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CA07 (East Sacto): Ami Bera (D-inc.) officially declared victory over Doug Ose (R), leading to a pretty good Golden State election night for Nancy Pelosi. In the end, Democrats pick up one seat (CA31 - Pete Aguilar) and defend all incumbents. The delegation will be 39 Democrats and 14 Republicans.

$$$: The Legislative Analyst's Office came out with its fiscal forecast yesterday, and things look rosy. Here is a very interesting infographic on the findings. 

THE DEAN: Gov. Brown's unnecessary fundraising is certainly legal — but a turnoff [George Skelton @ LAT]

LET THERE BE FIGHT: Tuition increase policy passed by regents committee Daniel Tutt and Jean Lee @ DailyCal]

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Eric Bradley, Val Dolcini, Andrea JacksonClark LeeEduardo Martinez, and Jennifer Tobkin!

FAREWELL: Mike Nichols, director of one of the greatest movies of all time.





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California Revenue Projected To Exceed Budget Estimates By $2 Billion | The Sacramento Bee
The coming budget will be the last to include the complete pieces of Proposition 30, the November 2012 ballot measure championed by Brown and other Democrats that imposed an income tax surcharge on high-income residents and raised the sales tax by one-quarter of 1 percent. The measure generates $6 billion to $7 billion annually for schools, local government and other programs.

Watch: Sacramento County sheriff calls out Obama on immigration
Kale Williams @
In an eight-minute video letter to President Obama posted on YouTube, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones minces no words as he calls out the commander-in-chief for his inaction on immigration reform. Jones was motivated to make the video after federal authorities revealed that a man suspected of killing two deputies during a shooting rampage in Sacramento and Placer counties on Oct. 25 had been deported twice to Mexico and had a drug conviction, according to the Associated Press. While Jones did not go as far as to blame the president for the deputies’ deaths, he did — while sitting behind a desk, staring into the camera and addressing the president directly — put the onus for instigating meaningful immigration reform squarely on Obama. Obama is expected to unveil an executive order Thursday that could legitimize the status of millions of immigrants, igniting a showdown with congressional Republicans who call it an illegal amnesty. [...] according to the sheriff, his department has been asked to try to discern law-abiding people from criminals, an impossible task without proper documentation, as he frames it. Jones also calls on every “law enforcement, political and community leader” to make a similar video directed at the president, in an attempt to urge him into action.

Schools Should Benefit As State Revenue Projection Rises By $2 Billion
The state of California will probably collect $2 billion more in tax revenue than expected in the current fiscal year, all of which would be dedicated to schools and community colleges under the state's education funding formula, according to a new report.

UC moves closer to tuition hike amid student protests
Nanette Asimov @
Amid a raucous student protest, the University of California moved a step closer to raising tuition by up to 28 percent over the next five years on Wednesday when a regents committee voted to recommend the plan to the full board, which is expected to approve it on Thursday. Only Gov. Jerry Brown, a regent, and student Regent Sadia Saifuddin, who serve on the Long-Range Planning Committee, opposed the plan to raise tuition at all UC campuses by up to 5 percent a year for five years. The committee’s 7-2 vote followed a protest by hundreds of students, some of whom burst through metal barricades and police security lines and broke a large glass entry door at the UCSF Mission Bay campus in San Francisco, where the regents met. Students blocked the doors and parking lot entrances at the regents meeting. Upstairs, despite passionate opposition to tuition hikes from students and UC employees in the audience — and several regents — the meeting was a peaceful. Brown and other California top decision-makers who serve as UC regents — Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego; Assemblyman John Pérez, D-Los Angeles; and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom — debated UC’s future with UC officials and other regents about how it should be funded, if the state or the students should bear most of the cost, and whether UC can afford to remain the great research university it is today. The regents were also told that if the state helped UC pay for its ballooning retiree health costs — as it does for other state agencies, including California State University — no tuition hike would be needed. The steady tuition increase of $609 to $741 annually “eliminates the need for a massive tuition increase in the future,” Napolitano said, noting that families, students and UC itself would be able to plan better by understanding how much tuition will rise. The arguments were not persuasive to Brown and Saifuddin, who said that transferring UC’s financial needs — primarily its retiree health obligations — to students was the wrong approach. Brown became especially passionate on the point after Regent Dick Blum, husband of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said that paying higher salaries to faculty and executives was essential to maintaining quality. Brown looked at Blum: “I want to point out that you run an investment banking industry and this is a public university,” he said as students applauded. Saifuddin said that as a student whose family earned just above the cutoff for financial aid, she had to work four jobs and still couldn’t pay for school. Yet Saifuddin — like many of the students who had earlier addressed the regents — also directed angry comments at Brown because he has expected UC to keep tuition flat in exchange for small funding increases of 4 and 5 percent, most of which UC said is absorbed by inflation and don’t help enough. Brown, in an effort to persuade the regents not to vote for the tuition increase, proposed that the regents form a committee to develop new ways for UC to reduce costs, including finding ways for more students to graduate in three years and increasing online courses — an approach Brown has championed for two years, but which has not been widely embraced by faculty or students.

Why John Chiang tops field of Democratic hopefuls in 2016
When you look at every available metric, Chiang has outperformed both Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris. 2014 margin of victory, lifetime votes, number of successful campaigns, cash on hand and party support – Chiang leads in every category.

California Schools, Community Colleges Could Get Another $2 Billion
California schools and community colleges could receive $2 billion in new funds as the state collects more revenue than expected, according to a report from the Legislature's budget advisor.

Senator Gaines Condemns University Of California Tuition Hike Vote
This committee approval will send the tuition increase proposal to the full Board of Regents for a vote tomorrow:

UC Tuition Hike: Regents Poised To Raise Rates After Key Vote
A key UC regents committee moved today to raise tuition by as much as  5% in each of the next five years despite opposition from the governor, legislative leaders and students.

UCLA Student Government Votes For Divestment In Israel
The UCLA undergraduate student government has voted to support a measure that urges the UC system to sell off stock in companies that do business with the Israeli military and profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

Visiting the governor's mansion in Sacramento? Go before Jan. 1
No one really lives in the governor's mansion in Sacramento. But if you're one of the 30,000 people who visit, make sure you go soon.

California Postpones Greenhouse-gas Credits Auction | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
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UC Berkeley students stage sleep-in over tuition hike; regents vote today
UC Berkeley students staged a sit-in overnight to protest a proposed tuition hike of up to 5% a year over the next five years. The controversial increase got the approval of a key UC committee on Wednesday and is expected to be approved today by the full board of regents.

Death doesnâ
Melody Gutierrez @
SACRAMENTO - Advocates of aid-in-dying laws marked what would have been Brittany Maynard’s 30th birthday Wednesday by breathing new life into efforts to expand end-of-life choices for terminally ill patients, saying lawmakers in a dozen states have taken up the cause, including in California. The advocacy group Compassion & Choices released a “call to action” video Wednesday narrated by Maynard, an East Bay teacher who drew worldwide attention after publicly discussing her decision to die on her own terms. After being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, Maynard moved to Oregon to access the state’s “Death with Dignity” laws, which allow a terminally ill patient to be prescribed a lethal dose of medicine to take at their own discretion. In the newly released video, Maynard and other terminally ill patients urge people to contact their lawmakers and push for expanding access to aid-in-dying. Compassion & Choices’s California campaign director Toni Broaddus was in Sacramento Wednesday meeting with lawmakers and their staff about legislation for the upcoming year. “It’s crazy to me that other patients suffering with terminal illness don’t have the same choice and may not have the same flexibility to pick up and move with their family,” Maynard told The Chronicle in October. Medical associations, the Catholic Church and disability rights organizations have protested previous attempts to create assisted dying laws in the past two decades.

Health, Labor Groups Seek $2 Increase In California Tobacco Tax
A coalition of public health, labor and medical groups is launching a push for a new tobacco tax that would add $2 to the cost of each pack of cigarettes sold in California.

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UC Berkeley students remain at Wheeler Hall in protest
Henry K. Lee and Hamed Aleaziz @
Dozens of UC Berkeley students continued to occupy Wheeler Hall on campus early Thursday, saying they wouldn’t leave until the University of California regents rescinds a plan to increase student fees. Students and community activists entered the building Wednesday night in response to a vote by a UC regents committee earlier in the day in San Francisco to recommend systemwide tuition hikes to the full board. The students demanded that the tuition hike plan be scuttled and called for the release of 21-year-old UC Berkeley student Jeff Noven, who was arrested and booked on suspicion of vandalism and inciting a riot outside the UCSF Mission Bay campus in San Francisco, where the regents met earlier in the day. “They’ve been notified, the building is closed and they need to leave,” a campus police lieutenant said on the police radio. Noven said by phone early Thursday that he was still sitting in solidarity with my fellow students to bring attention to just how underrepresented the university’s most important constituents are, students.