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THE Nooner for October 16, 2017


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The panic that sets in when the internet goes down for a half hour. I turned my computer an TV off and back on again to no avail. Then I called somebody to find out we couldn't look at silly cats on YouTube throughout downtown.

Ugh, Monday. I'm already exhausted after following the fires and last night was no better.

The filing deadline for federal campaigns was last night and I'm making my way through them. This will separate the challengers to incumbent Republicans, as well as to see how strong Andrew Grant is against Ami Bera in CA07.

On fire news, Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley College are closed all week. Most K-12 schools are closed in Napa and Sonoma counties for the week. Check with your local school district: Napa resumes Wednesday and Sonoma County is closed all week.

The Sonoma County losses are estimated at $3 billion.

A new death including that of a contracted firefighter.


  • 42 dead
  • Mendocino: 9
  • Napa: 7
  • Sonoma: 22 dead, 172 missing
  • Yuba: 4

THE OTHER, LESS IMPORTANT, END: Our friend Chris Micheli of Aprea & Micheli gives us the final scoreboard for the legislative year:

  • SIGNED:  859
  • VETOED: 118
  • Veto rate: 12%

Chris also gives us a historical perspective of vetoes:

  • Between 2011 and 2016, Governor Brown vetoed between 10.7% and 15% of the bills
  • Between 2004 and 2010, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed between 22.3% and 35% of the bills
  • Between 1999 and 2003, Governor Davis vetoed between 6% and 25% of the bills
  • Between 1991 and 1998, Governor Wilson vetoed between 8.6% and 24.5% of the bills

MY BAD: Henry Perea didn't leave the Assembly for a job with the Western States Petroleum Association. Instead, he had a layover at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association for one year.

Frankly, as are most of you, I continue to be broken hearted.



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Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill To Pry Loose Trump's Tax Returns - Politico
Trump drew criticism from Democrats and open-government advocates when he became the first president in years to take office without releasing his tax returns. But Brown, a fourth-term Democrat, has resisted similar disclosures. Breaking with a tradition of gubernatorial candidates in California, he did not release his tax returns during his 2010 or 2014 campaigns.

Gov. Jerry Brown Sides With Local Governments, Vetoes State Rules For Installing 5g Cellular Equipment
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Gov. Jerry Brown Kills Proposal For Disclosure Of Salary Information By Gender
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Ivanka Trump, Kushner To Host Democrats For Tax Reform Dinner - Politico
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Cochran Still Out Of Commission Because Of Health Woes - Politico
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Better Weather Helps Battle Against California Wildfires, But New Tragedy Strikes - San Francisco Chronicle
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