10/11/2017 09:44 AM EDT

By Carla Marinucci (cmarinucci@politico.com) and David Siders (dsiders@politico.com) with Candice Norwood (cnorwood@politico.com)

THE BUZZ: The big question surrounding Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who spoke to a full house at the Sacramento Press Club Tuesday, was all about his future: Will it be a 2018 run for governor - or a 2020 bid for president?

-- Garcetti, expertly grilled by SacBee political editor Amy Chance, left the doors open to both. (And, hint: He wouldn't commit to serving out his second term as mayor, only to "serving the people of Los Angeles.") He's got an personal profile: 46, his city's first Jewish mayor, who's also Mexican-American (a fluent Spanish-speaker) and Italian, that has fueled talk of his options:

-- On running for governor: Garcetti could raise Hollywood money. He left Sacramento to head to a hefty Beverly Hills fundraiser for Sen. Dianne Feinstein last night, with entertainment luminaries Sherry Lansing and Michael Eisner among his co-hosts. He would represent a nightmare for the current crop of candidates, especially Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (with whom he shares a number of key positions), and Antonio Villaraigosa, the former L.A. mayor.

-- Downside: Insiders say the door is quickly closing, if not already shut, on getting in, with the primary just eight months away, and Newsom already with at least $13 million in the bank.

-- On running for POTUS: Garcetti's recent speeches have stressed his role as not just a mayor, but as head of the formidable city-state of Los Angeles. It's a place, he can argue, where he's handled plenty of Big Picture challenges, from immigration and homelessness to business development, including nabbing the 2028 Olympics. Those who have watched him in action on the East Coast, in places like New Hampshire (where he's gone to campaign for other Dems), say the vibe is clear.

-- As CNN's Chris Cillizza tweeted Tuesday: "He's running (for something).''

-- L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Harvey Weinstein scandal: 'There's no place for this - sorry, Harvey,'' via LATimes' Melanie Mason: Story."

-- "Los Angeles mayor on Jerry Brown's tunnels plan: Just build one,'' by SacBee's Christopher Cadelago: Story.

-- "Is L.A. Mayor Garcetti being coy about running for governor? If he gets in, he'd be formidable,'' by SacBee's Dan Morain: Story.

BUENOS DÍAS, good Wednesday morning. Gov. Jerry Brown wowed a crowd of Silicon Valley CEOs on his Delta Tunnels plan. GOP Rep. Devin Nunes made a surprise move related to the Russia investigation, and both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence extended an olive branch to California in the wake of raging fires across the state.

Where's Jerry? No public schedule.

TWEET OF THE DAY: Adam Schiff @RepAdamSchiff: "I represent Hollywood. Should go without saying, but abuse, assault and harassment of women is intolerable. By Weinstein, Trump or anyone."

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I am focused on representing California's 13th Congressional district and resisting the hateful, un-American agenda being advanced by Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress. I will not be running for Senate in 2018." - Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, after Rep. Ro Khanna suggested she make a run against Feinstein.

QUOTE OF THE DAY #2: "It's gonna happen." - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, to POLITICO Tuesday at the Sacramento Press Club, on his determination to bring the 2026 World Cup to Los Angeles.

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-- CALIFORNIA'S OLD GUARD UNDER SIEGE - By POLITICO's David Siders and Carla Marinucci: "In California, a lodestar for the left in the era of President Donald Trump, the Democratic establishment is besieged and fighting to hang on.

-- "The state Democratic Party, until recently, has been caught in the throes of a bitter dispute over the chairmanship, pitting party veterans against the activist "Berniecrat" wing. There are calls for Nancy Pelosi to step down as House Democratic leader. And Dianne Feinstein is now the target of progressives determined to prevent her from winning a fifth Senate term.

-- "The simmering conflict has implications that reach far beyond the state's borders. The outcome stands to shape the national party's leadership, its ideological bent and even its finances, given California's status as the party's essential fundraising hub.

-- "There's no question that both parties have veered sharply away from the political center, and there's a sizable and growing portion of the Democratic base that does want their party to take a different direction," said Dan Schnur, a political analyst who worked in Republican Gov. Pete Wilson's administration. "Political parties don't come with on-off switches. They have dimmer knobs." Story.

JERRY'S CEO SUMMIT -- Gov. Jerry Brown sat down with 20 Silicon Valley CEOs this week - and wowed them making his case about ... the Delta water tunnels, Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino tells POLITICO. His take: "He was truly in rare Gov. Brown form. ... He was knowledgeable, charming, witty, insightful. ... The depth and breadth of his historic and political knowledge on this topic was first rate.''

-- Guardino says even in the tech capital, Brown has won over many of the business leaders on the Delta Tunnels plan because "there's a direct economic argument: every single one of our employee likes to bathe and drink water and flush their toilet.'' His take: 'What we do know is the governor of the present has the political will and skill to get this done - and we can't assume this will be a priority for future governors."


WORKING RELATIONSHIP: For all the barbs California Democrats and the Trump administration throw at each other, disaster relief is one area that appears immune so far, from politics. Trump approved aid for flooding before, and on Tuesday he approved a disaster declaration in response to deadly fires.

-- Gov. Jerry Brown was out with a statement immediately praising him directly: "The Federal Emergency Management Agency has responded promptly to assist California in fighting these terrible fires. I appreciate the fast response from the president."

-- "Pence promises support "until the job is done" as Trump approves disaster funds,'' by SFChronicle's Joe Garofoli and Melody Gutierrez: "Trump's order said that federal disaster funding would be available to the state of California, "certain private nonprofit organizations," and local governments on a cost-sharing basis "for emergency work in the counties of Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma, and Yuba."
Pence said legislation will be considered in Congress next week to provide $576 million for wildfire suppression to support California.Story.

-- 'Pure devastation': At least 17 dead as firefighters struggle to contain California fires,'' via the Washington Post: "A series of deadly Northern California wildfires continued to rage overnight as winds whipped back up, prompting additional evacuations as firefighters struggled to contain an arc of flames that has killed at least 17 people, destroyed more than 2,000 buildings and battered the region's lifeblood wine industry. ... Emergency officials ordered mandatory evacuations into the early-morning hours on Wednesday as the fires continued to menace Sonoma County, where 180 people are still missing and the death toll is expected to rise. Story.

-- "With dozens missing, there's the grim task of determining how many died in Northern California firestorms,'' by LATimes' Sonali Kohli , Paige St. John, Alene Tchekmedyian and Javier Panzar. Story.

-- "Canyon Fire 2 Threatens 5,000 Homes in Orange County," via KPCC: Story.

AS FIRES RAGE -- report from the scene via PR guru Larry Kamer: "Spooky high winds and thick smoke woke us up at 2 this morning. After losing power and cell service, we decided to evacuate at 4. Street and traffic lights out, sky bright orange. Got to friends' house about an hour away. Our house is safe for now but friends close by have already lost everything. Many wineries burned to the ground. Frantic efforts to bring grapes in (it's harvest time) but smoke will damage wine production throughout Napa/Sonoma. Overall, damage is going to be catastrophic, I'm afraid."

-- Robert Stryk, head of the political consulting firm SPG (@RobertStryk): "I am so proud of my dear friend Vice-Mayor Dominic Foppoli who is leading an incident response team in Sonoma County @DominicFoppoli" pic.twitter.com/gixOY7mJEX


-- DIDN'T HE RECUSE HIMSELF? "Nunes signs off on new subpoenas to firm behind Trump-Russia dossier," by Evan Perez, Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb of CNN: "The chairman of the House intelligence committee has issued subpoenas to the partners who run Fusion GPS, the research firm that produced the dossier of memos on alleged Russian efforts to aid the Trump campaign, according to sources briefed on the matter." Story

-- "Rohrabacher, Rand Paul Met To Discuss Assange Giving Up WikiLeaks Source To US Government,'' via The Daily Caller: "Rep. Rohrabacher told The Daily Caller about the meeting during a phone interview Tuesday. "Rand Paul says the president calls him every now and then. I wanted to make sure that when [Trump] calls him that [Paul] knew enough about the Julian Assange offer that I found something of value for the president to look at," Rohrabacher told TheDC.'' Story.


-- "Southern California water agency approves pitching in $4.3 billion for massive delta tunnels project,'' by LATimes' Bettina Boxall: "Southern California's largest water agency Tuesday threw a lifeline to California WaterFix, approving a $4.3-billion buy-in to the water delivery project.
The closely watched vote by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California board does not ensure the survival of the $17-billion project, which needs significant funding from other urban and agricultural water districts to move forward. Story.

-- "Why hasn't Kamala Harris signed on to anti-sex trafficking legislation in the Senate?" by McClatchy DC's Emily Cadei: "Harris' public reticence on the issue is a departure from her time as California attorney general, when she made sex trafficking one of her signature issues and zealously prosecuted Backpage.com." Story

-- "Big Oil pulls Democratic lawmakers through the revolving door," by CALmatters' Laurel Rosenhall: "Sacramento is full of termed-out or retired lawmakers who make second careers as lobbyists, strolling through a "revolving door" between government and the private sector. Current law prohibits ex-legislators from directly lobbying their former colleagues for one year after they leave the Legislature, and a measure on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk would slightly strengthen that by barring legislators who quit mid-term from lobbying during the remainder of that two-year-session, plus another year." Story

-- "California doesn't have enough doctors, and this bad law isn't helping," by LATimes' David Lazarus: "By 2025, the state will be short about 4,700 primary-care physicians, according to a recent report from the UC San Francisco Healthforce Center. This will result in more people turning to costly emergency-room visits for routine care, it predicts." Story


FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- NEWSOM ON DYSLEXIA: Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom holds a touching, unscripted and painfully frank talk with a young student about his lifelong struggles with dyslexia in a new video, part of a new national campaign produced by Understood.org, a program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Newsom is a member of Understood.org's Board of Advocates. Link to video

-- "Sen. Dianne Feinstein once thought she might 'just walk away' from another race, she tells donors,'' by LATimes' Seema Mehta: "A day after announcing she would seek a sixth term in office, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said at a Tuesday fundraiser that she had considered retiring but decided that she just couldn't because of President Trump. Story.

-- "California separatist leader: 'We welcome the vocal support of Julian Assange'," by Natasha Bertrand of Business Insider: "'Ultimately the Calexit vote and its preceding debate will be up to Californians to decide but we welcome the vocal support of Julian Assange, as we would for any individual with the courage to stand up against and defy the powers that be in order to affect positive change in this world,' said Louis Marinelli, the cofounder. 'That's what our campaign is all about.'" Story

-- OC for Climate Action's public forum for 15 OC congressional candidates drew a full house this week, Kathleen Treseder, chair of the UC Irvine Dept. of Ecology, reports: "Omar Siddiqui, Democratic candidate for CA-48, drew one of the biggest laughs of the evening with his comment: "We will stop living on the planet as if we have another one to go to, which is not an option either, because Trump has cut NASA funding as well." Link to videos/photos.

-- "Mickey Mouse candidate: Could Disney CEO Bob Iger be the next US president?" by The Guardian: Story

-- "Trump campaign surrogate and soap star Kimberlin Brown announces run against Rep. Raul Ruiz,'' by LATimes' Christine Mai-Duc: Story.

-- "California State Senator Newman recall effort uncertain as deadline for rescinding signatures passes,'' by KPCC's Mary Plummer: Story.


-- "California permanently eliminates high school exit exam requirement,'' by SFChronicle's Melody Gutierrez. Story.

-- "1-in-7 Southern California home sellers are gone," by Jonathan Lansner of OC Register: Story

-- "California's breakup with the NFL," by Andrew Beaton of WSJ: Story

-- "Who do the Dodgers want to play in the NLDS? Bill Plaschke breaks it down: Video

-- "Dropbox taking entire building in Mission Bay - biggest lease in city history,'' via SFChronicle. Story.

-- "Facebook, Google to donate $1.5 million to Wine Country fire relief,'' via SFChronicle: Story.


-- "Billionaire Elon Musk in discussions with Puerto Rico about rebuilding storm-ravaged power grid," by Dolia Estevez for Forbes: Story

-- "Google, Facebook, Twitter scramble to hold Washington at bay," by Mark Bergen, Sarah Frier and Selina Wang of Bloomberg: "It's a delicate balance for the companies, whose products reached massive scale because of their ability to transact advertising automatically, without much restriction. They must figure out how much responsibility to take and how much change to promise, without succumbing to costly regulation or setting a precedent that might be difficult to follow in other countries." Story

-- "Zuckerberg slammed for tone-deaf virtual-reality tour of devastated Puerto Rico," by Maya Kosoff of Vanity Fair: "In a move that rivaled the president tossing rolls of paper towels, free-throw style, into a crowd of hurricane survivors, Mark Zuckerberg created his own completely avoidable public-relations disaster Monday when he chose to demonstrate Facebook's new Facebook Spaces app-which lets users explore real destinations as Wii-like cartoon avatars-in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico." Story


-- "Harvey Weinstein scandal: USC rejects $5 million pledge for female filmmakers," by Brent Lang of Variety: "The school has faced blowback for the pledge. On Tuesday, Tiana Lowe, a student at USC, launched a change.org petition, calling on USC to decline the funding from Weinstein. It received 175 signatures." Story

-- "From aggressive overtures to sexual assault: Harvey Weinstein's accusers tell their stories," by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker: "While Weinstein and his representatives have said that the incidents were consensual, and were not widespread or severe, the women I spoke to tell a very different story." Story


-- "LA Times gets a top editor with nothing but questions," by LA Observed's Kevin Roderick: "The Los Angeles Times newsroom learned Monday its new leader will be Lewis D'Vorkin, recently the chief product officer at Forbes Media, where his reputation seems to be mostly about increasing pageviews, bringing in mass numbers of outside contributors including marketers, and raising the influence of advertisers." Story


Former Rep. Vic Fazio is 75.


-- Schafer Bagwell has been hired as a legislative correspondent for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). He most recently was an LA for Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.).

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