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THE Nooner for January 3, 2017
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Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. While I've been writing throughout, it was still a great time with family. I look forward to an OC visit later this month for time with the other side of the fam.
Wow, USC, that was a heckuva Rose Bowl yesterday!
Today, Kamala Harris will be sworn in as a United States Senator. The first Indo-American to serve in the upper house and the second African-American woman to serve. It's unclear whether Jerry Brown will make the nomination of Xavier Becerra official today, which will begin the process of nomination hearings and floor votes in the Assembly and the Senate. Becerra is not expected to resign his congressional seat until confirmed. After that, the governor will set the special election date to fill the expected vacancy.
Harris's swearing-in continues 23 years of having two female U.S. Senators from California, the longest of any state.
Meanwhile, the Legislature returns tomorrow, although there's not much in the way of business as bills await the 30 days in print rule and subsequent committee hearings. The Assembly convenes at 1pm and the Senate meets at 2pm. While committee chairs have been announced, membership of the committees has not been.
The governor's proposed 2017-18 budget is expected to be released a week from today, although the date and time have not been officially announced.
THE SPIN: No, California Democrats didn’t ‘legalize’ child prostitution [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "A misleading column about a new state law by an Orange County lawmaker has sparked inaccurate online reports taking off on Facebook. Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, wrote a piece for the Washington Examiner under the headline “California Democrats legalize child prostitution,” which has been cut and pasted by a variety of partisan websites as the basis for their false claims."
NEW LAWS AND MORE: So Many New Laws with More to Come [Joel Fox @ Fox&Hounds] - "As the new year begins, 900 statutes were added to California law books. If history is our guide—807 new laws last year, 950 the year before that–there will be hundreds of more laws added at the end of this year. Certainly, citizens can’t keep up with all these new laws, not to mention that lawmakers themselves often aren’t aware of all the details in the laws. Here’s a modest suggestion for the newly installed legislature: Concentrate on dealing with major issues like infrastructure improvements rather than adding so many new laws."
PROS AND CONS: California’s slowing population growth has many impacts – positive and negative [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "The state’s slowing growth has all sorts of impacts, positive and negative."
SACTOWN: Steinberg likely to push greater government transparency during first meeting [Anita Chabria @ SacBee] - "At his first full meeting presiding over the Sacramento City Council on Thursday, Mayor Darrell Steinberg will push for adoption of government-transparency measures that go beyond a proposed “sunshine” ordinance that’s been more than a year in the making."
SANDY EGGO: After sales tax hike's failure, SANDAG anticipates delays to long-term highway improvements [Joshua Stewart @ SDUT] - "The defeat of a November ballot measure and overly bullish economic forecasts are causing delays to the construction of new trolley lines and highway improvements, forcing a regional planning organization to seek new strategies to pay for its long list of transportation projects."
MAKING ME CRABBY! The Dungeness crab strike continues from Northern California to Canada, as crabbers continue to seek the $3/lb received from wholesalers, which are hoping to pay only $2.75/lb in the new year. How 'bout we split the difference at $2.88/lb? After last year's toxin-impaired season, this one started off with a bang.
HASTA LA VISTA: Univision's latest drama is behind the scenes: It's losing young Latino viewers to the competition [Meg James @ LAT] - "The nation’s largest Spanish-language media company ended 2016 in unfamiliar territory, clawing to retain its audience and blunt the gains made by archrival Telemundo in the prime-time ratings race."
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Senate To Vote On Obamacare Repeal Budget Next Week - Politico
Congressional Republicans will take their first step to repeal Obamacare Tuesday when the Senate unveils a bare-bones budget targeting the health law, with a floor vote expected next week, GOP Senate aides tell POLITICO.
Jerry Brown Nominates Xavier Becerra As Attorney General | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
Kamala Harris To Take Office With Instantly High Expectations
California Attorney General Kamala Harris listens to questions during a news conference. | AP Photo/Eric Risberg
Steinberg Likely To Push Greater Government Transparency During First Meeting | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria @ sacbee.com
By Anita Chabria
After Sales Tax Hike's Failure, Sandag Anticipates Delays To Long-term Highway Improvements - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @ sandiegouniontribune.com
The difficult task, she said, is raising local money to leverage additional funds from the state and federal governments. If a new source of funds doesn’t emerge in the short term, SANDAG will change financial approaches and will likely stop borrowing money from bonds backed by future revenues collected from 2004’s TransNet sales tax extension, and start paying for projects upfront rather than taking on debt. As a result, the schedule for projects will be pushed back because SANDAG will have to raise money before work begins rather than borrow money upfront and then pay it back later.
Villaraigosa Hits Fund-raising Stride In Race For Governor
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa poses for photos in his office. | AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File
Republicans Primed For Push To Dismantle Obama's Policies | The Sacramento Bee
RICHARD LARDNER @ sacbee.com
Members of the 115th Congress will be sworn in at noon Tuesday, setting off an aggressive campaign by Republicans who control the House and Senate to dismantle eight years of President Barack Obama's Democratic policies.
A Battle Is Brewing Over A Proposal For A New Source Of Water In The South Bay
Matt Stevens @ latimes.com
West Basin Municipal Water District wants to build what could be the largest desalination plant in the nation near a prime hunk of South Bay coastline, bringing the fight over desal to L.A. County.
Lorena Gonzalez And Nathan Fletcher Wed In San Diego | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
Historic Sf Parental Leave Law Kicks In - San Francisco Chronicle
Most new parents with jobs in San Francisco will be eligible for six weeks of fully paid leave starting this week, the result of the most comprehensive parental leave law offered anywhere in the country.
New Law: Repeal Of '90s Welfare Rule Takes Effect - Capradio.org
Ben Bradford @ capradio.org
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From Immigration To Short-term Housing To Street Vendors, L.A. City Hall Faces A Heavy Agenda
Dakota Smith @ latimes.com
A look at some of the biggest issues that'll come before L.A City Hall and voters in 2017.
Kicking Money Out Of Politics: Trump Boots Koch Brother From Golf Course - Breitbart
Trump mocked the Kochs while on the campaign trail, calling their preferred candidates “puppets” enacting their donors’ agenda:
Bay Area Cities Prepare For 60 Days Without Hetch Hetchy Supply - San Francisco Chronicle
In late December, the filtration tanks at a treatment plant in San Bruno were quietly filled with millions of gallons of raw water.
Kamala Harris Sworn In As First Indian American Senator And California's First Black Senator
Sarah D. Wire @ latimes.com
Update on 'Essential Politics: Kamala Harris and other Californians take the oath in Washington, San Diego power couple ties the knot'
Warmer Waters Have More Bottlenose Dolphins Turning Up In Sf Bay - San Francisco Chronicle
Bottlenose dolphins are moving north from their warm-water haunts in the ocean waters off Southern California, and seaside observers are spotting more and more of them as far north as Mendocino.
Massive Orange County Coastal Development Goes Before California Supreme Court
Bradley Zint @ latimes.com
The California Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday in San Francisco on a preservation group's lawsuit challenging the Newport Beach City
California Gun Owners Stock Up On Ammunition Ahead Of New Regulations | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Sabalow @ sacbee.com
By Ryan Sabalow
Trump Tweets Disapproval Of GOP Move To Gut Congressional Ethics Office - Politico
"Focus on tax reform, healthcare and so many other things of far greater importance!" Donald Trump tweeted. | AP Photo
Sf Police See Progress In Dealing With People In Mental Crisis - San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco police hostage crisis negotiation team responded to more calls in 2016 than in any year in recent history, an uptick that officials see as a sign that the department is moving in the right direction in dealing with people suffering from mental health crises.