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THE NOONER for November 21, 2014

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Happy Friday! Around 1pm this afternoon, we should get the near-final counts (if not final) on AD39 (Bocanegra v. Lopez) and AD66 (Hadley v. Muratsuchi). Track the results here

CA07 (East Sacto): Did Republicans miss their chance at unseating Ami Bera? [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Turnout was down significantly across the district this time. But Bera was saved by increasing his vote share in many of the communities from 2012, based on an update released by county elections officials on Wednesday."

LET THERE BE FIGHT: For Jerry Brown, tough going with UC regents [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Yet the animosity with which Brown and the Board of Regents fought this week in San Francisco laid bare how far apart the governor and one of the state’s most powerful institutions have become – and how difficult it will be for Brown to exert influence over UC in his fourth term."

$$$: O.C. taxpayers, here's your San Onofre bill: $3.3 billion [Aaron Orlowski @ OCR]

That's it...go out and have a fantastic weekend!

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Samantha Farmer and Don Lowrie!





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Gov. Brown And UC President Napolitano: Very Different Views Of Uc’s Future | The California Report | Kqed News
Hours after the University of California Board of Regents voted 14-7 to raise tuition, UC President Janet Napolitano told KQED that she hopes the increase never happens.

After UC Regents OK Tuition Plan, Eyes Turn To Gov. Jerry Brown, State Funding
The votes were cast and the protesters' chanting died down. Now months of political wrangling and budget negotiations are ahead before UC students know for sure how much next year's tuition will be.

SF mayor joins opposition to bidder for California hospital chain
Victoria Colliver @
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has joined several Bay Area legislators in opposing the pending sale of the Daughters of Charity Health System’s six nonprofit California hospitals to Prime Healthcare Services, a controversial, for-profit Southern California chain. In a letter to state Attorney General Kamala Harris, Lee cited numerous “red flags,” including Prime’s history of cutting staff and “unprofitable” services such as pediatrics and psychiatry, and the company’s own admission of being under federal investigation for allegedly overcharging Medicare. The hospitals include Seton Medical Center in Daly City and its Seton Coastside satellite campus in Moss Beach, O'Connor Hospital in San Jose, Gilroy's Saint Louise Regional Hospital and two medical centers in the Los Angeles area. “To the best of our knowledge, there has never been the depth or breadth of opposition to any hospital transaction in the history of the state of California,” said Dave Regan, president of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West in Oakland. Prime’s chief executive officer, Dr. Prem Reddy, said in a statement this week that his company “is the only option to save the (Daughters of Charity) system and prevent inevitable closure.” “If this acquisition is not approved by the California attorney general, all the communities (Daughters) currently serves will be left with no safety-net community hospitals, thousands of jobs lost and potentially disastrous consequences for hundreds of thousands of patients left without access to care,” Reddy said.

House GOP sues President Obama over healthcare law
House Republicans have filed a lawsuit against President Obama over his healthcare law, Speaker John Boehner announced Friday, making good on a resolution passed in July.

California Tuition Hike Fight Shifts To Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
University of California President Janet Napolitano prevailed Thursday in persuading the system's governing board to authorize five years of tuition increases, a politically risky move likely to ignite months of debate to determine if the costs ultimately fall on students or taxpayers.

President Obama's Immigration Plans Hard To Block, Legal Experts Say
Legal experts say it may be hard to stop President Obama from giving as many as 5 million immigrants a reprieve from deportation.

Tuition Hike Proposal Like Dialogue From An Old Movie :: Fox&hounds
Governor Jerry Brown was right in calling for a commission to consider ways to reduce expenses as well as plan how to deliver a 21st Century education in technologically advanced California. Brown insisted the UC system should not follow the lead of high-cost private universities in their salary and tuition decisions.

Obama's Immigration Announcement Draws Praise And Bitter Criticism
President Obama 's announcement that he would take executive action to allow up to 5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally to stay and work drew quick reaction across the political spectrum Thursday. Here's a sampling:

Kaiser Mental Health Clinicians Considering Strike | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
Last week, Kaiser’s nurses went on strike. Thursday, a union of 2,500 mental health clinicians at Kaiser will release the results of a strike authorization vote.

Senator Mike Morrell Denounces UC Board of Regents Vote to Increase Tuition
Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, today issued the following statement regarding the decision by the Board of Regents of the University of California to approve system-wide tuition increases by 28 percent over the next five years:

Did Republicans Miss Their Chance At Unseating Ami Bera? | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
For Doug Ose, the political winds seemed to be at his back.

Is The Bay Area’s House Policy Clout Fading?
By Josh Richman Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 11:55 am in Anna Eshoo, Barbara Lee, Eric Swalwell, George Miller, Jackie Speier, John Garamendi, Lynn Woolsey, Mike Thompson, Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House, Zoe Lofgren.

UC Regents Approve Tuition Hikes Amid Angry Protests
Over the din of students chanting their protest, the University of California regents voted 14-7 on Thursday to approve tuition increases of as much as 5% for each of the next five years.

Key Elements Of Obama's Actions On Immigration | The Sacramento Bee
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Obama's Immigration Plan Will Offer Relief To Parents Of U.S. Citizens
As President Obama prepared to address the nation to make his case for immigration reform, details about his proposal began leaking out Thursday from lawmakers and others who have been briefed on the plan.

O.C. Taxpayers, Here's Your San Onofre Bill: $3.3 Billion - The Orange County Register
That’s how much customers must pay for nuclear power plant’s closure.

Silicon Valley Lukewarm To Obama's Immigration Reform Moves
SAN FRANCISCO — Technology leaders in Silicon Valley and the Southland collectively reacted to President Obama 's national address with a shrug and a slight smile. But nobody's jumping for joy.

Opinion: Brown Tries To Hold Line On Spending | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @

What Obama's Immigration Actions Mean For Tech Workers | Kpbs
David Wagner @
President Barack Obama announced plans Thursday to protect certain undocumented immigrants from deportation, but he also outlined plans for drawing high-skilled workers into the country.

Newly-protected Immigrants Will Be Eligible For Medi-cal, Advocates Say | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
California undocumented immigrants who are eligible for deferred deportation under President Obama’s executive action are expected to be eligible for Medi-Cal, as long as they meet income guidelines, advocates said Thursday.

Las Vegas Woman Puts Human Face On Obama's Immigration Plan
When President Obama made his case to the nation Thursday for immigration reform , he told the story of a young woman from Nevada who has quietly won the hearts of the most powerful in Washington as the face of America’s immigrants.