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THE NOONER for November 16, 2015

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Love Paris


If you don't mind a little (well, maybe not a little) profanity, John Oliver was great on the topic last night. In addition to Paris, our thoughts are with our friends and colleagues in Washington, DC, which was the subject of a video message released this morning. There are also increasing concerns about the Super Bowl, which takes place in Santa Clara. Knowing the date and location of the event should be helpful in security preparations.



  • AD06 (Roseville): added Mike Herrick (R)
  • AD47 (Chino): added attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes (D)



Happy chilly Monday morning. This morning, Donald Trump wants to close mosques but not this place. Now we have a platform of ignoring both the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The Oregon Ducks beat Stanford, and UCLA lost, marking an upset weekend through much of the Top 25. #GoDucks And, OMG, the Kings have won three in a row, including a pretty big upset last night over Toronto. 

CA17 (Milpitas): California Secretary of State Endorses Khanna [Jack Fitzpatrick @ NatJourn] - "Cali­for­nia Sec­ret­ary of State Alex Pa­dilla (D) en­dorsed former Commerce De­part­ment of­fi­cial Ro Khanna (D) over Rep. Mike Honda (D). Pa­dilla, then a state sen­at­or, en­dorsed Honda last cycle."

THE DEAN SPEAKETH: Pragmatic Republican plays up outsider status [George Skelton @ LAT] - "Former Republican state Chairman George "Duf" Sundheim says he gets it. He gets why GOP voters across America are turning against establishment presidential candidates and siding with outsiders. . . . He's counting on Californians — not just Republicans, but Democrats and independents — also rebelling against "professional politicians" and propelling his long-shot candidacy for the U.S. Senate." 

HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY? Boom or bust? It may just be politics: Poll shows huge chasm between economic outlooks of state's GOP and Democratic voters [Jonathan Lanner @ OCR] - "The USC-Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll found that 60 percent of California voters are dissatisfied with the state’s economy. That’s in line with national results showing 58 percent of those polled were unhappy with their own state’s economy. . . . When you dig in to where the disappointment lies, the poll reveals an ugly political reality: 81 percent of self-described Republicans were dissatisfied with the California economy vs. 39 percent of Democrats."

BEHIND THE ORANGE CURTAIN: Vacations, groceries, hotels: Supervisor Todd Spitzer's spending from obscure fund raises questions [Meghann M. Cuniff @ OCR] - "When Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer and his wife vacationed in Maui seven years ago, political donors paid for the nearly $9,000 trip through a fundraising account rarely used in California politics.

"It was the first of several trips covered by those campaign donations, and it began years of unprecedented spending from a war chest that’s paid for $340,000 in travel, groceries, restaurant meals, hotels, office and retail store purchases, a security system and donations to politicians, causes and civic groups."

The account? It is his Orange County Republican Central Committee account.

OFFENSE IS THE BEST DEFENSE: Fresh off Bay Area victory, tech giant Airbnb may set sights on L.A. [David Zahniser @ LAT] - "For years, organized labor has been the big dog in L.A. politics, spending huge sums on political campaigns and working to influence policies on transportation, economic development, trash pickup and the minimum wage, to name a few. But the fight in San Francisco has raised the possibility that one day there could be an even bigger dog in town — if tech companies like Airbnb choose to assume that role."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to 3fold Comm's Carol Chamberlain, the Community College League's Elaine Reodica, and Darrow Sprague!


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  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California seeks a Legislative Assistant to provide support  to the legislative team. Strong familiarity with the legislative process and nonprofit advocacy work . Competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Details here. 
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Kaiser, Mental Health Workers Avert Strike
Sharon Noguchi @
Health clinicians and Kaiser agreed on a tentative three-year contract overcoming two major sticking points, the union announced in an email. Former California State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento acted as a mediator in the talks.

Pragmatic Republican Plays Up Outsider Status
Republican U.S. Senate candidate George "Duf"Sundheim is a Silicon Valley lawyer who led the state Republican Party during the recall of Democratic Gov. Gray Davis.

California Drought: Water-wasting Rules May Continue After Drought Ends
Paul Rogers @
Even when California's historic drought finally ends, many of the water conservation rules put in place this year to cope with the emergency may be here to stay.

Political Memo: In Presidential Campaign, Itâ
The assault on Paris has thrust national security to the heart of the presidential race, forcing candidates to scramble to address terrorism concerns.

Kaiser mental health workers plan to strike Monday
Nearly 1,400 Kaiser mental health workers in Northern California were set to walk off the job Monday in a dispute with the giant health care provider over staffing levels, and they say they will not return to their jobs until more people are assigned to deal with patient loads. Psychologists, social workers and therapists accuse Kaiser’s management of understaffing mental health services, leaving patients waiting far too long for appointments. Kaiser management says it is has been adding employees to ensure a better level of patient service and that the walkout is nothing more than a ploy for higher wages and increased benefits. Kaiser Permanente therapists already lead the market in wages, and we are already offering substantial wage increases and continued benefits that will keep our therapists among the best compensated in their profession. Kaiser officials also accused the union of standing in the way of patients getting the treatment they need by walking off their jobs and telling other local mental health givers not to provide support for their patients during the strike. During the strike, Kaiser officials said clinic managers, physicians and mental health professionals on contract will be on hand to provide urgent care to anyone who needs it. [...] some non-urgent mental health appointments over the next few days will be canceled “as we evaluate our staffing levels and make appropriate adjustments,” officials said in a statement.

No Elbow Room Anymore On Sacramento Roads
Tony Bizjak @
Sacramento County is considering asking voters to OK a new transportation tax next year for anti-congestion projects as well as basic pothole filling. But the real sign of desperate times comes from fiscally conservative Placer County, where normally tax-shy officials are thinking of floating their own transportation sales tax in November 2016.

Plaintiff At The Center Of Landmark Scotus Gay Marriage Case Backs Hillary Clinton - Politico
Eliza Collins @
Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in this summer’s landmark gay marriage ruling, has endorsed Hillary Clinton. Obergefell said Clinton is the best candidate to fight for LGBT rights and will be a continuation of President Barack Obama's legacy.

Laurene Powell Jobs Launches College-Support Program In Watts
Howard Blume @
Laurene Powell Jobs, an important player in the funding of education reform¿and a figure in the controversy over its direction¿is expanding the involvement of her foundation in Los Angeles schools.

Walnut Bubble May Be Bursting In Sacramento Valley | The Sacramento Bee
Edward Ortiz @
California expects record-setting walnut crop this year

University Of Missouri A Milestone For Civil Rights Movement - San Francisco Chronicle
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Paris Attacks: Dianne Feinstein Breaks With Obama, Says 'ISIL Is Not Contained'
Eliza Collins @
Sen. Dianne Feinstein sharply contradicted President Barack Obama on Monday, disagreeing with his claim that the Islamic State is "contained."

Ap Nation / World | Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown - Ap Nation / World
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Teachers At California’s Largest Online Charter School Unionize
Today's high

Paris Attacks: Phone Becomes Lifeline For Los Altos Engineer Trapped During Terrorist Rampage
Julia Prodis Sulek and Sharon Noguchi @
"I'm fine" he wrote in his first message. "No problems."

Sacramento City Unified Faces Criticism For Buying Chinese Canned Fruit | The Sacramento Bee
Loretta Kalb @
Distributor says school district chose cheaper imports over domestic fruit

Refugee Crisis: 4 GOP Governors Reject Syrian Refugees - Politico
The governors are wary of accepting refugees following last weeks terrorist attacks in Paris.

Letter From Washington: Paris Attacks Pose Test for U.S. Presidential Candidates
s credentials as the candidate with experience.

Pta Survey Finds Parents Still In The Dark On New Testing :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Tom Chorneau @
The self-selected poll of more than 3,000 families conducted in September by the California Parent Teachers Association also revealed more than a third of parents reported getting no information at all from their districts about last spring’s testing while another third said what details they did get were only “slightly helpful and understandable.”

Drive A Boat? You Will Need A License - San Francisco Chronicle
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Holly Holm Cashes In Her Life's Work To Shock Ronda Rousey
Holly Holm, right, is declared the bantamweight champion after defeating Ronda Rousey at UFC 193.

Security Heightened Around The Capitol - Politico
Capitol Police are urging staffers to keep their office informed of where they are.

Rash of hurt pedestrians leaves S.F.â
In the weeks since the crash, Soren Kim and his wife, Hana, have been taking turns pulling 24-hour shifts at their daughter’s bedside at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. A few days after a driver hit the stroller Grace Kim was riding in as her mother pushed her in a crosswalk at Parker and Euclid avenues in San Francisco’s Laurel Heights neighborhood Oct. 29, the 3-year-old girl has come out of a coma. In a city where last year officials pledged to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2024 through an ambitious plan called Vision Zero, those charged with making the city’s streets safer for pedestrians urged patience as they do their best to tackle a complex problem with no easy solutions. About 30 people are killed and over 200 injured every year in traffic incidents on city streets, according to statistics released by Vision Zero SF. The rejiggering of streets includes narrower traffic lanes, pedestrian refuge islands, speed humps, traffic signal timing changes, turn bans, more pedestrian countdown signals and flashing lights at crosswalks. “The improvements have been happening, but there’s just so much to do,” said Nicole Ferrara, executive director of Walk SF, a nonprofit working with the city on Vision Zero. For outreach, the city has embarked on a number of campaigns, including one that establishes safe routes to schools for students, a large-vehicle safety course for commercial drivers and the Safe Streets SF program, which asks drivers to sign a pledge to slow down and be aware of pedestrians. Police have stepped up their efforts, Reiskin said, focusing on the five driver behaviors that cause the majority of accidents: speeding, running stop signs, running red lights, failing to yield to pedestrians while turning and violating pedestrians’ right-of-way in crosswalks. Cops can’t be everywhere, though, and officials have pegged installing automated speed enforcement cameras as a top priority. “We need to build an understanding that we have a tool that we can’t currently use,” said Kate Breen, government affairs director for the Municipal Transportation Agency. While policymakers and advocates bat around new ideas for speed reduction and safety awareness, Soren Kim continues his daily trips to and from the hospital in Oakland, where his daughter, Grace, is undergoing rehabilitation. Recent immigrants from South Korea, the Kims don’t have any family in town, and other parents at the preschool Grace attends have rallied to help care for his younger daughter, Emma, while he and his wife make trips to the hospital. An online fundraising page has collected more than $41,000 to help support the couple and provide for what are likely to be ongoing medical bills. In an effort to raise awareness of the dangers on city streets, Walk SF and the Vision Zero Coalition will host the first World Day of Remembrance memorial in San Francisco on Sunday, Nov. 15. Crash survivors and city leaders will honor Bay Area victims of traffic violence during a walk and candlelight vigil along Market Street, starting at UN Plaza at 4 p.m.

Tension Builds In Alameda Over Fast-rising Rents - San Francisco Chronicle
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Oakland: Second Night Of Sideshow Activity Leads To Fatal Police Shooting
George Kelly @
Authorities received word of the shooting near 90th and Bancroft avenues at 5:34 p.m., Officer James Moore said.