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THE Nooner for October 31, 2017


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GAME SIX: Opening pitch at 5:20 p.m. PITCHERS: On the mound for the visiting Astros--Justin Verlander, (12-8, 3.27 ERA).. On the mound for the hosting Dodgers--Rich Hill (12-8, 3.32 ERA) ODDS: Los Angeles -115. TV: FOX.

Win or lose, please no games over five hours. Much of that is to blame on MLB/FOX, as they had ridiculous commercial breaks that also screwed up great pitchers. 



Well, the survey came back that an overwhelming number of you (mostly women) wanted to keep the name of this midday missive to be "The Nooner." Feel free to continue your feedback. I never want to hurt any reader. 

With no kids and a door that's across a courtyard, I'll be watching the Dodgers game uninterrupted tonight. I gave money to Loaves and Fishes this morning for nutritious meals for the homeless and otherwise stuggling families instead of buying candy corns. Dentists and doctors approve. 

#WESAIDENOUGH: The SacBee's Taryn Luna and Alexei Koseff report on Natomas Unified's trustee Lisa Kaplan's story about sexual harassment in the Capitol. 

Kaplan, now a 42-year-old attorney with a private practice and a trustee for the Natomas Unified School District, says she dealt with harassment and inappropriate advances from men during several years at California’s Capitol. She eventually blew the whistle, she said, when a boss refused to give her a raise she expected and asked why she wouldn’t date him.

The complaint and Kaplan’s career went nowhere. . . .

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez said staff members she’s talked to over the years “feel completely vulnerable” about reporting misconduct, because nothing seems to remain private.




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THE HOUSE: Christine Mai-Duc in the Times writes up the challenge that face House Republicans from California this year. "That’s particularly true in the 13 races where Republican and Democratic incumbents are being targeted. Challengers there have raised more than five times more than the 2016 challengers had this far out from the election. Nearly 70% of the money raised by all congressional challengers has gone to the four Republican-held districts in Orange County that Democrats consider key to their chances."

Frankly, this becomes a catastrophe if they follow leadership down the tax reform provision that eliminates the deduction for home mortgage interest, as constituents would be hit hard with little time for incumbents to explain it while being essentially forced by leadership to vote for the package to preserve the GOP majority. 

This is huge for Darrell Issa, Dana Rohrabacher, and Mimi Walters in particular. Huge property valuations and thus deductions. Explaining an off-setting tax neutral/deduction doesn't fit on a door hanger.



THE RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH: There are lots of proposed ballot measures, most of which have not enough funding to make it to the balot. But, don't overlook the ballot measure to expand rent control, writes Chuck McFadden for Capitol Weekly.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS MAY NOT STAY IN VEGAS: Assemblymember Tom Daly wants to provide workers comp benefits for police officers injured in response to th Las Vegas shootings, reports Jordan Graham at the OCR. Current law, as interpreted by OC county counsel Leon Page only applies to officers only applies to off-duty officers responding within the state's borders.

¿El problema? A boozy night in Tijuana.

Odd in the story. The Orange County counsel is Leon Page, a former senate fellow for Bruce McPherson, one of the best men to serve in the State Senate during my time around the Capitol. I'm pretty sure it was Page who had drinks following day three with Kara Ueda and me at the former Brannan's, now known as the formerly Chops.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Marc Berman, Nelly Nieblas, and Gabe Sanchez!



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California's Gas Tax Increases Wednesday, And The Political Fallout Is Likely To Spill Over Into 2018 Elections
Patrick McGreevy @
Essential Politics

Prisoners Could Vote In California | The Sacramento Bee
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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

State Appeals Court Orders CpUC To Turn Over Disputed Emails - The San Diego Union-tribune
Jeff McDonald @
Aguirre, who is suing to overturn a decision assigning utility customers most of the $4.7 billion in costs related to the failure of the nuclear plant north of Oceanside, praised the appellate court order.

Proposed Initiative Would End Early Release For Some Crimes, Allow More Dna Collection
Patrick McGreevy @
A coalition including police officers and prosecutors on Monday proposed a California state initiative that would end early release of ...

Assemblyman Wants Worker’s Comp For Off-duty Ca Cops Hurt In Vegas Massacre – Orange County Register
In response to Southern California police officers being denied injury benefits for wounds they sustained in the Las Vegas mass-shooting, an Anaheim state assemblyman is proposing legislation to require compensation for officers hurt off duty while responding to out-of-state crimes.

Get Ready For A Bump At The Pump In California - The San Diego Union-tribune
Rob Nikolewski @
Prior to the passage of the gas tax increase, California had the seventh-highest taxes and fees on gasoline in the nation.

Ca Legislative Aides Fear Retaliation In Reporting Harassment | The Sacramento Bee
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Rising Premiums, Consumer Confusion As Covered California Enters 5th Year - San Francisco Chronicle
As Covered California enters its fifth year, the health insurance exchange is facing challenges both old and new, from rising health premiums to widespread confusion among consumers over how their health plans may change next year — all while the president proclaims that the health law that created the exchange is collapsing.

When Men With Power Go Too Far: After Years Of Whispers, Women Speak Out About Harassment In California's Capitol
Chris Megerian, Melanie Mason and Jack Dolan @
It started with a dinner invitation from a former assemblyman more than twice her age. He had offered his services as a mentor, but his...

Rep. Duncan Hunter Said GOP Tax Bill Could Cost Californians More Than Others, But He Still Supports It - The San Diego Union-tribune
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In N.j. Governor’s Race, Both Candidates Steer Clear Of Center

Both candidates are banking on getting the most passionate voters in their corner in what could be among the lowest-turnout-elections in state history. | AP Photo

Orange County Is Ground Zero For Fundraising In California's Most Contested Races
Sarah D. Wire @
More than half of the money raised for the 13 most contested congressional races in California is going to candidates in four Orange County districts.

Report Finds Butte County Deputy Acted In Self-defense In Fatal Shooting | The Sacramento Bee
Cathy Locke @
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Paul Manafort Articles, Photos, And Videos
Trump's onetime campaign manager Manafort faces 12 charges; another ex-aide pleads guilty to lying to FBI Oct. 31, 2017, 6 a.m.

Senators react to charges against former Trump campaign officials

Senators from both parties on Oct. 31 commented on the charges against three former Trump campaign officials unveiled the day before in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe.

Inflatable Dams And A Water Wheel: Latest Plan To Revitalize The L.A. River
Louis Sahagun @
City officials say inflatable dams could unleash recreational, economic and water storage benefits along the concrete Los Angeles River channel

Google Says Russian Troll Farm Was Client, But Spent Less Than $5,000 On Ads During Campaign
As Google, Facebook and Twitter prepare for a two-day Congressional grilling over alleged Russian exploitation of their platforms to influence the last presidential election, Google is asserting that there was relatively little abuse of its online offerings.

L.A. Unified Says PUC Schools Should Have Unearthed Alleged Rodriguez Conflict Three Years Ago
Howard Blume @
There is a new twist in allegations against school board member Ref Rodriguez. Officials at L.A. Unified say his former charter school network should have uncovered the problem three years ago. The network could be in trouble for that.

Who are Californiaâ
Transgender adults in California have about the same poverty and education levels as people who identify as the gender they were assigned at birth, but they are more likely to be white and to be struggling with suicidal impulses, according to a new UCLA study. The report, which is being released Tuesday as part of UCLA’s annual California Health Interview Survey, found that there are an estimated 92,000 transgender adults in California, or 0.35 percent of the state’s over-18 population. UCLA billed the study as the most comprehensive survey of transgender demographics ever conducted in California.

Supreme Court Turns Down Property-rights Challenge To Developer Fees In West Hollywood
David G. Savage @
Supreme Court lets stand California law that requires developers to subsidize affordable housing.