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THE Nooner for November 18, 2016



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UNPROCESSED BALLOT STATUS (as of 11/17/16 @ 4:30 p.m.):

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


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 Bob GunnisonBryan Ha, Carlos Marquez, Dennis Meyers, Susan Naranjo and Ace Smith!



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UC student protest over tuition disrupts regents meeting
Filipa A. Ioannou @
University of California students protesting tuition increases disrupted a UC Board of Regents meeting on Thursday and were threatened with arrest after they began chanting and refused to leave the meeting room. Tuition and fees for the 2016 school year averaged $13,500 across the UC system, but combined with expenses like books, room and board, and health insurance, the average cost for off-campus students is $30,300, and a survey conducted last year found that 40% of students lacked consistent access to healthy meals. Things were more congenial inside the meeting, where UC Student Association President Ralph Washington Jr. addressed the regents using metaphors from his chosen field of study, entomology, to make the case that UC must provide a safe environment for students, particularly given the current political climate. [...] tensions between students and regents began to rise when UC Chief Financial Officer Nathan Brostrom said tuition hikes can help low-income students by bringing in dollars that can then be directed to financial aid. Reiss called a recess and police declared the protest an unlawful assembly, offering students five minutes to clear the room. If this election cycle has taught us anything, it’s that the folks that are going to be impacted the most by decisionmaking processes are often not in the room when those decisions are being made, she continued. At Wednesday’s meeting, workers and union organizers ended the open comment period with chants of “Pay us enough to eat!” A study released by Occidental College in October found that 7 in 10 UC employees struggle to put enough food on the table. On Thursday, the board acted on one contentious issue by approving a motion that extends their rules regarding sexual harrassment to regents not only in their capacity as regents, but also in their unrelated business and private lives.

Prop. 64 Wrinkle: Taxes Stop On Medical Marijuana Long Before Recreational Sales Start - The San Diego Union-tribune
Daniel Wheaton @
Many provisions of Proposition 64 legalizing recreational marijuana won’t go into effect until 2018, but one aspect of it takes effect immediately.

Ex UC dean accused of harassment drops suit against the university
The former law school dean at UC Berkeley, who resigned while facing sexual harassment allegations and later had his pay cut and was temporarily barred from campus, has dropped his racial discrimination suit against the university. Sujit Choudhry filed the suit in September seeking to prevent the university’s Academic Senate from holding hearings that could result in divesting him of his tenure and job security as a law professor. Choudhry, who is of Indian descent, contended he was being treated more harshly than two white colleagues also accused of sexual harassment — Graham Fleming, a former executive vice chancellor at Berkeley, who remains a tenured professor, and renowned astronomer Geoffrey Marcy, who resigned as a professor last fall. Seeborg said Choudhry could raise his constitutional challenges at the university’s hearings, where he will have legal representation and the right to present evidence, and could appeal an adverse ruling in the state courts. Seeborg rejected the former dean’s claims of bias by UC President Janet Napolitano and by the Academic Senate, which recently praised the former assistant who accused Choudhry of harassing her.

Strategists Explain What Happened During The 2016 Election At Times Symposium
Javier Panzar @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Democrats boast they've picked up another seat in Legislature, statewide uncounted ballots dips below 3....

A Budget Forecast Using A Cloudy Crystal Ball :: Fox&hounds
One huge potential budget change could deal with health care if federal money supporting the Affordable Care Act is reduced in a major way. If California legislators decide to maintain those health care services for the people now using them how will they be paid for?

California Democrats' Senate Supermajority Hangs On This Orange County District | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Election observers watch an employee input provisional ballots at the Orange County Registrar of Voters. Jill Replogle/KPCC

California Sen. Kamala Harris Plots Resistance To Trump | The Sacramento Bee
Sean Cockerham @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Barack Obama Articles, Photos, And Videos - San Diego Union Tribune
At the beginning of the campaign season, I was encouraged by the large number of well-qualified Republican candidates to be president. But as the campaign moved along, the large field made it difficult for any of them to stand out and the campaign quickly turned ugly.

California Political Watchdog Levies Fines Against Three Sacramento County Officials | The Sacramento Bee
Brad Branan @
By Brad Branan

California Politicians Condemn Trump Supporter's Remarks About Internment And A 'muslim Registry'
Phil Willon @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Democrats boast they've picked up another seat in Legislature, statewide uncounted ballots dips below 3....

CSU Chancellor Says Campuses Will Remain Safe For Illegal Immigrants – But Not Sanctuaries
Today's high

Rep. Tim Ryan Of Ohio Challenging Nancy Pelosi For House Minority Leader
Sarah D. Wire @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Democrats boast they've picked up another seat in Legislature, statewide uncounted ballots dips below 3....

Newsom Says State Higher Ed Institutions Should Be 'sanctuary Campuses'
During World War II, on this day in 1943, Secretary of State Cordell Hull became the first Cabinet officer ever to address a joint meeting of Congress.

After Trump's Election, Santa Ana Hopes To Quit Ice Jail Contract - The Orange County Register
SANTA ANA – In light of a president-elect who has said he will deport undocumented immigrants, several Santa Ana City Council members on Tuesday called for the city to fast-track a decision to end its contentious contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at Santa Ana Jail.

Pelosi, Mccarthy Personify Divide Of Cities And Nation | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Kanye West: If I Voted, I Would Have Voted For Trump - Politico
Kanye West announced that he did not vote in last week's presidential election, but if he had, he would have voted for Donald Trump.

Los Angeles Rams Break Ground On $2.6-billion Inglewood Stadium, 'new Era' Of Nfl
Nathan Fenno, Sam Farmer @
Rams break ground on their $2.6-billion stadium in Inglewood.

Mortgage Rates Up In Socal Following Trump Victory - The San Diego Union-tribune
Phillip Molnar @
Mortgage rates have surged nearly half of a percentage point since Donald Trump’s election, increasing borrowing costs in an already expensive Southern California housing market.

Juliet Williams Named News Editor In San Francisco | The Sacramento Bee
Juliet Williams, who as Sacramento correspondent oversaw 2016 California election coverage for The Associated Press, has been named news editor in San Francisco.

Children Of Color Face Educational Disparities In California, Report Shows - California Health Report
Hannah Guzik @
By Hannah Guzik

L.A. Leaders Just Vowed To Fight Deportations Under Trump. Here's What They've Proposed
David Zahniser @
Los Angeles city leaders are considering a series of moves designed to protect immigrants in this city illegally in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, including the hiring of an immigration advocate and policies to prevent L.A. residents from being deported.