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UNPROCESSED BALLOT STATUS (as of 11/18/16 @ 4:39 p.m.):

  • Vote-by-mail: 1,481,327
  • Provisional: 1,238,495
  • Other (damaged, non-machine readable): 101,412
  • Total: 2,821,234

Happy Saturday!

SD29 (Fullerton-Diamond Bar): Supermajority hanging in the balance, state Senate race margin narrows to just 187 votes [Christine Mai-Duc @ LAT]:

The Senate race between Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) and Democrat Josh Newman has narrowed significantly, making the Democrats' chances of securing a supermajority in both houses of the Legislature suddenly much more likely.

As of Friday afternoon, as outstanding votes continued to be counted, Chang's lead over Newman had been cut to just 187 votes in the 29th Senate District, which includes parts of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

The supermajorities are of little practical benefit now. The state budget requires only a simple majority--a big change from when MoJo walked around with his wish list in exchange for a budget vote. Further, the passage of Proposition 54, which requires bills to be online for 72 hours before a vote makes a supermajority less valuable. For home gamers, the end of session has a plethora of rules waivers, which require a supermajority. With Proposition 54, the 72-hour rule is written in statute, meaning that the Legislature has no control over the rules. 

Meanwhile, Michelle Rhee, wife of Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, gets a face-to-face with Donald Trump today about a possible role in the administration, most likely as Secretary of Education. Rhee, a former superintendent of DC schools, is probably the most publicly despised by teachers unions. 

SURFER SECRETARY? Rep. Rohrabacher rumor: serious or politics? [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - “Instead, some observers say the rumor may have been planted in an effort to raise Rohrabacher’s profile for when the Trump transition team works its way down to positions like ambassadorships in the Afghanistan-Kazakhstan region, where Rohrabacher has expertise.”

HALF EMPTY/HALF FULL: California Supreme Court gives State Bar dues revenue, but less than it wanted [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “Reacting to a legislative stalemate over the State Bar’s future, the California Supreme Court late Thursday authorized the legal profession’s regulatory agency to collect $297 in dues from each state-licensed attorney next year – enough to cover its basic functions but less than it wanted.”

I SMOKE TWO JOINTS IN THE MORNING...SMOKE TWO JOINTS AT NIGHT: Medical marijuana patients could save money in Prop 64 tax dispute, but state could lose [Brooke Edwards Staggs @ OCR] - “The Board of Equalization sent notice Thursday that anyone who has both a doctor’s recommendation for marijuana and a county-issued ID card identifying them as a patient no longer has to pay state sales tax thanks to Proposition 64.”

FROM OC TO DC: Friend says Mike Pompeo, Trump's CIA nominee from O.C., was 'born smart' [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - “John Reed hardly holds the same conservative viewpoints as Mike Pompeo, the Kansas congressman tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to lead the CIA. But Reed shares an ongoing friendship that dates back to an Orange County Little League team.”

FLAT: California unemployment is stalled at 5.5 percent; here’s why [Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - “California employers added 31,200 more jobs to the state’s economy in October, although the unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent, state officials said Friday.”

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



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Taxes Get Higher On Newly Legalized Pot As California Cities And Counties Move To Take Their Own Cut
Patrick McGreevy @
The marijuana industry is concerned that voters in 37 counties and cities, including Long Beach, San Diego and San Bernardino, approved ballot measures imposing separate, local taxes on cannabis.

Trump Meeting With Michelle Rhee For Education Secretary | The Sacramento Bee
Sean Cockerham @
By Sean Cockerham

Jeffrey Miller: The San Diego Judge Who Nailed Down The Trump University Deal - The San Diego Union-tribune
Greg Moran @
The $25 million Trump University lawsuit settlement announced Friday came 10 days before a trial was to start and slightly more than a week after U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller stepped into the case as a mediator.

Trump's Election Creates Anxiety Around The World, Uci Experts Say - The Orange County Register
IRVINE – Donald Trump’s election and its potential impact on international relations have been met across the globe with considerable anxiety and an unsettling sense of unpredictability, said UC Irvine professors who gathered this week to discuss what the rest of the world thinks of the next president.

Donald Trump Agrees To $25-million Settlement In Lawsuits Against Trump University
Greg Moran @
In an abrupt reversal, President-elect Donald Trump has agreed to a $25-million settlement to resolve three lawsuits in California and New York over Trump University.

Ca Governor, Chief Justice Speak About Jury Trials In Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Teachers Told Their Students Everything Would Be OK After The Election. Now, They're Not So Sure
Anna M. Phillips @
The election of Donald Trump has cast a pall over L.A. Unified schools. Teachers who told their students everything would be okay now don't know what to say, or how to motivate immigrant children.

California Supreme Court Gives State Bar Dues Revenue | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Kanye West Booed In San Jose By Shoe-throwing Fans
West, who says he didn't vote in the election, calls approach to Trump's campaign "genius."

Dianne Feinstein Blasts Mike Pompeo For Cia Nominee's Comments On Her 2014 Senate Interrogation Report | The Sacramento Bee
Curtis Tate @
By Curtis Tate

Affordable Housing Additions Don't Keep Up With Subtractions - The San Diego Union-tribune
James DeHaven @
Despite billions of taxpayer dollars spent to provide affordable housing, San Diego is apparently losing ground — opening up fewer low-income units than the ones that are shutting down, according to a review of city records.

Steve Bannon Trump Tower Interview: Trump's Strategist Plots "new Political Movement" | Hollywood Reporter
In late summer when I went up to see Steve Bannon, then recently named CEO of the Donald Trump presidential campaign, in his office at Trump Tower in New York, he outlined a preposterous-sounding scenario. Trump, he said, would do surprisingly well among women, Hispanics and African-Americans, in addition to working men, and hence take Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan — and therefore the election. On Nov. 15, when I went back to Trump Tower, Bannon, promoted by the president-elect to chief strategist for the incoming administration, and by the media as the official symbol of all things hateful and virulent about the coming Trump presidency, said, as matter-of-factly as when he first sketched it out for me, "I told you so."

California Heaps On 31,200 Jobs In October, But Unemployment Rate Doesn't Budge
Natalie Kitroeff @
California's hospitality industry is roaring, but manufacturing is slipping.

Reps. Maxine Waters, Ted Lieu Press For Federal Probe Into Torrance Refinery Fire
Today's high

Breitbart may need to reveal business structure to secure Capitol Hill press credentials
On Friday Breitbart News appeared before the Standing Committee of the Senate Press Gallery in order to secure permanent Capitol Hill credentials. But while the act may seem mundane, the process may help shed light on the inner workings of the right-wing news site, whose chairman, Stephen Bannon, is now chief strategist to President-elect Donald Trump.

Supermajority Hanging In The Balance, State Senate Race Margin Narrows To Just 187 Votes
Update on 'Essential Politics: Ellison to speak to California Democrats, political strategists discuss the 2016 election'

Warren Demands That Trump Rescind Sessions Pick - Politico
Join the POLITICO Pro Health Care team for a dynamic and newsworthy conversation on the relationship between our health care system and high-need, high-cost...

Rising Reality: Bay Area's Answer To Sea Level Rise A Battle On Many Fronts
John King @
One is a 7-foot-high line of boulders, an engineered barrier between the tidal flows that surge in through the Golden Gate twice daily and the runways used by 10,000 commercial flights every month. The other is quiet desolation, a white void dotted with stagnant pools of water.

Trump's Victory Sparks Unprecedented Downloads Of Encrypted Chat App Signal
Paresh Dave @
Will Signal's increase in users translate into a long-term engagement?

Job Growth Continues In California | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
By Dale Kasler

Saturday Mornings With The President Elect -- Pence Booed At Hamilton -- The Playbook Interview: Andy Puzder -- Steve Bannon Speaks -- Weekend Reads -- B’day: Matt Lloyd - Politico
The Senate Democratic leader says another year or two is needed to assess whether the pact is working.

Obama Blocks New Oil Drilling Off California, West Coast Through 2022
offshore oil drilling, California, Obama, environment

Investment Firm Ousts Mentally Ill And Latino Families To Flip Koreatown Buildings, Lawsuit Alleges
Doug Smith @
After a lifetime of riding the trains in the summer and wintering at the missions on L.A.’s skid row, Arthur Rivera ended up in a Santa Monica gutter.