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THE Nooner for December 12, 2016
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CA34 (Los Angeles): Mayor Eric Garcetti and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León have endorsed Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez for Xavier Becerra's congressional seat. Councilmember David Ryu bowed out this morning.
THE DROUGHT: Will the wet start to the rainy season put dent in California’s drought? [Ellen Garrison @ SacBee] - "October was wet, November dry. And December? The soft but steady rains this weekend were enough to push the Sacramento region to 155 percent of normal precipitation for the season."
PROP 64: Why California’s legal marijuana sales rollout could be delayed [Lisa M. Krieger @ MercNews] - "Right when it seems like “The Great Pot Moment” is upon us, it turns out there are a lot of really tough regulatory issues to resolve first, according to government and industry experts who sketched out all the thorny challenges at the two-day conference, competition and harvest celebration at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds."
SACTOWN: Darrell Steinberg will try transition to executive post – and that’s not easy [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "One of the most difficult transitions for professional politicians is from legislative leadership into an executive position."
SANDY EGGO: San Diego's high-level political pipeline [Michael Smolens @ SDUT] - "The political lineage of the San Diego City Council’s 3rd District is so familiar to the local political world that it’s easy to overlook how remarkable it is."
OBAMACARE: Trump and the GOP are charging forward with Obamacare repeal, but few are eager to follow [Noam N. Levey @ LAT] - "Not a single major organization representing patients, physicians, hospitals or others who work in the nation’s healthcare system backs the GOP’s Obamacare strategy."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Lee Snook!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Congress Sends Major California Water Policy To President Obama, Despite Sen. Barbara Boxer's Objections
Sarah D. Wire, Bettina Boxall @ latimes.com
Despite Boxer's fight, Senate passes landmark water bill
Marijuana mega-fest draws record 30,000 to Wine Country
A record-breaking estimated 30,000 California medical pot farmers, family, friends and fans swamped Santa Rosa for a gargantuan marijuana festival dubbed âÂÂThe Emerald CupâÂÂ at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds over the weekend. The agricultural competition featured more than 1,100 flowers, extracts, edibles and other formulations âÂÂ a 50 percent increase from last year âÂÂ battling it out for the title of best in California. Adults 21 and over can lawfully possess up to an ounce of cannabis flowers, 8 grams of pot extract and grow six plants, regardless of their medical status. High-ranking officials such as the stateâÂÂs chief pot regulator, Lori Ajax; Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg; and Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma mingled among the throngs at the 13th annual music showcase, expo and competition, which celebrates a billion-dollar bumper crop of medical and recreational pot in the newly legalized state. Hotels were reportedly sold out for 30 miles in every direction and attendees flew, drove and bused in from New Jersey, Michigan, Florida and beyond âÂÂ gifting the region a weekend economic boon measured in the tens of millions of dollars, organizers estimate. Guests to the medical cannabis competition needed a doctorâÂÂs note to buy and consume flower buds and baked goods in the sprawling, crowded, roaring cannabis bazaar. In the âÂÂmedication area,âÂÂ CaliforniaâÂÂs leading growers and medical collectives handed out free joints and hash to guests who signed up. Patients resupplied on THC-infused mouth drops and skin rubs, buying for friends with medical conditions, or just Christmas shopping. Sunday was the more mellow day with partly cloudy skies replacing drizzle, and both guests and vendors seemed fully oriented, credentialed and settled in. Farmers spent the day in educational panels, learning marketing and branding tips, and studying up on new state medical and adult-use regulations. Outside the medication area, huge lines snaked out from food trucks all day long, as attendees waited for trays of hot Old Mexico Loco Nachos, Wings & Things, Mission Hill Creamery ice cream and Ultimate Souvlaki. By contrast, the fairgroundsâÂÂ beer gardens were barren, and the Santa Rosa Police Department did not list any significant incidents as of Sunday morning. California Department of Pesticide RegulationâÂÂs Brian Leahy warned growers during a Saturday panel that a reckoning was coming for the stateâÂÂs tainted marijuana supply chain. The state isnâÂÂt waiting for direction from the incoming Trump administration, because state deadlines mandate the release of license applications and licenses for the industry. The Emerald Cup started as a harvest party and friendly contest on a private lot in Mendocino County in 2003.
'a Dog And Pony Show,' Lawyer In Class-action Suit Says, Recalling Trump University Seminar
Kristina Davis @ latimes.com
The Trump University lawsuit landed at a small downtown San Diego law firm the way so many cases do — with a phone call.
High-speed Rail: State Seek Prop. 1a Money To Build In The Valley | Fresno Bee
Tim Sheehan @ fresnobee.com
By Tim Sheehan
Darrell Steinberg Will Try Difficult Transition To Sacramento Mayor | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Observations on California and its politics
It's Time For Legislators To Act, Not Yak, And Fix California's Roads And Highways
George Skelton @ latimes.com
Trump Warns Electoral College Lawsuit Could Undermine His Election - Politico
Donald Trump is warning that a Colorado lawsuit brought by two Democratic members of the Electoral College could harm his bid to become president.
Khizr Khan Rose To Fame With His Emotional Pleas Against Trump. Now He's Targeting The 'politics Of Fear'
Jaweed Kaleem @ latimes.com
Since the election, Khizr Khan has switched gears to become a man on a mission inspire young Muslims to get involved in politics and combat anti-Muslim violence.
Chp Explanation Of Carpool Lane Rules, Etiquette And Speeds | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @ sacbee.com
Tony Bizjak writes about traffic and travel in the Sacramento region
The Field Poll Is Dead: Long Live The Field Poll
What this means for political reporting is a loss of the most consistent non-partisan tool available for measuring support for potential contenders, declared candidates, current office holders, ballot measures and public opinion on a range of issues from abortion rights and immigration to offshore oil-drilling and the death penalty.
Marijuana Mega-fest Draws Record 30,000 To Wine Country - San Francisco Chronicle
A record-breaking estimated 30,000 California medical pot farmers, family, friends and fans swamped Santa Rosa for a gargantuan marijuana festival dubbed the Emerald Cup at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds over the weekend.
Why Legal Marijuana Sales Rollout Could Be Delayed – East Bay Times
Right when it seems like “The Great Pot Moment” is upon us, it turns out there are a lot of really tough regulatory issues to resolve first, according to government and industry experts who sketched out all the thorny challenges at the two-day conference, competition and harvest celebration at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
Mcconnell Backs Congressional Investigation Into Russian Interference - Politico
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backed calls for a probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO
Will California Resume Executions Under Gov. Jerry Brown? – East Bay Times
SACRAMENTO — Although he has served as governor longer than anyone else in California history, Jerry Brown has never been forced to make one of the weightiest decisions governors face: whether to spare a convicted criminal from execution.
Metro Red Line Bomb Threat Highlights Vulnerabilities Of Rail Systems To Attack
Trump Claims ‘massive Landslide Victory’; And Now, Some Facts | Election 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
President-elect Donald Trump doesn’t seem to like suggestions that his victory over Hillary Clinton was anything but HUGE.
Sacramento Region At Above Average Rainfall For Season, But Statewide Drought Persists | The Sacramento Bee
Ellen Garrison @ sacbee.com
By Ellen Garrison
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Clinton Campaign Backs Call For Intelligence Briefing Before Electoral College Vote - Politico
Podesta's statement is the first public statement from the Clinton campaign raising questions about the legitimacy of Donald Trump's victory.
California Prison Record System Cost Doubles To $386 Million
McConnell Supports Inquiry of Russian Hacking During Election
The Senate majority leader said âÂÂthe Russians are not our friendâÂÂ but declined to say whether he thought the Russians interfered in the election.
Conway: Trump 'respects The Intelligence Community' - Politico
"People are trying to politicize our intelligence because they don't like the election result," Kellyanne Conway said. | AP Photo
C.I.A. Judgment on Russia Built on Swell of Evidence
American agencies were united in the belief, before the presidential election, that the Russian government had deployed hackers to sow chaos during the campaign.
Activists Push City Council To Declare Long Beach A Sanctuary City
Romania’s Social Democrats On Track For Landslide Election Win – Politico
Proposal would give countries more scope to restrict welfare payments for EU migrants.