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Good midday Noonerific people! I know...KISS-keep it short stupid!

Okay, of course, my stream of consciousness yesterday had a few errors. I feel particularly stupid because I knew about all them. The curse of writing daily!

U.S. Senate: Alex Padilla is widely known to be interested in a run, should Dianne Feinstein retire.

With John Chiang running for Governor and the race for Treasurer opening up, Board of Equalization member Fiona Ma is running for Treasurer. Assemblymember Mike Gatto is also running. While Gatto has a financial lead ($2.1m), Ma has nearly $1m on hand and a large number of endorsements.

UNPROCESSED BALLOT STATUS (as of 11/15/16 @ 4:58 p.m.):

  • Vote-by-mail: 2,785,706
  • Provisional: 1,180,062
  • Other (damaged, non-machine readable): 150,876
  • Total: 4,116,164

After major updates yesterday, it's fair to say with a certain degree of confidence that Ling Ling Chang was elected to SD29, denying Democrats a supermajority in the State Senate. Additionally, incumbent Darrell Issa appears to have survived a very strong effort by Doug Applegate in CA49. Los Angeles still has close to a million ballots to verify and count. Hang in there Dean and team! L.A.'s next report will be on Friday. Nevertheless, there are lots of ballots to be counted.

Election officials across California still face as many as 4 million uncounted ballots [John Myers @ LAT] - “A report from the secretary of state's office on Tuesday put the total number of unprocessed ballots at 4.1 million, down from the previous high of more than 4.5 million reported on Monday.” 

THE AG LIST: Here's the current list based on conversations with many insiders:

  • Joe Cotchett, attorney
  • Rocky Delgadillo, former LA City Attorney
  • Katherine Feinstein, retired judge and daughter of Dianne Feinstein
  • Mike Feuer, LA City Attorney
  • Dario Frommer, former assemblymember and my fellow UCD law grad, who I later followed in his footsteps as president of the LSA
  • Leticia Perez, Kern County Supervisor and member, California Board of State and Community Corrections
  • Clark Kelso, professor of law at McGeorge and a Republican nominee appointed to insurance commish in 2000 when the vacancy arose after Chuck Quackenbush was compelled to resign and moved to serve as the state's chief information officer under both Davis and Schwarenegger. Easy confirmation. 
  • Nancy McFadden, executive secretary to Jerry Brown, and a key part of his inner circle
  • Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County DA
  • Ann Ravel, FEC commissioner 
  • Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County DA
  • Jackie Speier, Member of Congress
  • Phillip A. Talbert, US attorney for the Eastern District of California

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Carol ChamberlainElaine Reodica, and Darrow Sprague!



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L.A.'s Education Board Sends A Message To Trump: Schools Will Stay 'safe Zones' For Students Here Illegally
Members of the Los Angeles Board of Education voted Tuesday to reaffirm L.A. Unified School District's policy of not sharing immigration data or allowing immigrant agents onto campuses.

Tuition expected to rise at UC, CSU next year
What’s more difficult is effectively fighting in the Legislature to restore appropriate per-student funding levels, Jennifer Eagan, president of the California Faculty Association, told the trustees Tuesday as about a dozen students protested outside the auditorium chanting: We’re students! At CSU, where annual tuition is $5,472, undergraduates will probably be asked to pay up to an additional $270 a year, or 5 percent more, according to a proposal that university officials have shared with student leaders. With mandatory campus fees that average about $1,100, the annual undergraduate cost to attend CSU — not counting books and living expenses — could rise to $6,842. “Any tuition increase, regardless of the amount, can be devastating to a student’s ability to finish their degree,” said David Lopez, a Cal State East Bay graduate student and president of the California State Student Association that represents nearly half a million CSU students, most of them undergraduates. Basic tuition has remained flat at both universities for five years largely because Brown, who opposes forcing students to pay for what he has suggested are excessively high expenditures within the public universities, has fed the campuses slightly higher allocations on condition that they don’t raise the price through the 2016-17 academic year. In a tuition trade-off deal between the state and UC last year, the autonomous public university will receive 4 percent funding increases through 2019 and can raise annual tuition roughly by the rate of inflation, which is now just under 3 percent. [...] as Brown’s required tuition freeze ends this year, the state budget also requires more specific financial planning from the university. UC budget officials will tell the regents on Wednesday that they expect to have a $70 million gap if the state doesn’t allocate more money, and would help plug it with a tuition increase. The prospect of a tuition increase “is pretty terrifying, honestly,” said Rizza Estacio, a UC Berkeley sophomore majoring in public health who pays out-of-state tuition and mandatory campus fees that top $40,000 a year.

Democrat Topples Incumbent GOP Legislator In Close Assembly Race
Update on 'Essential Politics: Sen. Barbara Boxer moves to get rid of the Electoral College, assemblywoman tweets fake story on anti-Tr...

California Union SEIU Local 1000 Votes To Strike | The Sacramento Bee
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State Girds For Battle With Trump Over Health Care - The Orange County Register
SACRAMENTO – After years of pushing new frontiers for liberal public policy, California’s Democratically controlled government is looking at a more defensive future under President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican Congress in Washington.

Trump Immigration Plan: How California Could Resist Deportations | The Sacramento Bee
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Exclusive: Billionaire Green Activist Steyer Vows To Battle Trump, Says Money Not An Issue | Reuters
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BOSTON Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, who has spent more than $140 million on fighting climate change, said on Tuesday he will spend whatever it takes to fight President-elect Donald Trump's pro-drilling and anti-regulation agenda.

California Sen. Barbara Boxer Files Long Shot Bill To Scrap The Electoral College System
Update on 'Essential Politics: Assemblywoman tweets fake story on anti-Trump violence, millions of ballots left to count'

California Supermajority: Assembly Reclaims As Cervantes Tops Linder | The Sacramento Bee
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Proposed SF law would limit pot gardens in industrial buildings
Cannabis growers would be prohibited from setting up gardens in industrial buildings unless they go through an extensive and costly permitting process, under legislation that Mayor Ed Lee introduced Tuesday. Lee proposed the measure one week after state voters passed a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in California. The preamble to the bill states that “an over-concentration of commercial cannabis cultivation businesses may have a negative impact on the character of neighborhoods within PDR zoning districts, and on commerce and industry of the city.” San Francisco got into the oil business thanks to a 1941 gift from businessman Alfred Fuhrman, who bequeathed 1,520 acres in Kern, Fresno and Monterey counties. Because the land wasn’t good for grazing or farming, and too isolated for housing, the city opted to lease it to oil drillers. John Updike, San Francisco’s director of real estate, estimates the city could make as much as $400,000 a year if it rents out other land it owns in the Central Valley for a solar farm.

Gavin’s Status, Plus A Final Word On Prez Polls « Calbuzz
As former mayor of San Francisco, current lite governor and high-profile ballot prop sponsor, Prince Gavin carries name recognition that now places him ahead of the two Republicans and six other Democrats tested in the survey, with 23% of the vote.

Colin Kaepernick Never Registered To Vote, Even Before Protest | The Sacramento Bee
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Wiener claims victory in state Senate race
Wiener claims victory in state Senate race San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener declared victory in a tightly contested state Senate race on Tuesday — but his opponent, Supervisor Jane Kim, isn’t conceding yet. “Hundreds of thousands of votes have been counted, and I’m deeply honored to be elected to represent our community in the state Senate,” Wiener said in a statement. Kim finished first in June’s primary by 0.2 percentage points, or 669 votes, after trailing in the vote after election day, and she’s not yet conceding defeat to Wiener. The state Senate race was the main event in the election struggle between the city’s more moderate faction, as represented by Wiener, and progressives, who backed Kim. In his victory statement, Wiener returned to a central issue in the campaign — what to do about rising housing costs that threaten to skew the district’s population toward the wealthy.

Quick Tips: Finding A Job In The Cannabis Industry - The Orange County Register
With Proposition 64’s passage and an expected explosion in the cannabis industry in California, you may be considering a career change to work at a dispensary, with a marijuana grower or in one of the many industries that will be serving cannabis-related businesses.

Westlands Water District Irrigation Drainage Bill Set For House Approval | The Sacramento Bee
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By Michael Doyle

Barbara Boxer Wants To Abolish The Electoral College - Press Enterprise

L.A. County Saw A 95% Drop In Porn Film Permits. With The Condom Law Defeated, The Industry Looks To Make Its Return
Southern California’s signature and controversial adult entertainment industry may stage a comeback after the defeat of a measure that would have mandated condoms on adult film sets statewide.

California Pot: Marijuana Manufacturing Licenses One Step Closer To Approval In Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
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By Anita Chabria

San Francisco tax board: AT&T Park worth far more than Giants claim
San Francisco’s independent tax arbiter says AT&T Park is worth well over $100 million more than the Giants claim it is, the latest ruling in a long-running fight over how much in taxes the baseball team should pay on its waterfront stadium. The San Francisco Assessment Appeals Board — a quasi-judicial panel that resolves tax disputes — said the ballpark was worth $340 million in 2011, $355 million in 2012 and 2013 and $365 million in 2014, the year of the team’s third World Series victory in five seasons. “We are not surprised that the Assessment Appeals Board rejected the assessor’s attempt to nearly double our property taxes and order that a substantial tax refund be issued,” said Bair. The city argues that the ballpark’s value must be evaluated in the context of the construction boom and the rapid escalation of city land values. Though the ballpark is a unique real estate asset, Chu said the land AT&T sits on has dramatically increased in value as developers have built out Mission Bay. In addition to property taxes, the Giants pay the city more than $10 million a year in payroll, parking and other taxes and lease payments.

Clinton’s Lead In The Popular Vote Passes 1 Million - Politico
The Massachusetts senator slams President-elect Donald Trump's first decisions as president in a series of attacks.

Oakland Superintendent's Salary Package Highest In Bay Area
The next largest pay packages for public K-12 educators went to Valley Joint Unified Superintendent Kelly Bowers, who was paid $383,105 last year; San Francisco Unified Superintendent Richard Carranza, who made $378,536; Oak Grove School District Superintendent Jose Manzo, who received $370,721; and San Leandro Unified Superintendent Michael McLaughlin, who earned $365,160.

Sf Police Union Under Fire Over New Use-of-force Policy - San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco police union came under fire at a special joint Police Commission meeting with the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, with supervisors, commissioners and members of the public criticizing the union’s refusal to budge on a new use-of-force policy that was developed following the fatal shooting of Mario Woods by five city police officers.

Bay Area Resident Files Lawsuit Against Company Behind Epipen
Mylan, the pharmaceutical company at the heart of the EpiPen controversy, is facing yet another class action lawsuit over allegations of price gouging for its life-saving device — this one filed by a Bay Area resident.