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THE NOONER for February 23, 2015




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RELIEF: West Coast Ports Come Back to Life [James Nash and Alison Vekshin @ Bloomberg] - "Ports are coming back to life along the U.S. West Coast after dockworkers resolved a nine-month labor standoff, though the cargo backlog from ships waiting offshore may take eight weeks to clear."

That is great news for the Califorrnia economy...

ROYALS:  California senator says 'welfare queen' law must go - "Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles, in her third attempt at abolishing the law, says it was based on the pejorative concept of the "welfare queen," a woman who has babies while on welfare to collect more cash assistance. Instead of discouraging welfare recipients from having children, she said, it helped the state achieve the "dubious honor" of having the nation’s highest child poverty rate."

DISNEYLAND Correa won't contest O.C. election loss in court - "Former state Sen. Lou Correa raised multiple questions about mistakes and possible fraud in his narrow loss to Andrew Do for Orange County supervisor, but he said it would be too costly to try to overturn the results in a court."

LA-LA LAND City Council candidate Cindy Montañez faces 'an uphill battle' [Catherine Saillant @ LAT]

$$$: Top CA Dems team up on affordable housing [Chris Nichols @ UTSD] - "Two of California’s top Democrats, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Treasurer John Chiang, are taking on what might be California’s most intractable problem — the lack of affordable housing."

DA BEE: Some of you may wonder why the macrabe message "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." has been appearing in the headline summaries. It's a deal with the Sacramento Bee's website and my headline grabbing robot. I'm working to solve it! 

RANDOMNESS: I don't know how I stumbled on this over this weekend, but it's pretty awesome.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Katie Lucas and Roger Salazar!


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CalPERS, Activist Shareholder Battle Whole Foods
Ed Mendel @
James McRitchie of Elk Grove, a retired state worker and publisher of a corporate governance website, asked Whole Foods Market last fall to allow its large, long-term shareholders to put their candidates for the board of directors on the company ballot.

How We Die Should Be A Personal Choice, Not The Government's
George Skelton @
Many terminally ill patients fear dying slowly in pain. They'd like to cut short the agony.

Kamala Harris Approves Daughters Of Charity Hospital Sale | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
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.

Race For Wagner's Assembly Seat Underway Despite No Vacancy - The Orange County Register
The Assembly district reaches from Anaheim Hills to Lake Forest. Registered Republicans have the advantage over Democrats, 43 percent to 28 percent.

California To Spend $20 Million On Building Part Of 'hydrogen Highway'
Marc Lifsher @
It's been more than a decade since former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger regularly talked about his dream of building a "hydrogen highway" that would speed fleets of non-polluting cars from Mexico to Canada.

Opinion: Los Angeles Agency Hits The Top In Arrogance
Dan Walters @
The Department of Motor Vehicles may be the state agency that Californians love to hate – undeservedly, for the most part. However, for sheer cussedness and arrogance, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is in a class by itself.

Early Campaigns By Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom Are Double-edged Sword
Josh Richman @
So what the heck are Kamala Harris and Gavin Newsom thinking?

A Shifting Middle: Health Care Opens Stable Career Path, Taken Mainly by Women
Where industrial jobs have grown scarce, nurses and other health care professionals are increasingly leading the way to middle-income lifestyles.

Dockworkers Ordered Back On Job In Port Of Oakland Dispute
Michael Cabanatuan @
Dockworkers returned to work at the Port of Oakland on Sunday night after a dispute over relief breaks caused a daytime disruption on what was to have been the first full day of port operations since a tentative agreement on a contract was reached.

Correa Won't Contest O.C. Election Loss In Court
Former state Sen. Lou Correa raised multiple questions about mistakes and possible fraud in his narrow loss to Andrew Do for Orange County supervisor, but he said it would be too costly to try to overturn the results in a court.

Sacramento-Area School Districts Struggle To Find Substitute Teachers
Diana Lambert @
Michael Deurloo received 15 requests to work as a substitute teacher in San Juan Unified School District classrooms on a recent Friday. That wasn’t unusual, he said. A substitute shortage allows him to work almost daily and have his pick of classes.

State Program To Help Foster Students Not Available To Some | Edsource
Foster youth living with relatives cannot take advantage of the Foster Youth Services program, typically run by county offices of education. The program provides counseling and tutoring. Staff members also act as advocates and mentors for foster youth, determining their needs and identifying gaps in services.

Visionary of the Year nominee Aneel Bhuri, Workday CEO
Benny Evalalista @
The day Apple began selling the iPad in 2010, Workday CEO Aneel Bhusri stood in line for four hours to buy one.

State Seeks More Info On Risky Rail Cargo
David Danelski @
The fiery derailment this month of a train pulling more than a hundred tank cars of crude oil in West Virginia underscored ongoing demands by California officials for more information about hazardous materials moving through the state by rail.

City Council candidate Cindy Montañez faces 'an uphill battle'
As she wages a tough campaign to oust Nury Martinez from her seat on the Los Angeles City Council, rival candidate Cindy Montañez takes the same complaint to audiences in Van Nuys, Panorama City and Sunland.

Scott Walker Hardens Tone on Social Issues to Woo Christian Conservatives
s governor, a Republican, has made shifts in how he talks about abortion and same-sex marriage since his re-election victory over a well-funded Democrat.

Disney Hikes Ticket Prices At Us Theme Parks - Sfgate
The Walt Disney Co. raised ticket prices to attend Disneyland, Walt Disney World and the rest of its U.S. theme parks, effective Sunday. For the quarter ended Dec. 27, revenue for the segment rose 9 percent to $3.9 billion, as attendance at the company's California and Florida parks climbed 7 percent, with Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort each setting all-time quarterly attendance records. Disney typically raises ticket prices at its U.S. theme parks annually, said Suzi Brown, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman.

California's Drought Exposes Long-hidden Detritus
Tom Dreisbach @
California's long-term drought has significantly dropped the water level at Lake Perris in Southern California. According to local fishermen, all of this sand used to be covered in water. Tom Dreisbach/NPR

Political Memo: Economic Recovery Under Obama Creates Quandaries for 2016 Race
Democrats disagree about whether their presidential nominee should promote the rebound, and Republicans grasp in several directions for the right message.

Top Ca Dems Team Up On Affordable Housing
Chris Nichols @
Two of California’s top Democrats, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Treasurer John Chiang, are taking on what might be California’s most intractable problem — the lack of affordable housing.

Scott Shafer @
For years the tech boom largely bypassed one part of Silicon Valley: East Palo Alto. It’s just across Highway 101 from Stanford University and all the venture capital firms on Sand Hill Road. But until recently, East Palo Alto was a relatively affordable enclave for working-class Latinos and African-Americans. But that’s quickly changing.

Women Are Leaving The Tech Industry In Droves
Ana Redmond launched into a technology career for an exciting challenge and a chance to change the world. She was well-equipped to succeed too: An ambitious math and science wiz, she could code faster, with fewer errors, than anyone she knew.

Many Republicans gambling that a new shutdown would not hurt their party
Republicans were hammered over the 1995-96 government shutdowns, losing House seats in the next election and boosting President Clinton's sagging approval ratings.

Too early to dismiss Christie
Joe Scarborough @
You never know how a candidate will respond to the rigors of a campaign until they actually jump into the campaign.