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THE NOONER for December 1, 2014


It's the first day of school! The Legislature convenes today at 12pm for swearing in of members, new and seasoned. After adopting rules and electing the clerks and sergeants, the parties will start and then the houses will return on January 5. I'll be a bit short today, as I'm hopping on a bird from Portland to Orange County. 

Vote results prime new Legislature for GOP, Democratic cooperation [Patrick McGreevy & Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "The Democrats' failure to win a supermajority in either the Senate or Assembly, after capturing both just two years ago, is expected to produce a more centrist agenda and give more clout to moderate Democrats and Republicans."

Lawmaker proposes to revamp California recount rules [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "In a press release, [Kevin] Mullin said he will introduce another recount proposal Monday. It would require a state-funded hand recount for any statewide race where the margin of victory is one-tenth of one percent or less and would take effect for the 2016 elections."

Darrell Steinberg recalls budget battles, FBI raids and gubernatorial gags [Laurel Rosenhall @ SacBee] - "After 14 years in the California Legislature, Sen. Darrell Steinberg's tenure comes to an end on Sunday. The Sacramento Democrat, who served six years as Senate leader, reflected on his experience in the Legislature during an interview in a spartan temporary office inside the Capitol."

Speaking of Darrell, I left my fellow King Hall alum off the list of departing members last Wednesday (caught by another King Hall alum, Art Torres)! Thank you Darrell for your service to our great state.

Fields forming for special elections [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "There's only one announced hopeful for [Mimi] Walters' seat and he's been planning that for months. Freshly re-elected Assemblyman Don Wagner, R-Irvine, made it official Nov. 25, and rolled out a list of endorsements that included Walters and Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff."

Former lawmaker Anthony Adams charts different course [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "Adams now is re-registered with no party preference, living 500 miles from his former district, and spending several hours a day in the Ukiah courthouse or nearby county jail. Finishing up his first year as a Mendocino County deputy public defender, Adams carries a caseload that mixes misdemeanor and felonies and 'never makes for a boring day.'"




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California Pushes To Expand Immigrant Health Care | The Sacramento Bee
President Barack Obama's executive order to spare some immigrants from deportation has galvanized Democrats, immigration groups and health care advocates in California to push for expanding health coverage to a segment of the population that remains uninsured.

A Push To Increase L.A. Voter Turnout
Wesson wants city elections held in even-numbered years. Some see more tax measures ahead.

Opinion: Smoking Tax Hike Would Punish Poor | The Sacramento Bee
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Given that climate, one might wonder, who is still smoking? Interestingly, they are mostly poor and non-white, according to data from state health officials.

California Senate Majority Leader Corbett, Termed Out Of Office, Looks Ahead
Josh Richman @
SAN LORENZO -- Ellen Corbett had hoped she would spend this holiday season preparing to take the oath of office as the Bay Area's newest member of Congress, the culmination of spending all but two of the past 24 years in public office.

Vote Results Prime New Legislature For Gop, Democratic Cooperation
Stung by losses in the November election, the California Legislature's Democratic majority arrives for the first day of a new session Monday facing a political terrain more hostile to tax increases and other priorities of liberal lawmakers.

Vallejo First To Test No Pension Cut In Bankruptcy | Calpensions
What happens when a bankrupt city does not cut its largest debt, pensions, is getting its first test in Vallejo, which has higher average pensions and higher CalPERS rates than the two larger cities still in bankruptcy, Stockton and San Bernardino.

California Pushes To Expand Immigrant Health Care

Senator To Re-introduce Health Insurance Bill For Undocumented Immigrants | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
The Health For All Act would do two things for undocumented immigrants: extend Medi-Cal coverage to those who are low income and create a new marketplace to mirror Covered California where those with incomes 138-400 percent of poverty could purchase subsidized health insurance.

The Buzz: Fields Forming For Special Elections - The Orange County Register
Election to higher office means the seats of state Sen. Mimi Walters, Supervisor Janet Nguyen need filling.

3-time Pelosi Opponent Not Your Typical Republican
This self-regarding city loves its celebrities, be they dandified politician, techie billionaire or quirky sports hero.

Governor Signs Huff Measure to Save Taxpayer Money
Legislation that will allow cities to share valuable resources that will save taxpayer money has been signed into law in California.

German Government May Say 'nein' To After Work Emails : Parallels : Npr
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel uses a mobile phone during a meeting of the German federal parliament in Berlin, on Nov. 28, 2013. The country's labor minister supports a call that would prohibit employers from sending emails to employees after normal business hours. Michael Sohn/AP hide caption

Spending, Immigration, And Tax Fights Will Dominate Final Days Of Session -
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House moves toward vote on tax breaks
The so-called tax extenders are a hodgepodge of benefits going mostly to corporations.

President Obama Shops For Books At -- Where Else? -- Politics And Prose
President Obama shops for books with Sasha and Malia at Washington, DC's Politics and Prose bookstore

Two Veterans Bills By Knight Signed By Governor
Senate Bill 842 requires the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to employ directional signs on the state highway system to each Veterans Home of California. While a few homes have been able to secure signs through their local Caltrans offices, requests for West Los Angeles, Ventura, and Lancaster were denied last year. Senate Bill 842 overcomes this issue by streamlining the signage process, delegating the task solely to district Caltrans offices with a distinct course of action. As is the current law, there is no cost to the taxpayer because private funds are raised for these projects.

Will Lame Duck Limp To Christmas? | Thehill
Cristina Marcos @
The 113th Congress is scheduled to conclude by Dec. 11, but the fight over government spending could keep lawmakers here closer to Christmas.

Zenefits, A Bay Area Online Broker, Rattles Health Insurance Industry
Instead, Zenefits has morphed from a skeletal 15 employees into an army of nearly 500 and counting -- its revenue growth outpacing that of many valley software giants -- by upending the health insurance industry.

After nearly a week of heated Ferguson protests, somber vigil held in Oakland
J.K. Dineen @
After a week of often raucous Bay Area demonstrations protesting a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of an unarmed black teenager, families of people killed by Bay Area police gathered near Lake Merritt to call for more accountability from law enforcement. No police officers attended the ceremony. The ceremony included remarks by the family of O’Shaine Evans and Alex Nieto, who were shot by San Francisco police officers in separate incidents this year; Mario Romero, who was shot 31 times by police in Vallejo after police saw him pull out what turned out to be a non-lethal pellet gun; and Alan Blueford, who was shot by Oakland police after a foot chase in East Oakland. Adriane Camarena spoke of Alex Nieto, a Bernal Heights native who was on lunch break from his security job last spring when someone called the police on him because he had a Taser gun, which was part of his security guard uniform. Alex was a young man, was a community organizer, who campaigned in elections, who worked with youth, who had finished his degree at City College in criminal justice, said Camerena. The peaceful Sunday protest capped a holiday weekend that included a disruptive protest that greeted BART travelers in Oakland on Black Friday, shutting service between that city and San Francisco for nearly two hours. Demonstrators smashed store windows, hurled bottles at police and frightened merchants and shoppers. “Those who co-opt meaningful demonstrations for the purpose of vandalism, looting and harming police officers disrespect the memory of Michael Brown and diminish the voices we need to hear right now,” he said.

L.A. City Atty. Feuer makes valid case for funding under Prop. 47
Proposition 47, adopted last month, turned six drug possession and low-level property felonies into misdemeanors, setting in motion some rejiggering of California's criminal justice system. Among the changes in Los Angeles is the transfer of caseloads among jurisdictions: Many crimes formerly...

Army Of Amazon Robots Ready To Help Fulfill Orders On Cyber Monday
TRACY, Calif. -- This holiday season, Amazon 's little helper is an orange, 320-pound robot called Kiva.