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THE Nooner for December 26, 2017





SPORTS PAGE: Cactus Bowl (Phoenix): UCLA v. Kansas State, 6pm on ESPN


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Happy Boxing Day! 

Our hearts go out the family and friends of CHP Officer Andrew J. Camilleri Sr.

FIRES: An estimated firefighters and other public safety officials worked around the clock on Christmas day on the Thomas fire, reports Matt Hamilton for the Times. The good news is that evacuations have been lifted as firefighters have held the fire up in the hills and out of residential areas of Santa Barbara County.

GOV: I was a little hard on gubernatorial candidate John Chiang the other day. The Berkeley IGS poll was flawed by using former titles for Delaine Eastin and Antonio Villaraigosa, which is not allowed under the state Elections Code. Chiang's consultant, Parke Skelton, also believes that the poll significantly overstated likely primary voters, noting that 67% were self-identified deemed as likelies, while in 2004, actual turnout was only 24.7%. Reportedly internal polls that actually use voter data and measure likely primary voters show it a tighter race.

The poll of course also only tested the top 6 candidates, and there are 49 other candidates. Also, former congressman Doug Ose (R) hasn't announced a campaign, but his Twitter activity has picked up signicantly on state issues lately. He has the luxury of having personal funds that would allow a late entrance.

DEATH PENALTY: For the Chron, Bob Egelko writes that 5 of 6 of the major candidates for governor oppose the death penalty, including the four Democrats and conservative John Cox

HARASSMENT: In the Times, Patrick McGreevy reports that lawmakers accused of sexual harassment may not be able to use campaign funds for their legal bills. "Political attorneys and observers say there are doubts about whether the men can create legal defense funds given that some of the allegations involve actions taken in nightclubs, hotels and other places away from their official offices."

Meanwhile, harassment accuser Pamela Lopez  wants to ensure the harassment investigations are “neutral and independent of the forces of politics,” reports Alexei Koseff in the Bee.

AP's Kathleen Ronayne reports that what has been highlighted in the discussions suggest many lawmakers just don't take harassment training seriously

“Some people do take it seriously — and some people are on their phones, some people are cracking jokes,” said Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens and chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. “I would say the large majority of people are not as attentive.”

The Daily News's Kevin Modesti writes that the scandal is driving more women to run for office. While the article focuses on state races, but it clearly extends to California congressional races.

SF MAYOR: Supervisor Jane Kim, one of the most liberal on the board, has announced her candidacy for San Francisco Mayor. She joins fellow, former supervisor Angela Alioto, and supervisor and Acting Mayor London Breed.

WIDE FIELD: Democrats Leave Few Seats Unchallenged in Quest for House Control [Rachel Shorey and Lilia Chang @ NYT]

DOUBLE-X FACTOR: GOP pollster Frank Luntz tweeted this morning about a NBC/WSJ poll finding that is positive for Democrats in the suburban seats with a highly educated electorate--CA25 (Knight), CA39 (Royce), CA45 (Walters), CA48 (Rohrabacher), and CA49 (Issa).

These are districts that demographically look like those flipped in Virginia. All five were won by Hillary, on average by 5.98%. Of course, the election is eleven months away. When asked who they would prefer controls Congress, women with a college degree are +32 for Democrats, women without are +12, men with a college degree +6, and men with a college degree even on the generic congressional ballot. Overall, it's +11 for Democrats. [MOE 3.61% among registered voters.]

[poll toplines]

THE BALLOT: For CALmatters, Dan Walters looks at the ballot measure outlook for next year.

COLLEGE COST: The CSU graduates with the most student debt [Emily Deruy @ MercNews]

Graduating from college is supposed to open doors to good jobs and living wages. But for many California State University students, a diploma means mountains of debt, not from tuition but from food, housing and other basic needs.

And students whose families most need the leg up are the ones who find themselves buried in loans, according to a new report by The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) and the Cal State Student Association.

Students of color who graduated from CSU in 2015-16 were far more likely than their white peers to have debt. (Courtesy of TICAS/CSSA)

Nearly 80 percent of the 2015-16 CSU graduates worrowed money had annual family incomes of no more than $54,000, the report found. Two-thirds had family incomes lower than $27,000. And while just 45 percent of Asian and 47 percent of white graduates left school in the red, 76 percent of black and 57 percent of Latino graduates took on debt.

EYE CANDY: The California State Archives has released a collection of nearly 3,000 photographs of early California taken by William M. McCarthy (1876 – 1956) and Grace C. Kane (1878 – 1957). Like the State Capitol circa 1920:


State Capitol 1920

 California State Archives, William M. McCarthy Photograph Collection, Identification #96-07-08.

Probolsky Research

CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jonathan Lyens!



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5 Of 6 Candidates For California Governor Oppose Death Penalty - San Francisco Chronicle
As the death penalty has gradually lost its once-overwhelming public support, it may have also lost its effectiveness as a wedge issue among office-seekers. And evidence of that is in the race for governor of California in 2018.

We Said Enough Doubts Harassment Investigation Independence
Alexei Koseff @
Pamela Lopez says she’s ready to participate in an Assembly investigation, but she wants assurances that the process will be “neutral and independent of the forces of politics.”

Tony Mendoza Articles, Photos, And Videos
Four state lawmakers who face sexual harassment allegations have $2 million in surplus campaign funds, but experts believe they might not be able to tap the money to defend themselves against ongoing investigations.

Trump: GOP And Dems ‘will Eventually Come Together’ On New Health Care Plan - Politico

The White House said last week that President Donald Trump wants Congress to pass two bipartisan bills regarding Obamacare in the next month | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

New Law Allows Liquor Companies Pay For Free Rides | The Sacramento Bee
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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Lawmakers Accused Of Sexual Harassment May Not Be Able To Use Campaign Funds To Defend Themselves
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There are doubts about whether California lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct and harassment can create legal defense funds for the investigations.

Trump Claims FBI Used ‘bogus’ Dossier To Go After His Campaign - Politico

The Tuesday tweet followed a series the president posted over the holiday weekend bashing the FBI and its leadership.

A Little Hope For A Homeless Solution: Tiny Housing Units Sprout In The Bay Area - San Francisco Chronicle
Nearly two years after a smattering of tiny homes popped up in the Bay Area as a peculiar new way of housing homeless people, the technique is exploding from one end of the region to the other.

Big labor sees growth potential in California pot workers
Scott Smith @
The United Farm Workers, Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers are looking to unionize the tens of thousands of potential workers involved in the legal weed game, from planters to rollers to sellers. The move could provide a boost to organized labor's lagging membership - if infighting doesn't get in the way.

Sacramento's Streetcar Will Be Speedy - 35 Mph | The Sacramento Bee
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Tony Bizjak writes about traffic and travel in the Sacramento region

Act of kindness leads to family reunion for Sac homeless man
A homeless man living on the streets of Sacramento is heading to a new home after his Christmas wish was granted by two women who wanted to provide an act of kindness.

POLITICO's Best Photos of 2017

POLITICO photographers M. Scott Mahaskey and John Shinkle pick their best of the year, from California to Capitol Hill.

California Drought: Fishermen Worry That Coleman Hatchery Has 6 Million Fewer Salmon | The Sacramento Bee
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By Ryan Sabalow

S.F., other cities, sue Defense Dept. over gun background checks
The cities of San Francisco, New York and Philadelphia filed a sweeping federal lawsuit Tuesday accusing the U.S. Department of Defense of failing to live up to its legal duty to notify the FBI when a member of the military is convicted of a crime that would bar them from buying or possessing firearms. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Virginia, accuses the defense department, the Army, Navy, Air Force and a host of high-ranking Pentagon officials — including Secretary of Defense James Mattis — of unevenly feeding reports about convictions and dishonorable discharges to the FBI’s criminal background check system for the past two decades.

Trump Claims He's Boosting U.S. Influence, But Many Foreign Leaders See America In Retreat
Tracy Wilkinson, Alexandra Zavis, Shashank Bengali @
President Trump's national security strategy calls for spreading U.S. influence in the world, but many foreign leaders and diplomats say the administration has ceded leadership on core concerns, from climate change to Middle East peace.

Newly digitized photos show what Lake Tahoe looked like in the early 1900s
William and Grace McCarthy made a life of traveling across the sunny and snowy state of California. They particularly enjoyed the state's natural beauty, epitomized by Yosemite vistas, the lush forests of Tahoe and Shasta, and the waterside views at Tenaya and Tioga lakes.

What happens when Trump targets you on Twitter

Five Americans named by the president on social media talk about the unexpected fallout in their real lives.