three weeks to go before the recall election, Republican candidates hoping to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom skittered around Southern California on Saturday arguing that they are the best choice to replace the Democrat.

Their appearances come at a critical time in the race. Though election day is Sept. 14, each of California’s 22.3 million registered voters was sent a mail-in ballot because of the pandemic. A little over 14% had been returned as of Friday, according to the secretary of state’s office, meaning millions of votes are still up for grabs.

Conservative talk radio host Larry Elder, a late entrant into the race and the front-runner among the 45 replacement candidates, was the focus of fire from Olympian-turned-reality-television star Caitlyn Jenner and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

“He doesn’t help the cause because he’s so far right,” Jenner told reporters after holding an afternoon town hall in a half-empty hotel ballroom in Pasadena. “California is center-left. And that’s where I come in.”

It was the first town hall held by Jenner, who decamped from the campaign trail for weeks to film a reality television show in Australia. She made an enormous splash when she entered the race in April, but has failed to gain a foothold, polling in the low single digits.

She spoke about rising homelessness and crime, the high cost of housing and Newsom’s handling of the pandemic, including attending a posh maskless birthday dinner for a lobbyist while he urged Californians to avoid multifamily gatherings.

“Gavin Newsom lived it up while he shut us down,” Jenner said to raucous applause from the roughly 30 people in attendance. She went on to criticize his use of emergency powers during the pandemic. “He’s kind of like a dictator, a hypocrite.”

COVID, fires, and other stories after the jump...


  • Vaxx stats: 
    • Californians fully vaccinated: 22,382,452 (66.0%% of 12+)
    • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,510,348 (10.3% of 12+)
    • Californians with no vaccine: 23.7% (of 12+)
    • Doses on hand: 5,508,897 (60 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 5.2% (-0.2% day-over-day), a 0.1% decrease from seven days ago.

    In Sacramento County, it is 8.9% (-0.3% day-over-day), a 1.0% decrease from 7 days ago.

    In Los Angeles County, it is 2.9% (-0.1% change day-over-day), a 0.1% decrease from 7 days ago.


Largest Active Fires




Acres Consumed


Structures Destroyed


Personnel On Scene


Dixie Fire

Butte, Plumas, Lassen,

power lines







Caldor Fire

El Dorado

under investigation



(no change)




Monument Fire


under investigation







French Fire


under investigation



not available

not available

not available


Source: Cal Fire

SIN AGUA: In the Times, Ari Plachta looks at the Sacramento Valley rice farmers who are not being affected by the most austere state water restrictions.

Since the 1920s, farmers have grown rice in the Sacramento Valley, where old hands fly crop duster planes and rice emblems mark the county buildings. Now, due to decades-old agreements with the federal government, rice farmers like [Kim] Gallagher are going relatively unscathed by unprecedented emergency water cuts to farmers this month as others fallow fields, wells go dry and low water levels imperil Chinook salmon, the native cold-water fish that play critical ecological roles and support a billion-dollar fishing industry.

A handful of districts supplying farmers including Gallagher are receiving nearly 2 million acre feet of water this drought year, enough to supply the city of Los Angeles for roughly four years. Their seniority is a function of the state’s complicated water rights system, which some experts say is ripe for reform as extreme drought magnifies the inequities within it.

Developed in the 19th century by miners who used water to blast gold out of the Sierra foothills, California water rights are based on a concept known as “first in time, first in right.”

The principle, which remains central to state water law today, roughly translates to “first come, first served” to a quantity of water from a natural source. During drought, rights are curtailed by state regulators from newest to oldest to protect water for residential use and human health and safety essentials.

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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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