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THE NOONER for December 26, 2013

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DISTRICT UPDATES

  • SD28 (Coachella): added William Carns (R)
  • AD57 (Whittier): added attorney Rita Topalian (R)

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TOP TEN: What were your top NOONERific moments of 2013? Let me know for next week's roundup at scott@scottlay.com.

KEEPIN' IT BRIEF:

  • The OCR chooses its headline "Pension measure could save billions" to lead an article that discusses the LAO's fiscal analysis of San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed's pension initiative that could either save hundreds of millions to billions or cost hundreds of millions to billions.
  • Speaking of the LAO, the nonprofit analyst has launched a new website.

AMAZON GIFT CARDS AND FREE TIME? If you're a Nooner Newbie, we created a "Sofa Degree" list of must-read books on California politics and policy. Have any to add?

TIVO ALERT: Ira Glass will be interviewed on "Talk to Al Jazeera" on Al Jazeera America on Sunday at 4 p.m. For those of us in Davis, that's 107 on Comcast.

Here are the county-by-county numbers of Californians losing unemployment benefits Saturday, according to Democrats on the House Committee on Ways and Means.

County

Number of People Losing
Unemployment Insurance Dec. 28

Alameda

8064

Alpine

1

Amador

200

Butte

1242

Calaveras

259

Colusa

244

Contra Costa

5533

Del Norte

170

El Dorado

949

Fresno

7108

Glenn

184

Humboldt

575

Imperial

3515

Inyo

73

Kern

5279

Kings

952

Lake

454

Lassen

104

Los Angeles

53865

Madera

922

Marin

860

Mariposa

118

Mendocino

396

Merced

1939

Modoc

83

Mono

90

Monterey

2442

Napa

598

Nevada

510

Orange

14171

Placer

1731

Plumas

151

Riverside

13925

Sacramento

8599

San Benito

414

San Bernardino

13218

San Diego

18720

San Francisco

4204

San Joaquin

4924

San Luis Obispo

1078

San Mateo

2887

Santa Barbara

1759

Santa Clara

8828

Santa Cruz

1450

Shasta

1297

Sierra

25

Siskiyou

250

Solano

2640

Sonoma

2236

Stanislaus

3749

Sutter

687

Tehama

400

Trinity

69

Tulare

3256

Tuolumne

313

Ventura

4674

Yolo

864

Yuba

545

Total

213,793

AB 1266 REFERENDUM UPDATE: 

  • Number of counties reporting random sample: 50
  • Percent of sampled reported valid: 79.04% (247,452)
  • Signatures remaining to be sampled: 301,259
  • Percent of remaining signatures needed to be valid to avoid failure: 77%
  • Average validity in two previous counts (health care rates and tribal referendum) in remaining counties: 73%
  • Random sample deadline: January 8, 2014  

 

 

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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
California Attorney General Harris has power to influence pension-change efforts
Jon Ortiz @
sacbee.com
AG Kamala Harris has been accused of politicizing the initiative title and summary process to kill a public pension measure. Another measure is on her desk.

Letter from Washington: Appointing Political Friends to Be Ambassadors
nytimes.com
In few democracies could someone go from political fund-raiser and media honcho to ambassador to assistant secretary of state, as Charles Rivkin might.

What Would Six Californias Look Like?
Anthony York @
latimes.com
Since California's inception, its residents have been trying to break it apart. Wikipedia notes 220 such proposals since statehood in 1850.  

Delta tunnels plan's true price tag: As much as $67 billion
Paul Rogers @
mercurynews.com
Jerry Brown's landmark plan to build two massive tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta has been advertised at $25 billion, but new documents show financing costs will more than double it

Californians to watch in 2014: Holly Mitchell could make history in the California Senate
Laurel Rosenhall @
sacbee.com
Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat who moved from the Assembly to the state Senate following a special election in September, joins the Senate at a time of distress and transition.

Washington, D.C.'s Strict Medical Marijuana Law Keeps Demand Low
Becca Clemons @
latimes.com
Washington, D.C.'s medical pot dispensaries have served just 111 patients since opening. But the restrictive laws may be changing.

Plans For Skid Row Restaurant Concern Some Residents
Gale Holland @
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The new restaurant's request to serve alcohol has some skid row residents, many recovering addicts, worried about nearby temptation.

Fake Knee Surgery As Good As Real Procedure, Study Finds
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U.S. Contractor Kidnapped In Pakistan Pleads For Obama's Help
Carol J. Williams @
latimes.com
Al Qaeda video shows kidnapped American asks Obama to negotiate for his release, prisoner swap proposed

Pension ruling delays day of reckoning
utsandiego.com
Pension overspending can't go on -- so eventually it won't.

The Buzz: Legislative analyst suggests changes to for-profit schools’ oversight
sacbee.com
California’s process of regulating hundreds of private colleges has been a decades-long saga, at one point earning the state a reputation as the “diploma mill capital of the world.” A 2009 state law overhauled the system, but there should be additional improvements, the Legislative Analyst’s Office recommends in a recent report.

Obamacare: California extends grace period for health insurance sign-ups to Friday
mercurynews.com
Friday will be the end of the grace period to get health insurance starting Jan. 1 for consumers who were frustrated in their attempts to sign up by Monday's deadline -- with a chance the grace period for considering those applications could be extend again.

Calif. schools prepare for transgender rights law
JULIE WATSON and LISA LEFF @
sacbee.com
With a law that spells out the rights of transgender students in grades K-12 set to take effect in California, school districts are reviewing locker room layouts, scheduling sensitivity training for coaches, assessing who will sleep where during overnight field trips and reconsidering senior portrait dress codes.

U.S. Embassy In Afghanistan Attacked; No Casualties Reported
Hashmat Baktash @
latimes.com
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The U.S. Embassy in Kabul came under attack on Christmas morning, and the Taliban later claimed responsibility, saying it had fired four rockets at the American compound.

Jesse Jackson: 'duck Dynasty' Star 'white Privilege'
POLITICO MAGAZINE @
politico.com
Jackson and his civil rights group have demanded a meeting with A&E. | AP Photo

Hollywood's New Financiers Make Deals With State Tax Credits
Richard Verrier @
latimes.com
Brokers take the state tax credits given to studios for location filming and sell them to people and companies looking to shave their tax bills.

State Sen. Ted Gaines is moving back to Roseville, which is outside Senate district
Jim Miller @
sacbee.com
State Sen. Ted Gaines is going home but leaving his 1st Senate District constituents behind, at least temporarily.

Peninsula school superintendents receive raises
Bonnie Eslinger @
mercurynews.com
It was a green Christmas for superintendents of the Sequoia Union High and Menlo Park City school districts.

Russian Firm Signs 25-year Energy Deal With Syria
Nabih Bulos @
latimes.com
AMMAN, Jordan -- The Syrian government has signed a joint development agreement with a Russian energy company to explore for oil in the Middle Eastern country's territorial waters off the Mediterranean coast, according to SANA, the Syrian state news agency.

Kathleen Parker: Reality isn’t so ducky
Kathleen Parker @
sacbee.com
Our nation is consumed anew with impassioned debate about nearly every foundational principle – freedom of speech, religious freedom, civil rights and same-sex marriage.

Tonight's TV picks: 'Millionaire Matchmaker' same-sex matches; behind real Downton Abbey
Chuck Barney @
mercurynews.com
Rosie Pierri features on 'Millionaire Matchmaker.' Two-hour special looks at English castle that inspired 'Downton Abbey.'