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THE NOONER for July 22, 2014

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SCOCAL: Jerry Brown has nominated Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar for one of the two vacancies on the California Supreme Court. Cuéllar--who was born and spent his youth in Mexico walking across the border to go to school in Brownsville, Texas and graduated from Calexico High Schoool--received his law degree at Yale and a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford. He has been a Stanford law professor since 2001, and served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama in 2009-10. Cuéllar is married to federal Judge Lucy Koh, who is most well known for presiding over major patent cases, including Apple v. Samsung.

And, yes, he was on The Nooner short list.

If approved by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, Cuéllar would assume the seat of Marvin Baxter, and would stand for a retention vote on the November ballot. Along with Goodwin Liu, he is the second scholar, rather than judge, appointed to the court.


Planet Money: How the Burrito Became A Sandwich - Bill Leonard on hot pastrami, cold pastrami, and fondue

Why Kashkari's Failure to Understand Schwarzenegger Is a Problem [Joe Mathews @ Fox and Hounds] - "Kashkari pinned Schwarzenegger's problems on wanting too much to be loved. That diagnosis is so wrong, and so at odds with the record, that the comment alone raises questions about whether Kashkari is ready to be governor."

Did President Barack Obama buy a Rancho Mirage home? [Dominique Fong @ Desert Sun] - "President Barack Obama may, or may not be, buying a $4.2 million house in Rancho Mirage. The 8,200-square-foot former home of novelist Joseph Wambaugh is the source of a bevy of rumors reported by media outlets ranging from the Los Angeles Times to Variety."

Here is why the NBA's Sacramento Kings just launched a website in Hindi [Sharda Ugra @ Quartz India]

You have to admit, from this beautiful multicultural state we call home, this is pretty awesome.





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Nadia Lockyer Lashes Out At Kamala Harris On Facebook
David Siders @
Nadia Lockyer, the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, is lashing out at Attorney General Kamala Harris for not pursuing charges against a former boyfriend she said assaulted her, promising “the opposition of the Lockyer family” if Harris ever runs for higher office.

Slew Of Health Care Bills Await Lawmaker Consideration In August -
California lawmakers have left Sacramento for the month of July. But when they return, they’ll consider a few health care measures supported by consumer advocates and opposed by insurance companies. 

Notes From The Weekend: Perez Out; Investors Of High Speed Rail In? :: Fox&hounds
What now for Perez who falls from one of the three most powerful offices in the state government to a soon-to-be out of work former politician and union organizer? Rumor in Los Angeles is that the former speaker has his eye on a Los Angeles City Council seat following the well worn track of former state legislators, Gil Cedillo, Paul Kerkorian, Bob Blumenfield, Paul Koretz, Felipe Fuentes, Curren Price, and Herb Wesson, all currently sitting on the council.

S.F. soda tax would drop consumption 31 percent, report says
The price hike would encourage people to buy less soda, thereby lowering the rate of obesity and chronic disease, and reducing public and private health costs in the city, he said. Given San Francisco's long history of being on the cutting-edge of public health issues and given the kind of campaign we've been running, we think we have a reasonable shot at winning. Diet sodas, alcoholic drinks, infant formula, milk and nondairy creamers would not be taxed, but concentrates used to make juice and other drinks would be. Of the rest, 40 percent will go to the school district to use for student nutrition, gardening, cooking classes, after-school programming and physical education. Twenty-five percent will be split by the Department of Public Health and the Public Utilities Commission to promote healthful food and drinks, and build more drinking fountains and water bottle refilling stations. On the cutting edge of health The soda tax ballot measure is just the most recent example of San Francisco officials pushing innovative policies intended to make residents healthier, but it has been slammed by opponents as creating a nanny state.

Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill To Lease Folsom Prison Land For Museum
Jon Ortiz @
The Big House Museum is currently located in a 900 square foot building that was constructed in the 1880s. Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill obligating the state to lease the museum land for expansion.

Initiatives You Won't See On November Ballot
John Fensterwald @
Earlier this year, the secretary of state’s office gave sponsors of six proposed education-related ballot measures the go-ahead to collect the 505,000 signatures each needed to appear on the November ballot. None qualified.

Jerry Brown Signs Bill Limiting Full-contact Football Practice In California
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation limiting full-contact football practice for California teenagers, his office announced Monday.

GOP Candidates Court Georgia Voters In Today's Senate Runoff
GOP candidates court Georgia voters in Tuesday's Senate runoff

New Law Prohibits Some Fines For Brown Lawns During Droughts
Californians who let their lawns die during a drought won't risk a slap on the wrist from their homeowners' associations, thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday.

Jerry Brown names law school professor to California Supreme Court
David Siders @
Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated a Mexican-born Stanford Law School professor to the California Supreme Court, his office announced Tuesday.

Board to decide if soda tax will go before voters
Associated Press @
San Francisco lawmakers will decide whether a two-cent-per-ounce soda tax will appear on ballots this fall.

Editorial: In aborted recount in state controller's race, voters win
The Editorial Board @
Pérez deserves a thank-you from Californians for having the good sense to call off a recount Friday of the votes cast for state controller in the June primary. If it had gone on much longer, the spectacle could have had an impact on the outcome of the November election for controller.

Justice Kennedy Says Constitution 'Flawed Document'
Bob Egelko @
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wasn’t out to make news when he addressed the annual conference of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and devoted most of his 50-minute speech to the Magna Carta, which turns 800 years old in 2015. But Kennedy did let on that he doesn’t belong to the school of Constitution-worshipers who base their legal doctrines on what they glean to be the original, literal meaning of every word and phrase in the nation’s founding document.

San Joaquin County Home Values And Property Taxes Jump -
New property tax assessments are being mailed to homeowners in San Joaquin County this month. Many are in for a shock with home values jumping as much as 40 percent.

Gov. Brown Signs Bill To Diversify California's Health Care Exchange Board
Tracy Seipel @
Covered California spokesman Dana Howard said the exchange "is happy to serve whomever is appointed by the governor and the Legislature" to the board, which is an independent public entity within state government.

2 College Of The Sequoias Instructors Fight Back Over Pension Slash
Marc Benjamin @
Two retired College of the Sequoias instructors caught in a state crackdown on perceived pension abuse are suing the teachers' retirement system to keep their money.

D.C. Court Ruling Deals New Blow To Affordable Care Act
President Obama 's healthcare law was dealt a new blow Tuesday as a federal appeals court ruled that due to a wording glitch in the Affordable Care Act, some low- and middle-income residents are not entitled to receive government assistance to subsidize their insurance.

Brown nominates Stanford professor to state high court
In a statement, Cuéllar said, "I am enormously honored by Gov. Brown's nomination, and if confirmed, I look forward to serving the people of California on our state's highest court." Brown's nomination must be submitted to the State Bar's Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation and confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, which consists of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Joan Dempsey Klein, senior presiding justice of the state Court of Appeal. Cuéllar earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard, his law degree from Yale Law School and a doctorate in political science from Stanford.

San Jose pot clubs fail to get measure on ballot overturning tough new rules
Mike Rosenberg @
Pot clubs who wanted to overturn strict new medical marijuana regulations have failed to get their initiative on the ballot, giving city leaders a victory in the ongoing San Jose weed war.

Legislature Puts California Acupuncture Board On Notice
Daniel Rothberg @
The state board tasked with licensing and regulating California’s roughly 11,000 acupuncturists has faced trouble before – a cheating and bribery scandal rocked the board in 1989.