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THE Nooner for December 12, 2017


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  • GOV (Statewide): added former Congressmember* Doug Ose (R)
  • AD39 (East San Fernando Valley): added former Assemblymember* Patty Lopez (D)
  • AD39 (East San Fernando Valley): added LA Public Works Commissioner Luz Rivas (D)
  • AD45 (West San Fernando Valley): added attorney Jesse Gabriel (D) 
  • AD45 (West San Fernando Valley): added LAUSD outreach director Ankur Patel (D)
  • AD45 (West San Fernando Valley): added legislative director John Popoch (D)
  • AD45 (West San Fernando Valley): added Janice Kamenir-Reznick (D)
  • AD45 (West San Fernando Valley): added real estate broker Scott Silverstein (N)
  • AD45 (West San Fernando Valley): added district director Barri Worth (D)

* "Former" is used for temporary identification only. It can't be used as an official ballot title per state law.

AD39 and AD45 already both have eight probable candidates, although AD45's election date can't be set until after Matt Dababneh's resignation is effective January 1. Observers have a reason to wonder what his delay is, since there is hardly any legislative business left in the calendar year, but rather one remaining paycheck. There was one committee on which he serves that was scheduled to meet on Thursday--a Joint Hearing Communications and Conveyance and Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management in Los Angeles, but it has been cancelled.

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#FAREWELL: San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee died early this morning, report Rachel Swan and Demian Bulwa in the Chron. (1952-2017)

Willie L. Brown, Jr. told KGO it was from cardiac arrest, reportedly at the Diamond Heights Safeway.

Lee was born in 1952 in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. His parents immigrated to the United States from Taishan, Guangdong Province, China in the 1930s. Lee's father, Gok Suey Lee, fought in the Korean War, and worked as a cook managing a restaurant in Seattle. He died when Lee was 15. His mother was a seamstress and waitress. Lee has five siblings. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bowdoin College in Maine in 1974, completed a year overseas as a Watson Fellow, and then graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1978. He married his wife, Anita, in 1980. He had two daughters, Tania and Brianna.

Lee died at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on December 12, 2017 of cardiac arrest, at age 65.

Lee was the 43rd mayor of San Francisco and the first Asian American to lead the city. Board of Supervisors President London Breed became acting mayor, effectively immediately, the [Mayor's] office said.

The Chron already has an article up talking about successors, but I won't link to it today. It's literally been less than 12 hours. #TooEarly

Just last year, Ed Lee presided over the ribbon cutting for the dedication of the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where he died this morning. The LAT's Cathleen Decker reminds us of one of the best campaign ads of all time.

Incidentally, Acting Mayor London Breed was in my class in Political Science-Public Service at UC Davis. 


  • Winds, terrain and fuel: Why the Thomas fire has been difficult to contain [Bettina Boxall @ LAT] - "[T]he very qualities that make its wilderness a beacon for hikers and the dramatic backdrop to Santa Barbara also make it a firefighters’ nightmare. The mountain ranges run east-west — in line with dry winds from the interior. Deep canyons crease country that is twisted and folded by nature’s forces. There are few places where fire crews can take a stand."
  • Living hour by hour as the Thomas fire approaches Montecito [Joseph Serna, Alene Tchekmedyian and Javier Panzar @ LAT] - "The spread of the flames slowed Monday as winds calmed and the fire reached areas that had burned about a decade ago, reducing the available fuel. The blaze grew by only about 1,000 acres, compared with the more than 50,000 Sunday, when it chewed through steep slopes and canyons that haven’t burned for decades. By Monday evening, firefighters had the massive wildfire 20% contained."

TWEET DU JOUR: @paulmitche11 - "What will happen in ? My thoughts:

- 75% of Rep Base stays with Moore
- African Americans don’t over-perform, can’t save Jones alone
- swing is white lower propensity voters who are missed by some polls and won’t vote for Moore.

I put $50 on Jones (w/ 3:1 payout)

CHIP: Jimmy Kimmel returned to his eponymous show after a week last night and brought his son Billy. Billy had his second of three anticipated heart surgeries last week, and Kimmel used the opportunity to plea for an extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, noting that it's been a bipartisan program but is caught up in the debate over the tax bill.

GOV: The Bee's Christopher Cadelago looks at how the sexual harassment issue is playing out in the governor's race.

[T]he year’s biggest story has yet to have any major influence on next year’s race to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown.

That isn’t stopping one candidate from trying, and others from talking about it. State Treasurer John Chiang, a Democrat lagging well behind in public polls, has pitched himself as the only gubernatorial candidate with a comprehensive plan to prevent sexual abuse and harassment in Sacramento, to “hold predators accountable and stand up to those who protect and enable them.”

SD29 (Fullerton): In the Times, Patrick McGreevy writes that state financial officials have estimated the cost of a stand-alone recall election in Democrat Josh Newman's would cost $2.67 million versus $931,000 for an election consolidated with the June 5 primary under a new timeline for recall petitions approved by the Legislature this year. "Carl Demaio, a former San Diego City councilman who is leading the Republican-funded recall, denounced the lengthy new process Monday, but said it will not save Newman’s political career."

TOP FOUR: A ballot measure was filed yesterday to change California's "top two" primary to one where the top four would be advanced to the general election. 

SANCTUARY: For CALmatters, Elizabeth Aguilera reports that California's new "sanctuary state" law will help some, but not all, undocumented residents.

$$$: State Controller Betty T. Yee reported [yesterday] California’s total revenues of $8.31 billion for November were $449.8 million above expectations, powered by strong retail sales. Personal income tax (PIT), the largest state revenue source, fell short by nearly $200 million. "Sales tax receipts of $3.30 billion for November were $538.1 million higher than anticipated in the budget. For the fiscal year, sales tax receipts of $10.16 billion are $733.4 million above budget estimates."

AND ANOTHER: UC Regent Norman Pattiz  is being pushed to step down following allegations by several women of sexual misconduct, reports Matt Ferner for HuffPo. "

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and education leaders are urging the University of California to address allegations of sexual harassment and workplace misconduct by University of California regent and radio mogul Norman Pattiz, nearly a year after several people said Pattiz made them uncomfortable in the workplace.

CLIMATE: The LAT's Kim Willsher writes that former governor Arnold Schwarzanegger told the climate summit in Paris yesterday after riding around the city on a green bike:

“Donald Trump pulled Donald Trump out of the Paris agreement, so don’t worry about that,” he said. “We at a sub-national level are going to pick up the slack and continue on. We will fight and we will create the kind of future for our children and grandchildren because that is our responsibility and no one will stop us.”

. . . 

“We must talk about the health aspects,” he said. “This is what people can relate to. People want to survive. That is the way the human brain is wired. If you say that eventually our glaciers are melting, the iceberg is melting, the North Pole is going to melt, the sea levels are rising in 20 years ... people can not relate to that.” 

Sub-national, somehow California, a sub-national Republic just doesn't seem to fit on the bear flag.



DEATH PENALTY: On Monday, SCOCAL chief justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye told reporters she expects more challenges to the state's accelerated death penalty law, reports Ben Bradford for CapPubrad.

GUNS: The Bee's Ryan Sabalow writes about the effects of the new gun laws taking effect in California on January 1.

CA36 (Coachella Valley):  Another airplane rescue: Desert doctor and congressman Raul Ruiz helps bleeding passenger [Jeff Horseman @ PE]:

[Raul] Ruiz, an emergency-room physician, helped a man who had severely cut his finger prior to boarding a flight from Phoenix to Washington, D.C., Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, tweeted Monday, Dec. 11.

“My flight was delayed by a passenger bleeding badly,” Gallego tweeted. “Luckily @CongressmanRuiz was on the plane and stopped the bleeding! Now that is constituent services.”

LADY BIRD: Congratulations to the cast and crew of Sacramento-shot Lady Bird, which yesterday received Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture -- Musical or Comedy, Best Actress -- Musical or Comedy, Best Supporting Actress -- Musical or Comedy, and Best Screenplay for Sacramento native Greta Gerwig.


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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Noah Schubert!

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Jerry Brown Can Move Josh Newman Recall To June | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Obstacles To A Ca Response On Federal Tax Plan :: Fox&hounds
ron de Arakal @

Judge Orders Alabama Not To Destroy Voting Records In Tuesday's Senate Election
Connor Sheets @
A judge directed Alabama election officials Monday afternoon to preserve all digital ballot images in Tuesday's hotly contested U.S. Senate special election.

'We Must Talk About The Health Aspects' of Climate Change, Schwarzenegger Says
Kim Willsher @
He showed up at Paris City Hall on Monday on a green bicycle and wearing a green tie to talk climate change with the mayor.

Late-Night Host Kimmel Holds Son, Pleads For Health Care
Jimmy Kimmel held his baby son as he returned to his late-night show after a week off for the boy's heart surgery.

Jones urges Alabama voters to pick 'right road,' put 'decency' before politics

Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones spoke at a rally in Birmingham, Ala. on the eve of the Alabama U.S. Senate election.

Assemblymen Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, Frank Bigelow Agree To Pay Fines For Campaign Finance Violations
Patrick McGreevy @
Assemblymen Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) and Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) have agreed to pay fines to the state’s political watchdog agency for violating campaign finance rules, according to documents released Monday.

New Higher Education Bill Rolls Back Obama-Era Safeguards

A House rewrite of the law governing higher education would dismantle several regulations imposed by the Obama administration to control for-profit colleges.

California Chief Justice Expects More Death Penalty Lawsuits
Ben Bradford @
The California Supreme Court has largely upheld the new, expedited death penalty procedure voters approved last November through Proposition 66, but the chief justice expects more challenges.

Yolo County Considers Banning Commercial Pot Production | The Sacramento Bee
Brad Branan @
By Brad Branan

56 Female Lawmakers Call For Oversight Probe Into Sexual Allegations Against Trump
Olivia Beavers @
The White House did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment on the new letter, but in the past has vehemently denied the allegations.

Southern California: Fire And Evacuation Maps And Info
Kalin Kipling And Noel Harris @
Five major wildfires are burning in Southern California, and most fires are nearing full containment – except for the Thomas Fire.

California's Chief Justice Has Had Her Own #metoo Moments
Maura Dolan @
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye recalls being addressed as "sugar and honey and dear," but declines to provide details of "a few 'me-toos' in the past. She also confirms that a newly retired appellate justice had been under investigation for improprieties.

Sessions Doesn’t Say How He Voted In Alabama Senate Contest
Josh Gerstein @

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday he's cast a ballot in the Alabama race to fill the U.S. Senate seat he vacated, but he would not say whether he backed controversial GOP nominee Roy Moore, Democrat Doug Jones or someone else.

After Decades In The Shadows, O.C. Liberal Activists Take Center Stage – Orange County Register
It started with the Women’s March, the day after Donald Trump was sworn in as president.

Here Are The New California Gun Laws That Take Effect In 2018
Ryan Sabalow @
California’s more than 6 million gun owners are going to see new restrictions in 2018 stemming from sweeping regulations lawmakers and voters have approved over the past two years.

A Special Recall Election For State Sen. Josh Newman Would Cost A Lot More Than Waiting For The June Primary, State Says
Patrick McGreevy @
State finance officials said Monday it would cost about $2.67 million for a special election on the recall of state Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), but only $931,000 to put his potential recall on the regular June primary ballot, which will also feature races for governor and congressional seats.

Report Says CalPERS Investments Too Focused On Environmental And Social Activism
Rob Nikolewski @
A pro-business group released a report last week, saying the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) is too concerned about going green than it is about making green.

Get Set: Your Internet Bill Is About To Soar, Thanks To Trump's FCC
David Lazarus @
The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on ending net neutrality, which is about guaranteeing a level playing field for all online services and content providers.

Sacramento Is In A Building Boom, And Here Are The Numbers To Prove It
Ryan Lillis And Tony Bizjak @
Sacramento is back in a building boom, and City Hall can barely keep up.

Senate Dems Warn GOP Against Increasing Defense Spending Without Domestic Boost - Politico

All but four of the Senate's 48 Democrats on Tuesday warned congressional GOP leaders against pursuing a government funding plan that would boost defense spending for the rest of the fiscal year while leaving domestic priorities at current levels.