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THE NOONER for December 15, 2014


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Happy Monday! Most of you with a teevee in your office are perfecting your holiday recipes while watching Food Network.

USSEN: Sanchez doesn't rule out bid for Senate if Boxer retires [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "'We've been asked to look at it and it never hurts to look,' she said. 'I enjoy my current job representing the people of the 46th Congressional District, but nothing is off the table.'"

OVERCROWDING: Top Ten Measures Likely to Appear on November 2016 California Ballot [Jon Fleischman @ Breitbart CA]

LA-LA LAND: Asian Americans make new push for L.A. council seats [David Zahniser @ LAT] - "Nearly 30 years ago, legislative aide Mike Woo shattered a barrier, becoming the first Asian American to win a seat on the Los Angeles City Council. The milestone was hailed as a sign that Asian Americans had finally come into their own on the local political scene. But after losing a bid for mayor in 1993, he left office and became a historical figure in a different way, serving as the last — and therefore only — Asian American to hold office at City Hall. That could change next year."

APIs are 11.4% of the city's population. 

SCOCAL: Willie Brown responds to Jerry Brown's nomination of Leondra Kruger to the state's Supreme Court. "Were there no qualified African Americans in California?"

RETIREMENT PLAN: Ex-California lawmakers enjoy second wind as D.C. lobbyists [Curtis Tate @ SacBee] - "Some restrictions apply. Outgoing members of the House are barred from lobbying their former colleagues directly for a year. The Senate requires a two-year "cooling-off" period. Former lawmakers can, however, provide strategic advice to lobbying firms, and some continue to do so without formally registering as lobbyists."

PULITZER QUALITY: The LAT wrapped a series yesterday on farm labor in Mexico, which has seen farms proliferate in the post-NAFTA years. While it sounds to be good news in that it's creating more domestic jobs for the poor in our neighbor to the south, in many cases labor laws are ignored (i.e. child labor) and living conditions are atrocious. [Read series]

HATE TO TYPE THIS: Congratulations to Kobe Bryant (32,310) for last night passing Michael Jordan (32,292) in career points scored, becoming third behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#1 w/ 38,387) and Karl Malone (#2 w/ 36,928).

#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Tom Ammiano, Pat Bates, John Burton, John Pulliam, Jennifer Quan, and Laura Velkei!





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CalPERS: Extra Contributions Can Yield Big Savings | Calpensions
Annual CalPERS reports to 1,581 local government agencies this fall began showing estimates of future savings when extra payments, going beyond the required amount, are made to the pension fund.

Where Campaign Spending Was Highest, Disdain For It Is Bipartisan
The priciest congressional election in the country wasn't a slugfest in some silk-stocking district or free-for-all on the pricey Westside of Los Angeles. It was fought here in Northern California, where the American River winds from Folsom through the workaday suburbs of Sacramento.

California Health Insurance Exchange Aims To Increase Latino Enrollment
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This month, he's been reminding his Bay Area-wide audience that Californians need to sign up for health coverage by midnight Monday if they want to be insured on Jan. 1.

Jessica's Law Promised More Than It Could Deliver - The Orange County Register
Debate about the legislation’s effectiveness flares after two men are charged with serial killings while wearing GPS devices.

'cal Facts' Offers Snapshot Of State's Finances, Demographics, Trends
SACRAMENTO — Want a whirlwind tour of California's economy and to delve into the Golden State's often-baffling finances, demographics and social trends?

Who gets left out of all those Hollywood tax incentives? Musicians
Most of Hollywood celebrated in September, when California Gov. Jerry Brown put his signature to a vastly expanded tax incentive for the movie industry.

Contenders to host 2024 Olympics to make pitches in Redwood City
A big sit-down will take place Tuesday in Redwood City, where the U.S. Olympic Committee will hear pitches by representatives from the Bay Area and the three other U.S. sites hoping to host the 2024 Olympics. There was talk of Los Angeles and the Bay Area teaming up for a single California bid, but the distance between the two cities is just too great and the time too short to come up with a comprehensive plan. The Bay Area will be pitching a “pop-up” stadium in Brisbane for the opening and closing ceremonies and track and field events. A well-placed source tells us there have also been talks with the Oakland Raiders and the NFL about building a stadium that would host the Olympics as well. Insiders tell us that while San Francisco will have an attractive bid, its fractious political climate — where there are sure to be questions about costs, traffic and large-scale construction — could be a drawback. The hangman’s noose found in August in the bed of an Oakland city truck that some workers took as racial harassment wasn’t what it looked like, according to report by interim City Administrator Henry Gardner. The $55,000 report — which included interviews with 39 workers — concluded that an Asian American carpenter at the municipal maintenance yard on Edgewater Drive had tied a rope to a pole on a city truck with a slipknot at the top. The knot was not “displayed in the fashion of a hangman’s noose” and appeared to be for a legitimate purpose, the report says. An African American worker didn’t see it that way, however, and brought the rope to the attention of his union rep. As word spread throughout the yard, so did talk of racial harassment. The union rep threw the rope onto the back of the truck — and in the process made the loop in the rope “significantly larger,” giving it the appearance of the hangman’s noose that was later displayed to the media, Gardner’s report says. Paul Clanon, the embattled executive director of the California Public Utilities Commission, will be stepping down “in the near future,” the agency says. “He’s been at the CPUC for 30 years,” said spokesman Andy Kotch, downplaying any connection between Clanon’s exit and the controversy over the cozy relationship between state regulators and Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

Where Employers Use Quality Control To Shape Healthcare
With factory-like attention to detail, Boeing and other employers shape medical care in Washington state, improving health.

Senate Affirms Ambassador for Freedom of Religion
The Senate has confirmed the nomination of David N. Saperstein, a prominent Reform rabbi, to be ambassador at large for international religious freedom, in charge of countering religious persecution around the world.

Riverbed Technology accepts $3.6-billion takeover bid
Private equity firm Thoma Bravo and a Canadian teacher pension say they will pay about $3.6 billion to take Riverbed Technology private a couple months after the computer networking equipment maker promised a thorough review of its business.

Political Calculus: Why Even a Good Midterm Turnout for Democrats in North Carolina Fell Short
To win re-election, Senator Kay Hagan would have needed the young and the nonwhite to turn out as if it were a presidential year.

Group takes claim for UC Berkeley lynching effigies
Pablo Gonzalez, a visiting research fellow at the university, said he was given the claim of responsibility by a student who found the message tacked to a bulletin board. On Saturday morning, students reported three enlarged photos of lynched African Americans hanging from the university’s Sather Gate and from a tree near campus. The protests were a response to grand juries declining to indict police officers who killed unarmed black men in Missouri and New York. The group claiming responsibility, in the statement, described itself as a “collective of queer and POC (people of color) artists responsible for the images of historical lynchings posted to several locations in Berkeley and Oakland.” In the message, the group said it sought to bring historical context to recent controversy over the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y. The group apologized to black people who were offended by its work.

Players union files suit against NFL to reinstate Adrian Peterson
s fight with the NFL continued Monday, as the players union filed suit in federal court on behalf of the Minnesota Vikings star.

GOP Congressman Will Not Be Renewing Ownership Of "" - Buzzfeed News
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C.I.A. Chief and President Walk Fine Line
s close relationship with President Obama helped shape his assertive response to a scathing Senate report on agency torture.

Decades-old San Luis Rey River Water Dispute Nears End |
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Haitian Prime Minister Quits Under Pressure; Election Crisis May Loom
Amid a deepening political crisis, international pressure and violent domestic unrest, Haiti’s prime minister announced his resignation Sunday, possibly clearing the way for overdue elections.

Republican 'contender' Dons Duckie Pajamas, Parties With Scantily Clad Women

California Receives U.S. Funding For Earthquake Early-warning System
California has received congressional funding to begin rolling out an earthquake early-warning system next year, capping nearly a decade of planning, setbacks and technological breakthroughs, officials said Sunday.

Election Crisis May Loom As Haitian Prime Minister Quits
Amid a deepening political crisis, international pressure and violent domestic unrest, Haiti’s prime minister announced his resignation Sunday, possibly clearing the way for overdue elections.

Hundreds Protest In Pasadena Over Police Killings, Call For Solidarity
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Immigrants Get Advice On Eligibility For Delayed-deportation Programs
The crowd around immigration attorney Jessica Dominguez was five people deep, and each person had a question.

Southern California housing market treads water in November
As the year draws to a close, Southern California's housing market remains stuck in low gear.