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  • SOS (Statewide): added EMT Instructor/Businessman Ruben Major (D) 

Well, what a crappy morning to wake up to the news. Of course, our email boxes are filling up with messages from electeds and candidates expressing sympathy for the people of our neighboring Silver State. There will be time for politics in days ahead, but not today. It's actually probably a good thing that the Legislature is not in session. 

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: The LAT's George Skelton contradicts the talking points that getting rid of the state and local tax deduction in federal tax reform wouldn't necessarily be bad for California.

Meanwhile, from the Assistant Dean, Dan Walters writes for CALmatters that California may have a good reason to be paranoid, although mostly self-inflicted.

TWIN TUNNELS: The deal that brought federal participation to the original Central Valley Project may limit the amount of federal funds available for Governor Brown's proposed twin tunnels to ferry water from the Sacramento River underground to the aquaduct may be in jeopardy, report Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow in the Bee. "The issue came to a head when the board of Westlands Water District, the largest of all the water agencies served by the Central Valley Project, voted Sept. 19 against paying for its share of the expected $17.1 billion cost of the tunnels."

SB 169 (Jackson): The Bee's Angela Hart writes that Jerry Brown  is being pushed by thirty members of the California congressional delegation to sign SB 169, which would codify into state law Obama-era regulations to more effectively address sexual harrassment and violence complaints. 

CAGOP: Former Assemblywoman and Stainslaus County Supe Kristin Olsen announced yesterday that she is stepping down from the role of state GOP vice chair, reports Seema Mehta in the Times. Olsen had been believed to be in the position to succeed Jim Brulte as state party chair.  

GARCETTI: Wil he show his future cards? That's the big question as LA mayor Eric Garcetti visits the Sacramento Press Club luncheon next Tuesday October 10, with an interview by the Bee's Amy Chance. Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members [Info/Registration]

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jim Araby, Brandon Castillo, Gina Frisby, Ryan McElhinney, Brad Pomerance, Bob Reid, and Andrea York!



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Most Bay Area Cities Won't Allow Recreational Marijuana Sales In January - The Cannifornian
The proposition does allow adults to grow six marijuana plants in their home and use it themselves or give it to other people. But selling it in stores requires local governments to set up a whole regulatory framework.

Long Before Petco Park, Citizens Group Foresaw Homeless Crisis And Suggestions Went Unheeded - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Federal investigators probing campaign spending by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, are looking for evidence of fraud, falsified documents and conspiracy in addition to improper personal spending of political contributions, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Scientists Test Running For Key House Seats Held By The GOP In Trump Era - San Francisco Chronicle
IRVINE — Help could be on the way for voters frustrated by congressional Republicans who repeatedly attempt to overhaul health care and shrug off the impacts of climate change: A growing number of doctors, scientists and technology professionals are running for Congress.

Rep. Ami Bera's Father Released From Prison After Serving Time For Campaign Cash Scheme
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Dueling GOP budgets head for collision in quest for tax reform
Senate Republicans released their long-awaited budget blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year, paving the way for a tax overhaul without Democratic buy-in.

UC Berkeley Student Beaten Unconscious Outside Campus Dorm
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A UC Berkeley student was beaten until he lost consciousness early Sunday morning after an altercation at a campus residence hall, campus police said.

Proposed Fence Faces Opposition At Former Tule Lake Internment Camp | The Sacramento Bee
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Border Wall No Novelty For Tijuana Residents - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Can't Guarantee Tax Cut For Entire Middle Class: Mnuchin | Reuters
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Sacramento City Unified Could Get Influx Of New Charter Schools | The Sacramento Bee
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Converting An Old Mining Pit Into 1,800 Homes - The San Diego Union-tribune
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The park has yet to be designed but it is expected to include several baseball and soccer fields that would be lighted at night. The planning group would like the park to be built before housing goes in, but the timing has not yet been settled.

California GOP Vice Chair Steps Down, Setting Off Search For State Party's Next Leader
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Kristin Olsen, vice chair of the California Republican Party, announced Sunday she is stepping down from her post, setting off a search...

Las Vegas Shooting: California Officials Call For Gun Control
Mass Shootings, Regional

Saugus Union School District - Investigation Information
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Big Tech’s Latest Headache: An Unwanted Role In Politics – Politico
A transatlantic working group report.

California's Right-to-die Law: One Oakland Woman's Last Days
Not until death would they part. And they would get to pick the time and the place.

Mexico City Earthquake Toll Hits 361; 8 Still Missing In Collapsed Building – Daily News

Southern California Police, Deputies And Firefighters Among The Wounded In Las Vegas
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Multiple police officers were killed or injured in the deadly shooting in Las Vegas.

Pair Of Pro-gun Bills On Move In House - San Francisco Chronicle
WASHINGTON — The House could pass legislation as early as this week that would roll back decades-old restrictions on gun silencers, opening up the market for a device that critics say would make it difficult in a mass shooting to detect where gunfire is coming from.

Sanders: Trump Has Confidence In Tillerson After North Korea Comments - Politico
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she believed the President and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had spoken in the last 24 hours. | Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

Politicians react to Las Vegas shooting

President Trump, former president Barack Obama and lawmakers offered prayers and condolences to the victims and survivors of the Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 2.