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  • GOVERNOR: added Ramon Barajas, III (D)
  • GOVERNOR: added Shubham Goel (NPP)
  • GOVERNOR: added Michael Podkomarka (NPP)
  • LT. GOVERNOR: added James Shepardson (D)
  • SECRETARY OF STATEadded Raul Rodriguez Jr. (R)
  • SECRETARY OF STATEadded Rik Rydberg (G)
  • BOE3 (LA/Ventura); added broadcaster Doug Kriegel (D)
  • BOE4 (Southern state): added Kenneth Lopez-Maddox (D)
  • CA39 (Fullerton): removed business systems analyst Julio Castañeda (NPP)
  • CA49 (Oceanside): added attorney Christina Prejean (D)
  • SD24 (Los Angeles): added Peter Choi (D)
  • AD54 (Culver City): added Clinton Brown (D)
  • AD54 (Culver City): added children's advocate Danielle Lafayette (D)
  • AD56 (Imperial): added Jonathan Reiss (R)
  • AD73 (Dana Point): added Scott Rhinehart (D)
  • AD76 (N. San Diego County): added businessman/educator Thomas Krause (R) 




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  • Awkwardness on the rostrum - GOV: Chiang v. Newsom and AG: Becerra v. Jones.
  • Lots of talk about bipartisanship and the large bills that earned votes from both Democrats and Republicans.
  • "We can't fight nature. We have to learn how to get along with her."
  • Senator President Pro Tem Kevin de León and Speaker Anthony Rendon shared jokes behind the governor's back.
  • Pitch for California WaterFix--the controversial twin-tunnel's project.
  • Gas tax "wasn't easy," but "absolutely necessary.
  • Pitch for high-speed rail earned boos. 
  • High-speed rail "will last 100 years--after all you are gone."
  • "California was built on dreams and perserverance. The bold path is the way to go."
  • Pitch for his online community college for underskilled Californians in the workforce.
  • 1970: 125 prisoners/100,000, now 331 per 100,000.
  • Clearly, he wants criminal justice reform. 
  • 40-minute speech and it's a wrap.

EAR TICKLE: Paul Mitchell appears on the Capitol Weekly podcast. "Mitchell joined John Howard and Tim Foster on the CW podcast to do a deep dive into why the Bay Area outperforms SoCal in voter turnout, and what the likely voting patterns will look like this year in the gubernatorial and senatorial primaries."

#METOO: CW's Politics on Tap videocast yesterday had a great panel discussion by leaders of the We Said Enough movement responsible for the letter against sexual harassment. You can watch it streaming on or watch it at 7 p.m. tonight on the California Channel. Also on is yesterday's Joint Rules Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Response and Provention Informational Hearing, which focused on workplace culture.

CADEM: As California delegates head to pre-endorsement caucuses his weekend in advance of their annual convention, delegates are seeking to block the party's automatic endorsement of several incumbents, writes Angela Hart in the Bee. "The Democrats being challenged are Assemblymen Jim Cooper of Elk Grove and Freddie Rodriguez of Pomona, state Sens. Tony Mendoza of Artesia, Richard Pan of Sacramento and Ben Hueso of San Diego, and Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove."

One is sort of a no-brainer. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León warned Mendoza that if he shows up at the Capitol next week before the harassment complaints are resolved that he would be suspended. Reportedly, Senate Democrats had a long caucus this morning about how to handle him if he shows up. Mendoza sent a lengthy letter to his colleagues this morning.

Eyebrows were raised over the weekend as Mendoza tweeted pictures of a cruise tour of the Port of Long Beach with his "Young Senators." He's accused of harassment by his former Senate fellow.

His leave expires tomorrow and it's totally unclear how things stand.

GOV: The LAT's Phil Willon profiles major candidates for governor and those on the sidelines.

The NYT's Adam Nagourney gets a sit-down with Governor Brown, who seems only luke-warm on his potential successors:

Mr. Brown, 79, has been at this for a very long time; he understands the news business better than most journalists I know. He can anticipate the next query and the subtext of any question. In other words, do not try to trap him. When I asked Mr. Brown if he was confident he was leaving the state in good hands, he arched an eyebrow. “Well, that’s a loaded question,” he said. “What if I say I am not confident? That’s one damn headline. So I have to say I’m confident.”

In the LA Daily News, Jeff Horseman looks at how Brown's third and four terms differed from the first and second.

US SENATE: For CALmatters, Dan Walters writes that Dianne Feinstein who has historically been moderate on immigration issues is facing the heat as she tries to move to the left for her re-election challenge by Kevin de León while also maintaining her reputation as a deal-maker in Washington. Both Feinstein and Senator Kamala Harris opposed the bill to end the shutdown as they tried to get concessions on DACA. The next budget shutdown deadline is February 8.

CA49 (Oceanside): Retiring (unless Hunter is indicted) Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) has given the nod to Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey (R-Dana Point) as his preferred successor. 

DACA: President Trump offered suggestions yesterday on what it would take for him to agree to a long-term path to ciitizenship for DREAMers, reports Brian Bennett for the Times. 

SANCTUARY: In the Times, Joseph Tanfani and Evan Halper write up the tensions between the Trump Administration and the nation's mayors over retaliation over sanctuary cities. For CapPubRad, Ben Bradford reports on the subpoenas for documents with instructions to local law enforcement agencies.

Meanwhile, California lawmakers introduced a bill yesterday to provide work permits for farmworkers and service workers who are living in the state unlawfully to help with the labor shortage, reports the LAT's Jazmine Ulloa.

LET THERE BE LIGHT: Amid fierce opposition from students, Governor Brown, Lieutenant Governor Newsom, and Speaker Rendon, the UC Board of Regents yesterday delayed their planned fee increase, reports Alexei Koseff in the Bee:

“This will give us time to make our case to the Legislature,” UC President Janet Napolitano said during a meeting of the Board of Regents in San Francisco, as she announced plans to move the vote until May. “It is just the beginning of the budget process. The need for funding is obvious.

DOUBLE-X FACTOR: The Bee's Adam Ashton reports on a bill by Assemblyman Jim Cooper to reduce the persistent gender-disparity in the state's civil service employees.

MOTHERFRACKER: Attorney General Xavier Becerra brought the number of lawsuits against the Trump Administration, taking aim at the administration's proposed repeal of regulations on fracking, reports Angela Hart in the Bee.


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THE FARM DICHOTOMY: For KQED, UCSC professor Julie Guthman reports on the state's agricultural industry, in which some healthy-to-eat crops (i.e. strawberries), are also unhealthy for the farmworkers growing them.



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Yolo County Readies New Medical Marijuana Tax For June Ballot | The Sacramento Bee
Brad Branan @
By Brad Branan

Under Pressure, UC Regents Delay Vote To Raise Tuition And Fees
Teresa Watanabe @
University of California regents decided Wednesday afternoon to put off a controversial vote on increasing tuition and fees until May in order to allow time to step up pressure on the Legislature to increase state funding.

Bridge toll hikes to pay for transportation improvements tossed to voters
Bay Area voters will decide in June whether to pay for $4.5 billion in transportation improvements by raising bridge tolls by $3 over six years on all but the Golden Gate Bridge. The Bay Area Toll Authority voted unanimously Tuesday to place the regional ballot measure on the June 5 ballot asking voters to increase tolls over a span of six years by $1 in 2019, 2022 and 2025. “We have an opportunity to make a generational impact on transportation in Bay Area,” said Marin County Supervisor Damon Connolly, an authority member. Supervisors in each county will need to place the measure on their respective ballots but that is a technicality.

Davis Council To Put Transportation, Parks Taxes On June Ballot. No Homeless Tax
Ellen Garrison @
Davis bicyclists and drivers annoyed by potholes and hard-to-decipher lane striping will get to vote in June on whether to tax themselves to fix the problem.

Assembly And Senate Panel Examines "Culture Change" On Sexual Harassment
Ben Bradford @
California state Senate and Assembly lawmakers met to address allegations of pervasive sexual harassment for the first time Wednesday, unveiling this ambitious, time-consuming goal: “Create something that I think will be the model for the whole country,” said Democratic Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, the panel’s chair.

Gov. Jerry Brown And Other Governors Ask Congress To Pass Disaster Aid
Sarah D. Wire @
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to urge Congress to approve more funding for their 2017 disasters.

Marijuana growers sue California over lack of limits on big farms
A coalition of marijuana growers is suing the state in a bid to block regulations they contend will allow big-money cultivators to drive boutique farmers out of business. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Sacramento County Superior Court by the California Growers Association, comes a little more than three weeks into California’s experiment in legal recreational sales and amplifies long-held fears of a corporate takeover of cannabis agriculture. The suit challenges state regulations that allow businesses to acquire an unlimited number of a certain type of growing licenses despite provisions in the voter-approved Adult Use of Marijuana Act urging protections for small and medium-sized growers.

Democrats Threaten To Suspend Sen. Tony Mendoza If He Returns Before Harassment Investigation Ends
Patrick McGreevy @
State Senate Democrats met privately Wednesday to consider whether they should suspend Sen. Tony Mendoza during an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior with three women. Mendoza has vowed to return to work next week.

Feds threatens to subpoena San Francisco, others over immigrant sanctuary
The Trump administration threatened Wednesday to issue subpoenas to San Francisco, Berkeley, the state of California and 20 other jurisdictions across the country if they don’t hand over documents related to their lack of cooperation with federal immigration authorities under local sanctuary policies. The letter from the U.S. Department of Justice — which also went to Fremont, Los Angeles, Monterey County, Sacramento County, Sonoma County and Watsonville — was an escalation of a bitter battle between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and pro-sanctuary jurisdictions.

White House promises new immigration 'framework' amid stalled negotiations on 'dreamers'

President Trump has rejected proposals from a bipartisan group of senators as well as from Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer.

No One Seems To Want To Run Trump's EPA In California
Evan Halper @
San Francisco is not an inviting place to Make America Great Again. But the administration has finally found someone to head the EPA southwestern headquarters based there. He's an gas industry lobbyist and is in for an interesting ride.

Trump Says He Would Speak To Mueller Under Oath In Russia Investigation - San Francisco Chronicle
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is "looking forward" to testifying under oath to Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election while also mounting a preemptive defense of potential obstruction accusations.

We Updated Our California Congressional Race Rankings. A Lot Has Changed
Julie Westfall, Christina Bellantoni @
With retirement announcements, a slew of new candidates and yet another vulnerable Republican on the list, the ground has shifted since we first published our rankings of the toughest congressional contests in California.

Sanders: White House To Unveil Immigration Framework Next Week - Politico

Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House would offer what it believed was compromise legislation that could bridge a gap on the issue between the House and the Senate. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Price Of Pot Skyrockets For California Customers As New Taxes Kick In

To Prevent Wrongful Convictions, California Considering New Eyewitness Lineup Standards
Jazmine Ulloa @
Aguilera pointed to Rafael Madrigal, then 25 years old, who spent seven years in prison as he struggled to prove he hadn't been near the crime scene.

Not As Risky? Feds OK Big Insurance Reductions At The San Onofre Nuclear Site - The San Diego Union-tribune
Rob Nikolewski @
Amazon's short list of cities for its second headquarters includes New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Austin, Atlanta and Miami.

Meg Whitman Is Named CEO of Jeffrey Katzenberg's Mobile Content Start-up Newtv
David Pierson @
Meg Whitman didn't get the top job at Uber, but she has secured a new spot at media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg's mobile content start-up NewTV.

Tester puts reelection on the line with risky shutdown vote

Republicans are determined to make the incumbent Democrat pay for his vote against reopening the federal government.

California Sues Trump Administration Over Fracking Rules
Bob Egelko @
California and environmental and tribal groups sued the Trump administration in San Francisco federal court Wednesday seeking to enforce Obama administration regulations of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for oil and gas wells on hundreds of millions of acres of federally managed lands.