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THE Nooner for November 22, 2016



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UNPROCESSED BALLOT STATUS (as of 11/21/16 @ 5:00 p.m.):

  • Vote-by-mail: 900,461
  • Provisional: 1,110,639
  • Other (damaged, non-machine readable): 67,694
  • Total: 2,078,794

MONEY MATTERS: With investments soft, CalPERS eyes higher contribution rates. What does that mean for workers? [Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - “With consultants predicting long-term declines in investment earnings, the big California pension fund is considering substantially higher contribution rates for the state and the thousands of municipalities and school districts that rely on CalPERS to serve their retirees. Workers could get hit with higher contributions, too, although that would depend on contract negotiations.”

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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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California Legislative Session For Transportation Tax Fades | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

California Legislature Sees A Rise In Diversity But A Drop In The Number Of Women
Jazmine Ulloa @
Update on 'Essential Politics: 'Calexit' movement launches, all eyes on state Senate vote count'

Audio: Is California Headed For A Showdown With President Trump Over Immigration? | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
FILE: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on August 31, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. Ralph Freso/Getty Images

California Democratic Party Leaders May Be Asked To Fess Up When Paid To Back Ballot Measures
Phil Willon @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Ellison to speak to California Democrats, political strategists discuss the 2016 election'

Trump Election Raises Stakes For Brown's 'last Shot' In California
Kris Kobach's photo-op with President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday revealed a glimpse of the Kansas secretary of state's one-year-plan to head DHS.

Lt. Gov. Newsom Seeks To Combat Rise In School Racism, Bullying
To combat an alarming surge in racism, hate and bullying in the schools post-election, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom called on local and county superintendents to act immediately to establish a zero-tolerance policy for hate in the schools and create a clearinghouse to report such incidents statewide.

Dreamers Fear Deportation If Trump Carries Out His Campaign Rhetoric | The Sacramento Bee
Not so long ago, Susana Terrones labored in the underground economy for a boss she said treated her poorly and paid her $7 an hour.

Why California Takes So Darn Long To Count Its Votes -
Ben Adler @
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Academy of Art University will showcase vintage cars
Barbara Diamond @
The International Auto Show will feature the 2017 model vehicles from the world’s major manufacturers, but one of the most popular special attractions over the last few years has been the Academy of Art University Auto Museum Classic Car exhibit, selected by Tom Matano, director of the University’s School of Industrial Design. “We are proud to be able to exhibit vehicles from the Academy of Art University Auto Museum that represent the elegance, style, craftsmanship, technology and innovative spirit of automotive designers of the past as well as the present,” Show Director Kevin Diamond said. Museum-quality cars expected to be displayed include: 1927 Packard 8 343 Convertible Sedan; 1929 Packard 8 640 Convertible Coupe; 1930 Duesenberg Convertible Sedan; 1930 Packard 8 Derham Convertible Coupe; 1931 Packard 8 Waterhouse Victoria; 1932 Packard 8 Coupe; 1933 Packard 12 Dietrich Coupe; 1933 Packard 12 Dietrich Sport Phaeton; 1934 Packard S-8 Victoria Convertible; 1934 Packard 12 Dual Windshield Phaeton; 1934 Packard 12 LeBaron Sport Phaeton; 1934 Packard 12 Coupe Roadster; 1936 Packard S-8 Sport Phaeton; 1937 Bugatti;1939 Packard Darrin Convertible; 1937 Lagonda Sport Tourer; 1938 Talbot-Lago T120 Roadster; 1939 Packard 12 Brunn Touring Cabriolet Sedan; 1940 Packard 160 Convertible Sedan; 1941 Packard 180 Lebaron Sport Brogham; 1950 Jaguar XK 120; 1953 Allard JX2; 1953 Packard Caribbean; 1955 MG TF & trailer; 1959 Cadillac Elvis; 1960 Jaguar XK 150; 1961 Daimler SP250; 1964 Jaguar E-Type; 1965 Aston-Martin DB-5; 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB; 1966 Porsche 911 and 1986 Ferrari Testarossa. Established in 1929, the University offers accredited AA, BA, BFA, MA, M. Arch, B. Arch and MFA programs in 26 different majors besides industrial design, as well as continuing art education, with classes in automotive restoration, acting, advertising, animation and visual effects, architecture, art education, art history (BFA), fashion, fine art, game design, graphic design, illustration, interior architecture and design, jewelry and metal arts, landscape architecture, motion pictures and television, multi-media communications, music scoring and composition, sound design, music production, photography, visual development and web design and new media. Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC Senior College and University Commission, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Council for Interior Design Accreditation, the National Architectural Accrediting Board and the California Teaching Credential.

Will San Onofre's Waste Wind Up At Yucca Mountain? - The San Diego Union-tribune
Rob Nikolewski @
The $15 billion Yucca Mountain project was designed to store nuclear waste from sites across the country but the Obama administration cut off funding in 2010. Now there is talk on Capitol Hill to bring the site back online.

Orange County Republican Official Condemned For Anti-muslim Comments - The Orange County Register
Mary Young, an Orange County GOP official and volunteer to Donald Trump’s campaign, broadly attacked Muslims in a Facebook post Monday, among other things writing in all capital letters, “I DO NOT WANT ANY TYPE OF MUSLIMS IN OUR COUNTRY, PERIOD!”

Secessionists Formally Launch Quest For California's Independence
Liam Dillon @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Calexit movement launches, all eyes on state senate vote count'

Very Tight Race For California's 29th Senate District | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
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Infamous Black Muslim Leader Yusuf Bey Iv Tries To Order Hits From Prison, Authorities Say – The Mercury News

Undocumented Sacramento State Students Strategize About How To Avoid Being Deported | The Sacramento Bee
Stephen Magagnini @
By Stephen Magagnini

Passing A Marijuana Drug Test: What You Need To Know - The Cannifornian

Gingrich Says Giuliani Would Make A Better Secretary Of State Than Romney - Politico
Republican Pat McCrory is trailing in a tight race, but his campaign is challenging votes.

Trump Drives Teens To Demonstrate Though They Can't Vote
ABC News @

Anti-immigration Advocates Thrilled With Trump's Win - The Orange County Register
For the last two weeks, as Americans processed Donald Trump’s upset victory in the presidential race, the banner leading the Minuteman Project’s website has been unequivocally triumphant:

Meetings Follow San Ramon Valley Racial Graffiti Incidents
The district has been dealing with four such incidents over the past week, after a number of widely publicized incidents labeled as hate crimes were reported nationally during a divisive presidential campaign. Four such graffiti-related reports have come from California High School in San Ramon, including three this week, the most recent being Friday, said San Ramon Valley Unified School District spokeswoman Elizabeth Graswich. A student claimed responsibility for the first incident, reported Oct. 17, Graswich said; no suspects in the other four incidents have been identified.

Stanford University's Plan For Growth
Stanford, growth, General Use Permit, Santa Clara County

After Rain, Life Gets Tougher For The Homeless Living In And Along The Santa Ana River - The Orange County Register
The overnight storm dropped roughly 11/2 inches of rain into some parts of the county, according to the Orange County Public Works' watershed monitoring system.

North Carolina governor alleges voter fraud in bid to hang on
Republican Pat McCrory is trailing in a tight race, but his campaign is challenging votes.

Garcetti Pushes Back Against Possible Cuts In Federal Funds Over Immigration Stance
Dakota Smith @
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday President-elect Donald Trump would be making a 'mistake' if his administration cuts federal funding to L.A. over the city's immigration stance.