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THE Nooner for May 15, 2017
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Happy Monday! The Giants host the Dodgers for a three-game series starting tonight, so let the s*** talking begin. Night games tonight and tomorrow night; day game on Wednesday.
What a great start for the Amgen Tour of California yesterday, starting and ending at the Capitol. Today's stage takes the riders from Modesto to San Jose, with a healthy climb over Mount Hamilton and other elevation changes totalling 9,000 feet. And, congratulations to the Tour of California organizers for a successful women's race, and to Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands for winning the overall race.
GOV: The LAT"s Michael Finnegan writes that the Trump presidency might be the helping hand that Gavin Newsom needs in his second bid for governor of California as it gives him someone to attack outside of California. It could become even more interesting if Newsom's ex-wife and Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle is named the new White House press secretary, as rumored.
LA-LA-LAND: Tomorrow is the runoff for Los Angeles's municipal elections. The races that are up are:
The school board race has become a battle between proponents and opponents of charter schools. Zimmer has the support of labor and progressives that are generally against charters, while Melvoin is supported by more education reformers. In district 6, Padilla has the progressive and labor support, while Gonez has the support of reformers. The battleground fight has led to the most expensive school board campaign ever.
A sign of the problem with off-cycle elections--being changed in L.A. for the 2019 elections--is that Measure C is the only city-wide measure, so it's likely to have a very small turnout in areas there there isn't a city council or school board run-off.
HOUSING: Joe Mathews writes in Fox&Hounds that there is increasing interest in having the state take a bigger role in steering local housing policy amid great shortages. Meanwhile, local governments and builders would argue state interference has caused the slow adoption of new developments.
THE BAR: Dan Walters looks at the failed effort to pass legislation to separate the State Bar into two different organizations--one on consumer protection and attorney discipline and the other on advocacy for the profession. The dual roles have provided lots of fodder for critics over the years.
OROVILLE: The Bee's Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler write that Butte County was enticed into supporting the building of the Oroville Dam and thus the flooding of several communities through promises of development around the new lake that would would make it a major tourist destination. And, with those promises never fulfilled, some are askiing whether they should trust the promises of the state in the fix of the dam.
CA26 (Ventura): A domestic dispuse may have clouded Antonio Sabato, Jr.'s campaign to unseat Julia Brownley in the Ventura congressional district, reports Martha Ross in the MercNews. The former General Hospital actor's estranged wife has accused him of drug abuse in divorce proceedings and a custody dispute.
CA50 (East San Diego County): Amid a FEC probe into campaign spending, Duncan Hunter has been spending funds handsomely in Las Vegas, reports Morgan Cook in the SDUT. "His campaign spent $353 on “food/beverages” at Alpine Tobacco Company, a smoking lounge. The first quarter report also shows Hunter’s campaign paid a $1,042 hotel bill at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and spent $896 at one of the hotel’s bar, The Chandelier, where patrons can drink inside a huge crystal chandelier."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to David Hildebrand, Jenesse Miller, and Christy Smith!
#FAREWELL: Former Senate Governmental Organization chief consultant, Vacaville mayor, and Assembly candidate Steve Hardy (1943-2017).
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Trump Reportedly Considering Replacing Spicer With Bay Area's Guilfoyle - Sfgate
President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a major shake-up in his communications department, and a Bay Area native may be part of his plans. Following the media firestorm over the firing of embattled FBI Director James Comey, the New York Times reported that Trump "blamed the bipartisan condemnation of his action on the failures of his embattled and overworked communications team." The report furthers that Trump is "openly musing about replacing" Spicer, and "has raised the Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle to allies as a possible press secretary."
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Trump Prepares For First Overseas Trip, With Anti-globalism At Bay
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