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THE NOONER for December 11, 2014


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As Al Roker tells me that most Bay Area schools are closed because of the storm, I offer this from Paid Nooner Subscriber Randy Pollack:

The 45 day storm in 1861-1862 was so bad that they temporarily had to move the Capitol from Sacramento to San Francisco. And Governor Leland Stanford was said to have been required to row his own boat to his inauguration:



My apologies to the Sacramento Bee. Yesterday's Nooner Alert about the missing son of Tom Sheehy was a Bee article that I failed to credit in my haste to get it out to help find the teen. My bad, as my grandmother was serving lunch here in the 97225.

A more mature Gov. Brown has less to say in speeches, plenty to do [George Skelton @ LAT] - "Brown announced Monday that he'll combine his fourth-term inaugural address with his required annual State of the State speech. No two bites from essentially the same apple . . . This time we'll get a two-fer. That's better. The governor can focus more on real work. And special interests won't pile up so many chits."

Donnelly Pondering His Future [Glenn Barr @ Mountain News] - "[Tim] Donnelly is contemplating running for office again, this time in a yet-to-be called special election in the 21st State Senate district. The vacancy was created on Nov. 4 when the incumbent senator, Republican Steve Knight of Palmdale, was elected to Congress over fellow Republican Tony Strickland."

Of course, I left Steve Knight's former senate seat off the list of specials yesterday . . . That two will likely be called after the 114th Congress is sworn in January 6. A State Senate run would be good news for Paul Cook, as he has been seen as a likely target of Donnelly for CD08 in 2016. 

Donnelly would have to move, as his home in Twin Peaks (near Lake Arrowhead) is outside of SD21, but has strong support in the Apple Valley-Hesperia-Victorville area. It could be an easy race for him, as the Assemblymembers in the district are Tom Lackey in AD36 and Jay Obernolte in AD33, both of whom were just elected and would have no reason to seek the red carpet with the new term limits.

If Donnelly does jump in, it will be interesting to see is a move to bring another experienced candidate into the presumably low-turnout race.  Former Assemblymember Cameron Smyth lives in Newhall, 0.8 miles out of the district. I could see the Runners and Scott Wilk pushing him to find an address in the district to run against Donnelly. Just be careful, as it's still LA county, which has a district attorney unlike any other when it comes to residency . . . 

California Senate special election has tiny turnout [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "Turnout in Tuesday's special election in Los Angeles County’s 35th Senate District stood at a puny 6.36 percent Wednesday."

Brown, Legislature study ways to avoid UC, Cal State tuition hikes [Melanie Mason, Patrick McGreevy & Larry Gordon @ LAT] - "The fate of the proposed tuition increase at University of California campuses now rests in the hands of the governor and state lawmakers, who are aligned in opposition to it but divided over how to scrap it."

 #CAKEDAY: Light the candles for Thomas Lawson and Tam Ma!




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Chief Justice Expects Chattier California Supreme Court | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
While her colleagues supporting kicking then-Proposition 49 off the ballot because of its non-binding nature, Cantil-Sakauye argued that its legality should be decided after voters had a chance to weigh in on it.

San Francisco, L.A. Lawsuit Against Uber Stirs Backlash
The government's lawsuit against ride-hailing upstart Uber has stirred a fierce backlash from advocates who fear regulation could put the brakes on innovation.

The UC Student Regent On Tuition, Bill Maher And Free Speech
There are 26 people on the UC Board of Regents, the august body that sits atop the University of California system. Of those, 18 are appointed to 12-year terms by a governor. One is the governor. And only one is a student. Right now that's Sadia Saifuddin, a California-born senior majoring in social welfare and the first Muslim student regent. Her selection generated thousands of protest emails, virtually none of them, she says, from the students she represents. And Saifuddin has contributed to some protests of her own. She signed on to the petition to disinvite comedian Bill Maher to be Berkeley's commencement speaker Dec. 20 after Maher, discussing Muslim illiberality on TV, called Islam "the only religion that acts like the Mafia." His Berkeley invitation stands, and Saifuddin stands her ground.

Disney, Koch Used Secret Tax Deals Routed Through Luxembourg, Report Says
Walt Disney Co., giant conglomerate Koch Industries Inc. and other companies channeled hundreds of millions of dollars in profits through units based in Luxembourg in secret deals designed to avoid paying U.S. taxes, according to a new report.

Boxer Wants Tougher Federal Toy-gun Standards
By Josh Richman Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at 5:01 pm in Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senate.

Incoming San Jose Mayor's First Order Of Business: Settle Feud With Cops
Liccardo on Wednesday said the city will seek to return to the negotiating table with its police union with renewed hopes of ending a legal battle over pension reforms voters approved in 2012. The retirement cuts, which have helped drive hundreds of cops to other better-paying cities, were the main point of division in this year's mayor's race as both candidates fought over how best to restore the short-staffed police department.

Brown, Legislature Study Ways To Avoid Uc, Cal State Tuition Hikes
The fate of the proposed tuition increase at University of California campuses now rests in the hands of the governor and state lawmakers, who are aligned in opposition to it but divided over how to scrap it.

All Eyes On Nancy Pelosi As Government Shutdown Looms - Bloomberg Politics
Is Nancy Pelosi bluffing? 

California Health Exchange Notches More Sign-ups | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said about 130,000 have been deemed eligible for coverage or selected plans from Nov. 15 to Dec. 3. The numbers compare favorably with last year, when about 31,000 people selected a plan and 75,000 submitted to the eligibility process during the first month of open enrollment, Lee said.

UC student workers' union urges divestment from Israel
Members of the union that represents UC students who work as teaching assistants, tutors and readers have voted to urge the UC regents to divest from Israeli institutions and international companies that backers say violate human rights and aid the occupation of Palestinian territories.

GOP Consulting Firm Seeks Candidates With Craigslist Ad - Vc-star
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‘cromnibus’ Includes Medical Marijuana Protection
By Josh Richman Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at 10:55 am in marijuana, Sam Farr, U.S. House.

Spending bill's campaign finance provision puts more money in politics
A proposal hammered out in private by congressional negotiators and buried at the end of a massive federal spending bill would dismantle some of the few remaining restrictions on campaign spending, allowing wealthy donors to dramatically increase their contributions to party organizations.

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California Unemployment To Drop Closer To U.S. Rate
California's unemployment rate will nearly equal that of the nation within two years, according to a new forecast.

California Senate Special Election Has Tiny Turnout | The Sacramento Bee
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Convicted Sex Predator Wins $3 Million Lottery Jackpot | News - Home
A convicted sex predator who served 3 years in prison for a crime involving a young child is now a multi-millionaire. Timothy Dale Poole won $3 million on a Florida Lottery scratch-off ticket he purchased at a Mount Dora 7-Eleven store Saturday night.

'CRomnibus' budget a good deal for NASA planetary science, supporters say
and supporters of NASA are cheering it on. If approved in the House and Senate, the federal spending appropriations for the 2015 fiscal year would give the space agency enough funding to send the Mars 2020 rover to...

A More Mature Gov. Brown Has Less To Say In Speeches, Plenty To Do
Maybe it's because he is a contrarian. But Gov. Jerry Brown doesn't go for conventional celebrating.

15-year-old Boy From Carmichael Reported Missing | Sacramento News - Kcra Home
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Lausd School Board Approves $2.5m In Spending On Arts Education | 89.3 Kpcc
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File: Los Angeles Unified school board members Steve Zimmer and Monica Ratliff during an April 29, 2014 school board committee meeting. Mary Plummer/KPCC