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  • CD16 (Fresno): added Johnny Tacherra (R)
  • SD10 (Fremont): added planning commissioner Roman Reed (D)
  • AD54 (Downtown LA): added community organizer Michael Aldapa (D)

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CALDERON: Yesterday, the Senate Rules Committee stripped Ron Calderon from his committee memberships pending the FBI investigation. Meanwhile, he was also removed from the executive board of the Latino Legislative Caucus. 

John Hrabe writes that the real story is not the bribes, but rather special interest money that, while legal, propped up Calderon's lifestyle. Dan Morain writes that Calderon isn't the only story affecting the political culture in Sacramento. And, if on cue, the Berryhill brothers are fighting accusations that they laundered money through county central committees:

Modesto-area brothers Tom and Bill Berryhill broke state laws in 2008 by laundering $40,000 in campaign money through Republican central committees in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties, a prosecutor said Tuesday morning at a trial with big political implications.

Tom Berryhill, now a state senator, sat at the defense counsel table and is expected to testify in coming days. As a state assemblyman at the time, he had no trouble raising big money while his brother was running for the first time in a tight Assembly race and needed a cash infusion for a last-minute television hit piece on his opponent, a prosecutor said.

SD02 (North Coast): Leaked poll shows McGuire with lead in state Senate race [Derek Moore @ PressDem]:

The poll showed [Mike] McGuire garnering 30 percent of the vote, compared to four percent for Chris Lehman, an Arcata political consultant and fundraiser, and three percent for Eric Lucan, a Novato city councilman.

McGuire achieved an even higher percentage of the vote — 48 percent — after survey respondents were given information about his background. Lehman and Lucan drew a combined 20 percent, and a hypothetical Republican candidate polled at 18 percent. About 14 percent were undecided or had no opinion.

Critics questioned how the poll could show so much support for McGuire, when 88 percent of respondents said they had not heard of him or had no opinion of him. Nearly 100 percent said the same of the other two candidates, and yet both men garnered some support in the category of who people were likely to vote for.

SD23 (E. San Bernardino): Speculation Begins on Emmerson Successor [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - "One Inland assemblyman [Mike Morell] has already announced plans to run. Other possible candidates include San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos and Scott Mann, mayor of Menifee."

Tim Donnelly is not expected to run, staying focused on the gubernatorial race.

MONEY MANAGERS: Ballot Measure Money Not Political Under Irs Loophole [John Myers @ News10] - "It's considered the equalizer for the most-talked about organizations in politics: an IRS requirement that 501(c)(4) 'social welfare' groups spent less than half their cash on politics. But experts say the IRS left a big loophole that could play out big time in California: ballot measure spending isn't considered political."

FARM TO GAVEL: California's hen law at center of farm bill fight [Carolyn Lochhead @ SFChron] - "A voter-approved California law requiring that egg-laying hens be able to spread their wings has become a flash point in negotiations over the $1 trillion farm bill, as Congress considers a measure that could upend dozens of state laws, including California's ban on foie gras and shark-fin soup."

THE LONELY OLD GRAY LADY: Fit to sprint: top talent exists New York Times [Dylan Byers @ Politico] - "In the past nine months, at least a dozen top reporters and editors have made for the exits. Among them are such well-known and respected journalists as Nate Silver, who sprinted to ESPN; David Pogue, who decamped to Yahoo News; Jeff Zeleny, who left for ABC News; and Rick Berke, who is en route to POLITICO. That’s not counting the many editors and reporters who took buyouts at the beginning of the year."

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  • Jay Hansen for School Board reception Friday, November 15th 5-7 pm at the original Vallejo's 1900 4th Street. Hosted by Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. Tickets prices $35-$1,000. Please RSVP to Haley Walters at 916-400-3721.
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Hearing Begins On Campaign Violation Case Against Sen. Berryhill
Patrick McGreevy @
Sen. Berryhill had maxed out on how much he could directly give his brother’s Assembly campaign, said Neal Bucknell, senior counsel for the state Fair Political Practices Commission, in his opening argument at the administrative hearing.

The Investigation Into Ron Calderon Isn't Happening In A Vacuum
Dan Morain @
Yes, Brown and legislators have tamed the budget, for now, thanks to voter-approved initiatives to raise taxes by $6 billion a year and pass budgets by simple majorities. But the Capitol has an underbelly, and it goes beyond Sen. Ron Calderon, the Los Angeles-area Democrat who is a target of an FBI investigation. The investigation isn’t happening in a vacuum.

University of California president proposes tuition freeze
David Siders @
University of California President Janet Napolitano on Wednesday proposed freezing undergraduate tuition for the 2014-15 academic year, a move she said will give officials time to consider overhauling the UC's tuition system.

Climbing To The Top Of The Economic Summit :: Fox&hounds
A tall order, indeed.

Lawmakers vote to strip committee posts from state senator embroiled in federal investigation
Lawmakers vote to strip committee posts from state senator embroiled in federal investigation.

USF's Lone Mountain no longer a place apart
The campus begins along Turk Street with a pair of cedar-shaded lawns separated by three flights of stairs modeled on Rome's historic Spanish Steps. The defining presence remains the Catholic church, since USF is a Jesuit university. The photo accompanying the article shows a nun in full regalia, standing on the roof, her habit cloaking her face as she surveys the Golden Gate Bridge. The 1960s were a decade when, amid debates over civil rights and the Vietnam War, changes in education and society undercut the stability of an institution founded to offer a liberal arts education to the daughters of Roman Catholic families. [...] in 2003 USF became the nation's first Jesuit university to make health care available to unmarried partners of employees, straight and gay. The idea is that we're not out to convert souls, but to pursue social justice and improve people's lives. Service requiredThe urban affairs program launched this year requires 400 hours of community service as part of a student's master's thesis project. [...] she likes what she has found: "There's genuine warmth among students and faculty, and the degree to which community engagement is embedded in the studies is rare."

Transgender Protection Law Challenged
Michael Gardner @
Whether a state law to protect transgender students goes into effect Jan. 1 remains in doubt as local elections officials begin counting signatures on referendum petitions seeking to block its implementation, including close to 76,000 collected in San Diego County.

Government Explores Early Release For More Aging Prisoners
Richard A. Serrano @
A federal review is looking at whether aging prisoners, many in poor health, should be freed before the end of their sentences.

Top Climate Scientists Call For Fracking Ban In Letter To Gov. Jerry Brown
Paul Rogers @
The letter is the latest example of the increased pressure that environmentalists and others concerned about climate change have been putting on Brown in recent months. Their argument: The governor can't say he wants to reduce global warming while expanding fossil fuel development in California.

Department Of Managed Health Care's New Director Shelley Rouillard Has History As Advocate
Shelley Rouillard will be sworn in as new director of the California Department of Managed Health Care on Dec. 2.

California State Senator Skeptical On Expansion Of Film Tax Credit
Richard Verrier @
At least one prominent state senator is throwing cold water on the idea of expanding California's film tax credit.

Ronald Moskowitz, education specialist, dies
Ronald D. Moskowitz, a nationally known education reporter who served as a staff specialist in the administration of Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, died Oct. 31 in San Francisco. The newspaper's publisher, Oveta Culp Hobby, was impressed with his work and soon named him the paper's first education reporter. Brown lost his bid for a third term as governor to Ronald Reagan in 1966, but before he left office, he asked Mr. Moskowitz to help develop a national organization to be called the Education Commission of the States.

Government Shutdown Dampens Small Business Optimism In October
Shan Li @
Small business optimism plunged in October as companies reined in their hiring plans and lowered their expectations for the future during the partial government shutdown.

Sen. Ron Calderon Stripped Of Committee Posts By California Legislative Panel
Jessica Calefati @
Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, is alleged to have accepted tens of thousands of dollars from an undercover FBI agent leading a sting operation against the longtime legislator and his relatives, according to a sealed FBI affidavit obtained last month by Al-Jazeera America.

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Bill Clinton Says Americans Should Be Able To Keep Their Health Plans
Morgan Little @
In an interview released Tuesday, former president Clinton said President Obama should make sure Americans can retain their health insurance plans.

'Black Friday' For Health Insurance?
Timm Herdt @
On a gorgeous Indian-summer Saturday in Sacramento, a Disneyland-style line snaked through the third-floor ballroom of the city’s convention center. Lined up inside the railings were men and women clutching paperwork.

Troubled Unlikely To Work Fully By End Of November, As White House Vowed
Software problems with the federal online health insurance marketplace, especially in handling high volumes, are proving so stubborn that the system is unlikely to work fully by the end of the month as the White House has promised, according to an official with knowledge of the project.

L.A. Unified Schools To Move Forward With Trimmed-down Ipad Plan
Howard Blume @
A tense vote allows $1-billion initiative to continue and imposes more oversight, including evaluation of impact on students.

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Obama Supporter Miffed At Botched Healthcare Rollout
Steve Lopez @
Margaret Davis favors wider access to insurance, but under the Affordable Care Act she'd see her premiums rise 88% for inferior coverage.

Poll: ACA to hurt health care quality
Jose DelReal @
The survey shows that only 19 percent believe the law will improve the quality of their healthcare.

New Law Raises Awareness Of Concussions In Student Athletes
Jane Meredith Adams @
As the high school football season winds to a close and players prepare to put their helmets away, athletic officials are hoping that a new law requiring coaches to be trained to spot concussions in players has made the high-contact game, and all youth sports, safer.

Malpractice Measure Given A Misleading Title
Dan Walters @
Dan Walters

Washington State Is Making Health Exchange Work
Maria L. La Ganga @
Washington state outpaces others in enrolling residents in health plans, online and in person. The region's high-tech bent helps.