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California Republican Rep. Ed Royce won't seek reelection -- House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce will not run for reelection, he announced Monday. Royce, a Republican from Fullerton who was first elected to Congress in 1992, is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is known as a hawk and a free trade advocate. Christine Mai-Duc and Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 1/8/18

Mark Leno now officially a candidate for San Francisco mayor — filing deadline Tuesday -- Former state Sen. Mark Leno officially entered the San Francisco mayor’s race on Monday by filing his candidacy papers with the city’s Department of Elections. He had effectively kicked off the mayoral race after becoming the first candidate to pull papers to run back in May. Dominic Fracassa in the San Francisco Chronicle$ John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 1/8/18

Trump order upends future for a generation of Salvadorans who now must leave U.S. -- Moments before nurses whisked Jose Guevara into surgery Monday morning, he got word that his parents will be stripped of their immigration status and could be sent to a country they haven’t lived in for nearly two decades. “It’s disappointing and it’s scary,” said Guevara, 23, of Los Angeles, who is battling leukemia. “My mom is the one who is taking care of me.” Joseph Tanfani and Cindy Carcamo in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 1/8/18

Billionaire Tom Steyer will not run for Senate or governor in California — this year -- San Francisco billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer said Monday he’s not going to run for Senate or the governor’s office in California this year. “I'm not going to run for office in 2018; that's not where I can make the biggest difference,” Steyer said at a news conference he called in Washington, D.C. “My fight is not just in California, my fight is in removing Donald Trump from office and from power.” Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ Emily Cadei in the Sacramento Bee$ Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Kevin Modesti in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 1/8/18

Marin County has long resisted growth in the name of environmentalism. But high housing costs and segregation persist -- The December meeting on a proposed 400-home development played out as many have in Marin County. Dozens of residents approached the microphone to argue the project would hurt their quality of life. The Board of Supervisors killed the plan and told the developer what to expect when it tried again. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 1/8/18

Can California preserve net neutrality? Lawmakers pledge to try -- another episode of the California vs. Donald Trump saga, Democratic state lawmakers are promoting legislation to preserve equal internet access in defiance of a recent federal ruling. Taryn Luna in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 1/8/18

Fox: California Scheming: Playing Games with the Taxman -- Sacramento Democratic politicians are so concerned that taxpayers will have to pay more taxes to the federal government under the recently passed U.S. tax law that they have devised a scheme to help taxpayers avoid paying more federal taxes. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 1/8/18

‘Excess’ pension payments grow then phase out -- If the Internal Revenue Service annual limit for a public pension was $210,000 two years ago, why were the top 10 CalPERS pensions well above the limit, ranging from $290,273 to $390,485? The answer is that pension systems have the option of going over the IRS limit — if they set up a special fund so only the employer pays the cost of the “excess” pension amount. Ed Mendel Calpensions.com -- 1/8/18

‘It was a scary thing.’ Hospital dumps senior at homeless shelter. He’s not the first -- Arlan Lewis, nearly 78 years old and hobbled by arthritis in his right hip, remembers feeling disoriented when a taxi dropped him in front of Sacramento’s Union Gospel Mission one afternoon last month. Cynthia Hubert in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 1/8/18


California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Evacuations ordered below Santa Barbara burn zones as area braces for rainstorm -- Ahead of a strong winter storm that could trigger flash flooding and mudslides, authorities have ordered evacuations of Santa Barbara County neighborhoods that sit below areas recently burned by wildfires. Alene Tchekmedyian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 1/8/18

Skelton: Democrats' plan to help California taxpayers doesn't pass the smell test. They should still go for it -- Even for California government, this seems nutty: calling a state income tax payment a “charitable contribution” so it can be deducted on a federal tax return. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 1/8/18

California governor's race is likely to be decided in Los Angeles County -- For the hopefuls in California’s race for governor, the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles County is as mesmerizing as the blanket of lights that glistens every night from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Long Beach coast. Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 1/8/18

Is Dianne Feinstein too old to run for re-election? -- California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s age has become an increasingly unavoidable part of her biography. “At age 84, Dianne Feinstein is the oldest of the 100 United States senators,” Los Angeles Times columnist Harold Meyerson began a July op-ed that argued she shouldn’t run for re-election. Emily Cadei in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 1/8/18

California Attorney General Says State Will Stand Up to Trump Administration on Marijuana -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has asked to meet with the four U.S. Attorneys who prosecute federal law in the state to gauge weather or not they plan on enforcing federal marijuana laws. "I've reached out to all four to sit down with them... because we'd like to know how each of the four will intend to move forward with this new policy from US DOJ." Conan Nolan NBCLA -- 1/7/18

Walters: Senator’s creative tax plan faces many pitfalls -- State legislators are floating some creative schemes to blunt the impact of the new federal tax law on California taxpayers. Several are in the air, but the main one, proposed by Kevin de León, the outgoing state Senate president pro tem, more than slightly resembles phony tax avoidance scams that entice the unwary and often result in hefty penalties and interest payments being imposed by the Internal Revenue Service. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 1/8/18

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

As Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ wins big at Golden Globes, she thanks Sacramento -- “Lady Bird,” written and directed by Sacramento native Greta Gerwig, received two major awards at the Golden Globes on Sunday night. The film clenched the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, beating popular films “Get Out,” “I, Tonya” and “The Greatest Showman.” Molly Sullivan in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 1/8/18

Wine mogul Dave Phinney poised to transform Mare Island with distillery -- If Dave Phinney has his way, Mare Island, once the largest naval base west of the Mississippi River, may soon become the Bay Area’s newest adult playground. Esther Mobley in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 1/8/18


Despite legalization, California colleges stick to their marijuana bans -- Students at UC San Diego don’t need to go far if they want to take part in California’s new recreational marijuana market: Torrey Holistics, a dispensary that sells cannabis to anyone over 21, is the next exit up Interstate 5 from the university. Nico Savidge EdSource -- 1/8/18

POTUS 45  

25th Amendment unlikely to be invoked over Trump's mental health -- Donald Trump’s description of himself as a “very stable genius” sparked new debate this weekend about the 25th Amendment, but invoking the provision to remove a president from office is so difficult that it’s highly unlikely to come into play over concerns about Trump’s mental health, a half-dozen lawyers with expertise on the measure said. Josh Gerstein Politico -- 1/8/18

Schiff: 'We have a seriously flawed human being in the Oval Office' -- The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that virtually every member of Congress has concerns about President Donald Trump's mental state, even if they won't say so publicly. Ian Kullgren Politico -- 1/8/18


Bay Area tech exec raises $160,000 in fundraiser for Roy Moore accuser -- More than $160,000 has been pledged to an online fundraising campaign started by a Bay Area tech company executive to help a Roy Moore accuser whose Alabama home burned down in a case of suspected arson. Benny Evangelista in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 1/8/18