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Well, hello there. Hope you are doing well this Sunday. You're certainly in a better mood than the Michigan State Spartans, who were pummelled by arch-enemy Ohio State yesterday 48-3. Today, the Niners have their best shot of breaking their defeated 0-9 record as they host the 1-7 NY Giants. For the edification of the Matts (Harper and Rexroad), #11 USC held off the Buffs yesterday to solidify their top spot in Pac-12 south.



PATTERN? In the Bee, this morning, Taryn Luna reports a detailed account by a former intern of Assemblymember Tony Mendoza on uncomfortable behavior from him as a boss.

The woman, Jennifer Kwart, came forward with her account hours after The Bee published a story Thursday about a Senate investigation of allegations that Mendoza on at least two occasions invited a 23-year-old fellow to his home to review her résumé for an open job in his office earlier this year. . . .

Kwart currently works for Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, as his district office director. She officially reported her experience for the first time to a supervisor Thursday, she said, after reading The Bee story about the Senate investigation into similar allegations against Mendoza involving the other young woman.

She said the supervisor reported it to the Assembly Rules Committee. When contacted by The Bee on Friday, a spokesperson for Chiu said the office follows all procedures for reporting incidents of harassment or intimidation brought to their attention.

A lot was made of the Senate calamity that brought down three sitting members a few years ago, for issues ranging from residency to international gun running. We now have three members under scrutiny for sexual and other harassment -- Senator Tony Mendoza and Assemblymembers Raul Bocanegra and Devon Mathis. The door is now open and, increasingly, victims are naming names and willing to disclose their own. We will likely see many more which could reshape the Legislature. 

DOUBLE-X FACTOR: Meanwhile, Baldwin Park councilwoman Susan Rubio  has found renewed attention to her campaign for State Senate, in which she faces the formidable former assemblyman Mike Eng, reports Patrick McGreevy in the Times. Rubio is the ex-wife of former assemblymember Roger Hernandez, who she obtained a domestic violence order against.

Rubio’s backers say issues important to women are not getting the attention they need, in part because of a decline in the number of women in the Legislature. There are 26 women in the 120-member Legislature, the lowest number since the 1997-98 session.




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GUBER: John Myers looks at the LAT/USC Dornsife poll's findings on whether the next governor should continue Jerry Brown's policy direction or head elsewhere.

Because Brown will hand over a state budget in better condition than the one he found in 2011, as well as substantial efforts on a higher minimum wage and the criminal justice system, his fellow Democrats will tread carefully. A lot of voters may not be paying attention to the current governor, but they seem to want more of what he’s been doing.

ECOTOPIA: For CALmatters (I still always type The Bee), Dan Walters looks at the parallel between today's politics and the 1975 novel Ecotopia that envisions a break-away of Washington, Oregon and Northern California to create a union closer to their values.

They appear to be implementing, one piece at a time, Ecotopia’s major tenets. And that’s been particularly true in the last year, ever since Donald Trump was elected president and Republicans solidified their holds on Congress and on a strong majority of state governments.

I haven't read this book, but just ordered it and look forward to turning the pages on Tuesday.

Okay...I'm off to get my dharma on and get my grub for the week at farmers market. Enjoy your Sunday! Yea, it's street taco day!



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to John de los Angeles, Marcos Bretón, Christopher Cabaldon, Sharon Cvetich, Deborah Howard, Wendy James, and Karen Keeslar!



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As Harassment Allegations Rock Sacramento, Violence Against Women Becomes A Focus Of State Senate Campaign
Baldwin Park Councilwoman Susan Rubio is running for state Senate a year after she sent shock waves through the Capitol when she went to court and obtained a domestic violence restraining order against her estranged husband, then-Democratic Assemblyman Roger Hernandez.

Harassment Claims Named CalPERS Candidate | The Sacramento Bee
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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Legionnaires’ Cases At Disneyland Being Investigated By Health Care Agency; Officials Say There’s No Current Health Threat – Press Enterprise
An Orange County Health Care Agency official says Disneyland is one of the places the agency is investigating in Anaheim as a potential source of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that has sickened a dozen people who either live in, work in or have visited the city.

Most California Sheriffs Fiercely Opposed The 'sanctuary State' Law. Soon They'll Have To Implement It
Jazmine Ulloa @
As elected officials and keepers of jails across the state, sheriffs will bear the brunt of implementing California's 'sanctuary state' law.

Virginia Victories Show Democrats Learning To Spend Money More Wisely - San Francisco Chronicle
While many Democrats have been heralding the election victories in Virginia last week as the start of the party’s revival, others are using them to consider how the national party and other political organizations can better spend their money.

Dnc Chief Perez 'not Talking About Impeachment' After Ad Campaign - Politico

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez speaks at Ralph Northam's night party at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va on Nov. 7. | Cliff Owen/AP Photo

Resistance Aces Early Test As Voters Show Up This Time - San Francisco Chronicle
The resistance to President Trump and his GOP enablers had its first real test Tuesday, and the winner was the Democratic Party, in more ways than one.

Sparked By #metoo Campaign, Sexual Assault Survivors Will March In Hollywood Rally To 'see They're Not Alone'
Alene Tchekmedyian @
Survivors of sexual assault and harassment will gather Sunday for the "Me Too Survivors' March" in Hollywood.

City Hall Strangely Worried Over Weed As Legal Use Nears - San Francisco Chronicle
When 74 percent of San Francisco voters last year backed legalizing the adult recreational use of marijuana statewide, the idea was to make it easier to buy and smoke pot — a substance that has never been that hard to buy or smoke in San Francisco anyway.

Brady: House Will Not Accept Repeal Of State, Local Tax Deduction - Politico

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady said Sunday that his colleagues would not accept Senate Republicans' plan to eliminate a federal deduction for state and local taxes as part of an effort to overhaul the tax code.

Ice Detainee Women Sickened By Chemical Fumes - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Senior White House aide: Give Roy Moore more time to defend himself

Legislative affairs director Marc Short says Washington doesn't know the Senate candidate as well as Alabama voters do.

UCLA Basketball Team Returns To L.A., With Three Arrested Players Still In China
Ben Bolch @
Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley remained in a hotel in Hangzhou, China, along with a contingent of UCLA and Pac-12 Conference officials, according to a person close to the situation not authorized to comment publicly because of the sensitive nature of the information.

Mnuchin: Trump Not Being Played By Putin - Politico

"Nobody thinks this has had any impact on the election," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

A Bible And A Gun? How Churches, Temples, Mosques Are Rethinking Security – Orange County Register
Pastor Mark Whitlock heard the news when he was in his office, surrounded by a security team, as he prepared to deliver his Sunday service.