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Dec 7, 2018

G1 concert for California wildfire victims tops Newsom's inauguration schedule


The Tribune's ANDREW SHEELER: "Wildfire victims will be front and center at incoming California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s inauguration."


"On Jan. 6, the night before he takes his oath of office, Newsom will host “California Rises: A Concert to Help the Victims of California Wildfires” at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center."


"The performers at the concert have not yet been announced, but proceeds from the event will go to the California Fire Foundation, which will use those funds to aid the long-term recovery and rebuilding for areas affected by wildfires over the last two years."

READ MORE on wildfires: After deadly wildfires, regulators weigh new rules for PG&E power shutoffs -- J.D. MORRIS, Chronicle


Little time left to overhaul how Congress reacts to sexual harassment allegations against lawmakers


LA Times's SARAH D WIRE: "After sexual harassment allegations arose against more than a half-dozen lawmakers in 2017, Congress promised swift reform of an internal review process that many agreed was outdated and biased against accusers."


"But a year later, efforts have stalled, largely over whether lawmakers should have to pay out of their own pockets to settle harassment claims against them, rather than taxpayers covering the cost as currently occurs. Some outside groups blame a handful of GOP senators for quietly resisting the liability provision and blocking the legislation."


Labor leader Laphonza Butler jumps to political consulting — and just maybe a Kamala Harris presidential campaign


From the LAT's MELANIE MASON: "When Laphonza Butler announced in October that she’d depart her leadership post in California’s largest labor union, a role she held for nearly a decade, the news set off a whirl of speculation among the state’s politicos about what she’d do next."


"An administration post with Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom? A stint as national president of Service Employees International Union, where she’s worked in various roles since 2001? A consensus pick to lead the California Democratic Party, in the wake of Chairman Eric Bauman’s recent resignation amid misconduct allegations?"


"Instead, Butler is making the leap from advocate to operative, joining forces with some of the state’s highest-profile consultants in a move that could have implications for California and national politics."


San Diego: More than 300 homeless adults evacuated from downtown tent shelter to Mission Valley stadium amid heavy rain, flooding


From the Union-Tribune's ALEX RIGGINS: "Rain and floodwaters Thursday night prompted the evacuation of more than 300 homeless people from a tented shelter in Barrio Logan near Petco Park, a shelter official said."


"The flooding at the shelter run by the Alpha Project occurred amid heavy rains and a countywide flash flood warning from the National Weather Service that expired at 8:30 p.m."


"The Alpha Project’s 324 clients — the shelter was at capacity Thursday — were being taken to a temporary shelter at SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley.  “It was major flooding, there was nothing that we could have done,” Alpha Project Chief Operating Officer Amy Gonyeau said. “The water was like three-feet high in places, it was really crazy. I’ve never seen it like that.”


Workplace porn lawsuit costs Caltrans nearly $1.5 million

The SacBee's ADAM ASHTON: "Caltrans must pay almost $1.5 million to resolve a five-year-old lawsuit filed by a former state employee who alleged she experienced workplace retaliation after she complained about her colleagues sharing pornography at work."


"A San Joaquin County Superior Court judge this week directed Caltrans to pay $850,000 in legal fees and costs to John Shepardson, the attorney who brought the case on behalf of former Caltrans employee Rachel Elizondo."


"A jury in November 2017 awarded $605,000 to Elizondo, who in 2009 alerted supervisors that her colleagues in a Stockton office were sharing pornography."


Kevin Hart steps down as 2019 Oscars host after backlash over past homophobic comments


LA Times's TRACY BROWN: "Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the 2019 Oscars."


"After he claimed he was pressured by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to apologize for past homophobic comments, the comedian announced on Thursday night his decision to step away from hosting this year’s ceremony."


"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's,” said Hart on Twitter. “This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past."


Special Counsel will recommend sentences for former Trump lieutenants Cohen and Manafort


LA Times's CHRIS MEGERIAN: "Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is expected to disclose new details from the broad-ranging Russia investigation when he recommends sentences on Friday for convicted felons Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort, two of President Trump’s former top aides."


"Cohen was Trump’s personal lawyer and self-described fixer in New York, as well as a top officer at the Trump Organization, the private holding company for Trump’s businesses. Manafort, a longtime lobbyist and Republican operative, served as Trump’s campaign chairman in mid-2016, including at the Republican National Convention."


READ MORE related to POTUS 45/KremlinGate: Court deadlines set stage for more Russia probe details -- AP's CHAD DAY/ERIC TUCKER; Trump's asylum ban may violate international law, top UN official says -- BOB EGELKO in The Chronicle


Increasingly frustrated, Ecuador says it's time for Assange to finally leave embassy


LA Times's CHRISTINA BOYLE/CHRIS MEGERIAN: "Ecuador's president said Thursday that the British government had given written assurances that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would not be extradited to face the death penalty abroad if he leaves his London embassy hideout, where he’s been holed up for more than six years."


"In the clearest sign yet that the Australian activist might eventually face the U.S. justice system, President Lenin Moreno said he was eager to bring an end to Assange’s long residency inside his country’s embassy and had been working with British authorities to make that happen."


“I am not happy with Assange’s presence in the Ecuadorean Embassy.… It seems to us six years is too much,” Moreno said in a radio interview from the presidential palace in Quito, the nation’s capital.''


All clear after bomb threat forces evacuation of CNN offices


AP: "Police have given the all-clear after a phoned in bomb threat forced the evacuation of CNN's offices in New York."


"Police said a man with a southern accent called CNN just after 10 p.m. Thursday and said five bombs had been placed throughout the facility inside the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle."


"Police said the building was evacuated and building security did a preliminary search. Police units then swept the building with the NYPD bomb squad on standby."


Jury to deliberate over Charlottesville fatal car ramming


AP's DENISE LAVOIE: "A jury is set to begin deliberating in the murder trial of an Ohio man accused of intentionally driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally, killing one woman and injuring dozens."


"A prosecutor told jurors in closing arguments Thursday that 21-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. had hate and violence on his mind when he plunged the car into the crowd. Defense attorneys argued Fields had plowed into the crowd out of fear."


'Jurors are scheduled to get the case Friday morning."

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