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THE NOONER for November 5, 2015
Good morning! I probably have very few readers today as people are either on the junket in Maui or taking advantage of their boss' absence to go to opening day of skiing at Mammoth Mountain.
MONEY FOR NOTHING: Gov. Jerry Brown had state workers research oil on family ranch [Associated Press] - "Ultimately, the regulators told the governor, prospects were “very low” for any commercial drilling or mining at the 2,700-acre property, which has been in Brown's family for more than a century."
Maybe if we provided a pension to the governor (who makes $128,735) like we did the Los Angeles County Fair Association head James Henwood Jr. in 2013 ($894,533), this wouldn't be necessary.
DIVERT: McCarthy: Use high-speed rail funds to quench California's drought [Curtis Tate @ McClatchy] - "House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a persistent critic of California’s high-speed rail program, said that the funds for the project should be diverted to quench the state’s severe drought."
Of course, for McCarthy, it's not just about $$$, but the eminent domain that would affect his Bakersfield district.
THE 202: Nancy Pelosi's power play [Lauren French @ Politico] - "[T]he rise of the House Freedom Caucus, combined with her skill at managing her caucus, has given Pelosi and the 188 House Democrats far more clout than their numbers would dictate. She’s used it to push through legislation that would count as successes if Pelosi were still speaker and to quiet talk of her retirement."
Sounds like Mark Leno may have to wait...
NOOOOOOOOOO! Recreational Dungeness crab season postponed indefinitely [Peter Fimrite @ SFChron] - "The California Fish and Game Commission voted during an emergency meeting Thursday to suspend the recreational Dungeness crab fishing season off the coast of San Francisco until further notice. A deadly neurotoxin has been detected in the meaty delicacies that crawl on the ocean floor. The poison, known as demoic acid, is produced by algal blooms linked to this year's record Pacific Ocean temperatures."
The suspension actually is not just a big issue for our epicureans. In Northern California, Dungeness crab feeds are frequently the biggest fundraiser of the year for many nonprofit organizations and also a frequent occupant of the Thanksgiving table. I just don't think cod feeds will have the same attraction. Commercial crabbing in California is a $60 million industry.
WE DON'T NEED NO EDUCATION: California State University faculty authorize strike [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "Amid a contract dispute, the California State University faculty union announced Wednesday that it has overwhelmingly authorized a strike for the fourth time in eight years. . . . When CSU offered an across-the-board raise of 2 percent to employees this year, including 30 of its top officials, the faculty association rejected that offer as “insulting” and “way too low.” It is seeking a 5 percent compensation hike, with additional 2.65 percent increase for about 12,000 members of the union who are at the lower end of their pay rank, a plan the university says would cost three times as much and take up half of the $217 million funding increase it received in this year’s state budget."
NOT ALL FAIRS ARE FAIR: Attorney general should investigate L.A. fair group, congresswoman says - "Rep. Norma Torres, a Democrat whose district includes the county-owned Pomona fairgrounds, had earlier asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the association, with an eye on possibly revoking its tax-exempt status as a nonprofit."
WRAP THAT RASCAL: The initiative to require condoms in adult films filmed in California has qualified for the ballot. Convenience stores in Chatsworth are all smiles this morning.
THE PRINT: Tribune Publishing indicates that it does want to buy the Orange County Register [Rick Edmonds @ Poynter] - "Tribune Publishing took legal action today confirming speculation that it hopes to buy Freedom Communications and its Orange County Register out of federal bankruptcy court."
Yeah, it would be great for the Golden State if the LA Times, OC Register, Riverside Press-Enterprise, and the San Diego Union Tribune were all under the same ownership. At the end of the day, we could have one political reporter...fantastic!
Oh, just Get Back to where you once belonged.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Nick Anas and Senator Ricardo Lara!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Seiu, Cta Tax Hike Proposal May Include Money For Hospitals, Doctors | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
Agreement could provide money for healthcare programs
California Crime Laws Are Due For An Overhaul, Gov. Jerry Brown Says
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday told federal judges that California needs to change how it sets prison sentences.
Rule Change Would Hide Politicians’ Disclosures
By Josh Richman Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 at 3:14 pm in Sacramento.
From Left And Right, John Sarbanes And Walter Jones Tilt At Big Money | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @ sacbee.com
Rep. John Sarbanes worries about alienation on the left
Election 2016: Bernie Sanders Campaign Inks Joint Fundraising Pact With Dnc - Politico
Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign has signed a joint fundraising agreement with the Democratic National Committee, the DNC confirmed to POLITICO.
Fewer California State Workers Deciding To Retire | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Number of inaugural CalPERS pensioners down from 2014
Prop. 47 A Year Later: 12k Petitions Processed, 24k Pending In San Diego | Kpbs
Megan Burks @ kpbs.org
Wednesday marks one year since California voters approved Proposition 47. The measure made some low-level felonies misdemeanors in an effort to reform the criminal justice system.
Local Tax, Bond Measures Fare Well | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
29 of 40 finance measures approved
Airbnb Wins The Vote In San Francisco, But City's Housing Debate Rages On
What was the geographic breakdown of the vote?
Jerry Brown Biography On Its Way :: Fox&hounds
Jim Newton, former long time Los Angeles Times editor and columnist and noted biographer of Earl Warren, Dwight Eisenhower and Leon Panetta, is writing a biography of Jerry Brown. The governor is cooperating with Newton.
Attorney General Should Investigate L.A. Fair Group, Congresswoman Says
A Pomona congresswoman has asked the California attorney general's office to launch an investigation into the Los Angeles County Fair Assn., in part because of the large salaries and bonuses the money-losing nonprofit organization has paid its executives.
Cal State University Faculty Group Authorizes Strike - Capradio.org
California State Faculty Association members voted to authorize a strike if negotiations with the California State University system fail. The vote was announced Wednesday at San Jose State.
UC Merced: Faisal Mohammad Of Santa Clara, A Wilcox High Grad, Suspect In Stabbing Spree
Mark Gomez @ mercurynews.com
Mohammad was a computer and science engineering major in his first year at the University of California-Merced, according to a university release. He graduated from Wilcox High School in June, according to Jennifer Dericco, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara Unified School District.
Newly Acquitted Man Looks Back On 19 Years In Prison | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh @ sacbee.com
After three trials, Richard Alex Williams wins acquittal in 1996 murder case
DWP General Manager Continues Pitch For Hikes In Water And Power Rates
Eighteen months ago, Marcie Edwards became the first woman to lead the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the country's largest publicly-owned utility, and it wouldn't have happened without a stint as a "pit critter."
'shrimp Boy' Chow Tries To Get Charges Tossed On Eve Of Trial
Howard Mintz @ mercurynews.com
In what resembles a likely preview of an opening statement to the jury, Chow's lawyers allege that misconduct by the FBI and federal prosecutors during the course of their multi-year undercover investigation warrants dismissal of a racketeering indictment that could land him in federal prison for life.
Ap Nation / World | Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown - Ap Nation / World
>Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown
California Hospitals Could Cut Inpatient Costs 25% And Save $10 Billion, Study Says
A new report suggests California hospitals could trim inpatient costs by 25% by shortening patient stays.
Sacramento Police Arrest Elk Grove Man In Stabbing Of Train Hero Spencer Stone | The Sacramento Bee
Hudson Sangree and Bill Lindelof @ sacbee.com
Stone was stabbed four times during a fight at 12:45 a.m. Oct. 8 at 21st and K streets
Rep. Lieu Wants To Know If Asian American Scientists Accused Of Espionage Were Targeted
Rep. Ted Lieu, president of the Democrats' freshman class in Congress, was among 42 representatives signing the letter to the Department of Justice.
San Franciscans Vote For Status Quo - Sfgate
Outsiders like to think of San Francisco as a hotbed of contentious activism. Locals have tended to regard City Hall as the arena where
5 Things On Legalizing Marijuana California Can Learn From Ohio - San Francisco Chronicle
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