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THE NOONER for December 12, 2013

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RED ALERT: Sriracha shipments delayed until January by health regulators' action

"A 30-day delay in the distribution of Sriracha and two other hot sauces manufactured by Huy Fong Foods has some suppliers of Asian food worried about meeting consumer demand." [Frank Shyong @ LAT]

There is nothing more California than Sriracha, and while our need to bleed Sriracha red spans year-round, there is nothing that gets Golden State residents through these bitter cold winter weeks more than a bowl of noodles that are kicked up a notch with the garlicky hot sauce that spans global cuisines. And, if you haven't spiced up your egg nog with Sriracha, you have not lived. Actually, I just made that last one up for those of us who hate egg nog and anything would make it better.

The LAT's Frank Shyong writes "Under the regulators' action, batches of Huy Fong's three sauces, Sriracha, Chili Garlic and Sambal Oelek, now must be held for 30 days before they can be shipped to distributors and wholesalers."

... to which Rick Perry responds "If you move to Texas, we'll allow you to ship it before it's even made."

"Because the sauces are ground fresh and not cooked, additional safety measures are required, said department spokeswoman Anita Gore. The 30-day hold helps ensure the sauce is free of harmful microorganisms for the duration of its shelf life, Gore said."

Government run amok, I say. Everyone knows that you can use Sriracha to sterilize the nipple on your newborn's bottle. Questionable sushi restaurants across the country use sriracha in their week-old maguro to make "spicy tuna" rolls for drunk college kids. Tacos de cabeza are freed of mad cow by Sriracha (well, consult your physician on that one).

"The company began to comply with the state's hold period this week, said operations manager Donna Lam. After the hold period ends, distribution is expected to continue relatively normally. But businesses further down the production chain are sounding alarms about a shortage and lost profits."

The Chron's Kurtis Alexander reports today writes under the headline "Lawmakers ask Brown to declare California drought emergency."

I say call a special session to declare a Sriracha drought emergency to ensure no shortage of Sriracha this holiday season.

While we wait for our elected leaders to resolve this situation, get it while it's hot and in stock. You can also "fight the man" by gifting a Sriracha cookbook, t-shirt, or water bottle this holiday. For Paul Mitchell, Bill Higgins, John Fairbanks, or any other cyclist on your list, you can buy Sriracha cock sox. For the woman in your life, sriracha stilettos.

GETTING A JUMP: Yesterday, Speaker John A. Perez and the Assembly Dems got a month jump on the launch of the 2014-15 budget debate, buoyed by the higher revenues projected last month by the Legislative Analyst's Office. John Myers writes that Assembly Dems "want to spend some $3.5 billion of California's anticipated budget surplus on programs they say will help restore recent cuts -- from a full roll-out of transitional kindergarten to higher reimbursement rates for doctors who accept low-income patients. 

Here is the PowerPoint used to explain the budget priorities.

WAITING IN THE WINGS: Speaker Toni Atkins? [Michael Gardner @ UTSD]

CD52 (San Diego): Gay GOP candidate: Party must change [Cameron Joseph @ The Hill] - DeMaio: "I don't think the biggest unique thing about my candidacy is that I'm the gay guy. I don’t think that’s true,' he said. 'I think the uniqueness in my candidacy is I get things done."

LOWERING THE RAINBOW FLAG: If you're gay, India may not be the place to vacation next year.


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Jerry Brown Still Mum On Campaign, Mulls State Of The State In New Office
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown has not yet said if he will run for re-election next year, but he told supporters in a recent note to update their records to reflect a change of address: In addition to raising more than $14 million, "Brown for Governor" has a new office.

Calif. Assembly Democrats urge $8B budget reserve
Assembly Speaker John Perez is pledging to move cautiously in spending California's projected budget surplus and says lawmakers will ask voters to approve a revised 'rainy day fund' in November 2014.

Sides Go Back To Court In High-Speed Train Lawsuit
Tim Sheehan @
The combatants in a lawsuit over California's high-speed project head back to court Friday afternoon in Sacramento.

Lawsuit raises question for California immigration reform
Jon Ortiz @
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed bills that give driver’s licenses and college money to undocumented immigrants, and allow them to practice law. Now a federal discrimination lawsuit filed in San Francisco has added an ironic twist to Brown’s immigration record.

New health care law: Fee may increase employee premiums
Tracy Seipel @
The 156 million Americans who get their medical insurance through work have avoided the highly publicized headaches connected to the nation's new health care law -- so far. But that doesn't mean the landmark law won't affect their premiums.

Assembly Democrats Outline Budget Plans
Chris Megerian @
Assembly Democrats also want to create a new tax credit for low-income residents and roll back cuts to healthcare providers who participate in the state's Medi-Cal program.

Fresno County Supervisors Move To Ban Marijuana Farms
John Ellis @
Fresno County supervisors on Tuesday took the first step toward banning marijuana growing countywide, a move that angered medicinal pot users but thrilled Squaw Valley residents who said such farms were taking over the foothill hamlet.

The Buzz: Jerry Brown has not declared for re-election, but settles into new office
the numbers @
Gov. Jerry Brown has not yet said if he will run for re-election, but he told supporters in a recent note to update their records to reflect a change of address: In addition to raising about $14 million, “Brown for Governor” has a new office.

Deadline For Gov. Jerry Brown To Ease Prison Crowding Extended
Paige St. John @
Federal judges set April 18 as the new deadline. They also ask Brown to limit time some mentally ill inmates spend in isolation.

Assembly Democrats say they want to pay down debt, save and spend more
Jim Miller @
Assembly Democrats presented a 2014 budget agenda Wednesday that calls for using billions in projected new revenue to pay down debt and build an $8 billion reserve by 2017, while also proposing spending increases for California schools, hospitals and other programs.

Gay GOP Candidate: Party Must Change
Cameron Joseph @
California House candidate Carl DeMaio wants to be known as a GOP problem solver, not as one of two openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year.

Inside San Jose's New Medical Marijuana Crackdown Plan - Silicon Valley Business Journal
The San Jose City Council may have rejected an outright ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city, but a new enforcement push looks likely to severely limit where the businesses can operate.

Lawmakers urge Brown to declare drought
The lawmakers hope a drought declaration will not only raise awareness of dry conditions and prompt local water agencies to conserve, but motivate state and federal regulators to ease regulations restricting water use. The Department of Water Resources released a winter forecast last month that called for "mostly dry conditions." Since the start of the rain year July 1, San Francisco has received 2.09 inches, barely one-third of the average to date.

Judge Adds Solitary Confinement To Prison Crowding Negotiations
Paige St. John @
This post has been updated.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins?
Michael Gardner @
Atkins has a leg up in that she is current second-in-command and has made no secret that she wants the job. But there are reports that a number of Democrats, including some freshmen, are eyeing the post. Some may be too impatient to wait until summer.

Dianne Feinstein's Husband Tied To Questionable Dealings With U.S. Postal Service, Book Says
Ashley Alman @
Feinstein's husband, Richard C. Blum, is chairman of C.B. Richard Ellis, or CBRE, the real estate firm hired in 2011 to serve as the exclusive agent to the Postal Service, selling facilities from post offices to plots of land worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Blum's investment firm, Blum Capital Partners, is the real estate company's fifth-largest institutional shareholder, according to

Senate all-nighter: Filibuster fallout bogs down chamber's work
Michael A. Memoli @
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted to confirm two more of President Obama’s stalled nominations in an unusual all-night session forced by Republican objections to the historic change to the chamber's filibuster rules.

Budget Deal Fuels Debate Over Unemployment Benefits
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Californians hold improving view of state, but partisan gulf widens
David Siders @
As California emerges from a recession and years of state budget deficits, the electorate is growing cheerier about life in the Golden State.

Wal-mart Contractor To Pay $4.7 Million To Settle Lawsuit By Workers
Stuart Pfeifer @
A Wal-Mart Stores Inc. contractor has agreed to pay $4.7 million to settle a lawsuit filed by 568 Southern California warehouse workers who said they were underpaid and denied rest and meal breaks.

San Francisco Giants provide $100K in education grants for 25 Bay Area schools
SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Giants have partnered with Wells Fargo to provide $100,000 in education grants to 25 Bay Area schools.

Mexican Senate OKs Bill To Open Oil Industry To Foreign Investors
Richard Fausset and Tracy Wilkinson @
Mexican bill to overhaul Pemex goes much further than the proposal by President Enrique Peña Nieto's PRI party.

Toxins from burning bodies bad for Oakland, lawsuit says
Oakland approved a large crematorium in an East Oakland industrial area without first considering the health impacts of burning some 3,000 bodies a year, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by an East Oakland environmental group. The suit, announced Wednesday by Communities for a Better Environment, alleges that Oakland's city planners wrongly considered the crematorium a "general manufacturing facility" that could be approved without a public hearing. The plan is for the Neptune Society, owned by Stewart Enterprises, to shutter its long-standing crematorium in Emeryville and move to an empty building at the corner of industrial East Oakland, made up of mostly warehouses, truck yards and parking lots. "Stewart Enterprise have been tone deaf to seniors, families and other residents in the community who have expressed legitimate health and safety concerns about this project," said Rev. Daniel Buford of East Oakland's Allen Temple Baptist Church.