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THE NOONER for January 22, 2015





Thamks for your patience. I have had a nasty cold. 

NOT SO FAST: Latinos angry at D.C. Democrats [Alex Isenstadt @ Politico] - "The rush by Democrats in Washington to back California's Kamala Harris for Senate raises hackles."

NOT SO FAST 2: To Some in California, Founder of Church Missions Is Far From Saint [Carol Pogash @ NYT] - "Prominent Native Americans see Father Serra as far from saintly. Their reaction is as visceral as a dispute over occupied territory in the Middle East. Indian historians and authors blame Father Serra for the suppression of their culture and the premature deaths at the missions of thousands of their ancestors."

BAD BET: A Democrats-Only Race for U.S. Senate in 2016? Don’t Bet on It [John Myers @ KQED]:

@paulmitchell - "If the U.S. Senate race goes D-D in the General I will streak the state Capitol. If it goes R-R I will do it twice."

CLOSING TIME: Officials parting ways with Capitol's longtime basement cafe, future uncertain[Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "California legislative officials and the operator of Griselda’s World Cafe in the Capitol basement have agreed to part ways, effective Feb. 6, following the cafe’s recent closure by county health inspectors after they found roaches and other health and safety violations."

THE DEAN SPEAKETH: Winner-take-all electoral system is a loser for democracy [George Skelton @ LAT] - "Even if California does offer up more voters than any other state, we're mired in the backwater, far off the main ship channel to the White House."

NO SNOW, NO DOUGH: Sierra's snow economy melting in the midwinter heat [Kurtis Alexander @ SFChron] - "The state’s billion-dollar ski industry is baffled, to the point that some ski resorts have taken the unthinkable step of shutting down midseason. Others are getting by with only a handful of skiable runs."

PANDER BEAR: Leadership lacking from California government [OCR Editorial] - "Californians are suffering from a lack of leadership, according to the Hoover poll. Just 33 percent felt Gov. Brown has been truthful regarding the budget, while 34 percent claimed he had not, and an additional 21 percent said he had told the truth sometimes. Moreover, a mere 33 percent “strongly” or “somewhat” agreed that California’s state government is a good model for other states, compared to 50 percent who disagreed."

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS:That Helms Media Group article about Anthony Portantino was based on a mock-up site. I apologize to Anthony, as should HMG.



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Jerry Brown, Janet Napolitano Form Committee Of Two | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
David Siders and Alexei Koseff @
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Newsom calls for tougher academic expectations of UCâ
Nanette Asimov @
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other University of California regents said Wednesday that UC’s just-implemented policy tying newly hired coaches’ bonuses to the academic performance of student athletes is far too weak and needs toughening up. The plan from UC President Janet Napolitano, which took effect Wednesday, didn’t require a vote from the regents who are meeting in San Francisco this week — so the panel decided to consider on Thursday what to do about it. “This lower-than-last benchmark clearly requires the UC’s regents, as the university’s oversight and governing body, to step in and set a more ambitious direction for the University of California and ensure that these students receive a solid education in addition to their athletic experience,” Newsom said in a written statement because he had to leave the meeting early. Under the new policy, UC became the nation’s second university after the University of Maryland in which coaches and athletic directors lose all bonus pay if their teams fail to achieve a minimum level of academic achievement on average over four years. Academic performance will be evaluated according to the Academic Progress Rate of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which tracks the performance of student athletes who receive athletic scholarships. The Academic Progress Rate assigns a score to each student based on their academic eligibility for their team, and whether they stay in school. UC’s new policy will use the lowest possible score of 930, averaged for each team over four years, as the benchmark for whether coaches and athletic directors can receive bonuses that amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The decision to go for the lowest score on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate was recommended by a 10-member committee of professors, athletic directors and UC executives convened by Napolitano in September as part of the university’s response to a devastating national report on intercollegiate athletics. The 2013 report revealed that UC Berkeley’s football and men’s basketball teams had the worst graduation rates among the nation’s 72 schools with top-tier intercollegiate athletics teams The new plan also allows campuses to add bonuses to coaches’ contracts if students meet other academic benchmarks.

Amazon, California Move Past Online Sales Tax Battle -
When Governor Jerry Brown first tried to close California’s $25 billion budget deficit in 2011, one of his targets was Amazon. At the time, the Internet retail giant didn’t collect sales tax on California purchases – and didn’t pay California taxes itself.

UC Regent Wants To Repeal Tuition Increases
Katy Murphy @
At Wednesday's UC regents meeting, Perez -- a Jerry Brown-appointee and outspoken critic of the tuition increase -- asked the board chairman to place a repeal of the unpopular vote on the March agenda.

Barbara Boxer Has No Shortage Of Visitors As Race To Replace Her Nears
Barbara Boxer may have no plans to endorse any of the potential candidates clamoring to replace her in the Senate , but that isn’t stopping them from lining up at her door.

Assemblyman Pushes For Third Lane On Richmond-san Rafael Bridge
Mark Prado, The Marin Independent Journal @
Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, introduced urgency legislation AB 157, which would require that a design to open a third lane get started while the project is undergoing environmental review. That could speed up the project by as much as 18 months, Levine said. The two processes typically are separated.

UC Regents Push For Stricter Standards In New Coach Bonus Policy | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Originally approved by UC President Janet Napolitano last month, the policy requires that student-athletes meet certain academic standards before a coach can receive any academic or athletic incentive pay.

Swalwell Rejects Senate Run, Endorses Harris - Sfgate
Carla Marinucci @
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Here's Obama's best applause line (it wasn't the one about his campaigns)
President Obama packed so many proposals into his State of the Union address Tuesday night that it was hard to grab hold of each one before he careened on to the next. And that's not counting the occasional zingers, including his reference to his two presidential election victories in...

Boxer Takes On GOP Leader Over Water - San Francisco Chronicle
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Sacramento Kings Now Worth $800 Million, Forbes Says | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
It was a stunner when the Sacramento Kings were sold in 2013 in a deal valuing the franchise at $534 million, a record for the NBA.

Taking the risk to offer broadband should be a local call
When President Obama urged in his State of the Union address that broadband Internet service be made available to all Americans, it was the 21st century equivalent of calling for a chicken in every pot. So much commerce, information, education and entertainment has moved online that communities...

Brittany Maynardâ
Melody Gutierrez @
SACRAMENTO — The family of aid-in-dying advocate Brittany Maynard made an emotional plea Wednesday for Californians to join them in supporting a bill introduced in the state Legislature that would allow terminally ill patients to decide when enough is enough. “Californians, you now have an opportunity to bring this option to this state,” said Maynard’s mother Debbie Ziegler, as she fought back tears inside the state capitol. Maynard sparked a worldwide debate over the right to die when she moved to Oregon to access the state’s Death with Dignity law, which allows doctors to write lethal prescriptions to terminal patients wanting to end their lives. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and Bill Monning, D-Carmel, unveiled SB128, titled the End of Life Option Act, which, like Oregon, allows doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to mentally-competent patients with less than six months to live. “Assisted suicide is a direct threat to those who are viewed as a significant cost liability,” said Catherine Campisi, a former director of the California Department of Rehabilitation, in a statement released by Californians Against Assisted Suicide. By adding assisted suicide to the suite of treatment options available, it becomes the cheapest option available and makes it easier for implicit and explicit pressure to be levied on the most vulnerable.

Washington: Boxer Vows No More ‘secret’ Talks On Drought Bill | Water And The Valley |
Michael Doyle @
Each month The Bee’s entertainment staff puts together a guide to entertainment, including ...

Bureaucrats Take On Bureaucracy | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
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Woman Leaves Baby In Taxi While Robbing Wawa, Police Say
A woman robbed a Bellefonte-area convenience store at gunpoint Tuesday, while leaving her 1-year-old daughter and an acquaintance in a waiting taxi, state police said.

Will Comic-con Leave San Diego? Other Cities Are Making Pitches
Comic-Con International , San Diego's lucrative four-day convergence of costumes and commerce, may be ready for a change of scenery.

Warren takes on drug companies at health care conference
She lambasted pharmaceutical firms that are "making money by skirting the law."

Wendell Ford, Ex-kentucky Democratic Governor And U.S. Senator, Dies
Wendell H. Ford, a former Kentucky governor and longtime Democratic U.S. Senator, died Thursday at his home. He was 90.

Supreme Court Rules For Tsa Whistle-blower In Orange County
The Supreme Court extended whistle-blower protection Wednesday to an Orange County man who had disclosed that the government was about to remove armed air marshals from overnight flights to save money on hotels.

Senate to shatter 2014's amendment milestone
The Senate held just 15 votes on amendments in 2014 and this year, it's set to surpass that mark after just three weeks.

Newtown Officials Vote To Demolish Sandy Hook Shooter's Home
Officials in Newtown, Conn., voted Wednesday to demolish the home that Nancy Lanza shared with her son, Adam Lanza, before he killed 20 first-graders and six adults in a 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The 12-member Newtown Legislative Council approved a proposal by the board of selectmen Wednesday evening to raze the nearly 3,200-square-foot home and keep the land as open space, the Associated Press reported.

Berkeley Council Says Marijuana Collective Must Go, But Operators Vow To Continue Legal Fight
Tom Lochner Oakland Tribune @
Councilmen Max Anderson and Kriss Worthington dissented in the 7-2 vote.