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UNPROCESSED BALLOT STATUS (as of 11/22/16 @ 5:06 p.m.):

  • Vote-by-mail: 681,632
  • Provisional: 1,046,616
  • Other (damaged, non-machine readable): 69,085
  • Total: 1,797,333

Happy Turkey Day eve!

California Democrats creep closer to super-majority [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “In an exceedingly close race for a southern California seat, Democrat Josh Newman for the first time overtook Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang, R-Diamond Bar, on Monday night, carving out an 829-vote lead. Updates released Tuesday evening pushed that margin to 1,396 votes. Newman slightly increased his leads in Los Angeles and Orange counties; Chang has the edge in San Bernardino County, which did not release an update Tuesday.”

If the results hold, I'll miss Ling Ling. She has been accesible and reasonable member of the Rep Caucus. This is my home district, where my dad still lives in Placentia. I never thought I'd be writing about Democrats taking over the Assembly and Senate seats in this area, but demographics change. Sorry, Dad.

Speaking of the Dems, California Young Democrats also endorsed Alex Rooker for her reelection as party vice-chair and Jenny Bach for secretary. Meanwhile, Democrats nationally are playing hardball in the election for the next DNC chair, while Nancy Pelosi faces an internal challenge for Democratic Leader by Tim Ryan. (I was given clear guidance when I introduced Pelosi a few years ago to not refer to her as "Minority Leader."

Michelle Rhee rejected Donald Trump at the altar, and Betsy DeVos is nominated for Secretary of Education.

CA44 (Carson): Nanette Barragán now leads Isadore Hall, III by 4,833 votes and appears to be heading to Washington.

DEAD DUCK: California transportation efforts are officially dead for 2016 [John Myers @ LAT] - “Speculation over a potential last-minute push on a transportation funding plan ended Tuesday, when Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders declared there would be no lame-duck negotiations this month.”

BONDAGE: Voters narrowly reject Proposition 53 and future votes on big infrastructure projects [John Myers @ LAT] - “Proposition 53, an effort that sought to force statewide votes to fund a major water project and the future of high-speed rail, failed in a late count of ballots Tuesday.”

PROP 66: California gives lifeline to death penalty, approves reform [Brian Melley @ AP] - “Two weeks after rejecting an effort to toss out the death penalty, a dueling measure designed to speed up appeals so killers are actually executed won a narrow victory Tuesday with 51 percent of support.”

CA49 (south OC, north SD counties): Congressman Issa declares re-election win in 49th district [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - “Issa held a 3,234 vote lead over retired Marine Col. Doug Applegate with about 6,000 ballots left to count. Applegate would have to win more than 75 percent of the remaining ballots to catch up, prompting the Issa campaign to declare victory in the 49th Congressional District.”

(UN)HAPPY HOLIDAYS! California’s largest state employee union announces Dec. 5 strike [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - “California’s largest state-employee union announced Tuesday that it will go on strike Dec. 5 in response to what union leaders complain is “unlawful conduct and egregious unfair labor practices” during negotiations for a new contract.”

Mega-earthquake on San Andreas fault would damage 3 million homes, cost $289 billion in California, study finds [Rong-Gong Lin II @ LAT] - “The new estimate, from the data firm CoreLogic, is based on a theoretical rupture of the entire San Andreas fault, which passes through Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area and spans more than 800 miles, from the Pacific Ocean south of Eureka to Imperial County near the Mexican border.”

CAP-AND-TRADE: California’s troubled pollution credit program rebounds [Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - “Industrial firms and other companies spent nearly $1 billion buying pollution credits in the state’s latest cap-and-trade carbon auction, the California Air Resources Board announced. About 88 percent of the credits were purchased during the electronic auction, which was held last week, the agency said.”

NOPE: Michelle Rhee says she won’t pursue Trump education secretary job [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “Squashing speculation that she could become America’s top schools official, Sacramento first lady Michelle Rhee said on Tuesday she has no interest in being President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of education.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Yashar Ali and Assemblymember Autumn Burke!

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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Voters Narrowly Reject Proposition 53 And Future Votes On Big Infrastructure Projects
John Myers @
Update on 'Essential Politics: California Legislature gets more diverse, 'Calexit' movement launches'

Oakland schools superintendent Antwan Wilson takes new job in Washington, D.C.
The head of Oakland’s public schools has parlayed his sometimes rocky two years in town into a bigger and more visible job in Washington, D.C., highlighting a trend of urban superintendents hopping jobs and leaving instability in their wake. The mid-year departure of Antwan Wilson, announced Tuesday, took district staffers, city officials and parents by surprise. Around the country, the average urban superintendent stays two to three years, and Oakland’s schools have been led by eight people in the past 16 years — some named by the school board and others appointed amid a crisis-driven state takeover. “I think it’s distressing because superintendents do set the tone and kind of set the spirit of a district,” said Bruce Fuller, a professor of education and public policy at UC Berkeley. District officials in Oakland will quickly move to name an interim leader and start the search for a permanent replacement, a process that will be addressed at a special school board meeting Monday, said board President James Harris. Harris said the trustees will look for a candidate to continue the district’s community schools effort, which includes providing a range of services for families at school sites, including health care. The next superintendent, he said, will also be expected to partner with the city, as Wilson has, to support programs like Oakland Promise, which provides students funding and support for college. The district has hired a search firm to identify candidates, and most if not all of them will likely convey a desire to put down roots and stay many years, said school board member Rachel Norton. “I think it’s something school boards across the country should think about when they hire,” said Rick Miller, executive director of Core Districts, which helps direct education reform efforts in eight districts, including San Francisco and Oakland. A native of Nebraska and a former middle school principal in Kansas, he had participated in the Broad Superintendent Academy, a training program sponsored by billionaire Eli Broad, who supports a more corporate philosophy in running public education. The Broad superintendents often build a national status and have strong ambition, said Tina Trujillo, an associate professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education. Wilson’s tenure in Oakland — which like Washington, D.C., has about 49,000 students — has been marked by criticism of his efforts to overhaul struggling schools in Oakland and to include charter schools in the district’s enrollment process. Wilson drew fire within months of his arrival after he launched a plan to redesign five high schools, an effort community members interpreted as code for conversion to charter schools. Policies and programs he supported — including restorative justice and the African American Male Achievement initiative — were there when he came and will be there after he leaves, said Gloria Lee, founder of Educate 78, an Oakland nonprofit working to support public education.

California Voters Approve An Effort To Speed Up The Death Penalty With Prop. 66
Jazmine Ulloa and Julie Westfall @
Update on 'Essential Politics: California Legislature gets more diverse, 'Calexit' movement launches'

SEIU Local 1000 Union To Go On Strike Monday, Dec. 5 | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Democrat Josh Newman Takes The Lead In Drawn-out Battle Over State Senate Seat And Supermajority
Update on 'Essential Politics: California Legislature gets more diverse, 'Calexit' movement launches'

Congressman Issa Declares Re-election Win In 49th District - The Orange County Register
Fending off an unexpectedly strong Democratic challenger, Republican congressman Darrell Issa appears to have secured re-election with Tuesday night’s update of ballot tallies.

Katehi's Departure Halts Plan To Build A UC Davis Campus In Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @
By Diana Lambert

Audio: Hillary Clinton's Popular Vote Lead Is 1.7 Million And Growing | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Election workers sort through unprocessed vote-by-mail ballots at the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters office on Monday. Ben Adler/Capital Public Radio

Michelle Rhee Education Secretary: 'not Pursuing A Position' | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Fee Or Tax? What Are Uber And Lyft Airport Passengers Paying In San Diego? - The San Diego Union-tribune
James DeHaven @
Next time you grab an Uber or Lyft at San Diego International Airport, you may want to take a closer look at your bill.

Poll: Voters Take A Dim View Of Trump's Campaign Promises - Politico
The transition team's approach is in marked contrast to that of past presidential transitions.

Court's Rejection Of A Lawsuit Over Pesticides In Seed Coatings Is A Setback To Beekeepers
Geoffrey Mohan @
A federal court rejected a lawsuit that attempted to force the federal EPA to regulate pesticides used in seed coatings

California Carbon Auction Results Improve | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
By Dale Kasler

How Pistachios And A Prison Are Keeping A Little California Town Afloat
Peter H. King @
The little central California town of Avenal keeps finding itself at the center of change.

Family Files Lawsuit Against San Diego Officer Who Shot Dog - The San Diego Union-tribune
Lyndsay Winkley @
Grizzly, a 7-year-old mixed breed, was shot at least three times by San Diego police Officer Robert Meiselman on Feb. 22

Oakland School Chief Resigns To Become Dc Schools Chief
With his educational reforms barely started, Wilson’s departure has educators and parents wondering what’s next. Will the district continue on the path Wilson laid out — to make both traditional and charter schools available to all students, or let a new superintendent decide the future direction of the large district serving more than 48,000 traditional and charter school students?

Obama Crosses The 1,000-mark On Commutations He's Granted - Politico
Join POLITICO for the sixth annual Emerging Health Care Leaders event, a morning of one-on-one conversations with the emerging leaders who will influence...

The 2016 Race: This Election Was Not About the Issues. Blame the Candidates.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton focused on attacks on character, and the data on their campaign ads shows it.

Trump To Announce South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley To Be Un Ambassador - Politico
Obama enjoys a post-election approval rating of 57 percent.

Downtown Development Boom Set To Move Into South Central L.A. As City Approves Controversial High-rise Complex
Angel Jennings @
The building boom that has transformed downtown over the last decade pushed farther south Tuesday, with the Los Angeles City Council approving a $1.2-billion residential, hotel and retail project below the 10 Freeway in the city’s historic South Central core.

La County Supervisor Calls For Task Force To Protect Immigrants After Trump Victory
Today's high

Trump Shifts On At Least 3 Prominent Issues: Climate, Torture And Prosecution Of Clinton
Evan Halper @
Donald Trump tweaked the script of his transition again Tuesday, appearing to shift his stance on at least three major issues in the course of an afternoon.