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  • GOV: added Cole Harris (R)
  • GOV: added Robert Jacques (NPP)
  • CA25 (Antelope/Santa Clarita): added Mike Masterman-Smith (D)
  • CA36 (Coachella Valley): added Doug Hassett (R)
  • CA42 (Corona): added Thomas Edward Smith (D)
  • AD35 (San Luis Obispo): added farmer William Ostrander (D)
  • AD46 (Sherman Oaks): added actor/enterpreneur Roxanne Hoge (R)

Happy Tuesday! At 1:30 today in room 4202, the Assembly Rules Subcommittee on Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation Prevention and Response—Members are Friedman (Chair), Waldron (Vice Chair), Cunningham, Fong, Grayson, and Reyes. Melanie Mason and Jazmine Ulloa report for the Times, Alexei Koseff for the Bee, and Melody Gutierrez for the Chron.

RAUL BOCANEGRA: "I believed in our system of 'innocent until proven guilty' and that the truth would come out clearing my name and reputation. But clearly, the principle of 'innocent until proven guilty' has been temporarily lost in a hurricane of political opportunism among the self-righteous in my case - to the detriment of both the accuser and the accused."

CRISTINA GARCIA: "Don't let the door hit you on the way out @AsmBocanegra. You are not the victim here, you are the perpetrator who has victimized untold #'s of young women and brought shame to the people you purported to represent. Don't wait till 2018. Leave now. #WeSaidEnough #MeToo#IBelieveYou

TONY MENDOZA: Meanwhile, as expected, Senator Tony Mendoza  lost his chairmanship of the committee overseeing the banking and insurance industries following a disclosure of sexual harassment, reports Alexei Koseff in the Bee.

In an emergency session, the Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously to remove Mendoza as chair of the Senate Insurance, Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and from appointments to the California Commission for Economic Development and the California Workforce Development Board. The vote took place without discussion.

Mendoza has not announced he is retiring. Bad rumor...

Melane Mason writes in the Times that Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) wants to stop the state from paying for harassment settlements.

GOV: Sacramento mayor Darrell Steinberg endorsed Gavin Newsom for governor, writes Phil Willon in the Times.

CA43 (Inglewood): The LAT's Sarah D. Wire looks at the challenge to Maxine Waters in the heavily Democratic district.

Republican Omar Navarro is trying again to unseat Rep. Maxine Waters, but this time, he has a new set of high-profile friends. Trump confidant Roger Stone is a campaign advisor, former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio calls weekly, and far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones hosted him on his popular show.

THE OC: The Register's Martin Wisckol reports on the Assembly and State Senate races in Orange County.



TAKING TO THE STREET: The second initiative to repeal the gas tax hit the streets. This one is the Carl DeMaio one. The one backed by Assemblyman Travis Allen is already on the street. DeMaio's would require voter appoval on any gas tax and repeals the tax hike. Allen's just repeals the tax increase.

MISSED THIS ONE: For CALmatters, Laurel Rosenhall looks at the political odd couple, which has GOP consultant Mike Madrid advising Democrat Antonio Villeraraigosa in his gubernatorial campaign. 

STEM CELL: Capitol Weekly's David Jensen reports that the state's stem cell agency is running out of money. The agency is down to its last $269 million and expects to halt new awards in 2019 unless additional funds are raised between now and the beginning of 2020. . . "Longer term, directors staked their hopes on voter approval of a ballot initiative in November 2020 that could total $5 billion."

IN THE BOOKS: The Press-Enterprise's Kevin Smith reports on the new laws affecting businesses effective January 1.

UNHEALTHY: For KQED, Michelle Faust reports that the hit is coming to California in a few weeks as the reserves from the expired federal Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 

POT: The city of Sacramento is scheduled to vote on regulations for recreational marijuana today, reports Bob Moffitt for CapPubRadio.

EDUCATION MATTERS: The MercNews's Sharon Noguchi reports on a new report by the Public Policy Institute of California that finds only 30% of California's high school 9th graders will graduate from college. [report]


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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Benito Delgado-Olson, Sasha Horwitz, Emmie Johnson, and Katherine Austin Scott!

#GHOSTOFCAKEDAYSPAST: Happy belated birthday to Bart Reed (Sunday)! 



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Sacramento Mayor Endorses Gavin Newsom For California Governor
Phil Willon @
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on Monday endorsed Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for governor, calling him a deep political think...

Senate Republicans race to lock down tax votes

Republican senators were scrambling to negotiate changes to the tax legislation ahead of key committee and floor votes later this week.

Sexual Harassment Hearings Come As California Capitol Is Roiled By Accusations And A Resignation
Melanie Mason, Jazmine Ulloa @
Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra announced he would resign immediately and state Sen. Tony Mendoza was stripped of leadership posts as sexual harassment allegations continue to roil the Capitol. Lawmakers will review harassment policies at a hearing Tuesday.

Sanders: Trump 'not Planning' To Campaign For Moore - Politico

President Donald Trump has no plans to travel to Alabama to campaign for embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Monday.

California Supreme Court Rules For Farmworkers, And Upholds Binding Mediation
Maura Dolan @
California's highest court upheld a state law that allows a mediator to impose a labor contract between farmers and a union.

Busby Claims He Won't Be A 'spoiler' In Alabama Senate Race - Politico

Alabama voters will go to the polls on Dec. 12 for the United States Senate special election. Lee Busby announced his long-shot write-in bid for the Senate on Monday, two weeks before Election Day. | Hal Yeager/Getty Images

Request For Emergency Audit Of Bullet-train Project Is Denied By Legislature Leadership
Ralph Vartabedian @
Torrance Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi turned down a request for an emergency audit of the California high speed rail project.

Trump meets with senators

President Trump met with Senate Republicans at the U.S. Capitol Nov. 28 amid plans to pass a major tax overhaul.

Susan Kennedy, CpUC Under Investigation After Pg&e Releases More San Bruno Emails -
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Do Senate Republicans have the votes to pass their tax bill?

With nearly a dozen GOP senators expressing concerns about the bill, they might not.

Deputy Under Criminal Investigation As 3 Women Accuse Him Of Groping - The San Diego Union-tribune
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The county of San Diego also faces a lawsuit and two claims, which are required to be filed in advance of civil litigation, as a result of the allegations. The accusations, one of which dates back two years, could cost the county millions of dollars in legal settlements.

Will Trump Ever Have To Answer To The Women Who Say He Harassed And Assaulted Them?
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More than a dozen women have accused President Trump of sexually harassing or assaulting them. The White House has called them liars, But if we are to believe Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick, who accused Bill Clinton of sexual transgressions, we must give credibility to Trump's accusers, too.

Nonprofit Groups Hope For Funding Boost During Giving Tuesday | The Sacramento Bee
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By Cynthia Hubert

Wme’s Adam Venit Returns After Terry Crews Harassment Allegation | Deadline
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EXCLUSIVE, updated with Terry Crews’ response: Adam Venit, formerly the head of WME’s Motion Picture Group, is back at his desk today after a 30-day suspension as the agency conducted an investigation into sexual harassment allegations leveled by actor Terry Crews. As part of a demotion, he’ll no longer carry his former title but will serve as an agent.