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THE NOONER for November 23, 2011

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • AD04 - added former Davis JUSD boardmember John Munn (R)
  • AD11 - added political consultant Gene Gantt (D)
  • AD49 - added Monterey Park councilmember Mitchell Ing (D)
  • AD79 - added La Mesa councilmember Dave Allan (D)

JERRY 1.0: Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, a physician, said that he will blocked an execution set for next month and said "I refuse to be a part of this compromised and inequitable system any longer; and I will not allow further executions while I am governor." [William Yardley @ NYT]

Meanwhile, Loni Hancock promises to continue her push for a California ballot measure abolishing the death penalty.

UCDAVIS UPDATE: Chancellor Linda Katehi tried to speak to the "general assembly" on the quad yesterday, but was told that she had to wait to the open mike portion of the agenda, upon which she left. She told the Bee in an interview that police ignored her orders to not use force, after which she addressed a town hall meeting at Freeborn Hall from 5-7pm. Physics faculty joined the English department in calling for her resignation.

The Bee says "not so fast" today's editorial, although writes:

"Ultimately, Yudof and the UC Davis community will have to decide if Katehi can continue to lead effectively, and Katehi will have to make that decision herself. The stakes have never been larger for this campus and its future."

While Jerry Brown hasn't said a word about the incident, Acting Governor Gavin Newsom released a statement calling for "a swift, just and thorough independent investigation into this matter." UC named former LAPD chief William Bratton as the chair of the independent investigation, and UC leaders will be dragged before a joint hearing of the Legislature's education committees on December 14.

Capitol-area alumni Aggies have an online petition expressing concern and calling for a full investigation. Watch out UCD, mad dog Jennifer Fearing is behind this.

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Don't know how this is going to end. We’re out of Kirkland Trail Mix and there's a half-bottle of Vitamin Water left. E. G. is growing more disoriented by the hour, babbling about being away from Facebook and Twitter; Buster Posey's recovery; the coming Apocalypse—crazy talk. Somebody call my wife, kids, and grandkids to tell them I love them, and I wish all of you out there, free, a Happy Thank

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CAIN PAIN: Answering a question from Wolf Blitzer in the CNN debate last nightHerman Cain said "No, Blitz, that's oversimplifying." 

In other debate news, Newt Gingrich showed more heart than he's shown his wives, and primary voters will likely now show him the door.

ICYMI: If you missed the segment of CNN Presents on California redistricting with Kathay Feng, Paul Mitchell and Matt Rexroad among others, you can watch it here.

STILL FUNNY: Boing Boing's Occupy lulz.

BLACK FRIDAY: Our favorite Taiwanese animators make fun of us.

Let's read the headlines and get the heck outta here...have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
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.

Super Committee For California's Initiative Process
John Myers @
blogs.kqed.org
Frustrated by the tendency of elected officials to kowtow to political pressure and the unchecked power of interest groups to write their own laws that never get revisited, California's latest governance reform effort proposes a new third way: a citizens panel empowered to place any measures on the statewide ballot that it wants -- even ones that slay sacred cows on the left and the right.

California Teachers Association Opposes Think Long Committee's New Tax Measure
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.

Rick Perry To Raise Money At Private Fundraiser In Sacramento
David Siders @
blogs.sacbee.com
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is coming back to donor-rich California to raise money, with a private fundraiser in Sacramento on Dec. 1.

California Teachers Association opposes Think Long Committee's new tax measure
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.

City Hall Lobbyists Withdraw Bids For L.A. Redistricting Contract
David Zahniser @
latimes.com
The L.A. City Council Redistricting Commission, which is drawing new boundaries for the 15 council districts, decides to have its existing staff develop an alternative public relations strategy.

California Sales Tax Needs A Fix
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
The Great Recession, as some call it, has a double-barreled impact on California retailers - especially those who sell nonnecessity goods.

State Lawmakers Could Come Out Ahead In Car Expense Plan
latimesblogs.latimes.com
The decision to pay state lawmakers mileage for using their cars on business instead of a $300-per-month transportation allowance could provide them with a windfall at taxpayers' expense.

State Senators See Broad Management Problems In Caltrans
sacbee.com
In a sometimes contentious legislative hearing Tuesday, state senators told California Department of Transportation officials that their management of data falsification by a technician in one of the agency's testing units suggests pervasive management problems.

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...

Another UC Chancellor Apologizes For Police Tactics
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baycitizen.org
For the second time in two days, a University of California chancellor has apologized for tactics police used during an ...

Obama in New Hampshire: I'm tax -cutter, GOP should go along
Julie Pace @
mercurynews.com
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- President Barack Obama dashed into politically important New Hampshire on Tuesday, seeking to steal the spotlight from Republican presidential candidates and challenging GOP lawmakers back in Washington to stand by their anti-tax pledges on one big measure.

Katehi: Campus Police Were Told Not To Use Force Against Students
Sam Stanton @
sacbee.com
As the tent city on the University of California, Davis, tripled in size, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi insisted Tuesday that the school's police department defied her orders when it used force against students in last week's pepper-spray fiasco.

Ballot Initiative Seeks To Expand Access To Online Education
Joanna Lin @
californiawatch.org
For public school students in California, where you live usually determines where you can learn. To David Haglund, that's not right.

Obama Turns Anti-tax Message On GOP
Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau @
latimes.com
President Obama says Republicans are playing politics by voting down his jobs plan, which includes an extension of the payroll tax break. He tells a crowd in New Hampshire that the move could cost the average middle-class family $1,000 in 2012.

Ballot Measure Would Shutter State's Nuclear Plants
Teri Sforza @
taxdollars.ocregister.com
A proposed measure aiming for the November ballot would force California’s nuclear power plants at San Onofre and Diablo Canyon to cease operations – and could cause rolling blackouts and cost billions, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst.

Does The Defeat Of A Bully Change The Politics Of Immigration?
Tony Quinn @
foxandhoundsdaily.com
An unlikely couple doomed the Republican campaigns in 2010. One was Gloria Allred. You knew Meg Whitman might as well take her $150 million dollars and light a bonfire with them after Allred produced the weeping illegal housekeeper that Whitman had fired. The GOP campaign was all over then, what was less clear is that it was all over much earlier, thanks to the second member of the odd couple: Russell Pearce.

Students Air Concerns To UC Davis Officials At Town Hall Meeting
Hudson Sangree @
sacbee.com
For two hours Tuesday night, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi and other campus officials took the stage in a town hall meeting - fielding questions and listening to the concerns of students - in a mostly full Freeborn Hall, which holds nearly 1,200 audience members.

Ballot initiative seeks to expand access to online education
signonsandiego.com
For public school students in California, where you live usually determines where you can learn. To David Haglund, that's not right.

Newt Gingrich Stands Out On Immigration At Republican Debate
Paul West, Washington Bureau @
latimes.com
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich takes a softer stand on immigration — and in general — at the latest GOP debate, where well-known conservatives question the rivals about national security and economic issues.