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THE NOONER for December 27, 2013
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Feinstein, Boxer Side With Obama In Iran Sanctions Dispute - Politics Blog
A showdown is looming in the Senate next month over increased U.S. sanctions on Iran that could unravel a tentative international agreement over Iranian nuclear development, with President Obama on...
Report: Health care covered for former politicians
Local governments in the San Francisco Bay area are paying tens of thousands of dollars each year on health insurance for former part-time politicians, many of whom haven't held office for decades.
Former Part-time Pols In Bay Area Reap Medical Benefits At Taxpayer Expense
Thomas Peele @ mercurynews.com
So why almost 45 years later are taxpayers still spending thousands of dollars a year on their health insurance?
UC Forging Ahead With Cross-System Online Courses
Larry Gordon @ latimes.com
UC program will let students take classes not offered at their home campus or already filled up in the traditional format.
Peter Schrag: Can Jim Brulte Resuscitate the GOP?
Peter Schrag @ sacbee.com
Jim Brulte, the new chairman of the state Republican Party, realized long ago that his party was huddling in a tent that was too small for the diversity of California.
Consumer Watchdog Fundraises Off Of Tonsillectomy Surgery Debacle
Jeremy B. White @ blogs.sacbee.com
A prominent California consumer advocacy group is actively tying a tonsillectomy gone horribly awry to a planned ballot initiative.
Influential Voices In Food Movement Seek Better Worker Wages
Joe Garofoli @ sfgate.com
Since he wrote "Fast Food Nation" more than a decade ago, muckraking author Eric Schlosser has noticed a sympathy gap in the food movement that he helped foster. Some foodies seem to care more about the treatment of the animals they eat than the workers who prepare and serve them.
As Colorado, Washington Legalize Recreational Pot, California Mulls Its Options
Peter Hecht @ sacbee.com
Tucker Eldridge, a grower, looks over plants in the vegetative stage of growth at Nature's Herb and Wellness in Garden City, Colo. The town is going to allow legal marijuana. Neighbors, including Greeley, have all placed bans on marijuana sales.
Utah Ruling Means No Respite for the Supreme Court on Same-Sex Marriage
Since the Supreme Court declined to decide whether there was a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, the pace of change has increased, and officials in Utah will soon present the question again.
Delta Tunnels Plan's True Price Tag: As Much As $67 Billion
Paul Rogers @ mercurynews.com
That would rank it as one of the largest public works plans in California history.
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.
Register Columnist Frank Mickadeit Passes The Bar, Gives Notice - La Observed
Boyarsky column: Ethnic currents in county politics
For divided Congress, water projects are a unifier
HENRY C. JACKSON @ sacbee.com
Big multimillion-dollar water projects, once a favorite target of good-government reformers who made them a poster child of political pork, are back in vogue as a rare force of concord in a dysfunctional Congress.
Obama praises steps toward closing prison at Guantanamo Bay
Maeve Reston @ latimes.com
KAILUA, Hawaii — President Obama praised Congress on Thursday for loosening regulations that will make it easier to transfer detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison to other countries, but noted that lawmakers' actions fell short of the flexibility he would need to achieve his goal of closing the prison.
Bart Fares Go Up On Jan. 1
Lisa Vorderbrueggen @ insidebayarea.com
The fare hike is part of the agency's regularly scheduled inflation-based increase program established in 2003.
Californians face new year without long-term unemployment benefits
Jon Ortiz and Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Federal funding shutoff creates uncertainty for 222,000 unemployed residents.
Newport Beach Candidate Taking Donations In Bitcoins
Emily Foxhall @ latimes.com
City Council contender Michael Glenn adds a feature to his website allowing supporters to contribute in the digital currency.
Nearing a $1 Trillion Measure, and Budget Normalcy
Lawmakers said they had made significant progress on a governmentwide spending bill that gives the congressional appropriations committees a chance to reassert control over federal dollars.
California once again the nation's top municipal bond issuer
Dan Walters @ blogs.sacbee.com
A multi-billion-dollar surge of bond issues by state and local governments is making California, once again, the nation's top issuer of municipal debt, the
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Poll Shows Jean Quan Leading Oakland Mayor's Race
Matthew Artz Oakland Tribune @ insidebayarea.com
A recently commissioned poll by an Oakland pro-business group showed Quan placing first in a mock race against the current field of challengers even though more than half the respondents disapproved of her job performance.