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Friday
Nov092018

POLITICS (National, Local/ Orange County): Rep. Linda Sanchez, leadership bid, chair, House Democratic Caucus: "Rep. Linda Sanchez abandons leadership bid after her husband is indicted on theft charges" ....

***Rep. Linda Sanchez, leadership bid, chair, House Democratic Caucus....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Rep. Linda Sanchez abandons leadership bid after her husband is indicted on theft charges" - From the LAT:

Rep. Linda Sanchez of California, whose husband has been indicted on criminal charges in Connecticut, pulled her name from consideration for a top House leadership post Thursday. Sanchez (D-Whittier) cited an "unexpected family matter requiring my attention" in a letter to colleagues withdrawing her name from the running for House Democratic Caucus chairwoman. 

Sanchez is married to James Sullivan, one of five people indicted Nov. 6 on theft and conspiracy charges in connection with $800,000 worth of trips to the Kentucky Derby and other locations using public funds without permission. The defendants are all linked to the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Corp., a southeastern Connecticut energy cooperative that has received more than $9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy. The $800,000 included travel expenses, private chartered airfare, first-class hotel accommodations, meals, tickets to sporting events, golf fees, souvenirs and gifts for the defendants and their families.

In a statement, U.S. Atty. John Durham said Sullivan and the other defendants used utility ratepayer funds as "a secret slush fund to pay for lavish junkets for themselves and their family and friends, as well as for other inappropriate expenses."

The indictments were unsealed Thursday .................

Friday
Nov092018

SACRAMENTO: "California's rent control initiative was crushed in the election. Don't expect the issue to go away"; "State board again delays vote on contentious river plan"; also, commentaries (Dan Walters), "Big campaign spending for status quo outcome"; "Jerry Brown a tax reformer? Who knew?" ....

***Various items relating to doings in and/or around the Capitol....

* Los Angeles Times:  "State board again delays vote on contentious river plan"

* Los Angeles Times:  "California's rent control initiative was crushed in the election. Don't expect the issue to go away"

* CALmatters (Dan Walters):  "Big campaign spending for status quo outcome"

* CALmatters (Dan Walters):  "Jerry Brown a tax reformer? Who knew?"

Friday
Nov092018

SACRAMENTO: November 6 election: "Gavin Newsom's dilemma: Making a change, while following Jerry Brown's lead"; "A new Democratic governor must decide how far he wants to lead California to the left"; "The 2018 election is over, let the governing begin"; also, "California has 4.5 million ballots left to count. That could spell trouble for GOP" .... 

***Various items relating to doings in and/or around the Capitol....

* CALmatters (Laurel Rosenhall):  "Gavin Newsom's dilemma: Making a change, while following Jerry Brown's lead"

* Los Angeles Times (John Myers):  "A new Democratic governor must decide how far he wants to lead California to the left"

* CALmatters (Dan Morain):  "The 2018 election is over, let the governing begin"

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* Sacramento Bee:  "California has 4.5 million ballots left to count. That could spell trouble for GOP"

Friday
Nov092018

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: So. Calif.: Editorial, "Democratic takeover at San Diego City Hall a big test for Faulconer"; "Alex Villanueva's strong challenge of L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell relied on Latino areas"; No. Calif.: S.F. fines Airbnb landlords $2.25 million for illegal rentals"; editorial, "Voters gave Sacramento a tax windfall. Here's what must happen next so it isn't squandered."

***Various items relating to local issues/local government -- Northern California, Southern California....

* San Diego Union-Tribune (editorial):  "Democratic takeover at San Diego City Hall a big test for Faulconer"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Alex Villanueva's strong challenge of L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonell relied on Latino areas"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "S.F. fines Airbnb landlords $2.25 million for illegal rentals"

* Sacramento Bee (editorial):  "Voters gave Sacramento a tax windfall. Here's what must happen next so it isn't squandered."

Friday
Nov092018

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: So. Calif.: "San Ysidro School District withholds settlement agreement in case against ex-superintendent"; "When it comes to elections, the new Orange County looks a lot like the old Orange County"; No. Calif.: "Sacramento's Measure U passes, but where sales tax money will go remains uncertain"; "S.F. puts brakes on Prop. C homeless measure; legal challenge anticipated" ....

***Various items relating to local issues/local government -- Northern California, Southern California....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "S.F. puts brakes on Prop. C homeless measure; legal challenge anticipated"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Sacramento's Measure U passes, but where sales tax money will go remains uncertain"

* San Diego Union-Tribune:  "San Ysidro School District withholds settlement agreement in case against ex-superintendent"

* Los Angeles Times (Opinion L.A. -- Scott Martelle):  "When it comes to elections, the new Orange County looks a lot like the old Orange County"