September 3, 2021
Weideman Group Weekly
Newsom Creating Separation
A recent recall poll was released by the Public Policy Institute of California showing that 58% of likely California voters oppose the recall of Governor Newsom compared to 39% who favor it. These are welcome numbers for the Governor, who had seen polls narrowing up until recently. Early voting numbers are also favoring Newsom with a larger number of Democrats turning out than Republicans and no party preference voters combined. It is still early though. Roughly 5 million of the 22 million outstanding ballots have been returned, millions more Californians are expected to cast their ballots in the next 10 days.
The Final Countdown
The 2021 Legislative session will enter its final week on Tuesday with only four working days for the Senate and Assembly to send bills to the Governor. A number of hot bills are still pending, including SB 2 on police decertification, which passed off the Assembly Floor by a wide margin earlier today. Other proposals have been shelved for the year, like the widely rumored push by Assemblymember Wicks that would have sought to codify an employment based vaccination mandate. The Governor and Legislature are also trying to wrap up some outstanding budget related work. The deadline to send bills to the Governor is September 10th and he will have until October 10th to sign or veto items that are passed in the final weeks of session.
Democratic Assembly candidate Mia Bonta, wife of Attorney General Rob Bonta, has declared victory in the Assembly District 18 special election held earlier this week. If election results are certified by the Secretary of State in the coming days, there is a possibility that Assemblymember-Elect Bonta will be sworn in before the legislature adjourns on September 10. Unofficial election results can be found here.
Crews Turn Corner on Caldor Fire
After three weeks of running rampant in the California Sierras and forcing the evacuation of South Lake Tahoe, the Caldor fire is showing signs of slowing. The fire is 29% contained and has grown less than 3,000 acres overnight, which is a decline in rate of growth. Fire crews have so far been able to avert massive damage in South Lake Tahoe. Caldor isn’t the only worry for fire crews. Numerous wildfires continue to rage across California, which has led to the closure of all national forests in the state. The U.S. Forest Service has prohibited public access to the national forests until at least September 17th.