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THE Nooner for December 10, 2017
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CHEFS STEP UP: Kudos to Emeril Legasse, José Andrés, Tom Colicchio, and Hugh Acheson for their helping hands to the victims of the state's fires. Legasse was a star chef at a fundraiser to help victims in the wine country, and Andrés and Colicchio have launched a #ChefsForLosAngeles event mirrored on Andrés's project following the hurricanes in Puerto Rico for those affected by the Southern California fires.
FIRES: The fires continue in Southern California, with the largest, the Thomas fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, burning 710 structures as of last night with another 162 damaged. This morning, new evacuations were ordered around Carpenteria and Montecito.
For AP, Elliot Spagat and Brian Melley write that the prolonged fire season might be the new normal with a quote from Jerry Brown. "We're about ready to have firefighting at Christmas. This is very odd and unusual." His comments were made during a visit to the Thomas Fire in Ventura, report Gretchen Wenner and Jeremy Childs in the VC Star.
THE HOUSE: For the Times, Sarah D. Wire writes about the difficult vote ahead for vulnerable California Republicans on the tax bill. Three didn't vote for it the first time (Darrell Issa, Tom McClintock, and Dana Rohrabacher) and others are wavering if the state and local tax deduction is not restored in the final bill.
THE SWAMP: Six former clerks and externs have accused U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judge Alex Kozinski of sexual harassment, writes Matt Zapotosky in the Washington Post.
Meanwhile, the attorney representing Pamela Lopez in the Matt Dababneh case is asking for information about the investigation into her client's claim, reports the LAT's Jazmine Ulloa.
By the way, here is Dababneh's resignation letter in which he denies the allegations.
WHAT'S NEXT? Joel Fox looks at what's next for Senator Bob Hertzberg now that Toni Atkins has captured the Senate President Pro Tem position.
BALLOT LABELS: John Myers writes about the challenge candidates for high office face when they have had a period out of office.
Of all his former political posts, Antonio Villaraigosa is most widely known for serving eight years as mayor of Los Angeles, a powerful position that he’s counting on voters to remember as they scan next year’s ballot in the race for governor.
Except he can’t call himself the former mayor. His rival, former state Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, can’t use her previous title, either.
POD SAVE AMERICA: The Chron's Joe Garofoli reports on Crooked Media's creation of a campaign to take on the seven vulnerable California House Republicans (Denham, Issa, Knight, Rohrabacher, Royce, Valadao, and Walters). The companion podcast Lovett or Leave It on February 28 at the Crest has already sold out.
GASSY ISSUES: The Bee's Tony Bizjak reports on a new Caltrans study that looks at shifting from a tax on gasoline to a pay-per-mile road fee. "The problem? California drivers are choosing such fuel-efficient cars that the state fears it will be deprived of enough road construction revenues in the long run."
DRUGS: The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturing Association has filed a federal lawsuit challenging California's new prescription drug price transparency law, reports John Myers in the Times.
WATER FOR POWER: For CALmatters, Dan Walters finds irony in the state's drop in greenhouse gas emissions.
CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Eric Bauman, Primo Castro, Denise Penn, and Congressman Mark Takano! Also, belated wishes to John Lovell (yesterday).
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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
That Powerful Elected Office A Candidate Held Years Ago? California Voters Won't See It When They Mark Their 2018 Ballot
John Myers @ latimes.com
They had high-profile jobs in the past, but two candidates for California governor won't be able to use that title on the ballot in 2018. State election law has some pretty strict rules about what a candidate can be called.
Border Wall Rally Draws Supporters, Politicians And Protesters - The San Diego Union-tribune
Jennifer Van Grove @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Gov. Jerry Brown Says World Must Fight Climate Change In Visit To Ventura County’s Thomas Fire – San Bernardino Sun
Gov. Jerry Brown warned that the state’s fire seasons will continue to get longer and more volatile, and called for a global fight against climate change after visiting devastated parts of Ventura County on Saturday morning.
After 15 Years In Prison, Father Is Freed Because Of Questionable Evidence In Shaken Baby Case
Associated Press @ latimes.com
A man who spent 15 years in prison for shaking his baby to death was freed Saturday, one day after a judge set aside his conviction.
Senate Will Have 'tough Decision' If Moore Wins, Collins Says - Politico
President Donald Trump, too, distanced himself from Moore, saying in a statement that the former chief judge of the Alabama Supreme Court should drop his Senate bid if the allegations against him were true. But Trump came back to Moore last week, endorsing him on Twitter and recording a robocall on his behalf. At a rally last Friday in Pensacola, Florida, just across the Alabama state line, Trump implored Alabamians to vote for Moore.
Democrats Needed The High Road, So They Ran Over Al Franken - San Francisco Chronicle
Here’s a question: If Roy Moore weren’t running for Senate, would Al Franken still have a political career?
Health Net Became The Favored Insurer Of Drug Abuse Patients In California. Then It Stopped Paying Their Bills.
Michael Hiltzik @ latimes.com
Health Net discovered it had become the insurer of choice for people seeking addiction care. Then it stopped paying for their care.
Vote in 2 Days, Alabama Senator Says Party Can â
NICHOLAS FANDOS and EMILY COCHRANE @
Senator Richard C. Shelby, a fixture of Republican politics in Alabama for a generation, sent a clear message to his stateâÂÂs voters with an appearance on national television.
Lilac Fire 60 Percent Contained; Firefighters Anticipate Return Of 'challenging' Winds - The San Diego Union-tribune
David Garrick @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Strippers, Drugs And Sex At Banc Of California, Former Executive Alleges In Lawsuit
Charles Fleming @ latimes.com
A former Banc of California executive says she was fired after raising concerns about drugs, strippers and sex at the troubled Irvine institution.
A Day Of Sifting On Bonsall Street Hit Hard By Lilac Fire - The San Diego Union-tribune
John Wilkens @ sandiegouniontribune.com
The Big Nyt Trump Piece -- Richard Shelby Tells Tapper He Didn’t Vote For Roy Moore -- Stabbing At The Central Bus Station In Jerusalem -- Alexandria 90210: Tori Spelling Was Bonjeans’ Big Guest - Politico
Good Sunday morning. BUZZ -- SOME HOUSE DEMOCRATS are talking about skipping the State of the Union in January.
How The Republican Tax Bill Could Hit Bay Area Residents – East Bay Times
Emma Carroll, a UC Berkeley grad student, is thinking about taking out loans just to pay what could be a substantially higher tax bill.
As tax plan gained steam, GOP lost focus on the middle class
The final product is looking much different from what President Trump has been promising since the presidential campaign.
At Least 46 Horses Dead, Others Missing From Thoroughbred Facility After San Diego County Wildfire
Andrea Castillo @ latimes.com
At least 46 horses were killed at a thoroughbred training facility during the Lilac wildfire in northern San Diego County, and others remain missing.
In Franken's wake, three senators call on President Trump to resign
Sanders, Merkley and Booker ask Trump, who has been dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct, to step down.