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THE Nooner for November 17, 2016



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UNPROCESSED BALLOT STATUS (as of 11/16/16 @ 4:00 p.m.):

  • Vote-by-mail: 2,075,076
  • Provisional: 1,268,288
  • Other (damaged, non-machine readable): 115,314
  • Total: 3,458,678

Well, hello there neighbors! I imagine lacing up my shoes as I write and waiting for Mr. McFeely to show up with today's mail. (Interesting fact: "McFeely" was Fred Rogers's middle name.)

Saw "Loving" at a premier last night (thanks KC!). Great film and remarkable to still think that Barack Obama's parents would have been able to marry, had they wanted to, in nearly half the states. California prohibited whites from marrying blacks, Asians, and South Asians through 1947. For most of folks reading, we just know of a completely different world. Heck, as you have witnessed in my attempt to explain the demographics of the new Legislature, it's a whole new world.

I love what America has created, although my long-gone grandparents wouldn't understand. 

On election results, eyes are still on Orange County results in SD29 (Fullerton-Diamond Bar). That district will decide whether Democrats have a two-thirds majority on the red carpet, with Assemblymember Ling Ling Chang facing off against upstart Josh Newman. Votes counted have Chang with an advantage, but both parties are monitoring every ballot. There is a huge number of ballots to be counted in Los Angeles and Orange counties (about 1.7 million), a factor that makes election day to election month.

Young Kim will be handing over the keys to AD65, who she took from Sharon Quirk-Silva in 2014. The only question--is this tango going to happen every two years?

California Democrats reclaim Assembly supermajority [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “If you needed a reminder of the Democratic Party’s dominance of California politics, here it is: For the second time in four years, at least two-thirds of Assembly seats will be blue.”



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 Jessica Del Castillo and Karen Zamarripa!



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California Teachers Union Loses Seats To Education Change Groups | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller and Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Nail Salon, Dentist, More: Rep. Hunter's Reimbursed Campaign Expenses Detailed - The San Diego Union-tribune
Morgan Cook @
Federal election officials on Wednesday released an accounting from GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter itemizing dozens of apparently personal outlays by the congressman’s campaign — expenses he has now reimbursed to the tune of $60,000.

Why California Went Its Own Liberal Way In The Election
David Lauter @
As Hillary Clinton's margin tops 1 million and heads toward 2 million, a post-election poll of California voters shows how different the state electorate is than the national voter pool

Sacramento Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg Vows To Fight Republican President Donald Trump On Immigration | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria @
By Anita Chabria

Immigration Hardliner Says Trump Team Preparing Plans For Wall, Mulling Muslim Registry | Reuters
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON An architect of anti-immigration efforts who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval.

Rep. Ami Bera Expands Lead Over Scott Jones In House Race | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

UC Regents to tighten sex harassment policy
The University of California Regents are expected to close an apparent loophole Thursday that allowed a regent to avoid discipline after he was recorded this spring asking an actress at his podcast company if he could hold her breasts. At their two-day meeting in San Francisco, a regents committee unanimously agreed Wednesday to recommend that the full board update its ethics policy to prohibit regents from violating UC’s sexual harassment rules even if they are off-duty. If the updated policy is approved by the full Board of Regents, it remains unclear if the regents could discipline Regent Norman Pattiz for a violation of UC’s sexual harassment policy, UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein said. [...] the university would become the first in the country to explicitly require ethics rules to cover the private lives of its governing board, UC General Counsel Charles Robinson told the regents. McDonald, who took her chatty “Juicy Scoop” podcast to another company over the summer, said Pattiz frequently commented on her appearance or joked about following her into the bathroom during her weekly visits to the recording studio. Yet students remained dissatisfied suggesting before the committee’s vote that the regents have been hypocritical by cracking down on sexual harassment across the 10-campus UC system while appearing to protect one of their own. “If this was found out about any other university employee, their employment would be terminated because the university doesn't stand for acts like this,” Julia Schemmer, a UC Riverside sophomore studying public policy told the regents on Wednesday morning as she called for Pattiz to resign from the board.

Pollsters: Election Results Show California Unlike Rest Of America -
Ben Adler @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826 Sees Early Rise in Enrollment Amid Worries on Lawâ
More than 300,000 people selected plans in the three days after the election of Donald J. Trump, who has called the Affordable Care Act a “disaster.”

Trump's Muslim Registry Wouldn't Be Illegal, Constitutional Law Experts Say - Politico
So how did President-elect Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull manage to connect?

Marijuana Use Still Prohibited On Stanford Campus
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Accused Of Being An Immigrant 'sanctuary,' San Diego Could Lose Funding Under Trump - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kate Morrissey @
If San Diego County falls under the definition of “sanctuary city,” it could lose up to $724.3 million in federal funding under President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed immigration policies. 

8 students file federal lawsuit against Berkeley school district
Eight Berkeley Unified School District students filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking class-action status Wednesday, alleging the district racially profiled and intimidated them in an attempt to gather information about a teacher who had fallen out of favor with the district. Naming Superintendent Donald Evans and members of the school board, lawyers representing the students said their clients were taken out of class and “interrogated” for information about their English language development teacher, Yvette Felarca. “One of the purposes of the lawsuit is to make sure this never happens again in Berkeley, to defend the rights of immigrant students and families,” said Felarca, a member of activist group By Any Means Necessary, in an interview. The students, many of whom speak English as a second language, were asked by an attorney for the district “about discussions of immigrant rights and slavery in Ms. Felarca’s classroom,” as well as “their own political activities over the previous year,” the lawsuit claims. In an interview with a lawyer for the school district, one student left “confused, conflicted, and very afraid,” according to the lawsuit, after he was asked about political protests he had attended and what Felarca was teaching inside his classroom.

The 2017-18 Budget: California's Fiscal Outlook
In this report, we describe our office’s assessment of the condition of the California economy and budget over the 2016–17 through 2020–21 period.

California judge rejects charges involving major escort website
SACRAMENTO — A California judge tentatively rejected pimping charges Wednesday against the operators of a major international website that advertises escort services and was called the “world’s top online brothel” by the state attorney general, but gave both sides more time to submit briefs before issuing a final ruling next month. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman cited a federal law involving freedom of speech while ruling that the state attorney general’s office cannot continue prosecuting’s CEO, Carl Ferrer, and former owners Michael Lacey and James Larkin. The judge, however, said Harris lacked authority to bring the charges because the federal Communications Decency Act, as a way of promoting free speech, grants immunity to website operators for content posted by users. Ferrer was arrested Oct. 6 at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport, having arrived from Amsterdam after his Dallas headquarters was raided. Harris, a Democrat who was elected to the U.S. Senate last week, alleged that more than 90 percent of Backpage revenue — millions of dollars each month — comes from adult escort ads that use coded language and nearly nude photos to offer sex for money.

Issa Questions Legality Of Some Ballots - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @
As votes continued to be counted in his close race, Rep. Darrell Issa is beginning a legal effort to challenge the Nov. 8 election results in his district.

'i Can't Help You Anymore': What It's Like To Pack Up And Leave After Decades In Congress
Sarah D. Wire @
While the nation's attention was focused on the November election. dozens of members of Congress were quietly packing up their offices to move home for good.

Suspects Target Latinos For Hate In Separate Bay Area Attacks - Sfgate
A pair of alleged hate crimes in the Bay Area over the past week targeted a Latino man and a Latina nanny — adding to a growing list of reports of hostility toward minorities following the presidential election, officials said Tuesday.

At UC Regents Meeting, Unease And Uncertainty Over Donald Trump's Presidency
Teresa Watanabe @
UC members express unease over whether a Trump presidency will unleash backlash against Muslims, undocumented immigrants and other vulnerable students

Vice President Biden Meets Vice President-elect Pence - Politico
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said today that he turned in his letter of resignation to President Barack Obama the night before and will...