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THE NOONER for December 12, 2014


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Good groggy soggy Friday morning. I spent last night accompanying my mom in the emergency room. She and I have both been battling nasty colds, and hers progressed to pneumonia. It only took them 6 hours (until 3am) to rule out everything potentially more serious. 

While I was sitting in the waiting room, a woman came out with her belongings after having been treated. She went to use the house phone but it wasn't working (or she couldn't get it to work).  She saw my iPhone sitting next to me and asked if she could use it. Although the ER during flu season isn't exactly the place you want to share your phone, I figured a good dousing of the omnipresent Purell would suffice, and after all, it's the season of giving.

As she sat next to me, she proceeded to call five different domestic violence shelters from a list given to her by the hospital. None had a bed available. As she handed me my phone back, I gave her whatever cash I had in my pocket, hoping it was enough for her to at least get a bed for one night at 12:30pm on a chilly Portland night.

I know many of you do a lot for public and private resources for the homeless, domestic violence victims, and others who are not as fortunate as we are. Thank you for that, and let's remember that there is always more work to be done.

YOUR KLOUT SCORE HAS PLUMMETED: As the gavel comes down on the 113th Congress, California loses 116 years of seniority.

CLOSING TIME: In the final month of Debra Bowen's tenure, the Secretary of State's website has a new look. Wonder if Alex Padilla's team had any input. Kind of like repainting the house purple after escrow has closed.

BEACHED: SeaWorld CEO stepping down [Lori Weisberg @ UTSD] - "SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. announced Thursday that its CEO is stepping down, a move that follows sharp attendance and revenue declines fueled by persistent criticism of the marine parks from animal rights activists."

#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Ed Espinoza, Noah Schubert, Cory Salzillo (Saturday), Alex Hilke (Sunday), and Patrick McCallum (Sunday)!

Have a great weekend!




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The Retro Election? Fewest Votes For California Governor Since 1978 | The California Report | Kqed News
It’s sobering to consider how many things have changed since the last time so few votes were cast in the race for governor of California: The state’s population was 40 percent smaller. Donna Summer had the No. 1 song on the charts. Jerry Brown handily won re-election as governor.

Opinion: Once Again, Water Plan Stalemated | The Sacramento Bee

Koch-Backed Group Sues Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris Over Donor List
Melanie Mason @
A nonprofit charitable group backed by conservative mega-donors David and Charles Koch has sued Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for seeking the names and addresses of the group's donors.

2016 Election Poised For Initiative Avalanche
John Wildermuth @
If an avalanche of citizen initiatives morphs the 2016 ballot pamphlet into an encyclopedia-size volume, blame it on California’s growing legion of nonvoters.

UC To Pay Half-million To Settle U.S. Allegations Of Double-dipping By UC Davis Researchers
Katy Murphy @
Without admitting wrongdoing, the university paid $499,700 to the agencies and agreed to expand training for student-researchers at UC Davis on proper reporting and other aspects of federal grants, according to a news release Thursday from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California.

Senate committee votes to authorize fight against Islamic State
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday narrowly approved the first formal authorization for the Obama administration's 5-month-old military campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Folsom Cordova Schools Chief Calls For Stronger Bullying Response Following Suicide
Loretta Kalb and Darrell Smith @
Folsom Cordova’s schools chief called Thursday for her district to track bullying victims as they move to different schools and intervene earlier when students are taunted by peers after a 12-year-old student committed suicide last week.

Sen. Cannella Elected to California State Senate Committee on Rules
The Senate Rules Committee is responsible for day-to-day Senate operations, as well as investigating proposed amendments to the rules relating to the business of the Legislature.

Uc, CSU Applications Surge To Record Highs | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
UC reported that 193,873 students applied to at least one of its nine undergraduate campuses during the application cycle that ended on November 30, a 5.8 percent increase over last fall and the 11th consecutive year of record high numbers.

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.

California Population Inches Up To 38.5 Million | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
The chart below shows the changes in California population since 1990. Or click here.

S.F. Teachers Approve New Contract With 12 Percent Pay Hike
Jill Tucker @
San Francisco teachers overwhelmingly approved a new contract Thursday night that gives them a 12 percent pay increase over the three-year term, union officials said.

Dianne Feinstein In Real-time Twitter Defense Of Torture Report - Politics Blog
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is engaged in a remarkable running Twitter defense of her Intelligence Committee's torture report that she released the summary of Tuesday, as CIA director John Brennan went o...

California Battles Whooping Cough Epidemic
Julie Watson @
California officials are battling the worst whooping cough epidemic to hit the state in seven decades as a recent rebound in cases raises questions about the effectiveness of the pertussis vaccine.

Judge Kreep Involved In Loan Dispute
Greg Moran @
San Diego Superior Court Judge Gary Kreep hasn’t paid back a personal loan that a political ally says he made to Kreep seven years ago, a debt the judge disputes and that may total more than $100,000 with interest.

CHP Defends Undercover Officer Who Pulled Gun On Protesters In Oakland
Sara Hossaini, Lisa Pickoff-White and Isabel Angell @
A plainclothes California Highway Patrol officer brandished his firearm at a group of about 50 people during an Oakland protest Wednesday night decrying police brutality.

Gay Advocates Can Shift Same-Sex Marriage Views
Gay canvassers can soften the opinions of voters opposed to same-sex marriage by having a face-to-face talk with them, researchers say.

Washington: California Lawmakers Look To 2015 For Drought Legislation | Environment | Mcclatchy Dc
Michael Doyle @
In this Oct. 6, 2014 file photo, a dock sits high and dry at the end of a boat ramp yards away from the edge of Folsom Lake near Folsom, Calif.

San Diego Council President Who Took Over For Bob Filner Is Ousted
San Diego Councilman Todd Gloria, a Democrat who won high marks as interim mayor after the 2013 resignation of Mayor Bob Filner , was ousted Wednesday as City Council president.

California Drought: Winter Storms Finally Starting To Boost Storage Levels In Key Reservoirs
Paul Rogers @
After three years of relentlessly bad news about California's historic drought, the drenching storm that barreled in Thursday from Hawaii finally delivered the state some desperately needed good news.

Free Events In L.A., O.C. Promise Help On Obama's Immigration Plan
Roxana Kopetman @
Thousands are expected to attend an event Sunday about President Barack Obama’s executive action plan on immigration at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

In Financial District, power outages lead to lost day
Hamed Aleaziz @
Thursday’s storm discouraged many people from coming to their jobs in the Financial District, and many of those who braved the elements arrived to find the power out. Paul Ayanian, 60, owner of Le Regency Deli in the Financial District, went into the lunch hour having been without power since 7:20 a.m. “It’s frustrating, but there’s no choice,” Ayanian said from behind the counter in his darkened shop. At a Starbucks coffee shop near the Hyatt Hotel, employees were sitting in the dark chatting about sports. Store manager Katie Blake, 25, said they had spent a couple of hours cleaning up, then sat around and waited for the power to come back. At the Mexican restaurant Orale Orale on Sacramento Street, co-owner Danny Aguilar said, workers hurried to put food into the freezer before it spoiled. Tim Mayr, chief engineer for a building at 388 Market St., said commercial tenants including law firms and banks were evacuated when the power went out.

Lending Club Shares Soar In Biggest Ipo By California Firm This Year
Applauding an online lending model that challenges banks, investors rushed to buy LendingClub Corp. shares in the biggest initial public offering by a California company this year.

California's Health Insurance Exchange Admits Problems | Kpbs
Covered California officials are encouraging people who bought coverage last year to shop around because premiums and some provider networks have changed.