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  • SOS (Statewide): added attorney Mark Meuser (R)
  • CA07 (East Sac County/Elk Grove): updated analysis [available to subscribers]
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Happy lunchtime Tuesday! Can we please have a better day than yesterday? to everyone.

RESPONDING: The LAT's Patrick McGreevy looks at the gun control measures that have been enacted in response to each of the mass shootings. Meanwhile, Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom and Senator Kamala Harris called for bringing more of those measures to the national level, writes Seema Mehta in the Times. 

CapPubRad's Ben Bradford looks at the gun bills awaiting Governor Brown's pen.

ISN'T THAT SPECIAL? Today, voters in AD51 (East LA) will head to the polls and cast ballots in a field of 13 candidates seeking to succeed now-congressman Jimmy Gomez. It will almost certainly go to a December 5 runoff. 

Yesterday, I took a ride-share to the Sac Nat Foods Co-op. On the way back, I had a great conversation with a driver from Iraq. He inquired about what I did for a living and I told him about The Nooner/AroundTheCapitol. He lit up and started asking me a bunch of questions about California politics. He knew the names of electeds and what people were running for next year. He showed a command of California politics like few "regular Joes" I meet out-and-about. 

One of his questions was "can immigrants who become citizens win elections in California, because they couldn't in the country where I was born. I said "yes," and rattled off a few. But, it got me thinking, how many of our state  and federal elected officials were foreign born?

So, I spent last night looking in to this. And, here's what I found. I could be missing some, and would appreciate any additions you might have.

Foreign-born California state and congressional elected officials:

  • CA24 (Santa Barbara): Salud Carbajal (Mexico)
  • CA33 (Torrance): Ted Lieu (Taiwan)
  • CA35 (Ontario): Norma Torres (Guatemala)
  • CA36 (Coachella Valley): Raul Ruiz (Mexico)
  • SD34 (Huntington Beach): Janet Nguyen (Vietnam)
  • AD18 (Alameda): Rob Bonta (Philippines)
  • AD25 (Fremont-Santa Clara): Kansen Chu (Taiwan)
  • AD27 (San Jose): Ash Kalra (Canada)
  • AD46 (Sherman Oaks): Adrin Nazarian (Iran)
  • AD48 (West Covina): Blanca Rubio (Mexico)
  • AD49 (Monterey Park): Ed Chau (Hong Kong)
  • AD66 (Torrance): Al Muratsuchi (Japan)
  • AD68 (Irvine): Steven Choi (Korea)

Some people continue to fear immigrants, but I look at this list with people from both parties and ten different countries who are committed to make their state and country better. It makes me proud to be an American and even prouder to be a Californian. And, these numbers would easily double if we added second-generation Americans.

THE DIVIDE(S): As the Democratic Party showed its growing divide at its May state convention as the "Berniecrats" faced off against the "Establishment," the state Republican Party seems to be emulating. The Bee's Christopher Cadelago looks at the more conservative elements of the party continue to go after GOP legislators who believe that the only way the party can have influence is to work with Democrats, which are in the supermajority and can otherwise ignore them.

The latest casualty is the up-and-comer former Assemblymember and Stanislaus supervisor Kristin Olsen, who stepped down from her role as party vice-chair--and likely the next chair--over the weekend. Olsen says that her reason was the challenges of her service as a Stanislaus County supervisor, a business owner, and a single mother of three. Of course, opponents also highlighted and were prepared to use against her in the GOP chair's race allegations by her estranged husband that she had a relationship with former Assembly GOP leader Chad Mayes.

I've known Kristin since she was a Senate Fellow in 1996-97. She was always on the up-and-up and I never thought of her as a RINO. Whatever the reason of the conservative backlash against her, it's the GOP's loss. 

MUSCLE: Today, Tom Steyer will announce a partnership with the California Labor Foundation and six voter outreach groups to seek to increase voter turnout in the seven California GOP congressmembers sitting in districts where Hillary Clinton outpolled Donald Trump, reports Sarah D. Wire in the Times. This is not campaign spending, as several of the groups--including Steyer's NextGen America--are nonprofits.

SCOTUS WITH THE MOSTEST: The Supreme Court today is looking at whether challenging gerrymandering in redistricting plans among states can look at singular districts or most be considered in the totality of the overall plan. It really shouldn't affect California, since we have a citizens' commission (for now).

MOVING UP: The Bee's Alexei Koseff looks at the changes to remedial education at the California State University and California Community Colleges.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Mark Orozco


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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.

Gubernatorial Candidates Chiang, Newsom Spar Over Vegas Shooting Comments -
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New Law Bans Interfering With A State Audit, After UC Tampering - San Francisco Chronicle
Anyone who knowingly interferes with the duties of California’s independent state auditor will be fined up to $5,000 under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Remedial Education Gets Big Changes At California Colleges | The Sacramento Bee
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California Adopted Some Of The Toughest Gun Control Laws In Country After Multiple Mass Shootings
Patrick McGreevy @
In the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, some suggest the nation could look to California, where previous incidents have sparked a series of laws to combat gun violence, for guidance.

California GOP Leader Kristin Olsen Resigns | The Sacramento Bee
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Gov. Jerry Brown, California Lawmakers Say They 'stand With The People Of Nevada' After Mass Shooting
Update on 'Las Vegas shooting live updates: Carnage at concert leaves 58 dead, 515 injured'

Las Vegas Shooting Unlikely To Result In Federal Gun-control Legislation - San Francisco Chronicle
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked Monday if President Trump was considering pursuing any laws that might prevent massacres like the one in Las Vegas. Her answer: “There’s a time and place for a political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country.”

Supreme Court Set To Decide Whether Partisan Gerrymanders Have Gone Too Far
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Supreme Court confronts a landmark in election law: Can partisan gerrymandering be reined by the courts?

California Political Leaders React To Las Vegas Massacre - San Francisco Chronicle
Students from University of Nevada Las Vegas hold a vigil Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. A gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino hotel rained automatic weapons fire down on the crowd of over

Average Ceo Has To Make Do With $253,088 In Monthly Pension Payments
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In 1998, about half of all private-sector employers in the United States offered newly hired workers a defined-benefit pension for their retirement.

When Can The Californian Cross The Road, And Other New Laws -
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California Farmworkers Will Have To Undergo Sexual Assault Prevention Training
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Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed legislation to ensure farm labor contractors train employees on how to prevent and report sexual assa...

Carlsbad Bans Commercial Marijuana Ahead Of Recreational Pot Sales | Kpbs
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A new ordinance passed in Carlsbad is set to go into effect at the end of October, expressly prohibiting commercial cannabis activity, including the sale of recreational and medical cannabis. But personal use and cultivation will still be allowed under Proposition 64.

Supreme Court Shuts Door On Challenge To UC Policy On Immigrant Tuition - San Francisco Chronicle
Hundreds of people take to the streets to protest President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, opening up hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the

Nikki Haley Hit For Hatch Act Violation Over Trump Retweet - Politico
While Trump himself is not covered by the Hatch Act, ethics lawyers have also raised questions about White House aides who may have played a role in crafting a presidential speech delivered in August urging Missouri voters to oust Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Another Set Of Gun Bills Awaits Gov. Brown's Pen -
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Las Vegas, The Mecca Of Fantasy, Gets A Grotesque Reminder That No Place In America Is Safe From Guns
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Shares In Gunmakers Surge After Las Vegas Shooting - San Francisco Chronicle
Shares in companies that make guns and ammunition were up following the massacre Sunday night in Las Vegas, an unfortunately common knee-jerk reaction following mass shootings. Investors often believe that people will stock up on guns following shootings out of fear the federal government will restrict gun ownership, even though it has not in the past.

25 photos of the Obamas on their 25th anniversary
It’s been 25 years since Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson tied the knot on Oct. 3, 1992. The duo met in 1989, when the future president was a summer associate at Chicago’s Sidley & Austin law firm, where Michelle worked. Today, as the former president and first lady celebrate a quarter-century of marriage, POLITICO takes a look back at 25 moments in their love story.