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THE NOONER for November 6, 2015
Happy Friday! You're almost there...
Quickie Nooner today, as I have other business to attend to in the Bay Area. But, of course, many of you are either sitting on the beach at the Maui junket or skiing. I'm not a skier (SCUBA diving was my outdoor adventure in OC), but I'm sure today would be a beautiful day in Mammoth. For those in the Capitol, you get to go from watching sports on your office TVs to sitting on your couch watching TV this weekend. Go Broncos! Niners, just forfeit and hang out at Ocean Beach.
Regardless of your politics, this is a very important issue addressed by Hillary Clinton on the trail about the landmines (that we placed and left) in Laos, which are killing and maiming children and others. We can't ignore this problem.
Similarly, this video of Chris Christie about addiction is a must watch. Medical plans basically cover herpes unlimitedly, but too often mental health--including addiction--are not or under-covered.
David Siders reports on Steve Westly's increasing campaign for governor, as he hopes to make the top-two and be the moderate Democrat alternative to either Gavin Newsom or Antonio Villaraigosa.
Speaking of wannabe guber Villaraigosa: Antonio Villaraigosa backs 'Black Minds Matter' report's recommendations on schools [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Calling the achievement gap facing minority students in schools “the civil rights issue of our time,” former Los Angeles mayor and potential gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa endorsed sweeping changes to California schools at a Capitol rally Thursday."
Dan Walters writes that liberal groups have to turn to the initiative process because the loss of the supermajorities, a fiscally conservative Jerry Brown, and mod Dems are making their goals impossible in the Legislature. "That left the initiative process as the only avenue open to Democratic politicians, unions and other liberal groups to pursue their major agendas and is why voters will decide so many of their issues next year."
SD05 (Stockton): California GOP sitting out Senate race in conservative-leaning swing district - "Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) said party officials told her that if she runs against Sen. Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), she'll be getting no help from them."
THE DEAN SPEAKETH: Brown gets touchy over criticism of water tunnel plan [George Skelton @ LAT] - "Gov. Jerry Brown has been getting quite cranky lately when anyone belittles a pet project, especially his proposed water tunnels. And if he's crotchety now, wait until next year's election, when he'll probably be forced to defend his pricey tunnels and pokey bullet train."
PLANNED: UC Merced stabbing suspect carried elaborate plan for attack [Peter Hecht @ SacBee] - "Mohammad, he said, was angry at getting 'kicked out of a study group.'"
Wow...I would go on a rage in undergrad if forced to be in a study group and would probably stab myself. There are no indications that the stabber was connected to terrorist or extremist groups.
Anyway, not trying to make light of the issue. We have serious mental health problems, particularly among college-age males and have to find a way to address it. Getting medical coverage for herpes is easy, while severe mental health coverage (and addiction talked about above) is very difficult.
THIS IS THE END, MY ONLY FRIEND, THE END: Low polling drags Christie and Huckabee to undercard debate [Associated Press] - "Two candidates who have been part of each of the prime-time Republican debates so far, Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee, have been demoted to next week's undercard event because of low national poll numbers, delivering a major blow to their campaigns. It could be worse — and for George Pataki and Lindsey Graham it was. They won't appear in either debate Tuesday on Fox Business Network. The cable news channel limited participation in the main event in Milwaukee to just eight candidates and to just four in the earlier debate."
Finally, while you might not get to eat any Dungeness this year, you can enjoy Dungeness porn at the SF Chron.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Rally Campaigns' Noah Finneburgh, CA Strategies' Jason Kinney, and Senator Richard Roth! Weekend greetings to lobbyist Gilbert Martinez (Saturday), labor leader Ernesto Medrano (Sunday), Sacramento's restaurant empire leader Randy Paragary (Sunday), and super lobbyist/consultant Chris Townsend (Sunday)!
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Kaiser Mental Health Workers Set To Strike Nov. 16 - Sfgate
Nearly 1,400 Kaiser mental health workers in Northern California will walk off their jobs Nov. 16 to protest what union officials say are too few mental health care employees to meet patient demand.
California GOP Sitting Out Senate Race In Conservative-leaning Swing District
A state Senate race in the San Joaquin Valley has all the makings of a prime 2016 showdown: a swing district that leans conservative, a Democratic incumbent who notched a narrow win four years ago and a potential challenge from the leader of the Assembly Republicans.
S.F. Planning Commission OKs Warriorsâ
While the $1 billion, 18,000-seat arena will likely face a legal challenge from opponents the Mission Bay Alliance, the vote represented the final major approval the Warriors need as the commission approved the projectâÂÂs design, environmental study and two adjacent office buildings. âÂÂAlong the way IâÂÂve made a lot of new friends I never would have imagined -- they have last names like Kopp, Agnos, and Burton,âÂÂ he said, referring for former mayor Art Agnos, retired judge and former Supervisor Quentin Kopp, and former state Sen. John Burton, who were all opposed to the Piers 30-32 plan. Welts said that the long process âÂÂ which included 11 meetings before the Mission Bay Citizens Advisory Committee âÂÂimproved the design by Pfau Long Architecture, AE3 Partners and Manica Architecture. In addition to the arena, the project includes 3.2 acres of public green space and plazas, 577,000 square feet of office space and a $60 million transportation improvement plan funded by taxes and fees. The two office buildings will open up onto a public plaza and Third Street will be lined with retail and restaurants. Commissioner Kathrin Moore, considered the toughest design critic on the panel, called the arena âÂÂa nimble projectâÂÂ and âÂÂan exclamation point for Mission Bay.âÂÂ âÂÂItâÂÂs place-making in a major way âÂÂ something that is sorely missing in (Mission BayâÂÂs) vast collection of same-looking office buildings,âÂÂ she said. [...] alliance members were noticeably absent from ThursdayâÂÂs hearing, represented only by attorney Tom Lippe, who complained that the project is being âÂÂfast trackedâÂÂ and questioned whether allocating 577,000 square feet of office space was legal under Proposition M, the 1986 measure that limits the amount of office space the city can approve in a given year. Planning Department Zoning Administrator Scott Sanchez countered that Mission Bay has plenty of space left under the cap âÂÂ in fact, the Warriors are proposing to build 100,000 square feet less than they could. Warriors spokesman P.J. Johnston said the unanimous vote shows that the Mission Bay AllianceâÂÂs arguments have not gained any traction.
Gov. Brown Takes Heat For Asking State Officials To Research Oil And Gas On Family Ranch
Gov. Jerry Brown is defending himself after an Associated Press article raised questions about his decision to ask state officials to help research his family's property.
The Water Barons Of California's Imperial Valley
The federal government charges nothing for the water. The Imperial Irrigation District, a public agency, maintains the canals and other infrastructure and charges $20 an acre-foot to cover costs. San Diego, by contrast, pays $624 an acre-foot, according to a pricing formula in the 2003 agreement. These days, any water available at $624 an acre-foot would be snapped up fast.
UC Davis Researchers: Illegal Marijuana Sites Are Killing A Rare Mammal
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Voters like Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, new poll shows
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has a 68 percent approval rating among registered voters, putting her well ahead of predecessor Jean Quan, according to a new Oakland Chamber of Commerce poll. The poll comes a week after Schaaf delivered an upbeat State of the City speech that emphasized OaklandâÂÂs surging economy and lingering social disparities. The chamberâÂÂs hired firm, EMC Research, took phone surveys of 600 voters to show that overall, residents feel safer and more optimistic about the cityâÂÂs leadership than they did last year. The voters surveyed said their top priorities are boosting public schools, creating jobs, and stamping out crime. The Chamber of Commerce has taken its âÂÂPulse of OaklandâÂÂ poll every year for nearly a decade, and the results often steer political campaigns in Oakland. During her past 10 months in office, Schaaf has passed a $2.4 billion two-year budget, hired a city administrator, and increased the cityâÂÂs police force from 700 to 735 officers, with another 50 in training.
Legislators Could Upend Finance Laws in Wisconsin
State lawmakers are expected to consider campaign finance provisions that would allow practices that previously made Gov. Scott Walker a target of investigation.
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Los Angeles May Be Missing Out On Millions In Fees From Developers, Audit Finds
The city of Los Angeles may have missed out on tens of millions of dollars because it doesn't have a centralized system to charge developers for improvements the city has to make near their project sites, according to a new audit.
Ben Carson On The Defensive Over Pyramids And Immigration - Politico
As the presidential campaign heats up, the incumbent is unleashing his biting humor on the GOP.
Ben Carson Appeals to Black Voters, but His Campaign Doesnâ
Mr. Carson has a unique possibility of drawing blacks to vote in the Republican primary, but his campaign has yet to hire a staff member dedicated to turning out black voters.
San Diego Chargers Among Teams Paid For Military Tributes | Kpbs
Steve Walsh @ kpbs.org
A U.S. Senate report shows the Pentagon paid $6.8 million for patriotic displays. Most of the money went to NFL teams, including the Chargers.
San Jose Weighs Bond To Fight Homelessness
"We have emerged from the great recession and we've seen the toll it took on our families and neighbors, many of them living out on the streets and along creeks," said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. "We can do more and this will be a critical path for us to steer hundreds of million dollars to tackle homelessness in a way we have not ever done before."
UC Merced Stabbings: Worker Called ‘hero’
Here's What California Can Expect From Congress' Highway Bill
HOV lanes and para-transit fees
Carly Fiorina Quarrels With 'the View' Hosts - Politico
The interview soured when Fiorina started talking about Planned Parenthood.
First Draft: Jeb Bush Soured on Vice President Quayle, New Book Says
t show up a lot in the new biography of his father, but his advice about Dan Quayle during the 1992 re-election campaign offers some insight into his brand of conservative politics leavened by political pragmatism.
Bay Area country club gulps more than 2 million gallons of water a week
It takes a lot of water to feed the lush lawns that drape in vibrant folds across the Menlo Country ClubâÂÂs golf course on the edge of Woodside. The exclusive, gated club topped a list of excessive irrigation water users released Thursday by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, slurping up 320,842 gallons a day in September âÂÂ or enough to supply 7,825 typical San Francisco homes with water. The Chronicle obtained the overuse roster through a public records request. For the San Francisco utility âÂÂ which sells water throughout the region, not just in the city âÂÂ that order pertains to about 800 customers with special irrigation accounts for landscaping. Most going over the limits in San Francisco were businesses, nonprofits and public agencies âÂÂ ranging from UCSF Medical Center to a Safeway in the Marina. There were luxury high-rise apartment towers and the Mercy Housing agency for poverty and affordable housing. Few individuals homeowners were on the roster, but among them were the late comedian Robin WilliamsâÂÂ former wife, philanthropist Marsha Garces Williams, and former Chevron Corp. Vice Chairman and Director J. Dennis Bonney. Explanations were tough to get, and thereâÂÂs a ride range of estimates for how much water a typical golf course needs. A Chronicle reporter was stopped at a security post just beyond the private clubâÂÂs stately brick sign and entrance off Interstate 280. General Manager Chris Robinson, who rolled out in a golf cart to speak briefly at the main entrance, said the club maintained a policy of not talking to the media. Just down the street from the club, Elward Thomas, 74, said he hadnâÂÂt given the vibrant golf links much thought, even though heâÂÂs been doing his part for the drought by taking shorter showers, washing his car less and letting his lawn wither.
Supreme Court To Take Up Challenge To Obamacare's Contraception Mandate - Politico
Complaints are beginning that a more open House will mean forcing lawmakers to take tough votes.