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THE Nooner for November 3, 2016
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ELECTION COVERAGE: I'll be providing updates on Twitter @scottlay hashtag #thenooner, and perhaps an email or two--depending on how late the evening goes. For paid subscribers, I will host a webinar on Wednesday, November 9 at 1:30pm. Access information to follow.
Yeah, you want politics, but we have to start with what is most important in life:
NOM NOM: Good news for lovers of California’s Dungeness crab [Ryan Sabalow @ SacBee] - “This year, the recreational crabbing season will open as scheduled on Saturday. The commercial season is scheduled to open Nov. 15. Fresh crab should appear at local grocers soon after.”
MY FB post:
"For those who weren't following the story last year, fundraisers for many organizations had to break with the crab feed tradition around the holidays. Big among the Japanese-American churches (although not in Sacramento :-( ). Anyway, it was a bad year for nonprofits, and glad things are back to normal. We need to reduce this fertilizer nitrogen-rich runoff pollution that creates these toxic algae blooms in our oceans. #GoOrganic #ShopLocal"
NIGHT OWLS: When will this election actually end? No, really, what time might it be over Tuesday [Brian Murphy @ McClatchy] - “With Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton possessing high unfavorability ratings, many Americans are ready for this election to be over. And it will be on Tuesday. Or, at least, the voting will be done Nov. 8. But what about the vote-counting? Well, it depends.”
THE DEAN SPEAKETH: Why vote for both death penalty propositions? Because anything would be better than the system we have now [George Skelton @ LAT] - “The absolute worst thing would be if neither proposal passed. Then California would remain stuck with a dysfunctional capital punishment system that gobbles tons of tax dollars while coddling the worst murderers.”
PROP 51: School bonds are popular, but polls show the big one on the ballot is struggling [Liam Dillon @ LAT] - “. . . Proposition 51, the $9-billion school bond measure on next week’s ballot, is struggling, according to PPIC polls from the last two months. In both polls, Proposition 51 stood below majority support, and such numbers put the measure at risk of a rare failure, said Mark Baldassare, PPIC’s president and CEO.”
PROP 61: Bernie Sanders will hold Yes on 61 (prescription drugs) rallies on Monday in Los Angeles and at the State Capitol. The capitol rally is on the West Steps (Tower Bridge side) at 1:30pm. The LA-LA Land rally is at 10am in Pershing Square.
PROP 63: California voters support gun control initiative, Proposition 63, poll says [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - “California voters continue to show strong support for Proposition 63, a gun control initiative on next week’s statewide ballot, according to a new statewide USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. The initiative is supported by 58% of likely voters, while 35% are opposed.”
PROP 64: Younger voters overwhelmingly favor marijuana measure, which is likely to pass, poll finds [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - “A new statewide poll shows 58% of likely voters support Proposition 64 and 37% oppose it. The number who said they don’t know how they will vote dropped from 8% last month to 4% in the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll released this week.”
NO PIX: Ballot selfie ban stands in California after judge rejects ACLU lawsuit [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - “Put those cameras away, because “ballot selfies” won’t be legal in California for another two months after all. A federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday rejected a last-minute legal challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union of California to allow social media users to post photos of their votes this election.
THE AG LIST: Here's the current list based on conversations with many insiders:
Here are the newspaper endorsements in competitive races:
Trump supporters plan to watch California polling places [Jeff Horseman @ SacBee] - “When you head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 8, don’t be surprised if someone’s watching. Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have announced plans to observe Election Day voting throughout California – not exactly a battleground state in the race for the White House."
I don’t like this from either party. It’s not a presidential play, but rather down-ballot. I hope CRP chair Jim Brulte (who I greatly respect) comes out against this. California has very clean elections, and parties need to state that. I have full trust in county elections officials and the Secretary of State.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Michael Herrera!
Proposition 51 Bond Measure Pits School Needs Against Worries Over State Debt | Election 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
California voters have a decision to make on the general election ballot: approve $9 billion in bonds for school and community college construction projects and modernization, or reject it to avoid adding to the state debt.
Lt. Gov. Newsom's Gun Control Initiative Qualifies For November California Ballot
An initiative by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to restrict firearms, including background checks for bullet purchasers has qualified for the November ballot.
Fluke In Federal Law Forces Bay Area Official To End Election Bid - San Francisco Chronicle
The federal law that has taken front and center in FBI Director James Comey’s publicizing of the renewed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails is also coming into play here in the Bay Area, in a very unusual way — it just cost one officeholder her re-election bid.
Catholic Parish's Bulletin Says Democratic Voters Are Doomed To Hell, Clinton Is Satanic - The San Diego Union-tribune
Between requests for prayers for the sick and a notice for an upcoming chastity luncheon, a newsletter from a Catholic church in Old Town that doubles as an election-day polling site included a flier that told parishioners they’ll go to hell if they vote for Democrats.
UC Regent Recorded Asking Actress If He Could Hold Her Breasts - San Francisco Chronicle
Months after the University of California Board of Regents revoked tenure from a professor who violated UC’s sexual harassment policy, a UC regent has been recorded asking an actress at his podcast company if he could hold her breasts.
Before Proposition 64, Simple Possession Of Marijuana Was Already Decriminalized
When California changed simple possession of marijuana from a misdemeanor to an infraction five years ago, the number of residents charged with a crime for low-level pot offenses
Democratic Party In O.C. Blames Donald Trump For Fear Politics Seen In Newport Beach - The Orange County Register
LOUIS CASIANO Jr. @ ocregister.com
County Democratic Party officials said Donald Trump’s candidacy has lent legitimacy to the use of fear tactics in this election, like those seen in Newport Beach, where a City Council candidate’s Persian heritage was used to alienate voters.
Why Political Party Matters So Much In A Nonpartisan Race To Replace A County Supervisor
Election preview for the race to fill L.A. Supervisor Mike Antonovich's seat. Race is between his chief of staff, Kathryn Barger, and newcomer Darrell Park.
California Officials Say State Has Clean Elections Process - The Orange County Register
JANIE HAR @ ocregister.com
SAN FRANCISCO – California officials are sending a message: The state has a clean elections process with few confirmed instances of voter fraud.
Federal Judge Retains State Ban On Ballot-box Selfies - San Francisco Chronicle
Justin Timberlake recently found out that it's not necessarily legal to snap a selfie in a voting booth. While the pop star didn't get fined, it's possible any ordinary citizen could, so take a look at this list of states where a voting booth selfie is illegal before you cast your ballot. Alabama Alaska Florida Georgia Illinois Kansas Mississippi Nevada New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina South Carolina South Dakota Wisconsin Colorado
Kaine: Comey Is Not Trying To Influence The Election - Politico
POLITICO hosts cocktails, conversation and a live viewing of the results of the 2016 Presidential Election.
O.C. Forecast: Sunny With More Jobs Ahead, So Long As Contentious Election Doesn't Hamper Rebound - The Orange County Register
MARGOT ROOSEVELT @ ocregister.com
Over the next two years, Orange County’s economy will hum along, with payrolls expanding, incomes lifting and home prices rising, according to Cal State Fullerton’s annual forecast.
UC Regent Apologizes For 'inappropriate' Comments About Women's Breasts
Norm Pattiz, a University of California regent, is being accused of making sexually inappropriate remark to several former employees and has apologized to one of them.
San Jose: Mayor, Council Members Solicited Nearly $1 Million To Support Political Causes – The Mercury News
Mayor Sam Liccardo, Politics, San Jose City Council, San Jose politics
Feds Dropping Effort To Shut Down Berkeley Marijuana Dispensary - Sfgate
The U.S. Justice Department has agreed to drop a three-year legal fight to shut down a prominent Berkeley medical marijuana business, the latest signal that the federal government is backing away from challenging dispensaries allowed to operate under California law.
2016 Flashback: The election's comic relief
They teased JebâÂÂs exclamation point. DonaldâÂÂs hair. HillaryâÂÂs emails. And aside from the occasional groaners (we get it, Bernie's of an advanced age!), their jokes brought levity to a heavy and dark political process. As the 2016 election winds down, POLITICO takes a look back at some of the photos that caught our eye during the campaign season. Today offers a look at late-night hosts and the comic relief they shared. Coming tomorrow: The surrogates and family members who stood up for the candidates.