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  • CA07 (East Sac County): added Robert Christian Richardson (NPP)
  • CA22 (Tulare): added Brian T. Carroll (G) 
  • CA30 (West San Fernando Valley): added software engineer Rick Dawson (NPP)
  • CA39 (Fullerton): added Herbert H. Lee (D)
  • CA39 (Fullerton): added Suzi Park Leggett (D)
  • CA43 (Inglewood): added entrepreneur Edwin Duterte (R)
  • CA45 (Irvine): added educator John Graham (NPP)
  • SD34 (Huntington Beach): added Justin Samson (D)
  • AD36 (Palmdale}: added attorney/former Assemblymember Steve Fox (D)
  • AD55 (Yorba Linda): added business owner James Gerbus (R)
  • AD68 (Tustin): added prosecutor Karen Schatzle (NPP)
  • AD72 (Seal Beach): added engineer Long Pham (D)
  • AD74 (Irvine): added small business owner Karina Onofre (D)

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EAR TICKLER: On the California Politics Podcast, the LAT's John Myers and Melanie Mason discuss the return of the Legislature amidst the continuing sexual harassment scandals and the Trump administration's actions on offshore oil drilling and immigration. 

In the NYT, Tim Arango reports on the conflict between California and Donald Trump. "Just as Californians were enjoying their first days of legal pot smoking, the Trump administration moved to enforce federal laws against the drug. On the same day, the federal government said it would expand offshore oil drilling, which California’s Senate leader called an assault on “our pristine coastline.”

POT: Did Jeff Sessions Just Increase the Odds Congress Will Make Marijuana Legal? [James Higdon @ Politico]

GOV: In the Times, Phil Willon and Seema Mehta write that Doug Ose's entrance into the race for governor could hurt the GOP and assist Antonio Villaraigosa, pitting the former Los Angeles mayor against Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom in November.

Former Northern California Rep. Doug Ose jumped into the race Friday, becoming the third major GOP candidate in an already crowded field. His decision comes as front-runner Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom faces an uptick in attacks by the Republicans, who see him as the Democrat headed for the November ballot and hope to paint him as a liberal bogeyman to lure more GOP voters to the polls in the June primary.

But while the Republicans focus their ire on Newsom, Ose’s entry into the race could scramble the chances of GOP voters uniting behind one candidate, which some argue would benefit Newsom’s chief Democratic rival, Antonio Villaraigosa. The former mayor of Los Angeles trails Newsom in the polls but is far ahead of the rest of the field. He only has to finish second in June to advance to the November election.

SD29 (Fullerton): The Secretary of State has certified the signatures for the recall of Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), which will likely be held on June 5 along with the regular primary election. Former Assemblymember Ling-Ling Chang, who ran against Newman in 2016, is expected to be on the ballot for the GOP.

CA10 (Stanislaus): Six Democratic Party candidates hoping to defeat Congressman Jeff Denham  appeared together for a debate in Modesto to an overflow crowd, reports Garth Stapley in the ModBee.

The six candidates are vying for the blessing of the Democratic Party, whose delegates could choose to endorse one of them in late January rather than waiting for the June Primary. That would give one of them a huge early boost, financially, to combat Denham, whose $1.5 million war chest dwarfs all of theirs.

AD36 (Palmdale): Yes, even after the October article disclosing that the Assembly paid a staffer $100,000 settle a claim of harassment, discrimination and retaliation, former Assemblymember Steve Fox has pulled papers to run for his old district. The Assembly previously paid another former staffer $110,000:

After having worked for Fox in his Lancaster law office and subsequently the lawmaker’s Assembly district office in Palmdale, Kristina Zahn sued Fox for failing to pay her overtime and having her perform unpaid campaign work when she worked for his law office. Once she secured a job in Fox’s Assembly office, Zahn alleged, she was forced to continue working without pay in his law office.

SF: 25 candiates have taken out papers to run in the special election for mayor of San Francisco.

MADAM PRO TEM: For Capitol Weekly, Lisa Renner profiles  Toni Atkins as she prepares to take the reins as the leader of the State Senate. 

This month, the San Diego lawmaker is set to replace Kevin de León as leader of the California Senate. She will be the first woman and first open lesbian to hold the position. She also will be the first person since the 19th century to hold both of the Legislature’s top jobs – Assembly speaker and Senate leader.

Atkins, 55, is a real coal miner’s daughter who grew up in a house without indoor plumbing or running water, and her mother cooked on a wood stove, according to her college professor and close friend Stephen Fisher. When Atkins and her family moved to the city of Roanoke, she was teased for her hillbilly accent.

THE NEXT CHAPTER: John Myers heads up to Colusa County to preview Jerry Brown's life on the family ranch after his time as governor is up.

“In the evening, particularly when the moon comes up over the mountains, and the silver glow on the trees and the barns and the shapes of the mountains, it’s a feeling that I’m in the right place at the right time,” Brown said.

The sprawling cattle ranch, nestled in the low hills a few miles west of the town of Williams, is well-suited to Brown’s idiosyncrasies: solitary but accessible, historic but outfitted with cutting-edge technology, a home where he can think but also tinker.

“This is a fascinating place — the history, the ecology,” Brown said. “As a politician, particularly a state politician, you’re always about more general things — you know, proposing a law or a funding of something or other. Well, this is a lot more concrete.”

THE MAN AND THE MACHINE: For CALmatters, Dan Walters writes that the increased minimum wage and other employment law changes are pushing employers toward automation over labor.

PASS ME THE PURELL! Packed emergency rooms, deaths as flu hits California hard [AP]

JIM MOORE: The Bee's Cathy Locke profiles pollster Jim Moore, who passed away on January 1. 

He combined a background in math and physics with an interest in politics to develop a scientific approach to predicting how voters view and respond to political information, issues and candidates, Mathews said. He had worked as an area supervisor for the U.S. Census, and had developed a keen sense of demographics, she said. 

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Micah Ali and Kelly Fong Rivas!  



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Gov. Jerry Brown Plants The Seeds Of His Next Chapter On A Ranch In Rural Northern California
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Gov. Jerry Brown offers a glimpse of his Northern California ranch, a place where he contemplates not only the past but also his own future after a final year in office.

California Pollster Aimed To Give Voice To What Public Was Thinking | The Sacramento Bee
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By Cathy Locke

'door Of Hope' Closed To Cross-border Hugs, Weddings - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Sergii Pyvovarenko fled after he was kidnapped and tortured by the Right Sector, a far-right nationalist group.

Protecting California's Beaches From Donald Trump
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Environmental groups and California leaders are vowing to resist any attempts by the Trump administration to pump black gold from beneath the sea.

Schiff: 'we Have A Seriously Flawed Human Being In The Oval Office' - Politico

The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday virtually every member of Congress has concerns about President Donald Trump's mental state, even if they won't say so publicly.

Homes In Sf, Some Historic, Illegally Demolished By Developers - San Francisco Chronicle
In early December, the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection received a permit application to demolish a home at 49 Hopkins St., a 1935 modernist residence just east of Twin Peaks that was designed by famed architect Richard Neutra.

This year is shaping up to be a clash of Republican idealists vs. realists

Given how aggressive Republicans were in 2017, failing on health-care and narrowly passing a tax overhaul, this is not the time for big initiatives that could blow up in their faces.

Declining black population in SF traces back to Jonestown, speaker says
San Francisco historian John Templeton called a meeting Saturday to discuss African Americans in city policy, touching on the declining influence of a group whose local population has dramatically dwindled. Nine people showed up. Including the speaker. It reflected the exodus of African Americans from the costly city and the struggle of a handful of elder community leaders to rebuild a group with a rich history in San Francisco. James Taylor, a professor of political science at the University of San Francisco, gave a talk at the New Liberation Presbyterian Church in the Western Addition, focusing on what he said is the forgotten black history surrounding the 1978 Jonestown massacre.

Thousands Of Salvadorans In Los Angeles Worry About Trump Ending Temporary Legal Status
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Thousands of Salvadorans in Los Angeles worry about Trump ending temporary legal status

Bannon Apologizes For Slamming Trump Family - Politico

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San Diego Paid Out Almost $278,000 For Security For Trump's Border Wall Build
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San Diego paid out almost $278,000 for security for Trump's border wall build


A joking tweet claimed that President Trump had demanded a TV channel devoted to primates. Most got the gag, some didn’t, and it quickly became fodder for political and social commentary.