THE BUZZ — POLITICO EXCLOO… ARNOLD LOOKS BACK ON RECALL: Arnold Schwarzenegger captured lightning in a bottle within the 2003 ouster of Gov. Grey Davis. The world’s greatest film motion hero, a political neophyte, jumped in on the final minute and vowed to be the renegade candidate who might “blow up the packing containers” of particular pursuits and gridlock in Sacramento.
This time round, in 2021, there’s no Schwarzeneggeresque motion hero ready within the wings — no less than, not but — who might pull that off once more. However that doesn’t imply the trouble to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom gained’t be simply as a lot of a political massacre.
SCHWARZENEGGER, talking for the primary time concerning the 2003 recall with Carla, explored its classes — the similarities, the vibe, the voters’ frustrations. He stated it’s not about events, and it’s nonetheless not predictable — a Hollywood-type might nonetheless sneak in and upend all the things. However he has some recommendation (and a few reward) for Newsom, as the present governor faces down his opponents.
WHAT’S DRIVING IT? “It is just about the identical ambiance right now because it was then. … There was dissatisfaction, to the very best degree. And it’s the identical with the momentum. One thing that units it off to a better degree, form of the straw that breaks the camel’s again … like an explosion. In Newsom’s case, it was the French Laundry factor. With us, it was the power outages in 2003.”
ON THE GOP ‘POWER GRAB’: “That is the loopy factor right here, after they say it’s a ‘energy seize’ of the Republicans. Let me let you know, the [California] Republicans could not even get anybody elected. It is ludicrous — the Republican Celebration would not exist. These are the signatures of the extraordinary of us which have signed on.”
“It had nothing to do then — and it has nothing to do right now — with both social gathering. Individuals are dissatisfied. [The recall is] the folks’s method of form of letting off some steam, after which they determine: Will we need to observe by, or not observe by?”
ADVICE TO NEWSOM: “The one recommendation I’ve for him is that he is doing a superb job now. That he has improved his reference to the folks, and that he ought to proceed on being actual, being himself, … and never concerning the unions, not concerning the social gathering, not about any of that — simply the folks. And to unravel the issues.”
ON THE IMPACT OF 2003: Schwarzenegger argued that the 2003 election, California’s solely profitable gubernatorial recall so far, promised voters a brand new form of “post-partisanship” politics — and an outsider to repair Sacramento. At the moment, Schwarzenegger stated, he’s nonetheless proud that it paved the best way for the reforms that arguably grew to become his most lasting marks on California’s political panorama: the top-two or “open” major, which got here with the passage of Prop. 14, and redistricting modifications that took the accountability for drawing district traces away from insiders and legislators and delivered that energy to the residents of California.
Schwarzenegger stated he’s additionally satisfied that his efforts to work with each events aided the passage of cap-and-trade and staff’ compensation reform, in addition to his appointment of numerous judges like California Supreme Court docket Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the primary Filipina American to serve in that position. Read the full interview here.
BUENOS DÍAS, good Wednesday morning. Jill Biden is in Delano right now, and Gov. Gavin Newsom and first accomplice Jennifer Siebel Newsom are anticipated to hitch the primary woman for a day of motion honoring California farmworkers. The Fresno Bee reports that Central Valley leaders are hoping immigration reform might be one matter of dialogue.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I used to be simply elected, in Oct. 2003, when Gov. Grey Davis was variety sufficient to name me. He took me to the funeral of one of many firefighters who had died preventing wildfires that 12 months. … And a father got here to me and stated, ‘Congratulations in your victory. I’m not a Republican, however I simply need to beg you, in honor of my son, who simply handed away: Carry each of the events collectively. Please, deliver each of the events collectively. That’s the greatest drawback in Sacramento.’ And man, that hit my coronary heart. That was his want. And I all the time took that very critically.” Schwarzenegger on the 2003 recall.
TWEET OF THE DAY: Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) @TedLieu responds to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) accusing a former federal official of “extortion” amid a reported Justice Department probe into Gatez: “The DOJ doesn’t take calmly opening a legal investigation towards a Member of Congress. Arduous to consider root explanation for drawback can be a single former DOJ official making up allegations. There can be a complete group of federal brokers & prosecutors investigating Matt Gaetz.”
VIDEO OF THE DAY: Via the SF Chronicle’s Jessica Christian: “Some lecturers have adopted the ‘zombie stroll’ in an effort to preserve six ft of distance throughout recess on the primary day of partial in-person studying at Garfield in Oakland.”
WHERE’S GAVIN? Nothing official introduced.
NEWSOM RIDING HIGH: NEW PPIC POLL — California voters would support Newsom against recall campaign, new poll finds, by POLITICO’s Jeremy B. White: A double-digit majority of seemingly voters stated they’d vote to retain Newsom, with 56 % saying they’d preserve him versus 40 % looking for to jettison the Democratic governor, in accordance with a Public Coverage Institute of California ballot launched Tuesday evening.
General, Newsom has a 53 % approval ranking, down from his peak of 65 % in Might 2020. That features 77 % approval amongst Democrats and a slight edge amongst no-party-preference voters, a rising constituency that makes up 1 / 4 of voters and approves of Newsom 49 % to 46 %. If Newsom can retain his place within the polls, that makes it much less seemingly that one other Democrat who senses vulnerability breaks ranks and chooses to run as a backup.
PPIC LEFTOVERS — Some non-recall nuggets: Sen. Dianne Feinstein is underwater at 44-47 approval; seemingly voters usually dislike Congress (63 %) however like their very own reps (54 %); Californian voters overwhelmingly again providing undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship (85 %, together with greater than two-thirds of Republicans) and well being care (a smaller 66 %); and housing prices stay a serious problem, with virtually two-thirds of voters calling it a “huge drawback” and a 3rd saying they’ve contemplated transferring out of state to search out cheaper housing. Full polling results here.
VACCINE WHODUNIT — “California sheriff overruled health official, linked man’s death to vaccine,” by the Sac Bee’s Ryan Sabalow and Jason Pohl: “Sheriff Devon Bell’s assertion on Fb shortly grew to become one other nugget of misinformation utilized by anti-vaccine activists to discredit the COVID-19 vaccine, universally thought of the one approach to safely finish a pandemic that has killed thousands and thousands.”
— “‘Who do they trust? It’s their union.’ Organized labor steps in to convince immigrant workers to get vaccines, by POLITICO’s Eleanor Mueller: “Unions and advocacy teams say 4 years of anti-immigrant rhetoric and insurance policies coming from the White Home have eroded belief in authorities.”
GO BRUINS — “UCLA Bruins outlast Michigan Wolverines to reach Final Four of NCAA men’s tournament,” by ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.
GRAD GREATNESS — “‘Fantastic news for the Class of 2021’: California OKs in-person graduations this year,” by the Mercury Information’ Isabella Vanderheiden: “Attendees might be requested to put on masks, restrict teams to a single family unit and keep six ft of distance from folks exterior of their family. Sadly, this implies no hugs and handshakes for the brand new graduates.”
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — Deliberate Parenthood Associates of California has come out towards what it’s calling a “a politically motivated and misguided recall.” Jodi Hicks, president of PPAC, stated in a press release that “throughout Governor Newsom’s time in workplace, he has doubled the state finances funding in sexual and reproductive well being care, declared California a reproductive freedom state, and expanded entry to important providers.”
HARD KNOCKS — “This Bay Area county wanted to stop COVID. So it went on a $5 million fining frenzy against hundreds of businesses,” by the Mercury Information’ Maggie Angst: “In distinction, six different Bay Space counties that problem fines for related infractions have collected a mixed $82,000 from 68 companies in all, in accordance with an evaluation of information obtained by this information group.”
TIER UPDATES — “LA County poised for move to Orange coronavirus tier; would open bars, widen business capacities,” by the LA Every day Information’ David Rosenfeld: “The newest statistical declines have offered encouraging information for the county’s residents after a 12 months of lockdowns and bodily distancing — although officers say it’s nonetheless too early to cease carrying face masks or return to full capability.”
— “Bay Area COVID reopening: Two more counties reach orange tier, one held back,” by the Mercury Information’ Nico Savidge: “Alameda and Santa Cruz counties are transferring on to the orange stage of California’s COVID-19 reopening plan, state officers introduced Tuesday. However Napa County — which had appeared poised to advance this week with an infection charges falling throughout the Bay Space and state as an entire — should keep within the stricter crimson tier after an uptick in instances.”
NOT OVER YET — “Some say ‘the pandemic is over’ in California as crowds return. Experts are worried,” by the LA Occasions’ Luke Cash and Hayley Smith: “Public well being officers are rising more and more anxious that the subsequent week or so — spring break mixed with Passover and Easter Sunday — might unwind California’s hard-won good points towards the coronavirus.”
ROUND 4 — “The Fourth Surge Is Upon Us. This Time, It’s Different,” by Zeynep Tufekci within the Atlantic: “If we act shortly, this surge may very well be merely a blip for america. But when we transfer too slowly, extra folks will grow to be contaminated by this horrible new variant, which is acutely harmful to those that aren’t but vaccinated.”
PLATEAU IN CASES? — “The steep dive in the Bay Area’s coronavirus numbers has stopped. How worried should we be?” by the SF Chronicle’s Kellie Hwang.
— “California’s Working-Age Latinos Are Disproportionately Dying of COVID-19,” by KQED’s Farida Jhabvala Romero: “The disparity is even better statewide, in accordance with California Division of Public Well being figures. As of March 24, practically 10,000 Latinos underneath age 65 had died from COVID-19, 4 occasions the variety of white Californians.”
NOT GOING BACK — “Wells Fargo, S.F.’s second-largest employer, extends remote work until September,” by SFChronicle’s Roland Li.
— “Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is 100% effective in children ages 12-15,” by ABC Information’ Meredith Deliso and Sony Salzman
TAX TIME — Blue-state Democrats demand SALT relief in Biden’s next big bill, by POLITICO’S Sarah Ferris: The repeal is in style amongst blue-state members of their social gathering however carries a major budgetary value, making it one of many rising fault traces in Democrats’ coming infrastructure talks.
— Advocates praise new White House actions to counter rising anti-Asian violence, by POLITICO’s Nicholas Wu.
BAD DOG — First dog Major involved in another biting incident, by POLITICO’s Benjamin Din.
GUATEMALA CALLING — Vice President Kamala Harris, handed the politically tricky role of overseeing the Biden administration’s migration insurance policies, spoke on Tuesday to Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and mentioned financial enchancment efforts that may “tackle the basis explanation for migration,” per a readout.
STATE WINS — “Newsom’s coronavirus restrictions on private gatherings – indoor and outdoor – pass court’s muster,” by the SF Chronicle’s Bob Egelko: “The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals in San Francisco stated Tuesday that the state’s limits on personal get-togethers, non secular or secular, have been no extra stringent than guidelines for comparable enterprise operations in the course of the pandemic.”
— “Newsom announces more funding as another difficult firefighting year looms,” by KCRA3’s Hope Miller.
HERE COMES THE SUN — “Thinking of getting solar panels? California utilities want to slash ‘generous’ subsidies,” by the Sac Bee’s Dale Kasler: “PG&E and California’s different main utilities, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gasoline & Electrical, have petitioned state regulators to slash the invoice credit score they need to pay to photo voltaic clients by greater than half. Not solely that, if their proposal is accepted by the Public Utilities Fee, the utilities can be allowed to cost these solar-using householders a month-to-month flat charge — round $70, in PG&E’s case.”
— “As Oakland schools reopen, students rush into classrooms and parents sigh with relief,” by the SF Chronicle’s Jill Tucker and Emma Talley: About 50% of eligible college students in preschool by second grade have been anticipated at reopened colleges throughout Oakland on Tuesday, stated Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell, with extra anticipated within the coming days and weeks as they modify to the brand new schedule.”
FANS IN STANDS — “California expands attendance at prep football, other outdoor events,” by the Mercury Information’ Evan Webeck.
GO WATCH SOME JELLYFISH — “Monterey Bay Aquarium announces reopening dates,” by the SF Chronicle’s Vanessa Arredondo.
— “How A Landmark State Supreme Court Ruling Changes How Bail Works in California,” by LAist’s Frank Stoltze: “Beneath the ruling, judges should take into account an individual’s capability to pay when setting bail. Greater than 15,000 individuals are at the moment incarcerated in L.A. County. About 5,600 are awaiting trial. It is unclear what number of may be launched on account of the ruling.”
— “Spotify is taking on Clubhouse for audio-chat supremacy,” by Protocol’s David Pierce: Spotify “simply introduced it’s buying an organization known as Betty Labs, which makes an app known as Locker Room — it operates like Clubhouse, however with a specific deal with sports activities followers.”
— “Democrats are out for Big Tech. Google’s former policy head wants to talk them down,” by Protocol’s Emily Birnbaum.
— “Amazon’s Twitter Army Was Handpicked for ‘Great Sense of Humor,’ Leaked Document Reveals,” by the Intercept’s Ken Klippenstein.
— “Facebook’s Instagram for Kids Will Be Money,” by the WSJ’s Laura Forman: “The brand new app would seemingly be no less than partially a policy-driven transfer to lure youngsters underneath the age of 13 off their unique Instagram platform the place they technically aren’t allowed.”
SUPER SCENE — “2022 Super Bowl To Be Held At SoFi Stadium In Inglewood On Feb. 13,” through CBSLA.
BUT CAN WE SCREAM? — “Universal Studios Hollywood Will Reopen April 16 To California Residents – Tickets On Sale April 8,” by Deadline’s Jill Goldsmith.
— “New California guidelines clear the way for pop-up outdoor theater and music,” by the LA Occasions’ Jessica Gelt.
NO BOYCOTTS? — “Hollywood studios have been largely quiet about Georgia. What to know,” by the LA Occasions’ Ryan Faughnder: “Many individuals who oppose Georgia’s elections regulation assume that stopping the cameras would do extra hurt than good.”
— “With more women buying cannabis, product demand could change,” by Marijuana Enterprise Every day’s Andrew Lengthy: “The largest hole was in California, the place girls spend $36.30 of each $100 on flower in contrast with $43.90 spent by males, an virtually $8 distinction.”
HAPPY STUFF — “Here’s the story behind the amazing Moscone Center vaccine playlist,” by the SF Chronicle’s Peter Hartlaub.
PINOT CRIME NOIR — “San Francisco may have a wine thief. And it looks like they’re into fancy Italian bottles,” by the SF Chronicle’s Esther Mobley.
— “After a yearlong battle, Tartine workers finally unionize in San Francisco,” by the SF Chronicle’s Janelle Bitker.
TRAGEDY — “California redwood falls on car, kills parents of 5 children,” through the AP
— “Despite $15 billion in revenue growth, Target to close two stores in S.F. and Cupertino,” by the SF Chronicle’s Roland Li.
— “California teacher resigns after hot mic catches racist comments about Black student,” by the Hill’s Aris Folley.
— “Early attempt to invoke Racial Justice Act denied by South Bay judge,” by the Mercury Information’ Robert Salonga.
— “Few Gay Bars Left In L.a. Face Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars In Debt As City Prepares To Re-Open,” by LA Taco’s Christer Maxine Schmidt.
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.) is 69 … Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) is 58 … Apple Chair Arthur Levinson
WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Elena Schneider, nationwide political reporter at POLITICO, and Eli Stokols, White Home reporter for the L.A. Occasions, welcomed Charles “Charlie” Leon Stokols on Thursday. He got here in at 8 lbs, 3.7 oz. and is known as for his Opa and great-grandfather. Pic … Another pic
— Tim Del Monico, COS for Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), and Claire Manning, senior director of advocacy and mobilization at The Arc of america, welcomed Cameron Joseph Del Monico on Sunday. He got here in at 8 lbs and 10 oz.
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