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THE NOONER for February 6, 2015
US SENATE: All signs point to Villaraigosa Senate run, Nuñez says [Michael Finnegan @ LAT]- "Former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, who speaks often with the former mayor, said Villaraigosa’s enthusiasm for the Senate race has grown steadily in the four weeks since Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer announced she would not seek reelection."
CA44 (Carson): Isadore Hall Wants Janice Hahn's House Seat If She Runs For County Post [Jean Merl @ LAT] - "An advisor to Hahn said Wednesday the San Pedro Democrat was weighing a 2016 run to succeed 4th District Supervisor Don Knabe, who must leave office then due to term limits."
$$$: See the 20 most expensive political campaigns in California [Jim Miller @ SacBee]
HATE THE GAME, NOT THE PLAYER: No charges filed in alleged threat by Fullerton political consultant against Murrieta council candidate [Sarah Burge @ OCR] - "Jeffrey Leroy Benson, 29, of Fullerton was arrested by Murrieta police Oct. 7 on suspicion of making criminal threats and a harassing telephone call to Jonathan Ingram, who went on to win a council seat in November."
FRIDAY OCCUPATION: Play "name that beep."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Amy O'Gorman Jenkins and Pedro Nava! Weekend greetings to Eddie Bernacchi (Saturday), Gregg Fishman (Sunday), Paul Navarro (Sunday), Luca Servodio (Sunda), and Donald Terry (Sunday).
FAREWELL: Health reform advocate Peter Harbage (1971-2015)
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Shuttle Bus Drivers For Apple, Yahoo And Other Tech Giants To Vote On Unionization
Julia Love @ mercurynews.com
Drivers employed by Compass Transportation -- which has contracts with Amtrak, Apple, eBay, Genentech, Yahoo and Zynga -- will decide whether to join the Teamsters union on Feb. 27 in an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, said Rome Aloise, international vice president and secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 853. The union wants to bring the drivers into the fold so it can help them negotiate for better pay and benefits as well as relief from a split shift that requires them to shuttle employees in the morning and evening without pay in the interim, Aloise said.
Reason Foundation Argues: 10 Reasons To Support Mileage-based User Fees :: Fox&hounds
The debate over gas taxes or mileage-based user fees to fund road construction and maintenance is heating up. Proponents of gas tax increases argue now is the time to proceed because lower gasoline prices would lessen the blow on consumers and blunt political opposition. In California, a commission to study road usage charges and establish a pilot program for mileage charges has begun meeting. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins has revealed her quest for non-specific fees to pay for road maintenance.
Want Budget Stability? Property Taxes May Be The Answer ‹ The Grizzly Bear Project
Could making our state budget more dependent on property tax revenues be the key to eliminating the roller-coaster budgets of the last two decades?
Mayor puts his shine on new supervisor in Chinatown
Since a holiday is also a political opportunity, the mayor was joined, almost at the hip, by Supervisor Julie Christensen, a Telegraph Hill resident he named last month to replace newly elected Assemblyman David Chiu as supervisor for the district that includes Chinatown, North Beach, FishermanâÂÂs Wharf, the Financial District and Union Square. [...] it was no coincidence that she hung close to Lee when he took off on a walk down Stockton Street from Sacramento to Jackson, shaking hands with shoppers and merchants, chatting in Cantonese and posing for pictures that often included Christensen. [...] with an election approaching, walking with the cityâÂÂs first Asian American mayor in a neighborhood where residents see him as a bright and long-awaited sign of their political progress and stores have signs saying âÂÂThank you, Mayor,âÂÂ in their windows is a very good thing for a candidate. Safety also was a theme Thursday, with San Francisco Police Capt. David Lazar warning that the crowded sidewalks and heavy traffic of the holiday season could make things dangerous for walkers. In September, a 78-year-old woman was struck and killed just outside the Stockton Street tunnel. [...] police have been working overtime to make the street safer, warning people about jaywalking and getting the word out about pedestrian safety at meetings throughout Chinatown. The number of students suspended in San Francisco schools has been cut in half over the last two years, a positive trend especially among African-American students, district officials said Thursday. [...] when we donâÂÂt address the root problems, the same student is often repeatedly suspended. Many schools have adopted restorative justice programs, which requires students to acknowledge wrongdoing and make amends to the victims and school community. The schools also emphasize social-emotional development, which helps students deal with anger, conflict and other problems that could lead to fights or other negative behavior, Carranza said.
Stockton Bankruptcy Judge Puts Key CalPERS Rulings In Writing | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
Be sure to include your name, daytime phone number, address, name and phone number of legal next-of-kin, method of payment, and the name of the funeral home/crematory to contact for verification of death.
California Parks System Faces Tough Road To Sustainability
Ben Adler @ capradio.org
Governor Jerry Brown wants the California State Parks system to be self-supporting. But only six of the 279 parks bring in more money than they cost to run â and the entire system lost nearly $300 million last fiscal year.
California Authorizes Oilfield Dumping Into Drinking Water
ELLEN KNICKMEYER @ sacbee.com
Regulators in California, the country's third-largest oil-producing state, have authorized oil companies to inject production fluids and waste into what are now federally protected aquifers more than 2,500 times, risking contamination of underground water supplies that could be used for drinking water or irrigation, state records show.
Isadore Hall Wants Janice Hahn's House Seat If She Runs For County Post
Jean Merl @ latimes.com
Democratic state legislator Isadore Hall, who won his state Senate seat in a special election just two months ago, said Thursday he would run for Rep. Janice Hahn 's U.S. House post if she decides to try for Los Angeles County supervisor next year.
All signs point to Villaraigosa Senate run, NuÃ±ez says
One of Antonio Villaraigosa’s closest friends and advisors said Thursday that all signs were pointing toward the former Los Angeles mayor declaring his candidacy for U.S. Senate within the next two weeks.
L.A. City, County Officials Cracking Down On Immigration Scams
Kate Linthicum @ latimes.com
Los Angeles prosecutors have filed criminal charges against a San Fernando Valley man accused of practicing immigration law without a license, part of a new effort to target immigration-related fraud as the federal government prepares to expand a program that offers work permits to millions of people in the country illegally.
Anthem Hack: Could The Insurer Have Prevented It?
Matt O'Brien @ mercurynews.com
The data of up to 80 million people that hackers stole from health care insurer Anthem's database was not encrypted, sparking questions about whether the company had properly protected the information.
An Open Senate Race And New Rules :: Fox&hounds
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Eric Holder Seeks Straight Talk On Policing In Bay Area Visit
Alex Emslie @ ww2.kqed.org
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made the Bay Area the final stop on a tour seeking to build community trust of law enforcement after 2014 saw sustained outrage across the country over police killings of unarmed black men.
Wall Street's Reaction To Anthem Data Breach: Ho-hum
David Lazarus @ latimes.com
The parent of Anthem Blue Cross disclosed late Wednesday that hackers stole the personal information of as many as 80 million customers and employees in the worst security breach of a U.S. healthcare company.
The college loan bombshell hidden in the budget
MICHAEL GRUNWALD @ politico.com
Obama's proposed new repayment program comes with a record $22 billion shortfall.
China Might Be Behind Anthem Data Breach Stoking Identity Theft, Fraud Fears
Credit card and medical information apparently wasn't taken, but that was cold comfort. Security and privacy experts called it the largest data breach in the health care industry, affecting one out of four Americans.
Group Unveils New Website For California Parks
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
A new mobile-friendly website has launched that blends social media, Internet databases and the mapping muscle of Apple and Google to explore Californiaâs vast web of local, state and federal parks.
A new, more moderate Rick Perry
The former Texas governor positions himself as a pragmatic, pro-compromise presidential candidate.
Anthem Hack Q&a: What You Need To Know
As many as 80 million people may have had their personal information stolen in a massive hack at health insurance giant Anthem Inc.
House and Senate Republicans clash on immigration
LARRY J. SABATO, KYLE KONDIK and GEOFFREY SKELLEY @ politico.com
There's a basic disagreement on what is possible and what is not.
Isadore Hall wants Janice Hahn's House seat if she runs for county post
Democratic state legislator Isadore Hall, who won his state Senate seat in a special election just two months ago, said Thursday he would run for Rep. Janice Hahn's U.S. House post if she decides to try for Los Angeles County supervisor next year.
L.A. Unified Food Guru David Binkle Is Pulled From Job
Teresa Watanabe @ latimes.com
In the last five years, Los Angeles Unified has won national acclaim — including praise from First Lady Michelle Obama — for its bold initiatives to transform school food from fatty meals to more healthful fare.