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THE NOONER for January 2, 2015



 Happy Friday. I have a nasty cold and am thus going to take a sick day today. Have a great weekend!

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Roxanne Gould, Jay HansenAdama Iwu, and Cid Pinedo! And, weekend wishes to Jacqui Irwin (Saturday), Phyllis Chow (Sunday), Alex Franco (Sunday), Cathleen Galgiani (Sunday), and Dave Jones (Sunday)!



  • All are invited to Inauguration Party for Gov. Jerry Brown Jan. 5 on the North Capitol Lawn, L Street side. The People’s Inauguration Party: Working People Standing together is a celebration of the People’s Governor open to all the people. Hosted by the California Labor Federation, Orange County Employees Association and workers across the state. Free hot dogs, drinks, music and more! 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • University of California Office of the President
    The Executive Director to represent the University of California in Sacramento on the University's long range/annual budget, capital resource acquisition/allocation plans, and other finance-related topics including investments, procurement, risk management, and accounting. Salary: Commensurate with Experience.

  • Small, downtown Los Angeles boutique law firm is looking for a full-time political and election attorney.

    Qualifications: Two to five years of relevant experience; demonstrated interest in political and election law; strong writing skills, flexibility, attention to detail, excellent academic credentials; law review or journal experience preferred.

    Contact: Email resumes to Ana Simeonova, Office Manager,

  • Join Emerge California's 2015 East Bay Reception on Saturday, January 10 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at The Den at the Fox Theatre located at 1912 Telegraph Ave in Downtown Oakland. To join the Host Committee, please contact Nazneen Rydhan-Foster at or visit the event page here.
  • ASSEMBLYMEMBER RICHARD BLOOM (D-Santa Monica) discusses chairing Assembly Budget Subcommittee #3 in this exclusive interview:
    Know a current or former elected official in Southern California we should interview? Our TV program reaches California's #1 zip code for campaign contributions. Send suggestions to:
  • California State Association of Counties (CSAC) is seeking two legislative advocates. Great opportunity to work in a challenging, professional environment on behalf of California counties. Salary DOQ; excellent benefits. Interviews expected week of 1/26/15. More details available here. Send cover letter/resume to DeAnn Baker at



Prime Healthcare's Bid To Buy 6 Catholic Hospitals Scrutinized
Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris is jumping into a heated battle over the purchase of six struggling nonprofit Catholic medical centers in California by the fast-growing Ontario hospital chain Prime Healthcare Services Inc.

Obituary: Tom Labrie, 67, Was Famed Water Bed Pitchman | The Sacramento Bee
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LaBrie, who conceived the advertising program, became a television fixture with his longish hair, drooping mustache and ever-mellow persona. His advertisements sponsored an estimated 12,000 hours of programming, generally classic to obscure movies airing after most people had gone to bed.

Prime Healthcare's bid to buy 6 Catholic hospitals scrutinized
Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris is jumping into a heated battle over the purchase of six struggling nonprofit Catholic medical centers in California by the fast-growing Ontario hospital chain Prime Healthcare Services Inc.

2014 Box Office Hits $10.3 Billion, Down 5.2% From Previous Year
Superhero hits and franchise favorites couldn't pull the box office out of its 2014 slump.

Opinion: Logic Loses In California Carbon War | The Sacramento Bee
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A Toast To 2014’s Top California Political Stories | The California Report | Kqed News
And a list of top news stories to wrap up a year. Which brings us to this list covering California politics in 2014.

California's New Laws For 2015: How Are You Affected?
Hundreds of California laws take effect with the new year, including several drafted in response to corruption scandals in the Legislature, the mass shooting in Isla Vista last spring and racially inflammatory comments by the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

California Lawyer Who Inherited Client's Wealth Ordered To Pay Charities | Reuters
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California Colleges Poised To Perform Well On Federal Ratings System | The Sacramento Bee
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High school students and their families for years have turned to college rankings for help deciding their next step. Compiled by magazines and test preparation services, the lists promise a definitive guide to the biggest party schools, sports-crazy campuses, and of course, the best universities in America.

Congressional Memo: Departing Lawmakers Lament Capitolâ
A group of veteran lawmakers offer some parting wisdom to Capitol Hill newcomers.

Kaiser Responds To Union Plans For Weeklong Strike | The Press Democrat
Massive elephant seals have arrived at national seashore for viewing pleasure of visitors, who also might get the chance to spot a gray whale or two.

Senate Dems: Don't politicize Congressional Budget Office
The stakes are high: CBO reports are referenced in Washington politics by members of both parties.

Since Obamacare, L.A. County Er Visits Show Hospitals In 'state Of Flux'
A key measure of hospital emergency room use in Los Angeles County shows continued growth during the first six months of Obamacare , but also points to shifting patterns of where patients are choosing to receive urgent medical treatment.

How San Francisco Plans To Reduce Pedestrian Deaths | News Fix | Kqed News

Kenyan Judge Suspends Portion Of Controversial New Security Law
Kenya’s High Court on Friday suspended parts of the government’s controversial new security law, rushed through parliament before Christmas, pending a full court hearing on whether the law violates the country’s Bill of Rights.

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Resolutions for East Bayâ
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Government entities in East Bay cities adopted thousands of resolutions in 2014, from pledging support to a particular cause to hailing a new policy to acknowledging the efforts of civic-minded citizens. The recent violent and destructive protests over the police killings of unarmed black men have included assaults on people and the costly destruction of property — mostly to businesses — largely because of Oakland’s policy to let the crowds do as they pleased. All three cities could benefit from a uniform code of conduct that allows public meetings to be held in a manner that encourages honest-to-goodness actual citizens to attend without feeling intimidated, frustrated or simply outnumbered and out-gunned. At a time when home buyers are bidding over and above the already outrageous asking price for Oakland real estate and the city's fortunes are on the rise, all we hear from team owners are complaints about their accommodations — or that Oakland simply doesn't have the panache of its upscale neighbors across the bay. The notion of retaining ethnic and economic diversity in core Bay Area cities raises legitimate, long-standing questions about whether only inner cities should provide for a region's poorest residents while wealthy suburban enclaves, whose residents benefit from the thriving economy, sit on the sidelines and watch. There is no shortage of fodder for that discussion in the Bay Area, where Oakland police have been accused as practitioners of abusive and demeaning treatment of African American citizens for years. In the last three years, Richmond has seen dramatic declines in violent crime and greatly improved relations between the department and the residents the department serves. Accomplishing such a feat would require a change in state law and a sea change in the attitudes fostered in the police community, where too many officers are reticent about living in the same cities they police.

Oakland Police Arrest 29 People In New Year's Eve Protests
The New Year's Eve demonstrations, which started around 9:30 p.m., were mostly peaceful, police said.

Kiev's brutal strategy in eastern Ukraine
In mid-December, President Obama signed into law the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, which, among options for more sanctions against Russia, calls on the White House to provide Kiev with assistance for internally displaced persons as well as to cooperate with international organizations to...

Names of Yosemiteâ
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The private company that has the contract to run the park’s lodges, restaurants and various attractions has sent letters to park officials saying it owns the names of the places under its watch. Officials have told companies interested in taking over the concessions contract that, in light of the disagreement, some sites could be renamed, including Badger Pass, the Wawona Hotel, Yosemite Lodge, Ahwahnee Hotel and Curry Village. The concessions include not only hotels and dining spots but ski runs, stables and climbing classes. Together they gross as much as $130 million a year, making the concessions contract the most lucrative in the national park system, according to park officials. Delaware North’s claim to the names is fueling concerns that the company is lessening the value of the new contract for potential competitors — and thus for the park service. Because the company says it wants a payout from any new concessionaire, the fear is, others may not bid for the deal or may offer less for it. “Delaware North has seen a way to create a poison pill to discourage other would-be bidders,” said author and historian Alfred Runte, whose work has chronicled Yosemite’s past and who has followed the moves of the concessions company. In an e-mail to The Chronicle, company officials said they paid for the names and don’t want to lose that investment should someone else get the concessions contract. Should another company take over the concessions contract, Delaware North officials have told the park service they expect the new concessionaire to pay for what they still own, including $51 million worth of intellectual property, park documents show. The park agreed that Delaware North is owed for some of its assets, such as buses, hotel and dining room furnishings and supply inventories, but not for the intellectual property it claims, specifically the site names. Park officials said the names are owned by the park, noting that the company transferred the sites to the park service in 1993. The company operates food and hospitality services at sports arenas, airports and casinos. [...] attorney Melville Owen of San Francisco, who specializes in trademark law, said the registrations don’t necessarily mean the company owns the names of the sites.

Lakers' Kobe Bryant Fourth Overall In All-star Balloting So Far
With the latest returns announced on Thursday, Kobe Bryant is fourth in balloting for the NBA 's 2015 All-Star Game with 694,665 votes.

Jeb Bush Resigns From Board Seats, Possibly Edging Closer to Presidential Run
Mr. Bush gave up positions at an online education firm and his own education foundation this week, the latest nonpolitical commitments from which he has detached himself as he looks toward 2016.

Drinking tied to two deaths near UC Berkeley
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Two college students found dead near UC Berkeley in separate incidents died after drinking alcohol, authorities said Friday. Vaibhev Loomba, 20, of Lafayette was found unresponsive shortly after noon Nov. 9 at Zeta Psi fraternity at 2728 Bancroft Way. About 4 a.m. Dec. 20, UC Berkeley student Apoorve Agarwal, 20, of San Ramon was found dead outside his home on the 2500 block of Piedmont Avenue, apparently after falling down a flight of stairs. The coroner said he suffered blunt force trauma.