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Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris have big leads in California -- Democrat Hillary Clinton pushed her lead over Donald Trump to 26 points in California, a double-digit increase over the last month, a new statewide poll shows. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/27/16

New Poll: Kamala Harris Holds 22 Point Lead in Californa's U.S. Senate Race -- The Public Policy Institute of California survey shows Harris leads Sanchez -- 42 percent to 20 percent -- thanks to strong backing from Democrats and Independents. Harris led Sanchez by only 7 points in in the center’s September poll. Chris Nichols Capital Public Radio -- 10/27/16

Clinton has nearly twice the support of Trump in new state poll -- Support among California likely voters ballooned over the past month for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who now has a 26-point lead over her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, according to the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll released Wednesday. Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/27/16

California poll: Trump’s numbers dropping into ‘uncharted territory’ -- Donald Trump is careening toward a historically poor showing in California, a prospect that has left several GOP congressmen fearful for their seats and Democrats hopeful they can regain a supermajority in the Legislature. Matthew Artz in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/27/16

Harris Widens Lead; Marijuana Legalization, Cigarette Tax Ahead in PPIC Poll -- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris have widened their leads in California, according to a new poll that also finds strong support for a proposed cigarette tax, an income tax on high earners and the legalization of marijuana in the Golden State. Marisa Lagos KQED -- 10/27/16

A new poll shows Californians remain ready to legalize the recreational use of pot -- A majority of California's likely voters continue to favor legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, but the level of support has dipped from a reported 60% a month ago to 55% this month, according to a statewide poll released Wednesday night. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/27/16

Why Gov. Jerry Brown is staking so much on Proposition 57 and prison sentences -- Few California voters likely know much, if anything, about the state Board of Parole Hearings — from the qualifications of the 12 commissioners to their success in opening the prison gates for only those who can safely return to the streets. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/27/16

California Watchdog Seeks Lawmaker's Political Documents -- California's political watchdog is taking a state lawmaker to court for failing to comply with an investigation into his re-election campaign. A Sacramento judge has ordered Assemblyman David Hadley to explain why he has not turned over all the communications requested by the Fair Political Practices Commission. Associated Press -- 10/27/16

California's voter registration deadline has passed, but not for new U.S. citizens -- The voter registration deadline for most Californians was Monday. But people like De Leon who become naturalized citizens after the deadline are allowed to register and vote until polls close on election day if they provide documentation proving their citizenship. Sophia Bollag in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/27/16

'Shining city' no more — former Reagan speechwriter laments 2016 discourse -- Veteran California Republican Ken Khachigian, who served as chief speechwriter to Ronald Reagan and worked hand in hand with “the Great Communicator” at the fine art of political messaging, laments that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may be making communication a lost art. Carla Marinucci Politico -- 10/27/16

Pro-Trump spray-painter at CA Spanish-immersion school at large -- Days after a vandal spray-painted imposing graffiti reading “build the wall higher” and dozens of other references to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a Spanish-language immersion school in Sonoma County, teachers and administrators are trying to calm their shaken classrooms. Michael Bodley in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/27/16

Skelton: Tom Hayden was a role model for participatory democracy. He didn't stand on the sidelines — he jumped right in -- This country needs more people like Tom Hayden, motivated citizens who don’t just stand outside the arena and gripe about how the game is played. They go inside and participate. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/27/16

Aiming for supermajority, California Democrats play Trump card -- The one shred of power Republicans hold in the California statehouse—enough seats to block Democratic lawmakers from a “supermajority”—is on the brink in this election. Laurel Rosenhall Calmatters.org -- 10/27/16

Man who vandalized Donald Trump’s star speaks out: ‘I was just so fed up’ -- James Lambert Otis, the man who admitted to taking a sledgehammer and pick-axe to Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is speaking out about why he did it and what he hoped to accomplish. Anita Bennett in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 10/27/16

Tour bus crash that killed 13 underscores gaps in safety regulations -- The 43 people who headed out on a motor coach earlier this week to play slot machines at a Salton Sea casino likely had no idea they were betting their lives on what some consider an inadequate patchwork of federal and state protections. Ralph Vartabedian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/27/16

Drivers frustrated by computer failures at California DMV -- Kennidi Beatie made her third frustrating trip this week to a California Department of Motor Vehicles office on Wednesday, only to be told again that the DMV's computers were still down and her life was still in limbo. Don Thompson and Jonathan J. Cooper Associated Press -- 10/27/16

Computer outage still impacting DMV offices throughout California -- Dozens of Department of Motor Vehicles offices were still affected Wednesday by a computer outage that has left customers frustrated across the state since Monday. The systems were to be back to normal on Wednesday morning, the DMV announced Tuesday, but crews were still working to fix the problem, spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez said. Alma Fausto in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 10/27/16

Lopez: CalVet kitchen is cooking, but six years after West L.A. home opens to serve medical needs of vets, empty beds remain -- You remember the CalVet Kitchen Chronicles, right? It’s hard to believe, but two years have passed since my last installment. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/27/16

Will the Defense Department fix the National Guard bonus repayment problem? California congressional reps are skeptical -- Some members of California's congressional delegation aren't satisfied with a Defense Department plan to verify whether thousands of California National Guard members fairly received bonuses for enlisting during the height of the Iraq war or must repay the money. They said Wednesday that they want a detailed plan by the time Congress returns in mid-November. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/27/16

Could Trump Knock Legislative Republicans Down To Superminority? -- California Republicans are campaigning hard to block Democrats from reclaiming supermajorities in the state Legislature after Democrats lost seats in the 2014 midterms. But Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s unpopularity isn’t helping their cause. Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 10/27/16

Prop 59 gives voters a voice but little else in campaign financing debate -- Among the 17 statewide ballot measures California voters face in the general election is Proposition 59, a rare advisory initiative that, if approved, would direct the state's elected officials to work on reversing the effects of Citizens United. Mary Plummer KPCC -- 10/27/16

Los Angeles sued over gang injunctions affecting thousands -- The federal lawsuit, filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, says the 46 injunctions that bar gang members from such things as meeting in certain areas or wearing certain clothing in public are unconstitutional. KPCC -- 10/27/16

El Cajon protesters ask judge for right to assemble -- Protesters and the NAACP are asking a federal judge to ban law enforcement from arresting people who have been gathering at an El Cajon shopping center, where police fatally shot an unarmed black man last month. Kristina Davis in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/27/16

UCLA beats USC in voter registration competition — by thousands -- This fall quarter, the two Southern California universities had something to compete over other than a football game at the Coliseum — USC and UCLA went head-to-head in a competition over political might. They were challenged to collect 17,000 new voter registration applications before the Oct. 24 deadline, and UCLA came out on top with just over 10,000 — while USC collected only 411. KPCC -- 10/27/16

Orange County prosecutors turn to YouTube to re-argue case against Kenneth Clair in court of public opinion -- It’s a standard line in almost any Hollywood legal drama: A prosecutor tells a herd of reporters he won’t answer a question because “I don’t want to try this case in the court of public opinion.” In real life, that premise might be changing. Tony Saavedra in the Orange County Register -- 10/27/16

Calbuzz: PPIC’s New Poll – Plus a Primer on ‘Oversampling’ -- Democrat Hillary Clinton now leads Republican Donald Trump by a staggering 54-28% among likely voters in the Golden State, according to the latest survey from the Public Policy Institute of California, and Kamala Harris leads sister Democrat Loretta Sanchez by nearly as much – 42-20%. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 10/27/16

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls, Bonds    

Measure M proponents, worried tax won’t pass, are planning a final push to win voters -- Los Angeles city, county and state leaders stressed that without a late push, Metro’s Measure M on the November ballot may not pass, dooming funding for 40 projects including completion of the 71 Freeway, the 57/60 interchange and extension of the Gold Line to Claremont. Steve Scauzillo in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 10/27/16

Fox: The Terms of Surrender in California’s Tax Revolt -- The state with Prop. 13 has at least three tax hikes on the ballot this year, and more are in the works. Joel Fox in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 10/27/16


Ballot Measure T Forces Encinitas To Confront Growth Plans -- Encinitas is the only city in San Diego County that does not have a state-mandated housing plan. Even with its back up against a legal wall, there’s plenty of opposition to Measure T — a plan for where to increase housing density in Encinitas. Alison St John KPBS -- 10/27/16

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions 

Casino mogul Adelson says no certainty over Las Vegas stadium for NFL's Raiders -- Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson said he is prepared to walk away from a deal to build a stadium that would help relocate the National Football League's Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas if terms offered by the team do not improve. Ari Rabinovitch Reuters -- 10/27/16

How LA leaders plan to make the city more business-friendly -- Its dozens of reforms include a one-stop service to assist businesses, an open door at City Hall for business input, more streamlined regulations, business incentive zones and up to 5,000 new city jobs for workers hailing from poorer neighborhoods. Dana Bartholomew in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 10/27/16

Southern California home sales dip in September -- The Southern California real estate market took a breather in September, with sales dipping slightly as the market entered a typically slower season amid price gains that have made homes less affordable. Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/27/16

Report: Women won't earn as much as men for 170 years -- The global gap in earnings between men and women will not be closed for another 170 years if current trends continue, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum. The Switzerland-based forum's annual Global Gender Gap Report , released Tuesday, lists economics and health as the most challenging disparities between men and women worldwide. Associated Press -- 10/27/16

Sacramento could be among first to test fleet of self-driving vehicles -- Self-driving robot cars will be coming soon to the streets of American cities. Exactly when is uncertain. But Sacramento city transportation officials are taking steps now to be ready when the revolution rolls in. Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/27/16

Will This San Diego Company’s Robot Take Jobs From Janitors? -- San Diego-based Brain Corp is rolling out an automated vehicle that can clean floors without a human driver. Soon, their robot could be mopping floors at grocery stores or office buildings. But according to robotics experts and Brain Corp executives, human janitors probably don't have to worry about this robot taking their jobs. David Wagner KPBS -- 10/27/16

San Diego to consider sweeping Airbnb ban -- Most Airbnb and other short-term rentals would be banned in San Diego under a proposal released Wednesday by outgoing Councilwoman Sherri Lightner. Roger Showley in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/27/16

Google Fiber scales back high-speed project in Irvine -- Google Fiber’s high-speed venture into Irvine has fizzled. The company notified the city Tuesday that it will not pursue a cable television and internet project first announced a year ago, Irvine spokesman Craig Reem said. Hannah Madans and Tomoya Shimura in the Orange County Register -- 10/27/16

Supervisors approve leasing Chino property that could earn Orange County $523 million -- Orange County could bring in an extra $523 million over the next 68 years after the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved leasing a property it owns in Chino to be developed into warehouses, likely for e-commerce companies. Jordan Graham in the Orange County Register -- 10/27/16

Apple cash pile climbs to record high -- Apple’s annual sales may have fallen for the first time in 15 years, but its cash and investments on hand swelled to a record $237.6 billion, the company said Tuesday. Levi Sumagaysay in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/27/16

Google’s Alphabet fails at keeping executives in the house -- When Google co-founder Larry Page created Alphabet, he gave three primary reasons: free up the main Internet business from its costly “moonshot” projects; turn those audacious experiments into real businesses; and keep entrepreneurial leaders from leaving. Mark Bergen in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/27/16

Cloud-shape design floated for Lucas museum -- Forget the mock-classical temple that George Lucas sought to build at Crissy Field a couple years ago. His newly unveiled vision for Treasure Island is utterly different — a cross between a silvery cloud and a souped-up sports car. John King in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/27/16


A Delta Tunnels Alternative: Embracing Flooding for Our Water Supply -- When California officials got serious about building two giant tunnels to divert freshwater out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, it didn’t take critics long to propose alternatives. Matt Weiser KQED -- 10/27/16


African-American students at Long Beach Unified more likely to be suspended, report finds -- African-American, Latino and Pacific Islander students in the Long Beach Unified School District are suspended at much higher rates than their white peers, according to a new study by the Children’s Defense Fund-California and the Public Counsel law firm. Nadra Nittle EdSource -- 10/27/16

California awards $200 million to help more students become college ready -- Nearly 1,000 school districts, county offices of education and charter schools across California will share $200 million in state grants as part of an effort to prepare more high school students for college, state officials announced Wednesday. Fermin Leal EdSource -- 10/27/16

How well are California's students doing in science? -- California has produced some of America’s most celebrated innovators, but its students test below the national average in science, according to a new federal report. Joy Resmovits in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/27/16

University High is ranked among best in the U.S., so why is Fresno Unified concerned? -- University High has long been ranked as one of the best schools in the country, but its leaders are worried Fresno Unified could close its doors. Mackenzie Mays in the Fresno Bee -- 10/27/16

SDSU gets its largest gift ever: Padres executive and wife donate $25M -- San Diego State University on Wednesday announced it has received a $25 million gift from philanthropist and Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler and his wife, Alexis, the largest single donation in the institution’s 119-year history. Joshua Stewart in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/27/16


Palo Alto bans growing marijuana outdoors -- Pot growers in Palo Alto will have to limit their activities to the indoors if California voters legalize marijuana in November, the Palo Alto City Council decided Monday. Jacqueline Lee in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/27/16

Weed as way of life: California farmers divided on legal bud -- Laura Costa's son and husband moved quickly with the pruning shears to harvest the family's fall marijuana crop, racing along with several workers to cut the plants and drop them in plastic bins ahead of an impending storm. Paul Elias Associated Press -- 10/27/16

Here's what occurs if Californians legalize recreational pot -- Proposition 64 would legalize the recreational use of marijuana starting Jan. 1, 2018. The ballot measure is 62 pages long and aims to regulate the entire cannabis industry, from seeds to pipe. Here are highlights: Associated Press -- 10/27/16


'I don't do crime': Rapper Coolio pleads guilty to bringing loaded gun to LAX and gets probation -- Rap artist Coolio pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony firearm charge after bringing a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag to Los Angeles International Airport. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/27/16


Aliso Canyon 1 year later: Sweeping regulations follow record natural gas leak -- The four-month gas cloud would spawn some of the stiffest local, state and federal underground natural gas storage regulations in the nation. Only some officials, environmental activists and San Fernando Valley residents say they’re not enough. Dana Bartholomew in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 10/27/16


California Rules About Violence Against Health Workers Could Become A Model -- Workers in California's hospitals and doctors' offices may be less likely to get hit, kicked, bitten or grabbed under workplace standards adopted by a state workplace safety board. Pauline Bartolone NPR -- 10/27/16

Also . . . 

Santa Ana to pay marijuana dispensary $100,000 after video appears to back police harassment claims -- The city will also drop misdemeanor charges against a dozen people accused of unlawfully operating Sky High Holistic, the Orange County Register reported Wednesday. Associated Press -- 10/27/16


Trump leaves campaign trail to open his new downtown D.C. hotel -- Donald Trump made a detour to Washington on Wednesday to officially christen a downtown hotel bearing his name, less than two weeks before Election Day, one of dozens of times that the Republican presidential nominee has mixed his political candidacy with his personal business interests on the campaign trail. Ed O'Keefe, Sean Sullivan and Katie Zezima in the Washington Post$ -- 10/27/16

Inside ‘Bill Clinton Inc.’: Hacked memo reveals intersection of charity and personal income -- When top Bill Clinton aide Douglas Band wrote the memo, he was a central player at the Clinton Foundation and president of his own corporate consulting firm. Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger in the Washington Post$ -- 10/27/16

Clinton to Latino organizers: Let’s prove Jan Brewer wrong with record turnout -- On a bilingual conference call with supporters on Wednesday night, Clinton reminded them that Brewer had dismissed the prospect that Clinton might win the election because Hispanic voters “don’t vote.” Abby Phillip in the Washington Post$ -- 10/27/16

Democrats ask judge to sanction Republicans over Trump -- The Democratic National Committee on Wednesday asked a U.S. judge to hold the Republican National Committee in contempt of court over allegations that Donald Trump encouraged his supporters to intimidate minority voters. Dan Levine Reuters -- 10/27/16


-- Wednesday Updates 

Celebrities endorsing California ballot measures, not writing checks -- When the Proposition 62 campaign sent out a fundraising email Tuesday night signed by Bryan Cranston, it was something rare. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/26/16

Your California pension dollars at work in Las Vegas -- CalPERS is betting big on Las Vegas real estate, purchasing a glitzy retail and nightlife complex on the Strip where entertainers like Britney Spears regularly perform. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/26/16

Surprise: Tesla turns a profit for the first time in three years -- A near doubling of revenue and a much lower growth in expenses produced the positive net income of $111.4 million, or 71 cents a share, when adjusted for one-time events. For the same quarter a year earlier, it posted a loss of $1.35 a share. Russ Mitchell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/26/16

Defense secretary orders Pentagon to stop collecting California National Guard bonus repayments -- Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Wednesday ordered the Pentagon to suspend all efforts to collect reimbursement from thousands of California National Guard members who were improperly given enlistment bonuses. David S. Cloud in the Los Angeles Times$ Lolita C. Baldor and Matthew Daly Associated Press -- 10/26/16

Someone took a sledgehammer to Donald Trump's Walk of Fame star -- Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has had a rough go of it since the controversial business mogul and reality television star became a Republican presidential candidate. Brittny Mejia in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/26/16

Ted Cruz's old gang called into action to help California GOP -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential bid may be history, but his supporters in California are banding together to help GOP candidates locked in tight down-ballot races. Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ (after clicking this link you must scroll down to see the item) -- 10/26/16

Why Bay Area's poorest, most polluted cities stand to lose grants -- Some of the Bay Area’s poorest neighborhoods stand to lose out on state grants from a pot of money that has brought more than $100 million to the region’s disadvantaged, polluted communities in recent years. Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/26/16

California Film Credit Increased Production, Benefit Hazy -- After years of decline, the number of television shows produced in California is on the rise. Lawmakers and Hollywood attribute the increase to a tax credit for filming in-state, while critics say that tax credit could be better spent on other priorities. Ben Bradford Capital Public Radio -- 10/26/16

Santa Ana to pay $100,000 to pot shop at center of controversial police raid -- The city will pay a Santa Ana marijuana dispensary $100,000 to settle a federal lawsuit in connection with a controversial raid last year where police officers were caught on hidden video eating snacks and making disparaging remarks about a handicapped woman. Scott Schwebke in the Orange County Register -- 10/26/16

Tom Steyer is now the biggest donor in the effort to raise the tobacco tax -- Billionaire Tom Steyer is now the largest donor in the effort to raise the state's cigarette tax by $2 a pack. With a $3.5-million donation to the Yes on Proposition 56 campaign Tuesday, Steyer's total spending on the race has reached $11.3 million. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/26/16

GOP mega-donor is spending more than $1 million in coastal L.A. County Assembly district -- The Spirit of Democracy California, an independent expenditure committee backed by Republican mega-donor Charles Munger Jr., has dropped more than $1.4 million on a single Assembly race this year between Assemblyman David Hadley (R-Manhattan Beach) and former Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, a Democrat. Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/26/16