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THE NOONER for December 14, 2012
Good morning from 30,000 feet. If you're not flying Virgin America's non-stop from SFO to Reagan National, you are either lucky (for not having to travel) or a loser. And, from the number of open seats on this flight, there are lots of losers. The only thing that sucks is the ability to watch the teevee and learn that 20-something people, mostly kids, have been killed at a school shooting in Connecticut. I long for the days of good ariline service and the ability to disconnect for five hours.
Oay, time to exercise license for gettin up early each morning to write this for you.
I grew up with guns, hunting on the Tejon Ranch (sorry Jen Fearing). My family has a ranch in Texas with plentiful deer, wild bigs, doves, and various other "game." I love going down there, loading up and, uh missing most things I try to shoot at. I'm someone that is legitimately conflicted about what appropriate gun laws should be. Seeing this shooting, along with the shooting last week in my hometown of Portland (with a stolen gun) seriously messes with my head.
Very few of you subscribe to The Nooner for my opinion, but I think we can all agree that we have a problem here. As a responsible and occasional gun user, I am pissed and want solutions. I find myself agreeing with Leland Yee, barring better solutions....
On the UC logo issue, I frankly think that the simple UCDavis typography is quite good.
Thank you to the Sacramento Business Journal for the honor of being one of the "40 under 40" and to Kara for being there to accept it last night. Kara was recognized last year and I got it five days short of the big four-oh-em-gee. I'm not sure if I should be disturbed that the plaque plays off the Mayan end of the world theme.
Here are this year's 40 under 40 in alphabetical order [gallery with more info]:
It's a great honor to be with this crowd, including my law school colleagues Kresta Daly and Melissa Jones. Of course, being in the "class" with Dustin Corcoran, who I got started in this biz with along with Paul Mitchell down in the OC is the frosting on the cake. Odd trivia: Dustin's first job back in California after attending American University in DC was to replace me at the Community College League of California while I was in my first year of law school.
I'm also thoroughly embarrassed to be in the class with Kiyomi, who was a high school student when I arrived in Davis. She would be on my 10 under 100 list in Sacramento.
P.S. If the headlines below aren't formatted great, it's due to my limited internet access.
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YESTERDAY'S QUESTION: Name the Democrat and Republican candidates elected to the Assembly in contested elections that received the highest quantity of votes and the lowest quantity of votes. (Answer will be four names.)
YESTERDAY'S ANSWER: Highest: Nancy Skinner (D-164,929) and Diane Harkey (R-130,030), Lowest: Rudy Salas (D-38,123) and Eric Linder (60,638)
WINNER: Matthew Stafford
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City Council, District 15TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
State Challenges $24.5 Million In Pinole Redevelopment Asset Transfers
Report by state Controller John Chiangs office says properties, cash must go to redevelopment successor agency to satisfy bond debt and other obligations
State Democratic Party Chairman Hosting 80th Birthday Bash
Anthony York @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
State Democratic Party Chairman John Burton is turning 80. And to celebrate, he and a couple of hundred friends will be partying at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. For $1,000 per ticket, you can join in the fun.
Political Ethics Panel Accuses Brothers Of Money Laundering
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
State authorities have accused two brothers who served together as Republican legislators of illegally laundering $40,000 in political donations.
City Responds To Lawsuit Against Nudity Ban - Sfgate
The city attorney urged a federal judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit against San Francisco's nudity ban filed by activists who say the ordinance violates their constitutional rights. "Public nudity bans are a long-standing feature of municipal codes throughout the nation, and their constitutionality has been repeatedly affirmed by the courts - including the U.S. Supreme Court," City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement. San Francisco leaders are launching a public awareness campaign aimed at ending domestic violence, citing an increase in reports of abuse in recent years. Mayor Ed Lee, District Attorney George GascÃ³n and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu announced the campaign Thursday, saying it will be funded by a $750,000 midyear appropriation proposed by Chiu last week and will include ads on Muni buses and flyers handed out at schools, libraries and recreation centers. Lee tried to oust Mirkarimi as sheriff on the basis of official misconduct, following Mirkarimi's guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment in connection with an argument with his wife.
Academic Senate Influence Challenged At Community Colleges
Kathryn Baron @ edsource.org
An Oakland-based policy and advocacy organization is alleging that the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges drew up unlawful regulation more than two decades ago giving excessive power to faculty, in violation of state law.
Dan Walters: Workers' Comp Overhaul A Recurring Drill - Dan Walters - The Sacramento Bee
Susan Rice Withdraws For Secretary Of State
Reid J. Epstein @ politico.com
United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice on Thursday withdrew her name from consideration to be appointed secretary of state by President Barack Obama.
Rancho Cordova Recount Of 3-vote Loss Finds It's Actually An 8-vote Loss - Elections - The Sacramento Bee
Brian Danzl paid $25,000 for a Rancho Cordova vote recount.
Federal Appeals Court OKs Lower Payments To Medi-cal Providers
Kevin Yamamura @ blogs.sacbee.com
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled today that California can cut rates to doctors, pharmacists and other providers for serving Medi-Cal patients, overturning a lower court decision that blocked a state budget cut from last year.
On Freshman Disorientation At California's Capitol - Capitol Lowdown - Opinions - December 13, 2012
Greg Lucas @ newsreview.com
Imagine trying to run a successful business in which every two years one-third of the veteran employees leave and are replaced with green sieve heads who require training, mentoring and vigilant supervision to avoid All-World clusterfucks that feature overzealous health inspectors, class-action lawsuits, mangled co-workers—or a combination of the three.
States Face Double Fiscal Whammy: Federal Aid Cuts And Spiraling Health-care Costs
Just as state governments are healing from the deep fiscal wound inflicted by the Great Recession, they are confronted by the dual threat of reduced federal help and ever increasing health-care costs, according to a new report.
California PUC Approves Giving Free Cellphones To Poor, Homeless - Technology - The Sacramento Bee
The poorest of the poor in California soon will have easier access to one of society's modern conveniences: the cellphone.
Sf Seeks Dismissal Of Nudists’ Federal Lawsuit
By Josh Richman Thursday, December 13th, 2012 at 12:53 pm in San Francisco politics.
Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate
Los Angeles Times @ latimes.com
WASHINGTON --- Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state after the embattled U.N. ambassador ran into a standoff with Republicans over an attack on Americans in Libya.
Nadia Lockyer's Restraining Order Against Former Lover Expires While She Remains In Drug Treatment
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
Former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer, wife of California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, is likely to remain in treatment for methamphetamine addiction until February.
Miramonte Lewd Conduct Lawsuits Can Proceed
Howard Blume @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
An L.A. County Superior Court judge on Thursday lifted a stay on lawsuits arising from alleged lewd conduct at Miramonte Elementary School. The order, by Judge Malcolm Mackey, allows attorneys representing students and parents to proceed formally with their lawsuits....
Capitola City Council Bans Plastic Bags, 25 Cent Charge For Paper Bags - Santa Cruz Sentinel
Local @ santacruzsentinel.com
Mayor Stephanie Harlan said she preferred to set the paper bag charge at 10 cents, but after council members Dennis Norton and Ed Bottorff voted for the 25-cent fee, she cast the third yes vote. The county instituted a 10-cent charge that will go up to 25 cents in March.
Judge To Hear Money-laundering Case Against Politician Brothers
Administrative law judge to hear political money laundering case against lawmaker brothers
Ambassador Susan Rice withdraws from consideration for secretary of state
Ben Feller and Julie Pace @ mercurynews.com
Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, on Thursday withdrew her name from consideration for secretary of state in order to avoid a contentious confirmation process.
University Of California Suspends Controversial New Logo
Kevin Yamamura @ blogs.sacbee.com
The University of California system announced this morning it has suspended its controversial new logo in the wake of complaints from students and alumni, some of whom derisively compared it to a "toilet bowl."
K Street ready to swing into action
Dave Levinthal and Tarini Parti @ politico.com
Health care, Dodd-Frank, immigration, tax reform -- lobbyists are rarin' to go.
Dan Walters: Workers' comp overhaul a recurring drill
Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders tout an overhaul of the multi-billion-dollar system of compensating disabled workers for job- related illnesses and injuries as a major accomplishment this year.
UC Suspends Use Of Logo, Says It Was Distracting - Sfgate
The new and widely reviled University of California logo, which reminded many critics of a corporate signature and others of a toilet, was officially flushed away Friday as UC officials admitted defeat. Dooley said the new logo, which he called a monogram, was never intended to replace the classic design used since 1868 that is still the university's official seal and appears on diplomas. The new design "was only a piece of the visual identity system," Dooley said.
Some Congress Members Are Out Of Office Literally As Fiscal Debate Continues - State Politics - The Sacramento Bee
Rep. Dan Lungren lost his bid for a fifth term representing the Sacramento area to Democrat Ami Bera.