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THE NOONER for October 16, 2015
¡Buenos dias, amigos! You made it to Friday. With the Dodgers' loss last night, we're left with no California teams still in the playoffs. Okay, it's basketball season, and some observers believe the Kings could make it into the playoffs. I'll be be giving away tickets again this year to Nooner subscribers.
AURAL PLEASURE: In the final incarnation of the California Politics Podcast (with John moving to the LA Times next week), John and Marisa tickle our ears.
GUNS A BLAZIN': Gun advocates are mobilizing quickly against the initiative announced and supported by Gavin Newsom.
I think I have mentioned it before. I grew up hunting with my dad, and still do so occasionally on our (very rustic) family ranch in Texas. We hunt very responsibly in management of the wildlife and with the use of guns. Nothing in Newsom's initiative would affect that. For hunting, you don't use a large magazine. You plan your trips and can order ammunition in advance.
YEAH, I'D DESTROY OUR PARTY AGAIN: Former Gov. Pete Wilson: I'd 'absolutely' do Prop. 187 all over again [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "Former Republican Gov. Pete Wilson, the most prominent advocate for a 1994 ballot measure aimed at eliminating public benefits to undocumented immigrants, said Thursday that he would "absolutely" give the initiative the same level of support if he were to do it over."
LAW AND ORDER: New California rules meant to deter coordination in campaigns [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "The regulation effectively shifts the burden of proof in cases of suspected coordination from the government to the candidate or outside spending committee. It puts them on notice if former aides or immediate family members go to work for an outside spending group involved in a candidate’s race, for instance, or a candidate raises money for an outside group. It also would restrict the sharing of candidate-produced video and data."
TANKED: SeaWorld challenges no-breeding decision on orcas [Morgan Lee and Phillip Molnar @ SDUT] - "SeaWorld Entertainment announced Thursday that it intends to sue the California Coastal Commission for a decision that would ban killer whale breeding at its San Diego theme park."
Be glad you weren't driving from SoCal to NorCal yesterday.
#FAREWELL: The great former UC Davis Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef (1941-2015)
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Columns: Rise Of The Business Democrat
Laurel Rosenhall @ calmatters.org
Since 2013, the groupâs political action committee has taken in more than $4 million, with nearly one-third of that coming from Chevron, PG&E and other oil and gas companies. Other major donors include Wal-Mart, a hospital association and a realtors group. Only 1 percent of the committeeâs money came from labor unions.
GOP Senate Candidate Tom Del Beccaro Raises $145,000 For Campaign
Former state Republican chairman Tom Del Beccaro on Thursday reporting raising $145,142 this year for his campaign to replace retiring California U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, trailing behind rival GOP candidate Georg ¿Duf¿ Sundheim and the two frontrunning Democratic candidates.
New California Rules Meant To Deter Coordination In Campaigns | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Fair Political Practices Commission regulations focus on former staff members, family members
UC President Napolitano Forms Joint Committee In Wake Of Marcy Allegations
Ana Tintocalis @ ww2.kqed.org
University of California President Janet Napolitano announced the immediate formation of a special joint committee that will examine the breakdown of UC policies and procedures in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment against former UC Berkeley professor Geoff Marcy.
Spencer Stone Released From UC Davis Medical Center | The Sacramento Bee
Cathy Locke @ sacbee.com
Stone, one of three hometown heroes who helped thwart French train attack, was stabbed Oct. 7 in midtown Sacramento
Game Changing California Elections :: Fox&hounds
How did Democratic state Treasurer Jesse Unruh score the largest landslide in California voting history? With the help of Republican governor George Deukmejian.
Former UC Davis Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef Dies
Cathy Locke @ sacbee.com
Larry Vanderhoef, former UC Davis chancellor, died Thursday at age 74.
Bel-air Water Hogs Spur Move To Impose Stiff Penalties On L.A. Guzzlers
Stone Canyon Reservoir is situated near Bel-Air and other neighborhoods. The biggest water user in the state lives in Bel-Air and uses 12 million gallons of water a year.
The Road Ahead: California Politics Podcast
In several important ways, the road ahead in California political circles became a little more clear this week.
El Niño: Wet Winter Conditions Now Likely Across All Of California, Not Just The South, New Report Says
Paul Rogers @ mercurynews.com
Water temperatures and wind patterns in the Pacific Ocean have created the strongest El Niño in a generation. And although heavy rains are not guaranteed, the last two times when conditions were this strong, in the winters of 1982-83 and 1997-98, rainfall totals in the Bay Area and much of the state were double the historic average, triggering massive flooding and mud slides.
Medicare Rates Set To Soar - Wsj
Stephanie Armour and Anne Tergesen @ wsj.com
Congressional lawmakers so far have failed to agree on a way to stave off an unprecedented premium increase for millions of Medicare recipients for 2016.
L.A. To Pay $2.5 Million To Settle Lawsuit With Children Of Woman Assaulted By LAPD Officer
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously agreed Wednesday to pay $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit with the children of a woman who was kicked in the crotch by an LAPD police officer and later died, resulting in a criminal conviction for the officer.
Former Gov. Pete Wilson: I'd 'Absolutely' Do Prop. 187 All Over Again
Martin Wisckol @ ocregister.com
Former Republican Gov. Pete Wilson, the most prominent advocate for a 1994 ballot measure aimed at eliminating public benefits to undocumented immigrants, said Thursday that he would âabsolutelyâ give the initiative the same level of support if he were to do it over.
Video Shows Officer Repeatedly Punching Man After Pursuit In Pasadena
A high-speed chase through the San Gabriel Valley ended in Pasadena on Thursday with a law enforcement officer repeatedly punching a man who was lying on the ground, according to TV news footage of the incident.
Trump, Carson Threaten To Boycott Next GOP Debate | Thehill
Ben Kamisar and Bradford Richardson @ thehill.com
Donald Trump and Ben Carson are threatening to skip the next Republican presidential debate unless the format is changed.
First Draft: First Draft Focus: The Week in Political Pictures
While the first Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas dominated the political headlines, Republicans kept up with their campaign schedules as well.
Attorney For Famed Teacher Rafe Esquith Files Class Action Suit Against L.A. Unified
Attorney Mark Geragos, representing fired teacher Rafe Esquith, announces the filing of a class action lawsuit on behalf of Esquith and other fired teachers accusing the LAUSD of wrongdoing.
Mirkarimi transfers reluctant range master, then flunks gun test
San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi transferred a sergeant who oversaw the departmentâÂÂs shooting range after he questioned whether the sheriff could take a marksmanship test in light of his domestic violence case, The Chronicle has learned. For much of his term as sheriff, Mirkarimi was on criminal probation after pleading guilty in 2012 to a misdemeanor false imprisonment charge stemming from an incident in which he bruised his wifeâÂÂs arm during an argument. Left unresolved was whether he could carry a gun on duty âÂÂ as required by state standards when the sheriff appears in public in uniform. State law bars someone convicted of a domestic violence-related offense from possessing a gun, even if the conviction is expunged. âÂÂIt is interesting that Haskell was attempting to determine the sheriffâÂÂs legal authority to carry a weapon shortly before he was transferred,âÂÂ Adams said. SheriffâÂÂs Department spokeswoman Kenya Briggs said in a statement, âÂÂThe sheriff, like every other deputy, is entitled to practice at a firing range.âÂÂ Under state and SheriffâÂÂs Department rules, no officer can appear in public or be in public buildings in uniform without a firearm. [...] under SheriffâÂÂs Department policy, any officer barred from carrying a gun is not supposed to work in a public contact position.
Inactive Obama Campaign Owes Nearly $2 Million In Legal Fees - Politico
The statement follows backlash from several GOP campaigns that are unhappy with the format currently in place for the Oct. 28 debate to be held in Boulder,...
Congressmen Want Probe Of Exxonmobil 'failing To Disclose' Climate Change Data
Members of Congress are asking for a federal investigation into ExxonMobil.