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THE NOONER for December 19, 2014


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THE ANSWER: I realized that my question of the mother-son statewide duo yesterday was far too easy, with over 200 of you responding, and pretty quickly. The answer of course is March Fong Eu, a Democrat who served as Secretary of State, and Matthew Fong, her adopted son served as a Republican State Treasurer.

Eu was the first Asian-American elected to a statewide constitutional office in America.

ROARING 10s: California adds 90,100 jobs; unemployment rate drops to 7.2% [Chris Kirkham @ LAT] - "California employers added more than 90,000 jobs in November, one of state's largest monthly employment gains in more than a decade, according to federal data. The state unemployment rate dropped to 7.2%, down from 7.3% last month. That's still significantly higher than the U.S. jobless rate of 5.8%, but is down from 8.4% a year ago."

The job gains were pretty consistent across all sectors.

SD37 (Irvine): Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach (R)opened a committee yesterday for a run for Mimi Walters's state senate seat, setting up a fight with Assemblymember Don Wagner (R) for the Safe Rep seat. The specials for SD37, SD07 (DeSaulnier), and SD21 (Knight) are likely to be in mid-March, with a mid-May runoff if necessary.

AD03 (Butte-Tehama-Sutter): Assembly candidate Jim Reed slaps victor James Gallagher with libel lawsuit [Ashley Gebb @ Chico ER] - "In a lawsuit filed Dec. 5 in Butte County Superior Court, Reed alleges TV and online commercials were broadcast in Redding, Red Bluff, Chico and Oroville in October and November that stated he was an "unscrupulous lawyer," that he has been ordered to pay back improperly collected fees from an elderly client, and included a written statement that Reed is a “crook.” "

'Twas the Friday before Christmas, and all through the Building, computers tuned not to the Nooner but to internet shopping. 

  • Sen. De Le&oacture;n removes panel staffers who questioned his legislation [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "De Le&oacture;n, who took over leadership of the Senate in October, has this week terminated Kellie Smith as chief consultant of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee. He also has removed Jacqueline Kinney as the panel’s principal consultant. The terminations were separate from the previous layoffs of 39 other staffers for budget reasons. "
  • Pumps dropped from Delta water tunnel plan [Matt Weiser @ SacBee] - "Instead of giant electric pumps, the plan now calls for water to enter the three huge intakes by gravity flow. This, in turn, means most tall buildings can be eliminated at each intake. And there will be no need for permanent new high-voltage power lines. New power lines are still required to serve the tunneling machines, but these would be considered temporary: They would be removed after the 10-year construction period."

FAREWELL: The Colbert Report. If you missed the closing scene last night, it's worth a watch.

Another awesome show came to an end yesterday, well at least its first season. The last episode of the podcast Serial dropped. As I've written before, if you didn't listen to this series, you missed some great aural pleasure. Also, someone has remixed the Serial theme with Notorius B.I.G.

CONGRATULATIONS to Alex Gerber Ung and Phillip Ung on the birth yesterday of their son, Titan Bendix Ung.

#CAKEDAY: Weekend birthday greetings to Jay Schenirer (Saturday), Dave Ackerman (Sunday), and Roxana Cazres (Sunday).

Have a great weekend Noonerites. Good luck with your last-minute shopping. Buy local, buy California made. Just be careful, as it'll be crowded out there!



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CalPERS: Prefunding Retiree Health Care Makes Sense
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Jim Brulte doubled CA GOP fundraising from 2012 to 2014
When Brulte and Dhillon took over the helm, the state party was deep in debt. Now, as of Dec. 1, according to state campaign finance disclosure reports, the California Republican Party has $1.48 million in cash on hand. This year, state Republicans have raised $19.2 million - more than double the amount in 2012.

Anti-illegal Immigration Group Protests GOP On Budget Vote
Congressional offices of Royce, Calvert, Cook and Hunter are picketed; Issa is next on list.

California Schools Chief Stars In Country Music Video
Alexei Koseff @
In California, we do things "different" – like put our top schools official in a country music video to kick off an education conference. Over the summer, the state Department of Education shot "California: We Do Things Different," a musical welcome for the Council of Chief State School Officers’ annual policy forum, starring Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

Tahoe celebrating snow but bracing for dry times
[...] behind the promising start to the season, California’s billion dollar ski industry is trying to fortify itself for a future that may include warmer temperatures and less snow, allowing it to thrive even during dry times like the past three years of drought. “During the winters we’re always hoping for snow,” said Michael Radlick, a spokesman for the Squaw Valley and neighboring Alpine Meadows resorts, where several feet of the white stuff are now on the slopes. The two big resorts west of Lake Tahoe are in the middle of a joint $70 million project to create a year-round entertainment village with a spa and yoga studio and a cluster of upscale restaurants and bars. To the north, Boreal Mountain Resort opened a 33,000-square-foot action park, called Woodward Tahoe, to provide a playground not only for skiers but BMX bikers, skateboarders and cheerleading squads. Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe, meanwhile, is pushing forward with a family-oriented “Summer Mountain Adventure” with ropes courses, water tubing and an elevated toboggan ride. While skiing remains the mainstay in the region, it’s no longer the only formula for success. “There’s no question that the climate is changing,” said Bob Roberts, president and chief executive of the California Ski Industry Association. Federal legislation in 2011, sought by the ski industry, made it easier for winter resorts that operate on U.S. Forest Service lands to get permits for non-ski activities. Many skiers either stayed home or took their passion to places like Colorado or Europe. [...] the resorts didn’t give in to the downturn, said Dave Byrd, the director of risk and regulatory affairs management for the National Ski Areas Association. While several studies suggest that snowpack in western states has declined since the 1950s, Sierra snow levels have remained somewhat constant, the studies show. Patrick Tierney, a professor of recreation, parks and tourism at San Francisco State University, said climate change and more extreme weather events, like drought, are already forging winners and losers in the ski industry. Communities that rely on the ski industry, for work at the lodges or selling food and gear nearby, will be the hardest hit, Tierney said.

Pumps Dropped From Delta Water Tunnel Plan | The Sacramento Bee
Matt Weiser @
The massive water diversion tunnels proposed in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have undergone another major design change aimed at appeasing local residents: The three intakes planned on the Sacramento River will no longer require pumps.

Sen. De Leon Removes Panel Staffers Who Questioned His Legislation
De Leon, who took over leadership of the Senate in October, has this week terminated Kellie Smith as chief consultant of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee. He also has removed Jacqueline Kinney as the panel’s principal consultant. The terminations were separate from the previous layoffs of 39 other staffers for budget reasons.

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Did Speaker Toni Atkins assign juice committees alphabetically? Achadjian, Bonilla get best assignments
The biggest winner was Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, who received more juice committee assignments than any other member. In addition to serving as the new chair of Business and Professions, Bonilla will sit on Appropriations, Health and Utilities

Kaiser Buying Downtown Sacramento Building For $40 Million | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
Kaiser Permanente is spending $40 million on a mostly vacant office building near the new Kings arena in downtown Sacramento, a further sign of the rejuvenation of the central city real estate market.

To Give Their Children A Better Education, Parents Launch New School
Maria Melendrez's daughter thrived for three years at the Julian Nava Learning Academy, a sparkling middle-school campus in South L.A. where she was pushed to excel.

Aetna Charging Small Businesses Too Much, California Commissioner Says | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The commissioner noted his department has repeatedly found that insurers, including Aetna, were charging too much. The latest increase will cost small businesses some $23.5 million in excessive premiums, Jones said.

Hotelier Avoids Prison for Violating Campaign Finance Laws
In sentencing Sant Singh Chatwal, a Democratic fund-raiser, to three years’ probation against prosecutors’ wishes, Judge I. Leo Glasser described his crimes as an “aberrance.”

Lawsuit accuses Ackman, Valeant of insider trading in Allergan stock
A new lawsuit accuses hedge fund manager Bill Ackman and Canadian firm Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. of insider trading in Allergan Inc. stock before their unsuccessful bid to acquire the Botox maker.

When A Marketplace Only Offers One Health Insurer -
As the Covered California open enrollment period continues, many people in Northern California find there is only one insurer available in the exchange. 

Lawyer Convicted Of Laundering L.A., O.C. Pot Dispensary Profits
A lawyer who helped a marijuana dispensary mogul launder profits faces up to 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced next year, officials said.

Inside S.F.â
A decaying bayfront pier that has resisted development plans for decades would become a beach volleyball venue and then a new over-water park if San Francisco is awarded the 2024 Olympic Summer Games. The idea is to contain costs in an era when the Olympic Games — particularly in Beijing in 2008 and Sochi, Russia, in 2014 — have often been marked by profligate public spending on facilities that sit vacant afterward. Public funds are being counted on for transportation improvements, many of them already planned, that include electrifying Caltrain, extending BART to San Jose, and building bus rapid transit lines in San Francisco. San Francisco’s Olympic Village to house the athletes would be located in 2,000 units of housing already approved as the fourth phase of development at the Hunters Point shipyard, which Olympic organizers would rent from developer Lennar Urban. [...] as it stands, 23 of the 26 planned venues are either already built, like Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara; in development, like the Golden State Warriors’ arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay; or will be temporary, including a $350 million, 65,000-seat “pop-up” stadium on a damp stretch of land in Brisbane where track and field events and the opening and closing ceremonies would be held. Rather than go the route of the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, where construction of major venues helped drive costs to an estimated $44 billion, San Francisco is trying to apply the model used in London in 2012. The only permanent facilities currently planned to be built are a tennis center and BMX park on Treasure Island, which would remain to serve the planned new neighborhood there, and a canoe slalom course in Vallejo, organizers said. Piers 30-32, a 13-acre concrete slab with gorgeous views of the Bay Bridge, it to reprise its role as a site for competitive beach volleyball. The professional beach volleyball tour made it a regular stop from at least 2007 to 2009. A detailed financial plan, though, won’t be finalized until the U.S. Olympic Committee makes a decision on which city to nominate, and some economists question the benefits of hosting major sporting events like the Olympics. Hosting any Olympics, “looks more and more like a boondoggle,” said Andrew Zimbalist, economics professor at Smith College in Massachusetts and author of the book Circus Maximus: the Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and World Cup.

Warehouse Workers Sue For Unpaid Wages At Port Of L.A.
A group of warehouse workers at the Port of Los Angeles has filed suit against a major distribution company, claiming that they have been underpaid and subjected to harsh working conditions.

Bay Area Public Defenders Speak Out For Justice
Tracey Kaplan @
In Santa Clara County, in addition to a lunchtime rally, they also had a large electronic sign installed in the Public Defender's Office lobby signaling their partnership with the local social-justice group Silicon Valley De-Bug. The group, which paid for the $900 sign, takes credit for helping about 400 clients in the past six years avoid 1,862 years behind bars by working with public defenders and holding free legal clinics for families of defendants.

Police Reforms Demanded At Oakland Forum
Matthew Artz @
More than 200 people filled Beebe Memorial Cathedral for a discussion that black political and spiritual leaders convened to consider ideas for improving relations between local law enforcement and the minority communities they are sworn to protect.

Microsoft Seeks To Stop L.A. Firm From Using Its Name To Scam Customers
Bloomberg @
Microsoft Corp. said it plans to sue a Los Angeles company it accuses of using its name to scam customers into buying hundreds of dollars in support services to fix nonexistent bugs, then stealing personal information or installing malicious software.

Boehner And Mccarthy Take Charge :: Fox&hounds
As a consequence, GOP congressional leaders are unlikely to be cowered by the Tea Party in 2015; incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has little use for them, and with the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in 2014 and his replacement with Kevin McCarthy, Boehner now has a much more loyal leadership team.

German Researchers Discover A Flaw That Could Let Anyone Listen To Your Cell Calls.
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Foes of Unions Try Their Luck in County Laws
authority to impose fees, long a state prerogative, is the next step in a conservative campaign to reshape American law.