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THE Nooner for December 29, 2017


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ISN'T THAT SPECIAL? It appears we have three special elections for the Assembly on April 3. While only that for AD39 has been declared, AD45 and AD54 will be forthcoming. The governor can't call a special election until the door hits someone on the way out.

The delays of the resignation of Matt Debabneh and Sebastian Ridley-Thomas most likely kick the specials for those seats to be consolidated with the June 5th statewide primary election and the November. It's actually a nice gift to Los Angeles County, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars. Techinically, it's a state expense, but the state rarely reimburses counties for special election contests. 

It's a mixed bag--save taxpayer money or have a special ASAP to ensure the districts are represented. Most likely, those two districts will be vacant until December 3, 2018. 




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Where's The California Love? Trump Is First President In Decades To Skip A Visit In Initial Year
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Trump is the first president in decades not to visit California, the most populous and economically powerful state. Even past presidents who didn't get the state's electoral votes made it a destination, if only for being the Golden State of campaign cash. Now it's Ground Zero for "the resistance."

Sac State Workers Say Chemical Exposure Made Them Infertile, File Claims Totaling $80 Million | The Sacramento Bee
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By Diana Lambert

As California Legalizes Recreational Marijuana, This L.A. Pot Shop Weighs Closing Its Doors
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The messy and complicated details of marijuana legalization in California have left some Los Angeles pot businesses uneasy about how to follow the new law and mulling whether to temporarily close.

How California Will Crack Down On Disabled Parking Placard Abuse | The Sacramento Bee
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By Tony Bizjak

Cases Could Open Door To Pension Cuts For California Workers | Kpbs
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For decades in California, a sacrosanct rule has governed public employees' pensions: Benefits promised can never be taken away.

Advocates Hope Focus On Sex Harassment Means More Priority For Testing Rape Kits - San Francisco Chronicle
SACRAMENTO — Advocates and lawmakers who have pushed to end California’s backlog of untested rape kits say they are hoping the national attention to sexual harassment and assault will drive efforts to pass much-needed reforms in the state.

Smud Rate Increases In Store For Residential, Commercial Customers In 2018 | The Sacramento Bee
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By Mark Glover

How Congress Unwittingly Turned The Nation's Capital Into The Wild West Of Marijuana
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Congress defied the will of local voters by banning sales of recreational pot in Washington, D.C. But instead of shutting legalization down, Congress helped make the staid capital city the Wild West of recreational pot distribution.

Billionaire kingmakers swarm Florida governor's race after Trump endorsement

Not long after an admiring presidential tweet, Congressman Ron DeSantis won the backing of some of the most influential players in GOP politics.

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Corrections, Dec. 30
Charles Renfrew — Democratic judge appointed by Nixon, Dec. 27, Bay Area, D6 The obituary misstated Renfrew’s educational background. He attended Princeton University as an undergraduate before going to the University of Michigan Law School.

California Minimum-wage Workers Get A 50-cent Raise Starting Next Week As Pay Heads Toward $15
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California's minimum wage will increase to $10.50 per hour starting Jan. 1. For workers at large companies, the minimum rate will climb to $11. But workers in L.A. and some other cities are already getting paid more thanks to local wage rules.

Trump's 'fake news trophy' contest is now an actual thing

The president's reelection campaign wants supporters to vote on the worst example of fake news in 2017.

UC Regent Norman Pattiz, Dogged By Fallout Over Sexually Inappropriate Comments, To Retire
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University of California Regent Norman Pattiz has announced his retirement after 16 years. He said his decision had nothing to do with calls by three fellow regents for an investigation into his sexually inappropriate remarks to a podcaster and criticism of students.

Tax law creates confusion and uproar in city halls across America

Just a week after it was signed, the tax overhaul is already triggering a swift backlash from puzzled taxpayers and officials.

Ex-mit Professor Denies Attempting To Swindle Family - San Francisco Chronicle
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A Powerful Person Has Been Accused Of Misconduct At A Rate Of Once Every 20 Hours Since Weinstein
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Recreational Pot Launch: Will New Retail Shops Enjoy A Near-monopoly? - San Francisco Chronicle
Even as California readies for the rollout of recreational marijuana starting Monday morning, elected officials and industry leaders are wrangling over a pivotal question: How widely available should the drug be?