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THE Nooner for November 13, 2017

It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on today:

In High-tax California, A Vote To Scrap Deductions Could Be The Kiss Of Death For Endangered House Republicans
George Skelton @
Essential Politics

Colton Group Petitioning To Put Citizen-backed Marijuana Initiative On 2018 Ballot – San Bernardino Sun
A citizens committee in Colton has launched an initiative to regulate and tax local cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and distribution in order to generate millions of dollars in revenue for law enforcement, schools and public safety programs.

Ca Senate Moves All Harassment Complaints To Outside Firms | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Roadshow: Where Will Money From New Gas Tax Go? – East Bay Times
Q: You should note in your gas tax talk that a good portion of the gas and diesel tax increase won’t go to road repairs. It goes to transit projects, bike lanes and research.

California Promises Free Community College Tuition, But How Will It Pay | The Sacramento Bee
Barbara Harvey @
By Barbara Harvey

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Headed To California For Fundraising. A Sign Of Presidential Ambitions?
Nina Agrawal @
Fueling speculation about a possible presidential run, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is traveling to California for fundraising events in San Francisco and Beverly Hills.

Despite Recent Wins for Democrats, Gerrymanders Dim Hopes for 2018

Partisan redistricting and increasingly restrictive voting laws will make next year’s midterm elections uphill battles for Democrats.

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.

For Reps. Darrell Issa And Duncan Hunter, 'v' Is For ... - The San Diego Union-tribune
Michael Smolens @
Rep. Duncan...

Trump Calls For Tax Reform To Repeal Individual Mandate, Cut Top Rate - Politico

Neither the House bill nor the Senate version under consideration repeals the individual mandate or proposes a top rate that is as low as Trump suggested on Monday.

California's Senate To Hand Over All Sexual Abuse Complaints To Outside Investigators
John Myers @
In the wake of new allegations against a California state senator and criticism of a "pervasive" culture of sexual harassment, the lead...

Mnuchin, Ivanka Trump Plug GOP Tax Reform, Say House, Senate Effort ‘very Close’

Both Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump painted the reform effort as bringing relief to the middle class and stimulating business growth by cutting corporate tax rates. | Getty

Politics, Race Now Touching Every Sport - San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco native Nam Le is a die-hard Bay Area sports fan. He teaches school in Los Angeles but displays Giants, Warriors and Cal flags in his classroom. Students and teacher rib each other a lot.

After Another Woman Accuses Sen. Tony Mendoza Of Inappropriate Behavior, California Senate Announces Big Change – East Bay Times
SACRAMENTO — As more cases of sexual harassment in the Capitol come to light — intensifying concerns over how such allegations are handled — the state Senate on Sunday night announced an extraordinary change in protocol: It will no longer police itself.

Thousands Of Urban, Suburban Sacramento Area Homes At High Risk Of Wildfire | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
By Ryan Lillis

As China Cools On Hollywood, The Movie Business Looks Closer To Home For Money
Ryan Faughnder, James Rufus Koren @
Huahua Media's decision to scrap a $1 billion investment in Paramount Pictures movies reflects a dramatic slowdown in foreign investment in Hollywood.

How Senate Republicans could kick Roy Moore out of the Senate

Republicans don't have many options before Alabama's special Senate election. Afterward is a different story.