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HOUSING: Governor Jerry Brown was joined by legislators, mayors, housing advocates, and business leaders yesterday in a San Francisco park to sign a package of 15 bills to address the housing affordability crisis, reports John Wildermuth in the Chron. According to the governor's release, "The measures provide funding for affordable housing, reduce regulations, boost construction and strengthen existing housing laws." [list of biils]

AURAL PLEASURE: On the California Politics Podcast, John Myers, Liam Dillon and Marisa Lagos talk the housing package, noting that it's just a start. They also cover the PPIC poll that found a plurality of respondents who don't think it's a good idea for Dianne Feinstein torun again next year. 

GOV: Controller John Chiang  shared six years of tax returns with media outlets yesterday. Christopher Cadelago reports in the Bee "Democrat John Chiang, a candidate for California governor in 2018, and his wife earned an average of nearly $185,000 a year in income and paid a combined tax rate of more than 23 percent, according to six years of returns reviewed Friday by The Sacramento Bee."

AD51 (East LA): The special election for the vacant Assembly seat previously held by now-congressman Jimmy Lopez is on Tuesday, with a runoff on December 5 if no candidate receives a majority. I wrote a pretty detailed analysis for subscribers about six weeks ago, but it seems to still ruing true from what I'm hearing from the ground. The LAT's Chris Megerian also reports.

THE IE: The PE's Jeff Horseman looks at the races facing Sabrina Cervantes (D-AD60) and Marc Steinorth (R-AD40) next year.

DARK BLUE: Capitol Weekly's Nik Bonovich reports on the growing coalition of "progressive" Democrats--now at 22--in the Assembly. 

$$$: The high speed rail project is already facing $1.9 billion (27%) in cost overruns on the 119-mile Central Valley segmant, writes the LAT's Ralph Vartabedian. "The increase reflects difficulties officials have encountered over the last five years, including buying land, moving underground utilities and negotiating agreements with freight railroads."

FRESNO: Former Maricopa, AZ county sheriff and recent Trump-pardonee Joe Arpaio  was the featured speaker at the Fresno County Republican Party last night, drawing protestors and leaving behinsd controversial statements, report Cindy Carcamo and Briitny Mejia in the Times..  

GASSY: The Register's Martin Wisckol writes that a coalition of Los Angeles and Orange County business, labor, and government organizations have cautioned that area members of Congress could find the coalition opposing the re-election of members who support either of the initiatives to repeal the gas tax.

POT: In advance of the legalization of recreational marijuana in 2018, California counties are rounding up illegal marijuana plants, writes Brad  Branan in the Bee. ""The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office said deputies seized more than 2,000 plants at three locations during raids on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The raids followed seizures by officials in Yuba County, Roseville and Elk Grove this month, which netted more than 7,000 plants, according to the agencies."

GUNS: The Bee's Ryan Sabalow takes a look at AB 7 (Gipson). "Assembly Bill 7, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson, would limit where California’s 6 million-plus gun owners can carry unloaded shotguns and rifles in urban areas not previously covered by a statewide ban on openly carrying handguns. Gipson’s bill passed the Democrat-controlled Legislature earlier this month." The biil, which is pending on the governors desk, is subject to heavy opposition from gun advocates. 

SPORTS PAGE: Matt Cain will make his last start for the Giants at 1:05 today, following the announcement hia retirement.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Tina McKinnor, Bruce Pomer, and Bonnie Slosson!



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John Chiang's Tax Returns Show State Income | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
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Democrats Line Up For Lieutenant Governor Race - San Francisco Chronicle
In California, the lieutenant governor’s job comes with little power, a tiny staff and a boatload of built-in ridicule, but that’s not stopping a passel of current and would-be politicians from making it one of the most sought-after posts on next year’s ballot.

Bay Area political events: BART and health care on tap
Political events in the Bay Area Sunday Veg fest: The 18th World Veg Fest promotes health, social justice and sustainability through vegetarian eating. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the San Francisco County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park. Tickets $5 to $25, children 12 and younger free. Grace Cathedral’s Forum: Bay Area novelist and essayist Ayelet Walden will discuss the occupation of the West Bank as she describes in her upcoming book, “Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation.

GOP Tax Plan Would Benefit Super-rich The Most, Slightly Raise Taxes On Upper Earners, Analysis Finds
Jim Puzzanghera @
The Republican tax plan would give the biggest benefit to the super-rich and slightly raise taxes on upper earners while reducing them for everyone else, according to an analysis released Wednesday by a non-partisan think tank.

Will This Affordable Housing Bill Signed By Gov. Brown Be A Nimby-killer In La? – Daily News
One of the bills signed by Governor Jerry Brown Friday as part of a larger housing package could fast-track certain affordable housing projects in Los Angeles, potentially bypassing a process that has allowed community groups to stonewall such projects in their neighborhoods.

Enraged UC Riverside Student Grabs A Make America Great Again Hat From Classmate, Calling It A Symbol Of 'genocide'
Teresa Watanabe @
A UC Riverside student asked campus police Friday to arrest a fellow Highlander who allegedly grabbed his Make America Great Again hat ...

Power-washing A Dirty Job, But Could Say Lives In Hep A Outbreak - The San Diego Union-tribune
Gary Warth @
Dave Ross, also known as Water Man, purchases bottles of water and drives the streets of San Diego looking for homeless people in need of some water and possibly a hug.

With Legal Pot Looming, California Counties Seize Thousands Of Illegal Plants | The Sacramento Bee
Brad Branan @
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Judge unpersuaded by claims of UC bias over Coulter visit â
A UC Berkeley Republican group that sued the university over restrictions on a planned speech in April by conservative commentator Ann Coulter has failed — at least for now — to point to any facts showing discrimination by campus officials, a federal judge said Friday. While U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney said she planned to dismiss the suit by the Berkeley College Republicans against the university and its leaders, she said they could refile the suit within 30 days if they presented plausible assertions that UC officials were ideologically biased or imposed unnecessary restrictions on Coulter and like-minded speakers. A lawyer for the group said the task won’t be difficult.

Mccain, Cardin Urge Trump To Get Tough With Moscow - Politico
Two senior senators are urging President Donald Trump to fully use the new authority to punish Russia that lawmakers overwhelmingly granted him last month.

Brown Brings Housing Bills Home -
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Affordable Housing Bills Signed By Gov. Jerry Brown | The Sacramento Bee
Angela Hart @
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L.A. Unified Students Toss Out $100,000 In Food A Day. A New State Law Could Donate It To Food Banks
Howard Blume @
So much school food goes wasted, tossed in the trash, uneaten. Each day in the Los Angeles Unified School District, students throw out at least $100,000 worth.

Arpaio On Daca: 'put Them On An Airplane' | The Fresno Bee
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La Leaders Want To Pay Homeless To Pick Up Trash From The Streets – Daily News
A trio of Los Angeles City Council members from the Harbor Area and the San Fernando Valley proposed a plan Friday aimed at clearing away the mountains of trash that have cropped up on city streets, sidewalks and alleyways. And they are hoping the city’s homeless will step up to help clean it up.

Unusual Alliances Brought Success For L.A. School Construction :: Fox&hounds
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Health Secretary Tom Price Resigns After Drawing Ire for Chartered Flights

The health and human services secretary stepped down hours after President Trump said that he was “not happy” about Mr. Price’s travel bills.

In The Playboy Mansion, Hugh Hefner Created A House Of Hedonism That May Not Survive Him
Corina Knoll, Benjamin Oreskes, Victoria Kim @
Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner saw the Holmby Hills home as a chance to create a hedonistic headquarters for a business that peddled photos of nude women and a sexually liberated lifestyle that would spark decades of debate.


The selection of a successor for Tom Price, who resigned as secretary of health and human services, could be a turning point in the debate over health care.