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THE NOONER for February 12, 2015
LITE GOV: Yes, Says Gavin Newsom: I’m Running for Governor [John Myers @ KQED] - "Not that it was any secret in political circles, but Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom made it official on Wednesday morning: He’s running for governor in 2018."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Joel Anderson, Cheryl Brown, and Lucy Dunn!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Yes, Says Gavin Newsom: I’m Running For Governor | The California Report | Kqed News
Not that it was any secret in political circles, but Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom made it official on Wednesday morning: He’s running for governor in 2018.
Police Support For Harris: A Warning Sign To Villaraigosa
In any other campaign, a labor union backing a Democrat for U.S. Senate would be routine.
Lawmakers Skeptical Of Brown's Facility Funding Plan
Kimberly Beltran @ cabinetreport.com
Lawmakers on Wednesday expressed skepticism of Gov. Jerry Brownâs proposal to reduce the state's role in building and maintaining schools by pushing the bulk of the financial burden onto local districts and their communities.
S.F. pension system votes to invest 5% in hedge funds
In June, the staff of the cityâÂÂs pension system recommended putting 15 percent of the fundâÂÂs assets âÂÂ or $3 billion âÂÂ in hedge funds as part of a portfolio makeover, but said it would be comfortable investing as little as 10 percent. A vocal group of city employees and retirees opposed the plan, saying hedge funds are too risky, too expensive, too loosely regulated and not transparent about their holdings. In December, the San Francisco systemâÂÂs board postponed a vote on the plan to consider an alternative proposal set forth by board President Victor Makras that called for investing 5 percent in hedge funds, and, in a new twist, putting 3 percent in Bay Area real estate. Hedge funds usually invest some money in strategies designed to make money when the stock market falls. Coaker said he wanted a stake in hedge funds to help reduce the portfolioâÂÂs volatility and prevent the steep losses suffered during the 2008 stock market crash.
Kamala Harris Heading To Hollywood For Senate Fundraiser - The Hollywood Reporter
Tina Daunt @ hollywoodreporter.com
While other prominent Democrats weigh jumping into the race for Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat, Kamala Harris is busy staking her claim to one of the party’s most important fund-raising constituencies—Hollywood.
High Levels Of Benzene Found In Fracking Waste Water
Julie Cart @ latimes.com
Hoping to better understand the health effects of oil fracking, the state in 2013 ordered oil companies to test the chemical-laden waste water extracted from wells.
Alabama Same-sex Marriage Resistance, Federal Law To Collide In Court
Alabama resistance and federal law will collide Thursday in Mobile, when U.S. District Judge Callie Granade holds a hearing on whether to force state probate judges to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
California Cops, Cities Offer New Medical Marijuana Bill | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
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Gavin Newsom Announces He'll Run For California Governor In 2018
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
"I've never been a fan of pretense or procrastination. After all, our state is defined by its independent, outspoken spirit. When Californians see something we truly believe in, we say so and act accordingly -- without evasiveness or equivocation," Newsom wrote in a Facebook post. "So today I'm announcing that I'm creating a committee to run for California Governor in 2018. Because I truly and passionately believe in the future of this great state."
Education Is Newest Target of Kansas Budget Cuts
For Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas, the budget headaches have continued: January receipts fell short of predictions, and Mr. Brownback has responded by cutting funding for public schools and higher education.
Lack Of Cooperation Halts Audit Of DWP Trusts, City Says
An audit heralded last year by L.A. city leaders as a breakthrough in efforts to determine what two controversial Department of Water and Power nonprofit trusts did with tens of millions of ratepayer dollars has ground to a halt, The Times has learned.
Furor Over $250-a-plate Party Honoring Former CPUC Head
Jaxon Van Derbeken @ sfgate.com
Former state Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey â whose home was recently searched by investigators looking into possible corruption at the agency â will be feted Thursday night with a $250-a-plate fundraiser for UC Berkeleyâs public policy school.
Senator Calls For Mandatory Helmets For California Cyclists
Tony Bizjak @ sacbee.com
A California state senator says she wants to require all bicyclists to wear helmets for their safety.
Rite Aid buys pharmacy benefit manager EnvisionRx for $2 billion
Rite Aid's $2-billion acquisition of a pharmacy benefits manager steers the drugstore chain toward a potentially lucrative focus for healthcare companies: finding ways to tame customer costs.
Schools chief gets $65k pay raise + new African-American mentor
San Francisco schools Superintendent Richard Carranza will see an extra $65,000 in his annual paycheck âÂÂ a 27 percent raise granted unanimously by the school board Tuesday night. CarranzaâÂÂs new salary is competitive with other urban and suburban superintendents across the state, yet the increase alone is about the same as the average salary of a teacher in the district and more than double the 12 percent raise given to teachers over the next three years. âÂÂWith wage reopeners less than 18 months away, and teachers continuing to get priced out of the city, we hope this is a signal from the Board of Education that more money for the people in the classroom is also on the way,âÂÂ said Dennis Kelly, president of the United Educators of San Francisco union. School board members praised Carranza, who served as deputy superintendent prior to taking the top job in 2012, for his dedication and ability to create partnerships with the cityâÂÂs tech community and philanthropic organizations. âÂÂRichard is driving our district forward with a clear vision of the transformation that our schools need, a deep understanding of what we are capable of and an unyielding commitment not to leave any student behind,âÂÂ board Vice President Matt Haney said in a statement. âÂÂConsistent and stable leadership is a hallmark of districts where they have really moved the needle on achievement, and given our positive experience with Richard up to this point, there is every reason to keep moving forward,âÂÂ she said in the statement. Landon Dickey grew up in San Francisco, graduated from Lowell High School, earned a bachelorâÂÂs degree with honors from Harvard University, a masterâÂÂs degree in education from Hunter College and an MBA Harvard Business School. Dickey wants to see mentors for each of the districtâÂÂs 5,600 black students, more curriculum that they can relate to in class, more African-American students in advanced placement classes, and teachers who have a better understanding of the cultural, emotional and academic needs of these students. The new position follows a national trend of addressing the needs of African-American students âÂÂ and specifically males âÂÂ with resources and staffing specifically assigned to those students. District officials said that the decision came out of the districtâÂÂs Calendar Committee, which includes labor unions and parents. âÂÂIt was decided by the committee, and approved by the Board of Education in January 2014, to observe the two holidays consecutively in 2015 in order to reduce disruption of learning time for students that week,âÂÂ district spokeswoman Gentle Blythe said. âÂÂI get Presidents Day off and then, bingo, I have to scramble for child care on the Thursday and Friday,âÂÂ said parent Robert McMillan, who has two children at Yick Wo Elementary School.
Cancer Patients, Doctors Sue To Allow Physician-assisted Death For Terminally Ill
A group of cancer patients and physicians filed a lawsuit Wednesday to clarify the ability of mentally competent, terminally ill patients in California to obtain prescription drugs from their physician to hasten their death if they find their suffering unbearable.
Israeli Election Panel Disqualifies Arab, Ultranationalist Candidates
Israel’s central elections committee Thursday disqualified a firebrand Arab lawmaker and a Jewish ultranationalist candidate from running for parliament next month on grounds of supporting terror and racism.