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THE Nooner for May 16, 2017

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  • SD22 (San Gabriel Valley): added Baldwin Park councilmember Susan Rubio (D)


¡Buenos dias, mis amigos! It's a chilly morning here at The Nooner Global Headquarters. Expect the gloom to hang around all day and for temperatures to stay below 70.

Happy Election Day! (for a few slivers of Los Angeles for council and school board runoffs and city-wide for a police oversight measure).

CDP: As this weekend's Democratic Party convention approaches, the LAT's Phil Willon and Seema Mehta look at the fight over state party chair. The main fight is between longtime party insider Eric Bauman and progressive organizer Kimberly Ellis. The third candidate, Lenore Albert-Sheridan is considered a longshot, and also comes from the left. Going into the weekend, the feeling is that Bauman has a significant lead. The fight is really a continuation of the 2016 primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

The race has shown that the wounds of 2016 have not been healed within the activist ranks, even when outsiders probably would have expected that there would be a united offense against Washington in the current environment.

Perhaps that is because some the highest profile opposition leaders--Joe Biden, Sanders, Elizabeth Warren seem to have taken delicate steps back the last couple of weeks, hoping for a White House self-destruction without their fingerprints on them. Instead, Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committee members--including California Ted Lieu and Adam Schiff are omnipresent as critics of the Administration.

Here's the list of all of the contested offices being filled this weekend.

The vote will take place on Saturday afternoon, with possible runoffs on Sunday. I'll be covering from the Convention Center...follow Twitter and I'll likely send out a wrap-up after all the voting has concluded.



BOE: State Controller Betty Yee has recommended to her colleagues on the Board of Equalization that they should rein in the agency's powers before the Legislature does it even further than the BOE might like, which could even include a constitutional amendment to eliminate the agency, reports Adam Ashton in th Bee. Yee submitted a proposal that will be voted on by the board on May 23. 

REORG: Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León has merged the Senate Insurance and Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committees, with the combined committee to be chaired by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Whittier). Mendoza was chair of Senate Insurance. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) was chair of Banking and Financial Institutions. 

HILL: The Bee's Taryn Luna profiles Senator Jerry Hill, one of the most effective members of the upper house, who is termed out in 2020.




DOUBLE-X FACTOR: The LAT's Melanie Mason reports that, despite pledges to the contrary, the gender gap among state employees persists. "According to [a report released last fall], there is a 20.5% disparity in pay between female and male state employees — a wider gap than in the federal civil service and the private sector in California and nationwide."

THE KEY: Daniel Maraccini writes for Capitol Weekly on a bill that would eliminate life without the possibility of parole for juvenile offendors, making offenders eligible for parole hearings after 25 years.





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State Senators Say Yes To Naming Part Of The Ventura Freeway After Former President Obama
John Myers @
The state Senate voted on Monday to rename a portion of the freeway that runs between Pasadena and Glendale in honor of former Presiden...

Mcconnell: Senate 'can't Take Forever' On Health Care - Politico
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell said Republican senators were meeting three times a week to work on health care. | Getty

Hunter's Campaign Spent On Trip To Las Vegas Amid Probe - The San Diego Union-tribune
Morgan Cook @

California State Controller Seeks Additional Restrictions On State Tax Board To Prevent Conflicts Of Interest
Patrick McGreevy @
State Controller Betty T. Yee on Monday proposed new rules aimed at preventing conflicts of interest and other ethical lapses by member...

Brown Makes Environmental Justice Pitch To Get Two-thirds Vote For Cap-n-trade :: Fox&hounds
At the budget revision press conference last week, Gov. Jerry Brown tried to assuage Democratic lawmakers over costs on his cap-and-trade extension by arguing for environmental justice so as to assure a two-thirds vote for the plan.

Ca Tax Board Should Strip Power From Members, Betty Yee Says | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Audio: How Trump's Tax Plan Could Hurt Housing For La's Homeless | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
President Donald Trump's proposal Wednesday to cut the corporate tax rate by 20 percent could wreak collateral damage on efforts to house L.A.'s growing homeless population.

California Politics Updates: Brown Says Trump 'doesn't Have The Answer, UC Audit Finds More Questionable Expenses
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Los Angeles City Ethics Commission - 2017 City And Lausd Elections
The numbers in the tables below are reported by candidates and others who have raised and spent money to influence the 2017 City and LAUSD elections. Public disclosure statements are required by law and must be submitted on a prescribed filing schedule.

Sacramento Judge Declares Mistrial In Pie Attack Of Ex-mayor Kevin Johnson | The Sacramento Bee
Darrell Smith @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Gov. Brown's Ballot Measure Committee Agrees To Pay $1,500 Fine For Campaign Finance Violations
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Ag Becerra Muffs A Chance To Get Tough On Corruption | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

California Democratic Party Faces $3,500 In State Fines For Mishandling Campaign Funds, Governor Gets Warning Letter
Patrick McGreevy @
The California Democratic Party has agreed to pay $3,500 in fines for mishandling a pair of six-figure contributions, but state investi...

Trump Nominates Doug Manchester For Bahamas Ambassador - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Only 1 In 3 Can Afford Median-priced California Home; Situation Better In Sacramento County | The Sacramento Bee
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More Changes Proposed For State Utilities Commission - The San Diego Union-tribune
Jeff McDonald @
Payments from San Diego's most controversial employee benefit program hit a new high in 2016, according to new public pension data.

SF forces gun suppliers to agree to halt sale of high-capacity kits
Five online gun suppliers have agreed to halt their California sales of “repair kits” that buyers can assemble into high-capacity magazines outlawed by the state, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said Tuesday. [...] the suit said, Badger Mountain Supply advertised that it would sell “rebuild kits” in two separate shipments so that California customers could obtain them legally. LAK Supply’s website said, “All hi cap magazine orders from ban states will automatically be converted” into orders for repair kits. A San Francisco city ordinance prohibited possession of high-capacity magazines in 2014, and California voters took the same step in November by passing Proposition 63, whose ban on possession takes effect in July. The National Rifle Association has filed its own lawsuit seeking to overturn the ban on high-capacity magazines and other recent statewide gun-control laws as violations of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: Trump Was 'sloppy' If He Disclosed Sensitive Information To Russians
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday called news that President Trump may have disclosed high-level intelligence information to...

Mcconnell: I Recommended Merrick Garland For FBI Director - Politico
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he recommended Merrick Garland, former President Obama's pick for the Supreme Court who the Senate did not vote on, to lead the FBI. | Getty

'old School Versus New School:' The Battle Over Who Will Run The California Democratic Party
Phil Willon, Seema Mehta @
Just a few months ago, the campaign California Democratic Party chair looked like a lock for L.A.'s Eric Bauman. But Kimberly Ellis, with support from progressives, may surprise everyone.

Political events in the Bay Area: LGBT rally, social media
Political events in the Bay Area: LGBT rally, social media Political events Part of a worldwide event for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia to demand justice for victims of LGBTQ persecution. Social media: A discussion on how social media play into political mobilization and change the nature of protests. The event is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the World Affairs Auditorium, 312 Sutter St., Suite 200 in San Francisco. Abortion rights: NARAL Pro-Choice America holds a happy hour to raise money to support its “fight for reproductive freedom.” Farming film: A screening of “Sunú,” a documentary about the struggle of Mexican farmers to grow traditional, non-genetically modified corn. March to protest Monsanto’s use of genetically modified seeds, 10 a.m. at San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St. For information: Ben Stein, a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor and Berkeley resident, will discuss his documentary, “Near Normal Man,” and free speech vs. hate speech. The discussion will be followed by a screening of his film. North Korea: A conversation with Conn Hallinan, a foreign policy analyst, on North Korea, China and the U.S. Free, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue. Fake news: A conversation with Joaquin Alvarado, CEO of the Center for Investigative Reporting, on the obligation of the government and media to filter fake news. The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity will host a discussion on immigration, followed by postcard writing to support social justice. Elizabeth Warren event: A conversation with Sen. Elizabeth Warren and MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St. in San Francisco.

Fearing New Taxes, California Chamber Of Commerce Appeals Cap-and-trade Decision
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The California Chamber of Commerce is taking its case against the cap-and-trade program to the state's highest court.Joining with the c...