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THE NOONER for December 24, 2014
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'Twas the night before Christmas...and the last day of Hanukkah. Noonerific greetings to all... today is the the day when our family gathers to gorge themselves before opening gifts. No white Christmas in Portland this year.
We'll be quick so you can gobble up your fruitcake.
It's a holly, jolly Christmas for California budget watchers. With the Dow above 18,000, the state's cash register will certainly be ringing as the 2014 tax year closes...
The Interview [$5.99 @ YouTube] - uh, yeah. Take that PRK and weird hair cut guy. (BTW, if The Nooner doesn't come out for awhile, you'll know why...)
Girding for California fight, Airbnb retains lobbying firm [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "Now Airbnb has signed on with KP Public Affairs, lobbyist Greg Hayes confirmed, in the most concrete sign yet that Sacramento will become the latest venue to host a debate over how much services like Airbnb should be regulated. San Francisco has enacted a law sanctioning short-term rentals like those offered on Airbnb, while San Jose has voted to tax Airbnb rentals and Auburn has weighed an ordinance."
California players gathering, again, for internet poker [John Howard @ Capitol Weekly] - "No internet poker bill in the Capitol has ever emerged from a major committee or reached the floors of either house for a vote."
#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Coleen Maldonado and Julie Sandino-Areias!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Brown replaces embattled PUC president
Melody Gutierrez @ sfgate.com
SACRAMENTO âÂÂ Gov. Jerry Brown announced new leadership Tuesday for the embattled Public Utilities Commission as he replaced the agencyâÂÂs president Michael Peevey, who was roundly criticized for fostering a cozy relationship with the utility the commission was tasked with regulating. Picker was senior advisor to Brown on renewable energy and also served on the Sacramento Municipal Utility District board and as an energy adviser to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The announcement came as Peevey and the commision came under fire for lax regulation of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. before the deadly San Bruno explosion in 2010 as well as improper back-channel discussions between the regulator and utility. Additional emails showed Carol Brown, then chief of staff to Peevey, had promised to help PG&E executives who were trying to get a specific judge of their liking in a key gas rate case arising from the San Bruno explosion, which killed eight people and injured nearly 60. In another internal e-mail between the executives, Peevey appeared to broker a deal to swap favorable treatment in a regulatory case for PG&EâÂÂs help fighting a ballot measure that would undo California's law capping greenhouse emissions. âÂÂIâÂÂm honored by the GovernorâÂÂs trust and confidence, and take his charge to heart - reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen safety programs and modernize the agency,âÂÂ Picker said in a statement.
Police Union Leaders Say Protests Have Devolved Into Anti-police Violence
Matthew Artz @ insidebayarea.com
The two-page open letter to residents from union presidents in San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland was noticeably milder than comments coming from union leaders in New York City last weekend following the slaying of two officers in their patrol car by a man who claimed on social media that he wanted to avenge the high-profile deaths of two unarmed black men by police.
Californians To Watch: How The Class Of 2014 Fared
Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party, could hardly have envisioned a better year.
Some S.F. Flower Mart tenants still waiting for lease extensions
J.K. Dineen @ sfgate.com
In a statement released Tuesday the newly formed San Francisco Flower Market Association, which represents about half of the 85 tenants at the South of Market wholesale flower complex, requested a 60-day lease extension to give its members sufficient time to review the terms of the lease and respond. âÂÂThe directive to tenants that they sign the new form of lease without adequate time to review is egregious, particularly given the holiday season and the year-end volume of business for our small businesses,âÂÂ the statement said. âÂÂAs far as I know nobody in our shop has received any lease extension agreement,âÂÂ said David Repetto, a tenant in the market. The deadline comes amid high-stakes negotiation about the future of the 4-acre property that sits in the heart of a part of Central SoMa that is being rezoned for higher-density office and residential uses. Bob Otsuka, executive vice president of the California Flower Market, said tenants will have until the end of January to sign new leases. Former Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who is organizing the tenants, has filed paperwork to put a measure on the ballot that would kill the proposed development outright. Some tenants support the Kilroy plan and say that modernization of the current market is long overdue. Peskin said GrissoâÂÂs work with City Hall on the deal violates the cityâÂÂs âÂÂrevolving doorâÂÂ regulations that prohibit former government employees from lobbying their former colleagues.
Obama's Next Sales Job: The Economy - Edward-isaac Dovere - Politico
STANLEY WEINTRAUB @ politico.com
LAPD Investigates Michael Brown Parody At Retired Cop's Party
The Los Angeles Police Department has launched a preliminary investigation into a video that has emerged of a song that plays on the shooting death of Michael Brown . It was sung at a party thrown by a retired LAPD officer.
Water polo: Harvard-Westlake standout Johnny Hooper commits to Cal
The California Golden Bears have come away with the top senior water polo player in Southern California, if not the state.
Majority Of Covered California Enrollees Needed Help To Sign Up | Kpbs
Kenny Goldberg @ kpbs.org
Covered California officials say only 31 percent of new enrollees in the health insurance exchange this year have gone through the process on their own. The rest have received help.
Five More Pot Dispensaries Shuttered By San Diego City Attorney | Utsandiego.com
Roger Goodell Tells Teams No NFL In Los Angeles In 2015
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed the 32 teams Tuesday that the league will not be accepting relocation applications for teams interested in moving to Los Angeles in 2015.
Let The Good Times Poll - Ben White - Politico
STANLEY WEINTRAUB @ politico.com
Gov. Brown Names Commissioner Michael Picker President Of Puc
Moving to limit fallout from a growing scandal at the California Public Utilities Commission, Gov. Jerry Brown named his former renewable energy advisor, Michael Picker, as the new president of the powerful regulatory agency.
Barbara Lee Blasts ‘demagoguing’ On Nypd Slayings
By Josh Richman Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 at 4:18 pm in Barbara Lee, U.S. House.
Organizers, Workers Urge El Super Boycott; Chain Disputes Health Claims
Community organizers and El Super workers -- already pushing for labor concessions from the Paramount-based grocery store chain -- are calling for a boycott of the company amid allegations of health code violations.
Sony's Decision To Release 'interview' Is No Tidy Solution
After mounting pressure from theater owners, celebrities and even the White House, Sony has decided to release "The Interview" on about 200 screens beginning Christmas Day, reversing an earlier plan to scrap the opening of the controversial comedy.
Shooting Investigation Closes 134 Offramps To Forest Lawn
The California Highway Patrol shut down the eastbound and westbound offramps to Forest Lawn Drive off State Route 134 on Tuesday afternoon as Los Angeles police investigated a shooting.
Oakland School Disowns Gun Control Video Made On Campus
Doug Oakley @ insidebayarea.com
North Oakland Community Charter School Director Carolyn Gramstorff said the school rented space to San Francisco filmmaker Rejina Sincic but had no idea the content would become so divisive on both sides of the gun control debate.
In Shift, Fda Says Gay And Bisexual Men Will Be Able To Donate Blood
The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it will change its policy on allowing gay and bisexual men to donate blood.