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  • CA34 (Downtown LA): added Adrienne Edwards (D)
  • CA42 (Corona): added real estate broker Norman Quintero (D)
  • CA48 (Huntington Beach): added Deanie Ann Schaarsmith (D) 
  • AD44 (Ventura): removed Daniel Chavez, Jr. (R)


MLK Statue

Walking in the front door at King Hall was an inspiration every day.


MUDSLIDE: Death toll in Montecito hits 20Buried in mud, Montecito faces a daunting cleanup with no end in sight [Matt Hamilton @ LAT] - "A place famous for coastal affluence and extravagance is now unlivable and grappling with one basic and primitive question: Where to put all the mud?"

TWEET DU JOUR: @rpyers - "As of 1/14, there are 54 Democrats to have filed with the FEC running in CA's 10 -targeted districts. At least 6 more Dems have pulled papers to run in CA's top two primary. 3 7 (+1) 1 3 (+1) 8 (+1) 7 (+3) 7 10 4 4"

The Chron's John Wildermuth writes that so many candidates may be too much of a good thing for Democrats. "There already are 43 Democrats, many of them with plenty of campaign cash, lined up to challenge Republicans in the top seven districts targeted by their party. And with more than seven weeks to go before the March 9 filing deadline, that number could grow."

ANOTHER TWEET:  @laurelrosenhall - "Weird. A CA senator who's supposed to be on leave while he's being investigated for making sexual advances on young female staff members is... apparently still recruiting interns."

LEADER OF THE PACK: The Bee's Christopher Cadelago reports that Saturday's gubernatorial debate reminded Gavin Newsom of what it's like being the frontrunner:

Republicans during the town hall event at USC’s Bovard Auditorium argued that the frontrunner in the contest to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown would be unjustly swayed by labor union endorsements and campaign contributions. Support from heavyweight public employee groups like the California Teachers Association cloud his judgment, they contended.

At the same time, two of the leading Democrats in the race tried to yoke Newsom to what they view as failures of the education system, painting him as a willing bystander and defender of an unacceptable status quo. Newsom’s chief Democratic antagonists, Antonio Villaraigosa and John Chiang, also pressed the former San Francisco mayor to provide answers about how California could afford his liberal agenda, including a statewide, single-payer health care system he promised to champion as governor.

CA48 (Huntington Beach): In the OC Register, Martin Wisckol writes that congressional candidate Hans Kierstead (D) raised eyebrows on Capitol Hill by claiming that Democratic leaders want him to chair the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. "Keirstead’s spokesman Kyle Quinn-Quesada acknowledged the “miscommunication” and didn’t dispute the Roll Call account. Quinn-Quesada told Roll Call that Keirstead was simply encouraged to pursue appointments to key committees and reiterated that point in an email to the Register."

CA49 (Oceanside): In the SDUT, Joshua Emerson Smith looks at the shifting political demographics in northern San Diego county that led Darrell Issa to call it quits.

CA50 (East San Diego County): In the SDUT, Michael Smolens gives the latest on Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter.

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: George Skelton writes up Governor Brown's proposal to create an online community college:

The concept is generally applauded. But the way the governor wants to run the online system worries some, especially the teachers union. It fears job losses, although that’s not what the union is emphasizing.

The union and other skeptics make a good point in questioning whether online teaching is the best way to educate.

. . .

There’s a fear that will pull students away from local campuses. That’s not just a worry of the union leader who’s concerned about jobs. It’s shared quietly by many college heads who fear losing student revenue. But they aren’t speaking out yet because they’re leery of tangling with the governor and chancellor, according to a community college insider who wants to remain anonymous for the same reason.



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DOUBLE-X FACTOR: In the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Kevin Smith writes "[F]emale-owned businesses grew five times faster than the national average over the past nine years, and California is ranked as the fourth best state for women-owned enterprises."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Wess Larson!



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  • Underground Natural Gas Storage: Expert Briefing hosted by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), Thursday, January 18, Noon-1:30pm, Capitol Room 112, will discuss “Long-Term Viability of Underground Natural Gas Storage in California”—an independent report requested by the Governor and the Legislature after Aliso Canyon incident. Report authors will cover questions including: What is underground natural gas storage (UGS) and what role does it currently play in California’s energy system? What risks do UGS facilities pose to health, safety, environment, and infrastructure? Will California’s energy system and climate policies need UGS through 2020 and beyond? RSVP to

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Don't Expect Jerry Brown To Tackle Proposition 13 In His Final Year As Governor
John Myers @
Gov. Jerry Brown has refused all pleas in this final term as chief executive to fix what's wrong.

Trump Opens New Front On Legal Immigration - San Francisco Chronicle
WASHINGTON — Expressing a fondness for Norwegian immigrants and disdain for those from poor and swarthy nations, President Trump seemed last week to be channeling the infamous national-origins quotas that sharply reduced U.S. immigration from 1924 to 1965, all but blocking arrivals from anywhere but Northern Europe.

Sacramento Regional Transit Will Launch A Microtransit Service, Similar To Uber | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
By Tony Bizjak

Lawmakers refute accounts of Trump's â

Some lawmakers on Jan. 14, denied President Trump called Haiti, El Salvador and African nations "shithole countries," as debate over an immigration deal continues and Congress faces a government shutdown.

Pastor Of First Ame Church Asks Congregants To Pray For Trump After Vulgar Remarks About Immigrants
Cindy Chang @
At First African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Los Angeles on Sunday morning, Senior Minister J. Edgar Boyd was met with murmurs of disapproval when he urged his mostly African American congregation to pray for the president of the United States.

Ted Lieu To Trump: I Support An Immigration System Like The One Your Grandfather Used To Come To Us | Thehill
Brett Samuels @
Trump's grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from Germany.

Rep. Issa's Abandoned District Shifting Left With Anti-trump Fervor - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Emerson Smith @

Who They Were: The Victims Of The Montecito Mudslides
Los Angeles Times Staff @
At least 18 people were killed in the massive mudslides in Montecito. These are their names and stories.

Salvadorans In Mendota Worry About Deportations | The Fresno Bee
Mackenzie Mays @
By Mackenzie Mays

Mud, Darkness And Destruction Turned Montecito Into Death Trap
Joe Mozingo, Brittny Mejia, and Matt Hamilton @
The onslaught of mud and debris caught sleeping residents off-guard. For those in the line of fire, they had little chance to escape.

Airbnb Loses Thousands Of Hosts In Sf As Registration Rules Kick In - San Francisco Chronicle
Thousands of San Francisco hosts on Airbnb and rival home-stay sites have stopped renting their homes and rooms to tourists. Many others are scrambling to register their vacation rentals with the city as a Tuesday deadline looms for Airbnb and HomeAway to kick off unregistered hosts.

Death Toll From Montecito Mudslides Climbs To 20, As Authorities Continue Search For The Missing
Louis Sahagun, Harriet Ryan, Michael Livingston @
The death toll from the Montecito mudslides has climbed to 20. Authorities continue to search for people missing after the deluge.

2 Storms Bringing Rain This Week To Bay Area - San Francisco Chronicle
A small storm is expected to bring rain and high surf to the Bay Area and the region starting Monday, Jan. 14, 2018.

Romney Rebukes Trump Over ‘shithole’ Comment - Politico

Mitt Romney has been a frequent critic of the president, stretching back to the 2016 campaign. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Chp Officer, Passing Drivers Rescue Man Who Jumped From Overpass - San Francisco Chronicle
A California Highway Patrol officer, with the help of several Good Samaritan motorists, helped rescue a man who had jumped off an overpass on Highway 101 in San Francisco, in a dramatic Sunday afternoon incident that also prompted a CHP helicopter to land on the freeway.


After uproar around the world over his vulgar remarks on immigration, President Trump declared on Sunday that he is “not a racist,” and blamed Democrats for the legislative failure to protect young undocumented immigrants.