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THE NOONER for November 22, 2011

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TWEET DU JOUR: @SteveMartinToGo: "Need my turkey sprayed with pepper. Whom can I turn to?"

TODAY AT UCDAVIS: Chancellor Katehi attends "General Assembly" on quad at 11am. Holds town hall at 5pm at Freeborn Hall.

THE QUESTION: Would anyone take Katehi's $400,000+ salary to have to stand on that stage yesterday?

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Heard somebody with a bullhorn outside; he interrupted his Rant to say it was only Occupy Sacramento. (I think I’m being held in the basement of the old Emma’s Taco House—smells like lard. Could be him—or me, though.) We’ve talked, and we agreed that “Matters Familiar” would make an excellent holiday gift or stocking stuffer for that special someone. Learn how to order it in ebook or clothcover on the “Stories” tab, here.

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The Bee continues to try to find any possible way to drive traffic to its website, whether it's working or not. Check out today's headline for Dan Walters: "California Government Reformers Occupy Two Camps." You can't tell me an editor wasn't thinking about "Occupy" and students camping when they chose those words. Oh well, they got a link from me.

CHALLENGE: Just because next year's elections weren't uncertain enough, the Peace and Freedom Party of California, Libertarian Party of California, Green Party of Alameda County and eight individuals have filed suit challenging the constitutionality of California's new "top-two" primary system established under Proposition 14. [Laurel Rosenhall @ SacBee]

PRODUCT REVIEW: Posters have fun with Amazon product reviews of the alleged pepper spray used at UC Davis.

I'm on vacation, so we're short, sweet and peppery...on to the headines.

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Hedge-fund Manager Proposes Tax On Out-of-state Firms
sacbee.com
In a sudden race to place tax initiatives on the ballot, hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer has filed a proposal to raise $1.1 billion from out-of-state companies for schools and green building projects.

California Teachers Association rejects tax overhaul plan
Kevin Yamamura @
blogs.sacbee.com
A sweeping tax overhaul unveiled this week by a billionaire-backed coalition of political leaders has drawn fire from the California Teachers Association, one of the most influential groups at the Capitol and on the campaign trail.

Let’s Make A Deal For Education Funds
toped.svefoundation.org
A group of billionaires, old-line political movers and shakers, and influential advocates released their recommendations Monday for changing the state’s tax structure to increase state revenues by $10 billion a year, with half of that going to K-12 schools and community colleges and another $2.5 billion for the University of California and California State University.

UC Davis Chancellor Says Student Safety Dictated Tent Removal
Amy Chance @
blogs.sacbee.com
In an interview this morning on KQED's Forum, UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said she expected campus police on Friday to remove tents peacefully without interfering with students' rally.

Concerns Raised Over Firms Vying For Work On L.A. Redistricting
David Zahniser @
latimes.com
Companies being considered for PR contracts to assist in redistricting efforts are lobbyists at City Hall, representing such interests as shopping malls, renewable energy developers and at least one billboard company.

Jerry Brown Silent On UC Davis Incident, Student Protests
David Siders @
blogs.sacbee.com
Even as student protests spread across the state this fall - with national attention focused today on the pepper spraying of nonviolent protesters at UC Davis - Gov. Jerry Brown has kept silent.

UC Davis Protesters Confront Chancellor
Kevin Fagan @
sfgate.com
- A tearful UC Davis chancellor apologized Monday to thousands of students rallying in fury over last week's pepper-spraying of nonviolent protesters, then fled as many chased her down a street demanding she resign. It...

Clashing Tax Proposals :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
Over the weekend, the Sacramento Bee revealed the proposals from the Think Long Committee funded by billionaire Nicolas Berggruen. As noted in one of my previous posts, the centerpiece of this proposal is a tax on services. The proposal also carries plans to cut income and corporation tax rates, drop the sales tax on goods a half-cent and raise business taxes on out-of-state firms, among other proposals.

Wal-mart Ramps Up Ballot Threats To Speed New Stores
californiawatch.org
In a push to expand across California without interference, Wal-Mart is increasingly taking advantage of the state’s initiative system to threaten elected officials with costly special elections and to avoid environmental lawsuits.

Well-heeled environmental group files $1 billion California initiative
Kevin Yamamura @
blogs.sacbee.com
An environmental coalition led by hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer has filed a ballot initiative to raise $1.1 billion from out-of-state companies for schools and green building projects.

UC System Struggles To Control Protests, Maintain Free Speech
sacbee.com
First came the video of campus police jabbing students with batons at UC Berkeley, and then, less than two weeks later, pepper-spraying them at UC Davis.

State tax overhaul targeted for ballot
Associated Press @
signonsandiego.com
California would revamp its tax structure to bring in about $10 billion more annually under a bipartisan proposal put forward Monday by some of the state’s most prominent political and business leaders and backed by a billionaire investor.

Hedge-fund manager proposes tax on out-of-state firms
sacbee.com
In a sudden race to place tax initiatives on the ballot, hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer has filed a proposal to raise $1.1 billion from out-of-state companies for schools and green building projects.

City Beat: Sacramento Arena Namesake Power Balance Files For Bankruptcy
Ryan Lillis @
blogs.sacbee.com
Power Balance, the Southern California wristband company that purchased the naming rights of the Sacramento Kings' arena earlier this year, filed for bankruptcy protection last week, documents show.

State Supreme Court Ruling Scrutinized By Both Sides In Sacramento County Retirees' Case
sacbee.com
In a development that may help Sacramento County retirees regain lost health-care subsidies, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday that counties can be bound by an "implied contract" with retired employees.

Chancellor Renounces Pepper-spraying At UC Davis Protest Rally » Ventura County Star
vcstar.com
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AM Alert: New challenge to California's "top two" primaries
Laurel Rosenhall @
blogs.sacbee.com
Candidates and voters who belong to the Green, Libertarian and Peace and Freedom political parties are holding a news conference today to announce a new lawsuit challenging Proposition 14.

Woman gets 6 years for education grant fraud
The Associated Press @
signonsandiego.com
A California woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for submitting a $35 million federal education grant application containing forged signatures and false statements.

Using new health law, HHS challenges Pa. insurer's rate increases
Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau @
latimes.com
The Obama administration Monday called on a health insurance company in Pennsylvania to reduce what it is charging small businesses, using a tool in the new healthcare law for the first time to pressure insurers to restrain rising premiums.

UC Davis chancellor says student safety dictated tent removal
Amy Chance @
blogs.sacbee.com
In an interview this morning on KQED's Forum, UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said she expected campus police on Friday to remove tents peacefully without interfering with students' rally.