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PROP 55: If Proposition 55 passes, the state budget will rely even more on California's highest earners [Liam Dillon @ LAT] - "Now, with those rates set to expire, a coalition of teacher and service worker unions, medical groups and others are pushing Proposition 55, a ballot measure that would extend these higher taxes on the the highest earners through 2030." 

PROP 63: NRA not putting up much of a fight against California gun control ballot measure [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "The National Rifle Assn. has poured $4 million into fighting a Nevada initiative that would require background checks for firearms buyers but just $145,000 into battling a gun control measure in California."

US SENATE: O.C. girl inspired Loretta Sanchez's debate 'dab' [OCR] - "Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s attention-grabbing hip-hop dance move at Wednesday’s U.S. Senate debate was suggested to the candidate by a 9-year-old Anaheim Hills girl shortly before the event began."

Two county redistricting reform bills move in opposite directions [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1108 on Sept. 28, allowing counties and cities without charters to appoint independent commissions to adjust the boundaries of governing board districts after every federal census."

Spending big on sex and drug initiatives, AIDS activist Michael Weinstein says he ‘can’t lose’ [Christopher Cadelago and Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "Weinstein, 64, leads the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, an organization he willed from a 25-bed hospice near Dodger Stadium to a global powerhouse that rivals the American Cancer Society. AHF, as it is known, has a projected $1.3 billion budget, more than 600,000 clients and operates in 37 countries. Weinstein still can’t be described as beloved, and his latest attempt to curb drug prices isn’t helping his cause."

Polling places could give way to more convenient ballot 'vote centers' [Martin Wisckol] - "November 8 could be the last time Orange County voters can drop into one of the 1,000 or so neighborhood polling places to cast a ballot."

THE 916: Steinberg is already running Sacramento [Ryan Lillis @ SacBee] - "Darrell Steinberg is “mayor-elect” of Sacramento in title only. There are times when Steinberg acts like the mayor of Sacramento. And then there are times when he’s treated like the mayor – even if he doesn’t get sworn in until December."

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Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
South Bay Afl-cio Labor Council Committee On Political Education (cope) Sponsored By: South Bay Afl-cio Labor Council Ash Kalra (Support) $2,092 10/08/2016 10/09/2016
South Bay Afl-cio Labor Council Committee On Political Education (cope) Sponsored By: South Bay Afl-cio Labor Council Ash Kalra (Support) $139 10/01/2016 10/09/2016
South Bay Afl-cio Labor Council Committee On Political Education (cope) Sponsored By: South Bay Afl-cio Labor Council Ash Kalra (Support) $10 10/07/2016 10/09/2016
Proposition 55: How Taxing The Wealthy Could Support Public Education
Today's high

Two County Redistricting Reform Bills Move In Opposite Directions | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Proposition 57: California Weighs Earlier Release For Some Prisoners – The Mercury News
California Ballot Measures, Elections

Voters Start Tackling Mega-ballot Monday - The San Diego Union-tribune
San Diego Union Tribune @
By any measure, this election will be supersized.

Steinberg Is Already Running Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
News, insight and discussion on Sacramento and its neighborhoods

If Proposition 55 Passes, The State Budget Will Rely Even More On California's Highest Earners
If the voters pass income tax increase extensions under Prop. 55, just 1.5% of state residents will fund an outsized portion of California's budget

Kamala Harris, In Bid To Reach Millennials, Debuts Bitmoji-inspired Ad | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Few Are Paying Attention To California's Senate Contest — Because It May Be Putting Them To Sleep
Skelton on this week's Senate debate

As Raiders Look To Las Vegas, Coliseum Debt Hangs Over East Bay - San Francisco Chronicle
As Nevada lawmakers gather to vote on spending $750 million in hotel tax money on a Raiders stadium in Las Vegas, officials in the East Bay are trying to craft a competing deal to keep the team from leaving — but are wrestling with a different number.

El Cajon Police Log 12 Shootings In 10 Years, One Complaint Last Year - The San Diego Union-tribune
San Diego Union Tribune @
Protesters took to the streets of El Cajon demanding justice for Alfred Olango, a mentally distressed black man shot and killed by El Cajon police. The protesters marched from the El Cajon Police Department to the site of the shooting, then headed toward Broadway and the highway 8 underpass where they were blocked by Sheriff's Deputies in riot gear. There were no arrests and the crowd dispersed peacefully.

Team Clinton Says Trump Failed To Rattle Her; Trump Campaign Says Debate Changed Momentum In The Race
Update on 'Second presidential debate updates: Hillary Clinton won again, our analysts say'

California must wait for federal decision on private prisons
California lawmakers will have to wait until next year to curb the use of private prisons to hold thousands of immigrants awaiting federal deportation hearings. About 3,700 immigrants under federal detention orders are being held in corporate-owned prisons under contracts with four California cities: [...] he noted that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had also expressed concern and was scheduled to issue recommendations in November on whether the government should continue housing immigration detainees in private prisons. Brown’s administration says it hopes to end the practice by reducing the overall prison population. SB1289, by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens (Los Angels County), applied only to the use of private prisons for immigration detainees, most of whom are held because of criminal convictions while awaiting deportation proceedings.

Donald Trump Is Starting To Look Like An Independent Candidate - Wsj
Gerald F. Seib @
We now essentially have such an independent candidate. His name is Donald Trump.

Oakland: Peralta It Contract May Have Violated Law
State law bars consultants from receiving public contracts that they help shape, and it requires competitive bidding for contracts exceeding $86,000, unless there is an emergency declaration. The head of a public watchdog group said in an interview that the district should be investigated over the matter.

The Key Takeaways From The Second Presidential Debate
When Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton met for their second debate, it wasn't all about the audio. Here's some other key points that emerged from the clamor.

Mayor Hires Staff Member To Focus On Homeless - The San Diego Union-tribune
San Diego Union Tribune @
Mayor Kevin Faulconer has hired a longtime public relations professional and former Clinton White House staff member to help address San Diego’s homeless problem.

Trump says 'of course' he claims losses to avoid paying taxes

In response to a question about if he claimed a $916 million loss to avoid paying income taxes, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said, "Of course I do. And so do all of her donors, or most of her donors," about rival Hillary Clinton.

Clinton Campaign Signals New Push For Senate Control - Politico
Mark Burnett has reminded former producers on 'The Apprentice' they could be fined $5 million for leaking footage. Now David Brock says he'll bail out...

Hillary Solid – But Donald Doesn’t Go Postal « Calbuzz
Trump, stuck in a political tar pit produced by his pornographic boasts of being a world class “pussy” grabber, captured on a leaked videotape, dismissed his bombshell comments as mere “locker room talk” and then immediately pivoted to a wild attack on Bill Clinton’s outrageous but long-ago sexual misconduct; in a smart tactical move, Clinton did not pile on Trump about the tape, choosing to let him continue his singular spectacle of flailing over it, and swatted away Trump’s Bubba bashing by saying she would “go high” while he went low.

‘he Has A Gun. He’s Ready To Shoot All The Police.’ Fateful Screams Before 2 Officers Killed In Palm Springs
Her neighbor from across the street screamed in desperation.

Cannabis Conversation: Is Weed Safe For Pregnant Moms? Does It Cause Lung Cancer? - The Orange County Register
To read the first two parts in this series, which cover topics such as whether marijuana is addictive and how it impacts mental illness, click here and here.

Fuel Trains In Wine Country Town Ignite Standoff - San Francisco Chronicle
A tiny Wine Country town with little more than a popular barbecue joint and a smattering of homes has become the latest battleground over trains hauling hazardous fuel.