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THE Nooner for May 17, 2017

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Happy Humpday! It should be a beautiful day in SacTown today, before the beginning of a warming trend that will bring the mercury near 100 for the weekend to welcome the Democratic Party's delegates and reiterate Sacramento's reputation as a broiler.

SPORTS PAGE: Giants beat the Dodgers 2-1 in a game with few bats last night. Today is the final game at 12:45pm. So, say you're going to be on a long conference call, take your phone off the hook, and shut your door. If you were watching last night's game, you learned of the Warriors resounding victory over the Spurs with the fireworks across the bay. The Warriors now lead the Spurs 2-0 in the Western Conference finals, as the teams head to San Antonio for Game 3 on Saturday.

One correction for Early-Bird subscribers (it was corrected by noon). The voting for California Democratic Party statewide officers is from 4-7pm on Saturday. Only if there are races in which one candidate doesn't receive 50%+1 will there be runoff voting from 8am-10am on Sunday.

CDP: In advance of this weekend's Democratic Party convention, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has now given a dual endorsement for the close race for state party chair. Newsom, who is running for governor, previously endorsed longtime insider Eric Bauman. Yesterday, seeing an insurgence from progressive "Berniecrats," Newsom also endorsed Kimberly Ellis.

Some say it's a cynical move; others say its a sign that he wants to bring the party together. Either argument can be made, but what is clear is that the party is in desperate need of unification. Delegates are arguing over the direction of the party and whether it should accept money from banks or not, while focusing less on what's happening (or not happening) in Washington and the subsequent impact on California.

NO RAISE: Statewide constitutional officers and the members of the Legislature will not be seeing raises for the time being. Why? Governor Brown hasn't filled vacancies on the California Citizens Compensation Commission, which was scheduled to meet today, but doesn't have sufficient members to do so, reports Alexei Koseff in the Bee.

NOT SO FAST: Meanwhile, after Kimberly Guilfoyle--Fox News anchor and Gavin Newsom ex- --acknowledged she was in discussions with the White House about joining as a new press secretary, the network put out a statement that she is under a long-term contract and is a "valued" member of its prime-time line-up. The MercNews's Casey Tolan reports would think that Fox would consider it a victory to have one of their own become the spokesperson for the White House. However, they may fear that it could be a blemish if the Administration can't turn this recent series of missteps around.




  • City Council: Cedillo wins reelection, Rodriguez heads to victory in northeast Valley [LAT] - "With 100% of precincts reporting, [Gil] Cedillo had received more than 70% of the votes cast in District 1, which includes Westlake, Highland Park and Chinatown. . . . With 100% of precincts reporting early Wednesday, former city commissioner Monica Rodriguez built a five-point edge over Karo Torossian, an aide to Councilman Paul Krekorian, in the District 7 runoff. Rodriguez captured nearly 53% of the vote in the northeast San Fernando Valley district."
  • LAUSD: Charter school proponents were victorious in both of the school board runoffs, shifting the board to a pro-charter majority. Nick Melvoin easily defeated Steve Zimmer, and Kelly Gonez defeated Imelda Padilla by a few points. KPCC reports on the victory for charter school advocates.
  • Measure C, which provides for civilian review of police disciplinary matters easily passed.

CA34 (Los Angeles): Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez has captured the LAT's endorsement in the runoff for the filling of Xavier Becerra's congressional seat.



JUST SAY NO: Kamala Harris is urging the Trump administration to have a war on drug abuse and not just a resurgence of the war on drugs, writes Sarah D. Wire in the Times.

BAN THE BOX: In Capitol Weekly, Chuck McFadden looks at efforts in the Assembly to prohibit employers from asking on the first application if someone has been convicted of a felony.

ISSA'S BIRDIE? Was there a finger or not? Politico reporter Rachael Bade tweeted yesterday that she asked Darrell Issa a question about the Comey situation and was given a response of a middle finger by the Vista congressman. Issa responded via Twitter that it simply didn't happen, reports the LAT's Sarah D. Wire.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula, David Kersten, and Anthony Wright!



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Sen. Jerry Hill Has Most Bills Signed In Ca Legislature | The Sacramento Bee
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Cedillo And Bray-ali Seek Votes In Each Other's Strongholds
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Lower-income areas favored incumbent Gil Cedillo in the District 1 primary, while more upscale neighborhoods leaned toward challenger Joe Bray-Ali, a Times analysis found.

California Tolerates Poor Educations For Millions | The Sacramento Bee
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Observations on California and its politics

L.A. City Council: Cedillo Wins Reelection, Rodriguez Heads To Victory In Northeast Valley
Dakota Smith, Emily Alpert Reyes, Nina Agrawal @
Cedillo easily defeats challenger Joe Bray-Ali, while Rodriguez is poised to join Nury Martinez as the only women on the council

Kamala Harris To Trump: Leave Grandma's Marijuana Alone | The Sacramento Bee
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"california Trusts Women'' Pro-choice License Plate Moving Through The Legislature
California legislature, Health, Politics, Regional

Assemblywoman Asks Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra To Drop Electioneering Prosecution Of 86-year-old Activist
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Former Sheriff Mcginness Withdrawls From Picnic Day Probe After Racial Comments | The Sacramento Bee
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Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Charter Backers Poised To Win Their First L.A. School Board Majority
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The winners of a pivotal Los Angeles Board of Education election will be revealed here.

Political events in the Bay Area: abortion rights, GMO marches
Political events in the Bay Area: abortion rights, GMO marches 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: Stop the Wars Before They Start, with a Korean scholar and journalist and a member of the Syria Solidarity Movement. Ben Stein, a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor and Berkeley resident, will discuss his documentary, “Near Normal Man,” and free speech versus hate speech. Trump opposition panel: A discussion on the first 100 days of President Trump’s administration and strategies for Trump opponents. Speakers include staffers from House Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s office and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The panel is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, Rainbow Room, 1800 Market St. The event is free but has limited seating. 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. Policing: A conversation on policing reform, led by Ronald Davis, former director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. 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. The event is from 10 a.m. to noon at the Northern Police Station Community Room, 1125 Fillmore St. in San Francisco. 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.

Assembly Bill Bans Edible Marijuana From Looking Like Candy -
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Bipartisan Health Care Talks Pick Up Steam In Senate - Politico
The prospect of a bipartisan fix could chip away at GOP support for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to repeal Obamacare. | Getty

California State Senate Advances Bill To Repeal Mandatory Sentence Enhancements For Some Drug Convictions
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Nelson Steps Down From San Diego Port Commission, Citing Conflicts - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Payments from San Diego's most controversial employee benefit program hit a new high in 2016, according to new public pension data.

Harris concerned about the public's confidence in government

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the committee has a responsibility to investigate potential Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.

Gil Cedillo Articles, Photos, And Videos
Incumbent Gil Cedillo took the lead in early returns Tuesday night over challenger Joe Bray-Ali in a heated runoff for a Los Angeles City Council seat representing a swath of northeast L.A.

Big Changes Possible For Ca Community College Students
A new bill would mean more credit, less remedial education.

Rep. Duncan Hunter's Campaign Spent On Trip To Las Vegas Amid Probe
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SF supervisors move forward density bonus affordable housing plan
Supervisor Katy Tang appears to be closer to getting the votes she needs to pass a law allowing developers to build taller structures in exchange for creating more affordable housing — an idea that faced opposition from her progressive colleagues last year. On Tuesday, the supervisors unanimously approved amendments to make the law more family friendly and to account for the huge variation in property values among different neighborhoods in San Francisco. The idea to cap rents at 20 percent below the neighborhood market rate closely resembles a proposal recently floated by the Council of Community Housing Organizations, an affordable housing advocacy group that recently injected itself into the negotiations between two factions on the board. Though it has hit turbulence in the past, the density bonus proposal generated little discussion Tuesday as the Supervisors unanimously approved the amendments and agreed to hear the item next week. On one side of the fight are moderates Tang, Supervisor London Breed and Supervisor Ahsha Safai, pitching legislation that would require new market-rate developments to have 18 percent affordable housing, aimed at middle-class families.