CalWatchdog Morning Read – October 27

  • CalWatchdogLogoClinton leads CA by a mile
  • Hollywood’s stars give their names, but not necessarily their money, to causes
  • Judge seeks political ethics info from South Bay Republican assemblyman
  • Tom Steyer REALLY wants the tobacco tax to pass
  • San Diego considering Airbnb, short-term rental ban

Good morning. It’s Thursday and in the spirit of getting through to the weekend, we’ll give a quick rundown of today’s news and happenings.

Here’s something that should come as no surprise: Hillary Clinton has twice as much support as Donald Trump in California, according to a new poll. A 26-point lead. The San Francisco Chronicle has more.

But here’s something you may not have known: Hollywood’s stars are often quick to lend their name to causes, but not always so quick to give their money. Of course, some open their wallets. Robert Downey Jr. and his wife each gave $35,000 to Prop. 57, Gov. Jerry Brown’s parole measure. The Sacramento Bee has more.  

One of the most endangered legislative incumbents, Assemblyman David Hadley, R-Torrance, has been ordered by a Sacramento judge to explain why he hasn’t fully cooperated with a political ethics investigation. This South Bay seat is one of a handful that will decide if Democrats get a two-thirds “supermajority” in the legislature. Capital Public Radio has more. 

Speaking of donors, the Bay Area’s Tom Steyer — the largest donor in the country — is now the largest donor to the $2-per-pack tobacco-tax increase after giving $3.5 million to the cause on Tuesday. The potential gubernatorial candidate has now spent $11.3 million on Prop. 56, including in the primary. The Los Angeles Times has more.

And totally unrelated to the election, San Diego’s City Council will consider banning Airbnb and other short-term rentals, reports The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Legislature:

  • Gone till December.

Gov. Brown: 

  • No public events announced.

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  1. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 28 October, 2016, 14:16

    Hollyweed shows the way

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