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Happy Tuesday, Noonerific people! It's a beautiful, albeit quite chilly, morning at the Nooner's global headquarters. Well, I'm just preparing for a week in Portland, where it is actually warmer than SacTown right now. 

On the attorney general front, it's unclear of the actual timeline. Instead of hearings by the Senate's Judiciary and Rules committees, Xavier Becerra will appear before a 9-member special committee. Here are the members:

  • Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) Co-chair 
  • Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) Co-chair 
  • Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) 
  • Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-Templeton)
  • Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D-Stockton)
  • Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) 
  • Assemblymember Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) 
  • Assemblymember Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino) 
  • Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) 

The committee is really just a formality. There are no barriers to Becerra winning confirmation. Not as an indictment of the individual legislators' capabilities, but most don't have staff to do the investigations to mirror the congressional confirmation hearings you see on C-SPAN. The Senate Rules Committee, which handles most confirmations, has professional staff that do the background investigations of nominees that appear before it. 

The committee plans to announce its schedule after the vacancy in the office of AG is official, which will be January 3 when Kamala Harris will be sworn in to the United States Senate.

MONEY MATTERS: Asian American donors are banking on John Chiang making history in bid for governor [Phil Willon @ LAT] - "In just the first month and a half of his gubernatorial campaign, which he launched in May, [John] Chiang raised close to $2.2 million. The overwhelming majority of his biggest donors, those who cut checks of $10,000 or more, were Asian American business leaders and entrepreneurs. It’s a list that includes Democrats, Republicans, venture capitalists, former utility chief executives and people contributing to a state campaign for the first time as well as longtime benefactors of Asian American candidates in California." 

SCORE: Kamala Harris got a pretty good portfolio of committees:

  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • Intelligence
  • Environment & Public Works 
  • Budget

Kamala may be the first woman president, along with the first person of South Asian descent to serve in that capacity.

LOOKING UP! Chapman Economic Forecast: Growth Higher for US and CA [John Seller @ Fox&Hounds] - "The U.S. and California economies in 2017 will start growing at a somewhat faster clip than in recent years, according to the 39th Annual Chapman Economic Forecast. It was given Dec.15 at the university before local business and community leaders by recently retired school President Jim Doti, also a top economist. The forecast is among the most accurate in the country. Doti forecast Real GDP will increase to 2.4% annually in 2017 from 1.6% in 2016. The economy finally will break above the 2% growth it has been stuck in during the Obama years. Doti attributed the new mini-boom to “Trumponomics,” a combination of tax cuts, regulatory reform, more defense and infrastructure spending and a “fix” for Obamacare."

CA50 (East San Diego): Congressman responds to coverage of his personal spending of campaign funds [Ricky Young @ SDUT] - "Congressman Duncan Hunter has responded on social media to coverage by The San Diego Union-Tribune of his use of tens of thousands of dollars of campaign contributions for apparently personal expenses."

DISCLOSE? Make presidential candidates release their tax returns? Two senators take a shot at it [Taryn Luna @ SacBee] - "The bill, which will be co-introduced by [Sen. Scott] Wiener and Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, in January, is modeled after New York’s TRUMP Act, also known as Senate S8217. Introduced by Sen. Brad Hoylman, the New York bill requires presidential and vice presidential candidates to file five years of tax income returns at least 50 days before the general election."

DONE. California electors vote for Clinton, then urge investigation into Russian hacking [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "As President-elect Donald Trump elsewhere racked up the 270 electoral votes he needed to clinch his victory, California’s 55 electors gathered at the state Capitol to vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a muted display of formality. Then, in parting defiance, they passed a resolution urging a public investigation into Russian interference and “possible collusion” with Trump operatives."

THE GOLDEN LEADER: Black Bart Award Nominee: Kevin McCarthy [Joel Fox @ Fox&Hounds] - "While Trump’s election sent aftershocks through California’s political world, one Californian seems to be in a place to deal with his home state and the new administration in Washington—Republican Congressional Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield."

PREDICTIONS? California Office Pool 2017 [Joe Mathews @ Fox&Hounds] - "This marks the eight annual version of the California Office Pool. It was inspired by the late, great New York Times columnist William Safire, who made a habit of writing an annual column he called Office Pool. In it, Safire offered, multiple-choice style, a series of possible news events that could take place in the new year. At the column’s end, he let you know which ones he thought would occur."

SLOWDOWN: California birth rate drops to Great Depression levels [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "California’s birth rate has fallen to the lowest levels in modern state history, according to new Department of Finance estimates, which peg the state population at 39.4 million after growing by 295,000 from July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016."

ICYMI: On the heels of electoral defeat, Sheriff Joe Arpaio attempts to revive debate over Obama's birth certificate [Nigel Duara @ LAT] - "Even as most celebrities and politicians — including President-elect Donald Trump — have abandoned the thoroughly debunked idea that Obama was born somewhere other than the U.S., Arpaio has only dug in harder, with [Mike] Zullo at his side."

GREAT READ: My President Was Black [Ta-Nehisi Coates @ The Atlantic]

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jay Schenirer!




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Ca Senators To Introduce Legislation Requiring Presidential Candidate To Release Tax Returns | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Asian American Donors Are Banking On John Chiang Making History In Bid For Governor
Phil Willon @
State Treasurer John Chiang's 2018 bid for governor is getting early support from California's largely untapped Asian-American business leaders

Harris Gets Key Committee Assignments In Senate - San Francisco Chronicle
WASHINGTON — California’s Sen.-elect, Kamala Harris, won committee assignments Monday that place the Democrat on the front lines of immigration and climate change policy, two areas that likely will put the state into the sharpest conflict with the Trump administration.

Lawmakers Want New Tobacco Tax Money To Go Toward Fixing Calif.'s Denti-cal Program -
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

With 304 Votes, Electoral College Seals Donald Trump's Election As President
Michael Finnegan @
The electoral college meets in 50 states and the District of Columbia, ratifying Donald Trump's election as president of the United States.

Audio: New Community College Chief Has Eyes On Trump Education Agenda | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
The sudden closure of dozens of campuses in the ITT and Corinthian chains has led many of those students to community college campuses. Those for-profit colleges closed after lengthy investigations by federal regulators.

Tax Breaks For Second Homes Could End Under Lawmaker's Proposal To Fund Low-income Housing
Liam Dillon @
Essential Politics

The Latest: 3 Hawaii Electors For Clinton, 1 For Sanders | The Sacramento Bee
8 p.m.

How Do Cops Know If You're Too High To Drive? - The Orange County Register
A month after California voted to approve Proposition 64 and legalize recreational marijuana, law enforcement officials throughout the state are prepping for what many view as the obvious: a jump in the number of people driving under the influence of pot.

'no Man Is Above The Law,' Prosecutor Tells Jurors In Closing Arguments Of Lee Baca's Obstruction Of Justice Trial
Joel Rubin, Victoria Kim @
Lee Baca spent 15 years as sheriff of Los Angeles County building a reputation as an ethical and transparent leader with creative, progressive ideas on law enforcement.

Homeless Deaths On The Rise In Sacramento County, Report Finds | The Sacramento Bee
Bill Lindelof @
By Bill Lindelof

'bullet Button' Ban And Other Calif. Gun Laws Take Effect On Jan. 1 -
Ben Bradford @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

CalPERS Votes To Continue Ban On Tobacco Investments | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
By Dale Kasler

State Investigation Clears Coastal Commissioner Of Improperly Voting For A Pismo Beach Housing Project
Dan Weikel @
The Fair Political Practices Commission clears Coastal Commissioner Erik Howell of conflict of interest.

Court Releases Search Warrant In Clinton Email Probe - Politico
In the weeks since Hillary Clinton's unexpected loss, she, her campaign aides and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have argued that FBI Director James Comey's pair of letters led to a fall-off in support that cost her the election. | Getty

UC Freshman Applications Shatter Records, With Gains Among All Racial Groups
Teresa Watanabe @
Freshman applications to the University of California shattered records again, with gains in all racial and ethnic groups for fall 2017.

Is California's Economy 'growing A Hell Of A Lot Faster' Than Texas? | Politifact California
subject @
Stoking their long-running feud, California Gov. Jerry Brown recently jabbed at former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, saying Golden State is "growing a hell of a lot faster than Texas."

How Anti-illegal Immigration Activists From California Won And Lost This November
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Trump: I Didn't Call Bill Clinton — He Called Me - Politico
President-elect Donald Trump wants the world to know that it was former President Bill Clinton who called him on the day after the election and not the other way around.