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THE Nooner for October 28, 2017


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  • CA08 (SB High Desert): added former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R)

GAME FOUR: Opening pitch at 5:20 p.m. PITCHERS: On the mound for the visiting Dodgers--Alex Wood (16-3, 2.72 ERA). On the mound for the Astros--Charlie Morton 14-7, 3.62 ERA). ODDS: Houston -129. TV: FOX.

Happy Saturday. We have another beautiful fall day. For the 4pm kickoff of the UC Davis homecoming game, it should be 83.

#WESAIDENOUGH: Elyse Flynn Gyore, chief of staff to Senator Richard Roth, is drawing praise from around the Capitol after telling her story of being groped by now-Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra. The LAT's Melanie Mason reports that the incident occurred when Bocanegra served as chief of staff to then-Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes. The incident took place at an after-work gathering at the Mix in 2009. Gyore filed a complaint, which was investigated by an outside firm and led to Bocanegra being "disciplined." The Pacoima Democrat is now Assembly Majority Leader.

The LAT has the letter that Assembly Rules sent to Gyore following the investigation.

Mason reports that the leaders of the WE SAID ENOUGH campaign are focusing on seeking a revamp of the complaint process used by staffers in the Legislature.

The LAT is collecting stories of sexual harassment in government or politics.

Meanwhile, Roll Call's Griffin Connolly writes that Congresswoman Jackie Speier announced the she was the victim of sexual assault while a congressional staffer and that she would introduce legislation next week to "speed up the process for lodging an official complaint with the Congressional Office of Compliance (OOC) and require all lawmakers and staffers to complete an annual sexual misconduct training course, the sources said."

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GUBERS: The four leading Democratic candidates for governor gathered for a city club forum last week, reports SF Chronicle editorial page editor John Diaz, who moderated the event. "Their differences are not bountiful, but they are significant, and they are worth scrutinizing and debating."

TAX REFORM: The LAT's Sarah D. Wire reports on the back-and-forth between Governor Jerry Brown and Congressman Darrell Issa over taxes. "As the debate over tax reform rages in Washington, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) is blaming Gov. Jerry Brown's policies for creating a situation where Californians pay high local and state taxes and claim them as a deduction of their federal taxes. An estimated one in three Californians claim the State and Local Tax, or SALT, deduction, that would end under a tax plan proposed by the GOP."

McClatchy's Emily Cadei reports that all fourteen House Republicans from California voted yesterday for the tax plan, including the elimination of the state and local tax deduction. In 2015, the deduction was taken by more than 6 million Californians, cutting their federal tax liability by $112.5 billion.

TOP TWO: The initiative to repeal the top-two primary was given the green light to begin signature gathering. The sponsor is Tom Palzer, a 2016 U.S. Senate candidate. It's unclear whether the parties, which don't care for top-two, will fund the effort to gather signatures.

HOUSING: Capitol Weekly's Nik Bonovich looks at  SB 35 (Wiener), which was part of the housing package and streamlines the permitting process for affordable housing.



GOP DIVIDE: The PE's Jeff Horseman looks at the divide within the GOP and what it portends for next year's election. “It’s not enough to be in Congress and take up space,” [Tim Donnelly] said. “I think a lot of conservatives are shocked and horrified that the simple campaign promises (like repealing Obamacare) – all of a sudden they can’t do it. They’re Keystone Cops with a purpose” of not wanting Trump to succeed."

Donnelly is running again for CA08, which he lost in the 2016 June primary to three-term congressman Paul Cook.

Don't expect to find many competitive congressional races in Los Angeles County, writes Kevin Modesti in the Daily News

BALLOT: California's big egg producers have submitted a measure to undo many of the farm animal protections adopted in Proposition 2 in 2008.

PRICIER PARKS? The Trump Administration is considering more than doubling the cost to $70 per car of visiting some national parks, including Yosemite, during peak times, reports Dale Kasler in the Bee. Other California parks that would be covered include Joshua Tree and Sequoia & Kings Canyon. "Announced by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the proposal was met with swift condemnation by park advocates and tourism promoters." Yeah, it's that Zinke who has been criticized for taking costly charter flights.

U.S. SENATE: After flirting with the idea, former one-term GOP congressman Ernie Konnyu told the MercNews that he will not be challenging Dianne Feinstein next year, reports Casey Nolan. "This is hardly a shocking development — Konnyu previously mulled running for lieutenant governor in 2014 and U.S. Senate in 2016, but never got in either race."

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California Dem Gubernatorial Hopefuls Put Ideas, Differences On Display - San Francisco Chronicle
With the primary election seven months away, it’s already clear that single-payer health care and education reform are going to be the key dividing lines among the Democrats running to succeed Jerry Brown as governor of California.

California Lawmaker Rose Despite Sex Harassment Discipline | The Sacramento Bee
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California Assemblyman Was Disciplined After Woman Claimed He Groped Her
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California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra was disciplined after a human resources investigation eight years ago, when a female Capitol staffer accused him of “inappropriate and unwelcome physical contact,” The Times has learned.

Gas Tax Hike Looms In California On Nov. 1 | The Sacramento Bee
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California Assembly Speaker Applauds Capitol Staffer's 'bravery' In Going Public With Complaint Against Assemblyman
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Judge Sentences Azano To Three Years In Federal Prison - The San Diego Union-tribune
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The Governor Blocked Medicaid Expansion. Now Maine Voters Could Overrule Him.

The state is the first in the nation to put expansion of the health insurance program on the ballot, opening a new front in the political battle over Obamacare.

Facebook Outlines Ad Transparency Efforts Before Russia Hearings
Facebook plans to pull back the curtain on political advertising amid pressure from U.S. lawmakers to do more to protect election integrity.

President Trump Goes After Tom Steyer On Twitter After The Ultra-liberal San Francisco Hedge-fund Icon Called For Impeachment.
President Trump goes after Tom Steyer on Twitter after the ultra-liberal San Francisco hedge-fund icon called for impeachment.

Lularoe Allegations: Some Un-surprised, Others Outraged After Details Of Class-action Lawsuits Emerge – Press Enterprise
Corona-based LuLaRoe has been hit with two lawsuits alleging that the clothing company’s promise of bonuses was based on a pyramid scheme. The lawsuits allege that LuLaRoe has left many of its sales consultants with unsold and unreturnable merchandise.

Paul Ryan begins a make-or-break push for tax legislation â

Enemies and allies agree that if the upcoming tax proposal fails, Ryan’s job and the Republican majority in the House will be at risk.

Trump Plan To Hike Entrance Fee At Yosemite Could Price People Out, Critics Say | The Sacramento Bee
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By Dale Kasler

Confusion Abounds As Enrollment Nears For California Health Insurance Exchange
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Let me ease your mind straightaway on three critical points:

UC Davis Researchers Test Drug That May Reverse Symptoms Of Autism | The Sacramento Bee
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By Molly Sullivan

On taxes, Trump is an eager salesman â

Trump is trying to win over key senators and sell the Republican tax plan to the public, but most GOP lawmakers are doing most of the policy work.

Park Service Yanks Black Panther Party History Project Grant
BERKELEY — A month after announcing its plans to greenlight $98,000 in federal funds for a project by a UC Berkeley professor documenting the Black Panther Party’s legacy, the National Park Service has pulled the plug amid a fierce backlash by conservatives who decried the history of what they labeled “a violent extremist group.”

Haley: 'i Would Not Take' Secretary Of State Job - Politico

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has downplayed any personal rifts with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. | Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

More Ink, Less Water: News Coverage Of The Drought Prompted Californians To Conserve, Study Suggests
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Extensive media coverage of recent droughts in California played a role in reducing water use. Each doubling of drought-related newspaper articles in a two-month period was associated with up to an 18% reduction in water use.

Is Co-working Market Getting Too Big, Too Fast? Some Say 'poaching' Is A Sign - The San Diego Union-tribune
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UC Berkeley student newspaper removes criticized cartoon
The independent student newspaper at UC Berkeley has removed an editorial cartoon from its website that critics including UC Berkeley’s chancellor called anti-semitic. The depiction of attorney Alan Dershowitz that gave him distorted features and showed him stamping on a Palestinian person, “should not have been published, and we sincerely apologize that it was,” Daily Californian editor-in-chief Karim Doumar wrote in a blog entry posted on the paper’s website on Friday. The cartoon, which appeared in the paper on Oct. 13, “hearkened to clearly anti-Semitic tropes,” Doumar wrote. Because of that, it has been taken off the website.