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THE NOONER for February 20, 2015




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Join your colleagues from around the state for a day of in-depth discussion on current and future issues facing public retirement in California at the 26th Annual Southern California Public Retirement Seminar.
February 24, 2015 - 9AM-4PM - Registration: 8AM; The Centre at Sycamore Plaza (5000 Clark Ave, Lakewood)
Keynote Speaker: Gregory Totten, Ventura County District Attorney
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AURAL PLEASURE:  John, Marisa, and Anthony tickle our ears

US SENATE: "Louis Caldera, who resigned as a top military aide in the Obama White House after a botched Air Force One photo-op that led New Yorkers to fear the city was under attack, is considering a run for Barbara Boxer’s seat in the U.S. Senate." [Michael Finnegan @ LAT]

THE DEAN SPEAKETH: Rocky Chavez's Senate bid may be suicide mission [George Skelton @ LAT]

Senate Race Is No Done Deal [Sherry Bebitch Jeffe and Doug Jeffe]

LA BoS: L.A. County board seats will be hot [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "George Runner, who just won his second and last term on the state Board of Equalization, is seen as the most viable candidate to keep Antonovich’s seat in GOP hands. Runner and his wife, Sharon, have been political powers in the county’s Antelope Valley region for years, and she will reclaim a seat in the state Senate next month."

BALLS: Chargers-Raiders proposal prompts dismay in San Diego, hope in Oakland - "Surprise, disappointment and, in some cases, silence greeted news Thursday night that the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders plan to build a stadium in Carson."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Matt Dababneh, Randy Economy, and Toni Gomez!


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UC Davis Student Court Says Campus Senators Overreached On Israel Divestment Vote
Cathy Locke @
UC Davis’ student court on Wednesday ruled against the student senate’s resolution calling for the University of California to divest itself of businesses with ties to Israeli military actions.

S.F. archbishop fires back at lawmaker critics
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone fired back Thursday at state lawmakers who characterized as intolerant and possibly illegal his effort to have teachers at four Catholic high schools sign a labor contract declaring their opposition to same-sex unions, abortion and contraception. “Would you hire a campaign manager who advocates policies contrary to those that you stand for, and who shows disrespect toward you and the Democratic Party in general?” Cordileone wrote the eight Democratic lawmakers from San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and San Mateo counties. In their letter, the lawmakers said the archbishop’s plan to include the morality clauses in the 2015-2016 faculty handbook and recast the collective bargaining agreement “sends an alarming message of intolerance to youth” who attend Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory and Archbishop Riordan in San Francisco, Junipero Serra in San Mateo and Marin Catholic in Kentfield. The morality clauses attempt to set conditions not only on the professional lives of employees, but on their private lives, said the lawmakers, who include San Francisco Assembly members Phil Ting and David Chiu, and state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco. [...] a different document on the site, the statement to be included in the faculty handbook as of Aug. 1, includes a clause stating, “All administrators, faculty and staff who are Catholics, and particularly those who are classroom teachers ... are also called to conform their hearts, minds and consciences, as well as their public and private behavior, ever more closely to the truths taught by the Catholic Church.”

California Ethics Panel Rejects Exceptions To Lobbyist Fundraising Rules
The state ethics watchdog panel adopted regulations Thursday banning political fundraisers in the homes of lobbyists, rejecting  exceptions to the rule proposed by a group representing legislative advocates.

800,000 Using Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data
The government urged the health insurance consumers to hold off on filing their tax returns, and said millions of others would get more time to buy insurance.

UCLA Superbug: Maker Of Scopes In Deadly Outbreak Under Federal Probe
The manufacturer of the medical scopes at the center of a deadly bacterial outbreak  at UCLA Medical Center is under investigation by federal officials for possible violations of laws that ban improper payments to doctors and other customers.

L.A. Unified candidates use Deasy as a platform springboard
Former Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy resigned under pressure last fall and while he isn't on the March ballot for the Board of Education, he might as well be.

Polluter Fees In California Could Boost State Budget, Analysts Say
California could generate much more revenue from fees on polluters than Gov. Jerry Brown expects, legislative analysts say in a report released Thursday.

Government officials, lawmakers killed in Somalia terror attack
Al Shabab militants attacked a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, where lawmakers and government officials were holding Friday prayers, killing at least 10 and severely wounding many others.

Federal panel: Eat less meat for the planet
When the federal government doles out diet advice to Americans this year, it may take an extra step — looking out not only for the health of people’s bodies but the vigor of the planet.

California Task Force Urges Reform Of Special Education Funding
Jane Meredith Adams @
Federal and state funding rates for special education would be equalized across California and new special education teachers would be authorized to teach general education if draft recommendations from a task force presented on Wednesday are implemented.

Covered California Sends Out 100,000 Inaccurate Tax Forms
California's health exchange apologized Thursday for sending about 100,000 incorrect tax forms last month to people who purchased private coverage, a mistake that could delay tax filings or force households to amend their taxes.

The Riggs Report: The Candidate Who Wasn't
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Obama Administration Delays Another Health Care Rule For Small Businesses
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Political Notes: Senate Race; Chargers Football; Party Registration :: Fox&hounds
The mayor responded with a tough letter of his own. Now the mayor and Chargers team owner Dean Spanos have agreed to a one-on-one meeting.

Port Talks Deadlocked Over Fate Of Arbitrator
California political leaders voiced growing exasperation Thursday with a labor standoff that has clogged West Coast ports, as word spread that the main sticking point in negotiations has been the fate of a single, low-level official who rules on disputes involving Los Angeles and Long Beach dockworkers.

Opinion: L.A. County Board Seats Will Be Hot
Dan Walters @
George Runner, who just won his second and last term on the state Board of Equalization, is seen as the most viable candidate to keep Antonovich’s seat in GOP hands. Runner and his wife, Sharon, have been political powers in the county’s Antelope Valley region for years, and she will reclaim a seat in the state Senate next month.

FDA Knew Of Design Flaw In Scope Linked To UCLA Superbug
A commonly used medical scope linked to a deadly bacterial outbreak at UCLA may be so flawed it cannot be properly cleaned, federal officials conceded Thursday. But they stopped short of recalling the device or outlining any new sterilization procedures.

Field Poll: Obama Support Surges In California
A new statewide Field Poll shows President Barack Obama’s approval rating among California voters has grown to 57 percent, its highest mark in two years.

More Pressure On Providers In Face Of Medi-cal Expansion | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
At the LifeLong Clinic in West Berkeley most of the patients waiting to see a doctor are on Medi-Cal. Among them, 26-year-old Amanda Hopkins, says she enrolled half a year ago when the state expanded the benefits program.

California High Court Sides With Press In Abuse Cases At State-run Homes
The press won in a California Supreme Court lawsuit seeking the release of details in abuse cases at government-run facilities for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.

The POLITICO Caucus: Christie slips from first tier
In other findings, GOP insiders say a pro-immigration reform candidate can win, and Carly Fiorina impresses.

Sheldon Silver, Former New York State Assembly Leader, Indicted On Fraud Charges
A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Sheldon Silver, the powerful former leader of New York's state assembly, on charges that the legislator used his position and state funds to earn millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks for himself.

Places, Everyone: California Politics Podcast
John Myers @
Our weekly podcast on all things California politics revolves around one simple narrative this week: is everyone in place for the policy and political debates that are coming?

Q&A: How Does Chargers/Raiders Stadium Plan Affect NFL In L.A. Issue?
Questions and answers about where we stand now that the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams are all mulling a relocation to the nation's second-largest market: