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THE NOONER for December 12, 2014
THREE WAYS TO SUPPORT THE NOONER:
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 chart below shows the changes in California population since 1990. Or click here.
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