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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.

  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): I join John and Tim to chat about the Top 100 (2021-08-30)
  • 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)


  • 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)
  • 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  

The Nooner for Monday, September 6, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners


Do you recall?

 Happy Labor Day! Ugh, my asthma has been pretty bad lately and hardly slept last night.


  • Recall election key dates:
    • 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%)
  • Election "fraud": In the Times, Hailey Bronsan-Potts looks at the election fraud conspiracy theories.

Looking to oust the governor? Ed Brown has just the right merch for you.

Camouflage Recall Newsom hats and Recall Newsom masks. He’s got Recall Newsom yard signs. A stack of Recall Newsom pamphlets.

But just days before California voters decide whether to push Democrat Gavin Newsom from office, the trailer off Golden Chain Highway was mostly a shrine to former President Trump.

“As far as I’m concerned, Trump is the president,” said Brown, 67.

  • Skelton: The LAT's George Skelton writes that the recall will like fail.

    Politics is about math. And if you’re outnumbered 2 to 1, you invariably lose. That’s how Republicans started their recall fight and the way they’re ending it — apparent losers again.

    Voting won’t be over until Sept. 14. We could be surprised. The polls may be wrong and the initial pace of ballot returns perhaps is misleading.

    But the signs point so far to a wasteful GOP misadventure and political survival for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

    A new poll last week by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California found that 58% of likely voters oppose recalling Newsom. Only 39% want to oust him.

  • Elder: In The Bee, Lara Korte looks at Larry Elder's views on sex ed.

The leading Republican candidate in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall election laid out a socially conservative vision for education, reproductive rights and transgender rights during a Sunday visit to a Placer County megachurch whose pastor has endorsed ousting the governor.

Larry Elder, the longtime radio talk show host, endorsed school choice, bashed sex education in schools, and said no state money should go toward abortions or gender affirmation surgeries.

When asked by Destiny Christian Church pastor Greg Fairrington about whether he supports the “pornographic” practice of sex education in schools, Elder said sex education has “no role in schools at all.”

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



  • Vaxx stats: 
    • Californians fully vaccinated: 22,832,987 (67.3%% of 12+)
    • Californians partially vaccinated: 3,444,927 (10.2% of 12+)
    • Californians with no vaccine: 22.5% (of 12+)
    • Doses on hand: 5,875,210 (63 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 4.5%, a 0.1% decrease from seven days ago.

    In Sacramento County, it is 7.4%, a 1.0% decrease from 7 days ago.

    In Los Angeles County, it is 4.5%, a 1.6% increase 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







Monument Fire


under investigation








Source: Cal Fire

Caldor: The warm, windy weather threatens progress on the Caldor Fire, reports Trisha Thadani in the Chron.

Firefighters were bracing for warmer temperatures and stronger winds Monday that could disrupt progress against the Caldor Fire, an unwelcome shift in conditions as officials scrambled to extinguish a new blaze to the north.

The Caldor Fire, which erupted in the Sierra Nevada east of Sacramento last month, leveled the community of Grizzly Flats and also forced the entire city of South Lake Tahoe to evacuate. The turn in weather comes after several days of cooler temperatures and calm winds, which helped firefighters make significant gains against the voracious blaze.

“I cannot emphasize how dry things are across this fire today,” Jim Dudley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said at a Monday morning briefing. “There’s a lot of potential weather wise for little things to become, maybe not so little.”


cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

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Taught by 46-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov and distinguished speakers Chris Micheli and Richard Stapler. Seminars: Regulatory Agency Advocacy, Media Strategies, Budget Advocacy, & “So You Think You Want To Sponsor A Bill”. Sessions are being held: Sept. 23rd: Regulatory ($175) and Media ($175). Sept. 24th: “So You Think You Want To Sponsor A Bill” ($225) and Budget ($175). *Discounts for multiple sessions. Seats are limited. Reservations: (916) 837-0208. Further information:

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;
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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