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DOUBLE-X FACTOR: The Legislative Women's Caucus has called on legislative leaders to address the sexual harassment that has taken over the Capitol, reports Taryn Luna in the Bee.

The caucus, which consists of all 26 female lawmakers serving in the state Legislature, called for unified action from two houses that are accustomed to acting independently. The goal is to develop bipartisan policies that make services available to victims, establish a confidential reporting system, hold perpetrators accountable and creating lasting change to the Capitol culture.

Meanwhile,Pro Tem Kevin de León has called a special Rules Committee hearing for later this month to strip Senator Tony Mendoza of his chairmanship of the Senate Insurance, Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and seats on other boards and commissions, writes Luna. He will keep his committee assignments, just not the chairmanship.

For CALmatters, Laurel Rosenhall looks at the Legislature's tradition of "do as we say not as we do."

At the Democratic Party executive board meeting, there's a petition being circulated to presser Pro Tem de León and Speaker Anthony Rendon to call for the resignation of Senator Mendoza and Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra

ECONOMY: As employers added 31,000 jobs last month, the unemployment rate dropped to 4.9%, reports Andrew Khouri for the Times.

POT: The Chron's Ed Murrieta looks at highlights of California's new marijuana regulations. 

No more buds displayed in bulk containers and jars. Sayonara, super-potent edibles. Bye-bye, canna-milkshakes. Forget freebies.

On Thursday, California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control released 273 pages of long-awaited temporary emergency rules to govern legal cannabis sales starting Jan. 1.

GOV: Gavin Newsom had a fundraising haul of $204,200 reported yesterday.

GASSY: The Third District Court of Appeals upheld Attorney General Xavier Becerra's title and summary for the ballot initiative to repeal the gas tax, writes the Chron's Bob Egelko. 

CADEMS: At the Executive Board meeting of the California Democratic Party in Millbrae this weekend, the party is considering changing the endorsement process for incumbents, requiring then to get 60% of delegate votes, reports the LAT's Seema Mehta. Currently, incumbents need a simple majority, while challengers require 60%. 

FIRE: The LAT's Sonali Kohli provides an update on the investigation into the cause of the fire disaster in the wine country. "Cal Fire is likely to take months to determine the official cause. But in wine country, there is already one prime suspect: utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric."



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CA22 (Visalia): Devin Nunes's Democratic opponent has erected a billboard of the congressman on a leash held by Vladimir Putin, reports the LAT's Sarah D. Wire.

POTUS LOVE: In the Times, Christine Mai-Duc reports on the spending at Trump properties by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and CD43 candidate Omar Navarro.

THE GAVEL: President Trump could have the ability to appoint more conservative judges in California in a rules change by Senate Judiciary, reports Casey Tolan in the Merc News. "Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Thursday that he wouldn’t necessarily follow the Senate’s informal “blue slip” policy, which allows senators to veto judicial nominees in their home states."



LAW AND ORDER: Former Public Utilities Commission and Capitol insider Susan Kennedy is being investigated by the Fair Political Practices Commission, reports the SDUT's Jeff McDonald. "The FPPC document request appears to be focused on Kennedy’s consulting work for Lyft Inc. as well as other transportation network companies. It also references Pacific Gas & Electric, a Northern California utility whose gas pipeline exploded in 2010 and killed eight people."

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De León wants Mendoza removed from Senate committees amid harassment probe
SACRAMENTO — Leaders in the California Senate will vote this month on whether to strip a fellow senator of his coveted committee chairmanship after a third woman stepped forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. The move by Senate President Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, to oust Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia (Los Angeles County), of his appointed positions came after a third woman told the Sacramento Bee on Thursday that she was sexually harassed by Mendoza while working in his office. The move also comes a week after de León, who is trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the 2018 election, moved out of the Sacramento home he shared with Mendoza.

Political Probe Launches For Former Utilities Commissioner, Governors' Aide - The San Diego Union-tribune
Jeff McDonald @
State political ethics regulators are conducting an investigation that involves the dealings of the California Public Utilities Commission and a former member of the panel, Susan Kennedy.

Trump Could Appoint Conservatives To California’s Federal Courts More Easily After Senate Shift
Casey Tolan @
President Donald Trump could have an easier time appointing conservative judges to California’s federal courts under a policy shift in the U.S. Senate this week that is drawing withering criticism from Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

California Senate Leader Moves To Suspend Sen. Tony Mendoza From Committee Posts After Harassment Allegations
Patrick McGreevy and John Myers @
California's Senate leader on Friday expanded an effort to transfer sexual harassment investigations to outside experts, while taking action to remove a Los Angeles lawmaker accused of inappropriate behavior from an influential committee chairmanship.

Tehama Shooter May Have Been Targeting Specific Boy When He Attacked School, Neighbor Says | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria And Dale Kasler @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

GOP Tax Plan May Make Business A Target For Tax Raisers In Ca :: Fox&hounds
ron de Arakal @

Sacramento Signs Job Incentive Deal To Attract Headquarters For Fortune 500 Company Centene
Ryan Lillis @
Sacramento city leaders have signed a multimillion-dollar incentive package with a Fortune 500 health insurer that plans to establish its West Coast headquarters in North Natomas, bringing hundreds of jobs in the years to come.

Don't Feast On Edible Marijuana Until You Read This
Gary Robbins @
Will you be having a bit of marijuana with your bacon? Or a pinch of it in your coffee? Or a dab in the syrup you’ll pour on your pancakes?

Child Protective Service Ignored Risk To Jadianna Larsen, Suit Says
Darrell Smith @
Widespread failures by Sacramento County child welfare workers, housing managers and health providers to flag the killer in their midst led to the sexual assault and murder of 6-year-old Jadianna Larsen at her south Sacramento Mercy Housing apartment, according to new allegations filed in a wrongful death suit in the child’s death.

California Democrats Could Soon Make It Harder For Incumbents To Win Their Endorsement
Seema Mehta @
A liberal faction is trying to make it harder for incumbents to win the state Democratic party endorsement, an effort to create a hurdle for Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Why Trump ignores allegations against Moore and himself, but attacks Franken

As sexual misconduct allegations sweep politics, President Trump is staying quiet on the women who have accused him and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of harassment or assault, but attacking Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).

Navy Seal Charity Retracts Fundraising Flyer That Promised Training Complex Tour, Mattis Visit - The San Diego Union-tribune
Carl Prine @
Federal laws and Department of Defense regulations bar employees from giving preferential treatment to any private organization, including charities.

House Tax Plan Would Mean Higher Borrowing Costs For Hospitals, Schools, Affordable Housing
James Rufus Koren @
The House tax plan would add a tax on bonds used by hospitals, colleges and affordable housing developers, raising borrowing costs for those institutions. Critics of the plan call it a shortsighted move with no public benefit.

Republican Governorsâ

Republican governors gathered in Austin amid grave misgivings over the impact that President Trump will have on the party’s control over statehouses.

Fired Google Engineer James Damore Says He's Autistic, 'sees Things Differently'
James Damore, the former Google engineer who published a screed against Google’s diversity initiatives, wants you to know he isn’t using autism as an excuse.

San Diego Advances 'community Choice Energy' Business Plan | Kpbs
Andrew Bowen @
A memo signed by the city's director of economic development said the city will soon hire a consultant to develop a CCA business plan. That action that was originally planned for a vote at the City Council in January, but the memo indicates Mayor Kevin Faulconer has already directed staff to proceed.

Why a Firm Believer in Tax Cuts Could Derail the Senate Tax Cut Plan

Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, a small-business owner, says the measure would give an unfair advantage to larger corporations.

60 Indicted In Sd County After Undercover Auto Theft Operation - The San Diego Union-tribune
Teri Figueroa @

Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 Trip To Paris For Lunch With Moscow-linked Couple Remains A Puzzle
David S. Cloud @
When Donald Trump Jr. visited Paris less than a month before the 2016 election, he gave a paid speech and had an elegant meal. His host briefed Russia's Foreign Ministry days later. It's the latest example of Russia using intermediaries to approach senior members of the Trump team.

Peter Thiel Is Out From Startup Accelerator Y Combinator
Polarizing billionaire venture capitalist and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is no longer a partner at Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator.

In Orange County, Fear And Loathing For The GOP Tax Bill
Mark Z. Barabak @
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Trump Sends Mixed Signals On Hunting Trophy Ban - Politico

"Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts," President Donald Trump tweeted Friday night. | Jose Castanares/AFP/Getty Images