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UNPROCESSED BALLOT STATUS (as of 12/1/16 @ 4:49 p.m.):

  • Vote-by-mail: 98,903
  • Provisional: 387,603
  • Other (damaged, non-machine readable): 27,924
  • Total: 514,430

Happy Friday! You made it!

CA34 (Downtown LA): Well, that didn't take long. Former Speaker John A. Pérez will run for Xavier Becerra's congressional seat. 

Pérez is the immediate favorite and is unlikely to face significant opposition. However, if there is a competitive primary, Pérez could have a fight unlike he has seen before. And, who else is in that district?

Well, that would be longtime political rival and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León. His camp is quiet as of now, but he's sitting on over $2.1 million for an ostensible bid for lieutenant governor that he probably doesn't want. Not all could be transferred to a federal bid, as the contribution limits are much lower than the limits for California statewide offices. Nevertheless, it would be a very good start. However, de León said Thursday that he would not run.

Still in the mix are LA councilmember and former legislator Gil Cedillo, Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez. and Mayor Eric Garcetti. Garcetti is termed out in 2018.

Jerry Brown jolts California politics with Becerra choice [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "As Becerra ascends to an office second only to the governorship in authority, he immediately becomes the most visible Latino political figure in the nation’s most populous state with a wide-open pathway to the governorship, a U.S. Senate seat and perhaps even national office."

Jerry Brown heads to court to stop state worker strike [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "The Brown administration will go to court on Friday to block an unprecedented and potentially disruptive one-day strike next week by California’s largest state employee union."

The date chosen for the one-day strike happens to be on the day of the Christmas tree lighting at the State Capitol, where many Department of General Services employees typically have roles.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Stephen Gale and Assemblyman Don Wagner!




  • Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is hiring an Organizing Director in their San Francisco office. The E2 Organizing Director will operate in the nexus of advocacy and development. The position’s primary purpose is to grow and maintain E2’s membership and support its nine chapters and 850+ members throughout the U.S. in order to further our policy advocacy. S/he will also co-manage E2’s database with development staff and provide data and targeting services the advocacy team. S/he will also work closely with our Executive Director to cultivate membership donations. This is a mid-to-senior level position with a competitive compensation package. Full description and application instructions are here.
  • The Sacramento LGBT Center is searching for an Executive & Finance Assistant, which reports to the Executive Director and provides community engagement and administrative support. This position may be part or full-time and is non-exempt. High school diploma is required; associate’s or bachelor’s degree is preferred & 3 years or more in an executive, finance, or related assistant role. Full description.
  • SEIU-UHW is seeking a Political Capacity Organizer, which is responsible for a range of program objectives to build and strengthen our infrastructure and engage our members to be a powerful force at their worksites, in the legislative process, in the community and at the ballot box. Please submit cover letter, resume and at least 3 references to our candidate portal at

  • SEIU-UHW is seeking a Regional Political Organize, which reports to the Political Director, and is responsible for a broad range of program objectives to build and strengthen our infrastructure and engage our members to be a powerful force at their worksites, in the legislative process, in the community and at the ballot box. Please submit cover letter, resume and at least 3 references to our candidate portal at

  • The Office of Assemblymember Elect Phillip Chen is looking to hire talented and dedicated individuals to join its Capitol and District team in Brea, CA. The following positions are looking to be filled -- District Director, Scheduler, Legislative Assistant, Field Representative/Caseworker. For more information, please visit
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Rep. Xavier Becerra Not Ruling Out A Run For Governor Or U.S. Senate After Being Picked As California Attorney General
Update on 'Essential Politics: Rep. Xavier Becerra to be next state attorney general, Pelosi wins another term as Democratic leader'

Borenstein: CalPERS Must Stop Sticking Taxpayers With Pension Debt
To shore up rapidly deteriorating finances, CalPERS will consider significantly reducing its investment forecast in a long-overdue move that could shake up government retirement funds across the country.

Why Brown’s Choice Of Becerra For Ag Is Brilliant « Calbuzz
Gov. Jerry Brown’s nomination of Democratic U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles to become the state’s first Latino Attorney General, replacing Senator-elect Kamala Harris, is a shrewd and surprising political move and a superb pick.

Crime Vctims Can Be Alerted To California Prison Inmate's Status Through New Email Service | The Sacramento Bee
Cathy Locke @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Immigration Detainees Should Be Held In For-profit Prisons, Panel Says
Brian Bennett, Joseph Tanfani @
Immigration authorities should continue holding people accused of immigration violations in for-profit prisons, a Department of Homeland Security review panel says.

SF police unionâ
San Francisco’s police union intensified its attack on a proposal to restrict officers from shooting at moving vehicles — a top priority for reform advocates — by releasing an ad dramatizing what could happen if a raging motorist gunned his pickup into a crowd of street activists. The video pointed not only to the truck attack that killed 86 people celebrating Bastille Day in France in July, but also a 2003 incident in San Francisco in which two officers shot and killed a driver in a chaotic encounter. Police Commission President Suzy Loftus, whose face appears at the end of the ad as the union asks for the public to contact her with complaints about the proposed policy, said the political message was misleading and represented “Trump-like fear-mongering.” The dispute comes amid an ongoing investigation into a sergeant’s fatal shooting of an unarmed car-theft suspect in the Bayview neighborhood in May, which prompted the resignation of Chief Greg Suhr. The new policy bars officers from firing at a moving vehicle unless the driver “poses an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury to the public or an officer by means other than the vehicle.” “In Nice, France, 86 people died before police shot and killed the terrorist driver,” Scott says in the video. Viewers then see a mock-up article from “San Francisco Newsline” with a caption stating Moll drove “into a crowd on the sidewalk” and struck an officer before “two other SFPD policemen were able to terminate the threat of a driver turning his vehicle into an instrument of deadly destruction.” Police said then that Moll had been driving a stolen Honda Civic erratically, running stop signs and at one point jumping a sidewalk, before crashing into a stopped car. When two undercover officers approached with guns drawn, Moll allegedly shifted into reverse, striking an officer standing behind his open door. Police union President Martin Halloran said the Moll case, the Bastille Day massacre and last week’s car-ramming attack at Ohio State University had a common theme: “In all cases, the vehicle was the primary weapon used in an attempt to kill people.” “In order to stop a suspect who is attempting to kill people with a vehicle, police officers need to be able to use their weapons,” Halloran said. A growing number of police agencies have restricted shooting at moving vehicles, a practice that the U.S. Department of Justice’s community-policing division and President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing say should be restricted. The practice has been a focus of police watchdogs, who contend that in many situations officers shoot drivers whose goal is to flee — not to hurt or kill anyone. [...] proponents of restrictive policies say shooting at a moving vehicle can worsen an already dangerous situation:

Feds Will Retry Mexican Businessman Convicted In Campaign Financing Scandal On Gun Charge - The San Diego Union-tribune
Greg Moran @
Federal prosecutors said Thursday they plan to retry Mexican businessman José Susumo Azano Matsura on a charge of illegal gun possession.

Trump Super Pac Files Federal Lawsuit To Block Wisconsin Recount - Politico
Nicole Kirby looks over results during a statewide presidential election recount on Dec. 1 in Milwaukee. The first candidate-driven statewide recount of a presidential election in 16 years began Thursday in Wisconsin. | AP Photo

SF protestors urge Sen. Feinstein to reject all Trump appointees
A group of people gathered outside U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office at McKesson Plaza in San Francisco Thursday to deliver a petition calling for Democratic leaders to fight President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments. The organizers collected 32,000 signatures from California and 155,000 total nationwide to obstruct “racists, hate mongers, Wall Street shills and corporate lobbyists” from gaining a seat in the Trump administration, said Heidi Hess, the senior campaign manager of CREDO Action. There were seven actions across the country Thursday outside the offices of Democrat members of Congress and one Wednesday outside the office of Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The action called for Democrats to specifically block the appointment of Jeff Sessions, Trump’s pick for attorney general, and to refuse meeting with Trump as long as Stephen Bannon is Trump’s chief White House strategist and senior counselor.

California's New Water Conservation Plan Focuses On Cities | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
A sign on a farm trailer reading "Food grows where water flows," hangs over dry, cracked mud at the edge of a farm April 16, 2009 near Buttonwillow, California. File photo by David McNew/Getty Images

Campaign Operatives Blast Jeff Zucker Over Cnn Coverage At Harvard Event - Politico
The event, a toney dinner of 200 or so campaign operatives, journalists and academics at the Charles Hotel, featured Zucker in conversation with Washington Post editor Marty Baron, AP editor Kathleen Carol and Elliot Schrage, vice president of communications and public policy at Facebook, moderated by journalist Sasha Issenberg.

Health Officials Order Paramount Metal Plants To Stop Emissions Or Suspend Operations
Tony Barboza @
In a rare intervention, county health officials Thursday ordered two Paramount metal-processing plants to stop emissions of hexavalent chromium or shut down operations contributing to high levels of the cancer-causing air pollutant. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health directed Aerocraft...

California Attorney General: Xavier Becerra Chosen To Fill Spot | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Republicans Survive 2016 :: Fox&hounds
The great tsunami has come and gone, and of all things the California Republican Party has survived. Hillary Clinton will carry California with over 62 percent, Donald Trump will be lucky to get 32 percent when all the ballots are counted. These terrible numbers should have led to massive down ballot GOP defeats but they did not.

Michigan Attorney General Files Lawsuit To Halt Recount - Politico
Indeed, Stein filed a petition with the Board of Canvassers on Wednesday, requesting a manual hand recount of every vote, an effort that was expected to begin today. Her campaign paid the nearly $1 million filing fee in full.

Cuomo Adds to His Wish List as State Legislators Seek a Raise
The governor has given a list of policy demands to lawmakers, who are considering holding a special legislative session in December to increase their salary.

Kill Obamacare? Most Americans Say No, Poll Finds – East Bay Times
The new survey, conducted by the Menlo Park-based Kaiser Family Foundation in mid-November, found that 49 percent of the public want to keep the law or see it expanded, versus 43 percent who want lawmakers to eliminate or dial back the law, commonly called “Obamacare.”

Fake News Works Because It Taps Into Basic Human Instinct - San Francisco Chronicle
Fake news has become a hot issue in post-election America as companies, people and news organizations try to understand why lies and made-up stories have become so pervasive and effective online.

Judge Rules Ex-L.A. Times Reporter Must Testify In Corruption Trial Of Former Sheriff Lee Baca
Cindy Chang @
A federal judge ruled Thursday that a former Los Angeles Times reporter who interviewed then-Sheriff Lee Baca during an unfolding scandal over abuses in the county jails must testify in the former sheriff’s corruption trial, which is scheduled to begin next week.

Indiana Gives $7 Million In Tax Breaks To Keep Carrier Jobs - Wsj
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House Passes $619 Billion Compromise Defense Bill - Politico
The funding agreement comes after months of haggling by lawmakers over whether to tap the war-related Overseas Contingency Operations account to fund everyday defense priorities. | Getty