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  • AD72 (Seal Beach): added governmental affairs representative Greg Haskin (R)
  • AD72 (Seal Beach): added businessman Josh Lowenthal (D)

Happy humpday! 

Well, it's actually a pretty crappy day as we absorb the news of yesterday's shooting in Corning. It's now a weekly epidemic. I grew up hunting with my dad and thus around guns. Of course, the guns we used hunting never had magazines and generally could only fire two shots. After the first shot, the game was gone anyway. 

I don't know the solution, but my friends, we have a major problem. We haven't healed from the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX and now we have one a couple hours north of here. Lots of blame. Yesterday's ass was known by law enforcement. Yet, he was close enough to shatter windows in an elementary school. Thankfully, the staff of Rancho Tehama Elementary School reacted quickly and locked down the school, saving the precious lives of children and staff. 

AURAL PLEASURE: On the Capitol Weekly podcast, Paul Mitchell looks at the political wave last week and whether is will come to California next year. Paul's tickling my ears right now, along with my friends John and Tim at Capitol Weekly. 



The LA district attorney's office is looking into the votes of Santa Monica-Malibu USD trustee Maria Leon-Vazquez for projects destined for her husband's contract employers, report Adam Elmahrek and Benjamin Oreskes for the Times.

The Bee's Christopher Cadelago looks at Jerry Brown's war on SUVs


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CONGRATS: Cal State LA was honored with the prestigious Eddy Award for its work promoting economic development in the Los Angeles region. 





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Senate GOP Intent On Scrapping Health Mandate In Tax Bill | The Sacramento Bee
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Tech Start-ups Fight Senate Plan To Change The Way Stock Options Are Taxed
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A key tool for start-ups to attract employees, stock options are currently taxed when they are cashed in. The Senate Republican tax bill, unveiled last week, would tax the options on the date they vest, meaning when the employee is allowed to begin cashing them in.

Jerry Brown's Green Buildings Not Worth Cost, LAO Says | The Sacramento Bee
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GOP senators consider cutting individual mandate in tax reform effort

Republican senators discussed the proposal to eliminate the Obamacare individual healthcare mandate as a part of tax reform on Nov. 14.

Jerry Brown Announces Latest Inductees To California Hall Of Fame | The Sacramento Bee
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Two California Republicans Undecided On GOP Tax Bill
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Orange County Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Ed Royce aren't ready to take a position on the House GOP tax bill they are scheduled to vote ...

Senators Clash Over Last Minute Changes to Tax Bill

Democrats attacked Republicans for proposing a repeal of the health care individual mandate and for imposing a 2025 expiration date for individual tax cuts, while making the corporate tax cuts permanent.

Brown Tells China Trump's Climate Hoax Remark An Embarrassment | The Sacramento Bee
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Will Harassment Allegations Against Mendoza, Bocanegra Cost Them Re-election? – Daily News
For two Los Angeles-area legislators accused of sexual harassment, the controversy couldn’t come at a worse time and place. It’s happening just as California lawmakers’ 2018 re-election campaigns should be revving up. And it’s happening in a part of the country where voters might be more likely to believe women’s claims.

Deadly October Firestorms Lead To Wave Of Lawsuits Against Pg&e | The Sacramento Bee
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Senate Plan Would Make Individual Tax Breaks Temporary While Corporate Cuts Would Be Permanent
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Even as Senate leaders seek to enhance their tax package to make it more attractive to middle-class Americans, they are proposing making the new individual benefits expire at the end of 2025.

Op-Ed Columnist: This Tax Bill Is Now a Health Care Bill

Less health insurance for some, more tax cuts for others.

Facing Backlog, Law Enforcement Review Board Considers Dismissing 22 Cases Without Investigations - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Pg&e Hit With More Lawsuits Amid North Bay Inferno Probes
PG&E was jolted on Tuesday with a fresh round of lawsuits brought by victims of a series of lethal infernos in the North Bay a few weeks ago.

Senate Considers Ending Obamacare Mandate in Revised Tax Plan

Republican senators are mulling whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate when their tax proposal is revised later on Tuesday.

Former Pimco Ceo El-erian Among Candidates For Fed Vice-chair – Orange County Register
Mohamed El-Erian, Pimco’s former chief executive and a Laguna Beach resident, is one of several candidates under consideration for vice-chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, according to a report Tuesday, Nov. 14 in the Wall Street Journal.

State And Local Tax Deduction Not As Valuable As It Seems - San Francisco Chronicle
The itemized deduction for state and local taxes has become a flash point in the debate over the GOP’s tax plans.

GOP senators continue to call on Moore to withdraw

Republican senators on Nov. 14 continued to urge Senate candidate Roy Moore to end his campaign in Alabama amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Sacramento Adopts New Rules To Crack Down On Aggressive Panhandling | The Sacramento Bee
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Pimco Paying $81 Million To Settle Suit With Bill Gross, A Departed Co-founder – Orange County Register
Billionaire Bill Gross settled his bitter lawsuit against Pacific Investment Management Company, the Newport Beach financial giant he co-founded 46 years ago, and which, he claimed, ousted him unceremoniously in 2014, denying him compensation he was due.