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THE NOONER for December 23, 2013

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  • GOV: added former Treasury official Neel Kashkari (R)

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  • Number of counties reporting random sample: 49
  • Percent of sampled reported valid: 79.04% (247,255)
  • Percent of signatures collected needed to be valid to qualify and avoid full count: 90.39%
  • Percent of signatures collected needed to be valid to to avoid failure without full count: 78.06%
  • Random sample deadline: January 8, 2014  

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Casino Pays Out For Jerry Brown
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown has raised more than $500,000 more for his re-election campaign, including $37,500 from a casino he visited earlier this month.

Sentencing Commission, Suggested In Sacramento, Faces Long Odds
Jeremy B. White @
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg opposes the idea of building more prison cells, and is trying to rally support for an alternate plan.

Excloo: President Jerry Brown's WH Cabinet Revealed
When our dear friend Mark Z. Barabak last week floated the goofy notion suggestion that Governor Jerry Brown might run for president in 2016, he ignited a smoky, soggy murk wildfire of national excitement about the possibility.

Pension Initiative Gets Mixed LAO Cost Analysis | Calpensions
The measure would give state and local governments the option of cutting retirement benefits current workers earn in the future, while preserving benefits already earned through past service.

For Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, Liberal Causes Are No Joke
Melanie Mason @
The longtime San Francisco politician, who once supported himself as a comic, has always used humor to help advance his agenda.

A Leader On Health Care Reform, Alameda County Could Get Penalized For Doing Too Much
So why are local health leaders so worried as the new federal law takes effect in January? An arcane state funding formula, they say, will soon penalize the county for its commitment to treating everyone, including the poor and immigrants denied health insurance because they are in the country illegally.

Democratic Senator Says Obamacare Could Have 'Meltdown,' Hurt Party
Susan Cornwell @
President Barack Obama's healthcare law could have a "meltdown" and make it difficult for his Democratic Party to keep control of the U.S. Senate next year if ongoing problems with the program are not resolved, a Democratic senator said on Sunday. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has urged delaying a penalty for people who do not enroll for health insurance in 2014 under the law, told CNN that a transitional year was needed for the complex healthcare program, commonly known as Obamacare, to work.

Hindsight could help new S.F. America's Cup bid
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross @
San Francisco plans to submit a letter Monday to Team Oracle formally offering to host the America's Cup sailing competition again - only this time, city officials won't be offering any big subsidies or real estate as part of the deal.

After A Long Dry Spell, More Of State's Teachers Get Pay Raises
Teresa Watanabe @
A temporary state tax hike means more – but not all – California teachers are getting raises after a long dry spell.

Reality TV Star Weighs in on Secretary of State Race
Former reality TV star Spencer Pratt weighs in on the race for California Secretary of State.

Deadline for Health Care Sign-Up Is Extended by a Day
Because of record traffic on on Monday morning, officials said they would allow consumers to sign up through the end of Tuesday for coverage that starts Jan. 1.

Lausd Gains In Reading, Math Proficiency Praised
Howard Blume @
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan praises L.A. Unified for school-improvement efforts reflected in 2011 national test scores.

Commission returns PG&E fine amid San Bruno concerns
The California Public Utilities Commission has returned $375,000 that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. paid as a natural-gas safety penalty, after regulators realized that accepting the money could jeopardize their effort to fine the utility as much as $2.5 billion for violations stemming from the San Bruno pipeline disaster. The commission's safety enforcement division imposed the fine earlier this month in response to a 2012 audit concluding that for more than four decades, PG&E lacked a legally required procedure to systematically monitor its gas-transmission pipelines for problems such as leaks and improper pressure levels. On Friday, however, the agency's safety arm sent a letter to PG&E withdrawing the citation, along with a check from the state treasurer for $375,000. Lawyers surprisedThe problem for the utilities commission was that many of PG&E's gas-safety shortcomings have been at the center of exhaustive hearings into practices that contributed to the September 2010 explosion of a transmission pipeline in San Bruno. San Bruno worried City Manager Connie Jackson of San Bruno, whose attorneys were briefed about the snafu by the utilities commission, said the possibility that PG&E will use the smaller fine to try to escape a bigger penalty is "exactly what we're concerned about."

A Bid To Restore Spiritual Artifacts To Hopi And Apache Tribes
John M. Glionna @
Two Annenberg Foundation staffers phone bids to a Paris auction to win back Hopi and Apache artifacts.

What's Next For Candlestick Park?
Likely more than a year after Monday’s final regular-season 49ers home game, developers will destroy what a devastating earthquake could not, leveling Candlestick Park for retail and residential construction.

Corruption-scarred Bell Finds Itself On Better Financial Footing
Jeff Gottlieb @
The city's gotten $5.5 million in legal settlements and sold $15.5 million worth of property.

Oakland: Need For Tonsillectomies In Question
Matthias Gafni @
Though tonsillectomies fell out of favor in the 1980s, the procedure has spiked again in recent years to treat a new diagnosis -- sleep apnea, a breathing disorder -- but not without controversy. And the surgery is now sure to garner renewed scrutiny because of the case of 13-year-old Jahi McMath of Oakland, who suffered sudden bleeding from her nose and mouth and cardiac arrest after a Dec. 9 surgery intended to help with her sleeping problem.

DeMaio-Peters Joust Over Cross
Mark Walker @
The Mount Soledad cross has emerged as an issue in San Diego’s hotly contested congressional race between Republican challenger Carl DeMaio and Democratic incumbent Scott Peters.

Dodgers Close To Deal With Reliever Chris Perez
Dylan Hernandez @
Former All-Star closer with the Cleveland Indians made headlines this year when he shipped marijuana to his rental house under his dog's name.

Vitter: Jindal will run for president
The Louisiana senator says his governor is already laying the groundwork for 2016.

San Diego County closes coastal waters over sewage
San Diego County health officials have expanded a water closure near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Obama Is Right To Put Spotlight On Economic Inequality
Michael Hiltzik @
You may have missed it, given the launch of the Christmas shopping season and all the foofaraw about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act , but earlier this month Barack Obama gave the most important speech of his presidency.