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GOV: The rhetoric in the governor's race was amplified as campaign for John Chiang launched a website attacking Gavin Newsom, highlighting a 2009 article in SF Weekly criticizing his performance as mayor. Gavin responds:
“It gives you a sense of where they think they are right now. I think it’s unfortunate they have to go down this path at this stage,” Newsom said in an interview. “I’m not going to go down there with them. I’m going to elevate above it.”
MISSIONARIES: Kevin de León is speaking at the Vatican tonight (Italian time) and Jerry Brown will be there tomorrow. They're speaking as part of climate change conference of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. KDL plans to address the Pope Francis's past criticism of market-based solutions like cap-and-trade, reports Politico's David Siders from Rome.
NOT ME! Former Fresno mayor Ashley Swearengin, long seen as one of the state's most promising GOP prospects, will not run for governor or U.S. Senate next year, reports Seema Mehta in the Times. Swearengin is currently president of the Central Valley Community Foundation.
Also speaking at the California Economic Summit in San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, who also doesn't want to be on the statewide ballot next year. Mehta reports that in his remarks, he made the case of bipartisan cooperation to address housing, water, and workforce needs.
U.S. SENATE: The LAT's Sarah D. Wire reports on the latest entrant in the race for U.S. Senate, progressive activist Alison Hartson. "To focus on the race, Hartson is stepping down as national director of WolfPAC, a nonpartisan political action committee associated with The Young Turks network that is dedicated to getting big money out of elections."
TAX PLAN: Wire also reports on the pickle vulnerable House Republicans from California face next year if the GOP tax plan passes, as many California homeowners will be hurt by the elimination of the state and local tax deduction. "Eight of the 14 Republicans commented Thursday, with four saying they are on board with the bill and four saying they are still reviewing the details."
MEDIA MATTERS: Following a vote last week by New York newsroom reporters and editors to join the Writers Guild of America, CEO Joe Ricketts shut down the online network of publications under DNAInfo and Gothamist--including SFist and LAist. The closure was with no notice to employees and contributing writers, who were assigned stories an hour before the shutdown, reports Michelle Robertson in the Chron. All content has been removed from the sites. The union is exploring options and associated threats of a shutdown during the organizing drive.
The network is owned by conservative billionare Joe Ricketts, founder of TD Ameritrade. He bought Gothamist and similar sites in the spring. The Ricketts family is the owner of the Chicago Cubs.
BEISBAL: Speaking of baseball, I was sad as many of you were about the Dodgers' loss. Of course, I'm now a Giants fan, but you can't take my Dodger blue away from my childhood. Pitching tennis balls against the garage door, I was the gringo Fernando Valenzuela. I grew up in a town in OC that actually had lots of families of Dodger and Angels players.
Anyway, the point is that this article gives billions of reasons to be happy for Houston. A town that takes cash over letting their fans watch games. The LAT's David Hernandez writes:
Now that it’s over and the Astros have returned to Houston with the World Series trophy, the question has to be asked: Was this worth it? More specifically, was the last month worth the Dodgers’ four-years-and-counting television blackout?
It's worth contemplating, largely because the World Series run wouldn't have happened without the controversial $8.35-billion television contract that has made regular-season games invisible to the majority of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
We gave cities the ability to offer franchise agreements for cable companies. As other privately funded utilities, it was necessary for the build out, but never did we think that America's pasttime would be held hostage by billionaires (make that $290 billion).
CHARTER CHAOS: CALmatters's Jessica Calafeti looks into the state auditor's report on school districts approving charter schools to increase their budgets, often outside of the district's geographic boundaries.
Charter schools usually can’t open in California until they find districts willing to track their performance. The agreements are supposed to be limited by geography, but a handful of districts have authorized charters located many miles outside their geographic boundaries—some as far as 50 miles away.
Those school districts say these arrangements are legal and necessary. The applying charter operators need buildings, and they have none to offer, so the charter schools must open elsewhere.
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New Liberal Challenger To Sen. Dianne Feinstein Launches Bid On 'the Young Turks'
Sarah D. Wire @ latimes.com
Alison Hartson, who has spent the last five years pushing to get big money out of politics, announced Thursday she will run for U.S. Senate against California Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Caller Id Scam Targets CalPERS Retirees | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @ sacbee.com
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GOP House Tax Bill Would Deliver Blow To California Homeowners
Lisa Mascaro, Jim Puzzanghera @ latimes.com
Still divided on key issues, House Republicans unveil some elements of the much-anticipated tax plan.
Worst Question To Ask A California Republican: Where Do You Differ From Trump? - San Francisco Chronicle
ANAHEIM — Here’s one question that California’s Republican candidates for governor don’t want to hear, let alone answer: How are you different from President Trump?
San Diego Lawmaker Talks Climate Change At Vatican | Kpbs
Erik Anderson @ kpbs.org
Congressman Scott Peters is part of a large California delegation at the Vatican climate conference that also includes Governor Jerry Brown and Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher V. Ramanathan.
GOP Tax Plan Could Bring Silicon Valley Firms' Cash To U.s.
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Democratic State Sen. Josh Newman Has Raised $1.8 Million To Fight Threatened Recall Campaign By Gop
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
The California Republican Party has spent $822,000 on a petition drive for a recall election against State Sen. Josh Newman, while the ...
San Fernando Valley Activists Call On Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra To Resign
Dakota Smith @ beta.latimes.com
A group led by San Fernando Valley activists wants California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra to step down following revelations he was disciplined in a 2009 groping incident.
House to Vote on Child Health Care, but Funding Will Remain in Limbo
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Members of Congress are eager to renew the ChildrenâÂÂs Health Insurance Program, which has bipartisan support, but they disagree over how to pay for it.
Kidde Recalls 40.5 Million Fire Extinguishers Made Since 1973 | The Sacramento Bee
David J. Neal And Julie K. Brown @ sacbee.com
By David J. Neal And Julie K. Brown
Bay Area Home Buyers Face Mortgage Deduction Slam From GOP Tax Cut Plan
Prospective Bay Area home buyers face a forbidding tax hit on new mortgages as a result of a proposal by Republican lawmakers to slash an array of federal taxes.
Conservatives Push To Repeal Obamacare Mandate In Tax Package - Politico
President Donald Trump also indicated his approval of using the tax vehicle to scrap the mandate this week.
Us Water Commission Wants To Hold Workshop To Avoid Lawsuit Over Sewage Spill | Kpbs
City News Service @ kpbs.org
The U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission announced Thursday that it wants to hold a workshop with San Diego-area cities and agencies in hopes of staving off a lawsuit over the flow of sewage from Mexico.
Republican Tax Bill Proposes Cap On Mortgage Deduction | The Sacramento Bee
Emily Cadei @ sacbee.com
By Emily Cadei
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Says Bipartisan Efforts Only Solution To State's Housing, Water And Workforce Needs
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Thursday held up his city as an example of what can be accomplished when elected leaders put aside p...
House Tax Plan Would Hurt Many California Homeowners, But State GOP Members Look For The Bright Side
Sarah D. Wire @ beta.latimes.com
California's 14 GOP members were hopeful about the GOP tax bill unveiled Thursday. The state's Democrats are blasting them.
Surcharge Could Hit Covered California Customers - The San Diego Union-tribune
Paul Sisson @ sandiegouniontribune.com
What's In The House Tax Bill For People - Nov. 2, 2017
Jeanne Sahadi @ money.cnn.com
Owning A Home Could Cost More Under GOP Tax Plan, Especially If You Live In L.A.
Andrew Khouri @ beta.latimes.com
The Republican tax plan released Thursday seeks to dramatically rewrite rules that have shaped the housing market for decades, potentially dealing a blow to California, where a shortage of housing has led to some of the highest home prices in the nation.