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THE NOONER for February 9, 2015

 

 

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Well, the news this weekend about the US Senate race was that Neel Kashkari was not going to run. Ho hum. Antonio Villaraigosa seems likely join the fun. This is really a Democratic race. There is zero chance a Republican emerges through top-two and wins in the general. I like Neel, and applaud his pocketbook choice.

From Politico: 

SCORE EXCLUSIVE - Moving pieces in CA-44: The stars seem to be aligning for Rep. Janice Hahn, a California Democrat eyeing a bid for Los Angeles County supervisor. The L.A. Times just reported that one potential competitor, Rep. Linda Sanchez, has dropped out of the running and promised to endorse her. And now, an ally - state Sen. Isadore Hall - is lining up a slew of important endorsements for Hahn's bid. According to Dave Jacobson, a campaign consultant from the LA-based firm Shallman Communications, - who represents both Hahn and Hall - Hall has arranged endorsements from retired Rep. Diane Watson and Reps. Ted Lieu, Norma Torres, Karen Bass and Juan Vargas, as well as Compton Mayor Aja Brown.

 

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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Brown Seeks Money For Fixing Roads As Gas Tax Value Plunges | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org
Gov. Jerry Brown, accompanied by his wife, Anne Gust Brown, talks to reporters outside the Old Governors Mansion on election night in Sacramento, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Rich Pedroncelli/AP

In California's U.S. Senate Race, GOP Again Sees Only Slim Chance
latimes.com
Unless a surprise GOP candidate emerges, the U.S. Senate race in California will mark the third straight election with the party’s top-of-the-ticket state candidate given virtually no chance of victory, even by fellow Republicans.

Generous CalSTRS ‘hybrids’ Have Unexpected Risk | Calpensions
calpensions.com
Last week the CalSTRS board, after looking at seven ways to strengthen the funding of the hybrid plans, selected one method for a possible vote in April and asked for an analysis of whether payments based on 10 percent earnings are legally protected.

Redistricting And The Supreme Court: Be Careful What You Wish For | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Tony Quinn @
sacbee.com
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O.C.'s Disjointed Approach To Pot: Anaheim Says 'no,' Costa Mesa And Santa Ana Say 'yes'
ocregister.com
Tony Jalali believes medical marijuana should be accessible. Still, he is evicting a small dispensary in an office complex under orders from Anaheim officials.

Legal Clinic Immerses Aspiring Lawyers In The Political Process
latimes.com
William Richards' last hope for a new trial appeared to die in 2012, when the California Supreme Court narrowly upheld his murder conviction. Richard was convicted after an expert witness gave forensic testimony that was later discredited.

Brown Seeks Money For Fixing Roads As Gas Tax Value Plunges | The Modesto Bee The Modesto Bee
FENIT NIRAPPIL @
modbee.com
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Pg&e Reacted Fast To Ex-pUC Chief's Complaint About Size Of His Bill
latimes.com
When the state's former top electricity regulator complained about a new Pacific Gas & Electric Co. "smart meter" at his vacation home, company executives reacted swiftly.

Vote yes on charter amendments 1 and 2
latimes.com
When it comes to local elections, L.A.'s voters are dismally, embarrassingly disengaged. Fewer than 1 in 4 cast ballots for a new mayor in 2013. Just 1 in 7 registered voters bothered to turn out for City Council candidates in 2011. A recent, informal survey by Times reporters found that only a...

Working Families Party Calls on Elizabeth Warren to Run for President
rss.nytimes.com
With a vote on Sunday, the organization became the latest liberal group to back the Massachusetts senator as a potential primary challenger to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Hey, California: Oklahoma Had 3 Times As Many Earthquakes In 2014 | Reveal
revealnews.org
Numerous studies agree that wastewater disposal from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a major factor in increasing seismic activity.

In California's U.S. Senate race, GOP again sees only slim chance
latimes.com
Unless a surprise GOP candidate emerges, the U.S. Senate race in California will mark the third straight election with the party's top-of-the-ticket state candidate given virtually no chance of victory, even by fellow Republicans.

Asm. Patty Lopez: I am no different from many of my colleagues in the Assembly
calnewsroom.com
Last November, community activist Patty Lopez knocked off Democrat Asm. Raul Bocanegra in the biggest upset of the Top 2 era. She tells CalNewsroom.com that she's still learning the ropes and stresses that she's no different from her colleagues.

Recent Storms Did Little To Boost California Snowpack | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Marissa Lang @
sacbee.com
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Three Common-sense Bills Worth Supporting
latimes.com
Thousands of bills get introduced each legislative session, and most are sops to special interests or simply silly. But here are three no-brainers that should be passed.

Mass Breakout From Brazilian Jail After Female Inmates In Fantasy Police Costumes Seduce Prison Wardens
Matt Roper @
dailymail.co.uk
Twenty-eight inmates escaped from a Brazilian jail after three women in sexy police costumes 'seduced' the prison wardens.

Lawsuit Seeks Instruction Intervention At 5 High Schools | Edsource
edsource.org
Meet the StaffJohn Fensterwald | Editor-At-Large

Hoodie Mailer: Mike Gipson lied to his lead consultant, hired convicted criminal for Prophet Walker hit
calnewsroom.com
Now three months after the election - too late to make any difference - CalNewsroom.com has uncovered the tragic irony to the infamous hoodie mailer: Mike Gipson hired Angel Gonzalez, a consultant with a criminal record of producing false and illegal mailers, to lead last-minute attacks on Prophet Walker for his criminal record.

Same-Sex Marriages Proceed in Alabama as State Judgeâ
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s ban on gay marriage, and many probate judges began issuing licenses.

Top Alabama Judge Orders State To Ignore Federal Gay Marriage Rulings
latimes.com
Hours before Alabama was set to become the first state in the Deep South to legalize same-sex marriage , the state's top justice Sunday night ordered local judges to ignore federal court orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.