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THE Nooner for December 24, 2017





  • AD45 (West San Fernando Valley): added West Hills Neighborhood Council president Daniel Brin (D) 


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It's Christmas Eve and a Sunday. CBS is showing infomercials and not my Broncos. Fortunately, Fox is showing Tennessee vs. Rams, so I can at least cheer on Marcus Mariota. Go Ducks! #jimbattin

HARASSMENT: David Siders and Carla Marinucci write up California's sexual harassment scandals for Politico:

Scandal-induced resignations will cost California’s Democratic Party its supermajority in the state Legislature at least temporarily next year, and the fallout is spilling into the 2018 elections. It’s scrambling calculations for some of the state’s most powerful politicians in Sacramento, and even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was caught in the fray when she defended now former-Rep. John Conyers last month as an “icon.” 

ALL CYLINDERS: California's unemployment rate dropped to 4.6% in November, the lowest measure since the state started measuring in 1976. Nomfarm payrolls increased by 47,400. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS: Yesterday, lots of incarcerated folks received their holiday commutations from Governor Jerry Brown, reports Kate Mather in the Times. "Those pardoned Saturday had already completed their sentences, the majority of which were for drug-related or other nonviolent crimes, the governor’s office said."

This included two people who were legal residents from Cambodia set to be deported under Trump's order for having committed crimes in the US, report Christopher Cadelago and Anita Chabrian in the Bee.

Two of Brown’s pardons are Northern California Cambodian men picked up in October in those immigration sweeps, Mony Neth of Modesto and Rottanak Kong of Davis.

Kong was convicted on felony joyriding in 2003 in Stanislaus County at age 25 and sentenced to a year in jail. Neth was convicted on a felony weapons charge with a gang enhancement and a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property with a value of $400 or less in 1995 in Stanislaus County.

Both men came to the United States as children after their families fled the Khmer Rouge regime, and neither has engaged in criminal activity since being released from prison.

Kong and Neth were scheduled to be deported Monday, but a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order last week in the lawsuit filed by Lo’s team, delaying their departure.

SCORECARDS: Who has been naughty and who has been nice? John Myers writes up the end of year scorecards that some interest groups give out to lawmakers.

YEAR OF THE WOMAN? The Register's Martin Wisckol looks at how, if next year turns out to be like 1992's "year of the woman," could affect Southern California congressional races.  

TAXING ISSUES: At the end of the day, Darrell Issa (R-Vista) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) were the lone California GOP holdouts on the tax bill.

And, the State Senate is thinking of ways to protect Californians from the federal tax bill, writes the LAT's Liam Dillon.

RETIREMENT PLAN: Former attorney general Bill Lockyer has a new gig...from top cop to pot, reports Patrick McGreevy in the Times.


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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Karina Onofre and Julie Sandino-Areias!



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Lawsuit By Former Butte County Sheriff's Deputy Alleging Racism Moves Closer To Jury Trial | The Sacramento Bee
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By Anita Chabria

California Senate Democrats Are Considering Some Ideas To Counter The GOP Tax Plan
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Democrats in the California Senate are planning to write legislation to lessen the effects of the elimination of popular tax breaks in ...

$1.3 Million Lottery Ticket Sold In Julian - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Rep. Dent: GOP Alienating Voters - Politico

Republican Rep. Charlie Dent said Sunday the GOP is "alienating" voters by running candidates that appeal to small swath of the electorate.

Videos Showing Violent Arrest Of A Black Motorist Renew Concern About Pasadena Police Tactics
Makeda Easter , Richard Winton @
Videos of Christopher Ballew's violent arrest by Pasadena police have renewed concerns about law enforcement treatment of African American men and led some police force experts to question why officers didn't do more to avoid using force.

California Gov. Jerry Brown Issues Pardons To Spare Immigrants From Deportation | The Sacramento Bee
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Landmarks In Ashes, And Of Memory, Confront Fire Victims In A Traumatized Ventura
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Two weeks after the Thomas fire swept into their lives, the residents of Ventura reflect on what it means to lose everything in less than 24 hours.

American ISIS Suspect Held in Iraq Has Right to Lawyer, Judge Rules

An American citizen who has been imprisoned in military custody as an “enemy combatant” for months must be allowed to talk with an A.C.L.U. lawyer.

Amid Thomas Fire, Farmworkers Weather Risks In Oxnard's Strawberry Fields
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The Thomas shrouded the seaside town of Oxnard with a thick layer of white ash that was dangerous to breathe without respirators, according to public health officials. But in the vast strawberry fields outside town, work continued as usual.