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THE NOONER for September 24, 2015
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Buenas dias from the Global Nooner Headquarters, where our staff of 1,000 is glued to the tevee to someone that has a heart much bigger than another omnipresent's head. Okay, yeah, it's just me.
¡Hola! Muchas gracias para Papa Francisco for clearing the media of Donald Trump for a few days. The Pope took his Fiat to Congress this morning. John Boehner, a devout Catholic, was crying after the first line of the Pope's speech. There hasn't been so many tears from someone since I broke my Incredible Hulk stretch figure, causing his stretchy gooiness to spill out.
The Pope spoke to Congress, to parisheners at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, had lunch with the homeless, and then heads to New York City this afternoon. And, well, what have you done today?
SB277: Push to nix California vaccine law enters crucial stretch [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "Qualifying a referendum for California’s statewide ballot is difficult, and few supporters of SB 277 believe referendum backers have the resources to collect 365,880 signatures by Sept. 28. They say the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown mirrored the science and the polling: vaccines work, and the public overwhelmingly supports them."
MOVING ON: From Mike Allen's Politico Playbook: "Politico poaches Carla Marinucci of the San Francisco Chronicle, the gold standard of California statewide political coverage, to launch a California Playbook. So within weeks, we'll have Playbook siblings in Brussels, New York, Florida, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois and California."
Politico now has two star California reporters--Shane Goldmacher and Carla Marinucci. They'll be doing us proud (and Shane already is!)
BUT, IT'S FINE IF THEY CLEAN OUR HOUSES, MOW OUR LAWNS AND COOK OUR FOOD: Carson Says Immigrants 'Don't Get To Change Who We Are' [AP] - "'I have no interest in being like everybody else and giving away all of our values and principles for the sake of political correctness,' Carson told a crowd at Spring Arbor University near Jackson, about 75 miles west of Detroit, where he grew up and launched his campaign in May. 'There is such a thing as an American dream and the American way. Anybody is welcome to come to America, but they don't get to change who we are.'"
Meanwhile, Papa Francisco said in his speech to Congress "In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners. I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants. Tragically, the rights of those who were here long before us were not always respected. For those peoples and their nations, from the heart of American democracy, I wish to reaffirm my highest esteem and appreciation. Those first contacts were often turbulent and violent, but it is difficult to judge the past by the criteria of the present. Nonetheless, when the stranger in our midst appeals to us, we must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past. We must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible, as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our “neighbors” and everything around us. Building a nation calls us to recognize that we must constantly relate to others, rejecting a mindset of hostility in order to adopt one of reciprocal subsidiarity, in a constant effort to do our best. I am confident that we can do this."
The latter part of that excerpt seems to attempt to balance the canonization of Junipero Serra yesterday, which was denounced by many in the Native American and Latino communities, which in colonial 18th century California (then Alta California) were often forced into the nine missions established by Serra and encouraged to abandon their traditional faiths and native languages in favor of Catholicism and Serra's native Spanish.
IT'S NOT EASY TO BE GREEN: The Thrifty Crusader Behind California's New LEED-Certified Democratic HQ [Evie Nagy @ Fast Company] - "Angie Tate, the state party's CFO, is determined, uncensored, and a fundraising force to be reckoned with."
MUST SEE TEEVEE: Season 5 of Scandal premiers tonight at 9pm PDT on ABC.
EYES TO THE SKY: Rare supermoon eclipse set for Sunday night skies [Bill Lindelof @ SacBee] - "Skies are expected to be mostly clear Sunday night in the Sacramento region when a supermoon and total lunar eclipse happen on the same night. It will be the first time since 1982 that both took place at the same time."
AWESOME: Eddie Vedder wore a Love and Rockets t-shirt on Stephen Colbert last night as Pearl Jam performed. Their second a final song was "Keep on Rockin' in the Free World." Good to read the first verse:
There's colors on the street
As you know, I consider myself Buddhist, but that's a very interesting passage as the pope visits the United States of America.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to lobbyist Steve Cruz, CalSTRS board member Sharon Hendricks, Senator Mark Leno, International Paper's Cynthia Leon, consultant Berman Obaldia and Southern California Dem activist Joanne Wendler!
And, now you can sing Happy Birthday without paying royalties to Warner Bros!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Carly Fiorina Just Another Politician? Views Shift To Sway More Conservative Crowd
In one of the most dramatic moments of her breakthrough debate performance, Carly Fiorina called for a government shutdown in the fight over Planned Parenthood, painting a gruesome picture involving the harvesting of fetal tissue for medical research.
Mayor Lee defends efforts to improve cityâ
While Mayor Ed Lee said Wednesday his priorities for his second term in office will be alleviating homelessness and building housing, he defended the economic policies critics say directly contributed to the cityâÂÂs worsening problems of homelessness and housing affordability. The former city administrator came into office in January 2011 to serve out the remainder of then-Mayor Gavin NewsomâÂÂs term after Newsom resigned to become lieutenant governor. [...] even though the unemployment rate has fallen to 3.6 percent, the affordable housing crisis and homeless problem threaten to turn the city into a place dominated by the wealthiest. Some 80 technology companies have moved into San Francisco, Lee said, and the city budget will reach nearly $9 billion dollars in two years time. [...] the influx of money and tech companies has come at a cost, with thousands of wealthy young people flooding the city. Rather than a one-size-fits-all limit that might not be financially feasible for an individual project, the mayor said, the city should look at the overall goal, making some development projects 40 percent affordable housing and other projects 20 percent. Unlike the standard homeless shelters, which often provide individuals with little more than a cot for the night, the center lets people bring in their companions, pets and the possessions theyâÂÂve accumulated over the years and provides them with services and training designed to help them create a new life off the streets. [...] city officials in Los Angeles have declared a state of emergency on the issue of homelessness and said they would spent $100 million to address its homeless problem. Lee was most passionate defending one of his first policies: tax breaks to attract businesses to the mid-Market neighborhood that is now home to Twitter and other high-tech companies.
High-speed Rail Takes Henry Perea To Spain | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Fresno assemblyman joined by business, labor representatives
Oakland councilwoman, unions fined over 2014 robocalls
A failure to identify who was paying for thousands of automated campaign calls last year supporting Oakland City Councilwoman Annie Campbell Washington prompted thousands of dollars in fines for her campaign and the political arms of the Oakland police and firefighters unions, officials said. The state Fair Political Practices Commission approved the fines last week for robocalls made before the November 2014 elections. The recorded and automatically dialed calls urged voters to support Campbell Washington, mentioning she was supported by police and firefighters.
Mystery Poll Shows Atkins With Big Lead Over Block | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Speaker Toni Atkins, joining a San Diego protest in July of a meeting of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council.
Plan To Boost Charters Splits L.A. Unified Board
Dividing lines quickly emerged on the Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday over an ambitious plan to double the number of charter campuses across the city, with two members vowing an all-out fight and two others applauding the expansion of choice for parents.
Contra Costa Restores Health Care For Undocumented Adults | Vital Signs | State Of Health | Kqed News
Contra Costa, which includes the cities of Richmond, Concord and Antioch, now joins 46 other California counties that have approved non-emergency care to undocumented immigrants.
California Fishermen Face Challenges | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Deckhand Nathan Ison, 19, gaffs a dorado in to the bloody deck of the Old Glory. — Misael Virgen / San Diego Union-Tribune
You've Heard The GOP Rhetoric On Immigration. Here Are The Facts.
Of all the issues that have bubbled up on the campaign trail so far, nothing has inspired absurdity quite like immigration. Donald Trump isn't the only Republican candidate to have made outlandish comments: Chris Christie has called for FedEx-like tracking of foreigners, and Carly Fiorina has endorsed...
Mendocino County Sheriff Raids Native American Pot Farm That Tribe Says Is Legal
An Indian tribe’s plans to harvest and distribute medical marijuana in Ukiah was nipped in the bud this week when Mendocino County sheriff’s deputies seized hundreds of plants at two properties, officials said Wednesday.
Sacramento Region Conservation Efforts Dip Slightly In August | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Sabalow @ sacbee.com
By Ryan Sabalow
The Theologian And The Politician :: Fox&hounds
Known by some as the Right to Die bill, the measure has received stiff opposition from those who are afraid the option would be used by the disabled or those who want to spare family from dramatic medical costs and/or witnessing loved ones suffer.
GOP Lawmaker To Skip Pope Francis Speech Over Climate Change | Thehill
Cristina Marcos @ thehill.com
At least one House Republican will be skipping Pope Francis's high-profile address to Congress next Thursday to protest the pontiff's views on climate change.
Pope Francis U.S. Visit: Girl Delivers Immigration Message
Paul Vallely @ time.com
Sophie Cruz got closer to the Pope than many Americans did on Wednesday, delivering a message to pope Francis in support of immigration reform.
Finally, Some News About A Candidate Not Named Donald Trump
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigns in Baton Rouge, La., on Monday.
Donald Trump Leads GOP 2016 Race, Fox News Poll Shows - Politico
The candidate is hoping to gain Hispanic votes even as he downplayed politics.
Holy Court Order! Batmobile Entitled To Copyright Protection, Judges Rule
Batman won't have to worry about Batmobile knockoffs after a federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that the caped crusader's vehicle is entitled to copyright protection.
Government Shutdown: Mitch Mcconnell Readies Last-ditch Strategy To Avoid Shutdown - Politico
Francis urges lawmakers to work together in an historic papal address.
Kleiner Perkins Drops Request; Pao Will Not Pay Legal Costs - The Technology Chronicles
A judge ruled in June that Pao would need to pay Kleiner Perkins
Chinese President Xi Jinping Meets With U.S. Billionaires In Seattle
If one of Chinese President Xi Jinping's main goals in visiting the United States was to project power for the folks back home, he'd be hard pressed to find a better event than his first public meeting here Wednesday.